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Comment Re:Alternative media. (Score 1) 217

Yeah, 100% spot on. The typical YouTube content creator is not going to miss their monthly $12.95 Google check for 200,000 views (warning: made up numbers).

The point this really drives home is video ads are asymmetric. Youtube's harvest of 'viewer attention' is huge (to the order of billions of dollars a year in value). Only some of this benefits advertisers. Of which, Youtube earns a smaller fraction. And its content creators earn the smallest fraction of all.

The perverse outcome is this may end up making distasteful content more palatable. Only because it won't have ads running all over it. So viewers of an extremist spouting off of how the 'other' is sin, and associating with them is wrong, get an ad-free experience that makes them more receptive to such content.

To balance this effect, YouTube needs to run politically neutral 'public service announcement' ads on hot-topic content at the same frequency as ads on its other normal content. Why should only cute kitten and baby videos suffer?

Comment Re:Alternative media. (Score 2) 217

Fun things: He never fabricated any posts from her. He posted what he found online(which is why you always verify the source). He never encouraged his "legions of adolescent cranks" to attack her. She did however encourage her followers to attack him and other people in the past. She did and has posted racist material, directed at whites numerous times in the past. What's the difference though? Well she's black, and she's female. That seems to be the only difference. When someone posted her racist garbage on their own twitter feed as a quote, can you guess what happened? That's right, they were temporarily banned.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 217

And refusing to give you a platform is now genocide.

Maybe complicity / not allow people to talk against it. It depends on the purpose I guess.

The politics which bring others here and deny our people and culture however IS genocide. But even if we were allowed to speak out about it it would still be. So it's not like that chances anything. Even if the majority of the voters voted for it it would still be it. Heck, here in Sweden the normal word for suicide would be "sjlvmord" as in self-murder.

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 4, Interesting) 221

It's not the courts that need to side with us, it's the legislators.

Bingo. Lot of people seem to forget that this has happened in the past with cars. All the automakers got together and decided that they'd push the 3rd party auto part makers into the dirt and you could only buy your parts directly from them. Laws got made because of that, and now auto companies must allow those manufactures to make parts right away. And by law, those same auto companies must manufacture all components of the vehicle for 10 years.

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 259

I'm really enjoying watching Uber's culture getting its well-earned raking. That alone is worth every article.

As to sexism, there's plenty of new things to say, but each discussion is hijacked by the same 2 or 3 arguments taking place.

But more seriously, every social movement and major event gets its own sea of scrutiny and discussion and ties in to current events. This is tech's sexism moment, and we're in the middle of an unresolved problem. We already did mobile, iPods, Web 2.0, Microsoft vs Linux, Java garbage collection, the DMCA, SCO, the dotcom bust, etc. Every topic had its three headlines a week, then it was resolved and we moved on.

Sexism in tech isn't resolved, and we can't move on until it's resolved or we'd be forced to admit that we're something which none of us want to be.

Comment Re:$200 million a year for a public transit credit (Score 2) 68

90% of that money will be thrown at the GTA(Toronto) to try and shore up the Liberal party voting block. The GTA, counts towards nearly 1/3 of the population of Canada. Public transport isn't popular in Canada, you really aren't getting anywhere without a car here...unless you live in a major city. For me, the next major city with a population of over 200k is over an hour away. I live in the most population heavy part of Canada(southwestern ontario).

Comment Re:Open Source is Evil (Score 1) 127

You can still get jobs. You just dont earn the same. 20 years back a good software engineer could make 100-200 dollars an hour and have a lifestyle similar to a doctor. That doesnt happen anymore. The salesmen you hate for charging for copies are the one who were protecting the ecosystem with a high barrier to entry. The extra margin left room for innovation. Right now everyone is just running to stay in the same place and new stuff only gets created in college labs or in a few heavily funded unicorns.

Comment Open Source is Evil (Score 1) 127

We are trying to do to movies what we did to software with open source. Reduce its value so much that the people working in the industry struggle to survive. In a capitalist society if you dont pay cash for something you dont value it. We devalued software development by going from license fee based software to open source. Now we want to devalue entertainment by going from Studio funded blockbusters to all Indy movies made on shoestring budgets where the actors have to hold day jobs (Just like those contributing to open source have to hold day jobs)

Comment Re: Contempt of the court... (Score 1) 518

You're actually spot on. It was more of a case of over a decade of Harper in power, and people were wanting a change. He did some shit things, did some good things too. Hell he did more as leader of a minority parliament then the liberals have done with the majority they now have. The real problem is people are seeing the Liberals doing now, what they did back in the 90's and caused their asses to be thrown out for in the first place. Hell Trudeau Jr, is the first PM to be officially investigated for ethics violations while holding the active role.

Comment Losing Battle (Score 5, Insightful) 266

It is a losing battle to try and solve performance in the programmer space. The Compiler does a much better job of optimization due to a multitude of compiler trics including both Static and dynamic analysis, cache analysis and so on. The programmer trying to write the most efficient code should rather spend his/her time trying to use out of the box algos as far as possible as the compiler knows how to fine tune those. next they should run a profiling tool like jprofiler and see where the job is actually spending its time rather than trying to say this is probably the heaviest part of the program. With multiple cores and multiple instruction pipelines and optimizing compilers the bottleneck is oftentimes not where we would think it to be. Once we find the bottleneck using a profiling tool than we can optimize it. In most cases 2% of the code is causing 98% of the bottleneck so its a much better use of programmer time (which is of course more expensive than computer time in most cases) to work backwards.
1 Write your code so that its correct irrespective of efficiency,
2 profile and then
3 fix the bottlenecks
rather than trying to find the most efficient algorithms before you write your code.

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