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Comment 2 party system = meme (Score 1) 248

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) 328

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.

Comment Re:Its coming (Score 1) 160

Roku has been offering sports through its platform for a few years now.
I don't think avid TV people do too much serious research about cutting the cable cord unless they really have to. FYI, I've been cable-free (internet only) for 10+ years now, and have noticed the validity of arguments against cutting the cord rapidly diminishing. When I see commericals for Xfinity X1, I actually feel the same way about that as I do about the commericials for "free tv" that are really just selling TV antennae-- disingenuous overselling of underwhelming products. My regular antenna works just fine. ;)

Comment 52.4% Market Share is Bad? (Score 1) 104

My only real exposure to the Apple watch has been reading these types of stories about it, but this is the first time that I noticed their market share. Out of the many entries in the smart watch category, they have more than half? How can that possibly be considered a failure?
I have had a first generation Pebble for a while, and really everything that folks write about the Apple watch reminds me of my Pebble experience: It's neat for seeing messages on your wrist, but--after a while-- remembering to charge it in the context of not really being useful has led me to stuff it in the drawer.

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

If they are trying to pay for something but it isn't available for sale, they aren't really exercising any sense of entitlement. The market has rejected them - and their money - so they are obtaining what they want some other way. There is no indication from this - and if anything counter indication - that they wouldn't pay for it if they could.

So, people should work for free, without compensation? Just because the work is "creative" or "intellectual" does not eliminate the value of it, nor does it entitle you to be able to enjoy it. Money does that. Go buy the DVD if a particular movie is such a necessity for you. Or are DVDs unavailable in Canada?

Comment Re:Without Steve Jobs (Score 1) 284

I don't know whether you've ever owned any Apple products; I presume not. What I was most pleasantly surprised to discover when I got my first Mac (Macbook Pro, 2014) was the gigantic support infrastructure that they have built. Between the Apple stores and perpetual OS upgrades, they have built and are maintaining their business on the notion that computers aren't disposable crap; rather, they are worth fixing, maintaining, and expanding. While their products are pricey, it was pretty clear to me that I wasn't just buying hardware and an OS.

In addition, the integration between my Macbook, iPhone, and AppleTV "just works." I have messed with home networking a little bit, and at one point had an Ubuntu media server hooked into my PC and Roku, running some streaming web apps. The Apple infrastructure achieves everything that I spent hours figuring out in minutes.

I would say that "quality" is the concept that they trade on. Wrapped up in that is the fuzzy stuff like UX, and hipster-ness; but I find that, for the first time with technology, I have a "brand loyalty" that grew naturally, and purely from experience. While I'm certain that Steve Jobs handily navigated Apple on the path that led them to market leadership, I don't sense that his absence has diminished Apple quality. All of the recent innovation and financial talk is just "noteworthy static" within the bigger picture.

Comment Re:I'm conflicted by this (Score 1) 766

The consistency is: Grow up. Your examples (which seem somewhat plausible) are, at best, simplistic and-- while they do showcase silly examples of social-just-gone-too-far-- don't really measure up to the issue at hand. The issue at hand is *institutional discrimination* (that is, discrimination enshrined in law).

If you find your viewpoints being bombarded in ways the you find inconsistent, why not take a look at your own attitude? Are you *really* so confused about this? Here's a hint: Those "feelings" that you think should "matter" are *irrational fears* that are carelessly reaffirmed by religious fearmongerers who love people like you (who naively argue while discussing topics like this, "Who, me? I am the rational one.").

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