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Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

somaTh I can't imagine why not. (404 comments)

When Android hit the market, Blackberry was just introducing the Blackberry Storm, and it was kind of a big deal. The refinement of Android and the phones it ran on was absurd. I think the biggest thing that's changed is that you now have much smoother interactions with phones and computers. I think it may be in Blackberry's interest to try to work with big media providers (Amazon, perhaps) to try to match the ecosystems Google and Apple have formed.

about 2 years ago
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Misconduct, Not Error, Is the Main Cause of Scientific Retractions

somaTh The numbers (123 comments)

I've read the abstract and several stories that cite it, and I haven't seen some specific numbers that would make this story more relevant. They talk about the number of retractions being up sharply, and the number of those pulled for "misconduct" being up as well. The abstract and other sources have yet to put either number in relative terms. Of the number of papers published, is the percentage of those papers that are retracted up? Of those retracted, is the percentage of retractions due to misconduct up?

more than 2 years ago
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eBay Bans the Sale of Spells and Magic Items

somaTh Re:You're telling me! (295 comments)

I got a bait and switch. Love Potion #9 turned out to be a mis-type. Now all these stupid pigeons won't leave me alone.

more than 2 years ago
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How Plagiarism Helped Win the American Revolution

somaTh Re:Different Goals (245 comments)

No, my point is that if you're spreading the local gossip and a rival newspaper is printing the same thing, you're going to want to be paid for that, mostly to dissuade the rival from using your stories. I'm saying that the story presented non-rival newspapers repeating stories that the rulers of the country are committing these atrocities, and I could understand where, in cases like that, you might not hunt down every newspaper that's reprinting your article.

more than 2 years ago
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How Plagiarism Helped Win the American Revolution

somaTh Different Goals (245 comments)

There's a lot to be said here about the ends you're trying to achieve. Getting the news of the Boston Massacre out was more important than who makes the money selling the paper. There's also the consideration that republication happened in markets that weren't competing with the original source newspaper. In a time when horse and buggy was the primary mode of transportation, newspapers in other cities reprinting the stories was just how the story was distributed. There was no way to reach everyone, and telling how atrocious the British were being was everyone's goal.

more than 2 years ago
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Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

somaTh Not a surprise (580 comments)

This isn't surprising, given that 5 out of 4 people have difficulty with fractions.

more than 2 years ago
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How Much Of Your Day Is Dedicated Video Games?

somaTh Re:Hard to average (308 comments)

I have a similar problem. When Fallout New Vegas came out, I played about 3-4 hours a day for 4 or so weeks, then stopped playing. Each expansion got about 10-12 hours spread out over 2-3 days. When Skyrim came out, I played for 3-4 a day for about 4 weeks. Then I went a couple of months without playing anything. Then the Diablo 3 open beta weekend happened. 2 hours a day for three days. Now, I'm back to just reading.

more than 2 years ago
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High School Reunions — Facebook's Newest Victim?

somaTh Re:Nostalgia is over-rated (168 comments)

From the summary:

Then you can move on with your life.

I agree with you and add this point: Since when are reunions about moving on with your life? At best you're reuniting with the people who knew you before you became who you are, at worst you're trying to use other people to feel better about where you are in life.

I suppose it is true that you can do both on facebook now. You can even get drunk and hit on that girl who turned you down that now has three kids, you just don't have to wait for some arbitrary multiple of five years to do it.

about 3 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

somaTh Re:Doomsday (214 comments)

I've never heard of this before. Interesting stuff. In the idea you've come up with, we'd be preserving consciousness in the Matrix powered by a perpetual motion machine. It takes away the human body from the equation, which solves a great many problems (and I'm expecting humanity to change anyway. If we haven't evolved any further on these timescales by choice or by chance, that would be very strange). Now I'm imagining humanity becoming flying brains and creating the Infosphere.

about 3 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

somaTh Doomsday (214 comments)

Look, I know it's a bit far out, but haven't we pretty much concluded even if the Big Rip doesn't happen and that protons don't decay, entropy will eventually cause the heat death of the universe? I mean, I realize that it's around 10^14 years out and won't really be a concern if we can't escape the earth in the next 1.4 billion years or so. Don't get me wrong, I think humanity is perfectly capable of saving itself from asteroid bombardments and the death of stars. But, my (admittedly limited) understanding of what's going to happen to the universe keeps me from really getting excite about projects like this.

On the other hand, the goal here is to make sure we live long enough to face these problems. And that's pretty important.

about 3 years ago
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One More Thing For Apple Stores: Food?

somaTh Apples (mostly offtopic) (176 comments)

I'd visit more often if they would give people an apple upon request. Of course, they'd probably be McIntosh. In that case, I probably wouldn't stop by. Too soft for me. However, if they gave away Cameos...

Nah. Still not close enough (30 mile drive to the closest Apple store, which is much further than the 5 mile drive to the closest grocery store.)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

somaTh Easy Question. (188 comments)

Why Does the Sun Shine?

more than 3 years ago
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Doritos Creator Art West Dead at 97

somaTh Re:Really? (178 comments)

It's September. Maybe you should consider cutting back a bit...

more than 3 years ago
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I'm getting old

somaTh Tags (1 comments)

And, apparently, <i> isn't the same as <em>. A little bit older every day.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

somaTh Re:isn't G+ still invite-only beta? (360 comments)

Yes, it is invite-only. But, it still has 25 million users, which sounds like a lot of people. I guess they must all be pushers instead of users.

more than 3 years ago
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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

somaTh Re:Original concept (159 comments)

I know, I was trolling for someone to call me out on meta-analyzing your meta-analysis. I like recursion.

more than 3 years ago
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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

somaTh Re:Original concept (159 comments)

Wow, a joke about meta jokes followed by noting people critique jokes about meta jokes. It's turtles all the way down!

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Bicycles as a gateway to government control

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

somaTh (1154199) writes "Dan Maes, a candidate for govenor of Colorodo, proudly displays what might be described as "What happens when people don't have a clue what they're talking about." The article describes his current complaints with the incumbent's policies.
"The bike program in it of itself, if that's all it is, I wouldn't be opposed to it," Maes told 9NEWS. "What I am opposed to is if it's part of a bigger program that the mayor has signed on to as part of a UN program. That I would be opposed to." He goes on to argue that the bicycle program is only a gateway into bigger policies including, but not limited to, forced abortions and population control. I understand that bike seats are uncomfortable, but I had no idea it was on purpose."

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New Year

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So, I had an epiphany this evening about my own state of mind. New Year's Day has changed for me. It's no longer a new beginning. It's just another day. I can pretend something's changed, but I know it hasn't. I can choose to set special goals just because it's a particular day of the year, or I can treat it like a rational adult should and just do what I need to do in the first place. Nothing changes on new Year's day. Well, nothing other than the calendar. I'm not saying that New Year's resolutions are bad. Some people need an excuse to do better. I would love to pretend that a particular day of the year could do that for me, but I can't any more. I kind of miss that.

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I'm getting old

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 2 years ago I know tech is always moving forward. There's always some fresh piece of software out there, ready to be deployed. It's just that the most recent cycle really caught me off guard. I blink for half a second and our entire office is using AJAX to refresh the data on pages rather than form submits. Google introduces G+. Facebook destroys its homepage. I know these aren't really new things, the ideas driving the tech have been around for a while. It's just all so new at once. And don't even get me started on games. I just got Mass Effect for the PC. Not ME2, Mass Effect. To be fair, I prefer playing games that take a long time to play. Fallout 3 & NV. Oblivion before that. SimCity 4 before that. Even in my free time, I like to feel like I'm really working for something, even if it doesn't really exist.

So, I guess I'm really saying that I'm getting older just like everyone else, and really feeling the time slip away from me. I'm 28. I can't imagine what 50 will feel like.

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Really? REALLY?

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 4 years ago If you never been Saxrolled
I was cool with the old version. No one got hurt, it was just good, clean fun. Even led to some hilarious jokes. "What does Rick Astley serve after dinner? Nothing, he's never going to dessert you." But this? This goes too far. I mean, the original was at least a real song, not just 8 measures repeated for 9 friggin minutes. Don't get me wrong, it still follows the "catchy" idea that Rickrolling had. But the repeating footage and music is just . . . well, it could've been done on ytmnd for like 2 megs on loop rather than 9 minutes on youtube.

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Fox News

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 4 years ago I know better, but I read it anyway.

So, Fox ran a story today about how "a group of liberal journalists" used a listserv to talk about whether the government should shut down Fox News. The article continues to ramble on about how this is more of the mainstream media trying to cover up the truth yadda yadda yadda.

My complaint here is that Fox News is basically saying "Oh Noez! People on the internet are talking bad about us!" and I'm just not sure how this is news. Really? The other media organizations (who may be called "rivals" rather than "enemies") are talking TO EACH OTHER about how they'd like you shut down? I mean, they're part of a business just like you. Is it surprising that trash talk goes on? I mean, it's a listserv. It's not like their ideas are actually being brought forth for real debate. They're a bunch of guys sitting around talking smack from their parent( corporation)'s basement. And then to slant it as part of a greater conspiracy to cover up "the truth" is just insulting. I mean, I know that it has as much to do with it as a jaywalking offense being used to discredit you in a slander case, but it's just ridiculous. And I know this shit is effective to people who don't know any better. That's the really infuriating part. I've tried to express my outrage with people who aren't as tech savvy and they think it's consistent, mostly out of ignorance for what a listserv is.

It's my fault. Never should have read Fox News to begin with.

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The Reasons

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 4 years ago I love her to death, but it seems like, every day, she adds to the reasons I have to let her go.
It's not the cats that stink up the place. It's not their fault they pee anywhere that feels even a little like sand. It's not their fault the carpet, couch, and love seat feel like the perfect places to sharpen their claws. They don't know that they're destroying their clothing every time they gently paw at me. They're just being cats that will never be introduced to the concept of being de-clawed.
It's not the laundry that doesn't get done. It's not the food that doesn't get cooked. It's not the carpet that never gets vacuumed. It's not her chronic back pain that keeps her from doing anything around the house while she's home looking for a job.
It's not the rushed wedding plans. It's not the feeling that I'll never be able to pay for it on my own since her father's broke and she's unemployed. It's not the constant feeling that the slightest over expenditure is going to eventually leave me broke as well.
It's her maturity. Or, rather, not. It's her throwing her phone in anger. It's her rapid escalation from annoyance to feeling hurt to anger. It's her hitting me when she's frustrated or angry. It's her leaving, crying, when I present the reality that doesn't conform to her hurt feelings. When I show her that she's wrong. She thinks I'm taking sides. If the truth is a side, I guess I am. She wants my love for her to blind me from the way things are and I just can't. I'm crazy in love with her, but I'm not crazy.
And if she doesn't come back this time, I'm not going after her. I'll miss her, but I can't deal with it any more.

I'm a liar. If she comes back, I'll deal with it all just fine. Smiling my way to misery.

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Flex

somaTh somaTh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I'm taking Flex training and, as best I can tell, Adobe has spent a lot of time trying to make it easy to make Flash look pretty. I have yet to see how Flex would be more useful to me than the Coldfusion pages we're already using, beyond looking prettier. Typically, aesthetics aren't a main point for me anyway, but I'm concerned that the data manipulation capability I've had in Coldfusion just aren't there. I think Flash makes the pages bulkier in the process, and there are already user complaints about the sluggishness of our system - I think the rendering overhead would be unbearable on their 10 year old machines. I'm probably just resisting the entire change proposed by the instructor. Not only is the syntax change making the code slightly less readable, he's also pushing Flash Builder as the IDE of choice. I've been using Dreamweaver for years, so I'm comfortable with it.

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