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Comment: Get off my lawn time.. (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by hodet (#46787377) Attached to: New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Can't anybody just let life happen anymore? No more spontaneous meetups, no more random happenings. Everything orderly, predictable and uploadable for facebook to make money with. I'm no luddite, I spend a good amount of my life working with and using technology, but stuff like this? I guess this is where I diverge from the younger generation. To each his own I guess. Don't mean to come down as judgmental or anything, I would like to hear the other side and how this stuff actually makes life better.

Comment: Re:Probably typical (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by hodet (#46746395) Attached to: 44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

You don't need to tweet for twitter to be useful. Many people follow others or use it to keep on top of things. For example, if there is a minor earthquake somewhere there is no better place to really find out what happened quickly than twitter. "Holy crap, #EARTHQUAKE, shook the building for 30 seconds"

Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 1) 578

by hodet (#46726303) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

After I started learning to code very late in life I realized that I will never finish learning and probably will never be as good at it than really good coders. But on the flip side I don't want to be someone who is paid to code. I am building these skills to enhance the ones I already have and just for fun. It's opened up so many project possibilities for me. Now if I can only keep getting better.

Comment: Re:You cancel service? (Score 1) 240

by hodet (#46686187) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

I have a small VPS that hosts a personal website. My home Linux box just does an http get with curl to a secret html file on the VPS webserver. Then I generate an html file every hour that reads the access_log and uses a script to genereate a web page that displays my home IP I can access. Has worked fine for me for quite some time. My IP rarely changes and I can just update my hostfile if I don't want to use my IP directly.

There are probably more elegant solutions but since I am the only one using it it's fine and I can't justify paying anything when I already have a perfectly good VPS I can leverage.

Comment: Re:Facebook is for lazy people (Score 1) 218

by hodet (#46673043) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

There is a difference. Facebook is socializing with people you know in the real world. I don't think anyone else has as good a platform for that. Forums are a different beast, where you mostly mingle with people you don't know with names like "future assassin" and "hodet".

Not defending it, I don't have a fb account, but I have plenty of family who enjoy using it. Whatever floats ones boat I say.

Comment: Re:The irony of ethics. (Score 1) 150

by hodet (#46660855) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

I read that article and the comments (was it yesterday or the day before???) and I just don't see sending people to Mars as unethical. Astronauts are sentient beings with free will. They choose to do this just like ancient explorers chose the unknown horizon of the sea. Who knows they may colonize and adapt and will push humankind further. They choose to go, and for the type of personality that would even consider going to Mars, they live for this type of adventure. Now we should debate the economics perhaps, and if it makes sense spending billions of dollars to strap a rocket to someones ass and launch them towards some big hunk of red rock in the middle of nowhere, but ethics....please.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell