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Comment: Stereotyping (Score 2) 137

by phmadore (#46300871) Attached to: Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long
Seems like it will be based too much on stereotypes. When I was 16, I typed in proper case (I wanted most of all to be a writer, and I used every opportunity to improve my grammar and typing), used big words in context, and did not easily use emoticons.

I suppose over time they could develop something keener, but if you're going to base it on the mean of all people in a certain age bracket, there will be enough exceptions to render the most useful applications of the software irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Psychopathy? (Score 1) 293

Well, would you consider someone at the coffee shop who jumped into group discussions with bad intentions to be a problem? Some of the arguments that get started, IRL, would lead to physical altercations. I think this is why it's gradually being taken more seriously.

Myself, I've never thought it could, in any way, be seen as positive to intentionally and willfully waste others' time. I think that sans trolls the number of people who don't want to partake in online conversations would be lower than 41%.

+ - Microsoft Rumored to Integrate Android Apps

Submitted by phmadore
phmadore (1391487) writes "Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge , Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill."

Comment: They Funded The Paris Review, too (Score 1) 1

by phmadore (#46229987) Attached to: The CIA Helped Build the Content Farm That Churns Out American Literature
When I started writing, my favorite literary magazine was the Paris Review, and it was my biggest goal to get published there, and I submitted dozens of times. Now I don't care so much, after last year reading this Salon article which outlines their roots. Fuck George Plimpton. No wonder his writing was boring.

+ - Google's robot and AI acquisitions are anything but scary->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2973169) writes "Colin Lewis writes: "Forget all the talk of machines taking over, Google’s robot and artificial Intelligence acquisitions will not lead humans down the path of the dinosaur towards extinction. Google is in the business of providing information. Its mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful ""
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+ - The CIA Helped Build the Content Farm That Churns Out American Literature-> 1

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "According to Wikipedia, a content farm is an organization that employs large numbers of "writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines." So, in a way, the American MFA system, spearheaded by the infamous Iowa Writer's Workshop, is a content farm, too. It was initially designed to satisfy a much less complicated algorithm: one that was sculpted by the CIA to maximize the spread of anti-Communist propaganda through highbrow literature.

In a lengthy piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education , writing professor Eric Bennett makes a case that the Iowa program, arguably the most influential force in modern American literature, was profoundly shaped by a CIA-backed effort to promote a brand of literature that trumpeted American individualism and materialism over airy socialistic ideals. Read: More Hemingway, less Dos Passos."

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Comment: Re:How stupid (Score 1) 240

by phmadore (#46216403) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage
Many downtown centers in parts of America such as Denver, Boulder, and even downtown Oakland, CA, have free buses for busy shopping districts which are given all the same rights as public transit even when they are privately owned. These buses are expressly for the purpose of giving those who can afford to shop an easier time in so doing.

Never trust an operating system.