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Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 385

Yeah, but you want to know the fastest way to run yourself out of investors AND drive yourself into the red? Hint: It included hare-brained monetization schemes and pissing off your users enough that you drive a large number of them off your service (or even just piss them off enough to jump ship once your next competitor starts to make a surge, with something as easily replicated as Reddit). Without users, internet companies are worthless. This is what I don't understand about a lot of monetization schemes out there. These companies go in and make huge changes that piss off their users, because they think the users are just the commodity to be sold. But if you drive them away, then you have no commodity TO sell anymore! Companies need to treat users as stakeholders in the monetization process if they want to make changes that will both allow them to make money, and build up a stable, loyal user base for them to make money off of.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 3, Interesting) 385

I am hearing that several subreddits that went private were forcibly reopened by the admins, and the mods were unable to do anything about it after. I don't have sources, but if it's discovered that it true, that would be the final nail in the coffin for me. The Reddit administration is interested in one thing, and one thing only right now: Milking the site for as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and fuck the users. Well, fuck them then, as a user. We'll see if they can make their sweet cash when no one wants to use their site anymore.

Comment Re:Importance Of Process (Score 1) 137

This can not be said enough. ITAM is alllll about process. The tool is secondary, at worst, and irrelevant at best. A well designed process will make any half decent tool work for you the way you need it to. That said, there are tools that will make your life easier, even with good processes (the process will work without a good tool, BUT the tool can make you happier to work within the process, and thus more likely to actually make people want to follow the process instead of half-assing it.)

Comment Worth taking a look at ServiceNow. (Score 2) 137

This may be overkill for JUST Asset, but ServiceNow is fantastic. The full enterprise version can tie into basically all your other systems, including requests, procurement, receiving, financial, etc, and can be set up for hardware and software management. Especially if you're maybe considering moving your service desk/help desk to something else, ServiceNow is worth looking at. It's honestly one of the best tool for this kind of management I've seen. Alternatively, I know Flexera is very well liked throughout the industry, although I've never worked with it.

Comment Re:"I'm not a troll, modded to -1" (Score 1) 169

I dunno. I see this kind of comment a lot, but I always have mine set to -1 also, and I rarely see -1 comments that are really original and thought provoking. Some of them don't deserve to be -1... but they don't really deserve upvotes either. And usually, if I come back a couple hours later, the rare comment that was -1 and DOES deserve to be upvoted almost always has been. Maybe you would say that I'm just part of the group think, but I have some opinions that diverge significantly from a large portion of the Slashdot base, and I often don't agree with many of the things that do get to +5. I like to think that I'm pretty independent on that front, and I do my best to inform myself on topics that I care to read and comment about. I honestly feel like, in general, the moderation on Slashdot is pretty good. Even on heavily charged topics like politics, there is almost always at least a couple of opposing view points represented by highly modded posts. (Obviously it's not ALWAYS true, but most of the time, from what I've seen, it is.)

Comment Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 5, Insightful) 173

That issue could be solved by an outside auditing body. They would send in samples that are known to be matches or not matches, and search for a statistically significant deviation in outcomes. Of course, having an auditing body truly unassociated with the FBI/CIA/NSA/Local policing force would solve MOST issues with policing these days, and would ruin some of the nice little fiefdoms people have been spending the last few decades building... which is why it will never happen.

Comment Re: The future is not UHD (Score 2) 332

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Hobbit shot at 48fps? Also, one of the reasons it wasn't well received was because people complained that it didn't feel 'cinematic,' or that it reminded them of soap operas. The ironic thing here is that the reason people thought that is that many day time tv shows ARE shot at a higher fps than the cinema standard 24. It is not arguable that the higher frame rate provides a more clear picture, and, honestly, I see this going the way of the vinyl... CDs are better in basically every way, but some people complain that they don't have the 'warmth' of vinyl, or something. They mean the same thing that the people who were complaining about the high frame rate Hobbit did though: It just isn't the same when you take out the flaws introduced by a demonstrably inferior method. Of course, I have been wrong before... but I personally thought the high fps showing of the Hobbit was FAR better than the normal 24 fps version. And I'm convinced that once movie makers get used to it, and how unforgiving it can be, and once audiences see it at little more, they will want it also. I feel like it's waiting for its 'Avatar' moment... one super acclaimed film that uses it that makes others sit up and take notice. (Sadly, the flaws in the perception of the Hobbit seem to have set that back a bit.)

Comment Re:Here it is. Hope you can read Russian. Re:sourc (Score 1) 412

There is quite a difference between a fetish as the internet defines it and a fetish as it is described in the DSM. In the most basic terms, if you can get off without the help of your 'fetish' then it is almost certainly not a fetish as defined by the DSM.

Comment Re:Transgender Persons (Score 1) 412

Speaking as someone who has had a lot of interactions with trans people... there are not many of them that would argue with you. A few, maybe... but most don't want it any more than a 'regular' person would. My favorite quote from someone on the topic is "I may be crazy, but I'm not insane. I don't want to go through this any more than people who are against trans people want me to go through it... but it's a hell of a lot better doing this than being dead." Note that the last part was that persons personal preference. In the case of many trans people, at least at some point in their life, this is not true. (More than 40% of trans people attempt suicide at some point in their lives.) But as the matter stands now, and (as ausekilis points out) for the foreseeable future, that is sadly the ONLY effective way to treat all but the least severe forms of GID. (Just therapy can help in some cases, but in most just therapy is not enough.)

Comment Re:Then demanding decryption will not be "reasonab (Score 1) 446

You think companies will just fall in line? I feel like many of them would simply pick up shop and leave the US. There are plenty other business friendly countries around the world, and these businesses know that such a backdoor would be a death knell for much of their domestic business, let alone their international business. You see how much damage just rumors that such a backdoor might possibly exist maybe, probably not but just maybe, has done to the international standing of many of these companies. The big boys understand that they depend on this international business to really rake in the profits, and they know that certain things would destroy them. This is one of those things, and if you think they would go down without a fight, then you're sorely mistaken.

Comment Re: She's proselytizing ... (Score 2) 289

If you don't understand the difference between trying to force everyone else to follow your own religious beliefs, and trying to stop people from discriminating against others (usually, gasp, based on trying to force your own religious beliefs on them!), then you're an idiot. I suspect you're a troll, but I see this so much that I think it's worth feeding the troll this once.

Comment Multiprocess was introduced a while ago (Score 1, Informative) 181

The multiprocess option was introduced a while ago. I tried it for about an hour, but any time I had more than about 5 threads open, it would hang the computer, and I couldn't do anything. This could be because I was on a relatively underpowered laptop, but... I am just going to stay away from it till it's more mature. It's honestly the only thing in Nightly that has made me look for a way to turn it off.

Comment Re:We like to feel smart (Score 1) 795

I disagree. I think there is plenty of room in well functioning science for both heroes and authority. As long as there is a strongly held understanding and belief that such heroes and authorities are NOT infallible, and there is a strong drive to question, experiment, and improve on results, even for supposedly 'settled' topics. Scientific heroes and authorities must come with some level of malleability and understanding that our knowledge is basically in constant flux, and what we think is true today may be proven false tomorrow. But there are plenty of people that are at the very forefront of human knowledge, and in their areas, I would argue they certainly are authorities (at least at the moment). This doesn't mean we can't question them, just that yes, they have a body of experience and knowledge that should be influential in their field. In the same vein, we can praise and admire the work of great women and men, and seek to follow their examples, will simultaneously acknowledging that their work is not, CAN NOT, be perfect, and that they will make mistakes. They can still be heroes while being imperfect. Hell, from a mythological standpoint, MOST heroes have major, glaring flaws. But they are still heroes, admired and upheld for their good works. To be honest, I feel like this understanding of authority and heroes in science is more useful than the outright denial of their existence in the first place, as acknowledging that you can do flawed work, but still be great, is an excellent lesson for any scientist to learn.

Comment Re:Complex? (Score 4, Interesting) 198

I just interviewed with one of the largest healthcare focused tech companies in the US, Epic Systems. On of the more interesting things I learned while I was there was that they use InterSystems Caché, a non-relational system that's built on b-trees instead of tables. The main draw of this system is the speed at which they are able to operate, which is one of the big things they've built their reputation on. They claimed while I was there that roughly 47-49% of Americans are covered by Epic's software at some point. Now, obviously that's not just records stored in databases they designed, implemented, and support, but, especially considering that Epic targets medium to large healthcare companies, with very little involvement with smaller outfits, and the fact that they do their best not to parcel out their software, but to sell integrated top to bottom systems... well, they seem to not only be doing fine without a relational system, but thriving. I don't work for them, so I can't say any more than that since I don't have experience, but I just thought it might be of interest in relation to the relational/non-relational debate in this thread.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming