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Comment Re:$250 Per User (Score 1) 55

Agree, but let's try to run some numbers:

If every user is worth $250 in ad revenue, they'll have some work to do. Let's say an ad-click pays Snapchat 10 cent. Then every user would have to make 2500 ad clicks. If each user clicks 2 ads per day, it will take a bit less than four years to reach $250 per user.

However, for each ad a user clicks, he will ignore many. Let's say the click-through-rate is 1%. So to get 2 clicks per day, he'll have to be exposed to 200 ads per day. Assuming a normal person is awake 16 hours per day, he will have to be exposed to a new ad in less than 5 minutes, every 5 minutes throughout the day, only on Snapshat.

So yes, that's where this seems at least a magnitude out of whack. Probably two.

Comment Re:Cut the bullshit, facebook. (Score 1) 196

Yeah, about that active user number.
Granted, some of that downwards trend might be due to people using the native app instead. However, so far, there are no examples of social networks with a double peak. They go up, and they come down. Facebook is bigger, but not a special snowflake in that regard. It will fade.

Comment Re:Every word is undermined.. (Score 3, Informative) 367

That development started at least as early as the 1960s, with Nixon's tough on crime policies. Since then, we've had a steady march towards a more brutal militarized police force from federal to local levels.

For an insightful review and background on why we have the police we have today, read Radley Balko's "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces". It follows the main events, landmark court cases and government policies which took us there. It's a well written journalistic expose, with detailed information and history.

Comment Re:The common "Embrace Extend Extinguish" .... (Score 1) 131

There was a time when MS could rely on mindshare and being the de facto standard. But these days, is that still the case? Why would a start-up go with an MS based solution today? 100% of the software they'd need to get started is free as beer, and free as in freedom to boot. Of course, some of the big consulting firms are still heavily invested, but for how much longer?

So yeah, maybe you're right. It's not about EEE anymore. They're just getting desperate.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

> This isn't some political comedy movie where the bumbling doofus finds himself in power by hilarious circumstance

Well, that movie played out quite well for Bush the 2nd.
Also, think about all those who profit from the clowns in power. What would The Daily Show be without Bush and Trump?

Comment Re:Ummmm.. no (Score 1) 109

An edit to the /etc/hosts file would be a much cheaper fix for you. Works on all major OS, including Android. An of course, works regardless of where you connect.

You'd have to update it from time to time, however once every two/three years is more than enough in my experience. Or you could be fancy, and do a cron-job.

Comment Re:Will not buy TLC NAND (Score 1) 61

This pictures illustrates it clearly:
And Wikipedia goes into more detail:

SLC - Single Level Cell = 1 bit (2 states), most robust
MLC - Multi Level Cell = (typically) 2 bits (4 states), ~1/10 of the lifespan of SLC
TLC - Triple Level Cell = 3 bits (8 states), ~1/10 of the lifespan of MLC

Comment Re:Building a censorship infrastructure (Score 1) 205

Maybe that's where we disagree. I believe the government, ISPs should not have the ability by law nor technical means, regardless of how easy or complex it is to implement, to censor any traffic on the Internet. (Of course, some internal ISP admin will always be able to cause damage, but he will then be committing a crime, like any other cracker).

Furthermore, I vehemently oppose any moral judgment, moral policing, and censorship. The pixels on my screen do not inconvenience anybody, so I should be free to color them whatever way I please.

Finally, I believe so called decency laws is the hubris of a free society. If naked skin or people holding hands, kissing (regardless of gender) offends anybody, they are free to look the other way. On the Internet, I don't even have to do that, I can simply avoid the sites I don't like. And if anybody wants to "protect the children" from seeing skin-tone pixels, I'm sure there's an app for that. Protecting people from actual violent crime should not start with censorship.

Comment Re:Building a censorship infrastructure (Score 3, Informative) 205

The slippery slope here is not that people will stop thinking, observing, or even protesting. Rather, it's that with the laws and infrastructure in place, it becomes very easy to block more pages. So rather than a uncontrolled "slippery slope", maybe it should just be called a "first step" or sure tell-tale sign.

That idea is not based on some illogical extrapolation into the future, but on a number of examples from the past: Many European countries have already followed this pattern, some of which you'd think be among the most liberal: Holland, Denmark, France, Germany, UK. Take UK as a prime example: First they put in place the infrastructure because of child porn. Then it's used against "hate speech" or "terrorism". Next violent porn, BDSM. After that, file sharing sites, The Pirate Bay. Next, political party sites like The Pirate Party, and the Chaos Computer Club. The latter two have already been "mistakenly" blocked in multiple countries.

Now, many people believe the state should not be in the business of policing the Internet. So in the UK, they've made the brilliant move of making it "voluntarily". All the major ISPs now have personal filters controlled by their customers. Of course, it'd be a bit naive to think that those settings could not be used against you: If you ever find yourself in a sexual abuse case, Child Protection Services case, background check / government security clearance, you'd better have those settings in the right position.

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