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Comment: Re:Apple REULEZ! (Score 1) 408

by amanaplanacanalpanam (#47956799) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

If someone calls themselves a chef or a foodie, it may not make them right...but

An Appeal to Authority is a fallacy with the following form:

Person A is (claimed to be) an authority on subject S. Person A makes claim C about subject S. Therefore, C is true.

I'm no expert on logical fallacies like you are, but it seems like there's an all too familiar logical fallacy being committed here too (hint: it has something to do with the two bolds).

Comment: Re: His 'role in the site' (Score 1) 221

You unjustly honor the term 'pirate' when you apply it to someone whose crime was facilitating communication.

(And on that euphemistic note...)

I'll have you know real actual piracy is quite the honorable career. What nobler pursuit than redistribution of wealth? Even most current governments know this.

Comment: Quite interesting (Score 1) 122

by amanaplanacanalpanam (#45870291) Attached to: The Far Future of Our Solar System
though the time compression idea to make long timeframes a bit more comprehensible loses its usefulness with ludicrously long timeframes. By the author's own admission, at that point "the difference between “regular” years and Universe years isn’t so big". Chances are you won't find 10^140 much easier to grasp than 10^150.

I'd like to see a logarithmic representation all the way out, sort of a temporal version of Powers of Ten.

Comment: Your kids cannot (re)live your life. (Score 1) 285

Everyone lives their own life, regardless of how much one's parent(s) try to foist their own childhood onto them. We each develop our own sense of nostalgia, which (unless one's parents go to unusual lengths to insulate one from society) will likely be influenced much more by pop culture/technology contemporary to their own formative years than the previous generation's.

That being said, the desire to expose one's kid to the cool stuff you loved as a kid is a strong one, one that I too feel sometimes. For many people, childhood through about 12 or so is the setting for some of their fondest memories, and sharing those memories with your offspring can seem like a way to relive and rekindle the magic of those times. Besides, do you really expect to cram an entire generation's worth of stuff into your kid's childhood? Might as well not force the issue and overdo it, lest they grow tired of or even come to loathe your fascinations. Let your kid(s) live in the now, but give them just a taste now and then of what you enjoyed at their age; maybe let them "catch" you playing some old game or something on an emulator (or even drag out the old NES etc). If they are intrigued, they'll seek out more on their own. But be sure to spend ample time doing with them things that they like.

(Though I don't exactly know why, I do somewhat contradict myself when it comes to Star Wars; I'm pretty firmly in the originals-first-then-prequels camp.)

Comment: Re: Video editing... (Score 1) 501

by amanaplanacanalpanam (#45778833) Attached to: A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

You have amusingly confused a lower quality PSU to a much higher quality one

I agree with your post in essence, but take exception to your word choice here; PSU power rating does not determine quality. As it's generally accepted that PSU's are most efficient when under moderately heavy load relative to its rated maximum (the sweet spot of course varies) high quality PSU's exist in a range of power ratings to accommodate a range of load needs. It makes little sense to throw a 1500W-capable PSU at a system that will never peak over 450W.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.