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  1. Comment on My Video Went Viral. Here's Why in ~tech

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    Excellent video. Breaking up YouTube wouldn't work, because we're dealing with some core concepts which this guy does a great job of covering. The comment about Yellow Journalism was especially...

    Excellent video. Breaking up YouTube wouldn't work, because we're dealing with some core concepts which this guy does a great job of covering. The comment about Yellow Journalism was especially telling, outlining a very similar situation that is widespread now and why? Because the environment is unstable.

    Thinking out loud here, is that going to change? Well, how long can it go on? A very good example of this is probably to be found in Television shows. Netflix did something very radical. It took the commercials completely out of its streaming and kept it out for a long time. It actually went backwards from the way media has been going for decades, with more and more ad revenue driving the direction of the artists. What did it do? It provided a subscription base and stuck with it. The result was a creative rebirth of the televideo arts.

    Why does this quit working? Because it's not enough to have a loyal customer base, for either netflix or youtube. In a capitalistic system, especially one that requires revenue growth, you run into the exponential problem, the law of diminishing returns.

    This isn't totally bad, because it drives innovation and change. If I make pencils and am a billionaire, someone is going to figure out away to take my market, eventually by replacing the pencil. That's innovation. The problem comes when, as in YouTube's case, the replacement is accelerated to the point where stability is out the window. Machine learning and AI can only help this happen.

    How do you slow down and create stability again? With a crash of the system and a way to regrow, jumping back on the logarithmic curve to the point where humans can keep up again.

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  2. Comment on The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors in ~tech

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    My observation has been that Nextdoor is a great sales tool for security device installers. We live near a bird sanctuary, and lately the fear on Nextdoor has been more about owls tearing heads...

    My observation has been that Nextdoor is a great sales tool for security device installers. We live near a bird sanctuary, and lately the fear on Nextdoor has been more about owls tearing heads off of cats and coyotes attacking small dogs.

    I can well imagine, based on observation of current social media "etiquette" that stereotyping and racism is increasing, especially in urban areas. I feel like technology is just steps away from observation of everyone and everything being the norm, as it already seems to be in some places. Orwell and his Thought Police were nothing compared to the watchfulness of putting a handheld camera into everyone's mobile device.

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  3. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    Saw it Saturday. I haven't seen half of the background movies, but it was a great followup to Infinity Wars. And funny as hell. Unfortunately even the jokes are spoilers. So Nuff's Said. As a...

    Saw it Saturday. I haven't seen half of the background movies, but it was a great followup to Infinity Wars. And funny as hell. Unfortunately even the jokes are spoilers. So Nuff's Said. As a Marvel reader from back when that was all there was, it was heartwarming to see the audience reactions to what was basically the pinnacle of what Stan Lee gave us those years ago.

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  4. Comment on Crisis of Identity for A Guy Given No Direction in ~talk

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    If there's one thing I've learned it's that you can't control everything that happens, but you can choose your friends, at least in the U.S. Over time, try to find some that you resonate with, and...

    If there's one thing I've learned it's that you can't control everything that happens, but you can choose your friends, at least in the U.S. Over time, try to find some that you resonate with, and see where that takes you.

    On the psychological spectrum, there are all sorts, extroverts, introverts, highly sensitive, asperger's spectrum, conformists and non, and so on. Maybe try to learn a little bit about yourself in terms of some of these human classifications. It can be helpful.

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  5. Comment on The Fragmentation of Truth in ~news

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    This is one of the most informative articles I've read lately. Naturally, I didn't watch the video, because who knows where it would have gone after that. On YouTube, PewDiePie and PragerU are...

    This is one of the most informative articles I've read lately. Naturally, I didn't watch the video, because who knows where it would have gone after that. On YouTube, PewDiePie and PragerU are things I've explored independently, but its interesting to see how the forum is manipulated.

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  6. Comment on “Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes” in ~tech

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    Same thing happened to me. I just filed a paper form.

    Same thing happened to me. I just filed a paper form.

  7. Comment on How do you find new books to read? in ~books

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    No, I don't have a problem with what to read next, mine is more the tendency to pretend I'm a frustrated librarian. Mine isn't so much a backlog problem as the ability to store and read multiple...

    No, I don't have a problem with what to read next, mine is more the tendency to pretend I'm a frustrated librarian. Mine isn't so much a backlog problem as the ability to store and read multiple volumes at once.

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  8. Comment on New scientific device creates electricity from snowfall in ~tech

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    Where I am, humidity and rainfall energy capture would be a device that is welcomed. At least we've got this sunlight thing figured out.

    Where I am, humidity and rainfall energy capture would be a device that is welcomed. At least we've got this sunlight thing figured out.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Robert Reich: Everything You Need to Know About the New Economy in ~talk

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    The problem with a successor to Trump, and even the fear factor on both sides of another demagogue, is how much of an outsider will it take, beyond common sense and charisma? "We won't be fooled...

    The problem with a successor to Trump, and even the fear factor on both sides of another demagogue, is how much of an outsider will it take, beyond common sense and charisma? "We won't be fooled again" may drive people who knows where in seeking another leader.

  10. Comment on How do you find new books to read? in ~books

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    Related to the discussion, do others of you have such a backlog of books that you find yourself curating this list, sometimes to the detriment of actually reading? This used to be less of a...

    Related to the discussion, do others of you have such a backlog of books that you find yourself curating this list, sometimes to the detriment of actually reading? This used to be less of a problem for me when libraries limited me to checking out a few books, and I didn't have a camera or notepad app to jot all the other hot items down with.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Mary Chapin Carpenter - Goodnight America Absolutely beautiful. https://youtu.be/ZmSOhATmQL4

    Mary Chapin Carpenter - Goodnight America

    Absolutely beautiful.

    https://youtu.be/ZmSOhATmQL4

    1 vote
  12. Comment on How air pollution is doing more than killing us - The air we breathe could be changing our behaviour in ways we are only just beginning to understand. in ~enviro

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    Not just pollution. Hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, snow storms and increasing economic damage from the above also add to stress related behavior changes.

    Not just pollution. Hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, snow storms and increasing economic damage from the above also add to stress related behavior changes.

  13. Comment on Why Bernie Sanders Should Give His Millions Away in ~misc

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    To some, perhaps a lot of voters, this may very well appear to be hypocrisy, especially when politicized by the media. Whether this becomes a political liability for Sanders remains to be seen....

    To some, perhaps a lot of voters, this may very well appear to be hypocrisy, especially when politicized by the media. Whether this becomes a political liability for Sanders remains to be seen. However it might just as much be a political asset.

  14. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    I avoid google search whenever possible, using instead DuckDuckGo and on Iphone, Safari. currently looking for a viable alternative to gmail.

    I avoid google search whenever possible, using instead DuckDuckGo and on Iphone, Safari. currently looking for a viable alternative to gmail.

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  15. Comment on Hunchback of Notre-Dame goes to top of bestseller list after fire in ~books

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    The novel went on to become a classic and is largely credited with helping to initiate a vast renovation of the crumbling cathedral – Hugo’s “majestic and sublime edifice” – in the mid-19th century, completed by the architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

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  16. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    I think the US has weakened their perceived desirability in terms of benefitting from freedom and Democracy. We're no longer a country to emulate (if we ever were), having greater inequality than...

    I think the US has weakened their perceived desirability in terms of benefitting from freedom and Democracy. We're no longer a country to emulate (if we ever were), having greater inequality than ever, poor health care, corruption and discord, I don't think we're giving Democracy a very good name.

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  17. Comment on Star Wars Episode IX Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    That's fascinating. Tell me more.

    That's fascinating. Tell me more.

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  18. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    I don't really know. If Democracy is obsolete, maybe it will just die out. China is set to grow 3 times as large as the US economy, so maybe that's a good thing. More control, more stability. I've...

    I don't really know. If Democracy is obsolete, maybe it will just die out. China is set to grow 3 times as large as the US economy, so maybe that's a good thing. More control, more stability. I've just always thought that technology could someday free us of so much control by bringing everyone up.

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  19. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    Very astute. So raise those economic and social costs?

    Very astute. So raise those economic and social costs?

    1 vote