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Comment Freefall webcomic offers insight in this (Score 1) 129

The ingenious webcomic Freefall is currently all about the problematics of robot and ai interactions, funny and wise, it gives an array of suggestions and ideas for which kinds of thinking can be useful or risky, it is worth reading from the beginning Link to current Link to first

Comment year-month-event structure and then picasa (Score 1) 259

1) First, to avoid total chaos, make a strict year-month-event structure of all photos and use name of place if no event!... 2) Picasa is the ONLY program that automatically lists all photos without any import/export and database, and all tags you add in Picasa are stored on the photos, edits are stored too if you press the blue save icon, which copies the originals to a (hidden) subfolder. Picasa also has a great face recognition engine, in preferences you must turn "save nametags to photo" for this to make sense!... 1b) Optionally, after sorting into event folders, you can do yourself a real favour by auto-renaming all your photos; I use Hazel for mac to give my photos the name 'event+month+date+year+time+iso+cameraname+filename' (from foldername and exif), then i can search for any event/place, know if it is likely to be noisy (high iso) and avoid duplicate finder programs or people accidentally deleting photos with the same name... The renaming program should look into subfolders so all your files can be renamed at once, after setting it up and testing:)

Comment less meat, more food (Score 1) 452

* by eating 30% less meat the difference here would be gone, and western people would have a healthier life too * by eating only vegetarian food, there would be more than enough organic produce for twice the current world population * by using permacultural and forest gardening principles the global soil, water and biodiversity will be sustained, while providing an amble crop for a low meat, vegetarian or vegan society

Comment cloudyness (Score 1) 153

the biggest breach lately is by far the sony playstation, in the cloud the place with most personal data is now facebook, in the cloud the personal emails are in typically in the cloud documents and address books are going to the cloud fast while a phone may get stolen or lost, the big things are on the net an easy solution about mobile devices are to have the data be wiped when away from the user, and then just pull what is needed back when the user is close chrome laptop is one example of this, and new phones could be made the same way, could easily respond to an rfid chip in the clothes or purse

Submission + - Elderly Georgian woman cuts Armenian internet (

welcher writes: "An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper with a spade when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to nearly all of neighbouring Armenia.

The fibre-optic cable near Tiblisi, Georgia, supplies about 90% of Armenia's internet so the woman's unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours. Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected.

Dubbed "the spade-hacker" by local media, the woman is being investigated on suspicion of damaging property. She faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted."

Comment everyone should be using newtons then (Score 1) 716

back in the days apple newton was sold at all stores; it was pretty useless and doomed with a heavy pricetag! i tried android tablets, no update and no external keyboard option, only for one samsung model so you are stuck with that brand; if there was a standard for periferials that would cause more trust, when all tablet producers make their own confusing interface and block updating of course there will be lack of trust. the ipad is simply very good hardware and very good software (not perfect, alas!) coupled with a functioning ecosystem of apps grown from iphone while keeping the same connector so most thirdparty devices are working, spreading trust in users. palmpilot was once the main pocket computer on the market and destroyed by everchanging models with different interfaces and stiffened innovation, had they kept to the slow and steady development that apple do, we would all be seeing palms now (their interface is still faster for looking up appointments, adresses and taking notes than the iphone)

Comment Re:We need more honestly dumb software. (Score 1) 272

As seen in the many postings replying to the link, the problem seems to be windows 7 using the battery "design capacity" value which in many cases are wrong, thus making the warning and possible causing haywire in the charging system Thus it is a real issue with many new batteries of various types and m$ is flatly denying it without reading the possible solution and test suggestions in the comment thread...

Submission + - Windows Phone 7 To Axe Multitasking (

macs4all writes: Under the "Hmmm, maybe Apple wasn't so dumb after all" department, OS News reports that Windows Phone 7 (a/k/a Windows Mobile 7) will not allow multitasking, and, unlike previous versions of Windows Mobile, will only allow "signed" apps to be uploaded through an online store. This is a radical departure from Microsoft's previous versions of Windows Mobile, and is likely an attempt by the software giant to counter widespread complaints regarding WM's lackluster performance, and to improve security.

Comment homeschooled and highly sensitive (Score 1) 1324

After my first 3 years in state school i was homeschooled for 3 years, and learned much faster and more than my former classmates, when i went back to school i had become used to the quiet and effective learning, and was totally shocked and outcast in a rough, tough, loud and unnatural world with awful food and daily beatings. Although getting brilliant exams i had to quit university and society due to the traumatic years in the state school, later reading the "sudbury valley school experience" i realized how absolutely unnessesary the forced schooling system is and the "highly sensitive person" theory i now support all kinds of homeschooling or private schooling with the knowledge of the vast differences between each child and how children can seem perfectly happy while being forced into submission, physical and mental torture

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