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Comment: Not-Good-Enough Syndrome (Score 4, Insightful) 150

by Jason Levine (#49147683) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

I'd say part of the cause of "invented-here syndrome" can be "not-good-enough syndrome." I'm often comparing my programming skills to people I see online - people whose skills far outpace my own. So when it comes time to access my programming skills, I'll understate how good I am because I'm simply not as good as those "coding superstars." Of course, when you see the online results of code people have written, you don't see the idiotic mistakes they made, the typos they've had to correct, the hours they spent Googling for an answer to a pesky problem. You just see some elegant, amazing looking code. It can be a daily struggle to balance admiring the programming skills of others without trying to compare myself to them (and thus knocking my own skills).

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 617

by Jason Levine (#49144625) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

That's why I added "the cable ISPs hope." Of course, one of their other tactics is to price Internet Only so that it is more than Internet+TV. This way, to save money, you need to subscribe to cable TV. Then either you'll be more likely to watch cable TV since you already have it or, at the very least, you'll count as a "cable tv subscriber" instead of as a cord cutter. (The fact that pricing it this way means they are abusing their ISP monopoly to beat the TV service competition will hopefully mean that this will be stopped, but I won't be holding my breath.)

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 5, Informative) 617

by Jason Levine (#49141293) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

They literally did. The FCC tried to put into place weak rules that would have done nothing. Verizon sued (over the objections of the other major ISPs) and got the rules thrown out. However, the courts said if the FCC wanted to put network neutrality rules into place, they needed to use Title II.

So Verizon is either to blame or to thank (depending on which side of the debate that you're on) for these rules.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 512

by Jason Levine (#49141211) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Not only choosing between good and evil, but God should know how each of your actions would affect your future. How horrible would it be if - every time you tried taking an action - God chimed in about how this would lead to misery later on. At first, I'm sure we'd welcome it. ("Don't put your car keys there. If you do, you won't find them tomorrow morning and you'll be late for work." "Thanks, God.") Later on, it might get really annoying or else we might get overly reliant on asking God how choosing to do X might affecting us in the future.

There's got to be an interesting story in there about God revealing himself, talking to everyone, and the world ending up as a form of hell as a result.

Comment: Re:Politics, science & religion (Score 1) 382

by Jason Levine (#49138565) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Sadly, our political climate seems to favor politicians with religious views courting the fringes of the religious public - the ones who deny science and who would love to turn our country into a Theocracy. These folks will usually claim that the US was "based on Christianity" so they're not really making it a theocracy - it always was one. Of course, all evidence against their assertion is ignored.

The sooner we change the political climate so that these fringes are ignored instead of courted, the better.

Comment: Re:LOLWUT (Score 1) 65

by Jason Levine (#49118611) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

I was just thinking this also. I'm a programmer. I love my job and I love coding. However, if someone needed to watch me work for "entertainment", they would be really disappointed. Long stretches of me typing at a keyboard. Occasionally, I stop and think about a problem. The most exciting moment would be when I'm so happy about solving a tricky problem that I let out an audible "I know!" and then go back to typing.

Not exactly riveting stuff there.

Comment: Re:Who decides what's appropriate? (Score 1) 81

by Jason Levine (#49114643) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS

True. In my case, I want to introduce my kids to YouTube gradually. Start with a selection of video sources that I know are appropriate. Then, slowly expand the offerings while discussing how that video that seems to feature that cartoon character they love is probably not really appropriate since the title is "Bugs Bunny F****s Elmer Fudd" and thus should be avoided. However, my only options at this point are a) block all of YouTube (works in the short term but eventually they will have access away from my block - my oldest already can access it at school), b) hover over them at all moments (again, not possible), or c) allow them unfettered access to YouTube and hope that they understand when I say some of the content isn't appropriate. In essence, I can either keep them out of the pool or toss them in the deep end. It would be nice if there was a "YouTube shallow end" that I could set up.

(I actually thought about doing this, but don't have the programming skills at the moment to make Android apps or the free time to devote to this project.)

Comment: Re:Who decides what's appropriate? (Score 1) 81

by Jason Levine (#49113261) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS

Not only that but there are differing ages (and social/emotional ages) that will vary what is appropriate. If my 11 year old wants to view a video, it might be appropriate for him, but it might not be appropriate for my 7 year old. Furthermore, my 7 year old might be able to watch something that wouldn't be good for a 5 year old to view.

My ideal method of YouTube parental controls would be parentally set white lists. I would be to say that Channel X is allowed for this child, Channel Y is allowed for both children, and Channel Z isn't allowed (by being left off the white list).

Comment: Re:About right (Score 1) 241

And don't forget that 4) A BB Gun, while not as dangerous as a gun that shoots actual bullets, can still cause serious harm, especially at close range. If a thief points a BB gun at your head and demands all of your money (assuming you are unarmed or otherwise not in a position to fight back), it is a real threat. A shot to the head could, at best, seriously hurt you and, at worst, kill you.

Comment: Re:Trust has been broken (Score 2) 266

by Jason Levine (#49095147) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

They only admitted the problem and provided a removal tool after they were caught. As a parent, I've tried to teach my boys that it is better to admit your mistakes outright and correct them than to wait until you are caught and then try to apologize. The former is more likely to be accepted and forgiven. The latter just shows you are sorry you were caught, not you are sorry you did the misdeed in the first place.

Lenovo isn't sorry for putting Superfish on PCs. They're sorry they were caught.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead