Non-AC (Score: 1)

by in Weekly Update on 2014-04-14 06:47 (#127)


That's no moon. (Score: 2, Funny)

by in First Exomoon Discovered? on 2014-04-11 18:49 (#120)

It's a space station!

Re: In Response to Editor's Note (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Link between video games and violence might be user frustration on 2014-04-09 18:05 (#11D)

Woops, side effect of raising the default moderation score to 1 for non-AC comments.

Should be fixed now.

Re: rss? (Score: 1)

by in RSS Feed on 2014-04-07 21:41 (#10G)

Maybe use the bright orange feed icon to make it stand out more?

RSS and Atom feeds (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Where to find credible, interesting science and tech stories to submit? on 2014-04-04 23:52 (#ZP)

Most news sites have a RSS or Atom feed. Subscribe to them with your favorite feed reader, or even a feed page, like the one offered here, so that you can get an overview of many different sites all at once. If you see something interesting, submit it; even if it's just a link. There is a voting mechanism in the pipe to help filter out the bland stuff and promote the good stuff.

Re: Class action screwiness (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in DRAM Manufacturers Settle in Price Fixing Class Action Suit on 2014-04-04 17:38 (#ZG)

Probably the best part of the whole thing was this line from the PDF:
In addition, Defendants have agreed not to engage in the conduct, that is the subject of the lawsuits, and have also agreed to compliance training and cooperation.

Time to pick a new one (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Mozilla foundation's new CEO causes concern due to anti-gay-marriage views on 2014-04-03 23:39 (#Z2)

Seems he is stepping down as CEO.

Price Stability (Score: 1)

by in Bitcoin Explained in Five Minutes on 2014-04-03 09:45 (#YR)

I think Bitcoin's lack of price stability over short periods is its biggest hurdle ATM.

For example, you have 1 BTC: two weeks ago it was worth $150, last week it was worth $1100, this week it's value is $450. Hardly confidence inspiring.

Re: A litle confused about the info here (Score: 1)

by in Kerbal Space Program on 2014-04-03 02:14 (#YM)

Is Kerbal a NASA program?

My knowledge of it only comes from XKCD: Six Words and ADD (title text only)

Different levels (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Mozilla foundation's new CEO causes concern due to anti-gay-marriage views on 2014-04-02 03:52 (#XX)

The Costco example was simply an accidental misnaming of merchandise. It was nothing too serious and was quickly remedied by the company when someone complained.

The Firefox example was one individual donating his own money to an organization. Again, hardly an issue and barely related to the company.

Chick-fil-a was using the company's policies to push their religious views. Starting to slide down that slippery slope here.

The Hobby Lobby case was - geez - the company challenging the healthcare of their own employees to serve their own religious beliefs. Sure hope SCOTUS knocks some sense into that company.

Re: Great interview (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Can a Requirement for Credentials Be Overcome in Science Today? on 2014-04-02 03:27 (#XW)

You can defiantly excel at computer science without a formal degree. With a lot of self-taught "street smarts" from working in the practical word, you can do some neat stuff. But, some of the more academic upper level courses are amazingly insightful.

Although I opted for "just the B.S." credential, I took over a dozen upper level classes that had zero effect on my chosen degree. And wow those classes where neat. You are unlikely to develop a large Prolog application in the real world. Or build a fully functional MIPS CPU using only NAND gates. Or understand the differences between Third normal form and Boyce Codd normal form. Or apply the math behind transformation matrices and construct your own 3D rendering library. Or calculate the bandwidth of digital communication channels with the Nyquist theorem. Etc, etc...

My point being, those that skip the formal classes are skipping a significant amount of background knowledge behind the degree. You can still get this knowledge on your own self-study schedule, but the University has it all wrapped up in a neat little package for you.

Re: Innacurate Icons (Score: 1)

by in Logo Contest and Other Updates on 2014-04-02 00:09 (#XT)

I went through no less than 5 different gun icons. They all looked like crap IMO but I was spending too much time on it and I really just wanted something better than a chemistry beaker for the recent "gunshot victim" article. This icon in particular will probably get replaced.

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 1)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-04-01 14:15 (#XD)

Is it too late to recheck the box 'garish colors?'
You can recast your vote as many times as you like. Simply click the vote link. Your old votes, obviously, get replaced by the new ones.

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-03-31 23:24 (#WV)

Oh, or the abuse of scrolling to animate the page. I'm not really sure what you call it, but here is an example:

Re: Testing 一 二 三 (Score: 1)

by in Logo Contest and Other Updates on 2014-03-31 17:34 (#WM)

Αυτά μου φαίνονται αλαμπουρνέζικα.

Testing 一 二 三 (Score: 1)

by in Logo Contest and Other Updates on 2014-03-31 17:28 (#WK)

γειά σου
Fancy quotes: “hello world”
Em dashes: foo – bar
Math: sin²(θ) + cos²(θ) = 1

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-03-31 17:16 (#WJ)

ROFL. At first I was wondering if you where speaking in haiku, or maybe you where still lost in Usenet with the manual line breaks, but then I read the Capitalized vertical letters.


Re: Battery Recycling (Score: 1)

by in Tesla's Lithium-Ion batteries causing a ruckus in the USA and China on 2014-03-25 19:26 (#TQ)

There is just not enough known lithium deposits for every car owner to go out and buy an electric vehicle. Heck, according to this article, there isn't enough lead for a similar massively scaled lead-acid battery. Recycling old batteries would at least help.

Re: Wired... (Score: 1)

by in Tesla's Lithium-Ion batteries causing a ruckus in the USA and China on 2014-03-25 19:16 (#TP)

I think mounting a pad under your desk surface to covert it into a wireless charging top would be neat. Just place your mouse, phone, music player, etc on top of the desk and the field created by the pad would power the device and begin trickle charging it. There are already some products that do something similar, but the pad is placed on top of the desk (very short range transmission) and the phone normally needs a bulky case to hide the receiver coil (not many phones have this built in).

Doesn't Matter (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in Electronic Cigarettes May Not Help Smokers Quit on 2014-03-25 10:36 (#T0)

Anything that keeps me from having to smell ashtray when a smoker walks by is OK in my book. From my experience, the vapors of e-cigs are simply unnoticeable. And even if they where noticeable by a non-smoker, they tend to be pleasant - strawberry flavored pleasant.

Benefits of non-smokers forced to be around chain smokers > anything on the smoker end.

Re: I don't care (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls on 2014-03-24 17:56 (#SH)

Sim City, at least, has an offline mode now. Too bad they didn't start with it, they could have avoided a lot of bad press and flames.

Re: A small bug (Score: 3)

by in Pipedot Status Update on 2014-03-24 11:55 (#S2)

Thanks. Fixed.

Battery Recycling (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Tesla's Lithium-Ion batteries causing a ruckus in the USA and China on 2014-03-24 11:49 (#S0)

The lead acid battery recycling program (for automobile batteries) is one of the most successful recycling programs ever. Here's hoping that a similar program will exist for all these new Lithium car battery packs.

Re: Beginning of something more. (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Cable TV subscribers down for the first time on 2014-03-21 21:45 (#RE)

Although there is a bit of a time delay, I'm happy with the blurays of HBO's Game of Thrones and Rome from Netflix.

North Korean Traffic Girls (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Street Light Robots of Kinshasa on 2014-03-21 21:08 (#RB)

Stainless version of the north Korean traffic girls ?

Re: keep it up (Score: 3, Funny)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-21 04:46 (#QQ)

It seems that, currently, the NSA backdoor "feature" is 3x more popular than the daily mailer! :)

links (Score: 1)

by in Operation Windigo - Linux ssh exploit and bot net on 2014-03-20 08:09 (#PT)

Re: More options (Score: 1)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 20:11 (#NS)

Maybe you could add this link/meta-data, to make the feed more accessible?

Re: keep it up (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 20:09 (#NR)

Submit stories!

Chrome (Score: 3, Funny)

by in Mozilla pulls the plug on Win8 version of Firefox, citing lack of demand on 2014-03-18 09:25 (#N0)

I think Chrome has a metro interface. I've never seen it though.

Re: Can't figure out how to include links in summary (Score: 1)

by in Microsoft Tools Group Adopts Open Floor Plan on 2014-03-18 09:04 (#MZ)

Ampersands where disabled until this weekend. They should work now.

Approval Voting (Score: 5, Informative)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-16 05:45 (#KF)

More information on this poll can be found here.

And yes, the NSA option is a joke !

Wow (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Dicephalic Parapagus Twins Born in India on 2014-03-16 05:12 (#KE)

I hadn't heard of Abby and Brittany before. That's so cool how they've learned to share the same body, even to the point of typing on a keyboard.

Are Aeron chairs worth it? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in What do you use for an ergonomic workstation? on 2014-03-15 22:28 (#K6)

The fake leather in my own office chairs have formed some uncomfortable cracks, and I've been looking for a good replacement. I've heard some people rave about the Herman Miller Aeron chairs, but I'm a little put off by their $600+ prices. Are they really worth it? Or are you just paying for the brand? If that's the case, can anyone recommend a knock-off version at a reasonable price point? :P

ampersands (Score: 1)

by in What do you for an ergonomic workstation? on 2014-03-15 21:25 (#K5)

apples & oranges

&alpha to ω

Re: 2016 (Score: 2, Funny)

by in How America Celebrates Pi Day on 2014-03-15 20:25 (#K4)

Just a preview button!

I think the main reason why there is no edit button on slash-like sites is because of the comment moderation. Otherwise, you could write a very good comment, wait for it to get +5, Informative and then edit it to say something troll-ish.

xkcd (Score: 4, Funny)

by in How America Celebrates Pi Day on 2014-03-15 04:49 (#JS)

It's like xkcd knew to put this out a few days ago. So that we could all repost it today!

This magazine doesn't work (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Preschoolers Better At Figuring Out How Gadgets Work Than College Students on 2014-03-14 05:38 (#J4)

I find it amazing watching a 1-2 year old child successfully use a tablet or other gadget then try the same pitch to zoom on a dead tree magazine.

My Experience (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Women Avoid STEM Degrees to Get Better Grades? on 2014-03-14 05:26 (#J3)

When I was in college, the school would kick you out of the program if your GPA dropped below a certain threshold in the core classes (science, math, etc) and higher threshold for classes in your field (computer science for me.) Furthermore, the thresholds where quite high, 3.0 and 3.5, I believe.

The school allowed anyone to "drop" a class without any GPA penalty if done by a certain date. This led to the mass-abandonment of the harder classes midway through the semester. After this date, a lecture hall of 300 calculus (or whatever) students instantly became less than a hundred.

Note (Score: 1)

by in Ten Years of Google's Summer of Code on 2014-03-13 18:01 (#HP)

Not formated in story form. Sorry ^^

Resolved (Score: 1)

by in SoylentNews held to ransom on 2014-03-13 17:59 (#HN)

Matt Angels' post seems to have answered most of the dangling questions.

Re: Are there plans for pipedot to allow non-Javascript? (Score: 5, Informative)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-12 10:41 (#GY)

Yes. Goto your account settings page and uncheck the "Enable JavaScript" option. At the moment, the server-side rendering defaults to "expand everything" but the collapse logic will soon be available as a threshold setting there as well.

Re: Usenet (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-12 10:36 (#GX)

Done. The "Enable JavaScript" checkbox in your settings page is now honored across the board. The site won't use (or even download) a single line of JavaScript with the option turned off.

Re: New meme please! (Score: 2, Informative)

by in When someone near me says "Daylight Savings Time" instead of "Daylight Saving Time" I ... on 2014-03-12 08:11 (#GV)

Interesting, I always associated it with Calvin and Hobbes.

Re: Usenet (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-11 21:13 (#G8)

Those changes are set to be pushed either later tonight or early tomorrow.

Re: Usenet (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-11 18:35 (#FQ)

Ya, that s'qute site is pretty slick. I'd suggest everyone checking it out, if you haven't yet.

Re: That's a one-sided summary... (Score: 1)

by in SoylentNews held to ransom on 2014-03-11 13:44 (#EG)

Ya, I'd say wait until the SN staff post a formal response to the whole thing.

Year One (Score: 5, Funny)

by in Sony and Panasonic Teaming Up For New Optical Disk Format on 2014-03-10 21:49 (#DT)

A long time ago, Before Compact disks, I shall call this period "BC", people made due with analog recording devices. Then came the enlightenment of the optical disk. And there was much rejoicing. Much storage was available for pr0n and pictures of cute animals playing the piano. But the users soon fell unwell, for the disk formats of old could not support the massive needs of dvd::rip and MakeMKV. Now cometh the Archival Disk, I shall call this period "AD", and again there was much rejoicing.

Re: Deeper problem (Score: 1)

by in How Not to Write an API on 2014-03-10 20:46 (#DB)

I think, thus far, the trig CAPTCHA on the sign-up form may have averted the first round. Now, if I could only find some wood to knock on...

Re: Deeper problem (Score: 5, Informative)

by in How Not to Write an API on 2014-03-10 15:08 (#CJ)

And don't forget to salt them too! Lots of people always seem to forget the salt.