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Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 107

by Opportunist (#47977741) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

The main difference for me is maybe that I don't want to use anything coming out of the Facebook corner of the planet and hence I have no beef with them. If a page insists in only allowing me in if I have a Facebook account, it's usually trivial for me to simply do without said page.

It's kinda different with Google. Google offers a fair lot of services, some of them even very useful. And them constantly trying to shove some useless services of theirs up my rear is kinda annoying when all I want to do is use one of their useful ones. Part of this is due to them buying up a few of the more useful and/or entertaining platforms of the internet.

Facebook only did that so far with a select few, and (since I don't use any of them anymore, I can't really vouch for that) as far as I know, they don't use them to shove "oh, and hey, here, use that $craptastic_other_garbage_of_ours or you can't use $what_you_actually_want_to_use anymore" in your face.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 107

by Opportunist (#47977673) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Because you're not their user, you're their product. The idea wasn't to be comfortable for you, the idea was to get as much information out of you as possible. What they did was basically a rip-off of the MS tactics: Use their most powerful, most successful product to muscle into another market they were late for, that was already taken by someone else and that they wanted. What Windows was for MS in their attempt to wedge into the browser business, YouTube was for Google in their attempt to squeeze themselves into social networking.

Google's disadvantage here is that social networks have one huge drawback (for a company) compared to operating systems: They allow people to, well, network. And tell each other how to show a company the finger that tries to force you to do something you don't want to do. People talked. People told each other not only how to circumvent Google's plans (that would have been a minor nuisance that could have eventually been patched) but, worse, that there are alternatives that are by no means more complicated or different to use. And THAT WAS a huge problem for Google. Other than making people switch away from Windows to a different OS, switching to another mail provider, another video platform or another $service_google_offers is rather painless. There ain't no incompatibilities to deal with or a learning curve for a new OS.

Comment: Re:Study subject not depressive (Score 1) 135

by Opportunist (#47965167) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

The main problem is that psychoactive drugs have VASTLY different effects depending on your baseline of operation. Especially with you're dealing with a drug like an SSRI, which by itself doesn't put something into your body but rather keeps your body from eliminating something.

That first and foremost requires something to exist, and the lack thereof IS exactly the problem.

Is it me or is it considerable bullshit to examine the effect in a healthy specimen?

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 135

by Opportunist (#47962523) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Well, that's exactly the problem, that being the judge yourself is usually anything but easy. It may seem odd for someone who never experienced it, but for you, very little changes. You don't really notice it. Because your "baseline" remains the same. That it changes relatively doesn't really register until much, much later.

That's one of the reasons why so many people interrupt or abandon their therapy. Because you DO notice the side effects very quickly...

Comment: Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (Score 1) 190

by Opportunist (#47956711) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

China circumvented that by arriving already at where the US is still heading: A rather small sliver of rich people oppressing a mass of poor ones, while at the same time ensuring that there is little upwards mobility, but just enough to create the odd success story to keep everyone believing in the dream.

That way you can effectively eliminate a middle class. But don't worry, the US is working hard to get rid of what's left of its middle class, then the two countries will be on par again.

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