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Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 1) 519

Bye free content, don't let the door hit you on the ass when you leave.

This is just like saying "I shouldn't leave my abusive spouse because they pay the car payment". Yea, we might (and probably not) be without free content, but the abuser will be gone.

Anyway, sites won't go away, they'll just adapt. The ads will become part of the content, or something that we've not even thought of yet.

Comment Re: Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Indust (Score 1) 519

> I really can't wait until everything is a pay service and everyone is complaining.

Won't happen. As storage, processor time, and bandwidth gets cheaper a site like ./ will cost almost nothing to run. Some business will figure they can run a social media site like this with embedded employees flogging their goods and be able to profit from it. Yea, maybe free video will die, maybe free images will, but text is so cheap to transmit and manage that what you're talking about just won't happen.

Comment Re:Adderall?... Complicted. (Score 1) 155

WTF does naturally even mean?

If you take two 'master race' parents (because epigenetics) bred them and then trained their child every day and only fed them a very good diet, and they were sponsored their life so didn't have to worry about making a living, would that be natural? By your definition, yes, it's just selective breeding for the purpose of sports. That's the kind of stuff that is happening already.

Comment Re:What about "legitimate" use? (Score 1) 155

>The whole point of a competition is to find people who are *naturally* extraordinary

Ha, in professional and olympic league sports that's not been true for quite some time. You see it in China where they take young kids and their entire life becomes training. They eat special diets, they take weird drug cocktails that influence their growth. Buy the time they compete they are not on anything you can test for, but they have been grown just for that purpose just like a plant. Ya, a lot of them fail out, and god only knows what happens with them after that point. The issue is now there is no 'even' playing field, the people that have the highest likelihood to get there are going to be the ones that were lucky/unlucky enough to be a trained robot from birth.

Comment Re:Uber should countersue (Score 1) 247

What a terrible analogy.

Sets say you go to the store to buy a chocolate bar, but when you get there they are all $20 each and you have to wait in line 30 minutes for one. So you go out and buy chocolate bars for $1 each and sell them for $5 and people only have to wait a minute or two to purchase them, the customers are very happy with this as they are getting what they wanted.

Now lets say the store that was selling the bars is now very pissed, because they have to pay the city $200,000 a year for the ability to sell chocolate bars and is now trying to sue you for violating the law.

Who is 'stealing', who is wrong?

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 1) 351

>What kinds of products do I need?

And unknown to you, what kind of products you think you need has probably been directly influenced by advertizing. That said, the advertising may not have had the exact effect the company wanted. Long time ago there was a "My that's a spicy meatball" commercial for Alka-Seltzer, the it was a failure for the company, but it drove sales in Italian food. That's how ads stick in your brain and influence what you do.

Comment Re:Easy trumps security (Score 1) 65

>As long as "easy" takes precedence,

Heck, getting it to work in the first place takes precedence over both. There are so many chunks of code were written in the fashion of "This should work, but it doesn't so I'll do it this wrong insecure fashion. 10 hours of messing around and it still doesn't work in the secure fashion, and gets put on the back burner. A year later someone else looks at the code and the original guy goes "oh crap, I forgot about that".

Comment Re:Too many white and Asian males (Score 1) 398

A better way to understand this would be to look at the demographics of a world college.

Out of 10 applicants

6 would be from Asia
1 would be from Africa
1 would be from Europe
1 would be from North America
1 would be from South America
Australia wouldn't even register on the scale.

You see so many Indians and Chinese in tech because they have universities that teach tech and their are so damn many of them by world population.

Comment Re:Umm forgive but (Score 1) 108

> looks like any other rock in the solar system to me, including the moon

Uh, what? You must not look look at the rocks up in the sky very much. It's covered in methane, nitrogen, and water ice in odd patterns. It's far less dense than the moon. It has gigantic mountains on it for its size. It's surface is very young, which is unexpected.

So ya, why don't you go back to Facebook and post on the latest reality TV show or whatever is the big deal these days.

Submission + - Reddit is going dark after new CEO fires key employee. ->

GNUALMAFUERTE writes: At approximately 5pm UTC, 1pm EST, on Thursday the 2nd of July, 2015, the moderators of /r/IAmA took their subreddit, which is one of the default set, private, making it for all intents and purposes shut down. Just after that, a thread was posted to another subreddit, /r/outoftheloop, asking whether anyone knew why it had happened. User /u/karmanaut, top mod of /r/IAmA, responded explaining that Victoria Taylor, Reddit's Director of Talent had been fired without notifying any of the subreddits that depended on her work. Victoria was a moderator of many default subs, and essentially the main contact between the moderators and the admins.

After Reddit's employees refused to comment on the issue, most other default subreddits, including /r/AskReddit , /r/Books , /r/science , /r/Music , /r/gaming , /r/history , /r/Art , /r/videos , /r/gadgets , /r/todayilearned , /r/Documentaries, /r/LifeProTips and /r/movies decided to do the same in solidarity with r/IAMA, effectively shutting down 90% of Reddit.

This thread in /r/outoftheloop has more information, and updates will be posted there.

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