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Wikipedia Censored To Protect Captive Reporter

againjj Re:Wikipedia Page (414 comments)

How ironic: using Wikipedia as a source when commenting on a news article discussing how Wikipedia was controlled for some purpose for months unknown to the users of Wikipedia at large. Really.

about 5 years ago
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The Simpsons Worth More Per Viewer On Hulu Than On Fox

againjj Re:TV is dead, long live TV (191 comments)

What?

AC seemed to think that ads aimed at children don't make sense as children do not have money. I point out that children's desires influence the purchasing habits of their parents. You bring in parents not buying MDMA for their children because ...?

about 5 years ago
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Tennesee Man Charged In "Virtual Pornography" Case

againjj Re:Here's a fun one... (639 comments)

Isn't that effectively the current case?

Besides, the point I made was not that the law was good or bad or whatever, but just that people are not interpreting what it says correctly.

about 5 years ago
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Does the 'Hacker Ethic' Harm Today's Developers?

againjj Re:Structure can be learned creativity cannot (436 comments)

I play Magic: the Gathering a bit and read some of the daily articles from time to time. One of the authors is Mark Rosewater, a head designer. One of the things he talks about is design in the abstract, which has a lot of application beyond games. One of the things he talks about is how to learn to be creative. Here is a sample article about how to be creative:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr273

Another example is the book "How to solve it". This is a rather interesting book, because it gives steps on how to solve problems -- steps that, once they become ingrained, act exactly like creativity.

And for teaching a creative people to be formal, a famous counterexample is Ramanujan, and Indian mathematician of great creativity that could never be made to learn "the correct ways to apply [his] ideas". Hardy tried, and failed to do that.

This is ironic: only after writing the about paragraph did I read down to where you said "lack of creativity is why Indian ...".

about 5 years ago
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The Simpsons Worth More Per Viewer On Hulu Than On Fox

againjj Re:TV is dead, long live TV (191 comments)

Which, of course, is why there are no television ads aimed at young children on TV. Oh, wait....

If you have never been around children, I can understand that you do not know the power of a five-year-old saying, "I want X!"

about 5 years ago
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Domain-Name Wars, Rise of the Cybersquatters

againjj Re:IMHO (183 comments)

Duh. And the other two are the same way (explicitly listing them, as you seem to have missed the point):
an-album-cover => anal-bum-cover
therapists => the-rapists

about 5 years ago
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Tennesee Man Charged In "Virtual Pornography" Case

againjj Re:the state is not required to prove the actual a (639 comments)

Although I'm all for fighting child pornography, I think that the government needs to provide evidence that a person used in pornography is truly under the age of 18.

Agreed. Note, you did not say "I think that the government needs to provide evidence that a person used in pornography is truly a particular age."

about 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

againjj Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

So how exactly has this helped him or the economy?

In five years, due to the smaller amount of energy he is now using, he saves up the amount of money he spent upgrading, and can now buy his new oven and hire more employees. In another five years, he now has a bonus pile of cash which he can play with, which he wouldn't have had without lower energy costs.

Why do you replace your single pane windows with double pane? Why do you add insulation to your home? Why do you replace your 80's refrigerator with a new one? Why switch from incandescent to florescent light bulbs? Why buy a lower polluting, more gas efficient car? Why purchase reusable grocery sacks? Why purchase a bicycle?

In the 70's, we had an energy crisis. As a result, there was a massive shift in the American economy to be energy efficient. Miles per gallon in cars doubled. Refrigerators quadrupled efficiency. New houses and repairs/upgrades started requiring energy-saving features, like insulation. Energy Star ratings are mandatory for many appliances. While this is an up-front cost that requires retooling factories and increasing prices, the long term benefits and money-saving effects outweigh the initial cost.

The reason people fight this is because people do not look at the life-cycle cost of a product. They see an item at a low cost and but it in preference to one that is twice the cost but will last five times longer, or buy one that has a low cost, but a high maintenance cost (printer ink, anyone?). This is not the broken-window fallacy, as you are not replacing the window, you are upgrading it to something that has benefits beyond the original.

about 5 years ago
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News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

againjj Re:Poll results (387 comments)

Seriously, you think that the only people who are affected by the classics are classics majors?

Imagine losing all of Shakespeare, Twain, Wells, Homer, Verne, Dickens, Shaw, Poe, etc., not to mention works from unknown authors that produced Grimm's tales, Aesop's fables, Robin Hood, Beowulf, the Bible, etc.? Do you really have no idea how much of our culture is steeped in the literature of the past?

about 5 years ago
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News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

againjj Re:Wikipedia article (387 comments)

And with mistakes too. I tried to correct it, but couldn't get Wikipedia to respond fast enough to make it possible for me. I checked a couple hours later though, and it had been fixed up by then.

about 5 years ago
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Tennesee Man Charged In "Virtual Pornography" Case

againjj Re:the state is not required to prove the actual a (639 comments)

While "the state is not required to prove the [...] age of the minor", it does not say "the state is not required to prove that the person is a minor". The difference is that if the picture is of a six-year-old, it is pretty clear the person is a minor. An apparent 15-year-old, however, will need something more to prove that the person is a minor. If the law said that minority did not need to be proved, then the law would be saying that any pornography is child pornography, on the word of the state.

about 5 years ago
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Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries

againjj Re:If it's for my convenience and safety (450 comments)

Why can't I turn it off?

I can decide to turn off my airbag.

I can't (legally). Not unless I get a written waver from NHTSA. Looking at the application [pdf], you can see that you can't turn it off on a whim. Maybe you live in a country that doesn't try to over protect, but the example is untrue in a large part of the world.

about 5 years ago
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Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries

againjj Re:Nice. (450 comments)

All the more reason for electronics vendors to settle on a VERY LIMITED set of power sources and connection types.

All the more reason for consumers to want electronics vendors to settle on a VERY LIMITED set of power sources and connection types.

about 5 years ago
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EFF and PK Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit For ACTA Info

againjj Re:Change... (150 comments)

Look around this page. There are a lot of people here throwing in their 2c (please adjust for national currency).

more than 5 years ago
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Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

againjj Re:Carriers != Manufacturers (234 comments)

Actually, it's that the highway toll operators should not be able to forbid Toyota from making a car that works on UP's tracks. Right now, the Bay Area Toll Authority says, "Toyota, you are not allowed to sell Corollas that can run on anything but our toll roads, not even ones that run on other people's toll roads, never mind railroad tracks." Notice how the RAZR had several versions, one that worked on each type of network, and can be used on any carrier? Right now, it is okay for carriers to forbid that, and the small carriers are objecting.

more than 5 years ago
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Revived Microbe May Hold Clues For ET Lifeforms

againjj Re:This doesn't look good (126 comments)

The bigger tipoff is that the bacteria survived in ice. It's not likely that a bacterium adapted to live in ice will also be able to live (and thrive) in humans.

Note, it survived in ice, not necessarily adapted to live in ice. Note that it did not replicate until it was incubated at 5C (41F). </nitpick> Though it was explicitly mentioned as non-pathogenic. I imagine cold-blooded creatures would have more to worry about.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

againjj Re:Am I missing the point? (232 comments)

First, you describe as a dichotomy something that is really a continuum. There are other points on that continuum that make more sense.

Second, imagine someone that works or commutes where there is no internet connection, WiFi or otherwise. That person uses the phone as a modem many hours a day every day. When he is not sitting down with his computer, or is not at work, then he uses the smart phone capabilities.

Basically, the point that the carriers are worried about is close to, but not quite, your number 2. It is people that will have a netbook or laptop handy a lot, but not most, of the time. And there are more people there than you might think.

Another possibility that occurs to me is that someone may use it as a primary home internet connection, which then is not needed when the person leaves home. And then that person will want the smart phone capabilities when not at home.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

againjj Re:I love how it is left unsaid (232 comments)

For those that don't know, tethering is when you tie your phone to your computer and hit it around the computer several times, until the phone brakes your computer screen.

This is useful, as one wants to slow down the screen as it flies out the window in a fit of anger.

more than 5 years ago
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Ideal, and Actual, IT Performance Metrics?

againjj Re:Stupid metrics (321 comments)

You should have put the customer on hold for 2 minutes and 15 seconds as soon as they ask the first question, surfed slashdot in the interim, and then continued with the call as normal. The metrics work, you get a bunch of extra break time, the customer is still helped, everyone's happy.

more than 5 years ago

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