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Comment: Re: Decent (Score 1) 482

You're just flat out living in denial if you don't believe advertising is powerful in convincing people -- of all education and class levels -- to consume in order to feel more adequate. I'm not sure how things work in delusional land, but over here in reality, advertising drives a huge chunk of our economy, because it extremely effective. It works, well.

And by the way, I'm far from living in poverty. Good life, good education, good job, and reality based, not some delusional nutbag who imagines advertising doesn't have a major impact on culture lol.

Yes, we should all do the right thing financially all the time, but, it doesn't take a genius to see that isn't happening. You don't even have to search very hard to see that people from every class and every education level fucks up their finances, the uneducated hardly have a monopoly on overspending and debt. In fact, a large chunk of Americas educated upper and middle class are in debt up to their ears.

Have fun out there in fantasyland, take care.

Comment: Re:And this is news... (Score 1) 309

by trippin_efnet (#49488123) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

...and you're determined to bring the rest of the world down with you.

Some of us aren't. A number of us are fighting the good fight, we're facing strong opposition though. Entrenched beliefs stuck back decades, luddites, fans of the Kardashians, big money corporate interests, bought and sold politicians, etc..

We're trying though, I promise.

Comment: Re: And this is news... (Score 1) 309

by trippin_efnet (#49488071) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
Lol it's hilarious the way these guys incessantly use 'special snowflake' and 'entitlement'

As if 'special snowflake', being different or wanting something different from everyone else is a bad thing. I'd wear the special snowflake badge happily. It means I'm not exactly the same as every other person near me. How dare we think of different uses for tech or imagine that some things in the world might *gasp* change *gasp* to work for others as well.

Throwing around entitlement means, accept everything as it is, there's nothing that needs to change, ever.

Really what it all means is, they don't like that people are actually doing things to fix the world around them. They're luddites and change terrifies them.

Its OK guys, everything will be ok. Not too long ago people were scared the Large Hadron Collider was going to swallow the universe. People were scared because the negro was going to be freed. People were scared women would be able to vote. Change is hard little buddies, but it'll all be OK *headpat* *hair ruffle*

Comment: Re: Decent (Score 1) 482

You're definitely correct. We should say no. Do realize though, part of the reason our culture has become so attached to buying things that dont enhance our lives, at all, is due to advertising and media selling a lifestyle that is beyond most people.

Saying we can all just say no is spot on, but, look at the influence the media has on teenagers and how it causes them to attach their selfworth to useless brand names. Or look at the history of diamonds and see the crazy way one advertising firm turned an basically unknown stone --diamonds-- into the universal symbol of love in less than 50 years.

The media has played a large role in convincing giant chunks of our population they need $300 and up purses and tons of other useless trash. And it is usually attached to a brand name, not the rarity or quality of materials it is made from. The Louis Vuitton company could slap their name on a white hanes T-shirt and sell it for a hundred bucks.
A large part of societies self worth is attached to the things they own or want to own.

Comment: Re:Why Shouldn't I Work for the NSA? (Score 1) 247

by trippin_efnet (#49389025) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden
Chilling effect is a real thing. Even if you don't believe things are bad.

Whether or not someone is actually going to receive retribution for speaking their minds is not the point.

A real problem exists when people start to question whether or not they should say X against Y for fear of having negative consequences.

Comment: They just really don't get it. (Score 1) 117

I don't know anyone who has pirated music since Spotify and the similar companies came about. Which means the companies are surely making more than before, at least in ad revenue.

Let them pull their catalog and watch piracy go up even more. The days where media companies get to pretend there is a finite supply of their product is over. The market knows that it costs basically nothing to distribute now. They're attempting to charge more than when there was a need for a physical product which needed a theater/cinema, packaging, shipping to a store, and to take up floor space in that store. Their product does not hold the same scarcity it once did. If they can't accept that, they're going to go out of business..

If they want to compete now, they need to price accordingly. These media companies can scream death of creativity due to piracy all they want, people created and performed art long before these vampiric companies existed and they will create and perform long after they're gone.

PS: If I were them, I would buy up the distribution channels which at home people use to access my product and put a chokepoint there in order to make my product scarce again.
Oh, wait, they're doing exactly that... Comcast and TimeWarner are both owned by massive media companies.

Comment: Re:Universal wants me to use YouTube more (Score 1) 117

What should scare us even more is: Those same companies are the ones buying up the companies that deliver your internet to your home. Comcast, Time-Warner, etc... What are they going to do once they control that distribution medium is the big question we should we all be asking.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.