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Comment Re:Witness the Wastelandroid (Score 1) 130

What does "I myself" add which just saying "I" lacks?

I spend a little money on apps but I think the point with Android is you don't have to. I don't know what Apple owners are spending money on but I think it's great you can get a reasonably cheap Android device and can go months/years without having to buy an app; it means the OS and free apps/games are doing the job. Why spend money on stuff you don't need when you can save it for something you can justify? And in case you were wondering, Android is still miles ahead of Apple in terms of market share, so it's not as if people are going to suddenly stop developing for Android (it's always been this way).

Comment Re:But I can already send cat photos to my girlfri (Score 2) 75

It means that, like facebook messenger, it'll go from an app which lets you select a contact to start/continue a conversation with, to an app where the contact list is interrupted with irrelevant lists of who's online now (who cares?) and people you might know (huh?), before finally changing and being always one wrong press away from launching the camera and letting you add retarded shit like rainbows and stickers to photos. You'd have to be either a moron or 13 years old to appreciate it. I stopped using facebook messenger when this happened and it looks like i'm going to have to stop using whatsapp soon too. Who knows what to, though. Signal, perhaps, or just email maybe.

Comment Tools and movements (Score 3, Interesting) 216

EFF has done a great job with their "Encrypt the Web" campaign and gotten a lot of big websites to switch to https as their default protocol. The difference is that people running those servers are usually more technically minded (they're admins), so the implementation goes a lot easier. When dealing with non-technical end users, you can't expect them to do anything extra to set it up for them; it's just gotta become the default and get pushed to them. Anything else is a recipe for non-adoptance.

Comment Re:Paranoia, thy name is nerd (Score 1) 110

But it is a problem in this case. Both bad cops as well as "activists" lie their asses off in the absence of conclusive video, and in today's ultra polarized society, we end up with things like institutionalized police brutality and the Ferguson riots when that happens. We now have cameras because some bad actors on both sides of the equation can't act like decent human beings. I'm not claiming that cameras are the end-all solution, but sadly, they're becoming more and more necessary to protect both good cops and peaceful activists and protesters legally exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

Comment Re:Forums are dying (Score 1) 168

Whenever i looked at imdb for help decide whether or not to watch a movie the comments were useless and no help whatsoever. They won't be missed other than by the people who posted there (a tiny fraction of the number of users).

There's a limit beyond which you can't prevent idiots spoiling things. Slashdot has a moderation system but it's shit, because the power is in the hands of the users, and users are stupid. You can't only handle the problem by not having loads of users. Hacker News is perfect - you'll get flagged and potentially punished even for joking, and idiots get banned, so the conversation is just sensible people - often including people who run sites like github - commenting on things in a way where you'll learn stuff. There's no AI you can use to prevent trolls and idiots and if the site ends up popular it ends like like Slashdot. There's just no solution, just like there's no solution to spam on email (or spam phone calls, sms etc) other than not using email any longer and instead using whitelist only systems like whatsapp, facebook messenger etc.

Comment Re:We ALREADY HAD cable TV without the box! (Score 2) 108

You still have it. Spend $40 and buy an HDTV antenna and stick it on the window sill. We just did it after our local cable provider pulled the same Clear QAM encrypting shenanigans and found we get about 35 channels -- all the locals in HD, plus PBS and a handful of others. You can even get a bigger amplified antenna on your roof or in your attic and split the signal and distribute it to your various TVs likely using your existing cable TV wiring . . . just like in the old days. :-)

Comment Die Comcast Die (Score 1) 108

Plex today bought Watchup, which means soon you'll be able to get over a hundred channels of news streamed to any Plex client associated to your Plex Pass (or some similar deal) -- no need to tie it to a single silly screen plugged into your Roku. Expect more of this. Day by day, the cord cutters are winning and the Comcasts of the world are losing. They don't want you to time shift, cut commercials out, or consume content on anything but their Comcast-approved device, all "supported" by the worst customer service ever seen. Fuck them and their obsolete business model -- they are reaping decades of thumbing their collective noses at their customers.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

A big part of this was because of the guy who came before him. That generation had just lived through the gas lines, and the Iran hostage crisis, and 16% inflation and 22% mortgages. Jimmy Carter is still generally remembered by all but the far left as a very good man who was a bad President. Compared to him, Reagan was perceived by many as a savior, and the magnitude of his election victories attests to this.

Comment Re:About (Score 1) 834

In actuality Walmart seems to be slowly realizing that its employment practices lead to high turnover, and the cost of training new employees is actually costing it money. There's something to be said for a decent wage and benefits if you're talking about retention. If you could pay one 17 year who you trained to clean the bathrooms and sweep the floor, and he stayed at the job for more than a few months, wouldn't that ultimately be cheaper than having to train a new person with some frequency, even if the training isn't overly complex?

No. Because once that 17 year old (or anyone) is there for more than a few months, they generally get paid benefits like vacation / PTO, healthcare, and (back then) pension or savings plans, which gets expensive for the store really quick. I worked in KMart during my high school years for a tiny bit above minimum wage ($5.25 / hour) -- full time during the summer and part time during high school. Because of this, I was never eligible for the benefits that the year-round full-timers were. The store kept a number of us in rotation because a) our group had relatively high turnover and b) they could scale up / down easily as needed (i.e., seasonal peaks like Christmas) -- but the real reason is that it cut down on their benefits costs and increased their profitability, even back then. The low cost to retrain a new high school kid to perform an easy job like folding clothes or stocking the shelves is waaaay cheaper than paying full benefits, in perpetuity, to a long term FTE.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 1) 399

No-one's apologizing to anyone. There's just a disagreement about 3d. Presumably they still like it - whether you're a moron or not. I don't give a shit about tv - i don't watch very much 2d tv - but i'm sure some of the problems of 3d aren't just that it's 3d, but that you generally have to wear glasses (i've only seen awful glasses-less 3d tv); sometimes expensive ones; you'll likely not have enough for more than a couple of people to watch at once; the brightness is affected, or the frame rate etc. Given 3d was largely a way of selling tvs/more expensive tickets in cinemas, who's to say there won't be either a tech breakthrough in the future or that marketing people believe there's money in it and we'll relive these fascinating little discussions all over again.

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