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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 356

by jdavidb (#49522609) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

I suspect, at some point, feature phone people will find themselves unable to operate normally in society. They'll have to get a smartphone or become noticeably eccentric.

I'm seeing early signs of that already. People send me texts that come in as giant multimedia messages, and my Hispanic friend with whom I practice Spanish texts me in Spanish and the phone mangles it and I have to call back and ask what he said.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 356

by jdavidb (#49519975) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

I hope we reach "peak phone" soon, because for those of us who don't spend every waking moment with our cell phone, the shit which is focused around that is kind of tedious.

I'm waiting for that moment to pass, and then I will finally get a smart phone. My wife has a smart phone, but I'm the techie, and I still have a flip phone. It's $15, no contract, easily replaceable, and does everything that my first $250 flip phone did years ago. I'm thrilled with it.

Comment: Re:Screw that (Score 1) 489

by jdavidb (#49441485) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

As long as the isps to my home are monopolies I don't want them engaging in "value added" services. ... These people have already demonstrated they are unfit to be trusted with a monopoly. Absolutely no reason to let them monopolize.

So what we really want is for the government grant of monopoly privilege to be taken away.

Comment: Re:Freedom to discriminate == no protection ... (Score 2) 1168

If you are such a whiny idiot that you think it should be OK to say "we don't serve your kind here", then you should have no legal or moral basis to claim that someone shouldn't be able to do the same to you.

Yes, I agree. People should be able to refuse to do business with someone for any reason whatsoever, and vice versa. Religious conviction shouldn't have any special status in law above any other type of preference or desire.

So either shut up, and accept that you have no other ways you're legally allowed to discriminate against someone ... or accept that it should also be someone else's right to refuse you because of your religion.

I agree and accept this.

Comment: Re:The important bits (Score 2) 81

by jdavidb (#49363267) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Secondly, it's an important biomedical advancement made by citizen scientists. (The important part of that sentence is "by citizen scientists".)

I was a little confused when I saw that wording in the story, and now that I'm hearing this wording is the important part, I'm getting a little concerned. Are we not all citizens? Have we been divided into citizens and ruling class, now?

I'm all for popularizing science among all citizens, but I'd rather we word that as "science for the masses" or something.

Comment: Re:Not a diet, but a lifestyle change (Score 1) 496

by jdavidb (#49328919) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Don't go on a diet (Hacker's Diet or otherwise), but do make a permanent change to your lifestyle.

The Hacker's Diet is a permanent change in lifestyle. People don't always use the word "diet" to mean a temporary change. There are many diets that are permanent changes in lifestyle, and the word "diet" also has a technical definition in which it means what an organism eats - in that sense, everyone has a diet.

For those of us who do not always use the word "diet" to mean a temporary change, it is annoying to try to talk about a permanent change in diet and be corrected and contradicted by those who use the word diet to mean only a temporary change.

Comment: Re:Worth it? (Score 1) 275

by jdavidb (#49198941) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner
If there's something I can still mine with a CPU that is worth it, I want to know, and I want to install software to mine it myself, and I want to trade it out immediately for Bitcoin or something else. Every so often a currency does pop up where this is true, but it's been awhile. So I want to know what uTorrent is mining.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"