Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:It's a laptop... (Score 1) 320

No, it's a heavy, non-portable tablet [...] and a bizarre, unintuitive OS.

Have you personally used one?

Disclaimer: I'm full-time Linux user of 8 years with a newer ultrabook and an Asus Transformer Prime tablet. I also have a friend who works at Microsoft and has a Surface Pro to show off.

I used one last weekend, and I was quite impressed. Granted, I'm not gonna buy one because of the price, battery life, etc. But the hardware feels solid; it's barely heavier than the Transformer tablet. The screen is as responsive as an iPad, and the OS feels very intuitive (Windows 8 was made for tablets, right?). I didn't realize at the time that it's as powerful as an ultrabook, but that makes it even more compelling. Rather than the optional keyboard, a dock with a proper keyboard would be awesome. Now if the OS was only POSIX-compatible...

Comment Re:Actually modern American English sounds more... (Score 1) 516

This is a popular myth, but not actually true. Both American and British accents have diverged greatly from the accents the Pilgrims would have had.

There's some truth in it---diaspora communities generally retain original language features longer than the mother community. But you're right because Americans have long since stopped deferring to the UK as the mother community, and have accepted their own variations as "correct" instead of as "deviations". This is evidenced by the fact that Americans refer to UK Englishes as accents and consider themselves to have no accent.

Comment Re:To the Bane of Grammar Nazi. (Score 1) 287


"through" is an adverb indicating a passage between locations or a change of state. "threw" is the past tense of throw.

Except that "through" is functioning as a preposition in the GP's sentence:

I may just be bitter because going threw school I had...

If you're unconvinced, try substituting an adverb or another preposition:

* ...because going quickly school I had...
...because going to school I had...

Comment Re:Isn't this a normal US-vocal thing? "registeRRR (Score 1) 331

Creaky voice/Vocal fry is very common. In English it occurs normally as people dip into notes lower than their normal range, and the article is reporting findings that people do it as a speaking style. In other languages, it happens at the bottom of the 3rd tone in Mandarin Chinese, and in Hausa it is a distinguishing feature: [ ja: ] (without creaky voice) means "he" and [ ~ja: ] (with creaky voice... the tilde should be under the j) means "daughter".

ref: Ladefoged, Peter. A Course In Phonetics, Fifth Edition. 2006.

Comment Re:Bad... (Score 1) 239

That's like saying in 1811 that it'll take a century to get somewhere, because at the time the fastest thing is a horse or a sailboat. But by 1911 there's trains and steamships.

I feel like you may have missed the point. Adapting your analogy, consider that the sequencing step speeds up too, and is now an airplane. How will the trains and steamships keep up?

Comment Re:Bad... (Score 1) 239

It's tremendously useful to through out data sometimes. It's called feature pruning. Get rid of the noise and the patterns become more lucid.

The problem here, it appears, is that sequencing is becoming cheaper and faster than processing the data, so unless the storage/transfer/processing methods and resources improve at a similar rate, they're guaranteed to be overwhelmed with data.

In other words, "Sure I can process this data in an hour. Put in the queue and I'll get to it in about a year.". Processing the data then takes a year, and this wait time will only increase.

Slashdot Top Deals

Any given program will expand to fill available memory.