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Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

I get the joke, but I wonder if you see what's significant here. Sans regulation, the fraud was discovered. In this day and age of instant publicity and faux outrage, you can bet your ass there's going to be a boost in "Real Aloe Vera" sales. In fact, I'm a little surprised some enterprising company out there didn't create a "real" product first, then expose the fraud afterwards. Because capitalism.

This entire situation proves, if nothing else, that in this industry, regulation obviously isn't needed.

Comment Sorry, this is news? (Score 1) 161

I was under the impression everyone knew office depot ( and just about every other computer shop out there ) pulled this. The temptation to upsell is just too good when you have truly ignorant clients. This was previously ( and currently ) seen in the automotive repair industry.

I'd say that's just the tip of the iceberg too. Let's face it, normal customers are dirt poor, so you gotta scam a bunch of them to turn a penny. No, the real money is in the b2b sales; where you can fleece an entire company for a king's ransom. Having sat in on more than my fair share of vendor meetings, I know damn well this happens.

Some of the biggest names in tech are only as large as they are because of it, really. Oracle. Cisco. Microsoft. They took advantage of the ignorance of people, only in their cases those people were C level execs.

Comment Re:Not the real thing? (Score 2) 365

It's so much more romantic to give diamonds that were mined by people on subsistence level wages in terrible conditions and then used to make massive profits by a parasitic organization that is dedicated to preserving a monopoly through artificial scarcity.

May not be romantic, but it certainly seems like a good fit for the institution we call "marriage".

Comment Re:That sounds like a lot of power to make oil (Score 1) 181

Why is everyone saying this is carbon neutral? It doesn't sound to me like this is a part of any carbon cycle, nor is it sequestering carbon. It's, in fact, freeing carbon from the cycle by turning it in to oil then burning it, releasing the exhaust into the atmosphere.

This is as far from "carbon neutral" as you can get.

Comment Re:Worth being pedantic on this one (Score 1) 476

Race is a cultural artifact.

I disagree. All self-identified members of a culture are rarely of the same race. This is objective and verifiable. Therefore, race is not an artifact of culture.

In database terms, race and culture exhibit a many-to-many relationship. You can ( and do ) have several different "races" in a single culture. Equally possible ( and probable ); you can have several different cultures distributed across the same race.

So no; race and culture are not equal, so your implication that finding fault with the culture equates to racism falls flat.

Comment Re:Worth being pedantic on this one (Score 0) 476

Is "culturism" a lower "sin" than racism?

I find ganster "culture" to be abhorrent. The demeaning nature towards other people, the obsession with material objects, the violence, entitlement....Is it wrong that I want to avoid that? Would I be wrong to want to refuse service to that culture?

I don't think it is. I think it's a perfectly valid metric on which to base my discrimination.

BTW, your suggestion that "culturism" and "racism" are one in the same is, ironically and amusingly, racist in and of itself.

Comment Worth being pedantic on this one (Score 3, Insightful) 476

It's not that the riders were black, but rather that the names chosen "sounded black". This is significant as it introduces culture as a possible data point which wasn't controlled for.

Were I a freelance driver, I'm not sure how much I'd want to deal with a "La-DASH-ya" either.

Comment "Growing Demand"? (Score 4, Insightful) 647

Putting aside yet another "WE NEEDZ MORE WOMENZ IN IT" crap, did anyone else think "H1B" when they read "growing demand?"

Companies are already doing everything they can to bring in cheaper talent. The "demand" in question has nothing to do with the number of competent and trained talent, but rather the number of competent and trained talent willing to work for peanuts. Encouraging more domestic IT/programming workers to enter the field will only exasperate that, regardless of their plumbing.

Comment Re: Still a justice failure (Score 4, Insightful) 79

They did not succeed in their stated aims, but that is not the same as "failed". I'd hazard these douchebags were happy with the message that they sent.

The only "fail" condition for these officials would have been some form of punishment up to and including deprivation of the roles and responsibilities as government agents.

They basically threw some shit at the wall to see if it would stick. It didn't, but it did leave a nice stain, and they're free to do it again and again in the future.

Comment Confirmation bias (Score 1) 126

-Customers who pay more for their phones report higher satisfaction.
- This is likely because high-cost phones perform better. (Editor's note: no duh)

OR it could be that they spent more so they feel they must like it more. This is actually pretty common, especially in the higher end markets. Common and exploitable.

Bet these very same owners say the phones sound "warmer".

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