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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

zippthorne Re:I doubt it (72 comments)

A/B testing is using feedback from your users to determine how to configure your product so that it is most useful to them. What LoL seems to be doing is using feedback from their product to change the users to be more useful...

yesterday
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

zippthorne The real problem (171 comments)

The ones who get elected will be the the ones that the holders of the information choose - they simply won't reveal their video rental habits or out-of-context emails.

So, if, hypothetically, some agency were logging all of the internet activity of everyone, they'd have a lot of power over anyone who wanted to do something that required public approval. At a minimum they'd probably be able to make sure that their agency survived despite scandal after scandal, including those which reveal the existence of this very plan, and even documented nefarious use of the collected information, whether for manipulating politicians, or more mundane extortion, or stalking ex's, etc.

A world in which people look past the weird habits of their neighbors instead of looking for a reason to feel superior to them is a pretty lofty idea to hope for. Possibly the only remaining option is to have enough competing organizations using this tactic that it affects everyone, eventually inoculating society from the tactic.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

zippthorne Re:Copyright reform. (328 comments)

It seems ridiculous that copyright can be used to quash the existence of a version of a work that was once published, but that the creator decided he didn't like.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

zippthorne Re:They all suck (190 comments)

This. 1000x this. Laptop keyboards are often much better than regular keyboards in terms of minimizing the amount of effort required to get a word from your head into the machine. The only thing missing is for them to be full-size and ergonomic. (My preference would be a split keyboard where both units are separate bluetooth modules, or at have at least 6' of cord connecting them.)

about 1 month ago
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N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

zippthorne Re:Monkeys deserve more respect (206 comments)

Does parsing words so people will come to the wrong conclusions count as lying?

about a month ago
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Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

zippthorne Re:Edison won the 24 gps standard (187 comments)

If 16 fps was acceptable to audiences, then it would have won. Edison wasn't some kind of irresistible force - he couldn't keep the country from using AC, for instance, and where he was able to establish DC, DC actually made sense.

about a month ago
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The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

zippthorne Re:Bogus algorithm (68 comments)

Hang on..

Are you seriously suggesting that bubble sort is useful for N in the millions?

about a month ago
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Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

zippthorne Re:It's in the image (187 comments)

Movies don't look smooth. They look like a staccato of motion-blurred still frames. 24fps was simply the minimum (read: cheapest) frame rate at which most of the population would perceive as mostly motion-like. Motion blur helps, but it hardly makes up for the deficiency.

Technology has advanced quite a bit since the advent of motion picture cameras, to the point that the "film" is pretty far from the most expensive line item in the budget. Why not record at a more natural frame rate?

The conceit of the movie industry is conditioning he movie watching public to believe that 24fps looks "more cinematic." How convenient for them that it is also "less expensive." But how disappointing, too, when those hard to-obtain establishing shots from high over the countryside don't really show any of the beautiful detail to the viewers?

about a month ago
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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm

zippthorne Re:Start with copyright (116 comments)

3/5ths was about proportionment of representation among the states, not the treatment of individuals. The problem was the existence of states where non-free persons were not eligible to vote, so any proportionment of representation made on their behalf was exercised by the free, land-owning male citizens.

If you think disenfranchisement is unfair, how do you feel about disenfranchisement that grants your own deserved electoral power to the very parties that are oppressing you?

3/5ths was a compromise, but its fundamental unfairness was not that it was too low, but too high. States with non-free populations should never have been rewarded with the ability to exercise electoral power of the people they oppressed.

about a month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

zippthorne Re:No (232 comments)

Except that Sailing and Curling are both current olympic sports, Chess is apparently under occasional consideration, and according to wikipedia, even ballooning was once an olympic sport....

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

zippthorne Re:What a nightmare (332 comments)

Instead we have a "Star Trek" universe that JJ has TOTALLY F*&*ed up where people can use the transporter to get anywhere in the galaxy, super-magically powerful "Red Matter", lame plots and passable acting etc. etc.

and magic blood that cures any disease or ailment including death from extreme radiation exposure, yet the episode wasn't about the ethics of a systematic rare-blood harvesting operation or the distribution of its products.

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

zippthorne Re:more NOS and less lense flare (332 comments)

Uhh...
Wrath of Khan?
First Contact?
Into Wrath of Khan?

Fixed that for you.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

zippthorne Re:One reason: Annoyance (237 comments)

You don't have to wait through all that crap. Most voicemail systems have a key assigned to skip the header and jump straight to the message. It's always a different one, though, as far as I can tell. Next time you're at the main menu of your voice system, try listening through to the end of the options and choose the help one if it exists.

about a month ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

zippthorne Re:Interesting (293 comments)

They compete on price because that's all the information the aggregation networks have. I'm not in the industry, so I don't know if it's the aggregation networks' fault for not having more detail in the spec, or the airlines' fault for not releasing enough information, or what, but the problem is that when using one of the aggregators, you can typically only sort on price or time. Comfort details aren't part of the sorting metric, so the system doesn't optimize for them.

about a month ago
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Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

zippthorne Re:Waste (170 comments)

The money goes into the economy, but the resources and labor to build the thing do not. Still, it's his money to spend once people give it to him. If you think there was a waste, then you should be upset about Microsoft for spending as much as they did to buy a somewhat polished, but still fairly shallow indie game. Assuming they do nothing with it other than pass the cost on to you through higher costs for windows licenses.

about a month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

zippthorne Re:LOL ... w00t? (292 comments)

In his blog, there are a number of comments about the HTML entity he used instead of the hyphen character. There is speculation that text-to-speech accessibility features were mis-interpreting things as a result.

On the TTS note, It seems like HTML (or at least the dialect used for ebooks, but why not everywhere?) should have a tag for providing pronunciation overrides, which would improve accessibility and finally allow us to know how the authors intended the pronunciation of all those apostrophe'd names.

about a month ago
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

zippthorne Re:Not seeing the issue here (209 comments)

I think the OP was expressing a desire that misleading people ought to have the same or similar check as search and seizure, and for similar reasons, and undercover operations are the kind of activity that would be sanctioned for limited periods.

about a month ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

zippthorne Re:Dont worry, they will just take it from somewhe (330 comments)

Therefore the cities are completely independent and self-suficient and rely on neither the crops themselves nor the resources obtained in trade for the crops.

about a month and a half ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

zippthorne Re:When nearly all of your readers block ads... (156 comments)

I would even be willing to put up with all of those things, sometimes, if they would only serve the ads from the same servers as the website. It's the mid-tens. Navigating the web shouldn't be slower and more frustrating than it was in mid-nineties.

about a month and a half ago

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Putting your money where your keyboard is.

zippthorne zippthorne writes  |  about 7 years ago

From my comment here:

Clearly, there are a number of people here and elsewhere that desire for easily duplicatable artistic works to be available for as large a number of people to enjoy as the ease of duplication makes feasable. At the moment, the regular market is not providing this, leading some to resort to black market solutions.

But the problem with the black market solution, and also the "get rid of copyright entirely" solution is that the pendulum swings too far the other way. Removing the ability for people to become professional artists would reduce the amount and quality of such works.

Creative Commons addresses part of this issue by providing a means for artists to donate all or part of their work to the public domain, but their scope and means are not adequate to the problem at hand.

What we really need is an organization (or many) charged with the task of buying works into the public domain. It should not be too difficult to estimate the total monetary value of the various works and thus the total remaining monetary value. If a rights-buying organization offered the remaining monetary value, a rights-holder would be irrational not to sell and realize the remaining value *now* rather than letting it trickle in.

Since there is little profit in this area, such organizations would probably have to be funded mostly by donation, and with limited budgets, would have to carefully choose the works purchased. I propose that one method would be to maximize the total lifetime monetary value of works purchased. Such an organization would eventually snap up the more popular works, but mostly quite a ways into the tail due to limited budgets. Another organization could buy "good" works, for whatever value of good that they choose, etc.

Such organizations could be established right now under the current copyright framework, and if people are as opposed to perpetual copyright as they claim to be, donations should be available in spades. So, where are they?

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