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Comment: Absolutely (Score 1) 145

by schreiend (#47660953) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution
In the recent decades we've been eyewitnesses to the revolutionary breakthroughs in such fields as energy, transportation, healthcare, and space industry, to name a few. The technologies emerged are nowadays pretty much ubiquitous and impossible to go without in day to day life. Yet the hardware IT industry is stuck with Moore's law and silicon, and there's even an embarrassing retreat to functional programming in the software branch.

Comment: Speed reading (Score 1) 224

by schreiend (#46691753) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
I had been learning it about 20 years ago; developing ability to cherry-pick key words and to absorb the _rough_ meaning of the whole page in a couple of seconds was one of the keystones of the technique. They promised it won't hurt when reading fiction, but it actually turned into inability to enjoy the reading itself. On the other hand, it did help to digest tons of technical books, so I'm not complaining.

Comment: Re:Why are commies such prudes? (Score 1) 420

by schreiend (#30521292) Attached to: The Chinese Route To a Web Free of Porn
"There were even organizations such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which advocated complete celibacy for both sexes. All children were to be begotten by artificial insemination (artsem, it was called in Newspeak) and brought up in public institutions. The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct, or, if it could not be killed, then to distort it and dirty it. He did not know why this was so, but it seemed natural that it should be so." George Orwell, 1984

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