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Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 1) 190

by ripvlan (#48618267) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

Generally I would agree with you. Forking the education system seem extreme. Hopefully it is just social/cultural problem.

In the meantime, until we know different, I believe these targeted efforts could help jump start and make repair for previous sins. Obviously whatever we've been doing has caused a large gap - so we can't keep doing the same old same old.

Is the cause of the gap between men/women the same we see between classes and races? We know (or believe) that everyone is capable of achieving their personal goals - however this isn't reflected in the statistics. And I don't believe that those successful minorities (general use) are somehow Exceptional for their gender/race/class. We like to believe in the USA that anyone with a plan can breakout beyond their environment and rise to any level of their choosing.

The Republicans would say you need motivation and Dems would say you need nurturing.

Comment: Re:First amendment? (Score 1) 246

by ripvlan (#48618137) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Thanks - but what is the difference? I don't know.

If somebody broke into an office and photocopied the files in a drawer - then handed them out on the street....what is the legal implications? Sure - the first person who took a copy might not know the origin. But as more people get wind of the situation at some point people know what they have and maybe even go seeking those copies.

But I really don't know law and would like to understand this at a cursory level.

+ - BlackBerry Launches New Phone 'The Classic'->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "BlackBerry unveiled a new device on Wednesday meant to appeal to the smartphone maker’s traditional customers with signature BlackBerry phone features such as a physical keyboard and trackpad.

Dubbed the Classic, the new phone is part of the Canadian company’s plan to reignite sales and return to profitability by focusing on business customers after its previous attempt to appeal to consumer customers fell flat.

The plan also focuses on increased sales of management-device software and security services to enterprise customers.

The Classic has a traditional qwerty keyboard, a row of navigation keys to manipulate the device’s operating system and a trackpad to scroll through lists—features that made the company’s Bold device popular with lawyers, bankers and other professionals.

Smartphone Maker Seeks to Appeal to Traditional Customers With Signature BlackBerry Phone Features"

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Bluetooth to USB bridge

Submitted by technology_dude
technology_dude (1676610) writes "I work at a K-12 school and Smartboard interactive white boards are a pretty prominent part of our classroom technology. Smart Technologies, the maker of the boards we own, have a bluetooth module they sell for their older boards. It consists of a plug-in module for the controller on the back of the board and a bluetooth dongle about two inches long for the PC. Their bluetooth module reportedly doesn't play well with other bluetooth devices. Our problem is that we are wanting to move to tablets where the teacher would walk around the room using the Smartboard, mostly with Windows based devices, and the two inch dongle sticking out of a tablet just doesn't seem appropriate (breaking, damaging the tablet USB port, etc).

I am looking for a device that would take a USB connection on one side and finish out the connection with Bluetooth. Something like the USB bridge adapter here (http://www.hantzundpartner.com/hannovermesse_2013/). I have yet been able to receive any replies from a couple of different email addresses on the website. IOGear makes a USB sharing station but I don't know if it will work in this situation. The Smartboard is basically a large touchpad.

I'm hoping someone here on Slashdot can point me to a solution."

Comment: Re:First amendment? (Score 1) 246

by ripvlan (#48604375) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Where does Possession of Stolen Property enter the picture? The data, such as internal private emails, all stolen should have some kind of protection. Sure - probably not much because the cat is out of the bag.

The question I ask - if somebody has stolen something are you allowed to participate? "sorry - I found the store window broken and the cash drawer open...so I counted the money because it was in plain sight. And rifled through the secret employee documents while I was in there."

+ - A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two journals->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A scientific study by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel, and Kim Jong Fun has been accepted by two journals. Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled "Fuzzy, Homogeneous Configurations." Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals — the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology."
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+ - AdNauseam browser extension quietly clicks on blocked ads

Submitted by stephenpeters
stephenpeters (576955) writes "The AdNauseam browser extension claims to click on each ad you have blocked with AdBlock in an attempt to obsfucate your browsing data. Officially launched mid November at the Digital Labour conference in New York, the authors hope this extension will register with advertisers as a protest against their pervasive monitoring of users online activities.

It will be interesting to see how automated ad click browser extensions will affect the online ad arms race. Especially as french publishers are currently planning to sue Eyeo GmbH the publishers of Adblock."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Pseudo ADHD? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am a graduate student in his twenties who used to be able to read dozens and dozens of lengthy books in his childhood. Over the years, I have noticed that my attention span and ability to concentrate has decreased noticeably, seemingly in synchronization with society's increased connectedness with the Internet and constant stimulation from computers and mobile devices alike. I have noticed that myself and others seem to have a difficult time really sitting down to read anything or focus on anything relatively boring for even more than ten seconds (the "TL;DR Generation," as I sometimes call it). I see it when socializing with others or even during a professor's lecture. It is not that I have developed true ADHD in a clinical sense, but rather pseudo ADHD, possibly due to electronics dependence and a constant need for stimulation. I have tried leaving my mobile phone at home and limiting myself to fewer browser tabs in an effort to regain concentration that I believe has been lost in recent years. Nonetheless, this is an issue that has begun to adversely affect my academic studies and may only get worse in time. What advice do fellow Slashdot users have with regard to reclaiming what has been lost? Should such behaviors simply be accepted as a sign of the times?"

+ - Electric eels zap other fish via 'remote control'->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Electric eels produce the most powerful shocks of any fish. They can zap prey with up to 600 volts of electricity, enough to hurt even a human. But the serpentlike fish have an even more amazing trick up their sleeve, new research reveals. The eels can shock their prey from meters away--even controlling their movements to some extent, like a remote controlled taser."
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Comment: Re:Who's their test group? (Score 1) 239

by ripvlan (#48523263) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

I'm not sure where they got the idea - but who understand what drives innovators.

I've been using Inbox for awhile and at first I liked it - it solved many of the problems that I have with email in general. I use the Tabs feature in GMail which hides email I probably don't want to read. This cut down the number of times my phone said "you've got mail" -- I can batch read/delete promotions.

Great I thought! Inbox does this better?! After a week of kicking it around the block I started to like it less and less. I'm still 100% eat-the-dog-food on my phone.

Sure it has it little bugs which I can overlook. It is the concepts that I'm evaluating.

First - I'm never sure I've read all of my email. The categories sort in different places depending upon the most recent email behind door #1. If I delete an email - then the whole category slides down and sorts based upon the next most recent email.

Second - Archive vs Delete. They assume that every email you read you'll want again later. Or everything you archive you'll never look at again (kind of the SMS approach - who reads SMS a week later?!) It is easier Done a message - but takes 2 taps to delete. For me - I either want to refer to the email again, or Never see it. "Hi - here are the directions to get to X" - I might need those again. "Here's a discount offer that must be used today" It's like that pile on my desk - either something I might want to read next month - or toss it in the trash. Inbox only has 1 mode of operation --- place it on that pile on the desk.

Third - it is a task based UI design. Most operations require 2 taps to get anything done. The basics are all single taps. But the next most used features are at least 2. Open Tasklist - Pick Task. ActionList -> Action. I've seen UI designs like this before and they become tedious to use in the long run.

Everytime I open Gmail I notice emails that I have forgotten to do something with. For whatever reason I have overlooked them in Inbox. Something just isn't right. Maybe I'm using it wrong. Someone emails me a question - I can't get to it now... Snooze it? Sounded like a great feature. Out of sight out of mind. GMail - it just lingers on my list. Inbox - it can stay hidden behind door #3 such that I forget about it. I can't deal with this Now..maybe later...but Snooze forces Later...and later is defined as "when I have free time."

The zero inbox sounded great. The problem is - my inbox is more a todo list and somethings are never really done. I tag things and then archive them - family photos, cool new toolkits to take a look at etc. A collection of crap all organized and packed away.

I've given them feedback. I go back to GMail to feel relaxed and make sure all of my email is read.

+ - Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Allison Griswold reports at Slate that Pizza Hut wants to help you order your food subconsciously with a new product that is being tested at 300 locations across the UK that uses eye-tracking technology to allow diners to order within seconds using only their eyes. The digital menu shows diners a canvas of 20 toppings and builds their pizza based on which toppings they look at longest. To try again, a diner can glance at a "restart" button. "Finally the indecisive orderer and the prolonged menu peruser can cut time and always get it right," a Pizza Hut spokesperson said in a statement, "so that the focus of dining can be on the most important part — the enjoyment of eating!" According to news release from Tobii Technology, the Subconscious Menu can determine which ingredients your mind and eyes have been looking at longest in exactly 2.5 seconds. The menu then uses a powerful mathematical algorithm to identify, from 4896 possible ingredient combinations, the customer’s perfect pizza. "Tests on the Subconscious Menu have been incredibly positive with 98% of people, recommended a pizza with ingredients they love.""

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