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Comment: tautology (Score 1) 225

by Mozai (#46764281) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

"Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking..."

So: when a good idea is implemented poorly, then bad things happen. Why is this news?

'DevOps' isn't killing the developer; people who are abusing developers are killing developers and using [place idea here] as an excuse. If you focus on 'DevOps', then you're going to throw out an idea and do nothing to prevent people abusing developers and using [idea n+1] as an excuse.

Comment: Not just for prisoners (Score 1) 914

by Mozai (#46534333) Attached to: Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

The time an offender is locked away is not just for punishment -- it is also to assure victims and targets they are safe, so they can get on with and repair their lives. You would need to give the time-dilation drugs to the victims outside the prison, so they can subjectively spend the years it takes to heal the trauma and feel safe again.

Comment: Retention? (Score 1) 47

by Mozai (#46482957) Attached to: Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

The Spritz website says "retention levels when spritzing are at least as good as with traditional reading" but I really want to see some independent testing to verify this claim.

If someone uses this to read a short story (~5,000 words, narrative fiction), how much detail do readers still have after one hour? or the next day? What about a technical document, like a whitepaper in the reader's interest, or an End-User License Agreement? If we tested this on psych students (as we usually do with test like this in university), an put a zinger in the EULA like "if you put your family name twice when signing the form to get a free drink," I'd like to know how many students would catch it.

Comment: We've been here before many times. (Score 1) 182

by Mozai (#45183019) Attached to: Building an Opt-In Society

Didn't we already do this? A new nation that subverts the existing structures, even has a system built-in for making sure we don't have stagnant hierarchical power structures? I believe it was called "the United States of America."

Don't kid yourself into thinking you're "special" and "not like those guys." Please learn from previous generations and previous attempts. "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it" is not just a clever bon mot to be dismissed.

Comment: Re:NO NO NO (Score 1) 687

> Nobody in their right mind is proposing to keep using coal to get off nuclear.

Then Germany isn't in their right mind, because that's exactly what they're doing.

I didn't say coal plants produce more nuclear waste than nuclear plants; I said the radioactive waste isn't contained in a discrete area. You're also ignoring my main point, which it the cost of lives in fuelling the plants.

Comment: Re:NO NO NO (Score 4, Insightful) 687

Sure. While I'm asking the people of Fukashima, you go ask the four thousand US coal miners each year with blacklung, or if its easier, the six thousand that die each year in China from coal mine accidents. While you're doing that, don't forget to check out the uranium and thorium that gets upchucked into the atmosphere where it can't be contained in a discrete area. http://web.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html

Comment: It's not about me (Score 1) 218

by Mozai (#44295993) Attached to: Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

I left Facebook months ago, but I'm seriously considering returning. Not because I have something to say or to prove (as Matt Smith warns against), but because I have too many people in my life who use Facebook as the sole means of communication.

By leaving Facebook behind, I've left friends behind, and some are family. Should I ask them to double their efforts just for my sake? Would they double their efforts for the sake of one person that doesn't participate in a free service?

Facebook disgusts me, but if I want to stay in touch with friends or family, it seems to be a necessary evil.

Comment: Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (Score 1) 332

by Mozai (#44133023) Attached to: Richard Stallman Speaks About Back Doors After NSA Documents Leak

> For my holiday pictures, iCloud is perfectly acceptable.

You are going to be surprised when those holiday pictures stored in the cloud bite you on the ass later.

Awish Aslam, a second-year political science student at the University of Western Ontario, told CBC News she and a friend were trying to attend a Sunday rally with Harper when they were asked to leave by an RCMP officer. ... Aslam said they were led to the lobby where the officer told them they were no longer welcome because they had ties to the Liberal party. Aslam said the only explanation was her Facebook profile photo showing her posing for a picture with Ignatieff at a recent Liberal rally in London.

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