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Comment Skewed value against subscribers (Score 1) 536

If I put ads on a page, then I'd have to get around a thousand pairs of eyeballs on it to make a dollar with a lot of the CPM rates out there.

Yet Wired thinks that if you use adblock to protect your computer the amount of pages you read in a week on their site will be comparable. Or they just think that you should be subjected to a subscriber tax...

Comment Re:Actions of a few.. (Score 2) 89

If you're a white, well-off, adult male in a population that tends towards those people being in power (whether in politics or business) then you're not going to be hurt by a lack of oversight in the day to day operations of society.

If you're one of the groups sidelined by whatever the majority believes (whether that's racial supremacy, religious nuttery, etc) then having state protections can be good.

Making sure that the political machine has safeguards in place to prevent any group that ends up sidelined or in conflict doesn't become a target for abuse by the state also has to be a consideration.

It's a delicate balance.

I'd rather have a degree of protection for my neighbors who have a history of being stepped on, than an illusory freedom that lets robber barons run amok over us as well.

If we didn't have such a problem with greed / material wealth gathering, a lot of the issues that trickle out from that would likely end up with a society that has a lot fewer rules.

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 2) 486

As Snowden pointed out in his interview the data they collect isn't useful for stopping terrorists. It just lets them create a historical profile of every person so that when they decide you are an enemy they can pick through your life and get the dirt on you.

It's a database of dirty deeds and associations. A machine made to discredit one's opponents.

Comment Why a single bitcoin? To hide among the flock. (Score 1) 93

A single bitcoin is likely to be a very common kind of transaction.
Remember the Ashleigh Madison blackmailers who were asking for very specific amounts, which allowed multiple transactions to multiple bitcoin addresses to be grouped together by those investigating?
It would be much harder to associate all those wallets if they were for an amount that's commonly used.

Comment Hive contamination (Score 1) 23

I don't see how they'll be able to prevent hive contamination with this method.
The worker bees are as likely to track the pesticides back into the comb when they return from foraging as when they go out to the plants.
Over time any contaminants introduced into a hive will build up in the comb wax, provided that it's a hive structure in which comb is reused. (Refer to Langstroth hives with frames mounted in supers, which are the most common types in the industry).
Even if it's initially harmless at the dosed value, the presence over time will tilt the effective dosages.
This is found in the treatment of varroa mites, which are treated with fumigants that are hung inside the super between the frames. Over time those fumigants that accumulate in the wax add on to the active dosage that should only affect the mites and not the bees, and you end up at the point where a mite treatment is killing the bees too.
I also wonder if they intend for this to be strictly for "workhorse" colonies or for those used in honey for consumption. The pesticides of note might be harmless to humans, but could still be taken poorly by consumers.

Side note: It's not uncommon for various treatments to be used on hives outside of honey production season. But this one would need to be done during the time that bees are actively collecting nectar and pollen for their business to work.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 1) 406

Seinfeld's humor is hinged on seeing not-quite-likeable people in uncomfortable situations.
John Cleese mentions taboo subjects in his interview about Fawlty Towers, though Seinfeld is less about the taboo and more about the release of stress you get from watching these painful social situations unfold.

And they don't stand the test of time, as noted below, because you've seen them and it doesn't cause the same reactions, or they're no longer relevant socially, or no longer relevant to you as a person.

If they never were relevant to someone, chances are that person never found them funny in the first place.

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