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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

aNonnyMouseCowered Antisocial networks (43 comments)

Social networks make being a shut-in more socially acceptable when online meetings become a substitute for the real thing. FB meetings tend to be faceless except for your liberally retouched profile photo. And who knows if you're still having an intimate chat with that person in the photo and not her husband or the FBI already? With the possible exception of celebrities, you don't need the skills of an undercover agent to impersonate somebody in FB.

about an hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

aNonnyMouseCowered Clothes (206 comments)

Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

1 hour ago
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Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'

aNonnyMouseCowered From bots to robots? (52 comments)

Well it's seems Google is making a serious step toward a literally robotic future. That seems to be pretty obvious with its driverless car project. But when Google first acquired a fistful of robotics-related companies, some commentators speculated it was to allow Google to more effectively "mine" the data that would be flowing from what's effectively a mobile data scanner. Google already has Streetview and its book scanning project, so this, the reasoning went, is where Google's new robotic technologies will most likely slot in.

Now I don't know. Maybe Google is really planning to build a robot army.

11 hours ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

Well, the statistic cited by the parent is interesting. I might be wrong in assuming that Indian kids don't get their own cellphones (maybe majority of them do have their own dumb/feature phone). Since India is a poorer country than the US, where people seem to have more of one device per device category, I'd expect a closer to 1:1 correspondence between number of cellphones to number of users, since more people wouldn't have the money to buy a second or third phone.

11 hours ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Discrimination (492 comments)

"Well, because that would be making an assumption without any credible data to support it, whereas there is avast amount of accumulated evidence showing that women are treated like shit in most walks of life."

There's even more overwhelming evidence that unless you're filthy rich, a celebrity, or the ruler of some big and powerful country you get treated like shit no matter if you're male, female or shemale.

I'm pretty sure Hilary Clinton will get better treated than 99% of the typical male population of the planet.

11 hours ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

aNonnyMouseCowered Just like Linux ... (50 comments)

Bitcoin has been forked many times over. There are probably as many Bitcoin derivatives as there as GNU/Linux distributions. So it's not exactly the Banks (Microsoft) vs. Bitcoin (Ubuntu?).

Carrying the analogy further, there's another cryptocurrency family that's like the BSD of the virtual currency world, CryptoNote (https://cryptonote.org/coins/). One interesting CryptoNote feature is teh use of multiple public addresses generated from the owner's wallet key, in contrast to Bitcoin, where each wallet consists of a single unique public address.

yesterday
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

Not even 1B mobile users. Indian has a relatively younger population than US and other first world countries. I'd expect that, because of poverty, most mom and pops there (who themselves own/share a cellphone) would be unwilling to spend extra to equip their children until they reach the where they can earn enough to at least work for their airtime. So no vanity sexting there, just the necessary communication.

2 days ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:original games? (112 comments)

mod parent up.

I haven't seen an original game since the PS1. Most/all of the popular most downloaded games can be shoehorned into a few dozen categories. The only "originality" I see comes from the refreshed graphics, a few plot tweaks and whatnot. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But to insist that your (the developer's) game is all so brand spanking original that Thou Shalt Not Copy My (your hapless animal species here) Game is hypocritical to say the least.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

aNonnyMouseCowered Simple solution ... (191 comments)

for the electronics part. Just back up your essential data in solid state storage. You'll be dead or severely injured before your SSD, SD card, etc, is damaged, at which point you stop worrying about your electronics.

As for the other, more important stuff, I have an emergency grab bag in my room just for such incidents. All the essentials, including the flashlight and first aid kid, are packed. The food is in the fridge, which is on the way out.

5 days ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Chokehold (102 comments)

Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer is at least more honest in not claiming that snorting will make you look young and sexy like a hunk or supermodel. I really can't understand why big tobacco isn't banned while most countries will send you to death or to jail for a very very long time if you're caught with even a few grams of the stuff.

5 days ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Is energy inefficiency a measure of progess? (80 comments)

"your Dyson Sphere"

I'd consider that inefficient. I mean there are far simpler ways of becoming a spacefaring species without hijacking an entire star. If an advanced civilization develops a method for "mind uploading" and downloading to an appropriate android or organic body, they'd only need to build a network of small space stations before they can "email" themselves from hub to hub at the speed of light, something that can well be powered by a small fusion reactor or some other energy source virtually undetectable from a light year away.

5 days ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

aNonnyMouseCowered Is energy inefficiency a measure of progess? (80 comments)

What if the advanced civilization turned out to be masters of power efficiency? An analogy from the world of computing: the first electronic computers required the power of a house simply to boot up. The smartphone in your pocket is thousands of times more powerful while using no more power than a small light bulb. Does this mean all we'll find are vacuum tube using spacefarers who use nuclear bombs for rocket fuel?

5 days ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Microsoft is a spent force (142 comments)

"Google video search has tons of porn if you use the right search terms."

Please prove your point, with ample examples if possible.

about two weeks ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

aNonnyMouseCowered Bitcoin can also suffer from inflation (267 comments)

Are you talking about Bitcoin's deflationary tendencies? Bitcoin deflation assumes one thing, that people will continue to want Bitcoin, a "commodity" designed to be limited in supply. In other words, for the value of Bitcoin to rise people must remain INTERESTED in Bitcoin. If interest in Bitcoin falls, then the value of Bitcoin also falls, which just a roundabout way of saying "inflation".

I suspect the lack of positive or negative news about Bitcoin is contributing to the current downward trend of its value relative to the dollar.

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Actually... (123 comments)

2880? Wow, that's not even news. There are more things to worry about than what happens half a millenium after the Singularity or the Collapse of Civilization as We Know It. Presumably we'd be so advanced by that time that we'd know how to deflect any large rock that wanders into our cosmic backyard. Or we'd degenerated to such post-Apocalyptic backwardness all we can do is look up to the sky and watch the fireworks before we all die. (I mean we in a collective humankind way. I personally don't expect to be around by that time.)

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Will create more confusion (131 comments)

All politics is a joke, until you get whacked on the head with it. I mean what kind of insanity will force you to smile even when you want to strangle the guy you're smiling/shaking hands with?

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

aNonnyMouseCowered Restrict patents to fields that really need them (240 comments)

If the goal of patents is to encourage innovation, then the patent system is no longer necessary except for targeted fields where technological progress is slow. For example I'd welcome patents for a better rocket engine, a space elevator or a room temperature superconducting microchip. But for most information technologies, patents should be abolished altogether.

Think of it this way, patent protection makes sense in a world where there are only a hundred or so inventors, but not where there are tens of millions of inventors or makers, who are basically "inventors" without Edison's pretension of building something from scratch. Where there are millions of inventors, patents can only get in the way of further innovation.

about two weeks ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

aNonnyMouseCowered Look ma, no hands? (125 comments)

Take a good look at the photo that accompanies the linked article:

http://www.newscientist.com/da...

There's clearly no support for the hands. The thumbs of the worker modeling the exoskeleton are clearly visible above the presumably heavy metal object that's actually being lifted by a a crane-like contraption that loops over his shoulders. The worker is only using his hands to stabilize the object.

Power suit this isn't. So no Ironman here yet.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:They still do a reader for the professional mar (172 comments)

Sad indeed. Sony should have learned something from their console business. It isn't so much the console as the games, it isn't so much the ereader as the ebooks. Now it seems their smartphone business is also going dodo.

However I'm curious about this part of your post: "The remaining alternatives to the Kindle (Kobo and various janky Chinese and Russian devices) routinely fall short". Does Russia really manufacture anything besides spyware, rockets, and killing machines?

For reference, here's what Obama said about Russia's manufacturing capability: "http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/03/us-ukraine-crisis-obama-idUSKBN0G30Q920140803"

about three weeks 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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