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The Future of Protest In Panopticon Nation

himitsu Re:This guy ever been beaten up before? (566 comments)

Thank you for a well thought out response. I've been losing my faith in the /. community lately and you've rekindled that in me.

I take my hat off to these kids who are showing real resolve against a system that would rather they just give a little to get a little.

America will not always have boom times but there is no reason to have a society where not being born into wealth means having to live in a state of fear where 99% of the populace is one health issue away from bankruptcy.

more than 2 years ago

Detroit Maker Faire Was Kinda Awesome

himitsu Re:This was America before "free trade". (138 comments)

Just by the way here, comparing the Makerbot to a mill is not valid. The Makerbot has a 2'x2'x2' footprint and can sit on a coffee table.

more than 3 years ago

US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

himitsu Re:My neice (314 comments)

Unsuccessful troll is unsuccessful. Yay far /.

more than 3 years ago

Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

himitsu Re:Time to change? (508 comments)

There is something to be said about information density in character based languages. A short sentence in Japanese can expand to a paragraph in English simply because concepts are more dense than phonetics. If I had a hard character limit for a message I would much rather say it in a character based language; it's be a lot more efficient. To make a blanket statement like that is just foolish.

about 4 years ago

Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

himitsu Re:Not limited to logogram-based languages (508 comments)

I agree completely! My first was a Lamy Safari and at $25 it really hit the Neat Tool mark for me. There's something about writing that works well for my mind and physical copies can't be lost with a simple rm -rf.

about 4 years ago

Firefox Extension HTTPS Everywhere Does What It Sounds Like

himitsu Re:noscript? (272 comments)

Learning new things all the time, thanks!

I do like the NoScript wildcard https enforcement though, its got a slightly different use.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Extension HTTPS Everywhere Does What It Sounds Like

himitsu Re:noscript? (272 comments)

Thank you sir! I've been looking for another extension to force the Firefox searchbar to user Google SSL for 30 minutes now.

Why install another extension when I already have good old NoScript.

more than 4 years ago

Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Slashdot Headline

himitsu er? (192 comments)

Who or what is a Taylor Momsen?

Also: News flash, people try to use misleading titles to get people to their ads.

more than 4 years ago

Russian Officials To Investigate Regional President's Alien Abduction Claims

himitsu Re:Anyone else? (184 comments)

Yes, very much so, in a Carl Sagan "wow the universe is big and we're small" kind of way, not a Steven Hawking "don't talk to alien strangers" kind of way ;)

more than 4 years ago

Net Neutrality Suffers Major Setback

himitsu Community Activism (790 comments)

Time for people to start demanding municipal broadband from their communities. Local government is going to be less self-interested in limiting packet speed than monolithic Comcast and AT&T.

more than 4 years ago

Does This Headline Know You're Reading It?

himitsu Re:In Soviet Russia Webpage reads you? (140 comments)

Most of the time these technologies don't work or don't have a sufficient level of customization to make them useful. Cellphone predictive text (not smartphone) has been pretty bad for years, especially for short words (did I mean "he" or "if") and it doesn't get patched. The only solution is to buy a new model which makes me wary since I'm already expected to just make due until something better comes along. Yes, Android and all that but I'm talking plain vanilla cellphones.

Does it make me a technophobe to not want a camera recording me all day while I use a computer, just so the machine can simulate things that my brain already does?

more than 4 years ago

Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content

himitsu Re:I smiled today, I must owe somebody money. (278 comments)

I'm one of those people that will just listen to and whatever music I already have. To me this reads like "Warner To End Any Chance of People Being Exposed to their Content".

Good luck with that, as parent pointed out, it seems to be going great for the newspaper industry.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly

himitsu Re:Not news (819 comments)

I worked at a small company that just make due with the annoying WGA messages. It's rather embarrassing when it's a machine used for customer presentations but the boss didn't want to pony up the Microsoft Fee to make the thing legit. That was a Windows XP Home machine but even with the WGA messages the machine still did the basic stuff the owner wanted.

Other than no upgrades what else does WGA disable?

more than 4 years ago

Man Fined $1.5 Million For Leaked Mario Game

himitsu Re:Pro-piracy (287 comments)

Then we end up in this same situation.

Lately Nintendo, and Microsoft weirdly, have been more receptive to releasing Japan-only games in the US. I just bought Tatsunoko vs Capcom for the Wii which has a bunch of characters I have never heard of from 1970's anime. Microsoft is dipping their toe in the water on this as well by releasing Mushihimesama for the 360 without the usual region protections; the damn thing costs $75 to import from Japan but it will play on a stock US 360. It looks like they are recognizing that there is a global market for "niche" games.

more than 4 years ago

UK Police Plan To Use Military-Style Spy Drones

himitsu Great opportunity for housewives in the UK (390 comments)

Just pair this program with this and you've got the perfect captive audience.

Since wage-slaves can't be paid enough to focus on monitors for hours on end, just recruit the populace. The upside is that if you're an especially good snitch they can let you pilot a drone as a reward. Then they can make a TV show about that, a weekly feature to show off the citizen response to the dangers of knife crime and truancy.

Who needs a community of people working for the common good when technology can step in and keep us apart?

more than 4 years ago

Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

himitsu Re:Other script blockers will work, as well (495 comments)

If you work your way outward it won't be on your whitelist unless you allow it. It's not on my whitelist because I forbid everything by default and enable JS when I see a need.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla To Ditch Firefox Extensions?

himitsu Re:Equally biased? (415 comments)

Switch all that around and that's how Fox News people feel about you. It's a perpetual cycle. There is a middle ground but you can't find it by watching 24/7 news networks. Since they *need* content to stay alive they are always interested in polarizing every issue.

more than 4 years ago

Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

himitsu Re:The solution.. (484 comments)

Wow, grammar trolls *DO* exist. That was torture.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Unblocks Microsoft's .NET Addon

himitsu Portable Firefox Affected? (275 comments)

I'm running a version of FF from I installed it to a USB stick a few days ago and as of right now I don't have the .NET assistant installed.

Maybe the solution to this garbage is to move away from downloads until they understand that we don't want automatic installs of useless software?

Also, why is everyone so keen on Mono lately? I don't need .NET in my Linux.

more than 4 years ago



Is "Good Enough" the future?

himitsu himitsu writes  |  about 5 years ago

himitsu (634571) writes "In an article titled "The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine" Wired claims that the future of technology, warfare and medicine will be filled with "Good Enough" solutions: situations where feature-rich and expensive products are replaced with bare-bones infrastructures and solutions. Are we moving toward a Diamond Age scenario where only people of means can have well designed products while the general population makes due with just the cheapest possible option?"


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