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Comment: Re:Long term effects of filter bubbles/silos (Score 1) 108

by Sir_Eptishous (#48413357) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

So there are two competing pressures, on to put us into news silos, and the other the pressure of the wide open internet to liberate information. My guess is the second pressure will effectively counteract the first pressure (for the same reason that AOL couldn't keep people in their little content-world, even if they did try to redefine the URL).

As much as I would like to agree with your somewhat outdated view of what "being online" is, balkanization is being aided by FB. The more people interact only via social media(FB), the more of a "crafted" worldview people have, merely by thier likes/friends on FB. They get a mirrored view of things, and unless, like you said, they leave the walled garden and venture out into the "wide open internet", their world views get even more stagnant.

FB is the new AOL.

Comment: Scumbaggery from on high (Score 3, Informative) 297

by Sir_Eptishous (#48411251) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

At the Waverly Inn dinner, it was suggested that a plan like the one Michael floated could become a problem for Uber. Michael responded: “Nobody would know it was us.”

"Emil Michael is the new SVP of Business at Uber. Most recently, Emil was the Chief Operating Officer at Klout (where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors) and before that was SVP of Field Operations at Tellme Networks (sold to Microsoft in 2007). He has been an active investor and advisor in the Silicon Valley since 1999 before which he was an associate in Goldman Sach’s Communications, Media and Entertainment Group in New York City. He also served as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Defense from 2009 through 2011. He is a graduate of Harvard with an AB degree in Government and Stanford Law School where he received a JD."

Comment: Re:A cost equation (Score 1) 203

by Sir_Eptishous (#48386871) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
I can't stand Libertarians, because their political system has about as much of a chance of working as communism did/does...

But, he is correct. This has nothing to do with politics. It is only a matter of time, 15-20 years tops, until robots will be doing this. They will do it faster and cheaper than people can. And believe you me, I'm a proponent of putting people out of work. The technology to do this shouldn't be that complicated, and sooner or later, just like self driving cars, it will happen...

Comment: I don't have the answers... (Score 1) 693

by Sir_Eptishous (#48371423) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
but I feel that the level of gun violence in the US is absolutely despicable.

Can you imagine what someone from 100 years ago would think if they knew that in the year 2014 they would have to install computerized sensor equipment in schools to deter/prevent/monitor/apprehend/kill a person who is going into the school to kill completely innocent children. And that events of that nature are common in the 21st century?
Why are people(children...) randomly killing other children in schools?

Well my friend from 1914, we have a sickness in this country.
A sickness that pervades all levels of society, all classes and races.
A sickness uniquely American, that has encouraged, engendered and approved of violence.
This sickness has been allowed to fester and grow, especially with those in poverty ridden neighborhoods left to deal with this on a daily basis, with little attention from the media or those more "well off".
This sickness has mutated in the last twenty years, with the blame not easily laid on one party, but on several, and really on American Culture itself, and it's continuing approval of violence, from the highest seats of government and corporate power to the lowest street thug.

Comment: Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (Score 1) 437

by Sir_Eptishous (#48361101) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

1) There was constant threats of terrorism in the media in the 80s. Take a look at the "Libyans" in "Back to the Future".

In the 80's people, especially teens weren't plugged into a non-stop media-info system like they are now. The only people aware of things like the Libyans or the PLO were those(like myself) who read the paper(remember that...?) or watched the nightly news. Teens didn't do those things...

2) Helicopter parents were definitely a thing in the 80s.

None of the people I hung with had parents like that. We were the latchkey gen, unless you forgot about that? We came home from school, watched Star Trek re-runs, then went and did whatever we wanted, with no cell phones, no internet, no way for parents to know where we were or what we were doing. That was the 80's I grew up in.

3) There were plenty of poor example adults in the 80s.


4) I'll 100% grant that entry level jobs are *much* harder to find now.


5) NSA and FBI watched us in the 80s. Ma Bell logged every call ever made. What was that you were saying on the CB Radio, back when the FCC actually gave a damn?

Nothing like it is now. Not even close. That is a ridiculous assertion. Ridiculous. Do you think Earth First or the other environmental groups could pull off today what they did in the 80's?

6) Granted Massive student debt, partially offset by the relative ease of getting into school. Yes, debt is a problem, especially when you pick a lame degree. It was always a problem, more so now.

My student debt was paid off in five years. There is no way I could do that now starting out as a student. Perhaps you had a different experience, but an un-biased look at the cost of a college education today shows it is much, much higher.

7) There was no "online", so no posting stupid stuff online, and no online bullying. Bullying back then wasn't some insult posted in a chat root, it was a broken jaw. I remember well facing my bully with a stick in my hand, and being knocked flat repeatedly by a kid with 30 pounds on me, while I cursed defiantly and got up to face him again.

I agree, I also dealt with physical harassment. But as you point out, it was usually a fist fight. Generally, people would fight like that as opposed to bringing assault weapons to school and killing loads of students like what happens now on an almost monthly basis. A totally different world we live in now.

8) Education system was "declining" then too.

Again, how can you compare how it was then to today, Completely different world. I suggest you speak with a teacher at a public school who has to deal with the changes since No Child Left Behind took affect.

9) I'd argue that the cold war and the constant threat of total, global annihilation far outweighs a few school shootings. Or did you forget that little detail?

Good point, but like I said about terrorism above, we, as teens at that time, weren't bombarded with info like teens today are. We had a fairly carefree experience when it came to media and information. Unless we read the papers or watched the news we never knew about what was going on. Now, you've got tweets, FB, texts, etc; etc;

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. -- Albert Einstein