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Comment: Re:What about BSD derivatives (Score 1) 221

by TeknoHog (#47988335) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

I used NetBSD for a while back in the day, and I loved the Real Unix purity and simplicity after years of desktop Linux distros, but I missed some of the userland idiosyncracies and hardware support. Then I found out about Gentoo, and to me it's been the best of both worlds, starting with Portage which obviously owes a lot to BSD Ports.

Of course, I don't recommend Gentoo to anyone, because the collective wisdom of /. says it is only for ricers. All those oldskool BSD users must be ricers too, for doing all that compiling. (Pro tip: you can share your once-built binaries across several machines...)

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 794

by TeknoHog (#47988181) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

"Why?" is still a valid question; and science says we lack the tools to gather evidence of "why?".

IMHO, "why" questions either form an endless chain or are completely subjective, so they are far from valid in any scientific setting. For example, some say the reason god created the universe is love. Why love? What's the point of love? What's the point of that point? The only way to end this chain is by invoking some value, which is inherently subjective (even if a great number of peole share values).

Of course, the same can be said about the "what" and "how" questions of science. You can always dig deeper into nature and never find out how everything really works. However, we still do it because it's fun to know and understand things.

Comment: Re:Apple's new streaming service? (Score 1) 358

by TeknoHog (#47946153) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Do you still get the occasional partygoer who says they have connectivity, and they really really want you to play this great song from Youtube or Spotify with their phone? Because that's why DJs have all the fancy equipment and skills, to plug in someone's phone.

Connectivity is one reason why I stay away from closed systems like Spotify. Even with good signal, I wouldn't take the risk of something happening halfway, I really need the entire song on my machine. However, it's more about the principles and practice of DJing. For starters, I need the actual file for loading on the digital turntable and some analysis/planning to get a smooth mix. If someone wants to show off their 1337 Spotify skillz, then by all means do it, take my place for the rest of the night and let me hit the bottle.

Comment: Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (Score 1) 34

I dipped my toes into the Bitcoin world, just to say I'd done it... My $0.1245 worth of bitcoin is now worth $0.0955 Yeah, that's a lot better than keeping my money in a bank...

It's a good thing they value it in dollars, because the value of a dollar never changes, and that's how we know our money is safe in a bank.

Comment: Re:Golf logic (Score 2) 937

by TeknoHog (#47899035) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

IMHO, everything that people do can be explained by the ultimate goal of enjoying. If you do something because it makes rational sense, then perhaps you're the kind of person that enjoys rationality. I certainly get a kick out of doing math and science, and I try not to make the excuse that I'm doing it for some obscure higher purpose. People also tend to feel good when they help others, it's just what has kept mankind alive. If you say you exercise to keep yourself fit for work, then perhaps it's the work/money/status that you just happen to enjoy.

It's a good point about values, though. The question "why" is generally meaningless as it only leads to other questions "why", but the chain can end at some ultimate value -- I do $x because of money/friendship/hookers/blackjack -- but values are personal, and don't necessarily mean anything more than "I happen to enjoy money/friendship/hookers/blackjack, and that's that. In fact, forget the money and the friends."

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.