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Comment: Most documentaries suck (Score 5, Insightful) 103

For the past 15 years, nearly all the channels such as history channel, discovery, etc have been nearly wothless, waste your time with ratings tactics, etc. Some physics series (NDT, Brian Cox) and maybe animal planet being an exception?

It's easier just to read up on the rest without the bullshit, the commercials, and the ratings grab tactics. Even on netflix, it's rare that a documentary is worth watching, because of the editing geared towards TV.

It's telling when the most worthwhile educational show the last years came out on Fox.

Comment: Re:Gators (Score 5, Interesting) 158

by rolfwind (#47668329) Attached to: Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

Sad thing about requiring college education whether the job needs it or not. You can fill a moron with facts, but not logic.

The body of Bravo's roomate was later found in a makeshift grave in a forest close to Bravo's apartment.

That is stupid.

Also of note is that investigators determined that Bravo, during the same time frame he asked Siri for advice on where to hide the body, also used a flashlight app nine times. Though circumstantial, the inference is that he used the flashlight on the iPhone to help him see as he disposed of the body.

Scary how shit like that is tracked in the phone. I use my flashlight daily, wonder if that makes me a suspect for something?

Comment: Re:Cook needs to resign. Apple is going downhill f (Score 1, Insightful) 557

by rolfwind (#47660643) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Apple is still coasting on Job's set up.

It has absolutely sucked at setting up new types of products in the pipeline in the eventual saturation of the tablet market (ok, people will keep on buying phones every 2 years... well until some markets savvy up and offer a discount for bringing in existing smartphones).

Ipod sales are going down since 2009, to be expected because of the iPhone, but now also because of android.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

What happened to Apple TV since Steve died? Nothing. And it will remain nothing. Netflix and Amazon have that market tied up now.

Apple is going to wonder what happened to itself in 10 years, because I see Tim Cooke taking absolutely no chances unlike Steve. He's too conservative and too scared of fouling up but he also will never be able to hit it big. They'll keep churning out iPhones and that won't be enough for that much longer. Apple is the new Sony and it's days are numbered.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 502

by rolfwind (#47610465) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Yeah, but we still have the battery problem. And the huge upfront investment.

No one in cities has the space to dedicate for solar other than a rooftop supplemental.

Solar panels went down a lot in price and will continue to do so (still quite an expensive component though), but batteries haven't really quite kept up. Unless a new tech comes in as well like some sort of super capacitors (or ultra cheap sand battery tech), we also have the lifetime/limited cycles to consider along with capacity.

Am I going to be scared just to turn on my induction stove or A/C just because what wear and tear it will cause my system?

Comment: Re:Bubbles (Score 5, Interesting) 130

by rolfwind (#47608165) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Have you seen so-called "World News" with Diane Sawyer lately on one of the big networks?

It's embarassing. 3/4 human interest stories at least. Mostly domestic. A few minutes of human interest human interest stories.

Or when you watch the olympics. Very few competitions anymore on the networks. Especially not when foreigners are competing. And we need everyone's tearjerking backstory now.

It hasn't always been like this. People don't need social media to stay ignorant. Their own mass media does it for them.

Comment: Re:Try to make me forget. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by rolfwind (#47591459) Attached to: How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Actually no, that's not how life works.

Go apply for a US government job with some clearance and see how far that forgetting works while they speak to your 1st grade teachers and anyone else that knew you since birth.

And you can also apply that to anybody that would want to put the time and money to put a detective on you.

Back in the 1960s (or today even) I could write a book with some embarrassing anecdote about someeone, would they be able to order that pulled off the shelves? No.

The only difference here is "internet." Ah yes, now we're in the era of not just negative rights, which are relatively easy to enforce, and positive rights, which usually cause a clusterfuck wherever they are tried.

Comment: Re:I like it. (Score 1) 306

by rolfwind (#47574253) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

I don't want distribution channels singlehandedly pricing things. That power only leads to abuses as well.

eBooks should be priced by the "maker", but private people should be able to sell their copy, to provide pressure on the market kinda like used cars do to new cars. Personally I think ebooks would be well served at 2.99 or so a for the average book, instead of pricing them as if they still had to support large book stores and all the inbetweens from there back to the printer plus disposing of unsold copies.

Some books have to be expensive for the author to recoup their cost for a limited audience who won't care if the book is $100 or $125. You know, studies of the dung of wood beetles devouring maple flooring complete with color pics, etc. And at $5, it's not going to sell any more copies and we just get the tyranny of the mainstream, where everyone shoots for a piece of the bellcurve near the middle.

At the same time, the textbook market would collapse for the most part if most institutions went the way of the japanese and printed 6 week sheets to give to HS and undergraduate college students. Since these subjects don't change all that much, it would be trivial if all the highschools in one state banded together to get this done. And then have that effort domino effect.

Comment: Not a Slippery Slope (Score 5, Insightful) 186

This isn't a slippery slope, this is simply a cliff. There is no right to be forgotten, because it would mean I don't have a right to remember and thus share that memory.

Think about it, if I printed a memoir in the 1960s, and have, perhaps negative, anecdotes of various people, would that book have had to be recalled from the shelves a few years later just because the right to forget kicked in? Oh right, internet. Changes everything.

The human species is going to have to grow up a little. First as an audience and consumer of the net, and realize that just because it's on the internet (or even wikipedia) doesn't mean it's true. It also has to realize what people said in the past doesn't always pose a true reflection of their current selves - that people change and evolve. Especially from a younger age like 13.

Second, it will have to grow up as individuals and realize, when you put it out there, you put it out there. And no nanny state can fix it.

They can only provide the illusion of fixing it. Because search engines outside the EU are going to ignore this. And savvy people inside the EU will be able to access those with ease, while the heavy handed censorship will only provide the drones with comfort they are taken care of.

Guess what a person's right to be forgotten would turn into in the US? Corporations, who are people, would jump in it.

Why is this being pushed so hard now anyway? Well, Germany got it's hand caught in the cookie jar along with the NSA. It's BundesNachrichtenDienst (BND) works alongside with and is just as if not more invasive than the NSA.

Of course, Merkel gets to put on her show and dance about being outraged her phone is tapped, but she says nothing about how complicit she is in tapping everyone elses phones in her country.

And don't think the EU countries are any more innocent in this.

So instead of really protecting the right to privacy, by people who want privacy in the here and now, by pushing bulletproof encryption standards without backdoors and other actual net positives for their citizens, they just put up this debate of this none-issue that feels really good but does nothing except what government is typically good at - banning certain behaviors from private entities and censoring hot potatoes from public eyes. Ony it's third speciality, making a tax for this, is missing and probably coming. Perhaps an ISP tax that will "help monitor and enforce your privacy online", which is code for another 1000 workers at the BND trading people's naked selfies.

So putting this as some slippery slope is unhelpful. It implies that this is an actual issue that needs to be hammered out. No. It's just bullshit sand-in-the-face for those who don't see what's really going on.

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