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Comment: Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (Score 1) 150

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47543253) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Talent is from what I understood really the drive and the natural attraction that would let the person endure the 10,000 hours of practice (and even enjoy it, for part of it anyway). The opportunity goes without saying (if you practice for 10,000 hours you have the opportunity). So I think it's not that much of a misperception that practicing something for 10,000 hours makes you very very good at it.

Comment: There could be a solution in the browser (Score 1) 127

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47523101) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

And it would be simple: the browser would know that it's reading email (from URL -- gmail, yahoo, custom) and *would not open any links* the user may click on unless the link URL is on the click-to-open whitelist (initially empty). It would still let you copy the link to the clipboard (possibly with a warning) that you could paste yourself in a new tab (possibly with another warning), but this speed bump of having to take the destination URL in your hands, so to speak, would -- I'm assuming -- be good enough to let you pause and think if "" is really where you want to go.

Comment: Re:Same here (Score 1) 125

How do you know that Metro is there to get people to familiarize themselves with the UI so they can buy Windows phones? Unless I see a leaked memo or something, to me it makes more sense to assume (not saying I know) that MS wanted to create their own approach to touch screens that can coexist with a full-blown OS, so they can offer hybrid devices -- touch-only in one situations, full-blown laptop in another -- and make money from the market segment that thinks hybrid is the way to go.

Comment: He lives in the Apple world (Score 1) 171

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47463635) Attached to: Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

XCode, iOS, Swift... Much of that world is centered around "cool" stuff ie. it's less about making something that creates value/makes money or enables someone else to make money or be productive and much more about pass time. At the same time this cool world has attracted a huge number of developers -- so now there is little of importance left to do and plenty of volunteers. Kind of like the digital music making scene.

To test this theory, I'm firing up the App Store on my iPhone and here are the top paid apps:
1. Minecraft - Pocket edition ($6.99, Games)
2. Heads Up! ($0.99, Games)
3. Monument Valley ($1.99, Games)
4. Blek ($0.99, Games)
5. Afterlight ($1.99, Photo & Video)
6. 7. Minute Workout ($1.99, Health and Fitness)
7. PAW Patrol Rescue Run ($3.99, Education (?))
8. Magic Locks -- LockScre... ($1.99, Entertainment)
9. Dark Sky - Weather ($3.99, Weather)
10. Facetune ($2.99, Photo & Video)

And so on. Photo & Video on iPhone? The builtin app is perfectly fine, in honesty. Health and fitness? People have been fit before iPhones but OK, fine. And the rest? Entertainment, Games, Games, Games.

(The top free app are almost all Games, with some Photo & Video and occasional Entertainment. And of course, 15. Facebook (Social Networking).)

The world of Windows and Linux has much more going on for it IMO, new stuff creates opportunities for new stuff, so I don't think his reasoning applies to software in general.

Comment: Re:Should be asking other questions (Score 1) 509

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47460059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Exactly. You could possibly advise 1000 people what to do based on statistics, if you have a measurable criteria for success, but to use statistics to tell one person what to do in order to have a fulfilling life is futile.

One heuristic is to look for what particularly interested her since early childhood. Those may be things that she is genetically or personality-wise or for whatever reason predisposed to do well -- her neural circuitry is more attuned to such tasks -- because interest gives motivation to practice, and practice gives rise to being good at something which usually results in getting paid for doing it. The hard part is abstracting that information into a possible profession or calling, but you may get a general direction. Eg. (silly example) if she really put an unusual effort to fly kites, maybe she's interested in aerodynamics. However if all her kite-flying involved getting a lots of friends together for the activity to be enjoyed together than her interest is probably something else. Good luck to her.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 300

Because the remaining employees would live in perpetual fear of losing their jobs and would not be able to focus on work. Machiavelli advised a prince to carry on all punishments at once, so they are quickly over, but to reward the people gradually. It's a consequence of human psychology and how we perceive the future.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 1) 300

Not sure that cuts crush morale. If you've been through layoffs done right you probably had this experience -- a coworker who was a nice guy and all but really not adding much to the project was let go, you felt sorry for him but you also felt like the work on the project was going to be a little smoother and more efficient, sometimes more exciting even.

I was on both sides of the cut -- once I was a contractor and the company fired all contractors plus 10% of employees. I hear from friends who stayed that morale is up and the production is better.

Comment: Re:Not a rule (Score 1) 199

But that's precisely the point -- FAA should admit that that the current laws aren't good enough. They were made when only a few toy helicopters existed and that wasn't worth regulating, but times have changed. Instead, the FAA goes after realtors using footage of drones and otherwise spend time and resources trying to enforce laws that need updating even in situations that do not seem to be endangering the public (such as using footage). It's this zeal that I find out of place, with the understanding that I have at the moment.

Appreciate the pilot's perspective though.

Comment: Re:Not a rule (Score 2) 199

Keyword is "navigable airspace" though. FAA has established authority over "navigable airspace" only which FAA itself defines as

'"Navigable airspace" is airspace at or above the minimum altitudes of flight prescribed by the Code of Federal Regulations, and must include airspace needed to ensure safety in the takeoff and landing of aircraft.'

So what is the minimum altitude of flight? I would bet that it excludes the entire range where drones can fly as they can fly pretty darn low. It must be some number, so if it is e.g. 100m, so drones that fly under 100m should be clear, should they not?

Not saying that some regulation isn't needed, just that the existing one does not apply.

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 1) 204

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47437837) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

I'll answer that from my perspective: it just so happened that most of the fun I had and money I made programming was on Windows. That's why I'd like MS to be successful. I had lots of good time programming on Linux, too, so for the same reason I want Linux to continue. Never had a chance to code for OSX or iOS, so I don't care about those either way. And outside of programming, most of the fun hands down I had on Windows.

Not that anyone's asking me, of course, just trying to trace down my positive feelings towards Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Let them drink! (Score 1) 532

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47333599) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

The boundary between self and others isn't as clear as you think. An other breathing in the same room as you exchanges with you gases, germs, particles of dead skin, and so on, so at some level you temporarily become one system. If the other has a deadly airborne disease and the society is not allowed to do anything about it, it may affect the self, i.e. you.

Not saying drinking sodas is the same as walking around lethally infectious but hope you can see shades of gray. Action of each one ultimately reach everyone, the question is only what is reasonable to police. That said, I personally believe that too many rules make things worse.

Comment: Facebook trends spread through Facebook (Score 1) 127

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47260553) Attached to: Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

Big deal. Just because people on Facebook tend to post like their Facebook friends, there is no reason to conclude that they continue with that "emotional contagion" of Obama memes and cats and whatnot once they switch to another tab or turn off their computer. A Facebook study can only tell what people do on Facebook anyway.

Comment: Re:Why do opera at all then? (Score 1) 121

I went to see an opera recently (free tickets), and given that the orchestra was hidden from view, I imagine I wouldn't have been upset much had the music been prerecorded -- all of my attention was on the stage. Maybe we are naturally more impressed by people singing and moving about than by great instrument playing.

The net (short term) consequence of the project is, if it happens, people will be able to see and hear masterful singers performing live to the background digital music. Compared to nothing at all due to financial issues, it seems like a benefit.

Comment: Re:Summary starts with a foolish assumption (Score 1) 339

by iMadeGhostzilla (#47116707) Attached to: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

Believing that "machines not made of meat" can think is based on faith, and not science. There is no evidence and no valid theory/model for it, or even for thinking in general. Same with Singularity. Same with extra-terrestrial (intelligent) life for that matter. In fact you can find far more potential evidence for paranormal phenomena (whether the evidence is valid and what would the theories behind it would be is another story) than for any of those three.

Not that there is anything wrong in having faith in things, that what keeps most of the world going. But it's not science.

I find you lack of faith in the forth dithturbing. - Darse ("Darth") Vader