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Comment The Obvious Conclusion: (Score 4, Funny) 269

Those b-tard trolls on 4chan have always been tools of Putin and the Russian government, and they are trying to tilt the election!

Let's investigate the history of finance links between Moot and the Russians. Has he ever attended FSB (He's not old enough for KGB) training? ;) (for the blindly humor impaired)

Comment This is hysterical: (Score 1) 310

So, let me get this straight:

Youtube is a company that makes large amounts of money off of people uploading pirated content. It then puts up a cumbersome problem plagued automatic system to "address" copyrighted content problems, but in reality has such a big legal budget that most organizations wouldn't want to go up against it in court.

And now, the MPAA etc are up; in arms over sites that help users "pirate" this pirated content.

I know there is no shame, but that's a pretty big elephant standing in this coat closet.

Comment Dear Palo Alto: (Score 3, Interesting) 305

Please do this and point all the companies that move out to Champaign, Illinois.

Massively cheaper cost of living and home to an excellent university that turns out lots of CS majors and other technical types every year.

Sincerely,
The residents of Champaign-Urbana Illinois and surrounding towns. We'd love to have your problems..

Comment This is vintage Facebook: (Score 1) 76

The response is vintage Facebook. The descriptions weren't what was being complained about. It was the method of choosing which articles to highlight. So, they go to an algorithm for choosing them and say that it's now unbiased (ignoring the obvious fact that I can write an algorithm that's just as biased. It's just a set of rules and I can make the rule set whatever I want.)

But, they also removed the human written descriptions which is something separate from the matter of choosing what is displayed as trending. This makes the feature suck. It will get people annoyed.

I suspect that a few weeks from now, Facebook will announce that this was an overwhelming failure and go back to the old way. If anyone then complains, they'll talk about how they gave the users a "choice".

This is the same kind of choice they gave when some years back they allowed us to decide whether we took the new interface or waited a week before we took it.

Facebook commonly gives its users a choice that really is no choice and is actually a "shut up and gives us page views" response.

Communications

Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound (thenextweb.com) 152

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a "feature" that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It's not a very big test, but there's a possibility the company could roll it out to a larger group of users. The Next Web reports: "The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to be checking Facebook quickly during a meeting or class, and suddenly have your phone blaring out an advert because you happened to stop on a video. Thankfully, you can disable the 'feature' from your settings, but the point is there's nothing wrong with the current opt-in approach, especially considering how many companies are embracing video captioning, and that Facebook even has its own auto-caption tool for advertisers." "We're running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia. "For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we're running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook."

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