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El Coyote Gordo
08 February 2016 @ 06:26 pm
Back in the 80s, Coca-Cola noticed that Pepsi was selling better than Coke, so they decided to make Coke taste like Pepsi. In retrospect, the result was unsurprising: Pepsi drinkers kept drinking Pepsi because it did a better job of tasting like Pepsi, Coke drinkers hated the change because they liked Coke that tasted like Coke, and eventually the company switched back. Not learning from that, many people believe that Worldcon should become just like DragonCon because DragonCon is more popular.

And now Twitter has noticed that Facebook is more popular and keeps trying to switch from putting posts in boring old chronological order to an algorithmic order like Facebook’s. theferrett discusses.

Same thing? No, worse. Pepsi drinkers drink Pepsi because they like how it tastes. All those people who go to DragonCon presumably enjoy what DragonCon does and don’t wish they were at Worldcon instead. But Facebook is full of people (me, for instance) who wish it would give us posts in chronological order instead of in the order Facebook (and its advertisers) insist is what we really want.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
08 February 2016 @ 07:17 am
Jerry Pournelle said that the schools vaccinate children against reading. Here’s how it works in the UK.

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
08 February 2016 @ 07:11 am
TV show canceled for Girl Cooties.

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El Coyote Gordo
08 February 2016 @ 05:54 am
Marco Rubio droid malfunctions, loses battle of wits with Chris Christie.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
07 February 2016 @ 05:47 am
Kamp Kafka

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El Coyote Gordo
06 February 2016 @ 09:59 am
Happy birthday, drood and jmochagrrl
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El Coyote Gordo
06 February 2016 @ 07:54 am
The Académie Française declares an upgrade on the language. #JeSuisCirconflexe protests.

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El Coyote Gordo
06 February 2016 @ 05:50 am
Narcs and homelessness. Remarkably enough, this is mostly happening to PoC.

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El Coyote Gordo
06 February 2016 @ 05:44 am
Let me tell you how much I hate Apple: If there were a way for Apple to play against the New England Patriots, I would root for the Patriots. Just as we were about to achieve the dream of computers that would enable us to pick up the material world from a safe distance with words and numbers, “Blow” Jobs and the Lizard of Woz started a process that would turn them into television that also watches us. I have always liked the Zen idea that we are owned by our possessions. More and more devices work to literalize that image; they spy on us, they find new ways to extract money from us, and they control how we can use them. Here is Apple again, breaking your phone if you let it be touched by ritually unclean hands.

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ETA: Oops! See first comment, by someone who knows. This particular fix is good security, even though it’s handled in a screw-the-customer fashion.
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El Coyote Gordo
05 February 2016 @ 10:39 am
Happy birthday, shelleybear and swimmingotter
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El Coyote Gordo
05 February 2016 @ 07:30 am
In which Ted Cruz becomes as Googleable as Santorum. Does the connection with probes indicate that Canadian is not the only kind of alien he is?
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El Coyote Gordo
05 February 2016 @ 06:17 am
Furries get a bum rap.

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El Coyote Gordo
05 February 2016 @ 06:01 am
Puppets and the suspension of disbelief

Thanx to Mary Robinette Kowal
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El Coyote Gordo
04 February 2016 @ 10:02 am
Happy birthday, ed_rex and tanuki_green
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El Coyote Gordo
04 February 2016 @ 06:09 am
The right to repair
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
04 February 2016 @ 05:59 am
Mike Huckabee has decided to end his presidential campaign but I think he should be forced to carry it to full term–Bryan Donaldson
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