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Edward Snowden is ...

ricosalomar Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

I sometimes get confused on the definitions: morality vs ethics.
As I see it, morality (and mores) is derived from an adherence to laws of some kind, be they societal, religious, dogmatic, or what have you. In fact, morality is traditionally law-based.
Where ethics is a system arrived at from personal experience.
Thus the morality of an act may depend on how it relates to scripture, or societal rules, and the ethics of an act are cognitively defined.
One could say that it is immoral to kill, because many religions have a strong "do not kill" clause. Yet religion is a very popular theme in most mass killings, with the killers citing relevant religious codes as confirmation of their morality.
Where an ethical decision might be that, under the circumstances, it is better to kill bad guys than good guys.
We can argue ethics, but not morality.

about a year ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

ricosalomar Re:One-Eyed folks? (140 comments)

OK, well I guess I was wondering if the HUD display would obscure my ability to see at all, since I only use one eye.

about a year and a half ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

ricosalomar Re:One-Eyed folks? (140 comments)

It's nice to have a built-in excuse!

about a year and a half ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

ricosalomar Re:One-Eyed folks? (140 comments)

Thanks, I guess I have non-binocular vision, too; amblyopia. If I could just get that damned third-eye working...

about a year and a half ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

ricosalomar One-Eyed folks? (140 comments)

I've never tried Google Glass, but I peeked through a few early AR headsets at the VR lab in school. I wonder if anyone's working on a solution for those of us with monocular vision? It would suck to be cheated out of 3d movies AND "The Next Big Thing"

about a year and a half ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

ricosalomar Re:well... (1576 comments)

Word.

about 2 years ago
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Google Maps Adds UK Cycling Directions

ricosalomar My friend Mr Pither (62 comments)

Wonders how accurate the maps of Cornwall are.

more than 2 years ago
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'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky

ricosalomar Re:Ask a better question (288 comments)

OP mentions it in his reply, his political agenda is clear, as is Chomsky's. Anyone who works on a computer owes much of his profession to the outstanding work of Prof. Chomsky.

more than 2 years ago
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PayPal Unveils Mobile Payment System

ricosalomar Re:Srsly? (99 comments)

Perhaps I'm missing something, but why would I care about entering my CC info into a phone? I'm not liable for any unauthorized charges. In the country where I live, it's the vendor who's liable, not me, and certainly not the bank, may their names be praised.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

ricosalomar Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

No, nor would I sit through Basket Weaving 150 if it were a required course for a literature degree.

more than 2 years ago
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Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

ricosalomar Re:An obvious reminder (182 comments)

I shouldn't have used the word automatic; I meant reflexive or involuntary.
These are some quasi-clincal definitions that seem to agree with what I learned back when I studied psych:

Direct identification with, understanding of, and vicarious experience of another person's situation, feelings, and motives.

AND

emotional awareness and understanding of another person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior, even those that are distressing and disturbing. Empathy emphasizes understanding; sympathy emphasizes sharing of another person's feelings and experiences.

Both of the above are from the medical section here. Note that the one you cited and the first of these both use the word vicarious, which seems (to me, anyway) to imply an emotional, rather than cognitive response. But perhaps you see it differently.

Clinically speaking, sociopathy is related to ASPD (antisocial personality disorder), and is defined in both the DSM-IV and the ICD-10, the latter of which lists the first criterion as:

Callous unconcern for the feelings of others and lack of the capacity for empathy.

Sympathy is not included in either manuals' definition.

Lack of empathy is also specifically associated with Psychopathy and Narcissistic personality disorder.

See WIKI

I might have empathy for a serial killer, in that I may wince if he were to get stuck with a pin (a reflexive response), but I may not have sympathy for him, because I cognitively determine that he deserves it.

More importantly, who remembers the awesome Star Trek (tos) episode, The Empath ? I think that clears it up perfectly.

more than 2 years ago
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Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

ricosalomar Re:An obvious reminder (182 comments)

That's not really what empathy is. Think of empathy as an automatic response, like when you wince when you see someone get a paper cut, or get kicked it the nuts.
Sympathy is more intellectual, you consider the circumstances, and cognitively place yourself in the situation.
Then you weigh whether the person deserves your sympathy. This is where your ethical beliefs may come in to play.
Or you could think of it this way: A person without sympathy is a hard-ass, while a person without empathy is a sociopath.

more than 2 years ago
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Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

ricosalomar Re:And for the next 15 years... (181 comments)

Thank you for educating me. A 'whoosh' would have been in order, I suppose.

about 3 years ago
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Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

ricosalomar Re:And for the next 15 years... (181 comments)

If by Americans you mean people from the U.S., then don't think that's true.

With a very few exceptions, I've heard "lin-ucks" over here.

Though, I would guess that it would be most accurately pronounced "lee-nucks."

about 3 years ago
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Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

ricosalomar Re:Just a few months later (181 comments)

I bought a 540Mb in '95, too. Figured I might as well buy one that would never, ever get full.

about 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

ricosalomar Thanks for nuthin' (1521 comments)

Seriously, this site is largely responsible for my decision to change careers 10 years ago. I will never be able to thank you enough. Godspeed.

about 3 years ago
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The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing

ricosalomar Re:Give it a few tries and go with what's fastest (514 comments)

Well, in my case there is no water or fertilizer. If it doesn't rain, the grass turns brown. The place was a cow pasture for 100 years. It's in the local watershed, so building is restricted. It takes about 3 gallons of Diesel per month to run the tractor.
I guess we could change the zoning laws and pack a Wall Mart and a Home Depot on the land. Or maybe a bunch of condos and parking lots. Would that be less wasteful?
As it is now, the fields and woods in the neighborhood filter the rainwater as it runs to the town's drinking source.
By my estimation (and the people who live in the town), it's not a waste of land.

about 3 years ago
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The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing

ricosalomar Re:Give it a few tries and go with what's fastest (514 comments)

It looks an awful lot like the solution in TFA is just:

1. Follow the perimeter

2. Make concentric, slightly overlapping passes until you reach the center

That's about what I do with my 5 acre lawn.

As a P.S., what's with all the people hating on big lawns? I'm not rich or wasteful, it's a rental. It was a big old farm in the 1800s.
I have chickens and dogs, and a vegetable garden.
My wife and kid love it. We do fun shit outside. Ease up /.ers. -Rico

about 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs To Take ‘Medical Leave Of Absence

ricosalomar Hope he's ok. (1 comments)

Get better soon.

more than 3 years ago

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T-Modile outage in NC and VA

ricosalomar ricosalomar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ricosalomar (630386) writes "Haven't seen anything about this on the webs yet, but this is what I got from T-Mobile support:
EFFECTIVE DATE: 11/16/11 OUTAGE TYPE: 3G Data, 4G Data, EDGE/GPRS, Voice ....................................................................................................................................................................................
MARKET AFFECTED: VIRGINIA, CAROLINA ....................................................................................................................................................................................
CUSTOMER IMPACT: Voice and Data Outage

PROBLEM: T-Mobile subscribers in North Carolina may experience a loss of both voice and data services.

MARKET/SERVICE IMPACTS TO: Global / SMS
CAUSE: n/a

RESOLUTION:
1.) TT 3478852 is open for this issue.
2.) No examples are needed.

- JSR — 11/16/11 @ 1119 AM EST ....................................................................................................................................................................................
ETR: None ....................................................................................................................................................................................
ACTION STEPS: Please do not call or transfer to Technical Support, advise the customer our engineering department is working on a resolution."

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