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Comment Re:What videos exactly? (Score 1) 162

There are thousands of apparent one-off videos like You stupid fucking n-ggers! [youtube.com]

I don't think that particular one is a good example of being "hate" (where hate means racism.) Sure, it treads on thin ice, and probably isn't something you'd want to place any ads on, but it sits more on the side of discourse. I suppose you could call it uncivil discourse.

And then there's this guy:


Comment Re: Alternative media. (Score 2) 162

I doubt they would shut it down, it's just too valuable.

I think it's most likely that they'd change their policies (up to and including implementing a censorship policy that extends beyond its current one that only bans illegal and pornographic content) and if that fails, they'd sell it. But outright shutting it down just wouldn't make any sense.

Would be a shame if they went as far as increasing censorship policies though. I remember around the time of Benghazi when Hillary (rather blatantly) lied about that Innocence of Muslims video being the cause of those people dying, there was huge pressure from the US government and some of the actors for Google to delete it, and they stood their ground and refused on the basis of freedom of speech. That was quite a commendable thing because of the costs they had to incur for defending what was otherwise a really poorly made video (from what I heard, I never watched it.)

I think in an ideal world, any and all content should remain accessible and shouldn't be subject to deletion, (Reddit) nor should any unpopular opinions be criminalized (Europe, who have failed to learn from the past) no matter how stupid it is. Even if the idiots are given a forum, the truth will be vindicated.

That is not to say or imply that they should have the right to sponsorship though -- far from it.

Comment Re:Now it's like telco selling me to advertisers (Score 1) 93

You are talking insane psychopaths driven by insensate greed and this quarters profits.

Even if this was somewhat accurate, (it's not) shareholders would quickly ditch any stock run by a company that does this, and it would just as quickly crash and burn. The vast majority of shareholders won't buy a lot of shares in a company unless they plan to hold on to it long term (i.e. 3+ years) and 95% of them don't care one way or another about quarterly results, nor do they bother to read 10Qs. ETF/MF/HF managers will, but they typically won't sell off a stock just because a company had a bad quarter.

Google certainly isn't stupid enough to sacrifice long-term viability just for one quarter, neither is any other fortune 500 company. Likewise, I really doubt Google would sell off what is arguably their biggest asset, sacrificing their long-term viability all in the interest of having one phenomenal quarter.

Comment Re:Now it's like telco selling me to advertisers (Score 4, Interesting) 93

I don't think it makes sense for ad companies themselves to sell that kind of information. That kind of information is valuable to the ad company for their own purposes, and is devalued if they transfer it to a third party.

For example, why would it make sense for Google to sell information it collects on you? Google sells ad placement services, and if this third party wants access to Google's users for marketing purposes, it will have to buy ad space from Google. So why on earth would Google sell this information to the third party? That would only give the third party the means to compete with them for either providing its own ad placement or selling its own ad placement services, thus eating into Google's ad revenue.

Now if you're not in the business of selling ad space or producing ads, THEN it would make sense.

Comment Re:Not the same (Score 2) 93

Prior to automated switchboards, there was basically zero expectation of privacy for phone systems. It used to be that your phone line was shared among numerous houses who could listen at any time, and the operator had to listen in to connect calls and terminate them as requested. Metered calls in particular had to have somebody on the line to keep track of your time (and every minute they'd tell you how many minutes your call was so far) for billing purposes.

When it came time to switch to automated systems out of pure necessity, there was even a large group of consumers who resisted it, called the Anti-Digit-Dialing League.

Comment Re: "We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 65

My point is that consumers demonstrated a preference for something, a consideration other than the lowest price.

And my point is that this is nothing new. You're talking/implying as though people didn't do this in the past and are now suddenly doing it, which is very much incorrect. As I stated previously: There has never been any point in history where the competitor with the lowest price always wins. It's just straight up never happened.

I know Bernie (and his fan base) and some socialists love to talk about capitalism being a race to the bottom, but it's all a load of crap spewed by people who fundamentally don't understand economics (hell, socialism itself wouldn't even be a thing if they did.) Businesses have always preferred to compete on value, and not strictly on price.

Comment Re: It's rock and hard place time for youtube (Score 2, Interesting) 250

Well, you know what they say about all good things.

Given Europe's attitude towards hate speech and how they enforce "right to be forgotten", I'm surprised that they haven't already erected a GFW at this point and outright blocked youtube, facebook, and twitter, and/or just outright blocked any and all content that might offend somebody in some way unless the police in Germany and France can be given special moderator permissions to delete content as they please.

Comment Re:Obligatory: Intel CPU Backdoor Report (Score 0) 110

That's nice, except for the part where it's independent of the CPU (in other words, it works even with a dead CPU) and the fact that it's off by default and the end user has to go out of their way to enable it. Though that doesn't make for a good enough conspiracy theory so nobody mentions it, and instead only pay attention to RMSs (incorrect) belief that it's enabled by default.

Comment Re: also in the news ... (Score 2, Interesting) 470

Between the Bush recession and Obamanomics (that is, deliberately making it more costly to hire full time workers) people assume that incomes are chronically falling due to automation (in spite of evidence of this being anecdotal at best) and therefore you need to make burger flipping a career rather than a short term job, and therefore burger flippers should have the right to the same income as doctors, because they're human beings too.

We can just call that "entitlement economics", and like communism before it, it will pass.

Comment Re: "We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 65

What percentage of products are greenwashing and what percentage are effective and less troublesome for people and/or the environment I don't know. However that doesn't matter to my point, which is that people demonstrated a willingness to buy something using a metric other than the lowest price and manufacturers and retailers respond. It worked for "green". It could work for "domestic/local".

This has never not been the case, neither for green nor domestic/local nor any other value-add category you can name. Never, at any point in time, has the competitor with the lowest price always won. This has remained true even in the case of the worst economic periods in history.

Granted, there is the concept of inferior goods (inferior goods are defined as those that rise in demand when the economy is going through a rough period, and fall in demand when the economy does well; ramen noodles are an example of an inferior good) but inferior goods aren't the only goods that manage to do well during bad times.

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