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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

AntEater Re:No thanks. INDEED (228 comments)

while that may sound a little bleak, it's true. It's also true when you're in your 20's, you just don't realize it yet.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

AntEater No thanks. (228 comments)

I've been in the tech world since the 80s and I'm not finding this vision of the future enticing at all. Now fully in middle age, I'm starting to regret the days and years of my life that have been wasted staring into a monitor or playing with the next gadget. I'm not convinced that having the internet seamlessly integrated into my life would be a desirable thing. I'm discovering that there's more pleasure and contentment in the reality that exists outside of the world of pervasive connectivity. I don't want to be constantly "interacting" with devices, nor do I want Mr. Schmid's company to have more opportunities to analyze my behavior and target me with more marketing messages.

Embrace the analog world.

3 days ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

AntEater Re:For one mile? (779 comments)

I spent a few years of my childhood in Mass. and regularly walked to school since 1st grade - that was just under two miles each way. (Yeah, in the cold, waist-deep in snow, uphill both ways....) This is pathetic. After school many of us kids ranged all over the town playing in streams, walking the residential streets, etc. Times have changed, but I don't think this is for the better.

about two weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

AntEater Re:bring back the green IBM 3270 (241 comments)

I know that I'm getting old and been in the industry too long when this idea gets me all excited inside. I honestly believe that you'd see huge gains in productivity with the focused work environment that the old serial terminal provided. Not to mention that the keyboard is orders of magnitude faster than anything requiring the mouse for most tasks. Where do I sign up for this?

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

AntEater It's a different web without it (699 comments)

It's a different web without adblock, and it's not pretty one. It does more than just hide advertisements, it also reduces bandwidth usage considerably. I've been using adblock since I was stuck on dialup. It was critical to me back then to make pages load faster. Then I was on satellite and adblock helped keep me under my data allotment. On the rare occasion that I have to use a computer without it, I'm always taken back by how bad the web is with all the ads. According to some estimates, we're exposed to over 3000 marketing messages every day, on average. I'm all for anything that reduces that number, whatever it actually is. Every person that I show Adblock to, has been very, very happy with the results.

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

AntEater Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (699 comments)

That was my first thought too. It would be trivial to write a script that fetches and parses the existing lists used by adblock into a nice little hosts file where everything points to 127.0.0.1.

I don't care whose business model it wrecks, I won't expose myself to any more advertising than I have to.

On the other hand, it may be time for me to donate to Adblock.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

AntEater Nothing to give (312 comments)

I was going to comment on this earlier. Well, actually, I was going to read some of the comments, but I read about 8 emails from two gmail tabs, checked my work account in another window (alpine), checked facebook, back to slashdot but reloaded the main page again to check for new articles... what were we talking about again?

about 2 months ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

AntEater We've done worse.... (341 comments)

As stupid as this is, it still makes more sense to me that granting corporations legal standing equal with real, live human beings.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

AntEater Re:UPS (236 comments)

that's the point! The UPS should be failing more often than the computers as it is taking the spikes and brown outs instead of your computer hardware.

about 2 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

AntEater Vermont? (588 comments)

As a life-long resident of Vermont, I'm embarrassed that these other states have passed these referendums ahead of us.

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

AntEater Re: Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (275 comments)

Would the best waitresses be able to demand a royalty on their waitress-bot recordings?

No, the waitress is screwed. On the other hand, the manager who filed for a patent on this robo-waitress business method will be able to retire early.

about 5 months ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

AntEater Marketing only. (270 comments)

They're still evil.

about 9 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

AntEater Re:Of course... (164 comments)

The you buy from the next service...You probably will have to re-download all your crap, but that's life. Or use a DRM stripper, Or, if you have a program like Tunebite or Sound Taxi and don't mind a transcode, you can use that to have stable files.

In my case, you're suggesting that I redownload over 500GB of music files??? I don't think so. If you have a large collection of music, particularly if what you listen to doesn't fall into the mainstream/consumer music, then these on-line options aren't going to cut it. Also, I'm not really an audiophile but I am cursed with enough audio discernment that the low bitrate on most streaming services will sound pretty bad on my stereo where I do most of my listening - trascoding from an already poor source isn't going to be acceptable.

1 year,9 days
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

AntEater Re:house of cards? (698 comments)

You gotta love it when economic success is defined by GDP. I've heard that hurricanes and large earthquakes are good for the economy too.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

AntEater house of cards? (698 comments)

Does this strike anyone else as being utterly ridiculous? "Cataclysmic"?? I mean, if a bunch of bricked computers could bring down our economy (and possibly the global economy) then isn't the whole thing in need of some serious attention? Maybe we've built an unreasonable amount of dependence on something that is entirely too frail to warrant such trust? - both the computer systems and our current economic system.

about a year ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

AntEater Re:LYNX RULES! (381 comments)

Links is very cool but eLinks (elinks.or.cz) is even better!

about a year ago
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Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

AntEater Yawn!!!!!! (136 comments)

I've been anticipating this release for several weeks now. What's funny, is that there's not much to say about it here. Predictable. Reliable. Maybe even boring. Still, Slackware is an awesome system that is a joy to administer. I'll be updating several machines as soon as my DVD arrives in the mail.

about a year ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

AntEater never happen (786 comments)

"... without partisan interference."

Oh wow! Good one. You had me going there for a minute.

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

AntEater Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

... And in 20 years, I will bet that automated cars will be safer than human drivers.

Based on my commute this morning, a well trained dog with a cell phone navigation system would be safer at the wheel than my fellow human drivers.

about a year ago
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You Don't 'Own' Your Own Genes

AntEater Prior Art!! (293 comments)

I claim prior art! Well, my parents could, at least.

about 2 years ago

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