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Comment Nothing funny on the entire Amazon? (Score 1) 237

Just a meta-comment on a couple of points.

Searched for funny comments. Not quite nothing, but the few that were moderated funny were barely.

Searched for "evil", but only referenced in a sig.

Searched the insightful comments. Not.

Searched for references to any of the books I've read about Amazon. Nothing.

Several hundred comments. The article is probably about to expire. Wanted to find some part of the discussion that was worth participating in. Failed.

Oh well. Capsule summary. I stopped doing business with Amazon many years ago because I felt they were abusing my privacy and my personal information. (Also no visible references to those two terms as of this writing.) Just went through a 16-month episode of Amazon spamming that was only stopped (if it has been stopped) by appeal to jeff@ himself. Yet in conclusion, I don't really blame Amazon for becoming evil. That's just the rules of the business game these decades. If a company fails to become sufficiently evil, then it gets destroyed like roadkill. (I think NetScape, Sun, Palm, and Nokia are examples of such destruction.)

Comment Yet another attack on public education (Score 5, Insightful) 28

What this really represents is yet another way to attack education, especially public education. If you've actually been a teacher, then you should know that the most important thing about the best students is to avoid holding them back. Thiel is just exploiting this reality to make public education look bad: "See you don't need an education so the government should stop taxing rich people like me to educate you bums."

The people Thiel is picking for this program would have been extremely successful even if they had gotten more of that traditional education. However, if you take the very best and brightest with the highest motivation, and then you make sure they have the resources to learn whatever they need for their work, they are almost certain to succeed. In this case, I'm sure the house (Thiel) is even rigging the game, pumping in extra money and guidance to make sure there aren't any failures because the REAL point is to make education look like the failure.

This is just an extension of the dismembering of public education that has been going on for many decades. The best students are streamed into elite schools and most of the students are given obedience training to make them docile wage slaves, easily handled prison inmates, and obedient consumers who will buy the right soap and vote for the right political candidates, just the way the ads tell them to behave.

Worked pretty much exactly as they wanted it to and now it's time to harvest the whirlwind. Most American workers can't compete, and it's only going to get worse going forward. Much worse.

But the richest 0.1% will do better than ever. Government of the corporations, by the lawyers, for the richest 0.1% shall rule the earth?

Comment Re:This is Pointless question (Score 1) 626

Interesting comment you referenced, and I have to ACK the 4-digit user idea, but I'm not kowtowing to it.

I think the biggest problem is the bad moderation, because that makes it harder to find the wheat in the chaff. Or in an alternative formulation, I think the trolls have become much better at creating noise and disrupting dialog, while Slashdot has done very little to improve the SNR. My own preference from improved moderation would be to find the funny posts more easily, but I think it would also make it easier to ignore the political topics if you prefer, or even to seek the legitimate linkages between politics and technology (and I obviously think there are many).

Comment Re:The electoral college is already 60% dead (Score 1) 500

On what basis do you think a legal challenge would be possible? Near as I can tell, it seems quite clear and explicit that the states are free to award their Electoral College votes according to their own preferences. It seems like you would have to make some kind of argument that the citizens of some states have an absolute Constitutional privilege that their votes for president should could more than other citizens' votes.

Then again, when you consider the legal reasoning of Bush v Gore, Citizens United, or Dred Scott, I have to admit that judges and lawyers can be pretty creative in twisting the law to suit their preferences.

Having said all of that, I'm doubtful the National Vote Interstate Compact will ever be adopted unless the legislation is long-lived. The states that have already accepted are obviously the ones that have the most to gain, and by the time it swings the other way, they may well decide to change their minds again. Obviously a Constitutional amendment for direct popular vote for president would be a cleaner solution, but I think it has a much lower chance of adoption for basically the same reasons.

Comment Re:Bush's fault! (Score 2, Insightful) 128

The DEA was formed back in 1973, so Bush - and Clinton, and Bush 41, and Reagan, and Carter, and Ford - all inherited the DEA. But I'm waiting for this to be claimed as #FakeNews because it's damaging to the Obama Administration, and it seems like anything they don't like is rebranded as either Russian (which this cannot be - it is the US DEA) or #FakeNews...

Comment Re:President Obama should heed his own words (Score 1) 500

They are actual convictions. And it is not exhaustive but just a sampling of documented, proven (in a court of law) cases of voter fraud. You can go and read up about each conviction if you dig - and you'll find they are actual events, actual voter fraud incidents, and all Democrat. Your move.

Comment Compared to bananas (Score 4, Insightful) 111

It's nothing. One cubic meter of seawater weighs about 1026 kg. The same mass of bananas would have about 133,400 bequerels of radiation. This is about 4.4 MILLION times higher than what is being discussed here. So - if you're worried about the Fukushima radiation in the water off Oregon's coast, you better steer clear of the banana pile at the local grocery because it will bathe you with orders of magnitude more radiation.

Comment Re:na, that can't be it (Score 4, Interesting) 171

If they did care, they could have used the CSR 8670 which supports device-to-device syncing and streaming, as used in the Earin and Bragi Dash products. Out-of-the-box, off-the-shelf operation as needed by the AirPods. But then, why use something everyone else uses (that works), when you can invent your own (W1) that doesn't? Because - courage!

Comment Re:First world (Score 1) 171

About 80% of the US population lives in urban areas. About 27% of the US population is aged 21 or under. That means about 22% of the US population is 21 or younger, and lives in urban areas. Given a population of 325 million, that's about 71 million urban people aged 21 or under. So his estimate of 50 million youths is probably pretty accurate...

Comment The electoral college is already 60% dead (Score 1) 500

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, the Electoral College is already on it's last legs. If states with at least 105 more Electoral College votes adopt this compact, then the Electoral College will have been eliminated. No need to amend the Constitution.

Yours was one of the more insightful posts mentioning the Electoral College, though it received no favorable mods. Typical for today's Slashdot. Your sig was interesting, however.

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