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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

aNonnyMouseCowered ... using non-Windows devices. (42 comments)

MicroNokia has been pursuing the lower end of the smartphone market using non-Windows devices (actually I think they're pursuing the higher end of the feature phone market), even coming up with their own generic Amazonesque Android phone.

At the lower end, you don't need a Play/Appstore sized ecosystem. Just Angry Birds, Facebook and Twitter.

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

aNonnyMouseCowered Stupid fuck this (643 comments)

" How could a stupid cunt like you even bother posting such a moronic comment? Seriously, go die in a fire and I hope your kids get leukemia. Only someone with severe autism and Down's syndrome would be so clueless about psychology."

But Linus, despite the vulgarity of some of his rants, doesn't use language like that. Unless you can provide a link to prove otherwise, Linus hasn't used terms that poke fun at people with disabilities ("autism") or used sexist language ("cunt"). He does use generic terms of abuse like shit and fuck, which doesn't really qualify as sexist since it can both men and women (and homosexuals) fuck.

yesterday
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

aNonnyMouseCowered Institutional hypocrisy (179 comments)

The EU directive gives at best a false sense of privacy, since the information itself isn't removed, but only the links, kind of like the way an OS might "remove" a file but still preserve its data ready to be "undeleted" (unless it's a filesystem that tends to overwrite unused blocks).

The EU regulators don't want to appear as "censors" (with the unsavory connotation that the word carries in a presumably democratic environment) so they don't go after the source. This reeks of institutional hypocrisy. Why not just go after the publishers. If they shut down the publishers, bloggers, etc, then all that Google and Bing would be left are the dead links.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Customer service? (872 comments)

Well Libertarian gunfreak, a knife is infinitely reusable after you wipe the blood off, although my prefered Zombie weapon is a long sword.

3 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

aNonnyMouseCowered Witchhunt (242 comments)

The word for this is witch hunt. A simple correlation is enough.
Just as merely being unusual marked a person as a witch when a plague broke out, posting unusual comments in social media, right before or after a terrorist incident, now marks you as a terrorist.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Pft (956 comments)

So if a Googler doesn't know perl. You'd say dumb Googler? Somehow that sounds more like a joke than an insult. I say it't the intent more than the word that counts. Woman isn't an insulting word and yet it can be used as an insult.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

aNonnyMouseCowered Teledildonics? (509 comments)

LOL. If Kurzweil's future ever comes true, then even sex will be outsourced via the exponential evolution of today's cam sex. Be careful of getting a virus though.

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

aNonnyMouseCowered No more superstars (192 comments)

"Of course, old favorites won't disappear. They'll be a handful of new discoveries each year from self-publishing. Enough that books won't be "dead". But the idea that book reading will become marginal enough that it's cultural significance will essentially be irrelevant."

More books or at least book-length works are being published now than in the past. So a few percentage of good books out of a couple of million bad books is still a lot.

This development parallells the development of culture in other fields, such as music. Before the nineteenth century, you could probably count on your fingers and toes the number of composers who were as good as Beethoven and Mozart, since any would-be Beethoven would need not just be talented but had to live near a place where he could hear good live music that he could learn to imitate first then later surpass with masterpieces of his own.

With the development of recorded music and mass-produced musical instruments, any middle-class person of even mediocre musical talent could listen to good or nearly good music just just by switching on the turn table and later the cassette and CD players.

Today, people have greater access to writing and greater access to a possible audience. Many of today's "books" are actually written in "submarine" form, probably serialized in the writer's blog or written as fan faction. And so, the audience even gets access to the act of writing itself. Writers who blog their novels get feedback from readers whose collective comments effectively make them "crowd" editors, similar to the way Wikipedia works.

What you lament is the coming demise of writing and culture is no more than the death of the rock star, or the Shakespeares or Beethovens of the past because their numbers have multiplied through the spread of mass culture.

about two weeks ago
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Meet LibreOffice Volunteer Robinson Tryon (Video)

aNonnyMouseCowered LibreOffice for Android in limbo (26 comments)

Given the lack of a single dominant mobile office suite, there are potentially more users out there for a LibreOffice version for Android than for users of the Windows, Mac and Linux versions combined. So why's the Android version forever stuck in demoware limbo?

about two weeks ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Smart move... (127 comments)

You joke. But the names are probably going to go through some sort of machine filtering that'll eliminate Fuckeroo, Sexoid, or Goatse then vetted by a panel of religious and cultural sensitivity "experts" and everybody else with a loud mouth or a big stick to eliminate names likely to get on somebody's goat like Tiananmen, Bin Laden, Zion, etc. Only then does the Internets get to vote to short list of approved names, pretty much like a Slashdot poll.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

aNonnyMouseCowered Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

The corollary here is that intelligence isn't always an advantage. Or else all chimps would have evolved human class intelligence. The question I'd like answered is, what natural advantages does innate stupidity confer upon a creature that enables it to spread its just as efficiently or even bettera than an intelligent creature. Maybe the neurons required to be good at puzzle solving and the like are subtracted from the total needed for street or jungle "smarts".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

aNonnyMouseCowered Don't count on good OSS support (183 comments)

"Rockchip RK3288 is coming, should be affordable, and the company is spending a lot of effort making sure it's well supported in mainline."

Citation needed. Mind supporting your statement with a link? AFAIK RK has one of the poorest FOSS support among Chinese SOC makers (compared to Allwinner and Amlogic). The RK source code floating in the net tend to be "leaks" or in any case releases that aren't official supported by the company. Also for a long time there was no official way to flash firmware onto the embedded flash storage of an Android device unless you use RK's Windows only firmware tool. (This changed recently with the appearance of a binary only Linux upgrade tool.) Opensource RK flash tools are quite limited in that they are unable to partition the flash storage or to change the bootloader, needed when upgrading between incompatible Android versions or loading desktop Linux.

about two weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

aNonnyMouseCowered No human can pass that test (285 comments)

Well, no human alive today in any case. All so-called "original" works produced today are derivatives of older works (Shakespeare, folklore, etc) or quirks produced by the artist's mental state. Among deceased artists Van Gogh and Edgar Allan Poe are famous examples. Another reason why we should stop this "all rights reserved" nonsense of the traditional copyright system, where the artist is presumed to be a god that produces unique worlds out of nothing.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:It's a question of mass production (564 comments)

"And we currently have no idea how to create intelligent software." Of course we can't create "intelligent" software if the definition is stacked in favor of philosophically disputable notions like consciousness. Is Google Search conscious? Does the Siri system really "understand" what I tell it to? This is what's preventing machines from being defined as "intelligent". But if some future machine can exponentially compute, brute-force if you will, all the "calcuations" needed by a human to start an "intelligent" conversation, shouldn't that qualify as intelligence? Or would you say that a two-year old child shouldn't be considered "intelligent" because she can't understand what we're talking about.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:As an Engineer,,, (64 comments)

Engineers don't do things accidentally unless they fuck up. So unless we can prove the whales know what they're doing, they're acting more like the pre-agricultural humans who accidentally spread seeds wherever they spit and shit. Not quite agriculture.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

aNonnyMouseCowered It's a question of mass production (564 comments)

"Back in the 1960s after the moon landings, people would have expected we would be well past Mars by now. Probably Jupiter, Saturn or other stars."

Your example and the frequently quoted one about flying cars is the wrong analogy to make. There's a reason to be more optimistic, or pessimistic (depending on whether you view machine intelligence as threat), with regard the progress of AI.

Up until now, nobody has been mass producing man-rated spaceships, or flying cars and warp drives for that matter. On the other hand, computers and computer parts have been mass-produced since shortly after Jack Kilby invented the transistor. This is the reason for the so-called Moore's Law.

Now, unless you can prove that the very idea of AI is impossible, then the development of increasingly powerful computers as an aftereffect of Moore's Law and similar technologies (massively parallel computing etc) will result in systems exponentially more powerful than IBM's Watson. At some point a future Watson or Google AI system will make "decisions" indistinguishable from a human's.

Now, if Boeing and others are mass producing rocket parts at the same volume that Ford, Toyota, and their suppliers, etc are producing automobile parts (or Samsung and Foxconn smartphone parts), I'd say we'd not only be on Mars right now, we'd have a space colony on Pluto, if that's an interesting enough minor planet.

about three weeks ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

aNonnyMouseCowered Free as in Google Search is Free? (75 comments)

So it's free because the product isn't the app but the user who supplies the data for Big Data to crunch.

about three weeks ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Not surprised (170 comments)

You should blame Google, Facebook and other Big Data companies for making indiscriminate surveillance somewhat palatable to the masses, who'll be thinking, it's okay for Google and Facebook to spy on us merely for profit, so it should be okay for the government to spy on us to prevent (omg) TERRORISM.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

aNonnyMouseCowered PR move (178 comments)

"Microsoft isn't implying that. They trying to convince customers they don't have NSA backdoors."

Yes this smells more like a PR move than anything else. Any government serious about security will roll out its own software stack, which unlike hardware costs practicallly nothing after the initial development. This will limit the attack vector to rogue chips.

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Windows 8.X / 8.1X needs a new name to (681 comments)

Maybe China had something to do with it? I'm too lazy to search for it now, but I remember reading a story about the Chinese government banning upgrades to Windows 8 for their ageing XP machines.

about a month ago

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Free and open source apps for Android

aNonnyMouseCowered aNonnyMouseCowered writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) writes "One of my favorite freeware Android applications has been pulled from the Google Play app store. While I found a replacement for the app, I've decided to install only apps that won't become obsolete merely because of the developer's whim or lack of interest. With the exception of games, which I don't deem essential for work, I don't want to install potential abandonware even if they cost the pauperly sum of $0.00. My decision has thus far meant installing a relatively crude text editor like BusyBox's version of vi, rather than any one of those full-blown mobile office suites. I've found a short list of open source Android apps at Wikipedia, including the usual suspects, Firefox and the VLC media player. There are also links to two other sites at the end of the article. But even the more comprehensive listings have large gaps in them even when compared "merely" to the programs available in a typical GNU/Linux repository. So can anyone recommend useful or even just fun Free, Libre and Open Source Software for an Android smartphone or tablet? Free virtual beer to those that can find links for FLOSS programs for editing audiovisual media (Blender for Android?) and documents more sophisticated than HTML."
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