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Can't win cause I don't play. If I win, I'd feel horrible. Because that would be the hope and dreams of millions of people in my hands. They play everyday, hoping that one day it will be their turn.

I read an interesting tweet yesterday, it went something like this:

> 1 in 4 accidents will be caused by texting.

> people - well that won't be me

> 1 in 292 million chance to win

> people - you never know

The game is rigged, lottery money is an illusion making you think if you don't win at least you are helping schools or not losing much money. It's addictive, go watch the poor folks lining up everyday to buy this stuff. That's their hopes and dreams in a meritocratic society that has labeled them as losers.

I know I'm sure I'll be seen as a naysayer but hey, the lottery is a losers games, cause in the long run we all lose.

ibudiallo  ·  2321 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do you think speaking a foreign language changes your personality and/or decisions?

French speaking me is snob. I can't help it. When I speak in french even my posture changes. Maybe it comes from the way people treat you when they think you are french.

Arabic me is familiar. I don't speak fluently but when I meet arabic speaking people they get all excited because the odds are close to nil. I get the inside scoop right away.

Fulani (my native language), is respectful. It's hard to imagine a fulani speaking person scream. It is very soft and implies respect and humility. Almost every sentence ends with a praise.

English speaking me (I live in LA) just doesn't care. "You know how it is" it feels like I have problem making commitments or being clear about anything. This is felt most when I bring my french speaking friends with my english speaking ones. It becomes exhausting to make the switch.

The language definitely affects my way of talking and my personality. But then again, language is not just about syntax, it's a culture.

ibudiallo  ·  2520 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Update on ebola

It's very easy to be sitting in a place of comfort and throw in the most inhuman solution and pretend like that is all we need to solve the issue.

Guinea (the source) is not your typical country. First, it's a third world country. Second, it has been struggling with very disturbing political climate that we never here about in our daily media outlet in the west.

I am from Guinea and I get regular updates from the situation not only from the internet and Guinean news but from my family that lives there. Let me give you something you don't hear on the news here: The city of Friya did not have access to electricity for almost 2 years now. Water shortage is an everyday problem.

They are struggling with very harsh conditions and Ebola (a very potent virus) is only one of the problems. Information does not flow as easily as it flows in the West or in more developed countries. A lot of people still do not believe, or are not aware that there is an Ebola outbreak.

It is easy for us, we are bombarded with information in our said comfortable sit. I get mad every time I hear about funerals and ceremonies in times like these. But if you think about it, despite the bombing and killings, a hot zones like Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, people are still celebrating weddings, birthdays, and making the most of their lives.

I don't blame you to say burn the bodies, yes it will stop the spread of the virus through this channel. But it is not the only channel of contagion.

The solution like others have pointed out is education and communication. The borders of the affected countries have been closed, that's a major step towards containment. Now there needs to be committees traveling in the country educating the population from the biggest cities to most remote.

This will have a better effect and should be the long term solution. And since we are in the subject, let me tell you what else we could do other the sit here and ramble.

Things like hand sanitizers and and plastic gloves are very hard to come by. Hospitals and clinics are not well equipped and need the best tools money can buy.

Start a freaking Ice bucket challenge if you have to. Let's not waste time talking nonsense here. We can make a difference, and who knows, you might feel good about yourself in the process.

ibudiallo  ·  2622 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bringing back the PC

Security is not the main motivation for this project. Not being an expert, I assume that anything built should be inherently secure. Security is not a feature, it is an essential component of the underlining project.

Building a secure application is complexe yet it should be virtually invisible to the user. On the end user point of view, things just work.

I did give the parsing the web as an example, but that's just one aspect of things. Yes it is very complicated and it might require a few years to optimize it to a useful tool. At the end of the day, it is not impossible.

I haven;t heard of the bit cloud project before but it seems very interesting Bitcloud Project - fixed the link. It also contributes to the idea of your PC being yours again.

ibudiallo  ·  2622 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bringing back the PC

It's true that your computer will not be processing as much information as big as datacenters. But the debate of how relevant to you the results will be could be solved by tweaking or updating the algorithm.

Yes it will take time to find the best solution, but remember, this is just one feature of your machine. It could be solving other problems that have nothing to do with search. It all depends on what you want the computer to do for you.

ibudiallo  ·  2797 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poor man's way of handling 1.3 million web request

I'm glad you enjoyed, thank you for sharing your story.

ibudiallo  ·  2797 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poor man's way of handling 1.3 million web request

I'm glad you found it interesting :)

Reddit can be very overwhelming. The amount of traffic I received in 4 hours was greater than what i received on from hackernews over 12 hours. My little blog does not compare to hubski, I sure did learn a lot from this experience.

ibudiallo  ·  2837 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The PC is not dead, we just don't need new ones

This is one of my favorite talk.

ibudiallo  ·  2837 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The PC is not dead, we just don't need new ones

Like you stated, it may be convenient to get a newer, lighter, faster laptop, but the overall advantages wouldn't be so much greater your current one.

ibudiallo  ·  2912 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ubuntu Edge: Full Ubuntu OS on my phone, A dream coming to reality.

Amen to the last part:

    please god let Shuttleworth cover the difference so it does [see the light of day].