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Comment: Does this need a lot of CS knowledge? (Score 1) 148

by monstermash161 (#36992314) Attached to: Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online
I'd love to take this course but I know next to nothing about CS. I'm good with computers and I learned python and I can do a lot on the command line -- but anybody can do that. Basically, do people think I can float this, or is a lot of background knowledge necessary?
Science

+ - Japanese Neutrino Experiment Hints at Big Things->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Scientists working with a massive subterranean particle detector in Japan have directly observed a hoped-for phenomenon in which particles called muon neutrinos transform into others called electron neutrinos. In itself, that preliminary observation tells physicists nothing new about the relationship between matter and antimatter. However, the effect appears to be so large that it suggests future experiments now in the planning may have a far easier time spotting other phenomena. That includes a possible asymmetry between the behavior of neutrinos and antineutrinos that could explain why the universe evolved to contain so much matter and so little antimatter."
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Space

+ - Iran Plans To Put A Monkey Into Space->

Submitted by arisvega
arisvega (1414195) writes "Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country's top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite, state television reported on its website on Thursday.
"The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August 23) with a 285-kilogramme capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometres (74 miles)," said Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran's Space Organisation. No mentioning on retrieving the monkey, though."

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The Internet

+ - Hacker Account Thrives on Twitter Despite TOS->

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An anonymous reader writes "Twitter is violating its own terms of service by allowing the account for underground hacker group LulzSec to exist on its site. Despite Twitter's terms which clearly state any account that promotes illegal activity will be taken down, and despite LulzSec's blatant promotion of its hacking activities, the hacker account has amassed over 140,000 followers, and Twitter has ignored requests for comment and for the account's removal."
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Comment: Re:It's like watching a train wreck. (Score 2, Insightful) 462

by monstermash161 (#36452410) Attached to: Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

> that would like nothing more than see you out of work.

So I take it you work for one of the useless parts of the government then? :)

Reality check time. The country is broke. The days of get a job for the government because it is a job for life are over, one way or another. We in the Tea Party want to do the cutting while we still have choices, you apparently want to keep your gravy train rolling until it goes over the cliff.

To close the budget gap we have now means everything gets cut some, some gets cut all the way out. Raising taxes is simply madness in this environment, especially since the problem is too much spending, not too low taxes. Taxes as percentage of GDP are plenty high already, it is spending as percentage of GDP that is way beyond WWII levels. It is very doubtful that any tax increase in this environment would actually increase net revenue to the government. So cutting spending is the only game in town since under Obama economic growth is improbable.

But I'm looking for a candidate for POTUS that understands the right way out of this mess. We don't have any budget problems that a GDP 50% larger than we have now can't finance, especially since a growing economy means the govt's welfare state payments drop along with the rise in revenue from taxes. Getting to that happy place should be goal #1. Cuts in spending should be targeted to boosting economic growth. Regulations should be slashed in ways targeting growth. (#1, remove the EPA's ability to issue new regulations, #1 delete the entire NLRB as a warning to the rest of the regulatory morass of the risks of overreach) Create certainty in the regulatory environment to encourage investment.

Didn't really care for T-Paw until he busted loose with that basic idea in the last week or so. Still would rather Santorum or Cain but would take T-Paw over Romney any day. But I'd take any of the current field over the current socialist, Ron Paul included.

A real life Tea Party-ist? On Slashdot? You make a good argument, and there is an argument for the tea party. But seriously, read a book. Look at the history of American economic success and American rise from economic trouble, and see what economic policies were pursued at those times. (Hint: erasing the NLRB and hoping that the economy grows 50% in the next four years is not a good idea. Get a clue)

+ - U.S. Senator Calls Robotics Projets "Wastefull"->

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An anonymous reader writes "A U.S. senator has cited three robotics projects as examples of “wasteful” research that lack useful applications and shouldn’t have received government funding. In a recent report, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma accuses the National Science Foundation, the premier source of funding for science and engineering in the United States, of mismanagement and abuse."
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Government

+ - SB978 criminalizes unauthorized online perfomances->

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An anonymous reader writes "Recently introduced Senate Bill 978 would penalize unauthorized online "public performances" of copyrighted music as a felony with up to 5 years in federal prison. The bill is backed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.)."
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Programming

+ - Protothreads vs State Machines->

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An anonymous reader writes "State machines are a well-known way to write event-driven code, such as device drivers and other low-level code. Although state machines are efficient, they may lead to code that is difficult to follow because code cannot "block": every function must always return immediately. Protothreads, a widely used programming technique invented by Swedish computer scientist Adam Dunkels, allow event-driven programs to block, making it possible to use traditional programming flow control statement such as if-then-else and while loops. Miro Samek, author of the book Practical UML Statecharts in C and C++, argues that protothreads typically do not lead to cleaner code but that state machines are both more powerful and cleaner. What do Slashdot readers think: state machines or protothreads?"
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Firefox

+ - Fennecomb: Mozilla's Tablet Browser - First Look->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has a third browser coming. Following the desktop Firefox and Firefox Mobile (for Android), Mozilla will be releasing a tablet UI Firefox that is targeting Honeycomb tablets. It is the same basic browser engine but the interface is vastly different. Instead of a two-line menu bar, there is only one line. There is no tab bar and the current designs appears to be slightly complicated. Do we really need a third Firefox?"
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+ - How to reward my 100,000th tutorial visitor-> 2

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badger.foo
badger.foo writes "I've been maintaining a PF tutorial for a few years, and the tea leaves (and apache logs) tell me that in the near future my unique visitor number 100,000 will turn up. How do we celebrate the event appropriately? The tutorial has morphed into The Book of PF, so an obvious prize possibility exists, but I would welcome suggestions from Slashdot readers."
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+ - Nowshera, Pakistan Blast 14 Killed->

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An anonymous reader writes "At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded in a bakery in northwest Pakistan, police and government officials said.

“It was a remote controlled bomb planted in a dustbin at the entrance of the bakery on the main Mall Road in the garrison town of Nowshera"

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Facebook

+ - What You Should Know About Facebook EdgeRank->

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jasonfox.me
jasonfox.me writes "I am surprised by how many people that I talk to still do not realize that how significantly the Facebook Edgerank changed Facebook. The idea was to cut down on spammers and gamers I am sure, but I would rather set my own filters. Edgerank decides what content we see or don’t see on Facebook. For the average user this may not seem like a big deal, however, I think it is unfortunate that many of those users have no idea their Facebook experience is being filtered.What are your thoughts on Facebook Edgerank?"
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