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Comment "Think of the children" (Score 1) 292

Once it gets into the hands of the pubescents out there, any social norms may be thrown out the window. Today's kids grew up w/ the likes of FB/twitter/etc, and saw no problems with sharing everything about their lives on the 'net. Today, many or most do not care that they are constantly broadcasting their location to the ether, with GPS accuracy (I might add, as most of us put up with the fact that we broadcast our locations to cell towers at all times). Tomorrow's kids, once price and availability for Glass (or something like it) are more consumer oriented, will glom onto it as a favorite new toy. There will be lots of apps and utilities; new social sites designed for Glass such as FacePalm (tm) that the kids will flock to (until their parents learn how to use it); and they will create their own games and memes.


Hey you kids, quit looking at my lawn!

Comment Re:Science Works! (Score 1) 129

Ok, troll, wtf, I have a few minutes:

1) "Why do these stupid Christians keep challenging established FACT"

Religion is based on faith. Facts are more or less irrelevant.

2) "We all know how planets form"

No, we don't. We've got some good theories, and they will be fine-tuned as more and better observations (facts) are made.

3) "Science Works!"

Well, one out of three is better than nothing, I guess.

"Computers are like Old Testament gods: lots of rules and no mercy" - Joseph Campbell

Comment Re:Since when have I used the word "offensive" ? (Score 1) 276

The fact that you posted anon made me wonder if you were the OP (Taco Cowboy). As did the use of the colloquialism for someone who asked forgiveness for English being a second language for him.

I'm not trying to be pedantic here. The point (continues) to be, on a broader level, that it's harder to convey anything, especially emotions, via the written word. It's easy to misinterpret the written word (note the unintentional information that your post conveyed to me).

Enough of the discussion about the discussion. Back to the important subject, I was thinking about your statement "I was sad that people having to rely on an old fiction to understand the true nature of the human society."

In a way, it's sort of a good thing. It means times have been good. We should aspire to longer and longer periods of "good times". And the memories of the bad times will only be available via the written word (and other media, of course, which may change the equation some).

Of course, a problem is that once we lose that emotional, visceral feeling, we go back to doing the things that lead to the bad times.

Comment Re:Word unlocked. (Score 1) 276

Excellent point. The Romans did this kind of thing, too. For example, Sulla did this with Gaius Marius.

My original thought was that any despotic system with one person having absolute power tends to produce these types of results. Then I remembered that Marius was during the Roman Republic.

So I revised my thought to: This is what humans do on occasion.

Comment Re:Fixed summary for you (Score 2, Insightful) 398

After WWII, taxes were very high for decades to pay it off. So I guess we didn't get free again 'til, what, the 80's? Ah, yes, Reagan's tax-busting. My taxes and my friends taxes went up, but we were young and just starting out, so we didn't count. Millionaires did well, and that's what counts.

Comment Re:Worthless-pedia (Score 1) 219

Well sure. Once, for a report, I thought I'd get away with something by using an old, unpopular encyclopedia. I got a C for it, which meant I did adequately well on copying from an encyclopedia as most of the other students did. I learned a good lesson from that. Anyways, nothing too much different, except "on the internet".

Comment Re:wikipedia is bad and you should feel bad (Score 1) 219

I on the other hand use it constantly. All about the Dinosaur I just read about. A baseball players career. Comparitive stats of a B-17 and a Lancaster.

I take it w/ a grain of salt when looking up something that could be controversial or self-serving in some manner. Mostly I don't use the wiki for that kind of thing.

But for the other kind of thing, I love it.

Comment Re:check the article on imperialism.. (Score 1) 219

and hold strong to your chair not to fall from it while you are laughing. There is German imperialism, "Soviet-Russian" imperialism. But no, UK is not there. Rule, Britannia..

What? from the wiki..."Although imperialist practices have existed for thousands of years, the term "Age of Imperialism" generally refers to the activities of nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States in the early 18th through the middle 20th centuries".

I did a quick count: 14 other references to Brit.

I'm laughing.

Comment Re:Lazarides is one cause of Blackberry's problems (Score 1) 118

That was an interesting article. Thanks for the link.

To me, the strengths of the BB are: the physical keyboard, good battery life, rock-solid email.

I will be issued the new BB shortly. No keyboard: I'll adapt, I imagine. I've have an itouch, so I'm familiar w/ soft keyboards. I don't think I'll ever be as fast as with a physical keyboard. I'm a touch-typist, so the adaptive typing may not be too useful to me because I can typically type out a word faster than I can look at the choices presented. Depending on the implementation, I might find speed gains with large words that are hard to type, such as "convenience". I could see that being very, er, convenient for me.

I still expect the rock-solid email. Battery life? I expect to do like other smart phone users: Always have a charging station available. Always plug it in while in the car. Etc.

Did you ever use or become expert with the BB's with the physical keyboard? When you switched to soft-keys, how long did it take to get up to the speed that you had with the hard-keys?


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