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Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 920

by Tailhook (#48461963) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The fact he killed someone should have generated a public trial.

A trial of what charge? First Degree Angering Minorities? We don't accuse people and put them in jeopardy "just because."

didn't meet the public's demands

First, who the fuck are you speaking for the "public?" As a member of the "public" all of my demands have been met. Other segments of the "public" can't be satisfied; they won't be satisfied until every white cop in MO has been flayed to death.

Sorry, we're not doing that either. So you go on being disappointed, and we'll go on ignoring you. Go burn some part of your neighborhood down if you don't like it.

Comment: Quotes: synonyms and phrases (Score 1) 116

by raymorris (#48461329) Attached to: Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

I believe quotes require that exact phrase, in order. Traditionally, that is useful for multiple-word phrases. Since Google will by default include synonyms, quotes (exact phrase) can also be useful to avoid synonyms with even a single word quoted.

The plus sign appears to still require a specific word, as it always has. This is most useful when you want to search for what appears to be an unimportant word like "the" or you have many search terms and some terms are most important.

Comment: Re:The Same Game (Score 1) 350

by pnutjam (#48460611) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist
Not to mention they are used to treating laborors like crap, make them schlep themselves out to a field and work til it's done, then find another field. You have people, like one of the above posters, who have done the job for crap wages and dragged themselves up to an almost not crap wage who resent anyone coming in making more then them. That holds the wages down and de-incentives new people from working in the field.

Comment: Killer features? (Score 1) 62

by IamTheRealMike (#48460087) Attached to: Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Here's the tricky thing about privacy and social networks: Facebook's privacy support is actually pretty good. Whilst people might tell you in the abstract that they want more privacy from Facebook, figuring out what they would change in concrete terms is very hard. For example, they might say "I don't want to see ads" - but given the choice, they don't want to pay for anything either. So this feedback ends up being pretty useless, equivalent to hearing "I want everything and a pony". It's not a basis for a product.

Google learned this one the hard way with Google+. The original way Google+ tried to differentiate itself from Facebook was with circles. The idea is, Facebooks relatively singular notion of "friend" doesn't reflect the way real people work, this means it doesn't respect people's privacy and so people use the product less .... therefore by giving them better tools, they'd win a lot of users. Facebook responded that they'd tried the same thing, it turns out people don't like making lists of friends and controlling their sharing at a fine grained level, so it wouldn't work. And guess what? Facebook were right. Sure, you interview people in focus groups and they say one thing. In reality they might do something else.

So - decentralised open source social networks. Not gonna work. People might sound enthusiastic when you pitch it to them in the abstract, but actually Facebook works fine for them, and the kind of privacy that matters to them (can people see who views their profile?! Can my parents see my drunken party pics?) is already well supported and tuned.

Ultimately what will do off Facebook, eventually, is a change in how people use social networking that for whatever reason they cannot replicate in their main product.

Comment: Re:And this is why... (Score 1) 148

by IamTheRealMike (#48459979) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

I think you know this but sometimes it's a bit hard to read tone on the internet.

HSBC processed transactions for Iran in Europe, at a time when the USA had not successfully forced Iranian sanctions onto the EU and thus they were entirely legal.

The USA did not like this one bit, because Congress had a 'fuck Iran at any cost' mentality that extended to trying to make US sanctions global. And one way they did that is by prosecuting or threatening to prosecute American employees of international banks for transactions entirely legal in both the source and destination locations. It's just empire, nothing more.

Comment: Re: Corn Subsidies (Score 1) 175

by pnutjam (#48458053) Attached to: How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles
sure convenient that an ac shows up to say that. I'm sure there are people who will, but most won't and are you still doing that today?

Working class spans the lower to upper income, nice try. Working class just means you don't have a trust fund backing you up, although you often have parents with some cash to bail you out. Again, must be nice.

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