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Comment Re:iterative innovation (Score 5, Insightful) 417

Indeed. Standing on the shoulders of a giant and all that.

I think what TFA refers to by "true invention" is a big enough, or sudden enough iterative innovation.

In this day and age, all scientists and innovators talk to each other all the time, and are aware of each other's work. There is no guy working for years in secrecy in his shed anymore. Hence the perceived - but false - lack of "true invention".

Comment Re:And the best vantage point.. (Score 5, Insightful) 225

Television or the internet. They'll have great footage made by professional astronomers, along with commentaries from said astronomers. As opposed to you sitting in your garden with a pair of binos, seeing nothing at all and freezing your balls off while your wife screams at you because you're late for dinner.

Comment Yeah it's useful... and horrible at the same time (Score 1) 305

As much as I hate to admit it, I find Google search's autocomplete very useful in two cases:

- To check someone's exact name. For instance, if I hear "this song is called "Baby I wawawawa" written by "Jim Wawawawa" on the radio, without catching the song's title or author completely, I can type "baby I Jim" and usually Google finds the answer before I type enter.

- To check spelling.

This said, I've also experienced the effect of having something stick to my name in the Google autocomplete. Fortunately it was a long time ago, and my rigorous personal rule of staying strictly anonymous on the internet seems to be paying off, as Google seems to slowly forget about me. The autocomplete has been replaced by something that's happened to a guy who bears the same name as me, so it's all good for me.

So essentially, I find Google to be a constant, looming danger to my own privacy, but it's great to find out about others and other things. Of course...

Comment Re:Too bad this isn't on Europa (Score 2) 39

Too bad this isn't on Europa, *and* there isn't a single black monoliths in sight, *and* Jupiter (well, Saturn, Jupiter is nowhere in sight either) isn't collapsing in on itself and isn't turning into a second sun, *and* there isn't a human crewed spacecraft there, *and* we're not receiving an ominous warning not to land there, *and* neither a psychotic computer nor Roy Scheider are involved, or you would be able to make a 2001/2010 reference.

Comment Re:Blah blah blah (Score 2, Informative) 89

Blah blah blah I'm Bruce Perens and I'm so wonderful. I get such a kick out of submitting my own worthless shit to the front page.

The AC got modded down to oblivion for this comment, and given how it was written and how fast some mods pull the trigger, I'm not surprised.

However, you've got to admit that a Slashdot submission that reads "xxx writes: a 24-page FCC created by xxx proposes that..." make xxx appear insufferably conceited and self-obsessed, be xxx Bruce Perens or anybody else.

Comment Simple solution (Score 5, Insightful) 171

Don't feel forced to use gadgetry. There's something called "life" that doesn't require much of it to be enjoyed.

When I was younger, I used to enjoy immersing myself in the latest and greatest toys, back in the 80s and 90s. Many things were new and fun. Nowadays the things of the future presented at shows like CES seem more like evolutions of existing concepts. Nothing really earth-shatteringly new.

As a result, I must admit I've pretty much lost interest, and the fog of high-tech addiction has cleared so to speak. I've realized that a simpler life is more enjoyable and less stressful. Not to mention, non-early-adopters tend to waste a lot less money than those who can't wait to buy the latest semi-working banana product doodah.

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