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Comment Re:Reality.... (Score 2) 63

I can't quite figure out what you're saying. Is the "something" that is "up" some kind of covered-up evidence of the supernatural and/or UFOs or other science fiction? Or is the "something" that is "up" some kind of government conspiracy to mislead people into ???I'm not sure what??? believing in UFOs via weirdly timed stories?

I genuinely don't understand what you are trying to say.

Comment Re: Now we have investment spam as news (Score 1) 254

"He's a firm believer in the underlying tech and the blockchain as a source of value in itself"

Hm, therein lies perhaps some of the difference between him and me. I was enamoured with the tech early but when I saw the problem of ever increasing blockchain sizes and the pretty much unsustainable quantity of bytes that needs to be shuffled around once the number of transactions increases to anything even approaching a globally accepted scale, and when I wrote a white paper proposing some mechanisms for mitigating this that went completely ignored by the bitcoin developers, I decided that the whole thing, while a great idea in principle, was going to collapse under the weight of the mostly intractible problem of bandwidth.

I still think it's not likely to succeed in the long term, but man was it a clever idea.

Comment Re: Now we have investment spam as news (Score 1) 254

How brave was he in holding onto the bitcoins? I bought mine at $30 but got too nervous when they hit $600 and cashed out. I only had about three so it's not like it was a huge windfall. But if I had 1000 bought at 25 cents apiece ... man I am not sure I would have had the guts to stay in past even $10.

Comment Re:I think you're mistaken about gold (Score 1) 254

What do you say to the fundamental criticism that deflation decreases incentive to work? If I have a huge nugget of gold, there is little or no more being mined out of the ground, and the size of the economy is increasing, then effectively all I will need to do to live comfortably is shave off smaller and smaller pieces of gold each year to pay for my needs.

Deflation seems like it helps people who have already accumulated wealth. Inflation seems like it helps people who have not accumulated wealth.

I'm in preference of the latter.

Comment Re:Fitbit is next (Score 4, Funny) 186

Who on their right mind is going to spend hundreds of dollars for some minor functionality?

Back in the 1980s, I remember thinking "If only there was a way to have my girlfriend (at the time) send me her pulse so I could feel her love on my own wrist in real-time. Of course the technology wasn't there, and wouldn't be for some time, so I had to settle for her bloody heart in a jar and 25 years in a psychiatric hospital.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 75

Yep. I have a friend who worked for a now-defunct ad placement firm. They hired people specifically for the purpose of figuring out ways around ad blockers. Of course that was dumb, because for people who are determined not to be tracked and force-fed ads, that simply makes them more determined to find ways to block things.

Comment Re:There are Ads on YouTube? (Score 1) 75

I recently went to renew my /. subscription because it has been some time since I last had. They are no longer offering subscriptions, not sure if it's temporary or not. One of the nice things with it was the option to turn off ads. I still run uMatrix and uBlock Origin on the site but still wanted to support them.

So it seems like they may be going straight for an ad & tracker supported model.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 89

Linking who you share your location with their habits. Alice went to McDonalds. Bob went to Burger King. Both like fast food, show Bob ads for McDonalds.

Very elementary example, but they are basically asking the users to confirm that when Alice and Bob are in the same (or a similar) place, it is not a coincidence.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 89

Thank you, you nailed it far more succinctly than I.

What gets me are the "So? Every other company does it." as if that makes it right. These are the same people that check in on Facebook, leave location metadata on in photos, and run Google Maps in the background because it gives them the warm fuzzies thinking they're helping.

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