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Comment: Re:Your grocery store experiments on you ... (Score 1) 115

by Xest (#47555635) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

"There is also consent by action. The casino does A/B testing by offering some a $40 steak dinner plus $40 in chips while it offers others $80 in chips. You clicked on the advertisement/offer, or you opened the envelope that arrived in your postal mail, etc."

Well I think this is the difference, when you sign up to OKCupid you're signing up to a service that's explicitly designed to optimise your chance of meeting someone, so almost by definition you're going to expect them to play around with your profile, their matching algorithm and so forth to optimise that goal.

I'm pretty sure however that no one signing up to Facebook did so with the belief that Facebook would try and play with their emotions to make them unhappy.

Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 534

by Xest (#47555613) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

"Russians don't care as much as we do. They separate private and business life a lot more strongly, from what I gather. Of course there's a lot of propaganda involved as well."

Are you actually serious? The country which suffers corruption to the extent that many people's entire private lives are destroyed to remove competitors due to police corruption separates private and business life more strongly? In Russia people literally get jailed, sometimes even killed in custody because a business competitor paid the police to make sure that happens.

Just yesterday the Hague ruled against Russia to the tune of $50bn because Putin and his cronies did exactly this to Khodorkovsky with no regard to the shareholders that invested honestly ending up also as victims of their personal vendetta:

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 534

by Xest (#47555583) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

"By what objective measures is fascism in Ukraine lower than in most countries across the globe?"

The one I already mentioned, support amongst the electorate for fascism. It's lower than in the UK, France, and likely many other European nations. In the UK support at the European elections for fascist parties (UKIP, BNP, England First, English Democrats and all the others) was riding at around or even slightly above 30%. In France the National Front, a far-right party got 25%.

Even if you believe this is just because people were rebelling in the European elections, or would be swayed by low turnout, you still don't get a vote as low as 2% for these parties in national elections. Only 2% support at a national election for a fascist candidate is incredibly low.

Elections are an expression of the thoughts of the people, and it doesn't really get much more objective than that.

Comment: Don't. (Score 2) 105

by ledow (#47555527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Take a look at some Palm code.

If the hideous restrictions and limits there don't put you off, then find out what they recommend to compile.

Flashy IDE's probably aren't going to be easy to find, there weren't many around in the first place and the majority of stuff I know is just command-line compilers which can plug into any IDE (if you're brave enough).

All I remember of Palm coding was having to break C files into tiny parts, jam them together and hope the individual object files never went over a certain size because the linker had to play all kinds of tricks to load them.

Take a look at something like this:

The base code of which is generally easy to port (Simon Tatham's PORTABLE Puzzle Collection). That Palm version is quite a pain to compile even with the right tools.

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 1) 436

But admitting 'neurological changes' is tantamount to doubting free will, and we just can't have that! Despite any and all evidence to the contrary, it simply must be true that a 'will' or 'self control' exists independent of any squishy brainial biology, yet somehow capable of controlling its function. Never you mind that this makes little sense, or that fiddling with self control through experimental manipulation is practically a psych research hobby, this hypothesis is simply too intuitively attractive to deny!

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 270

dude. he was being snarky because he is ignorant of the way expansion and contraction, dropping your phone, turning on and off your phone, etc. etc. damage the solid state components.

He's just ignorant and flipped off a sarcastic comment without thinking. I've done the same thing myself on other subjects.

It seems dumb and like solid state devices should be impervious to damage.

But run them hot, run them through a lot of on/off cycles or cool/hot cycles and they are damaged and have a lower MTBF.

My god, reading the entire thread, I can't believe anyone took him seriously.

What does he need to do, put it in green text?

Look, for an easier way to find info on this subject google for router antenna's. They have the same problem (solid state but they degrade fairly quickly) and there are a lot more pages exploring why this is true.

My samsung has been hot to the touch many times (so over 100 degrees but probably less than 110- but probably over 110 inside) and heat is a leading cause for solid state parts of routers to go bad.

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 1) 436

Outside of DEA flunkies and hardcore suffering enthusiasts, I don't think that there's much support for skipping opiates(indeed, it is commonly held that pain is under-treated); but there is an awareness that prescription opiates are a fairly common introduction to opiate dependency, especially in populations that would otherwise have few introductions to them.

Unfortunately, we barely know how pain works, and really don't have many alternatives to work with. The painkillers that aren't addictive are mostly OTC junk that pain barely notices, and the ones that actually work are typically close relatives of quite addictive compounds. At least the pillheads get their fix manufactured under FDA quality control rules, which makes them safer than the junkies.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 270

The others didn't pick up your snark.

Look- every time you turn on and off your phone, it suffers damage.

Every time you drop your phone, it suffers from damage.

Electronics which are operated outside of their heat range suffer damage.

Expansion and contraction of solid state electronic devices causes damage.

Now... how about you stop being a snarky troll.

Comment: Re:just a thought... (Score 1) 105

I vaguely remember some talk about an emulator at one point; but aside from that the two OSes have essentially zero in common. WebOS was (in my opinion) sadly underrated and died tragically young (I wouldn't be surprised if the situation has improved markedly; but back when 'Android tablet' meant 'Motorola Xoom running 3.0' it wasn't even fair how superior webOS was... Now that LG has it, it's probably gone to shit.); but it had absolutely no relation to palmOS, other than organizational.

Comment: Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (Score 2) 105

The 'conduit' synchronization concept was pretty good as well (in an environment where 'eh, it's a computer, just give it TCP/IP and call it a day.' was not yet practical). The actual sync client, at least for Windows, was a total piece of shit; but conceptually the 'conduits' model was about the nicest flavor of PDA synchronization available before the rise of handhelds with their own data connections. PalmOS never handled those particularly neatly.

Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 2) 105

If you and everybody else responsible for the code running on the device aren't sloppy programmers, perhaps...

Even if your code is perfect, you still run the risk of having the other guy's program start scribbling over yours unless you feel like re-implementing absolutely everything whose behavior you don't entirely trust.

Comment: Re:... Exclusion?! (Score 1) 408

Who said anything about drinking from a cup? Not every convenience store has a fountain, and even if they do the performance is inconsistent. Vending machines are definitely not fountains. There's no "cup" a lot of times.

There were many times in my Coke-drinking days when I'd partially empty a 20 oz. I just hated wasting the stuff; but I knew I didn't want to drink all of it. It always went flat before I wanted any more.

BTW, the Mexican cokes are still a bit too big. 12 oz. (355 ml) or half-liter. I find 12 oz., poured over ice and shared with somebody is best; although I can tolerate 12 oz. The half-liter is a disturbing trend. The Mexicans certainly don't need it, since they just surpassed the US in obesity.

BTW, I knew the original coke bottle was smaller and found this article about 6.5 oz. bottles.. Sigh... apparently this was available in the UK not that long ago? Maybe they'll bring it back to the US and finally reverse the trend. The original size was just about right. Yes, I'd pay more per oz., but I'd pay the same per *serving*.

Can the Coke executives get that through their heads? Some of us are desiring a *serving*, not a "most ounces for the buck". Wondering what to do with the excess soda, or being suckered into finishing more than you need... is not a pleasant experience. Having a right-sized glass bottle with real sugar in it, that's what some of us want.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir