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Wearable Computers and Portable Power

maczealot Wearable is a Misnomer (25 comments)

Although I am sure that "wearable" makes more sense to Joe Sixpack what this really seems to be about to me is that once you shrink computing so much that getting smaller is really not useful the next thing to do is make it more durable/flexible, i.e. "wearable"

From that point of view he is probably spot on. I do wish we could have a discussion about such technical merits rather than whether or not people like this particular guy or not etc.

about 3 years ago
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If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

maczealot 2Kewl4Skewl (309 comments)

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." -Grant Allen

more than 3 years ago
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US ISPs, Big Content Reaching Antipiracy Agreement

maczealot Re:CONSUMERS will burden the costs of the system (342 comments)

Annnnnnnnnnnd I just cancelled my account with Comcast. I hereby apologize to all of you and all of humanity for having ever given them a dime in the first place. At the time they were the fastest available option and I do have to have access at home for my job so I have been procrastinating making the switch to Qwest. Here in the Twin Cities I have that option, and I suggest all who are lucky enough to have such options take them immediately. Consequently when I select a new cellphone in the next month I will not choose Verizon or AT&T, not even T-Mobile unless they publicly state that they plan to fight any takeover attempt by the Death Star with every X-Wing available to them.

Again, I apologize for my tardiness in coming onto the right side in this fight and pledge to do my utmost for the rest of my IT career and life on this planet to oppose these scumbags and their broken business models. Long live liberty and justice.

more than 3 years ago
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European Court of Justice To Outlaw Net Filtering

maczealot First Post! (171 comments)

Nor would they be able to do so even if they tried. Thanks judgy judge!

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

maczealot Re:Trust peer-reviewed science... (1486 comments)

I have neither the time nor the inclination to try to record here what ALL "religious" people believe in. However, no the vast majority (at least two billion living people by a very conservative count) of those who believe in God do not believe in a "bearded man in the sky" even stated less sarcastically. Most believe in a spiritual realm, that is an unseen realm (possibly depending on who you ask similar to a different dimension) that a much more powerful being than ourselves exists and is responsible for things within our realm. Depending on the religion who, what and to what degree all of these occur will vary.

Bearded - most of those who believe in a God will suggest that this deity's visage is beyond such a human affectation.
Man - again, most are going to suggest that God is without gender.
Sky - Unless you are counting everything outside of our stratosphere as sky this is again an insulting misnomer.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

maczealot Re:Trust peer-reviewed science... (1486 comments)

Ok, two problems with your above approach.

1. Many "religious" people believe that Science is a gift from God. So not using science ever is nonsensical. Again, belief in the results of one does not necessarily exclude belief in the results of the other.

2. While I agree they are not the same thing, neither are you tolerant. You have a specifically stated intolerance and would restrict those who believe differently to you to a box outside of what you call "science and politics"

People are free to write "stupid bullshit" like this all they want, they are not trying to step on your toes merely by stating something you disagree with. Again, if you truly want people who believe differently than you to listen to YOUR ideas you will need to lose the "bearded guy in the sky" analogy. Not a single person I have met in my travels across the planet that professes a belief in God has believed in a "bearded guy in the sky" it is a total straw-man to suggest otherwise. It only serves to undermine your stated goals and science in general when you use such arguments.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

maczealot Re:Trust peer-reviewed science... (1486 comments)

I am not trolling. I am pointing out that if you want to use debate, reason and logic to sway someone or groups of people to your way of thinking using the approach YOU did rather than the parent's is more effective. "The big bearded man in the sky" is not what most people who believe in a deity have believed in for centuries now. Belittling their Faith is hardly going to make them receptive to your more reasonable and fact based arguments.

I could go on about how Faith in a deity and Faith in science are not mutually exclusive but that is beside the current point.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

maczealot Re:Trust peer-reviewed science... (1486 comments)

Well, when you use your sarcasm wand to paint the topic of spiritual belief like that I am totally won over to your side of thinking. Obviously anyone who believes in God believes in a "big bearded man in the sky" how silly of us not to have realized how silly that is. Thanks for your insight!

/see what I did there?

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

maczealot If you understand... (278 comments)

this issue, then it is your DUTY to educate people as aggressively as possible. I know most of you already do, or think you do but I can't help but read the comments already made here today as being "the situation sucks, nobody understands, we are effed." Call me an optimist but I don't think the fight is over yet. Personally I am going to increasingly tailor my anti-IP-insanity rant to be along these lines:

The end-result of the current IP-law culture is a stifling of not only information flow and freedom of speech but to everyone's bottom line. Everything from stupid software patents to DMCA to the Mafiaa is stifling innovation and thus our economy. This reduces jobs, incomes and international competitiveness. The Baby Boomer generation in the U.S. made a conscious choice at some point to allow all manufacturing to die off and to replace this with the bastardized IP law business models. They did not understand the Internet, let alone the machines behind it, and so not only did they fail at the Dot Bomb point but long before that and continue to do so today. From the Democrats protecting "Hollywood" to the Republicans protecting "service providers" everyone knows the politicians are in the pockets.

So if you are talking to a Republican you explain that they should be for more information and copying freedom as it will take money out of their opponents pockets. If you are talking to a Democrat you explain that they should be for Net Neutrality because it takes money out of their opponents pocket. And if you are talking to a "regular joe" you explain that they should be for ALL of this because to do otherwise TAKES MONEY OUT OF THEIR POCKET. If we want an economy that can grow jobs and not just be a "new normal" then we must explain in DIRE & CERTAIN terms to Baby Boomers and the younger generation alike that innovation flees from IP law cultures like we have in place today. You can skip the lines about "making bits harder to copy is like making water less wet" because they don't understand or care about the impossibility of it if they can just ignore it. Instead, make sure you tie everything you say about stupid IP laws to their bottom line. Maybe a bit U.S. centric, but that is my perspective so it is all I've got.

more than 3 years ago
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Virginia AG Probing Michael Mann For Fraud

maczealot Re:Ken Cuccinelli (617 comments)

Unfortunately I believe this is all Internet karma for Mike Mann being a douche himself. Someone seriously needs to teach him the meaning of the Streisand Effect. He sent a C&D take down notice to a website who had made a satirical video about him. Now, no matter what your beliefs are about this issue one must agree that threatening legal action against fairly fringe websites and their lil youtube videos is dumb.

The article from the site in question.

Now the video has gone viral, been featured on Breitbart and Fox... so guess how guys like this Virgina AG even KNEW to go after Mann?
Sadly, scientists might be real good at their day jobs but apparently suck at handling PR etc. as now there is some Canuck who is doing the same thing.

If scientists are going to remain convincing they are going to have to resist the desire to get lititgous and instead fight back with smart and appealing campaigns of their own. Sorry but we all know better than most that this is how the Net works.

more than 4 years ago
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Dev Booted From App Store For Inflated Reviews

maczealot Article = Scam Guidebook 2.0 (178 comments)

Ok, so they were INCREDIBLY stupid in how they went about their astro-turfing. They literally had tons and tons of people review ONLY their apps and always give them 5 stars, it was only a matter of time till it was detected. So, if you are wondering how to do this better, just RTFA. The BIG kicker = Apple isn't going to refund any money, and the app dev isn't either.

more than 4 years ago
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eBay vs. Craigslist Courtroom Fisticuffs Start Today

maczealot Seems like a small pond, but eBay is right (129 comments)

Disclaimer:IANAL

I think I have to side with eBay on this one... as they bought a 25% stake in Craigslist for $25 million, how that doesn't mean they should get a say in how the company is run I couldn't fathom.

more than 4 years ago
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Ambassador Claims ACTA Secrecy Necessary

maczealot Re:Down with the Government (407 comments)

Yeah, I think this treaty (and the secrecy bs) is a danger to free people everywhere, but if you think ANYONE but those on sites like /. care... you are dreaming. I wrote an email to my Senator Al Franken (heh hollywood) and here was my reply:

Thank you for your recent message to my U.S. Senate office. Each week, several thousand Minnesotans send me their thoughts and suggestions on legislation and important issues facing our nation. This impressive volume is a testament to the Minnesotan traditions of grassroots activism and civic participation that distinguish our state.
In recent months Minnesotans have contacted my office to share their views on the economic recovery bill, health care, education, and numerous other policy issues. I appreciate hearing from each one of you because understanding your views helps me better represent all of my constituents. I closely track the concerns that are expressed in your letters and emails, and will answer them as soon as possible.

Soooooooooooo yeah, if you think a concern that is primarily held by Gen Xers in this country is going to even get AIRTIME against the concerns of "economic recovery, health care and education" you are drunk, high or ignorant. So yeah, no offense but I preach constantly about the copy fight to anyone and everyone who will listen but if you haven't yet realized that audience is very very small you haven't practiced what you just preached.

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

maczealot Re:Allegedly... (928 comments)

devilsadvocate> Just because GWB didn't express his intelligence in ways that we would normally associate within our social norms with "intelligent" doesn't necessarily overcome the fact that he was very successful at carrying out plans that he wanted to. He was a two term president of the most powerful nation in the history of the planet, continued policies that were VERY unpopular literally up till the day he left office. Just throwing this out there because "pissing lots of people off" does not equal "unintelligent" necessarily... it could, but its not like anyone is threatening his continued existence, except one guy with a shoe (which apparently he was intelligent enough to dodge). /devilsadvocate

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

maczealot Re:If women are so smart . . . (928 comments)

I'm pretty sure it was Dear Abby who said that nobody can take advantage of you unless you allow it..

Normally I let this kind of misquoting go, but since it is directly relevant here, it was actually Eleanor Roosevelt a woman who was arguably as influential in here feminine ways as her husband was in his masculine ways. Equality =/= sameness.

more than 4 years ago
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Rush Limbaugh Begs Steve Jobs For Bug Fixes

maczealot Re:moto (689 comments)

The chances of this thread not going nuclear by business hours in America today are about equal to those of Apple doing something smart with this:

Send Al Gore with a new AirBook and a missing-manual.

Seriously, I'm fairly conservative and _I_ would listen to that radio show (though I don't listen to Rush's show normally). Would be great publicity for all involved and *gasp* might have some serious dialogue on important issues. But like I said, that's about as likely as this thread not turning into a "Rush = personification of hate" & "I hate your hate" useless diatribe.

Color me cynical, but all those who truly hold onto ideals in their hearts are.

more than 6 years ago

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Google Copyright School

maczealot maczealot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maczealot (864883) writes "Google is launching a new "Copyright School" for use as a re-education tool for offenders on YouTube. The apparent purpose being to head off additional leglistation, lawsuits, regulation and other negative impacts to the site. They even have campy cartoon videos for this school like this."
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GrooveShark Pulled from Android App Market

maczealot maczealot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maczealot (864883) writes "Following Apple's removal of the GrooveShark app from their App Marketplace Google has followed with removing it from the Android Marketplace. The app is still available from the company's website for Android devices that allow sideloading and iDevices that are jailbroken. GrooveShark contends that they are like YouTube and as long as they comply with all DMCA takedown notices are within the confines of current law."
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maczealot maczealot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

maczealot (864883) writes "Steve Jobs' one more thing at Macworld has been the Apple iPhone. The companies stock price has *GASP* risen on the news, but then again it was Macworld time anyhow. It will use the Cingular network for now. The new 11.6 millimeter phone includes a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support, 2 megapixel camera and 8 gigabytes of storage. It runs Apple's OS X operating system."

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