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Comment: Re:Long story short (Score 1) 253

Reading a book the old-fashioned way means that I have to get up, navigate towards the nearest tablet/computer/phone, unlock it, and open the Facebook app. The inconvenience means I'm less likely to give in when a momentary impulse strikes.

I am not disputing that having a distraction be a little bit more inconvenient will make you a little less likely to be distracted by it. I think that is fairly obvious.

What I am saying is that the effort spent to make these distractions inconvenient is not negligible. Couldn't this effort be better spent?

If you find yourself in a foreign country where you don't speak the language (let's say it's Russia). One strategy you might employ is teaching everyone you want to interact with English so that you can communicate with them. A better strategy might be to simply learn Russian. It's easier in the long term and you have the added benefit of a new skill.

Training yourself not to be distractable (as opposed to training yourself to avoid distractions), is in my opinion a better investment, because you get the added benefit of being able to use computers.

I would recommend to a person with a cookie problem, to focus their energy on solving their cookie will power problem rather than enhancing their ability to keep cookies at least 5 miles away.

Comment: Same old story (Score 1) 498

by TsuruchiBrian (#49138857) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Windows users hate the OS they love the most. They think they know what they want. They want a modern OS with all the bells and whistles but without any of the bloat or a UI they are unfamiliar with.

For all the people who hate the new windows: You'll still use it no matter how much you complain, and Microsoft knows this and therefore doesn't care what you think. What are you gonna do? Switch to mac or linux? You don't know how, or you would just complain even more.

For everyone else: I'm sure it will be fine. It will seem weird at first and have its quirks, but it will probably work pretty well for the most part, and after some time you'll just get used to it, like every other UI.

Comment: Re:Long story short (Score 1) 253

Here's the thing: avoiding distraction while using a medium full of distraction requires constant vigilance. On the other hand, you can make a good decision once, when you decide to pursue an activity, to cut out distraction and then you require no more willpower. This is useful for people who have more willpower at certain times than others, which is all of them as far as I can tell. Set things up well when you are motivated, so that you won't falter when you are tired/stressed or otherwise have your discipline compromised.

Do you get rid of all your phones and computers?

I went through college (probably the time when I procrastinated the most), with physical books, and it did not prevent me from being distracted by my computer. Reading a physical book doesn't prevent you from being distracted by your computer so long as you still have immediate access to it.

I think physical books present at most a very mild evasion of distraction. It might help people with enough willpower to abstain from using the computer they have access to but not enough will power to abstain from opening certain applications or clicking on certain links.

Unless you are actually somehow preventing access to your computers (i.e. driving to a park, and leaving your laptops, tablets, and smartphones behind), I don't see this choice of reading a physical book as being "one good decision", but rather one followed by a constant stream of good decisions to continue reading that book rather than using these devices that are ubiquitous and immediately accessible to nearly everyone in the 1st world (and even many in the 3rd world).

Comment: Re:I hope they are also (Score 1) 113

by TsuruchiBrian (#49132741) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

I got burned by bad ati drivers a long time ago too. There was a time when I was a "hardcore" nvidia supporter. But I was never so hardcore that my loyalty to one company over another was unconditional. I really do feel like AMD is doing a better job on linux development at the moment, while nvidia is coasting on its past achievements.

Comment: Re:Long story short (Score 1) 253

I find myself on both sides of the procrastination/distraction divide. Sometimes I am very determined to finish the task at hand, and other times I am dis tractable by nearly anything. It usually depends on how interesting vs. anxiety provoking the task is.

My point is that I feel like middle ground of not having enough self control to use a computer without being distracted, but still having enough self control to force yourself to get a physical book, rather than an electronic version, seems quite narrow to the point of being rather silly.

My mom diligently sets all her clocks to run 15 minutes early, so she won't be late. Why not just use all that diligence to simply be on time. It seems easier to do that with the added benefit of having your clocks be accurate.

Why not just focus your will power on not being distracted by distractions rather than simply avoiding distractions. It seems to me, both easier, and you get the added benefit of being able to use a computer and the added productivity it provides.

Comment: Re:I hope they are also (Score 1) 113

by TsuruchiBrian (#49124191) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

And yet neither of the AMD drivers actually have good performance or hardware support.

Good performance compared to what? Intel IGP? nouveau, the proprietary Nvidia binary driver?

The support is light-years ahead, unless it's one of the licensed PowerVRs.

So are you agreeing with me?

Comment: Re:I hope they are also (Score 3, Informative) 113

by TsuruchiBrian (#49123967) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

They seem to be doing a pretty good job on the graphics front. Their open source driver is in better shape and has more momentum than the nvidia open source driver.

My impression is that Intel has better linux support for their IGP but the performance is about a generation behind.

Comment: Re:Why do we need to ban killer robots? (Score 1) 318

At one point in history (that wasn't even too long ago) it was "extremely unlikely" that computers would ever be able to defeat the best human player at chess. People look back now and it seems like it was inevitable. It was inevitable, but hardly anyone realized it until it happened.

Lots of friendly fire is caused by miscommunication (something that humans are bad at), and computers are very good at. In addition, computers are already better at recognizing human faces than other humans.

Far from being extremely unlikely, robots having a lower collateral damage rate, is inevitable.

Comment: Re:Artists paid 16 times as much for Spotify than (Score 1) 303

by TsuruchiBrian (#49114001) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

It seems like artists think they have a RIGHT to a job making music even if there is no market demand for non-free music.

Rather than getting all pissed off at consumers for not paying you, why not get a job producing something that people are actually willing to pay for?

Either that, or make music that is so good people can't live without it, and cram it full of DRM and don't allow it to be played on the radio or pandora or spotify. You could charge huge subscription fees and make all the money you want.

Also, stop whining

Neutrinos have bad breadth.

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