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Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?

someWebGeek Natives AND Immigrants (144 comments)

From the article: "It’s time to embrace digital natives and give them something cool, that doesn’t try to imitate existing concepts." Maybe. There's still a huge, wealthy immigrant population that has lots more dough than the natives. Before I set about catering to either group, I need a business model. "Something cool" may be part of it - I won't ignore native sensibilities about "coolness." Something saleable will be a larger part, whether conceptually imitative or not.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?

someWebGeek Good (exclusive) or effective tactics (208 comments)

Good Punch the idiot in charge in the face every time you get stuck with junk technology. Effective This one's trickier. It sounds as though your system's policy structure is ill-understood by your "asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction." On what basis just he justify overriding the placement of responsibility for purchases from IT to your budget controllers? Take the issue to your school board with clear explanations of the wasted monies that result from buying unusable computers. Explain to the board the failure to provide required educational materials. Convince them to clarify and set up or reaffirm the needed policies and establish or approve procedures to maintain oversight and enforcement of the correct practices. If your board seems recalcitrant, take your arguments upstream to the commissioners (or other public officials) who control the board. Finally, the court of last resort is public opinion; get media coverage to expose the waste and failure of the current practices. If it's too risky to your employment to attempt these things directly, recruit parents to be your public interface and feed them the needed facts.

more than 2 years ago
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Good or effective tactics for Maintaining IT policy in K-12 public education?

someWebGeek Good (exclusive) or effective tactics (1 comments)

Good
Punch the idiot in charge in the face every time you get stuck with junk technology.

Effective
This one's trickier. It sounds as though your system's policy structure is ill-understood by your "asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction." On what basis just he justify overriding the placement of responsibility for purchases from IT to your budget controllers? Take the issue to your school board with clear explanations of the wasted monies that result from buying unusable computers. Explain to the board the failure to provide required educational materials. Convince them to clarify and set up or reaffirm the needed policies and establish or approve procedures to maintain oversight and enforcement of the correct practices. If your board seems recalcitrant, take your arguments upstream to the commissioners (or other public officials) who control the board. Finally, the court of last resort is public opinion; get media coverage to expose the waste and failure of the current practices.

If it's too risky to your employment to attempt these things directly, recruit parents to be your public interface and feed them the needed facts.

more than 2 years ago
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Aging Eyes Blamed For Seniors' Health Woes

someWebGeek A Factor (149 comments)

Let's try to temper this discovery (not so much new as newly re-emphasized by this work) with the understanding that, it is only one of many contributing factors. Surviving longer allows us to encounter a plethora of new-&-improved woes for old folks. Sure, getting out and soaking up more rays is a good thing when properly managed, but let's not go overboard and attribute to one cause that which is complexly determined.

Memory's the first thing to go. I forget what the second is.

more than 2 years ago
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Carbohydrate-Based Synthesis To Replace Petroleum Derived Hydrocarbons?

someWebGeek Re:Rayon isn't synthetic (166 comments)

"I can live without rayon (products manufactured from non-petroleum based bio-sources), but, dang, I'm gonna miss polyvinyl chloride (long-chain, synthetic polymer products that are tremendously more difficult and expensive to produce, when one has to start with relatively simple hydrocarbons derived from bio-sources instead of cracked and fractionated petroleum)!"

more than 2 years ago
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Commercial, USB-Powered DNA Sequencer Coming This Year

someWebGeek Moore's Law and Corollaries...Coming to an FBI Off (95 comments)

Once it's in round three or four of evolution and the price drops through the floor for the entire process, expect an invitation to trot down to your friendly, neighborhood, federal building, county courthouse, city police precinct, etc. to give a blood sample for, um, voter registration purposes.

"Trouble? I call it sport."

more than 2 years ago
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Tetris In 140 Bytes

someWebGeek Re:Nostalgia ... (215 comments)

Reminds me of those very same days and renews my joy that we now have the freedom to use "inefficient," mnemonically useful names for variables and functions along with coding conventions that give the next programmer at least a remote chance to understand and support the code without great genius.

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload Co-Founder Allowed Bail

someWebGeek Re:Internet Ban (132 comments)

No doubt that explains why those old-style pull-tabs are no longer available.

"We got plenty of youth. What we need is a 'Fountain of Smart.'"

more than 2 years ago
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Hungary's Needy Given Money to Burn

someWebGeek Re:Up in smoke (95 comments)

[rhetorical]Is the shredding/compaction process along with the delivery by trucks and collection by individual citizens truly superior to simply sending the unprocessed notes off to be burned in great, big boilers to generate steam-powered electricity for wider, cheaper distribution of power?[/rhetorical]

I kind of like the idea of toasting my toes to the crackly warmth of tens of thousands of ex-bank-notes, but I already don't respect the notion of "money" as anything other than a abstract place-holder for the work of myself and my fellow man. This seems a bit more like "spectacularism" on the Hungarian government's part.

"It's not the Earth the meek inherit, it's the dirt."

more than 2 years ago
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Boiling Down the Meaning of Life

someWebGeek Re:By Definition (218 comments)

"The mistake this article makes from that perspective is that he tries to give *the* definition of Life." Indeed. The map is not the territory. The word is not the thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Boiling Down the Meaning of Life

someWebGeek By Definition (218 comments)

In an extensional definition (exemplar listing) of the "over-definition" flaws inherent in intensional definition (attribute listing), one might cite this..

more than 2 years ago

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Nature vs. Nurture: (Humans) Wired for Culture

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "In 'Culture not genes drives humans forward', PhysOrg notes that:

Evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading Professor, Mark Pagel, argues that our cultural influences are more important to our success as a species than our genes in his new book, 'Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Co-operation,' published this week.

'He (Pagel) says other animals are limited to living in the environment their genes adapt them to, for example wildebeest can't climb trees for fruit...'

Um, humans are genetically specialized to be behaviorally unspecialized thanks to massive amounts of associative, cortical fibers. Anybody note that it's our genes that "wire" us? Outmoded, absolutist, two-valued, "either/or" thinking strikes again."

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Mainland Chinese Find Chink in the Great Firewall

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "It appears that hundreds of Chinese citizens have found a way around their nation's Internet censorship system and picked President Obama's Google+ page as the place to express their new-found freedom. According to Marianne Barriaux over at PhysOrg, 'The comments centre on freedom of expression and human rights, as well as more mundane issues such as how to get US green cards.' We can but hope that these folks evade reprisals by their despotic overloads."
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Let's WoW Granny: Boosting Cognition in Older Adults

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "Science News reports that 'World of Warcraft Boosts Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults'. According to the article, 'Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that playing WoW actually boosted cognitive functioning for older adults — particularly those adults who had scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game.' If reproducible, this has positive implications for improving cognitive function in old folks who most need it...or at least enhancing their online gaming skills."
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"Faux" French Cops and "Douhgnuts of Doom"

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "It appears that a French pastry site has been found to serve pastry-lovers with ransomware. According to the article, the malware 'would saddle the machine with the ransomware, which would promptly block it and display a fake notification from the French Police.' Trend Micro has reported similar cop impersonations for Italy and other European police agencies.

Doughnuts, anyone?"
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Anonymous "Credited" with New Attack on Greek Justice Ministry

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "Anonymous is reported to be behind a 'New cyber-attack on Greek ministry after arrest'. Police say this attack came 'after the arrest of a teenager accused of participating in the first hacking.' In addition to the defacement of the Greek Justice Ministry's (GJM) website, Anonymous offered a variety of coercive threats of future actions, if the GJM continues these prosecutions and Greece continues to support ACTA."
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Danegeld: Entertainment Industry Lands on UK Telco Shores

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "TorrentFreak shares a few thoughts from Peter Sunde, ex-spokesman for The Pirate Bay (TPB), in 'Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde on the Copyright Mafia.' The gist is that the Entertainment Industry is trying to attack copyright violators such as TPB indirectly by levying 'protection money' from the Telcos. By shifting the liability for copyright infringement to those Telcos operating in the UK as service providers, the Entertainment Industry hopes to have tangible victims to 'squeeze' instead of the more amorphous targets like TPB. In the end, if this tactic succeeds, it's customers who will pay the Danegeld in the form of increased service charges and of course loss of access to file-sharing."
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Carbohydrate-Based Synthesis to Replace Petroleum Derived Hydrocarbons?

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "From PhysOrg's Taking biofuel from forest to highway, University of British Columbia biofuel expert, Jack Saddler, offers that:

we will become less dependent on fossil fuels and will become more dependent on fuels made from the sugars and chemicals found in plants.

Nothing too new there, i.e., the idea of biofuels eventually taking over from petroleum distillates. However, Saddler contends further that:

Similar to an oil refinery that processes crude oil to make thousands of supplementary products like plastics, dyes, paints, etc., the biorefinery would use leftover agricultural and forest material to make many of the same products, but from a sustainable and renewable resource.

I remember my organic chem instructor back in '81 telling us that eventually the textbooks would have to be rewritten. There would be no presumption of fractional distillation of thousands of basic compounds from petroleum, and the teaching emphasis would shift to synthesis from simple hydrocarbons. He noted that we'd all miss 'the good, ole days' when synthetic fibers, plastics, etc. were cheap...or even an economically viable option. I can live without rayon, but, dang, I'm gonna miss polyvinyl chloride!"

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Jotform Returns - Government Refuses to Explain

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "From Techdirt, US Returns Jotform.com Domain; Still Refuses To Say What Happened.

The scary bit is that, when Jotform asked GoDaddy (GD) why the site was down, GD sent them the Secret Service (SS), who claimed to be "too busy" to talk to the Jotform folks.

Still no explanation by GD or the SS, even though Jotform is back

Hmm, "GD" and "SS" indeed."
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Owners of wikapedia.com and twtter.com spanked in UK

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "Amsterdam-based companies, R&D Media Europe and Una Valley BV, were each fined £100,000 pounds for typosquatting.

According to Paul Whiteing, the CEO of PhonepayPlus, the regulatory body for all premium rate phone-paid services in the UK:

These judgements send a clear message to providers that they cannot play on the public's trust in well-known websites to promote services.

Let's hope that £100,000 "spanking" stings enough to make it so."

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Online Reputation Technology: Sentiment Analysis

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "An article over at PhysOrg reports that a new software technology called 'TheySay' promises that it 'accurately assesses what people mean from what they say online'. Actually, it's more like 'how they feel,' according to the creators of the software over at TheySayIt.com.

This work is derived from research by the Computational Linguistics Group at Oxford University.

How does that make you feel (sorry, you'll have to answer without machine-help...the software's not generally available to 'the littul peepul' just now)?"
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GNOME 3 -Beauty to the Bone?

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "According to the GNOME design crew, as reported by Allan over at As Far as I Know, GNOME 3 will represent A New Approach to GNOME Application Design. The design patterns being developed and employed may effect a new, prettier interface, but more importantly a new mindset about the entire project, a mindset intended to encourage greater deep beauty in the application layers below the user interface. Maybe...for now, I'm sticking to the sinking ship of KDE in the Ubuntu ocean."
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Torrent - Where There's a Will...

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "Peer-to-peer bit torrent client, Tribler, promises to sustain the file-sharing universe even if the current tracker-based model dies. According to Ernesto over at TorrentFreak, Tribler Makes BitTorrent Impossible to Shut Down as long as the Internet is up. The rub that gets a little glossed over in the article is the issue of unmoderated peer trust. The authors of Tribler at Delft University of Technology claim that crowdsourcing will keep the process safe. That is, users will rate sources and share those ratings with peers. If I was a Windoze user, I don't know that I'd want to be an early wader in any new stream based on that security model. Malware ahoy!"
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U.S. Crushes Swedish Civil Liberties in War on Piracy

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "From a grassy knoll somewhere in Sweden, the view is that some Wikileaks releases reveal "lapdoggery" to U.S. by Swedish government on piracy issues.

According to the author, Rick Falkvinge, "Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media. In short: every law proposal, every ordinance, and every governmental report hostile to the net, youth, and civil liberties here in Sweden in recent years have been commissioned by the US government and industry interests.""
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LibreOffice Developer Community Increasingly Robust

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "LibreOffice (LO), the community-driven fork of OpenOffice appears to have a very healthy and growing group of code contributors. The Document Foundation (TDF) has published new stats that portray the climbing rates of developer involvement both in terms of numbers of people and numbers of code commits.

One of the most encouraging aspects, as noted by Ryan Paul in his article "LibreOffice stats: 400 total contributors, thousands of code commits every month over at Ars, is that non-corporate code contributions by independent volunteers constitute the largest slice of the latest commit-pie."
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Parabola Linux - Giant, Idealist Step Backward?

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

someWebGeek (2566673) writes "Archlinux derivative Parabola supports ONLY free software — that means drivers as well. An exploration of the new OS is presented at Parabola GNU/Linux: Freedom Packaged.

Having experience with Linux since the Slackware of the '90's (back when RedHat was a new, untried entry in the market) through contemporary Kubuntu, I gotta wonder what these guys are thinking? Do they really believe there are enough absolute free-dom fanatics in the Linux user community to justify this distro, i.e., people who will buy a box to suit perfectly the hardware constraints of an OS?"

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Eyeeeeeammmmoutttaaaheeeere!

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Obviously my sense o' humor 'bout "da newz" don't play here. Ciao y'all.

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To Myr

someWebGeek someWebGeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I'm a new here. Is there a direct exchange medium by which we might communicate?

I get that your spelling indicates Britishness. I'm a Yank from 'cross the pond. Your reply to my "By Definition" was too cogent for me to ignore. Are you a General Semanticist or simply deeply insightful from some other perspective?

Holla, if this note is not offensively intrusive and exploratory.

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