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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iMadeGhostzilla Re:In lost the will to live ... (734 comments)

I agree. Someone said that the point of texts like the Bible is not to speak about the physical reality ie. the "objective truth" but about the psychological truth -- for example "let there be ..." process of creation shows that in order for a concept to exist in our mind we have to have a word for it.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iMadeGhostzilla Re:In lost the will to live ... (734 comments)

Hehe good one -- a scientific theory that supports the possibility of Biblical miracles hasn't been proven yet. :-) It keeps the original argument though, we can't in principle reject the accounts of miracles based on the current theory (like we can the 6,000 years old Earth), because those are not incompatible.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iMadeGhostzilla Re:In lost the will to live ... (734 comments)

Technically, Jesus walking on the water is not impossible according to the current physics, just highly improbable. There's a nonzero possibility that the fundamental particles that made the water have spontaneously assumed a configuration in which a person can walk on the surface without sinking, and they kept that configuration for the duration of the walk.

Same goes for parting the seas, and pretty much any other "miracle" you can imagine.

yesterday
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

iMadeGhostzilla Just watch "Why we left the Earth" series (266 comments)

Excellent documentary (free with Amazon Prime), shows why they went so many times. Also leaves no trace of doubt how it was done.

yesterday
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

iMadeGhostzilla Anytime someone says this or that *will* be... (182 comments)

I stop paying attention to what they say and start paying attention to the person and think what their motivation may be.

about a week ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Yay! (118 comments)

Abolish patents. They were originally created to protect small companies from big ones and so simulate inventions. Today all signs point that small companies are more likely to be disadvantaged by patents held by big companies or trolls. Whatever inventing is happening seems to be despite the patent system, not because of it. So in ideal world, you'd make a poll of small companies -- those that the law intends to protect -- whether they would prefer to have the patent system preserved or not, then decide.

about two weeks ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Please retire... (266 comments)

I can just say, playing Dooms and Quakes back in the 90s and having no idea about who was doing what at id, Doom I and II and Quake were incredible, and Quake II I wanted to like as it was visually awesome but it was dry somehow, something was missing; I don't think I even finished more than 4-5 levels. Years later I read in Masters of Doom that Romero quit after Quake. With Romero, the fun was gone too.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

iMadeGhostzilla Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (426 comments)

FireFox with NoScript (and AdBlock) is the first line of checking -- any link I first open there, and if it's not in the handful of whitelisted and if the page is too bungled to read but seems legit, then I open it in Chrome. If it's at all suspect I just close the page, usually it's some crap anyway.

Although really would be best to use two Firefoxes -- one with NoScript and one without but still with Adblock etc., instead of Chrome.

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

iMadeGhostzilla Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform

Right, because people understand and care about that.

They're not that stupid. They have a feeling that email is owned by no one really, and that there can't be one person or institution to tell them "no email for you."

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

iMadeGhostzilla Just pretend you're recording and ask for consent (368 comments)

It's not illegal to say you're recording when you're not (you could have lost the recording). So just tell the Comcast person on the other side you're recording, if they object ask why what are they afraid of. I imagine the conversation will take a different direction when they "know" they are being recorded. And enough people will actually record that they likely won't dare assume you're bluffing.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

iMadeGhostzilla Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

Same here. When I buy a tablet it will be a Surface or similar. I had the 1st iPad and found the form factor to be pleasant but too limiting for the tablet to be much more than a time sink. My pattern of working with a computer is I have periods when I'm just consuming, in which case sitting on a sofa with a tablet is preferable, and then I have periods when I'm creating, for which I need a keyboard, a filesystem etc. The consuming periods are short -- 10-20 minutes -- but without the creation capability they just degenerate into time wasting.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

Nonsense. Imagine Bilbo kills one of the dwarfs for no reason and they all laugh and continue with their business. That wouldn't make sense and you'd be immediately pulled back from the scene and think WTF am I watching? Why the director do that? The suspension of disbelief would be broken.

But it's a good question, how can disbelief be suspended in the first place while watching a fantasy with wizards and dragons? One thing that comes to mind is Jung's archetypes -- perhaps whatever we see that is congruent with psychological archetypes allows us to sink into it almost as if it were "real."

about 2 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

iMadeGhostzilla Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (160 comments)

Talent is from what I understood really the drive and the natural attraction that would let the person endure the 10,000 hours of practice (and even enjoy it, for part of it anyway). The opportunity goes without saying (if you practice for 10,000 hours you have the opportunity). So I think it's not that much of a misperception that practicing something for 10,000 hours makes you very very good at it.

about 2 months ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

iMadeGhostzilla There could be a solution in the browser (128 comments)

And it would be simple: the browser would know that it's reading email (from URL -- gmail, yahoo, custom) and *would not open any links* the user may click on unless the link URL is on the click-to-open whitelist (initially empty). It would still let you copy the link to the clipboard (possibly with a warning) that you could paste yourself in a new tab (possibly with another warning), but this speed bump of having to take the destination URL in your hands, so to speak, would -- I'm assuming -- be good enough to let you pause and think if "support-raytheon.com" is really where you want to go.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Same here (125 comments)

How do you know that Metro is there to get people to familiarize themselves with the UI so they can buy Windows phones? Unless I see a leaked memo or something, to me it makes more sense to assume (not saying I know) that MS wanted to create their own approach to touch screens that can coexist with a full-blown OS, so they can offer hybrid devices -- touch-only in one situations, full-blown laptop in another -- and make money from the market segment that thinks hybrid is the way to go.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

iMadeGhostzilla He lives in the Apple world (171 comments)

XCode, iOS, Swift... Much of that world is centered around "cool" stuff ie. it's less about making something that creates value/makes money or enables someone else to make money or be productive and much more about pass time. At the same time this cool world has attracted a huge number of developers -- so now there is little of importance left to do and plenty of volunteers. Kind of like the digital music making scene.

To test this theory, I'm firing up the App Store on my iPhone and here are the top paid apps:
1. Minecraft - Pocket edition ($6.99, Games)
2. Heads Up! ($0.99, Games)
3. Monument Valley ($1.99, Games)
4. Blek ($0.99, Games)
5. Afterlight ($1.99, Photo & Video)
6. 7. Minute Workout ($1.99, Health and Fitness)
7. PAW Patrol Rescue Run ($3.99, Education (?))
8. Magic Locks -- LockScre... ($1.99, Entertainment)
9. Dark Sky - Weather ($3.99, Weather)
10. Facetune ($2.99, Photo & Video)

And so on. Photo & Video on iPhone? The builtin app is perfectly fine, in honesty. Health and fitness? People have been fit before iPhones but OK, fine. And the rest? Entertainment, Games, Games, Games.

(The top free app are almost all Games, with some Photo & Video and occasional Entertainment. And of course, 15. Facebook (Social Networking).)

The world of Windows and Linux has much more going on for it IMO, new stuff creates opportunities for new stuff, so I don't think his reasoning applies to software in general.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Slew of missing business applications (171 comments)

But there are endless gates to be open. And opening more gates leads to more gates still. Not all of them equally lucrative but that kind of thing always works itself out naturally.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Should be asking other questions (509 comments)

Exactly. You could possibly advise 1000 people what to do based on statistics, if you have a measurable criteria for success, but to use statistics to tell one person what to do in order to have a fulfilling life is futile.

One heuristic is to look for what particularly interested her since early childhood. Those may be things that she is genetically or personality-wise or for whatever reason predisposed to do well -- her neural circuitry is more attuned to such tasks -- because interest gives motivation to practice, and practice gives rise to being good at something which usually results in getting paid for doing it. The hard part is abstracting that information into a possible profession or calling, but you may get a general direction. Eg. (silly example) if she really put an unusual effort to fly kites, maybe she's interested in aerodynamics. However if all her kite-flying involved getting a lots of friends together for the activity to be enjoyed together than her interest is probably something else. Good luck to her.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Good (300 comments)

Because the remaining employees would live in perpetual fear of losing their jobs and would not be able to focus on work. Machiavelli advised a prince to carry on all punishments at once, so they are quickly over, but to reward the people gradually. It's a consequence of human psychology and how we perceive the future.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

iMadeGhostzilla Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

Not sure that cuts crush morale. If you've been through layoffs done right you probably had this experience -- a coworker who was a nice guy and all but really not adding much to the project was let go, you felt sorry for him but you also felt like the work on the project was going to be a little smoother and more efficient, sometimes more exciting even.

I was on both sides of the cut -- once I was a contractor and the company fired all contractors plus 10% of employees. I hear from friends who stayed that morale is up and the production is better.

about 2 months ago

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