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Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 133

Please read the article before your next post. The very first sentence makes it clear it is referring to income inequality, not equality in general.

My very first post was specifically discussing quality of life, especially arguing that making everybody equally poor doesn't make for a better society. And that is in fact what GP was arguing against, though admittedly my second post did go on a tangent, but that was because of the few points the article makes about civil equality (i.e. mention of voting rights.)

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2) 133

It all depends on what your view of "better" is. Some people equate better with a particular population as a whole having a significantly lower chance of starving to death or perishing from a commonly curable disease on any given day. Other assign higher value to the percentages of the population realizing varying, generally accepted as realistically achievable under contemporary circumstances, tiers of material gain.

By every single measurement you've listed, we're doing better. Really, we are, even by that last one. Remember during the 80's when only rich people had 55" TVs in their house? Well, those TVs have shit quality compared to even bigger ones that I've seen poor people with. Oh, and remember car phones? Well, now poor people carry phones in their pocket with far better service availability at much lower service fees, never mind having it tethered to their car.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 2) 133

The Declaration may not be "Law", but it is _the_ single most important document in American History.

No, it's not. The document that guides literally every single law in this country is the constitution, so it is quite measurably more important. And in case you didn't notice, the constitution specifically mentions that some people only count as 3/5ths of a person, so it even codified inequality.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2) 133

Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands.

These countries (nor the ones GP listed) aren't socialist. Socialism is when the government owns the means of production. This means that the workers work directly for the government, and the government sells goods and services directly to consumers. Cuba is almost completely socialist, so is North Korea. Venezuela is mostly socialist, but not quite as much as those two. USSR was completely socialist, along with the warsaw pact nations.

These countries do have a few economic sectors that are socialist, such as their health care systems (i.e. the doctors work for and are paid by the government,) and in the US very few socialist systems exist but they can include things like municipal water, trash, emergency, and fire services. However when the government buys from the private sector and gives to the public, that isn't socialism, that's welfare. For example, food stamps are welfare (essentially, the government buys food and gives it to the poor, but doesn't make the food.)

And then there's communism, which in all cases has never lasted more than a few years. Although USSR identified itself as communist, it was in fact socialist.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 133

False equivalency. The push for equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. Conflicts after the Civil war are just as likely to have quelled movements toward equality as well as helped them.

Please define "enshrined", because the declaration of independence isn't a legally binding document within the scope of US law. Also see my post below.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 133

Oh and to add to that: The postwar era was also the pre-civil rights era, and now we're less equal?

Furthermore, the rise of big businesses has more or less enforced civil equality, and overall good citizen conduct way more than any laws have. While the government was still debating gay marriage, big corporations were already pushing their health insurance (and other benefit providers) to recognize domestic partnerships as an enticement for them to work there. HR departments in all big companies often over-react to off-color jokes in ways that governments never do (see donglegate for example.) But it doesn't even have to get to civil rights issues, they'll even fire high up people just for being assholes completely outside of work.

Do mishaps happen? You bet your ass they do, but to imply that it was better during the postwar era is total bullshit. Likewise, without this form of check and balance (i.e. if everybody is poor and there's no job security regardless of whether or not you're an asshole) there's really not much to keep bad actors from discriminating against and harassing people that they see as less than themselves.

Comment Re: Control vs. Security (Score 4, Informative) 121

How is Google being a dick? They're following common industry practices. Public disclosure does two things:

- Deadlines put pressure on the software vendor to patch their shit sooner rather than later (without a deadline, or an unenforced deadline, they tend to just sit on bugs for a long time.)
- If the software vendor fails to patch their product, then at least the end users can come up with their own countermeasures (i.e. adding IDS signatures, switching to different software, suspending services, creating workarounds, etc) before some rogue actor takes advantage of them.

If Google didn't stick to these timelines, and/or delayed them on a whim, then there may as well be none.

AI

Zuckerberg Shares Facebook's Plan to Bring Community Together, Edits Out a Questionable Sentence Minutes Later (mashable.com) 104

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring people closer together. He published a 6,000-word letter on his Facebook page Thursday to outline his vision for the kind of world he thinks Facebook can help create. The free-wielding note included few specifics, but offered a number of broad, ambitious goals for how the tech giant can contribute to a better understanding of everything from terrorism to fake news. Interestingly, minutes after the post was published, Zuckerberg edited out a sentence from the letter. Mashable adds: In the post, Zuckerberg briefly touches on how artificial intelligence can be used to detect terrorist propaganda. "Right now, we're starting to explore ways to use AI to tell the difference between news stories about terrorism and actual terrorist propaganda so we can quickly remove anyone trying to use our services to recruit for a terrorist organization," he wrote in the post published Thursday. That sounds like a straightforward enough application of AI -- one that's in line with what Zuckerberg and other executives have discussed in the past -- but it's different from what the CEO had originally written. In an earlier version of the missive, which was shared with a number of news outlets in advance of its publication on Facebook, Zuckerberg took the idea farther. The "long-term promise of AI," he wrote, is that it can be used used to "identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all, including terrorists planning attacks using private channels." Here's an expanded version of the quote from the Associated Press (emphasis ours). "The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all "including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global. It will take many years to develop these systems." That's different from what was described in the final version that was shared Thursday, which made no mention of private communication in relation to AI and terrorism.
AT&T

AT&T Is the Latest Carrier To Offer Unlimited Data For All Its Customers (phonedog.com) 62

Earlier this week, Verizon announced it is bringing back unlimited data plans after years of selling capped data packages. Now, ATT will be doing the same. ATT will let any current or potential customer buy an unlimited data plan. Until now, only DirecTV customers were able to purchase unlimited data from the carrier. PhoneDog reports: ATT says that starting tomorrow, February 17, its Unlimited Plan will be available to all customers. The plan will include unlimited data, talk, and text, and customers with the plan will also be able to travel to Canada or Mexico and use their plan just as they would at home, with zero roaming charges. ATT's Unlimited Plan also includes Stream Saver, which will optimize video streams to 480p. However, Stream Saver can be disabled if you'd like. One feature that's missing from ATT's Unlimited Plan is mobile hotspot usage, which is notable because the unlimited plans from the other three major U.S. carriers do include some mobile hotspot. Finally, it's worth noting that after 22GB of usage, ATT Unlimited Plan customers may have their speeds slowed during times of network congestion. This policy is also in place at the other three major U.S. carriers, with Verizon's threshold being 22GB, Sprint's 23GB, and T-Mobile's 26GB. A single line on the ATT Unlimited Plan will cost $100 per month. Each additional line will cost $40, but ATT will offer the fourth line free, making the cost for a family of four $180 per month.

Comment Re:Video here (Score 2) 363

I never heard of him until a south park episode a few years back (and haven't heard the name since) but even though I'm not a fan of his, I think the reaction is overkill. He could always move to a youtube competitor; if he has THAT many viewers, it would pull a lot of users away from youtube and wouldn't surprise me if they went out of their way to get him back.

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