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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Jason Goatcher Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (164 comments)

I would rather Microsoft adopt GNU/Linux or FreeBSD / OpenBSD and deploy their applications on this platform.

I'm pretty sure that they've already tried this, and Linus told them to, as the British say, go forth and multiply. But the person who told me that may have been wrong.

yesterday
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Jason Goatcher Re:Legalities (301 comments)

If they are crazy, they won't care, and screw them too, that's fuckin' life!

In case you weren't aware, there's medication that can help "crazy" people. But if you put video of their behavior on the internet, that's a permanent smudge on their reputation.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

Jason Goatcher Re:How f!@#$%ing cool is that?! (74 comments)

I'll probably be flamed for this, but saying words can't hurt you is utter crap. It's possible to have an attitude that prevents certain comments from hurting you, but that simply means you have no emotional investment in the person using the words.

Words can, and do, hurt. Sometimes to the point where physical injury would've been a blessing relative to the damage the words caused.

The Bible says it best. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Jason Goatcher Re:Game developers are not Linux advocates ... (265 comments)

Yeah, but a pc not corrupted by Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer is a wonderful thing. Give consumers a gaming OS that works as good or better than Windows watch the mass exodus. SteamOS might fail, but it's a definite start.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Jason Goatcher Re:Game developers are not Linux advocates ... (265 comments)

My point with the upgradability is that there'd be approved parts for upgrading to. I haven't had a Linux box for years, but I'm pretty sure upgrading hardware is pretty hit or miss with Linux boxes.

Idk, maybe there could be subscription model to support the people who make sure stuff is compatible. With all the business models out there, there are still plenty that haven't been tried.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Jason Goatcher Re:Game developers are not Linux advocates ... (265 comments)

What we probably need is a big player to make a Linux console with a multiple choice upgrade path.

Can you imagine that? A console that can be upgraded as needed?

about two weeks ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

Jason Goatcher Re:Illegal? (50 comments)

damnit, misread the posts.

about two weeks ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

Jason Goatcher Re:Illegal? (50 comments)

There must be something seriously wrong with you. Leave the cars out of it.

That's insane man, guzzling fossil fuel will kill you.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

Jason Goatcher Re:sibling fairness (167 comments)

The algorithm only works (in the sense of leaving the parties psychologically satisfied) if their preferences are transitive (that is, if they are not insane).

In reality, even sane people's preferences change in pseudo-non-transitive ways as possibilities become actualities. So when Caleb gets the car, Adam is going to wish he'd valued it more highly, and so on. Our inner monkey won't be happy until it gets more than everyone else.

You could also pair people up with others who have different, but somehow compatible values. For instance, I want internet and a good way to consume it, a bedroom, and food and shelter. I'm willing to value that higher so I don't need to worry about the other stuff. So I could pair myself with someone who wants lots of the other stuff and is willing to take responsibility for it. So we're both happy.

There is also a considerable body of data showing that our ability to judge the value of stuff is very poor. Happiness research has been big on this, showing that most of what people think will make them happy is radically inferior to easily predictable things that will actually make them happy.

So while the algorithm is beautiful and general and ought to be used wherever appropriate, it is not going to satisfy people, and it will then fall out of use because no one is going to say, "I am broken" when they can say "The algorithm is broken" instead.

Good point, I've made so many tech purchases that I've regretted later, it's not even funny.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

Jason Goatcher Re:sibling fairness (167 comments)

Well, if the person paying $500k finds out about the undervaluation, they should then sue for the difference.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

Jason Goatcher Re:sibling fairness (167 comments)

The best example of a fairness algorithm is an old one used with siblings. Tell one kid to divvy up the candy/cake/toys whatever, and let the other kid choose which half they want.

Greece used something similar when trying to get people to honestly report the value of their antiquities. If they listed it for a price the government thought was too low, the agency could buy it for that price. I wish local governments would do something like that with home values. If they want to tax me for a house worth more than what I can get for it on the open market, then I should have the right to sell it to them at that price.

Have you been reading old Heinlein novels? That's where I first encountered both of those concepts. Number of the Beast, right?

As for letting one sibling divvy stuff up and letting the other sibling pick, that's why democracy doesn't work in practice. Because however many people are involved, you need to account for each individually, so it gets out of hand after only a few people are added to the society.

about two weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

Jason Goatcher Re:In the future... (79 comments)

I still wish I could send the blue light back into blue headlights.

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Jason Goatcher Re:Not exactly (161 comments)

If you read the article (damn you, paywall!) you note that this is essentially an afterburner, and does not start with stationary electrons. In this particular instance it requires a 2 km linear accelerator before the 12 inch magic booster box. 20 GeV electrons are accelerated by a further 1.6 GeV. Still interesting research, but definitely not what is claimed in the summary (surprise).

Wait, there's a paywall? Must not be much of a paywall since I wasn't trying to circumvent anything. Only thing special about my setup is scripts don't always run automatically without my permission.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Jason Goatcher Re:Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

Looks better on a postcard if you leave out that last bit.

Reminds me of a hobby I have. I like to take famous moments or quotes and figure out how I could have totally ruined the moment.

"Four score and seven years ago, we brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

"Unless they're not white, don't forget that part. Very important."

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Jason Goatcher Re: Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

I want to use it in video games. No more pressing x, I just frickin' do the action I want to do.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Jason Goatcher Re:tl;dr (200 comments)

tl; dr: It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

Democracy is a buzz word politicians use to make voters like them. Democracies are dangerous unstable things.

Luckily, the US hasn't fallen in this trap since we have never been a democracy at any time. The US is a constitutional republic, a nation of written law(or at least we're supposed to be) with the dominant document(supposed to be) being the constitution.

I think the problem we have in the US is that we've forgotten what we are because of this buzzword democracy and that's why politicians and judges are able to abuse us so efficiently. We need to remind government workers that they exist FOR us, and ultimately they answer TO us.

Laws exist to be applied directly to everyone, so I would encourage you to actually read the laws that most apply to you to see what they actually say. You might be surprised to find that what the public believes and what is actually true are two very different things.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Jason Goatcher It's the first of many (415 comments)

I'm sure at some point they'll start making cpus to save energy so that the watches last way longer. A watch is a different beast from a cell phone, which is a different beast than a tablet, which is a different beast than a laptop. Give the industry time to specialize.

about three weeks ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

Jason Goatcher How about (85 comments)

a Youtube model where I can store my preferences locally? I wouldn't even necessarily need an account, then. There'd be commercials sprinkled in, but otherwise I'd have access to everything made by the networks ever. And then, if I don't like the commercials, I can whip out my card and pay to get just the shows.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Jason Goatcher Re:Out magazine is a newsletter (764 comments)

He was on the cover of Out Magazine as the number one most influential gay or lesbian in the United States.

So does that mean he was secretly the most influential gay guy before he came out? Seems a bit peculiar.

about three weeks ago

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