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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

bondsbw Re: Flash panic (161 comments)

Specifically regarding getting you to purchase something you wouldn't have, well, I don't see that as bad. You buy stuff because that stuff is worth more to you than the money is sitting in your wallet. That is what every honest transaction is...an exchange that favors both parties.

Shady practices like making it difficult to redeem a coupon are a different story, and frankly should be illegal.

2 days ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

bondsbw Re:Flash panic (161 comments)

When we (academics) do experiments on people however trivial we usually have to go through ethical clearance, get informed consent etc.

Academic experiments have external results, publishing findings as scientific research. Business experiments have internal results, data mining with the goal of increasing profits (via providing better value to the consumer, at least in capitalist theory).

Well, at least, I can hope the results stay internal to the business. As with data mining in general, that's not always the case. But perhaps this becoming a mainstream topic will end with a framework on which to judge companies that release "experiment" data about their customers.

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

bondsbw Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (394 comments)

It seems the easiest way to get to the bottom of this is for Netflix to allow a third party to send packets from Netflix IP addresses on its backbone connections through the last-mile service providers to endpoints owned by the third party. If the packets transmit at the same or expected rates, the problem is with Netflix. If not, it's with the ISP or backbone provider.

Assuming Netflix had nothing to hide, they should be fine with allowing this. Same with Verizon.

4 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

bondsbw Re: surpising (168 comments)

Amazon had other days this year with worse drops, towards the end of January and also in April. The current stock price is the same as it was less than a month ago. I don't really see why this is even a story.

5 days ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

bondsbw Re:Trained to be clickers (128 comments)

It might have been a different story if UI designers didn't think every simple little thing demanded the users exclusive attention and acknowledgment right now.

In my experience: 's/UI designers/the customer/'

about a week ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

bondsbw Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

A single UI experience (fixed and fluid layouts) isn't the right way to think about it. Doing that ends in apps that work well for one device but not others.

Web design has already solved this problem in the form of adaptive and responsive design. Make your app conform to the space it is given. Windows 8 apps have this capability, where many provide a somewhat different (phone-like) UI when in snap view, i.e. when the horizontal space is limited.

Going one step further, I really like ideas like those promised in Ubuntu for tablets (http://www.ubuntu.com/tablet). It goes a step further by having the UI respond to the type of input that is available. Using a touchscreen gets a full-screen UI, add a mouse/keyboard gives you windowed UI, putting it on a TV gives yet a different UI.

(I'm thinking Windows Threshold is going in the direction of Ubuntu for tablets. But legacy apps will remain for many years, and that limitation will unfortunately stall some of the efforts to build an OS based on adaptive design principles.)

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

bondsbw Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

The US government has no legal authority to redistribute wealth.

Um... have you not heard of the welfare system? My solution is similar but without many of the overhead costs, without targeting industries that hire unskilled laborers, and without being subject to corruption and abuse.

I understand that you may have a problem with redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately for you, I doubt you'll ever see it removed from our government. It's political suicide. So wouldn't you at least agree with me that making it better and more fair would be a reasonable goal?

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

bondsbw Re:It gets worse... (667 comments)

When I first heard the story, enough info had come out to assume it was an accident. The "rebels" had fired at a plane they thought was an enemy military plane. A huge inept tragedy, yes, but not a political maneuver.

But then materials were being withheld from public scrutiny. No admission of guilt. Looting the crash site and taking materials over to Russia. Propaganda. What could have been a simple footnote in the history of this conflict may now be a political turning point of war.

Then again, maybe they are hiding something we don't already know. That's the only competent reason for all of this secrecy.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

bondsbw Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Additionally, I think X should be supplied on a card showing the person's ID. It could be used only for specific basic needs goods and services, such as food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, child care, transportation, sanitation, education, and so on.

The government should never have the role of supplying anyone with luxuries, entertainment, and illicit activity. Those would still be bought using the employer-provided wage (so it's not like minimum-wage workers would never get to go to see a movie).

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

bondsbw Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Punishing industries built on unskilled labor is my problem. It makes more sense to place the burden of welfare on the whole economy, via taxes, since the government is the only entity in the position to redistribute wealth.

In my vision, the government would supply the first $X of everyone's wage, and pays for it by increases in income tax. This gives a huge stimulus to unskilled industries founded on a large number of laborers. Now instead of having to pay everyone a minimum of $7.25/hour, they pay $7.25 - X.

I don't think we have to set X at $7.25. That would be no good as many industries would get free labor, and people would be hired on the government dime to just sit around and do nothing for 40 hours a week. Someone smarter in economics than myself would figure out X, but perhaps it would be something like $5/hour.

"Wouldn't Walmart and McDonald's just set their wage to $0 anyway, and make workers suffer with $5/hour? Isn't that going backwards?"

No, they would soon find themselves in a position of needing to compete for unskilled labor. (Whoa, the thought!) So they would add some wage on top of the government subsidy, and that would settle at a natural competitive level. That might be $4/hour or whatever as it fits their business model.

And X would adjust as needed over time to balance the economy.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

bondsbw Re:Using bitcoins requires capital gain/loss calc (152 comments)

You totally missed the point of my post.

I don't know why you got hung up on the word "the", when the point was to refute the assertion that a middleman is worthless. I never said it was a currency middleman or an asset middleman... and I don't disagree with your analysis... but that makes no difference to my argument.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

bondsbw Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

From what I'm seeing at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M..., the Federal Reserve did appear to create a larger amount of money than normal during that period, but not on the scale I meant with "enormous". I was talking about doubling the money supply in a year or two (or worse).

I agree that inflation helps the economy by driving people to spend money instead of hoarding it. A little more inflation during a depression is needed to offset the effects of the depression. But that only works to a certain degree. At any time if the currency inflates too much, other currencies will become more attractive (at least in the bank).

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

bondsbw Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

For all its faults, fiat currency is way more stable over time than bitcoin and its derivatives.

Are you seriously comparing the length of time most government currencies have been around to a virtual currency 5 years old?

Besides, government-backed currencies aren't immune to crashing. In particular, if the government thinks it's a good idea to create itself an enormous amount of new money, that currency will likely fail. (Something that doesn't happen with Bitcoin and derivatives because, by design, supply will be limited over time.)

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

bondsbw Re:Using bitcoins requires capital gain/loss calc (152 comments)

No. Goods and services are not only traded using currency. They may be traded using other non-currency assets as well.

Where is the strawman you are arguing against that said the word "only"?

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

bondsbw Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

If anything, this demonstrates another example of how bitcoin will never catch on as an actual currency. It's a middleman at best

"Actual" currency is just the middleman to trading goods and services. So I guess dollars will never catch on either.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

bondsbw Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

And the next one may not be so good.

And by this, I meant the next one may be another Hitler.

(In before "But Godwin!"... talk of Hitler is perfectly logical when the subject is dictatorship.)

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

bondsbw Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

We should never forget: Even if you feel the sitting President is the messiah in the flesh, can never do any wrong, and is sincerely and intelligently capable of making decisions that are the absolute best in every situation...

The powers you grant this President will be provided to the next. And the next one may not be so good.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

bondsbw Re:Global warming is ensured anyways... (710 comments)

And yet there are people who believe it so fervently as to dismiss rational thought and criticize those who are not in lockstep with believers. They turn to logical fallacies and hold ideals such as "You can't see it, you can't reasonably measure it, but it's coming and by then you'll be too late and you'll be doomed!"

No, doesn't sound like a religion at all.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

bondsbw Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Sure, except Microsoft officially announced that the Start menu was coming back.

I guess I shouldn't expect an iOS 8 or Android L either.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

bondsbw Re:You have this backwards. (749 comments)

Using that analogy, I feel like the question isn't whether the data is currently held on foreign soil, but whether it has ever been on US soil.

Of course, if the data is the subject of a domestic court case then it almost certainly was transmitted to or through a domestic system.

about two weeks ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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