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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Gryle Re:Sounds like movie reviews (473 comments)

This particularly holds true for book ordered through Amazon. The spike in sales pushes up the product ranking making the item look more popular, since sales velocity has a strong effect on how Amazon ranks the popularity of an item. Larry Correia, a writer, occasionally does what he calls "Book Bombs" where he'll encourages his fans to go buy a book for a writer he likes on a particular date. The sales spike usually pushes the book's Amazon ranking up helping it get (temporarily anyway) more page views from folks who might not ordinarily browse it.

5 days ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Gryle Re:Sounds like movie reviews (473 comments)

That's part of it, though for certain platforms like Steam logistics is less of an issue (really, all you're accounting for there is an increase in traffic load). The other part is accounting. Since the money for the pre-order has already been given it makes the company books looks healthier. Then (and don't ask me how this next part works because I've had CPAs explain it to me multiple times and I still don't understand it) the accountants / sales department can project Day One (and beyond) sales and estimate how much money they expect to make, which makes the company books look healthier than they actually are. A cheap trick certainly but it's rampant in the various entertainment industries including books and music.

That being said, I'm not against pre-orders. I've pre-ordered books before, titles from authors I'm 90% certain I'll enjoy. I do regret my Skyrim pre-order though, mostly because the PC version was buggy as heck when it first came out and it took significant patching before it was playable on my system.

5 days ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Gryle Re:No thank you (267 comments)

Indeed! How dare someone else enjoy something I didn't! The nerve!

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Gryle Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

This is huge. I'm not particularly gifted, maybe slightly above average intelligence, but I sailed through high school with very little effort for the most part. My freshman year of college was, bluntly, a disaster because I wasn't prepared for the time investment required by my field of study. I learned more study habits in that first year of college than in the previous four years of high school combined.

about three weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

Gryle Re:Not cool, Stripe (353 comments)

I don't know that this is a political decision. As others have already commented, Stripe's legal team probably decided it wasn't worth the liability they could incur.

That being said, where exactly do you draw the line between personal ethics and business ethics? I've been thinking about that a lot in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court. On the one hand, we want equal treatment for all. On the other hand, people shouldn't be required to sacrifice their personal principals just to go into business.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Gryle Re:Redistribution (739 comments)

Every single government thing involving any money at all is an income redistribution plan.

Corporate tax benefits are income redistribution plans. Military spending budgets are income redistribution plans. Spectrum auctions are income redistribution plans.

This particular income redistribution plan is only different in that income is redistributed to the poor instead of the rich.

I'll buy your bit about military spending and spectrum auctions, but I'm not following your logic on corporate tax benefits. I'm assuming "tax benefits" means "not paying tax on something". I'm don't quite follow how not collecting taxes on something is the same thing as income redistribution. Could you elaborate?

about three weeks ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Gryle Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

To be fair, terrorism was around before the US was a major player in world affairs. It's also been aimed at more governments than just the US: the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the French Monarchy (the Jacobians were arguably a terrorist group), West Germany, etc.

about a month ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Gryle Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Your argument is illogical. Belief in the existence of Australia is based on the body of documented evidence that Australia does, in fact, exist. The GP is arguing that there is no body of credible evidence for the claim of a "much stronger link between HFCS and diabetes than between cane sugar and diabetes". The GP is claiming said link doesn't exist because of a lack of evidence not in spite of a body of evidence as your argument implies. If such evidence exists it is on you to produce it.

about a month ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

Gryle Re:And fyi, don't try for France (123 comments)

Can you point to any information sources for those claims? I'm not trolling, I'm genuinely curious. I'm aware of the difficulties of emigrating to Japan but I hadn't realized the same attitude was prevalent in Europe, beyond a certain amount of protectionism in their economic sectors.

about a month and a half ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Gryle Re:Some outrage motivated by image control/PR/mone (336 comments)

I'm not implying she doesn't have other, better reasons to be annoyed -- celebrities are people too, and like their privacy. I'm just curious to what extent the outrage isn't somewhat motivated by a celebrity's desire to flog an image of sexuality for maximum return.

Bullshit. That's exactly what you're doing. Because of course the biggest reason someone would be annoyed by privacy violations is a loss of potential income.

about 3 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Gryle Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

I know, I know,. You're not allowed to accuse people of being sexist or racist behaviors, because it's like an ad hominem, and you're a social justice warrior, or whatever.

I see it as a "boy who cried wolf" scenario, wherein actual examples of sexism and racism get lost in the rather weird claims. For example, I once read an essay that claimed "prose" is racist since it evoked the notion of someone having leisure time to compose it, leisure time historically afforded to upper-class whites by black slave labor. Then you get such gems as "PIV is always rape", in which basic biology is now rape. When I worked as a grocery store cashier, a co-worker was accused quite loudly by a customer of being racist since he wouldn't honor an out-of-date coupon (as per the store policy). This year's Miss Nevada was berated by other women as anti-feminist for daring to suggest women should learn to protect themselves against rape.

When people are exposed to enough of these kinds of stories they start to see all accusations of racism and sexism as some sort of ridiculous witch hunt. Then when legitimate issues come around, such as Ms Sarkeesian's situation, people either downplay it or ignore it outright since they've been conditioned that racist and sexist are ridiculous charges.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Gryle Re:I like... (643 comments)

"Ferguson was a town in which most of the population was black...One of the main sources of income for the town was stopping black motorists and giving them traffic tickets"

Statistically speaking, it stands to reason that if a population is majority black the majority of ticketed individuals would be black. Unless you have evidence that blacks were routinely given higher fines for similar offenses committed by white people or that no whites were ever ticketed in Ferguson, your statement is a bit of a reach.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Gryle Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

I doubt the US government has weaponized ebola (it's unsuitable as anything other than a terror weapon for a number of reasons) but it's not ridiculous to assume there exists some sort of defense medicine. The US defense aparatus has spent quite a lot of money in the past century developing defenses against the threat of chemical, biological, and radiological agents* in the event of their use on the battlefield. There are a number of excellent books on the subject, but read cautiously as some of them have tin-foil-hat-and-black-helicopters tendencies. In particular I recommend "Undue Risk" by Jonathan Moreno in particular, thought it's more global in scope.

Some of these experiments quite unethical (MK Ultra and others), but that's another subject.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Gryle Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (514 comments)

Because "normal" implies transgendered individuals are somehow mutant or different (which they are) and therefore such a term is somehow prejudiced. (For the record, I agree with your assessment on the subject, I'm just explaining the reasoning behind the creation of such a term).

about 4 months ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Gryle Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (182 comments)

In the USA when Lyndon Johnson came out with the 'Great Society' crap the level of poverty was very low and falling, then the government stepped in and reversed that trend categorically. The free market was working towards reducing poverty, there was no need for anything called 'Great Society' (and as always, there is no truth in advertising that comes from government, less truth in government advertising than in any other).

Could you provide some stats for that? I've never heard this before and you've piqued my interest.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Gryle Re:Equally suspect (306 comments)

The question is -- why do you think Amazon needs to force these prices, then? If publishers are charging too much, people won't buy, and the publishers go out of business, making room for those with better pricing.

On the other hand, what if customers are willing to pay the extra $5 or $10 or $50 for a particular book? If the publisher is okay making money at the prices it selects, why do we need Amazon to intervene in the free market?

Amazon is striking back after the price-fixing business between Apple and the Big 5 that was intended to break Amazon's dominance in the e-book market.

about 4 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Gryle Re:"For Computer Programmers" (213 comments)

Ask one of the "people on the internet in their garages"; they might know the answer.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Gryle Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (514 comments)

It means you identify as the same gender you were born with. "I'm a man who was born a man and thinks I'm a man" or "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a woman" as opposed to "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a man" or vice-versa.

about 4 months ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Gryle Re:Zalman heat-sink case (171 comments)

The added weight is an anti-theft measure. This way the thief leaves your desktop alone in favor of your more expensive and more easily portable television!

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Gryle Re:Money (619 comments)

I don't think you can phrase this issue in terms of "ethics" or "morality" - indeed, doing so has certain racist undertones.

Sorry, I'm have trouble following your logic here, can you elaborate?

about 4 months ago

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Building a Scientific Library

Gryle Gryle writes  |  about 6 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "As I prepare for entering graduate school, I've noticed that, aside from the textbooks I bought for college, my personal library is woefully lacking in scientific and mathematical texts. While I realize the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific process leaves many books obsolete after a few years, there have to be some texts that are considered indispensable. Specifically I'm looking for texts pertaining to mathematics (probably nothing more advanced than Hermitic functions and Hermitian spaces) and chemistry. How about it, Slashdot? What books would you use to stock such a library?"
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "According to an article in the The Register, the Kansas school board has decided to remove intelligent design from the science curriculum. According to Bill Wagnon, chairman of the school board, "This assures that Kansas children are appropriately educated for the 21st century.""
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "Reuters is reporting about an unusual roadblock Canadian troops are facing in Afghanistan. Apparently Taliban militants having taken to using thick forests of 10-foot tall marijuana plants for cover. So far all attempts to burn away the forests have failed or resulted in "ill effects" for some of the soliders."

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