1332 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010
Re: "I am just a humble handsome Asian man ..."
"'I am just a humble handsome Asian man ..' Am I the only one who thinks there's something inherently contradictory in that sentence ?"
You need to be a little cautious here. I can't speak directly about Japan but in China, it was (and maybe still is) customary to "prefix" names with "honorifics". So a standard statement might go like this: "What is your expensive name? My miserable name is..." *
The same sort of customary self-effacing modesty might be far more extensive in Japan, and therefore the sentence "I am just a humble handsome Asian man" would have a meaning somewhat different to a Japanese.
* Reference for anyone interested (and sorry for the use of Chinese characters):
"贵 guì means "expensive" but it also carries the loftier meaning of "worthwhile" or "honorable". For instance, when asking about someone's family name,姓 xìng, it's often respectful to add 贵 guì in front of it." (From http://www.zhongwenred.com/lessonfourteen.htm.)
"Satoshi Nakamoto" = "Free Lunch"?
"What I wanted to do is to plead to allow Dorian to live whatever life he has left to live it in dignity, peace and in private. To let him play with his trains and obsess over being treated to free lunches that he craves for some reason since his stroke."
Dorian may or may not be Satoshi Nakamoto, but there's certainly no such thing as a free lunch. Except if you're, you know, Satoshi Nakamoto. Or if someone thinks you are. So he might want to think twice about killing the goose that lays the, uh, free lunch (which I guess is an omelette).
What I don't understand.
What is it with your politicians that they all think that the internet is going to be the UK's salvation? I thought that perhaps that it was just their way of funneling money to their associates and patrons in the IT sector, but even that doesn't really make sense, I think.
The NHS database, weakening of copyright and IP protections, the "smart meter" gambit - I don't see where the value is, or how there is any return on investment for the funding of these programs - and I can't even imagine where they think that value is. (Well I guess the smart meters will be useful when they have to start rationing your electricity, but even taking that into consideration, it's murky...)
The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.
Here's a ringing endorsement from a famous rocker: "Hi! I'm deaf, but I know audiophile-grade kit when I read about it! Remember this scientifically-proven fact: the more you pay, the better it sounds."
Not really. She's dead no matter what I think caused it. My attitude towards her death, however, would differ depending on the cause. My attitude towards her death if she was murdered because of running a money-laundering service for organized crime figures, triads, or similar, is certainly not the same if she killed herself because of bipolar disorder.
Also, I agree that it is sad when someone of that age - or in fact of any age - kills themselves because of psychological problems that are, very often, treatable with the proper meds. If you think that my post implies otherwise then you have misinterpreted it.
What It Looks Like.
As much as I would like to see Radtke's death tied to Bitcoin, it kind of looks like clinical depression, to make a quick judgment based on the picture of the house on the island.
"In what language does one capitalise every other word, for example?"
It's fairly typical proletarian usage.
"There was some weakness in the system - just the littlest bit, really - and the Bitcoins have disappeared," Karpeles said in a press conference on Friday. "I apologize for causing trouble. Please don't kill me. Please."
Sorry, it's not up to me.
The Riddle Solved!: Here's why.
"So why on Earth has the fruity firm decided to immortalize him with a monstrous statue that's been described as a 'huge dildo' for fanbois?"
Because Apple has been applying "huge dildos" to fanbois for years. Therefore the statue is... appropriate.
"'Why the fuck would he bother?' In order to appear less unbalanced?"
I'm just wondering if you have ever made any comments to the effect that AGW-alarmists should also be "less unbalanced" (although they certainly *are* "unbalanced" although in a different way) or whether your idea that only AGW skeptics should be "balanced" and that it's perfectly okay for you to be an intellectually dishonest hypocrite - which seems to be the AGW-alarmist way.
@ Thought About IT
"I must have missed the day when Lewis wrote about known positive feedback mechanisms that really could make climate change a big problem."
Why the fuck would he bother? There's already a whole industry dedicated to doing that.
@ I ain't Spartacus
"To be fair, it's a difficult dilemma, when a business is in serious trouble. If you own up to how precarious things are, your customers and suppliers may all bugger off, putting the final nail in the coffin."
I agree with this. MtGox had to carry on normally or completely shut down. I don't see that half-measures in this regard could have accomplished anything. (Not that I care that they went under, mind you.)
"Last Thursday, the Tokyo, Japan–based company said that it had been forced to relocate to its previous office space in the Shibuya special ward to escape 'the security problems inherent in having one's address known to organized crime figures, drug lords, and terrorist organizations, all capable of hiring and dispatching any number of psychopathic enforcers.'"
Security by obscurity. Sometimes the best security there is. Live it every day.
Re: Don't they listen to Darwin?
"Microsoft has such enormous cash reserves it can, and does, give products life support. As a result, crap products that should die, and be replaced by better ones, are instead kept alive for ideological reasons. In the long run this will make their offerings, and ultimately MS as a whole, weaker."
Yes, but Win 8.1 is basically the only thing that they've got to sell at the moment. It's not realistic to expect them to give up on 8.1 and not sell anything until 9 is ready, is it?
"If correct, the report signals that Microsoft thinks low-cost devices are the key to making inroads with Windows 8.1."
The "key" to making "inroads" with Windows 8.1 is replacing it with a usable desktop OS: Windows 9.
"all organized religions are the root of all evil."
Yeah because no other kinds of organizations and no other kinds of ideologies have ever caused any kind of harm to anyone or anything.
Re: When are posts moderated?
"your posts are auto-modded"
What does this mean, exactly? And are everyone's posts auto-modded, or does the "you" in the quote refer to "A Non e-mouse" specifically?
@ John Savard
Or the whole matter could be a ploy on the part of South Korea to lessen the severity of the Nork online attacks by causing them to devote part of their resources to combating a non-existent South Korean threat. Otherwise, why would South Korea even put this in the newspapers at all - a course of action that would seem counterproductive if such operations were actually taking place?
Very impressive camera.
1) The camera itself is at least as interesting as the video. I had never heard of "GoPro". I am trying to think of a reason to buy one as some of them are very reasonably priced. (But a *very* quick glance at the website did not reveal the recording times or capacities of the available models.)
2) The drone to which the camera was mounted seemed to be flying at street level at certain points. This is not entirely without risk. It would not seem impossible for the drone to go out of control, suddenly approach a cyclist, or automobile or truck at very close range and startle or distract the driver, possibly leading to an accident.
3) The kid's statement that the drone vendor website had no warnings about the applicable laws governing drone flights in Nancy does not strike me as a defense inherently capable of garnering either sympathy or success. Still, I would expect the legal consequences to be minimal... unless the judge really hates French people.
I will absolutely positively not buy or use a Steve Jobs stamp. No fucking way, no fucking how.
"I do however wish all the participants the best of luck."
I, on the other hand, sincerely hope that every launch vehicle either liveried with a Google logo or carrying a payload with a Google logo explodes on the launch pad.
"Just in case some of you don't know what this is."
Thanks, I had no idea. I bet no one else here had any idea either. Especially the kneejerk anti-American loudmouth ignoramuses.
I guess you mean ducks like this one: http://www.digitalspy.com/fun/news/a482482/hong-kong-giant-rubber-duck-deflates-picture.html
That'd be quite a race if there were "thousands" of them though.
"quote: "Every country probably has laws which makes some acts illegal which many people would say should not be illegal." And in a democracy, those existing laws which are no longer wanted by a majority of citizens should be repealed. I thought that was the point of government for the people. Rather than defending the enforcement of stupid laws because they are laws, we should be demanding the repealing of stupid laws because they are stupid. Or does that leave too much power in the hands of the population?"
If you read the story again you'll find that the law was repealed. Which makes it kind of hard to understand the point of your post. Unless it was to show us that you didn't understand the point of the story.
Re: @ Mad Mike
You couldn't be more wrong.
"It's happened in Florida at least to my knowledge. There was a lot of trouble over it. " Yeah, the police and public prosecutor investigated and the guy who did the shooting was put on trial for murder. So the correct inference isn't that "it's perfectly alright to shoot someone for no reason" but that "no matter what the law says about the circumstances in which it is acceptable for someone to resort to firearms and deadly force, if you shoot someone then it's easily possible if not actually likely for you to find yourself on trial for murder because it's really not "perfectly alright" to shoot people under any circumstances anywhere in the entire country and you had better be prepared for the police to investigate and the district attorney to convene a grand jury to see if the shooting was justified or if you are going to go on trial for murder, attempted murder, or some related charges".
" I believe you had to say you felt threatened (No, you had to be threatened in a way that an impartial observer would feel was actually threatening and the threat has to be of immediate physical violence and you'd better be able to offer some convincing evidence about it too) and you believed the person was 'up to no good' (there is no jurisdiction in this country that would accept "they were up to no good" as a reason for shooting someone) and even feel your life might be at risk, but it didn't actually have to be true (every such case is investigated by the relevant law enforcement agencies who actually do not condone people using firearms without extremely good reasons and they don't just "take someone's word for it"). There have been numerous cases in the press over this. (But you can't name any.)"
"It's happened in Florida at least to my knowledge." That's a good way to put it because you couldn't have less knowledge about it.
"Amber data are only made available under a legal contract to approved analysts for approved purposes."
So, provided they're willing to pay, the data is pretty much available to anyone for any purpose.
"Something I've always wanted to know. What's the point of a DDoS on a website?"
DDos'ing this particular toilet paper website? Well the perps were naturally attracted to it because they're assholes. And the point was to advertise that fact and get legal recognition of it.
"US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones"
Can we decide which senator we want the smartphone to kill?
Re: "Prosecutors have as many as 637 pieces of circumstantial evidence"
In general there are two kinds of evidence: direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. As an example of circumstantial evidence, consider "fingerprints". The idea that circumstantial evidence is somehow inherently weak or flimsy is popular but mistaken.
Here's a good place to start reading:
Re: A lobbyist lobbying nightmare.
"even if it is just feathering its own nest as usual."
Here's the interesting thing about government - particularly large-scale government: no matter what it does or doesn't do, someone's nest will get feathered and someone else's nest will get stripped. The parties with the most to gain or lose are the most likely to get involved but the effects of government action or inaction go beyond, and usually very far beyond, the most directly interested parties. Because oftentimes the mere possibility of its intervention has consequences, government is a behemoth that exerts highly-ramified economic influence merely by the fact of its existence.
"Americans love labels."
Just like everyone else on the fucking planet. And it doesn't take much of an understand of the way the human mind works to understand why.
"If we can't find a sane solution, we'll find an insane one!"
Now ain't that the story of human civilization .
What's In A Name...
"National Ignition Facility"
As names go, they don't any more ominous than that.
"To be fair, some of its failures have been truly glorious. The oft-critiqued Power Mac G4 Cube may have been overpriced and underpowered, but it was a marvel of engineering that remains unmatched by most desktop PC designs to this day."
"Then there’s Apple’s fondness for form over function...."
To me, personally, extolling the design of the G4 Cube, and then condemning Apple's "fondness for form over function" seems a bit schizophrenic...
Re: Interesting, but
"It's almost like it is being used as some sort of explanation as to why she is so good with technology. Generally it is fairly unusual for girls to be into hardware hacking, but that's down to society and gender stereotyping more than anything."
If you click the link to her blog and read it, you'd find out that she says that her estrogen therapy has had a very profound effect on her mind.
Everything we need to know.
"When asked this week if he had met Schmidt two weeks ago in Davos, Almunia said he couldn't remember."
No more needs to be said because that tells us everything we need to know.
Out of whose pockets?
"In a canned statement, CERN explains that the LHC was dreamed up in the 1980s and took 25 years to turn into reality. Starting a conversation now is therefore a fine idea, because CERN boffins think that in about 25 years from now we'll need an even bigger collider to test theories based on LHC data."
No. Unless these guys are going to fund that out of their own pockets. Don't confuse "tax payers" with credulous idiots like Yuri Milner.
How about you getting some new theories first and then we'll decide if we want to build (i.e. pay for) it. And those had better be scientific theories and not unfalsifiable or metaphysical bullshit like the landscape and the multiverse, and string theory in general.
'Course, considering how intensively the LHC was overhyped, I'm not sure that I'd trust these guys to tell the truth, where other people's money is concerned.
Can't Get No... Distributive Satisfaction
Aside from the other problems mentioned in the article and in this thread, there is the additional problem of there being no satisfactory way to distribute a "music tax" as proposed by Jarre. And though one could propose various schemes by which the money would be distributed, I would expect that it would be weighted, heavily, to the biggest stars, and I do not believe that that would necessarily be fair to those artists closer to, or actually part of, the long tail.
"Not Nutella, then."
Well, not yet, anyway.
Message To Satya:
I just need Microsoft to come up with a decent replacement for XP, really. Can you get that done please?
A good file manager
Classic Start Menu
Ability to opt out of all "cloud integration".
Use, flexible, logical search function.
Here, this guy has some good ideas; hire him: http://xpwasmyidea.blogspot.com/
Hope that's not a typo...
Oh, "plutonian"! I got worried there for a sec.
"the Foundation said it was 'both surprised and saddened' to learn of the charges against Shrem, but added that they do not represent an indictment of Bitcoin or its community."
Yeah, they do.
"The foundation does not condone illegal activities"
Yeah, they do that too.
"Laugh if you want, but ask yourself where does the money come from ultimately? That's right, us consumers. Laughing now?"
That's not as insightful you think it is. I have many times said that Google's business is based on extortion; here's what I said on a thread here two days ago: "Google siphons off $50 billion a year from the economy, they create nothing and destroy quite a bit, and the pay that their parasite-employees get has raised the cost of living to the point where people are beginning to take direct action." And I have excoriated Google here many many times for the harm they do to others by their refusal to recognize anyone's IP rights but their own. I won't even go into their funding of counterfeit drug sites, their funding of pirate software, music, and film sites, etc etc.
Whether it's producers or consumers, Google harms them all.
What might have been nice would have been if, instead of pointing out the obvious, you had mentioned a solution. However, the only solution would seem to be legislative...
Re: I shouldn't laugh, but...
"Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha! Ha ha!Ha!"
What he said.
"Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers"
I thought this was a really opaque headline. I was actually kind of impressed.
Re: Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group
"Is this really so hard for people to work out? Sure they bought Moto for the patents too..."
It was well beyond the understanding of some people here. Besides the usual run-of-the-mill cluelessness, there were even comments suggesting that Google bought Motorola for the sake of abolishing the US patent system. No, I don't know how that was supposed to work either.
"but that was only because of Apple and Microsoft's patent games."
It was Google who evidently thought that patents and patent infringement are some sort of "game". Why you would think that protecting one's IP is some sort of a game would probably make for a tedious and pointless discussion, though.
"Under the terms of the deal Google keeps almost all of Motorola's intellectual property,"
Which makes $9.5bn for the patents which were already proven to be incapable of deterring Apple's and Microsoft's infringement lawsuits when Google bought them.
On the upside, however, the fact of Google's divestiture of Motorola might serve to allay any fears of other Android handset makers of having to compete with Android's owner. That can only be a positive.
However, there is every reason to wonder why either Lenovo/Motorola (Motonovo? Lenorola?) or Samsung would want to continue to use Andriod instead of cobbling together their own OS - Lenorola-Motonovo for the sake of not competing directly with Samsung in the low-margin Android space, and Samsung in order to capture more value by running their own app stores and ad networks - and either would, in that case, avoid the IP problems with which Android is encumbered.
Why not just skip Marx....
"Not many people take Marx seriously these days and those who do have drunk the entire pitcher of Kool Aid and thus fail to make much contact with reality."
Why not just skip Marx and go right to Schumpeter? As Schumpeter said "Marx’s system is seriously at fault. I mean only that he could have presented a comprehensive economic theory without violating logic–he would always have to do violence to facts”
See interesting discussion at http://archive.mises.org/9511/notes-on-marx/ .
@ Charles Manning
"There is only one road to equality:reduce everyone's productivity and earning until we're all equally homeless, unemployed etc. Then nobody can afford anything."
So it's important that the rich be able to afford things that the poor can't, or else no one could afford them?
Well the poor can't afford those things already. So if the rich won't be able to afford them then what, exactly, have the poor lost? They've lost less than you think, clearly.
And if the rich were doing such a good job at creating economic opportunity, then why are the ranks of the middle class diminishing and the ranks of the low-income (those living on the edge of poverty and in constant danger of falling into it) swelling?
As it has been put before, this is what happens when people are "making money" instead of "making stuff". Google and San Fran/Oakland is a really good example of this. Google siphons off $50 billion a year from the economy, they create nothing and destroy quite a bit, and the pay that their parasite-employees get has raised the cost of living to the point where people are beginning to take direct action. There are some here who seem to think that they should just shut up and go live in refrigerator boxes but that's not going to happen.
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