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New York Times Bans Use of Word "Tweet"

moore.dustin Re:News flash (426 comments)

That will forever be the term.

This move alone almost surely ensures that 'tweet' as a reference to Twitter will _not_ live forever. Major publications, especially the NYT, control the progression of grammar and punctuation in the English language... almost exclusively. Their influence is undeniable with a great deal of modern grammar rules being able to be traced back to a single publication and/or editor's decision. Even while major newspaper circulation is down in the 21st century, these publications are still the gatekeepers to the rules regarding grammar and punctuation.

In terms of vocabulary, they will always take a cautious approach. They will choose words, terms or phrases that they think will stand the test of time and not become ambiguous. In this case, the editor feels that 'tweet' will not be synonymous with Twitter in the future and is acting accordingly. He is right.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg, In It To Change the World?

moore.dustin Re:Come on... (268 comments)

I thought the same thing. Clearly this author has no idea what he is talking about.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Calls All-Hands Meeting On Privacy

moore.dustin This is the beginning of the end (302 comments)

The topic of discussion at my networking group this morning was Facebook and we were not talking about how to make money with it. People were wondering about issues they had not known to even worry about until the latest big stink about privacy issues. Over the last year or two, only Fan pages and the like were discussed as they looked to leverage the network to make money. After failing to see any value in using Facebook for their business, most ignored the topic for several months until just recently. Now this morning it is brought up and people are going home to think about deleting their account, not setting up a page for their business.

more than 4 years ago
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What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

moore.dustin Re:I'm Interested in the Opposite View (396 comments)

This is what I was thinking myself. The self-taught programmer has already demonstrated enough passion in the field to know there is genuine interest in their work. I cannot stress how highly I value that drive as I feel anything is possible so long as the drive is there.

With people coming out of school, you are going to have to sift through quite a bit to find those few who have true passion for their work. Moreover, the grads tend to have this attitude out of school that they know what they are doing - they don't. The self-taught people tend to be confident themselves as well, but it manifests itself through production, whereas the schooled people like to talk about 'theory' much more than making those theories a reality.

more than 4 years ago
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What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

moore.dustin I'm Interested in the Opposite View (396 comments)

What gaps do schooled programmers have that self-taught programmers don't? While a self-taught programmer might go about getting the job done differently, I can almost always count on him to get it done. Programmers coming out of school often still have a horrible worth ethic, especially when compared to their self taught peers. Granted, I have a very limited experience, so I wouldn't cast that judgment over all, but I would be curious to here what others think.

more than 4 years ago
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A History of Media Technology Scares

moore.dustin Suspicion is Healthy, FUD is Not (119 comments)

As you get older, you generally become wiser through your experiences. For most of us, we have learned to 'believe it when we see it' after a while and tend to act accordingly when met with some new technology promoting some grand advancement. That seems a very reasonable approach considering the unforgiving world we live in.

That said, fear due to uncertainty is not healthy and certainly what the TFA seems to allude to. In a way, TFA is just describing how FUD affects how technology advancements are viewed by those over 35 or so.

more than 4 years ago
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BioShock 2 Released

moore.dustin Re:Guess I'm one of the critics to ignore (209 comments)

I picked up up on a Steam sale a couple months ago and did not get far passed the first 'big daddy' before succumbing to the horrible UI and the tedium it caused. It marked the first time I set down a game that was so well reviewed because it was intolerable from a gameplay perspective. Typically, I will suffer through most drawbacks if the story is compelling enough, but in the case of Bioshock, I was not hooked by the story before my patience was up. Initially, I chalked this up to being an old game, but that argument does not hold up because other games from that time are certainly still playable (and enjoyable for that matter). I had just finished HL2 when I picked up Bioshock too. I had bought it in hopes of being ready for Bioshock 2, but now I meet the release with complete apathy.

more than 4 years ago
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Restructured Ruby on Rails 3.0 Hits Beta

moore.dustin Re:Respectfully, a question (197 comments)

Keep using zend, especially if you are using the IDE and debugging features. In this case, go with what you know.

more than 4 years ago
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The Big Questions

moore.dustin Re:Philosophy should have never been.... (229 comments)

As far as truth is concerned, I have real issues with axiomatic systems, and would cite godel.

I don't.

More generally, there are in effect a lot of axiomatic systems out there. For instance the thermodynamics cult basically functions that way. But over time, with new science, they have to update the axioms. At that point, during the update, it is not an axiomatic system. And just at that point, they are dealing with something true.

In science, I completely agree. In philosophy, I believe that axioms create a foundation that without, you could not have any certain truths whatsoever. How do you resolve that conflict?

About truth more generally, for most people, including particularly reductionists, truth is a hard little ball of shit. Instead, reifying it a bit, truth is context sensitive. So objective truth is kind of a nonsense phrase.

I suppose you've identified which side I belong to. Though we do agree that objective truth is a nonsense phrase, only I think it is because it is a redundant term.

more than 5 years ago
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The Big Questions

moore.dustin Re:Philosophy should have never been.... (229 comments)

Actually, Plato is among the few that did believe in sense-certainty. He believed in the idea of perfect knowledge and the Republic was mostly a discourse on forming a perfect society. That said, I believe Plato definitely would have agreed that all knowledge is objective under his definition. He made it very clear that he thought knowledge is certain and that the truth equates to knowledge. Now we can debate all day about whether this or that topic is true or false, but I am sure we can agree that the truth is axiomatic and essentially means 'not false, absolutely right.' That is about as objective as you can get in my minds eye... what's true is true and what is true constitutes reality. Having thought this out now, perhaps my inclusion of 'objective' was superfluous as it seems clear to me now that it was implied.

more than 5 years ago
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The Big Questions

moore.dustin Re:Philosophy should have never been.... (229 comments)

I don't. I believe you may be mis-representing what Socrates/Plato is saying in that line. To me, this says: "Those who seek and desire _complete_, objective truth deserve the title of Philosophers." The term 'reality' is used to represent what could be called a 'complete and truthful understanding' of the world.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Developers Get Fired

moore.dustin Re:Has anyone noticed... (535 comments)

Not so. For yourself, you just need to position yourself under a competent manager. To be quite honest, how important do you expect your body of work to be if you do not increase your responsibility at a company? You can only have your work seen as important if you strive to do important work. This is somewhat at odds with your desire to stay out of management, but I believe there are alternatives. Perhaps consulting for yourself may work? Often times a 'project lead' position is a non-management role with great responsibility.

We must both admit that at the end of the day, what makes people happy varies a great deal. As we pursue our different ends to happiness, the choices we make will be in accordance with our individual pursuits. What is the answer for me is unlikely to be the answer for you. The best advise that can be applied to everyone is to take charge of your own life and get what you want, do not wait for it to be given.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Developers Get Fired

moore.dustin Re:Has anyone noticed... (535 comments)

It is not the case. What you are reading are low to mid-level employees that are describing either: 1) problems with middle management at a larger company, or 2) complete ignorance of technical industries in smaller companies. In these cases, perception is far more important than the actual value you deliver. However, the creme does rise to the top eventually. While the people in this thread are detailing the lessons they have learned themselves, it is important to remember that the lesson itself is being learned, right? These people have now realized how the world works and can act accordingly. Once you persevere from the more plebeian positions into the management/executive level, your body of work is far more important.

more than 5 years ago
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T-Mobile Backs Off Plan To Charge $1.50 For Paper Bills

moore.dustin Re:A paper bill is a legal document. (285 comments)

This is exactly why I do not use auto-pay or electronic billing as well. Most people and especially judges, do not know the possiblities of electronic bills as evidence. We, as nerds, know that a PDF can be altered in a number of ways to say what you want it to say (fraud). Forging a paper bill that is dated, numbered, postmarked, etc... well that is not going to be challenged easily where as you PDF can be argued to be forged in Photoshop or something.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Make Science Popular Again?

moore.dustin Respect and a Feeling of Importance (899 comments)

To bring science back in the fold of the mainstream society, we must view the posts various scientists hold as something that commands respect. Simply put, if you can make a scientists feel as if they and their work were important, then the problem will solve itself.

Currently, the dynamic is far from this simple, idealized version of reality. Right now most academic and intellectual endeavors are met with apathy, if they are lucky. Those individuals actually pursuing these fields are met with far worse circumstances as they navigate through their younger years. The lack of respect for intellectuals among the lay people has bred an environment that finds the intellectuals persevering through far more challenges in society than they ever see in school. Until America learns it needs to lift the intellectuals on their shoulders instead of keeping them on the soles of their shoes, I feel we may never see a real change.

more than 5 years ago
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Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

moore.dustin Better Marketing (745 comments)

This is an easy one.

The only person to ever see my phone and know what it was just happened to be another G1 owner. Not another soul knew in nearly a year now. Instead I was met with, "What is that?"

more than 5 years ago
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xkcd To Be Released In Book Form

moore.dustin Coffee Table Fodder (198 comments)

From the pictures in the article, it looks great for a coffee table keepsake. I cannot speak for your homes clientele, but this will be a wonderful thing guests will enjoy while getting to know me a little better in the process.

Or just throw it on the throne and enjoy.

more than 5 years ago
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The Battle Between Google and Facebook

moore.dustin Does nobody see a privacy issue? (202 comments)

I am certainly in the minority here, but I cannot be the only one who does not want there whole social network knowing so much about them. Call me old-fashioned I suppose... but I much rather be a mystery than a well-read novel. I just cant help but think about how many people in business will be bit in the ass by things posted online! You know HR depts. look at these things if they can. If they have a FB dev account in IT somewhere, then maybe the phone interview can get replaced by a FB profile browsing. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

moore.dustin Re:Another bad move (874 comments)

Oversimplification explains nothing. Let's apply your same argument to human reproduction:

Woman A meets Man B and have sex.

Nine months later, Woman A has a child.

I really learned a lot from that description! Who cares about the semantics involved between the act of sex and childs birth? You suggest that the means to the end are irrelevant by completely neglecting to mention the oft-complicated measures the bill will/does lay out.

more than 5 years ago

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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dustin writes "After one run in with spy/malware three years ago, I have had literally, no incidents where something was loaded onto my machine malicious and/or without my knowledge. I do not have active blockers of any kind, just the normal sweep with a free removal program to get rid of cookies, but other than those, I have no problems whatsoever. I use the internet all day long, visiting a whole slew of sites, but I have 0 issues outside of cookies (2000/XP/Vista) on any machine. This had me wondering how much of the problem is just good old fashion user error/ignorance? Surely it accounts for a great deal of it, but as a fellow nerd/geek/techy, do you find yourself ever having problems with spyware? Am I just lucky and should knock on wood? Is the internet just an outright dangerous place or it is only as dangerous as the user is careless? What are your tips for avoiding spyware and thus the need for active protection that some pay for?"
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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

moore.dustin (942289) writes "The debate continues on robots that can think for themselves. One article examines if we are safe from robots that can think for themselves. TFA mentions robots that could end up caring for our children and says "In Japan, scientists are producing robots to act as companions for the elderly and check their heart rate."

Another article discusses the hard questions we will soon face about robotics of this nature."
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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

moore.dustin (942289) writes "Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for its second BlizzCon(TM) gaming convention. BlizzCon is a celebration of the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises and the players who have helped make them so popular around the world. This year's event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on August 3 and 4, and will feature various activities for attendees to take part in."
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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  about 8 years ago

moore.dustin writes "A report out of the UK suggests that robots that posses artificial intelligence could/should be extended certain rights, maybe even human rights. While that time may not come soon, most would agree that it probably will in our lifetime."
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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  about 8 years ago

moore.dustin writes "The two companies look to be a collision course that could have far reaching effects that shape of Internet over the years. Will Web 2.0 also have its important legal battles like the Napster case years ago?

From the article:
Yet, as lawyers prepare for battle, they do so on uncertain legal ground. The legislation at the heart of the debate, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, was written years before social networking sites such as MySpace even existed.

That fact has injected considerable uncertainty into the matter, according to copyright experts, and helps explain why lawyers from both sides are proclaiming that the DMCA, as it is known, is on their side."
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moore.dustin moore.dustin writes  |  about 8 years ago

moore.dustin (942289) writes "The two companies look to be a collision course that could have far reaching effects that shape of Internet over the years. Will Web 2.0 also have its important legal battles like the Napster case years ago?

From the article:
Yet, as lawyers prepare for battle, they do so on uncertain legal ground. The legislation at the heart of the debate, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, was written years before social networking sites such as MySpace even existed.

That fact has injected considerable uncertainty into the matter, according to copyright experts, and helps explain why lawyers from both sides are proclaiming that the DMCA, as it is known, is on their side."

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