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Journal Journal: Reactions to General will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, Google

Reactions to General will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, Google by Hiroki Azuma (2.0 )

In summary, a tremendously provocative and rather interesting book, but too flawed and immature to be important or influential. It makes me feel like I have to start with rationalizations about the book's limitations. I think there're three kinds of problems that affected this book.

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Journal Journal: Generalizable comments on Google+ 1

[Just the repost. Mostly relevant to Slashdot with the trivial substitution, but I don't think Slashdot is worth that much effort (and still wrapping up my affairs here before another hiatus).

Is it possible to have a civilized discussion using Google+? What are the rules for most effectively dealing with trolls and other rude people?

Comment Re:A Chinese diversion from climate change concern (Score 1) 131

Basically just an ACK, but it I doubt that the Chinese dictators have a decade to wait for economic self-sufficiency, and that is part of why they may be feeling forced to seize the current opportunity. They may know that their economy is about to crash in any case, and they NEED a scapegoat like #PresidentTweety. I certainly hope a bigger international fool doesn't come along later...

Minor supporting evidence in the recent assassination of Kim Jong-un's older brother. From the insane North Korean perspective, he was a dangerous pretender to the throne, but that is not a new thing. So why did they decide to kill him now? Perhaps because the North Korean government is on the verge of collapse? That would create the mess without giving the Chinese any benefit from it. Or perhaps because the North Korean's feared a Chinese invasion to install a puppet? The older brother could have been a good one, though I still doubt the Chinese want more involvement with North Korea no matter who is in charge there...

I still think my scenario is plausible, and the warm weather is coming soon...

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Journal Journal: Is the google thrashing? 8

[Published elsewhere including the links, but the likelihood of constructive or even thoughtful reactions here on Slashdot is too small to worry about fixing it up properly.]

Is the google thrashing?

Why does the google appear to be thrashing? There are so many obvious problems to be solved, but (at least from the outside) it appears that the google has stopped moving towards those solutions because of the thrashing.

Comment Re:Time to start the pool on #PresidentTweety? (Score 1) 895

The death option should not be discounted, though I'm really not eager to discuss it. However, I don't feel any confidence in his doctor's first OR second assessments of #PresidentTweety's medical condition. You probably heard the 'healthiest individual ever' thing, but more recently he say something like 'if he dies, he dies'. He could be quite ill and would keel over before admitting it.

The other threat is because of Trump's desire to be unpredictable. I think that means who could do something so unpredictable that he disrupts the best efforts of the Secret Service and get himself shot in the process. It's not like there's any shortage of guns around if he creates the opportunity.

Comment Re:#PresidentTweety is an abuser of technology (Score 4, Interesting) 895

My (repeated and ignored) suggestion would be a maturity filter. A kill list can handle long-lived trolls, but the maturity filter would deal with the fresh sock puppets. It should be an option, but I'd set mine for about 2 months as the youngest identity I could see.

I think it should also include a self-debasing feature. If a troll (or disposable sock puppet) replies to someone who won't see it, there would be a warning first, and if the warning is ignored, the comment would get a prefix warning like "Not a sincere reply, since [ID] was notified this comment is not visible to the ostensible recipient."

(I'm not doing a good job of putting my Slashdot affairs in order before departing...)

Comment #PresidentTweety is an abuser of technology (Score 1) 895

You got modded as a "troll"? I'd give you a "funny" if I ever saw the inside of a mod point, but I think it just shows how many trolls have sock puppets with mod points. Me thinks they are about to lose this skirmish, even if some of them are working for Putin...

Anyway, #PresidentTweety is SO tied to technology that he's always fair game on Slashdot. In most ways his rise to success is a story of abuse of our favorite technologies. Not talking so much about his stock-market-disrupting Twitter account or the viral rumor mill of Facebook as the skilled electronic warfare of the fake news sites, especially the one Bannon came from.

Related technical question: Google News is supposed to have an option to reduce the visibility of bogus news sites. And yet that one keeps showing up. Can anyone explain how? Are they bribing Google to ignore the users' preferences? Or maybe the uniqueness of the BS stories somehow bypasses the preferences? His evil minions are doing something so the fake news story scores high as a story that should appear in the top stories on Google News even though there is no other source for it?

Comment Time to start the pool on #PresidentTweety? (Score 1) 895

General Michael Flynn's tenure as NSA adviser is the shortest in US history (24 days).

Does Flynn's brief "defense" quality as "alternative facts" yet, or is there some sort of requirement in #PresidentTweety's White House for Kellyanne Conway to say it first? After all, she merely said Trump had "full confidence" in Flynn about an hour before he resigned. Or maybe she'll tell us it isn't a real resignation now?

Oh, I just hope her embarrassment and humiliation is so extreme that the Donald fires her next. Then maybe the pressure will roll the rest of the way up his trousers and he'll go completely nuts so they can exorcise him with the 25th.

I need some more popcorn, but if anyone does start a pool on Trump's departure from DC, I'm going to have to move my date forward. I was expecting him to last long enough for China (AKA Jhina) to invade Taiwan (and North Korea). I was also expecting him to get Bill-Cosby-ed first, too, but I'm doubting he'll last long enough for that.

Maybe the funniest part (for very humorless values of "funny") is that the increasing chaos in DC may be better for Putin than any other outcome. Discredit American democracy? Why stop there? More like blow up the entire federal government.

(*sigh* Hard to put my Slashdot affairs in order when such an amusing story appears.)

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Journal Journal: Is Flexnet's Agent running on your computer?

Not the first time I've noticed this on Windows 10... In your Task Manager you may be able to find an agent.exe process that runs from time to time. It's identified as the Flexnet Remote Desktop Connection software. Uh? But I didn't know I was running a remote connection to my desktop. You?

How serious is this version of the Microsoft ppyware problem?

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shanen writes: Is Flexnet's Agent running on your computer?

Not the first time I've noticed this on Windows 10... In your Task Manager you may be able to find an agent.exe process that runs from time to time. It's identified as the Flexnet Remote Desktop Connection software. Uh? But I didn't know I was running a remote connection to my desktop. You?

How serious is this version of the Microsoft ppyware problem?

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? Pick a number! (Score 1) 110

Judging by the replies, the effort of drafting that comment was clearly wasted, especially the effort of carefully balancing my examples. I wonder if it would have helped to include "You, yourself, are Suspect 4"?

However, right now I am in the process of putting my Slashdot affairs in order for another hiatus, perhaps permanent, so this is basically a boilerplate response drafted for the pending replies. (It's just that none of the replies pending on this comment seem to merit as much as the boilerplate.)

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