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Comment: Re:Showfoto (Score 1) 259

by Anna Merikin (#48601091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Truth be told, I don't use Showfoto/Digikam anymore since Showfoto's indexing only seems to work if the default directory is in /home/user; since I use a small SSD for my installation and a larger disk partition for data, it is of little use to me. I have switched to duplicating SD-card directory structure by date and depending on my human memory --- just the way I did for film.

Comment: Numbers Don't Lie, But -- (Score 4, Insightful) 159

by Anna Merikin (#48598649) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Their sample size is 11-thousand. According to my results, 1-in-6 computers are running Linux!

This is absurd, unscientific to the extreme, fear-mongering.

In your example, based only on the statistics you provided, there were 11099x0.0109 or 120 people in the central time zone *in their sample*, which is the sample size of UTC-6 users.

Their data is useless.

In comparison, https://panopticlick.eff.org/i... has almost 5-million in their database. This is somewhat more helpful.

Comment: Or -- (Score 1) 368

by Anna Merikin (#48542045) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm not looking for authenticity. If I were, I'd be reading non-fiction.

Epic Poetry, or Medieval Romance novels or some other form of metaphor, which fosters what Aldous Huxley called the Perpetual Philosophy.

Some very few SF writers have been able to include cultural/philosophic themes in SF -- Huxley, Heinlein, Burgess and few others, as Twain was able to do in ordinary fiction/humor.

Don't expect genius from today's publishers.

Comment: Whaaa? Where Does TFA Say That? (Score 2) 62

by Anna Merikin (#48524251) Attached to: Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

As I read the judge's ruling, he throws out the case because no evidence of damage was shown, because the lawyer himself was not defamed (the website, a corporation the lawyer worked for, was), and that except for the use of the word "cheated" there was no tort (right of lien). IANAL but I find it hard not to see that the judge might well have ruled the other way had the plaintiff been the website corporation.

Where is the expansion of the right to publish bad reviews here? I don't see it.

Comment: The Only Hope (Score 1) 257

by Anna Merikin (#48490829) Attached to: The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

A large proportion of people will not willingly share their commute space with others. Since people who "vote with their feet" seem to prefer to drive their own cars in privacy to sharing a vehicle, route and schedule with other people the rider may not like, it will take more than engineering to get the intended result. It will mean, eventually, either outlawing ownership of private cars in certain places or making permissions prohibitively expensive.

I see a big, expensive failure in this. Nevertheless, it will get funded by groups who are obviously against union labor: the Koch brothers, government planners, et al. Retailers like Wal-Mart, on the other hand, will be against, as they have few stores within cities, and it's hard to lug their stuff home on a minibus. Amazon and other internet sellers will see the same cost-without-benefit scenario.

The winners? Media outlets who will see an increase in revenues of "for-and-against" political ads.

Comment: Bad PR (Score 1) 155

by Anna Merikin (#48457903) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Even though I had no computer vulnerable, and I did not buy one of Sony's malware-laden Music CDs, I remember the event so clearly and strongly I still refuse to consider buying any Sony product whatsoever, including their cameras. Is there some malware hidden within those proprietary, compressed RAW image files?

So I am of two minds. I don't like the use of ransomware. And I don't like Sony. This reminds me of the old joke where the guy sees his mother-in-law drive off a cliff in his new Bentley.

Comment: Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (Score 1) 103

by Anna Merikin (#48283795) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Yes, yes and yes. That's exactly why I concentrated on "funding": The politics of it are critical. Lots of hypotheses exist, but few get to be funded and none without extensive peer review by proven fundraisers.

It's a bit like The Movies in that there are lots of screenplays around, but only the ones producers think will turn a profit or an Oscar get produced.

I tried to be non-cynical in my post.

Comment: Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (Score 2) 103

by Anna Merikin (#48282943) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

While everything you write is true, you leave out the actual importance of funding this: If SIMPS can be found, examination of their behavior in interactions would tend to prove or disprove fundamental ideas of the standard model.

That's my take on this all, anyway.

NB: I have been wrong before.

Comment: Why Overstated? (Score 1) 403

by Anna Merikin (#48091255) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

1. Carmarketers like good gas mileage figures; they're good for sales.

2. The specifications for the test are gamed to provide a bigger benefit for underpowered cars which tend to get better mileage anyway. The test include acceleration at a rate *that depends on the car's power* (percent of full-throttle). which has the big-engine (more powerful) cars zipping around the virtual course at higher speeds.

Remember, lobbyists write or co-write most of our laws and regulations.

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