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Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 96

Capacitive touch (the metal ring around the iPhone's home button) only works if you are alive [...] Capacitive touch detects micro-electric currents that flow through your body


The very first line from your own link:

In electrical engineering, capacitive sensing (sometimes capacitance) is a technology, based on capacitive coupling, that can detect and measure anything that is conductive or has a dielectric different from air.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 3, Insightful) 606

I think I can explain that.

Selfishness and greed are, in their eyes, the only "rational" attitudes. You need to put your own needs first if you want to win the evolution game.

They see concepts like 'integrity' and 'concern for others' as irrational. They believe that no rational person would put others ahead of themselves. They believe that those nasty selfless actions can only bring about the end of humanity as it unnaturally allows the weak to survive and prosper, when they should suffer and die to make way for those better fit. Though they sometimes believe that if the lesser are of any use, they could be allowed the minimum needed to survive, but should not be allowed to reproduce.

The only groups of which they're aware that dare to promote those detestable values are Millennials and SJW's. They think Millennials qualify because kids these days are nothing but a bunch of lazy and entitled leaches on society. (Not unlike how previous generations viewed Gen-X'ers and Boomers.) They've already forgotten what SJW means, but they're pretty sure it's a bad thing. All the same, the important thing is they think those groups want to promote equality as it's in their best interests as they're nothing but a bunch of lazy bottom-feeders.

Can you think of anything more disgusting to people like the parent poster than equality? Their worldview demands that there are strong and weak, fit and unfit, winners and losers. (You can talk about advantages and disadvantages outside an individuals control, but they deny those are significant factors in an individual person's success. Oh, in case you didn't know, success is defined entirely in terms of income and/or accumulated wealth.)

As only Millennials and SJW's would dare to suggest that disturbing things like 'equality' and 'integrity' are actually positive attributes, you must be among them.

Comment Re: yay more emojis (Score 1) 198

Considering he was writing plays, I'm not surprised...

Communication is about more than just words -- and most people aren't very skilled writers. You can't expect the average person to express themselves, without ambiguity, using words alone. Emoji are very helpful there.

There's a lot of controversy around emoji right now, which has lead some people to deny that they have any useful role in modern communication. That's foolish, of course, as we've used them effectively for decades. The smile, wink, and frown emoticons have been a staple of online communication for over 30 years. I can't think of any way to deny their efficacy and utility. You can argue against them on other grounds, I'm sure, but you can't say that they haven't been useful or effective.

Extra typographic symbols seem to date back as far as the mid 19th century, though with a healthy bit of cynicism. They're not exactly a new idea. Puck magazine (in the mid-1800's) even published a set of typographic symbols we'd recognize as modern emoticons, reinvented by Ambrose Bierce, Vladimir Nabokov, and who knows how many others. There's even one instance I found (though couldn't verify) of a message exchanged entirely in symbols, between Victor Hugo and his publisher, though they used extant typographic symbols. Scott Fahlman seems to be the one who's re-re-re-invention caught-on, having found a need to disambiguate between jokes and serious messages on some CMU message board in the early 80's. If professional writers and well-educated academics find a need for extra typographic symbols to facilitate written communication, can you justify denying the average person such a useful tool?

The written word is more important to daily life than at any point in recorded history. Far too quickly, as it happens, for the world to adequately prepare for it. Hence, the emoticon rose to prominence .

  A similar thing happened with the telephone. The word "hello" rose from obscurity as it filled a need created by a radical new technology: the telephone. There is some backlash we're seeing with the absurd abundance of emoticons, not dissimilar from the explosion we saw in the mid-90's in message boards and chat rooms. Interestingly enough, the word "hello" as countless variations in common use in the early 20th century, before settling down to a few of the more popular variants.

tl;dr We've seen this before. Technology changes language for a reason.

Comment Re:Anonymous Cowards (Score 1) 198

I judge people on their merits and not their gender, race or sexuality.

No, you don't. You've just never had to confront your bias directly before.

But, with the advent of SJWs, I feel a great resentment towards almost anything they say.

See, if you were actually this mythical perfect egalitarian, like you believed yourself to be, you wouldn't even notice those horrible SJW's save to say "huh, I didn't know that was still an issue" before moving on.

The truth is that you've carried countless conscious and unconscious biases with you for your entire life. You've just been protected from confronting those biases by a society willing to reinforce them.

Really, all this SJW stuff does is alienate the majority of society who are effectively neutral and maybe even mildly supportive to begin with.

So you believe that the status-quo should be preserved? Marginalized groups should stay on the outskirts of sciety, hidden away, to protect your precious social norms, and the privilege that grants you? You don't believe we should work towards a more egalitarian society?

I judge people on their merits and not their gender, race or sexuality.


Comment Re:This is fucking ridiculous (Score 1) 198

It seems they only care about ridiculous emojis

That's because it's a hot news topic. It's a topic that angers up the blood of powerless nerds, thus generating page views.

If you want to know about something other than emoji, you'll need to head over to yourself. For example, there was a meeting in Cambridge a few days ago focused on improving support for Egyptian hieroglyphs. Last month, a group met at Berkeley to begin work on including Mayan hieroglyphs.

Last month, support was added for over 7500 characters, less than 1% of which were emoji, from a mix of modern and historic languages.

Just because you haven't heard about all the other work that's being done, doesn't mean that all they've been doing is fighting over emoji. The Unicode Consortium is large and varied, and most of the work, no matter how important, is dull and uninteresting to most people.

Comment Re:people spend more time in its app than in Faceb (Score 1) 174

I think my point is made. You are incapable of answering the only question I've asked you: how you determine who is and is not a recipient of your compassion and empathy.

The answer, obviously, is that you can not. Not without making a deeply uncomfortable ethical compromise. That is, you can not stand by your claim that you have "no regret, no compassion, no empathy for people too stupid to survive. Ever."

I don't care if you just want to "win" a silly argument on the internet and won't admit it here, as long as you can admit it to yourself. You are very likely a much better person than your crass comment suggests. Your stubborn refusal to make the ethical compromise necessary to stand by that terrible comment suggests that.

Comment Re:Just another Reality POS program (Score 1) 62

The point? Don't discount Flappy Bird. Just because it didn't take three years and a research team to develop, does not mean it wasn't talented.

No talent involved, I'm afraid. Flappy Bird is, first, just another one-button helicopter game. Worse, it's a near identical clone of Piou Piou vs. Cactus, down to the look of the unfortunate protagonist! Some people have even claimed the code and some of the assets were purchased from one of those pre-built game kit sellers.

There was virtually no creativity or talent involved in the creation of Flappy Bird.

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