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Comment: Re:Hurrah for health redistributuion (Score 1) 196 196

Doctors used to prescribe bloodletting for centuries, until the it was declared "unscientific". And back again...

But it has never been mandatory... Even today Red Cross and others beg and encourage would-be donors to give blood — wouldn't it be nice for the government to compel citizens to do it? A "common-sense measure to help restore the health of our great nation", uhm?

+ - Pressure mounts on Google to extend Right to Be Forgotten to US-> 1 1

Mark Wilson writes: The Right To Be Forgotten has proved controversial. A little over a year ago Google was told by a European court that it should accept requests to remove from search results pages that are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Now, calls for the scheme to be extended to the US are growing ever-louder.

Consumer Watchdog not only says that the Right To Be Forgotten should be brought to the US, but also that Google's refusal to do so is an "unfair and deceptive" business practice. The consumer group is writing to the Federal Trade Commission calling for the search giant to be investigated and forced to consider the removal of certain search results. As has been proved in Europe, it's something that is not without controversy.

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Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 229 229

"it's hard to compete with a fertile field in a nice climate" you should watch a few of the youtube videos about these LED hydro places, you might change your mind

I think I'll wait until I start reading about farmers going out of business due to price competition from indoor produce growers.

Comment: Hurrah for health redistributuion (Score -1, Troll) 196 196

if we knew more about biological age we could be more fair and egalitarian

What? Is this another thing, where the bigoted and parochial society unfairly targets the less successful?

Is the responsibility for maintaining one's own body no longer with the individual? I guess, if one can blame "the system" for being poor, one can also blame it for being sick — "the Man" made me drink beer and smoke all sorts of plants since age 14!

I can see the new Statist argument in the making — that the government should take yet another heavy burden upon its tired shoulders and redistribute health — in addition to wealth! That it is grossly unfair, for example, that Michael Phelps' body won him 10 gold medals for swimming... Just wait for some way to be found to tax one's health to help "the less fortunate". The voluntary blood-donations of today will be ridiculed by Statists in the same manner, they already ridicule the idea of private charities...

Troll my tail — just what is it, that we, supposedly, "didn't know"? We've known for thousands of years, that some people remain much healthier and more capable with age than others — that we've now gotten around to quantifying it does not really change anything...

Comment: Re:About time too (Score 1) 49 49

The prospect of wave energy - which is far less intrusive than wind power - is very attractive

The upside of wave power is that water is relatively dense, and thus moving water carries a lot of energy in a small volume. The downside is maintenance costs... they don't call water the "universal solvent" for nothing, and salt water in particular tends to eat anything you leave in contact with it for very long.

Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 229 229

So, I'm all for grow local, but when there's sun shining right outside - this doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense to me... unless you are a company that sells grow lights.

Very true... it's hard to compete with a fertile field in a nice climate, if you have access to one. I'm surprised nobody has pointed out the obvious applications in locations where viable outdoor environments aren't available, though -- e.g. in space, or on Mars.

Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 421 421

How ironic. That's what the Usenet is and was long before WWW came alone.

Very true, and I certainly do miss it. Do you remember the day when AOL hooked up their network to usenet? So much "me too"...

Anyway, forum software sort of got itself into a rut. It seemed like everyone copied everyone else's bad PHP setup. So in that way, reddit was unique. And HTTP is far, far more ubiquitous than NNTP.

-B

Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 421 421

I'm sure some will. Burn out can be pretty common from what I've read.

But that's how they set up their system: users can create and manage their own areas of the site, while users add content. It was actually a pretty good idea ten years ago. Back then you had slashdot and fark and other forums where the admins essentially created all the different content areas (subforums, I suppose). So it was always a little limited. Now reddit comes along and you can create an area all your own just to talk about beanie babies or whatever. The amount and type of content is limited only by your user base (and, lately, sense of morality).

The trouble is that as things grow and time goes, people move on, lose interest, whatever. You've got really huge super popular areas and they generate a huge amount of work for the guy who started the beanie baby area, and so he brings in other folks to help. At least they hope this is how it works. Way back when a few guys made subreddits for every common noun you can think of. Some of those folks have left.

I'm sure more people will move on.

-B

Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 3, Informative) 421 421

The majority of users most certainly don't care (or care enough to sign a meaningless petition). But a lot of moderators, who are essentially the unpaid employees who are driving most of the content on the site, like those popular AMAs, DO care. A lot of them are pretty upset. The lack of communication and planning makes their (volunteer) jobs harder, which makes them less eager to do those jobs.

Take the AMAs for example. When Victoria was there, the mods could do what they do: verify the person's ID, make sure it happens on time, set up the schedules, etc. When they fired Victoria, the link between the admins and moderators was gone. That left the mods with no good way to do their jobs and make all that content the company is so eager to monetize. The mgmt team shot themselves in the foot, in other words, and now all the mods are getting are platitudes and vague promises without any deliverables, timetables, etc.

More people will likely start caring when the overall quality of content goes down as mods get more and more burnt out.

-B

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 5, Interesting) 421 421

It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Ellen Pao is, by many accounts, an abysmal manager and a CEO who appears to lack vision and/or a plan -- which are two things a CEO absolutely must have. Her handling of Victoria's dismissal is pretty clear evidence of that. A 20-something night manager of a McDonalds on the interstate could have handled letting an employee go better than she did.

We're talking about someone who doesn't even know how to use her own product (she once posted a submission that linked to one of her private PMs) and can't even apologize on her own site before going to the media to try to put out fires. She's apparently got dodgy ideas about race and sexism (her failed lawsuit against KP, banning certain subreddits). So an influential black leader gets pissy over a PR stunt that went bad and demands some action? Sure, I could see Pao reacting by firing the most high-profile and well-liked employee at the company without having a contingency plan in place.

-B

Comment: Too little too late (Score 5, Insightful) 421 421

She was all over other media outlets over the weekend, and only just now makes vague promises about "tools". Hopefully those won't go the way of the "transparency!" promises they made earlier. People are apparently rather unhappy. But the good news is that Ellen Pao thinks that her users don't care, and the ones who are raising a fuss are insignificant. That's the way to make the moderators (which are basically unpaid employees) happy, Ellen!

Her management style reeks of VC meddling. It's all sanitize and monetize now. Weird shadowbanning, giving some offensive subreddits the boot but not others, etc.

I predict a gradual exodus. The cool kids tend to move on anyway once their parents have arrived.

-B

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