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Comment: Maybe it's the nature of this app (Score 1) 163

by dingleberrie (#46749215) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

Guys, why all the vitriol for this article? Slashvertisement? It doesn't matter. He went out of his way to point out two different apps and an experiment that he did, where he shared the results.

The topic, for the TL;DR people is essentially why are good apps unseen while poorer ones are popular. He cited ParkMe and BestParking as his basis of research.

It's a questions that would apply to nerds want to popularize an app, but don't understand the phenomena that encourage apps to spread regardless of feature set.

Personally, I use BestParking for my trips to New York City, but agree that it is rarely discussed, so I guess it is rarely known. Maybe it is the nature of parking. Many people who park want to park and move on. They don't think about it after the act, so don't want to think about it much earlier either. It is not a long, drawn out thing (like finding a place to live) where you often plan. Additionally, you can't easily use the app while driving, which is what you are doing when you most think of needing to use the App. So maybe this one is the nature of the activity itself. People don't think about it, so it never gets enough buzz to become a topic of conversation so the knowledge of it doesn't spread.

Comment: Creationisticism (Score 5, Insightful) 194

This aspect of the story is great as an example of science.
It seems stubborn to hold onto a single interpretation of evidence during pursuit a theory, including the origin of the universe.
Science is the willingness to relegate that evidence to be less significant than what some people want it to be.
When you won't relegate the evidence, then you are practicing faith (in the evidence) instead of science.

Comment: Re:If you want to hoard bits... (Score 1) 983

by dingleberrie (#46463457) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

At home I have four 4TB seagate USB 3.0 backup plus drives for 16 TB of backup. I have too much backup storage so that I can allow for not fully using the drives.
I run Cobian backup (as an incremental directory duplicator) and just pick different directories (and disks) to back up. BTW, I bought a USB 3.0 card to give me those ports, so that's not an excuse either.

This does not solve the problem of bitrot, (looking at building a ZFS for that), but it is a simple way to have a scalable backup system for most usages.

I don't get why you can't plug in an external drive.

Comment: hierarchy of rights (Score 1) 370

by dingleberrie (#45670491) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

I'm trying to keep up, but I think this is the hierarchy of rights that I have seen in the US.
It's hard to settle on the exact order. Each item could up or down one level.

1 People in my country.
2 Corporations
3 People in other countries
4 People in other countries who look like they have nothing
5 Cute animals
6 Monkeys that aren't so cute
7 non-cute things that can't harm me
8 scary things

Comment: Why can't they copy this from iOS? (Score 5, Insightful) 187

by dingleberrie (#45618929) Attached to: FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

I have an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 7.
When I download an app on the Nexus, I always feel an uneasiness as I look at all the access it wants to my contacts and other invasively unnecessary permissions. So each time I must make a decision to accept or reject using the app. I've rejected some that just seem overreaching, but I've become less strict over time... like I'm accepting to lose a battle. I assure myself, that my phone has all my real contacts, not my Nexus 7 and then begrudgingly accept the conditions. This is one reason I will not use an android phone and why I rarely download apps on android.
iOS, for those that don't know, will let me decline permissions to track my location or share my contacts on a per-app basis. Even if I enabled it before, I can go into the control center and disable it. I don't benefit from that aspect of the iOS app, but I'm fine with that. For all the control that Android is supposed to give the user, iOS shines here and I wish that is one thing that Android would copy.

Comment: Re:Some people... (Score 1) 621

by dingleberrie (#44953133) Attached to: GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Maybe you have a good point about religions being exclusive, but let's not confuse the texts with religions.
For example, there are only a few bible variations (King James version, American Standard Version, New American Standard, etc), compared to the 42,000+ different denominations of Christianity... each of those is a different religion calling themselves more correct on their interpretation than others. Some are exclusive with their own heaven and others are not... various levels of exclusivity. Even within a denomination each person has their own set of beliefs that may be inclusive or exclusive about race, sexual preference, etc. Religions tend to congeal around people who proclaim their beliefs in a way that other people want to listen and agree.

I've read different text translations of things that are not Christian. Not all religions, but enough to be satisfied. Some parts can be considered encompassing (aka, turn the other cheek) and some parts can be interpreted as exclusionary (e.g. follow him to get into heaven, with often indirect rationale that he is the only path). It is up to the religion/people how they want to interpret these.

So the texts say good things to good people and exclusive things to exclusive people.

Comment: addiction vs habits (Score 1) 89

Addiction is an interesting word because it can describe anything from a strong habit to a chemical imbalance.
I don't know what this one is. Any tendencies I've experienced in the past were tilting toward really bad habits... even if it was spending long stretches of my spare time in lieu of food or sleep.

I also read and want to believe that most habits can be broken or set in 21 days of doing a different pattern.
It concerns me a little about the success of an inpatient program on something like this. So I wonder how many of these internet addictions can be solved by giving people something else to do to feel a sense of progress and accomplishment to develop better habits in their existing environment.

Otherwise, when they go back to their old environment, they can easily fall into the same old pattern due to the same mental associations with that environment.

Comment: Money should solve it again (Score 1) 555

I think this can be solved quickly.
Tesla might make it simple for people to order their cars and have them delivered to locations in neighboring states near the border. It can be small businesses in Tesla-rented parking lots. NC residents can then pay sales tax to those states for purchasing it there and the appropriate level of use-tax difference to North Carolina when registering the car in NC.

Comment: Re:sinking heat? (Score 1) 237

by dingleberrie (#43719543) Attached to: Intel's Haswell Moves Voltage Regulator On-Die

You I*R formula is slightly wrong, its actually I^2 * R, double the current means 4x the power loss.

You both have good points, but I think that Shavano didn't mean power.
He meant the Voltage (I*R) drops from the external chip where R comes from the losses of extra traces and pins before it gets to the CPU. The reduction in R means that a variation in I will cause less variation in V as seen by the CPU.

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