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Comment Re:That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 1, Troll) 182

I know that's no guarantee but you do the best you can.

Considering how much you originally paid for your deoxygenated speaker wire, I would say $40 is the least you can do.

Were you to model the price signal with quaternion rotation instead, you would discover that the price signal really can spin around to a perfect 180-degree inversion of "the best you can do", given but a sparse free-energy input of mindless optimism, and a scant few months to capture abandoned area under the curve (and that's not even including the machine learning revolution).

Perhaps capitalism eventually does the right thing, but not until after imbibing all the loose sugar.

First Law of Mice and Men: If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.

Corollary: If something can lead to an easy buck, it will lead to an easy buck.

Unfortunately, all the quaternions in this picture belong to the increasingly neutered EPA.

Comment Re:Well, duh! (Score 1) 141

The problem is that Facebook T&Cs, as well as granting Facebook an almost unlimited license to anything you upload also includes a clause that you agree to indemnify them against this kind of claim. So, while you might be able to take Facebook to court and win if they took a video your friend uploaded of you and sold it, they would then be able to turn around immediately and sue your friend for whatever amount the court awarded you.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 141

Presumably he read the bit of the Facebook T&Cs that says that you grant them a non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, commercial license to anything that you upload, and that you agree to indemnify them against any claims of copyright infringement. They are entirely at liberty to take anything that you upload and sell it and are not required to give you a cut (remember the Starbucks posters with pictures of people who had uploaded Facebook pictures from their shops?). The only surprising part is that Facebook didn't manage to get paid for this.

Comment another fish in the sea (Score 1) 148

In a dozen lifetimes I could hardly scratch all the great content on the internet that's available for free, or with barely any strings attached.

The best defense against the dark arts of advertising is a curiosity streak that's a mile wide.

Two words: substitute good.

At the first sign of trouble, I open alternate tabs like a cowboy after a bar brawl.

Comment Re:Won't work everywhere, or really anywhere else (Score 1) 179

So you've replaced a single CEO with the results of a vote between a few "senior staff". That leaves the rest of the company "not in charge".

Why stop your argument there? With another sentence or two, we can rewind western civilization all the way back to the Taliban's conception of marriage.

Because in any human collective, only one party can ultimately wear the pants.

How the truth stings. Resistance is futile. Sauron does not share power. Those poor, deluded Swedes. Yada yada yada.

Comment Re:What does this mean, exactly? (Score 2) 211

Ultimately, this will affect almost no one. Planning for this change has been happening for a long time now. Your favorite add-ons will continue to work.

Trust, but keep one foot wedged in the emergency exit, and one ear cocked for a fell voice on the air:

I cannot continue working on my add-ons anymore. I'm sorry, but it's time.

It took me a year and a half of extensive rewriting to make my add-ons e10s/multiprocess compatible, something that is being rolled out only now, all with the prospect of a long-lasting life for them. And the WebExtensions announcement was made not two months after. "Demotivating" doesn't quite cover it ...

Comment Re:0.4 of a phone (Score 3, Interesting) 90

Gartner are vigorously trying to shove it up Apple's arse) is that the smartphone market is really the Android market.

That's not really true. From the report, the iOS market is around 22% of the size of the Android market. That's a much higher ratio than the size of the Mac market to the Windows market has ever been. Even that doesn't tell the whole story, because a large part of the Android market is very low-end phones, with razor-thin margins for the manufacturer and very few app sales. This is important to the sort of people reading this kind of report, because they care about what the return on investment will be from supporting a given platform. It doesn't matter that Android completely dominates in the poorer parts of Africa, India, and China to the extent that iOS is a rounding error, it matters what phones the people with money to spend on your product have.

Comment Re: Yay! Cruelty-free bacon! (Score 2) 126

You need to grow around 40 times as much plant matter to feed a food animal and turn it into meat than you need to produce the equivalent amount of nutritional value directly from plants. That said, part of the reason that we eat ruminants is that they can digest a lot of plant matter that we can't. Some land is suitable for growing grasses but nothing that humans can eat. The most efficient use of this land for providing food is to use it for feed crops (though much of it could also be used for biofuel these days).

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1, Insightful) 356

Much to the point of this thread, the day is not long in coming where a series of small, hotly debated innovations in machine learning will culminate in a robust classifier able to ferret out a dozen egregious offenses against working brain cells in that toxic screed of hot-button click-bait you just posted.

The wise among us will use this forthcoming capability to accept all well-formed signals, the fools will filter bubble to black. The later group being larger than the former group, while the former group holds all the marbles, much derived from clue will change, while much derived from populism changes little, as our social algorithms contrive to sneer, in an arms race of eloquent dissection.

If Linus had ever worked on a truly hard problem, he might think different. Not every impasse in life can be resolved by industrious sleeve-rolling.

Operating systems don't hold opinions on human social dynamics. Earth-shattering innovation need not apply.

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