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Online Loneliness At Google+

elecmahm *PUBLIC* posts (456 comments)

The whole premise of G+ is that it's built around private sharing with your circles. There's a lot of public sharing, sure -- but it's INTENDED to be private. That was the whole selling point for why people chose to use it over Facebook. My G+ feed is constantly being updated in a very lively manner with both public and limited posts by a variety of people.

The study is based on a flawed premise. They should find some other metric aside from "public posts" for determining how engaged the userbase is.

more than 2 years ago

Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO

elecmahm Re:Not Excited (295 comments)

I would actually be really interested to see a TES MMO that made playing as an NPC-type char a viable / fun option. I typically ignore the main questline because the world is far too rich to be limited by that (and the sidequests are more interesting, IMHO).

I don't think it would be THAT much of a stretch for them to make alchemy a bit more challenging and rewarding -- where you could say proudly "oh my character is a level 35 alchemist." A lot of the things that I enjoy doing in the game are fun until they feel like grinding because they are no longer challenging (like alchemy, for example, or archery) -- If they were to build on the tech-trees of Skyrim, perhaps distill them down a *little* bit and then integrate it into the real-world like how Animal Crossing did (with time of day and whatnot, though maybe have different "time zone" servers, so that you can sign onto the one that best fits your play schedule)... it could be legitimately fun.

OH. If they're going to do home ownership then the towns MUST be more flexible and allow new buildings to be created.

more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

elecmahm Thanks, media (910 comments)

Yellow journalism (on both sides) is almost completely based around the idea of making us dislike and not trust our fellow humans. The more we can walk away from these inflammatory media sources, the better.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?

elecmahm Share a share point? (151 comments)

Are they people you hate or something? Friends shouldn't share crappy MS products like Sharepoint, VB, and Microsoft Bob / WinME with one another.

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

elecmahm Re:heh (1091 comments)

Linux is also not "just for programmers" or "great if you're a techie", either. My mom, my late grandparents, a good amount of my extended family -- they all use linux. They used to use windows. The amount of support required to maintain the system (like when something breaks, or they want new hardware) has been *NO DIFFERENT* since they changed over.

People perpetuating that myth are both (a) people that have not used linux seriously for nearly 20 years and (b) trolling.

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

elecmahm Re:heh (1091 comments)

I'm in a dilemma over this very situation myself -- I run linux-only (not even windows VMs or dual-booting at this point) on my desktops at work and at home and also on my laptop; it's been 2...3? years since I switched. I'm getting ready to replace my aging laptop and am mulling over the best route to go. I know I don't want windows -- I find windows frustrating to use anymore because it's so restrictive and many things seem asinine. I've very seriously considered Apple; maybe buying a macbook used or something to curb the costs; it would be really nice to run a couple apps that I am familiar with (Reason, InDesign) that I cannot get to run correctly in Wine (yet!). But living in Apple world is a lot of nickel and diming, and the stuff is expensive. Not to mention my ethical disagreements with their business. Linux is the clear choice for me. I feel free-r and overall happier. It has apps that I like, I can run nearly all the programs I need to (I'm playing Skyrim through for the second time right now), and it's just really nice that I can get excited about new versions without having to worry about the transition or paying for it or anything. The open-source aspect is cool, and I respect it, but it's not the major selling point for me, use-wise. I am happier, overall, with my computing experience since switching to only linux.

more than 2 years ago
top Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit

elecmahm Re:It's easy, actually (181 comments)

But what if you forgot your R. Kelly CDs?

more than 3 years ago

Gmail Video Chat Now Available On Linux

elecmahm Re:Empathy (113 comments)

I know, right? I remember being impressed at how Empathy supported video chat natively. This is about as late-to-the-partyy as that recent rash of posts about caffeine tolerance buildup.

more than 3 years ago

Quantum Entanglement and Photosynthesis

elecmahm Re:Yet another nail in the coffin of vegetarianism (129 comments)

What does using quantum entanglement have to do with intelligence? that's like saying that stars are smarter because they use nuclear fusion.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

elecmahm Re:don't forget to run... (567 comments)

Press Alt+F4 to see a hot girl doing nasty things to a dog.

more than 4 years ago

US District Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid

elecmahm Re:Conversely (263 comments)

Can someone please explain that to Monsanto?

more than 4 years ago

Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

elecmahm Re:That happens when its BOTH high-fat and high-ca (507 comments)

The difference between "Fructose" and "Sucrose" (table sugar) is significant, biochemically.

Sucrose is a Glucose + Fructose molecule, linked by a glycosidic (read: "Oxygen atom") bond. The body uses an enzyme, Sucrase, to split up that sucrose into its glucose and fructose componenets.

Sucrase acts, indirectly, as regulator of sorts -- when a whole lot of sucrase is being used, the body observes that change and reacts accordingly, "Hey, we're good on sugar!"

But with High Fructose Corn Syrup, the need for Sucrase is bypassed, leaving that regulatory system out of the loop.

The Sugar lobby may be big, but the Corn lobby is much, much, bigger. And it's heavily subsidized. The main reason HFCS is cheaper than sugar is because of government subsidies.

more than 4 years ago

Eight PHP IDEs Compared

elecmahm No Adobe? (206 comments)

I know that Dreamweaver wouldn't be a "traditional" IDE -- but PHP isn't a traditional language either. Dreamweaver can do PHP, JavaScript, HTML / CSS, etc. -- does color coding, code suggestions / "intellisense", and is project-oriented. I enjoy using Eclipse for GWT, Java, Python, (and even for PHP too), but at work, using Dreamweaver is just easier. The article summary made no mention of using strictly FOSS, so was there a reason to exclude DW?

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Make a Case For Learning Through Video Game Creation

elecmahm Why not just design tabletop games? (68 comments)

The critical thinking and intimate understanding isn't exclusive to VIDEO game development -- it's a fundamental aspect of game design. One must understand the inner workings of whatever it is you're trying to model, at an abstract level, in order to make a game out of it.

Tabletop gaming also doesn't require a computer (although they can facilitate it), so schools with less computer access can still participate. The best part, too, is that there is likely to be one or two games each year that are actually fun to play; Those games can be used by future classes for teaching. In a classroom environment, where kids are forced away from video games anyways, allowing tabletop games in should be a welcome alternative to enduring lectures.

There's a whole movement called "Serious Games" -- MSU even has a graduate degree in it. Check it out.

more than 4 years ago

Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

elecmahm Re:F/OSS Religion (447 comments)

while I find your biblical lampooning funny and appropriate -- why are you talking about the bible with reference to the FSM? The FSM mythology is about as GPL'd as you can get -- I seriously doubt Venganza would have any problems with people making modifications to the original concept.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

elecmahm Re:Is she really sure it was locked? (645 comments)

I don't have severe depression, but that old black beast does occasionally roll around on me. At my worst time I would appear completely normal, and occasionally even have brief periods where I could smile and laugh. It just doesn't last though, when you're depressed. Shame on the insurance company, though. I think the most appropriate recourse would be to find the executives names on the annual report, look them up, and start rooting through their trash, and post anything embarassing found in a public place. Maybe even follow them around with a camera and record every little thing they do. If they want to invade privacy that much, then fair's fair.

more than 4 years ago

What If They Turned Off the Internet?

elecmahm CDs wouldn't cost $199 (511 comments)

Most people I know that still don't pay for music don't acquire it via BT or other online means -- it's literal in-person P2P. Unless the big bad government is going to single remove every LAN card and jam all wireless signals, and ban recordable discs, people will still be able to share music.
The irony is that without the Internet, the RIAA may actually see its sales barely improve, if at all; people have tasted freedom and won't be likely to put on those shackles again. Long Tail artists will suffer greatly, though. The only TV I watch right now is on the Internet (legally, thanks to the currently-free Hulu), but if the Internet disappeared, I'd just not watch TV anymore.
Oh, and I disagree with those that say this topic isn't relevant for /. simply because it appeared in Cracked. This is a very interesting (IMHO) what-if scenario.

more than 4 years ago

Where To Buy A Machine With Linux Pre-Installed

elecmahm (229 comments)

LinuxCertified is a vendor that sells laptops (and computers, I think). I just bought one from them -- they sell Windows (you pay a little extra for it) or any major distro of Linux. (FC, Ubuntu, etc.)

They guarantee that their installations of Linux will work with the hardware they use.

The real attractive part, for me, was the price point. Since they have the laptops custom built, they aren't bound to the contracts that larger companies (Dell, Gateway, etc.) are. I spent $1485 (after shipping) for a T9300 (2.5 GHz with 6MB cache), 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM hdd, 512MB NVidia card, and 15.4" WSXGA (1680x1050) display. Dell and even Lenovo/Thinkpad could not even get CLOSE to those specs at comparable prices. (If you're interested, the laptop I got was the LC2430S)

Customer Service at LC was way better than Dell, too. (the benefit of dealing with a small company) :)

I don't mean this to be an ad for LC or anything, I'm just really pleased with my experience with them so far.

more than 5 years ago

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

elecmahm You can get do it (700 comments)

Caffeine works to keep us awake by competitively inhibiting the binding of Adenosine to sites in the brain. The body attempts to return to homeostasis by producing more Adenosine receptors (this is when your tolerance is built up) which means when you stop drinking caffeine, all the Adenosine in your synapses gets binded much faster. (leading to the withdrawl symptoms).

Depending on how MUCH you drink, YMMV when giving it up, but most people can get over it in a week or two of total caffeine abstinence and a handful of aspirin / headache medications to help you bear through it. You CAN get over it though. Giving it up isn't NEARLY as challenging as quitting tobacco or other addictive substances.

Best way to prevent getting hooked is to not make your caffeine intake routine; in other words, like all things, exercise moderation.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

elecmahm Doesn't MS have a logo too? (1147 comments)

So is he implying that people are theoretically paying $100-200 for the Microsoft logo, since they can choose Ubuntu for free?

more than 5 years ago



Palin oblivious to benefits of Fruit-Fly research

elecmahm elecmahm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

elecmahm writes "VP Candidate Sarah Palin made her first policy speech this morning, and emphasized the importance for support of individuals with disabilities:

For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference.

She then ridiculed some of the projects — such as "fruit fly [Drosophila] research" — saying they have little or no value:

Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? [...] You've heard about some of these pet projects they really don't make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.

The kicker here is that past Drosophila research has actually resulted in advances in understanding conditions such as Autism, the very thing she believes should be funded more directly."
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DNC quietly sets up makeshift "jail" in De

elecmahm elecmahm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

amhill (1194167) writes "The city of Denver quietly constructed a jail, complete with razor-wire fittings and "cages" out of an old warehouse. This jail was used as a holding cell to detain protesters during the Democratic National Convention. From a Denver news station:

The jail was apparently constructed to house protesters during the Democratic National Convention but the city never publicly announced plans to construct this kind of facility. Members of the group Recreate '68 are calling the detention center "Denver's inhumane and dirty little secret," "Guantanamo Bay on the Platte" or "Gitmo on the Platte." The warehouse is just feet from the South Platte River. The jail is made up of large fenced-in cages with razor wire on top. The city said those cages are for the safety of law enforcement agents and those who are arrested. Activists call it a concentration camp unfit and inappropriate for human detainees.

This story was covered by a number of other sites as well."
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