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Comment: Re:Amazon has really been a stealth company (Score 1) 76

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49547671) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

They chase everybody else, late to the game: mp3 players, search, cloud services, online email, smartphones, etc

They made a search engine before Google, a smartphone before Apple and online email before I think anyone else (96).

They've been horribly mismanged, but incredibly innovative at the technical level. But they tend to not put marketing muscle behind it, and leave industries to other companies as opposed to aggressively pursuing them.

Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 1) 672

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49540563) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I don't see the value in confirmation. If I want to sleep with my best friend's wife (or wife's best friend), who does it help to confirm that. I deny it, everyone wants to believe the denial, and life goes on.

Unless you think that for the first time in the history of all nations, heads of state deserve privacy from other countries (in the case of spying on Germany). Or that the numerous reports of the US monitoring all "international" conversations and then having telecoms route local calls through overseas were somehow insufficient.

I honestly may have missed something, but I have asked a lot of people (on /., and elsewhere) what he said that surprised you. Please enlighten me, cause if there's more going on, I do want to know.

Internal witnesses are important for proving things in a court, or discovering something you didn't know about (where in both cases "credible" is more important than "internal".) In this case, since I honestly don't think I learned anything new, I fail to see any value. And I would think I'm as far on the "government shouldn't spy on me" side as is possible, short of arguing the government should be disbanded to make double-plus-sure.

Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 1) 672

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49540265) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Is there anything Snowden said that you didn't already know the US government was up to? Or that you would not expect the American who was interested in what he said didn't already know the US government did?

I mean, most Americans probably didn't think about it, but most Americans probably don't know who Snowden is.

All I really see Snowden doing was verifying a lot of assumed to exist programs. I don't see the value.

Comment: Re:Just once (Score 1) 238

How many millions are you allowed to lose or waste before you get fired?

It depends on the return when it hits, and how often it hits.

Hint: In the corporate world, it's not that many.

It depends. If you blow millions of dollars on ARM chips when you needed x86s (and you were supposed to buy x86 chips) yeah. Or if you fuck up a deployment and Amazon goes offline for 5 minutes. Or whatever.

But if you're trying to grow money? VCs invest millions in a company, and expect 70-90% failure rates. Why we would expect better from government attempts to grow the economy, I have no idea.

I'm fine with 14 out of 15 million-dollar programs failing, if the upside on the 1 that succeeds is measured in billions.

Comment: Re: Let's see... (Score 1) 358

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49454315) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price
Signs that say "sale" in a store are a form of advertising. All the more so if you're buying the store brand. All the advertising the store does is also advertising the brand. They reinforce that with sale signs, to insure you buy their brand. There would be no reason to be embarrassed about the fact that store ads drove you in, and then you were sold the store brand... except that you think ads don't work on you. I'm just trying to get you to admit that smart people with tons of money to research it, education and experience can influence your behavior (our get you to explain some flaw in what I am saying). Ads work, and being cocky doesn't really change that. Not does being rude to me.

Comment: Re: Let's see... (Score 1) 358

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49450835) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price
You don't think it's odd that I could identify where you bought you jeans from the brand name? That apropos of nothing I knew the geographic area you lived in and the common regional chain you shop at? It wasn't random. Falls Creek jeans, which you claim you never saw ads for, has a rielationship with that store for effective and subtle ads. I still don't know why you insist avoiding ads because I know they are effective implies I am a sheep or whatever.

Comment: Re:Let's see... (Score 1) 358

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49442721) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

Funny, never seen or heard an ad for "Falls Creek" jeans and slacks on TV or radio, just on the shelf in the store, nice try though

Sure you have. They advertise all over - at least - Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. I mean, the fact that you don't think they advertise is just an excellent example.

Oh, you don't believe me? Let me guess, you bought them at Meijer store, right?

Such a cute little sheep you are,

I'm someone who knows enough about bias and non-rational decision making that I don't trust myself. How or why that turns into a cliche "sheeple" insult, I have no clue whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Let's see... (Score 1) 358

by Actually, I do RTFA (#49440021) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

It's not a matter of being weakminded. It's a matter of numerous repeatedly verified weaknesses in the human psyche.

Advertisers feel about "strong minded people who use advertisements to tell you what not to buy" the same way casinos feel about "people who are going to count cards in Vegas". They love em. The number of people who think they are (and thus are more willing to expose themselves) vastly outnumber those who can. Most likely, it means that you get the second most advertised solution. Or the one that amused you the most. Or something. Because you are a human.

What brand of car did you buy? Where did you buy your clothes? What brand are they? Odds are, these are brands everyone has heard of, Because it turns out that "Jack's Handbuilt Cars" would be really hard to get people to buy, even if they were as good as a Ferrari and as cheap as a Kia. Cause who would know to do it.

Comment: Re:Web sites (Score 1) 277

Well, part of the problem is that some people got trained to use the reviews as reviews of the shipping service by eBay. After all, on eBay, I'm reporting on a seller. If he sells me a POS because I didn't realize that a "for parts only" device might not power on, or because I was drunk and thought it would be great to have an OS/2 machine, it's not his fault.

Amazon seems to want to blur the line when asking for reviews, because more 5-star reviews means more sales.

Comment: Re: Not everyone (Score 1) 140

Yes, someone please tell me what Snowden said that is shocking? I mean, I full expect the NSA to be snooping on Merkle's phone, and I understand that widespread electronic surveillance of the entire world is unlikely to have a "This is an American, so backoff" bit? I'll be honest, when I saw his first "revelations" I started tuning out, so there may be more shocking things in there.

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