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  • Jul 19th, 2017 @ 1:13am


    If anything it is relieving their pocketbooks of the burden of carrying around an (even more) massive amount of money extracted via monopoly and other anti-competitive behaviours.

  • Jul 19th, 2017 @ 1:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Wyden goes "over the top"

    So your claim is that vertical monopolies aren't anti-competitive? That is an ... interesting .... point of view.

  • Jul 13th, 2017 @ 10:52pm

    Re: Drop?

    The money is with the advertisers who pay a rate based on Nielens average viewership numbers. By cutting out a poor performing episode from the 'average' calculation it creates an artificially inflated value that the network gets paid for commercials during that show. If a news show that airs 5 days a week normally gets 500,000 viewers but only 250,000 viewers when scheduled against a football game 'misspelling' the shows name means that the rate they are being paid for commercial time during a week with a football game is at the 500,000 viewers/show rate (2 mil / 4 shows) rather than 450,000 viewers/show (2.25 mil / 5 shows) or roughly 11% more than they should be getting paid based on the contracts with the advertisers.

    It is the same strategy that some schools use by encouraging poor performers to drop out school to artificially inflate their test scores on the standardized testing. By eliminating (through unethical means) the worst performers the reported average goes up despite not actually doing a better job.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 10:27pm


    Unless you have a particularly unusual name, or there is other details that connect it to you, it probably is just someone who has the same name who, like almost everybody who isn't paid to believe otherwise, is pro net neutrality.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 6:43pm

    Re: Re:

    Honestly you should consider yourself having been unwittingly saved a good chunk of change. Spore is 5 mediocre minigames stuck together with an interesting creature builder that is more fun when used outside the restrictions of the game.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 4:30pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Except that in practice the exact opposite is true. When true net neutrality exists and companies are forced to treat their own data equally instead of exempting them from artificially low caps the prices drop and the offerings improve because they actually have to _compete_ now. Just look at European cell service after exempting certain types of data from the caps became illegal to see.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    But if we don't try it again it might just have been freak luck that made having a sociopathic billionaire with narcissistic personality disorder as President not work out. I mean no one could identify any reasons that it might not have been a great idea the first time so it should obviously be tested for replicability.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 10:04am

    Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    This is very true.

    I picked up 'Battleborne' on Steam when it was released and spent about 4 hours attempting to play it and working with tech support to fix the persistent performance issues that was making it unplayable. I eventually decided that it wasn't worth my time to keep fighting with it when the first 8 supposed fixes made no difference and was able to refund it, despite being past the official 2 hour playtime limit.

    As a result I moved on with my life and bought 'Overwatch' instead. If I had been out the $70 that I'd paid for an unplayable game I would have been quite upset and left some nasty review about how the game was substandard and never risked buying a game from that developer again. Instead I still view the developer with a relatively positive attitude since they produce interesting games and might, if it is ever on sale significantly, try buying it again and see if they fixed the issues I was having.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 9:58am

    Re: Re: Who is paying for the credit card refund fees? (as Daniel Audy)

    Based on how the system appears to work no one actual pays any additional fees for the refunds. Refunds go back into the users 'Steam Wallet' which will then almost always be used buying other games since most users aren't entering the Steam ecosystem just for a single game and cashing out is a pain. That just means Valve needs to track refunds and adjust their periodic payouts to account for them since it is quite unlikely that a game will ever generate negative revenue over a moderate period and they would have to get money back from the developer (something generally akin to getting blood from a stone).

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 9:49am

    Re: I agree (as Daniel Audy)

    It is also particularly valuable for games that offer a unique, but not universally enjoyable, experience - like Rust. For these games there is a huge amount of risk for an informed player going in because they know it is quirky and potentially unfriendly and that is part of the appeal for some players but many players won't risk spending $15 for something with high odds that they won't enjoy. If they can try the acclaimed but unusual game without risk the ones that DO enjoy it will stay while the rest will churn and the developer has a significant net increase in sales.

  • Jul 1st, 2017 @ 11:18pm

    Re: The tool argument (as Daniel Audy)

    The thing is you could put this sort of expectation on a cafe too. Make them responsible for stopping unacceptable conversations and fine them millions of Euro's if they fail to do so. Sure it would be extremely expensive, intrusive, and still ultimately ineffective (just like it will for the internet) but you could insist on it all the same. Somehow people think that when you add the words 'on the internet' magic nerd fairies will swoop in and somehow all the problems that would exist if you applied the exact same rules to meatspace (subjectivity, multiple languages, volume of conversations, privacy violations) vanish like digital mirages.

    Applying rules that would be wildly impractical and ineffective in physical spaces to the internet will result in them still being wildly impractical and ineffective the vast majority of the time. If the government wanted to take on the role of policing comments then they could be held responsible for the massively expensive boondoggle it would turn into and get kicked out of office but by shifting the burden on to the websites there will never being any motivation to acknowledge the failure or rectify the mistake.

  • Jul 1st, 2017 @ 11:06pm

    Re: Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    I couldn't decided between the 'Lol' button or the 'Flag trolling' button. The sad part is that this deranged little man probably believes his own bovine fecal matter.

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 9:40pm

    Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    For all intents and purposes, at the moment, Google _is_ the internet for the North America, Europe, and a good chunk of the rest of the world because they are so much superior to all the alternatives that there is no competition. There is a reason that no one bothers to sue Bing or Yahoo to delist anything since at the moment, no one is seeing the unwanted thing through them as they are sub-par services with practically no user base. If this trend continues of courts picking away at Google's ability to accurately return search results we may see other services rise in prominence since only by searching multiple services are we likely to get honest, un-censored results.

  • Jun 25th, 2017 @ 7:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Maybe this is the wrong place to ask this (as Daniel Audy)

    If I recall correctly Compuserve was also showing TV ads in the year prior to Shiva's work that specifically mentioned that they offered EMail so it isn't unreasonable to think he might have seen those.

  • Jun 25th, 2017 @ 7:46pm

    Re: "Lesbian separatists"? (as Daniel Audy)

    I have to admit I'm now kind of curious what 'lesbian separatists' would be.

    Are they radical lesbians that want to form their own xenophobic nation? Or perhaps radical fundamentalists seeking to round up all the lesbians to keep them in camps so they don't 'taint' the rest of the population?

    It is the kind of crazy shit that someone just spouts off without thinking what the words they are smashing together mean that just makes me want to know more.

  • Jun 25th, 2017 @ 7:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    It is worth noting that many crime statistics are inaccurate and racist because the cops are racist. It has been proven repeatedly that drug use rates between white and black populations is nearly identical but blacks are investigated, arrested, and charged vastly more often because cops assume blacks are dealing/doing drugs and occasionally find them when searching and don't let them off with a scold for having a baggy of weed like they do white people.

    If the method of data collection is unreliable then the data it produces is worse than useless it is actually misleading.

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 9:20am

    Re: Extremist views (as Daniel Audy)

    It seems to me that decriminalizing and regulating sex work like any other industry with health risks would be the best first step in fighting trafficking. It would allow those sex workers who voluntarily chose the job to be easy to identify and no longer need the protections offered by criminal elements (since they would have the protections of the police) which should drive a cost differential (in cash and risk) between legal and trafficked prostitution driving more work into the legal sector and reducing the number of targets the police need to investigate.

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 9:12am

    Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    Your comments are usually so good that this unnecessarily unproductive and crude one stands out.

    Please don't feel the need to pad your comment count.

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: (as Daniel Audy)

    We would be able to get along just fine now if 'progressive' Britain and US hadn't overthrown Iran and turned it into a theocratic state. Back in the mid 1900's Iran was an extremely progressive democratic state with freedom of religion and gender equality on par with or better than many European nations that are now considered exemplary members of EU and NATO for rights. But the democratically elected government decided to stop letting Britain rob them with contracts signed at gunpoint and so the firm believers in democracy and self determination funded a revolution and installed a theocratic dictatorship in its place, but the important thing was that that dictatorship let them keep taking its oil without payment. And since then nothing bad has happened as a result of Iran being a theocratic dictatorship instead of the democratic beacon in the region so it all worked out in the end.

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re: U.S. Moral High Ground? (as Daniel Audy)

    The problem is that the current white descendants of those abusers still receive the massive benefits that abuse generated. At the same time we refuse to offer restitution or take any action to improve life for the descendants of those displaced native tribes or slaves that have been systematically discriminated against to deny them opportunity. We may not have committed the original sin but we keep on perpetuating a whole damn lot of sin in order to deny that we are complicit in and benefit from that sin.

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