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Comment: Re:VR again? (Score 1) 202

by Chatsubo (#46647131) Attached to: How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

> it tends to make people dizzy, because the inner ear doesn't agree with what you see

I won't claim this will work for all people, but motion sickness is something you can overcome by just getting used to it. During my initial stages of pilot training I hadn't flown that much in light aircraft and got airsick 2-3 times just flying normally, but I got used to it rapidly and ended up not even getting sick when doing spins, loops (not during training, obv.), etc.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 4, Interesting) 914

While I agree this person seems... misguided, I do see a point in this.

Currently we "rehabilitate" people by putting them in a cage with a whole bunch of other sociopaths for decades and expect them to emerge as productive members of society. In doing so, we already are cruel by removing a substantial part of their lives from them (and probably get them raped, psychologically and physically abused, etc). They can never get that time back, no matter how productive they emerge, no matter how sorry they are, no matter that they'll never do it again, or that they've already been punished by being completely removed from normal society for an extended period of time. That life "time" is gone forever.

I'd actually be behind a concept similar to this GIVEN that the drugs don't put them in a state of agony, paranoia, hallucination, etc. (you know, stuff normally associated with the drugs she's talking about). Or in the case of a virtual world: If the person could live in some kind of prison-like world, still study, interact with others (hopefully non-sociopaths), etc....

Basically serve out their sentence without losing that much of their actual life. Then maybe this is a more humane thing to do. It certainly helps in the case where someone receives "8 life sentences", to make that sentence more severe than just one. My only concern: Could you really rehabilitate someone who has done something so bad as to receive a punishment that harsh? A THOUSAND years?! Isn't part of the point to remove lost causes like that from society? What you're essentially doing in that case is shortening the time-frame that we are all safe from these people.

Comment: Re:Developing Countries (Score 1) 280

by Chatsubo (#46332047) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Look at it like "free" SMS. You can SMS anyone on your contact list and they can all SMS you.

Moreover, marketing companies and people you never met can SMS you as well.

WhatsApp doesn't allow that, so in a way it's just cheaper (for us), with better (not perfect) checks against unsolicited messages than traditional SMS.

Comment: Re:Developing Countries (Score 2) 280

by Chatsubo (#46322999) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Agreed, we pay for each SMS, and BBM got us hooked on near-limitless chatting for cents, but was platform exclusive. With whatsapp no such problem.

But also:
Sending media/voice-notes is much slicker than MMS.
WhatsApp is a central place I can contact 99% of my contacts, they're not spread accross bbm/facebook/msn/hangouts/jabber/skype/blah blah blah. Around here, everyone has whatsapp, including my mom, dad, and grandfather... they have none of the others above.
With this kind of penetration and ease-of-use, group chats are a doddle. I'm on a friend-group that has been going for years.

Most importantly though:
I don't have to "add" people via some other means, invite them, know their username/bbm code/etc. This imho is what makes WhatsApp so pervasive (at least around here). If you add a number to your phone, you get the whatsapp user for free. No muss, no fuss. Yes I could use some other IM thing, persuade a lot of friends to use it too, but my contact list would be a fraction of what it is right now in WA, because I'd have to take the effort to "re-add" everyone that I already have saved in my phone.

Comment: Re: Foreign Language learning (Score 1) 299

by Chatsubo (#44970751) Attached to: How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

Kids should really be taught both. TFA states that IF a school has to choose, the case can be made for programming over foreign languages. But IMHO that is by no means the ideal.

I grew up in a dual-medium environment: Some of my earliest memories are of playing with English kids and learning their language (I'm Afrikaans). I was also taught to program quite early, basically as I started to learn how to read (6 or 7 years old). I've managed to do both quite successfully. As one can hopefully confirm by reading this post or the fact that I'm a software developer. Often when I'm programming I can "switch languages" in my head: I can think in a foreign language while writing code in a programming language. I've also played multiple instruments throughout my adolescent and adult life.

Thus I see no reason for this to be an either-or situation. As TFA states: At that age the brain is like a sponge.

Comment: Re:attention-seeking (Score 5, Insightful) 46

Years ago I stumbled a hideous flaw in a clients website after being asked to retrieve a file from it: Directory listings turned on and folders filled with customer accounts, details, histories, etc.

Luckily I had read enough Slashdot to understand I shouldn't just bang an email out to them explaining that I'd just perused thousands of customer files by simply chopping the filename off. No, instead I reported to my superiors and warned them to let the CEO himself "gently" suggest this little oversight to the other company and keep my name out of it. So it was, and nothing nefarious came of it.

As IT pro's we must understand that what sounds trivial to us sounds like (car analogy ahead) this to a customer:
"Oh hey, that lock on your garage is useless, I mean I picked it in like 5 seconds. Then I unlocked your car too, and started it, and drove it around the block. Just wanted to let you know you should be more careful".

It is not like that, but it sounds like that. S'all I'm sayin.

Comment: Re:Counter-campaign (Score 1) 311

by Chatsubo (#43896673) Attached to: With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

This just in: A new "study" shows correlation between small penis size and whale meat consumption! When compared to the rest of the world, the japanese have the highest intake of whale meat AND the smallest penises! Coincidence? We think not! Stop eating whale meat today and prevent further package shrinkage before it's too late!

(Hey correlation vs. causation gets flouted so much in the press we might as well use it for good)

Comment: Re:This is stupid. (Score 1) 368

by Chatsubo (#42977491) Attached to: NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

Honest question: If it works on a small scale couldn't we just build lots of them all in one location? We already have the distribution network.

That would give you economies of scale in maintenance on production, but you'd still sit with the maintenance of the distribution network, which you could perhaps eliminate if you rather sell individual units. I can also imagine that companies would not mind shifting the burden of maintenance cost onto the individual, even if it is more expensive overall. In fact maybe _because_ it's more expensive overall.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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