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Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

Some people once thought a Dr. Who original episode, once shown, was straight up garbage. Ask a widower if he'd like copies of all old emails, text messages, etc from his spouse. Straight up garbage to you and me, but to him, maybe not. I think we are producing data that is of interest to N people (N >0) at a rate that outpaces our ability to store them. But this does not keep me lying awake at night. So long, as you point out, I have an archival procedure for all the junk I care about.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

I worry that we are producing more things that could potentially be stored digitally at an exponential rate, (data never sleeps 3.0) and at some point, it's all just going to be so much noise. But the way the internet works currently, find a passion, find a dozen people who share the passion, and you can restore or maintain digital data for . . . a while.

Comment Re:It's nothing to do with "you" (Score 1) 168

I'm sorry, but I think this definition is too far-fetched. A dead person bombarded by light will be observed, eg absorb particles and emit particles, but has no consciousness. The person is dead. The ability to interact with the external world is not consciousness. It's a part of being in the world (Thermodynamics anyone?).

Comment Re:I know a lot about this comment (Score 1) 281

Confidence is rarely related to competence, and may be a factor why there are so few women leaders. Similarly, I suggest sometimes coding requires more confidence than competence, making men more suited to this discipline. (Ugly code out there, eventually made to work by brute force).

Comment And make believe occurs when? (Score 5, Insightful) 235

It saddens me. This takes away a child's ability to put words in Barbie's mouth. It also helps parents abdicate the responsibility of answering the child's questions themselves. Why should a child turn to talking Barbie? Because, like the ipad, it keeps the parent free to ignore parenting a little bit more. Inevitable, I guess, but sad.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 35

Looks to me like it's just a question of, has any serious manufacturer tried their hand at it. Many routes exist to synthesize the Al NPs (see "Methods for synthesis of Al NPs ) and whoever licenses the technology will figure out how to make them cheaply. I mean, you could just do it in a giant glovebox to avoid the problem of the Al oxidizing.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 698

I think this is where we get to the information in the summary that managers type almost 6x as many characters as programmers, and they like to feel like they're in charge, so dream on, programmers, the managers, who mimic the secretaries of yesteryear in their lack of a need for control keys or other useful keys, will keep things as they''ve always been.

Comment Re:Yes, more people is better (Score 1) 365

You wrote: "Bad stuff disappear by attrition while good product are shared."

I wish it would happen much quicker, though. Example: I think I need an app. I read a CNET review of the best app for that specific purpose. I download it, install it, and it doesn't do what I want and what the CNET review said it would. Many thousands have downloaded this selfsame app. WTF? How do I know which is a quality app when android users and writers supposedly reviewing the products will settle so low?

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