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Comment Re:So.... (Score 1) 325 325

You can already send messages to most people you're not connected to. If you do so, however, it will land in the "other" category, which is more or less a black hole, as it doesn't cause a notification/unread count. This fee will mean that you can pay $1 to have your message land in the "inbox" of your random recipient instead of "other", making it more visible, despite the fact that you're unconnected and normally the message would have landed in "other". Nothing in the article says anything about sending messages to profiles that are hidden/secret - you still need to have a link to their page to click the message button in the first place.

You just ignored the content of the article and assumed that Facebook was rolling out a feature to invalidate privacy settings.

Comment Re:Elephant in the room (Score 2) 182 182

Whenever Facebook reports user numbers, they report *active* users, which they define as using the site once in the last 30 days. You can argue how "active" someone is if they use it once a month, but they don't count your friends who "haven't checked their facebook page in months".

Comment Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (Score 1) 624 624

You need 60 to break the filibuster. However other than that you are totally right - the Democrats had 60 votes from July 7th, 2009 to August 25th, 2009 and from September 25th, 2009 to February 4th, 2010 ONLY IF you count Sanders and Lieberman as Democrats - and the latter assumption is not particularly accurate.

Comment Re:Too fucking bad.. (Score 2) 502 502

He's going to a minimum or low security facility, which is typically almost completely unsecured, and has a focus on work and job programs. We are not talking about "hard time" here. He'll be serving alongside white-collar criminals, not exactly a dangerous bunch.

The wisdom of Office Space seems applicable here.

Y'know, minimum-security prison is no picnic. I have a client in there right now. He says the trick is: kick someone's ass the first day, or become someone's bitch. Then everything will be all right. Why do you ask, anyway?

Submission + - NZ Geoscientist Maps a Day in the Life of Twitter->

Kleinigkeit writes: Science Blogger Chris McDowall has mapped geo-located tweets over the globe for 24 hours. The result, created from 2GB of Twitter data, some python and mapping software is pretty and quite revealing. (It is awfully dark, but not black, here in China.)
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Comment Re:read between the lines (Score 1) 71 71

IF we're going to get mad at Google for roaming around in a car picking up SSID's than WHY can't we get mad at Zynga for taking whatever information they have about me and making money by selling it?

Because Zynga only gets the data that YOU give them; you ultimately have control over how much information Zynga gets about you. Don't want them to have information about you? Don't use their applications.

Save the whales. Collect the whole set.