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Comment Pluto on Pluto? (Score 2) 108 108

People keep referring to a heart shaped image on the surface of Pluto but is looks like a dogs head, snout to the right and ear on the left. Very similar to this image.

The character

The celestial body

Comment Re:Posters do not case if they are false (Score 2) 225 225

I am sure this change helps them to understand underlying bias of individuals who post and who flag as false. I would say helps the spy algorithms or at least presents the opportunity to learn more about the product (users). It gives them easy to evaluate statistics without having to analyze the comments. You can pretty much guess the position of the person who tagged false. They could even have their own fact checkers researching popular items so from the FB perspective you could know the position of the person that posted/shared, the position of people who tag false and then the unseen true/false flag sent by Facebook to gauge the user's bias.

Comment Posters do not case if they are false (Score 1) 225 225

Many people that share political/religious items do not care if they are false. They agree with the premise of the item, the facts are just a nuisance. Please will always think something is false if they disagree with it and accept as fact anything they agree with. This goes across all ideologies and can be seen rampantly everywhere.

When I first got on the internet, early 90s Usenet, I thought this is great and will dispel all of the nut cases with crazy ideas and conspiracy theories. Most Usenet groups that I visited had some very smart people who were quick to point out fact when superstitious idea came up. In a very short period of time groups started to pop up that offered every crazy idea known to man and the major participants were the people with crazy ideas. Now the internet offers a support system for any crazy thing you want to believe. Even if everyone around you in real life tried to convince you it is a crazy idea, there's a support system waiting for you on the internet.

What makes it even worse is the impersonal nature of on-line communication. People will say all kinds of stuff on social sites and email they would never say in person. This is making us less civilized. When you live in a community and interface with your neighbors you learn to live with and accept the views of others. Even if you don't believe the same way or maybe think they are crazy you learn through life to live and let live. Now with the internet you have the choice to be a fanatic about anything and only interface with people with the exact same outlook as yourself.

Comment Re:Everyone who blamed Bush for everything... (Score 1) 379 379

Unfortunately the vast majority people do not think (or vote) rationally when it comes to politics. The same people that hated Bush and ridiculed him will continue to love Obama and rationalize a reason to support policies they previously despised. People who loved Bush will rationalize ways to hate Obama for the exact same policies that they loved under Bush. I have given in to the fact this will not change. Allegiance to political party is similar to sports teams i.e. Caroline fans hate Duke no matter what and vice versa.

We are essentially a one party system with two marketing arms targeting their assigned demographics.

Comment Re:Boy who cried wolf (Score 0) 163 163

Everything you say may be true and if you were not an AC I might take your word for it, but there is a good reason people are sceptical. For example my local news station makes a big deal everytime someone dies of the flu. Every story ends with the reminder to get your flue shot.

There are obvious questions that should be answered, 1) what was the cause of death 2) how healthy was the individual 3) did this person get the flu shot. They will not answer these questions. Go to any discussion board of an article talking about specific flu deaths and you will see these questions over and over. Without answers to these questions many people will not be convinced the shot is effective.

It doenst mean the shot is not effective but when you hide information that should be disclosed it causes doubt.

Comment Ads not needed (Score 4, Insightful) 611 611

People already pay for their internet connection, bandwith, web hosting, etc. Maybe the Telegraph could not exist on the web without ads, but that does not mean the internet could not exist. This person seems to belive that the internet exists only because of commercial content producers.

Comment Not changed much (Score 5, Insightful) 294 294

I don't see many changes. Vendors, managers, and salespeople change the buzz words every few years and talk of great paradigm shifts. Programmers continue to write code and produce actual results. In a perfect world the programmers get to choose their own tools. In the real world we have to use whatever buzz word compliant tools are thrown in the mix each year. They never actually live up to the hype and you have to dig in and find the code buried within and build stuff that works. I remember when the salespeople were touting dBase II and how programming would be completely changed. Right.

Comment Re:sounds like North Korea news (Score 1) 109 109

Who decides what are facts? Who decides what the 2 sides are? The government? If there ever was such a law it must have been enforced really badly at least during my lifetime (I am 54). I have always seen huge bias in news from any source. The difference that's happened over the last 20 years or so is that commentators have started to state their bias up front. I believe that is way more honest because you know what you are getting and can weight the information accordingly. The fact is that anything that comes from the mouth of a human is going to have a bias applied. The people who claim to not have bias are usually the worst culprits because they are unable to see their own bias.

Something like internet search trends is a great way to get an unbiased view of what people are interested or concerned about. This can be done completely by computer with no human interaction and bias applied. But of course the search providers will not provide the unfiltered facts. All they see is their own bias and dollar signs.

Comment Who decides what is happy (Score 1) 109 109

So it might make me happy to know some bad news, like my Bank just got hacked.This is nothing but trying to put a happy face on censorship. I hate "search trends" reports and articles. I wish they would factually publish that actual trends with no filtering. that would be truly interesting. I am sure this has never been done. If the trends have been real in the past then it really proves how stupid most people are. It normally appears to be as pop fluff and the same stuff the MSM is pushing as issues of the day.

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a