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Comment Shouldn't it just be 'video game club'? (Score 1) 110

I'm not even going to enter the 'is a sport'/'is not a sport' argument, the problem I see is lack of historical consistancy.

Basketball, Chess, Hockey, rugby and rowing all exist throughout the decades with minor rules tweaks at most. Will students in 20 years still be joining LoL club? Or playing some other video game?

I mean good on them, but this means about as much as having a rollerblade club in 1990. Maybe some colleges did and had races and then the fad died any they stopped.

Comment Re: That's just... dishonest (Score 1) 229

Thank you. I'd already purchased this and just got the refund for it. Total dishonest bait and switch maneuver.

The sad part is that I'd really throw down 10, 20, maybe 50 bucks for a well developed ad blocker that really was on my side in this fight and went out of its way to ad new features / combat the ad companies. It doesn't have to be 99 cents, iOS developers -- if you need more money, raise the price, a lot of us will still pay if you deliver a high quality solution.

Comment Re:Moral outrage! (Score 1) 236

What's to say I didn't "suddenly" have 5 million uniques the week a high-paying advertiser decides to buy ad space? That's what the javascript portions of ads were supposed to do; simply certify visitors were real. I understand that a good portion of networks abused that trust. But it wasn't always like that.

I really appreciate your interesting and detailed take on this topic. I think the answer here is that the advertiser needs to do the research themselves, because they are frankly not entitled to this information by tracking my computer.

The example I like to give is a print newspaper or magazine. The New York Times is able to sell its ad space based on circulation -- and some weeks things might be slow and there might be tens of thousands of copies left unsold on newsstands, and other weeks there might be a terrorist attack where every copy of the paper sells out.

I think websites should do the same, sell local ad space based on average traffic over a window of time. If your site blows up into some megasite -- renegotiate your ad rates the next time they come up.

Comment Personal anecdote time (Score 1, Interesting) 133

Paxil got me out of the house when I was 24, bumming around playing WoW in depression with while my girlfriend worked after my mom died.

The tapering off was a bitch though, but I'm super grateful for it. Stopped having panic attacks and anxiety, built a career in software that fulfills me 10 years later.

Would a placebo have worked the same or even better? Quite possibly.

Comment Re:Interesting conflict (Score 1) 519

This seems like a non-issue to me? How did they come to trust the New York Times or Des Moines' hot rock 104.5 or Sports Illustrated when they were selling ad space in 1975?

They ran surveys, demographic groups, advertised their circulation, right? They were using perfect invasive metrics that tracked every impression and conversion, and yet, the ad space sold and the world kept turning.

They should just go back to doing that. Why is it that they will trust Sports Illustrated's circulation numbers but not ESPN.COMs?

Comment Re:New rule (Score 2) 113

I play (intermediate level) competitive scrabble and this is how my wife and friends handicap me if we want to play at home. Frankly I don't mind it -- as a mere mortal without Nigel's photographic memory, it helps me a lot to keep the funky words memorized if I actually learn what they mean. Plus, learning that something is a noun vs a verb makes it a lot easier to infer if you can stick an S or ING or whatever on it.

However, I've found that people still passive aggressively rage when you're beating them by 200 points and explain that AA is a type of lava or that ZA is just shitty slang for pizza that no one actually uses, so it is an imperfect solution....

Submission + - Apparent Technical Glitch Halts Trading on New York Stock Exchange (

edeefelt writes: Trading in all symbols was temporarily halted on the New York Stock Exchange floor Wednesday due to an apparent technical issue.

"NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible," the NYSE said in a statement on its status page.

A technical issue caused the trading halt, Reuters reported, citing a source. Trading stopped around 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Nasdaq reported no technical issues and said it continues to trade NYSE-listed stocks.

Comment Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256

You keep saying these things, but remain unable to explain, why these very same racist police do not treat Asians just as badly as they (supposedly) do Blacks

Because they are racist specifically against black people, you thick moron. They are not Racist Robots out to treat anyone with non-white skin equally poorly.

Comment Re:"Get as many credit cards as you can..." (Score 1) 1032

Interesting. I wonder how easy it would be to prove intent to defraud, short of someone who is financially fucked just buying a bunch of stuff right before bankruptcy.

It seems like if you strung along nominal payments for a while, and really truly were financially fucked, you could show intent to make repayment and that it just overwhelmed you.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau