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What day of the week is your most productive?

wagr Re-productive (91 comments)

I started to answer what day I am most reproductive, but realized this is /. and such a question wouldn't appear here.

about a month ago
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Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

wagr Missing letter: k (141 comments)

Aiming for top 50k apps. Anything less than supporting all the apps I use simply diminishes the value. I don't need to switch to a less valuable device.
The type of people who value less closed systems are also those, as a group, with a wide range of needs. If I value my privacy and am willing to use less popular devices, why would I then be willing to use the most popular apps?

What I believe the ecosystem needs more than another device are apps that provide features available in the popular ones, but with the least possible amount of information gathering or sharing.

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

wagr Re:altruism (176 comments)

If we stack them with the rest of the family, they won't complain. After all, they're meek. And nice.

There are a lot who don't even inherit that. A few ashes, maybe a lantern to float down the river.

about 2 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

wagr Re:Edible: honmei choco (197 comments)

Yes. Receiving chocolate from someone you don't expect and there is no real obligation (friend, supervisor, ...) involved, or the gift is significantly more than other folks receive (larger or handcrafted vs. store bought), then that's likely what it means.

about 2 months ago
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I've done my current job in X time zones ...

wagr Re:I lost count, but that's okay (167 comments)

:: chuckle :: Impressed I was able to get out of the basement? It's not that hard once you learn to turn to doorknob. Well, we started in Istanbul before it was called Istanbul. Then we moved to London. Eventually we settled in [redacted]. We used pita before we could get the right kind of flour for what we now call pizza dough. And you could order any toppings you wanted as long as you only wanted olives.

Actually no, not pizza. Customizing software for order/processing - businesses like t-shirt printing, box building (including pizza boxes), rental management. Outside of three time zones in the USA, the rest were southern or western Pacific. Lots of little stuff like coding for tax rules and resizing forms to make invoices with kanji readable.

about 5 months ago
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I've done my current job in X time zones ...

wagr I lost count, but that's okay (167 comments)

I'm guessing 5 or 6. I've had fun dealing with things while out of country. When I'm half-way around the world, I take a bit of satisfaction from answering vendor emails while they're asleep.

about 5 months ago
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My productivity peaks between...

wagr 6am to 10am (309 comments)

I wake up at 4am; I get up to full steam about 6-6:30 and start to fade around 10am. Then, when going out with friends, there is another burst of activity 6pm - 8pm. This second wind is not necessarily productive in terms of tasks finished, but it is a lot more productive in fun terms: alcohol consumed, dice rolled, etc.

about 6 months ago
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I use spinning-drive storage media ...

wagr Paper (232 comments)

I don't want to bother converting tonnage to GB to be exact, but I'm sure it is more than paper and film.

about 7 months ago
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Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

wagr Otaku (267 comments)

Neither, though I do qualify, barely, as an otaku.

about 10 months ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

wagr When someone is talking to you (417 comments)

More generally, when a person is present and attempting to communicate with you. An exception can be made for when said person is harming you or texting you. Or if said person is your parent - minors are legally allowed (obligated?) to ignore their parents if they let you have a texting device.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

wagr It's just a wearable device (322 comments)

Calling it a watch would be misleading. Smartphones today could be called an iWatch as they mimic those watches we kept in a pocket (maybe on a chain or strap) and pulled them out when we wanted to know the time. Just that now we expect it to do more than tell time.

I imagine something a wider (along the forearm) than the old wristwatches we loved 20 years ago to give a reasonable* size screen. The rest works a lot like a smartphone.

*reasonable:less of an adjustment than we made to a smartphone screen after attaching larger and larger screens to our desktop computers.

about a year ago
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I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

wagr Farmer's Market (105 comments)

Frequently, counting the local farmer's market: dozens of times per year. Most Saturdays except during winter and early spring. Otherwise, rarely.

about a year ago
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Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

wagr New company idea (307 comments)

[We] will provide look-alike actors, scene reproduction with suggested "improvements", and plausibly-authentic time stamped footage for a "small" government-only-affordable fee.

about a year and a half ago
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If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

wagr Exhaustion (405 comments)

... be forced to impregnate the multitude of daughters as part of the diabolical plan to produce an evil army. Is that still sci-fi?

about a year and a half ago
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Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP

wagr Directly backwards (73 comments)

They have the indirect-direct correlation backwards. I would describe those 2 million as indirect jobs of other economic forces. I.e., ad supported internet jobs are there because others do things that want/need advertising.

about a year and a half ago
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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

wagr Most any other pepper, but not too hot (348 comments)

I use roughly a dozen different peppers throughout the year, but rarely chilis. Fresh while the farmers' market carries them. And a final load-up-the-freezer as the season ends so I can enjoy them over the winter.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Role-Playing Games To the Uninitiated?

wagr Paper Sims (197 comments)

Call it playing Sims (or some facebook game they may know about), just face-to-face using physical items like pencil, paper, and dice. It allows for more creativity & imagination.
Akin to playing Kick-the-Can became Golf when we grew up or Toss-the-Ball became Tennis, playing Cops & Robbers didn't become terrorism, it became Rollplaying.

-- Wagr

about a year ago
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Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?

wagr My reaction (298 comments)

is this is overkill. The gut speakers are hard to swallow and technicians say the kidneys speakers are particularly difficult to install.
What I really want is a system that prevents me from hearing other folks cough, laugh at the wrong moment, or left their cell phone on ring.
And some will be listening to their ipod or speaking on their iphone during the movie anyway.

about 2 years ago

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Talkers appear as leaders

wagr wagr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wagr writes "Jeffrey Kluger writes in Time (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1878358,00.html) about research that Cameron Anderson and Gavin Kilduff did on perceptions on leadership. The results are surprising to at least some:

"When Anderson and Kilduff checked the participants' work, however, a lot of pretenders were exposed. Repeatedly, the ones who emerged as leaders and were rated the highest in competence were not the ones who offered the greatest number of correct answers. Nor were they the ones whose SAT scores suggested they'd even be able to. What they did do was offer the most answers — period.""
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Solar Wind Blowing Lightly

wagr wagr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wagr (1070120) writes "Phil Berardelli, for ScienceNOW Daily News, writes:

Scientists monitoring a joint European Space Agency (ESA)-NASA solar probe in the waning months of its 18-year mission have collected a fortuitous but startling set of data. The solar wind--a steady stream of charged particles flowing outward from the sun in all directions at about 1.5 million kilometers per hour--is currently blowing at the lowest intensity ever recorded.

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/924/3"

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