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Comment: Old shit, shit article (Score 1) 230

by Falos (#47732367) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
TFA is just (1) relating generic "corporations skimp on trying for perfectly happy customers", with no data suggesting it's a more profitable model; and (2) some blog post whining about A/B data, which is really just observation of users in A/B situations then hypothesizing the effects of A/B.

So yeah, another "FACEBOOK FORCED ME TO BE HAPPY/SAD" post. Feel free to accuse me too, reading my post surely forced you to feel X.

Comment: Not this shit again (Score 1) 420

by Falos (#47732243) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
While I think the idea of imaginary property is in need of complete rehaul, camrips won't help bring about enlightenment. Bad idea, sir. Also, you're an idiot for persisting. Now...

>> 700,000 downloads, costing Universal Pictures and the wider industry millions of pounds in losses
Oh no you don't. OH NO YOU FUCKING DON'T. Do not claim that equivocation. Do NOT equate those. I will not tolerate that bullshit. Shame on editors/journalists that indulge it, shame on all of you for letting it fly. Shame on your honor, shame on your family, shame on your horse.

Comment: Time allocation (Score 1) 81

by Falos (#47678079) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?
> eight students
> one-on-one advice
If THIS is the future of college, then yeah, it totally is. I'll have high hopes for the results, and expect the feedback to blaze inquiry-based learning, the most productive kind by far.

If it's just a stream of someone talking with time maybe for a lucky winner or two (questions), they're posturing for spotlight using old "tech" that ain't shit.
If it's video recordings, they can fuck themselves with a rake.

Comment: Not so breakable (Score 1) 544

by Falos (#47553671) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
I won't refute that the addition of more (moving) parts is the addition of a point of physical failure, but I should chip in with my experience using a slide-out for three years without incident. I aged out the battery, put it through standard klutz drops, probably got it wet a couple times, the camera is smeary/dusty to the point of oblivion, the OS (froyo) started acting weird and hiccuping with microSD content, and I painted the whole thing because I hated the original color (great deal on price though). No problems with the slideout or the keys, and I played the ever-loving fuck out of them using emulators and a simfile rhythm'er (Beats). OTOH, the side buttons aged, notably the volumes were getting barely responsive. Took it apart towards the end of life, no dice, guess the fittings were wearing out past tolerance.

+ - Verizon's offer: Let us track you, get free stuff->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you.

The wireless giant announced a new program this week called "Smart Rewards" that offers customers credit card-style perks like discounts for shopping, travel and dining. You accrue points through the program by doing things like signing onto the Verizon website, paying your bill online and participating in the company's trade-in program.

Verizon emphasizes that the data it collects is anonymized before it's shared with third parties.
The program is novel in that offers Verizon users some compensation for the collection of their data, which has become big business for telecom and tech companies. Some privacy advocates have pushed data-collecting companies to reward customers for their personal information in the interest of transparency."

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Comment: Game theory (Score 2) 190

It's an inferior move to reduce your options and throw away something irreversibly. You don't delete documents when you have abundant storage, you don't discard items in a video game with endless inventory.

I'll accept that having poorly tracked, poorly secured, poorly vetted, poorly restricted, and/or poorly located samples keeps them from being a benign non-factor as above.

I don't accept that throwing them away (the ones we know about) is the only counter. Hell, we can spare a few grams of payload and put one in space.

Comment: Re:Correlation is not causation (Score 1) 619

by Falos (#47509225) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
This. They want to label the subjects? They can barely group them as isolated "East German" "West German" properties, to say nothing of the endless properties (GP suggests poverty) that result if so.

I only have an ordinary understanding of the scientific process, but I'm pretty sure you can't take "Group 1 cheated more than Group 2" and shoehorn in the identifier cause.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 150

by Falos (#47500645) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account
Doesn't need to be interesting. The average ("Three felonies per day") isn't interesting if only by definition. If anything, someone who absolutely couldn't be implicated would be the interesting outlier.

But I'm guessing you had "real" concerns in mind. "Maybe one day law enforcement will scale back and only hunt those," he failed to say with a straight face.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis