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Comment Re:I'm a lawyer (Score 1) 369

Agreed - the client contact is the key bit. My job (business analyst) is in the same boat: most of the grunt work can easily be automated, but the real reason they pay me is to listen to people's stories and figure out what they really want, even though they lack the training to articulate it. Even in 20 years, a computer will have a hard time ignoring the reason you *said* you came to the office, and acting based on the real reason you're here.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 399

When I choose an operating system, I can't choose to have the Linux kernel plus the OSX GUI plus DirectX libraries. I have to consider the total package. As an ordinary consumer, my priorities are as follows:
  1. Attractive, intuitive and jargon-free GUI
  2. Instant compatibility with the programs and devices I already use
  3. Everything else

So you can see why Linux's improved virtualization options are not cornering the market.


The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286

Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.

Neal Stephenson Unveils His Digital Novel Platform 157

pickens writes "The NY Times reports that Neal Stephenson's company Subutai has released the first installment of Stephenson's new novel, Mongoliad, about the Mongol invasion of Europe, using what it calls the PULP platform for creating digital novels. The core of the experience is still a text novel, but authors can add additional material like background articles, images, music, and video and there are also social features that allow readers to create their own profiles, earn badges for activity on the site or in the application, and interact with other readers. Stephenson says the material is an extension of what many science fiction and fantasy novels already offer. 'I can remember reading Dune for the first time, and I started by reading the glossary,' Stephenson says. 'Any book that had that kind of extra stuff in it was always hugely fascinating to me.' Jeremy Bornstein says Subutai is experimenting with a new model for publishing books and says the traditional model of paying for content may not hold up when the content can 'be canned and sent around to your friends for free,' but that people will hopefully still pay for content if 'the experience is so much more rich, so much more involving.'"

Comment Re:Why so discriminating? (Score 3, Interesting) 1036

He told me that the Sodom and Gomorrah story is about hospitality law and not homosexuality.

This is supported by Ezekiel chapter 16:

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me.

The men of Sodom were certainly sodomites, but that's not why their city burned.

Comment Re:Then why not C? (Score 1) 663

If I had to start with assembly I would have left the programming field entirely after that first high school course. Fortunately, they started me on something more approachable (C++, although Python would have been even better) where you can have a working program within an hour of sitting down at the keyboard for the first time.

Estimating Game Piracy More Accurately 459

An anonymous reader tips a post up at the Wolfire blog that attempts to pin down a reasonable figure for the amount of sales a game company loses due to piracy. We've commonly heard claims of piracy rates as high as 80-90%, but that clearly doesn't translate directly into lost sales. The article explains a better metric: going on a per-pirate basis rather than a per-download basis. Quoting: "iPhone game developers have also found that around 80% of their users are running pirated copies of their game (using jailbroken phones). This immediately struck me as odd — I suspected that most iPhone users had never even heard of 'jailbreaking.' I did a bit more research and found that my intuition was correct — only 5% of iPhones in the US are jailbroken. World-wide, the jailbreak statistics are highest in poor countries — but, unsurprisingly, iPhones are also much less common there. The highest estimate I've seen is that 10% of worldwide iPhones are jailbroken. Given that there are so few jailbroken phones, how can we explain that 80% of game copies are pirated? The answer is simple — the average pirate downloads a lot more games than the average customer buys. This means that even though games see that 80% of their copies are pirated, only 10% of their potential customers are pirates, which means they are losing at most 10% of their sales."

Comment Re:no reform. (Score 1) 2044

Yes, if you pulled everybody out of Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow you could fund this health care bill. But that would cause far more people to die than health reform would save.

Comment A good first step (Score 1) 171

but college students are some of the most strongly connected people around. They are more likely to be friends with their neighbors (who all share their age and occupation), Facebook adoption rates in their social circle are very high, and they have a very strong overlap between work, living arrangements and social life.

This isn't generally worrisome for the rest of us, who aren't Facebook friends with everyone on our street or office building.

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