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Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 217

YouTube is just incompetent

Right, watching and listening to 150 hours of new content uploaded every hour should be easy peasy.

Just imagine the cost of doing this. Imagine how problematic this is. The people forced/choosing to do this are subjecting themselves to abuse, at some point or continuously.

And how does one police/supervise the "reviewers"? Why, you need another person to listen to the same stuff to make sure, right?

Sounds like an impossible assignment to me.

The way I would handle it is to tell advertisers "You guys listen to the popular/monetized channels for us and if YOU find anything you don't like, let us know."

Notice how that doesn't involve Google?

Comment Off topic (Score 1) 63

Is there any way we can banish (or even worse, xx xxx) notation?

It is incredible that the world doesn't have a single standard for numbers (not counting scientific notation, which is something different, and btw rarely used).

How are we supposed to differentiate 33.000 (i.e. 33 thousand) from 33.000 (33, to an accuracy of 3 decimals)?

We can go to the moon, but can't state numbers unambiguously. Mind officially blown...

Comment Re:Check the revenue, not head count (Score 1) 47

Or check the lack of revenue. Like the people going to the library for their "disks". If paid services were more reasonably priced, less people would go the library route. Yesterday on my way to work I passed a library. 15 minutes before opening there were 20 people outside -- and more than one demographic. These aren't streamers, or cable, watchers.

Submission + - Best credit card practices? (

justthinkit writes: It seems to be almost impossible for people to use Uber or Lyft without having their credit card credentials stolen, then sold online for as little as $4 a card. With no way to reach a person at the ride-providing services, consumers appear to be left with no choice but to cancel yet another card and request a new one. Are there better ways of providing payment online, or easy ways of obtaining "burner" charge cards? Is this the fault of smartphone applications, or are these insider hacks?

Comment Re:vote with your wallet (Score 1) 161

A few months back I felt that I needed to try to tame at least one Windows 10 machine. Forked out $800 for machine and big monitor.

Hacked it for a while. Had no reason to trust it. Got depressed and turned it off. Time went by. Then decided to go the XP/7 route. Found a guy refurbing old computers.

Ended up taking back the $800 boat anchor, which completely paid for FOUR refurbed-to-my-spec systems, and one new LCD. Could not be happier.

By the way, tried to downgrade the Windows 10 machine and ran into a little snag...while installing an older version of Windows, (after the necessary BIOS changes) it decided to disable the USB mid-install. Not sure if this is a feature, or a benefit.

Comment Re:Productivity! (Score 1) 158

I know first hand someone who just got performance-review pressured to leave their job because they weren't playing ping pong enough. This marketing/web company has a ping pong table in the middle of the office and apparently only non-team players avoid using it during working hours.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to begin picking up the pieces of my exploded cranium.

Comment Re:Corrected Title (Score 1) 168

It _is_ possible to down-vote a review.
It is _not_ possible to show how net negative a review was rated.

Example 1: it used to show "10 out of 197 people liked this review". Now it shows "10 liked it"

Example 2: it used to show "0 out of 197 people liked this review". Now it shows "...crickets..."

Both are now misleading but weren't before.

Comment Re:Corrected Title (Score 1) 168

Short of a mod/meta-mod system, there is no way to stop people from posting and voting the way they want, and often in groups.

When you switch it to no down votes, all you do is lose comment value. Whereas if you left the bias in there, the pattern could at least be seen and avoided by many.

For example, I've seen (on IMDb) where someone clearly when down the page of reviews and -1'd all the 9 or 10 star reviews. So you can factor that in and not get fooled by it. Also, software can limit how many votes you have, or how many votes are allowed per hour, etc.

By the way, alt-left communities do the same thing. The notion that we only want to block one side of things is fascism at its finest.

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