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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

imidan Re:One of the most overpaid execs in history (141 comments)

FTFA: Larry Ellison will remain CTO and Chairman of the Board of Oracle. He will still get paid more money in a year than I will likely make in my life.

3 days ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

imidan Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

When I got my iPod, one of the first things that it did when I turned it on is it prompted me to set up iCloud. Since I know enough to try to avoid the "cloud" whenever possible, I just skipped the iCloud sign-up. I'd imagine that the vast majority of people, when they turn on their iPhone for the first time, are prompted to set up iCloud and just go ahead and do it. They see it as just part of setting up their phone. They don't understand the security implications, and they trust Apple to not leak their private data to strangers.

Maybe people should be more security conscious, but I think there should be some significant penalties for corporations that leak data that they are supposed to be keeping private. (And maybe in this case it's not really Apple's fault, but there are plenty of other data leaks happening these days.)

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

imidan Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Playing real sports is a social and physical activity. Both can be beneficial.

Okay, sports are physical, and video games almost never are. But they can certainly be social. Not all gamers are as you describe; some actually physically congregate and socialize.

It seems like reading books could be every bit as big a time waster as playing video games, when a person shuts himself off from the world and just reads books all the time. Surely, there's some balance to be found in life between doing things that you enjoy but are not "beneficial" and doing other things. That doesn't make the former activities a waste of time.

about a month and a half ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

imidan Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

The vast majority of people who play physical sports also don't make any money from them. I guess that's a waste of time, also? Are there hobbies, other than education, that aren't a waste of time?

about a month and a half ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

imidan Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

and completely useless in real life. Video games are a waste of time and energy like no other.

The first guy mentioned in the article, Lee Jae-dong, may disagree with you. He's made a little over half a million dollars playing StarCraft. There's a guy from China who's made more than a million just this year playing Dota 2. I can't quite call that useless.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

imidan Re:Being a former drug addict, I think (47 comments)

On top of that, I got as far away from other users as possible. I don't want to associate with them, hang with them, even talk to them.

Isn't that kind of the point of this, though, to simulate a party with those people, and immerse you in it while you're sober, and reinforce that preference to stay away from users of your drug? I mean, I don't think it's a cure-all, and it sounds like the project is too young for clinical trials or to produce statistics about relapse rates or anything, but isn't it worth checking out this avenue as a possibility for addiction therapy? I mean, maybe kicking an addiction is much about willpower, but whence that willpower?

about 1 month ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

imidan Re:So will there be criminal charges? (89 comments)

Wouldn't it make more sense to perform an audit to ensure that this hasn't happened unnoticed in the past, and simultaneously to perform a review and revision of the protocols and policies that allowed this to happen? I feel like solving the problem is more important than assigning blame. I mean, I can see firing someone if they had acted from gross incompetence, but I don't think prison is necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

imidan Re:Troi (512 comments)

I liked those Crusher episodes particularly because they didn't involve Crusher getting space raped, kidnapped, falling in love, or playing the role of generic 'damsel in distress'. So many of the TNG episodes that featured the women characters as the focus did so *because* they were women, and someone needed to have a space rape baby, or someone needed to be emotionally compromised, or do something else stereotypically 'female'. So I really liked the episodes where Crusher or Troi or some of the other less prominent women characters (like Ensign Ro) get the opportunity to play a lead part in a story that could have been played by a man, but wasn't.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

imidan Re:degrees vs schools. Art history degree? (295 comments)

Art history is not the typical program of for-profit colleges. They mostly offer professional degree programs in things like IT and other popular applied fields. The issue is not the area of the degree, but the fact that these colleges prey on people who have aspirations and no money. Most of these people do not manage to finish the program, so they wind up taking large, expensive loans that cover a few semesters of college that do not prepare them for any job. The colleges advertise themselves as a way to improve peoples' lives, but their entire business model is based on enrolling rubes who will get student loans and give all of the money to the college. They don't care whether those people graduate, or even get educated.

about 6 months ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

imidan Re:Why focus on length of life (334 comments)

I am happy enough that I would like to live a lot longer. I figure I could do another few hundred years. Those sad sacks can go off and die, if they really want to.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

imidan Re:Beta Sucks (116 comments)

Oh, they've acknowledged the complaints. They say there's been "a lot of griping." Which is, of course, just their way of trivializing the complaints so that they can ignore them and go on with their plan anyway.

Fuck Beta.

about 7 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

imidan Re: YUP (156 comments)

It's even easier to post 7 stories a day when 2 of them are dupes!

I kid.

Fuck Beta, though.

about 7 months ago
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Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

imidan Re:If you've got good signal, digital is better, b (192 comments)

I live in a small town in the western US. I used to get four channels over the air on a good day with analog. Now, I get one. Not saying you're wrong, but I think people in more rural areas suffer more when the analog signal is cut.

about 10 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

imidan Re:Meh, too alarmist (488 comments)

To refute a point:

1. The guy took a copy of the source code that he created while employed by the plaintiffs, and was getting ready to release the source code.

This is what is alleged by the plaintiffs in the suit; it is not clear that this is what actually happened. What we know is that the guy quit his job and later began offering a product that is similar to the one he participated in creating at his job. It is not clear that he either took a copy of the source code, or that what he is planning to release is that source code.

FTA:

In simple terms, the suit alleges that Corey stole the code and violated agreements with INL. I have no idea if he stole the code or what he signed while at INL. He probably had the code, but again the idea is hardly novel. He could have started over with a next generation product on his own.

about a year ago
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Nokia Introduces Windows Tablet

imidan Re:iPad already beaten (112 comments)

This won't beat the Android with the lowest sales, let alone the iPad.

Well, yes. I agree with you. But I was attempting to refute the GPP's assertion that the iPad is the 'looser' tablet.

I own an iPad, which I bought before Android tablets were really a thing. If I were to go out and buy a new tablet, it would likely be an Android (probably Galaxy, but I haven't researched them in a while). I prefer the openness and don't feel the need for the Apple walled garden. The point is, I'm not an Apple fanboy. I'm just using the data that were given to refute a claim that I don't believe they justify.

about a year ago
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Nokia Introduces Windows Tablet

imidan Re:iPad already beaten (112 comments)

Do you not keep up with current events. the iPad is the looser tablet. Its market share has plummeted from 60% of sales last year to 32%

According to your link, iPad's sales of 32.4% of tablets last quarter represents sales of 1.8 times as many tablets as Samsung, which is the only other company that has double-digit sales. So Apple is outselling the next-best-selling tablet by almost 2 to 1, and the next one after that by more than 7 to 1. The tablet market is fragmenting, and I expect that we will continue to see strong competition from Android tablets, particularly from Samsung, but from these numbers, for now, iPad is still the tablet to beat.

about 10 months ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

imidan Re:Remind me again why schools are funded by taxes (356 comments)

Well, I guess one of the problems is that in a lot of states, schools are getting a decreasing share of tax dollars. The legislature of the State of Idaho is almost comically opposed to education, K-12 and higher, despite our constitution having included specific language requiring the state to fund public education. The school districts actually had to sue the state, in a case that went all the way to the state supreme court, to force the state to continue to pay for critical maintenance of school buildings (things like making sure the roof doesn't collapse).

I guess what I'm getting at is that if we don't want corporate funding of schools (and the corporate influence on curricula that inevitably comes with), then we should be adequately funding schools with tax dollars. Perhaps by diverting some money from prisons (which is where a lot of the education money has gone in Idaho).

about a year ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

imidan Re:I got an idea... (356 comments)

I think you have a point. With all of the standardized testing and other requirements, we often hear teachers complaining that there isn't enough time in the school year to cover everything they're supposed to cover. Why would we pile on these propaganda "lessons" that seem to offer negative educational benefit, when we don't have enough time to teach the important lessons?

about a year ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

imidan Re:Is this a joke? (356 comments)

I guess my response would be to talk to my kids' teachers, find out if they intend on using this curriculum, keeping my kids out of school on those days when it is covered, and drafting a letter to the teacher, the principal, and the school board. I don't believe that blatant corporate propaganda has any place in education. My kids and I can stay home "sick" on the days when this happens.

about a year ago
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Charles Carreon Finally Surrenders To the Oatmeal

imidan Re:Impressive... (173 comments)

Yeah, the poor guy. He dedicates considerable text to repeatedly pointing out his "Buddhism" and how enlightened he is. But over the course of the whole year-long experience, he never gives any indication of actually learning anything about either himself or the world around him. He tells an anecdote about getting into a physical fight with some road-rager, and he seems to completely miss the fact that the altercation was utterly pointless, and that his enlightened self should have been able to eventually figure that out.

He seems to spend all of this time trying to come up with justifications for attacking a guy for making a stupid comic featuring his "mom", without it ever occurring to him that this fight is completely pointless--that if he just ignores the thing, it will all go away, and nobody will care about it anymore.

He also bloviates profoundly about Sun Tzu and how his whole revenge-litigation personality is actually based on wise and ancient strategies of war, and how the lyrics to some songs are just like his life, man.

There's nothing wrong with being a lawyer, but if you're going to be an aggressively nasty, sleazy one, just own up to it. This ugly episode was not a poetic trial sent by ancient gods. It was just him being a jerk.

1 year,2 days

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