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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Ardyvee Re:Short-Lived? (770 comments)

If you read the rest of the summary, they do make the note that while they can't say that that growth is the result of increasing the minimum wage, it doesn't negatively affect it either.

3 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Ardyvee Re:More the economics of publishing (191 comments)

I'm inclined to agree with you. As somebody who hopes to one day write a novel (or anything worthwhile, really), I would like to be published by the traditional route as it would be a validation that my book is "good". Of course, I am not dismissing self-publishing. It is a valid strategy if you believe you are good enough. I just know that a publishing house isn't going to pick my book just because. It is going to pick it because it is has chances to sell, which means it is probably better than the average produced by humanity.

3 days ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Ardyvee Re:Good since OpenID failed to take over (278 comments)

What about the remember your password function on your browser? Do you, would you use that?

Note: I consider this to be on a different category than password managers since (by my experience) anybody capable of logging-in on the machine has access to the account.

about a week ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Ardyvee Re:Do as they do in job references (423 comments)

[citation needed] because I would like to keep my faith in humanity and don't want to believe this. Please.

about a week ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

Ardyvee Re:Poll Results (117 comments)

Meta-polls. I like it. Suggest it!

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Ardyvee Nothing changes until US loses political power (749 comments)

At most, we'll see a US version of every company with the sole objective of ensuring that the only information available is that of US citizens. That is, assuming anybody cares to do anything at all to protect the information of non-US costumers from US government.

Back on topic, yeah, this doesn't surprise me. And nobody will have the guts to say: "You know what, fuck you. We are out of here". Hell, if I were in their position, I'm not sure I would do that either.

about a week ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Ardyvee Re:this is a good thing (230 comments)

It's not. Perhaps I should have made it clear which attitude I was referring to. I mean that we shouldn't (and I think it's bad) hate people who make something of themselves (or, more specifically, who make a lot of money), and that that attitude is not something you want in your area, or anywhere.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Ardyvee Re:this is a good thing (230 comments)

Ah, yes. That. I live in Portugal and I see that attitude show every now and then in the people. You do not want that to happen in your region. It's bad.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

Ardyvee Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

I wonder how hard it would be to get in that "pact" if your company manages to go beyond the start-up designation.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Ardyvee Re:Streisand effect (311 comments)

More than be mad you didn't post links, I'm surprised that you didn't post under Anonymous Coward (even if you claim is untrue).

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Ardyvee Re:Platforms with policies against amateurism (608 comments)

There is one thing. I own a computer. I can download Python. Python has tutorials and documentation that can allow me how to do stuff in python. The thing is, unless I want to do anything beyond Read File, do some regex magic, write file, I'm going to have to spend some time learning. Doing what I just described is the equivalent of composing music at an amateur level: I can put together some chords, add a "simple" melody and be done with it. I probably don't need to learn much to do it. Of course, in the case of music, you are expected to know how to use the instrument (tool). In the case of programming, I'm learning Python (the tool itself) and what I can do with it (the chord) at the same time.

I think we can all agree that knowing Python (both the tool and what I can do with it) is about as hard as knowing how to play the guitar very well, which is in both cases beyond the scope of an amateur and tends towards the professional side.

Perhaps, the biggest issue is one of perception: writing a simple piece of software that reads a file, does something, and writes the result is usually not considered programming, but that's probably one of the most basic tasks you can do. And, given instructions/documentation/tutorials, you can pick it up really fast.

Disclaimer: I say this as somebody who can't do programming beyond what's specified, nor compose anything worth listening, and whose ability with musical instruments is not worth of mention.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Ardyvee Re:Needed to stop anyway (153 comments)

In the given example (steam), there is barely anything from most third world countries. At the very least, game companies tend to be based on first world countries and hire first world citizens.

Now, I do agree with you that if you reduce cost, then either you lower prices or you can't complain when someone else sells a competing product for cheaper. But before asking for X country's prices, I would beg for a close examination to actual costs of production and transport. I would also beg for a close examination of what is being sold in X country and yours. Say, imagine that a cheap smartphone is being sold in X. You see it and think damn that's cheap. Here in Y it costs more. Question: do you get the same benefits they do as a consumer? Is the quality standard the same? Things like that matter.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Ardyvee Re:Needed to stop anyway (153 comments)

But how do you solve the competition problem in the video game space when what people wants is Call of Duty [latest installment] or GTAV?

It is very hard to do anything resembling competition in video game space. Battlefield and Call of Duty, two high-profile shooters, don't really compete with each other. And there is barely any other Call of Duty-esque game that is anything around the required size (in terms of reach/popularity). Furthermore, all it takes is for the games to be released with a year between them (or even less) to simply not compete in terms of sales.

My other question would be how do you ensure those rights are not abused? By enforcing a single price worldwide (along with same-date release date please)? I'm convinced whoever that the seller is simply going to select US/EU prices. I might be wrong, though. What do you think?

Oh, of course there is also the "how about we just improve the living standards in x countries so that different prices don't make sense", but that's beyond what we can effectively do.

about two weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

Ardyvee Re:Why the Displays? (129 comments)

Sadly, that last sentence defines a huge part of our social interactions.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Ardyvee Re:Needed to stop anyway (153 comments)

I heard a nice argument supporting region locking on steam. While I personally would love that there just wasn't a difference in price, the argument was actually reasonable.

It goes like this: some areas in the world get a cheaper price because these are areas where there may be lower income for the population (it makes no sense to charge 50€ for a game in a region where minimum wage is something like 100€, for example). To give you an example, it would make no sense to try to sell games in Venezuela under the same price as everywhere else because the market would be too small. If you lower the prices in that country, you can (potentially) have more costumer (even if they pay you less) instead of them being forced to buy it from outside the country or just plain pirate it.

IIRC, the same happens with the region Russia is located in. At least, that was the argument I read.

about two weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Ardyvee Re:Not really surprised... (206 comments)

Would you have a list or know some of those? It might be something relevant for TFS.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Ardyvee Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

To be honest, it should be handled by a court or an entity empowered to do so by the government, and not a private company. And yes, she would probably have to tell the people working at that place why she wants it removed, preferably with proof, so that they know she isn't trying to wipe her slate clean. Because, yes, they should err on the side of not removing. Just as the US Justice system requires people to prove their claim instead of assuming it's true (the defendant is guilty).

But this isn't what this law is about. At least, that's not what I understand it to be about. For this given example, there should be a very specific law designed to handle it properly. This is more about forgetting things that you did (and somebody wrote on the internet), and not cases where you are a victim of a crime. At least, that's what I understand it to be for.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Ardyvee Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

Companies should be legally required to provide evidence of such claims. Not saying things is not Photoshopping their public persona. It's just not showing all of their public persona. If they encouraged news sources to hide/delete/not report that information, then yes, they would be.

photoshopping is a misused term anyway. We should be using manipulation. Photoshopping, as /. should know, is modification/manipulation of a digital image with Photoshop (by Adobe), a term that later simply meant manipulation of images with appropiate software and is now being extended to things that are not digital images, but shouldn't. Just as we shouldn't extend "to google"'s meaning to "search anything anywhere".

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Ardyvee Re:A good idea, but... (210 comments)

A long time ago I made the decision to live with my actions online. I say this as somebody who grew up being told to never publish anything that might ID me online. As such, I've tried my very best to: not publish something I don't want to remain on record for eternity; and if I do write something I later find... regrettable, not ask for it's deletion or it's inclusion. If somebody finds it, I hope they are capable of understanding that people change. If they aren't, I'm okay with not interacting with them (or I'll deal with it).

I can understand, however, that people do not share my stance. For them, there should be a process where the information is hidden (there needs to always be a backup, in case a later ruling/decision says there was a mistake) only if there is a good reason to do so (or, in the case of dumb things while drunk, there can't be a good reason to keep it).

Also, newspapers and other news sources should be exempt of it as long as they contain verified, true facts and only facts. As far as we know, we don't strike from history books what we don't agree with or find no longer relevant (okay, maybe we do show what we want, but that's wrong and it shouldn't be like that).

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Ardyvee Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

I think it would be best if we disclosed that her husband has been beating her up to the police. However, in the land of imperfect solutions, not disclosing that information is good starting point. But instead of a "right-to-be-forgotten", shouldn't that be something along the lines of screaming "fire" in a full theater (or otherwise enclosed space with lots of people)?

about three weeks ago

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