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  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 1:25pm

    The real reason

    Isn't the real reason the Trump administration wants to ban TikTok is because Trump got it into his head that TikyTok users somehow organized to register thousands of people for his Tulsa, OK rally, but then didn't show up?
    The low attendance wasn't caused by the virus pandemic or people losing interest in his rally- it's because TikTok users followed the instructions of one person... and that person wasn't Trump.

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 12:48pm

    More false phishing flags

    I get a newsletter from the Small Business Development Center in Florida which talks resources for small businesses during the COVID pandemic. Every so often, there are links to surveys that they'll pass along to lawmakers and there are stories about other small businesses that are doing well during the pandemic.

    I have a GMail account and almost every single one of their newsletters is put into my Spam folder and labeled as a phishing attempt! Really? A newsletter that helps small business from a government agency? Really?
    And even clicking "not spam" doesn't seem to help since the next newsletter is still labeled as a phishing attempt!

    So, yes, there's something going on with Google's filters. Maybe they think every mention of COVID-19 is somehow misinformation or phishing.
    And I apologize if mentioning COVID-19 this innocently causes Google to say this entire page is bad.

  • Aug 3rd, 2020 @ 11:56am

    Ladies and gentlemen, your elected officials...

    So these are the people we've elected into office to represent us.
    I don't know what's worse: that these people don't know much about technology or they can't be bothered to consult with people who do know about technology.

    So, like the article said, the only purpose of this hearing was for the politicians to show their constituents that they're "doing something"!
    The other problem is that too many media sites will take this hearing to mean their site is right rather than holding the politicians accountable for their inaction.

  • Aug 3rd, 2020 @ 10:05am

    Lazy journalism

    I think the issue goes back to lazy journalism and it goes something like this:
    The Onion published a satire story.
    A Chinese newspaper picks up the story and thinks it's real.
    The Huffington Post reports that the Chinese newspaper is reporting a story.
    The Washington Post reports that the Huffington Post is running a story based on a Chinese story.

    So, where does the fact-checking come into it? The Washington Post relied on the Huffington Post to verify the facts and the Huffington Post assumed the Chinese newspaper did their own fact-checking.
    Yet none of these people did their own research to see if the story was true and accurate.

    Then this issue gets worse when there are people planting obvious misinformation that the media thinks is correct because of the "truthiness"- you know, it must be true because it sounds like it should be true.

  • Jul 27th, 2020 @ 1:05pm

    Like drinking and driving

    I compare this to drinking and driving: everyone knows there are huge penalties for drinking and driving, but how many people think about it when they drink? Okay, sure, a lot of people will be responsible and call a cab or Uber, but a lot of people don't.

    So it's going to be the same thing: out of the 45 million Twitter users in Japan, how many will think about the consequences when they re-tweet something? Or will people assume they can get away with it? Or will they assume there won't be much of a penalty if they get caught?

  • Jul 27th, 2020 @ 11:00am

    Re: CVS Customer Satisfaction Survey Follow This Instruction

    And how is this relevant to Chia pets or trademark?

  • Jul 27th, 2020 @ 10:00am

    And people wonder why click-bait headlines work

    This is the perfect example of our click-bait headline, lack of reading comprehension, rush to judgement society.

    When I read the headline, I immediately thought "Okay, they settled a $250 million lawsuit, I guess I'll read the article for the settlement details".
    But instead, all these other people immediately thought "settled FOR $250 million" without really reading.
    And look, their posts are getting attention and retweeted and so on... not bad for a lack of reading comprehension.

  • Jul 17th, 2020 @ 10:58am

    Let's follow up with this lady

    Let's follow up with this lady every few weeks until she tests positive for the virus. Then let's see how long it takes until she dies from it.

    Yes, I know that's morbid, but I've been reading too many stories about people who refused to wear a mask (or who thought the virus is a hoax) only to die from it later.

  • Jul 17th, 2020 @ 10:10am

    The world needed a scapegoat...

    ... and they chose TikTok (and Heiwai).

    TikTok is suddenly out of favor because it's made by (say it slowly) "Chiiiina", which is probably a supporter of "Anteeeeeefa". You know, those evil foreigners out to steal our data... and then do something with it!
    I'd say that's sarcasm, but it seems like that's how too many politicians think: it's fashionable to slam foreign companies, so they'll jump on the bandwagon.
    But they never finish their accusation: what exactly will TikTok or the Chinese government do with all this data? Will they sell it back to US companies? Or are politicians scared of the nebulous "collecting data"?

  • Jul 6th, 2020 @ 10:09am

    Need to know the whole story

    I like how people jump all over Twitter for removing someone's content without bothering to get the whole story.
    You mean this guy was warned numerous times about the same issue, then agreed not to do it again, then did it again, and then got even more strikes his account? Oh, sure, it must be a political agenda by Twitter!

    It's sort-of like how people get outraged when they hear a 10 year-old has been arrested, yet they don't read how that same 10 year-old had caused trouble over and over for the past year and an arrest was the last straw.

    Plus, it's trendy right now to attack Twitter and Facebook for a perceived political bias instead of understanding the nuances of the DMCA and why these takedowns happen in the first place.

  • Jun 18th, 2020 @ 10:01am

    Time to shut down Twitter

    Is it time to shut down Twitter or at least move to another platform?
    Between these copyright issues, the rants and threats from Trump, the trolls attacking female and African-American celebrities (and people in general), and general disinformation by bots, what good is coming out of Twitter?

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 10:06am

    The solution is obvious: stop using YouTube

    For all the complaints against ContentID and how YouTube "has to do it", I don't see anyone stating the obvious: if you don't like the service, don't use it. Does Viemo and TikTik and other video sites have this issue? If they don't, why are we still using and complaining about YouTube?

    If people start leaving YouTube en masse over this issue, then maybe they'll see a decline in advertising, which means less revenue, which means it'll get their attention.

    But complaining and hoping something will change doesn't seem to working.

  • May 6th, 2020 @ 10:16am

    Charge newspapers

    At what do Google and Facebook say "we won't link to any newspapers unless you pay us a small fee for the traffic we sent you". Maybe it's only $1 or $2 a month (far below the rate for Google Ads). And then if a newspaper doesn't want to pay, they don't get indexed and they get no traffic. There, problem solved.
    Oh, and a special thanks to Spain, France, Australia, Canada, and this guy for changing Google's policies so now even small newspapers have to pay to be on Google News instead of getting traffic for free.

    P.S. How come NONE, NONE of these complainers ever mention Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo? Those sites have news sections that presumably send traffic to newspapers. Or does Bing/ Microsoft not have as much money as Google? Then how about Apple News? Do they pay newspapers a fee to run snippets? Or is Apple too small to worry about?

  • Apr 10th, 2020 @ 10:18am

    Bailout time

    Have and of Redflex's CEO's talked about when they'll be applying for government bailouts? After all, it's not their fault their business is failing because they can't issue more tickets. They need a handout!

  • Apr 8th, 2020 @ 10:33am

    Authenticity unclear?

    "... were told it came from social media and its authenticity was unclear."
    Why in the world is ANY government agency running clips when they specifically know the authenticity is unclear?
    It's liking running video showing Iran's "military aircraft" that's actually a screen shot from a video game. Or showing a new ISIS "symbol" that's also from a video game.

    Why in the world do people put so much stock in social media? Are we that desperate for something to valid our world-view that we can't be bothered to verify it?
    Though this is the same reason some Internet rando is suddenly an expert on 5G and the coronavirus when scientists say there's no connection at all.

  • Apr 8th, 2020 @ 10:17am

    Travel to Guam

    I think you're missing an important point:

    Modly flew from Washington DC to the ship, which is in Guam, which is 5,600 miles away, to give his speech to the crew.
    Then he flew another 5,600 miles back to Washington after his speech was over!
    That's it- there was no other reason for him to fly all the way to Guam and back!

    So not only was his speech a waste of breath, it was a waste of tax-payer dollars!

  • Apr 8th, 2020 @ 10:06am

    Let's start our own conspiracies

    Fact: Marvel Studios has been releasing movies since 2008.
    Fact: The last Marvel movie was released in mid 2019.
    Fact: The COVID-19 virus was discovered until late 2019.

    Therefore, the lack of Marvel movies created the COVID-19 virus.

  • Mar 25th, 2020 @ 10:01am

    Don't believe his social media

    "Don't believe ANYTHING you read on social media!" he said in his Twitter feed. "Instead, check our Facebook page daily for updates about the virus."

    So if we shouldn't believe anything on social media, why should we believe his Twitter feed or Facebook page? Why should we even believe that statement?

  • Mar 24th, 2020 @ 10:16am

    Reduce stream on mobile devices and reduce ads

    Here are some ideas to reduce the strain on the network:
    1) Detect the device (which is fairly easy to do) and don't stream 4K or even 1080p to a mobile device.
    2) Cut down or stop the ads before the videos. How much bandwidth can be saved by cutting one 10-second or 20-second ad from 2 million videos played per day? Especially then a vast majority of those ads are never interacted-with except for the Skip Ad button.

  • Mar 20th, 2020 @ 10:32am

    Re: If you're innocent, don't plead guilty.

    Do you not watch shows like Law & Order? The story goes like this:

    Poor (usually black) guy is caught with some illegal drug and gets a public defender.
    The prosecutor offers him a deal: take a plea bargain and go to jail for 5 years or risk a full trial and get 20 years.
    The defendant says he can't do 20 years in jail so he takes the plea bargain.
    The public defender has 200 other case so he takes the plea bargain also and doesn't bother gathering evidence like body cams.

    So no wonder the cops continue to get away with altering the body cams- it's not like many defense lawyers even see it.

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