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Comment: Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (Score 1) 300

Since the OR was mainly a "close to eye" usable screen with other stuff bolted around it I suspect that Facebook either found some patent in the bundle that will mean they get a cut of Google Glass or is something they think they need or can use to develop their own Glass equivalent... possibly along with a Facebook phone.

I am sad.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 769

by mindwhip (#46391463) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Hundred or so? Why not be nice and install a decent quality vending machine with subsidised (even free) coffee? Not only does it mitigate the fire risks no one ever gets the chance to complain that someone before them took the last cup and didn't make more...

And as for quality there are some really good machines out there that are better than some local coffee houses (assuming you fill it with a decent coffee)

Comment: My prefered sort... (Score 0) 195

by mindwhip (#46378587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

These are the steps I use to sort stuff...
1. Extract hard drive from computer that needs sorting.
2. Insert it into working Linux system and copy all user files that need to be kept to a directory
3. Reinstall the hard drive back into the non booting computer
4. Reinstall windows on the broken computer (or use the factory reset if it has one)
5. Transfer the needed files via a samba share to the now sorted computer.
6. Snoop through my co-workers files and post the funny ones on the internet. (optional)
7. Collect reward, and bask in the glory of being called a miracle worker and saving all those (interchangeable) photos of co-worker children etc while giving (pointless) lecture on making backups.

There are variants of this that involve using live CDs and USB drives or only doing step 4 but these can cause unwanted complications that I prefer to avoid and often result in skipping some or all of step 7.

Comment: Re:Really?!?! (Score 1) 389

by mindwhip (#46278991) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Nice try but while it is possible to admin the server itself (and any MS services) via powerscript and no GUI sometimes the (often legacy or at the very least not metro) 3rd party software the server is there to host can't be configured/run without one.

Also add into the mix development servers and developers that are being paid to integrate and extend the 3rd party software and not spend half their time writing one time scripts (or waiting days for a sever admin to approve that script depending on the local policy) to correct a trivial problem that their code created during testing that could be easily resolved with half a dozen clicks in a GUI with a limited access account.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 216

by mindwhip (#45822899) Attached to: Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

You all do realise that this is probably just a Reality TV hoax right? along the same lines as

Likely they will 'train' the winners then put them in a 'ship' with no windows and which happens to have gravity due to the 'acceleration' needed and film them with 100 hidden cameras...

They may even 'land' them in an isolated desert somewhere for a while...

Comment: It's only a proposed contract... (Score 1) 90

by mindwhip (#45551771) Attached to: Wants Participating Students' Data For 7 Years

Anyway... Putting all the privacy/Evil Overlords/Brainwashing arguments aside it hasn't been signed by anyone under duress. It is really just a starting point for negotiations between the "entity" and In the corporate world you never sign anything without legal looking at it. If it is for something important (like this is) you always negotiate better terms especially when the other party needs you more than you need them ( needs the schools more than the schools need

The first contract isn't much more than a wish list by the one drafting it. Sometimes they only include unreasonable terms just so they have something to give up in discussions instead of something less extreme that they need more. If schools/districts/whoever sign up to this unmodified they need a change of management.

Comment: Re:Self-serving philanthropy (Score 1) 90

by mindwhip (#45551647) Attached to: Wants Participating Students' Data For 7 Years

Teaching styles and results vary however due to the way data is gathered, averaged and analysed it is always possible to prove one is better than the other. If I could be be bothered (which I can't) I'm sure I could dig out several peer reviewed studies that show the bigger the class and the more standardised the material the better the education level of the population... The small class, focused teaching case falls apart compared to the fixed lesson plans scenario any time the teacher for whatever reason doesn't want to be teaching at that particular point in his/her life (this can be for many reasons ranging from illness, death of a relative all the way to plain overwork or being just an incompetent teacher).

You can determine this from anonymous aggregated data

There isare two things that I would change... 2) the extended performance data needs to be anonymous.

You're mostly agreeing with me here... The larger data set should be anonymous but there are several good reasons that at least some of the data isn't.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell