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Comment: Re:Parent Post Semantic Content: Null (Score 1) 241

by Half-pint HAL (#49354683) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

No, he/she is pointing out that it is dishonest to throw dirt on the Russians and do like we do no evil.

Someone clearly didn't read TFS --

Of course, with the U.S. government invoking "state secrets" to dismiss a defamation case against the supposedly independent advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran, Americans also need to be asking how far is too far when it comes to masked government propaganda.

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 1) 264

they also had been led to believe that they had researched by drinking from the unerring fountain of all human knowledge.

Anyone who still believes that needs help.

Yes, and that help is called "education". The problem with Wikipedia Zero is that it's a walled garden. You can climb over the walls, but it's easier to stay inside -- that's the problem with Wikipedia Zero.

In fact, Wikipedia Zero's own publicity video says "students will do their homework and research careers", which is horrendously bad, because everyone who's been through a degree in a developed country in the last 15 years knows that Wikipedia should only be used as a jumping off point, and that you need to go elsewhere to verify the sources... but if you can only access Wikipedia, there's no way of verifying those sources.

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 2) 264

Forget the Internet - find some folks in the area who graduated from this school, and ask them directly how useful their degree is. Seems pretty effing simple, doesn't it? Even if you have to travel a little or call long distance to do it, a little money spent now saves a ton of cash spent later.

India:
Surface area 3,287,590 km2
Population 1,210,193,422
[Source]

If a young university/school teaches 1000 students a year and has been going (for example) for 10 years, that's around 10,000 alumni in total. In a country of over a billion people, that's just over 0.0008% of the population. One in every 121,019 people. What are the chances of finding people who graduated from the school?

Imagine you're sitting in Guin, Alabama, and you want to know about the reputation of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Are you going to just "find some folks in the area who graduated from this school"? That's what you're talking about here.

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 1) 264

because you further victimize the victim

We also teach the victim ways to avoid the issue in the future.

Except the victims in this case aren't reading this thread so aren't learning anything from the people so "generously" calling them fools.

In this case a little more research could have avoided the issue.

In this case a little more reading of TFS could have explained why that wasn't possible:
"India is one of the countries where tens of millions of Internet users have free access to Wikipedia Zero"

Considering WMF's hyperbolic promotional materials, it's fair to say that not only had many of the victims done all the research they could, but they also had been led to believe that they had researched by drinking from the unerring fountain of all human knowledge.

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