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Comment Pool's closed (Score 1) 185

Honeymoon's over, free market at work.

Early Netflix, everyone was nodding their heads and saying "lol, sure, give us money and you can borrow our imaginary property" and cooing over li'l baby DVD kiosker. Now streaming is hype, Normals are streaming so hard it's the biggest bandwidth load on the tubes. Now the joke is "netflix and chill", and that's showing up in the contracts. Letting NF rent your imaginary property isn't some cute giggle anymore, it's a threat, if you do distribution yourself or use anyone else. The drafts and proposals are surely phrased a bit different now, they simply have to say "Well, metrics say you'll have X views/usage so it's reasonable we charge you Y.". So NF decided to use their war chest to back out and coast on homebrew.

Commonersumers are sidelined, merely the ore vein patch-of-land covered in battle-torn claim flags in the eternal tug-of-war we call capitalism. Free market "best options" are meaningless under monopoly, and imaginary property (looking at you, pharma) is a great way to lock things down.

Enjoy your 200 channel packages or dozen subscriptions, the honeymoon's over. "Mainstream" isn't just some hipster word, it determines the business world. And with that, I'm pretty sure everyone should find at least one thing in this post disagreeable.

Comment commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 227

>There's pressure on me and the kids to perform at a higher level academically

Because more results gets more funding.

Which is just asking for shit. Begging for shit. ANY sort of automated yield is. People game the system if you chain them to one. Leaning on metrics is often a flawed equivalence right away, and if not it will be soon, by those affected.

Comment Re:And thus the Internet of Things collapses (Score 1) 211

Ha, oh man, 2 gets you a peasant's six-figure income. You know nothing of wealth. You see that you have more money than your immediate vicinity and grossly extrapolate.

Your sloth line is a joke. Rabble? Please. By definition you will only ever see a tiny number of people with elite skillsets. Every decade people are playing catch up and hyperspecializing into the flavor of the month and fighting over the shrinking number of musical chairs for the paycheck club.

And it's just worse at the bottom. I hope I don't live long enough to see the extinction of physical labor. It won't be pretty when Prolekistan has nothing to export. You do know what happens to countries with no exports, right?

Comment commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 181

- Filters will never block adult content with 100% accuracy, especially if "it was very sexual" thoughtcrime counts.

- Image fetching extensions are little more than a search engine.

- Huge is a sexually-associated word to AI, don't argue with numbers.

I wouldn't be surprised if the fine print for the GIF extension says some "internet user experience may have varied content" boilerplate ala ESRB for online games.

Comment Re:What if? (Score 0) 94

A doubled diameter is probably significant. I'm no physicist, but I think if volume's the key value it's a cubed effect, squared if it's mass. Though framing it like that (if valid) is probably oversimplified.

Sister post suggests some likely relevant factors, but I think we're overlooking proximity to civilization, a fluke of Chelyabinsk is my understanding. Earth won't notice a 20-meter in the ocean.

Comment Re:Cuban Firewall (Score 1) 91

If I was guessing (well, I still am) they're workaround lingo. I hear China has lots of words and phrases used to get around.

The governments are probably aware, even expected it. They're satisfied affecting the sizable pool of Casuals. The same mentality is seen in all kinds of muzzles and gags, like DRM.

Comment Survey approach (Score 1) 367

Of course people are hesitant about embracing a "brain chip implant". It stinks of overeager release. People were hesitant about the nascent state of smartwatches for the same reason.

Survey them about "Fourth gen, polished, already-found-to-be-useful implants".

The doubts toward DNA tinkering may be similarly couched. "How do you feel about allowing the population access to predefined, targeted splices for specific (eg disease) conditions? These are contained splices, with well-understood boundaries and well-known effects."

Comment Re:10 bit encoding (Score 1) 178

Those communities get a lot of mileage out of "fag". It can still be used for gays, but is such an exceedingly prevalent catchall it even becomes affectionate or respectful in some contexts. Not most. Usually it's negative, serving as the same generic disapproval appendage Matt & Trey decided the town of South Park employs.

You can issue reprimands about how it harms gay culture or whatever, but it only furthers their bemused fascination. Today, it's a casual sardonic remark on their own fringe culture; any scorn they might see coming from Normals is dwarfed by their own quasi-serious hatred (fag this, fag that, stfu fag) for each other, only briefly shelved when needing to cattleprod the casual Narutard tier into maintaining a better, presentable impression to a stereotype-dependent society.

Oops, my Eleven is showing. Anyway, this assumes an internal member; l4n9th4n9 handles as "Henjin". If s/he turns out to be writing from somewhere less inside and more adjacent, the remark may be more contemptuous.

tldr it's deliberate

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