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Comment Re:The goal often isn't fun (Score 1) 134

I've actually had conversations with people about their daily graphs, which clearly show huge profits from new players within the first 10 minutes of play, followed by no profit thereafter. When I've pointed out what those graphs indicate, by and large the response was always "but the analytics says these people are all in the 30-40 year old age range, so we aren't exploiting children in the way you're suggesting".

If you have verifiable data available that shows this I would love to see it.

Comment Re:Outsourcing Manufacturing (Score 1) 237

Boeing was hemmoraging(sic) cash up until recently, and this switchover may save them a lot of money at the cost of some run-up problems.

Does the cost of those run-up problems remind anyone else of this little bit of dialog?

Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?

Comment Re:And this is important because? (Score 2) 155

I have a friend who is a retired newspaper journalist. I wonder if I could interest him in devising some guidelines for ShashDot postings that even amateurs could apply with some improvement to the quality of their posts. Anyone enthusiastic about this?

This will remain irrelevant until the editors do some editing rather than accepting article submissions that are no more than the output of a script that scrapes an RSS feed.

Comment Re:punishment (Score 1) 167

What's with this urge to punish? What has Marvell done that's so evil? Other than being a powerful US corporation, that is.

They made billions of dollars off the patents of others and didn't pay appropriately to the patent holders?

I would hope that a judge/jury would only be able to award punitive damages if the plaintiff provided convincing evidence that the defendant willfully and knowingly violated the plaintiff's patents.

Comment Re:I was going to moderate (Score 0) 111

As OT as this is, I was moderating but all I seem to being doing lately is moderating down advertising 'comment' crap like this wasting mod points that could have been used for of upmodding other, more relevant and interesting comments.

Surely there must be a way of moderating this junk "Advertising" or something that doesn't affect your other mod point for relevant stuff. aaarrrggghh

This is why slashdot is doomed and will likely fail completely within the next year or so. Readership apathy is increasing for the following reasons, among others:

  • 1. It is no longer "news for nerds", just random crap scraped from tech related sites.
  • 2. Summaries are basically just the first paragraph from TFA, scraped by a script most likely.
  • 3. Moderation has become a part time job, not just a "giving back" to help make the site work.

Eventually people will tire of just filtering comment spam and will stop moderating altogether. Combine that with the declining content quality and the people that provide intelligent, interesting or insightful commentary will stop coming. After that it will become just another 4chan. It's a shame and I will be sorry to see it go, but that's the way things are going.

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