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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

holophrastic Explain to me why the city can't just be full? (359 comments)

I know absolutely nothing about these things; so I'm actually asking here. Why does the city, I'm not saying every city, but I am saying any city, need to support infinite growth? There's water, there're hills, maybe that's as many people as can fit. Period. You're welcome to live anywhere you like where there's room. I'm sorry, there's no more room here at the inn. Find another.

I've zero interest in my city becoming a huge metropolitan core. I left the one that I was in to find fresh air, less traffic, country driving roads, and farm fresh food. I don't want another 5 million people to move into my city. Quite frankly, if they do, I'll leave, but that's a different issue.

4 days ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

My appologies, I don't read anonymous replies. Without knowing if it's the same anonymous or a different anonymous, I simply cannot carry on a conversation with some unknown quantity of persons.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

Yes, seriously, and in all honesty, I pay taxes under "holophrastic". Every year, for the past 15 years. As for the country, I wouldn't expect any country to deny you selection of your own name. Any sequence of letters within any of the official languages ought to suffice, especially if they are linguistically pronouncible.

What country does not allow this?

Actually, technically it's all a lie. I pay taxes under a nine-digit number, like everyone else in my country. But "holophrastic" appears elsewhere on the form too, and that nine-digit number also maps to holophrastic in some database somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

Wow. Ok, first: parents give most first names first. There are countless ways to change one's official name without parental consent. I'm older than 18, and have been for a while.

Second, not all names are "official" in the sense of government-record. They are still names. Any name, by which one is known by most people, and consistently differentiated as so, is a name. The problem with "Anonymous Coward" is that it does not distinguish between individuals. For example, if everyone were named "qbast", I wouldn't know if your last two replies were both from the same one you, or different people. I can't carry on a conversation without knowing if each sentence is coming from a different person.

In my particular case "holophrastic" is my name under both of the above scenarios. Most of the people in my life know me as holophrastic (yes I also mean real-world people), it most certainly distinguishes me from others as there are very few other holophrastic's, and I pay my provincial taxes under the name holophrastic as well, so it's as government-record as it gets.

Does that answer your question?

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

umm...yes? Says I?

I don't understand you reply.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

Not that it's at all relevant to this conversation, but why would you think that my parents gave me that name? Names come from many places. Seems rather narrow-minded of you to assume any single source.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

I don't read anonymous replies. Introduce yourself, or you're not worth any conversation.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

I don't read anonymous replies. Put your name to your argument or neither the argument nor the name has any value.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

I don't read anonymous replies.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

Still anonymous, still not reading. Don't know if you're the same anonymous or a different one.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

Not true. I can't tell the difference between 1 anonymous coward, and 8. So I can't have a conversation with words coming from random directions.

And what kind of crap is that "usually"? Bullshit you know why people do anything.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

I don't read anonymous posts. I simply can't have a conversation with someone when I can't tell if it's the same someone. If you don't feel that your argument is worth your name, then I don't feel that it's worth reading.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic Re:I hate these numbers (386 comments)

I don't read anonymous comments. If you don't value them enough to put your name to your arguments, then they aren't worth reading.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

holophrastic I hate these numbers (386 comments)

I've said it before, so I'll say it again. These murder counts are totally useless for anyone who doesn't work in a morgue.

I really don't worry about *all* of the murders. The vast majority of them can't possibly affect me. I want the real number of murders -- the ones of which I ought to be frightened.

I don't care about gang-on-gang violence, I'm not in a gang. I do care about caught-in-crossfire gang-shooting victims.
I don't care about spouses killing spouses nor parents killing children. I don't fear my spouse nor my children.

What's left is a very small miniscule number, at least in my country, of intentional killings from random shootings, caught-in-crossfire, crazy co-workers, mistaken identities, and the like. But no one has ever presented those numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Re:Help Consumers? (126 comments)

Welcome to abstraction layers. You've forgotten what you're doing. The goal here is not to verify the portfolio. The portfolio wasn't the goal. You weren't buying the portfolio. The portfolio was a sales tool -- to help you discuss what you want. So stop seeing the portfolio as anything more than that.

Now, sit back, relax, take more than ten minutes, and think of what it was that you were actually trying to accomplish. If you can explain what you actually want, you'll have stated what you need to do.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

holophrastic Help Consumers? (126 comments)

Consumers who fall for fake portfolios don't need a technology solution. They need a baseball-bat-to-the-head, and a new set of parents. Verifying that someone you are about to pay is worth paying ain't much of a challenge. You're welcome to take the gamble when you want to live life on the edge, but when you want to make an intelligent decision about a person that you hire, it never comes down to a technological solution. It comes down to not being a moron. It was true two thousand years ago; and it's still true today.

Let me know if you need my help. If you're over the age of 20, be embarassed. If you own a house, be very embarassed. If you can't spell embarrassed after 34 years of learning, be a little embarassed!

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

holophrastic But they have corrupted minds and youths (181 comments)

Pinball, jazz, pirate radio, free-to-play games, and many many other readily-available forms of entertainment have done precisely that: they've corrupted social norms, minds, recreational pass-times, and priorities.

That's been the point all along.

Protecting the children is a perfectly valid reaction to any event or advance offering an easy-route through a scenario. In the case of free-to-play, it means being able to play games, socially, with friends, with no money, and no job. So if you've used expensive games to convince your children that they need a job to pay for things in life, then that simply won't fly anymore.

If that lesson (needing a job to pay for things to have things) is no longer relevant, then that's fine. But if it is still relevant, then free-to-play games do indeed make raising your children more difficult. How do you intend to teach them that money buys things if they don't need money for anything for what, two decades?

You aren't going to stop feeding them. And you won't (anymore) stop giving them a cell phone. So given a 15 year-old, going to high school, with a phone, free games, food, free school, and a bus pass, it's kind of difficult for them to want a job or career. What's the value of a job to a 15 year-old these days? It ain't movies anymore either.

You can like the corruption, I know I like most of it these days. But it's certainly corruption -- that's how society progresses quickly, within a single generation.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

holophrastic All listening tests are stupid (469 comments)

Since when does listening to 3-minute, or 55-minute performances count as a valid listening test? How about listening to the same song for three hours, and then judging whether or not you have a headache the next day?

There are loads of elements to "quality" that aren't easily identified conciously. That doesn't mean that they don't exist. That doesn't mean that they aren't beneficial. That simply means that you can't measure them in a blind listening test in under an hour.

And, of course, none of this takes into account what the violin ought to sound like. What a performer "prefers" has absolutely nothing to do with how the composer wanted it to sound. There are plenty of benefits to things that you don't like, especially when paired with many other sounds concurrently.

But hey, I heard a tamborene last week that had no trouble competing with a tuba and a drummer, without being amplified. It meant that the three instruments could be played off-stage, in the audience. Maybe that's a quality tamborene. Maybe it's not. But that's certainly not the type of attribute that would have been captured by any listening study such as these.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

holophrastic Re:Woah, Flashback (37 comments)

I love it. Geocities returns! MobileCities? I wonder if my very first web-page ever would come back. A thousand dollars says it'll work perfectly on mobile today, with not a single byte of HTML changed. v0.9 to v5.0 in only 2 decades!

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

holophrastic Re:Woah, Flashback (37 comments)

Who said anything about netscape? Read harder please. Mobile app vs site is congruent to desktop application vs site.

And, quite frankly, the resolutions are exactly the same as they were too.

Put your name to your arguments, are I'm done with you.

about two weeks ago

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Why haven't other businesses sparked like IT?

holophrastic holophrastic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

holophrastic (221104) writes "So, when I was young, I was the typical "computer guy" on the block. Be in neighbours, friends, family, family-friends, neighbour's friends, or friend's neighbours, I was often called upon to put together some kind of computer setup. Nothing too professional — I was twelve and this was 16 years ago — but something that worked to run a small home business, or a family, or a small start-up company. No one expected very much, and everyone got well more than they expected. And lo the IT industry began.

So now I'm 28, and I want some things done. I'd like my home to benefit from solar/wind energy. I know nothing of such things. I run a successful business and have no time to figure it out. I'd like to know a neighbourhood young-person who dabbles in such things, and give them a few thousand dollars to use my home as a canvas. I find that no such people exist, or I don't know where to find them.

How come "computer nerds" and "grease monkeys" pervail, and maybe a gardner or two, but no other enthusiasm- or passion-based mini-businesses exist from which I can benefit the way that I helped oh so many people in my youth? Everyone knows a "web-guy", how come I don't know a "solar" guy? Or the many other things that I'd love to have done to my life/home/business by a twelve-year-old with enthusiasm?"
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Vista games for my grandparents

holophrastic holophrastic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

holophrastic writes "So my grandparents are now touching a computer for their very first time! (she's 75, he's 85) They've got a nice and creamy-smooth Vista machine to play with. I want to buy them some games, and I'm looking for some suggestions. Ultimately, duplicate bridge online (acbl.org's Bridge Base Online) is keeping them many hours per day. I've got them learning to type with The Typing of the Dead, and they love it, funny as that is. Any other ideas? I'm thinking that it has to be something with a flat interface that they can easily use, since they've never seen anything before — so that rules out FPS, Sierra quest games, and galactic conquest. Most arcade games are going to be too frustrating for them when they forget which sprite is them, and which sprites are the baddies. I'm thinking the incredible machine, myst, and tetris. But I haven't the foggiest as to where to find Vista versions. Any other ideas? (oh yeah, on-board video/audio/nic, core 2 duo, 1.8GHz, 2Gb, vista ultimate, 24" wide)"

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