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Comment: Pffft (Score 1) 1

by mark72005 (#35105670) Attached to: US unemployment falls in January 2011
All we really need to know is that the labor force is the smallest since 1984, and is shrinking (which is what gives the false impression the unemployment rate is dropping).

U6 is still above 16%. It was under 12% before TARP and it was under 14% when Our Great Leader was sworn in.

All our efforts to fix this have been demonstrable failures despte doubling our debt in just two years, and yet he wants us to double down.
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+ - Dating site inports 250k facebook profiles->

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mark72005 (1233572) writes "How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?

Simple.

You scrape data from Facebook.

At least, that’s the approach taken by two provocateurs who launched Lovely-Faces.com this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos — scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”"

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Comment: Re:Drop in the Bucket to Be Shoved Down Our Gullet (Score 1) 246

by mark72005 (#35092792) Attached to: News Corp's <em>The Daily</em> Is Doomed
I received an e-reader (not Kindle) as a gift, and I read a lot of print books still.

For one, I'd rather have the physical book to pass along to others for free when I'm done.

Secondly, the cost of e-books doesn't represent much (or any) savings over new paperbacks.

Third, I never buy new books - amazon itself clears jillions of used/like new books so almost all my reading is already basically free.

Comment: Re:Drop in the Bucket to Be Shoved Down Our Gullet (Score 2) 246

by mark72005 (#35092272) Attached to: News Corp's <em>The Daily</em> Is Doomed
Exactly, the issue isn't that people are unhappy with the online delivery methods that exist, it's that the ones that do exist are free.

Most people will not pay for something they can get for free, even if the pay version is just of moderately higher quality. It has to be much, much higher quality.

Since this is just plain text articles, basically - I don't see many people paying for the service when bookmarks work just as well, even on the iPad.

Comment: Re:Response from Another VP (Score 1) 596

by mark72005 (#35091888) Attached to: Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"
More importantly, they admittedly drive a lot of this from opt-in customer data.

Draw your own conclusions about who really opts in to help Bing, how their behavior online might differ from that of rational Bing users (or internet users as a whole), how this information is gathered, etc etc.

So the excuse is "We don't copy Google, we collect and store browsing information about our users." (as if that's better)

That does not compute.

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