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Why “We The People” Should Use Random Sample Voting

January 3rd, 2013 01:40 admin View Comments

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Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes this week with his explanation of how an improved algorithm on the White House’s petition-creation site could do away with Death Star petitions and even improve on the existing serious ones. Read on below for his modest proposal on that front.

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A Wish List For Tablets In 2013

December 31st, 2012 12:41 admin View Comments

Android

timothy writes “For the last few years, I’ve been using Android tablets for various of the reasons that most casual tablet owners do: as a handy playback device for movies and music, a surprisingly decent interface for reading books, a good-enough camera for many purposes, and a communications terminal for instant messaging and video chat. I started out with a Motorola Xoom, which I still use around the house or as a music player in the car, but only started actually carrying a tablet very often when I got a Nexus 7. And while I have some high praise for the Nexus 7, its limitations are frustrating, too. I’ll be more excited about a tablet when I can find one with (simultaneously) more of the features I want in one. So here’s my wish list (not exhaustive) for the ideal tablet of the future, consisting only of features that are either currently available in some relevant form (such as in existing tablets), or should be in the foreseeable near future; I’ll be on the lookout at CES for whatever choices come closest to this dream.” Read below to see what’s on Timothy’s wish list.

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Game Review: Street Fighter X Mega Man

December 19th, 2012 12:08 admin View Comments

Classic Games (Games)

Jon Brodkin writes “Pity poor Mega Man. The little blue robot boy with a gun for a hand was one of the most popular heroes in the Nintendo Entertainment System’s heyday, starring in a video game series almost every bit as good as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. The original Mega Man series resulted in some great games for the original NES and the Super Nintendo. But then he dropped (swiftly) from the face of the Earth. Attempts to bring Mega Man into the 3D world resulted in games not nearly as fun as their predecessors. Most recently, the planned Mega Man Legends 3 for Nintendo 3DS managed to generate a bit of fan excitement, but the project was canceled in July 2011. Gamers moved on — some grudgingly. Fans have clamored for Capcom to revive Mega Man for years, and it’s happened to some extent. Mega Man 9 and 10 came out in 2008 and 2010, respectively, continuing the original series with the same graphical and gameplay style perfected in the 1980s. And Monday, something perhaps even more exciting occurred for Mega Man’s 25th anniversary: the release of Street Fighter X Mega Man, a celebration of two excellent game series that have lost their luster in the HD age.” Read on for the rest of Jon’s review.

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A Brief History of the Berkeley Software Distributions

December 18th, 2012 12:14 admin View Comments

It seems that there’s some confusion around the Berkeley Software Distributions and where they came from. It’s a bit difficult to keep track amidst all of the infighting and forking caused by various personal, political, and legal issues. I’ve covered the BSD family quite a bit, but never its history. I’ll do so now so that we can all get on the same page.The history of the Berkeley Software Distributions all starts with 386BSD…Read more ยป

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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

December 13th, 2012 12:15 admin View Comments

Censorship

Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: “Hotmail and Yahoo Mail are apparently sharing a secret blacklist of domain names such that any mention of these domains will cause a message to be bounced back to the sender as spam. I found out about this because — surprise! — some of my new proxy site domains ended up on the blacklist. Hotmail and Yahoo are stonewalling, but here’s what I’ve dug up so far — and why you should care.” Read on for much more on how Bennett figured out what’s going on, and why it’s a hard problem to solve.

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Bennett’s Whimsi-Geek Gift Guide For 2012

December 10th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Christmas Cheer

Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes this week with his favorite novelty science gift items for 2012. Levitation engines, puzzles, optical illusions brought to life, and all of the tips and tricks he’s found for getting the products to work correctly. Decorative, whimsical, and not too expensive — except for the items that have earned it by being pretty amazing. Read on for the details, and be sure to mention other good possibilities (Just 14 shopping days left until Christmas) in the comments below.

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Even Capped Prediction Markets Can Be Manipulated

December 3rd, 2012 12:15 admin View Comments

The Internet

Slashdot regular contributor Bennett Haselton writes ” My last article on prediction markets contained an erroneous assumption, one whose implications are far-reaching enough that they deserve their own article. (And if you read to the end, I’m offering $100 to be split between the readers who submit the best alternative solution or the best counter-argument to the points made here.)” Read below for the rest of Bennett’s thoughts.

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Cheap Indie Games Make Wii U a Better Value

December 3rd, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Nintendo

Jon Brodkin writes “The Wii U has been out for two weeks, with most of the attention naturally focusing on the console’s tablet-y GamePad and blockbuster titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Assassin’s Creed 3. But $60 games aren’t the only draw on Nintendo’s new system. There are exactly five games on the Nintendo eShop for $20 or less: Nano Assault Neo., Little Inferno., Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition., Chasing Aurora., and Trine 2: Director’s Cut.. You could call most or all of these indie games, depending on your definition of an independent developer.” Read below for the rest of Jon’s review.

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Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don’t Suck for CD Ripping?

December 2nd, 2012 12:34 admin View Comments

Music

I recently retired my ancient AthlonMP rig for something a bit more modern, and in the upgrade got a new DVD±RW drive. Since I have the new rig and a lot more disk space, the time has come to re-rip my ~450 disc CD collection into FLAC (I trust online storage more than optical discs that may or may not last another twenty years). The optical drive I had in my old rig was one recommended by Hydrogen Audio or somewhere similar for ripping CDs, and can grab an hour long album in about five minutes. My new drive, unfortunately, takes about fifteen to do the same. With the number of discs I have to churn through and the near-instaneous encoding, it’s somewhat annoying. After searching the Internet high and low for advice I came up empty handed, and so I ask Slashdot: are there any SATA DVD burners that don’t suck at ripping CDs? Read on for more details if you wish.

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Book Review: Version Control With Git, 2nd Edition

November 26th, 2012 11:45 admin View Comments

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kfogel writes “Two thumbs up, and maybe a tentacle too, on Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition by Jon Loeliger and Matthew McCullough. If you are a working programmer who wants to learn more about Git, particularly a programmer familiar with a Unix-based development environment, then this is the book for you, hands down (tentacles down too, please).” Read below for the rest of Karl’s review.

Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition
author Jon Loeliger, Matthew McCullough
pages 456
publisher O’Reilly Media
rating Very good.
reviewer Karl Fogel
ISBN 978-1-4493-1638-9
summary Using the Git version control system for collaborative programming.

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