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Comment Proabably test accounts (Score 5, Interesting) 48

If Twitter doesn't nuke these accounts pretty quickly, we can be pretty sure they are test accounts. I mean 3 million botnets could easily destroy twitter.

I think very telling is this part: "It's like Twitter's registration process skipped 168 million IDs, and someone came back a few months later and used them." Yes. Twitter reserved them and used them. They are the only ones who can line up user names with ids like that.

Comment Re:The only possible hope (Score 1) 416

Clinton Foundation went from watchlist, to "we don't how to evaluate such an odd foundation". http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/c...

Also very clear that some rather non-benevolent people gave them money for favors from the state department.
http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton...
http://www.ibtimes.com/firms-p...

She ignored violence against union members in Columbia for a bribe. Charming.
http://www.ibtimes.com/colombi...

Comment Was also on a watchlist (Score 1) 416

It went from watchlist, to "we don't how to evaluate such an odd foundation". http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/c...

Also very clear some rather non-benevolent people gave them money for favors from the state department.
http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton...
http://www.ibtimes.com/firms-p...

Comment Detail of the simulation (Score 1) 830

I'm not a famous person and the memories in my head are of things that on a grand scale, are incredibly unimportant. If for whatever reason, an advanced species decided to simulate a universe, I can't see them deciding that they'd simulate it at the granularity that I exist.

When you keep in mind the laws of thermodynamics and information theory, it will probably never be the case that it is easy to put a super-detailed simulation of the universe in the universe.

Comment But it is easier than ever to get good information (Score 1) 123

You can find some really great Twitter and Facebook accounts to get high curated news and analysis. And you can subscribe to incredible podcasts like Democracy Now! and Belabored and keep up with all the news you want. And then you can go argue with people with different views than you and learn what they think and what they've been reading.

If you want to, you can supplement that with junk when you want to rest your brain. Or you can just watch tv.

But giving people access to the "good" information is a big win even if they also are able to consume entertainment as well. In the end, the Internet users that didn't want to use the Internet to become better informed just didn't want to become better informed by any medium. People who only care about celebrity news were just going to watch tv instead.

Comment They have it backwards (Score 1) 940

For a long time, labor was scared to ask for higher minimum wages because of the specters of automation and offshoring. Guess what happened? We reached a point at which automation and offshoring started happening at a break-neck pace anyway.

It makes sense that people are now demanding higher wages. Even if automation happens faster, it's already happening pretty fast, so it's only a matter of a few years anyway.

Also, John Maynard Keynes taught us that higher wages lead to higher spending and spurs the economy on.

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