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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

Momomoto Foresight (394 comments)

There was one theme to his answers that I've never noticed before:

I regret to say I have no response. I never try to think about what computing might be like 25 years from now; it would be a waste of time, since I know that I don't know.

I found these responses severly disappointing for that reason. Agree with him or not, it's sad to see the responses be essentially "I don't have a vision for the future of FSF, because I can't know the future." That sounds needlessly self-limiting.

about 9 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Momomoto Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Here in Canada, phone transactions usually require the CVV2 code on the back of the card. You don't enter your PIN, because you're not verifying using the chip.

about a year ago

The Science of Game Strategy

Momomoto Re:What about Magic? (136 comments)

I agree 100%. A lot of people will say that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make a deck that wins. Those people are kidding themselves! Sometimes, you've just gotta pay the money to get the good cards.

Luckily, there are formats that are designed to reward skill more than the size of your bank account: sealed deck and booster draft. Both require participants to buy unopened packs and use them, but paying $15 or $25 every once in a while is far less expensive in the long run.

about 2 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

Momomoto Am I really that old? (375 comments)

I believe that the oldest one on my computer right now was created December 16, 1989.

I think that means that it's been copied through at least eight computers.

It's a text file called CLASSICS.TXT, which is a large compilation of what can only be described as BBS etiquette.

Also, an interesting treatise from an anonymous author about "software proliferation" (since he refused to use the word "piracy".)

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard On August 28

Momomoto Re:can we call it OSXI yet? (647 comments)

It's not like the 10 was ever a version number anyway, in that it's a derivative of Next, not ("classic") Mac OS, which they had to ditch. The "X" has always been a marketing thing.

Calling it "X" has always been a marketing thing, it's true, but Apple have been very adamant that it be pronounced "ten" and not "ecks". So I don't know if it has that much to do with it being a NeXT derivative. After all, the OS before OS X was OS 9.

more than 5 years ago

Genetic Glitch May Prevent Kids From Learning From Their Mistakes

Momomoto Misleading summary (500 comments)

Well, until recently, pretty often. It 30% shows me there is obviously some form of survival benefit to this for it to be so high.

Newsweek misinterpreted the numbers in the article, which is why that figure seems so high.

According to the actual journal article, it's not that 30% of children possess the allele that reduces dopamine receptor density.

Rather, it's that children that possess the allele have a 30% reduction in dopamine receptor density.

more than 6 years ago


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