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Comment: My company has one, ... (Score 1) 131

by spads (#47377121) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
though it neither seems seriously pushed, nor does it divert from other, more practical modes of communication. It is mainly just there, perhaps as a pleasant, occasional distraction. My company places too high a premium on actual, focused activity to push it.

If I was tempted to experiment with a SN, it would likely be a somewhat contained one, like a CSN, because I don't believe in just "opening my (actual) self up to the world".

Comment: Re:Anyone who knows street parking in San Francisc (Score 1) 404

by spads (#47309425) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App
Ok, then the city should implement it and maintain a queue. Then they just need to install a sensor on all the spots which only allows the correct user to plug the meter (or simply activates a sign marking as "Occupied" if cost free) when the correct cell phone is identified to be proximal to it.

Comment: Re:Why are his opinions on guns or... (Score 1) 224

by spads (#47224683) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions
I would say you are mainly right. However important the issue might be, the question probably shouldn't have been included in the first place. Probably just /. wanting to stoke up its follower-base.

Though the topic was "ask anything", he is not an authority of any kind on that subject, though, on the other hand, perhaps he is about as much of one as anyone, and /. does encompass other issues than tech, such as politics and guns (e.g. 3-D printing of), and, certainly, regulartion and (legal/govt) controls seem to be a mainstay.

Comment: Re:Why are his opinions on guns or... (Score 1) 224

by spads (#47223687) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions
Your point is certainly arguable, but I would say that gun ownership and open source are highly related concepts in the abstract. Both fundamentally involve empowerment. I think the only arguable downside to gun ownership (which by no means outweights its advantages) is guns' unfortunate empowerment of wimps and nutcases.

Comment: I don't know why /. keeps posting this tripe. (Score 2) 1198

by spads (#47111503) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
And I am really not in the mood to exhaust myself (to some measureable extent) (once more) (is that the actual intent???) refuting A, B, C, and D,..., in such as this standard, packaged doggerel. Perhaps I will at least read the thing (first line or two) at some point, given some level of boredom.

All I can say, is learn to think for yourself, see what makes sense to you, do your best to comport yourself in a reasonable way, all things considered.

Heraclitus: Latent structure is master of obvious structure.

Neil Young: There's more to the picture, than meets the eye, hey-hey, my-my.

Andersen: The Emperor has no clothes!

Comment: Most importantly, you've got be strong for her, (Score 1) 552

by spads (#47076207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?
And that might necessitate your chilling her out a bit. I would say that would be first. Then, you might want to try to see if she feels up to establish some basic communication methods. What someone said about a board with letters that are pointed to sounds good. First think I thought of was blinking for morse code. She needs to be able to tell you anything she might need to. Then some rest and monitoring are probably in order. What someone else said about establishing a baseline for responsiveness (e.g. via digital camera/software) might also be useful.

Hopefully, you've got good medical support, but always rely on your own judgement first and foremost. Stay chill and hang in!

Comment: Air pressure is necessary, because... (Score 2) 360

it holds the water column together (so gravity can act on it), but to say that it is driven by air pressure makes no sense, because if I am not mistaken (?) air pressure should be greater at lower altitudes (no?), so that it should push it up the hose, which it presumably does to a minor extent.

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