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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

joocemann And this explains a lot about what happened... (66 comments)

... a couple months ago. Youtube made a huge push in collaboration with the major record labels to set up deals with the major labels and de-prioritize or remove videos from independent artists. This push was questioned at the time, but Google/Youtube was wise to hide the *reason* for a couple month so as to 'disconnect' the two concepts from the non-diligent news reader.

Do no evil? How about "Do profit, f*** you". Why did youtube force all users to have accounts? Why is youtube turning into one commercial after another? Why is google more interested in the interests of big money corporate business than the interests of its viewers and its original content providers? By 'original content providers', I'm talking about how Youtube got its start (and still so up until recently) from user-generated content. Youtube made widely available the videos that used to be mass e-mailed around to friends. And now? What is this? A walled garden from the very people pretending to support the open-internet and wild-west style of the internet that surfers of the 90s are trying to remember. Google/Youtube is a liar. Money trumps 'good', and thus 'evil' prevails. They need to change their motto before they start being laughed at like Fox News - Fair and Balanced.

yesterday
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

joocemann Re:Communication? (68 comments)

You quoted what I said and then misinterpreted it. The word 'archaic' is about the 'contextual connotations' of the subject, the word 'communication'. And so I did not say the word 'communication' is archaic. I said that, while using the word 'communication' makes sense in describing biology, but that it thus loses its archaic contextual connotation that you and the OP seem to hold.

Again, if you remove the anthropocentrism from the word and apply a mature scientific perspective to what it means, it is a well placed word in the current discussion.

yesterday
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Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

joocemann So what? (61 comments)

If they want veto power, just kick them off of the rest of the network and watch how fast they come crawling back --- their population of people will literally whip the crap out of them for the lack of facebook/reddit/slashdot/amazon/younameit.com access.

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

joocemann Re:"Hard redirect" (367 comments)

Without a case in court, it is absolutely extortion. This is, in itself, a potentially worse crime than piracy. Wow.

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

joocemann Re:DNA is not "communication" (68 comments)

mRNA is not DNA. DNA is the instruction set. mRNA are the messenger (message) RNA transcript that is translated so as to communicate a desired piece of information/function from instructions to actions. If a book tells you how to make brownies, and you read it -- you would say that you received a communication from the author on how to make brownies.

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

joocemann Re:Communication? (68 comments)

He found that the parasitic and the host plants were exchanging thousands of mRNA molecules between each other, thus creating a conversation.

I think this is a little bit of a misuse / misunderstanding of the term / concept "communication".

I think that if you were a cell biologist, you would get the message more clearly. And mRNA is *literally* a message written in a language. As that message is passed around and read, it's translation has effects. This is the basis of communication -- a message, received, having impact.

The more geeked out you get on biology/molecular-biology, the more obvious it becomes that each life form is a set of instructions that yield an explosion of self interested, self-replicating, adaptive and protective technologies -- all so long as the basic needs of the life form are met or available enough.

And so words like 'communication' can end up making perfect sense in a non anthropocentric way. Ultimately, the words make sense in describing biology, and lose their archaic contextual connotations.

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

joocemann Re:It's true... (68 comments)

OMG> Your joke hit me so hard. I'm one of those guys who has hung out with people dating vegetarians/vegans that have big mouths. And so every trip to a restaurant is actually converted into a short stage-show conjured up by the special-needs-diet.... Most of the conversation among the table and restaurant staff is then forcibly centered on adhering to providing foods that have not touched grills/equipment that have also touched 'flesh'. And then the food arrives and then its line after line about 'how's your flesh?' and similar attempts at guilting... Needless to say, I do not continue to spend time with rude people by choice.

2 days ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

joocemann Re:This is a shining example (326 comments)

You're absolutely correct. The size of our government is not understood by almost anyone. Maybe we know about some of it, but the fullest extent is not obvious or even clear in many cases. What is a SMOG shop?

5 days ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

joocemann Risk vs Reward (213 comments)

The inherent risks in producing excessive virulence via human synthesis, not nature, are very high. The reward of studying these types of phenomenon are very low. The virulence factors can be studied in their natural forms, or individually. Studying the impact of excessive synthetic virulence may give some useful insights, but the risks are far too high. I personally would like to see an internationally agreed ban in the following way:

- It is illegal, and criminal, to knowingly increase the virulence of live or replicating versions of bacterial, fungal, or viral forms. Even under the most stringent biosafety level facilities and care, a deliberate increase in virulence is criminally punishable.

As people we should hold this very serious. A person with a mere bachelor's degree in molecular biology can initiate extremely dangerous things. I am a cell biologist and I have experience in immunity and have personally engaged in the application of individual virulence factors for research purposes. I have seen what the application of even one virulence factor can do to cell immunity. I am extremely fearful of people gluing these factors together. I consider their work ego driven and not very helpful in the scope of human health research.

5 days ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

joocemann Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (260 comments)

There is, apparently, a flapping bird game, that is, apparently, all the rage. Or was that last week? That's right, technology so amazing, you stop caring about it when it is replaced in a few weeks. Right.... :)

I'm only playing along with you. In truth, I love what technology has available for us now. Our lives are faster, easier, and possibly improved, by the tech sector. I say possibly because we may find that virtual-mindedness is detrimental to a superior lifestyle that involves less or no virtualism. Who knows. But within a realm of trying to appreciate something, technology is highly appreciable right now as compared to even 20 years ago. I think if technology development just froze as a whole, we would still grow at least a bit more, on accident, due to the momentum of what we have now. We're doing great. Imagine all of the plausible combinations of current technologies and compare that to the present; that's the spread of the most immediate technological next step that will happen in the immediate future. And so it continues.

I can tell you this.... Video Games, today, are as beautiful as I imagined they would be when I watched games develop early on, 20 years ago . They aren't more or less than I had thought -- they're right on the money. Back then it was river city ransom. Back then, F-Zero and Doom2 looked great.

Everything is having a snowball effect. Kurzweil is basically correct in his thesis of the future.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

joocemann Re:This is a shining example (326 comments)

No... it's a shining example of why the 'work form home tele-work' idea isn't always a good idea. Lets take on step back and look at what you said .... Do you really think that private enterprise is a better place for a role in which all ideas/invetions are vetted for novelty? This is a regulatory agency, so to speak. Private business could only make things worse by being private. It doesn't make sense to even have a patent office and its purposes (a government-driven protection to ideas) governed by private business. That would be like allowing a wolf to tend to sheep.

about a week ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

joocemann Re:Don't fix the problem, treat the symptom (182 comments)

Wouldn't it be nice to let engineers run society by design, balanced by laws implemented by philosophers? We'd be moving forward much more slowly and carefully because money wouldn't be part of human existence, and we can fully say that how far we've come has given us enough fruits to improve us and support us while we make smartly calculated steps forward.

about three weeks ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

joocemann Re:Gonna get sued! (57 comments)

I agree completely. Samsung likes to make money. Samsung sold displays to Oculus (facebook). Samsung got paid. ........Lawsuit about what?

about three weeks ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

joocemann Don't fix the problem, treat the symptom (182 comments)

... that way we can pretend nothing is really happening. And the industry to make the filters? Produces pollution to do so... A cycle of foolishness.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

joocemann Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

The people that existed there, before the extradited/oppressed Jews were placed there, had sovereign rights to their land. A number of other countries placed those Jews in that land and then tried to force ideas by way of the UN. From my understanding, this forced invasion, in your opinion, needs to be accepted willingly and peacefully. What reality is showing is that the expectations of the homeless Jews and the saviour-states that moved them there have never been met. The locals don't like it. It was a bad idea.

What's going on now is that the bad idea is backed by power and money and the locals have nothing but terror/militia-scale effects to combat the invasion with.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

joocemann Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

What you mean is that Israel doesn't consider what is 'currently' Gaza to be its own terriitory -- but that its own territory expands inch by inch at the crest of a bulldozer, and that any 'living beings' within that expansion ought to move to Gaza or die. Is that what you mean?

Lets at least keep reality on the table here.

about three weeks ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann Re:I disagree. (116 comments)

At the high level of competition, you'd be surprised at the skills being developed. We don't use IM, we use radio comms similar to when I was in the military. PTT. We also have programs that model the maps (3rd party software) and allow us to draw and place icons and such so as to communicate out a strategy for everyone to work out and understand. It's like a chalkboard, but far better.

At the end of the day, you guys naysaying eSports simply lack the experience to know what you're talking about. So far every comment that dislikes eSports has been incredibly naive and demostrates a lack of knowing anything at all about the difference between competitive and casual gaming. Did you know that some people cheat by using methampetamines? Did you know that meth is to eSports as steroids are to baseball? Did you know the pro-leagues, when competing in person, test for these substances to ensure integrity?

about three weeks ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann Re:It's about time!!! (116 comments)

You just don't understand the competition. The competition in gaming is not at all the same as the regular 'public' play. Competitive gaming is about developing and resonating on new advantages that other teams do not have and then applying them in carefully orchestrated strategies. You're right that it's not fun for you because your expectation of the game is similar to how the game was advertised. The people having fun with competitive gaming are reaping the rewards of hard work and the feeling of success when some very intricate feat the team developed actually worked.

A great example of what it means to game competitively comes from the Kubra Dam map on 8v8 battlefield 2. On that map there is to most people only one way for vehicles to go at the beginning -- straight across the top of the dam. If you tried to get to the lower part of the dam from the MEC side, you'd have to drive a long snaking road in the wide open. But.. while screwing around, my friend and I accidentally drove the MEC Vodnic (van-like vehicle) off of the top of the dam at the spawn down a huge veritcal drop, and the vehicle didn't explode! We were very surprised and *knew* immediately that we had discovered an advantage nobody had but needed to figure out how it happened and how to use it.

This then became an event taking a full evening of testing to find out that if you drive the van off the cliff at the right speed, and the front wheels go off, you can hit reverse, which would stop the vehicle from flipping forward while braking, and keep the vodnic level as its rear wheels exited the cliff lip. The vodnic goes off the cliff perfectly flat (when trained correctly for a couple hours), and lands on all four wheels. This makes it bounce very high and lose half of its health, BUT IT SURVIVES! And so this gave us a strategy nobody had. We could use the vehicle from the breakout, load people up on the top of the dam at the full frontal attack, but run one guy off the cliff in the Vodnik across the bottom of the dam, unnoticed, and into the USA Main base in under 30 seconds. This was not even known to be possible, so arriving in that base is unexpected and unprotected. The guys ramming to the full frontal on the top of the dam are battling alongside tanks, but to be smart, they are in the squad of the guy in the vodnik arriving at the USA main. This means that if your push for the middle flag gets killed, they will take it and it will stack the invasion of their main base further against them as those guys respawn in on the USA main that is just now being invaded.

The end result is that no matter how you approached it, you would capture key flags, and if necessary, the enemy would be left without any main base, stranded in the middle of the top of the dam.
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And that is just a glimpse at one technique required to win in the top of competition. When my crew took the TGL 8v8 world championship, we had a shoutcast with 2200 viewers. It was pure glory. We even took a game from what is known as the best BF2 team ever, Team HOT, in the TWL 12v12 ladder because we had a large array of these awesome technical feats trained for Sharqi Peninsula, and I developed a strategy for about 60 hours of effort and trained all 15 members (backups included) on how each stage of the strategy should happen and what fallback procedures would occur if primary objectives fail. We sacked their main in under a minute.

about three weeks ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann It's about time!!! (116 comments)

eSports have been my long-time favorite way to spectate gaming (or demonstrate skill to an audience). I've never been much of a fan of watching real-life sports -- some have been pretty interesting, especially if they don't have downtime (like soccer, rugby, etc) -- but at the end of the day, the fact that I don't participate in these sports has left me with less interest.

Competitive Gaming on the other hand, has been a staple in my life since Doom II. I will never forget how Quake 1 had great multiplayer mods with capture the flag, etc, and that you could go into a spectator mode. At that point, I was very excited to see how other players would react and strategize in situations I myself would encounter.

Fast forward over a decade and we've got competitive counter strike, battlefield 2, etc, rolling along and the shoutcasts started. These were always very niche, but they were far more frequent than the extremely rare CPL video streams and the poor attempts by big media companies to create an eSport event on television. Back then (about 10 years ago), those big media events usually had too many shots of the crowds and of the gamers themselves, and not enough attention to the gameplay. For me, the best shoutcasts were direct video streams from observer mode and first person mode, with announcers discussing the game as it unfolds.

Anyway... In the last several years, there have been Twitch streams and much larger scaled video game streams or recordings on youtube that are really starting to please my tastes. It's good to see that gaming, a very popular medium for competition and pleasure, is gaining mainstream attention. This is also a great sign that our generation is finally starting to matter.

about a month ago

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Keith Olbermann and MSNBC Part Ways

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joocemann (1273720) writes "In a direct business sense, MSNBC is making for poor business by axing their most popular anchor Keith Olbermann. "Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced that his contract had ended and the last installment of his show would air that evening." Many have speculated as to why MSNBC would make this move. I am curious if raising too many questions and not spewing the pro-corporate memes that the mainstream media is purposed for is what took Keith the same way as Lou Dobbs."
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Slashdot Needs more 'positive post' word options.

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joocemann writes "I love slashdot, and I really enjoy reading the intelligent posts — even those that I do not agree with. I think it might be nice to have a few other nice +1 words like "Beautiful" or "Poetic" or "Daring"... Something that might inspire a new range of response to meet those monikers.

What do you think would be a good other choice?"

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