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Comment: Re:Another pointless plugin? (Score 1) 200

by MasTRE (#31261322) Attached to: DirectX 11 Coming To Browser Games

Really, the whole browser plugin idea is a grand, failed experiment.

So, for example, Flash as a browser plugin is a failed experiment? I think not. There's reality and then there's idealism. Nothing wrong with the latter, but the former is pretty much unaffected by it. If you believe in it strongly enough, you can attempt to change the reality. Build something and see if enough others find it worthwhile. Kind of like what these guys are trying to do with WebVision. Even if the project you reference was hugely successful, there's nothing wrong with competition.

Comment: Solving the wrong problem (Score 1) 262

by MasTRE (#30537686) Attached to: Typing With Your Brain
While it's an accomplishment (overlooking the obvious health concerns), this is a good example of applying technology to solving the wrong problem. Why do we type, why do we use letters? To communicate. If we no longer need to type (the mechanical equivalent of writing with a pen), we might not need to use letters anymore. To better visualize this, say you have the above system installed .. er, onto your brain (ouch!). Why not just save the raw outputs and allow the data to be processed in other ways? It would be one step closer to saving and communicating thoughts directly. A legacy interface to the data would be to spit out letters/words/sentences.

Making humans think about letters is a huge waste of potential, it's like trying to kill a fly with a bomb.

Comment: Very true (Score 1) 615

by MasTRE (#27332095) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Questions Relevance of Desktop Linux
'There's a desire [to use desktop Linux],' one panelist said, 'but practicality sets in. There are significant barriers to switching.'

Linux has much more basic problems it needs addressed before "widespread" adoption can happen. The fact that the development community is so broken also doesn't bode well for its adoption on the desktop - you have to "get it" that it doesn't matter what it does under the hood as long as it works. As long as the current crop of geeks that cling onto every little technical detail continue to be in charge, the bigger picture will continue to be missed and desktop Linux will continue to be an impossibility for your average user.

You can wait until the average user is savvy enough to be able to fix the various technical problems Linux has on the desktop, but me thinks that by that time the whole issue will be irrelevant, and people who can put up with all the crap will refuse to do so, simply because they don't have to and it's a big waste of time.

Comment: Actually, I have (Score 1) 330

by MasTRE (#27299649) Attached to: Body 2.0 — Continuous Monitoring of the Human Body
"Did you ever stop to think how silly and also how dangerous it is to live our lives with absolutely no monitoring of our body's medical status?"

When I started running 7 years ago, I invested in all sorts of gadgets such as a heart rate monitor (HRM). I wore a chest strap that sent a signal to my watch which displayed my heart rate in real-time, as well as log it for further analysis/graphing on a PC post-run.

That was all fine & dandy, and fun, and somewhat of a motivator to keep on running during that early stage, which is a good thing. But once I got serious about it, I simply stopped caring about the gadgets. I got extremely healthy and now know my body well enough to judge how I'm doing w/o electronics.

I think the key is to live healthy. This is hard. Eating potato chips on the couch while watching TV and having a robot monitor your vital signs for imminent organ failure is not. Unfortunately, the majority will fall into the latter category. Natural selection?

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

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