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Comment: Re:Paperback books and bookcase (Score 1) 241

by BronsCon (#47787967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Why buy them all again? Just buy new books for your reader. It's not like the jump from VHS to DVD, where you had to keep with your VCR *and* the VHS tapes in order for them to be useful; keep the books unless you actually want to get rid of them, in which case you'd either have to buy them again or go without them, anyway.

I have several bookcases (and several more boxes) full of paperbacks and hardcovers, comprised of fiction, nonfiction, and reference, many old, many new, and even a few magazine subscriptions that have found a home on my shelves. I also have a Nook and my wife has a Kindle. Since owning the readers, we've begun buying ebooks for actual reading and dead tree purely for novelty; though, I do still prefer technical manuals in dead tree format, purely for the ability to stick my fingers between the pages of multiple sections and effortlessly flip between them, should I ever find myself needing the information on multiple pages handy all at once. I haven't found a reader that can do that quite as effectively as I can with a physical book quite yet; something like pinning specific pages to tabs would work, but nobody is doing it yet.

Comment: Re:Local storage (Score 1) 241

by BronsCon (#47787905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

As far as I'm concerned The Cloud is a sometimes-convenient augmentation to local storage, not a replacement for it.

So many times THIS!

People! Keep your files locally! And keep a backup of those files in a remote (non-cloud) location! If you need to access them from literally anywhere, keep them in the cloud, as well; the worst case, then, should the cloud fail you and your home burn down at the same time, is that you have to restore from your remote backup. Better than losing your work altogether just because your cloud provider went belly up or had a RAID card got nuts and eat your data.

Comment: Actually Slower than Walking to the Damn Thing (Score 2) 56

by CanHasDIY (#47786657) Attached to: Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

From TFS:

Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing.

So, instead of:

- send my job to the printer

- walk all of 10 feet to pick it up,

I now have to:

- send the print job

- wait for the printer to finish with the last person

- wait for the printer to get to my desk from $deity-knows-where in the building (and it's a big fucking building)

- wave some card at the printer

- wait for the printer to finish and go away.

Talk about "technology for technology's sake." I've seen drunk frat boys invent more useful shit than this.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1172

Somebody created an account just to harass a person whose honesty has come into question before, and they just so happened to do it less than 5 minutes before someone who wasn't logged in and didn't do an actual search somehow found the user page?

Sounds like someone doesn't know how Twitter works.

Actually, I do, which is why I find the screenshot questionable - the only way to get such as screen in that exact format would be to deliberately try and hide your tracks (logging out, clearing the search bar before taking the screenshot, etc). Deliberation implies intent.

Let's say someone else follows her. They see the @her tweets. So they see it, and make the screen capture. But, they don't want to get involved in the mess, so they save the search, log out, and paste in the URL, showing the tweets in that search, without showing the person who captured it or how they searched for it.

Again, deliberation - the narrative could just as easily be that someone created a fake account, sent a handful of tweets, then did the search/logout/paste trick to cover their tracks.

My point is, we don't know the truth, and being American I tend to default to the belief of innocence until guilt is proven, which the plaintiff has failed to do thus far.

You realize you just contradicted yourself here, right? If trust is a binary decision, than the statement "Trust all the time isn't the same as trust everyone all the time." would be invalid, since it implies degrees of trust rather than a "yes/no" configuration.

No. That's not a contradiction. Trust is binary.

If trust is "true/false," and trust is necessary to live in a society, Then why won't you give me your banking access information? You trust me, right?

But trust isn't a single act. It's a binary between "yes" or "no" but not for all options. If your friend has been playing the "pull the chair" joke, you could trust your chair to hold you, but not trust it to be there. You still have trust all the time, just not in everything all the time. I trust that my next breath will contain oxygen. That is permanent, unless I'm in a fire or otherwise in trouble. But that doesn't mean that I have to trust everything all the time. Just that not trusting anything at any point in time would result in paralysis, and is mostly impossible. 10 minutes of analysis of the air before each breath isn't sustainable.

Methinks, in this paragraph, you are conflating "trust" with knowledge. See, I don't "trust" a chair to hold me, because that would imply that I don't know the condition of the chair prior to sitting in it. I know it will hold me, because I visually (and perhaps physically) verified the integrity of the structure prior to sitting in it. Same with the air you breathe - you're not "trusting it to contain oxygen," you know it contains breathable oxygen. That's why you don't try to breathe underwater - not because you don't trust water, but because you know that there's no breathable oxygen in it.

"Verify, then trust," makes a hell of a lot more sense than the inverse.

+ - Fraunhofer's Google Glass App Detects Human Emotions in Real Time->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Over a number of years, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed software to measure human emotion through face detection and analysis. Dubbed SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition), the technology has the potential to aid communication for those with disabilities. Now the team has repurposed the software as an app for Google Glass, with a view to bringing its emotion-detecting technology to the world."
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+ - DeepFlight Dragon Set to Usher in the Era of the Personal Submarine->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market."
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Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 254

It seems like specifying a contract where you're going to pay for the well digging and he gets as many tries as he wants to select well sites isn't likely to lead to a good outcome whether he's a dowser or a geologist. Pay for performance seems like a lot better model than pay for consultation in this instance. Of course, I dare you to find a dowser who would actually agree to that kind of contract, heh.

Better still is payment based on past performance. Whether he's a dowser or a geologist, how many times in the past has he succeeded as a fraction of his attempts? If dowsing is a crock (and I think it is) and study of geology actually improves the probability of finding water, then the geologist should win over time. Unless, of course, the dowser has actually acquired an intuitive sense of geology, and the dowsing rod is just a prop.

Of course, I doubt you will find a dowser who is willing to compare his success rate to a geologist.

Comment: Re:As it's always gone (Score 2) 254

People who are suffering, ignorant, and afraid are more willing to turn to the supernatural - be it religion or superstitions - as a 'solution' to their problems.


There's an old Russian proverb: "Pray to God, but continue to row to shore."

If a problem requires action to solve, you can't just pray it away. On the other hand, if you're powerless to do anything about a problem, you may turn to a spiritual salve in order to cope. I have no problem with spiritual practitioners who offer the salve. But if they claim to solve the problem, then I burn with contempt for them.

In specifications, Murphy's Law supersedes Ohm's.