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Google Fit To Curate Steps, Calories, Heart Rate, Other Biometric Data

Mozai Manditory registration. (53 comments)

"All employees are required to register with Google Fit. Employees who are not healthy are inefficient, and their salary will be adjusted accordingly to the value they are withholding from this company by being insufficiently healthy."

Just like when employers demand the social networking data of every employee, sometimes even requiring Facebook passwords.

about 3 months ago

Thorium: The Wonder Fuel That Wasn't

Mozai Re:Is this about Thorium or Uranium 233? (204 comments)

> Thorium 232 + a neutron -> Uranium 233.

I thought it was the number of protons that determined which element an atom belonged to, and different neutron counts were isotopes. Would Carbon 12 + two neutrons = Nitrogen 14 ? or Carbon 14 ?

about 4 months ago

Google Testing Gmail Redesign

Mozai IMAP (218 comments)

The only change they've made that bothered me was when Google Hangouts was integrated. Now when I use IMAPS to pick up my email, I get mismatches between the new message count and the actual number of unread messages in the Inbox; the "missing" unread messages are the short notes someone's sent to me via their fork of Jabber XMPP, which appear in the webmail interface but not in the IMAPS (and I would assume POP3S) interfaces.

about 4 months ago

McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

Mozai Aaron Swartz (139 comments)

Isn't this what Aaron Swartz did? Is the US Government going to "make an example" of McAfee too?

about 4 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Mozai tautology (226 comments)

"Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking..."

So: when a good idea is implemented poorly, then bad things happen. Why is this news?

'DevOps' isn't killing the developer; people who are abusing developers are killing developers and using [place idea here] as an excuse. If you focus on 'DevOps', then you're going to throw out an idea and do nothing to prevent people abusing developers and using [idea n+1] as an excuse.

about 5 months ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Mozai Re:To be an effective admin AND stay in a job (136 comments)

"60 hours a week? Don't be daft."

All my technical problems are fixed in less than 30 hours a week. The other 30+ hours a week are fixing problems caused by users; either because QA is toothless, or people not following instructions, or employees who need to be bailed out.

about 5 months ago

Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

Mozai Re:Surveillance + Imprisonment != Censorship? (56 comments)

I'm reminded of an old joke from Poland:
"Oh, we have freedom of speech just like in America! Freedom after speech, not as much."

Times have changed.

about 5 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Mozai Not just for prisoners (914 comments)

The time an offender is locked away is not just for punishment -- it is also to assure victims and targets they are safe, so they can get on with and repair their lives. You would need to give the time-dilation drugs to the victims outside the prison, so they can subjectively spend the years it takes to heal the trauma and feel safe again.

about 6 months ago

Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Mozai Tell themselves? (452 comments)

Are you sure these are lies programmers tell themselves? Or lies they believe people wish to hear from them?

about 6 months ago

Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

Mozai Retention? (47 comments)

The Spritz website says "retention levels when spritzing are at least as good as with traditional reading" but I really want to see some independent testing to verify this claim.

If someone uses this to read a short story (~5,000 words, narrative fiction), how much detail do readers still have after one hour? or the next day? What about a technical document, like a whitepaper in the reader's interest, or an End-User License Agreement? If we tested this on psych students (as we usually do with test like this in university), an put a zinger in the EULA like "if you put your family name twice when signing the form to get a free drink," I'd like to know how many students would catch it.

about 6 months ago

Building an Opt-In Society

Mozai We've been here before many times. (182 comments)

Didn't we already do this? A new nation that subverts the existing structures, even has a system built-in for making sure we don't have stagnant hierarchical power structures? I believe it was called "the United States of America."

Don't kid yourself into thinking you're "special" and "not like those guys." Please learn from previous generations and previous attempts. "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it" is not just a clever bon mot to be dismissed.

about a year ago

Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Mozai Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

> Nobody in their right mind is proposing to keep using coal to get off nuclear.

Then Germany isn't in their right mind, because that's exactly what they're doing.

I didn't say coal plants produce more nuclear waste than nuclear plants; I said the radioactive waste isn't contained in a discrete area. You're also ignoring my main point, which it the cost of lives in fuelling the plants.

1 year,26 days

Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Mozai Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

Sure. While I'm asking the people of Fukashima, you go ask the four thousand US coal miners each year with blacklung, or if its easier, the six thousand that die each year in China from coal mine accidents. While you're doing that, don't forget to check out the uranium and thorium that gets upchucked into the atmosphere where it can't be contained in a discrete area.

1 year,27 days

CouchDB: Roll Your Own, Or Go With a Service?

Mozai Isn't CouchDB supposed to be in your living room? (54 comments)

If whatever you're building is large enough that you think you're unable to host your own small NoSQL database, is it time to reconsider using a small NoSQL database?

about a year ago

Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

Mozai What Three [English] Words (478 comments)

Will there be a version for non-English speakers?
One of the nice bits about using latitude & longitude is that the numbers are still sensible no matter what language is used.

about a year ago

Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

Mozai It's not about me (218 comments)

I left Facebook months ago, but I'm seriously considering returning. Not because I have something to say or to prove (as Matt Smith warns against), but because I have too many people in my life who use Facebook as the sole means of communication.

By leaving Facebook behind, I've left friends behind, and some are family. Should I ask them to double their efforts just for my sake? Would they double their efforts for the sake of one person that doesn't participate in a free service?

Facebook disgusts me, but if I want to stay in touch with friends or family, it seems to be a necessary evil.

about a year ago

Richard Stallman Speaks About Back Doors After NSA Documents Leak

Mozai Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (332 comments)

> For my holiday pictures, iCloud is perfectly acceptable.

You are going to be surprised when those holiday pictures stored in the cloud bite you on the ass later.

Awish Aslam, a second-year political science student at the University of Western Ontario, told CBC News she and a friend were trying to attend a Sunday rally with Harper when they were asked to leave by an RCMP officer. ... Aslam said they were led to the lobby where the officer told them they were no longer welcome because they had ties to the Liberal party. Aslam said the only explanation was her Facebook profile photo showing her posing for a picture with Ignatieff at a recent Liberal rally in London.

CBC News

about a year ago

AT&T Rolls Out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

Mozai Re:iPhone only (199 comments)

I don't hate Apple. TFA doesn't mention anything other than iPhones.
I'd be just as nervous if it said "Symbian," "Blackberry" or "Android" instead. It's not about hate, it's about sending safety warnings only to one type of person in your state's population.

about a year ago

AT&T Rolls Out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

Mozai iPhone only (199 comments)

Sooo.... people with celphones will be warned about city- or state-wide disasters... but only if they bought a particular product from one particular vendor?

Are Apple customers the only ones worth warning? I know, I know, "even restricting warnings to people owning a celphone w/ service is elitist," but this strikes me as being too elitist when it is iPhones only.

about a year ago


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