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Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 193

Or are Trump voters kind of stupid people?

This is how you get Trump. Keep it up, so he can get re-elected.

There will be no point over the next two years when Donald Trump is accepted as President in any normal sense.

Ah, still in "denial". I'm honestly surprised you haven't moved to "anger" yet, since that's sort of your thing. Wake me when you get to "bargaining".

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 2, Insightful) 193

think the issue is more that several consecutive generations have been fed the idea that experts aren't right and shouldn't be respected.

Fuck experts. You're not right because of a certificate or credential. If you have a cogent argument, the argument is right. If you're good at your job (whatever you're an expert in) you can explain your argument persuasively. Let's take some examples.

One group says "immigrants took our jobs, and raped our women". The experts say "no they didn't, shut up you racist". Result: Trump is president.

One group says "I don't believe in this global warming stuff - it has the same pattern as everything else the left made up to seize power." The experts say "the science is settled, shut up you denier". Result: Trump is president.

Can you see why "experts" are worthless, and what is needed is persuasive arguments? How to fail to persuade: "you're just to stupid to understand, but smart people believe X". How to persuade "I understand why you think that way, plenty of smart people would, knowing what you know. Here are some things you don't know, and why they're important".

TLDR: saying "experts should be respected" is how you get Trump.

Comment Re:End-to-end encryption (Score 1) 111

If you look at the math of it, it's not clean that steganography can actually work securely; rather, it can increase the difficulty of detecting your signal.

The lower the proportional bandwidth of your hidden signal to the carrier, the more work it will take someone to spot that. But if you're in a totalitarian state, and so you have to be right every time and the state only has to get lucky once, then it's not so reassuring.

Plus, you have to have a believable reason for the carrier. You have to hide your traffic in some high-bandwidth stream that has a good reason to be there, and that can be hard or risky itself. If it's ever discovered that, say, the YouTube channel you're watching has steganograpic content, the fact that you've been watching it isn't hidden, so that's going to end in tears.

Comment Re:Ok with porn or not, that was genuinely stupid (Score 1) 178

So, if someone secretly photographs you masturbating and posts it online, you're fine with that?

That seems like a non-sequitur, and I'm sure there's a tort in there somewhere, or a copyright claim, but I wouldn't care about being "objectified" or any such nonsense, and if it caused me no actual harm I wouldn't really care.

But someone else may need protection from your mean tweets, and those of others. Cyberbullying has driven many people to suicide.

Children might indeed need such protection. Children have indeed been driven to suicide by cyberbullying. Children need protection from many things adults don't.

The internet is one of the most potent kinds of 'firepower' we have ever seen. It can let someone inflict asymmetric and widespread harm to another's reputation from a device they can hold in their hand.

I think slander and libel laws are good things, but there's a difference between causing someone monetary damage and hurting someone's feelings. When an SJW hate mob costs someone their job, that's real, monetary harm. When someone makes an off-color joke, get over it.

It can be used to inspire people to commit terrible acts.

This is starting to look like a free speech discussion. Look: slander, libel, calling for immediate violence against a specific targets, yeah, fine, that's illegal because of real harm. But speech that hurts someone's feelings? Own your feelings - realize it's your problem if you're offended.

Comment Re:End-to-end encryption (Score 1) 111

No, he's right. Steganography attempts to hide, but it doesn't do it well. TOR has been trying for years to sneak traffic through the great firewall, but it's a losing battle, and China has mostly won at this point. There always seems to be a statistical difference between hidden data and the normal data you're trying to hide in.

Comment Re:GB is doing it, China is doing it (Score 2) 69

Over the last 35 years, China has experienced faster economic growth than any other country in history

Only if ghost cities count as economic growth.

This demonstrates the strength of authoritarianism, as technocrats have been about to manage the country based on sound principles rather than what is democratically popular.

Right - things people actually want, and will buy and use, are democratically popular. Economic "activity" involving makework projects that benefit no one except the technocrats, and those willing to game the system, has grown by leaps and bounds.

It's all bullshit. Outside of some tech companies that are actual capitalist successes, it's all the world's biggest bubble.

Consumers know what they want and need better than any central planner. Thus is ever was, and thus it shall ever be.

Comment Re:You're right (Score 0) 178

You pathetic little red pillars living in your 1 bedroom apartments, driving broke-ass cars thinking being a jackass will get you laid.

Doesn't "taking the red pill" in this context mean "no longer trying to get laid, thus depriving women of all power over you"? I don't understand all the MRA nonsense, but that part seemed clear.

Comment Re:Ok with porn or not, that was genuinely stupid (Score 3, Insightful) 178

I'm happy to have the US military protecting me from those things I cannot protect myself from. You know, actual threats.

I don't need anyone protecting me from photographs.
I don't need anyone protecting me from mean tweets.
I don't need anyone protecting my feelings.

Do you understand the difference? Everyone needs protection from superior firepower, but mature adults do, in fact, take all of the responsibility for their feelings, for their sense of being offended. If you claim someone needs their feelings protected, then you are, yes, claiming they are a child, or at least not a mature adult. It's not complimentary.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 109

Eich resigned because of external pressure on the Mozilla organization. I hear that one of the lobbying activities against him was when the dating site "OK Cupid" started informing Firefox users who accessed the site of Eich's activities and that they should download a browser made by people who don't nominate someone with gender discrimination issues to be their CEO. At the time, 8% of OK Cupid customers were there to arrange same-gender meetings.

They felt he was the public face of the company.

Russ Nelson published a piece on what he theorized was the economic motivation of Blacks to be lazy, and was booted off of the Open Source Initiative board. He wasn't thinking about how it would be perceived. A modified version of the piece is still online, but not the version that got him in trouble. In general, executives are seen as the public faces of their organizations even in the case of Nelson, who was not the chairman of the board, but was simply a member of the executive board. In Nelson's case, it wasn't that he made publicity appearances and press releases, it was that he was one of the people with the power to direct the company (and thus a more real face of the company than soneone who just does PR), and folks did not trust that someone who wrote what he did would behave as they would like in that position.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 475

Do you recognize Pepe? The cartoon frog that the Clinton campaign announced was a symbol of white hate? Do you recognize stormtroopers? MAGA hats? Trump-branded concentration camps?

No joke is funny if you have to have it explained, but some people really are afraid of this nonsense, camps and all. This video is for those of us laughing at those people.

Comment Re:Trump on extreme vetting (Score 2) 475

Your IP address. Every other IP address you've had with that browser, Everything else you've browsed from that IP address and/or browser. Any web of connections to other people you demonstrate from social media and email accounts. You have an "identity" with full advertising demographics registered - Facebook might not know your legal name if you've been careful, and no one's tagged a photo of you, but the government knows all the rest from your IP address history.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 2, Insightful) 178

Playboy departed the nude photo market due to the vast and unending supply of photos and video of all manner of naked people doing sexual things which one can access via the Internet.

However, one can make a case that a good deal of the past content of Playboy was about objectifying women and to some extent the publication still is about that.

It was a dumb decision. Several people just weren't thinking. They're embarrassed now. They learned, and won't do it again.

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