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Comment: Great thing about "perceptions"... (Score 1) 290

by jimbudncl (#28001995) Attached to: Hacking Our Five Senses and Building New Ones
Even if you think your "eyes have been opened" (no pun intended), just give it time. You'll soon realize, again, how narrow minded you used to be.

Trust me, this will continue for(;;) until you realize the truth... you no longer fscking care ;)

Only then will you have enlightenment (or will you?!?!, sucka!)

Comment: Here's to you... (Score 1) 209

by jimbudncl (#27972381) Attached to: How Google's High Speed Book Scanner De-Warps Pages
Mr. Google book scanner page flipper guy!

When the rest of humanity vomits reflexively at the thought of turning the pages of 7+ million books, you prevail by showing us that, even if your job sucks, you can take pride in it. Some how.

So here's to you, crack open a cold Bud Light and keep on flippin'.

Comment: That's.... really not smart. (Score 5, Insightful) 545

by jimbudncl (#27912475) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Seeks Interesting Route To "Pay" Fine
Car analogy: That's like using a bullhorn to tell the cops outside your house that you'll be out shortly to stick a banana in their tail pipe. When you get there, you'll find a 46" diameter tail pipe and you'll only have a one banana.

TPB may have gotten themselves in trouble, and been convicted by a biased court, but playing silly games isn't going to solve any problems. Childish acts, even if committed by thousands of kids on the inernet, will never amount to more than a flea on the war machine that is corporate greed. They have an organized team fueled by money, and you've got pent-up angst fueled by living in your mom's basement.

Who do you think will win?

Comment: Re:I say, Let them eat plagiarism. (Score 1) 289

by jimbudncl (#27749799) Attached to: Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism
I'm glad someone bestowed you with the will to achieve.

I'm not sure if you realize it, but we're waving the same flag. If teacher's didn't have time to sniff out students who plagiarize, they're certainly not giving 1000%. Coming up with a system to automate plagiarism detection is just removing the human factor another step from our education system, when what we need is more human interaction. I'd say take all the effort being put into these systems, and spend it on educating teachers and improving wages to attract more talent (I know some teachers give 1000%, even though they're underpaid... but there aren't enough of them to teach the world).

Of course my humorist slap at this article doesn't apply to the real world... it's suppose to spawn discussion. Thanks for playing ;)

Comment: I say, Let them eat plagiarism. (Score 1) 289

by jimbudncl (#27746789) Attached to: Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism
Seriously, if the teachers don't have the time to identify it and the students are hell bent on doing it... let it happen. Perhaps that's the only way these people will learn anything about the subject matter anyway.

And when they graduate, get a job, and completely fail... that'll be a nice wake up call. Sure, some will succeed (PHBs, anyone?)... but I doubt catching them in school would change the end result much.

Face it, some problems aren't worth the time it takes to solve them, especially when you're approaching them the wrong way from the start.

Queue: whining about how it'll make schools/univeristies look bad when their students fall on their faces in the real world. (I think I'm gonna cry)

Comment: Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 370

by jimbudncl (#27733945) Attached to: GE Introduces 500GB Holographic Disks
In attempting (and succeeding, apparently) at humor, you hit the nail on the head. Magnetic storage, in its current form, can only go so far. At some point, the track of this technology will end, and we'll all be left stranded.

Except, a new technology is inevitably going to emerge before that happens... maybe this is it! We knock it now, but we may all be using this (or some derivation of it) sooner than we think.

And for a new technology, this pricing is pretty good. We'll see what actually happens, of course ;)

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.