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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

JimFive Re:Time to mourn another passing... (155 comments)

2 cents per page view for 10 million views is a whopping $100,000. That is not anywhere near enough to pay for a year of content.
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2 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

JimFive Re:Hit me with your pet shark (244 comments)

I thought it was "Just like the whirlwind does..."

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

JimFive Re:America, land of the free... (718 comments)

The short answer is because there are no Federal elections. All elections are State elections. So, any voting right is defined at the State level, not the Federal level. This changed after the civil war with the amendments guaranteeing equal protection.
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about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

JimFive Re:IdIoTs (196 comments)

No, actually, my argument is that this particular example won't happen because the car manufacturers and their licensed mechanics won't let it.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

JimFive Re:IdIoTs (196 comments)

As far as I can tell the IoT is about home automation. The reason people don't use home automation is because it isn't easy to set up, it is pricey, and isn't desired, probably in that order.

As for the car example, is this the O2 sensor that is in the same car that won't tell me why the service engine light just blinked on and off? And is this the same dealer that keeps telling me to change my oil every 3000 miles even though the car oil sensor doesn't come on until 6000 miles and the manufacturer says to rely on the sensor?

The IoT is about selling people new things. Look at the NEST learning thermostat ads. Replacing your existing programmable thermostat with a retro looking thermostat that can be controlled from your phone and hopefully learns your habits well enough to replicate the programming of the thermostat you replaced.
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about two weeks ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

You don't have to believe in "mysticism" or "idealism" to know that consciousness exists.

I never said, nor implied, that consciousness doesn't exist. Your comment seems to be based on this mistaken idea. I also want to point out that I used Idealism in the philosophical sense in which it is the opposite of Materialism, not in the sense of being starry-eyed.

Cartesian dualism might produce unhelpful consequences , but you can't handwave it away simply by saying there's no such thing as mind or consciousness.

The problem with dualism is that mind and body need to be able to interact in some manner. In order for that to happen we have to posit a mechanism for that phenomenon. Until such a mechanism is discovered, or in some other way found to be necessary, then Occam's razor says to ignore it. (Note, that doesn't strictly mean that it doesn't exist, just that you don't posit something you don't need.) Additionally, I never said that there is no consciousness. I said that the question of "Does consciousness cause the brain" is not an interesting question.

If consciousness can't be explained by pure materialism, then pure materialism is an incomplete theory.

This is question begging.

As for the rest of your comment: Positing a spirit/consciousness that exists separate from (and prior to) the material body is magical thinking in exactly the same way as talking about gods and souls and we can write that off as imaginary. The experience that we have of consciousness is not separate from nor prior to the material body. In fact, my experience of consciousness began some years after my experience of body; which is to say that in my earliest memories (experiences of consciousness) I know that I already had a body.
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about three weeks ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

Disclaimer: I am not a quantum physicist.

I think the word 'observer' is misleading

I agree with that, I think environment might be better. However, I don't think that the double slit experiment can be explained by saying "something got in the way". That the method of observation affects the results seems pretty clear there. But that doesn't mean that the response to the environment is mystical.
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about three weeks ago
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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

JimFive Re:end-to-end doesn't mean they can't read it (93 comments)

I would add that WhatsApp is already at both ends of the communication as well. So, even without a stolen key or MITM, WhatsApp can read any message at either user's end and do something with that information. (Simple idea, scan messages for references to pop culture event and send that information to the ad servers). So, sure, the message is encrypted end to end, but so what.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

JimFive Re:Responsibilitiy (137 comments)

and "free speech" shouldnt be a protection against those laws. kind of like using the 1st Amendment to protect the practice of discrimination, as some have been wont to do recently)

The first amendment contains more than the right to free speech. It also contains the right of free association which is what is used to defend discriminatory practices.

It also contains freedom of the press which I think much more closely fits the situation of Google's search results algorithm. Google is allowed to publish what it wants however it wants, within the bounds of libel/slander and related (e.g. fraud) laws. So, while the results of the algorithm may not be "speech", Google's right to publish those results seems like it should be protected.
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about 1 month ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

I shouldn't bother but here goes:

A very fundamental question that no one has answered yet and few people even ask is this: does the brain produce consciousness/mind/spirit or is it the other way around?

This is not an interesting question. You are essentially asking if the universe is based on physics or mysticism. Idealism is absurd, Dualism leads to unanswerable questions and Materialism seems to be working out pretty well for us.

It is a known experimental fact that in quantum physics a conscious observer changes the outcome of the experiment. Why is this?

The observer doesn't need to be conscious. While quantum physics is weird, it is not mysticism.

There is no way to find out the function of the software in a computer, no matter how minutely the hardware thereof is examined, unless the complete computer is functioning correctly. Software is a product of the mind and is not physical even though it requires physical hardware to execute the software.

You can if you include the HD and it's magnetic contents as part of the computer hardware. There is nothing non-deterministic about the way a computer loads and executes software.
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about a month ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

JimFive Re:The ice cream method (167 comments)

Person 1 scoops 3 bowls, person 2 can either choose a bowl or scoop into 2 bowls, person 3 likewise can choose or scoop into 2 bowls. Persons 1-3 pick bowls if they haven't already.

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JimFive

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

JimFive Re:Bad design leads to problems. (613 comments)

I just want to point out that there is at least one exception to this idea. In personal calendars, for example in outlook, someone may have a recurring appointment on Wednesday at 11 am. This time should not change with daylight savings time, it should stay 11am regardless of what the UTC offset is.

Having said that, I agree that everything should default UTC and exceptions such as personal calendaring should be well thought out.
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about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

JimFive Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (392 comments)

I disagree. The pricing won't be $50/channel. It will be something like:
Connection Fee(possibly includes local OTA): $30/mo
Basic Channels (each): $5/mo
Premium Channels (each): $10/mo
Supreme Channels (each): $20/mo
ESPN: $50/mo

And every channel you actually want is going to be Premium or Supreme. So your 4 channels are still going to cost $70-150 every month
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about a month and a half ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

JimFive Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

That's easy. The stoplight is above you. [...] plus the stoplight is not on the side of the road

There are places where the stop lights are on posts at the side of the road and only slightly above you, about the height of the lights on a Semi trailer. If the road is divided there may be a light on each side of the road indicating instructions for particular lanes. I saw this most often in Paris, but I've also seen it in Chicago.
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about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:Enough with the concern trolling (786 comments)

for whatever reason

Since this is the entire point, I find it suspicious that you gloss over it.

If the reason that women don't want to go into tech is due to social systems (education, media, etc) that discourage women by treating women is a biased way then those social systems should be changed to eliminate that bias. Why should they be changed? Because social systems are supposed to provide equal opportunity and treating people in a gender biased way fails at that. That failure means that society is not getting the best value from its populace.

Alternatively, if the reason is that the "culture" of technical workplaces is hostile to women, then that culture should be named and shamed until it changes because it is morally reprehensible to treat people badly, even if the current members of that culture don't think they're doing anything wrong.
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about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Can you now spout off some more righteous anger about that fact that male veterinarians are rapidly becoming extinct?

Are they?

Are young men being kept away from the field by social pressure and estrogen fueled sexual harassing female vets?

I haven't heard of any men proclaiming that they had left a large veterinary project due to rampant sexism and harassment. I have heard that from women on programming projects.

Or is that just the way it needs to be because women are better than men?

Or is there some other professional area(s) that men are moving to which they see as a better field than veterinary medicine that for some reason women aren't pursuing?

Equate the two situations, is your challenge.

Red herrings and false dichotomies are red herrings and false dichotomies.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

I just listened to this story and one of the key points was that male college freshman had been given computers as toys and already had several years of tinkering with them before college while the profiled women had not had that experience. They posit that this disparity was due to computers being advertised as toys for boys in the early 80s. The one woman also implied that the college professors were expecting that the students would have that computer experience before entering the program.
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about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

JimFive Re:Another way to beat the paid/delivery issue. (342 comments)

I don't think this works out. People would buy all the tokens they think they'll need for the event up front and then just turn in the tokens to get ice as they need it. That way they only have to wait in the money line once. If the delay is in the money handling then tokens and separate lines are probably a good idea, but if the delay is in the actual transfer of the ice then having money separate from delivery doesn't really change anything.
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about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JimFive Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Those would be per item rates. And sure, buying parts instead of assembled goods would remove some of the "progressiveness" of that system, but would only be reasonable if the cost of assembly was less than the additional tax.

Again, I'm not endorsing this type of system, but if someone wanted to create a progressive consumption tax, they probably could.

about a month ago

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes

JimFive JimFive writes  |  about a month and a half ago

JimFive (1064958) writes "

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety.

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Flying Cars

JimFive JimFive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JimFive (1064958) writes "For years we've been waiting for the flying car to arrive. The FAA has made an exemption that moves this one step closer to reality. Terrafugia has been granted a weight limit exemption for a "Roadable Airplane". Next up is passing the federal highway safety tests. The press release is here.."
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