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Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

evil_arrival_of_good Re:I have an early OLPC and Sugar sucks (268 comments)

Yes, I knew that Windows works on X86 hardware, X86 can run Windows, Unix and Linux. I think you've missed a big part of my message: Sugar sucks, and Windows sucks even more. Whether we install Windows on a moon rock or your grandmother's cat, the computing object will then suck more than when Windows was not installed on it. Now try to work your amazing grasp of comp architecture back into the discussion.

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

evil_arrival_of_good I have an early OLPC and Sugar sucks (268 comments)

I'm a guy thats had 3 linux boxes and all the rest OS X Apples, so I'm not a MS-friendly troll. Sugar just sucks. The array of educational apps are totally fine. I've been tempted to overwrite the OS with Ubuntu, but actually desire the edu-focus for my toddler, who has already inherited this machine. Now that Windows is in the picture I see this whole project as a curse on those its trying to help. My understanding is Sugar was unlike most of the FOSS movement, written by a Temple of one/few people rather than a Bazaar of multiple-minds. An object lesson in failure.

more than 5 years ago

Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

evil_arrival_of_good The inconsistency is a good one. (392 comments)

Sold too USA good, sold to Iran bad is a good inconsistency because of another level: Iran is an unpopular theocracy using the technology to sustain their reign. Even factoring in the likely illegitimacy of G W Bush's reign, the rulership in the USA has never been as sustained/entrenched unpopular regime as that of Iran. It is Apples and Oranges, and one should not get the technology.

more than 5 years ago

A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

evil_arrival_of_good Surveillance solves crimes (311 comments)

In my casual reading of local crime cases, the majority of crimes solved rely on surveillance footage. I don't mind being filmed/monitored in any public space, and I vote.

more than 4 years ago

Privacy Group Calls Google Latitude a Real 'Danger'

evil_arrival_of_good facilitating features for smart people (227 comments)

Facilitating features for smart people, facilitates threats for dumb people. Its a story as old as technology.

more than 5 years ago

The Case Against Web Apps

evil_arrival_of_good One thing trumps all considerations (431 comments)

I [ the user ] only want to access everything through a web browser.

Within a more nuanced statement, let this be stated: I want to access what your app does or shows from random machines throughout the day, that makes installing a specific executable unacceptable.

On the developer and business side of considerations you may figure out web apps are problematic, and decide to abandon browser based coding. Your decision is a tree falling in a forest with no one to hear. Anything your project makes that does not show in a browser will go unused by the most modern class of computer users.

Oh, and take your punk-ass approach to programming to the Windows 98 forum. Ballmer's lurking there, looking for friends with an anti-thin client stance.

more than 5 years ago

How the City Hurts Your Brain

evil_arrival_of_good Re:What natural setting? (439 comments)

Right on. Living without technology and civilization is a lust only idiots have.

more than 5 years ago

How the City Hurts Your Brain

evil_arrival_of_good This is just nature-is-better-than-tech garbage (439 comments)

According to my MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science: Cities function as a cognitive artifact. Cognitive artifacts are external physical things that aid cognition.

Humans are not all the same, and what most humans were 10,000 years ago has little to do with our default abilities and preferences today. There is not even a linear progression, various climate and cultural filters have output humans with vastly different ideal environments.

The nature-would-do-us-best thesis is a feelgood mythology for people ill suited for the present technological norms most humans practice.

On a personal note have lived in Seattle, Akutan AK (island in Bering Sea), Kanab UT, and Antarctica. My mind did fine in all four places.

more than 5 years ago

White Christmas In Antarctica

evil_arrival_of_good Unix admin in Antarctica (84 comments)

This being Slashdot and we are talking about Antarctica I must tell this story. I was at McMurdo 1995-6. In the winter-over we are down to around 190 people, and one unix sys admin for the base. He had been there through the summer, so I had gotten to know him before the sun set and winter began. He seemed normal enough in a loner sort of way in the summer. I even got my first exposure to unix know-how from him. As the winter set in, this unix admin began a new behavior. He would bark. Yes, bark with a real barking sound. He would only bark when upset at someone or something. At the wine bar (yes, wine bar ) someone said something he disagreed with and he just....barked. One very articulate and semantically well-formed bark. A few weeks later I saw a sign behind the bartender that said "No Barking". I lurked in the Crary Lab Mac Lab during my free time, enjoying the early WWW before spam-crud polluted it. One time, as I surfed the net, the unix admin was doing his job on another terminal. I guess he was having trouble with a script or other command line incantation. I heard him snapping his teeth at the keyboard, just a like a dog. This promoted unix like no other marketing campaign, I have been using Linux or OS X Unix ever since.

more than 5 years ago

White Christmas In Antarctica

evil_arrival_of_good Re:Been there, ME TOO (84 comments)

My answer only goes for 95-96. I'm not sure of the ratio, but maybe females made up 30%. I supply that figure as a wild azz guess, someone out there may be able to data mine NSF reports for the true figure. What geeks want to know: it is very hard to avoid having sex while on the Ice. In explicit language geeks can understand: Sex is prevalent, and distributed almost evenly.

more than 5 years ago

White Christmas In Antarctica

evil_arrival_of_good Re:Been there, ME TOO (84 comments)

I was at McMurdo 95-96, for 13 months ( Winfly, Summer, Winter, Summer). Yeah, I agree that summer is not that hard. More like: its great. The mating scenarios there are called ice-marriages, ice-wives, ice-husbands. Thats the enduring ones. Then there are the thousands of serial relationship hook-ups. Some got through the winter by logging amazing amounts of hours in bed (WITH SOMEONE ELSE!!). Then there was the whole girls-nude-in-suana-looking-for-a-hookup, thing. Ahem, and a lot of the guys and girls are geeks. My own account is written here: As I recall, Christmas at McMurdo was a lot of fun, plenty of people, parties, and the weather is usually great.

more than 5 years ago

Performance Tests Show Early Windows 7 Build Beats Vista

evil_arrival_of_good Hogwash (534 comments)

I seriously doubt any OS can outperform Vista. I mean, really guys, come on.

more than 5 years ago



The End of Thoery

evil_arrival_of_good evil_arrival_of_good writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_arrival_of_good (786412) writes "I am announcing an end to social critique, at least as the most cutting edge and powerful means of social consciousness. Sure, there will still be millions who spout theories that see colonialism, racism, slavery, and aristocratic privilege as a causal circumstance for current social maladies. But these social theories will be a dialogue for those who can't afford the real analysis, which will be analysis provided by machines uninformed by academic social models. Howard Zinn, Marx, Zerzan, and the KKK are all antiquated preachers selling snake oil explanations of our world.

The person dedicating their life to social justice runs on a fuel of social models and historical interpretation. Social models and historical interpretations are now the backwater. Move the fiery indignation of this Anarchist, and that Marxist, over to the same shelf with the preacher who believes God created all life 4000 years ago. Continue to wave the red and black flags of countercultural dissent, but know your historical coherence is no longer a point of confidence.

All points of confidence come from giant computing processes such as Google. All else is a coherence of lies. The next steps for progress should be the removal of psychologists and social theorists from law enforcement and jurisprudence. Let the machines track the crime, decide the guilty, and assign the sentence. Humans just intervene with their social models and pollute the process. After beta testing in the realm of law enforcement, move on to war and diplomacy.

Below are key concepts and phrases lifted from The End of Theory
  • No semantic or causal analysis is required.
  • All models are wrong, and increasingly you can succeed without them.
  • It calls for an entirely different approach, one that requires us to lose the tether of data as something that can be visualized in its totality. It forces us to view data mathematically first and establish a context for it later.

"This is a world where massive amounts of data and applied mathematics replace every other tool that might be brought to bear. Out with every theory of human behavior, from linguistics to sociology. Forget taxonomy, ontology, and psychology. Who knows why people do what they do? The point is they do it, and we can track and measure it with unprecedented fidelity. With enough data, the numbers speak for themselves."

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Could surveillance occur through computer mic?

evil_arrival_of_good evil_arrival_of_good writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_arrival_of_good writes "My XO OLPC has a mic with the record sound functionality Python driven. Could this python function be activated in a web scenario?

Yes, I know devices on the system bus are protected from commands from the web, but my question is could this guard be taken down? (RPC, etc)

Just wanting to be an evil genius here, or help evil government surveillance get total control of all humans...this weekend looks dull and need something to do."

Commemorating Microsoft's Waterloo

evil_arrival_of_good evil_arrival_of_good writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_arrival_of_good writes "After many years of allegedly enhancing the workplace with productivity, Microsoft has found disfavor in the eyes of once loyal fans. Vista was their Waterloo. To commemorate this historic loss, the public is being offered a domain name that reflects their preferences for operating systems.

This domain name is for sale.Contact: The domain name is currently owned within Network Solutions, which provides a safe means for domain name purchasing. Through your own user account with Network Solutions, you can initiate a bid for this domain.

Minimum bid is $3000, enough to buy a tricked out iMac."

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Did New Life Church innovate security?

evil_arrival_of_good evil_arrival_of_good writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_arrival_of_good writes "History was made on December 9, 2007. A template, model, and archetype of social innovation occurred, enabled by a novel moral framework.

The circumstances were horrifying and certainly unwanted by those who made the leap forward. The event was an intentional mass murdering spree by a forgettable loner who targeted the church services of New Life Church. The church had armed security personnel. Not corporate, and not state sponsored, but volunteer members of the congregation. One of the guards, a woman by the name of Jeanne Assam, confronted the murderer and shot him several times. The murderer died from a self-inflicted gun shot.

Portions of Jeanne Assam's account were published in the Denver Post: here

"I give the credit to God, and I mean that. I say that very humbly. God was with me, and the whole time I was behind cover — this has gotta be God — because of the firepower he had versus what I had was God," Assam said. "And I did not run away. I did not think for a minute to run away. I just knew that I was given the assignment to end this before it got too, too much worse. I just prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide me. I just said, 'Holy Spirit, be with me.' My hands weren't even shaking."

Police officials praised Jeanne Assam's actions at a news conference, calling her "a real hero". Pastor Brady Boyd said during a televised news conference that "a hundred" people might have been shot if Ms. Assam, the security guard, had not stopped the gunman as he entered the church after shooting people in the parking lot.

Positive and progressive milestones of this series of events:
1 ) A group bounded by morality and spirituality ( a church ) condoned and intentionally pursued armed security.
2) This was not gun use along the lines of "Wild West" anarchy, but deliberate and designed rules in which only certain people are allowed to carry guns and provide security response. New Life Church did not condone a simplistic pro-gun stance.
3) A member of the spiritual group fired a weapon in the church, at a murderer.
4) The church leadership endorsed the security action.
5) Representatives of the state, the government police apparatus, endorsed and praised the security action.
6) The security guard was a woman.
7) Pacifism is not hardwired to the sacred, and violence is not absolutely associated with the criminal. The intent, and the choice of targets, determines the murderer and the hero.

This qualifies as social progress because sub-state actors owned the process of security. "Security" was not given its usual untouchable status, and assigned to government or corporate henchmen who do it more to pay their bills while having little solidarity with those they "police". Security was by the subculture, for the subculture.

The last decades of the 20th century have seen the rise of power in sub state groups, and even more rhetoric that either endorses or condemns the trend. Many proponents initially assumed the sub state beneficiaries of the trend would be peasant, indigenous, and communistic class groupings. The trend is proving to be even more egalitarian, with post-nationalism and post-mono-culturalism favoring and fitting perfectly the bourgeoise members of organized religions. As the state collapses in its ability to win wars or provide meaningful services, a new landscape of terror and opportunity will emerge. The groups with mobility or means to change, bounded by a functional moral code but practicing no moral absolutism, access to new technology, and an ability to "mash-up" traditions into novel designs; these will have a chance for a better day as others die in the heat or at the hands of new social terrors.

For further reading on the fall of the State, and rise of communities, please see Security: Power To The People by John Robb.

Note on author's lifestyle in relation to the content of this post: Lives in inner city Seattle, does not own a gun and most likely would never want to. The author of this blog is not religious. New Life Church is associated with suburbia and use of guns are usually associated with guns rights advocates. The author is neither suburban nor an NRA supporter."

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