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Comment Re:Failbook knows NOTHING about me (Score 1) 156

Pretty much, yes.
You can take steps to reduce data collection, but thinking you can stop it is naive. You can poison the well, and make it difficult for the collectors to find meaningful correlations, but even that can give them data.
That there's no PI traffic from a specific IP, or there appears to be 700 different people at one residential address might raise a flag with those who peer over the collectors' shoulders.

And for advertisers, if all the cookies are blocked with ad blockers, inserting in-page same-server ads for security products might yield better results - because they do know something about you.

Proxy servers and avoiding https is a good way to reduce the amount of data you disclose. But advertisers in general and Google in particular is waging a war on proxy servers and http, and want end-to-end encryption under the false flag of security, while in reality it ensures that they know who connects, when. You trade privacy you want for security you don't need.

Submission + - Why Past Was Better Than The Present For Half The Americans? (primepost.in)

An anonymous reader writes: Trump thinks present America is far worse a place than it was in the past. So, his slogan for the election, “Make America great again.” He lashes his opponent’s policies as a continuation of the present. Hence his tweet: A vote for Hillary is a vote for another generation of poverty, high crime, and lost opportunities.

Comment Software trying to be too smart (Score 2) 165

Type inference in excel has wasted countless hours of my time trying to make sense of corruption caused by third parties using excel. Has gotten to the point where we actively recommend people avoid excel when handling any data they care about. I do fault excel itself because these errors are pervasive. They could have better structured the data imports or made them less creative or asked users for more feedback or have the import do a pass over the entire datasets checking for outliers that may suggest a different type.

When a critical mass is "doing it wrong" becomes pointless and counterproductive in the real world to continue to point fingers at users. Tools are supposed to be useful and if they tend not to be then that's on them.

Submission + - Something "Unexpected" Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage

schwit1 writes: The latest research comes from the University of Washington which researched the impact of Seattle's recent minimum wage hike on employment in that city (as background, Seattle recently passed legislation that increased it's minimum wage to $11 per hour on April 1, 2015, $13 on January 1, 2016 and $15 on January 1, 2017). "Shockingly", the University of Washington found that Seattle's higher minimum wages "lowered employment rates of low-wage workers" (the report is attached in its entirety at the end of this post).

Yet, our best estimates find that the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance appears to have lowered employment rates of low-wage workers. This negative unintended consequence (which are predicted by some of the existing economic literature) is concerning and needs to be followed closely in future years, because the long-run effects are likely to be greater as businesses and workers have more time to adapt to the ordinance. Finally, we find only modest impacts on earnings. The effects of disemployment appear to be roughly offsetting the gain in hourly wage rates, leaving the earnings for the average low-wage worker unchanged. Of course, we are talking about the average result.



More specifically, we find that median wages for low-wage workers (those earning less than $11 per hour during the 2nd quarter of 2014) rose by $1.18 per hour, and we estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was to increase these workers’ median wage by $0.73 per hour. Further, while these low-wage workers increased their likelihood of being employed relative to prior years, this increase was less than in comparison regions. We estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was a 1.1 percentage point decrease in likelihood of low-wage Seattle workers remaining employed. While these low-wage workers increased their quarterly earnings relative to prior years, the estimated impact of the Ordinance on earnings is small and sensitive to the choice of comparison region. Finally, for those who kept their job, the Ordinance appears to have improved wages and earnings, but decreased their likelihood of being employed in Seattle relative other parts of the state of Washington.

Still not convinced? How about a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that finds that "higher minimum wage results in some job loss for the least-skilled workers—with possibly larger adverse effects than earlier research suggested."

Comment Re:The end justifies the means (Score 4, Insightful) 226

Somewhere around 20-40% of the info in these documents will turn out to be wrong or misleading in some critical way.

I'm sure that will be a great comfort to the alleged witches as they drown.

Also, just because some personal data is correct, that doesn't mean the entire world has any right or need to know. People suffer unfair discrimination or worse because of perfectly legitimate personal matters all the time, which is the most compelling argument for the importance of privacy.

Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 1) 226

I trust Wikileaks a whole lot more than the average Associated Press news story full of random bullshit attributed to "sources speaking anonymously because they were not authorized." We're not dumb, we don't want a filter and "think of the children" is how dictators often climb to power.

In situations like this (what looks like a mindless data dump), trust in WikiLeaks is meaningless, and expression of such trust reveals a certain level of, potentially willful, ignorance. It's not trust in WikiLeaks you need here; it's trust in every person that now has access to the personal, potentially private information of otherwise innocent individuals.

Submission + - Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years (independent.co.uk)

campuscodi writes: Orangutans will be extinct from the planet within 10 years unless action is taken to preserve forests in Indonesia and Malaysia where they live, a conservation charity has warned.

The Bornean orangutan was officially listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last month, joining the only other kind, the Sumatran orangutan, in that classification. In just 25 years, more than a quarter of Indonesia's forests – 76 million acres, an area almost the size of Germany – have disappeared. One of the main reasons is to clear land to make way for palm oil plantations.

Submission + - Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years (independent.co.uk)

campuscodi writes: Orangutans will be extinct from the planet within 10 years unless action is taken to preserve forests in Indonesia and Malaysia where they live, a conservation charity has warned.

The Bornean orangutan was officially listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last month, joining the only other kind, the Sumatran orangutan, in that classification. In just 25 years, more than a quarter of Indonesia's forests – 76 million acres, an area almost the size of Germany – have disappeared. One of the main reasons is to clear land to make way for palm oil plantations.

Comment Re:Contradictory (Score 1) 68

what exactly are you missing?

Schematics, and the ability to tinker.

no more or less than any other modern system. No modern PC system I'm aware of gives you schematics these days, and there are many that have gone to minimal chip motherboards with limited slots. So other than pining for the build it yourself systems of yesteryear, what are you missing compared to a Dell, Alienware, Lenovo, HP, or Acer computer? What about a Surface Pro?

They are all less open than previously, and less able to be tinkered with, at least not without voiding the warranty.

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