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Using GPT-2 to "Sort by Controversial"

Be honest, you knew that someone was bound to do this sooner or later.
Inspired by Scott Alexander's famous post (is it true that it might be turned into a film?), I decided to train the publicly-available, weaker version of OpenAI's GPT-2 text generation model on a dataset of extremely controversial Reddit comments. I used PRAW (a Python library used for Reddit scraping) to grab every Culture War Roundup thread on here or /TheMotte, find the five most controversial comments from each thread (as determined by Reddit's algorithm), and spit them out into a text file. I then finetuned GPT-2's weights on this dataset (aided by this guide by the illustrious gwern) for a while, and then sat back and looked at what text was generated. Here are a couple of excerpts that the model generated (feel free to skip them if you just want a TLDR of my thoughts):
Blacks-Can-Be-White-Without-Blacks-Literalizing-Blacks, We-Are-Blacks explains the broad implications of the term Are We While Black and Can We Be We Like Red Without Blacks? and sums it up perfectly:
Blacks make up 1/8 of the world's population, but they account for only a 3/10 of global economic power. They are grossly disproportionate to the number of human beings on earth. While whites made up 17% of human populations between 3000 BCE and 3000 AD, whites made up only 8% of the world's economic power starting in AD 200. This disparity may explain why we currently have the world's highest homicide rates, worst health problems, lowest per capita income, lowest per capita education, highest per capita income, highest per capita income and highest per capita income being the United States’s two highest incarceration rates.
Our US overlords made us the descendants of European races much more advanced than jaywalking whites even if that bodes well for the racial survival of humanity. Also clearly explains why people in Latin America, Asia and Africa derive more from chattel slavery and darwinism than from the per capita average of whites living there.

The Nazi Daily Caller wrote a story on how Nazi Propaganda Factory and The Tranny State broke the rules and distributed propaganda across the world.

My response to the usual complaints about Rightist provocation, namely, that people start calling people fascists , I basically agree with that statement.

Brief history of SNL: The Onion's Culture war accuses, rallies behind Richard Mellon Scaife
As you might know by now, SNL [has] been running a series of interviews this week about the culture war for a while now, and it's been fun to watch them try and dig up some material from last week about themselves. Usually, I'm pretty blunt when I come across the same material over and over again, and the snarky assholes would like it that way.
I agree. Because that's exactly what you want to hear in this case.

It has to be said that the alt-right are all about conspiracy theory and "the art of the relationship". This is likely correct: while the art of the relationship may contain the Secret Service, the Secret Service may act to prevent a mofascist invasion of the USA by virtue of having little personal entanglement with the art of the relationship. In fact, in my experience, the art of the relationship is just as valuable for the alt-right as it is for conventional liberals. It is a logical consequence of having little personal entanglement with the art of the relationship, in that the very concept of power supersedes any sense of personal self-power. Making false claims/claims that are purely rhetoric are indistinguishable from making true claims (as I did in that instance). It is preferable that you have both power and authority when conflating power and authority. If the only distinction is between power to make claims about your opponents and power to make genuine claims about the enemy, then you may as well have both. You may think of consent as power to make claims propaganda by the leftists if you like, but it is very different if it is the strategy of fascism. The same applies to making claims about the enemies you are fighting against - you should dislike the fascists of the west and hate the alt-right, but at least you think that agreeing that the left is weak isn't somehow a sin. Alt-right have magic powers, see for yourself:
[Editor's note: that ending was hilarious to me.]

Affirmative Action Background

According to the relevant data, we have 1455 students who have taken AFAP (American Indian and Alaska Native Studies). Of these, 7 (58%) are boys, 6 (179%) are male, and 1 (97%) are non-binary (including the boys) and 1 (761) are genderfluid (all other numbers are in red). These are the students who have taken AFAP in the last year.
These are the AIs I did not count in last year's report:

For most of human history, the West was white. It was white collar, white people were rich, white collar. The West was white--investive, white people took care of their debts, white people worked hard, ate well, got married early, had kids early, died early, lived to 99,000, got a raise and got a good education. With the rise of the Internet and the physical reality of our times, the idea of 'the West' losing its male-dominated content has gained currency. I think it is important to put this in perspective, with regards to the second half of the 20th century. Even among white men who identify as belonging 'West' got laid off (despite obstacles). The first task is to account for the losses. The second major task is to present a plausible narrative for where the losses were. For example, the migration of white men to the East in the 1800s is not the founder of the West. The West lost its male-dominated content, but this did not stop white men from trying to claim a slice of the pre-industrial West. The first can be written as a retreat from Western culture. The second is far richer and more modern and therefore easier to justify as a Western narrative. But there is a huge difference. The first is something like the loss of 1) testosterone and 2) having a mate who is not white not related to being West is not worth it in the long run, whereas the loss of 2) is worth in the long run because it exposes the pop culture comparison to much more serious objection (i.e. whether it proves that the Culture War is really about men or only about MEN being West will be discussed at a much larger level) than making the same argument about how to justify it (i.e. male and female are going to have same wants and whatnot). The second thing is that MEN being West has a very specific meaning. Hence it is a taboo, what is not taboo is that we are discussing it for the norms, not for the men.
My thoughts
Reading through the samples generated by this model, I find that most of them don't make any arguments that have much relevance to our own Culture War. Sure, the model knows all the best buzzwords to throw in there, but it doesn't use those buzzwords to craft any statements that are meaningful on a global level. This was behavior of GPT-2 identified by either Scott or commenters (I can't recall which) in this post, or maybe this? As such, none of the statements seem all too controversial to me, because there is no meaning for me to agree or disagree with. But I'll make one last point: in the original story, nobody realized (initially) that the statements produced by the model were controversial. How frightening!
If you're interested in playing around with this finetuned model, I've uploaded the necessary files here. Now, I've never used GoFile before, so there's a good chance that it's slipping viruses into your downloads. But, if you're brave enough to press on, to use this model, simply create a new folder in the "models" subdirectory of the place where your GPT-2 is located, download all the files, drag all of them into that folder, and next time you run GPT-2, pass it the following option:
where "FolderName" is the name you chose for your folder. I'll let you know that I did a pretty bad job training this model. A good number of the comments in the dataset simply consisted of the word "[deleted]", and many others were decidedly non-controversial "Quality Contribution Roundups". (This was due to the fact that as stickied comments, they always showed up first in the threads, even when the threads were sorted by controversial.) Finally, I chose the 5 top controversial comments from each thread, but for some threads, there may have only been one or two really controversial comments. This means that many of the comments that the model was trained on were likely just bland, run-of-the-mill culture war comments, rather than the juicy truly controversial stuff that we love. I might try playing around with the dataset in order to train a better model; if I do, I'll make sure to update you all.
Have fun!
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I google translated the entire bee movie script about 30 times, lol

Here is this monstrosity:

According to all known aircraft, honey cannot fly. The wings are too small to get oil from a small body on the ground. Of course, bees don't care about flying honey. Yellow, Black Yellow, Black Yellow, Black Yellow, Black Ooh, Black and Yellow! Let me shake a little. Barry! Breakfast is ready! Ooming! Second off. Hello, Barry? - Friend - Do you think this is happening? - I don't understand. Keskinler. Use the ladder. Your father will pay them well. Unfortunately, I saw a happy diploma. You're very proud, son. Good bulletins, all of them. Very proud. Today! Something's happening here. - It's time to get out of trouble. - Ah! Me! - the waves! 118 000. - Yes! Barry, I told you you didn't go home! - Friend - Barry. - Is this a waste of jelly? - Special day packages, graduates. I never thought about it. School for three days and three years. They are aliens. Three-day college. I came this day and I'm glad I can forget. You're back. Hey, Barry. - Artie, grows beef? That sounds good. Listen to Frankie? Yes - are you happy? - no. Everyone knows that man's song is dead. Don't waste your squirrel. The hair is warm. I think it's broken. I like the landscape, including the landscape. So we don't have to take a vacation. Very complicated child ... in this case. - Men, we are men today. - What? - bee. Amine! Hallelujah! Students, educational institutions, special lovers, welcome to Dean Buzzwell. Welcome, New Oity Sales Students ... ... 9:15. This closes the ceremony. Work at Honex Industries! Need this time? I heard this tendency. Instructions We go here. Always be careful and careful. - I want to know what happened. Little fear. Welcome to Honex, Honesco is a part and part of the Hexagon Group. This! Wow, we know, like darling, to live for some time to work. Dear feet, we start when the strongest pollen in the basket is absorbed. The secret above fixes a sudden color of incense and changes the sweet aroma of sweet master and bright gold. - This girl is sexy. - Our relatives! - Is that it? Yes, we are all brothers. "Okay," Honexen always tried to cure all aspects of the uterus. Wild insects are testing new helmet technology. - What do you think they do? - This is not enough. This is the final step, Krelman. - What are you doing - Take some honey after the liquid. Millions of people do not want to save us. Who works for Krelman? Of course. Most of the work is a little darling. But be careful, but when everything is done it means there are many. But be careful because they remain in your workplace, to choose the rest of your life. Work for the rest of your life. What's the difference? We would be happy to know that honey as a species is not yet 27 million years old. Why would you die? Try. Wow! And I blow my head! - What's the difference? Or how do you say that? Unlimited work? This is a complete choice you must make. Now I have to make a decision in life. But Adam, how did they tell you? Why Ask We are new housewives. We manage communities in the world. Do you think everyone works here? What are some examples? I don't know you know what I'm talking about. Clean the door. Your Royal Force Action Approach. Wait a moment Think about it. - Poland now! Wow: You never saw it. They know what happened in blue. Yes, but some did not return. - Athletes! - Athlete! You are great! You are a giant monster! You are excited in heaven! Like! Like! - What? Premature day. Outside, who knows who it is. You can't decide to become Jock Pollock. You must be a scientist.To this day, I have no friends, in the morning, up to six kilometers from the height of the sun. "A couple of miles, right?" Barry! You have water, but you can not solve it - maybe I can! Doors 9. Do you think? Are you moving forward with a look of 0900? Father, are you surprised to solve the problem of interest? There are many probabilities - but you are the only one. Are you looking for the same thing every day? Sunan said some of you say that you can write and write. You know, most articles do not have a mask. Do you think you are a doll? This is a bad thing for interesting people. His son Jet is not sure how to hear! Success is sometimes very happy - I do not like a good time. Unhealthy you are great, our son has seen him! Save - no one tells me! Wait until you receive the letter. Now I can say something. I'm a trumpet! Celebrate and celebrate our MAC! Maybe I want to take my chest. Pregnant name for a daughter with my wife calls her son and everyone! I'm proud to work! Today is today Good things have disappeared, Rengo, get to the table, take me ... - Still? - Leave two minutes! One of them is your ability! Page - Kasbar - The choice of the party is a bicycle! Wow! Long or Blue Yes! I wanted the first day! We are ready! Choose - first? What do you want to do? 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Murphy will come home to fight cricket! - This is a terrible reminder from the beginning, the number of numbers is, people can not say! Ok, start! Sounds, learning, sounds! Sounds, learning, sounds! Sounds, learning, sounds! Black and Sweet Happy Day! Are you ready? Yes, what's wrong - Anne. I see the Pact for Dryness - Prosthesis. Do not forget to forget me from the judge. Make sure that! All the hearts are on the floor! Wow! I'm out, I do not think it's happening. All blue, do not hesitate to me! Hi, good! Wow! Floors! This blue nose grows with a glance It starts, holds 30 degrees! 30 degrees, it's time to close the carpet, it's a small bomb. Here's a sweet cloth for water! Have you already booked? No, I'm here, my dear. Maybe he can get it. You know, that's a surprise. It's a dance, why are you doing it? It appears More flowers, more pink, more fresh water, more love for us, if you are interested, I have a very shiny color, more needs?Nobody cry for children! It's like rock Do not think this flower. - I said - you know. What is correct? Of course, when you eat you start earning! Yowser! There are many There are no cars! - Things! - I am! - Hey, collect. - Here! Eat me Nobody goes. Otherwise it will not appear. Stop! You do it! Styles, mom! What do you do here ... disaster here is here. I want to go home Rain is not saying Rain is not saying Rain is not saying Me Me Go animals Hello, can you close the window? Hello, can you close the window? Check the test. I changed the track If you see it, it happens. Yes Yes. Many people. Not at all It's time this time. It's time This time! This time! ... beautiful! It's great to breathe. My favorite art is the 10 best films. What is the Star Wars number? Yes, I do these things. It is not surprising to do that. Valea. When I leave my work, I can not believe what I have said. The sun is there Perhaps this is the way. I could not remember the sun, the Earth and the floor 75. I am hot. First, I'm the only one. Wait! Bee! Stop. These shoes are cool. Stay tuned and lose! You know you are suffering! I'm afraid! Why is your life less than your life? Why is my life less than my life? What I love your vision in everyone's life. You do not know what's going on. Crazy! OK, small No music It's the effect Enter the brochure. I take my face off. Do your special skills. This is a unique technique. That's right. Vanis. Thank you. - Vanessa, next week? I'm growing up - Yes, yes. What do you know? - Give it to your partner. To pay - You think you have enough calories. To pay I have said something. He saved my life. I have said something. Well, all. This is a problem. This animal is correct. You do not need to tell anyone. I do not think I've ever done it. It is not. Welcome! No, yes. Do not do this I do not know how to start. - Do you love Jazz? No, that's not a good thing. Look! Stupid words! Welcome! Sad - You said - Yes, I know. I'm guilty. No, that's not a good thing. Conditions Mo, but I did not think of sleeping. I got confused. I was very impressed. I said, cut it! I did it, but I did, but everyone tried to kill me. But if you do not ... Thank you. I grew up It's great. - Death. - Yes. I told you In my speech! I'm grateful. I'll go now. Wait! How did you learn - Who? Talk I love you Mother, Father, Heart. They bought it. - Very good. - Yes. This is good. If we do not smell, we will tell you where we cover it. Who ... you ... what is it? - Why? I do not know. I said ... I do not know. Ooffee? I do not leave you This is not a problem. It's two minutes. - Coffee - I hate shipping. - Do not let people! - I want a cup. Hello, do you have a cake cake? - No. Small No, I'm not. - Oh! I have to stop small micrograms. No - These soldiers are not appropriate. You are too big! I do not know, you know anything about clothing. Is it right? No, Madison was at Valentine's Airport. They finally arrived. They have their church. The wedding started He said: "What's this?" "I do not know what I do, but what do they do, do not I? I do not know how to act, I want to help the interview, but I can not do anything." "I love flowers directly". the new queen has decided to improve the same theme ... you see ... I know, sheep, yes, I'm a turtle!Unfortunately, this is not possible. If I have, I can live. Of course you can take it with me, this is a stone - please! Yeah, well, then ... I'm with you. or not. Okay, Berry and you ... for the first time, but ... but I can not. You came in all these ways. We can strive, we can drown and be courageous. Harmony is strange! This is my best life, the best time my people do not believe! Talk Man Plaster Big and Page Daily is a great animal. The people are naked. "Do you want to kill your body like a TV?" - Some people but there is no one here. You made me, and I'm happy to see what you want to see. Your own experience is that you can now choose a job and become a permanent business owner. I got good luck, do not worry about yourself, you're killing your parents! - No, no, or are you crying? I do not like eight hours of fans and I know everything that I do not know, not much ... it's not the law. You should not interfere in your thoughts. Vanessa name is very good and inspiring! Someone! Fluoride's Day! We have no history with the help of Washington and M-80 officials, walk along the road, talk to those who attacked our home! Pearl! I saved my life! And he knows I've lost it! This dog is not yet complete! It's called compression, beautiful! And eat what you did not eat. No, meat, leaves, and tell me, I have no one! We have it and we have it! Yes, but who can help me? there is no time. Tell me what you think of Mac Man, thinking is an idea. This is a shadow in the pool. Do you know what is the problem? Have I started thinking? So how do you do it? Three days! Do you think of your life? What is life in your life? There is no need to worry! Hale will give you a sweet reward Does your dad talk to you about Martin, talk to him? Berry, I'm talking to you! Yes I do. Look at Venezuela for a long time! - We are still here. I'm telling you to tell if. No, because I will not listen to you. I'm not saying, unfortunately, I do not want to confuse my head - where are you going? Can a girl solve this problem? God, I hope they get sick. Every year there are powders in the gallon? Now everyone in the gallery dreams of selling flowers! On the floor, near the flowers, fun. Was not this play alone? Do you know where you are going? This is important, because I do not want to go anywhere. She looks strong, she likes, she looks at me OK, now it is your turn. Can You Run Television Only? It is a disease that is not suitable for you. He is great, great. And Gongo Beas! We hope you want to cut everything. We hope this works. Usually we like it. So you should look at your mind, look for walls, speed up, write letters, and wash. What to eat: Money, jealousy, pools Good friends It is a problem that is not allowed. Come on, you're crazy! What is the use of a serpent? So you know we have 10 pages as we actually know the fifth range. "I've lost my family from Italy, but I'm sure the name is automated, Golden Voice is a great sign for the players of particular time." Eat, not enough, yes, you know ... reducing everything and this is the problem! Hot, cold, crying, filled! Hard, Barry I do not know! To go to school, go to the hospital! All this with us!I understand. I'm thinking about it, he's that great friend, who needs to hand him over to him. You took the baby away! What I know! I can tell you, start talking! Where do you get the best stuff? I have not understood who your friend is. What we need now is! Now you're so scared! Mom, use the knife! You are my grandmother, my grandmother, Ignacio! Where is honey? tell me! Growing honey is good! All right! What happened here? These people look like these people do not know. Now I can not find a second place! And now you're going to die, I'm dead? They do a large company looking at honey. Unfortunately, money, everything is corrupt, I sweep it! I want to run - you? You're really dying, hey, what's wrong with him? Oh, well - the speaker! The Third Challenge! - The Leal Cup? Welcome! Call: This is your only choice, bee! Why clean a dog? What should you do with others? Shut the nose up the window! NP News in Washington, It's Oasis Castle But I'm Dying! - Bee! Moses' money! You can ask something. - Shape, crying, dark red and pearls? Ah, shining eyes see the blood that drives it, I think it's expensive. 20 minutes. - We're born. They are a couple. The friend of Mopin is not us. What if you have a problem? You see, you have a problem. No one likes us, but he will be gone. See your teeth, smoke, smell! At least you are in the world. Compare girls who are selling, crawling and surfing the Internet. The rings do not like your teeth, take me! Musculoskeletal exit! To contact you, Dibora! Rabbi! Moscow! I know it's all there is. IMPORTANCE: How do you shape yourself? We put cats in boxes and give us huge returns. Beautiful girl like oil. PINKD - Look at the new drum baby. You're looking for Thomas 3000! A 90-minute semiconductor for smoking. Twice, Nicotine, all the tears affect some of them. They're honey to make money. "I am the one who produces honey"! Did you do it well? Yes, it took a long time. Howard launches a fake wall? We went here. We do not have an option. Well, is this your queen? Train this man! The Challenge: This Stubborn Queen! No, they are hundreds! Honey, take our honey! It's too! Well, Barry, are people using humans honey? This is a rumor, is it a lie? This is a false doctrine. Here is a clear picture. How did he get involved? What do the people say about her? - Call that guy? 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Metropolitan Manhattan's wonderful city with respect for its king who is easy to talk about the world, the story of which Barry, I think a good majority of the working day is preliminary. "And if I don't have the money? And if not, I don't think Bumbleton is the most important one because it is there, (4) 475 eighty five today, Barry V. Bayson feeds five groups of Cicero Springer fuel we want the world wants. .. Trade is the easiest DD Cicero said that for the first time men and women of childbearing age The birth of the Bible is not a fertility on the farm, and I think I have the right to receive natural benefits and environment if you live in Cicero on earth , you have to think about it, we only know another place, the Lord or Mother or C. 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Yes i don't think you are No, it's too late. I'm working. But ... rock. I miss some things Barry. Success. Don't pay. Time. News. I heard that you are a tennis player. You can't play a lot. The head is very irritated. I always say here. Look, Ken, Y Barry is not a smart food. But a wise food Do you think I'm doing something? I know it's hard to work. We see it. Beer works 100%. But we all know. That is my problem Ken, I'm Barry I hope everything will be fine I want to see black hair please. Do you know? I play in teenage Pete - Italia Waggau. Have many pages. Did you forget my eternal life? Thank you. I like it! I think here! I speak to Koiffeur. Do you like the smell of birds? No, you know I'm hot! It is very easy! I have a problem! Yes! - If not, what? My mother, you're stupid! Lost food, Gel door! Kenneth! What are you doing? I know I need something sweet! I don't want this! We must talk! They are not strong children! I have known him for a long time! How long are the things in life? No, but elsewhere, they enjoy it. And you are one of them! Great! When it was cold, he said: "My father felt fun. Ken and I knew the bed. I knew everything I knew. I always knew I was scared and I couldn't. You see some events. "Barry Benson. We want to be a famous president. You know that you are one of the best lawyers ... Yes, Lehton. You know. Don't forget what you are doing. How do - affect? A little bias can be lost. Benson Bee what you want Do you have friends Are you a friend, are you a good friend? Last minute ... something ... I saw all, not the queen - Barry ... - Yes, I told you that you were wrong. Benson. He was buried in his treasure. You must take this man! Download Taqbbitx - Roundrii !! All friends! Want to see! I'm here to receive orders! Don't order! May the Almighty judge your veins! animal! They abandoned their feet silently. I saidInvite your partner: You are in different ways. I want to die I want to kill myself. She met her first blue restaurant. Do you have a picture like someone else's water? Let me know that Adlineline ... all ... well! Actually, you're sick. Do you think it's the worst world? As we help ourselves, I do not know that I understand it is a bottle. This is the price, I do not like it! Can you take pictures of your members? Do not smoke - young smokers. I do not say fast cigarettes, however, you have to smoke. Toga! Where is our heart Go to the place where I change my clothes. Income and loss of income and losses. And are you kids if you can join the group? That does not tell the truth How much is wrong? They say yes to buy or review your location. It's over! Mr Flemish, you are a cork to see Montomium, but you see! A good example. There is no evidence of smoking. Your responsibility Is not one that is a threat to security? That means young people do not like it. You will be informed that Bangla is "natural" for us. Is it true that Mike is a slave? What are we doing? 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Of course I have seen flowers! clever! Thank you, "but don't." Listen to it! This process was completed with the latest storm in the world. It's our last day. We are the only ones who love flowers and how long we live like the spirit, the soul we say, what we are talking about music or the traditional musical instrument that called us and holds Barry Unnamed: ... you win! Jock Bulls! Perfect. Just my husband. Well, where we are. Mom! Queues from! If you're in a conversation, it's true. I think we wake up at night! This is your chance. Get it! Oh, yes, is this next? Do you like it? bees. Don't forget milk, cream, cheese, me. I haven't seen this color! Sometimes I feel like meat! I do not know. Barry Sorry, is there time or help me to help? I'm late. Lawyer? I got a virus and blood. I needed a suitcase. Get it! Bars that are a big woman and I'm not embarrassed. No problem, nothing wrong. Leave them down. You're Messiah, Barry. I said yes, yes, isn't it? 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The Tyranny of the Minimum Viable User

In addressing shortcomings of a major web browser recently, I tossed out a neologism for a neologistic age: Minimum viable user.
This describes the lowest-skilled user a product might feasibly accommodate, or if you're business-minded, profitably accommodate. The hazard being that such an MVU then drags down the experience for others, and in particular expert or experienced users. More to follow.
There are cases where reasonable accommodations should be considered, absolutely. Though how this ought be done is also critical. And arbitrary exclusions for nonfunctional reasons -- the term for that is "discrimination", should you ask -- are right out.
Accessibility accommodations, in physical space and informational systems, is a key concern. I don't generally require these myself, but know many people who do, and have come to appreciate their concerns. I've also come to see both the increased imposition, and benefits, this offers by way of accommodating the needs.
It's often underappreciated how increased accessibility helps many, often all, users of a product or space. A classic instance would be pavement (or sidewalk) kerb cuts -- bringing the edge of a walkway to street level, rather than leaving a 10 cm ridge. This accommodates not just wheelchairs, but dollies, carts, wheeled luggage, and more. Benefits which materialised only after deployment, beyond the original intent.

Accessibility and Information Systems

For information systems -- say, webpages -- the accommodations which are most useful for perceptually-challenged users are also almost always beneficial to others: clear, high-contrast layouts. Lack of distracting screen elements. A highly semantic structure makes work easier for both screen-readers (text-to-speech) and automated parsing or classification of content. Clear typography doesn't fix all copy, but it makes bad copy all the more apparent. Again, positive externalities.
When we get to the point of process-oriented systems, the picture blurs. The fundamental problem is that an interface which doesn't match the complexity of the underlying task is always going to be unsatisfactory. Larry Wall has observed this with regard to the Perl programming language: complexity will out. In landscape design, the problem is evidenced by the term "desire path". A disagreement between use and design.[1]
At its heart, a desire path is the failure for designer to correctly anticipate, or facilitate, the needs and desires of their users. Such paths reflect emergent practices or patterns, some constructive, some challenging the integrity of a system. Mastodon Tootstorms are an example of a positive creative accommodation. Mostly.
On other services, the lack of an ability to otherwise dismiss content frequently creates an overload of the spam or abuse reporting mechanism. G+ comes to mind. If a side-effect of reporting content is that it is removed from my view, and there is no other way to accomplish that goal, then the reporting feature becomes the "remove from visibility" function. I've ... had that conversation with Google for a number of years. Or is that a monologue...
Software programming is in many ways a story of side-effects and desire paths, as is the art of crafting system exploits. PHP seems particularly prone to this, though I can't find the character-generating hack I've in mind.
There's the question of when a system should or shouldn't be particularly complex. Light switches and water taps are a case in point. The first has operated as a simple binary, the second as a variable-rate flow control, and the basic functionality has remained essentially unchanged for a century or more. Until the Internet of Broken Shit that Spies on you wizkids got ahold of them.... And modulo some simple management interfaces: timers or centralised large-building controls.
Simple tasks benefit from simple controls.
Complex tasks ... also benefit from simple controls, but no simpler than the task at hand.
A good chef, for example, needs only a modicum of basic elements. A good knife. A reliable cooktop and oven. A sink. A cutting surface. Mixing bowls. Underappreciated: measuring equipment. Measuring spoons, cups, pitchers. A scale. Thermometer. Timers. The chef also may have call for some specific processing equipment: cutting, chopping, blending, grating, and mixing tools. Powering these increases throughput, but the essential controls remain simple. And some specialised tools, say, a frosting tube, but which generally share common characteristics: they're individually simple, do one thing, usually a basic transformation, and do it well.
The complexity of the process is in the chef, training, and practice.
The antithesis of this is "cooking gadgets" -- tools or appliances which are complicated, fussy, achieve a single and non-general result, or which integrate (or attempt to do so) a full process. This is the stuff that clutters counter space and drawers: useless kitchen gadgets. A category so egregious it defies even simple listing, though you're welcome to dig through search results.
If you can only use it on one recipe, it's bad mkay?

Appropriateness of Single-use Tools: Safety equipment

On single-use tools: if that single use is saving your life in conditions of readily forseeable peril, then it may well be worth having. Lifeboats. Seatbelts. First aid kit.
That gets down to a risk assessment and mitigation calculation problem though, which may be error-prone: over- and under-estimating risks, and/or the efficacy of mitigations. Pricing risk and risk-as-economic good is another long topic.

Lifts, Telephones, and Automobiles

There are times when you absolutely should be aiming for the minimum viable user. Anything that sees widespread shared public use, for example. I shouldn't have to read the user manual to figure out how to open the front door to your building. Automatic, sensored doors, would be an entirely MVU product.
I've mentioned lifts, automobiles, and telephones. Each is highly complex conceptually, two can maim or kill. All can be relatively safely used by most adults, even children. A large part of what makes lifts, automobiles, and telephones so generally usable is that the controls are very highly standardised. Mostly. The exceptions become newsworthy.
Telephones have deviated from this with expansion of mobile and even more complex landline devices. And the specific case of business-oriented office telephones has been for at least 30 years, a strong counterexample, worth considering.

Office Phone Systems

It takes me a year or more to figure out a new office phone system. If ever. A constant for 30 years. This wasn't the case as of the 1980s, when a standard POTS-based phone might have five buttons, and the smarts were in a PBX generally located within the building.
By the 1990s, though, "smart phones" were starting to appear. Rolm was one early vendor I recall. These had an increasing mix of features, not standardised either across or within vendor lines, but generally some mix of:
  1. Voicemail
  2. Call forwarding
  3. Call conferencing
  4. Lots of other random shit to inflate marketing brochures
Feature #4 was a major problem, but the underlying one was, and remains, I think, the mismatch of comms channels and cognitive capacities a phone represents: audio, physical, textual, and short-term working memory.
The physical interface of most phones -- and I'm referring to desk sets here -- is highly constrained. There's a keypad, generally 12 buttons (not even enough for the impoverished Roman alphabet, let alone more robust ones), possibly an additional set of function buttons, and a handset, plus some base. Cords.
More advanced phonesets have perfected the technology of including a display for text which is simultaneously unreadable under any lighting conditions, viewing angles, or capable of providing useful information in any regard. This another engineering accomplishment with a decades-long record.
Phones are relatively good for talking, but they are miserable for communication. Reflected by millennials disdain for making phone calls Millennials prefer text-based apps to voice comms, as do numerous tech early-adopters. I suspect the reason is both the state-maintenance and fragility of phone-based communications.
I'm distinguishing talking -- a longer and wandering conversation with a friend -- and communicating -- the attempt to convey or obtain some specific task-oriented or process-oriented information. The salient difference is that the latter is very strongly goal oriented, the former, not so much. That is, a "simple" phone conversation is a complex interaction and translation between visual, textual, audio, physical, and memory systems. It's also conducted without the visual cues of face-to-face communications (as are all remote comms), for further fun and games. This usually makes conversations with someone you know well (for whom you can impute those cues) generally far more straightforward than with a stranger, especially for complex discussions.
The upshot is that while a telephone is reasonably simple to use in the basic case -- establish a voice connection with another device generally associated with a person or business -- it actually fails fairly profoundly in the surrounding task context for numerous reasons. Many of which boil down to an interface which is simultaneously oversimplified and poorly suited to the task at hand.
Smartphones, and software-based telephony systems in general, followed the business phone lead.
Mobile comms generally have expanded on failures of business phone systems in poor usability as phones by significantly deteriorating audio quality and dynamics -- constraints of packet-switching, compression, additional relay hops, and speed-of-light delays have boosted noise and lag to the level of interfering with the general flow of conversation. Which isn't particularly an interface failure as such (this is channel behaviour), but it encourages the shift to text of millennials.
I'll save the question of how to fix voice comms for discussion.
The point I'm making is that even an apparently straightforward device and task, with a long engineering history, can find itself ill-matched to new circumstances.
There's also much path-dependence here. Lauren Weinstein on G+ enjoys digging up old AT&T engineering and marketing and/or propaganda newsreels describing development of the phone system: direct-dial, switching, 7-digit, area-code, long-distance, touch-tone. There were real and legitimate design, engineering, and use considerations put into each of these. It's not as if the systems were haphazardly put together. This still doesn't avoid the net result being a bit of a hash.
An appreciation of why Mr. Chesterton built his fence , and whether or not that rationale remains valid, is useful to keep in mind. As are path-dependencies, 2nd-system effects, and late-adopter advantages. Those building out interdependent networks after initial trial often have a significant advantage.
It's also interesting to consider what the operating environment of earlier phones was -- because it exceeded the device itself.
A business-use phone of, say, the 1970s, existed in a loosely-integrated environment comprising:
Critically: these components operated simultaneously and independently of the phone.
A modern business, software, or smartphone system may offer some, or even all, of these functions, but frequently:
The benefits are that they are generally cheaper, smaller, more portable, and create digital data which may be, if accessible to other tools, more flexible.
But enough of phones.

The Unix Philosophy

The Unix Philosophy reads: "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface."
It offers a tremendous amount of mileage.

Exceptions to the Unix Philosophy: Complexity Hubs

I want to talk about the apparent exceptions to the Unix philosophy: shells, editors, email, init (and especially systemd), remote filesystems, udev, firewall rules, security generally, programming languages, GUIs.
Apparently, "exceptions to the Unix philosophy" is very nearly another neologism -- I find a single result in Google, to an essay by Michael O. Church. He adds two more items: IDEs (integrated developer environments), arguably an outgrowth of editors, and databases. Both are solid calls, and both tie directly into the theme I had in mind in the preceding toot.
These are all complexity hubs -- they are loci of either control or interfacing between and among other systems or complex domains:

The GUI Mess

This leaves us with GUIs, or more generally, the concept of the domain of graphics.
The complexity here is that graphics are not text. Or at the very least, transcend text. It is possible to use text to describe graphics, and there are tools which do this: Turtle. Some CAD systems. Scalable vector graphics (SVG). But to get philosophical: the description is not the thing. The end result is visual, and whilst it might be rule-derived, it transcends the rule itself.
One argument is that when you leave the domain of text, you leave the Unix philosophy behind. I think I'm OK with that as a starting premise. This means that visual, audio, mechanical, and other sensory outputs are fundamentally different from text, and that we need to keep in mind that text, whilst powerful, has its limits.
It's also to keep in mind, though, what the characteristics and limits of GUIs themselves are.
Neal Stephenson, "In the Beginning was the Command Line", again, offers one such: Metaphor sheer. Most especially where a GUI is used to represent computer system elements themselves, it's crucial to realise that the representation is not the thing itself -- map-territory confusion. In fact a GUI isn't so much a representation as a remapping of computer state.
Unix, the C programming language, and the bash shell all remain relatively close to machine state. In many cases, the basic Unix commands are wrappers around either C language structures (e.g., printf(1) and printf(3)), or report the content of basic data structures (e.g., stat(1) and stat(2)). Even where the concept is reshaped significantly, you can still generally find the underlying concept present. This may be more foreign for newbies, but as exposure to the system is gained, interface knowledge leverages to system knowledge.
GUIs lose this: represented state has little coherence.
Some argue that not being tied to the mechanism is an advantage -- that this allows the interface designer a freedom to explore expressions independent of the underlying mechanism.
This is true.
But it gets to another set of limitations of GUIs:
Scripting has the effect of constraining, for better or worse, changes to interfaces because scripts have to be updated as features change. The consequence is that tools either don't change arguments, change them with exceedingly long advance warning, or failing either of those, are rapidly discarded by those who use them due to gratuitous interface changes. The result is a strong, occasionally stifling, consistency over time.
The limits on information density and on scaling or scrolling are another factor. A good GUI might offer the ability to expand or compress a view by a few times, but it takes a very creative approach to convey the orders of magnitude scales which, say, a physical library does. Data visualisation is its own specialty, and some are good at it.
The result is that most GUI interfaces are good for a dozen, perhaps a few dozens, objects.
Exceptions to this are telling. xkcd is on the money: This chart manages to show values from $1to $2.39 quadrillion ($2.39 thousand million million), within the same visualisation, a span of 15 orders of magnitude, by using a form of logarithmic scaling. This is possible, but it is difficult to do usefully or elegantly.

GUIs, Efficiency, and Change

Change aversion and inherent limits to GUI productivity interact to create the final conflict for GUIs: the potential for interface efficiency is limited and change is disruptive, you lose for trying. Jamie "jwz" Zawinski notes this:
Look, in the case of all other software, I believe strongly in "release early, release often". Hell, I damned near invented it. But I think history has proven that UI is different than software.
What jwz doesn't do is explain why this is, and I'm not aware of others who have.
This also shows up in the case of Apple, a company which puts a premium on design and UI, but which is exceedingly conservative in changing UI. The original Mac desktop stuck with its initial motif from 1984 until 2001: 17 years. It successor has changed only incrementally from 2001 to 2017, very nearly as long. Even Apple realise: you don't fuck with the GUI.
This suggests an underlying failure of the Linux desktop effort isn't a failure to innovate, but rather far too much churn in the desktop.
My daily driver for 20 years has been Window Maker, itself a reimplementation of the 1989 NeXT desktop. Which is to say that a 30 year-old design works admirably. It's fast, stable, doesn't change unexpectedly with new releases or updates, and gets the fuck out of the way. It has a few customisations which tend to focus on function rather than form.

The Minimum Viable User GUI and Its Costs

Back to my starting premise: let's assume, with good reason, that the Minimum Viable User wants and needs a simple, largely pushbutton, heavily GUI, systems interface.
What does this cost us?
The answer is in the list of Unix Philosophy Violating Tasks:

Just Who is the Minimum Viable User?

A central question, and somewhat inexcusably buried at this point in my essay, is who is the Minimum Viable User? This could be the lowest level of system skills capable of using a device, which an OECD survey finds is abysmally bad. Over half the population, and over 2/3 in most surveyed industrialised countries, have poor, "below poor", or no computer skills at all.
I'm moving past this point quickly, but recommend very strongly reading Jacob Nielsen's commentary on this study, and the study itself: "Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills" (OECD, 2016). The state of typical user skills is exceedingly poor. If you're reading this essay, you're quite likely not among them, though if you are, the comment is simply meant without disparagement as a statement of fact: from high to low, the range of user computer skills is enormous, with the low end of the range very highly represented in the general population. People who, largely, otherwise function quite well in society: they have jobs, responsibilities, families.
This has profound implications for futures premised on any sort of general technical literacy. As William Ophuls writes in Plato's Revenge, social systems based on the premise that all the children are above average are doomed to failure.
The main thrust of this essay though is a different concern. Global information systems which are premised on a minimal-or-worse level of sophistication by all users also bodes poorly, though for different reasons: it hampers the capabilities of that small fraction -- 5-8% or less, and yes, quite probably far less -- of the population who can make highly productive use of such tools, by producing hardware and software which fails to support advanced usage.
It does this by two general modes:
The dynamics are also driven by market and business considerations -- where the money is, and how development, shipping, and maintaining devices relates to cash flows.

The Problem-Problem Problem

One business response is to extend the MVU definition to that of the Minimum Viable-Revenue User: services are targeted at those with the discretionary income, or lack of alternatives, to prove attractive to vendors.
There's been well-founded criticism of Silicon Valley startups which have lost track of what a meaningful problem in need of solution. It's a problem problem. Or: The problem-problem problem.
Solving Minor Irritations of Rich People, or better, inventing MIoRP, as a bootstrapping method, has some arguable utility. Telsa Motors created a fun, but Very ExpensiveTM , electrified Lotus on its way to creating a viable, practical, battery-powered, Everyman vehicle. Elon Musk is a man who has made me a liar multiple times, by doing what I unequivocally stated was impossible, and he impresses the hell out of me for it.
Amazon reinvented Sears, Roebuck, & Co. for the 21st century bootstrapped off a books-by-mail business.
I'm not saying there ain't a there there. But I'm extremely unconvinced that all the there there that's claimed to be there is really there.
Swapping out the phone or fax in a laundry, food-delivery, dog-walking, or house-cleaning business is not, in the larger scheme of things, particularly disruptive. It's often not even a particularly good business when catering to the Rich and Foolish. Not that parting same from their easily-won dollars isn't perhaps a laudable venture.
The other slant of the Minimum Viable User is the one who is pushed so far up against the wall, or fenced in and the competition fenced out, that they've no option but to use your service. Until such time as you decide to drag them off the plane. Captive-market vendor-customer relationship dynamics are typically poor.
For numerous reasons, the design considerations which go into such tools are also rarely generative. Oh: Advertising is one of those domains. Remember: Advertising breeds contempt.
Each of these MVU business cases argues against designing for the generative user. A rather common failing of market-based capitalism.
Robert Nozick explains criticism of same by creatives by the fact that "by and large, a capitalist society does not honor its intellectuals". A curious argument whose counterpoint is "capitalism is favoured by those whom it does unduly reward".
That's solipsistic.
Pointing this out is useful on a number of counts. It provides a ready response to the Bullshit Argument that "the market decides". Because what becomes clear is that market forces alone are not going to do much to encourage generative-use designs. Particularly not in a world of zero-marginal-cost products. That is: products whose marginal costs are small (and hence: pricing leverage), but with high fixed costs. And that means that the market is going to deliver a bunch of shitty tools.

Getting from Zero to One for Generative Mobile Platforms

Which suggests one of a few possible avenues out of the dilemma: a large set of generative tools have been built through non-capitalistic organisation. The Free Software / Open Source world would be a prime case in point, but it's hardly the first. Scientific research and collaboration, assembly of reference tools, dictionaries, encyclopedias. That's an option.
Though they need some sort of base around which to form and organise. And in the case of software they need hardware.
For all the evil Bill Gates unleashed upon the tech world (a fair bit of it related to the MVU and MFVU concepts themselves), he also unleashed a world of i386 chipset systems on which other software systems could be developed. Saw to it that he individually and specifically profited from every one sold, mind. But he wasn't able to restrict what ran on those boxes post-delivery.
GNU/Linux may well have needed Bill Gates. (And Gates may well have not been able to avoided creating Linux.)
There are more smartphones and Android devices today than there ever were PCs, but one area of technical advance over the decades has been in locking systems down. Hard. And, well, that's a problem.
I don't think it's the only one, though.
Commodity x86 hardware had a model for the operating system capable of utilising it which already existed: Unix. Linus Torvalds may have created Linux, but he didn't design it as such. That template had been cut already. It was a one-to-two problem, a question of scaling out. Which is to say it wasn't a Zero to One problem.
And yes, Peter Thiel is an evil asshat, which is why I'm pointing you specifically at where to steal his book. That's not to say he isn't an evil asshat without the occasional good idea.
I'm not sure that finding (and building) the Open Mobile Device Environment is a Zero to One problem -- Google, well, Android Inc., leveraged Linux, after all. But the design constraints are significantly different.
A standalone PC workstation is much closer to a multi-user Unix server in most regards, and particularly regards UI/UX, than is a mobile device measuring 25, or 20, or 12, or 8 cm. Or without any keyboard. Or screen. And a certain set of tools and utilities must be created.
It's not as if attempts haven't been made, but they simply keep not getting anywhere. Maemo. FirefoxOS. Ubuntu Phone. Hell, the Psion and Palm devices weren't bad for what they did.
Pick one, guys & gals. Please.

The Mobile Applications Ecosystem is Broken

There's also the question of apps, and app space, itself. By one school of thought, a large count of available applications is a good thing. By another, it's a sign of failure of convergence. As of 2017, there are 2.5 million Google Play apps.
Is it even worth the search time? Is meaningful search of the space even possible?
The question occurs: is it really in Google's interest to proliferate applications which are separate, non-integrated, split development efforts, and often simply perform tasks poorly?
Why not find a way to focus that development effort to producing some truly, insanely, great apps?
The consequences are strongly reminiscent of the spyware and adware problem of desktop Windows in the early 2000s. For the same reason: competitive software development incentivises bad behaviour and poor functionality. It's the Barbarians at the Gate all over again. With so many independent development efforts, and such an inefficient communications channel to potential users, as well as poor revenue potential through kosher methods, the system is inherently incentivised to exceedingly user-hostile behaviour.
A valid counterargument would be to point to a set of readily-found, excellent, well-designed, well-behaved, user-centric tools fulfilling fundamental uses mentioned in my G+ post. But this isn't the case. Google's Play Store is an abject failure from a user perspective. And catering to the MVU carries a large share of the blame.
I'm not saying there should be only one of any given application either -- some choice is of value. Most Linux distributions will in fact offer a number of options for given functionality, both as shell or programming tools (where modular design frequently makes these drop-in replacements, down to syntax), and as GUI tools.
Whilst "freedom to fork" is a touted advantage of free software, "capacity to merge" is even more salient. Different design paths may be taken, then rejoined.
There's another line of argument about web-based interfaces. I'll skip much of that noting that the issues parallel much of the current discussion. And that the ability to use alternate app interfaces or browser site extensions is critical. Reddit and Reddit User Suite, by Andy Tuba, are prime exemplars of excellence in this regard.

Related Reading

A compilation of articles reflecting this trend.


Yes, this is a lot of words to describe the concept generally cast as "the lowest common denominator". I'm not claiming conceptual originality, but terminological originality. Additionally:
This post was adapted from an earlier Mastodon Tootstorm.


  1. Reddit fans of the concept might care to visit /DesirePaths.
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Put Call Profit Review - Is This Legit or Not?

Put Call Profit Review
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So you're not kidding about profiting with your ventures, and you've heard about Put Call Profit , and now you're considering… Does it truly do what it say
Put Call Profit Review - What is Put Call Profit ?
Put Call Profit is incomparable trading software. By using its simple trading techniques you can have stabilize stream of profits daily. In a very little time it can convert your $5 investment to a $100. Its free, there is no trial period plus you get a complete untangled string of values and results so you are away from any hassle. Without any delay you get pinpoint signal alerts helps you decide which one to trade as many as you desire. Its multifunctional and resilient software benefits you from 80% + accuracy on both long and short term trading options, where as short term trading options are fruitful for regular and instant income and long term trading options are highly veracious and induce a better return.
Put Call Profit Review
Profit can be earned in all the 60 seconds of the day and trading for a few minutes generates as much as $2000 profit in one day. There is no specific amount needed for an initial investment with Put Call Profit software and almost everyone can rejoice the system for free for limited time. Turning $20 into $2000 is made possible with this money making software. Unlike other systems, Put Call Profit does not claim to benefit users with millions of dollars. As there is no such possibility of getting rich within days, this system keeps its statements simple and easy to believe. The only claim it makes is that the users will not have to wait long for profits as it generates profits after every 60 seconds.
That depends on three factors:
If you place between 10 and 15 trades per day (remember, “Profits In 60 Seconds” generates 1-minute trade signals so this should not take up much of your time - almost NONE, in fact!).
Doing so 3-4 days per week with a $200 account, for example, and taking only high probability signals (90% and above), you could easily make in the region of $600 and $700 per week.
Put Call Profit Does it really earn money with your investments?
We're wary reviewers along these lines regularly, we felt a bit concerned by the fantastic cases made by the producers of Put Call Profit , thus we were dead set to put it under serious scrutiny.
Furthermore sincerely, what would we be able to say? We were essentially ASTONISHED at the stunning results we got from testing this item. In case you're considering contributing, then you ought to without a doubt attempt your fortunes with Put Call Profit to help you begin.
We acknowledge what you are considering. Is this item only one more con like such a large number of other financing items have ended up being previously? Obviously, you have numerous motivations to be suspicious, yet the extent that Put Call Profit is concerned you don't simply take our statement for it. Put Call Profit has gained top stamps in various reviews from authoritative sites – it truly does satisfy its claims. With a support rate of just about 98%, this essentially can't be a trick.
That depends on three factors: What deposit you start with , How much you trade throughout the day, and The signal probability rate (“%”) of the trades you take.
On the off chance that you put between 10 and 15 exchanges for every day (recall, "Benefits In 60 Seconds" produces 1-moment exchange indicates so this ought not consume much of your time - just about NONE, truth be told!).
Doing so 3-4 days for every week with a $200 account, for instance, and taking just high likelihood indicates (90% or more), you could undoubtedly make in the locale of $600 and $700 for every week.
Bottom Line
I'm generally going to keep utilizing the system as I think the results are certain. I am going to up my exchange size to $100 and attempt and expand my benefits. I propose that you begin with a store you can manage. And after that utilization around 5-10% of your record for every exchange. So on the off chance that you have $1000, you can hazard $50-$100 for every exchange. On the off chance that you have a $500 account you can hazard $25-50 for every exchange et terrace…
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JMB Profit Machine Review - It Is Scam?

JMB Profit Machine is a cutting edge binary options technique building some pretty vibrant statements. According to the web page you can make adequate cash to drive your perfect vehicle, buy your dream house and be financially free of charge, however is this truly the case? Get more info Upon JMB Profit System Review right here.
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Binary trading With JMB Profit Machine
Are you currently a new comer to Binary Option Investment? Definitely not sure what exactly is literally all about? Once you trade binary options you happen to be basically generating a wager that a particular selection will be trading increased or simply lower inside a given space of time. Which means you could place a small business that says the particular EUUSD will be investing higher with a expiration time of quarter-hour. This could be known as a CALL, you might as well place a PUT exchange which means the choice will be stock trading reduce. If you win you might normally get back your own basic investment in addition 70-90%.
The exact portion you earn again varies depending on the number of people usually are trading that will pair before starting. Well-known options like EUUSD usually have better results as even more people are investing them.
Binary Option trading is a great solution to make a huge income nevertheless, you need a program and software package to produce a lot of money. That's each time JMB Profit Machine Program for this solution. This really is primarily a software designed to help professionals earn and predict binary option market pattern. Functions as a program code to find financial achievement, shows merchants how they may make money on-line, helps these to discover ways to obtain huge returns around the investment.
The best part is usually, That they created a good automated investing robot that simplifies all their secret of investing together with giving it aside for free.
JMB Profit Machine User Opinion
I possess done a big study about this bot previous time, believe me, I simply really need to check all of the info just before I actually start any type of structure. What I have found out there is is amazing, automated investing bot that really works. As i thought about obtaining 85% success with revenue without it implementing too much time, I just understood I had fashioned to try this out, especially when it is actually free right now.
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Even though it is nearly unattainable for any programmed investing software to deliver the exact 100% success rate, nevertheless JMB Profit Machine shall be proving itself as the most formative amongst all other systems obtainable right beside that one. The actual extensive wagers testing which were done before it had been in fact made public offers at long last paid off and it has made it escalate since the top most binary option trading software.
Including I said previously, I personally examined JMB Return Machine and discovered the particular success rate is all about 85%. I don’t know about you, though the 85% chance of creating a rewarding trade is extremely GOOD! We have certainly not come across anything like that before. Keep reading, here are very own results within the past month or so…
Pros Associated with JMB Profit Machine:
See on the Shoulder of a Professional On a daily basis and you can understand as you industry. Averaging 85% Successful Many days - meaning more possible earnings for you Profit Happen to be Totally Transparent Simply no earlier experience with binary alternative trading needed: Web based, no reason to do this regarding downloads, also perfect for phones, tablets: You Can Even Look at All of them From Your Phone Hardly any PC Downloads Needed A number of Indicators Every Day - You potentially can attain average associated with 4 instant five signals daily which can be good enough for you to gain cash for the day. Can change $500 into $2500 in week
Disadvantages Of JMB Benefit Machine:
100% full facts success cannot be assured, yet over many of these of people be successful using this - Must have computer system or internet access - Need to have about an hour per day (No something for free here)
Should You Get JMB Profit Machine?
JMB Profit Machine Is definitely shown to work as anticipated based near 85% Accurate Winning Buy and sell, This program is likely can help you with your trading journey, you can buy and sell lower risk with simply 20 dollar per trade and possibly even now create over a $500 on a daily basis.
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