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Comment Re:Anyone who thinks they can predict the future.. (Score 2) 219

There is NO WAY that spam will ever be personalized enough to make it become priority mail

I think it could be. The baselines for creepiness in our interactions with machines is something that continually moves. I know a few older folks who find it creepy that their mobile phone knows when they've arrived at a certain location and can alert them to some reminder. Speaking to an 'assistant' program running on a phone is currently creepy (or just odd) to many people, but I bet in 5 years it will be absolutely normal behavior for 30 year olds.

The more comprehensive personal data collection becomes the better targeted spam will be, it is just a matter of applying some good predictive algorithms.

A friend texted me a bit ago about wanting to go to a certain taco shop for lunch. It may seem random, but I bet if looked hard enough at enough data his cravings for that taco shop are not random and could be modeled. So if he is sitting around one day around 10AM, which is when he normally thinks about where to go for lunch, and his phone showed him an ad for a different taco shop, that would be a nearly perfect time for that shop to advertise to him and he might actually appreciate the suggestion. That might seem creepy right now, maybe even in the next 5, but it isn't all that bug a step from saying "I want a taco" to your phone and getting the same recommendation.

Comment Re:Manipulating the stupid masses through media. (Score 2, Insightful) 90

I'm a big fan of good evidence but if you don't read Leo Strauss and discover that a critical component of neo-conservatism is having an enemy to unite people against, then find out that an entire war launched by neo-cons that dumped billions into the pockets of neo-con friendly businesses was based on entirely fabricated evidence against the enemy, then wonder if some elements of governments might be willing to engage in extreme hoodwinking to get what they want....maybe you are in denial.

Comment Re:If only big government had stayed off their bac (Score 1) 308

The same way you affect the government?

In the 2010 US national elections there were roughly 90,000,000 votes cast. Thus you had a 1/90,000,000 overall 'affect'. Of course that is further dilluted by your affecting only the politics your state sent to Washington.

Goldman Sachs has a market cap of about 52 billion with a share price of $102. So for $500 you could have the same 'affect' on GS as you do on goverment.

In either case you could work to organize others. The Tea Party affected the government and the Sudan Divestment people are doing a good job on companies. That latter example is a good one for a 'control some shares and organize' model.

Comment Re:this just in! (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Slashdot overall actually has about every opinion possible. Some of the most loved (ie - highly moderated) opinions turn out to be as wrong as they could possibly be.

Consider this gem, particularly "If Apple enters that market with a phone, they're fucked". Fucked with finding warehouse space to store pallets of money, as it turns out.

Though there were plenty of opinions contrary to that one the groupthink doesn't often push them to the top.

Comment Re:Corporate shills! (Score 1) 238

But we are talking about a smartphone.

If a person can't leave off buying a smartphone + voice and data and texting plan, with 0 degrees of separation between the seller and the stock market, it causes me to question their level of commitment and true understanding of what you describe as "everyone is connected to Wall Street". You'd have to win a contest to get a phone with fewer people between you and an actual 1%er.

If this movement could more accurately focus on chrony capitalism versus capitalism, the duality wouldn't sting as much. But a lot of people just want an excuse to set something on fire and I don't blame them.

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