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Comment Re:What is the benefit? (Score 1) 73

Some sites generate pages for every URL you try to access on their domain. is auto-generated when someone tries to access it and not stored anywhere. Google's bot recognizes this and doesn't bother listing the page, but the dumb DMCA bots are apparently not so smart.

That's why sites with zero actual content can attract hundreds of millions of DMCA notices. I do wonder if they are honeypots designed to waste the bot's time or testbeds for anti-DMCA-bot technologies.

Comment Re:funniest bot-on-bot edits (Score 3, Interesting) 69

That might be deliberate. On eBay if you stop selling an item you lose the "x already sold" stat when you re-list. So when sellers run out of something, instead of ending the listing they set the price to a million bucks so no-one will buy it while they wait for more stock.

If you want to force the price of something down there are a few good techniques. Try camelcamelcamel first, put in some price 10-15% below the current one and wait. If it's not selling at a loss someone will usually meet it fairly quickly.

Comment Re:Goes both ways (Score 0, Troll) 169

Ah, unsubstantiated anecdotes, those will do in place of actual data. No no, don't worry about naming the company or anything that might let someone verify or refute your claims, we will just take your word for it.

FWIW the one time I've personally known anyone to get fired for being drunk it was a black guy. I don't read anything at all into that, it's just a meaningless data point. It does cancel out your anecdote though, so at least we are at neutral buoyancy again.

Comment Re:The sign of our times: Censorship-Supression Ci (Score 1) 180

It's about finding an appropriate place to shitpost. That place is 4chan, and the many other shitposting speciality sites.

On the other hand you have sites like Github, which are about collaborating to write software. They probably don't want too much trolling. Needs to be mostly safe-for-work because their business model requires it. So they have an interest in nuking toxic users.

Feel free to argue that Github should change policy, or start your own version (didn't 4chan try that?) and see if it becomes popular. The point is that not every platform has to be an unlimited say-whatever-you-like free speech platform. It's legitimate to require people not to scream profanity in your restaurant, or on your web site if that's what you really want.

Comment Re:First Ammendment (Score 1) 120

Ugh, terrible comment. Mostly just an ad-hominem, and of course didn't read the summary, let alone TFA.

The judge basically said that it wouldn't be very effective at stopping age discrimination in Hollywood, so given the 1st Amendment angle as well it wasn't warranted. The fact that it was "commercial speech" was not really a factor.

Comment Re:Real coders? (Score 4, Informative) 308

People don't know what they want. Part of a developer's job is figuring out what the client really needs from a vague and typically clueless spec. Since that involves looking at how things are already being done manually or with other software, talking to people, making suggestions, building prototypes etc. it is hard to see how an AI could have much success at it.

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 63

Owning an early Model S and to an only slightly lesser extent a Model X is being a beta tester, to a much greater extent than other manufacturers who have more experience and existing platforms to build on.

The Model 3 won't come to the UK before next year anyway, so I'm looking at the end of 2018 to pick one up after they work all the bugs out.

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