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Comment: Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (Score 4, Interesting) 1198

by justin12345 (#47111839) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Exactly. Elliot Rodger’s was a textbook psychopath, probably somewhere between ASPD and NPD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_B_personality_disorders).

That he had hang ups with women was a product of his brain not being capable of the normal range of human emotions, not because he was an introverted nerd.

+ - Artist Builds Machines that Build Machines ->

Submitted by justin12345
justin12345 (846440) writes ""If you haven’t noticed, the intersection of digital fabrication and the arts is having a moment right now. But this is hardly anything new for Chris Bathgate, a self-taught machinist sculptor from Baltimore. Chris has dedicated the last decade of his career researching and building CNC machines out of a basement studio and creating scores of harmonious metal forms. Each successive work embodies the culmination of Chris’ experiences from learning new technology.""
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Comment: More of a legal issue than a tech one. (Score 1) 472

by justin12345 (#45038039) Attached to: How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
Google seems to be focused on automating commuting, but really isn't the goal to eliminate accidents due to all forms of human error? That means driving while drunk, texting, tired, etc.

The technology is getting better rapidly, but until someone can legally flop wasted into their back seat, at 4 AM, shout "Take me home!" and drunk text their ex-girlfriend like they currently can in a taxi, it's not going to get much traction.

So I'd say we're less than 10 years out from a tech perspective, and n years out from a legal one.

Comment: Re:That's nice... (Score 1) 79

by justin12345 (#43490111) Attached to: Kepler-62 Has 2 Good Candidate Planets In the Search for Life
Well then all we have to do is wrap the earth in a sheath of exotic matter that warps space-time to the point that a single second in the sheath on earth is 1000 years outside of it. Then just send out swarms of self replicating robots programmed to track down habitable planets and encase them in similar sheaths. After that build worm holes between the habitable worlds, easy-peasy!

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(novel) (it's a great book)

Comment: Re:Archer? (Score 2) 236

by justin12345 (#43378203) Attached to: Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets
Actually all the ad money comes from Google. Turn off adblock, hover over an ad, right click, hit "inspect element".

MS, Apple, etc might pay Google for advertising, but I don't think I've ever seen an Apple or MS banner ad on Google (probably because as a general rule businesses don't pay for their rival's services if the don't have to).

Comment: I learned a new word: (Score 1) 489

by justin12345 (#43369693) Attached to: Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person
I've never seen the word "penurious" before:

adjective formal
1 extremely poor; poverty-stricken: a penurious old tramp.
characterized by poverty or need: penurious years.
2 parsimonious; mean: he was generous and hospitable in contrast to his stingy and penurious wife.

--New Oxford American Dictionary

Comment: Re:Procrastination (Score 2) 225

by justin12345 (#41033715) Attached to: MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store
I don't think most Mac users are too aware of it either. I've used it twice, for the last two OSX upgrades, but that's it. I suppose it's fine for Apple software, but it wouldn't occur to me to go there instead of the internet for 3rd party software. The App store seems to me just a half-hearted attempt to try to recreate the formula that made them so much money with iTunes and iOS.

The alarmist predictions that OSX will go the way of iOS are off base. iOS is consumption oriented, whereas OSX is production oriented. The bottom line is that they simply don't have the leverage to turn OSX into a walled garden. They tried that back in the 80s and nearly went out of business. If Apple loses sight of that the Mac will die, and Apple will effectively be withdrawing from the PC market. I wouldn't put it past them to one day kill the Mac, their consumer electronics division is way more profitable than their computer division, but I don't see that day coming soon. A powerful development platform is still a key to their brand.