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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Of course I haven't lol. I don't deal in those kinds of things. I've hacked programs before (nVidia drivers, and removed protections from games that I own) but that's something different. I figure if I paid for an item and am being blocked from using it then hell ya I'm gonna do something about it. Especially when it comes to EAs stupid protections. I've had instances where I had multiple computer problems and my limit for reinstalling the game was up so I was blocked from doing so unless I got EAs permission? This was an instance where the very protections they implemented punished the paying customer....

 

I'm not saying that others haven't though ;). Remember the fiasco on the PlayStation networks? There are people out there that are a lot more capable than we'd give them credit for. It's quite scary when you think about it. Although it hasn't stopped me from conducting business online but I am always weary about it and try to be cautious.
 

 

Modifying drivers and games is actually extremely simple. Why? Because people have already done it, and all you need to do is follow instructions. As a matter of fact, I baked my graphics card last night because the cheap solder on it needed reflowing.

 

Yeah, DRM is a hot topic in the hacking community, however, I can see the reasoning behind it. PC gaming is infested with pirates, vs the console where it's significantly harder to gain access to a game you didn't pay for. The people that actually do the DRM removal from the executables spend many hours working on it, so it really isn't "easy". Just look at the jailbreak community.

 

As for playstation, there were serious flaws in their server security system, and hackers were able to take advantage of them. When they rebuilt the servers, things became significantly harder for the hackers. If Zuckerberg invests in constantly plugging holes in the security system, then there shouldn't be an issue.

post #677 of 21760
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post

I personally hate how people are so paranoid of facebook. I don't really put anything on there I'd want to hide from the outside world. Sure I talk about anime, music and headphones on a regular basis, but why would I care if others found out about that? Everyone is allowed to have their own hobbies.

 

If only everyone else was so live and let live...

 

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Another issue is that we were originally talking about *viewpoints* and not necessarily societal norms, which undoubtedly are shaped by viewpoints but still do not fully encapsulate them. I originally said "one doesn't have to go that far back to find those types of views" not "one doesn't have to go that far back to find women treated like chattel / flower pots / inanimate objects in society." Is it that unreasonable to think there were still men around the turn of the century that considered women as such, even if they were forced to conform to social norms outwardly? I don't think so, because one can find these types of ideas and expressions in their writings across various disciplines, sometimes subtly and othertimes not-so-subtly.

 

Well I kinda thought that you meant a time when such views were normative since even today, in the developed world, you can find some group of people believing pretty much any weird archaic thing you care to name.

post #678 of 21760
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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

Well I kinda thought that you meant a time when such views were normative since even today, in the developed world, you can find some group of people believing pretty much any weird archaic thing you care to name.

 

Plenty of that here in the USA....although the example on the tip of my tongue is something we're not supposed to discuss in the forum. I'm sure you can guess, however.wink.gif

post #679 of 21760
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

I think Zucker's is sad and disappointed where people live in a world where people have things to hide. (Heavens no!)

Here is a link to the full article / interview which is quite a good read: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/09/20/100920fa_fact_vargas?currentPage=all

Here's also the full quote in the contest of the article:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Zuckerberg’s critics argue that his interpretation and understanding of transparency and openness are simplistic, if not downright naïve. “If you are twenty-six years old, you’ve been a golden child, you’ve been wealthy all your life, you’ve been privileged all your life, you’ve been successful your whole life, of course you don’t think anybody would ever have anything to hide,” Anil Dash, a blogging pioneer who was the first employee of Six Apart, the maker of Movable Type, said. Danah Boyd, a social-media researcher at Microsoft Research New England, added, “This is a philosophical battle. Zuckerberg thinks the world would be a better place—and more honest, you’ll hear that word over and over again—if people were more open and transparent. My feeling is, it’s not worth the cost for a lot of individuals.”



 



Zuckerberg and I talked about this the first time I signed up for Facebook, in September, 2006. Users are asked to check a box to indicate whether they’re interested in men or in women. I told Zuckerberg that it took me a few hours to decide which box to check. If I said on Facebook that I’m a man interested in men, all my Facebook friends, including relatives, co-workers, sources—some of whom might not approve of homosexuality—would see it.



“So what did you end up doing?” Zuckerberg asked.



“I put men.”



“That’s interesting. No one has done a study on this, as far as I can tell, but I think Facebook might be the first place where a large number of people have come out,” he said. “We didn’t create that—society was generally ready for that.” He went on, “I think this is just part of the general trend that we talked about, about society being more open, and I think that’s good.”



 



Then I told Zuckerberg that, two weeks later, I removed the check, and left the boxes blank. A couple of relatives who were Facebook friends had asked about my sexuality and, at that time, at least, I didn’t want all my professional sources to know that I am gay.



“Is it still out?” Zuckerberg asked.



“Yeah, it’s still out.”



He responded with a flat “Huh,” dropped his shoulders, and stared at me, looking genuinely concerned and somewhat puzzled. Facebook had asked me to publish a personal detail that I was not ready to share.



Thanks for your thoughts on that. It makes a little bit more sense now. And for the link and the fuller quote. Although, I still can't get the page to load LOL.
Edited by jgray91 - 9/17/12 at 8:47am
post #680 of 21760
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And here was me thinking that's your real name.

You have tricked us!

Yes and no, the first name is only part of my real name and is what everyone calls me in real life, it's my nick name. The last is part of my real last name and I didn't use my complete last name because I figured why would anyone on FaceBook want to know my real last name to begin with? I only know a small group of people and from that group only a couple of them use FaceBook and they know the name I use is my nickname and part of my last name. As for everyone else, well I'm not interested in meeting the guy who was in English class with me during grade 10 that I nodded good morning to as I sat down in the desk beside him. I'm not interested in meeting the nameless girl who I used to see walking down the hall on the way to my locker everyday who grinned and ignored me when I tried to get her number. The vast majority of people I went to school with I've either kept in touch with or chosen to stop associating with them for a reason. The other people I went to school with who were acquaintances or who were people I just didn't like don't interest me as far as FaceBook friends are concerned. Finding people who may share interesting stories and maybe the odd nice pic for wallpaper or just collecting is half way interesting as far a FaceBook is concerned. Finding people with similar hobbies such as this one interests me as far as FaceBook friends is concerned. Truthfully, the main reason I decided to create a FaceBook account was to enter some of the contests some sites like to run involving their sites FaceBook page.

 

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Any reason to aim at the 600 Ohm version specifically? It doesn't seem necessary to me unless you've got a production studio headphone amp, or a home receiver, or something like.

Meh, no real reason I guess. I just liked what I heard from the 250 ohm version and I'm curious to hear the 600 ohm version. I've read somewhere on here the 600 ohm version sounded more refined.


Edited by DigitalFreak - 9/17/12 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

Yes and no, the first name is only part of my real name and is what everyone calls me in real life, it's my nick name. The last is part of my real last name and I didn't use my real last name because I figured why would anyone on FaceBook want to know my real last name to begin with? I only know a small group of people and from that group only a couple of them use FaceBook.and they know the name I use is my nickname and part of my last name. As for everyone else, well I'm not interested in meeting the guy who was in English class with me during grade 10 that I nodded good morning to as I sat down in the desk beside him. I'm not interested in meeting the nameless girl who I used to see walking down the hall on the way to my locker everyday who grinned and ignored me when I tried to get her number. The vast majority of people I went to school with I've either kept in touch with or chosen to stop associating with them for a reason. The other people I went to school with who were acquaintances or who were people I just didn't like don't interest me as far as FaceBook friends are concerned. Finding people who may share interesting stories and maybe the odd nice pic for wallpaper or just collecting is half way interesting as far a FaceBook is concerned. Finding people with similar hobbies such as this one interests me as far as FaceBook friends is concerned. Truthfully, the main reason I decided to create a FaceBook account was to enter some of the contests some sites like to run involving their sites FaceBook page.

In my case I removed all my 'acquintaces' and kept my 'friends'. I was left with less than a third, and I think it's better this way. Though a lot of people commented on it being a bad idea because you need to keep connections. I disagreed, simply because I consider the chance less than 0.1% that I will meet most of those people ever again.
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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

Well I kinda thought that you meant a time when such views were normative since even today, in the developed world, you can find some group of people believing pretty much any weird archaic thing you care to name.

 

 

Originally I was talking about individual views and attitudes in response to what you were saying, merely pointing out that they were still around even in contemporary times. I think such views have existed throughout history, to varying degrees, and social institutions are one type of manifestation of them (which in turn influence the individual).

 

Obviously trying to speak of the prevalence of such views among individuals in contemporary times would be speculation on both our parts, however unlike some "archaic" views like thinking the world is flat or that yetis exist, such views are no mere eccentricity, as they are held by individuals who will inevitably come into contact with women in their personal lives, be it a coworker or girlfriend or wife or daughter. Also whether or not it's a "normative" view in certain cultures today or not, I think the frequency with which such atrocities as the ones I mentioned before still occur is unsettling. It's wide spread enough.

post #683 of 21760
You guys are still young - wait another 30 years and you might like reconnecting with people you haven't seen in 30 years. It is surprisingly fun...
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

You guys are still young - wait another 30 years and you might like reconnecting with people you haven't seen in 30 years. It is surprisingly fun...

Sure, but not with people I never really considered friends in the first place.
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I've never been into Facebook. I liked Live_Journal back in the day, before it became a ghost town. It was fun connecting to people in various groups, and I discovered a *ton* of amazingly literature, film, and music that way. Also, it seems to me like the LJ format was more accommodating to writers and those who like expressing themselves in text versus Tumblr which seems more visually oriented, more appealing for those into the visual mediums.

post #686 of 21760
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

I've never been into Facebook. I liked Live_Journal back in the day, before it became a ghost town. It was fun connecting to people in various groups, and I discovered a *ton* of amazingly literature, film, and music that way. Also, it seems to me like the LJ format was more accommodating to writers and those who like expressing themselves in text versus Tumblr which seems more visually oriented, more appealing for those into the visual mediums.

I understand what you mean.
One of the problems these day is also that I think a lot of people are looking for quick entertainment and shy away at the sight of more than one paragraph of text with the word: "TL;DR".
post #687 of 21760
Google+ has some of the air of Livejournal in its heyday. It defiinitely has the potential, in terms of community and posting structure. For example, you have explicit control over who you see and who can see you, you can construct group sets and fragment your online identity in any way you see fit (so like, in my previous comment, any audio-related posts I make need only be limited to the people I've marked as wanting to read them). It's probably not a total coincidence that bradfitz has been a googler since he parted ways with 6A. (Edit: To the best of my knowledge, he's not directly involved in G+; I'd be surprised if he wasn't consulted with while the circles and privacy methods were designed, though, since it inherits more from LJ's friends/followers system than from most other social networks I've used or read about.)

There's a lot of baggage and Major Social Media Platform context to G+ that will prevent it from ever being Livejournal II, though. Not least because it was at the nexus of the nymwars a year-and-change ago, and because there's been active effort in the past to keep the community from getting too weird; I won't expect a vigorous and vocal furry community to develop there, for example.

Dreamwidth is better-positioned as the direct inheritor of LJ's western-hemisphere userbase of outlier demographics, but it is probably too late for it to be more than a nostalgia trip for some people.
Edited by ardgedee - 9/17/12 at 10:12am
post #688 of 21760
I know my teenage daughter and her friends are essentially off Facebook - they are somewhere else because there are too many old farts (like her Dad) on Facebook. I'm not sure where they went...
post #689 of 21760
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I know my teenage daughter and her friends are essentially off Facebook - they are somewhere else because there are too many old farts (like her Dad) on Facebook. I'm not sure where they went...

Reminds me off how I was once stalked by my grandparents on Facebook. It was the most horrifying experience I ever had.
That's when I blocked him off Facebook and set my posts to be invisible to the public.
post #690 of 21760
As a business student I find facebook to be very useful.

Even aside from the whole "friends" model, finding out about events, joining relevant groups for your activities and classes, getting announcements from your work/school. These are all things I do through facebook usually, that I would otherwise have to rely on word-of-mouth from friends to get information on.

Moreover you can use facebook as a sort of social bridge nowadays. It takes some thought but if you add someone on facebook who you just recently met and want to show that you found interest in them, they'll respond well to that. They know you sought them out, so to speak. Of course, this doesn't work if you do it wrong (add someone you barely know, or take way too long to add someone, the first having negative effects and the latter having no positive effects).

This is all over-exaggeration but I definitely have cultivated some friendships in the first few weeks of college through this type of thing. And once someone is your fb friend, they start seeing trickles of information about you, which makes you seem more relevant in their lives.
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