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Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 1) 39

Bankruptcy was an absurd punishment over a celebrity sex tape.

This was never about a sex tape. It was about Thiel being pissed about an expose of homophobia within silicon valley in which he was outed. The original article Gawker published about him was actually, ironically enough, relatively good journalism, about a matter of legitimate public interest, only partially spoiled by Gawker's carelessness.

You may want billionaires to dictate who can and who can't write the news. Me? I'd rather not live in a thielocracy.

Comment Re:Just no (Score 1) 139

Everything you've just said is why it'll blow up in their faces, and Facebook will start the uncomfortable process of announcing year on year losses of users.

They're essentially duplicating Twitter's mistakes, and not recognizing they were mistakes. Some years ago, Twitter decided to keep tweaking their service. @ replies were hidden. Trending Topics was no longer annotated. Then oodles of JS was added to their service, making it clumsy and unreliable.

Then came the real killers, images and previews. We went, overnight, from a service where everyone saw 15-20 tweets on their screens, enough to follow a conversation, to a situation where most can only see 3-5. Remember, we're talking about 140 characters of actual content per tweet here. The 3-5 was because lots of tweets would now include the headline of the article they're linking to (which would typically ALSO be in the tweet message itself), and because tweets would now frequently have images attached and have a honking great big preview there.

The people who liked Twitter suddenly found that the giant conversation part of it no longer existed. They started to bleed off. The people who used Twitter to follow celebrities continued to use it, but had no great incentive to stay.

More recently, we've seen bizarre attempts to implement message threading that were worse than the clumsy hacks we'd seen before, and even randomizing - sorry, algorithmically reorganizing the timelines.

And so Twitter started to suffer serious churn. Because it added features that nobody had asked for, nobody wants, and that harm the service for end users.

Who is asking for autoplaying videos? Who is asking for autoplaying SOUND attached to those videos? Who is asking for messages to be sorted into a semi-random order? Who asked for videos in the first place?

Nobody. People will leave Facebook. Not immediately. But give it two years, and you'll start to see the first signs their membership is over the peak, and beginning the descent to has-been website status.

Comment Re:eh (Score 1) 301

The article is about the kernel, not the distros, which vary wildly. (This is also why it's a shame GNU/Linux, as a term, didn't catch on, leaving aside Stallman's feelings. Everyone hears "Linux" and automatically assumes someone is talking about the entire operating system, when it's also the name of the kernel. See also Java, which has similar problems.)

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 290

"Libertarians believe you shouldn't go to prison for refusing to vaccinate your children."
  You will not go to jail they just can not go to public school. Unvaccinated children put others at risk and their is no reason to not vaccinate. Putting ideology over science == anti science crack pot.

"In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years."

See above plus she called nuclear power plants are, "Nuclear power plants = weapons of mass destruction waiting to be detonated.
Time to shut them down". And she calls trains hauling oil, "bomb trains" and also calls them "weapons of mass destruction"...
AKA crack pot extremist.

See seems to suffer from expert syndrome. She is a doctor so she thinks that she is an expert in everything.

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 290

Yea well the US and the world has a big problem.
All 4 of the major candidates should not be elected as president.
Trump is a fat cat crack pot. I could list things like the way he talks about women, the crazy wall plan, or his wanting to ban people from coming to the US based on religion but the list is just too long. He is so bad that he makes Clinton look like a not that bad choice.
Clinton just can not be trusted. She still does not admit that she did anything wrong with her email server even after classified data was found on it. Throw in her not having Boko Haram classified as a terrorist group and you just have to say, "WHAT"!!!

Gary Johnson... Anti Vax.... AKA anti science crack pot.
Jill Stien.... Anti Vax ..... AKA anti science crack pot.

It is like we have a choice between the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Comment Re:or, maybe Google screwed up "ownership" (Score 1) 182

Google is sort of doing that now. Incase you have not read more and more new features are being rolled into Google Play services and the Google Now Launcher. Google controls the version of those two systems with the Google Play Store. It is not prefect but it is better than it was.

Yes you have a lot of different ARM chips but the instruction sets are not very different. Most Android devices use a Cortex A series SOC the wifi and cell radios are also limited in number. The big differences are going to be things like the display and camera. Some manufactures will add things like a custom sound system as well to try and make their device standout. The other issue is their custom skins which is probably a huge time sink.

IMHO if Google really wanted to push this they would have kept Motorola. The first fruits of Google running Motorola the MotoX and Moto G where/are really good phones. If Google had kept producing good phones with constant updates then other companies would have had to compete with that.

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 442

No it's like taxing car owners to subsidize other car owners.

Uber and Lyft are taxi companies. They're not high tech replacements, they're not a radical new business model, they're the same effing thing, albeit with management that has decided, for some reason, that their services should be exempt from the same regulatory structure as pre-existing taxis because Ayn Rand.

In that respect, it's like taxing car owners who refuse to get licenses to subsidize licensed car owners.

Is that stupid? Well yes. But not because one is subsidizing another. It's stupid because both should be licensed.

Oh, but there's some good reason why Lyft and Uber have decided they don't like the current licensing system? Fine. Then look into it, and if it's really good, then implement reforms. The other 90% of the regulatory environment though, from quotas in cities with overcrowded streets to stop them from being even more clogged with taxis than they were already, to requiring insurance and ensuring basic accountability, that needs to stay.

This is a stupid decision, but it has nothing to do with subsidies. It has to do with the fact it doesn't address the underlying problems: Uber's lawlessness, and overregulation of the existing taxi market. Instead it buys into the fiction that a car ordered over the Internet is not a taxi. It is a taxi. Stop lying.

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