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Comment: Re:don't they understand the Internet? (Score 1) 69

by c0d3g33k (#47797393) Attached to: Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

Perhaps your online time would be better spent by actually reading the stuff than bitching about a nick.

Oh snap, you got me, you clever lad.

Perhaps your online time would be better spent actually reading the stuff than tossing out sophomoric zingers.

I mean, put a little work into it and bring in the source material. Feynman was a funny guy - work that into your act. Here are some quotes to get you started:

Better yet, show that you actually spent your time reading the stuff and work that into your schtick. THAT would be impressive.

Come on, show me what you got, funny guy. Stop phoning it in. :-)

Comment: Re:don't they understand the Internet? (Score 1) 69

by c0d3g33k (#47796751) Attached to: Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

Perhaps your online time would be better spent by actually reading the stuff than bitching about it.

Personally I feel that was uncalled for, but your nick suggests that perhaps you can't help it. Please learn to distinguish between 'bitching' and 'discussing critically'. The latter is intended to point out how things might be made better, while the former is more about complaining for the sake of complaining. They are very different things. It seems to me that these days anything outside of Pollyanna-ish optimism and praise is being lumped into the "bitching" or "complaining" or "being negative" category, often as a technique to quash discussion, belittle or shame. Or worse, to avoid the effort needed to make improvements to the status quo. The end result seems to be a general lack of improvment where it might be warranted or even slow deterioration over time as attitudes shift from a roll-up-the-sleeves-we-can-make-it-better to a shrug-why-bother.

Comment: Re:don't they understand the Internet? (Score 1) 69

by c0d3g33k (#47796655) Attached to: Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

I should point out that my final comment about updating some of the figures only applies to some of them - the majority of the updated SVG versions are actually quite nice as they are, which I noticed as I looked through volumes 2 and 3.

I was thinking in particular of the monochrome photographic images such as Fig 52-1 from, which could probably be updated with a photo of the same models using a modern camera, or perhaps a nice 3-D rendering of the same molecules. Another example would be figure 51.4 from, which I can't really make out at all.

Comment: Re:don't they understand the Internet? (Score 1) 69

by c0d3g33k (#47796571) Attached to: Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

The front-page warning says "However, we want to be clear that this edition is only free to read online, and this posting does not transfer any right to download all or any portion of The Feynman Lectures on Physics for any purpose. "

I wonder how they expect people to read it in their browsers without the text of the document being transferred down to the computer on which the browser is running...?

Not to mention the implied requirement that an always online connection is required to read these 'free' editions, rather than being able to read from a local copy offline.

Yes, yes, we all know that in the modern day everyone has an internet connection to the cloud all the time, so this is an old-fashioned sentiment. Or wait - maybe it isn't so old-fashioned. It's still quite common that in situations where there is enough idle time to read something like this (on a plane, train, boat or automobile; in a remote vacation cabin in the woods etc) there isn't an internet connection available. Not to mention the times I deliberately set my tablet to airplane mode just so I can read a book or magazine without being distracted by notifications or tempted to look at something else online.

I'd also think that these lectures would be quite useful to those in poorer countries that don't have the funds to have an always on internet connection available personally at home, but might have access to a library or other venue where a public internet connection is available.

I appreciate their graciousness in making these lectures available gratis, but that front page warning does seem to be a bit counter to the spirit that probably drove this effort.

Personally, after glancing through some of the chapters in the first volume, I think that maybe releasing the material under whatever Creative Commons license allows them to retain the rights they want but enables people to share and contribute updates might be preferable in the long run. I'm thinking not so much of the text itself, but many of the figures seem rather outdated (eg. a poor photograph of some old ball-and-stick atomic models) and could benefit from some cosmetic updating to make them more suitable for modern eyes.

Comment: Re:Can we stop using the word 'TAPE' (Score 1) 611

by c0d3g33k (#47768269) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Live-action and animated stories are rarely recorded on film these days, yet we still call them films. Or movies, but I guess that still works because they, you know, move. But generally speaking, there are many words which originated in a context that no longer applies, but we still use those words, so why should tape be an exception?

Tonight on action news 7: Could the death of tape be imminent? Film at 11.

Comment: Police good, people bad (Score 3, Insightful) 611

by c0d3g33k (#47767597) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

"And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't."

Or maybe they have, because they have the legal authority to use force and the citizenry they are sworn to protect and serve do not.

I find it a very disturbing trend that "ordinary citizens" are now viewed as dangerous and "the enemy" from which the noble police (and other official institutions) must be protected. When I grew up, the general tone was that of Blackstone's Formulation ("It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer"). Now it seems to be "It's better that ten innocent persons suffer than that one guilty person escape".

Comment: Re:screw both of them, call a taxi. (Score 0) 181

by c0d3g33k (#47761001) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

I tried that experiment this spring, because an event I was attending offered an Uber discount. Took a Yellow Cab to the event, took an Uber ride back to Grand Central.

The Uber experience was better, cheaper and faster. At this moment in time, which is the crucial factor. Uber needs to be consistently and universally better than the yellow cab experience, otherwise they are fucked. In the mean time, they beat the pants off of yellow cab - I used the Uber app on my smart phone to catch a ride and caught that ride with no friction whatsoever. Best experience in my life for quick, on demand public transport ever. Ever. Ever.

It will not always be this way, but right now, Uber was better, and I was skeptical that this would be the case. But they came through.

Comment: Same as it ever was (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by c0d3g33k (#47760629) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report


"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

I think the the Talking Heads and The Who said it all.

My view: If you catch the crest of the wave of the various "sharing economy" services that are popping up, like AirBnB or Uber, you will likely have a good experience. But as they grow and other pressures come to the fore, thus poisoning the well, it's time to get out and move on.

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 1) 442

by c0d3g33k (#47696049) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

warning, mild misogyny ahead:

"Put an engineer and a physicist across the room from a beautiful woman, and tell them that if they approach the woman each step must be no larger than half the distance of the previous step. The physicist gives up because he knows he can never reach her, while the engineer starts walking because he knows he can get close enough for all practical purposes".

I detect no misogyny here. Definition: "dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women". The anecdote suggests that pretty much the opposite of misogyny is in full effect here. Maybe a little mild sexism or objectification, but no misogyny.

We need to invent a short, pithy word for people who use words to vaguely imply a general sense of currently in vogue political incorrectness without understanding what those words actually mean.

It's only fair, since there is already a word ("pedant") for what I just did. :-)

Comment: Re:Article got it wrong (Score 2) 101

by c0d3g33k (#47539103) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

You lost me when you said "expert Steve Gibson". If by "expert" you mean "shameless selfpromoting security wannabe", then OK.

No. These are examples of shameless, self-promoting wannabes:

Steve Gibson at least provides genuinely useful information most of the time and from what I can see does a decent job of teaching non-technical folks to understand and implement good security practices. He's a little hard to take in large doses when I've seen him on This Week in Tech and his website hurts my eyes, but I wouldn't paint him with such a broad brush. He doesn't seem to be a charlatan as much as a well-meaning but occasionally bumbling 'little guy' trying to build a business in the technology/security realm.

Comment: Re:call them (Score 1) 354

by c0d3g33k (#47510327) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Depends on age and life circumstances.

M-F is when you go to work then come home and drive the kids around to after school activities (which at high school age often run into the evening hours), then rush home, fix dinner, then try to watch something but you're too tired and it's too late to stay awake. On the nights where they don't have something scheduled, you can go out for dinner or some live entertainment if the kids are old enough to stay home alone.

F-S-S (Fridays straddle both categories because Saturday) is when you catch up on the household chores and then plant yourself on the sofa to work through the DVR and Netflix Disc queue because the last thing you want to do is get in the car and drive some more. And the kids don't have homework due the next day (F-S), so they can take the time to watch the Netflix disc with the family.

Anyone else with a different pattern from the three above (including mine)?

Comment: Re:On average, average is a crappy metric. (Score 2) 191

by c0d3g33k (#47365365) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

If you don't know, that isn't necessarily always the case. The average of 1, 1, 1, 2, 10 is 3. In that case, 80% are below average.

Well yeah, I do know. Because I went to school and stuff. Your pulled-out-of-your-posterior-to-make-some-sort-of-vague-point sample set is 5. The population of the U. S. is currently hovering around 316,165,718. The distribution you posit would suggest that 80% of the population ranks below earthworms. Any idiot knows a sufficiently large sample set is necessary to derive any meaning from the concept of average. Your suggestion is ridiculous. I wonder which side of the line you fall on? :-)

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