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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

JaredOfEuropa Re:Social Networking is a mess (106 comments)

But as soon as Google offered a good search with minimal advertising the market spoke very loudly about that kind of thing.

Google wasn't the first search engine with a minimalist site design; Altavista started that, and I think you're right about it being an important driver for their success. This was in the days of dial-up, and the difference between loading the Yahoo page and the Altavista one was quite a few seconds.

The model for today's social networks appear to be to deliberately start with low-friction, low-bullshit, come-in-we're-open policies (sometimes after a beta-for-the-leet-only period), become popular, then cash in and pile on the restrictions, rules, ads and dataraping. Not that I begrudge the founders of a good startup their fortunes, and I'm not a big fan of the word "sell-out" and the sentiment that it carries, but in some of these cases that word does apply. When you sell your initial users on being all open and huggy, with the intent of adding massive monetization schemes later (or selling your business to someone who will), then you ought to feel a little bit sleazy about it.

yesterday
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Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

JaredOfEuropa Re:What a fantastic idea! (39 comments)

Why do you think they have no money? Or no need for financial services like bank transfers or loans? I'm surprised that the image of the average African as a fly ridden naked tribesman grubbing in the mud for meager sustenance, persists to this day. The same idea that prompts the question: "Why would these people need cellphones (or smartphones)?", when there have been so many stories about cellphones having brought about a revolution in local commerce and finance.

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

JaredOfEuropa Re:If all goes well. . . (225 comments)

Home automation enthusiasts quickly discover that it's wise to always pick equipment that has a manual override, and does not depend on the master controller or even its own electronics. Light switches that function independently of the controller, locks that can still be opened with a key if necessary, etc. And even when no device is broken, the software still craps out or does something unexpected, or needs changes. Some people add an "I am dead" switch to set their HA setup to full manual mode, so that other members of the household can still turn on the lights or the coffee maker in case the system craps out and the expert happens to be away.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

JaredOfEuropa Re:= $912,000,000,000 (230 comments)

Whatever fines are collected should be distributed to the lawyers representing the people that they violated - and I'm not one of them.

FTFY

2 days ago
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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk of Cyberattacks

JaredOfEuropa Re:Privacy Policies? (30 comments)

It sounds like Clippy from Hell: "It looks like you did not pay close attention to the privacy policy. Your computer will be locked until you re-read it and take the subsequent test to confirm your understanding of this policy".

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

JaredOfEuropa Re:V8 Rumble (790 comments)

A proper V8 is quiet and smooth. The one in my old Jaguar XJ Sovereign (2000) has its share of problems but it purrs, and is a joy to drive.

3 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

JaredOfEuropa Re:2-yr code, no devel edu == hacks, healthcare.go (200 comments)

It's a start. While you learn how to code you can actually start doing it as a hobby, which (as others have pointed out) is more or less required practice to reach a decent level of proficiency which no course will ever give you.

We don't expect an architect fresh out of college to design a skyscraper, nor a guy with a new medical degree to perform complex procedures on his own, nor a newly graduated MBA to run a division. (Sometimes it does happen, with crap results as a rule). By the same token, someone starting out in coding shouldn't be made responsible for critical parts of the software, design work, etc. They need coaching and training, same as in any other highly skilled profession. The problem is that, unlike other professions, there seems to be a lack of time, budget, or even perceived need to provide such coaching to new coders.

By the way, I think coding should be taught to (more or less) everyone in high school. Not with the goal of teaching them to code, but because coding teaches and trains other skills that are valuable in many other professions: problem analysis, troubleshooting, logic, etc.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

JaredOfEuropa Re:Phalanx CIWS (207 comments)

Looks like expensive overkill, and not all that suitable for vehicle mounting. But a similar weapon using short range radar and a gun firing buckshot could be made a lot smaller, lighter and cheaper. Sounds like an interesting hobby project actually, though I'm not to keen on homebrew projects involving computer controlled firearms.

Maybe these guys are on to something...

4 days ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

JaredOfEuropa Re:strawman; nobody's asking him to be "PC" or "ni (358 comments)

Exactly. There's a big difference between telling it like it is, and being an asshole. I've worked for a boss who would never fail to point out mistakes and shortcomings. Some people had a problem working with him, calling him "not nice", even though he would never chew someone out in public, and never got abusive. That I can respect. I have also worked for people taking the Torvalds approach to criticism, and I've since promised myself never to work for assholes again (it's one of my reasons to go freelance). I'm not suggesting that Linus should become PC, and he should manage his project as he sees fit, but I wouldn't work for him nor employ him.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

JaredOfEuropa Re:News for nerds, stuff that matters... (778 comments)

I'm a little sad that Free Range parenting is a "thing" now. When I grew up (in the 70s), almost every kid was raised free range. From a very young age we walked or cycled to school. If we wanted to go swim, play soccer or see a movie, our parents wouldn't take us; we'd cycle there instead. The notion of "play dates" didn't exist except perhaps for toddlers; most of our after school time was unstructured and if you wanted to play with friends, you just went. Our parents taught us early on how to take the train to see our grandparents. The one rule our parents imposed was "home before dark". And all of this was the norm; parents didn't drive their kids anywhere unless the route was very long or dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

JaredOfEuropa Re:How quaint. (441 comments)

Down to $1.72 here

Nice, we pay that per liter.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

JaredOfEuropa Re:Glass was doomed from the start (141 comments)

I blame the always-online data raping society we live in. I always envisioned this device to work offline with a local database that I'd fill myself as I went along. In other words: with no information other than what I gathered myself. But one can hardly blame people to be wary of these devices when companies like Google and Facebook get into the game.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

JaredOfEuropa Re:Glass was doomed from the start (141 comments)

I've seen few applications that wouldn't be better or more conveniently served with either a GoPro or a Smart Watch. The one application that I would have jumped on was banned by Google: facial recognition. I'm seriously bad at remembering names and faces, and having a HUD showing people's names would be some help in overcoming this social handicap.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

JaredOfEuropa Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

I'm not talking about reckless experiments on patients, but about looking outside one's own comfort zone. Instead of referring a patient with odd, conflicting symptoms to the next specialist, and the next, and the next who will fob it off with an "it's psychological", maybe confer with that next specialist instead, and discuss what could be ailing the patient. It also means looking to other industries and asking yourself: "what can we learn from airline pilots to make our own jobs safer?", or "would a 3d printed model of a brain help us plan this surgery better and perform it more accurately?".

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

JaredOfEuropa Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

No surprise here. I've recently had to deal with doctors of various kinds, and found many (though not all) to be myopic, stubborn and deeply conservative, reluctant to consult outside their own area of expertise, prone to seek the cause of unknowns outside their own area of expertise ("It's not X, go see a specialist for Y"), and having a disturbing lack of curiosity. Maybe I expect too much of them, but doctors act a lot more like technicians than scientists or researchers. There was an article (in the Economist I believe) about health care being one of the least innovative disciplines. The science of medicine has progressed, but there's been relatively little progress in the way we diagnose and treat patients. Some doctor proudly spoke about how they now employ checklists similar to those being used by pilots, to reduce errors in surgery. A great innovation... which they could have known about and implemented about 50 years ago.

There are plenty of examples of desperate patients nudging their doctors in the right direction after doing some self-diagnosis and research online. There are also some examples of extraordinary breakthroughs in medical science made by engineers with no medical background.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

JaredOfEuropa Re:This could be fun.... (164 comments)

Fun and tasty! There's already a company that will turn your raw CT scans into a 3d model of your brain... printed in chocolate.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

JaredOfEuropa Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

Why, those teachers may still think email is relevant. To a 15 year old, email might as well be the telegraph

The teacher would be right in that case, and the student will be in for a rude awakening when they enter the work force in any sort of knowledge worker role. In business, email is still the medium of choice for written communication. And that's not likely to change in the near future.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

JaredOfEuropa Re:Questions about ethics (258 comments)

Just save them in alphabetical order.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

JaredOfEuropa Re: Are you afraid? (258 comments)

Mayhe his AI already killed him and is now posting here under his name.

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

JaredOfEuropa Re:KKK Publications (311 comments)

How are the Charlie cartoons racist, or, how is islam a race?

about two weeks ago

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Packaging, the scourge of the 21st century

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 6 years ago Packaging, in the broadest sense of the word, is starting to really piss me off.

Let's start with physical packaging. Whatever happened to the days when a fish would be packaged in yesterday's paper, small parts (screws and bolts) came in a little cardboard box or paper bag, and some stuff wouldn't be packaged at all? These days, some packaging (most notably the so called blister packaging) can be deathly dangerous to open. I'd like to propose one single, simple rule for packaging: one should be able to open it by hand. I'll make two exceptions: stuff that is notoriously easy to steal can go into blister packs, and it's acceptable to require a knife, key or any old sharp implement to cut packing tape.

Then there's labelling and pricing. Another simple rule: either provide a label or price tag that comes off clean, or don't label at all. When I buy a present for someone, a book, a DVD, a bit of wood that I intend to finish properly, a glass ornament, whatever, I would very much like the object in question to look nice. So why is it that shops insist on using labels that will tear when removed, and will leave a nasty gooey residy that won't come off no matter what? I can kind of understand putting such labels on packaging or on paperbacks... but not on expensive gifts.

And finally, there's the matter of "packaging" software. Some more rules:
- I DO NOT WANT software that I run only "on demand" to install some resident "helper" software to check for updates or whatever. You can check for updates when I start your program. Are you listening, Apple?
- I DO NOT WANT to answer the same questions over and over again whenever I install an update of your software. An update should be just that: replace the software that is already there with no questions asked; do not treat it as a more or less fresh reinstall. Are you listening, Zone Labs / Checkpoint?

Major issues to be sure... Come to think of it, if this is what I worry about, I suppose I have a pretty good life.

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Cat pictures!

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 10 years ago *sigh* No words of wisdom or idle banter to write in the journal today. Nevertheless, the question on my last journal entry has been answered, so time to push it off the top.

Today, I offer the bored reader who aimlessly wandered into here: cat pictures of Dolly and Mickey

These two little furballs are my cats. Enjoy!

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Hmm, stupidity

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  about 11 years ago "Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain". If only I could remember who uttered this particular wisdom.

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Suspicious white dot in Slashdot

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 11 years ago So... what is this funny little white dot that appears on the slashdot pages just under the banner ad? *pokes the dot* I don't trust you.

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JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 11 years ago As someone pointed out, it should be

find ~your -name '*base*' | xargs chown us

instead of

chown -R us ~your/*base*
as my sig currently reads. I'll change it later, I suppose...

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Redundant posts...

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 11 years ago From now on, these will automatically be metamoderated 'unfair'. Don't waste your moderator points on insightful posts that happen to be dupes. Mod some other insightfull stuff up, or mod the fluff down. That is all

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Most hated words and terms

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 11 years ago Boredom sets in once again, work is slow today. Anyways... There's a few annoying words that have wriggled their way into everyday idiom, at least in some circles. My personal top 3 of most hated ones.

3) Cracker. The rest of the world calls such a person a hacker, and will continue to use this word, no matter how much you try and drill the hacker/cracker distinction into them. Give it up already.

2) Wardriving. A term that fails in so many ways to convey what it actually means, and makes most people think of something having to do with Osama bin Laden.

1) Blog. An odd way to abbreviate the word 'weblog', and one that sounds like sicking up at that. Blog. Blogging. Yeck. Someone please come up with a better and nicer-sounding word.

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Slashdot oddities...

JaredOfEuropa JaredOfEuropa writes  |  more than 12 years ago Who the hell is Saskboy (id 600063) and what is he doing on my "preferences" page?

Also... one begins to wonder where my moderator points are after over a year of being at this place. What gives? (and yes, I did check the "want to moderate" box).

Oh well, time for another bottle of wine

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