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Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 3, Interesting) 230

noting a person's audio history may contain files like LGBT podcasts or Muslim call-to-prayer recordings.

Why do people who, if you asked them, would say that things like the above shouldn't be stigmatized, then go out of their way to stigmatize them with an implication that content in those categories should be subject to some sort of special expectation of privacy?

Comment Re:Performance bond (Score 4, Interesting) 44

Verizon claimed they'd met standards that would allow the reduction of the $50 million to the $15 million and give them $35 million back. Apparently NYC agreed to it without doing any actual audit that the standard was met.

In fact, it seems they didn't do an audit to determine whether "every household in the 5 boroughs" was able to get Fios service until a year after that was supposed to be complete, and from there it took another 15 months to call them on it. And this is probably someone's full time job.

Comment Re: Clintons have killed tons of people (Score 2) 706

But 20,000 suicides a year is only 7 per 100,000 people. So if the Clintons are closely tied to, say, 10,000 people, then over 30 years one would expect 21 of those to commit suicide assuming their "close ties" represent a random sample of the US population and not, say, a circle of successful, well positioned political players. It appears that being a successful, well positioned political player associated with the Clinton's skews the distribution somewhat in favor of offing oneself. Can't say I blame them.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 357

Because if something is being presented as being strictly based on popular interest, but is actually based on private interests, then that is misleading consumers. The other "news" organizations haven't been accused of advertising one methodology for presenting stories but actually using another.

It would be like a polling organization saying it took a random phone survey of 1,000 likely voters to get its results, but then was caught manipulating their definition of the term "likely" to distort their resulting data. They generally like to leave the distortion to the data interpreters, not bake it into the data itself.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 174

If you win something based on merit, it proves you are capable of winning without cheating, so cheating just makes what's already proven easier.

We build this mindset into people by saying they can't use a calculator to solve math problems unless they can do them longhand, as though the two are equivalent.

It's taking the escalator versus taking the stairs, they don't need to prove you can take the stairs, they've already done it, so taking the escalator is (in the cheater's mindset) equivalent, not something that takes them beyond their ability.

Comment Piling on (Score 4, Insightful) 760

I appreciate that the summary and associated news stories are presenting a fair, unbiased view of the situation, free from ridicule and sarcasm (SWIDT?).

This would have been the THIRD solar farm approved in the vicinity of the town -- there are already two solar projects underway.

The solar farm would not have increased tax revenues or added value to the town. It would not likely employ any of the town's residents.

Yes, the town residents are poorly informed about solar -- they have two projects underway and haven't seen the results of them yet.

The town council did what the town council is supposed to do -- represent the will of their constituents. The solar company seeking the zoning change would have been well advised to work on communicating and educating the town they needed permission from. Why would the town council overrule their voters in exchange for...nothing?

There's quite a double standard when it comes to education -- take someone in an urban environment who can't name their state capital or point to the United States on a map, and it's the fault of the school system and their environment. Take a similarly ignorant person for a rural environment and suddenly they become a willfully hick and fully at fault for not seeking out and drinking deep of the cup of knowledge.

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