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Comment Re:Trendy Logo® (Score 1) 119

No idea what "Qwikster" does. Burn money quickly? I forgot to mention the king of those awful names: Accenture. The only way I can ever remember that is to google Anderson Consulting, which pulls up the name-change story. OK.. had to look up Qwikster... it was apparently a failed initiative by Netflix. BTW, Netflix is a great name. It practically sums up their whole business model, right there in the name. It makes sense. It's easy to remember and pronounce. It sounds like English, not a Yoga chant. If Netflix had been named in 1999, it'd be Vidato... OK... googling... LOL, some furniture company in Europe uses that.

Comment Re: Obligatory car analogy (Score 1) 333

Not quite. Mechanics are technicians. The engineer takes a few simple rules and uses them to design complex systems. The technician examines complex systems and attempts to find the simple rule that isn't being followed.

IMHO, it's somewhat elitist or prejudicial on the part of engineers to look down on technicians.

It's more like they are confusing a certified mechanic or an automotive engineer with somebody who read a few hotrod magazines.

Comment Re:Trendy Logo® (Score 1) 119

These things are definitely trendy. Remember the late 90s when there was a trend in corporate naming towards neologisms using certain syllables? We got Verizon, Altria, Avaya, etc. I seem to recall writing a script that could generate such names, and they all looked plausible. I think the script could generate 1000s of possible combinations, so it was pretty spooky when it actually generated Altria.

Comment Re: Fascist bastards ... (Score 2) 184

Freedom of speech applies to everyone, else you don't have it. The First Amendment only (in theory) protects your freedom of speech from government reprisal. However, anytime someone faces consequences for their speech, whether from the government or private parties, it interferes with their freedom of speech, primarily through self-censorship.

Remember, government has never stopped someone from speaking their mind. That's entirely self-censorship. Even regimes which would execute you for your speech relied on self-censorship rather than having you followed by someone who would cover your mouth if you said the wrong thing. Private parties use exactly the same method to suppress speech as the most repressive regimes -- encouraging self-censorship because speech has consequences.

Comment Re:Pay more, get more (Score 1) 152

; relevance does/should not take into account "paid a bunch to Google".

No, but "paid a bunch to Google" probably correlates to "has a bunch of money" which probably correlates to "relevance/popularity". Although it would be interesting to know if Google has finally decided to commit search engine suicide by replacing relevant results with sponsored ones.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 265

Because Guantanamo was created for a specific purpose to house people accused specifically of violent acts, because the government has been desperately trying to shut it down for years and would have no interest in increasing the population, because it has not had a new prisoner in years, because it would be a massive reputation hit that would serve no rational purpose and would immediately result in numerous public and expensive lawsuits that the executive branch could very easily lose causing further embarrassment, it would be a political liability to all involved, and a massive diplomatic blunder.

I mean, if you were going to argue that the US might take some other extrajudicial action against Assange, I might believe it, but GUANTANAMO? SERIOUSLY?

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