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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

Iamthecheese Re:Social Networking is a mess (114 comments)

How?

When old Yahoo made money from its search engine it did so by pushing paid sites as search results, cluttering up the interface with advertisements, and otherwise being intrusive and unpleasant. And it lacked the self-awareness to change this behavior. Rather than saying, "How can we make things better for the user?" they said, "How can we make more money from the user?" So while better search results was on their radar an interface like Google's just never came up as a possibility. That's why they were blown completely out of the water. Google made money as a search provider without using Yahoo-esque tactics by being the first to do what present social networks are doing (analytics) but more importantly by being a place users wanted to go. Twitter is already doing this successfully. Look at their interface: light, efficient, smooth, and fast. And they're very successful. By limiting user actions now they're eating the seed corn. The'll make more money in the short term but in the long term they're pushing users to less limited places.

But I digress. By "social networking" I meant Facebook-esque networking. Attempts to allow comprehensive social collectives to happen. Facebook has fallen far down the monetization rabbit hole in the same way old Yahoo did. The way Facebook thinks is of where to put ads, how to better manipulate users into sub-optimal decisions (such as mis-click capture), how to make games that will best entangle users ... Rather than saying, "How can we make things better for the user?" they say, "How can we make more money from the user?" The money is in having many users and in letting them do what they do, with a completely unobtrusive, subtle advertising network offering things they like and want. When a social network focuses to a massive extent on making the user experience as excellent as possible even if that's less immediately profitable they'll get more than enough market share to make up the difference.

2 days ago
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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

Iamthecheese Social Networking is a mess (114 comments)

Social networking sites have forgotten the reason they exist, and the reason people use them. People don't go to a social networking site to be monetized, they tolerate being monetized so long as the social network provides sufficient value.

It's a similar situation to the early days of searching. People didn't go to early Yahoo.com to get the things Yahoo wanted to push, people went to search the internet and tolerated having things pushed at them as long as the search was good enough. But as soon as Google offered a good search with minimal advertising the market spoke very loudly about that kind of thing. I feel like there's a pent-up demand in social networking for low friction, low-bullshit connecting of people. The first social network that offers a superior product and doesn't stand in peoples' way will make a killing.

2 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Iamthecheese Internet Explorer (99 comments)

Tying whole corporate environments to a particular web browser is the greatest shit show of our time. I get that you don't want to have to support more than one browser but it's not hard to stick to highly standardized i/o that any browser can use. And if your web app is that fragile it says a lot of bad things about whoever designed it.

2 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Iamthecheese Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (109 comments)

I'm more concerned that the mass panic over a couple of sonic booms caused enough calls to 911 to take down the system for a short time. Hypersensitive indeed.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Iamthecheese Nag, nag, nag, nag (467 comments)

I've found only one free antivirus where the nag screens can be turned off and stay off. Panda has treated me right so far and if things keep going this way I'm going to buy the premium version just to support the company. It's efficient, effective, and -- most importantly -- silent.

4 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Iamthecheese Unprofessional (372 comments)

Whether or not there was a promise of quid quo, to trade dirty pictures with someone who is presently one's student is unacceptable. But you know what? I'm so numb from the constant barrage of social justice stories that I just don't give a shit anymore. Enough already.

4 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Iamthecheese I don't buy it. (170 comments)

I don't buy it. I don't buy it. To project virtual objects into the real world required precise head tracking and real-time adjustment of virtual images. It also requires a very powerful video card. To project virtual objects and actually make them look solid takes even more power, both in terms of processing ability and brightness. The description of these glasses looks like it came straight from science fiction. I'll believe it when can see and test them myself and not a moment sooner.

5 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Iamthecheese Top-down social control doesn't work (209 comments)

Google has some of the best minds in the world but it's still vulnerable to making mistakes, mostly when the information to make the right choices just doesn't exist yet.

Top-down control of the masses just doesn't work when they have freedom of choice. Google didn't leap to the top of the search market on a giant advertising campaign, they lept to the top because they offered something immensely better than their competitors. They don't mind advertising revenue by using market power to force people into their adwords API, they offer a smoother, better written, more intuitive, and more efficient interface that results in less friction and more profit all around. These are important lessons that Google missed when it tried to make Google Plus happen. To get enough people onto a social network you have to offer a social network that's so damn good people want to go there. People have to want to pay the cost of migration. "This lets me comment on youtube" just doesn't cut it.

Maybe it's impossible with today's technology. Maybe there's just no social networking killer app possible. Or maybe they'll hit on the answer this year. Whatever the case Google Plus was dead from the start.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Iamthecheese Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

I have no objection to a software subscription service done right. But my definition of doing it right is to keep pushing security updates, API's, and compatibility patches(i.e. non-feature updates) even for expired subscriptions. I have the strong feeling that Microsoft will stop providing ANY updates when the subscriber stops paying. Or even worse: nag screens and eliminating existing features.

To trust Microsoft not to abuse this position would be like loaning money to a heroin addict.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Iamthecheese Re:Better Late Than Never (686 comments)

GamerGate runs a harassment patrol, tracked down a harasser in Brazil, and generally loudly shouts down any support of doxxing and harassment. The behavior does not come from within GamerGate.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Iamthecheese Re:Who cares? (686 comments)

It's marginally tech related (internet trolls and all that) but it's on Slashdot for the twentieth time because someone is pushing an agenda. I'm about one socjus story from permanently closing my Slashdot account.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Iamthecheese Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (686 comments)

GamerGate is lashing out against bad journalism, and it's doing so with a boycott and letter writing campaign. You pretend to have spoken to enough GamerGate supporters to have formed a solid opinion, but the fact that you think GamerGate harasses people determines that to be a lie.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Iamthecheese Re:life on the wrong side of an online hate mob (686 comments)

I can't believe this biased drivel is modded informative. The only evidence that GamerGate is about harassing people are the unsubstantiated claims of certain people who are profiting from the "harassment" amplified and echoed manifold by an agenda pushing media. I implore anyone who reads this to read the actual voices of GamerGate and to withhold judgement until they have. Go to 8ch.net/gamergate and see how many posts support harassment. Look at the ethics policies we've brought about. Look at what we do and not what the media says we do.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Iamthecheese Another day, another socjus post (686 comments)

Dead Slashdot owners and editors,

I get it. You think GamerGate is the SS reborn and you support every form of elevating women above men wherever and whenever possible. You are feminism reborn, with a vengeance. Men are pigs and hail the SCUM manifesto.

You may be surprised to hear this, but I absolutely support you having and expressing that opinion. I think each person should say the thing they feel strongly about as frequently and loudly as possible. I would never, ever try to take that voice from you. From the most extreme Marx worshiper to the people who worship the ground Bush II walked on I love they have a voice. It's cliche but I feel it so strongly: I would gladly die to support and defend that voice. Go you! I mean that.

These things said I must admonish the way you go about voicing your opinions. Slashdot is taken as a news source: as the place to gain new insight and understanding of the world. As such choosing and phrasing stories in a politically biased manner does great disservice to your readers and harms your credibility as a place to learn. Newspapers in the past have had this problem too: How to say what should be while honestly reporting on what is? The answer they came up with suited very well, and has become an honored tradition.

That tradition is the editorial column. When you feel a social or political issue is important you can have a separate place to announce your opinion, and it will be given the eyes of every reader who chooses to learn what you have to say. The key word there is choice. When you present these opinions by changing the choice of article and editorializing in the summary, you're trying to take away people's ability to learn facts without political bias.

I still respect you. I still read you. But please. Please. make and maintain an editorial column and choose the stories you publish as news to be pure, unadulterated information about the world around us.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Iamthecheese Re: The Dangers of the World (783 comments)

did you just think CPS officers get a kick out of taking children from their homes?

I know they do. I have been a victim of self-righteous "child protection" fascists. And I'm not using the word "fascist" hyperbolically: we're talking about government workers tripping on power.

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

Iamthecheese Re:Now if I could just type... (165 comments)

As you say, computers in the keyboard have been around for a very long time. So with less space, fewer ports, and fewer options (and assuming the user wants a keyboard) What's the advantage in having it in the mouse? There may be a use case I haven't considered but so far all I see is a gimmick.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Iamthecheese Red Herring (181 comments)

This isn't even about convincing the American public to support the NSA. It's about giving politicians talking points to justify the support they intend to continue to give.

about a week ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Iamthecheese Re:I don't think it'll ever really happen (335 comments)

I like how you smoothly slide in the presumption that GamerGate is about attacking women, or about women at all. Very low-key.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Iamthecheese Finally some good news (311 comments)

I'm not hailing this as the end of abusive laws in the US but this is DAMNED good news.Bravo!

about two weeks ago

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Scammer's sentenced to super short, suspended stint

Iamthecheese Iamthecheese writes  |  about 10 months ago

Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "A scammer who used an Indian call center to sell free virus scanning software received a suspended sentence and a 5,000 pound fine yesterday. Members of the swindler's organization used cold calling and claimed to be Microsoft. Saying the victim's computer was infected, they tried to sell antimalware programs available free from microsoft for 50 to 100 pounds."

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