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3D Hurts Your Eyes

perpetual pessimist 24 people? (244 comments)

Why do research like this on just 24 people? That is NOT a statistically valid sample size. So this study is not only obvious, it's invalid.

Damn it, just once I'd like to see a "research team" submit a report that says they spent the grant money on hookers and blow.

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?

perpetual pessimist Re:I'm 12 years old and what is this? (561 comments)

Third, I'm pretty sure you are not being taxed at twelve years old, so there's not really an issue of representation. :)

Sales taxes. Even the disenfranchised must pay them on their purchases.

more than 3 years ago

Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

perpetual pessimist I don't think so (443 comments)

It doesn't matter what generation anyone belongs to -- you'll do things the way the employer wants them done, or you won't be employed.

Now, are there some new technologies that are in common use in the consumer market that can be used effectively in the business environment? Probably, yes. And businesses will use them if it makes sense in their environment. But they won't use them because the pouty-faced punks with their newly-minted college degrees will throw a hissy-fit if the boss doesn't let them use their personal gadgets.

Business don't give a damn about their current employees, let alone potential future employees. You'll do as you're told if you want the money... and eating is such an addictive hobby.

Of course, young people just might start up their own businesses where everyone can stay focused on their iWhatevers all day, and if it's better than the old businesses than the young folks will win. I wouldn't put my money in their stock, though.

more than 2 years ago

US Ed Dept Demanding Principals Censor More

perpetual pessimist Re:The Land of the Free (493 comments)

It's always been difficult to learn about "the land of the free" in an institution where you (the students) are forced by law to go there whether you want to or not.

Excellent training ground for applied sarcasm and irony appreciation, though.

more than 3 years ago

Crime Writer Makes a Killing With 99 Cent E-Books

perpetual pessimist Re:If that's the definition of "society", so be it (445 comments)

And if publishers lose, we all lose, because quite honestly ebooks are a far inferior experience to real, dead tree books. I dread the day when real books become considered "obsolete" and are no longer published. That's the day I stop reading books.

Which "real, dead tree books"? There are the books made by publishers like Easton Press, which are made with high quality paper, leather-bound, and gilded edges; these books are very expensive but will last literally (all puns intended) generations. Then there are the usual hard-back mass produced books, which have the cardboard binding and fair quality paper; might get a few decades out of them, but at least they don't cost too much. Then there's the cheap paperback books; read 'em twice and they're starting to fall apart.

I used to think just like you: I love books, I want books, and to hell with these e-reader things. Then I got a Kindle (long story). And I realized I was not quite right; I do love the high-quality leather bound books AS books. But the cheap stuff are just delivery methods for what I really love: stories. I love stories. And e-readers give me the stories in a far better delivery method than a paperback.

The high-quality book publishers will still hang around and produce their specialty products. The mass publishers are finding that their delivery methods are being overtaken by technology, just like the music and movie delivery middlemen have had happen to them.

more than 3 years ago

Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier

perpetual pessimist Re:Make English an Official Language? (159 comments)

Do you really think it's going to be good for our standing in the world if it gets around that our arrogant need to self aggrandize just cost one of their citizens' lives?

Fuck our "standing in the world". I don't give a damn what others think of my country, and I'm pretty sure they don't care what I think of theirs.

more than 3 years ago

Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

perpetual pessimist Re:Ethical? (826 comments)

Don't know about "laws of ethics" but there are innate Natural Rights, which all human beings share simply because they are human. Example: The right (or instinct if you prefer) to own one's self, rather than be owned as a slave.

There are no innate Natural Rights. "Rights" is a concept that human beings invented, and has no actual existence in the physical world.

"Rights" are a set of ideas, held by some (but not all) people, as to how people should behave in relation to each other. And that's all. The people who don't agree with those ideas are still quite physically capable of "violating" your "rights" -- for example, your supposed "right to life" will not stop a bullet fired from a gun from blowing out your brains.

I'm not saying that rights, and all the philosophical and societal stuff that's been hung off the concept are a bad thing. It's a pretty good way to run a society. But when you talk about them as if they actually really honestly exist in the world, or that human beings are somehow infused with them in some way as soon as they pop out of the womb, then you're in the same sort of fantasy-land that any given religious believer exists in. And you're just as easily ignored by those who don't share your particular fantasy.

more than 3 years ago

Comics Code Dead

perpetual pessimist Re:Good riddance (316 comments)

*Ding dong the witch is dead*. And good riddance. Censorship has no place in a freedom loving society and its really appalling that Republicans who blather on about freedom are the first to support authoritarian censorship.

It's also appalling that you don't think Democrats do the same thing. Reference hate-speech codes, where saying a discouraging word can get you jail time -- if the Democrats had had their way.

The reality is that this is no longer a freedom-loving society. Why, I can't even advocate genocide without someone getting their feathers ruffled. (It's a joke. Remember what a joke is?)

more than 3 years ago

Comics Code Dead

perpetual pessimist Re:True in theory (316 comments)

Casino Royale gets a PG-13, even with all its James Bond violence, and the sadistic clubbing of the protagonist's testicles while he's tied to a chair.

The earlier poster must be right about the middle-aged white women on the rating board. They were too busy swooning over Daniel Craig to notice the torture.

Most of the middle-aged women I know would be too busy cheering on the torture of a man to pay much attention to who the man actually was.

more than 3 years ago

Encrypt Your Smartphone — Or Else

perpetual pessimist Re:How about... (304 comments)

What you're basically saying is that we don't need no stinking privacy, if you've done nothing wrong you got nothing to hide.

It's not that we don't need privacy. It's that if you encrypt your phone, the cops will beat the password out of you anyway. And if you complain of being beaten, they'll beat you more, and no one will stop them.

Of course, not every cop is corrupt like this. Plenty of cops would never dream of beating a person in custody. They have other prisoners do the beating, instead.

The lesson is not "if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide", it's "don't put the stuff you need to hide on your damn phone".

more than 3 years ago

Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

perpetual pessimist Re:I'll keep print books, thank you (304 comments)

I had pretty much the same attitude as you. Why buy an ebook reader, when print books are just fine?

Then I found myself alone in a hotel room, at 2 AM. I was making the 2 day drive back home from visiting family for Thanksgiving. The bed was awful and I couldn't sleep. Usually I can read a bit and get to sleep that way... but all the print books I'd brought on the trip with me, I'd already read, and left them with the family for them to read.

I booted up the netbook I had with me, looking to go online to read something... and the hotel's wifi was so slow it was maddening. Even when I got to my favorite blogs, even, no one had updated anything because it was Thanksgiving and they had better things to do than provide entertainment to a desperate guy in a hotel far away from home and any open bookstore.

It occurred to me that if I had a Kindle, I could order a book right damn then, and start reading.

So I ordered it. Didn't get it 'til I got home, of course. And now I'm loading it with a ton of books so I doubt I'll ever be without something new to read (unless the battery fails). But as long as it's working, I can get a book RIGHT NOW. Any time. Almost anywhere.

That's the advantage to me -- not so much the ebook in and of itself (although they've been fine so far), but getting it immediately.

more than 3 years ago

A Blue-Sky Idea For the USPS — Postal Trucks As Sensors

perpetual pessimist They're not losing money (252 comments)

From the postal service's own Inspector General report:

The following paper demonstrates that the current system of funding the Postal Service’s Civil Service Retirement System pension responsibility is inequitable and has resulted in the Postal Service overpaying $75 billion to the pension fund.

The postal service is having money extracted from it each year, channeled to other parts of the federal government pension systems (mostly military). This is to help disguise how bad the federal budget is overdrawn. If the post office were allowed to fund their peoples' pensions the way every other government agency is, they'd be showing a profit.

about 4 years ago

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

perpetual pessimist Re:Yea America! (828 comments)

To me the democrats are incompetent and the republicans are evil, but I don't live in the US and am just happy that this bill finally passed.

To me, the Republicans are incompetent and the Democrats are evil.

Perhaps we're both right.

about 4 years ago

Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

perpetual pessimist Re:DUDE! (158 comments)

Yes. That is damn cool. The naysayers and nitpickers will swarm on this story soon enough. But it's still cool.

more than 4 years ago

Can Wikipedia Teach Us All How To Just Get Along?

perpetual pessimist Re:Not "self-correcting" (191 comments)

The only way to correct Wikipedia is pretty much the same way to correct politics. Sweep in with an enraged mob and hang 'em all from the lampposts.

more than 4 years ago

Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

perpetual pessimist Re:Where are the classic anime fans? (305 comments)

Eve was the second thing I thought of. The first thing I thought was, "That outfit doesn't look at all like Sailor Moon!"

more than 3 years ago

Adapting the Post Office To the Digital Age

perpetual pessimist Re:Unlike you all, I LOVE the USPS... (299 comments)

I am continuously offended by the asinine idiocy of "you must take all packages weighing 16 oz or more to the counter". This is supposedly a Unibomber-era security regulation but in reality it's a way for the union to keep window staff high.

I believe that's not quite true. The rule is that packages over 13 ounces (they changed it in January 2010 to 13 down from 16 ounces) that only have postage stamps on them to pay for postage, must be taken to the counter. If you use one of the Automated Postal Center (APC) units that most post offices have in their lobbies, you can purchase postage for the package there, pay with a credit/debit card, put the printed label on the package and drop it in the collection bin. Supposedly by paying with a credit card, there's increased security because they can track the owner of the card.

more than 4 years ago

Adapting the Post Office To the Digital Age

perpetual pessimist Re:Remove the artificial monopoly (299 comments)

Do you really want pig farms to move in next to you? How about a slaughterhouse?

Farming isn't all beautiful waves of grain and rolling meadows with horses frolicking. Some things need to be out in the middle of nowhere. But those places also need to be connected to the rest of the country -- that is, after all, where the food comes from.

more than 4 years ago

Pentagon Workers Tied To Child Porn

perpetual pessimist Re:Wow (253 comments)

I hate to say it about my fellow Americans, but we're a bunch of paranoid, over-judgmental, overreacting, intolerant, lynch-mob forming loonies sometimes.

Just like all the other humans on the planet are?

more than 4 years ago

TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

perpetual pessimist Re:Whats wrong with the world? (417 comments)

I don't understand it either. You'd think that the people running the company were far more interested in having control over their customers than in having their customers' money.

Can't someone in marketing break into a board meeting and explain to these cretins that the more versatile a product is, it is usually more attractive to a wider segment of the potential customer base, which tends to result in more sales.

more than 4 years ago


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