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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

billyswong Against it! (613 comments)

Change the government office hours, don't change the clock moron!

Lucky that my home Hong Kong has abolished that since long ago.

about a month and a half ago

China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

billyswong Confirmed (64 comments)

It's already found that the official "update" only fixes a tiny part of concern. They are still sending things to China

about 4 months ago

Terran Computational Calendar Introduces Minimonths, Year Bases, and Datemods

billyswong You advocate a ________ approach to calendar refor (209 comments)


You advocate a

( ) overly simplistic

approach to calendar reform. Your idea will not work. Here is why:

( ) having months of different lengths is irritating
( ) having one or two days per year which are part of no month is stupid

Specifically, your plan fails to account for:

( ) humans
( ) rational hatred for arbitrary change
( ) unpopularity of weird new month and day names

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

( ) nobody is about to renumber every event in history
( ) good luck trying to move the Fourth of July
(x) the history of calendar reform is horrifically complicated and no amount of further calendar reform can make it simpler

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

( ) sorry, but I don't think it would work
( ) this is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it

about 7 months ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

billyswong Lucky that it's immune to Chinese (431 comments)

Hong Kong has its own language education problems but Chinese learning won't be infected by this sort of silly stuff - Chinese writings are mostly pronunciation-neutral.

about 8 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

billyswong Cochlear implants don't work for everyone (510 comments)

Not everyone's issue can be saved by cochlear implants. So deaf culture won't go extinct that easily.

On the other hand, cochlear implants are not perfect. People wearing it don't hear human-speaking as well as normal people. This is a more pressing issue - deaves are stuck in a bad expectations.

about 8 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

billyswong Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (310 comments)

Men, change your schedule, change your office hour, change whatever you like, but don't change the clock okay?

Since Daylight Saving Time is decided by the government, the government can also change its office hour twice a year instead. Then other corporations will follow suit and things will work out in a way much much better.

about 9 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

billyswong Rockets won't be loved at (374 comments)

How else are you to land and/or launch from a new planet/moon? We still need rockets. Unless stargate

about 10 months ago

EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

billyswong Re:Ya that is near as big a problem (198 comments)

You don't know what's path finding, period. We are talking about the route a car is taking or planning to take. It should be calculated only once per road-change/serious-traffic-jam for each driver.

about a year ago

Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today

billyswong Re:citation quotient (308 comments)

1. Supposingly peer review should block such kind of "trivial paper".

2. The formula can be adjusted to (a+1)/(b+1) or something similar. Then the initial score will be (0+1)/(3+1)=1/4, while the traded score will be 11/14

Or maybe even harsher, weigh others' cites against how many citations are there. if a paper cites me, but also cite 49 other papers, then that cite only gives me 1/50 score.

1 year,10 days

Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today

billyswong citation quotient (308 comments)

How about this:

A paper cites others. Others cite the paper.The number of a paper being cited will be divided by the number of cites in the paper. The quotient will be what counts.

Now no points in cite trading.

1 year,11 days

How To Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project

billyswong Approachable download for the way! (176 comments)

Create a proper tarball (.tar.gz) that is easily downloadable by anyone.

Finally someone mentioned that. Git repositories asks users install extra software before even trying your code. Hate it a lot.

about a year ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

billyswong Re:Breaking it down... (456 comments)

But the poll is talking of "wider range of sound". It has nothing to do with the usual sense of "better hearing".

about a year ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

billyswong Re:A wider color spectrum... (456 comments)

People can fall asleep under Sun, with sunlight shining through the eyelids. So your worry is not an issue

about a year ago

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

billyswong Incompatibilities across ver. of the same distro (815 comments)

So true. Seeing Gnome and Ubuntu sink is very depressing. If you want to break compatibilities for the sake of change, fork it. Don't mess up the original.

about 2 years ago

Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

billyswong Re:Fit in my pocket (320 comments)

So true.

about 2 years ago

Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

billyswong Phone is for talking (320 comments)

The number ONE question should have been:

Can you comfortably phone someone or receive phone call without resorting to earplug?

about 2 years ago

Open Source ExFAT File System Reaches 1.0 Status

billyswong Re:The wrong way around (151 comments)

How about when you are not admin? Installing software, especially drivers, are not always appropriate or even possible.

about 2 years ago

Intel Demos Optical Data Transfer For Servers

billyswong Re:but (71 comments)

Pushing bits in a more packing way is of course important, but latency matters too. Optical circuits are more responsive.

about 2 years ago

Astronauts Could Get Lazier As Mars Mission Progresses

billyswong Nothing to do in the middle of trip? (145 comments)

Give them meaningful works that could only be done on space. Else boredom kills.

about 2 years ago

What 'Negative Temperature' Really Means

billyswong Re:Uhhhh (204 comments)

You don't expect non-Physicists know what is "Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution", do you?

about 2 years ago


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