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Comment: Looking for an "app" is the problem (Score 1) 163

by tjhayes (#46749865) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

If you simply go to google and search for "cheapest parking", the first result is bestparking.com.

Don't limit yourself by searching for "apps". The world existed before "apps" came along. Good old fashioned websites that you find with a google search are just as viable now as they were years ago.

Comment: Doesn't actually allow comparing plans (Score 1) 499

by tjhayes (#45401035) Attached to: How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov
The website looks nice, but it doesn't actually allow you to compare the different plans to each other. All it shows is the name of the plans that are available. To get any details regarding deductible/copay/out of pocket max you have to call the plan provider directly. I'm not sure how useful that really is.

Comment: Steve Job's mobile platform strategy (Score 1) 483

by tjhayes (#33281052) Attached to: Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away
I think it is hyperbole to say that "Steve Jobs is betting his mobile platform on the demise of Flash". Steve may not like Flash, but if Flash continues to exist it does not spell death for the iPhone/iPad. Those iDevices will continue to exist perfectly fine on their own regardless of whether Flash exists or not.

Comment: Re:Try it out (Score 3, Informative) 72

by tjhayes (#32779834) Attached to: Google Acquires ITA Software, Regulators May Balk
It's significantly better than "really quite good". It is EXCELLENT. It's very quick, and the searches it executes can be VERY customizable. Let's say you wanted to fly from NYC to LAX, only on United, with exactly 1 stop, and that stop MUST be in Chicago. ITA can perform that exact search for you. It's really quite amazing how well it works.
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment: Re:But (Score 0) 280

by tjhayes (#30092740) Attached to: Bernie Madoff's Programmers Arrested

t is clear that their high-speed trading is effectively a zero sum game and by enriching themselves, they are not providing greater prosperity for others. So long as I can still make money day trading on the stock market, I don't care. And I CAN still make money.

It is clear that you and many others do not understand the terms "zero sum game" and "providing prosperity for others". Just because YOU or some other bank CAN make money, does not mean that greater prosperity is being created. All that is happening is money is moving from one place to another, aka "zero sum game". Creating true prosperity for others would require companies doing actually innovative work that bring products to market that better the AVERAGE LIVES OF ALL THE WORLDS PEOPLE. Clearly this does not happen by providing day-trading.

It's funny.  Laugh.

What If They Turned Off the Internet? 511

Posted by timothy
from the very-funny-now-where-is-slashdot dept.
theodp writes "It's the not-too-distant future. They've turned off the Internet. After the riots have settled down and the withdrawal symptoms have faded, how would you cope? Cracked.com asked readers to Photoshop what life would be like in an Internet-addicted society learning to cope without it. Better hope it never happens, or be prepared for dry-erase message boards, carrier pigeon-powered Twitter, block-long lines to get into adult video shops, door-to-door Rickrolling, Lolcats on Broadway, and $199.99 CDs."

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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