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Comment Re:By commenting, I'm part of the problem (Score 1) 123

We bought the pokemon version of the game for my son. I played it when I was a kid and we thought it would be neat to revive it in some way. After playing a couple of games I realized that if you get Boardwalk and Parkplace (renamed Nidoking and Nidoqueen) in the pokemon version there is no way you can lose. Once you put hotels on these things you basically bankrupt anyone. I never realized how unbalanced such a mature game was. Anyway, to your point, it is a horrible game but the premise is good.

Comment Re:Enough politics, back to the subject (Score 4, Insightful) 284

I'm not even sure it has value as a service. Have you ever tried to engage meaningfully on twitter? It's a good platform for celebs to push their endorsements, political candidates to spout their dogma and all matter of people trying to become famous and important by chasing followers, but meaningful interaction is almost nil. Everyone talks but nobody listens. A social network should be social, and twitter really isn't. The most popular only send tweets and don't really respond. In many cases they are paying others to actually do it for them.

Comment Enough politics, back to the subject (Score 3, Interesting) 284

I have messed around with data mining tweets for sporting events and no matter how I sliced and diced the info it is hard to get anything of value. A high profile event like the SuperBowl will generate tens of thousands of tweets in a 2 hour span. After you filter out all the words like "the", "it", "shit" and "fuck" etc etc etc its just pile of steaming crap. It was fun to fool around with but it was hard to gauge anything from it. Only 1 to 2% of users actually share their geo coordinates. The location field is a mess of "NEW YORK", "NYC", "big apple" and that sort of thing. You could clearly see increased spikes after big plays...but no shit...people are excited so the frequency chart spikes after a touchdown...do tell. I have tried using it to gauge sentiment in my home town on various issues....absolutely worthless.. although some of that might be just me as well.

Comment Re:Trump's Failure (Score 1) 430

Pretty sure all those rednecks that blame immigrants for everything in their shitty lives were thinking a big old fuggin wall. With razor wire and 'made-in-america' concrete. They may have to settle for 'made-in-america' fencing and drones to patrol a virtual wall now.

For the more educated Trump voters, and there were a lot of them apparently, they were willing to ignore it I guess and will probably be relieved if it gets toned down a little.

Comment Re:They are totally different stories (Score 1) 430

I think about this a lot. I was raised in the 70's and 80's and while life was much simpler in technological terms back then, we were definitely just as happy back then as we are today. The only thing that has changed is how we deal with boredom. When I was a kid we did a lot more social things to pass the time. You just did not have the option of plunking yourself in front of a computer and immersing yourself with such low effort. There was TV, but it wasn't like it is today, it was pretty horrible by comparison.

However I have memories of my parents visiting friends for coffee and cards and dragging us kids along. I have memories of going to the cottage on weekends, and friends cottages as well. I am not trying to glorify an ideal past that never existed either. When there was nothing to do the boredom was stiffling.

But overall, to the question of "we're we happier 30 or 40 years ago, I would say no. That is more a question of character than environment. People are predispositioned to happiness or misery (or somewhere along that spectrum) based on the people they are. Would I go back to those days? No way! But I suspect I would find other ways to maximize my quality of life.

Going forward, will technology make us happier? Doubtful. The increased amount of time will be welcome for some who make the most of every situation. For others who are unhappy, they will continue to be, no matter what.

Just my $0.02.

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