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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Concerned Onlooker Re:Expensive and complicated? (82 comments)

Well, sort of. There has been a much larger outlay of cash necessary to break into digital photography. You may realize a break even point sooner if you would have shot lot of rolls of film, but the initial barrier to entry is much higher than it was for film cameras, which really only needed to be a light-tight box. Having said that, the price of good digital cameras has come down a lot since the late 90s, so what I observe is more of a trough where film was pretty much phased out yet digital cameras were still really expensive.

6 hours ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Concerned Onlooker Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (187 comments)

"The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire"

I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction. What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship.

I'm willing to bet not many these days would have the patience to site through 2001: A Space Odyssey, let alone the original Solaris.

2 days ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Concerned Onlooker Re:Eh... (195 comments)

"Why would any intelligent creature want anything to do with us?"

In the same way that some people here on earth study primitive societies there would surely be some alien anthropologists out there interested in us.

4 days ago

Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Concerned Onlooker Re:LOL (213 comments)

"Yes, space is big, far bigger than you can imagine. "

You might even say "vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big."

5 days ago

Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Concerned Onlooker Re:Good (81 comments)

Yep. That is the gist of America's new oligarchy.

"Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence."

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Must-have features (471 comments)

Let me help you out by quoting myself:

" beautiful as a really high end watch."

Now let me help you out further by pointing out that I did not call it a high end watch. I normally wear a high end watch and I still want an Apple watch.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Must-have features (471 comments)

Who says give up? Lots of people are into watches and will trade out from time to time. No pun intended.

Also, the Apple watch is cheap if you were already thinking about getting a FitBit since it has that functionality built in.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Must-have features (471 comments)

"Apple watch looks too much like a gadget"

That certainly wasn't my reaction. I thought it was as beautiful as a really high end watch. I'll be getting one.

about a week ago

Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Concerned Onlooker Nasa? (68 comments)

I know this is a nitpick, but this is a site for nerds after all. It's NASA.

about two weeks ago

Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Concerned Onlooker Re:Are protestors all lazy or just hired goons? (246 comments)

"Well the moment the cameras outside are gone? So are they."

Why waste your time parading to an empty street? Why shouldn't protestors play the PR game just as much corporations? It's all about getting your message out. Just ask the Koch brothers and their hired goons.

about two weeks ago

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Concerned Onlooker Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

"Yet that is perfectly legal..."

Yep. There's no law against being an asshole.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Ruby and string/symbols (729 comments)

I can say that I use Ruby because of the way it implements regular expressions. They are really easy to use, no need to import a library or compile your regex. Just put some stuff between a couple of slashes and you're off and running.

Since most of what I end up using a scripting language for is parsing text I use Ruby instead of Python.

about two weeks ago

Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

Concerned Onlooker Re:disastrous (97 comments)

" might as well put money in Facebook and Apple because apparently you like disastrous Titanic-caliber corporate meltdowns.."

And you were doing so well for a minute there.

about two weeks ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Concerned Onlooker Re:sensationalism, ahoy (237 comments)

"using the fabric of spacetime as your communications medium, it becomes rather quite difficult to prevent interception"

I've heard that if you use plaid for your space-time fabric that interception is much more difficult.

about two weeks ago

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Concerned Onlooker Re:There's no "led to" (180 comments)

That's a pretty provocative few sentences. What job is it that you're quitting?

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Concerned Onlooker Re:god said fuck san fran (135 comments)

I don't know, I hear that Zeus is a heavy user of Google maps for pinpointing lighting bolt strikes.

Not sure about all the other gods, however.

about three weeks ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Concerned Onlooker Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

"We should ban pens and paper so it doesn't happen again."

Oh, it's YOU. I was there that day. I would have been dead if I hadn't had a pen in my coat pocket to write "emergency exit" on the wall behind me.

So, no, I disagree. Pens don't kill people, aneurisms do.

about three weeks ago

What's After Big Data?

Concerned Onlooker Re:What's after? (87 comments)

I thought the idea of big data was that looking at ALL the data obviated the need to sample the data and all the attendant issues that come with that. Ferreting out bits and pieces of the big data set is a step backward from the idea of big data. Real numbers people can jump in here and set me straight.

However, my biggest hope for what is after big data is no one ever again having the title "Data Scientist."

about a month ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

Concerned Onlooker Re:100km (44 comments)

Self-penalty: no posting to Slashdot for at least two weeks.

about a month and a half ago





Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Are you being criticized for poor ethics and morality? Are your customers dropping off because it is becoming widely known that you pay your employees so poorly they cannot afford health insurance and then make them work overtime for free on top of that?

What do you do? Do you improve your companys image by becoming more humane and ethical? No. You do this.


Point of view

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Conservatives are constantly looking to improve their position in the world. Liberals are constantly looking to improve the position of the world.


Extinguish the Human Race?

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago Nanking. Auschwitz. Rwanda. CIA. Torture. Terrorism. United States genocide. Beslan. Sudan....

It's a huge list, actually, stretching back to the beginning of history and I'm sure well before.

My question is this: If you could completely wipe out the human race with a wave of your hand would you do it? One final egalitarian solution to the disgusting plague known as homo sapiens sapiens. I think I would.


Negroponte: What a piece of work

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's unfortunate, but the world is probably shaped more by human excrement like John Negroponte than it is by decent people. How stupid does he expect people to be when he says he knew nothing of human rights abuses happening in Honduras? And just who are these animals that get off on torturing and murdering? When the U.S. talks of defeating terrorism the little hypocrisy meter just about jumps off the scale.


Profanity and the Public Airwaves

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 10 years ago Reading through the postings on the recent FCC story about regulating profanity one might have thought by the vitriolity of the messages that something really awful was happening. In fact, what everyone is calling censorship is not even close to that. It's also quite amusing that while people were ranting about censorship anyone who took an opposing view was modded into oblivion and suffered some very crass remarks.

The airwaves, I will remind you, are public. And just like in any public space we need to modulate ourselves, maintain a modicum of decency and mutual respect. I know there are those out there (apparently they all post on Slashdot) who will accept no limits, but anyone who has made it past adolescence can see the value of limiting friction in social situations. Choosing to make others uncomfortable is a sign of either immaturity or of pathological behavior. The airwaves are a public commons and enforcing a little decency is not the end of the world.

Indeed, for all those who claim that these words are "part of everyday language" I will refute that. Quite a while ago I had the realization that swearing was something that was inifnitely more fun to do than to listen to. I decided to stop. Like giving up any addiction it was difficult at first and then after a while I became amazed when I realized that there are so many people out there who are unable to express themselves without swearing. It may indeed be part of the vernacular but it is without a doubt an artless way to speak or communicate. In fact some people are simply unable to speak without interjecting the F word in at every opportunity. The funny thing is, it's used so much that it has lost any real communicative effect it might have had and it simply remains as a sharp, ugly blow to the ear.

In the end I don't really like seeing the FCC pulling a Hayes commission type of move on Howard Stern, yet I feel it so very difficult to get worked up in his defense. I listened to Stern once or twice and realized that his kind of damage was not for me so I simply tuned out, which is what I gather I am supposed to do. I voted with my absence. The bummer about that is that if it continues to get worse it leaves the airwaves devoid of anything that I and other people like me can listen to or view, and the public space has effectively been taken over by bullies. The very same types of people that would harrass you as you try to enjoy a public park.

True censorship is a heinous thing and if the FCC is really doing this because it disagrees with some things Howard Stern said then I am totally against that, but for crying out loud why does everything have to go to its lowest form in the name of freedom? Why don't people get as worked up when we aren't living up to our best as individuals, reaching for loftier goals, than when they feel their right to be crude and crass is threatened?

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