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Comment: Circularity-"reliable sources" trusting Wikipedia (Score 1) 135

by dpbsmith (#47570449) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

It's a real problem, because Wikipedia's trustworthiness depends on its verifiability policy. Everything in Wikipedia is supposed to be traceable to a reliable source. Unfortunately, Wikipedia itself has become so trustworthy that supposedly trustworthy sources are becoming too uncritical about trusting Wikipedia.

Back circa 2004-2005 a respected editor added a statement to an article saying that Rutgers had been originally been invited to join the Ivy League but had declined. This interesting, plausible, and credible statement was in the article for a while, but was eventually challenged.

The editor originally had trouble providing a good source, but eventually came up with a newspaper article in a New Jersey newspaper, one that would usually be considered a reliable source. Other editors were inclined to accept, this, until one of them realized it was a fairly recent article, contacted the reporter, and asked for the reporter's source.

The reporter replied that he had read it in Wikipedia and used it (without attribution).

Now, it's not clear whether or not the statement is true. The last I knew, the editor said he had gotten it from an old issue of the "Targum," the Rutgers University newspaper, which would probably have qualified as a reliable source, but since he was unable to provide volume, issue, date, or page numbers, the statement was not verifiable at that time and was removed.

But it is an clear example of circular reference--an unverifiable statement almost being kept in Wikipedia, based on support from a "reliable" source that had gotten it from Wikipedia.

Comment: Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (Score 1) 94

by Dutch Gun (#47570183) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

All I see is a natural settling of the app bubble. This is a good thing. It just means the market is maturing. The alternative is a hard crash, like when the dot-com bubble popped, and no one wants that.

The author all but admits that app development was seen as a get-rich-quick scheme, and acknowledges the market is maturing, but falters when it comes time to face reality. Removing "top sales" lists or curtailing frivolous app development would be a bandaid. It would inconvenience users in a ham-handed attempt to "spread the wealth" - exactly the wrong approach to take, since users would simply lash out at the app store developers for doing that.

What's the solution? Probably the same as it's always been: work hard, create a great product, sell it for a fair price, market it in a unique and clever way, and hope for the best. If an app developer goes under, it just demonstrates that wasn't exactly beating a door down for their app. It's harsh, but that's how markets work. App stores could better solve the problem by developing algorithms to show more relevant products based on purchasing and browsing history, but honestly, you can't rely on anyone else to sell your app for you.

Launching a startup has always been immensely risky. The notion that app developers should somehow be immune from normal market realities is laughable.

Comment: Re:Is Jackson arguing against diversity? (Score 1) 292

by Dutch Gun (#47569767) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

It seems he's basically arguing that there's a correlation (and therefore maybe causality) between being diverse and not leading the market.

Makes sense. Companies intent on "diversifying their workforce" are probably too focused on politics or appearances rather than paying attention to their products and customers.

Comment: Re:There's no talent shortage (Score 1) 292

by Dutch Gun (#47569533) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

If they're laying off mostly non-programmers (i.e. "overhead"), but are still hiring for programming positions, then this would make sense. If not, then it's pretty inexcusable. In either case, someone should have known that at the very least, this would end up looking really bad for them.

Regardless, the fact that the e-mail describing the layoffs actually used the word "synergies" three times told me all I needed to know about the new CEO. Someone in touch with today's culture would never have used that word unless he was mocking another company for using it. Even when using business buzzwords, Microsoft is still about five years behind the times.

Comment: Re:Trailer not HFR? (Score 1) 142

by Dutch Gun (#47569029) Attached to: The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

I was actually going to make the comparison between "warm" vinyl sounds vs CDs (I'm not sure what SCAD is though), as well as tube amplifiers versus digital, but I thought it would distract from the point I was trying to make. Plus, the post was already getting long. But yeah, I think both of those are somewhat appropriate comparisons.

Comment: Re:I must be the outlier (Score 1) 216

by Lumpy (#47566531) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

If you think they will not modify that agreement when the time comes to renew it, you are silly. in my town it was a requirement to carry public channels and OTA local channels unencrypted. They simply had their lawyer remove that from the last one they signed.

when your town is ran by a bunch of morons (only morons want to be politicians in power) you get this kind of stuff happening. And 99.976% of all american cities and towns have complete drooling morons in charge.

The mayor here is so stupid he demanded they pass a law making it a felony to say anything bad about him. And then threw a fit when everyone told him that will never happen.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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