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Comment Imposter Syndrome (Score 1) 206

When you come from a lower income you are quite possibly the first and only person from your family to go to University, or maybe even finish high school. Even after doing well in High School you have no clue what to expect, and no reference points. The idea that even as a graduate you may be paid more than your parents combined is hard to get your head around for doing something you enjoy studying.
Having to do part time work to cover the costs your parent cannot doesn't help, but more than anything else there is the nagging doubt that you shouldn't be there and should go do manual labour and retail like your family was raised to do. You wonder when you will get caught and told to go back where you came from, so you tend to keep your head down and not make best use of the support systems the Uni already has in place for everybody.

You just got to be a stubborn bastard and keep at it, but any encouragement does go a long way since you just don't know how the system works.

Comment Re:Oh for fuck's sake (Score 1) 352

It is built on predicate logic and algebra. Anybody who successfully learns to be a competent programmer knows a lot more maths than they realise, they just have not learnt it as a discrete topic that they are able to name the parts of. It is maths, unless you want to go old-old-school and lump it back into philosophy, then you can call it arts.

Submission + - Samsung Receives Patent for Smart Contact Lenses (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has received a patent in South Korea for interactive contact lenses. The lenses will be formed of a transmitter, a camera, a display unit, and movement sensors. The lenses will be controlled by blinking.

The contact lenses will be able to receive streams from a near-by smartphone, which will also double as a processing unit for interactive controls, but also as a storage device for pictures take with the lens' camera. While Google and a Swiss startup have been working on contact lenses to cure medical diseases, Samsung's lenses are for experimenting with new methods of delivering augmented reality interfaces/data.

Submission + - Red dwarfs could have intelligent life-harboring planets in orbit (dispatchtribunal.com)

hypnosec writes: Red dwarfs have been one of the most sidelined celestial objects as far as search of intelligent extraterrestrials is concerned because astronomers have long believed that conditions around these old stars is not conducive for life. However, the SETI Institute now believes that there is a possibility that intelligent aliens may have evolved on planets orbiting red dwarfs and if they are present, they are an ideal choice to look for radio signals transmitted by these aliens. The Institute has announced its intentions of expanding the search for intelligent extraterrestrials by incorporating area in the vicinity of 20,000 red dwarf stars.

Submission + - Computer Created a 'New Rembrandt' After Analyzing Paintings (techienews.co.uk)

TechnoidNash writes: Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most influential classical painters, and the world lost his amazing talent when he died nearly four centuries ago. And yet his newest masterpiece was unveiled only yesterday. How? By scanning and analyzing Rembrandt’s works, a computer was able to create a new painting in near-perfect mimicry of Rembrandt’s style. It has been named, appropriately, ‘The Next Rembrandt’. Read more: http://www.techienews.co.uk/97...

Submission + - Nvidia Goes Deep With New DGX-1 Supercomputer (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Computing giant Nvidia has announced the world's first "supercomputer in a box" – the DGX-1. With a cool 170 teraflops of performance, the machine is designed to tackle the complex worlds of deep learning and artificial intelligence, areas of research requiring massive amounts of computing power.

Comment Onward and backward (Score 1) 1310

Can we get a shock collar for timothy, to encourage him to RTFA a bit closer before posting summaries :) Just a little shock... not too often...

But seriously, I was here at the start and I would like to have a reason to come back to /. It got taken off my start page and into a once a week catchup folder a few years ago. Can you take Taco out of cryo storage and reboot him? Mind you, the patch list would be a total bastard.

Comment KS terms are not relevant (Score 1) 473

A difference here is that Frontiers Developments are Europe based and bound by the consumer protections there. Things that cannot be signed away or over ridden by what KS saying in their terms.

They made a number of unambiguous statements that the mode would be available and these are almost certainly binding. Such as this 1 week before the KS closed.

That is strong grounds for a refund and they really do not want to get the consumer protection regulators involved, or generate bad will for release day reviews. The KS may have funded development, but additional sales are needed to keep the servers running and review score will decide if that happens since it is not planned to be a subscription game.
The game looks great but I will still be surprised if they are in the very small % of server based games that still have their servers online a couple of years later.

Submission + - The two winners of the Gamergate (digitimes.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: The saga of Gamergate has ended up with a whole lot of lowers, but two entities may be potentially BIG WINNERS

Digitimes has an interesting commentary on the Gamergate, something that at least, to me, toe the neutral line, with arguments that are at least logical

According to the commentary, the two potential big winners are

Google and Amazon

Comment Re:It is what it is (Score 1) 67

Yes, display port is much better, and if it was widespread enough and not a niche feature then they would be supporting it. They don't currently, so it must not be worth the investment effort. Perhaps it will make it to CV1 but there is not even the smallest mention of that yet while other targetted features have been. By CV2 HDMI2 will be established so the window where it may happen is very small.

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