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Comment: Re:Problem already solved (Score 1) 456

by Bob_Who (#47683569) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

I really have to wonder if there are ulterior motivations at work here.


So it goes in the realm of social science, public information, and journalism of any color. How much of the phenomenology is social engineering, propaganda, or product placement? Where do the lines of credibility blur if in fact there are also ulterior motives being served by some, while by others the intent is legitimate. In situations that are varied and complex whereby "all of the above" possibilities are valid, how can we proceed with a one size fits all response that could possibly be adequate? This is why we must take the good with the bad and keep an open mind, else the ulterior motives you consider may become a more potent threat, in fact.

Comment: Routine is valuable - accomadate life. (Score 1) 421

by Bob_Who (#47639505) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
I believe that the problems in education are not unlike the problems that Americans encounter in living their lives. Its very hard for an individual to manage a successful life these days, even with an education. For parents with children and scarce resources and education its even harder. If year round schooling can be part of a routine for working parents so that they can consistently manage work and supervision of their children while they are at work, then I believe that will have a profoundly positive effect on the overall quality of education in the United States. If we can accommodate the lives of families to be successful in their daily routines, then our education system will find routine success as well. Dropping out has always been our biggest educational problem , so this is a sensible place to START.

Comment: Its all about getting an accurate head counts. (Score 5, Interesting) 114

by Bob_Who (#47586753) Attached to: Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+
Google needed to sort out users versus user accounts. They had to distiguish all of the duplicate human beings, as separate from their various accounts. The high value data is gmail storage, google docs, and especially picasa web albums. Google sites hosted my web site experiments, and docs and forms, cloud stored my binaries, and voice relayed to my phone numbers, wallet, etc etc. The process of attempting to force feed Google+ to me, though futile, still accomplished their primary objective: It functioned to consolidate my multiple user ids and to figure out what I claim is the meaningful data.

While Google+ is a marketing fail, it was a database validation success, while also changing the overall TOS. This process unified various random accounts to identify the actual user. It combined the data of browsing habits, purchases, phone numbers, handles, ips, mac addresses, adress books, etc. They were all mined and combined to fully implicate individuals accessing anything Google. The fact is, that until all of this Google+ bullshit, I had quietly tucked away thousands of photographs which filled several accounts to the brink. The process of contending with the change forced me to access everything which eliminated the redundancy of me as multiple users. Now Google can be sure its all one of me, which they knew all along, but this just confirms my usage profile and actual breathing existence. I'm not worth as much money to advertisers if I am a redundant user already counted and sold. Just one of me is their assurance to clients so there's no double dipping on real head count. I feel so special, like social currency of unique importance to statistical metrics....

Comment: In other words, they offer no employee benefits. (Score 1) 125

by Bob_Who (#47487289) Attached to: FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software
Let's face it, this is something that should be fixed by professionals employed by the FTC because that is the job they are tasked to perform. This cute little bounty program is a clever way of crowd sourcing the benefits of this skill set without the costs of hiring anyone. MAKE 'EM PAY! Not everything involving human labor should be done on the cheap just because employee costs are high. People cost money, and this tactic wont work forever.... I hope.

Comment: Re:Typo (Score 1) 51

It happens. A lot, apparently. Its certainly not your fault or a reflection on your intellect that human beings with worthwhile ideas and commentary are not always absolutely perfect typists or rhetoricians. That being said, I wish that the grammar Nazis would take a break until a better way to correct that outcome is implemented. I don't mind the typos nearly as much as the predictable response it brings from anonymous knee jerks. I'll give a benefit of the doubt to the known respondents, and not assume they are just trolling.

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