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Comment Science Fiction Vs Science Fantasy (Score 1) 158

To me the great thing about this movie is that there is no magical unicorns. (Or as little as possible). Everything is based on current or near term science. I have almost given up on science fiction when Robert Silverburg claimed that fantasy has dragons, SF has robots. Very depressing.
Real SF authors I like are
Jules Verne
Robert Sawyer
Neal Stephenson

Any other suggestions?

Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

Wordperfect was (and still is) more functional the wysisyg word processors. This is because Word Perfect was not limited to a gui interface to do the job. In the same way that a command line interface is more functional then a gui. Sure a gui is easier to learn but it isn't as functional. (try running sed from a gui)

Turns out that 90% of the people don't need all the functionality and the lowest common denominator dominates. That and marketing.

Comment This is a big problem (Score 1) 269

My company does emails quite often and the emails affect the bottom line of the companies they are going to. Most of the companies that they are going to are small and old, and a large portion use their isp's email. Versison has decided to mark our emails as spam. They claim they aren't etc etc.

Isn't interfering with someones mail a federal offence?

Comment Re:Eclipse, Xcode or any IDE (Score 1) 233

I've been dealing with a large project that covers and I've found that QtCreator is excellent. It's fast (which means it's better the eclipse) With gcc it will point out unused variables. And it has refactoring, which makes the job much easier. DOxygen is also good for getting a layout of the whole program.

Comment I'm using it now, quick review (Score 4, Interesting) 158

It feels like a fast version of Chome. But I don't have all the cache filled in the same way so probably not a fair test. But so far not a problem with it. Have used it on facebook game that requires flash 15, (won't work with firefox) was flawless.

Not found a single gotcha so far

Comment Re:Not sure what the "secrecy" fuss is (Score 2) 222

Off the top of my head, if any agreement is negotiated in secret, it has a much higher chance of agreement then if it is negotiated in public or by commitee. So the idea is that people you elect to represent you do it, and do it in secret in order to get things accoplished.

Comment Good for them (Score 1) 150

While I don't know the backstory, I applaud Samsung for stepping up and taking responsibility for the problem and compensating the workers who have suffered. SamSung over the years has struck me as a responsible company over and over, for multiple diverse reasons. This is just another to ad to the list.

A company cannot help that there are problems, but it can help by trying to do the right thing afterwards, and trying not to be evil.

I note that a number of the slashdot comments are cynical to the extreme, but I doubt any of the posters have more information then I do. It's too easy to be cynical while living in the 1 percent of the worlds wealth. I expect it's even easier to be cynical when you aren't.

Comment Re:HEY (Score 1) 268

That's it. Music overstimulates me as well. Can't listen to it at work unless I'm doing the boring physical tasks where I'm understimulated. I also much prefer to listen to a book on tape or nothing then have music playing in the car.
My daughter says she feels physically car sick if she doesn't have music playing. (I think that's weird).

Comment Re:HEY (Score 1) 268

IAAL (I am a linguist)

Are you cunning? :)

Seriously, to respond.I developed a distaste for music after playing professionally for 3 years in bar bands. Realized that everyone I worked with was an alcoholic and I decided I had had enough of that life. The distaste was so bad, I couldn't even go into a store where there was musak going on. (It has since subsided)

I'm not saying that everyone of the 25% had the same experience, but that a lot can happen between birth and testing.

So it might be that yes language is a precursor to music, but that has no bearing on life experiences. You are linking one theory to your expected results instead of looking at actual ones.

As far as the animals not using music, I think it depends on your definition of music. There is no reason for a cat to purr when it's happy, other then to show it's joy through sound. They don't purr when they are upset do they. I've also seen videos of birds whistling along with tunes. I don't know why they would do it other then to join in, in a shared experience. (They were pet birds in a relaxed environment).

Comment My Cat story (Score 1) 139

I swear to god this is true.
I live on a farm, that when we bought it inherited a number of cats, as well as a bunch from a neighbors farm. (owner had died so cats transferred to where the food was). Along with these cats came feline leukemia which is a sickness that will kill a 3 year old cat within a month, but is often picked up when they are kittens. (very sad). They end up being very lethargic and then die. We ended up with over 20 cats, peaking at over 30.

In anycase, there was one cat, we called the mother cat, that seemed to be like the mother hen of the other cats. She would adopt kittens from other cats that didn't seem to have the ability to take care of their own. She was a great mouser and would sit on top of a fence post watching for mice. Or she would do this strange echooy call as she walked through the fields. In anycase it worked for her.

She came down with the feline leukemia and was in a bad state. We did what we could for her, but she was going fast. On the day before she died, she was just lying around when other cats started bringing her presents of mice. She perked up with these gifts but was dead within the day.

The important point here is that other cats
1. knew she was dying, or at least in trouble.
2. brought her gifts which they would not normally do.
3. she accepted these gifts.

All the cats seemed sad after she died, and I supposed that I could be just anthropomorphizing their response. But I don't think so.

I've also heard in other barns, that cats have a hierarchy of places to sit. (on bales of hay). The top cats are the highest.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol