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Comment Probably not (Score 0) 226

There is only a small subset of people angry at this : the small subset of US folk which either see any censorship as extremely bad no matter which, and those from the right which had belief in pizzagate (my god I read what they consider evidence , and I think those folk are insane). The rest of the world ? Don't care will continue using reddit.

Comment Private property (Score 1) 1019

"If you don't agree you can go fuck yourself you stupid cunt." fuck off twitter private property if you don't want to respect their rules. Personally I see nothing lost, but I support 100& their right to censor everything they want. For years I have stated the danger of censorship was not anymore government in the west, but private company which overtake all communication channel and thus can censor far more effectively, without repercussion. I was pretty much ignored by everybody I know because their media cherie could do no wrong. Now I get to tell you all fuck off , and I told you so.

Comment Wealth had nothing to do with constituton (Score 2) 351

The wealth of the USA came to be because 1) mostly they got free land for no cost with load and load of resources which were unexploited 2) they were isolated, so some stuff like world war, impacted the US far less than other country on which invasion and bombing was done (and thus needed reconstruction).

Both those factors are what led to the US enormous wealth. Other countries, neither had those opportunities of resource, nor were spared by the war of 1870Ies, 1910ies, 1930ies.

Comment interresting very informative (Score 1) 27

I was not aware of the product warning (well I did not leave it as default password, and i have one very long complicated alphanumeric one so i guess i am safer). Still the firmware update solved my problem... or was it unrelated and happenned at the same instant ? No idea but now it works. Thanks for the tip.

Comment That is not fake news (Score 1) 270

Fake news is announcing intentionally something which never happened with the intent of hoaxing the reader. Do you confuse bad-quality-news which do not go for your narrative, with fake news. Fake news would be that the policeman killing brown was a KKK honcho for the region. That's fake with the intention of hoaxing the person.

Comment They lie (Score 2) 106

" Supporters however say rigid regulatory obligations protect incumbents and hinder the entry of digital startups which offer looser work arrangements to workers". I can't speak for all countries, but the requirement to be a taxi driver in germany is : 1) have a commercial insurance on the car 2) pass a governemental driving license exam 3) have "measured" counter for range counting to make sure the client is not ripped off 4) agree to have a minimum number of taxi at train station for people to easily get one and rule making so you can't refuse a course based on distance. Nothing in that protect incubent and hinder digital startup. They jsut do not want to respect the law because it cost money, whereas taking any joe blow from the street and pushing all risk on the client and driver cost nothing. They just want to cream up the thing without the cost.

Comment Are you naive ? (Score 4, Insightful) 254

For all practical intent and purpose, all BBS and reddit like can be edtable by default. in fact you have to spend money to add security , encryption, and ensure non editability. Unless it is a selling point, you should always assume that everything is editable to match whatever goals political or not.

Comment Most plug allow both in and out (Score 1) 121

At least for the cards I have had for the last 10 years you have a color for the plug and you can choose *at the moment* you plug in if it should act as headphone, as microphone, it is not set as "in" or "out" you can even switch them around and it sitll work properly. If the driver can chose, then the driver can be misused to switch around and amde believe headphone/loudpseaker are (poor) microphone

Comment But he is right (Score 3, Insightful) 385

I will explain you why. Most right wing party are what we call "conservative". Which means a tendency to not change the status quo, to ark back to position which static , "what was done before is good enough" etc... It is only a tendency so look at the average. By nature conservative stay on the habitual position we had. The problem is, science and the new technology we have had for the last 100 years and especially 20-30 years are disruptive. New knowledge is disruptive of the habits of the old one. For example science discovered that spanking is contra productive. Science pointed out at global warning. The problem is that that "new" fact , is disruptive of "old" fact. So they go AGAINST the current for conservative. That is why even it is said in jest, science and new stuff , as disruptive of old stuff as they are, have an anti-conservative bias by nature. New discovery by necessity disrupt old habits/old knowledge, and so by definition will be anti conservative. Some people say "liberal" bias but I would say "disruptive" as politically neutral, as some of the cow of "liberals" (I hate those term) are also slaughtered by disruptive new findings.

So yes, even if said in jest, there is a base of truth in it.

Comment Those not learning from history.... (Score 4, Insightful) 403

You are confusing propaganda with news. Trump saying something on twitter isn't news. Somebody posting an article on facebook isn't news. You have to have a vetting process, and a check/verification process, be it at the editor, but more rpeferably at the reading end too. And no matter what side of the political process you, both Democrate and republican are faulty of using hoax stories, let us call them by what they really are. You take trump as example, but even he fell down the trap with that so called "jihadist" video which was an hoax.

During the hayday of journalism , say 1940 to 1970-80ish , this vetting and verification process was understood, and serious journalism rose above the yellow press. But starting 1980ies and strongly 1990ies, it declined because people are pretty damn cheap. So vetting and serious investigation dropped, dropped and dropped until the cost are so much cut that every damn idiot copy/paste one source be it a AFP , Reuter or a 3rd party rag, check it, they even don't bother changing the wording. Heck now people are considering the shit out of facebook news. It isn't. They are just stories, as likelies to be hoax, taken out of context, or even news, without vetting or fact checking you can't tell. Since there is no vetting process on either side (writing/reading), no double check , those hoax get spread. heck scam too. Steorn. Rossi eCat. And so forth. How often I tried to get people to spot the warning sign ? And get ignored because I am a "liberal" or a "rightwingnut" (depending on the slant of the story I try to point out has problem) or even a "close minded scientist" ?

And frankly, I have been saying for years it is a problem, albeit in skeptical forums, not here. The problem is that critical thinking is a skill one need to learn because it is pretty damn easy to fall into one's bias as long as they go the way one politically think. Nobody Is teaching critical thinking. So for years we have been seeing hoaxes rise as stories and being handled seriously. Heck among skeptic group, what do you think we try to fight for ? Critical thinking is THE skill everybody should be getting. And yet again I predict that this will fall by the byside , being seen as propaganda from butthurt people.

The only point where you are right, is that a lot of media are butthurt now and see that as a problem. But that does not mean the problem is not real. It is real, and I have seen the rise of hoax and scam being treated very seriously , far more than previously in spite of fact checking being so easy nowadays.

Comment Undoing my mods to respond you (Score 1) 624

It is not coordianted propaganda unfortunately, that would mean ti would be at least a semi coordinated cleverness or whatnot. The very sad reality it is general cheapness and general lazyness together which lead to the situation. Many medium and small publication just simply copy verbatim press releases or even primary sources and don't bother to do any research. Heck sometime even major media do it too. Don't believe me ? Look for snippet of media which have a special wording not often used, or pieces of news. For example recently there was the news of that guy which had Daa3sh as his wifi SSID. Well guess what ? The news was reported verbatim without verification, word for word, as it was in the original article. NO thinking. No research. Not even paraphrasing. It was verbatim copy all over.

Coordianted propaganda my ass. It is just plain uncoordinated cheapness and uncoordianted lazyness.

Comment "does not come at men's expense" (Score 4, Insightful) 266

Mathematically incorrect. A plan which foresee a woman only election, if the number of member is maintained constant, can only be at the expense of the men's number. Now the obvious goal is to put more women, whether one find that good or bad is up to one's ethic and socio political feeling. But to say it won't come at men's expense is a lie. If men are excluded no matter their capacities because forcefully the number of women is increased by artificially having women's election, then you are doing at their expense. Again I am not judging whether it is right or not to do that, just that the it will come at the expense of men which would have been elected otherwise.

The problem I have with all that is simple , I think this is the wrong approach. What we should strive for , is equality of opportunity, not equality out of outcome. Equality out of outcome is artificial and forcefully place people with lesser capacities, take the place of people of better capacity , to have a certain goal non related to their work capacity. E.g. you want a 50/50 women/men no matter how good people are, you will most probably forgoe better hire just to have a quota filled. What we should strive for is an equality of opportunity, e.g. striving to make sure your gender or race do not matter, what is your work quality should. That is an equality of opportunity. Equality of outcome are never good, they have by definition enforce a sexist selection, to get that outcome.

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