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Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills

TheScreenIsnt Re:To this, I say, so what? (544 comments)

"This is dumb and doesn't belong here" bubbles up to the surface here all the time. I'm turning in my sig. Slashdot, you're too into yourself. I no longer identify with what has become a community where easy criticism is consistently considered insightful. The tone is ugly and the signal to noise ratio has, for me, crossed a waste-of-time threshold on a scale much larger than single-silly-article. The whole community seems to exist (largely) in order to congratulate itself for its own cleverness. Bye bye.

more than 3 years ago

Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

TheScreenIsnt Re:Not on my watch (443 comments)

I hope your sig invites us to question patriotism, not to revise our opinions of Booth. Unless I've got the wrong Booth. Help me with the subtleties.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans

TheScreenIsnt Another phenomenon: (636 comments)

"Pointless flamebait causes cynical reaction in brains of /.ers"

more than 3 years ago

Man Unknowingly Tweets the Osama Raid

TheScreenIsnt Re:I can't find it (354 comments)

Now you can.. and it's already got 35 reviews (mixed).

more than 3 years ago

How the Social Tech Bubble Is Different

TheScreenIsnt Pretense, much? (388 comments)

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads"

Really? Doubt it. The smartest people I know want nothing to do with the profit motive. I bet you've got a bunch of very bright 700-math SAT types out there, but that's not saying much. The best minds of any generation have the confidence to embark upon unconventional lives.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure

TheScreenIsnt Re:Go /. spin machine, go! (90 comments)

So the motive (and I'm not arguing, just curious) is to try to get some cred with the open source crowd (with whom they probably know they have an PR problem) without actually giving anything useful away?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure

TheScreenIsnt Go /. spin machine, go! (90 comments)

I'm looking forward to hearing how this fits into MZ's world domination plans.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Driverless Car and the Logic of Safety

TheScreenIsnt Reason provides means, not ends. (510 comments)

I'm saddened by how common this error is. We are constantly faced with "what's best on a population basis" Vs "what I want for me" questions. Logic has nothing to do with it. It's about values.

Otherwise thoughtful people seem to like to think that they have a "rational perspective", whatever that means. You might be better than "the masses" (whoever they are) at logically solving problems once you have a *goal*, but you can't reason your way to ends. You will end up chasing your ends to a plurality of mutually defensible and mutually assailable assumptions. If that weren't the case, moral philosophy would actually be useful, and used.

more than 3 years ago

Is the Business Card Dead?

TheScreenIsnt They aren't for business (370 comments)

If you're proud of your work, a business card is a great way to give your contact info to someone whom you might want to date. I do it and it... ....has... never worked. Must be the business card is dead. Can't be my game.

more than 3 years ago

Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

TheScreenIsnt Re:Squandered technology (450 comments)

Yes, the Loudness War continues.

But, as you know, many people aren't participating. And I'm not just talking about microphone geeks recording Mozart for the 18,000th time.

I find the Age of Adz to be a great example of how some artists are embracing the latest production techniques, yet employing them with careful compositional intent. Such work deserves to be delivered with the temporal and amplitude resolution with which it was created, says me.

more than 3 years ago

The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

TheScreenIsnt Re:A quick google search (845 comments)

As you probably know, *these* are the ones that really kick your ass:
Of course, they are only used for things like bathroom stalls because they would kick the Authorized Service Person's ass, too.
I have often thought of the one way screw (as shown in that image) coupled with a left-handed thread as somehow deep in its uselessness...

more than 3 years ago

BitTorrent Client Offers P2P Without Central Tracking

TheScreenIsnt Re:Excellent Work You've Invented Gnutella (218 comments)

My *hypothesis*, (note "I believe") is that users themselves can serve this function by rating comments. Pretty simple, really. You can imagine any number of integration schemes that connect these ratings to a reputation value.

Sure, you can be pessimistic and say "never work", but the sociology of online communities is a young science. An anarchical web is important to me, so these questions are worth my energy and optimism.

more than 3 years ago

BitTorrent Client Offers P2P Without Central Tracking

TheScreenIsnt Re:Excellent Work You've Invented Gnutella (218 comments)

Giant waste of time, bittorrents benefit is from the community bitching about bad torrents, you cant do that without a web of trust or a trusted third party.

But torrent search sites are neither webs of trust nor trusted third parties, right? They assist in separating the wheat from the chaff simply by allowing the wisdom of crowds to accumulate through posts linked to a torrent file.
Seems to me that this "what are people saying about this torrent?" functionality is consistent with complete decentralization; the community can in principle be built around the client instead of some site. Who hosts the discussions? Everyone who participates in them. Seems as cloud-able as anything else. Mods *can* be replaced by user ratings and associated karma, I believe.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

TheScreenIsnt Re:Dude that would be soo cool... (171 comments)

Trolling sucks and our IP system is broken, yada yada, but...
That patent contains a lot of information about *how*, not just what. Of course, the language is vague and leaves you with no idea where they are with implementation; that's the lawyers' job!
I mean, this probably means *something*, right? Right?...

The system as claimed in claim 28 further comprising circuitry for determining an angle of a normal of the surface function that is correct for aiming a reflected beam into an eye of the observer using the equation: tion..pi. ##EQU00007## wherein: .delta..sub.OP is the angle of the normal of the surface function; .delta..sub.O is the angle of the reflected light beam measured from the plane of the projection screen; .delta..sub.P is the angle of a projected light beam measured from the plane of the projection screen; L.sub.P is the horizontal displacement of the projector; L.sub.PS is the vertical displacement of the projector; L.sub.O is the horizontal displacement of the observer; L.sub.OS is the vertical displacement of the observer; Z.sub.O is the average thickness of the projection screen; Z.sub.0 is the difference between the average thickness and the maximum thickness of the projection screen, x is the horizontal displacement along the surface of the projection screen; and k.sub.0=2/.lamda..sub.P wherein .lamda..sub.P is the length of a pixel that is to be projected to and from the normal location.

more than 3 years ago

Ray Kurzweil's Slippery Futurism

TheScreenIsnt Re:exponential versus sigmoidal (308 comments)

By the way, you're mistaken about the "whatever metric you choose" part. All you need is a factor-able parameter in your numerator that converges to zero over time and where is your metric headed?

more than 3 years ago

Ray Kurzweil's Slippery Futurism

TheScreenIsnt Re:exponential versus sigmoidal (308 comments)

If all you were trying to say was "shit gets superseded", I imagine you would have used fewer words in the OP.

My interest is not in the obvious. (Like, for example, the fact that systems don't run away to infinity on metrics that are monotonic with energy/resources required, or the fact that R.K. if a profit-motivated blowhard).

My interest is in specific examples of phenomena that have been advertised as being a big deal in the future because of some exponential fit to a small data set, later to be found to reasonably obey a sigmoid function.

Perhaps I didn't make that clear, but in any event, your entertaining reply does not address my point, and I imagine you would have used data instead of sarcasm if you had it.

more than 3 years ago

Ray Kurzweil's Slippery Futurism

TheScreenIsnt Re:exponential versus sigmoidal (308 comments)

Interesting, but not convincing with out examples and accompanying data.

more than 3 years ago

Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

TheScreenIsnt Re:Interesting but... (480 comments)

the data set is too small to draw any real conclusions

There are *so* many examples like this where there is a sound investigative idea and not a shred of methodological rigor.
Just a refresher for many of you:
1. Choose your outcome
2. Choose a threshold that will count as an important effect size
3. Power your study (choose how many units will be tested) based on #2
4. Document 1 - 3 before you do the study so we know you didn't go fishing for spurious correlations after the fact
5. Run the study
6. Inferential statistics!
7. Profit! Except, not really.

Those who think #6 is more about obscuring things than revealing them don't know much about #6.

more than 3 years ago

Who Will Win Control of the Web?

TheScreenIsnt I think legislators like things the way they are (206 comments)

Our best hope for the desired outcome (keep the status quo: no one controls the web) is that legislators like the web the way it works now.
I recall that when DVRs were new, there was doubt about whether or not the FCC would get involved and make things suck.
The chairman of the FCC at the time was quoted as saying "I just got one of these Tivo things and it's great!"
As far as I could tell, that was that.
It's not a perfect analogy because corruption *could* have influenced that attitude, whereas anarchy on the Web benefits everyone in general and no one in particular.
Still, I suspect that our legislators know that the Web is a beautiful thing and wish to leave it the way it is.
This is all off-topic for TFA, but the provocative headline leads us towards this more (most?) important topic.

more than 3 years ago



Viscously bad service as a business model

TheScreenIsnt TheScreenIsnt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheScreenIsnt (939701) writes "The New York Times reports on de*or*m*ey**.com's (URL obscured to avoid making things worse) unabashedly mean and, apparently downright scary (as in physically threatening customers) customer service approach. Despite a wealth of warnings about the sight if you go looking for them, if you just search for a product that they carry, they just might be the highest non-sponsored result you get, because of their famously horrible service. Is there a good way to fix this without breaking a bunch of other things in search?"
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