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Comment Please clarify... (Score 1) 553

I'm missing how not finding large gravity waves means that they don't exist. I get the Copernican principal of mediocrity (we live in a rather typical corner of the universe), but it still seems the conclusion violates basic scientific method: just cause I don't see it, doesnt mean it doesn't exist. I would understand if the experiment were detecting something thats predicted in great quantities (neutrinos,) but IIRC gravity waves (as opposed to gravitational fields) are supposed to be quite rare -- caused by only a few rather large events. Now maybe I'll go RTFA and see if its jsut a usual /. sensationalized summary.

Comment Nice Job Self Promoting. (Score 1) 782

I'm not hating the player. But Yes this was a nice slashvertisement.Nice job promoting a game, and offering promotional pricing.
And yes sell the game. Its called the GPL, not the BPL (Broke-ass public license). Sell it at $2.99 -- you are not bound by anything other than what the GPL requires of you and you are meeting it. The issue is APPLE not you. Apple's tight control of the app store makes it such that a dupe but free app likely won't get approved. App store aside, anyone can package it for a jailbroken iphone.
Go make money young guys! Don't be ashamed of making/improving something and charging for it. If you are grateful and make good money throw the community a bone -- pay for a community forum, donate some cash to the orginal devs or your favorite map designer.

Comment Re:Don't care how they do it.. (Score 1) 176

So true. Gmail and Hotmail are both incredible at their spam filters. I do get a few more false positives at hotmail though -- but thats also where I send all my receipts and mailing lists so its understandable. With Gmail its pretty flawless -- just one spam message a month or so gets through. As with others -- yes Yahoo filters seem to suck in spam. Especially 419 type spam.

Comment Re:Idiots. (Score 1) 259

It's faster than XP. What's not to like about it?

Oh, I don't know, maybe the whole thing about being, you know, Windows? Complete with viruses, DRM, spyware, MS deciding my rights, product activation, having to call MS if I upgrade my mobo and other substantial parts at once, oh and the whole paying money for it thingy.

Comment Sprint: Kill your business. (Score 1) 232

Sprint is writing a book: how to kill your business. You have an underutilized network, and are shedding customers so what do you do -- you don't allow yourself to have a huge competitive advantage.

Here's an idea: allow tethering. Limit it to 50 megs a day. Charge a $1 more is you want to get unlimited tethering that day. Simple. Your casual user isn't going to get a card. Your business user isn't going to tether all the time when corp headquarters can get a laptop wwan built in. Plus aren't you supposed to be pushing XOHM wimax sometime soon?

Comment High Poverty Areas (Score 2, Interesting) 716

What happens when the kids performance becomes an important contribution to family income? Then the kid actually can't score well on a subject and ? What happens when a kid hits the news for being beaten by a parent for not scoring well? What happens when kids cheat to score higher? What happens when its easier to mug the kid who did well then to be the kid that did well? Its a piss poor solution to complex problem.

Comment 2 proposals (Score 1) 82

1) Use math. Store only X number of connections. Distribute enough copies that statistically speaking all parts (with parity data) are always available. Distribute it on Adeona installs, where the storage requirements would be # of copies * size of entries * redunancy. If you only keep say the last 30 entries, that shouldn't be much of a table. The data should just be encrypted to a pgp key. users can either keep a copy of the key or pay to have adeona create a key pair and store it for them.

2) Use the cloud, or a personal server. Dump into an amazon s3 account or a user specified server. The user pays for any s3 storage (pennies), if it goes to s3, nothing for their own.

Comment Just Sensationalism (Score 1) 1365

I don't have a problem with TFA other than its sensationalist title. Really? Do desktop users want to run AD & LDAP on their machines? I didn't know grandma would be compiling from source with different compiler flags. I know grandpa wants nothing less than to be able to set his mixer settings for digital line in. Most users don't need these features, nor will they encounter the issues. It's not a bad "To Fix" list and I agree with most of the list -- but its a far cry from its title.

Moral of the story: to get your post on slashdot, make sure your title fans the fanboy flamewars.

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