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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

TheNarrator Re:Usability is THE killer feature that Linux need (209 comments)

It seems like Chrome OS already won the usability contest and has had significant commercial success. It's funny because Chrome OS is so easy to use and polished that even techies assume it's not linux. Just flip a switch though and you've got a bash shell and you can install an Ubuntu system on top of it.

Here's an example of a guy easily turning these $199 chrome books into ubuntu based coding machines:

http://blog.codestarter.org/po...

about 2 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

TheNarrator Somebody needs to make a new 1984 commercial.. (126 comments)

30 years after the original 1984 commercial the rebels have been co-opted and are now partnering with big brother. That would make a great commercial: "2014". You could have the olympian women up on the screen and everything's colorful and everyone has prettier outfits but they're all still obedient slaves.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

TheNarrator Rich People and Population Control (302 comments)

It seems like if there's one issue that rich people all over the world are throughly obsessed with, it's population control. It's all wrapped up with the future being dominated by visions of eco-doom (e.g Global Warming/Overpopulation/Peak Oil). Nobody can see a different future. It's pathetic.

about 3 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

TheNarrator Re:It's a real issue. (363 comments)

Why don't you just get an AGM Battery. These batteries don't emit hydrogen, don't require watering and won't cause problems if they tip over. Sure they're more expensive, but they're so much easier to work with.

about 5 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

TheNarrator War SEO? (180 comments)

2004: Why is that website URL at the top of Google for that keyword? Answer: "The algorithm"

2019: Why did that fully autonomous weapon kill that person? Answer: "The algorithm"

about 5 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

TheNarrator Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

That assumes that we know as much physics as they do. They might be using some medium to communicate that we haven't even discovered yet.

about 5 months ago
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

TheNarrator Works for dumb people... sure. (95 comments)

What are they going to do when they find out it doesn't work for smart people or people who make conscious decisions to alter their behavior based on their own research? They will just be ignored as outliers because they don't fit in to the statistical modeling. How does the machine learning algorithm model a learning human unless it knows where they're going before they do? What if people inside the model start computing social interactions based on a different model? Do we prohibit these people from evolving their behavior because they don't live inside the machine's conception of how they should act?

about 6 months ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

TheNarrator Misleading map (161 comments)

If you look at the heatmap of downtown San Francisco and you click off Apple you'll see that there are plenty of android users in wealthy areas. The apple red just blocks you from seeing the android blue underneath. So IMHO, Android has a lot of wealthy users but Apple only has wealthy users.

about 7 months ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

TheNarrator Predicted This A While Back (51 comments)

See my comments a couple months back: https://news.ycombinator.com/i...

You bitcoin guys think you can push buttons on your computer and code around the system. So naive.
Sorry to be a pessimist, but they can just say anyone transferring bitcoin to another party without going through a KYC compliant intermediary is money laundering and then send the swat team out to whatever ip they can track down via NSA whatever. Game. Set. Match. Banks win as usual, all done. They'll take it down just like Pirate Bay, etc.
Can someone tell me how people think the cryptonerds can win here? I'll be over here munching on my popcorn thank you.

about 7 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

TheNarrator This is about driving down wages not womens rights (333 comments)

Remember when 1 bread winner could provide for a family in the 1950s? That was before women joined the workforce in mass and drove down wages by competing with men for jobs. It's all so defensible when it's masked as women's rights but it's really about cheap labor.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Coins and How the Definition of 'Crypto-Currency' Is Getting Too Loose

TheNarrator Confusion over currency is not a new thing... (115 comments)

People getting confused about currency and money is something that is a very very old phenomenon. This article is no exception.

All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
- Letter to Thomas Jefferson (23 August 1787), The Works of John Adams

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

TheNarrator Org-Mode in Emacs (133 comments)

It's really a "geek only" tool but emacs org-mode is great for me for organizing my work. The big plus is that the format is plain text so you can use version control to manage it. I use drop box and leave the files on there. I usually use one per project and then a master file.

Here's a specific guide to using it with GTD: http://orgmode.org/worg/org-gtd-etc.html

about 10 months ago
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Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

TheNarrator The killer feature are the online exercises! (134 comments)

The online exercises for this course are great! They change every time so one can practice until one has mastered the concept. This was the real missing component in these online math courses. Most textbooks I've looked at don't have answers to exercises which makes it difficult to check that one has truly mastered the material without a teacher to act as a gatekeeper to the right answers.

about a year ago
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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

TheNarrator Re:Future Mandatory Requirement (205 comments)

You just have to send your id in the bottom 64 bits of your ipv6 address to access the internet. Why make the address space so large unless you were going to stuff authentication credentials into every packet? Then they could easily just turn you off whenever necessary.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

TheNarrator Re:I'd be sorry (496 comments)

Actually, it's more like Nikolai Bukharin's hysterical personal letter to Stalin on the eve of his execution:

For example:

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5) My heart boils over when I think that you might believe that I am guilty of these crimes and that in your heart of hearts you think that I am really guilty of all of these horrors. My head is giddy with confusion, and I feel like yelling at the top of my voice. I feel like pounding my head against the wall. What am I to do? What am I to do? ...

about a year ago
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Programming — Now Starting In Elementary School

TheNarrator Re:Been there, done that. (162 comments)

Ha... I'm now a professional programmer but I knew something funny was going on when I was a heck of a lot better than everyone else in my class at Rocky's Boots back in the 80s. The one other guy who was good at it is also a programmer now.

more than 2 years ago
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Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple

TheNarrator Google Wins! (158 comments)

So Microsoft and Apple both wanted to screw up web video by only supporting the heavily patented H.264 standard instead of Google's open Web-M standard. So Google went and bought Motorola Mobility and is now throwing their own patent strategy back at them. If they claim H.264 isn't patentable than they lose that way otherwise Google can charge huge royalties and make them pay for being so greedy.

Brilliant chess moves as usual by the Google team.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Facebook Becoming a Central Bank?

TheNarrator Not a true currency. (232 comments)

The mark of a true currency is that it can be used to pay U.S tax liabilities. For Americans at least, anything else is just, at best, a commodity subject to capital gains taxes. For example, if you buy gold coins, or facebook credits, and then sell them after their value has doubled you'll have to pay capital gains tax on the amount they appreciated against the dollar. if you barter the gold coins, or facebook credits, for services or goods you will have to pay taxes on that barter transaction in dollars. If the dollar appreciates in value against other currencies though, there is no capital gains tax to pay, even though your dollar might buy more.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

TheNarrator Your 80 and you look 40! How do you look so young? (368 comments)

So what's your secret to looking so young? You made an appearance in the documentary, "Transcendent Man". For those of you who haven't seen it, it is a documentary about Ray Kurzweil's continuing quest to take enough supplements and pursue enough radical life-extension techniques to survive long enough to see the technological singularity and thus live forever. Are you pursuing similar supplement regimes and/or life extension techniques to keep you looking young? If so, what works and what doesn't?

about 3 years ago

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