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Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 4, Insightful) 229

Translation: "old talent costs more and this is a believable reason to fire them in favor of people we can pay less". Being a programmer *is* always learning new stuff. Sure there are exceptions (the java/c#/c++/etc guy who refuses to learn another language), but they are exceptions. So a generalized quote like this sets off my bullshit detector.

Comment You Are Always the Product (Score 5, Insightful) 125

When we hear about free services snooping on you, people are quick to say "Free service? You are the product" and "not surprised". Yet we pay our telcos (sometimes ridiculous sums of money), and we are STILL the product. And guess what? The degree to which we allow ANY company or government agency to snoop on us allows the rest to get away with more too. So if we want to take a stand to keep some shreds of privacy intact, we need to take a powerful pro-privacy stance. We need to punish ANY organization that goes too far invading privacy, and establish laws and regulations to give us teeth for when they violate that privacy. And we need to stop reacting to news of privacy violations with dull acceptance. We need to fight back and one of our best tools available is to campaign hard to regulate the industry.

Comment Surprise vs Problem Solving (Score 3, Insightful) 132

I see more responses saying "Not surprised" than suggesting we take steps to address this, or that it is ethically acceptable. Either this is fine, in which case it is good law enforcement can obtain our DNA in this fashion. Or it is a worrying and unethical issue and we need to take concrete action such as contacting representatives and organizing to try and shut this shit down. But the least useful thing to do is say "I saw this coming.". Who. Fucking. Cares.

Comment Re:Why not eat meat? (Score 5, Informative) 317

There's a few reasons, and people might find all or just some of them convincing.

I eat (and enjoy) meat myself, but if there's a way to get that texture and flavor (texture is the most important part, I think) in a healthier and more sustainable way - I'd love to see it happen so long as the final result is actually more efficient to produce and healthier to eat. As you say, many artificial foods have ended up being worse than what they were meant to replace.

Comment Changing policy (Score 1) 345

On the whole I appreciate when my bank does this. However I've been in another country, cards working fine, only to find out a transaction before I left was deemed suspicious. Cut to a few days later and they decided to stop both of my cards. I'm now in another country with no working access to my funds. At the very least they should have contacted me when the "suspicious" transaction took place, so I could confirm it.

Comment Re:A discussion of constitutional limits of power? (Score 2, Insightful) 258

Sigh. Is this about Obamacare? ( If it is that big of a headache, let's make healthcare universal and remove every aspect of "commerce" from it's implementation in the US. Let's be like the rest of the civilized world.

Comment Re: Find a new way to make money (Score 1) 351

Content and source are both good measures. If it is coming from an outside source, there is a security risk and a performance cost. Both of those are good reasons to block ads. If an ad is too distracting (motion, sound, disturbing imagery), that's another reason to block. Disruptive ads (modals, redirects, late loading ad content that changes the layout of a page, etc) are even worse. Even if all of that is ok bandwidth - largely on mobile - is also an issue. Want ads to be welcomed? Join us in the fight against telecoms that impose data caps.

If it is costing us money to see your ad, we don't want to see your ad no matter how relevant or respectful it is.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 4, Insightful) 370

Reasons a Phone Book is different from being doxxed:
  1. More than just your name, phone number and address might be shared.
  2. It is linking offline and online, not just posting your info in isolation. Imagine if a phone book contained every single one of your online identities and logons.
  3. Phone books don't link to material that could threaten your personal relationships or career.
  4. Doxxing is used as a tool to intimidate and attack people. It is a form of retaliation, not a public service.
  5. Often(though not always) a single person is singled out.

As others are pointing out, this is a poor argument and should not be modded up.

Comment This is Important to Discuss (Score 5, Insightful) 68

Ignore all the comments going "this was expected" or "did you expect anything else"? Those add nothing to the discussion and are worthless. This isn't about whether you support Obama across all of his actions and positions. It is about this specific tool, its problems in its current incarnation, and its promise. I'm disappointed the White House has ignored so many petitions, and the lack of data/flexibility in response is something worth exploring. Imagine a more robust and secure version of this tool, and one that the White House responded more vigorously to. Or one that Congress responded to. I'd love to see it. I'd love to see us move closer to Democracy by putting more power in the hands of regular citizens. Let's talk about how to make that happen.

Comment Autoplay and Poor Ads (Score 1) 528

I just ignored ads. Until I went to sites that had ads jiggle to catch my attention (tip via paypal!!!), autoplay videos (even without sound - the movement is annoying when I am trying to read an article), pop ups, pop unders, and of course delayed load ads and modal ad dialogs. SO FRUSTRATING! So I installed an ad blocker (uBlock) that not only doesn't slow down my browsing - it speeds it up! I doubt I can go back to the way it was before seeing how much better the web is without awful ads.

What can publishers do to reverse this trend? Ads that load quickly and aren't obnoxious. That simple. Throw in privacy as well for bonus points.

The one worry I have is that people don't want to pay for news anymore, and that is hurting the industry. We need *old school* investigative journalism that understands you can have a position without having bias - and I don't see a way to fund that.

Comment Re:Is my time free too? (Score 1) 654

Build a dedicated line, from everybodies house to their work

That's a strawman argument. I simply suggested if we could commit to the cost, extending public transit options further into the suburbs is a nice thing to have. Whether this means more buses, or extending a metrorail further out like they have (successfully) in Virginia. It could also mean having more options between cities.

You understand the underlying economics?

No need to condescend. Other countries manage to have more frequent, reliable, and accessible public transit options (rail and bus) than we do, and they seem to make it work. I'm sure our brightest minds could figure out a way to do it. At the very least it is worth a try.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson