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Comment: No. (Score 5, Insightful) 226

by eldavojohn (#48923389) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

To be fair to Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company must obey the law of any country in which it operates.

No. He came out in support of a universal maxim and then went back to his board who showed him X dollars of income they get by operating in Turkey. Just like the revenue lost when Google left mainland China. Instead of sacrificing that revenue to some other social network in Turkey run by cowards, he became a coward himself in the name of money. It is an affront to the deaths and memory of the Charlie Hebdo editors. His refusal could have worked as leverage for social change in Turkey but now it will not.

So no, your statement isn't fair to Zuckerberg and his company and the platinum backscratcher he gets to keep with "TURKEY" inscribed on it. Fuck that greedy bastard and his petty meaningless lip service.

+ - Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister->

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eldavojohn (898314) writes "A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865 Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been working at Steam to analyze and improve the Steam Market but now has the opportunity to improve one of the most troubled economies in the world."
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Comment: Rumor: Fox Is Planning an X-Files Revival (Score 1) 476

by eldavojohn (#48904215) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
In the news recently are rumors that Carter, Anderson and Duchovny will reunite for new X-Files episodes. Fox has sorta confirmed this.

I own all the DVDs, a couple years ago I rewatched them. I may come off as a rabid fan at times but the background music was atrociously horrid. Also the story arc plot became overly convoluted and impossible to explain at times. That said, one of the most convoluted characters (Krycek) was my favorite. Aside from several minor valid criticisms like that, I really think it's a great platform for modern storytelling.

I do have to ask myself, at times, if there is some level of insane conspiracy theory today that we owe at least in part to those people watching X-Files when younger. I have to admit that the 9/11 inside job truthers movement claims could have been ripped from the pages of an X-Files script.

My biggest concern, of course, is whether or not it could still be fresh. With recent high quality additions to television canon, we'd have to be prepared for Chris Carter coming back at us with a 90's angle when episodes like Home really aren't as shocking anymore. The bar has been raised (thankfully).

Right now, The X-Files is going to occupy a contextual place in television history like The Twilight Zone. A revival could very well tarnish that. On the other hand, I've never felt like I really received closure on the whole story arc ...

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 228

by internerdj (#48884849) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
"I mean that sort of thing doesn't fulfil any use case." My electrical panel is in the basement. I'm adding a home theater in a bonus room in the attic. Since it wasn't dedicated as a home theater when the house was built; the builder wired it the cheapest way possible. Every light on the floor is controlled with a single switch. Now I've got a choice between two options: pull a permit, rip out drywall on three floors, buy a couple hundred dollars worth of switches and electrical wire, go through the inspection process, repair my drywall holes, repaint walls on three floors, and walk to the stairs every time I need to turn on/off the lights. Or I can spend a few hundred bucks on connected lights and be done with that segment tonight and control everything from my seat. It may be a novelty for you but connected bulbs are looking like a perfect choice for me.

Comment: Re:Subject to the whims of the masses... (Score 3, Informative) 224

by internerdj (#48865435) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'
Motivation for Facebook or Google: maximum time on website. The most profitable reputation engine is one that feeds the user his or her own preferences back to them (Judging by my news feed Yahoo is doing this). This is exactly how Fox News or Huff Post works except that instead of self-selecting news that supports my worldview it is being done without any internal processing. You might could get away with expert truthfulness on some issues. However, the scariest thing for me is that things that are opposing opinions will have an assigned truth value and the best metric would be popular opinion.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 417

by internerdj (#48812783) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
I'm in Huntsville, our leaders are watching very closely the politics of Chattanooga's rollout as they figure out a good fiber solution for the city. Our existing industries would very much benefit from fiber, but our leaders have been very hesitant to roll it out through Huntsville Utilities. I suspect this is due to the political problems that Chattanooga has experienced.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 4, Interesting) 417

by internerdj (#48810683) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
I live a couple hours from Chattanooga, TN. I know that this specifically deals with a problem they are having. As I understand it, the utility company rolled out fiber as part of their smart meter transition and they offer fiber internet through those means for the metro area. It has been so successful that state legislators have been in a frenzy to write laws to keep them from expanding service to their customers that aren't in the city.

Comment: Re:Of course I scoff. And I'm worried too. (Score 1) 46

Some of my coworkers have kids who are have specialties like programming, robotics, cybersecurity, or pre-engineering. When I was in high school, I would have jumped at the opportunity for that but looking back I think it would have been too young to start down a path. I knew several people who long before that made it to senior year of college or beyond and said I don't really love this thing I've been specializing in. I can't imagine where I would be if I'd made that decision at 14.

Comment: Re:Of course I scoff. And I'm worried too. (Score 1) 46

I'm with GP. Through my exposure to my coworkers' children, I'm seeing career specialization being encouraged during early high school. At that point in my education, I had zero formal introduction to what my career would become. To me and I think to GP, the phrase "cradle-to-career" doesn't mean that my daughter will pursue a career, but based on some "tests" my daughter might come out of the cradle with a specific career path to pursue.

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol