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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

jmyers Re:Cool (224 comments)

I would say for popular items FB could have a hidden true/false flag set by their own researchers. They can then score the bias of the users based on who posts and who tags false. This item just gives FB more information about the users to market.

3 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

jmyers Re:Posters do not case if they are false (224 comments)

I am sure this change helps them to understand underlying bias of individuals who post and who flag as false. I would say helps the spy algorithms or at least presents the opportunity to learn more about the product (users). It gives them easy to evaluate statistics without having to analyze the comments. You can pretty much guess the position of the person who tagged false. They could even have their own fact checkers researching popular items so from the FB perspective you could know the position of the person that posted/shared, the position of people who tag false and then the unseen true/false flag sent by Facebook to gauge the user's bias.

3 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

jmyers Posters do not case if they are false (224 comments)

Many people that share political/religious items do not care if they are false. They agree with the premise of the item, the facts are just a nuisance. Please will always think something is false if they disagree with it and accept as fact anything they agree with. This goes across all ideologies and can be seen rampantly everywhere.

When I first got on the internet, early 90s Usenet, I thought this is great and will dispel all of the nut cases with crazy ideas and conspiracy theories. Most Usenet groups that I visited had some very smart people who were quick to point out fact when superstitious idea came up. In a very short period of time groups started to pop up that offered every crazy idea known to man and the major participants were the people with crazy ideas. Now the internet offers a support system for any crazy thing you want to believe. Even if everyone around you in real life tried to convince you it is a crazy idea, there's a support system waiting for you on the internet.

What makes it even worse is the impersonal nature of on-line communication. People will say all kinds of stuff on social sites and email they would never say in person. This is making us less civilized. When you live in a community and interface with your neighbors you learn to live with and accept the views of others. Even if you don't believe the same way or maybe think they are crazy you learn through life to live and let live. Now with the internet you have the choice to be a fanatic about anything and only interface with people with the exact same outlook as yourself.

3 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

jmyers Re:Everyone who blamed Bush for everything... (379 comments)

Unfortunately the vast majority people do not think (or vote) rationally when it comes to politics. The same people that hated Bush and ridiculed him will continue to love Obama and rationalize a reason to support policies they previously despised. People who loved Bush will rationalize ways to hate Obama for the exact same policies that they loved under Bush. I have given in to the fact this will not change. Allegiance to political party is similar to sports teams i.e. Caroline fans hate Duke no matter what and vice versa.

We are essentially a one party system with two marketing arms targeting their assigned demographics.

about a month and a half ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

jmyers Re:Boy who cried wolf (163 comments)

Everything you say may be true and if you were not an AC I might take your word for it, but there is a good reason people are sceptical. For example my local news station makes a big deal everytime someone dies of the flu. Every story ends with the reminder to get your flue shot.

There are obvious questions that should be answered, 1) what was the cause of death 2) how healthy was the individual 3) did this person get the flu shot. They will not answer these questions. Go to any discussion board of an article talking about specific flu deaths and you will see these questions over and over. Without answers to these questions many people will not be convinced the shot is effective.

It doenst mean the shot is not effective but when you hide information that should be disclosed it causes doubt.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

jmyers Re:No surprise here (392 comments)

Or maybe "Traditional TV viewing" is coming back in that people are going to over the air for local channels/major networks and internet for everyhting else. At least that is what I see with my peer group.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

jmyers Ads not needed (611 comments)

People already pay for their internet connection, bandwith, web hosting, etc. Maybe the Telegraph could not exist on the web without ads, but that does not mean the internet could not exist. This person seems to belive that the internet exists only because of commercial content producers.

about 5 months ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

jmyers Not changed much (294 comments)

I don't see many changes. Vendors, managers, and salespeople change the buzz words every few years and talk of great paradigm shifts. Programmers continue to write code and produce actual results. In a perfect world the programmers get to choose their own tools. In the real world we have to use whatever buzz word compliant tools are thrown in the mix each year. They never actually live up to the hype and you have to dig in and find the code buried within and build stuff that works. I remember when the salespeople were touting dBase II and how programming would be completely changed. Right.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

jmyers Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

A better car analogy would be "GM unifies all vehicle drivetrains". Our new dump trucks have 111" wheelbase and look just like an impala with the trunk lid removed.

about 6 months ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

jmyers Re:sounds like North Korea news (109 comments)

Who decides what are facts? Who decides what the 2 sides are? The government? If there ever was such a law it must have been enforced really badly at least during my lifetime (I am 54). I have always seen huge bias in news from any source. The difference that's happened over the last 20 years or so is that commentators have started to state their bias up front. I believe that is way more honest because you know what you are getting and can weight the information accordingly. The fact is that anything that comes from the mouth of a human is going to have a bias applied. The people who claim to not have bias are usually the worst culprits because they are unable to see their own bias.

Something like internet search trends is a great way to get an unbiased view of what people are interested or concerned about. This can be done completely by computer with no human interaction and bias applied. But of course the search providers will not provide the unfiltered facts. All they see is their own bias and dollar signs.

about 6 months ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

jmyers Who decides what is happy (109 comments)

So it might make me happy to know some bad news, like my Bank just got hacked.This is nothing but trying to put a happy face on censorship. I hate "search trends" reports and articles. I wish they would factually publish that actual trends with no filtering. that would be truly interesting. I am sure this has never been done. If the trends have been real in the past then it really proves how stupid most people are. It normally appears to be as pop fluff and the same stuff the MSM is pushing as issues of the day.

about 6 months ago
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Can Google Influence Elections?

jmyers Re:Of course they can (138 comments)

The people that would be influenced by Google are the same ones influenced by People magazine and major TV networks. These people decide a lot of elections. The so called "undecided voters" which is another term for dumbass. They pay no attention to politics except that last few weeks before a presidential election. They are the swing votes that are going to go with the candidate based on good looks and charisma. The major TV networks have almost complete control over the process of selecting the candidate for these people. They have no idea that 3rd party candidates exist. I talked to a lot of people about Gary Johnson last election and many were adamant there was no 3rd party candidate this time and I didn't know what I was talking about.

Not only Google themselves could be able to swing the results. The candidate with the best SEO team might be able to influence the results. Run some negative TV ads that drop keywords is a way you know people will search. This could bring to the surface some really nasty articles written with the slant of your choice. Unfortunately negative works big time on the dumbass voter crowd.

about 8 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

jmyers Re:did you checked the video? (688 comments)

I am old enough to remember when UI's were very good. text on green screen terminal that were made to do exactly what was needed and were as simple as possible. Then computers got more powerful and people started designing GUIs that did in fact suck because the keyboard functions people had learned no longer worked or worked differently. Everything was quirky and ran very slow. Then hardware caught up and design got much better. Then web apps started to take off and the UIs sucked because of limited browser features and rookie web developers. Then programming tools and browser features improved and "web 2.0" UIs took hold and they got much better. Most of this evolution in design was driven to create the "next big thing", to wow users into wanting your design.

Now we are in a stagnant period where no new ground breaking PC technology has come along for a while. Tablets and smartphones took off so they appear to be getting all the attention. Designers and developers hungry to be on the verge of the next big thing are focusing on tablets and copying the big players like Google and Apple. At these companies design decisions are being made based on revenue streams rather than testing and user feedback. How do we make our product maintain it's branding? How to we guide the user into our revenue stream? It is no longer about what the users want tor need it is about forcing users into a tranche that can be exploited.

about 9 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

jmyers Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

I would shut closed my brain, much like when posting to /. I shudder to think what the world would be like without grammar nazi's.

about 9 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

jmyers Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

I had customers with 8" floppy drives up until '95 or so. Mostly Persci dual 8" drives, I would shutter any time I got a call from one of them. I did many cat eye alignments. I was glad to see the last of those go off contract along with the 17" CDC hard disk drives. Nothing like the smell of a head crash on one of those.

about 9 months ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

jmyers Re:Here's hoping. (693 comments)

I've never had problem with Mint MATE edition. I run version 13 on one system since it came out and 16 on a couple others since it was released. I have found MATE to work exactly as expected and to be very stable and reliable. I have tried Cinnamon on several system and always had the crash to fallback mode after a few minutes of use. l also find the screens less smooth and jumpier. This is most likely video driver issue, but if so the system is way too picky to use in production. KDE would probably be fine too but I have not used it enough to form an opinion.

I have to believe the people recommending Cinnamon don't use it and recommend for political reasons (they want the gnome2 code base to die). Maybe they happen to have some magical hardware combination that works. I have tried a lot of systems including a reasonably new notebook and Cinnamon always crashes.I refuse to try hacks and workarounds when there is an alternative that works out of the box (mate).

I will continue to try Cinnamon and gnome3 and other systems as new versions are releases just to check them out and see how they are progressing. I have no problem changing when soemhting better comes along. So far Mint/MATE is my go to production stable desktop.

about 9 months ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

jmyers Re:Here's hoping. (693 comments)

"pleasant on the eye" is subjective and mealiness. In my experience Cinnamon is unreliable which is not good for people just trying Linux. I have installed Linux Mint on many systems, Every time a new release comes out I try Cinnamon hoping for better results. It often crashes and reverts to "fallback mode" which as awful. Maybe it works on some magic hardware combination that I have not tried. MATE has worked perfectly out of the box on every system I have tried. Stable, reliable and pleasant to my eye. I have also tried the fedora MATE spin and it was nowhere near the polish and functionality of the Mint systems. So it may be Mint treatment of MATE as much as the DE itself.

Cinnamon is for people in denial about Gnome 3 and believe it has actual value buried deep in there somewhere.
MATE is for people who just want to use a computer for actual work.
KDE is for people that want to use a computer for actual work and also like eye candy.

about 9 months ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

jmyers Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (214 comments)

This is the best comment so far. The fact is that we will continue to consume fossils fuels until they are gone. The various initiatives to displace fossil fuels only decide who gets to control and profit from them. the facts of AGW are irrelevant. Politicians, governments and businessmen alike do not give a damn. They all use the issue to advance their own agendas which are not about saving the planet.

If all of the oil companies were nationalized there would be sudden silence about AGW. In that case we would suffer worse affects. I know /. loves to complain about corporations, but at at least there is some level of control and oversight. There is no control and oversight when it comes to the US and other powerful governments. Democracy is pretty much dead.

about 9 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

jmyers Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Translation: "I live with my mom and have never done actual work so I don't mind playing with toys".

  I have learned to live with the ribbon but it sucks horribly. It wastes space. Icons are stupid an meaningless. Text menu items arraigned intelligently are meaningful and useful to people that use these tools to do actual work. It is a step backwards and in now way an improvement.

about 10 months ago

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