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Comment: Misleading map (Score 5, Informative) 161

by TheNarrator (#46666183) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

If you look at the heatmap of downtown San Francisco and you click off Apple you'll see that there are plenty of android users in wealthy areas. The apple red just blocks you from seeing the android blue underneath. So IMHO, Android has a lot of wealthy users but Apple only has wealthy users.

Comment: Predicted This A While Back (Score 0) 51

by TheNarrator (#46475373) Attached to: Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

See my comments a couple months back: https://news.ycombinator.com/i...

You bitcoin guys think you can push buttons on your computer and code around the system. So naive.
Sorry to be a pessimist, but they can just say anyone transferring bitcoin to another party without going through a KYC compliant intermediary is money laundering and then send the swat team out to whatever ip they can track down via NSA whatever. Game. Set. Match. Banks win as usual, all done. They'll take it down just like Pirate Bay, etc.
Can someone tell me how people think the cryptonerds can win here? I'll be over here munching on my popcorn thank you.

Comment: This is about driving down wages not womens rights (Score 1) 333

by TheNarrator (#46351439) Attached to: Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Remember when 1 bread winner could provide for a family in the 1950s? That was before women joined the workforce in mass and drove down wages by competing with men for jobs. It's all so defensible when it's masked as women's rights but it's really about cheap labor.

Comment: Confusion over currency is not a new thing... (Score 2) 115

People getting confused about currency and money is something that is a very very old phenomenon. This article is no exception.

All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
- Letter to Thomas Jefferson (23 August 1787), The Works of John Adams

Comment: Org-Mode in Emacs (Score 3, Informative) 133

by TheNarrator (#45831215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

It's really a "geek only" tool but emacs org-mode is great for me for organizing my work. The big plus is that the format is plain text so you can use version control to manage it. I use drop box and leave the files on there. I usually use one per project and then a master file.

Here's a specific guide to using it with GTD: http://orgmode.org/worg/org-gtd-etc.html

Comment: The killer feature are the online exercises! (Score 1) 134

by TheNarrator (#44722333) Attached to: Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

The online exercises for this course are great! They change every time so one can practice until one has mastered the concept. This was the real missing component in these online math courses. Most textbooks I've looked at don't have answers to exercises which makes it difficult to check that one has truly mastered the material without a teacher to act as a gatekeeper to the right answers.

Comment: Re:I'd be sorry (Score 5, Interesting) 496

by TheNarrator (#44574113) Attached to: Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

Actually, it's more like Nikolai Bukharin's hysterical personal letter to Stalin on the eve of his execution:

For example:

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5) My heart boils over when I think that you might believe that I am guilty of these crimes and that in your heart of hearts you think that I am really guilty of all of these horrors. My head is giddy with confusion, and I feel like yelling at the top of my voice. I feel like pounding my head against the wall. What am I to do? What am I to do? ...

Comment: Google Wins! (Score 3, Interesting) 158

by TheNarrator (#39788137) Attached to: Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple

So Microsoft and Apple both wanted to screw up web video by only supporting the heavily patented H.264 standard instead of Google's open Web-M standard. So Google went and bought Motorola Mobility and is now throwing their own patent strategy back at them. If they claim H.264 isn't patentable than they lose that way otherwise Google can charge huge royalties and make them pay for being so greedy.

Brilliant chess moves as usual by the Google team.

Comment: Not a true currency. (Score 4, Informative) 232

by TheNarrator (#38770090) Attached to: Is Facebook Becoming a Central Bank?

The mark of a true currency is that it can be used to pay U.S tax liabilities. For Americans at least, anything else is just, at best, a commodity subject to capital gains taxes. For example, if you buy gold coins, or facebook credits, and then sell them after their value has doubled you'll have to pay capital gains tax on the amount they appreciated against the dollar. if you barter the gold coins, or facebook credits, for services or goods you will have to pay taxes on that barter transaction in dollars. If the dollar appreciates in value against other currencies though, there is no capital gains tax to pay, even though your dollar might buy more.

Comment: Your 80 and you look 40! How do you look so young? (Score 3, Interesting) 368

by TheNarrator (#37592908) Attached to: Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

So what's your secret to looking so young? You made an appearance in the documentary, "Transcendent Man". For those of you who haven't seen it, it is a documentary about Ray Kurzweil's continuing quest to take enough supplements and pursue enough radical life-extension techniques to survive long enough to see the technological singularity and thus live forever. Are you pursuing similar supplement regimes and/or life extension techniques to keep you looking young? If so, what works and what doesn't?

Comment: I think I know where this is going (Score 2) 98

by TheNarrator (#37542932) Attached to: US Military Seeks Non-Cooperative Biometric Tracking Technology

They use a pagerank like algorithm to analyze the person's social network (links in an out) and the person's actions (page content) and then compute a "TerrorScore" much like a google "Page Rank". They then knock these guys off one by one with UAVs. The whole thing runs unattended. Nobody knows exactly why people get killed, that's just the algorithm. They can't turn it off either unfortunately, because then the terrorists would win! Quick, somebody write a screenplay :).

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