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How To Be Popular On Facebook, Quantified 97

Hugh Pickens writes "Network World reports that Facebook has just released an analysis of the word usage for about one million status updates from its US English speakers with the words in updates organized into 68 different word categories based on the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC)--a text analysis software program that calculates the degree to which people use different categories of words across a wide array of texts. The results? To be popular on Facebook all you have to do is write longer status updates, talk about music and sports, don't be overly emotional, don't talk about your family, don't refer to time and use the word 'you' a lot. Facebook's study also confirms something that bloggers and Fox News have known for years: negative comments produce more online activity. Sure, Facebook users might click the like button more often on updates expressing positive emotion. But Facebook found you can't beat negativity for user engagement, as dismal status updates garnered more comments than positive ones."

Comment I don't really care (Score 1) 1348

The real reason for linux is the freedom for me as a developer. But in a modern world where I have to edit video, make music and edit pictures, Windows or Mac is a required choice too.

Having to spend $100 on a windows desktop does not matter a bit to me. Nor to most other people I would expect.

As a software developer on the server end I am happy that there is a relatively lightweight desktop interface on my dev machine that runs virtualised in Virtualbox under Windows 7.

If open source developers are a big enough audience to keep that alive, then that is good enough for me.

I could not care less if my mother switched to linux.

Comment Computes have not been getting faster - not really (Score 1) 264

Although we are still somewhat following Moores law, out computers have not become that much faster over the last years.

They have, however, become smaller and cheaper. So if you extrapolate from that, he is spot on.

And all we need for really small computers to become really usable is wearable screens. Perhaps even 3D screens.

The television crowd is currently working on that. When there is enough tv shows on big 3D screens, small 3D eyeglasses will become normal too.

I mean we will need glasses to watch 3D on 50" screens, so why not skip the 50" screen and just use the glasses only?

And what would you rather want right now? A faster computer notebook or a wearable one with 3D glasses?

Comment Patents are not a natural right (Score 1) 392

They are a political and economic tool to advance economic growth and development of new technology.

In the software world where there are many people working on the same problem, and finding the same solutions. Patents are of no use whatsoever.

I would like to be proven wrong though. Is there any examples of software that would not have been developed without software patents?

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