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Comment: Repubs Liberals (Score 1) 272 272

", with clear differences between Republicans and Democrats, and between conservatives and liberals. For example, while 98% of AAAS members agree with the statement that "Human beings and other living things have evolved over time", only 21% of conservatives agree, compared with 54% of liberals. "

I hope PEW wasn't equally sloppy about conflating the republican/democrat axis with the conservatives/liberal axis.

Comment: Re: It's an algorithm (Score 4, Insightful) 349 349

One could point out that there are fewer instances of white males being miscategorized. I suspect this has less to do with any actual racism and more to do with the fact that the people who developed the algorithm are likely predominantly white males and they tend to first test the algorithm on their own collection of photos or those in their circle.

This is an argument for a more diverse workforce...

Yeah, because I bet that's how Google develops their image recognition algorithms - white guys walk around taking pictures of themselves.

As is more likely the case, there are few pictures of Albino gorillas in their machine learning corpus (racist against Albino gorillas!), and hence less data for white folks to more easily match gorillas based on macro level color characteristics.

Comment: Re:Fairly clear (Score 4, Interesting) 144 144

Or did they try to say "voluntarily" in the tone of voice used by Mafia dons and IRS agents, but their voice cracked?

I believe what they did was send the gag order *directly* to the Reason editors, instead of their legal counsel, which is considered a huge and threatening breach of process in the legal world.

Comment: Re:Fairly clear (Score 1) 144 144

It is likely to have the exact opposite effect. The readers of Reason are mostly libertarian kooks that are already highly prone to conspiracy theories. Actions like this are just throwing gasoline on the flames.

Disclaimer: I am somewhat of a libertarian kook myself.

Yes, the readers are of course generally provoked. Many have changed their names to incorporate variations on the wood chipper theme.

Wouldn't you like to be a Chipper too?

Comment: Re:Fairly clear (Score 3, Insightful) 144 144

here's the problem though. there's nothing remotely illegal about the statements that were made.

So it's clear on its face that the comments are free speech and not actionable. so why was the govt looking into taking action? that is the question mark.


The government hardly confines it's abuse to those who actually break laws. Government thugs abuse their enemies, high among them being those who highlite and oppose government thuggery.

Comment: Re:Fairly clear (Score 4, Insightful) 144 144

Reason has no responsibility to police its comments, so the govt leaning on them won't push them to do so. It could send a chilling effect among internet commenters, but only if people knew about it, so what was the gag for?

The point is to abuse Reason with legal process so that they shut down their comments sections, eliminating a forum for people who generally disapprove of government power. Also, naturally, to terrorize commenters and make them all think twice about communicating this disapproval in public.

Comment: Re:Say Good By to the Rainforests .... (Score 1) 851 851

Apixieism has no tradition, stories of faith, or organizational structure (things a religion usually requires), but it is an expression of pure faith. Apixieism might even be considered the ultimate faith: it is defined by a negative, which means it can never be proven true. Never being proven true means it must always be taken on faith. There are no witnesses to apixieism . No prophets or mystics with direct experience of the lack of the divine.

Comment: Re:Technically, they are correct. (Score 1) 165 165

Genuinely curious here, what place do secret courts operated by secret police and underground judges have in a free, democratic society?

Democracy theater. "Oh yeah, it's all above board, see, we've got a Judge signing off on it."

Comment: Re:Technically, they are correct. (Score 1) 165 165

"Respect for, and adherence to the rule of law is the premise upon which the United States was founded, and it has been a cornerstone of my Presidency."

      - Barack H Obama, President of the USA, 2015-04-30

The Dear Leader is a great comedian too! All Hail The One!

Comment: Re:Go Hawks (Score 1) 38 38

You have fun with the High Tech VR stuff, and hope to the gods you do not play the Seahawks this year.

Go Hawks!

Cowboys beat the Seahawks in Seattle last year. They play them in Dallas on Nov. 1st this year.

Go Cowboys!

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