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Comment: Re:Android is a toy (Score 1) 163

by just another AC (#41293571) Attached to: Toys R Us Unveils Android Tablet For Kids

That almost makes sense, were it not for the fact that the comparison fails here as you can get a fully functional (arguably more functional, better performing) laptop at the same price, if not less than many of the tablets out there (Sub-$400 Sandy bridge core i5's).

Your comparison fails. In this case it is specialist functionality (ie child compatible) not price to regular functionality. The more accurate comparison is saying I can get an "arguably more functional better performing" second hand car for $5000 compared to a specialist functionality road racing bicycle (eg tour de france spec) for $15,000

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 1) 840

dystopian movies about two-class societies emerging from genetics.

How about 2 class societies emerging from corporatism, corrupt politicians, and "old boys" networks. Reality is not much better for the lower classes than in those movies.

Little social mobility: check
Limited freedoms for those on the bottom: check
Different set of rules/application of laws for those on top: check
No power for majority to change this without complete upheaval: check

Comment: yay for software patents (Score 3, Insightful) 404

by just another AC (#41034871) Attached to: Google Seeks US Ban On iPhones, iPads, Macs

here we go again...

when will someone get the balls to hit the destruct button on the broken patent industry. I'm tired of reading about it, yet alone trying to keep abreast of it.

PS haven't RTFA but I am assuming this is another trivial software patent (although with MM there is a chance it is a valid hardware patent)

Comment: Re:Is it true that Chinese girl pass all drug test (Score 1) 559

by just another AC (#40860821) Attached to: The Tricky Science of Olympic Gender Testing

swimming which is the only sport measured to the thousand-of-a-second.

umm... short memory. I recall a long debate on slashdot 48 hours ago, about the timing accuracy of the starting gun in running events and detecting false starts down to the accuracy of 10,000th's and finer.

Comment: here's an idea... (Score 1) 233

by just another AC (#40858387) Attached to: Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

Just an armchair expert (on the other side of the world no less) but...

maybe try pass an amendment stating that no amendments can be considered if not directly related to the bill (or infrastructure etc needed for it's enforcement). Seems it would fix an awful lot of problems. Allow the public to decry individual evils without harming the occassional good bill.

Comment: finally - better input (Score 2) 39

by just another AC (#40820801) Attached to: Electronic Sensor Rivals Sensitivity of Human Skin

everyone has always known, garbage in garbage out.
If we can get better quality inputs into robotics, it will make the processing steps much easier.

The amount of information that comes from touch... being deaf or blind is a disadvantage, but having no sense of touch would be absolutely crippling for a human!

I have great hope that this will be a huge leap forward when it goes into production.

Comment: Who said anything about competing? (Score 1) 190

by just another AC (#40723149) Attached to: Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

The online uni brigade are trying to differentiate themselves with some kind of "qualification" at the end (a mostly worthless certificate at this stage).

Kahn academy is trying to educate purely for learning purposes (no recognition for knowledge gained).

Evidence that they can co-exist:
I recently enrolled in a Udacity course for fun. The pre-req learning list was a bunch of kahn videos
as opposed to: ... sorry couldn't resist that last bit

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