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Comment Re:RGB (Score 1) 511

That's my point though. How can a apx 515nm wavelength be a fully saturated green if the L cone is also being activated to some degree?

The definition of color is essentially in relation to wavelength. If we agree on a definition of red and blue, then wouldn't green be the point between those two? If not, then how would you define green?

What the physical reaction is to the stimulus of green is irrelevant to the definition of the color. We don't define colors based on our perception, we defined the "green cone" based on the color is activates most on.

I agree with your general premise, that it would make sense to work backwards from our perceptions to define arbitrary items like color. However, the world evolved the other way. We were able to take a swatch of cloth and label it "red" before we were able to determine what wavelength set of what cones (and even before we knew cones existed). So the definitions of color are what we base the cones on, not the other way around. To go back and say "the people who labeled the colors first were wrong, and so I reject your definition of green on personal grounds" is an interesting argument, but not one based in accepted science or use of language.

Comment The future? (Score 2, Interesting) 34

This is why I'm afraid of cars in the future. They'll have all these safety features, people will forget how to drive (even the little bit they know) and rely on the car, and things will go wrong.


"had a human been driving, he or she would have noticed the system was not operating correctly"

And they would have ignored it. Like every check engine light in the world that no one cares about.

Comment Re:wow (Score 1) 247

Since our last "grammar" reform, new rules brang both closer; that separation might be unneeded from now on.

It's not a grammatical reform, it's an orthographical reform (spelling). In my opinion, it's rather useless, seeing as both countries will still have important grammatical and especially vocabulary differences.

It may be possible to write valid Portuguese for both countries, but it'll still be necessary to localize for anything but single words.

Comment Re:Questionable claims (Score 1) 182

That's a true statement, but irrelevant to the specific complaint. The fan site does not "sell" anything. Thus, there is no product that could be confused with any Games Workshop product. And if the issue is just confusion of who provides the site, a simple disclaimer (which they do have) should be sufficient to clear that up.

If they have a case, it's not because of any issue you brought up (and looks to me like they don't have a case, but they have lawyers who wanted to pay off their second house).

Comment Re:It works for printers (Score 1) 511

The additional cartridges in photo printers are not different colors; they're different densities. Fine variations in print density can be achieved with the "thinner" inks, and the "thicker" inks can be applied for high density without saturating the paper (in the wetness sense, not the color sense).

Submission + - Graduate with bad grades or repeat an year? 16

An anonymous reader writes: I'm a CS Student within one year of graduation.
Because of financial reasons I've been working on a full time basis for the past 2 years + worked on an open source project.
This has brought me from B+ & A in my first two years of college to somewhere in the mists of C and lower.
I now have enough money to sustain myself for two years of schooling.
I've got two choices:
  • a) repeat one year, repair all my bad grades and graduate with better grades but with a mark that I repeated one school year
  • b) graduate with lower grades but with no repeated year.
I'd like to know the opinion of recruiters out there: if you had two candidates which ranked similarly during the interviews but one is of type a) the other of type b), which would you favour?
The Internet

Submission + - Small Developers (

jbiesi writes: An independent developer that I've worked with in the past created a little app using the new facebook API's, but he never saw that the response could be so huge. Now in addition to the all the questions about how he can maintain and improve his work, he is also facing questions to buy his app and offer him jobs. Can anyone in the slashdot community offer him advice/moral support?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Robot Chicken does Star Wars (

An anonymous reader writes: The much awaited Star Wars parody from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show, Robot Chicken. Pretty damn funny.

Submission + - LiveJournal, and the "Warriors for Innocence&#

An anonymous reader writes: A group/person calling themselves "Warriors for Innocence" went poking around Livejournal users' interests lists, ostensibly looking for keywords that would point to unsavory content unsuitable for children, and specifically looking for potential pedophiles.

Based on the keywords and account names submitted, LJ over-reached and yanked dozens of accounts regardless of context,including child abuse survivor communities,fan-fiction blogs written in the p.o.v. of villians, and a community for discussing "Lolita" by Nabokov. Users who inquired to date have gotten predictably boilerplate & lawyerly responses about TOS violations.

Summary, and pointers to users more directly affected, here:

Submission + - High paying jobs in math and science?

An anonymous reader writes: Where are the high paying jobs for those good in math and science at? I've heard about math and science shortages for almost two decades now, and I was wondering what high salary/high demand jobs have resulted from these shortages. Most science majors I know actually make less than teachers (in Texas teachers make $38-40K to start for nine months work). In terms of money, what career would you pursue coming out of college right now with a math or science degree?
United States

Submission + - Contaminated Food & Toxic Products from China

reporter writes: ""The Washington Post" (TWP) has just issued a report documenting the numerous incidents of contaminated food and toxic products imported from China. TWP states, "China's less-than-stellar behavior as a food exporter is revealed in stomach-turning detail in FDA 'refusal reports' filed by U.S. inspectors: Juices and fruits rejected as 'filthy.' Prunes tinted with chemical dyes not approved for human consumption. Frozen breaded shrimp preserved with nitrofuran, an antibacterial that can cause cancer. Swordfish rejected as 'poisonous.'""

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