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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Suffering Bastard Re:Ars Review is Cosmetic (165 comments)

Nope, didn't know that. Mea culpa. I wasn't paying attention to MS back then, apart from the Jackson trials.

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Suffering Bastard Re:Ars Review is Cosmetic (165 comments)

The public beta Apple started was started in 2001. That's all I said. No trend was meant to be implied.

I may have been wrong about MS getting the idea from Apple, though. I'll piss off on that point.

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Suffering Bastard Ars Review is Cosmetic (165 comments)

The linked Ars Technica review pretty much only looks at surface level details, like icons, window buttons, menus, etc. Doesn't say anything about functionality, speed, or lower level concerns.

And this line is misleading:

It's a very Microsoft-esque way to roll out an OS: you give enthusiasts a chance to work with an early-but-reasonably-stable build in exchange for valuable bug-squashing feedback.

Microsoft got the idea from Apple, who started their public beta program with the first version of OS X back in 2001.

about a week ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

Suffering Bastard "Marketing and publicity campaigns"? (77 comments)

Great, now we're going to start spreading our rampant advertising infection to other planets. Is there anywhere advertising can't go?

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Suffering Bastard Re:There's belief, there's facts and there's polit (725 comments)

Ignorance is a choice, just like belief. The real problem is to get people to reject ignorance. The difficulty in that is that ignorance, like belief, is easy. Rejecting ignorance requires effort. That is why there are so many people who choose ignorance and belief over reason and fact.

Interesting belief you have there.

I believe that belief is inherent to the human mind, necessary for operation in the world. I see belief in two general categories: rigid and fluid. When rigid, a belief is maintained even in the face of evidence to its contrary. When fluid, a belief can change in nuance and substance based on life experience and information.

We all have beliefs and operate from biases that do not agree with others. I see this as natural and as it should be. Each person is their own subjective lens on reality, and no one person nor committee can determine what objective reality ultimately is. Once we think we have it, something comes along and blows away our vaunted conceptions. Life will never fully give away its secrets, we will always be left guessing. To me that's the beauty of the mystery. What we each make of it is our own journey, and we should not try too hard to fit our personal beliefs to any consensus.

about three weeks ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Suffering Bastard Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

What the GP may have meant to say, or have said better, is that Jobs had an incredible form of intuition, seeming to know from a long distance what was going to work and what wasn't, even when that meant doing something totally different from what would have seemed normal or sensible. That can't be written off as coming just from experience. Who the hell knew 20 years ago that Apple could possibly end up where it's at today? Jobs had something inexplicable (call it 'genius' or 'vision' or whatever) that most corporate execs lack.

As for creativity, I dunno, I think Jobs was pretty creative in his reformulation of Apple and its product line. Not that he was totally original in product ideas, and not to excuse his deplorable behavior as a human, but he certainly did "think outside the box." (I dare not say "think different")

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Suffering Bastard Snowden / Putin (168 comments)

Snowden has exercised great courage and fortitude throughout this process. I think it's fair to say that most of us here cannot imagine how we'd hold up under the conditions he's living with. It would seem reasonable to assume that Putin has thought long and hard about how to use Snowden as a political pawn. He basically has Snowden by the (rather large) balls and could theoretically leverage that any way he chooses.

So to see that all that's happened so far is that Snowden has "lobbed a softball," asking a semantically consistent and valid, if politically weak, question for Putin to prop himself up a little is to me fairly remarkable. Why not force Snowden to ask more questions and fawn over Putin's greatness? You know, say things like "I am so impressed with the upholding of law and order in Russia. Putin is truly a great statesman." Does Snowden hold some card(s) that keeps Putin somewhat at bay?

Moreover, Putin must have read this latest article by Snowden, and Snowden would be expecting that. He's free enough -- or courageous enough -- to continue to speak his mind.

Like the way Snowden (okay, the press) has handled the release of information against the NSA, I'm highly impressed with his skillful handling of what must be a very difficult situation. He has shown heroism for his actions in service to his country, while showing brilliance in surviving his circumstances. My hat -- heck all my hats -- are off to him.

about 3 months ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

Suffering Bastard Re:Margeret Thatcher? (103 comments)

depends what side of the pond your on... though Palin always struck me as more retarded than constructively evil.

Agreed. That Spanish Inquisitor fellow never could do anything right.

about 4 months ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Suffering Bastard Death is natural (334 comments)

I find it the essence of emotional immaturity to fear death so much we need to somehow eradicate it or even just call it "wrong." Death is quite right and quite natural. We'd do much better getting to know death as a good thing, as the natural term limit to our personal administrations, so that we can get out there and live...fully!

I believe the most powerful thing you can do is make death your friend. Let it advise you, guide you, make you stronger. It takes work, maybe most of a lifetime, but I believe it's well worth it, and certainly a much more sensible approach than railing against the bars of your emotional crib, screaming over not having enough.

about 4 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Suffering Bastard Re:Arthur C. Clarke introduced me to space elevato (374 comments)

If they cannot communicate how it is feasible in an elevator speech, I don't expect to learn much in the manifesto.

It's a space elevator speech. You'll have plenty of time.

about 5 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

Suffering Bastard Re:Roy Spencer has other motivation. (560 comments)

Christy doesn't seem to have that same sort of underlying motivation and might make more sense to pay attention to

That's rich. Seems Spencer is the one being more "Christ-y."

about 5 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Suffering Bastard Re:Astrology (326 comments)

Ergo, the limits of human understanding must equate to the limits of possibilities for the Universe. Trust external data before trusting your own direct experience. Subscribe fully to consensus rationality. While I warrant these to be useful perspectives when wanting to remain safe in a human constructed world, I find that exploring truth with the courage to look outside consensus points of view is far more interesting and enriching.

about 5 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Suffering Bastard Re:Astrology (326 comments)

The effect of the precession of the equinoxes is well known by astrologers. Mr. Nye shows his complete ignorance of astrology by thinking that this is news to any of us. Another example of a biased point of view completely lacking in understanding of the subject.

The tropical zodiac is based not on the constellations themselves but on the signs that surround the Earth, 360 degrees subdivided 30 degrees per sign, starting at 0 degrees at the Spring Equinox. In Babylonian times that happened to coincide with the constellation of Aries. For the sake of consistency we have kept the same sign names, but no astrologer thinks that signs and constellations are the same thing.

Perhaps Mr. Nye should consider reading the first chapter of a good astrology book before he pretends to know what he's talking about.

about 5 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Suffering Bastard Re:Astrology (326 comments)

This throws into question your reading of my post with any neutrality at all. You've made up your mind, I can't convince you (nor would I try). Spend some time with the system in an objective way and it doesn't take long to see the correlations. I'm not saying I know how it works, and astrology is by no means perfect or 100% consistent, but it works consistently enough, and enough people are helped by it, sometimes in demonstrable ways that conventional therapies do not achieve, that it's worth keeping an open mind about. But I don't suspect that will mean much to you.

about 6 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Suffering Bastard Re:Astrology (326 comments)

Interesting. Is that your open minded scientific reasoning? Or are you such an expert in the field of astrology that you have the authority to come to this enlightened conclusion?

about 6 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Suffering Bastard Astrology (326 comments)

At the risk of receiving flames of /. hellfire, I'll admit that I am a professional astrologer. Any astrologer that actually understands the art knows that it's not a science in the conventional definition of the term. It is something between science and art, as it contains elements of both. Observation and correlation play a major part, then so does the harmonization of conceptual understandings, since it is impossible to empirically verify every possible combination of planet, sign, house. The number of variables is too great.

Astrology is not a hard predictive tool either. The astrological symbols indicate tendencies and potentials, but free will is the factor that determines how those potentials manifest. In my own practice I veer away from prediction and instead focus on the astrological chart as a symbolic reflection of the conditioning of the psyche of the person I'm working with. Synchronistic reflection is the key term here -- the planets do not influence us in any direct physical sense. Thus, 'scientific' is not the right term for astrology, but it's not completely not-science either.

Side note: I came into astrology quite skeptical, but found it interesting enough to study. Over time, through my own experience of seeing it validated again and again, I've come to understand the principles that make it work. And in the right hands and mind, it does work, quite surprisingly well. Again, direct experience is the arbiter here, nothing to do with blind faith or illusory thinking.

about 6 months ago
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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

Suffering Bastard Re:here's a suggestion (177 comments)

Could the second coming of Bill Gates be as monumentally transformative for MS as the second coming of Steve Jobs was for Apple? Or would it epically fail like most of Gates's attempts to be like Jobs? I doubt Gates would want to take that risk.

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

Suffering Bastard Re:One other thing (159 comments)

I want to acknowledge your admission of conscience, as that takes real courage, beyond whether we were to agree or not. Thanks for that.

Truthfully, despite my participation in protests, rallies, marches, etc., and speaking to friends and family about the certain doom we were headed toward with the vengeful reaction to 9/11, I wouldn't say I received as much flak as I was simply ignored and dismissed. Now not so much, but I also don't speak as loudly since, well, I don't have to.

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

Suffering Bastard Re:Here's what's funny about all of this (159 comments)

What's really, really funny is that on /., we are all pro-privacy, pro-dismantling of the security apparatus. But none of us ever stop to consider if we'd change our tune, if one of our family or loved ones was suddenly, inexplicably killed in a horrible way--and then discover that said death could have been easily prevented if only X and Y agencies had bothered to share their information.

Hard for me to see any humor here. Sounds like a rather tragic state of affairs.

A problem with your argument is that it assumes that the current security apparatuses would have prevented 9/11, and there's no way to know that. It doesn't seem like the NSA is at all concerned with stopping "terrorism," they're more hell bent on spying for their own power initiatives. Are we really any more secure now than we were in 2000? I'd submit not. And if, after proclaiming the actions of the NSA and national security legislation as crimes against the American people, an attack occurred on American soil that killed innocent Americans, I would not back down but fortify my arguments against fear and vengeance as motivation for public security policy.

Knowing what we know now, can any of us truly say that we'd face 300 million people..."I know we could have easily prevented this tragedy, but we're not going to put in place the fixes that would prevent a future tragedy like this because we believe the outcome would be worse than the disease."

I would, and did, advocate actual fixes, not the sham of security theater we have today.

This is human nature. There is no answer, there is only the cycle.

No. Human nature evolves. Each cycle we get a little better, even if barely perceptibly. Defeatist attitudes only hold us all back.

about 6 months ago

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