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Comment Re:why (Score 2) 67

I'll bite... Name one device that presents itself as one type of device to the user and then presents itself as a different type of device to the USB subsystem inside the computer that could be described as "a legitimate purpose". Some devices do, but that doesn't fit any definition of the word "legitimate" that I've encountered. Intentionally hiding things from users is the opposite of legitimate.
Social Networks

Twitter To Get Even Harsher On Trolls (cnbc.com) 183

Twitter is cracking down even harder against trolls, including temporarily barring accounts that are harassing other users. From a report: In a blog posted Wednesday, Twitter's vice president of engineering, Ed Ho, announced more safety measures to stop abuse on its platform. One of the methods includes using the company's internal algorithms to identify problematic accounts and limiting certain account functions -- such as only allowing the aggressor to see their followers -- for a set period of time if they engaged in troublesome behavior. Twitter said it was also open to further action if the harassment continued. Other anti-trolling tools include new filters to let users see what kinds of content they want to view from certain accounts and well as allowing people to "mute" tweets based on keywords, phrases or entire conversations.
HP

HP Is Advertising Its Real, Modern Printers on This Fake, Awkward '80s Computer Show (adweek.com) 86

T.L. Stanley, writing for AdWeek: It's a fine line between effective '80s homage and clumsy retro spoof, with the latter usually involving a lot of overplayed visual gags like brick-sized cell phones and VHS tapes. Cue pointing and laughing. This new HP video, dubbed "Computer Show," hits the sweet spot perfectly with its recreation of a Reagan-era public access show about technology, but with a fish-out-of-water spin. The host is stuck in time -- stilted stage manner, goofy haircut and all -- but his guests are current-day tech pioneers. Awkward hilarity ensues. The short film, made by Giant Spoon and Sandwich Video for HP, sets up a print-off between HP's PageWide super-fast model and a dot matrix supplied by an employee of the neighborhood "Kwikopy."

Comment Re: I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 917

And there's the alt-right dog whistle. Trying to lump in eugenics with the rest. It's an actual philosophy that people keep trying to sneak into practice. Whether it works is immaterial. People trying to selectively breed certain genes out of a population using laws and regulations isn't some historical relic. It's an ongoing atrocity.

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