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Comment Re:What's the point of 140 characters to begin wit (Score 2) 54

People already use Twitter for long messages all the time, but due to the character limit they have to do it by posting images of text or other ugly workarounds. If Twitter wants to give priority to short messages, that's fine, but forcing people into workarounds is just stupid. They had the same thing already with photos, people used TwitPic and other workarounds for a long while until Twitter finally started to allow images. It hasn't killed Twitter, quite the opposite, it made it more versatile and useful. I would expect much the same happening with long text support. Not supporting more than 140 characters isn't a feature, it's a leftover from it's SMS beginnings.

Comment Re:The solution is also a problem (Score 1) 183

Identity verification is not necessary for moderation. It is simply necessary to give new users a probation period during which their posts are invisible until cleared by a moderator. This -- and moderation in general -- is labor-intensive, but labor is the difference between a forum and a dumpster fire.

The echo chamber effect happens when moderation goes beyond preventing abusive and uncivil behavior. Most community moderation systems tend to fail in this way, especially on political blogs. There's an old saying about management that a fish rots from the head down, and this is just as true for moderators as it is for any other kind of management.

Maybe AI will eventually automate this but, for now, if you want a fair, unbiased forum full of polite, well-informed participants, you need human moderators with those same qualities putting in time and effort. It's not magic, but it is hard work, so we rarely see it.

Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 281

Yeah, and the world has seen what that leads to. People who had all of their assets taken away and maybe shot, sent to gulags, what that does to a country and to its population is unthinkable. While in the Tsarist Russia there might have been few that were destitute, in the new Soviet Russia the entire country was destitute, millions died, millions murdered, the country with its socialist ideas taken to some form of a local maximum existed on slave labour and product deficits and eventually fell apart because that type of an 'economy' is not sustainable.

'Up against the wall' may sound good at some point, it leads to total disaster of-course for the ones who are still left to linger.

But the point is that automation should make it much easier to protect yourself and your assets against such assaults.

Comment Re:this is really getting tiring (Score 1) 226

Different people from different viewpoints are almost invariably GOOD for an organization. Those that don't have diversity tend to wither and die due to stagnation.

If they believed that were so, organizations which tout "diversity" wouldn't be so intolerant of diverse viewpoints (c.f. Mozilla, Grubhub)

Comment Re:DJI is very confused, or they intentionally lie (Score 1) 105

The FAA has been amusing itself by passing regulations intended to keep drones on the ground to keep the skies clear for flying buses and FAA-licensed pilots; it sticks in the FAAs and licensed pilots' craws that any child can obtain a bit of floating latex (and especially mylar); drones piloted by ordinary humans who haven't spent years learning the proper radio calls and paperwork to file must drive them batty. Might matter for commercial drones; non-commercial ones are unpoliceable, just like those mylar balloons they like to report as "drones".

As for pedantry, it's law; it's supposed to be pedantic. If the regs meant any electrical system, it would say so; it's pretty clear about "engine-driven" electrical systems. That means that a drone with a battery-powered electrical system is not covered.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 619

I am in no way a populist, I am an anti-nationalist and I would prefer to see the people of the entire world doing better, so why would I be an enemy of the West? I am not UKIP, not Donald Trump, not Marine Le Pen and not Vladimir Putin.

As a libertarian, anarcho-capitalist I do not believe in building ever bigger governments though, so the smaller the better. This is a win for individual freedom, that's what it is.

Comment Wrong Way (Score 1) 322

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in AT&T v. FTC that the FTC has no authority over common carriers. This FCC rule that Republicans got rid of filled the gap from that court decision.

So instead of going to the supreme court to fix yet another boneheaded decision from the 9th, someone decided to plaster over the bad mistake with an FCC ruling.

Which as it turns out is like patching holes in a roof with cotton candy - one wisp of rain and the protection is gone.

If someone wanted real protection why not try and pass a real law to do so, instead of jiggering the FCC to patch something wrong?

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