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Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password

PriceIke Re:The battle now begins. (407 comments)

Upmod upmod upmod upmod. Damn, where are my mod points.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

PriceIke Re:Easy reason (533 comments)

Wikipedia used to be the "site that everyone could edit". Now it is the site that everyone can edit, so long as everyone is a Wikipedia admin. Everyone ELSE's edits get removed.

One time I created a Wikipedia page for something I considered interesting, which didn't have a page yet. I wrote a detailed page with lots of links and information. It took me at least an hour. I wanted to contribute this small piece of knowledge to the whole, which I understood to be the whole point of Wikipedia. In less than 12 hours, my page had been removed and tagged as not being noteworthy enough for whoever. So I wasted my time trying to share my knowledge. Nowaways, if you want a page to be added, you cannot add it yourself. You have to ASK THAT IT BE ADDED.

Not only that, but edits to existing pages--no matter whether they are of value or not--are almost always reverted.

My time is much better spent sharing my knowledge by answering people's questions on Quora. Wikipedia clearly is not interested in what I have to say.

about 3 years ago

What Happens To Data When a Cloud Provider Dies?

PriceIke Re:Well... (262 comments)

Time to start "migrating" them to other storage mediums then.

Oh wait, the RIAA/MPAA doesn't want you to do that. They want you to buy them again. And again. And again. In fact, they go so far as to tell you you are not "allowed" to do that, because you might want to do nefarious things with it.

Keeping your content in the "cloud" makes perfect sense .. if you're the RIAA/MPAA and want to control all access to all media at all times. Makes very little sense to the consumer. The risk isn't worth the convenience in my book.

more than 3 years ago

Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

PriceIke Re:didn't ask the right people (was: Re:Yes) (646 comments)

I'm a professional graphic designer. I work with an Apple 30" Cinema Display (matte screen). It is quite simply the finest display I have ever used, and I have experience with a wide variety of displays, of diverse quality (Viewsonic to NEC to Dell to LaCie) going back to the early 90s. When I see those glossy screens lined up in Apple Stores today, or at Best Buys or my campus computer store, I just cannot fathom how anyone gets any work done with their eyes constantly compensating for glare. Yes, the colors may be brighter, but your eyes are working harder to see through glare and the brighter colors are not an equitable tradeoff. But they're energy efficient or some such nonsense, and that makes it ok I guess, right Steve? The only solution, where matte screens are not available, is to buy a glossy screen and resurface it. For me, glossy screens are simply unacceptable.

more than 4 years ago

Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service

PriceIke Re:Secure wipes? (383 comments)

Man, I'd mod you if I could. +1

more than 4 years ago

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

PriceIke Re:Not Quite (853 comments)

If you think the internet is going to just "forget" who this guy is, and that it won't have any impact on future potential employers of his, you're wrong. Sorry.

The media's attention span is not the point. Popular culture is not the point.

The point is that his name is now enshrined in the internet for the foreseeable future. The internet does not forget things, or notorious people. No matter how short a season their fame lasted. This has become an invisible, but permanent, attachment stapled to every job application and cover letter he ever submits again in this field. Will some employers choose to overlook this transgression? Hopefully, for him. But the assertion that he will quietly slip back into safe cozy anonymity, where the internet is concerned, is simply ignorant.

more than 4 years ago

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

PriceIke Re:Not Quite (853 comments)

> But, 6 months from now, no one will have a clue who this guy is

You really have no idea how the internet works, do you?

more than 4 years ago

2010 AL30, Asteroid Or Space Junk, To Pay a Close Visit

PriceIke Re:2 days? (136 comments)

You're not one of the Knights, are you?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Masks Worse Privacy With New Interface

PriceIke Re:If you want privacy then don't use (446 comments)

So .. following your logic, if you knew of one person you wish to keep ignorant of your whereabouts and personal information, from no matter how long ago, you'd become a recluse for the rest of your life and cut off all contact with friends and family. Got it.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

PriceIke Re:Is she really sure it was locked? (645 comments)

> he looks fine, and even if he's not fine...

So does a depressed person who feigns a smile once in a while.

more than 4 years ago

Paywalls To Drive Journalists Away In Addition To Consumers?

PriceIke Re:Brief delay might work; Consolidation WILL happ (131 comments)

Neither the AP nor Reuters is a consolidation. They are wire services, making it possible for news and art to be distributed to papers far and wide who pay for their services. They actually do more to support a greater multitude of newsrooms that can rely on their service for world news while remaining local to their communities to report their regional and local stories.

more than 4 years ago

Paywalls To Drive Journalists Away In Addition To Consumers?

PriceIke Re:The Return of the Pamphleteer (131 comments)

I disagree completely. I think people will absolutely pay for news--but opinion is, as said upwards of here, worth exactly crap in terms of monetary value. And so little of newsreporting today has even the PRETENSE of objectivity and professional integrity that nobody is interested in paying for it. Why pay for bloggers? Blogs are free and free for a reason.

This is why the Wall Street Journal's readership is actually going UP while their competitors are losing money right and left. The WSJ has actual reporting going on, which is thorough, professionally edited and mostly free from bias and agenda. And they do a good job of keeping their news pages and opinion pages distinct from each other, unlike the Times and most of the now-dying newspaper industry.

Journalism used to be a craft, one that involved not only finding out what happened but reporting what happened objectively, leaving it to the reader to make up his or her own mind about what the story really means. Nowadays ersatz "journalists" think it's ok to be social crusaders, and objectivity is laughed off as though it were obsolete and unreasonable. (I graduated one of the nation's top journalism schools, and saw this firsthand.) This mindset is what has the newsroom in the grip of death.

more than 4 years ago

FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

PriceIke Re:No Denial Here But What Are the Reasons? (1255 comments)

It's probably a number of factors including Hollywood not showing women as the computer hacker in many of their movies (except maybe Hackers)


more than 4 years ago

Monty Python 40 Years Old Today!

PriceIke Re:Ni! (298 comments)

I wish you hadn't said that.

more than 4 years ago

Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet

PriceIke Re:I, for one,... (475 comments)

Don't try to buy it on his Web site.

more than 4 years ago

ARM Attacks Intel's Netbook Stranglehold

PriceIke The Windows era (521 comments)

From the looks of the past five-seven years, the tea leaves seem to be saying that Microsoft's star is on the decline.

more than 4 years ago

Depression May Provide Cognitive Advantages

PriceIke Re:Wait, so my depression is good? (512 comments)

Depression is not a mood. Depression is a condition. Sadness is a mood. You can change your mood with your attitude, if you apply yourself. "Attituding" your way out of depression is a lot steeper hill to climb than you, and others like you, seem to think.

more than 4 years ago

Depression May Provide Cognitive Advantages

PriceIke Depression is not a disorder (512 comments)

FTA: Research in the US and other countries estimates that between 30 to 50 percent of people have met current psychiatric diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder sometime in their lives. But the brain plays crucial roles in promoting survival and reproduction, so the pressures of evolution should have left our brains resistant to such high rates of malfunction. Mental disorders should generally be rare -- why isn't depression?

Because depression is not, fundamentally, a mental disorder. It is wired into every human brain .. anyone subject to repeated setbacks, social neglect or ostracism, or trapped in an unpleasant situation with no solution will likely begin to suffer depression. The brain 'shuts down' ( so as to minimize emotional risk as well as consumption of resources. If we were pack animals, the animal would remove itself from the pack and thus the safety in numbers, to either starve or be taken by a predator. That way the pack doesn't waste time supporting a 'useless' (at best) or 'parasitic' (at worst) member of the pack.

more than 4 years ago


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