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Comment Re:DDG and Bing also gives fake news result (Score 2) 183

Well, if you are searching for the false article about presidents in the clan that everyone is talking about, then it is just what you wanted! Search engines are just a map between search terms and results, where rank is largely determined by popularity. So there is always the effective filter of "perform this search assuming I want the result most often chosen in pop culture". If you wanted a "only include verified claims" you're using the wrong tool. And who would believe something on the internet from a source with no reputation? People talk about how wikipedia is bad. A random site has even less chance of being true. The problem is not that fake news exists, the problem is that the general population appears to have lost their ability to distinguish truth from fiction. I think the issue is that many people don't have a conceptual framework for "unverified" statements. i.e. they automatically force-classify everything as either true or false. This is in conflict with how "news" is currently run, where the first reporting of something is always when it is in the "unverified" state. Often by the time it transitions to the "confirmed" or "falsified" state, nobody pays any attention anymore. (It's actually worse than that, as some news outlets will willfully delay reporting the information that moves it to the "falsified" state so as to prolong the controversy. The surest way to get a viewer to switch to another channel is to resolve the issue!)

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 139

Well, sort of. The problem is that facebook (et al) is not a news aggregator, it is an advertising and publicity company paid to keep people on the app and revealing information about themselves that allows them to be put in easily exploited marketing groups. It is a meme-generation machine for rent. Why is it any surprise that the constant attempt to hack people's judgement and social interactions to trick them into wanting the latest crappy crap leads to collateral damage to their social and mental health?

Comment Re:Simple solution to the H1B problem exists. (Score 1) 834

Used appropriately, H1B holders actually contribute expertise and productivity to US economy, which is a plus. Teaching and research positions at Universities are examples where this is obvious -- the value of having the foreign worker's expertise is direct and clear because he or she was compared directly to US candidates in the selection process and one of their major roles is to educate US students. But my understanding is that educational institutions have different rules from businesses. Educational institutions are able to choose a foreigner because they are the best applicant. Businesses must show that there are NO qualified domestic applicants. So the headline doesn't make sense to me, it's already required. They just aren't enforcing it very well.

But it would not surprise me at all for an executive order to be oblivious to the fact that this is already required. The track record so far indicates that the Trump administration does not actually understand how the government that they are now in charge of actually works. The most likely thing seems to be that they will phrase the same requirement in some way that is stupidly incompatible with the actual laws and it will just make a huge mess with so many loopholes that it will get worse instead of better. Competence is so underrated.

Comment Re:Why? "Signal not an option for many people"... (Score 1) 70

The point is that if WhatsApp is not blocked and Signal is, using WhatsApp is better than other options. You say yourself that the single block-able route is not the difference, its that one is blocked and the other isn't. As for the article, I would say that if someone's life or freedom depends on whether WhatsApp is secure -- they better well understand how this vulnerability applies to them based on their specific usage pattern, not based on some generalization from a newspaper article.

Comment Re:text of email (Score 2) 274

Given the nature of the hack, it seems like if Podesta had just enabled two-factor like he was told, the typo wouldn't have mattered and even giving the hackers his password wouldn't have mattered. The IT guy says right there that two-factor should be enabled as soon as possible, and even implies that it already should have been. Actually this level of person not using two-factor is just madness. And how does the first part of the email even make sense? Why would he use mfisher's two-step verification codes?

Comment Re:Headline correct; summary wrong (Score 1) 399

I won't say there aren't districts where there is waste, there are plenty, but one does have to build and maintain buildings, which can be quite expensive. There are also pensions to consider, which are not always managed sensibly. So a lot depends on what is in that $18k figure. If it includes facilities and the district made a really bad facilities decision 15-20 years ago, that can be a huge chunk right there that the teachers don't see one penny of. And in that situation, blind cuts will just hurt the people who are just doing their job because the overhead of that bad decision is probably impossible to change. (e.g. a bond issue or similar)

And this idea that parents pay taxes for the education of their own children is madness. Taxes that go to schools principally pay for the education of *other people's* children. That is and always has been what public schools are for. It seems like this should be obvious, since people don't just pay those taxes while their children are in school. So the thing you should argue for is better schools at the same cost. The community has already decided it is worth $18k per year per student, but that value for that money can be improved.

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