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Apple Files Trademark For "iWatch" In Japan

Kuukai Is this thing all voice? (82 comments)

1.5" seems awfully small for touch, but I don't want to live in a world where every jackass on the train is shouting at their wrist.

about a year ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Kuukai Abolish all coins but dimes (943 comments)

When the U.S. first began minting our fabulous decimal currency, the lowest denomination—the half-penny—was worth a little more than today's dime. Anything less than a dime represents a value so low it wasn't worth dealing with in 1792, and it certainly isn't worth dealing with now. There are many big advantages in switching to a dimes-only coinage versus any other system:
-Dimes are an established coin in American society, and an extremely light coin, making a dimes-only system an easy plan to adopt, and easy to use.
-10 dimes to a dollar, not much is simpler than that. Any transaction would only require between 0 and 9 dimes, and only using a single coin makes counting a much simpler process.
-Rather than rounding to nickels like Australia, we can simply get rid of that pesky second decimal place. E.g. $9.5

There are a thousand arguments for other systems, and this is an arbitrary idea. But I would argue it's the cleanest arbitrary idea we've got. The dime is inefficient, and the dollar bill is inefficient, but these problems pale in comparison to the clusterfuck cause by the penny, the nickel, and everything else. The true primary hurdles would be solved by:
-Making dimes out of zinc, to appease the stupid zinc lobby.
-Putting Lincoln on it.

Then, a hundred years from now, that god we trust in willing, we ditch the dime for the dollar coin.

about 2 years ago
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More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity

Kuukai Re:How is this multi-tasking? (133 comments)

Isn't that an assumption that itself warrants extensive experimentation before you can base another experiment entirely on it? Besides, if the unused information is, say, musical tones instead of words, experience tells me you're probably going to see less of an effect on memory. But by this "all distractions effect you equally" model it should be the same as shouting out numbers while you're doing math, etc., which I have known from 2nd grade not to have the same effect as random background noise.

more than 2 years ago
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More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity

Kuukai How is this multi-tasking? (133 comments)

It seems to me that they're comparing two different attention tasks. In multi-tasking, you would be concerned with how the brain juggles two or more things you're [i]trying[/i] to focus on, while this one is talking about how you deal with meaningless distraction. Related, maybe, but how is it multi-tasking?

more than 2 years ago
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Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

Kuukai Some technology is Left-handed (267 comments)

Take the gamepad, for instance. You do all the movement control that requires dexterity with your left hand, and use the right to simply bash buttons. For a couple of the very-hard fighting game maneuvers, I find myself crossing my right hand over.

more than 2 years ago
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Travelling Salesman, Thriller Set In a World Where P=NP

Kuukai Next thing you know (165 comments)

Next thing you know they'll make a show about the Monty Hall problem. Oh wai-

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized

Kuukai The circumvention? Plagarism! (159 comments)

Go all T.S. Elliot on their asses and build your posts entirely out of things other people have said. First post overlord gritsneal!

more than 2 years ago
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A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

Kuukai Mod Parent Up! (220 comments)

This. It's just an accessible, well-known game you can kill time/trance out with. People are freaking out about it being some kind of amazing formula to make millions but really it's just what Windows Solitaire has been for so many years. This time someone was able to monetize it, but at this point that lesson isn't useful until the next big platform shift, and even then you'll probably be headed off at the pass by Angry Birds' momentum.

about 3 years ago
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There Oughta Be a Standard: Laptop Power Supplies

Kuukai Connectors (482 comments)

If there's one thing I wish for all laptop power supplies, it's that they would license from Apple (or work around, patent-wise) the magnet attachment system that makes cable--tripping far less dangerous to man or beast, compared to a few years ago.

Also just wear and tear on the connector. I've seen laptops become unusable just because the power socket is stupidly designed and ends up getting loose. Even some sort of less-patented snap design or something would be better. Van der Waals force, I dunno. Hell, even just something that isn't a cylinder that goes over a small bendable pin, maybe something totally solid like the Apple one only it goes in further, that would be nice...

more than 2 years ago
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Wisconsin Public Internet Struggles Against Telecom, Legislature

Kuukai Re:WTF is it with these Telcos? (259 comments)

It's called "sarcasm", it's this hip new way of expressing yourself. It works best over the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Creates Open Source Flashlight

Kuukai Website reads like an infomercial (172 comments)

For just one low payment of $35 (Canadians add $10 S&H) you can get this SPECIAL flashlight (retail value 54.95!!) that can, uh... "run up and down mathematical equations". If you program a chip. Which you could probably do with any flashlight if you know how to do that. I kinda feel bad for all the exploited nerds funding this...

Oblig. Penny Arcade on Kickstarter

more than 3 years ago
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Project Icarus: the Gas Mines of Uranus

Kuukai Re:Really "Project Icarus"? (155 comments)

I know, and actually Stargate Universe takes the name in exactly this direction. Naming something "Project Icarus" is like calling it "Project What Could Possibly Go Wrong".

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

Kuukai Re:Reuters neutrality (575 comments)

In contrast, Sony called it "enforcing."

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

Kuukai Reuters neutrality (575 comments)

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

Since when does taking a hardhacker to court constitute "defending yourself"? They might be defending their DRM or EULA or something but the article makes it sound objectively unreasonable for anyone to be upset with them...

more than 3 years ago
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Your Location 'Extremely Valuable' To Google

Kuukai *Your* Location? (164 comments)

Bad article, worse summary. Google isn't, like, quantizing your habits or anything. Or, maybe they do, but at the very least that isn't what the emails say.

"I cannot stress enough how important Google's wifi location database is to our Android and mobile product strategy," Google location manager Steve Lee told founder Page in the memo. "We absolutely do care about this because we need wifi data collection in order to maintain and improve our wifi location service."

It's not a database of your location, it's a crowd-sourced database of positioning information used to help users determine their location. When you encounter a previously unrecorded wifi network or somesuch and you're using this feature (it has a disclaimer about this), you anonymously add it to Google's database so other users using the feature can triangulate their position that much faster. There's a concern in the article that someone could hijack this process on Google's end and record personal information, but as far as we know from these emails and what they've said publicly, this information isn't being kept, in fact there's an encryption scheme to protect it. It's different from the Apple issue where the information was a) unencrypted b) identifiable (because it's on your phone) c) timestamped (and therefore more useful than "here's everywhere I've been in my life!") There's certainly the issue of privacy for the wifi network owners, but my point is the summary's misrepresenting the story here.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps

Kuukai Re:Big deal (153 comments)

I honestly wasn't aware of that because I haven't tried yet. What restrictions are at play in Google's marketplace?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps

Kuukai Re:There are three stores on my Archos 43 (153 comments)

Additionally there are Android apps (for instance OpenWNN, which handles the Japanese input I mentioned), that already exist, that are free, and are included with some distributions but not available on the Market as anything but "enhanced" bloatware. Yes when I have some time I'll be happy to distribute it myself (I already said "do it yourself" is an option), my point is that this hasn't been done, instead there are multiple repackagings.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps

Kuukai Re:Big deal (153 comments)

Except the thing that annoys me is that in many cases this software exists and is free, it's just not ported or in the store. There's no reason to pay for it, but this choice doesn't reach end users. I'm sure the FOSS community will adapt sooner or later to the app store model, but I wonder if by that point anyone will be dumping their favorite app for the more private and ad-free equivalent.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps

Kuukai Re:Big deal (153 comments)

I don't think so. Everyone I know regularly uses all sorts of Android apps that require permissions they don't need. Last I checked you can't even find a free Japanese input program or even an emulator on the marketplace that doesn't require internet access. And at least one of these isn't much more than a privacy-invasive wrapper of gpl code. There was that article a while back about how the vast majority of apps send back user information, and with this as the norm there's often nothing a user can do except port their own apps. What we really need is more effort on the developer side to release clean free apps, but unfortunately there's little personal benefit to doing that.

more than 3 years ago

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