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Comment Re:Confused... wasn't this always the case? (Score 5, Informative) 392

You should do some reading into the PageRank algorithm. Yes, search engines existed before Google, but they were implemented poorly and did not scale well. There is a reason 'googling' something became synonymous with 'searching', because it worked really well. Would you call Tesla a "me too" company just because other people have been making cars for decades? I'm not trying to argue that they Google isn't a "me too" now, just that I don't think it's accurate to say they started out that way.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 2) 420

The irony is that companies, like the one I am employed by, will spend millions to renovate an existing cube farm to the open equivalent. This completely throws the idea of cost reduction out the window. All because the hair-brained CEO saw that layout at another company and liked the idea of it. And in spite of the fact that an initial trial group of employees all indicated that distractions out weighted any benefits.

Every day I have to go back there is the worst day of my life...

Comment Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (Score 2) 251

I wouldn't know because I've been fortunate to live in a country that doesn't suffer from fundamentalist, totalitarian rule. Maybe there are some christians in North Korea that would want to buy a bible?

You're obviously struggling to disconnect the tech from what it could be used for though. You're question was why this tech should exist. I gave you a very benign purpose that one could use it for as an example, thinking you could extrapolate on what other uses you might take for granted that not every person in the world is allowed. The medication example I used was meant to be the more compelling argument.

Comment Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (Score 1) 251

Having watched Dallas Buyer's Club a few weeks back, it comes to mind that one could want to purchase medications that are arbitrarily banned by the FDA because corporate interests have a large lobbying arm.

I agree with your point that the majority of U.S. users will not be engaging in "legitimate" business dealings, but I doubt there has been a government that has never banned a substance/item/idea because of pressure from special interest groups. A system like this could be used by people in [OppressiveCountryName] for something as honest as buying a book that has been banned.

Comment Udacity (Score 1) 149

I've found Udacity to have some pretty good online CS classes. They have been expanding into other areas as well lately, but their focus has mainly been CS. I thought the Web Applications class was really well done. Python is even my new favorite scripting language because of it.

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