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Comment Re:End up just like Google+ (Score 1) 74

I've worked in varying degrees of depth within Knowledge Management, and what I've seen over the years is that decisions like this aren't based on any real-world data. Guys want to roll out giant systems with the assumption that "everyone is going to use it," without defining the problem they're trying to resolve, and without gathering requirements. Further, there is zero serious thought given to the maintenance nor curation of such a resource once it is implemented.

So, either a) lots of people use it, and it gets completely polluted by useless, outdated, and possibly confusing information (e.g. dump all of their crap in Box.net); or b) nobody uses it, because there was no reason to use it (e.g. Yammer is so cute, isn't it?).

Talk to somebody who works at a company that has treated Knowledge Management as an actual project and you'll get a completely different perspective on $social_platform/$knowledge_platform. Unfortunately, it's the exception rather than the norm.

Comment Re:Why competition is mandatory, not optional. (Score 1) 326

The problem with this is that: 1) in capitalism, the "bullshit industry alliance" seems to be inevitable at a certain point in completely free markets; and 2) "competition" for medical products-- the demand for which rarely, if ever, decreases-- opens the door for horrible abuses, such as this $500 EpiPen issue.

The demand for pharmaceuticals and medical devices is linked to either quality of life, or even survival. The medical industry, IMHO, is an exception to a "market will cure all" philosophy. I am a Libertarian for a large percentage of issues, but this is something I take issue with.

Comment Re:What about apple? (Score 1) 395

Apple is actually pretty transparent about which apps are accessing your location (or, it seems to be). I noticed the location services icon a few times when I thought it didn't make sense, but I was able to see which app had recently used the location services and disabled it. Problem solved. The annoying location thing with Apple is that Siri can't search the web without location turned on (or at least, she couldn't the last time I tried, which was a relatively long time ago). So, I don't use Siri for that. The App Store doesn't access my location services as far as I can tell.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

Regarding Gary Johnson and Libertarians in general: I like the fact that there is debate within the Libertarian Party about what the government should and shouldn't do. That debate is so much more likely to eventually resolve what's wrong with Government than the 10-second R and D soundbyte issues that appeal to short-term populist b.s. to gain votes (and that will probably be abandoned shortly after the election).

It is correct to say that Gary Johnson disagrees with some of the Libertarian platform, and if you dig into some of his interviews online, you will see that he does not shy away from it. Thank goodness that strict dogmatic adherance to a single platform isn't required for his LP candidacy, as that is what ultimately makes R's and D's so unappealing to me, as an independent voter. For instance, Johnson strongly supports the 2nd ammendment, but does not agree with the LP's laissez-faire stance on guns.

As far as the "forced to make wedding cakes"-- Johnson is wary of the government's role in forcing political correctness down people's throats; however, he again deviates from the LP platform by acknowledging that, at some point, a civilized society shouldn't tolerate intollerance. Of course, the Jew/Nazi example is an emotional hot button, which predictably causes some groans in your video clip, but seriously? Businesses must be licensed by the government and, as such, *should* be required to honor the Civil Rights of human beings. The pretext of the discussion in your video clip was the ability for a baker to deny gay couples wedding cakes, and Johnson thinks that denying someone services based on the (negative perception/hatred/disagreement) of them is bad. And he retains consistency with his point-of-view on the Jew/Nazi example.

I like the phrase I've heard in a few different spots now: Johnson would be "the adult in the room" if he were to be included in the debates.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

We can't ever elect a third party in a major race because of our broken system.

Thanks for the info, dude. Here is Penn Jillette's response to you, which I think pretty much says it all: https://alibertarianfuture.com/2016-election/penn-jillette-two-words-anyone-saying-youre-wasting-vote/.

Your philosophy is basically, "Even though the system sucks, I don't have the sack to try and change stuff. Voting for a winner is much more important."

Comment Re: Elect Trump for Honest Government (Score 1) 528

The 2-party system is a meme, and "wasted vote" people are unwittingly compliant cliches. Lots of people believe that the 2-party system is unbreakable (based solely on the results of many 2-party-rigged election cycles), and it is self-perpetuating because people willingly and ignorantly claim-- as fact-- that a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote.

Not only that, but participants in/members of the 2-party system have rigged elections such that it is rare for The People to gain exposure to 3rd-party viewpoints. Exposure is tied directly to national polls that exclude 3rd party names, and the two-party election debate committee promotes the exclusion of 3rd parties from televised debates based solely on those statistics!

If you really want to understand what a wasted vote is, consider: Voting for a "loser" in your district is a "wasted vote" because of the electoral college. But, who can know who will win or lose to begin with (assuming the election is legally conducted)?

It is damaging to USA to continue perpetuating this meme. Decide what your issues are, and vote for the candidate you truly believe in. We should all cross our fingers that a 3rd party candidate (I support Johnson--fiscally conservative, socially liberal) can participate in televised debates this year so that we can see some common sense: intelligently presented issues and viewpoints outside the scope of a carefully crafted "soundbyte."

I not only reject the notion of voting for the lesser of two evils (which is what I suppose I would do if I believed a 3rd party vote were a waste), but I also think that it is a tremendously short-sighted approach to democracy and an insult toward progress in general. In the worst case scenario, your 3rd party vote could bolster a statistic that demonstrates the growth of a discontent with binary politics; and, possibly, increase support for whichever party you believe in.

Comment 2 party system = meme (Score 1) 264

The 2-party system is a meme, and "wasted vote" people are sheeple following it. It is a meme in that lots of people believe that the 2-party system is unbreakable (based solely on the results of many 2-party-rigged election cycles), and it is self-perpetuating because people are willing to ignorantly claim-- as fact-- that a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote.

Not only that, but participants in/members of the 2-party system have rigged elections such that it is rare for people to gain exposure to 3rd-party viewpoints, because exposure is tied directlly to national polls, which traditionally don't even include 3rd parties to begin with.

If you really want to look at what a wasted vote is, voting for a "loser" in your district is a "wasted vote" because of the electoral college. But who can know who will win or lose to begin with?

It is damaging to US politics to continue perpetuating this meme. Decide what your issues are, and vote for the candidate you truly believe in. We should all cross our fingers that a 3rd party candidate (I support Johnson) can participate in televised debates this year so that we can see some common-sense, intelligently presented issues and viewpoints outside the scope of a "soundbyte."

I not only reject the notion of voting for the lesser of two evils (which is what I suppose I would do if I believed a 3rd party vote were a waste), but I also think that it is a short-sighted and unintelligent approach to democracy in general. In the worst case scenario, your 3rd party vote will bolster a statistic that can demonstrate the growth of a general discontent with binary politics; and, possibly, increase support for whichever party you believe in.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 331

Yup. I'll never forget the first time I clicked play after hooking up my 5.1 surround and widescreen LCD and throwing From Dusk Till Dawn in the DVD player. That was an "aha" moment of realizing that there truly wasn't anything missing from my home viewing environment anymore. To me, it's "nice" to go to the theater once in a while as simply an activity to get out and do something-- arriving 20 minutes late, of course, to skip the ads and trailers.

Comment Re: Secret government proceedings? (Score 1) 350

Your train of thought is interesting, but doesn't address the poster's assertion (which is absolutely true): The constitution is a limitation of government power, NOT a "grant of rights" to the citizens. One of the problems with my fellow US citizens is that they don't know this, and propogate the idea that the "Bill of Rights" enumerates rights of the people.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 639

>> preferred by the low information crowd
This is exactly what they're suppressing. Certain stuff is actually trending naturally within the FB discourse, but the curators are suppressing that-- in addition to injecting material that isn't really trending at all. So, whatever the "low information crowd" is discussing, when viewed through the "Trending" filter, is actually "liberal low information crowd" stuff mixed with "FB censors" stuff.

Comment Re: good for them (Score 1) 639

I agree that FB censorship isn't a crime. But it *is* misleading to call a list of news stories "Trending" when stories that are *actually* trending are explicitly excluded; and, when stories that have fallen out of interest with FB users (an therefore are *not* trending) are explicitly injected.
It should also be noted that-- regardless of whether or not FB wants to be people's primary news source (which I have a hard time believing)-- the manipulation of the perceived discourse of users is an evil application of peer pressure.

Comment Re:Waste of money (Score 1) 335

I tried to find the actual verbiage of Prop 1 just now with no luck. So, I'm willing to accept that the question was confusing. However, from all of the news coverage that I was able to dig up, it seems pretty clear that it would be nearly impossible to escape the "spirit" of what the question was and what "yes" and "no" actually meant.

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