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Comment: Re:Websites are slowly catching on (Score 1) 297

by Falos (#49785501) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court
> the opening up of my system up of my system to all sorts of tracking
This is a thorn in my side beyond the PaypalDonate? pleading out there.

Time and again I'm quite willing to spare a dollar or ten on a product or service, or even simply hand it out, but I don't have a means. I'm not signing up for $stupidshit or supporting $IoTcloudshit service or announcing the details of my private transaction to every fucking ear that wants to harvest it for a penny.

I'll probably resort to cash-bought prepaid cards. With bills not obtained from a bank/ATM, if I'm in the mood to act on sheer fucking principle.. Or hell, maybe bitcoins will catch on.

Comment: comment subject here (Score 5, Insightful) 150

Do we give out points on evaluations for "fully complies with security policy every time"? No, we slam plebs with metrics and quotas, after a childhood revolving around GPAs and diploma checkboxes and life-story-in-one-page application rodeos. We've trained society to game the system and if they're giving fucks in a certain, limited fashion, it's because the world only gives fucks in a certain, limited fashion.

Of-fucking-course they game the system. "Fear of reprisal" isn't even a core symptom.

Comment: comment subject goes here (Score 1) 1090

by Falos (#49731461) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Smaller businesses trying to American Dream might struggle. Yes, plebs will be able to buy more, but it might not cut it.

Big businesses can soak it, but they're also better poised to just outsource/automate as we inch one more tick on "Human labor costs too much."

And it'll keep ticking. I won't waste emotions lamenting it, it's inevitable. We can't uninvent automation. I also accept that businesses are meant to act in their own interest, but meanwhile the money circulates less and less.

Much less. Your paycheck doesn't go to plebs, it flows upwards. You pay bills to phone companies, you pay car dealerships and bank mortages, you pay insurance/hospitals, and nothing flows down. You think the walmart portion trickles down to Joe? Nope. His job exists because it's an upward flow as well. Wealth is concentrating harder than diamonds and it's going to get worse before it gets worser.

I don't recommend trying to resculpt immutable facts (eg businesses will never hire money sinks); we'll need to adapt our world around them. But no one seems to know how, not plausibly.

Comment: Re:imagine that. (Score 1) 113

by Falos (#49719047) Attached to: Schools That Ban Mobile Phones See Better Academic Results
The X factor of sheer chance/chaos is significant. If I posit a mediocre, obnoxious riddle to a group of 1,000 people, those who solve it may exhibit a pattern of slightly higher "interest" or higher "intellect" or whatever, but repeated trials will show it's also largely a roll of the dice. I suppose in your frame it'd equate to some line about "opportunity meets effort".

Nothing contrary here, just highlighting a thought not mentioned yet. To me (local district's IT dept) the takeaway is that whatever the tastes or capabilities of 1,000 students, it's only a matter of time 'till someone finds a workaround. And because knowledge is a contagion (looking at you, thoughtpurchases) everyone is quickly infected and everyone knows. If the workaround is slow, difficult, tedious, harmless, ignore it. Otherwise, tick one more point on your Whackamole card and do a fix.

Comment: Re:Great story! (Score 1) 61

by Falos (#49718875) Attached to: Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto
Dibs! I'll get a screenplay out of the clusterfuck below that occurred to me while discussing Grooveshark's mystery figurehead over at Ars:

Remember the Satoshi Nakamoto story? It felt straight out of fiction, almost trope: A well-tuned, global, controversial technology is developed by an unknown genius, a reclusive hermit. All we need is some kid to stumble upon a series of events that start revealing The Hidden Secret of Nakamoto's creation.

The Truth of BTC would probably involve supercomputer architecture built on human brain mapping. Or it's powered by brain jars. I dunno. There will be a girl in a box (see trope) at some point. Or possibly a bio-pod-cylinder-tank thing. The villain's Order will also be following the same trail (his banking companies are dying as the UN or whatever start switching to BTC). There will be guns and tacticool black OPs armor and at some point a lab will explode. The hero's parents are dead - no wait, missing for reasons unknown! - and s/he lives with an unc- no, an aunt. Passive, uninteresting aunt with little story pertinence. Allows exposition to warm up at Anyschool High in sleepy Anytown, which has That Weird Science-Building Complex owned by Undisclosed Person on the edge of town.

Comment: Re:Also in the news... (Score 1) 95

by Falos (#49692753) Attached to: Drone Flying Near White House Causes Lockdown
Samantha's internet and phone logs suggest she's a pedophile and is also exploiting a local addiction to cheese sticks. Financial analysis links her activity to drug lords and the Disney store. Satellite imagery shows she's either privatized a military force or likes to jump-rope.

Samantha has three-hop ties to KNOWN TERRORIST GROUPS. Certain liberties must be compromised in order for us to protect you from the Samanthas out there.

Human beings were created by water to transport it uphill.