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Comment: Re:interesting that so many AC call NSA the... (Score 2) 307

by sobachatina (#49373009) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

Foreign governments?

Surely you must have noticed all the bad press the NSA has gotten lately with the Snowden leaks.

Even the most patriotic American might be disturbed upon learning that a trusted government agency has been illegally spying on American citizens for years.

Frankly I'm surprised that you seem to be standing up for the NSA. That takes some guts.

Comment: Re:Advertising's Big Flaw (Score 1) 271

by sobachatina (#49048183) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

You make good arguments but I feel like that is a different goal of advertising.

I agree that I could learn of the existence of a product from an ad. I see your point that just knowing about it adds the product to my list of candidates. Searching for a list of brands is not how I buy products in a store or online but I can see how it might be a positive for the product in general.

What I am talking about is the assertion I hear from business people that advertising somehow makes me want a product. That I would be swayed, given the choice, to choose one product over another based, in any part, on whether I've seen an ad.

Your example of the HDMI cable is exactly the opposite of what I am talking about. It wasn't just a funny TV ad- it was an employee recommendation. That has real information and weight to it.

Incidentally- I've noticed that I feel a pang of anger when I am accused of being susceptible to subconscious manipulation. ie "Lots of people, you among them."
Objectively I realize that this might be the case and it would be hard for me to know without testing myself.
I have tried to recognize them to stamp them out.

Comment: Re:Advertising's Big Flaw (Score 1) 271

by sobachatina (#49046971) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

A strategy like that will result in a lifetime of gross, expensive bread.

Seriously- what kind of people use, as a primary input into their purchasing decisions, whether they've heard the name?
Does anyone actually think that a particular beer will get them invited to parties with attractive women?

There are a lot of variables I use for purchase decisions and brand recognition isn't one of them. The exception, of course, is if the brand is associated with reliable evidence of higher quality. An ad is not reliable evidence.

I am actually curious about this. Am I in the minority because I think about my purchases? Do most people just impulse buy everything based on brand recognition? Are there people who actually believe ads?
Am I just in denial and subconsciously I'm actually more influenced than I think? (That's hard to believe- but of course it would be.)

Comment: Quality over quantity (Score 3, Insightful) 140

by sobachatina (#47535227) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

For a long time it hasn't been about how to "kill more people" but rather how to kill "the right people" more efficiently.

We put a huge amount of effort and money into weapon systems that will minimize collateral damage.

As much as it is popular to vilify the US- none of our opponents seem to care as much who they blow up.

Comment: No-ip isn't shady (Score 5, Insightful) 113

I've used No-ip for non-mission-critical dynamic IP services and for domain registration for over 10 years. There's nothing "shady" about them.

They offer a free service that is sometimes exploited by criminals and are very responsive to reports of abuse.

Microsoft not only didn't report these criminals to no-ip- they actually sealed the court order so they could seize the domains before no-ip found out about it.

It boggles my mind that a vigilante corporation can get a court order to simply seize another companies assets.

Comment: Re:First Question (Score 0) 36

by sobachatina (#46707369) Attached to: Interviews: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

I don't mean to be rude but if you haven't heard of JoCo, at least in passing, then you might consider whether you belong on a site with the tagline "news for nerds".
Code monkey was a meme of sorts among programmers many years ago. I don't know a programmer who hasn't heard of it.
Portal was a huge hit among gamers and the theme song, Still Alive, was talked about in gaming blogs all over the place. I'm not a gamer and I still saw it often.
JoCo has been featured extensively on geek sites and several times on Slashdot because of his unique approach to monetizing his music.

Of course none of this means that you are obligated to have heard of him but it does undermine your first three paragraphs. As an anecdotal counterpoint: I for one was happy to see him interviewed and interested in his responses. You can't expect to be interested in every person they interview.

Comment: Re:Be good. (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by sobachatina (#40328267) Attached to: Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs

I hate it when people say this. At the risk of feeding a troll...

You might be doing nothing wrong and still have plenty to hide from some people. I don't consider going on vacation wrong but I don't broadcast to the internet that my house will be vacant.

What if you don't support the controlling political party? You might value some anonymity.

Sure if the government, and all the individuals within it that have access to that data, are always perfectly honorable you might never have a problem. Does this seem like a likely situation for you to stake your life or wellbeing on?

Giving that much power to the government is just begging one power hungry corrupt individual to abuse it to gain more power.

Comment: Re:He's a marine, not a soldier. (Score 2) 141

by sobachatina (#36503576) Attached to: Soldier Re-Grows Leg Muscle After Experimental Procedure

You are making a semantic argument that only makes sense to someone in the marines.

Soldier is a generic term that refers to someone in an army (army here is in the general meaning and not the US Army branch of the military). Marine would be a subset of that. Someone in the marines could be very accurately called a soldier. The only reason someone would object to conflating the terms would be if they were in the US marines and were overly sensitive to the rivalry with the US army.

To use your analogy it's more like a programmer getting offended at being called an IT worker because he is NOT JUST A DBA!

I suppose you could make an argument that since the marines are simply a branch of the navy he should have been called a sailor but that is a bit of a stretch.

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