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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

digitig I have the same problem (464 comments)

I have the same problem. After going back to the opticians a few times, the solution I ended with was progressives that are great for long and middle distance (so good for driving and using the screen) but no use for reading or close-up work. For close-up I take my glasses off and hold the book/work a bit closer than I would have to with properly corrected vision.

about a month ago
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2015 Means EU Tax Increase On Cloud Storage, E-books and Smartphone Applications

digitig Re:should five per cent appear to small (164 comments)

Is this a variation on Rule 34? If it exists, someone is trying to tax it.

about a month ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

digitig Re:Only bad for pulling untrusted content. (148 comments)

I agree that no content from a public repo can be trusted, but at the moment I only use Git to pull from trusted private repos (which is probably a significant use case for people who are using Git in the workplace). That means yes, I need to update my Git client, but I don't need to sweat that I might already have been compromised by this vulnerability.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

digitig Re:I feel safer with NSA than Google (281 comments)

I want to avoid Google spying on me. Does the NSA have some servers I can use?

about a month and a half ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

digitig Re:Good grief. (135 comments)

*definition: that area inside the Lion bollards between Temple and the Mall

Er - that sounds more like Camden than The City. The City extends to the east of Temple; the Mall is to the west. Did you get your map of London from a Dan Brown book?

about 2 months ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

digitig Re:Slander? (256 comments)

Libel, surely, not slander?

about 2 months ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

digitig Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

As does the US government, as Brits will discover if they've ever been arrested but never charged, and then try to travel to the USA.

about 2 months ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

digitig Re: Why do they even have a Starbucks? (242 comments)

My defence against Americans criticising British coffee always used to be that the worst coffee I ever had was in a cafe in St. Petes, FLA. Then I had a coffee in a Starbucks at London Heathrow, and I was forced to concede to Americans that the worst coffee I ever had was indeed in Britain. :(

about 4 months ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

digitig Re:Question remains (82 comments)

It's probably more than that. Criminalize everybody, and you can prosecute whoever you like without having to admit why you're really going after them.

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

digitig Re:Ultimately... (383 comments)

Many women are able to borrow a friend's whenever they want to.

about 6 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

digitig Re:Ultimately... (383 comments)

Whether you are measuring my height, fingerprint, penis size or whatever metric you come up with

Penis size is pretty useless as a biometric. It changes depending on the site being accessed.

about 6 months ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

digitig Re:Wyvern = Wyrm (306 comments)

Why didn't this come up with itself before now?

Jack of all trades, master of none.

about 6 months ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

digitig Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (190 comments)

1. Concorde wasn't discontinued due to passenger safety risks.

[citation needed]

Because of the low fleet flight hours, that one accident gave it the worst safety record of that generation of aircraft. It was retired because it would have been too expensive to make it safe.

about 6 months ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

digitig Re:A Progression of Complaints (190 comments)

I, for one, will NEVER ride in or own a vehicle that does not have a steering wheel, foot-actuated throttle pedal, foot-actuated brake pedal, foot-actuated clutch pedal (where applicable), gear selector lever, etc. and I know I'm not alone in this

You never ride the subway, then? I don't think trains have steering wheels...

about 6 months ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

digitig Re:A Progression of Complaints (190 comments)

Driving too slow(eg the speed limit) in the passing lane or left most lane is extremely dangerous.

If you're going to drive slowly, the left lane is just the place to do it. You did notice that the article is about the UK, right?

(And I hope they do follow the rules of the road. That will include not pulling out at 65 mph into the path of a car doing 75 mph.)

about 6 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

digitig Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

What has any of this got to do with the ontological argument? Or cosmology? And neither dualism nor (most forms of) idealism have anything to do with solipsism. Are you actually reading what I'm writing? Or just responding to what you wish I'd written? You said "materialism is based on physics". Ok, where's the empirical evidence that favours materialism over rival metaphysical positions, and how would materialism be scientifically falsifiable?

about 7 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

digitig Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Materialism is based on physics.

Er, no. How can you possibly base materialism (a metaphysical position) on physics? Materialism is (usually) an assumption of physics (some, though not many, physicists assume dualism instead). If you try to use physics to argue for materialism you have a circular argument; the most you can claim from that is that materialism and physics are consistent with each other. Which of course they are, that doesn't make materialism the only metaphysical position consistent with physics.

about 7 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

digitig Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Dualism is based on nothing, true, but the same can be said for materialism and idealism. You've stepped outside science and into metaphysics, in just the way I described.

Now, it is possible to reason about metaphysics, but trying to argue from science ("based on nothing"), ad-hominem attacks ("don't know shit about "mind" beyond their baseless dogma and refuse to learn about brains") and handwaving ("woo") doesn't make for a coherent case.

Try reading "Aping Humanity" by Raymond Tallis -- prominent atheist, neuroscientist and philosopher -- and you might learn that things are more complex than you think. Assuming you're willing to move beyond baseless dogma, that is.

about 7 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

digitig Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Much of the rest of the planet (not all) is less polarised between science and religion, and finds ways -- with varying degrees of intellectual credibility -- of accommodating both without significant conflict. Typically that will involve accepting the science where it's pretty definitive (eg, evolution) whilst leaving things open when the science tries to stray into metaphysics (eg, dualism versus materialism).

about 7 months ago

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UK Police by covert cellphone surveillance system

digitig digitig writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitig (1056110) writes "UK Metropolitan Police have purchased a "covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area."

Other customers apparently include "the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle East.""

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Computers to mark English essays

digitig digitig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

digitig writes "According to The Guardian newspaper, computers are to be used in the UK to mark English examination essays. According to the article, "Pearson, the American-based parent company of Edexcel, is to use computers to "read" and assess essays for international English tests in a move that has fuelled speculation that GCSEs and A-levels will be next". Can computers now understand all the subtle nuances of language, or are people going to have to learn an especially bland form of English to pass exams?"

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