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Pew Research Finds Opinion Dominates MSNBC More Than Fox News

obijuanvaldez Re:But just because it's labelled news (277 comments)

From what I've seen, both MSNBC and Fox are both pretty much all opinion all the time, to the point of being detrimental rather than useless as sources of news.

Right, but thankfully we don't have to rely on your opinion of what you've seen. This source found that 90% of MSNBC programming is opinion versus 55% of Fox News. So, in fact, MSNBC is pretty much opinion all the time and Fox News is pretty much opinion half the time.

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman's Home Star System

obijuanvaldez Re:NIce (102 comments)

You're assuming quite a lot. You assume that because a large viewership means that somehow people changed by watching it. This assumes that people didn't do what people do which is to find within the information presented, something that confirms what they already know. It also assumes that not everyone who watched it knew the information presented. But aside from these simple logical errors you make, I'm not quite sure what point you are making. I am guessing (but not assuming) that you mean to say that somehow getting non-scientists to know what is already known by scientists somehow advances science. I am not quite sure how that works.

about 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

obijuanvaldez Re:Really? Nobody? (420 comments)

I remember all of it. Again the point was to do what the article said no one would do.

However, in defense of the question's validity, the question is not whether or not he was a well known figure involved in computing but rather was Steve Jobs just a part of a larger, inevitable computing movement? Did he make something happen that wouldn't have otherwise? Would no one else have developed the Xerox PARC idea of the GUI?

To your point, would computing today be more or less just as pervasive without Jobs only with, say, more Amigas? I'm not saying definitively it would or wouldn't, but seriously, nobody has ever asked that question? And there are no takers that it would?

about 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

obijuanvaldez Re:Really? Nobody? (420 comments)

The point was to question what someone said no one had questioned. If you can't see that your reasoning is already flawed and you really shouldn't be one to throw down another challenge.

BTW, I know quite a bit about the path computing and graphical user interfaces have taken and I still think it is a valid question. Would no one else have continued the work from Xerox PARC? Jobs was not in charge of Apple from 1985 until 1997. Computing and adoption of graphical user interfaces as the norm soared in that time. And I don't think it was due to what he was doing at NeXT.

about 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

obijuanvaldez Really? Nobody? (420 comments)

"Nobody has questioned Jobs' seismic impact on computing and our communication culture"

Challenge accepted.

Did he really change how many people use computers or how much influence those computers have in their lives or did he just change which brand of computer they purchased?

about 2 years ago
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US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

obijuanvaldez Re:Only when they don't already know? (358 comments)

An excellent point, but not relevant here. However, in the United States, searches can be with a warrant issued "upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Allegations can be supported by Oath, e.g. several friends and family members say they saw child porn on your laptop. Allegations can be supported by affirmation, e.g. they set up a sting operation whereby they do, in fact, know that at one time a computer in your house had downloaded child porn. But being very certain that it was downloaded onto a machine in the house just isn't the same as knowing on what machine and by whom. It also isn't the same thing as knowing it is still there. Finally, the burden of proof you mention isn't required until any subsequent trial.

more than 2 years ago
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Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

obijuanvaldez Kinect? (169 comments)

I am surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, but post-Christmas and the Fall update for the XBox, I would wonder how many more searches were driven by additional traffic from the Bing search from XBox, especially the voice search via Kinect. I think that would amount to a very sizable increase alone, because I still don't know, like most posters, anyone who goes to bing.com via browser deliberately for a search.

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

obijuanvaldez Re:SOPA is not flawed. (213 comments)

Thank you. I have actually read the entire bill and I really fail to see what all the hatred is about. That said, I tend to agree partially with Rackspace in that I don't believe the bill will actually be very effective to the end of Stopping Online Piracy but it could provide some modicum of relief for copyright holders, e.g. shutting down access to allofmp3 clones, etc. I would invite everyone to actually read the entire bill for themselves.

But this is Slashdot. So, barring that I would invite everyone to at least assume that laws are not generally drafted by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. They are likewise not generally passed by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. And they are not generally to be enforced by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. That kind of shrill dialog only serves to dumb down any discussion.

more than 2 years ago
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Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

obijuanvaldez Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (627 comments)

I am not digging. Your original statement remains incorrect. You are correct, IDE does not equal interface design. But, as you also point out, some IDEs are used for interface design. It is this very real case that I used as a counter example to your original post, where you suggested that in no case was an IDE better than vim. That was then and remains an inflammatory, ill-informed, misguided, and incorrect statement. There are, as I mentioned, other counter examples. I will not provide them, however. A single counter example will suffice to disprove your suggestion. If you would like others, I suggest you gather some software development experience.

more than 2 years ago
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Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

obijuanvaldez Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (627 comments)

Here's the conclusion I jumped to: you felt there are no benefits to ever using a graphical IDE because no graphical IDE works better than vim. This was based on what you said:

What is the benefit of using something "more powerful" than a console for development? I've yet to meet a graphical IDE that actually works better than vim

The conclusion I drew was correct. Also correct was where I mentioned that if you believe that, you are wrong. You have gone on now to point out why for your particular situation a console only approach is best. Fantastic. Some specific cases are best suited that way. In other cases however, there are a number of uses for graphical IDEs, even if you lack the experience to have ever been able to see the benefit of one. Also, one day, with some experience, you may find that suggesting that different solutions have no benefit for different requirements is foolish.

more than 2 years ago
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Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

obijuanvaldez Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (627 comments)

What is the benefit of using something "more powerful" than a console for development? I've yet to meet a graphical IDE that actually works better than vim

Stop this. Forever. If you need to design GUIs in your software development, a console only approach is undoubtedly inferior. Not using an unquestionably inferior development environment would be a benefit. There are loads of other examples. For some development, absolutely, a console meets the needs perfectly. But different requirements often require different solutions. If you don't know that as a developer, I do not want to use your software.

more than 2 years ago
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How Android Phone Makers Are Missing the Marketing Boat

obijuanvaldez Re:Marketing and user experience (373 comments)

Right, I agree, there may be some ease of use by having it built-in and officially supported, but I think the failure rate of Siri to this point has perhaps rendered that moot. In this case: doesn't work? Join the club, it's failing for many.

more than 2 years ago
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How Android Phone Makers Are Missing the Marketing Boat

obijuanvaldez Re:Marketing and user experience (373 comments)

To be fair, saying that Siri is better than Android's voice functionality is not really a meaningful comparison of device capability. It is more a comparison of out of the box capability; there are several applications out there, Edwin and Vlingo are free examples, that provide very similar functionality for Android phones. And, of course, that is all Siri is: a 3rd party application for iOS available for some time, that Apple bought and pre-installed on their newer devices and is no longer available for their older devices. It is a marketing approach to convince people of the inherent superiority of the device based on it's bundled software, but not anything to do with actual capability. And that may well have some merit for ease of use, but the rather disappointing failure rate of Siri to date probably mitigates that ease of use.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

obijuanvaldez Oblig (315 comments)

xkcd reference

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez Re:Yes Free (89 comments)

By what definition? I provided no definition. But the provision of air is not a cost directly paid by anyone and would be hard to pin down. The costs of providing a university education are explicit and well known and most decidedly not 'free' no matter if the government subsidizes it or not.

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez Re:!Free (89 comments)

Correction: In many parts of the world, the costs associated with university level educations provided to students are subsidized by those who are not attending university.

I think it sounds more positive to say that education is paid by those who have already received it. But what you wrote is not wrong.

While it does sound more positive to say so, and is in the general case is probably the case, it would only be true to say that education is paid by those who have already received it if all those who currently pay to subsidize the formal, government provided education received a formal, government provided education. And in this case, that would be a formal, government provided, university education. It's a quibble, though; what you say is the more likely case.

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez Re:!Free (89 comments)

No, digital education is not new. But are you suggesting that there are no resources involved in providing it? No professors spending time creating the material and reviewing the coursework of the students? No costs of providing the online bandwidth? No costs of providing the student with the tools and environment in which to learn?

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez Re:Misleading Headline (89 comments)

I think the grade and the associated credits do matter. Otherwise, Stanford would have some explaining to do as to why they are still charging people for those things.

To be fair, I think it is neat that they are allowing people to view their course material and provide feedback to people attempting to learn the material. In this case this is Computer Science. However, in this case, there are already many existing resources, both offline and online, that can provide people with the ability to learn. The difference here is that some of those same materials are being provided by a renowned university. However, while the knowledge to be gained is not enhanced by that, the marketability of those who do get a grade and credit is.

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez !Free (89 comments)

Correction: In many parts of the world, the costs associated with university level educations provided to students are subsidized by those who are not attending university.

Correction: Free education would be something new, since finding a way to provide education without a cost of resources that could be applied elsewhere would be entirely unheard of.

more than 2 years ago
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Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes

obijuanvaldez Misleading Headline (89 comments)

These are not free courses. The ability to audit these courses is what is free. If you are not a Stanford student, you will receive neither credit nor a grade.

more than 2 years ago

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