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Comment: And no one cares (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by ugen (#49154483) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

I am watching the "new generation" use the internet/web browser. They don't do it the way we (I?) did. They have little concept of "url" or web site address. Any resource they access is entered into the ever-present search box or "magic combo url bar", as series of search terms or a common name. They rely on the (non-standartized but helpful) search subsystem (usually, Google, but not always) to bring them to the right place. Domain names with their formal fixed format are not part of their use pattern, and I don't expect that to change.

So, let it be .whatever.

Comment: Re:Don't Waste Time Making films (Score 3, Insightful) 698

by ugen (#49129139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter?

This, I'd mod this up.

I love technology as much as the next guy on /., but that's not what makes a human or a human relationship. We are all living but for a limited time, the only question is just how limited.

Spend time with your children now. While you still can - go somewhere with your daughter, take her out of school if necessary. Take a trip to all the places you (and/or, especially, her) wanted to see but couldn't, do things together - go fishing or skiing or walk through Tokyo, whatever you can, while you can. There is nothing like building a shared experience. People live in the memory of those around them - the more of those memories the better.

Your daughter may or may not grow up to be a "geek". She may (and probably should) find her own path in life. But she will remember you for whatever you do now.

If you feel she needs a "hard record" of ut for later - take a few videos, while you do it.

Comment: Whoa (Score 1) 305

by ugen (#49111911) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

So I listen to Pandora about 1-2 hours per day (all of the workout time, and then some). During that time I hear perhaps 20-40 songs, for a total cost of $0.03 - $0.06. That's $1-2 per month, perhaps $10-20 per year.

Not a bad deal I guess. I'd pay them that much for ability to pick songs, of course :)

Comment: Yep, figures (Score 1) 411

by ugen (#49031669) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

I am sure it depends on a chosen technology, though (partly because technology defines selected group of authors).

This percentage would probably go up to low %20-30s in C++/Objective C and the like and well over %50 in C. Assembly would surely be virtually %100.
I wonder what Perl or Python would get, though (probably would fare only a bit better than Java)

Pure speculation, of course.

Comment: Re:Old? (Score 5, Informative) 145

by ugen (#48688855) Attached to: Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

I thought so too at first - China blocks access to any and all google services. But then I realized that the article (and title) are poorly worded. What China did (in addition to already blocking access to the actual google services) - is to block any email sent from/to anyone with a mailbox at That is to say - as a user, you are no longer able to exchange emails with users of various email services based in China.

That is, in fact, somewhat bigger news - they are breaking an intercommunication capability.

Comment: Re:People (Score 4, Insightful) 481

by ugen (#48064925) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Self-preservation. We are people, hence by social contract we (no longer) eat each other. That way each of us can feel safe that others will not consume him. We consider people who violate that rule criminals or insane and deal with them appropriately.

There is no such social contract with animals. We can eat them and they, occasionally, eat humans too.

Comment: Way to be offensive in the apology (Score 3, Insightful) 280

by ugen (#48046323) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

The so-called "apology" is in itself offensive and patronizing. "Drag queens" to LGBT is what "Exotic dancers" are to being a straight woman (or a man, I suppose). The choice of names they used in the example is also not coincidental.

I wonder if reaction would have been different were facebook to require all married women to use their husbands name (Mrs Robinson), and then apologized by way by letting them keep their "Lil Miss Makemeasammich" monikers.

It's only "PC bullshit" until it's your problem.

Comment: Re:Sales figures are news now? (Score 4, Informative) 206

by ugen (#47968979) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Not sure about other products, but here is the recent article about Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung sold 5 million Galaxy 5S phones in the entire month of May (which was evidently the first full month of sales)
The article says that it sold less in its first month than Apple sold iPhones 5S in the same month.

I know there is always a "many Android phones vs one Apple" argument. But numbers are what they are.

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