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Comment: "Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (Score 2) 311

by TheDarkener (#47417415) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor? I don't see how this (or any other similar) case has any merit whatsoever. Sue the one(s) who masterminded the criminal act(s). I mean, I know I'm preaching to the choir here... but it's like suing AT&T for providing phone lines to someone who recorded phone sex conversations with their spouse and released them after they split up. It's like suing Sony for providing the video camera to Paris Hilton. Lame, lame lame. Ignorant, shortsighted, lame.

Comment: Can it be both? (Score 1) 170

by TheDarkener (#47373033) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

"the NSA cannot completely eliminate 'about' communications from its collection without also eliminating a significant portion of the 'to/from' communications that it seeks."

....Isn't that like saying, "I can't stop being an abusive husband, because if I'm forced to stop beating my kids, I'd also have to stop beating my wife!"

Comment: Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (Score 1) 140

Russian roulette is when you load a single round into a revolver, spin the cylinder and try to shoot yourself in the head, seeing whether the round spun to the position of the barrel.

I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader how the actual meaning of the term can apply to Microsoft's Android-Killer patents.

Comment: Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (Score 1) 209

by TheDarkener (#47242243) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Sacred geometry:
Apples use of Golden Ratio: http://paulmmartinblog.wordpre...

I wasn't actually aware that it wasn't proven regarding brain hemisphere + function. Thanks for pointing that out, though I think you could have been less accusatory and generally like a fuckwit, as you so elequently dubbed me. Why not just denominate it to how one can refer to "creative-centric" vs. "logic-centric" thinking. Which I guess you couldn't handle on your own without being a literal-nazi.

I took the time to link those URLs for ya, since you probably didn't think of doing that for yourself, either.

Comment: Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by TheDarkener (#47241643) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Hey AC, don't worry, I'm not an Apple fanboi to any extent. I think Jobs was an asshole in many respects, a profiteering, egotistical glutton that couldn't ever get enough power under his belt. I think that had a lot to do with why he got cancer (stress). I don't even own any iDevices. I think the app store is inherently evil in how they regulate apps (think VLC, anything with F/OSS code in it). I could go on.

But you can't deny that Jobs *was* a creative genius. I bet you could count the number of people that could run such a huge corporation *and* stay true to the right-brain roots that built it on one hand.

Comment: Left brain vs. right brain leadership (Score 1, Insightful) 209

by TheDarkener (#47241503) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Jobs was a right-brain leader. Creativity and creative genius cannot be emulated or duplicated. People should stop thinking that someone can just come in and do the same things he did, think the way he thought. It's impossible. Find another, equally brilliant right-brain thinker and maybe you have a shot at a new era of Apple that is reminiscent of building things around sacred geometry, art and magic - but new and different on its own merits.

Comment: Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (Score 1) 138

by TheDarkener (#46983693) Attached to: Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

Yup. I haven't done research on what areas of the brain are most active during dreaming (or lucid dreaming, if it's any different), but I'd have to guess that it's mostly right-brain. Logic is almost non-existant. There's a "reality check" during dreams that you can perform that relates to it: find a clock (preferably a digital one) in your dream. Look at the time. Then look away. Then look back - if you're dreaming, it will most likely be way different than the first time you looked at it (or even completely nonsensical - like a broken digital display). I've done this before and it works.

Comment: Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (Score 1) 138

by TheDarkener (#46982779) Attached to: Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

Ever wonder why everyone says that flying in dreams is "great" or "awesome" or "fun"? With everything I've read about dreaming and LD, flying is supposed to represent you reaching a higher state of awareness. The higher you can fly, the better it feels.

I've dreamed plenty of times that I could fly, hover/float, and they were *incredibly* vivid. Dreams I had years ago that involved flying I still remember in detail. It's all about how you perceive yourself in your dream. It might be you, but you're not in your own body.

In one particularly interactive LD I had about 6 years ago, I started asking my DCs (dream characters) about lucid dreaming. They explained it to me. I forgot what they told me, but I responded with, "So it's like virtual reality for your brain, but you're not in it." (word-for-word from my dream). I've contemplated the meaning for a long time. The more research you do about dreaming, the more fascinating it becomes. Television and movies pale in comparison to the creative potential of ones dreams.

Comment: Seagate suuucks (Score 1) 444

by TheDarkener (#46031131) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

I have had so many Seagate drives fail on me in the past 10 years it's not even funny. One client of mine had a Seagate fail in their server's RAID-1 array, then not more than a month later, the other one failed. Musta been a(nother?) bad batch.

Western Digital has always been a solid drive and that's what I recommend to my clients. Can't say much for the others, because I normally only deal with them when I'm replacing them - either for upgraded storage or because they've failed/are failing.

Comment: ChunkVNC (Score 1) 408

by TheDarkener (#46031073) Attached to: Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

I'm very surprised nobody has mentioned Chunkvnc. It's just like UltraVNC Single-Click - requires no client installation, it's just a single .exe file you download (I provide mine on my support site's front page), double-click, and read a number to the tech connecting to you. The back-end repeater runs on Linux and Windows. Only thing is you have to use UltraVNC viewer to connect, which I use via Wine in Debian. Would be very nice to see ID# support for Linux-based VNC viewers so I could ditch having to use Wine. Also, some antivirus programs detect it as a malicious attempt for someone to gain access to your computer (VNC is an 31337 h4x0r util dontchaknow), but it's easy enough to add an exception in most cases. Also, since it's based on uVNC you can do file transfers, which is awesome.

Oh yeah, and it's F/OSS and free ($$). Donations are accepted on Chunk's website, however. (No, I am not affiliated with the project other than a happy user for about 8 years now, first with uVNC-sc and now Chunk).

Comment: News Headline (Score 1) 253

by TheDarkener (#45947963) Attached to: Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

HEADLINE: "Bill Gates is giving $100,000 toward making a new kind of 'nanoparticle' condom. It is touted as being more secure, more fun and more sensitive than the current type of condoms in use today. "


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