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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

jimbrooking Bias (123 comments)

Any Republican subjects in the new study?

about a month ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

jimbrooking Problem vs Processor (181 comments)

Back in the day (when I was actually PAID for buying supercomputers) I devised Jim's First Law of Supercomputing: For every computer architecture there is a problem that will solve on that particular architecture "better" than on any other architecture. And conversely, for every problem there is an architecture that will solve this problem "better" than any other architecture. (You get to define "better".) You didn't have to talk to too many computer sales-people to accept this as fact. I believe the point of the OP is exactly this.

about a month and a half ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

jimbrooking Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

Regrettably, "critical thinking" in many parts of the world means "just turn on the TV/telly/tube/media-dispenser and let hours of commercials burrow into your subconscious mind, and don't worry because you really never pay attention to ads". Got news for you: ads work. If they didn't, nobody would be spending bazillions of dollars/euros paying for them to be aired and cleverly inserted into all that nice "content" you eat up so uncritically. Ads work in the US. Political ads cause people to be elected, and that's why corporate America pours billions into our bought-and-paid-for congress and White House.

about 2 months ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

jimbrooking Frustrating (91 comments)

Potentially of interest if there was a shred of setup/implementation information, after an hour of looking, following false trails and futzing I gave up.

about 6 months ago
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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

jimbrooking Google Serving Ads thru Thermostat? (90 comments)

I thought I'd seen that somewhere. Here's a source: http://marketingland.com/googl... I won't be installing one of those nifty little gadgets anytime soon. It isn't enough that the cost of a Nest Protect is exorbitant, they need to make still more money by selling ads to display on it? Evil, or just a corporation doing what it does?

about 6 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

jimbrooking Re:Time to end the military industrial complex (506 comments)

I guess you didn't hear the mantra in Washington: these cuts will result from, or result in, an overall reduction in the federal budget. We don't reapply "saved" money any more. We just provide a reduced tax rate to the "overtaxed job-creating" 0.1%

about 10 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

jimbrooking 700 planes a year? (473 comments)

I doubt that includes the many light aircraft being produced overseas and imported. But even most of those have a starting price in the low six figures.

about 10 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

jimbrooking Congressional "Misstatement" (383 comments)

I am a United States [Senator | Representative]. I have far, far too much integrity to be at all influenced by the [countless | untold | several] millions of dollars contributed to my campaign by that [lobbyist | special interest | one percenter | lying pond scum]!

about a year ago
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Roadable, Vertical-Takeoff Aircraft Is Eager To Hit the Battlefield

jimbrooking Looks like... (87 comments)

A child of the V-22 Osprey with horrible birth defects.

about a year ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

jimbrooking Office Drones? (453 comments)

No comments about the countless clerical, finance, and other sorts of people who enter, proofread/correct, analyze, update, and/or look up data stored somewhere: the desktop historically, or the cloud (if one, or one's management, is willing to take a chance that everyone between you and your data will vote unanimously to allow you to get at the data on any given day). These people doubtless outnumber all the AutoCAD and software development people by a huge margin. It seems inconceivable that they could do their jobs with tablets or, even worse, a phone or something like Glass. For them, I imagine a good-sized screen and a keyboard will always be needed. Whether these essential I/O devices are driven by a phone (with still more third-parties getting between you and your work) or something else isn't important. It needn't have the same form factor as a desktop, but it will need much of the same I/O and connectivity as a desktop.

1 year,16 days
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20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

jimbrooking As a Manager... (453 comments)

I became annoyed with an employee who received a LOT of cell phone calls during my infrequent, but necessary meetings with operations managers. Finally I placed a bucket of water by the door and as people entered the room and informed them that, as a security precaution, any cell phone brought into the room had to be placed in the bucket during the meeting. Thereafter, cell phones were left outside and out meetings became shorter and were not interrupted. Yes, I'm over 40, and I still think using a device for talking, texting, surfing or anything else when engaged with one or more live people is inexcusably rude.

about a year ago
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20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

jimbrooking Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (453 comments)

Ok, I am a 30 something year old so I don't fit into either demographics...

However most of the time meetings are an out of date idea's. They historically worked because we didn't have a communication infrastructure that we do today. Conference phones where limited in the number of people on the line, issues with the person not being close enough to the phone to be heard and a slew of other communication problems, and before that it was very hard to get a bunch of people work on an idea, in a timely manner.

But really for most meetings, the individual doesn't need to be fully mentally involved unless there is something important to them. It would be much easier to chat via a message system, you can see the stuff go across your screen, while you work on something else, until something important comes up you can can then review what went on and come up with an appropriate answer.

the 20 somethings who grew up with this technology knows this and get very board during these meetings, as there is a lot of stuff that isn't important to them at the time that is going on. Now that said, It is still rude to disrupt the meeting with your activities, and if you are stuck at the meeting you should show some tact, but hopefully experience will clear that up.

So, apparently are spelling and grammar (oudated idea's - SIC).

about a year ago
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Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

jimbrooking Misapplication of Teck (274 comments)

Too bad Mondelez can't figure out how to package Triscuits without breaking 1/3 or so of every box.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

jimbrooking Printing from HTML/CSS (479 comments)

Anyone needing to produce good-looking print-form documents from content that "lives" on the web should check out http://www.princexml.com/.

Prince supports most CSS3 and has a number of CSS extensions that help you control formatting. So getting well-formed and styled HTML to print beautifully is a relatively painless step forward.

about a year ago
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Dataland: the Emerging Dystopia

jimbrooking Prediction Troubles. Manipulation Destroys (81 comments)

We wring our hands at the accursed sellers and buyers of our browsing habits. We glibly ignore what happens when we sit for a few hours in front of a television screen. Knowing our browsing habits gets us targeted ads. Getting our minds in a receptive mood by showing the trash that passes for content on commercial TV, then cramming crafty advertising into those receptive minds impels us to do things we wouldn't be predicted to do, which is manipulation.

Why do Americans lust after 2-ton gas-guzzlers to taxi the kids to school and fetch a couple of bags of groceries from the supermarket? Why does PHaRMA spend untold billions advertising expensive drugs that, in many cases, are no more effective than over-the-counter remedies? Why do so many of our people live in McMansions so expensive they are a paycheck away from foreclosure? Because advertising to minds pried open by "must-see" TV works.

The TV tells them what they want and how to get it - no money down, pennies per week. And this relentless barrage of hard, soft, and subliminal sales messages passes into the TV-watcher's mind with nothing getting in the way like critical thinking, priorities, or social or environmental concerns.

We ought to be more worried about what 10-20 hours watching TV every week is doing to us and our society than whether Google is showing us an ad for suntan lotion after we've booked a trip to the Caribbean.

about a year ago
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Air Force Wants Technology That Will Let Drones Sense and Avoid Other Aircraft

jimbrooking DOH! (148 comments)

How many years have drones been flying for DoD? And they are just now getting around to thinking about how to avoid other aircraft? Is that "air superiority" or "air-rogance" or just stupidity?

about a year ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

jimbrooking Re:Why were nukes making routine flights inside US (586 comments)

All flights by all the armed services within the US, and most outside, are "routine" or "routine training" flights. where "routine" means "Hey, we do this all the time! What could possibly go wrong go wrong go wrong..."

about a year ago

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Follow the Pope! Win Big!

jimbrooking jimbrooking writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jimbrooking (1909170) writes "Several sources like http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pope-social-media-purgatory-20130717,0,6608748.story and http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/twitter-heaven-faster-vatican-reveals/story?id=19688282 report that Pope Francis is granting indulgences that reduce your time in Purgatory. You need to read the fine print, of course, but this looks like a blockbuster offer from the Holy See! Any /. takers?"

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