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  • Oct 18th, 2021 @ 12:47pm

    New Research Shows Social Media Doesn't Turn People Into Asshole

    (They Already Were)

    I resemble that remark!

  • Oct 5th, 2021 @ 11:44pm

    (untitled comment)

    It should be noted that these are problems of Facebook's making, not end users.

    I do think it is a problem of end-users own making (at least those who purchased after the takeover). They were stupid enough to buy a VR headset that is tied to a Facebook account. Even if they purchased during the Facebook-owned but not-yet-tied period, they still made a very poor decision as that was the only way it was ever going to go, and many publications raised that possibility at the time of the Facebook takeover.

  • Sep 27th, 2021 @ 8:19pm

    (untitled comment)

    And if (when TBH) this article is plagarised we'll have a plagarised article about A Plagiarized Set Of NFTs About Plagiarism.

  • Sep 8th, 2021 @ 9:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I wouldn't mind cops and military if they had a check on them. But there isn't.

    What do you mean there isn't a check on them? Of course there is.

    For starters, other police/military personnel. The police and military can be arrested by other police if they break the law. Judges can issue arrest warrants brought to them by other police or by the DPP (or whatever the state's name for the equivalent is). Some states have independent (allegedly) crime commissions that can investigate the activity of the police and military acting within their state (the military is not inviolate, state agencies have investigated military activities that have breached state laws, e.g. when 6 naval trainees died on a submarine during a training exercise in the 80's I think it was, the state the event occured in investigated and charged for negligence the captain of the submarine).

  • Sep 8th, 2021 @ 7:23pm

    Re: Pity

    talking point that "it's a private company" nonsense.

    Its not a "talking point", it's the law.

    Now whether it's good law or not is another discussion. But whether it's good or not it is still the law as it currently stands.

    You are free to lobby congress and exercise your first amendment rights to advocate for a change in the laws and/or constitution to make the status of these companies fit your ideals.

    But if and until congress changes the laws and/or passes and has ratified any necessary constitutional changes to make your ideas a reality, it is what it is, that is, the law as it stands today.

  • Sep 8th, 2021 @ 7:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    especially in a country without a constitution like Australia?

    Then what is this? Constitution of Australia (wikipedia article, most convenient link)

  • Sep 2nd, 2021 @ 7:29am

    (untitled comment)

    Greene: These telecommunication companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down.

    If Big Tech (which Big Telecom is a part of these days) really does have the influence over elections that the GOP (amongst others) has been touting, and especially because you are currently the minority party, is this really a wise thing to say to them?

  • Aug 16th, 2021 @ 6:12pm

    Re: Re: Facebook what?

    You say you don't do Facebook, eh? Then I guess you're not the one to ask just what the fuck is this Facebook thing I keep reading about....

    You don't have to participate in something to know about it.

    I don't participate in Nazism, genocide, terrorism, rape, mass shootings, torture, Hinduism and other religions, and so on. Doesn't mean I am not aware of them or have verying levels of knowledge about them. Enough to know I don't want a bar of them.

  • Jul 27th, 2021 @ 6:54pm

    Hvae you tried adding porn?

    I hear that's a good money spinner. Maybe add some chatrooms a'la chaturbate, onlyfans, etc.?

  • Jul 22nd, 2021 @ 5:29pm

    Legislation could make it permanent,

    Well, no. It'll just make it more permanent than the current policy directive.

    Legislation can be overturned, either by the Supreme Court or via the legislature themselves if they pass an act to overturn it or otherwise make it irrelevant.

    Even the constitution can be amended as it already has been 27 times (and counting), including an amendment, the 21st, that repealed an earlier amendment, the 18th (i.e. prohibition).

  • Jul 21st, 2021 @ 7:12pm

    (untitled comment)

    t's arguably deceptive to pin the blame on Facebook rather than on the individuals spreading the disinformation

    If I go to a QANON meeting (I wouldn't, but just for the sake of argument), and they produce a pamphlett with their stupid crap on it, and I pick up a stack of the pamphletts and when I return home to my neighbourhood and I walk the streets putting pamphlets in peoples letter boxes, who spread the QANON disinformation? QANON or me?

    In my opinion, QANON created the disinformation, but I spread it, I amplified it.

    In the same way, Facebook is 'spreading' and amplifying it. They are the ones who are picking up the bits/bytes of the disinformation created by whoever it is, and carrying it to other people. Facebook decides who gets to see it (whose letter boxes to put the pampheltt in in my above analogy) and displays it to other people. They are the ones who wrote the algorithms that decide what other users get to see, what gets placed in newsfeeds, where it gets place in newsfeeds (what prominence to give it) etc. They are not a 'dumb' transport like the data pipes and backbone providers that blindly (at least in theory) move bits from one location to another, they consciously and deliberately choose who gets to see what - by proxy of the algorithms they created.

  • Jul 13th, 2021 @ 6:05am


    A pre-emptive: "And don't call me Shirley".

  • Jul 13th, 2021 @ 6:04am

    (untitled comment)

    Surely a civil contract cannot bind the legislative process of a legislative body - the city council?

    I could understand if the Mayor made an executive decision, but a city council vote? No fucking way.

    Is this much different from expecting a contract between a company and the state government from preventing/forcing state legislatures to pass/not-pass certain acts?

  • Jul 9th, 2021 @ 10:21pm

    Why Do We So Quickly Blame The Internet And Anonymity For Things

    "because alcohol"
    "because drugs"
    "because blacks"
    "because asians"
    "because latinos"
    "becuase Irish"
    "because democrats"
    "because republicans"
    "because catholics"
    "becuase muslims"
    "because protestants"
    "because communists"
    "because kids these days"
    "because the internet"
    "because anonymous"

    There will always be new moral panics from people who are:

    • afraid of change
    • afraid of different
    • afraid of what they don't understand ("I don't understand young people these days")
    • think they know better than anyone else
    • think that their way is the only way
    • think they (and those who think like them) are the only ones who matter
    • see a way to hold onto or gain power (whether that means wealth or political power) by stoking the moral panic
    • people who enjoy causing trouble for the shits and giggles therefore stoke the moral panic
    • control freaks
    • people who always need to find something else to blame for their own failings ("they're taking our jobs" - if uneducated, shoeless, starving Mexicans are better qualified for their jobs, then, well, just fuck me)
    • people who always need something else to blame for everything (can't accept that "sometimes shit happens")
  • Jul 6th, 2021 @ 7:18pm

    (untitled comment)

    There are different uses of facial recognition tech, and I suspect that some of the agencies that 'use' facial recognition tech could be caught up in the "do you use facial recognition tech" question.

    For example, to me at least, it would seem perfectly reasonable for an Access Control System for, say, NASA's facilities to use facial recognition tech. Say a staff member walks into the security gate/entrance at JPL and swipes/waves/whatever they do with their ID card to enter the building. Having a facial recognition tech camera automatically pull up the swipee's staff personel record's biometric image and compare that to the image the camera has just taken to confirm the person swiping is the same person the employee records indicate, seems reasonable to me (assuming it actually works!).

  • Jul 1st, 2021 @ 8:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Cheap local storage is cheap!

    They also do not realize that a backup should be one of several copies of a file, and having the only copy on a 'backup' drive is not a backup.

    Right, or phrased another way "they aren't technically literate enough to understand backups". ;)

  • Jul 1st, 2021 @ 12:53am

    (untitled comment)

    Does this decision prohibit the President from appointing an APJ to be confirmed by the senate?

    Could we end up concurrently with 2 types of APJs, "inferior" judges appointed by the PTO Director, and, err, "superior"? judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate?

  • Jun 29th, 2021 @ 7:06pm

    Re: Cheap local storage is cheap!

    I feel for everyone who lost their stuff, and perhaps I'm just naive, but with the seemingly ever shrinking cost of storage I have never been able to find a downside to backing up all of my stuff to an external drive that is intentionally only local, and never sees the internet.

    The problem is this device was marketed at people who are technically literate enough to know about one or both:

    1) that backups are good;
    2) that they want to be able to remotely access, or share with others, their family photos etc.

    But they aren't technically literate enough to understand backups or exposing their stuff on the Internet. Ye Olde "A little knowledge is dangerous" situation.

  • Jun 29th, 2021 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Helpful hacker says...

    Ahh yes, the BOFH solution to complaints about running out of storage.

  • Jun 9th, 2021 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Re: What about hosting

    Cloudflare is there. Just take a closer look.

    It indicates how much traffic goes to Cloudfare's websites, not the CDN it runs that host (caches) other people's data.

    The way Cloudflare and other similar CDNs work is they take delegation of IPs owned by, for example Walmart. That means that as far as web metrics are concerned, you are visiting Walmart, as it's Walmart's IP addresses, Walmart's DNS, Walmart's website, but the physical hardware the data is coming from is Cloudfare's, as the internet routing tables direct the traffic for that Walmart-owned IP address to Cloudflares infrastructure.

    Note that Alexa metrics also only care about the 'website', i.e. forbes.com, not the IP addresses underlying that, which might be dozens of pooled addresses underlying that that each runs on a different hosting provider. Even if 1 access load balances/round robin DNSes to AWS, then another access of the same site gets directed to Azure, and yet another gets directed to IBM's cloud service, Alexa will pool them all into "forbes.com" because, well, they are all access of the Forbes website, even though they are hosted in (at least) three different datacenters provided by 3 different hosting services which might be on three different continents.

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