deek (22697) writes "Spanish gamer site NicaGamerz.com have reported that it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain (Google translation). According to the article, one reason for the legal ruling is because Sony removed the ability to run GNU/Linux on the console. One can only wonder if Sony will soon rush out a firmware update that will re-enable the OtherOS feature, and appeal the court decision. Oh the irony of that thought...
deek (22697) writes "The internet may be reshaping how our minds work. Author Nicholas Carr talks about how the internet is influencing our thought processes and what the possible consequences of that are. "The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. What's disturbing is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought.".
The lack of ability to concentrate on single tasks. The urge to browse information for no apparent reason. Are these the result of using the internet? Is this something we need to consciously work to avoid?" Link to Original Source top
The Senator further stated that "the Government should instead put the money towards educating parents on how to supervise their kids online". Imagine that! Education instead of domination. Seems like a step in the right direction."
Let's face it, I'm just not a Journal writing person, as much as I like the idea of them. Kinda reminds me of high school. We were supposed to keep a Journal for English class. I didn't bother much with that either.
Hurrah, I feel like writing down another journal entry. Maybe this'll happen more often, maybe not. All I know is I feel like jotting down my thoughts _now_.
I've never studied philosophy. I do think about things often though, so I could be considered a philosopher. Really, all that's really needed to become one is a love of wisdom. I'm just not an intellectual philosopher, instead relying on intuition and basic observation.
And as such, I've been pondering on 'happiness', and especially, how does someone achieve happiness?
One thought I've had is that happiness can be achieved by avoiding unhappiness. Ok, I know it's simplistic, and totally avoids that limbo state between unhappy and happy, but generally if you can avoid being unhappy, there should be a better chance of being happy.
Of course, we can achieve happiness by first becoming unhappy, and then trying to climb out of that state. The result should be that we're happy that we're not unhappy anymore. That's way too much effort to be happy, though. It'd be much nicer to just go straight to happiness.
So now my search for happiness is essentially broken down to how to avoid unhappiness. So what makes people unhappy? Now there's a whole essay topic if I've ever heard of one. There's so many ways that people can be unhappy, that it's depressing.
;) OK, I was punning a bit with that last sentence. I like punning... it makes me happy. In fact, I'm usually happy when I do things I like, and conversely, unhappy when I do things I don't like. Hey, this is a promising thought! So to avoid unhappiness, I just have to stop doing things that I don't like.
But unfortunately, there's plenty of situations where you have to do something you don't like, to achieve something that you do like. I'm sure we all do things we don't like to do, just to feed ourselves and have a bed to sleep in.
And to move onto a totally different point, is it really worthwile trying to avoid unhappiness? Sure, you've got the benefit of not being unhappy, but I think that you'd start to lose perspective on happiness as well. Ye old ying/yang problem... one depends on the other, and the other depends on the one.
The search for happiness seems to be one that does _not_ means 'complete' happiness, to the exclusion of all unhappiness. The search for happiness seems to mean minimising the number of times we're unhappy.
So in conclusion... I think too much. It's not worth trying to achieve only happiness, as it's a rather elusive goal that, if achieved, is slowly lost. Maybe it's just worthwile taking life as it comes, and not worrying about which emotional state you want to be in. In other words, just trust in life, do the things you like, and let things happen that will happen. That appears the best way to be happy.
Maybe I'm just not a Journal writing person. Over three months down the track since my first journal entry, and only now do I add a second.
It's not as if I have anything particuarly insightful to say at the moment, but I just like the idea of actually using the resources that have been provided.
One thing that strikes me about Slashdot, though, is the general cynicism of the reader base... _about_ their fellow readers! It seems that any post that degrades the Slashdot community as thoughtless posters, seems to be moderated up quite rapidly. The old "you're new to Slashdot" comment never seems to fail to get a few points.
Yeah, maybe it's just tongue in cheek, but I think there's a current of serious cynicism underlying the comments. Which is a shame, really, as I find most comments to be reasonable. OK, the moderation system helps definitely, but still the general impression I get of the Slashdot community, is that they're a bunch of pretty cluey people. Just what I'd expect for a website dedicated to "News for Nerds".
Finally getting around to playing with the Journal features of Slashdot. I have to admit, this place really is quite amazing. CmdrTaco and his merry men have definitely put a bit of thought and effort into it.
I became a subscriber to Slashdot a few weeks ago. I've been reading this place for the last 3 or 4 years, and I think they deserve my money. CmdrTaco recently wrote in his journal that he envisioned Slashdot to be an informal dirty gritty news site. This works for me. There's a certain honesty in this type of news reporting that the more polished news sites lack.
I'm not usually prone to doing Journal entries, especially online, but I might have to try this out more often.