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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

frog_strat Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

>>If large companies are so bad why do we still buy their products and services?
Often we are forced to choose the lesser evil. And of course, I am in the vast minority, considering a company's behavior before my purchase.

>> It's too easy to point at successful people and call them liars, crooks and hypocrites
I acknowledge your opinion but I was addressing the question "do we have serious problems with organizational leadership ?" I included a link to research that seems to confirm what many have felt for a while.

>>At the end of the day the biggest hypocrite is the one that continues to buy their products.
You make a good point. If everyone shopped like me there would be less of a problem. But looking at developmental studies that is not likely to happen soon. So should I abandon any attempt to improve the system ? I say no.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

frog_strat Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

What is success ? Making money at any cost ? Producing defective games ? Telling your production engieers to shut up when the yields are below 50% ? Blaming the customer when the DVD reader design scratches the expensive games ? Using loopholes to extort small businesses ? Lying to congress ?

The root of the problem is not just corporations, it is pretty much all large organization structures. Movement to the top is usually the result of being good at politics, or mentally ill. (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/2013/10/are-ceos-and-entrepreneurs-psychopaths-multiple-studies-say-yes/) Neither of which will direct a corporatiion to benefit both stockholders and customers.

Maybe one hundred years from now, those in positions of authority will get extra scrutiny, as they should, and be assesed for narcissm, psycopathy. The company I work for is still reeling from misadventures of the previous CEO. I sensed a serious problem the day I first met him, and every time after that.

about two weeks ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

frog_strat Re:Did you notice in the article (74 comments)

>> Prove it.

My claim: Two o'clock comes before 5 o'clock.
Two o'clock: when concentration problems start with no noots
Five o'clock: when concentration problems start with noots
Tested daily. Of course you do not have phenomenological access to my mind.

Proof that this is somewhat related to Limitless ? Well you can watch the movie and see if you agree.

On Reddit you will see many people who use noots test themselves regularly on Lumosity or the Stanford tests, to try to rule out placebo effect, which is important.

about 2 months ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

frog_strat Re:Did you notice in the article (74 comments)

No, it is 800mg piracetam capsule, then in my morning Atkins shake I add 250mg Alpha GPC (choline - vitamin B) and 30mg Noopept. Reddit has a good Nootropics section. This stuff helps me concentrate longer and better, Check it out. Kind of related to the movie Limitless.

about 2 months ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

frog_strat Did you notice in the article (74 comments)

That the wild ass speculation at the end is given equal footing with a formal study ? Having had a couple of mini-strokes, and having a job that mostly involves concentration, this topic is of interest to me. I can say that adderall (took it a couple of times) and my nootropic cocktail definitely help.

It is annoying how many fundamentalists.there are on here. Intelligent only in the cognitive domain. Science requires agnosticism. Engineering requires pessimism.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

frog_strat A little carbon tet never hurt anyone (303 comments)

I grew up drinking the stuff. Living in the Ohio River / West Virginia area, we would get these warnings that local chemical industries had accidentally spilled carbon tet into the Ohio River. We were told to boil the water. I was suspicious, I thought, either boiling doesn't separate the carbon tet, or it does, and we are all standing in our kitchens breathing it.

The town I grew up in had to dig up 18 inches of dirt, process the dirt, and put it back. I think it was paid for by Superfund.

about 3 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

frog_strat Re:DSP (202 comments)

I am considering buying some embedded board for the guitar effect purpose. While I am familiar with Linux audio recording, I am new to these embedded boards. What kind of latencies does this have ? I want to try to build a multiband distortion, kind of like the Source Audio Multiwave, except more voiced like a TS9, and friendlier to single coils. I hate the nasty sound of too much blocking distortion, typically caused by allowing too much low frequency into the initial distortion stage. I used to configure my Vetta to simulate dual band, and it was awesome.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

frog_strat Once you get used to BB10 gestures (76 comments)

you realize how much time you spend positioning your finger over that little square icon on Android. I think the Palm Pre was what first got me using gestures. Been using the Blackberry Z10 for a year now and love it. FWIW my day job lately is mostly coding on Android. I don't understand why so many people want a monoculture of phones. Definitely not wise.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

>> Private companies that are bad at support go under.

Hmmm. The large companies I have worked for have been some of the worst. Your idea would mean that people shop based on how they are treated, and sadly that does not appear to be the case. I will restate my assertion that some of these problems are endemic to all kinds of organizations. For every govt inefficiency, I can point to a case of corporate malevolence.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

Very good point. But that doesn't mean we don't try and work on it. I am very close to one of these situations, I smelled it a mile away. I'm not the only one. So it is not impossible to make some progress in this area.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat Re:I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

I don't doubt what you are saying. But if you are trying to argue that organizational dysfunction occurs only in government structures, I cannot agree with that. I hope a time will come when all organizations (corporations, governments, churches, etc) are required to yearly examine their leadership and have them pass a test for narcissism / psycopathy. I think this is at the root of much organizational dysfunction that not just makes mistakes, but celebrates the mistakes and takes pleasure in the needless suffering they cause.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

frog_strat I was dev support once at MS (253 comments)

I learned pretty quickly that the engineers skilled in making customers go away looked better when management did their metrics. Sometimes there were complicated problems (customer building a custom PCB made an error in assigning IRQs or memory mapping error). Customers figured out to ask for me specifically, which did not help my metrics. It is really a shame when companies design their process to make people fail. What an effin mess.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

frog_strat Re:Stupid assumption (426 comments)

Yea, the guy that wore a shirt...

about 7 months ago
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RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

frog_strat Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Posting to undo accidental moderation. (Is there another way to undo ?)

about 7 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

frog_strat Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

I hear Ken Wilber saying 70% of the world is pre-modern or below. That's why he feels a world democracy would be a disaster, we would immediately vote in the Nazis. I have an interest in Wilber and Spiral Dynamics (SD), and one of the implications of what you wrote is that no one sees the world directly, we all see it through memes. Perhaps, with higher levels of development / meditation / psychotherapy we can see things much more accurately.

Another interesting idea coming out of SD is that we now have maps of the human developmental path, we know what the bottom and (kind of) the top look like. I believe going forward it will be necessary to do Integral type assessments of people before we allow them into positions of power. It is the only way we can move toward Triple Bottom Line thinking in business. And at this point we have no excuse for not recognizing that large organizational structures (govt / corp / etc) will nearly always tend toward low ethical / interpersonal intelligence and psycopathy. See the University of British Columbia study that suggests business leaders may be psycopaths at four times the rate of the general population.

about 7 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

frog_strat Amatuer guitar maker here (469 comments)

I have made 14 guitars and one violin. I think there might be subtle ways an older instrument could be distinguished from a newer one, apart from the sound. Like the feel of the finish, the feel of the tuning pegs, or the smell. But this study does not surprise me. "Cork sniffing" is also very prevalent in the tube amplifier industry, much of what people hear must be in their head.

As a guitarist, however, I know what it is like to feel a bond with an instrument that is not easily explainable. I repaired a Gibson SG recently (I don't really care for them) but after fixing the high action and polishing the frets, I was unable to put it down, it was such a joy to play.

If you're ever in a music store, walk down the isle and briefly play each guitar or violin. It is amazing, the difference in feel and sound, and it does not correlate to price.

about 8 months ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

frog_strat Ken Wilber: Marriage of Sense and Soul (517 comments)

There is a deeper debate lurking here: how do we arrive at valid knowledge ? It is not as simple a question as you might think.

about 8 months ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

frog_strat Re:Never Underestimate... (236 comments)

So it's just governments ? Not corporations, churches, every type of organization ?

about 9 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

frog_strat Interpersonal intelligence should be a requirement (248 comments)

As a civilization we are amazingly uninterested in the common themes we see with large organizational structures. How they frequently let people with low interpersonal / ethical intelligence run large structures. So we see all manner of childish behavior, extortion on resellers selling competing products. Personnel policies that mandate that someone on every team must fail. I could go on and on. Maybe one day in the future, we will require a psychological assessment of these people. There was that study out of England suggesting business leaders qualified as psychopaths at four times the general population. Maybe one day we will require that a company be an asset to a society, that profit alone should not be the only measure. I was eating dinner one night in Redmond with my little niece. I spotted the Balmer entourage at another table. I told the waitress, I am picking up their check. She came back and said they thanked me but they would pay. I thought it would have been an interesting story.

about 9 months ago

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