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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.

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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.

Comment Re:You cannot know *WHO* is voting (Score 1) 258

It sucks but morons, on all sides, are entitled to their vote too. Wishing otherwise strikes is kind of unrealistic like magicking away religion in order to make the world more peaceful tomorrow. Sure, it would work, and maybe it will happen in the Star Trek future if we ever get there, but it's really neither here nor there for the real, actual world that we are all going to live and die in.

I think the best solution to it is compulsory voting (with a 'no preference' option, of course) so at least all of the poor morons with no GED will hopefully balance out the rich morons who have a high school level education but are exactly as susceptible to convincing liars nonetheless...

Comment Re:You cannot know *WHO* is voting (Score 1) 258

I only mean non-mandatory in the 'government can't penalize you for choosing not to participate' sense. I'm perfectly fine with making them mandatory for voting itself, that would be the point.

I do think it is a bit of a solution looking for a problem (there is very little actual voter fraud going on from people without indentification, especially when compared to bigger voting issues like gerrymandering) but really I have no issue with mandatory voter ID -- you just need to severely over-engineer the solution to ensure it's not a burden on those in society with the least time/money/options/eduction.

Comment Re:You cannot know *WHO* is voting (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Not racist so much as classist. It just so happens that we have a very but not exclusive racial disparity when it comes to social class in this country.

As long as the government fully subsidizes identification cards for the entire populace, makes them non mandatory, and gives a legally-protected full day's floating vacation to be used to procure and update said cards, then i really have no problem with voter ID.

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.