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Comment To Clarify... (Score 2) 442

I am sorry you think it is unhelpful; I intended to put it in historical terms. In context, though, to be fair, Mussolini said this before Hitler came to power. His was an Italian Fascism, and, as you say, it was based on brutality. Nonetheless, it is his definition, and it explains to me how, once fascists achieve power, they are corrupted by it.

Comment Pardon Me, but... (Score 0) 78

They say that one of the most exciting phrases to hear in science is not "eureka!" but "that's funny."

Who is the "they" who said this? It is the most ignorant thing I've heard today! It is the difference, to paraphrase Twain, between a lightning bug and a lightning bolt. "That's funny" is a significant observation; Eureka! is a celebration, a dance, to an personal intellectual achievement. One cannot sit still in such moments, one shouts, screams, runs in circles, speaks in tongues, laughs uncontrollably and like that.

"That's funny" is simply observational. There is no celebration, just collection of information which may spark curiosity. That curiosity, if acted upon, can become understanding, which, after further work, can lead to a Eureka!, but they are in no way comparable.

Perhaps not everybody has had a Eureka! moment, but most people have had a "that's funny," so they may not see the difference.

Euekas are orgasms of the mind.

Comment Memoir (Score 1) 175

Hilarious! I worked as a movie actor for some time, and, now and then, a production is doomed this way for some reason or other. I was working as an extra in a production shooting on location in Boston. During filming, the co-star suffered a heart attack and was disabled for months. During that time, a substitute was found, but rather than reshooting all the scenes with the new actor, he was shot from behind so as not to make the change obvious to viewers. The location director was the main director's brother, and he was not up to the job. Shooting went badly, and lots of time and money was wasted over stupid decisions made ad hoc.

Of course, it was impossible to edit coherently; it closed during its premiere in New York, as all the audience had walked out before the credits.

No, I will not mention the title, but it was 1969 and the brothers who wrote the story directed the film, which previously had been published in Playboy as a short story. The elder brother has since gone on to huge success in Hollywood.

Comment Re:Virtulize? (Score 2) 406

Uh, no. Unix/BSD/Linux uses the F1...F10 keys for OS functionality (virtual desktops) where DOS apps typically used them, if at all, for internal functions. WordPerfect, for example, was useless on DOSemu or DOSbox for this reason as all software actions found in GUI menus were activated with these keys, which *nix clobbers,

Comment Re:Play nice! (Score 4, Insightful) 143

The five senses we humans possess are those which allowed us to adapt to our environment and live in it; there is no reason for me to believe they are sufficient to explain our universe.
That is, if we are smart enough in the first place, which is very, very doubtful.

I would add to Socrates' famous quotation, "All I know is I know nothing," the phrase, "and I can't even be sure of that."

Comment Re:Can someone explain (Score 1) 109

Either their target demographic was too small in gross numbers (adv. jargon, though generally understandable) or, more likely IMO, a group which is unpopular with national retail advertisers bc they/we act more nearly rationally.

I have seen the quality and number of comments go down as the nature of the content became more reddit-like. How long has it been since a website has been https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... slashdotted, anyway?

And the EXIF data is carried in all image formats, including .tiff and RAW. Has been intentionally so since digital cameras' day one.

Where have all the cool kids gone?

Comment Questionable Method (Score 1) 398

Any professional salesperson knows people inherently want to please others, so they are more willing to say 'yes,' than 'no.' It is well-known that among experimental subjects, there is a strong will to please the experimenter (see milgram, etc.) so it is unsurprising that the results show an absurdist tilt.

It's like walking up to a stranger and asking, "do you like my hair this way?" Of course, most people will say, "yes."

Comment I used it! (Score 3, Insightful) 115

My first permanent Linux installation (permanent in the sense that I wound up keeping and using it instead of Windows) was Caldera Open Linux 1.0. which shipped with KDE-1.0. Finding its limitations quickly, I moved to Red Hat 6.2 (KDE 1.1) and compiled each new KDE release from source until v. 3. I then switched to Knoppix and Mepis (Debian), still using KDE. I now use 4.x on Mint-14.04-3. For a short time, I tried XFCE, but returned to the integration of KDE.

KDE still looks and acts pretty much the same now as it used to, just moreso.

Comment Re:Isn't this a no brainer? (Score 1) 474

bc I worked in marketing and I find what they say believable (only bulk, unidentified demographic data is needed, which I opt out of just in case.) Their motives are not "questionable" to me; I have no question about allowing companies to make a profit and continue to provide a useful service. I have more questions about a company without an obvious money stream.

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