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Comment in Apple machines? (Score 1) 86

I would be very happy if these would end up in the next iteration of the MacBook Pro. Having the Oculus Rift work on an Apple machine (when Oculus resumes its work on an OS X and releases an SDK) would spare me the extra cost of buying a PC. I hope to set up a VR rig within 12 months and my 2011 MacBook Pro is eligible for replacement; I hope to combine these two.

Comment Not like that has never been done before... (Score 1) 72

Not like that has never been done before, or better. Mind the date: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/11/science/undiscovered-bach-no-a-computer-wrote-it.html?pagewanted=all

How do the two compare? I know this Google attempt will not qualify as 'composed by Bach', so is there something special in the way the Google AI came to this awful sequence of notes? If the Google folk except it to do better, why did they not wait a few learn-iterations and publish that result?

Comment Re:clean slate (Score 1) 122

Interesting point of view. However...

For some reason, society has developed a notion of "proper" behavior which deviates substantially from how people actually behave.

Yes. For me this is called 'civilized'. When someone cuts me off in traffic, my instinct tells me to hit him or her. Nasty, but it is my ancient primate genes talking. I may or may not think about hitting, depending on my mood. That is the more human part of my brain. Do I actually hit someone for cutting me off in traffic? No. There is a big difference in what I 'feel', 'think' and what I do.

I know you mentioned 'behaviour/behaviour' and not 'though/behaviour', but the first is analog to the latter. For instance, I do not communicate about what I do sexually. I do not do anything illegal, or even weird, but that is just something between me and my girl. Putting our intimate details in the public domain is not civilized behaviour for me. Likewise for a night out: I do not go on a vandalizing spree or whatever, but posting pictures about my night out? No, that is private.

This line of reasoning pretty much continues all the way up to (but not included) posts like this one: I consider this to be a civilized exchange of ideas, so that is why I write these lines.

As the saying goes, good judgement comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgement. If "everyone" has their incidents of bad judgement made public for all to see, maybe we'll all start to be more honest with ourselves, admit that we all screw up from time to time, and be more forgiving of other people's innocent mistakes. Then maybe we can actually get some honest politicians elected to run the country.

I am Dutch, so I might have less to complain about in politics... I do want my children to learn from their bad judgement, and I know that they will make mistakes, but I see no use in having their mistakes out there forever. It is not civilized and serves them no purpose. It is probably best said by jareth-0205 in 52078783 :

Privacy is what prevents flawed judgemental people from harming us.

Comment clean slate (Score 5, Insightful) 122

I grew up in a world where the internet did not really exist for most people. My first direct contact with it was in 1989. This means I have had the opportunity (although at the time I was not fully aware of that) to influence what pieces of information about me were put online.

When I became a father it seemed only logical to extend this same opportunity to our offspring. And my girlfriend feels the same on this issue, so it is very difficult to find anything on our children online.

My hope is that they will see the value in this and abstain from putting things online that might work against them in their future life. Puberty for them is still some odd years in the future, so I hope there is time enough to get this into their firmware.

Comment Re:Can anyone explain to me why... (Score 1) 180

Why do you dodge the 'most of the terror in the world today' part with a disingenious 'some others do it too'? You dodge the main point and then claim gp should be ashamed? Disingouity followed by an ad hominem? Why do moderators fall for these tricks?

If most acts of X are committed by Y and someone asks why this is so, claiming discrimination is effectively telling the one who asks the question to shut up because you say he is a bigot. You are wilfully distorting the discussion.

Comment Energy (Score 2) 359

You have been working for the freedom of software users for at least some thirty odd years now. Do you think that (maybe because of your work) that freedom has improved, or that it has stayed the same or has deteriorated? To me it seems to have deteriorated and I am wondering where you get the energy to keep on fighting.

Comment Re:Same thing from ultra-orthodox Jews. (Score 1) 542

Nice strawman. I never said the orthodox jews are in charge of the government of the whole of the U.S.A.

A rabbi forces 'his' views on the people under him. The Irani government (and a lot of governments on this planet) force 'its' views on the people under it. That is the similarity.

It is relatively easier for an orthodox jew in the U.S.A. to leave orthodoxy than for an Iranian muslim to leave islam, but there is no pick and choose for fundamentalist movements, like the orthodox jews, what the original poster seemed to imply.

Not so ridiculous.

Comment Re:Same thing from ultra-orthodox Jews. (Score 1) 542

No. The only difference is that you can leave your religion if you are an ultra-orthodox Jew in the U.S.A. Leaving any orthodox religion is hard, after so many years of hard-line indoctrination.

But in no way do 'followers of the rabbis' have any say in which rules they will follow and which rules not: do everything, or face the consequences. In this there is a great similarity with the situation in Iran.

Comment Re:Confusing the issue (Score 2) 337

My wife has an iPad and personally I find that it's a real pain to do things that should be easily do-able. I've gone through 4 or 5 apps (some paid and some free) to try to find an app that will just play videos of various formats off a network drive and haven't found a single one that will play all my videos.

Things like 'network drive' are too complicated for a tablet mindset, at least that is what Apple thinks. If you want to use 'network disks and stuff', that is what a laptop / desktop computer is for.

An app that covers your functional requirements for playing all sorts of videos is 'Air Video' or 'Air Video HD'. It requires a server component installed on a base computer, in my case a Mac, but Windows is supported too. The server transcodes the video stream to h.264 which any iOS device can play. I have found that everything I can play on the Mac can be transcoded.

Interface is quite simple. Set up shareable folders on the server and you are ready to go. Support included for viewing with live conversion or for storing the converted file on the iOS device. Among the best two-something Euros I have ever spent.

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