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Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 305

by itsenrique (#49262847) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders
A common attitude is "we already discriminate based on your credit score, age, looks, disability, race, and gender (even though those last 3 aren't supposed to be done). so why not your record?" A lot of rich folks also seem to be truly afraid of those with (notable, not a DUI) criminal records. Like an untouchability in India or something. Source: Charged with 2 felonies 7 years ago.

Comment: Re:Advertising's Big Flaw (Score 1) 271

by itsenrique (#49046997) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End
I took a class in college called Psych of Personal Growth or something like that, the professor had some interesting topics I didn't see coming: one of them was how much we under-estimate marketing's effect on us. This type of emotional advertising is actually the most effective. Think of coke, they get their logo and slogans and products all over the place. In things that have nothing inherently to do with food or beverage even. This creates long-lasting associations, especially in the young. Setting them up for a 'lifetime of coke' hopefully (and often it works). I just had an video of a polar bear drinking it play in my head since I started writing this, and I don't drink the stuff. The hope with emotional advertising being that it appeals to emotions. Down? Grab a coke! Tired? Grab a refreshing coke. Feel like a winner... and on and on. Do you really think these huge companies would do this kind of advertising so much if it wasn't effective? The effectiveness of NEW advertising is (drastically) reduced with age, but there are more younger people and these "emotional advertising bonds" for lack of a better term can persist in people after long after new marketing stops being effective on them ("He only drinks Budweiser".). People tend to under-estimate the effect this has on them greatly.

Comment: Re:Terrible names (Score 2) 378

by itsenrique (#48906877) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops
Im taking a class on Windows 8.1 client administration and its very hard to actually learn this shit for exactly this reason. So many of MS's new names are not even self-descriptive! It's horrible! The MS Press book is written half like a sales pitch. The FOSS world is very far from perfect, but at least the conventions make sense once you learn why they are the way they are. Microsoft's latest round of technologies to lock everything down (a large % of the class) and confuse the shit out of users with marketing gobledeegook! I swear I'd rather be back on 95 than use this latest shit they are serving up (8.1/8), if only there were more viable competitors.

Comment: Re:oh good grief (Score 1) 823

by itsenrique (#48879223) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Some people buy loud motorcycles, or modify the exhaust on a bike because they're under the (somewhat) mistaken belief that it will make them safer. I'm not talking about harley or superbike guys who rev for no reason (not good for engines). These guys draw a lot of attention to themselves but are not the majority of motorcyclists.

Comment: Re:Every time this subject comes up... (Score 1) 551

by itsenrique (#48830413) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'
This whole systemd thing is largely irrelevant to desktop users anyway. It's system administrators (read: people who use the console all day to do Advanced Stuff) who have a bone to pick. There's nothing wrong with being glad you are a Windows user, but it probably has nothing to do with Systemd. These news stories don't affect Joe Ubuntu much, just as news stories about HyperV nested virtualization don't affect grandma and her email even though she's on Windows.

Comment: Re:not that weird (Score 1) 159

by itsenrique (#48776553) Attached to: Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser
Only the "elite". At most top 30% would be my guess based on a few documentaries seen and wiki entries read. Probably more like ~10% or less (I mean power is really shitty unless you are in Pyongyang). As for how many can reach the public internet? Only their "cyber warriors" I believe. But if you make it to South Korea they have better broadband infrastructure and pricing than us from what I understand.

Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 1) 628

by itsenrique (#48643353) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

What are you proposing that does even a little bit to stop this? How is not employing people at all better than employing them at low wages?

You still fail to deal with the fact that automated "labor" will get cheaper over time while human capital really can only get so much cheaper. Those huge up front costs you imagine will shrink and shrink. You know it's true and so do I. How do you imagine that human labor can do the same? Just get cheaper and cheaper? And why should it, to make the wealthy wealthier as we make less and less to compete with robots. You think this will work?

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