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Comment I gave Paper a spin over the weekend (Score 1) 26

I actually was pretty impressed. It's definitely more than just a note-taking app, it's focused more on collaboration. It does have a document surface to record the collaboration (you make lists of things, images, text, and so on), but the final result isn't supposed to be the pretty-print product, it's supposed to be everyone's collective ideas, comments, links, contributions, etc.

It did warm my heart to see markdown as an export format, and actually that kind of makes a lot of sense given the intent (just get 'er done, forget the fancy formatting.)

I could see myself using it, sure.

Comment Re:Not available for streaming at the moment (Score 3, Insightful) 38

It is interesting that you are able to describe an entire movie, yet still miss it what it was about.

I say this not as a criticism, because you sound like a smart person, you were obviously paying close attention, and you write about it very well. It is just very interesting because you clearly had some expectations about what the movie would be about, and those expectations were completely unfilled.

What you may not have been expecting is to see a movie that is entirely about EMOTION. Not plot. Not dialog. Not even characters, really. The plot, such as it is, is about intertwining emotional journeys, not physical ones. Each of the time jumps follows a clear arc in that journey, almost literally step by step. You have to jump through time -- you have to! -- to understand how each character wound up where they are today, and where they are going. That's because emotional development lags outward events, sometimes by years and years. And sometimes, outward events continue on, but emotional development stops in its tracks.

This is probably not a young person's movie, and again I say that with no disrespect intended. But I think you have to have some life experience with how discontinuous emotional development and outward events truly are, if you are going to appreciate this movie.

Let me just one other thing that might help. The intentional use of the long shots, the shots from a distance, vs. the shots close up are used to reflect the inner, emotional state you are supposed to be feeling. If the director wants you to feel detached, the camera sits back to audience-at-a-play distance, and events play out flatly. If he wants you to feel like you're gaining some insight, he uses a long lens with a close up, as if you're listening inside someone's head. It's really quite brilliantly done. And notice that the only time you really feel the full, borderless, bright light is when they are in the boat. The camera then pulls way out so you can take it all in. You're supposed to feel unbounded and free, which explains why the boat is so important in the emotional story. On land, everything is sad and laden. But we can't be sad all the time, there must be some release. The sea is that.

Comment Re:All data is subject to interpretation (Score 1) 460

This is a very insightful point, I would mod this up if I could. The answer to ANY question depends entirely on how you frame it. In fact, he who controls the framing controls the range of possible answers, so one of the biggest goals of any (dis)information campaign is to seize the framing first, then you can let people ask "any" question they like.

Comment Obamacare killed US IT (Score 0) 483

"The red ink was partially the result of an increased caseload from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, which was expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Medi-Cal reimbursements are so low that UCSF loses 40 cents on every dollar it spends on those patients’ treatment, he says."

Comment Re:Metric / Imperial (Score 0) 167

Multiples of 3 are just so much more useful in everyday life than multiples of 10. I used the base 12 pica/point system in printing for many years, and always admired how trivially easy it was to calculate layout proportions. The human attention is drawn strongly to things in threes: three panels, three points in an argument, three parts to a story, and many others.

Comment Re:Credible study? (Score 1) 279

Is it just me, or is every evolution-based hypothesis -- and I do mean every single one I've ever read -- just a conclusion shopping for facts that may or may not support it, but cannot ever be proved experimentally? Shouldn't scientific hypothesis at least be testable? Let's leave metaphysics, philosophy, theology and all the other theoretical disciplines out of scientific inquiry. There's no experiment you could ever devise that would prove or disprove the hypothesis that monogamy caused the male penis bone to disappear, it's ludicrous on its face. Science is just ONE system of thought, not "the" system of thought. Not every darn square peg has to go through the round hole. No pun intended.

Comment Re:Credible study? (Score 2) 279

Is it just me, or does every evolution-based hypothesis -- and I do mean, literally, every, single one I've ever read -- seem like nothing more than an effect in search of a satisfactorily matching cause? When did we start coming to scientific conclusions first, and then go shopping for facts that "prove" them? These aren't even testable, now that I think of it. How could you possibly verify the truth or falsity of something like "monogamy caused the penis bone to disappear"? Shouldn't a requirement of a scientific hypothesis be that it can be experimentally demonstrated? Let's leave metaphysics and theology to the theoretical disciplines.

Comment Re:The Honeymoon is over I guess? (Score 4, Informative) 399

The exact same thing happened to me when I worked for one of the Big Six accounting firms. We HATED it, and as it turned out, it was a harbinger of things to come. Prior to that date, we had nice corporate social events held in nice places where we all dressed up. Afterwards, it was beer and pretzels, or no social event at all. It means that the bean counters are in control, and it's no longer going to be a fun place to work.

Comment Re:Trump is already a uniter (Score 1) 637

That's a truly crazy point of view. "Your brain is terrible at figuring out the real world" -- really? You mean, your brain is terrible at evaluating empirical data? The problems of which empirical data to accept as true are easily as big as the problems of deciding which common sense principle to apply. No knowledge comes for free.

Comment This is a non-experiment (Score 1) 228

Why is it worth looking for experimental proof that when people feel emotions, their brain chemistry will be involved in the experience? This is already well understood. I don't understand the point of this study at all. You might as well conduct experiments to determine whether water is wet. Was there any question that a religious experience is also an emotional one? ANYTHING deeply felt will be physically manifested. Duh.

Man, I hope the taxpayers didn't pay for this.

Comment Re:Computer scientists don't understand sociology (Score 1) 1321

We don't "blindly" trust any computer systems used in voting today, what in the world makes you think that's the case? We've been running elections for 230 years straight, and we know a thing or two about how to lock down the process. We black-box test voting equipment, then we seal them and keep a tight chain of custody.

Comment Re:You can't (Score 1) 1321

No, a human-readable summary of a ballot would tell you NOTHING. What kind of hacker do you think would print out evidence that the machine was hacked and give it to you? Please think about that for a minute. Of course the printed report would show what you THOUGHT you had voted. The machines are validated by black-box testing, then sealed and delivered to the voting localities, where they are re-sealed. Good testing + good chain of custody = a secure process.

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