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Comment Re:Freedom of Speech? (Score 1) 164

You'd figure if people believe the CEO is such a hypocrite, they'd quit using the service. For some reason they believe that the website is somehow theirs. It isn't. They're just providing free content.

The real issue here is that people who want to discuss controversial topics are pissed that their megaphone is being taken away and they incorrectly believe that because the dude gave them a megaphone one day, he can't take it away the next. It all boils down to "my ideas are unpopular and its unfair that someone will not continue to subsidize them."

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654

That's the thing. A lot of the routes are useful to only a small amount of people at any given time. For people to give up their cars, we'd need armies of buses that run past stops every 5 minutes and covered about 95% of the city. That simply isn't cost effective.

Trains are only effective because they can be (but are not always) faster than driving. Buses almost by definition can't be faster than driving.

Comment Re:The song of the Lotus-Eaters (Score 4, Insightful) 503

Not so sure about that.

The reason why birthrates are low in wealthier societies is due to children becoming a financial liability rather than an asset. In agrarian cultures, children are basically free labor.

When everything is "free", children will not be a financial liability anymore, leaving many folks to breed like rabbits.

Comment Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 1) 352

I wouldn't go as far as to say they are saying that black people aren't smart enough to understand the situation, but I will readily agree that people are trying to work this up into something that it really isn't.

News flash, given their skin color, it is easier for black folks to be mistaken for apes in an image processing algorithm than white people. This just shows the algorithm isn't perfect. Write up a bug and make a test case.

Now that I think of it, I wonder how non-technical folks think that image recognition works. Maybe if you were ignorant on the subject, you might immediately think "OMG, they have racist programmers at Google." Of course, this is where responsible media outlets would point out that computers have zero prejudice and that image recognition is hard work.

Comment Re:political speech (Score 1) 233

Or the defensive person knows how unreasonable and impressionable people are.

Granted the guy has totally went off the deep end and Striesand Effect-ed himself, but have you ever read the comments section on a local newspaper or TV station's website (or read /. at -1)? It's amazing we still have electricity and running water given those geniuses.

I agree that is what a reasonable person would do, but I would charge that most people aren't reasonable.

Comment Re:I just got my cord back (Score 1) 160

Yep. I had just an antenna and was happy with it. And then I started following a local sports team. And for that reason alone I got cable TV. I would give it up tomorrow if I could just buy the games I wanted to watch a la carte. You can usually buy a special sports package for out of market games and then use a VPN to convince the servers you really are out of market, but I don't want to have to fool with that. Can't you just let me buy the games? Please????

That is really the last reason to have cable TV -- live sports.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"