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Comment Re:Hey Slashdot: (Score 1) 125

When you trade money for news, you tend to get the news that makes the most money. It's human nature, unless controlled by regulation. Just as corporations, utilities, colleges, all mostly get financially out of hand unless regulated, because people are mostly naturally greedy. There's scant sense of fairness, and gross excess of "take the market for all it can bear."

Look, news is all mostly biased anyway. Biased by what they cover and what they choose not to cover; by the editor's influence; by the publisher's influence; by the advertiser's influence; by the stockholder's influence; by ridiculous "equal time for superstitious nonsense" policies (because the news consumers are bewildered, so in order to get their money, they are pandered to), etc. I'm just not going to actually pay for more bias.

It's a complete waste of time to put a paywalled link in front of me. Not going to click it if I know what it is; not going to stay if I am snookered into clicking.

For news, here's what I want: facts and relevance to actual news. Not the Kardumbians, not some actor's opinion, not breathless reporting of some lab result as if it was tech coming down next Friday, Politics, cover the candidates and what they say. Even handedly. Don't leave some out (Sanders, cough) don't over-cover some (Trump, cough), don't report bland, content free remarks as if they were incoming legal doom (Clinton, cough)... you get the idea.

Simple enough, you'd think. Just do a good job. But they don't. Okay then, fine. But expecting me to pay for that crap? Not happening. They oughta pay me for having to fact check every goddam thing they write and speak about.

Comment Re:cheap chinese crap (Score 1) 39

How loud it is in the headphones depends on the output of the amplifier, which depends on how loud the volume is turned up as well as the efficiency of the phones, and a lot of other things as well.

I find a lot of the music I have on my phone is barely audible at the volume limit that requires me to press a button to OK it in case I go deaf. My headphones have good sound quality but presumably are not very sensitive, but the volume of the original recordings clearly varies by over 20dB.

There is clearly no international standard for how many millivolts produces how many dB, and never will be, because it is a stupid idea. However, not as stupid as the report that led to this article. If you need a plan for how to cope with the stupid children of stupid parents this is NOT it! I am pretty sure that very few headphones are as loud as the London Underground trains, but children regularly travel by train.

Disclaimer: I have spent the last week measuring the noise in the server room.

Comment Re:cheap chinese crap (Score 1) 39

Exactly when and how young are people planting headphones on kids?

Most of these manufacturers have products targeted for kids as young as 2-3 years.

In my day parents had to listen to repetitive ear-worm songs from Barney, Raffi, etc. But now you can slap some headphones on the baby and avoid the horrible nightmare of children's music.

Comment Re:Fuck this guy (Score 1) 704

Prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. Asshole's an idiot, I'd rather he be in prison than in the general population.

I disagree completely. There is no doubt that he is an idiot; however, calling him an asshole is an entirely different thing. He thought there may be children in trouble and wanted to INVESTIGATE. Yes, he brought a tool along to help "fix" the problem if the situation was what he was told it was. If he had not brought the gun, would you still be seeing his actions in the same light? He clearly was not going to use the gun unless he found something atrocious; otherwise, he would have went in shooting.

Yes, something "bad" should happen to the guy, but do we really need to hang him? Is that what justice should be in America? I am tired of every infraction being grounds for instant and eternal punishment. I don't want to live in that kind of world.

Comment Re:The Internet and dumb people (Score 1) 704

(I hope the pizza shop owners sue this idiot and garnish his wages for the rest of his life)

Eh? No harm no foul. He was honestly investigating something that would be considered as terrible by most of us. He shot nobody. I think he essentially had cold water poured on him and reality has become more clearly defined for him. The soft lies should now be completely gone for him without anyone being hurt.

This shit is just so crazy. We NEED to teach critical thinking to our children. If you have children and have not taught them to think for themselves, then shame on you. Unfortunately, our society is controlled by people who will NOT allow critical thinking to be taught in public schools, but we can still educate our children individually.

Comment Re:"self investigate" == alt.right (Score 2) 704

See, if you actually want to debunk this, these are the questions you have to answer. These are the claims you have to shoot down.

WTF? I was mildly interested in this story and looked at the facts. None of the "facts" lead to anything terribly interesting. I am reminded of the (supposed?) words of Cardinal Richelieu: If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

It is up to YOU to provide proof that YOUR interpretation of the facts is real. There are no facts like actual children disappearing or reporting things to the police. There are no facts like pictures of people doing bad things to children. There are no facts at all that directly support this theory in any way. It is all grasping at possible interpretations and running with them. Until YOU can show that YOUR interpretation has something real behind it, this is a fake news story.

No wonder you are anonymous.

Comment Re:"self investigate" == alt.right (Score 1) 704

Fake news can have lots of different motivations.

-- It can be satire or parody, like the Onion.



So, out of curiosity, what do you call fake news that turns out to be amazingly accurate?

Seriously. Read it and get chills about the nature of reality.

Comment Re:Barking up the wrong tree. (Score 1) 238

I love your .sig btw, but I thought of a counterpoint to your argument:

Teaching everyone to pilot a ship might be useful in a preindustrial society that survives by living on the water (they do exist!). Teaching everyone to practice law is a bit overboard, but we live in a world where the lawyers are everywhere. Perhaps it is not such a bad idea to teach law to children? I mean yeah, most of them will not become lawyers, but they might be able to survive a bit better in the current litigious climate.

I do get your point. Just trying to make the argument a bit more nuanced: Familiarity with no expectation to practice is reasonable whereas familiarity with the expectation of practicing professionally is blatantly absurd. I mean, they taught me how to play basketball in school. Even encouraged me to play on teams in real competition. Did anyone ever really expect me to become a player in the NBA? Utterly ridiculous (oh wait, new speeling: rediculous).

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 238

Now if there were evolution for states, I'd be all for it. Every year, force a random poor state to dissolve and be amalgamated with its neighbors, and a random rich state to split in two. Then, doing the right thing would be rewarded by survival over time.

This is actually a fascinating idea; however, I disagree with your reasons for keeping school stuff at the federal level. The GP/OP is correct: None of this belongs at the federal level. The only thing the federal government should be concerned about in relation to individuals is the Constitution itself (not violating the Bill of Rights). The federal government should be managing the individual sovereign states and their relationship to the outside world, not managing individuals. That is reserved for the states.

Managing everything from the top to the bottom is known as a dictatorship, even if you bother to try and dress it up as a republic or a democracy. Just. Stop. Let the chips fall where they may. To paraphrase someone's signature (forgot who): Chaos, everywhere, everywhen.

Our efforts to control all of reality are doomed.

Comment Re:No different from China (Score 1) 206

I'll be glad to tell you the difference. In China, the censorship is from the government; this article is referring to private businesses. Clear enough?

Yeah, the government has nothing to do with this:

Keep on keeping on. Critical thought is not required in order to live.

What was the difference again? Oh right. One government person can not arbitrarily decide something can be censored, like in China. It has to be a group of government people. All the difference in the world.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 526

Obama inherited the largest economic recession since the Great Depression. And the US is now out of it. Now you can argue over whether someone else could have done it faster or not. But let's not lie about the facts.

The recession might be considered over, but then, why should the workers care? They are still losing value each and every year and it is not stopping. Pay raises? I have only seen pay cuts, year over year, for the past decade or so. Don't get me wrong, I do get "raises" however, it is always preceded by a large pay cut. So, let's say I lost 20 thousand dollars last year due to cuts... I still scrambled and managed $10k in raises, but regardless, I only lost less than others. I still lost. This recession looks like it is permanent to me. Perhaps one of my children will see better economic times but for my life, this is it. In real terms, I will never get paid as well as my parents and their parents.

I suppose I will have to wait until the harvesting of baby boomers is no longer a "thing". Which means I will be dead. It is hard not to be filled with hate.

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