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Comment: The basic skill (Score 1) 504

by rasmusbr (#48223525) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

The basic critical thinking skill is to approach the material with some reasonable questions in mind and see how it answers them and if it answers them at all. Try using the search function, or the glossary.

Fun experiment: ask a recent college grad how many of their books in college had glossaries. The correct answer is of course all (or nearly all) of them.

Comment: Re:Skewed Bell Curve (Score 1) 161

by rasmusbr (#48222557) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

There is a pretty decent bell curve at 250 votes. But it is skewed towards the bigger screens. I really thought it would skew even more. I suspect as more people use a Phablet in coming years, this poll will evolve.

It will surely evolve, but who knows in which direction.

I think I'll ultimately end up using a 4.75" phone, a 8" tablet, a 12" tablet with detachable keyboard and a 25"+ multi-screen desktop PC.

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by rasmusbr (#48185433) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Which manned space program are you talking about?

Odds are Elon Musk will pick the crew for the next US manned mission, based on recruitment and testing done at SpaceX. There is something to be said for sending elderly people on the first test flights, since that minimizes the loss of life-years in the event of a fatal accident... But there are probably more important criteria. The top candidates will perhaps be ex-NASA astronauts in their early 60's / late 50's.

Comment: Age-old answer (Score 1) 838

by rasmusbr (#48160587) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

There is an age-old answer to the question of income and wealth differences. Income differences in a society are good to the extend that, in the big scheme of things, they lead to a situation where the poorest are better off than they would have been if the differences were lower.

The problem is that it is not easy to evaluate whether this is true in a society.

Comment: Re:Is that a Nexus 6 in your pocket..... (Score 1) 201

by rasmusbr (#48153779) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

I'm planning on making rubberized case with a handle that turns you phablet into a ping-pong paddle. It'll come with an app that tracks your movements and the movements of the ball using the sensors and camera on the phone, in order to give you advice on how to improve your game.

Wait, does Kickstarter accept obviously sarcastic submissions?

Comment: Re: symbols, caps, numbers (Score 1) 549

by rasmusbr (#48138941) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Well, for starters it will protect your client side script from choking on an unreasonably large input.

I can't think of a legitimate reason why anyone would want to cut and paste a arbitrarily long texts into any form of any sort anywhere. There should always be an upper limit based on what the legitimate needs are.

Comment: Re: symbols, caps, numbers (Score 1) 549

by rasmusbr (#48134975) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

They probably have a client-side script that makes it hard to submit a long password.

Those of you who think that there mustn't be a limit to the size, consider what happens when some joker opens a text editor, types a word and then does this repeatedly a few times:

Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Arrow key down, Ctrl-v

Comment: Maybe people are catching on... (Score 1) 238

Maybe people are catching on to the fact that a lot of what passes for advanced technology these days only amounts to the arrangement of pixels on screens.

Previous waves of technologies liberated us from hard work. The Internet wave, while impressive, has not really been able to do that.

And no, sites that help wealthier people buy services such as cooking, cleaning and driving from poorer people don't count, since the work is still done by a human. I'm talking about machines or devices that physically make work easier, or does work automatically. Like the washing machine. The washing machine is so far probably the best machine, or robot really, that we have invented in terms of how much work it saves per dollar. A 1930's invention, which predates computers. It's sad when you think about it.

I hope the breakthroughs are just around the corner and that soon we will have our self-driving cars and our household robots that do chores and what not. Until then I doubt we will see much excitement from the general public.

Comment: Re:Costs (Score 4, Funny) 315

by rasmusbr (#48096495) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

We'd obviously have to situate it off-world and use some sort of electromagnetic beam to send the generated energy to earth. Heck, given the amount of extra power generated, we could just send off the energy everywhere and there'd still be enough hitting the earth. We could then use devices here to convert that energy into electricity.

I oppose this idea, especially out of care for the children. I think the giant fusion reactor would have to be situated too close to schools and nature preserves and other sensitive areas and I don't think the radiation risks have been thoroughly analyzed and quantified.

Look, I'm not opposed to giant balls of hydrogen as long as you build them in suitable places. There are many examples where they have put them light-years away from Earth, where there aren't any schools or preschools, and I'm all in favor of those ones.

Comment: Because they are really dumb (Score 1) 249

by rasmusbr (#48083661) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Oh, look, this guy just bought a new fridge. Let's show him lots of fridge ads. Oh, look he clicked one of the fridge ads! Wow, this guy is really into fridges.

Meanwhile in guy's home...

Guy: "Hmm, this fridge looks about as good as the one I bought and the price is about the same. Yeah, I feel good about my purchase. Not going to return it. See you in 15 years, fridge sellers."

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