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Comment: Re:Don't go to school for languages... (Score 1) 149

by thoughtlover (#46248599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?
I agree with the parent. You already have knowledge on low-level programming and many basic concepts firmly-grounded. School is only going to cost you more money, in the long run. It sounds like you have the propensity to self-educate and there are many free, online courses for you to choose from --even be graded on. Don't waste money on what you can learn in your free-time.

Comment: Re:Web Dev easier (Score 1) 167

by thoughtlover (#46165223) Attached to: Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

I can say that my request FINALLY made it into FF!

When using the "Inspect Element" function, all colors in the 'Rules' column were expressed in 8-bit RGB --a pain which forces designers/developers to use another app to convert the values to 8-bit hex. Now all values default to 8-bit hex and have a small 'swatch' filled with the color. Very handy!

Thank you to all the people that worked on this feature 'upgrade' --I read all of your posts on Bugzilla and stayed as active with it as needed.

Comment: Re:Sign the petition (Score 1) 277

by thoughtlover (#46147393) Attached to: Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Sometimes dredge waste is called "silt" or even "mud".

Oh well, the Great Barrier reef will be dead in a few decades anyway from rising sea temperatures, some no real harm done.

/bitter_cynicism

The real harm is the lowering of the pH. NOAA says the ocean is responsible for nearly 50% of the oxygen on this planet where others say it's up to 80%. Regardless, it's been belching CO2 back into the atmosphere instead of processing it in warmer areas near the equator. Too much CO2 and carbonic acid forms and the ocean gets more acidic. Bad for zooplankton, invertebrates and fish, but good for jellyfish and bacteria. As of 2005, there were something like 170 known dead zones around the world. We're losing the greatest diversity we will never know.

Comment: Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (Score 1) 92

by thoughtlover (#46063077) Attached to: Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

Indeed. Chris Jordan's Midway Atoll filmshoot made me rethink using disposable plastic *anything*, especially bright colors: On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

Comment: Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 1) 628

by thoughtlover (#46018619) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

So you can not torture a plant or make it suffer.

Don't tell that to some of the plants I've seen in my office. I often end up watering them because no one else does.

That’s why it would feel more painful to watch someone rip the legs off a spider than watch someone rip the legs off a cat or horse or chimpanzee.

That sounds backwards. I'd hate to see either --but I'd definitely hate to hear a cat/horse/chimp get their legs torn off, much less watch such a grotesque action.

They have a much smaller capacity to suffer.

I'm no angel, but I was fascinated how a daddy-longleg spider's leg would keep moving after it was ripped from their body. I did it a couple times before I could plainly see/feel they were suffering. Really, I can't judge how much a creature suffers more than another.

So there’s a spectrum of animals ordered by how self-aware they are and how complex their thinking is: spiders, fish, chickens, ravens, octopus, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses, dolphins, gorillas, chimpanzees, humans... roughly something like that.

I can't remember the German band's name, but they had a nice take on that order: GermWormFishAmphibianReptileMammalManOblivion

Everyone draws a line on the spectrum, whether consciously or unconsciously, what they are comfortable with. Some people are fine eating fish and chicken, but not pigs and cows. Other people are fine eating pigs and cows, but not chimpanzees, who are almost human. Some people are even fine eating chimpanzees and feel no empathy when they shout and panic.

A friend and I were talking about how interesting it is that we love our dogs in the western world, but in parts of Asia it's completely acceptable to eat dogs. The USA over-indulges on cow meat, but in India it's a sacred offense to do so. There's no way I'm eating cheese with a bunch of live worms crawling around in it. What people find acceptable to eat is culturally bound.

Comment: Re:I don't see why this was unexpected (Score 1) 564

by thoughtlover (#45921013) Attached to: PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

This just isn't news to me. There is a large percentage of people that don't really need a PC todo what they do. play online, email, Social media, shop, pictuers, etc.... Until a few years ago the PC was the only way todo this so, they bought a PC. They bought an item that designed todo work and tweeked for home use, so it was overly complex for most. Along came the smart phone and tablet. Small, portable, works, it's SIMPLE and does everything they want/need it todo. Couple that with the slowing of PC speeds advances and new techknology, it is no wornder PC sales are down. They will continue to go down until they reach their new equilibrium.

Not to be snide, but you sure have a lot to say about a 'no news' story.

Comment: Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (Score 1) 539

Two parties? Apologies, maybe it's the distance, but from over here in Europe it looks like the US has only one party with two slightly differing wings.

No, we do have two parties... I keep telling my friends and family that the two-party system is alive and well in the USA. The government and corporations are the two parties. Corporations (monied interests) have been trying to subvert the constitution since the country was formed*. The fact that we have a two-party system where nothing seemingly works beyond status quo belies the fact that we could have a representative government (or a third party; Green, Libertarian, Constitutionalist, etc.) and it still wouldn't work. TJ knew this when he saw the power special interests were exerting over the Federalist party*. His vain, and probably goodhearted, attempt to distance his virtues from that corruption resulted in another corrupt party, the Democratic party.

Money from special interests keeps real reform from being legislated, plain and simple. Congress still refuses to talk about term-limits, so we're looking at career politicians for some time. At some point, people seem to be inherently greedy and lose any moral compass they may once have had. So that's why I tell my friends, we do have a two-party system. Government and Corporations. SCOTUS really screwed the general public with the Citizens United case.

* “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” --Thomas Jefferson, 1814.

Comment: Re:Hot tip? (Score 1) 215

by thoughtlover (#45853087) Attached to: The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

Where is the "hot tip on how to know if your own machines have been owned"?

Apparently it's in the first link --Here's the tip:

"He also left IT security managers with a handy tip to begin their search. He suggested they search for suspect traffic sent via the UDP protocol and secured by the RC6 encryption algorithm developed and freely released by RSA Technologies, which prior leaks suggest was the recipient of a $10 million prize for its efforts to aid the NSA."

Comment: Re:Hot tip? (Score 1) 215

by thoughtlover (#45853015) Attached to: The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

Where is the "hot tip on how to know if your own machines have been owned"?

It seems the 'hot tip' was to get clicks. The best I came away with as a 'tip' is already obvious --don't buy from Cisco, Huawei, or Juniper. Other tips I can think of are, 1. Because of TAO hardware interceptions, buy used via Craigslist, and 2. Run a Linux-based firewall that can block selective traffic like MS Crash Reporter.

Comment: Re:Touch support is significant (Score 1) 234

by thoughtlover (#45821097) Attached to: Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

A Wacom tablet can distinguish proximity ("hover") from contact ("click), but the iPad's touch screen cannot, and touch-based browsers tend to wait a few hundred milliseconds to make sure the user isn't trying to use a scroll or zoom gesture.

The delay could be ignored if the pad sensed a stylus in the hover-zone (thus ignoring contact with the side of the hand). I'd like to see something like this to replace a Cintiq so I could draw wherever I wanted. However, I want to use it for 3D apps and Photoshop, so iOS definitely isn't going to make the grade. Why ol Stevie didn't make something like this to cater to the creatives at Pixar, I really can't say. Apple's been ignoring the creative pros for some time and FCP X was the final smack in the face. I think they're headed toward the bloated product lines and lack of forward-thinking they suffered after the board fired Jobs in the 80s.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"

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