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Comment I Explain This to Millennials Constantly (Score 3, Insightful) 59

Nothing on Google is free. Your choices, selections, opinions, cookies, bookmarks, contents of your email, YouTube habits are continually feeding their algorithms. They control your search results, and return to you that which makes the most profit to them. They'll keep it "correct enough" so as to still be useful and not piss you off. How could it be otherwise? And I am inevitably met with disbelief, as if I am telling them their beloved Uncle Bob has been a closet pedophile for years. We have somehow raised a generation of people who really believe there are free lunches and benign global corporations.

Comment Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot?! (Score 1) 125

It is NOT a waste of front page space, Fool! Amazon paid a nice chunk of change for the placement. Probably enough to keep all the slackjawed editors in Diet Dew and Mike&Ikes for a month. Learn to tell the difference between actual slashdot editorial and paid placement, your blood pressure will stay lower...

Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 211

Exactly! How bad does your campaign management have to be when your candidate wins the popular vote by 3 million and she still loses the election? Pretty fuckin' horrendous. Especially when the grass roots organizers out in the battleground states were on record as warning the Brooklyn HQ that they needed to shift focus. Again: Hillary Clinton's campaign management had the most smug and incompetent senior staff in the history of presidential politics. Love her, hate her, believe the Rooskie story or not, there is no denying that Podesta and Mook screwed the pooch.

Comment Re:The Character, Princess Leia, Is Iconic (Score 2, Insightful) 456

Thank you. And I'll take this opportunity to clarify further that it's not a "generational thing:" Angelina Jolie: Iconic. Sylvester Stallone: Iconic. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Iconic. Sigourney Weaver: Iconic. Patrick Stewart: Iconic. Carrie Fisher: Talented, a lovely person I am sure, cute as a button at age 19, but not an "iconic actress." Not meant as a dis, just as a point that words mean something...

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 52

Actually, you are incorrect. Many if not most private/public companies, journalists, and politicians all use Twitter to disseminate news, bypassing web sites, which they formerly used to bypass the "formal" press. What, an artist's record label reports that one of their marquee acts has died, and the public is supposed to respond, "yeah, sure, I'll believe it when I read it in the Washington Post?'

Get with the times, son...

Comment The Last Gasp Mutterings of a Lame Duck (Score 3, Interesting) 635

Obama will issue all sorts of feel-good proclamations and what-have-you between now and 1/20/17, just because it will look good as part of his legacy, which he is busily imagining and crafting. It's a waste of time to afford these any real discussion. He's not serious about any of this stuff at this point, why should we be?

Comment The Pattern is Developing (Score 5, Insightful) 332

They came to lower the page ranks of the Holocaust Denier sites, but I said nothing, because I was not a holocaust denier.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Intelligent Design sites, but I said nothing because I didn't believe in Intelligent Design.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Climate Change Denier sites, but I said nothing, because I was not a Climate Change Denier.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Pro-Electoral College Sites, I but said nothing because I believe in One Vote for Each American.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Pro-Gun Ownership Sites, but I said nothing, because I believe in stricter gun control.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Life Begins at Conception sites, but I said nothing because I believed that life begins at birth.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Anti-Assisted Suicide Sites, but I said nothing because I believe assisted suicide is okay.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Anti-One Payer Healthcare sites, but I said nothing because I believe in single payer healthcare.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Sugary Drinks and Fatty Foods sites, but I said nothing because I believe everyone should be eating healthy.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Meat and Dairy Industry sites, but I said nothing because I believe meat and dairy are unhealthy.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Alcohol Industry sites, but I said nothing because I stopped drinking a few years ago. Just in time, right??

They came to lower the page ranks of the Legal Marijuana Industry sites, but I said nothing, because I didn't want my boss to know I smoked weed.

They came to lower the page ranks of the Humor and Satire sites, but I said... wait, what???

They came to lower the page ranks of every few remaining sites outside the walled gardens of a few mega-corporations allied with a global Nanny State with vested interests in controlling what people could read, and I said, "Hey, Now! Wait a minute! What about my Apple Gadget Blog?! Nobody can find my Apple Gadget Blog anymore!

Comment It is The Fatal Flaw of The Left (Score 1, Insightful) 415

See, the Right (and the Middle, for that matter...) has grown up, for generations, knowing there are Other Serious Opinions Out There. They had no choice, the Leftist slant to the media guaranteed that they knew of, would hear, opinions different than their own. The Righties had their favorite Hollywood actors and musicians -- how could they not? -- and they inevitably were interested in what their opinions were on the news of the day. And with very few exceptions, they learned their celluloid idols thought about politics and the world very differently than they did. And for the most part, the Righties said, "well, okay, then."

But the Lefties have lived in a bubble. Their newsfeeds and pop stars and college professors all had the same slanted worldview. "Who could think otherwise?" they wondered, amused at the very notion. They breathed life into a homunculus, some Midwestern Hyuck-Hyuck'ing Cousin-Marrying Religious Zealot who lived in that central two-thirds of the nation that they had never visited and likely never would, and their pop culture machine turned that dorky strawman into a recurring punchline, a mustache-twirling villain, a sad refrain, a sinister scarecrow.

With the Trump victory, and the extension of their lives into online, "virtual" neighborhoods, the Lefties are slowly -- very slowly, maybe so slowly that some of their media enterprises will in fact go under -- realizing that not only are the Righties not as few in number as they thought, they are just as well educated (not necessarily "schooled," but educated) as they are, and most importantly, they are right there, next to them.

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