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Comment Re:Features? Look Elsewhere (Score 1) 262

There may be some edge cases for the uninformed but almost everything taken out of Chrome has an impact on the bottom line for Alphabet.

Stripped out options for not automatically running javascript, html5 video, and made it more difficult to monitor locally stored data. I'm waiting for them to get rid of extensions so we can't have our ad & tracker blockers running.

Comment It's not out of ideas, it's risk adverse (Score 5, Insightful) 542

The Hollywood business is currently driven by metrics that put incredible emphasis on the immediate payout over the long-term health of franchises and eventual returns that used to come with home video sales. Part of this has been driven by the digitization of movies and music and part of it is the marketing of instant gratification.

Much of this has to do with Wall Street's insistence for quarterly returns since this is where movie studios have to go to if they want the cash to make them. It's also why you've seen movie budgets both explode and shrink at the same time. The banks want their money at a return rate which would make most mobsters blush. If you're not going to produce a hit that will, at minimum, return triple its costs then you'll not get financed. On the other hand if you can keep the costs down in the single digit millions, then plain curiosity during opening weekend will likely see profit.

The stuff in the middle doesn't return fast enough for anyone to care about getting it made. Forty million for a movie these days? Forget it. Hollywood can't make the guarantees it can with a budget of two-hundred million. You want the movie to grow an audience through word of mouth? Forget it. Hollywood doesn't have the patience for that to happen. It needs the numbers to come up in the black inside of the next twelve weeks, not in the next two years.

Comment Re:What's this about? (Score 1) 71

Still don't know what a "Ghost rider" is or why the CIA leaks link is relevant, but that's how they're skirting regulators.

Okay. That's starting to make some sense. I missed the bit you pointed out. Given what you found + ghost rider it sounds like the app was putting fake people into cars and directing the driver elsewhere.

Now, how they knew when a sting was happening or when an assault was being planned are different questions that should also be answered. Because if they have some nifty prognostication software I'd like to look. Otherwise, they were outright spying on people, somehow.

Comment What's this about? (Score 1) 71

I went to the fine article and I still can't tell what is being argued over. What's a ghost driver? What does Greyball do, exactly and how does it thwart oversight? None of that is clear anywhere! I'm used to figuring things out given context but the context is so dense or missing I can't tell what is going on or why.

BTW: The second link is not germane to the conversation. It's bringing up the CIA leak from earlier this week, not the Uber article.

Comment Pray I don't change it again (Score 2, Insightful) 149

Seriously, unless you're part of a big corp with big corp lawyers and money behind you why develop for Apple? You have to buy your way into their walled garden, give up a significant portion of sales to them, and be put through an obscured process to get approval to be published in a store. Which, if you're lucky enough to hit on something that's both novel and popular, is going to fill up with a bunch of clones within days of the first hint of success.

If you're not doing it for the fun of being repeatedly punched in the face, what are you doing it for?

Comment Re:Err, guys? (Score 3, Interesting) 644

Not only that but it gives our society a chance to ask some good questions. Such as, "Does work really matter?" and "Why must a person earn a living?". When for all practical purposes our base necessities are taken care of automatically, why should anyone labor?

I think that question is something a lot of the very wealthy, and mostly those who are newly wealthy, are afraid of asking. If not more than a little jealous of.

Comment That's nice but not for me (Score 1) 33

I'm certain this scratches a certain itch for some of their customers but the only reason any console is allowed in my house is because of the stupid exclusive games anymore. And you know, I'm not all that upset at it. Used to be, but it's too much energy to be angry at that stuff. I'd rather be putting that energy into having fun playing the games.

So, you know, hope someone has fun with this. It's not the best deal but it's better than nothing.

Comment Re:Sounds like old news... (Score 2) 129

I'm not certain if your questions are rhetorical or not but I feel as though you should already know the answer to all of it is simply money.

That's the why of anything got built the way it did wrt browsers and so forth. I mean there is a colorful history and complex humans behind it all, but a lot of the motivation comes back to money and what it moves in our society.

And if you think advertisers actually left things up to chance before, you would be mistaken. Magazines were invented to get into niches to advertise. Hobbyists have had to deal with that for years. Their feelings of ownership of eyeballs comes with the disgusting amounts of money spent on getting copy in front of those same eyes. It's an actual industry after all.

Comment Re:Management doesn't know what it wants (Score 2) 158

I just don't know how many occupations there are that the normal job state is being in one place the entire day. Sounds horrifying.

Those that are quite horrifying. I'm thinking call center jobs or any such service level position. Ones where you are not measured by how well you resolve the customer's issue but how many calls you get through and how quickly you do it.

These are jobs which devalue and degrade you fast if you don't buy into their antisocial focus. There are reasons these jobs have been packaged up and forced into contracted companies. It changes their nature. Your job is no longer to assist the people calling, as they aren't your customers. Your customer is the company paying you to get through as many calls as possible. That's messed up.

Comment Management doesn't know what it wants (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Proponents claim the goal is efficiency

Yes, but what kind of efficiency? You're making a ton of assumptions that being at a desk, in a meeting room, or elsewhere leads to work being done, which leads eventually to profit. Work rarely is so attached to anything of the like that attempting to measure an individual's output for anything other than CO2 production is a waste of time, money, and thought.

Work, as we all know it, has been as industrialized as it possibly can be. And not everything that could be put into some sort of process needs it. Part of work is knowing where things can lead, it's following your instincts since you're supposed to be familiar with what you're doing.

And then there's the whole being valued by what work you do. That whole thing where your personal worth and wealth is directly tied to how "good" you're viewed as. Wealth as a virtue signaling! How sickening is that? How messed up as a society to you have to become to think that way?

Fight this sort of bullshit. Fight it hard.

Comment It's a pain because recovery has to be an option (Score 4, Insightful) 216

People forget things all the time. At some point you are going to forget where or what the key is for your encrypted email, so what to do? Recovery of that key is going to be necessary. Which leads to an entire host of other problems, many of which are security related.

So yeah, until memory becomes infallible we're stuck with encrypted emails having a certain amount of pain that comes along with them.

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