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Comment: Re:Teach the kids to learn... (Score 1) 434 434

I also think R is a good language to teach students. I used matlab for my engineering degree, but my girlfriend uses R for her science degree.
I still love matlab, and its definately the industry standard, but it costs too much. R is the next best thing and its free!

Comment: opera mini is a straw man (Score 2, Informative) 284 284

I just tried it and it's pretty clear why Apple approved it. Opera Mini is so vastly inferior to the built in safari that all of the non-slashdotites who try it will instantly lose any desire they had for alternative browsers.

Even the nytimes site that is in the default bookmarks is unreadable, and when you try to two-finger zoom in it moves you to some pre-set zoom level that's too far in.

Comment: Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (Score 2, Informative) 111 111

most of the touch screens used in point of sale (i.e. cash register) applications are old resistive touch films. This tech suffers from the drawback that in order for the resistance of the film to change you have to physically deform it to register a touch. This opens you up to all kinds of mechanical fatigue problems like the one you're talking about. Capacative touch systems (like the iphone) which work by sensing the proximity of your finger electrically don't have this problem. The material in the article sounds like an evolution of resistive touch, so it would probably still wear out after a lot of use.

Comment: Re:Won't this eventually defeat the purpose? (Score 1) 138 138

in addition to just showing a scanned word, the captcha image is contorted and corrupted. This makes captchas much much harder to solve compared to standard OCR problems. Improving and perfecting OCR is unlikely to have as much of an adverse impact on captchas as spammers hiring poor folks to solve them.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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