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Vatican Bans IOS Confession App

Anonymusing Re:Probably a good move, regardless of Vat's logic (323 comments)

You are right. I should not have included the "grandstanding" remark. My apologies. I initially interpreted the official statement as attacking this specific app, but that's not what is going on here.

more than 3 years ago
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Vatican Bans IOS Confession App

Anonymusing Re:Probably a good move, regardless of Vat's logic (323 comments)

The app wasn't to make confessions anyway, but to assist Catholics in the confession process. From the original article: "So, how does the app work? It leads you through an 'Examination of Conscience' to help you figure out what your real sins are -- and not just by retreading your run of the mill 10 Commandments. The sinful suggestions the app offers are inventive and even age appropriate."

I've read elsewhere that one of the priests who designed it, had a parishioner show up in the confession box with it, and used the app during confession to help remind him of his transgressions.

So this is just grandstanding by the Papacy. The app was never meant to replace "personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor." This is like saying Google Maps is bad because it somehow replaces the actual travel you're intending to take. Uh, no.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon

Anonymusing Re:What's interesting about Android (480 comments)

I suspect that Sortius_Nod meant "market fragmentation", which is very relevant to the topic at hand. The Android market appears to be very fragmented, with widely varying degrees of implementation, capacity, and support.

more than 3 years ago
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Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

Anonymusing Re:Cool idea (286 comments)

There is actually a patent on something like this. AT&T developed it a long time ago, sat on it for a decade, then sold the patent to Zoemail (a now-defunct Internet startup) in the early 2000s, which then sold the patent to someone else. The advantage of the Zoemail/AT&T approach was that the "keyed" addresses would be created to each recipient you sent to, and they would know you by that keyed e-mail, but you could turn those off whenever you wanted. Or give them expiration dates. The keyed address would be listed in your address book with each recipient.

It was a beautiful concept, frankly, but could have been implemented better.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

Anonymusing Re:A Closed Model Can Only Take You So Far (500 comments)

I remember hearing ten years ago from friends in the video industry that Betamax -- in a new and extended high-def format -- had survived through the beginning of the 21st century, at least in Japan. Wikipedia claims the final time-of-death was 2002.

more than 3 years ago
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SnowWorld VR Game Reduces Pain For Burn Patients

Anonymusing Re:Always forget how much needle anxiety there is (64 comments)

I have veins like that too -- and I also don't have a problem with watching the needle. Hey, I'm getting it done because it has to get done.

The grammar snob in me would like to point out that you meant "phlebotomist". But it's a tough word to spell. Probably a lot of points in Scrabble, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

Anonymusing Re:A Closed Model Can Only Take You So Far (500 comments)

Lo said the industry had "seen this movie play several times", pointing to the Betamax vs. VHS video format war, Mac vs. Windows and various proprietary networking protocols that at one stage tried to compete with the now dominant TCP/IP. [emphasis added]

Mac vs. Windows is a silly comparison. Apple still makes a ton of money selling computers. It doesn't need to have Windows' market share to be successful; it just needs to keep customers happy and turn a profit. As long as the iPhone makes customers happy and turns a nice profit, Apple doesn't need to change its approach.

Even Betamax survived for a long time in certain markets. Sony didn't stop making Betamax equipment until 2001 or 2002.

I guess it depends on whether or not you define "success" as "market share" or "turning profit".

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

Anonymusing Re:Disagree (500 comments)

But where Apple goes "too far" with iProducts is that there is something like "Apple police" in that they attempt to force their will on the people who bought and own their products. They do this by force of legal action and other means.

Except, you know this when you buy the phone or tablet. You agree to it. You don't like the terms, don't buy the phone.

more than 3 years ago
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Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

Anonymusing Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

Point taken.

Maybe this would be better: I'm sure all Christians are like the Irish Republican Army, the Lord's Resistance Army, the National Liberation Front of Tripura, the Russian National Unity, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Hutaree.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod

Anonymusing obligatory (129 comments)

Shoot first, ask questions later.

Also: no good deed goes unpunished.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod

Anonymusing Re:So basically... (129 comments)

These days, any externally facing facet of your organisation can be part of its PR. If you have lawyers acting for your company, your lawyers become your PR. That's dangerous. I hope they learned a lesson here.

Amen. Truth is, everyone at your organization engages in PR. Every single one. If your least valuable employee suddenly goes crazy and sends bombs in the mail to politicians, guess what: it's PR.

more than 3 years ago
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Road Train Completes First Trials In Sweden

Anonymusing Re:Less driver attention == lower safety? (345 comments)

You are being ridiculous. There is no reason for the probability of someone driving in a road train running out of gas being any higher than the same for someone driving normally.

Except that if the driver is reading the paper or watching TV instead of paying attention to the car, they are less likely to notice their level of gas.

Do you disagree that letting drivers become more passive could introduce more situations like this?

more than 2 years ago
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Road Train Completes First Trials In Sweden

Anonymusing Re:Less driver attention == lower safety? (345 comments)

You can trust the system, but the system doesn't know what's happening to your car. It knows what's happening to the leading truck. Suppose that a car in the convoy has a failure, a blown tire, anything that makes it slow down or change trajectory (maybe some bump or hole in the road). How do following cars avoid it if their drivers are sleeping, reading a book, having lunch?

Exactly. Or maybe it's not a failure, per se, but something as simple as running out of gas? Is the system going to communicate all this information to the lead driver? Is that driver going to be responsible for alerting individual drivers that they need to jump out of the train to fuel up? Will the train just automatically pull into rest areas/gas stations and have *everyone* fuel up?

These are not insurmountable questions, but they do suggest a slower adoption rate (or smaller market) for the technology.

more than 3 years ago
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Mac OS X 10.6.6 Introduces App Store

Anonymusing Re:I can't wait to buy things!!! (408 comments)

Well, that's what Apple wants, isn't it? Hello capitalism! Two expectations for this... a. Apple is going to stop including CD/DVD drives with some of its computers, particularly low-end. b. The Mac App store is going to be the only way to install apps on your Apple TV (in the future).

more than 3 years ago
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Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive

Anonymusing Re:Hey honey... (173 comments)

Yeah... I think I remember hearing that too.

more than 3 years ago
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Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive

Anonymusing Re:Hey honey... (173 comments)

FTA: "Every odor we tested aroused the participants," said Hirsch. ... "Nothing turns a man off."

Now, what pie will arouse women? THAT'S the pie I need.

more than 3 years ago

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Left, Right, Center: Searching the Political Web

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "With a month left before the next election day in America, the level of political discourse in media seems to be increasing in speed and volume. I am generally wary of politics, so I make an effort to read several perspectives on a topic before deciding to believe who, if anyone, is correct. To help with this, I recently launched Left-Right, a search engine that returns heavily-customized Google results from more than a hundred newspapers, web sites, blogs, and other sources on the left and the right (and the center, if you choose). What tools do you use to study political media?"
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Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right? Google seems to think to, and it’s making its own widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free. As noted on its blog: "There are many shorteners out there with great features, so some people may wonder whether the world really needs yet another. As we said late last year, we built goo.gl with a focus on quality. With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working. You also know that when you click a goo.gl shortened URL, you’re protected against malware, phishing and spam using the same industry-leading technology we use in search and other products." Is bit.ly shaking in its boots?"
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A tool for sorting political bias in the media

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Slashdot is much more popular among liberals than among conservatives — at least judging by a search on Left-Right. I recently launched the site as an experiment to study political bias across American media sources. Type a search term in the box, and the site will return Google results drawn from more than 100 top politically-relevant web sites, displaying pages from liberal-oriented sites on the left side, and pages from conservative-oriented on the right. Sometimes the differences are striking: that search for "Slashdot is" returns dozens of results on the left, but only five on the right. Similarly, a search for obstetric fistula — a hot topic in international health — turns up dozens of results on the left, and only four on the right. Slashdot readers, what do you think of Left-Right? How would you improve it? And can you find any other searches with extreme differences?"
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Google Blinks, Tries to Appease Chinese Government

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Google's recently famous game of chicken with the Chinese Government have been tempered somewhat by a desire to do business there. Until now, Google.cn has automatically forwarded users to Google's unfiltered search in Hong Kong. As a result, the Chinese government threatened to pull its business license. Google's attempt to pacify the government amounts to this: instead of being automatically redirected, Chinese users will see a page at google.cn, which will offer a search box as well as a link to the Hong Kong site. Google's legal counsel claims this meets all legal obligations: "This approach ensures we stay true to our commitment not to censor our results on google.cn and gives users access to all of our services from one page... it is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law." No word yet on how the Chinese government feels about it."
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Are You Bipolar? Try Temper Dysregulation!

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Tired: bipolar disorder. Wired: temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria. That's one of the messages you might draw from the changes being proposed in the latest edition of the highly influential book, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. As an editor of the previous edition noted, "Anything you put in that book, any little change you make, has huge implications not only for psychiatry but for pharmaceutical marketing, research, for the legal system, for who's considered to be normal or not, for who’s considered disabled." Other proposed changes include trading the term "mental retardation" for "intellectual disability" and exploring new ways of diagnosing Slashdot addiction."
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NIH Director Discusses Religion and Science

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Currently the head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins is perhaps most respected as leader of the succesful Human Genome Project for 13 years. He's also an evangelical Christian. Sojourners Magazine interviewed him (free subscription required) about his thoughts on questions such as "What reaction has your work received as you attempt to bridge science and faith?" and "What is your vision for your new role as NIH director?""
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Autism Rates Linked to Education of Parents

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "In a study of children in California, researchers found that 'clusters' of autism seemed to form in neighborhoods of white, highly-educated parents. Environmental variables appeared to have negligable effect. "It doesn't necessarily mean that higher education causes autism," said one of the study's authors. "[But] it gets you the diagnosis more frequently." However, the researchers noted that studies in Denmark have found no link between autism and race or socioeconomic status."
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AOL to Change Its Name (Sort Of)

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "On December 9, when AOL is officially spun off from Time Warner, it will gain a new logo with a slightly adjusted name: "Aol." The new logo will include the period after the letters to emphasize that the service offers "the best content online, period." However, the upcoming effort to revive the venerable brand has met with some skepticism. "[AOL is] the My Little Pony of Internet brands, for when you’re starting out online," said one ad exec. “The last thing you want to be is a nostalgic brand in a category that’s all about the future.”"
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Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "The FDA has announced an investigation into the "safety and legality" of alcoholic beverages with caffeine in them. As the Wall Street Journal notes, two major beer companies (MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch) stopped produce caffeinated alcoholic drinks last year after reports of increased negative effects compared to caffeine-free alcohol. CNN notes that, according to FDA rules, "food additives require premarket approval based on data demonstrating safety submitted to the agency" — and caffeine is a food additive. The targeted beverage makers have 30 days to respond."
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Flash Finally on the iPhone

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "At Adobe's worldwide developer conference today, they announced and demo'd (and spoofed) Flash applications running on an iPhone. There's a catch, though: you have to use the forthcoming Flash Pro CS5 to create standalone apps; you still can't run Flash in the Safari web browser. On the upside, it lets the world's Flash developers create apps for the iPhone without having to learn new technology. On the downside, it lets the world's Flash developers create apps for the iPhone without having to learn new technology. Adobe talks about the LVVM as well: "Since we are able to compile ActionScript to ARM ahead of time, the application gets all the performance benefits that the JIT would offer and the license compliance of not requiring a runtime in the final application""
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Mickey Mouse Buys Spider-Man

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  about 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Disney is buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Marvel shares jumped at the news, while Disney shares dropped. Said Disney CEO Robert Iger, this will combine Marvel's "strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters" with Disney's "unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties". Iron Man was too busy beating up Goofy to comment."
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Study: Offline Habits of Online Social Networkers

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Twitterers like sex more. MySpacers avoid exercise. LinkedIn users are more likely to watch soap operas. And Facebookers are mostly average. So says a new report that studies the demographics, interests, and buying habits of users at those four services. LinkedIn users have the highest average income level, while MySpace users have the lowest. There's a related chart showing usage overlap — for example, 57% of MySpace users also use Facebook, though only 6% also use LinkedIn. Take this all with a grain of marketing salt, but it's still interesting stuff."
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Use Your Video Skills to Save the World

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing writes "Can you make a video and upload it to YouTube? Then you've got all it takes to support the charities participating in YouTube's Video Volunteers project. Other organizations involved include Google, the White House's Serve.gov, All For Good, VolunteerMatch, and Idealist, who writes: "The mission of YouTube's Video Volunteers platform is to connect nonprofit organizations with skilled video makers who can help them broadcast their causes through video, reaching new audiences online and driving action around issues and projects that matter to them." President Obama launched Serve.gov a couple of weeks ago, asking Americans to "to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life." Now, as the Vlogbrothers note, there is a way for "obsessive agoraphobes who love to edit video" make the world suck less. Are you going to join them?"
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South Korean Economic "Prophet of Doom" Ac

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Park Dae-sung, the unemployed South Korean blogger who was arrested for maliciously spreading false information under the psuedonym Minerva, has been acquitted and released from jail. Because some of his posts about the economy contained factual errors, the South Korean government accused him of undermining financial markets. The judge wrote that there was no proof that Mr. Park had the intention to undermine public interest and that it was difficult to believe that Mr. Park knew that some of his statements were false at the time he wrote them."
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CNN Loses Twitter Bet, to Ashton Kutcher

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "In a race to reach one million Twitter followers, Ashton Kutcher bested CNN by less than 1200 people. There are two real winners: Twitter got an enormous amount of free publicity, and the Malaria No More Fund is getting more than $100,000. Kutcher will appear on Oprah later today to help her send her first Tweet. Does this mean that Twitter has come of age, or does it kill the service's credibility?"
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Building a Twitter Ad Agency

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "It was only a matter of time: someone is building a Twitter-based ad agency for entertainment clients. In this nine-minute video interview, Carri Bugbee discusses her award-winning tweeting for the TV show "Mad Men," and how she's using that success to expand her PR business. Still, if you're following a popular person on Twitter — Obama, Brittney Spears, Kanye West, Guy Kawasaki — you're probably reading the tweets of a ghost Twitterer: a paid staffer who tweets in the celeb's name. Not every celebrity pays others to Twitter for them: Shaquille O'Neill notes that "It's 140 characters. It's so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.""
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Pro Video Game Leagues: Another Economic Casualty

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Not long ago, professional video gamer Emmanuel Rodriguez earned a base $30K salary plus prizewinnings in the Championship Gaming Series. However, with the economy suffering, sponsors like DirecTV and News Corporation are backing out, leaving Rodriguez with a more typical job for a 23-year-old: store clerk. The only pro gamer league left is Major League Gaming, though it expects to turn a profit this year — some of its players earn more than six figures from the $1 million in prizes given throughout the season, while others are putting off college to work on their gaming careers."
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Now Hiring: Celebrity Ghost-twitterers

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "Do you follow a popular person on Twitter — perhaps President Obama, Brittney Spears, Kanye West, or even Guy Kawasaki? You're probably reading the tweets of a ghost Twitterer: a paid staffer who tweets in the celeb's name. Not every celebrity pays others to Twitter for them: Shaquille O'Neill notes that "It's 140 characters. It's so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you." In defense, however, one marketing exec comments that, "It's O.K. to tweet for a brand, but not O.K. for a celebrity.... the truth is, they are a brand.""
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Chinese Subvert Censorship With a Popular Pun

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes "In spoken Chinese, "grass-mud horse" sounds virtually identical to an obscenity (hint: it begins with "mother-") — and as a cartoon character, it has become an amazing phenomenon. Meant as a subversive attack on censors, the alpaca-like mythical creature has led to a cuddly stuffed animal — selling over 180,000 in a few weeks — and a wildly popular YouTube video with children's voices singing words that are either completely benign or incredibly offensive, depending on how you listen."
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Wal-Mart Offers Electronic Medical Record Systems

Anonymusing Anonymusing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymusing (1450747) writes ""We're a high-volume, low-cost company... a mentality [that is] sorely lacking in the health-care industry." So says a Wal-Mart exec helping launch the retail giant's newest service: a bundled electronic health records package for doctors, including installation and maintenance. The service will be offered through the Sam's Club chain, and will combine eClinicalWorks software with Dell hardware. Although it has an up-front cost of $25K, this may be incentivized under Obama's recent stimulus package."
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