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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.

Comment Reminds me of a 1989 SNL skit with Kevin Nealon (Score 5, Funny) 58

Kevin Nealon “reviewed” some heterosexual porn in a Weekend Update segment:

Kevin Nealon: I was interested at first... then got more interested... Then very interested... Then very interested... Then very, very interested... Then suddenly... not that interested.

But then Nealon “reviews” a gay porn movie, All About Jeff, featuring a cassette with a picture of gay porn star Jeff Stryker:

Kevin Nealon: I was horrified, disgusted... somewhat interested, interested... very interested, then suddenly embarrassed, disgusted with myself, ashamed."

Comment I am offering to help this poor man... (Score 1) 65

Dearest Mike - I can imagine that you are frantic and don't know where to turn next. My prayers are with you beloved one and I offer my sacred help. As I am sure you have been stripped of all your funds, I am offering you a cheque in the amount of $20000 USD. I have secured a legal representative for you and he will take a retainer of only $10000 USD so you can cash the cheque, pay the representative and you can keep the balance of the $10000 USD for your troubles. I await your reply. Your humble servant, Jadquest Farhrquar Minister of Irony

Comment Re:Imgur, eh (Score 1) 45

Maybe you need to spend more time in usersub instead of the 'front page'. I found imgur to be pretty open to arguments and discussions form all sides and not overly pansy-ass... but then again I spend all my time in usersub. Viral groups like the 'front page' and other category groups may be different; honestly wouldn't know. But in general I've found imgur to be a great community.

Comment Re:Cute (Score 1) 634

Exactly my point. If you remain silent, if you just sign an online petition and think that alone will "mean something", then you're kidding yourself. While it is an elected official's job to represent the people who elected them, it is the citizen's responsibility to participate. They don't come to your door and ask your advice. In short, the same power (to most extents) is available to gun safety advocates as it is to the NRA. They're just actively using theirs.

Comment Re:Cute (Score 5, Interesting) 634

This is the thing people alway get wrong about the NRA, they put so little money into campaign donations and 'gifts', less than many lobbyists. What the NRA fights with is their ability to get asses in the seats. NRA members vote. They go to protests. They go to caucuses and rallies. They go pretty much anywhere they are told they need to go. And their platform is single issue; namely any kind of gun control is a take over of the constitution or a slippery slope leading there. It's easy to put into sound bites and their membership believe it fully and feel like they responsibility as citizens is to stand between the Second Amendment and armed militia in the streets coming to take their guns, They honestly believe that - not because they are stupid but because the NRA pounds it into them through every means possible. So they have a **VOTING** army at their disposal - and that is the power they use to control politicians who want to keep their jobs instead of doing them. If you want to blame the NRA for something, you need to understand this. Otherwise you're bringing a knife to a gun fight.

Comment Re:In education alone, the gains are huge. (Score 2) 117

As someone who has spent the majority of my 30 + year IT career in K12 and Higher Ed marketplace, I have to remind folks that the Internet is not a magic teaching machine. It is just another tool, like a text book or a blackboard. Without competent educators and a lesson plan that utilizes the tool effectively, the Internet is just another way to keep kids occupied. All too often I see this. There are many teachers out there truly utilizing the Internet effectively and getting outstanding results, but only because they made the lesson plan the focus and not the technology.

Comment WaterFox? (Score 1) 471

WaterFox's latest build seems to still have the granularity. For those not familiar, Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-Bit systems. It is speedy and all your FF extensions should work. In fact, in upgrading to WF, all of my FF prefs, extensions and addons were in place and working right on first boot. https://www.waterfoxproject.or...

Submission + - Mike Hearn, cited Bitcoin expert: "Bitcoin has failed" (medium.com)

kaizendojo writes: Mike Hearn, Bitcoin developer and industry cited expert on the subject does a 'pre-mortem' on the death spiral of the Bitcoin. It seems that one of the major reasons behind the failure of the Bitcoin Experiment was that nobody seems to know what's going on, something that many Slashdotters including myself, have been saying for some time now. "One of the most disturbing things that took place over the course of 2015 is that the flow of information to investors and users has dried up. In the span of only about eight months, Bitcoin has gone from being a transparent and open community to one that is dominated by rampant censorship and attacks on bitcoiners by other bitcoiners."

Hearn goes on to spell out the reasons why he "no longer feel(s) comfortable being associated with the Bitcoin community" and some off the reasons the grand experiment is doomed to failure.

A great read for fans and foes of Bitcoin alike, Hearn sheds light on the inherent risks and failures within cryptocurrency.

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