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Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 3, Interesting) 394

by waspleg (#48223143) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Except they still want standardized, punctual, obedient, docile workers that will take substandard wages and living conditions while thanking their overlords that they're not homeless.

It's even easier when you flood the market (see Google/FaceCrook manufactured tech worker shortage for details).

+ - This app can solve differential equations, just by taking a photo of them-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Croatian startup MicroBlink built an an app that solves differential equations, just by taking a photo of the equation. If there was concern in higher education about smartphones being used to cheat in exams, now that fear has become even more justified.
The app, called PhotoMath operates in the most intuitive and easy to use manner: You just need to use your smartphone’s camera. After running the app, you aim the camera at the equation or exercise, and within seconds, without even pressing one button, the solution will appear on the screen. Just like that. To reach this level of simplicity, the application uses an advanced and fast OCR algorithm that identifies the characters and digits in front of you instantaneously. But the application does not stop there. If you want, with one click you can see all the steps taken to get to your final answer. The solution can be broken down into the step-by-step actions, and the user can simply browse back and forth between the different steps. The app currently supports arithmetic functions like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; fractions and decimals; roots and powers; and simple linear equations with one or two unknown variables. Application developers are promising that additional, more complicated functions will be introduced in the near future to solve calculus and combinatorics equations."

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Comment: Technical details? (Score 1) 144

by waspleg (#47964187) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

There are some on the wikipedia page but I suspect some of them are outdated given what's said in the article. I was interested in reading about their VM setup and how they communicate with each other and what platform they're using, etc, but I can't find any details anywhere. I went through their blog, their forums, the affiliated articles, etc. Does anyone know where one might find more details of their infrastructure?

Comment: Except the BBB isn't at all neutral (Score 1) 249

by waspleg (#47963785) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

It panders to its dues paying members. It's worse in some areas than others but I've had absolutely no resolution from some places where the BBB just auto-deleted the complaint after awhile, automatically siding with the business.

The BBB has no gov't oversight and is not accountable to anyone, but it poses like it is to give a false sense of control to consumers.

Comment: On the contrary... (Score 1) 579

by waspleg (#47703557) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yea it does, dealing with this right now at work where all staff went from Office 2K3 to 2K7 to 2K13 in the last 2 years. They all hate the changes but a handful of managers that are in a building elsewhere make these decisions without asking for the opinions of the people who actually use them. Hooray for bureaucracy.

Comment: The Register hit the nail on the head (Score 1) 337

by waspleg (#47647489) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

This article is from the end of last year. I admit I haven't looked at them since, maybe their not terrible now.

However, I have a Surface RT from work running an nvidia tegra 3. I can count on one hand the number of times I've used it. Mine is jailbroken to run classic start and putty and a few other things but it's locked down with a "secure" bootloader aka can't run fuck all else and is essentially an even more crippled version of Windows 8 (which I personally loathe). Kindles have gone this direction too, shitty walled gardens.

Don't vote for this kind of garbage with your money.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.