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Comment: Snobbery? (Score 1) 149

by endianx (#45141999) Attached to: Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

He praises the lack of "snobbery" about books, and then goes on to declare books to be superior to e-books.

I love books, I have 1400 or so, and I only buy e-books that I don't really care much about (like Microsoft books that will be out of date in 1 year). But that is my preference. I can't make an objective case that books are superior to e-books, and neither can Gaiman.

Comment: Re:Reversed in America? (Score 3, Insightful) 758

by endianx (#42943851) Attached to: Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

No, American conservatives are very fearful. They fear terrorists, and demand the government protect them, even if that means loss of rights. They fear criminals, and demand guns to defend themselves, even though statistics clearly show that having a gun in your home puts you at greater risk. They fear gays and Muslims and commies and immigrants and regulations. They're not bad people, they just like life as it is, and are fearful of anything that might cause changes in their current life style.

What I can't disagree with anything you said, it is incomplete. In addition, "liberals" are fearful of personal responsibility and a free market.

Both sides are based on fear of freedom.

Comment: Re:How does this account for those who change part (Score 1) 758

by endianx (#42943767) Attached to: Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

This is probably correct. I went from Republican, to Libertarian, to anarchist, over about 8 years. It's not that my views changed all that much (they did change a little), but mostly I just realized that not only were Republicans not the party of freedom, but that there was no party of freedom, or rather, that freedom doesn't come from government. My core desire (to be allowed to act according to my own reason) remained the same.

Comment: Only Locally (Score 1) 372

by endianx (#39300171) Attached to: Humans Are Nicer Than We Think

This "niceness" requires physical interaction (the ability to evaluate the person's physiological response, through mirror neurons and such). Most of us are hesitant to shove a gun in someone's face and tell them they can't smoke that joint, or they have to pay someone else's medical bills, or they can't marry that guy. However, we are perfectly happy to send government to do those same things. Just as long as we can't see it. Out of sight, out of mind.

Comment: Re:I love Drupal (Score 1) 122

by endianx (#30148310) Attached to: Drupal 6 Social Networking
I see. Thanks. Not exactly what I was hoping for.

What I really want is the ability to customize a site for users based on a group of some sort. So say that group was by city. I want Baltimore users to see the Baltimore page, Atlanta users to see the Atlanta page, etc. They would sort of have their own site, which news and such specific to their group (city). But they would also be able to communicate with other users in limited ways. Does anybody think this is possible with Drupal?

Comment: Re:I love Drupal (Score 1) 122

by endianx (#30147952) Attached to: Drupal 6 Social Networking
Would you be willing to explain a little more about this? Are you saying you have one database and one install of the web application, but are able to run multiple web sites off of that?

If so, can users log in to the different sites with the same log in? Can they communicate with each other in any way?

Or do you just mean that you are running multiple installs of drupal for various websites.

Heuristics are bug ridden by definition. If they didn't have bugs, then they'd be algorithms.

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