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Comment This is great, but what about their video content? (Score 1) 33

A lot of people would pay money for a "netflix" of all the BBC-owned video content. There were rumors a few years ago about them making their iPlayer available in other countries for a fee, but it never happened. As it is, many people *cough* have to pirate some of their video content, because it's literally (the real literally, not the misused literally) not available to legally buy, rent, or watch.

I'm not even talking about some rare episode of some obscure show that ran for 7 weeks back in the 70s not being available in some small country. I'm talking about current shows, being produced and broadcast by the BBC now on an ongoing basis that are not available in the US. It's a pretty frustrating situation.

Comment Re:What if LinkedIn did this without asking you? (Score 1) 319

I can kind of see that argument, but remember that there are also headshots on the site, so it's unlikely that someone will pick a 40 year old to play a teenager, or some similar age mix-up. At most, I think that it should be left to each actor whether to display their age or not, or perhaps even give a range of ages they can play. I'm not sure why imdb dragged their heels on this.

It's not really pointless if you think about the process. A producer is considering a bunch of unknown actors that they've seen on imdb. They see the headshots, credits, etc and determine that the actors seem suitable for the part. Do they have the time to go digging around google to find the age of each actor? Especially if they're unknown, the information is probably even harder to find. They will most likely just forget about real age, move along to the next phase and invite them for an audition, or whatever.

Comment What if LinkedIn did this without asking you? (Score 1) 319

To everyone slamming California and "Hollywood" for this, how would you feel if your profile on LinkedIn or any other employment site posted your age without you having any choice about it? And what if those profiles were created without any participation on your part? I see people on Slashdot complaining about ageism in the IT industry all the time, and they don't even have to deal with something like this. IMDB is basically an employment profile site for people in the entertainment industry, and it's the dominant site in this regard, much more so than LinkedIn for other professions.

Comment Isn't that all the videos that are worth watching? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor; Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism; Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language; Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items; Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown."

Isn't that just about all that is worth watching on Youtube? What's going to be left if these creators move away or stop creating new stuff? Cat videos? Unboxing videos?
Sounds to me like another case of a corporation killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

Right, the same media that used every opportunity to slam Bernie Sanders should be trusted in what they say about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson?

I have not yet seen anything about either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson that makes them a worse choice for president than a lying, corrupt, blood-thirsty warmonger and an out-of-control, impulsive, blowhard liar.

Comment Outrageously short service life for updates (Score 4, Insightful) 190

I still think that two years of updates is outrageous forced obsolescence that is prematurely adding electronic garbage to landfills. They should be forced to provide updates for 5 years. I'm seriously considering going back to an iPhone on my next phone upgrade, despite all the concerns I have about them too. They at least support their hardware for around 5 years.

Comment Regarding using cards in Rio (Score 1) 71

I visit Rio frequently. My cards have been hacked twice there, I believe both times from swiping the magnetic stripe at the handheld terminals used in restaurants, shops, etc.

My rule now when I visit is to NEVER use a magnetic stripe at one of those portable terminals down there. ATMs are generally ok, especially if you check for skimmers, cover your PIN, use ATMs in bank lobbies, etc. Using a chip card at a portable terminal should also be ok, but I generally try to just use cash there whenever I can.

Comment They are trying to scam YOU, so hit them back (Score 2) 347

I have returned small counterfeit or complete no-name imitations that were sold as the real item before. But then I realized that when a seller does that, they are basically trying to scam you and hoping that you won't do anything about it.

After realizing that, I just hit them where it hurts - give them a one-star rating of the vendor/transaction (not the product - remember that there are two different ratings on Amazon), and make clear on the review what the problem was. This will affect their ability to sell on Amazon, eventually.

The only time so far that I've had to do this for a small item the vendor refunded my purchase price and shipping without asking for the apparent counterfeit (and/or used) item back.

So remember, they're trying to scam you and get away with it - act accordingly!

Submission + - Scientific (and Engineering) Education as a Cause of Political Stupidity (

An anonymous reader writes: An article on The Archdruid Report blog makes a point that scientific and engineering educations shape people's thinking and communications in such a way that makes them ineffective in making political arguments. The author writes:

Engineers are trained to figure out what works. Give them a problem, and they’ll beaver away until they find a solution—that’s their job, and the engineering profession has been around long enough, and had enough opportunities to refine its methods of education, that a training in engineering does a fine job of teaching you how to work from a problem to a solution. What it doesn’t teach you is how to question the problem. That’s why, to turn to another example, you get entire books that start from the assumption that the book of Ezekiel was about a UFO sighting and proceed to work out, in impressive detail, exactly what the UFO must have looked like, how it was powered, and so on. “But how do we know it was a UFO sighting in the first place?” is the one question that never really gets addressed.

What do you think? Does an engineering education make people less likely to question given or assumed premises? Does a scientific education make people less likely to consider values and interests relevant to a problem?

Comment Re:read the polls (Score 1) 644

He has already moved Hillary to his positions on free college and universal health care.

Uh, no he hasn't. He wanted free public college/university for all, she is suggesting means-testing for this benefit. He wanted Medicare for all, i.e. single-payer universal healthcare, she is suggesting a "public option". He moved her slightly toward his positions. Very slightly - just enough to try to appease his supporters.

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