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Comment: Re:Deletion of duplicate files (Score 1) 314

by maxm (#42641825) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's 'Mega' Storage Site Arrives

If a file is copied on their internal network between users they can basically just make a softlink. Pirates can also have a secret stash and then copy from that to a public acount. So after a dcma takedown they just make a new "softlink" from their private stash to the public account. Naturally they will need security when they make the public acount.

Comment: It was both right and wrong (Score 1) 467

by maxm (#39324351) Attached to: A Better Way To Program

As a programmer working on difficult and abstract problems, his method is not that usefull. The example was good for a single simple problem. But that is not really the problems you have when working on difficult problems. And writing visual-feedback software for complex problems would be like writing book authoring software that creates a movie from the book you are writing. It is a good and obvious idea. But absolutely unrealistic for real world problems.

Where it is *very* useful though is for programmers designing software. If we can make our software work like that in their limited domains, then it is a terrific way to solve our users problems.

Comment: Virtualization has changed the game for me (Score 3, Interesting) 113

by maxm (#35865962) Attached to: Open Source Programming Tools On the Rise

These days you don't have to choose. I run Win 7 on my machine and a virtualbox Ubuntu on that. So I develop in Ubuntu, and any kind of multimedia stuff is handled in Windows.

The great thing about development on Unix is that it is all just there. apt-get install xxx and you are ready to go. Versions are automatically upgraded. If you prefer working in a windows environment for some part of your project, you can easily do it by sharing drives and networking.


How To Be Popular On Facebook, Quantified 97

Posted by timothy
from the logically-the-yankees-suck dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Network World reports that Facebook has just released an analysis of the word usage for about one million status updates from its US English speakers with the words in updates organized into 68 different word categories based on the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC)--a text analysis software program that calculates the degree to which people use different categories of words across a wide array of texts. The results? To be popular on Facebook all you have to do is write longer status updates, talk about music and sports, don't be overly emotional, don't talk about your family, don't refer to time and use the word 'you' a lot. Facebook's study also confirms something that bloggers and Fox News have known for years: negative comments produce more online activity. Sure, Facebook users might click the like button more often on updates expressing positive emotion. But Facebook found you can't beat negativity for user engagement, as dismal status updates garnered more comments than positive ones."

Comment: I don't really care (Score 1) 1348

by maxm (#33935148) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

The real reason for linux is the freedom for me as a developer. But in a modern world where I have to edit video, make music and edit pictures, Windows or Mac is a required choice too.

Having to spend $100 on a windows desktop does not matter a bit to me. Nor to most other people I would expect.

As a software developer on the server end I am happy that there is a relatively lightweight desktop interface on my dev machine that runs virtualised in Virtualbox under Windows 7.

If open source developers are a big enough audience to keep that alive, then that is good enough for me.

I could not care less if my mother switched to linux.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain how the memristor work? (Score 1) 116

by maxm (#33466512) Attached to: HP Backs Memristor Mass Production

If you put a high voltage through it, some conductive atoms move a little bit away from each other. That that makes it into an insulator instead. You can then reverse the voltage and move the atoms back in place. Actually a mechanical on/off switch, but at such small scales that it goes blazingly fast.

Comment: Computes have not been getting faster - not really (Score 1) 264

by maxm (#30850554) Attached to: Asus Says Netbook Is Dead, Hello Wearable Computers

Although we are still somewhat following Moores law, out computers have not become that much faster over the last years.

They have, however, become smaller and cheaper. So if you extrapolate from that, he is spot on.

And all we need for really small computers to become really usable is wearable screens. Perhaps even 3D screens.

The television crowd is currently working on that. When there is enough tv shows on big 3D screens, small 3D eyeglasses will become normal too.

I mean we will need glasses to watch 3D on 50" screens, so why not skip the 50" screen and just use the glasses only?

And what would you rather want right now? A faster computer notebook or a wearable one with 3D glasses?

Comment: Patents are not a natural right (Score 1) 392

by maxm (#30281584) Attached to: Recipient of First Software Patent Defends Them

They are a political and economic tool to advance economic growth and development of new technology.

In the software world where there are many people working on the same problem, and finding the same solutions. Patents are of no use whatsoever.

I would like to be proven wrong though. Is there any examples of software that would not have been developed without software patents?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.