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Comment: Re:Starting to get weary of clickbait "journalism" (Score 1) 45

by murkwood7 (#48523729) Attached to: Pantry Pests Harbor Plastic-Chomping Bacteria

They don't write like that for clickbait. They write like that because it's easier to read.

Seems to me that click-baiters also write like that.

How do you tell the difference? Without just "knowing"? i.e., There are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of scholarly sites. And entirely unknown numbers of click-baiters.

Comment: If we wait to colonize space, we never will! (Score 2) 59

by murkwood7 (#48490897) Attached to: Test Flight For NASA's Orion Capsule Slated for December 4

The only way to ensure human survival is to colonize space. Starting with this solar system but eventually moving on to others.

The only way to colonize space is to fucking START COLONIZING SPACE.

I believe that if we wait to start colonizing space something, space rock, super volcano, radical islamists, pick your poison, will destroy the possibility of survival.

+ - Have we reached peak gadgetry?->

Submitted by murkwood7
murkwood7 (807159) writes "This story:, made me think more on the subject of "peak gadgetry". An example of what I think of as "peak gadgetry" would be the current smartphones. They all look, and essentially operate, the same. Wearables, as exemplified by "smart watches", don't seem to add anything compelling to the mix. Short of something like nanonics, a la Peter Hamilton's "Nights Dawn" trilogy, I don't see anything on the horizon to replace smartphones or revolutinize communications.

Personal transportion hasn't quite caught up to peakness, maybe. I don't know that electric vehicles are it or not. EVs are slowly gaining popularity (maybe like early days of cellphones, say early 1990's).

I'm seeing an increase in the number of stories about consumer purchasing falling off, with more and more desperation on the part of marketing and sales departments. I'm only mildly surprised that no government has tried to mandate something like google glass to force advertisements on their citizens. Or something equally onerous!

Is this possibly the beginning of the end for capitalism?

As an aside. Apple has made me, an American who loves his country, hate them (Apple). I could not possibly care less about their fortunes. But I can still read articles about them for industry and cultural trends."

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Comment: Re:News flash (Score 1) 115

by murkwood7 (#48474253) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Since I am based in Europe, I do observe these tendencies with some level fascination. It is just as if the US envies Europe the dark ages of non-enlightenment and wants to go into something similar to compensate.

I don't know that it is envy.

We do have a segment of the population believing that "we can do it better". Whether or not "it" is worth doing at all.

Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 1) 454

by murkwood7 (#48448841) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Compared to a computer, a human is utterly incompetent to operate any heavy machinery...

Compared to a cockroach, humans in general are utterly incompetent to breed.

Your point is? You don't have a point. To live is to experience. If you don't want to experience anything...

Comment: Re:How do you do it? (Score 2) 51

by murkwood7 (#48411679) Attached to: Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

There are several tutorials on youtube on how to do overtone (also called throat) singing. She doesn't cover it, because probably there's enough of it already.

"Throat singing" involves operating the vocal cords while inhaling. This lady, Anna-Maria Hefele, at least, is NOT doing that.

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

Yet another reason not to use biometrics to unlock devices.

Sorry, this is off-topic but I haven't found the proper place...

"I'm sorry, your QUESTION must be in the form of A QUESTION! -- What husbands would say if they only had the guts #31"

My wife simply asks the WRONG question: "Do you want to (whatever chore or other disagreeable thing)". My reply: No, I don't WANT to (whatever), but if you ask me nicely, I will"

I've been saying this for 22 years now. That qualifies me as insane, correct?

Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. -- Ambrose Bierce