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Comment: Here are the secrets for the curious (Score 2) 257

Phi Sigma Sigma secrets are:
Phi Sigma Sigma (PSS) secretly stands for Philanthropic Social Society. However, this is never written down or recorded (until now) because it is so "sacred". The Handshake consists of a series of motions. Member A first begins with the pointer finger and the thumb surrounding Member B's pointer finger and thumb. This is the "Phi". Then Member A wraps the remaining fingers, middle, ring and pinky around the hand as a symbol of the "Sigma". Depending on who is the senior member, the pinky finger is wrapped around the older member's hand. Next is the hand knock. It goes Knock. Pause. Knock. Pause. Knock, knock, knock. The meetings are set up usually with the President, VP and other officers sitting at the front. The President wears a yellow or gold robe and the officers wear royal blue robes. The remaining members sit across from the officers in a pyramid formation with the base closest to the officers and the apex farthest from the officers. Members are seated by class order, then by alphabetical order. The table at which the President and Vice President are seated consists of candles on each side. Two gold candles and one blue at each corner of the table. Members usually recite an oath, "We, the members of Phi Sigma Sigma, promise to keep secret and sacred all of our proceedings." The way to enter the pyramid is by using the hand knock to notify the members you are wanting to enter the room. The President will respond back with her gavel by repeating the knock. The person will enter then travel to the apex of the pyramid formation. The President will say the secret and sacred words "Remove the Veil" and then the member will respond back with the Chapter's name, example, "Zeta Eta." The Gold and King Blue symbolize "Perpetuity" and "Sincerity". At initiation, blue "veils" (tulle from the local fabric store) are placed on the heads of the potential new members and are later removed to symbolize some sort of occult transformation and that they are full-fledged members.

Comment: Wish I knew exactly how! (Score 1) 190

by HnT (#49443129) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

I think there is a huge gap between people who could and would want to contribute and projects actually engaging and enabling them to. I have been using free and open source software for a long time but still have no clear idea how I could easily contribute; the few times I tried contributing to tutorials or documentation, I got a "sounds interesting, let's see it!" first and then no more replies and nothing came of it once I did send them what I had. This was a pretty big project (samba), no less, so I assumed I must have done something very wrong or broken some unspoken rule and thus stopped contributing altogether from then on.

I think open source projects would do well if they invested some effort into organizing and communicating what people can do to help, otherwise how can I know someone is not already working on a fix anyway and I just lean back?

Comment: Normal breathing in the face of murder and death (Score 2) 737

by HnT (#49344535) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

From the news it sounds like they could hear the co-pilot breathing normally and calmly during the whole descent - in the face of murdering 150 people and killing yourself plus the actual pilot hammering against the door trying to get in, this suggests at least diminished empathy and remorse a.k.a. psychopathic tendencies.

Comment: Leave Mac OS out of this. (Score 1) 564

by HnT (#49171821) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Leave Mac out of this discussion. The idea of using the file extension for anything is a more recent development on the Mac and one that was mainly driven by exchanging files with (mostly) the Windows world. On old Mac OS you had "type-codes", in OS X you still have "Uniform Type Identifiers". You cannot magically hide executes the same way you can on Windows.

On top of that "even" (or rather especially) in the most recent OS X version(s), by default you could not run anything unless the program was actually signed, approved and the certificate and app hadn't been revoked.

Comment: When applied correctly homeopathy is GREAT! (Score 2, Interesting) 320

by HnT (#49127099) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

When applied correctly homeopathy is GREAT for treating not-actually-existing issues plaguing patients. Essentially you are applying a placebo to a patient who is feeling "nervous" or something else rather hypochondriac and if the placebo producer did not violate production regulations you end up giving them a bit of sugar and like that you cured the non-existing with the not-healing.
Despite tongue-in-cheek I do mean this serious because there are people who DO suffer from non-existing issues, yes it is all in their head, and that's where homeopathy can help. So even homeopathy does have its uses.

The real question is whether it should be covered by a national healthcare system and I am inclined to saying absolutely not.

Comment: That other "modern" payment competition (Score 1) 62

by HnT (#49093887) Attached to: Samsung Takes On Apple Pay By Acquiring Mobile Wallet Startup LoopPay

This looks almost as "promising" as that other "modern" payment competition to Apple Pay, you know the one with complicated QR codes, the one nobody can even remember the name of because it was so outdated, complicated and irrelevant even before it was actually launched.

Comment: Only got google to blame and apple to applaud (Score 1) 62

by HnT (#49093869) Attached to: Samsung Takes On Apple Pay By Acquiring Mobile Wallet Startup LoopPay

With their iTunes music and video store, Apple has proven to the "man" they can handle transactions and work with the "man" in a mutually beneficial way that also offers a (back then) new service for the customers. On top of that, Apple is in the device selling business and not in the data business. I am certain these were very important factors when they got their deals for Apple Pay with banks and CC companies.

No sane bankster or CC company would ever be caught publicly doing anything customer-data together with google, that would be PR suicide. Plus google did not have any positive track record of working with "the man" and very obviously they could not convince banks and CC companies to get Google Pay off the ground. They had a technology but not the environment to widely use it and instead pushed NFC as a gimmick, nobody cared about it.

Apple is so successful because they show time and again how well they understand that it's not technology alone that makes the success but you need an environment where the technology can actually be used, you need strong partners making that possible and you cannot make a payment system fly without getting a few major finance and banking players on your side.

Comment: Back to the original mission! (Score 1, Informative) 296

by HnT (#49001999) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Remember when FF was all about making it a lean, mean browsing machine compared to the silver-bullet one-for-everything Netscape behemoth? I think FF would really benefit from making these virtues of old their new priorities again, instead of the Mozilla Foundation and Corporation trying out-do Apple in feel-good, empty world-improvement campaigns and slogans and trying to out-do Apple and Google in UI design with yet another "UI improvement". Or doing things like completely crippling developers who are using self-signed certificates. This paternalism is just ridiculous.

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