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Comment Re:It is The Fatal Flaw of The Left (Score 2) 415

I dunno. Like so many other things in politics, it looks like the used statistical probability. I was curious and found:

Basically you have superdelegates. If 51% of them said they'd vote 100% without a doubt that they're voting for HamSandwich, then we all basically know its going to happen, but its still not safe to call the race, since 1% is a very tiny margin of error. A few delegates for HamSandwich could have a heart-attack and now you're only at 49% of 100% voters. So let me push my magic margin to 70% of the 100% confident voters. If that's MY (yes editorial control and all that) bar to measure a sure win, then I can call the race even if not everyone reports, or has even voted yet. When was the last election people waited for Hawaii to cast their votes before predicting a winner? Oh yeah: Never.

Comment Re:basically doing the same as china? (Score 1) 415

As with all journalism, or at any time one person communicates with another. The point at hand is that Facebook has decided to make itself a news source. Beyond that, they decided to control the flow of news information that you see. That's a fact. So what's your comment really asking:

Can there be bias (no matter how small) in a news outlets representation of news? Absolutely. There is no objective person, and there is no objective system written by humans that is objective. You either stop reporting news (relying on users to spread real/BS to their friends themselves), or people accept that there will be a systemic subjective analysis of information.

Or are you saying that fact checking as part of journalism is flawed and should just not be done? If you're debating the merits of fact checking as a critical aspect of news, then I don't think anyone will ever be able to talk to you about anything which isn't cultivated by your own original built-in prejudices (most of which we can't even identify).

My favourite and sad story of inherent bias came from a podcast a while back. The study goes as such.
As a man/woman ask someone the first thing that comes to mind when you say the word "academy".
Statistically (at least in North America) if you're a woman, the responder would reply "Awards".
If you are a male, they would say something like "school" or "education".

This happens regardless of the responder's sex/gender and I couldn't believe just how broken it was, so I did the blind test myself with a few dozen people with my partner and I as the test speakers. It was amazing that something like 75% of the responders fell into their expected word responses. The findings are far from compelling for my small case, but the original study clearly had weight.

Comment Re:More regulations stifling businesses. (Score 5, Insightful) 221

Ticket retailers are both a monopoly and an oligopoly. Essentially all retailer has a monopoly over a given venue. The venue may be allowed a small amount of ticket blocks which are used for their own purposes (direct sales, gifts, charity, marketing, etc..) but the vast direct-sales come through a single distributor.

Those ticket distributors are largely an oligopoly, since venues only want to deal with reputable outlets with large market shares in order to maximize sales.

All of them (Venue, Talent, Distributor) have a very shaky interest in eliminating scalping at all. Tickets are sold, the stadium is filled, most people are happy. Scalping only hurts one group of people: Consumers. In the long long term, people will be so jaded with going to 'ticketed' shows that the attendances will drop below capacity. That also hurts the smaller acts far more disproportionately than the rich ones (which have a more captivated audience to saturate the scalping tax). The arts dies and we all point fingers at one another instead of 'fixing the problem', whatever that looks like (I've given my 2 cents in a different post).

Comment Libertarian click-bait article (Score 0) 221

The first problem is simply enforcement. First, the individuals must live in the US (commonly not the case) to prosecute. Secondly, one needs to specifically identify legal vs. illegal forms of ticket buying/scalping, which doesn't seem trivial (based on the article summary anyway).

If scalping is legal (in your local jurisdiction, etc..) then the sky's the limit. Having bots buy your tickets or you mashing your computer is the exact same stupid thing.

Here's one possible system to defeat scalpers: Have a lottery with CC numbers held ahead of time when enrolling. If you want to enrol in the lottery without a CC, you must physically walk to a ticket retailer and leave some other form of unique ID. Hold the lottery open for a few weeks then start randomly drawing winners eligible to 'win' the right to pay for the tickets. If all the tickets aren't sold in that period, they go into the classical sales model and get sold FIFO.

If the tickets were brought by means not intended or allowed from the distributor, have a clause that can cancel the ticket at any time if found in violation of purchasing regulations. The person buying the 'now counterfeit' tickets will get burned and they may end up not using grey market tickets again. To protect legal resale, have the venue/distributor put up a system to verify that the tickets are legit and transferable. Once a purchase has been 'blessed' for transfer, add the ticket number as a legitimate ticket for interested third parties to verify. A system like this also helps inform the populace that there's an easy way of telling a legitimate ticket from a bogus one. Maybe eliminate tickets all together and just have online accounts, with transfers managed in-site. Ticket sales fraud would essentially die.

But, you know nanny state and all that. Idiots deserve the right to get soaked/ripped off, etc.....

Comment This won't end badly.. (Score 3, Insightful) 191

"which would kill the existing net neutrality rules and greatly weaken the FCC's ability to protect consumers."

Cool, now ISP's can be sued for copyright violations through their pipes! The most likely outcome will be that EU three-strikes regulations will seem pretty generous after the lobbies get at the bill that fills this regulatory void. My presumed outcome is that ISP's will disable service if a subscriber is accused of being in violation of copyright. The threat of direct law suits are just too high to simply give nominal protection to their customers (a large number of whom actually violate copyright laws daily). Oh, but there's some form of arbitration which makes Youtube's take-down system seem fair and balanced.

Comment Re:Slashdot is officially worse than breitbart now (Score 0) 191

You can pretty much see the painting on the wall. Politics has all but ruined Slashdot. I've been here around 16 years, and I've never been more driven to quit entirely. The site and the community over the last year has degenerated from critical/debating to dogmatic/adhominem.

Comment Re:All the fun users (Score 2) 233

They're welcome to go. So are you! The truth is that the vast silent majority still hate trolls far more than they hate speech. As usual a knee-jerk'd reaction from a person who's mental picture of censorship can only be two bars: 0 (regulated kindergarden) and 99 (free and open of all -- except those pond scum fucking spammers) nay? If you wanted to actually convince people of this somehow horrible policy change, try finding real examples of censored people/material that people will really really want to save.

Comment Re:Battery drain (Score 1) 131

I'm not paranoid or worried enough to turn off these services, but if you're really determined, you can use something like Tasker / IFTTT and use either geofencing (kind of against what you're trying to accomplish) or something like Wifi / NFC triggers to determine when to turn on/off services automatically for you.

Comment Re:Why Canada? (Score 1) 590

I'd LOVE to see a lawsuit which that attempts to delete archival records. I can see it possible (unlikely but who knows) that some content may be requested to be removed from the online visible archive.

Legit question, what does do about posting torrent links, and other such 'illegal' content on the internet?
"The Internet Archive respects the intellectual property rights and other proprietary rights of others. The Internet Archive may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, remove certain content or disable access to content that appears to infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of others."

So they still honour copyright and who knows what else, so there's no wholly unmolested source of archival information (at least publicly).

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