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Comment Quora does something similar (Score 3, Interesting) 308

I used to think Quora was cool, but there was a day that they started censoring replies to Hillary Clinton's answers to question (well, probably her staff's answers).

I read through her answers and found one of them to be particularly deceitful...beyond normal political spin. So I replied with a stern but thoughtful and truthful post. I did not engage in ad hominem or say anything derogatory. I was clearly not trolling and the follow-up discussion under my thread was outstanding.

After about an hour, the post disappeared without a trace. No communication to say that the post was flagged or in violation of their terms of service. I've seen very edgy and far more provocative pieces stand in comparison to what I wrote.

It's become clear that they were only interested in being a mouthpiece for Clinton and her platform. Quora was unwilling to communicate about the censorship despite my repeated attempts to contact them, even to employees who had previously reached out to me. It was utter silence. Since then, I've seen extended invitation to the liberal side of the political aisle to promote their "answers" (read: agenda) into the feeds of their readers. They're supposed to be interest and preference driven, but oddly enough I get all of Clinton's rhetoric despite having signed up for math and science subjects.

Anyway, I know that Quora isn't Twitter, but it is alarming how hard these social media companies feel compelled to censor the dissent against their prospective. What are they afraid of? I also find it disgusting that they act so anti first amendment in the country and culture that allowed them to thrive. Flaming hypocrites, all of them.

Comment Re:Is this accurate? (Score 1) 192

As USians, we can't buy The Pokemon Company (it's a Japanese company), and Niantic isn't publicly listed, so we can't buy it either. Nintendo is listed in Japan, but it trades here under a special stock called an ADR (American Depository Receipt) here in the US. Since Nintendo owns parts of these other companies, buying the ADR was the only way some investors could get in on the action.

As I watched the stock, it jumped initially because of the Pokemon Go news (from ~$17 to $27), then it consolidated. That actually seemed reasonable given the news. A couple of days later, it jumped again (from ~$27 to ~$37) as news spread and momentum traders wanted to get in on the action. To me, that seemed like an overreach. So now since the momentum stalled out and people want to take profits, it's turning down again.

So it takes a little bit of knowledge to know that Nintendo does stand to benefit from the success of Pokemon Go, but it takes more research to know how much. My guess is that TV news gave people the first bit without anyone doing their homework for the second bit.

I love trading and am okay at it (I make profits every year and generally beat the market on a return basis). I did not want to touch this one with a 10-foot pole. Too much volatility for it to be investing or trading--it really did turn into gambling for some people.

Comment W00t! (Score 1) 35

I'm always excited for our daily Pokemon Go submission. I guess my only question is: How can I buy Pokecoins with Bitcoins? That would be a slashdot wet dream, wouldn't it? We'd have to post about that like 3 times a day--possibly even more than about Hillary and Trump!

I kid, I kid. I actually like the game, and I'm glad for Nintendo (I've owned every console of theirs from the beginning). My only disappointment about the whole thing was not buying Nintendo stock when it was low, as the game was coming out.

Comment Incredibly Frustrating (Score 5, Interesting) 1010

I have mod points, and I'm tempted to use them on this thread, but I think it's more important to comment. I must begin by saying I am not a Trump supporter. I hate the guy and do not plan to vote for him.

That said, I am flabbergasted that the FBI basically said that Clinton broke laws, but because it wasn't intentional, they don't recommend charges. If you or I did that, we'd be in Federal PMITA Prison faster than you can say, "I'd like to speak to my lawyer." How many people have been found guilty in court with a reminder from the judge that "ignorance is no excuse."

It is now crystal clear that there are two sets of laws in this country: one set that applies to us regular folk and another that applies (or doesn't, rather) to the elite.

My guess is that, in the end, Joe Biden decided he didn't actually want to run for president this time around, or you can bet that the FBI and DoJ would come down hard on Clinton.

Comment A Bit Surprised (Score 2) 180

I have bought half a dozen of the WRT54GL since they came out--two for me and the others to help other people. They were great, and I'm surprised to see them still for sale. I've loaded DD-WRT and Tomato on this model and was very happy in general. My last one bit the dust and I've moved on.

There are plenty of routers out there now that work with DD-WRT. After doing a bit of research, I settled on the TP-LINK TL-WDR4300. I did not get a newer model, however, because DD-WRT didn't support the newest radios. Take a look before you buy, these firmware projects are always updating.

After having run the new hardware, I would recommend going this way. The processors are so much better that it's a dream to run the custom firmware compared to the WRT54GL.

Comment Re: publicly available information (Score 1) 95

Gun ownership may not be known by governments generally, and shouldn't be. However, my great state of Illinois requires registration. Gun owners are registered in the Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) database. If you are caught with ammo in your car and you don't have a FOID card, you're the lucky recipient of a fresh felony charge (can happen if your spouse leaves ammo in the car).

That doesn't explain the other 49 states, and Illinois' data shouldn't be public, but unfortunately our government knows who owns guns. In theory you might have a FOID and no gun, but that's probably a very small percentage. (And I should add: the gang bangers in Chicago who get their guns illegally definitely don't have this ID)

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 621

I agree with the proposition that we need to end the war on drugs (and I'm a conservative). At the very least, we need to stop locking up users--that's so counterproductive.

However, the real problem is that ending prohibition 2.0 (nice phrase, btw) is that it won't undo all of constitutional abuse that's come with it. Do you think legalizing drugs in our country will suddenly end civil asset forfeiture? That's basically what's going on in terms of this article. We're screwed either way and drugs have nothing to do with it.

The point is that we could enforce drug laws without trampling on constitutional rights. We can also legalize drugs and still live in a police state. We're far enough away from the 80s that they're basically orthogonal issues. And the bureaucrats will use any excuse (drugs, terrorism, kids) to support a totalitarian agenda with bipartisan support. Don't get too hung up on the drug thing--we need to fight the fire at the source.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 621

So you bash gun owners saying, "You are dumber then a box of rocks. Wake up, it's not the 18th century any more.....they can generate a list with you name on it in milliseconds."

But then you amusingly go on to say, "You want to do something? Don't use software that requires signing a EULA. Tell your congress critter not to support the TPP. Join the EFF and the ACLU, use encryption and run Linux."

Pretty sure the gov't can generate a list of enemy non-combatants who use encryption about as quickly as they generate the gun owner list. But you go on feeling smug and superior about your method of protecting liberty and tell me how that goes when they bring their $5 wrench. I'm not saying that guns [or encryption] are the answer against a nuclear power, but your argument wasn't a whole lot smarter than the box of rocks you denigrate.

Comment Re:We need Loser pays (Score 2) 571

This works in theory, but it would be terrible in practice. Imagine if you had a good reason to sue Microsoft, for instance. They can spend millions defending themselves, and in our justice system, unfortunately, throwing more money at the problem is correlated with winning more. You could have a legitimate claim, they get out of it on a technicality, and now you're on the hook for millions.

Perhaps we could work something like: loser pays the min of the plaintiff or defendant legal fees to the winner. So in the worst case, you double your legal fees. I think that would also stop crooks like Zavodnik without bankrupting guys like Costello.

Comment Re: Institute an intellectal property tax (Score 1) 54

My idea has been to create an intellectual property tax that grows exponentially. The year the owner chooses not to pay the tax, the ip enters public domain. Start the tax small and set the curve so that you get a fair shot to use it (target 7 years). You can hold the patent (or copyright) as long as you want and can pay the tax, so an insanely profitable drug could be protected for longer than 17 years.

I dislike the double standards between physical and intellectual property. I'm told I have to pay ridiculous taxes on my home to support infrastructure. Fair enough, but then ip holders need to participate in funding the infrastructure they use for the country to defend their property rights and use.

Comment This One's Pretty Good (Score 2) 146

I'm sure there's plenty of caveat emptor to go around, but the very first thing I did when I got my Charge HR was to test it by taking my pulse myself and comparing it to the fitbit number.

The resting heart rate is dead on. (not their calculated resting heart rate--that's a dumb, arbitrary number they come up with, but the real time resting heart rate is accurate.)

I've had a few troubles with the workout heart rate, but not because it can't count, but because the wristband moves around after sweat dislodges it. It can slip down my wrist and the sensor will lose contact with my skin. But when that doesn't happen, the number is pretty close.

For a while at first, I wore my under armor heart rate monitor on my chest along with the fitbit, and they were pretty much in sync, too.

This lawsuit is why we can't have nice things.

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