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Comment Now here comes the complete mind fuck... (Score 1) 457

Are these things real, or are they in themselves propaganda by either the CIA or another nation state?
Conceivably, these could all be real revelations. But there's just as much chance that this is either propaganda by the CIA to appear to be more in control than they are, or by another competing nation state to make the CIA *look* like they are spying on their own citizens.
The fact is that no one but they know for sure.

Comment Are we asking the wrong questions though? (Score 1) 477

Should we be asking the moderators of the site why that kind of attitude is being fostered? Also, did the OP (if there is the ability) contact a mod regarding the overall attitude? Yes, you can ignore them - which takes as much energy because first you have to let go and remind yourself that this anonymous a--hole is someone whose opinion should mean nothing to you - but in a well run forum, this should be part of the introduction to all users (as was mentioned here) and mods should be reminding users (offline so they have an opportunity to save some face) that kind of criticism won't be tolerated. I ended up being a mod at an open source project specifically because the environment was accepting and open and I wanted to have a hand in preserving that. I've learned as much researching answers to 'noob' questions as I have from seasoned devs and I've always believed that making new users comfortable with asking questions (maybe with some guidelines on how and what info to include) leads to greater involvement and that benefits everyone.

Comment Why they care and a better alternative (Score 1) 120

It's not about giving a game to your buddy or trading a key with them for another key. It's people taking this license and then reselling it online that they are trying to stop. And I can't totally disagree with them on that. (You are entitled to your opinion, this is just mine.) But if they want a compromise, then why not just have a form online that allow you to transfer the license to your buddy? You put in the key and your serial number and the recipient's info. They transfer the license and everybody's happy.

Comment Back to the future all over again... (Score 2) 26

So I guess everybody forgot about the MS Courier concept introduced in 2009 (Video is from 2010 but Gizmodo broke the Courier story in September 2009, posting leaked pictures of what the device might look like and how it might work):
And in typical MS fashion, a project that would have beat Apple at their own game and create a new device/market was killed in it's prime because it threatened Windows.
So the question now is whether it's still novel enough and whether they will still force it to run some kind of Windows instead of the GUI that the Courier was meant to run. Knowing MS culture and history, I wouldn't play those odds.

Comment Re:Better idea (Score 2) 40

Much more effective. There still so many mainstream sites like the Weather Channel that use only flash and are now unusable in chrome. Doing this will put the onus on the site if they want to keep their standings and push quicker adoption. Not doing it just leads people to use an insecure browser that runs flash and circumvents the whole reason that Google pushed Flash out in the first place.

Comment The real problem (Score 1) 624

Television news departments were never supposed to be profitable. They were supposed to be a compliance to the original guidelines of the FCC licensing to provide for the 'common good'. You did news so that you could put on all the other entertainment pieces. But at some point this all changed and news became yet another profit center for networks and ratings were tied into them to come up with advertising pricing. Between that motivation and the new 24 hour news cycles, network tele-journalism lost it's way. Once it bled over into a new medium like the internet where there were literally no controls in place and narrowcasting was the way to build views and ad revenue, we ended up with the echo chamber that now mainly serves to generate clicks and reinforce personal bias. We still have some great journalism in place in some of the remaining newspapers, but as readership dies (thanks partly to millennials defining it as a dead medium) we're going to lose those credible, researched sources by reporters who actually go out and get stories as opposed to algorithmic re-posting and re-editing of someone else's shit posts.

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