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Comment: Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (Score 1, Insightful) 191

by manwargi (#47952169) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

From the wiki link,

The election of Roosevelt was upsetting for many conservative businessmen of the time, his "campaign promise that the government would provide jobs for all the unemployed had the perverse effect of creating a new wave of unemployment by businessmen frightened by fears of socialism and reckless government spending."

Boy, the more things change the more they stay the same.

Comment: Foolish approach (Score 1) 182

by manwargi (#47914993) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Putting "the bottom line" under such harsh scrutiny is the wrong way to look at MOOCs. They are an opportunity for anybody with the time and discipline to learn things alongside others interested in learning the same subjects without the need for scholarships or high GPAs. The people there are going to be considerably more interested in learning the material rather than trying to complete a degree in the name of high incomes or not shaming their family, kind of like the way university was intended to be before society told us we needed a good education in order to not be lower class citizens. I sign up for interesting MOOCs from time to time, and if the material is too difficult or I do not have the time to complete the lectures/assignments I may not pass them, but I may have still learned very useful things from the course or otherwise enjoyed the use of my time.

Rather than looking at the 4 million that didn't attend the class or the other 3.5 million that attempted it but didn't pass, I would look with great optimism at the whopping 400,000 that were willing and able to run the gauntlet. In the big picture it sounds like MOOCs are still touching a hell of a lot of people.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1262

Insightful observations. These days there are many immature or irresponsible claims being made that undermine actual issues of inequality. Rape is always a talking point with its definition continually stretched as broadly as possible by radicals who want to manipulate the leeway given to anguished victims of actual abuse. People with a stance such as Miss Nevada's are branded and shamed as "rape apologists", and I have read of people trying to use the label of "slut shaming" to defend someone under fire for cheating on her boyfriend. Not for being promiscuous or provocative, but literally for two-timing in a committed relationship. Doing something she and her boyfriend presumably agreed not to do.

Tumblr in particular is an echo-chamber of hysteria and mental illness-- I'm not being hyperbolic either as many people blogging there openly admit to having some manner of disorder, illness, or experiences that "trigger" them, and pollution from this toxic environment is spilling out onto the rest of the internet in ways that appear even stronger than 4chan's influence.

Amidst rants like these the legitimate topics are being lost, and it really doesn't help that when the subject of sexism is examined forums meant for promoting discussion are quick to disable comments, ban criticism, silence dissent, all things Sarkeesian has also developed a reputation for doing. This in turn causes disagreements to smoulder and turn foul.

Comment: Re:Just proves the point (Score 1) 1262

Hear hear, a shame I have no mod points today. Judging from past experience this summary is hardly the whole story, but rather cherry picked facts to make Sarkeesian appear the victim. She has built up a reputation of avoiding criticism and playing the victim as often as possible.

Comment: Re:Brain ZAP! (Score 1) 284

by manwargi (#47396761) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

The problem with dystopian theories like this is bullets are cheap. If you've subjugated the public to the point that you can force expensive brain surgery on them, why bother? Just shoot the people you don't like.

As technology gets better and better, especially at the rapid rate that it grows, exploiting this discovery may not always be that much more expensive.

Comment: Re:Journalistic integrity in short supply (Score 1) 156

by manwargi (#46571965) Attached to: In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

It all comes down to which of your sources has interests most aligned with your own.

And thus we have people of each ideology living in their own worlds due to the echo chambers that form. Ironic how truth has become a lost cause in the age of information.

Comment: Re:Drone Occupation (Score 1) 506

by manwargi (#46355265) Attached to: US War Machine Downsizing?

It absolutely does and a considerable number of officers will commit suicide, turn into monsters themselves, or otherwise wind up damaged as a result of years taking so many risks and being in that much danger. They see humanity at their lowest-- ranging from all the things you'd expect in the hood to domestic incidents in people who would appear normal to the rest of the world. They get to see the gruesome ways organized crime makes an example out of someone who crossed them. When there's been a big traffic accident, they have to go be there. They get to see and smell the aftermath of murder and death, and to a lesser extent witness how it affects the people related to these incidents.

Although the job may be less deadly while the soldier eventually gets to go home, the police officer is home. Over the course of a long career of this nature what might be changing psychologically?

Comment: Re:Why all the )(*)(@! Hate?!? (Score 1) 2219

by manwargi (#46182281) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Animosity towards change is natural and to be expected of an old fashioned place like Slashdot, especially considering how long it has been around. In the past there had been a couple of pretty terrible changes to the comments section that left a bad taste in the mouths of regulars, and precedents like that undoubtedly come to mind when a redesign comes about.

I'm... going to stick with the classic layout as long as I'm able to out of familiarity as well, but I'd be willing to give a redesign a fair chance if it retained all the traditional elements and didn't get too fancy with the scripts.

Businesses

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash 664

Posted by samzenpus
from the keeping-an-eye-on-things dept.
Gr8Apes writes "Hitachi has created a 'perfect virtual boss.' The company is manufacturing and selling a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace called the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled). 'The device looks like an employee ID badge that most companies issue. Workers are instructed to wear it in the office. Embedded inside each badge, according to Hitachi, are "infrared sensors, an accelerometer, a microphone sensor and a wireless communication device." Hitachi says that the badges record and transmit to management "who talks to whom, how often, where and how energetically." It tracks everything. If you get up to walk around the office a lot, the badge sends information to management about how often you do it, and where you go. If you stop to talk with people throughout the day, the badge transmits who you're talking to (by reading your co-workers' badges), and for how long. Do you contribute at meetings, or just sit there? Either way, the badge tells your bosses.'"

Comment: Re:Why does everybody want to get on drugs? (Score 4, Insightful) 526

Everyone has a vice for coping with a hard, painful world. Sometimes it is drinking. Sometimes it is smoking. Sometimes it is cheating on their partner. Porn. Hard drugs; and some would dare to argue that prescribed psyche medication is the same thing but more legal. Escapism to the fantasy of books/movies/games. The excitement of gambling. In the absence of these things people will do absolutely absurd things to get out of their skull such as strangling themselves or "i-dosing". Don't forget about suicide. Many brilliant minds belong to someone addicted to something or depressed and looking for a way out. While I don't smoke or use any drugs myself I won't judge anybody who does too hard.

Comment: Re:Happy President (Score 2) 569

Elections currently take the form of the Prisoner's Dilemma. The dominant strategy is to vote for the "lesser of two evils" because the risks involved voting third party are far more severe, as demonstrated in the 2000 election.

America could benefit from Approval voting and perhaps that would be a system that the public of both the left and right wing parties could agree upon? The big question would be how to get the idea to catch on and eventually voted in.

Privacy

Mozilla Labs Experiment Distills Your History Into Interests 158

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the enjoys-long-trolls-on-the-beach dept.
Barence writes "Mozilla is proposing that the Firefox browser collects data on users' interests to pass on to websites. The proposal is designed to allow websites to personalize content to visitors' tastes, without sites having to suck up a user's browsing history, as they do currently. 'Let's say Firefox recognizes within the browser client, without any browsing history leaving my computer, that I'm interested in gadgets, comedy films, hockey and cooking,' says Justin Scott, a product manager from Mozilla Labs. 'Those websites could then prioritize articles on the latest gadgets and make hockey scores more visible. And, as a user, I would have complete control over which of my interests are shared, and with which websites.'" This is the result of an extended experiment. The idea is that your history is used to generate a set of interests which you can then share voluntarily with websites, hopefully discouraging the blanket tracking advertising systems love to do now.

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