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The telcom industry has a solution for that that's going to be pretty hard to do anything about until 2018/2020. Pissing on the public good in the name of capitalism is the American way!

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

From experience, making a large phone system that doesn't suck is a pain in the ass and not enough of a priority to the powers that be, so you can either have a humorless phone system that makes your customers feel hated or a humorous phone system that makes your customers feel hated. I'll grant that you probably have more room to approach not-infuriating than most of us.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

I lobbied hard for this over the default Asterisk knockoff-Enya hold music last time it came up, at least for programmers who only over put people on hold if we have no intention of actually talking to them, but I was overruled every time.

I had to get Hegel before I could follow Capital. Phenomenology of Spirit is by no means a quick read though.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

I'm a little surprised they're not taking bets on whether there will be more protesters or inauguration attendees. I'd put money on protesters.

Given Wikileaks' involvement in the election, popularity with Trump and his fans, and Trump's already antagonistic relationship with the intelligence community, it wouldn't surprise me at all to hear the US Wikileaks investigation was ending and Sweden lost interest in the rape case.

But it's more likely that Julian, like the rest of us, didn't think there was a snowball's chance of Manning getting any kind of mercy, and so made the offer as a stunt that backfired.

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MySpace took off because it was first where your favorite bands were and then where all the people you met at shows were. Facebook took off because it was where everyone at your university organized their social lives. Diaspora was where the privacy conscious nerds were, which is a big draw for privacy conscious nerds and pretty much no one else. I think a distributed social network could succeed, but it'd have to find a community a large number of people are/want to be a part of to be early adopters.

They're probably mostly not lurkers, a lot of people make accounts when there's reddit drama going on and then stop coming around.

My mother went to the Clown College. So did mike. I've been hearing the circuses were in trouble most of my adult life and it's still weird for Ringling Brothers to be closing down.

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