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Comment Re:Social media = clique. (Score 1) 312

Here's what "cliques" made me think of: high school.

Cliques form - and people get mean to each other - when individuals become saturated with friends. You only have enough energy / empathy / extroversion to maintain friendship with a certain number of people. If you have more people swirling around you than that, then you start to push some away.

That's what the internet is. It's too many people. Immerse yourself in it too deeply and you'll exceed your capacity for friendly interaction, and start rejecting people.

Some social situations are this way as well.

Just an idea.

Comment Re:Facebook use plummets during business hours (Score 1) 116

Facebook playing videos with audio on by default -
reaction 1: oh, this is terrible!
reaction 2: wait, I only unmute my computer for specific media consumption. This probably won't be a big deal.
reaction 3: wait, wait. I'll probably listening to music, and then think "oh, I'll surf FB while checking out this album" and then give myself a heart attack when my mom or someone's dog or something starts coming out of my speakers.

Comment Re:Pay Attention DJ Trump (Score 1) 457

Reagan cut taxes and _increased_ gov't spending. The result (unsurprisingly) was a boom economy, and growth in the national debt. IJS.


"Reagan significantly increased public expenditures, primarily the Department of Defense, which rose (in constant 2000 dollars) from $267.1 billion in 1980 (4.9% of GDP and 22.7% of public expenditure) to $393.1 billion in 1988 (5.8% of GDP and 27.3% of public expenditure)"

Comment Re:Technophilia run amok (Score 4, Funny) 118

Look. These "Smart Babies" are dangerous. Regular babies will cry all night and keep their parents up, but when you combine this lack of diurnal schedule with the cunning intelligence of "Smart Babies" you'll have infants crawling out of bed, hatching plots in the middle of the night! Looking for the cookie jar, wandering outside, making off with the silver! Stealing the breath of the family cat!

Smart babies must be monitored! Won't somebody think of the babies?!

Comment Re:The point of Uber/Lyft (Score 1) 131

You miss the point of Uber (and Lyft and other ride sharing servies). The point being that they know where you are and sell that for money. TFA has a picture (before their "hey turn off your add blocker" screen comes up) showing the value of location based adds in 2014, and projected in 2019. Guess which one is higher? Remember when Uber went through their data and figured out who went home with someone else after they hit the bar and published a thing on the web about it? Wouldn't it be great if they could mine that sort of info about you without you even having to be actually using their app? Yeah, Uber thinks so too.

Uber doesn't care to rip you off over your ride 'cause that's not even where the real money is.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 2) 316

Holy shit, magsafe is the best freaking thing in the entirety of the Apple universe. It is an oversight that it isn't on everything. iphones. ipads. Other vendors laptops. Electric toothbrushes. Vacuum sweepers. Magsafe is the pinnacle of all of Apple's output. It is genius so banal that mediocrity must slay it.

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