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Re: Google Antitrust Suit
Oct 20, 2020, 16:31
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Re: Google Antitrust Suit Oct 20, 2020, 16:31
Oct 20, 2020, 16:31
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 20, 2020, 16:17:
Solemn-Philosopher wrote on Oct 20, 2020, 13:13:
While I am all for government oversight on big businesses and potential abuses, I feel like Google is more popular because it is in fact one of the best search engines. I've tried others on many occasions and they just aren't as good at giving back decent results. If anything, I would prefer they look into their Youtube management. There seems to be more problems there.

Right and Amazon is the best at what they do. Bell Labs was once upon a time as well.

Yup. At some point, it is impossible for anyone to become better, because the incumbent can simply outspend them. This is particularly true in areas where there are enormous financial barriers to entry.

Other good, arguably better, search engines exist. They can't make a dent on Google because Google can outspend them, in every category, by thousands to 1. No amount of scrappiness can overcome that.
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Re: Google Antitrust Suit
Oct 20, 2020, 16:17
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Re: Google Antitrust Suit Oct 20, 2020, 16:17
Oct 20, 2020, 16:17
 
The big concern here is China.

What is worse for the American people? Having Google, Facebook, et al, be as big and obnoxious as they are, or having them be split up, and a Chinese competitor fill the void by not being split, therefore having all the economic power of the old entities and being able to squash the new entities?
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Re: Google Antitrust Suit
Oct 20, 2020, 16:16
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Re: Google Antitrust Suit Oct 20, 2020, 16:16
Oct 20, 2020, 16:16
 
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Oct 20, 2020, 15:02:
I would like to see zero agenda in Google and FB. It's not good for anyone, regardless of political affiliation nor social stances.


I find that, usually, people claiming there's an agenda confuse having an agenda with adhering to the TOS.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 20, 2020, 15:14
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 20, 2020, 15:14
Oct 20, 2020, 15:14
 
PhysicalEd wrote on Oct 20, 2020, 13:42:
Blue, if you want to see a great show about older people, check out "The Kominsky Method" https://www.netflix.com/title/80201680 yeah, it's Chuck Lorrey but really it's totally sympathetic to its characters, and Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are brilliant. Especially IMO Alan Arkin who has always been a favorite of mine. Sadly he is not returning for Season 3. But hey, he's 86, he deserves some time off!

Agreed. Chuck Lorre creates largely unwatchable TV, but this show is great.
Didn't know Arkin wasn't coming back. The show will take a hit, but it also felt like he filmed 90% of his Season 2 scenes in a single day, all alone, possibly in a car. He was always on the phone, rarely with other actors.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 19, 2020, 16:33
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2020, 16:33
Oct 19, 2020, 16:33
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 19, 2020, 13:50:
The number of people convinced COVID-19 is a scam/lie/hoax/alien conspiracy is sobering and frightening. History is rife with people with crazy ideas, but never has there been a point in human history where they've had a microphone as big as the Internet to spread their noise on something as big as a pandemic. All I can say is misinformation is a weapon of mass destruction. One can only hope those of sound mind outnumber the insane.

You've repeatedly said that you don't care about politics, because politics are the kingdom of man and you live in the kingdom of God (no need to correct, I'm paraphrasing your scripture from memory and know it's off.)

But the COVID-19 scam/lie/conspiracy is a political problem.

Perhaps you're more impacted by politics than you've repeatedly claimed?
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Oct 19, 2020, 14:58
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Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 19, 2020, 14:58
Oct 19, 2020, 14:58
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 19, 2020, 14:54:
I like Nextdoor and appreciate the way they keep the site clean. Anything Facebook puts out is poison to me anymore since they cannot stomach any viewpoints that don't coincide with theirs. I had a very nonpolitical post on FB that had an attached not based on facts note attached to it when I know there are proven facts that support my viewpoint. Ridiculous censorship if you ask me.

What was this post? Because I've yet to see one they take down that actually does have facts supporting it. Usually, it's "facts" from someone like Zero Hedge or Charlie Kirk or Project Vertitas or some anti-vax doctor that's concerned about Demon Sperm.

And, given that Facebook has been proven to bend over backwards for Trump, this whole "they don't like politics they don't agree with" gibberish needs to stop. You aren't a victim of Facebook. At any given time, 3 of the top 10 most shared posts on Facebook come from Fox News, Usually 2 or 3 are Ben Shapiro, and 1 or 2 are that Dan Bongino lunatic.

If Facebook was trying to quiet conservative views, amplifying conservative articles is an odd way to do so.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Oct 16, 2020, 13:40
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 16, 2020, 13:40
Oct 16, 2020, 13:40
 
How would you write a law to apply only to them? And where do you draw the line? Does this apply to Facebook? How about reddit? How about Voat or Parler? How about 4chan? How about Bluesnews?

Should Blue be liable for every time Cutter tells someone to kill themselves? He's done it a few times. If someone sees it before a mod takes it down, is Blue liable for any damages?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 16, 2020, 13:29
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2020, 13:29
Oct 16, 2020, 13:29
 
According to the woman nodding behind Trump last night, we're the ones responsible for school shootings. I think. Hard to tell...

https://twitter.com/MayraJoli/status/1158715965804294144
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Re: Into the Black
Oct 16, 2020, 09:15
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Re: Into the Black Oct 16, 2020, 09:15
Oct 16, 2020, 09:15
 
Yesterday, the Idiot in Chief retweeted an article from the Babylon Bee, which is a satirical website, as fact.

Today, he's defending it, still convinced it's fact.

How can anyone say this man is mentally fit and a proper judge of information to lead our nation?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1317044556328730625
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Re: Pandemic Train
Oct 15, 2020, 16:58
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Re: Pandemic Train Oct 15, 2020, 16:58
Oct 15, 2020, 16:58
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 15, 2020, 16:45:
MrBone wrote on Oct 15, 2020, 12:26:
Sounds fun. Hopefully there are some red-eyed zealots running around for us to blast into oblivion. The train idea is very intriguing.
I didn't see any shooting, but maybe you can throw anti-vaxxers off the train while it's moving.

Did that qualify as a threat?
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Oct 15, 2020, 16:10
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 15, 2020, 16:10
Oct 15, 2020, 16:10
 
GothicWizard wrote on Oct 15, 2020, 14:45:
Infamous tech quotes?

This year Linux will take over as the main PC OS and be the primary gaming OS too!

-Every Linux fanboi, every yr. since ~1996

Linux on desktops in 1996 <1%
Today ~2%

Any day now I am sure.

Listen, can you show me another desktop OS that has doubled its share in that time?
I rest my case!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 15, 2020, 12:40
4.
Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2020, 12:40
Oct 15, 2020, 12:40
 
Frans and kxmode have done such amazing work. Thank you, guys.
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Re: Evening Mobilization
Oct 14, 2020, 09:33
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Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 14, 2020, 09:33
Oct 14, 2020, 09:33
 
No "bad apps" here, either.

I have an iPhone for work, though it hasn't been powered in months. Hate them. They've finally moved a bit beyond a hideously ugly grid of multicolored icons as their interface, but I still feel locked into something that I can't make work best for me. Instead, it's made to work best for everyone. What works best for everyone is unlikely to work best for me, specifically. In that way, it's the Justin Bieber of tech - designed for as broad a reach as humanly possible.

Even Android often pisses me off by not being as customizable as I'd like. Why can't I customize my own "share" menu, Android? Why must you constantly serve me a seemingly randomly generated one instead of allowing me to at least pin contacts. Why can't I prevent anything from ever taking me to the Store? Clicking a link in Gmail and sending me to the Store to download an app I don't want is in no way more convenient than sending me to the website.

Still, Apple does customization worse.
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Re: Car Detailing Simulator Announced
Oct 13, 2020, 13:02
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Re: Car Detailing Simulator Announced Oct 13, 2020, 13:02
Oct 13, 2020, 13:02
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 13, 2020, 12:45:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Oct 13, 2020, 12:34:
so is this something i need to get they guy who washes my car for xmass?
I went all out this year and bought my wife a new dishwashing sponge for xmas.

You fool. It isn't 2010. This year you buy her an Oculus 2 and Vacuum Simulator with the Dishwashing expansion.
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Re: Into the Black
Oct 13, 2020, 11:40
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Re: Into the Black Oct 13, 2020, 11:40
Oct 13, 2020, 11:40
 
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 13, 2020, 10:00:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2020, 09:42:
It's really hard to imagine a way or a reason for aliens to be in our atmosphere but not noticeable by ordinary citizens (given that powerful telescopes are cheap, and cellphones have given us all powerful cameras on our person at all times), and that there'd be a reason to enter the atmosphere but not land.

Yes it is, isn't it? It is hard to imagine a reason. But just because you can't imagine a reason, doesn't mean that there isn't one or that there even needs to be one. It just means that you think you know better. I mean I've seen and heard a scientist talk to a journalist about the released F18 videos, where multimillion dollar sensor equipment caught flying objects doing crazy high G maneuvers, and recorded that on video, while being commented on and observed by the crew of that F18 and other airplanes in the sky at the time, say and I quote: "It's a sensor glitch". Yeah. Sure. Multimillion dollar equipment that is serviced regularly, is designed to target hostile enemies and keep those crews alive is having a malfunction, then and there. Oh and by the way, so are the eyes of those pilots.

It's confirmation bias, pure and simple. People don't know what else to think, so they fall back on what they know. And what they know is jack shit. We need to study this. It could be fucking important.

We can apply all this to religion, you know.
We have no evidence. None. A few anecdotes, and a few grainy videos. None of that is evidence.

But you're asking us to believe, anyway. That's blind faith. I'll require some form of evidence prior to believing something.

We're not alone in this universe, but there's no evidence we're anything but alone on this planet, and that's something that should be hard to hide.
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Re: Into the Black
Oct 13, 2020, 09:42
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Re: Into the Black Oct 13, 2020, 09:42
Oct 13, 2020, 09:42
 
It's really hard to imagine a way or a reason for aliens to be in our atmosphere but not noticeable by ordinary citizens (given that powerful telescopes are cheap, and cellphones have given us all powerful cameras on our person at all times), and that there'd be a reason to enter the atmosphere but not land.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Oct 13, 2020, 07:45
16.
Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2020, 07:45
Oct 13, 2020, 07:45
 
TriggleDiggle wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 23:55:
Well, Best case scenario after the election you guys will have a totally different corrupt elderly millionaire lying sex pest. Except this one will be supported and protected by the tech industry and media.
Why oh why out of 330 million Ame noricans was it whittled down to the two worst choices.

Wait, you think Biden is the one protected by the tech industry? If any one of us tweeted like Trump we'd be thrown off Facebook and Twitter. He hadn't been. But sure, the tech industry is out to get him...

He also objectively lies substantially less, by an order if magnitude, and has fewer sexual assaults, also by an order of magnitude.

We only have two choices, and one is easily the infinitely lesser of two evils. This would be a very dumb election to make a pointless stand. "We're stuck voting for either being punched in the face or skinned alive. I don't want either, so I'm voting libertarian even though factually they can't win. I'll ignore that being skinned alive is rising in the polls."
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Oct 12, 2020, 17:52
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Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2020, 17:52
Oct 12, 2020, 17:52
 
Linthat22 wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 15:17:
God you guys are a bunch of sad sacks. President Trump said that he's going to make the treatment he got available for free to everyone. I bet if it was anyone else that made the claim, you guys would be eating it up like hot cakes.

No, I never really trust people telling us they'll give us treatment that hasn't been FDA approved.
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Re: Star Citizen Leaves Some CPUs Behind
Oct 12, 2020, 13:59
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Re: Star Citizen Leaves Some CPUs Behind Oct 12, 2020, 13:59
Oct 12, 2020, 13:59
 
Prez wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 11:23:
Beamer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 10:10:
WaltC wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 10:03:
Hump wrote on Oct 11, 2020, 17:24:
I like to think that if 2020 wasn't such a cluster-f**k of a year that there would be an investigative journalism piece being done on this company........

There are no investigative journalists. They've all been outed as propaganda writers--fiction writers.

What happens to someone when this is what they believe? Investigative journalists don't believe, but you need to trust people without accountability yelling on YouTube and politicians that have put their own family members in key positions.

Or you can be like me and trust no one. Like, absolutely no one.

I'm close. I only trust 3 groups of people: Nigerian princes, random phonecalls about your car warranty, and Bobby Kodick!
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Re: Star Citizen Leaves Some CPUs Behind
Oct 12, 2020, 10:10
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Re: Star Citizen Leaves Some CPUs Behind Oct 12, 2020, 10:10
Oct 12, 2020, 10:10
 
WaltC wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 10:03:
Hump wrote on Oct 11, 2020, 17:24:
I like to think that if 2020 wasn't such a cluster-f**k of a year that there would be an investigative journalism piece being done on this company........

There are no investigative journalists. They've all been outed as propaganda writers--fiction writers.

What happens to someone when this is what they believe? Investigative journalists don't believe, but you need to trust people without accountability yelling on YouTube and politicians that have put their own family members in key positions.
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