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Comment: Re:Where's Jesus? (Score 1) 585

by abundance (#37522342) Attached to: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

I think in the end the issue isn't even about the provability of the existence of a man called Jesus.

The point is that close proximity to philologically correct and unabridged versions of the scriptures just reveals the immanence of both their verb and interpretation thru the history.

Just about every religion has a canon of text that's a collation of various folklore sources, and an evolving history of various esoteric (inner circles, sects) and exoteric (vulgatae, superstitions) interpretations and symbolisms.

The issue between believers and non-believers, or among believers of various traditions, is not about the existence of the divine or the merits of its pursue. It is about the realization, which can come only by looking at our history, that religious morals are just as immanent as non religious ones.

Comment: Re:Do the Math - but don't limit to that... (Score 1) 557

by abundance (#37119406) Attached to: The Death of Booting Up
You did the math without remembering that humans at work aren't critters spinning a wheel (well, some unfortunately are just treated like that, but still...) Hell we're talking about saving 5 minutes, at the very beginning of the work shift, well I suppose that almost any employee can be able to find something productive to do for 5 minutes that doesn't involve using their workstation pc (and without considering that he may very well have a corporate smartphone or tablet already powered on...). You know like getting briefed, asking stuff, make some calls, filing some paperwork, reading some printed dcumentation, organizing their desk... hell even just staring at the loading screen while focusing and making a mental model of the things he's working on. All things that he would probably be busy doing anyway even if is computer was available ten minutes earlier.

Comment: Re:Ironic timing. (Score 1) 323

by abundance (#37118892) Attached to: Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers

So, Apple's setting out to solve the print driver problem right when they're making tablets so popular that we don't need hard copy anymore.

Well it isn't such an irony if you think about it - having widespread pocketable or portable devices may mean less need to print, but it also means that when users really need to print, they could very well be need to print from a device on which installing and managing third party drivers could be a pain, or downright not allowed; to whatever printer is near them at that time.

Comment: Re:Worried. (Score 1) 334

by abundance (#36213620) Attached to: <em>Neuromancer</em> Movie Deal Moving Forward

Well, New Rose Hotel by Abel Ferrara was very good IMHO.

But there we had a truly great artist as a director, and a much easier to adapt short story as source material.
And it was definitely not a Hollywood blockbuster production.

Really don't know what we could expect from Vincenzo Natali.
IMDB credits him as a storyboard artist for Johnny Mnemonic.
Let's just hope that while drawing scenes he kept laughing, shaking his head and saying "wtf is this crap, I'd never do it like that if I could direct it" =)

Comment: Re:Assange gets arrested. (Score 1) 538

by abundance (#34522098) Attached to: OpenLeaks &mdash; 'A New WikiLeaks'

It's no secret that Assange and the Wikileaks staff already collaborate with many major respected news outlets to review their materials. They help Wikileaks validate the autenticity of the leaks, evaluate their sensitivity and news relevance, and redact the parts that could be really dangerous for themselves or the people mentioned to make public. Wikileaks don't release themselves all the stuff they possess, and their choice of material is influenced by the assessments of the expert journalists they collaborate with.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i0Vruimmvy8loGklsz34QyGDKMDA

So basically this newly formed whistleblower group would do the exact same job, except taking the step of publishing material under their name.

I guess the reasoning is that they want to provide their service to the public debate without polarizing the attention on themselves rather than on the material they make available, with the many risks involved - from trivializing the issue into a "civil heroes" vs "media terrorist" judgment on them, to being devalued as mere attention seekers, and finally to have their operations compromised and boycotted.

Which is exactly what is happening to Wikileaks these days.

I suppose Assange had a latent desire to be in the spotlight as a paladin, and that's what motivated the founder of Openleaks to split from him, foreseeing the troubles.

Getting back from a wiki-based utopia of free information to a "last century" news-filtered setup may seem disappointing to many slashdotter here*, but you have to consider that the majority of the people out there don't - and never will - take the time to dig and review the cables themselves, and will just keep to get their infos from the estabilished news outlet.

So sacrificing the wiki availability could be a reasonable price to pay in the civil battle for accountability and trasparency of government, if it helps the public opinion focusing on the moon rather than on the finger pointing at it.

(*well maybe not much given the historical rate of TFAs reading...)

Comment: Re:Before anyone says it: (Score 1) 413

by abundance (#33719670) Attached to: Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

The word they shall all be looking for, is apropos.

APROPOS??
Oh dear, I don't know how you could say that dying while riding a vehicle that he himself was marketing as an easy, safe and smart means of transport should be regarded as a fitting fate.

...oh wait, I see, you were just being ironic.

Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 3, Informative) 657

by abundance (#33462752) Attached to: Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

Bitmap and canvas stuff sucks big time on webkit browsers too, especially Safari.

The implementation is still pretty basic, you can only dream of doing most of the things you can do in Flash, and the performance isn't any better.

It's a good thing to have such capabilities right in the browser in an open standard implementation, but there's still a looong way to go.

Having video playback decoupled from a big and complex plugin and sent straight to decoders optimized for the platform is indeed an instant godsend for any low power device

Comment: Re:Unreadiness for Spills (Score 5, Informative) 601

by abundance (#32922008) Attached to: BP Claims Gulf Well Has Been Stopped

"The reasons for why this failed" are not so unknown, since it's known that the welhead's blowout preventer had gone under repair and maintenance works that were identified as inadequate, exposing to the risk of BOP's failure, in a note that a BP's contractor sent to BP management.

There were also internal notes about the probable inadequacy of the wellhead cement casing, and various reports about dangerous shortcuts took in the operations of the drill in the days preceding the incident, which were protested by the drill workers.

:/

Comment: Re:Thank God for standardized testing (Score 1) 571

by abundance (#32866678) Attached to: The Creativity Crisis

Uhmmm. I'd say instead that dismissing memorization is a tad moronic. The use value of being good at remembering much practical data is in steady decline since the diffusion of notebooks, agendas, photocopiers, photography and so on, and it's been almost zeroed since the availability of instant digital lookups. Yet, having good mnemonical skills is still *fundamental* for your reasoning ability. If your brain is bad at absorbing, retaining and recalling words, dates, facts, concepts, series and definitions, your cognitive abilities end up being crippled. You can't lookup everything everytime, and also you can lookup only what you already somewhat remember.

To get into the topic, if you have bad memorization skills, you can't be a truly creative thinker. Basically your creative thinking skills would lack the bricks to build with

Then of course, there are many better methods to stimulate mnemonic activity than raw memorization, and yes a school system that declares to entirely devote a full year to memorization is quite suspect.

But I truly think that one of the reason of this supposed decline in creative skills can be this, the degradation of mnemonic skills due to the distractions, lack of focus and absence of incentives to memorization that are typical of the digital age.

Comment: Re:Even Stranger...... (Score 1) 964

by abundance (#29204437) Attached to: Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Translation: they finally brainwashed you. People are not equal, never were, and never will be, no matter how hard you try to believe it. But now we need a $8 million study to acknowledge the fact that men and women think differently.

Spot on! That's *exactly* the point. In case you never tought about it, the essence of racism is assuming that a very large group of people that happen to share some phenotypic attributes are all equally bad.

Comment: Re:Interesting possibilities... (Score 1) 190

by abundance (#27850963) Attached to: Apple Snags Former Xbox Exec

yep they just have to sell a pluggable shell with a physical pad and some extra battery juice.

But it'd have to be a first party accessory to gain some traction on the market, and Apple would never make it because of their keep-it-simple mantra.

Maybe if some gaming big boy would put its name on it... say, Sega... build it, then port a lot of Dreamcast titles, and have a late laugh at Nintendo and Sony...

Comment: Re:Recruitment tool probably steps over the line (Score 2, Interesting) 433

Nobody in their right mind *wants* to kill people, not even people in the military.

Exactly. In fact we're not talking about the mind of the people in the military, we are talking about very young guys' minds which shouldn't get brainwashed by educators nor seducted by rectruiters.

Comment: Re:Hunt and peck (Score 1) 429

by abundance (#27799583) Attached to: Microsoft To Disable Autorun

Minimizing a window and THEN hunting for the icon to click possibly takes longer than using the start menu...

well it's winkey+D then muscle memory, it's surely faster than traversing the start menu.

Also for notepad, I've its icon on the taskbar in the visible portion of the quicklaunch, it's at click range everytime.

I keep the handful of utilitarian icons in (browser, notepad, calculator...) in the visible portion of the quicklaunch, and the other apps I use organized by folder in the quicklaunch ">>" menÃ. Also apps that respond to drag-to-icon are aligned on the sides of the desktop. I almost never need to dig the start menu.

Same on OSX, I've the utilitarian things in the dock plus alias grouped in stacks. It's everything there, one or two click far away, all the time.

Anyway, I don't contest the snappiness of the quicksilvers and spotlights. They're indeed blazing fast, and also they don't need to be curated and optimized like the point and click launcher devices of the various OSes.

I'm just saying that if you take the time to set up the GUI to your usage patterns, you rarely get lost in clickitis and menu scannning.

Also, keyboard launching is perfect when you spend most of your computer time hands on the keyboard, like I guess most developers or writers, less so when your work is mouse centric. When I'm typing html or coding php, I tend to use keyboard launcher more, but when I'm photoshopping it's ankward. I can "cmd+space then F" with the keyboard hand, but I need to leave the right hand from the mouse or traverse the keyboard with the left hand to hit enter. I can click the spotlight results with the mouse but it's easier to go for the docked icon target. Also, when I'm reading in the browser or loosely editing graphics, I often stand with the left hand scratching my head or smoking a cigarette or whatever, so no hands ready on the keyboard.

Also, switching from windows to osx often, I tend to mess up with the key combos and shortcuts. The point and click approach is less confusing when using regularly more than one os. My experience is that the GUI context assist me better. I often catch myself trying, say, to cmd-space on windows or to winkey-e in osx, but I've never mistried to go for the osx dock on the left side in windows, or to reach the quicklaunch down left in osx.

There are many UI approaches as there are users, so there's not one single better approach for everyone.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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