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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Tyndmyr Re:Tuning it out? (254 comments)

It isn't adblock...it's clickfarms that are killing it. Some people buy likes to look popular, and these are done via bots or underpaid folks in poor countries. Meh, no big deal, right? Well, if you buy likes, those accounts are pretty worthless, and the lack of interaction means your posts will be rated badly, and not shown to nearly as many of your fans who are real people. So...just don't buy likes, then? Well, the problem doesn't end there. To disguise themselves, the spam accounts go through and click like on random different things to obscure patterns. Legitimately bought ads will produce mostly worthless likes from clearly foreign accounts, regardless of where they claim to be from, or how you filter your ad purchasing. This is why I no longer purchase facebook ads in pursuit of likes.

about 3 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Tyndmyr Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

Hitting pedestrians is pretty much this, yes. However, like with firearms, the vast majority of people have little interest in killing random folks.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Tyndmyr Re:They're nuts but right (1374 comments)

I am amused that posting the address of a gun control advocate(and she is), is seen as clearly a threat. Yet, everyone was quick to say that posting a list of addresses of gun owners(New york CCW holders) was somehow not. If this is a threat, then it's one started by the gun banners, and which they wield far more indiscriminately.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Tyndmyr Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

This argument fails when one realizes that the owners of these companies are working to entact laws requiring one to not purchase their competitors product. Much like a more evil Comcast. Why, New Jersey already has such a law. Once a smart gun goes on sale anywhere, two years laster, a ban on all other guns kicks in. They are actively fighting freedom. Of *course* people are upset.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Tyndmyr Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Only holes in humans, eh? Nobody has EVER shot a gun at non-humans? Like, maybe a target? Or a clay pigeon? Go forth, find out how much ammo is sold, and realize that the VAST majority of guns are being used tfor other purposes.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Tyndmyr Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Yes, because screen locks on cell phones made stolen cell phones useless. And keys made stolen cars useless. Now, imagine that adding a key to your car made the car FIVE TIMES as expensive, and occasionlly made it cease to work entirely. Win/win, right?

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Tyndmyr Re:A few questions (1374 comments)

The NRA spends more money on providing training than politicizing. You're merely repeating popular advertising memes from the gun-control lobby with no verification of fact. Of particular note is the rote repetition of the phrase "common sense". This has become a catch phrase for "you should support this, but we are not going to justify why". Merely listing all the factual errors in your post would be lengthy, but the greatest lie is that folks aren't against legal gun ownership. Lengthy lists of occasions where proponents have outright admitted they want complete bans and confiscation can be trivially found via google.

about 5 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Tyndmyr Re:is american like the soviet union? (499 comments)

Look, I remember when I first heard about this concept. Seemed fascinating. I figured I'd figure out where my closest food desert was. Turns out, I was in it! I lived next to a supermarket. Could see it out my window, and routinely walked instead of driving there. As I realized that ALL of my local "food deserts" were like this, I stopped assuming it was a revolutionary idea, and started assuming they had shit data.

about 6 months ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Tyndmyr Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

Your comment that they are afraid of other people with guns does not mesh particularly well with the statement that they feel safest when surrounded by guns. Perhaps you might consider exploring the idea that Americans do not have universal desires and fears.

about 6 months ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Tyndmyr Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

Uh, cherry picking is cherry picking regardless of which cherries are picked. If you want any statistical validity, you have to compare to the entire dataset. Gun ownership, across countries as a whole, is not a great indicator of violence. Norway, for instance, has a pretty fair level of gun ownership, and very low violence rates. When there's a severe lack of correlation, but a large range in the trait you are trying to find a cause for, it appears obvious that one is looking at the wrong factor.

about 6 months ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Tyndmyr Re:Hype (251 comments)

A watertight cup is not particularly difficult, no. I've made a variety of them, as well as fully functional teapots and the like(albeit made of plastic, so certain heat issues exist, but hey). Slumping should not be an issue. Expansion might be. You can minimize this with the right setup(heated bed, controlling humidity, or just using a different plastic). Layers usually fuse fine once your setup is good.

about 7 months ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Tyndmyr Yes (251 comments)

Yeah, I've got two now, they're fun toys. Made a lot of various gadgets, including a few firearms that resulted in some brief notoriety. Don't know that it's been a net profitable project so far, but really, it's not as if I bought my first(the Cube) with a business plan in mind or anything...it was just awesome, and I'd been eagerly watching the developments for quite some time, and really wanted to try it out for myself. Not everything's about money. If you were motivated to do so, you certainly could make a rapid prototyping shop or the like including 3d printing, but I already own one business, I honestly don't have time for another. I barely have the time to indulge my hobbies, it seems. But yeah, it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

about 7 months ago
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Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

Tyndmyr Re:Malice? I think not. (166 comments)

As a veteran, I have to say...this is not my experience at all. Thanks to a military doctor forgetting to use anaseptic for a minor surgery, I had to deal with infection, nearly amputation, and a follow up surgery that should have been unnecessary. This is only one example of the stunning incompetence of the military medical system(including missing a shattered ankle for eight years, until I finally went to a civilian doctor to get it handled). Being cheerful is no damned good if the person is an unskilled idiot. Yes, it may be ignorance instead of malice, but ignorance is still pretty dangerous.

about 8 months ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

Tyndmyr Re:I don't know about the 'cluster' mailboxes. (867 comments)

It may surprise you to learn that, like democrats, republicans are individual people, and are not universally good or bad. Sometimes, you get fiscal responsibility from a batch of republicans, and sometimes not....for the same reasons that you get differing results from different groups of PEOPLE.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Tyndmyr Re:Boom (814 comments)

The leg is actually a fairly lethal spot to shoot at, thanks to the femoral artery. This has the disadvantage of not stopping the assailant immediately in the way torso and head shots sometimes do, but still killing them thanks to rapid bleeding. Statistically speaking, the arm is by far the safest place to be shot. I'm afraid that the training involved betrays a lack of rigor in it's design. The issue is one of culture. Ya'll don't kill each other with guns as much because overall, ya'll just don't kill each other as much. It isn't your training per se, it's the respect of life that matters.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Tyndmyr Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

Depends entirely on circumstances. Range is a big factor. In tactical shooting, there is a concept called a Tueller drill. IE, a person with a knife 21 feet away from you. The drill is to draw and fire before you are stabbed. It is exceedingly difficult. Personally, I don't really want to be shot OR stabbed. Hell, there was recently a mass stabbing in asia. Coupla dozen victims, if memory serves. Knives can be quite dangerous in the wrong hands.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Tyndmyr Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

This is incorrect. Shots fired in violent incidents vastly exceed the number of individuals killed. There are no shortage of cases with dozens of rounds fired and 0-1 dead people. You may have noticed an incident in Boston recently. There was a gunfight in that chase, with two bombers vs...a lot of police. HUNDREDS of rounds were fired. Only one bomber was incapacitated by gunfire, and he hardly expired instantly. Yes, guns can kill, but wildly misrepresenting how they are used only serves to portray you as yet another person who relies on movies for his information on firearms.

about a year ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

Tyndmyr Re:All guns are dangerous... (976 comments)

It seems like it'd be particularly easy to make other, similar apps to demonize other groups. Why, if this catches on, we'll soon be able to designate our local "godless communists", "racist rightwing nutjobs", and every other demographic imaginable! In a year or two, perhaps we can have an entire social network devoted to the people who despise you most describing you. Society will be vastly better once we are all unwillingly enrolled in Hatebook.

about a year ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

Tyndmyr Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (976 comments)

It's partly a media issue. I've appeared in media pieces regarding firearms a dozen times or so, and I've yet to see a single mention of any safety precautions make it through editing. I did, however, have to veto at least two terminally unsafe proposals from media folks. One wanted a firearm pointed right at him for a more dramatic shot. Another wanted to borrow a firearm to take it through airport security as a demonstration. Obviously, such attitudes are doing little to promote an awareness of proper firearm safety. The NRA, on the other hand, spends the majority of it's budget on it.

about a year ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

Tyndmyr Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (976 comments)

And if I swerve in my car, I can also kill someone in seconds. However, in practice, most of us don't really want to kill people on a whim.

about a year ago

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Maryland Government Uses Google Hangout to Fake Democracy.

Tyndmyr Tyndmyr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Tyndmyr (811713) writes "Earlier today, Governor O'Malley announced via G+ and Facebook a live public townhall meeting would be held via Google Hangout for the recently proposed gun control legislation. However, those of us who joined found the google hangout empty of officials, with an entirely different version being broadcast "live". The questions were entirely unrelated, and the only participants were the handpicked officials. The questions read off by the moderator were not gathered from the hangout created, or indeed, from any of these social media sources, and appear to have been invented from whole cloth. Angry posts appear to dominate the governor's facebook and G+ page, but so far, little media notice has been taken of this event."
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Microsoft Supporting Indie Games

Tyndmyr Tyndmyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tyndmyr (811713) writes "Microsoft has released the sales data for the first quarter of Community Games sales, and some developers are doing rather well thanks to the XNA game engine. Consoles have historically been difficult for game developers without buckets of money to develop games for, so how will this strategy change indie game development? Perhaps most importantly, will it make them suck less?"
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Can anyone help me find this game?

Tyndmyr Tyndmyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tyndmyr (811713) writes "I used to play turn based games heavily perhaps eight to ten years ago, and while I've been able to find most of my old favorites, one in particular has been puzzling me. I can't recall the game, but it looks and plays like the original X-com's battle map, with the exception that it was multiplayer only, with hot seat support. Like Xcom, surviving team members gained experience, and of course, money management was important, with expensive toys ranging up to a trident, tac nuke, or similar. Does anyone remember this game?"
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Google Launches User Driven Debate Site

Tyndmyr Tyndmyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tyndmyr writes "In conjunction with the previously covered Knol system, Google is now releasing Knol Debates, where users can vote and discuss topics. First up, presidential debates, representing topics from any party, and with some commentary being given by the libertarian Cato Institute. Unfortunately, patent law and technology questions are still rather poorly represented. Oddly enough, Knol Debates doesn't even appear to be in beta."
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