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  • Jan 12th, 2022 @ 11:09am

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    Subsidies never make anything cheaper. It's just a free handout to the telecoms to keep doing the same thing they've always been doing it. If you really think the FCC is going to do something about it this time, Lucy has a football for you to kick.

  • Oct 7th, 2021 @ 9:37am

    Re: Re: Follow the money.

    Until that's fixed

    You can't really fix it. Rich people can always use their wealth to avoid and manipulate the rules. Trying to outlaw one kind of money in politics just makes the other kinds of money in politics more powerful.

  • Oct 7th, 2021 @ 9:20am


    Whether you consider it left or right isn't important. The real thing you should be paying attention to is that one group of people is selling two opposing flavors of politics and profiting from the battle between them. Whether you consider the rest of their media properties leftwing or center doesn't matter. THEY (AT&T) considers them leftwing and they are designed, produced, and marketed to appeal to a demographic of people who are enraged by everything OAN stands for, but it's all a marketing gimmick. OAN whips up rightoids to be frothing mad at the libs. Those angry people are created, whole cloth, by OAN to be a villain for CNN viewers to revile and hate... and tune in to CNN to be affirmed in how much smarter they are. Meanwhile viewers tune into OAN to be affirmed in how much smarter they are than wokesters at CNN. The arms filling Punch and Judy are connected to the same man.

  • Sep 28th, 2021 @ 6:28am

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    7 years and not a minute longer.

  • Sep 28th, 2021 @ 6:22am

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    It's not going to change until someone shoots a couple no-knock plainclothes cops dead and is then exonerated in the ensuing murder trial. You never want to hope that someone dies so I'm not looking forward to that, but the sad reality is that that is what it will take to really change things. No knock warrants should never be a thing. There is no suspect so dangerous and no evidence so important that such a thing is justified.

  • Sep 18th, 2021 @ 12:25pm

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    Going to a public park every day and documenting what you see there might be many flavors of disrespectful depending on what you decide to document, but it's not stalking.

  • Sep 15th, 2021 @ 8:42am

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    Does it though? Does it REALLY matter? What's the practical difference between spending the rest of your life in jail, having all your assets seized, your reputation dragged through the mud for decades and spending the rest of your life in jail, having all your assets seized, and your reputation dragged through the mud for decades? I apologize if that last sentence left you cross-eyed but that's very much the point.

  • Sep 15th, 2021 @ 6:37am

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    Does it even matter at this point? The threats against Backpage have always been procedural. I think it's been very clear since day one that the government had no real case and this is all simply a demonstration of how hard the process can be used as the punishment.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 6:23am

    Re: Re: CCP will fix this

    But they also don't want kids cramming for tests. See: the recent bans on test prepping and tutors. You might almost begin to believe that the CCP is simply incompetent, flailing, and self destructive.

  • Sep 5th, 2021 @ 6:56am


    the whole Internet ends up being subject to the desires of all the censorious regimes around the world.

    Yes,... and?

  • Sep 3rd, 2021 @ 7:11am

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    I am a programmer by trade. I'm in my mid-thirties now but when I attended college it was hard not to notice a trend among my peers. My college CS department had a very large population of south Asian international students and among them the split between men and women was close to 50/50. Of American-born students I knew of two female students, total, out of hundreds. The reason there are no (non-indian) women in CS is because there are no (non-indian) women getting CS degrees in college. Why they aren't going to college to pursue those degrees is a mystery. Clearly, it's not something particular to women, because non-American women are pursuing technology careers with gusto. It's something about the western cultural zeitgeist that is shunting them away.

    What's really interesting is that it wasn't always this way. After graduating I fell into a software career doing COBOL. There's no getting around it, COBOL developers skew old. Really old. The average COBOL developer is 60 years old, so for every 30 year old baby like myself there's a crypt keeper a few seats down. But there are far more women in COBOL than any other CS field, close to half. COBOL was invented by a woman and for many decades programming and computers were seen as good careers for women and it seems to have taken a hard shift in the mid 90s and since then basically zero western-born women have entered the field.

    When you hear all these horror stories about toxic male workplace cultures that drive women out I can understand why that's repellent, but it wasn't the stodgy Mad Men good-ol-boys clubs of the past that drove women out of CS. That was prime time for women in technology. I don't know what caused it, since I wasn't in college in the 90s, but that's where it all went wrong.

  • Aug 17th, 2021 @ 5:42am


    Hot take: Baseball cards and Magic: the Gathering ARE gambling, they just aren't big enough for regulators to pay attention to. One of the key aspects of trading cards is that the rarest (and in the case of games like MtG, the most powerful) cards are valuable. The companies that produce them are EXTREMELY careful to never ever acknowledge that the cards themselves have value but it's crystal clear in what they choose to print and when that they are fully aware of how valuable certain cards will be and, particularly with reprint sets, much fuss is made about making certain that packs contain a certain amount of "value". Just because you wink and nod and never say the dollar value out loud doesn't mean things don't have value, particularly if you can directly sell the thing you get on a market for dollars.

  • Aug 16th, 2021 @ 10:03am

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    Of course it's the users who lose. They aren't the customers so social media has no incentive to make them happy. This is the natural and expected result from an advertisement-funded internet. If you want an internet that works for users, you will need users to PAY for it.

  • Aug 11th, 2021 @ 9:56am

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    This isn't an article about Finnish education in general but a cursory internet search shows that the average Finnish teacher makes around 40k euros a year. This is less than the average American teacher and in a country where living expenses are about 30% higher. I'm not claiming to be an expert on Finnish education and I don't actually know how good their teachers/schools may or may not be, but I strongly doubt any education gap between US and Finnish students can be attributed to teacher pay.

  • Aug 11th, 2021 @ 8:50am

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    Public sector unions are the problem. You will never solve the problem by throwing more politicians and more money at it.

  • Aug 11th, 2021 @ 8:30am


    Pretty much this. Hopefully people start to catch on that users are Facebook's product, not the customer base.

  • Aug 9th, 2021 @ 6:51am

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    And, obviously, stopping the abuse of children is an important goal.

    At the risk of sounding like a child-molesting nogoodnik: How important is this, really? Has there ever been any attempt to quantify, in numerical terms, how many children are sexually abused via iCloud? From the way Apple's press release is worded you would think that iCloud was a digital cornucopia of child abuse photographs that America's legion predators took for some reason. Saying something like "We just don't know how many abuse images there could be" is like saying there is just no way of telling how much terrorism is planned out via the English language. How many actual real pedophiles is this change going to reel in? Can anyone take even an order-of-magnitude guess?

  • Jul 19th, 2021 @ 12:25pm

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    Just consider that it has been barely six months since the proclamations emanating from the White House about what is true and what is false directly lead to an attack on the US Capitol building. "But this time it's true!" isn't really a defense and really just sounds more like "I trust THIS president more than the last one". The president CANNOT be trusted to solely determine what is true and what is not. Not for official acts, not for advice, not for opinions, nothing. Whether the power is used for good or evil is unimportant, it's the power that's the problem.

  • Jul 19th, 2021 @ 11:34am

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    I'm curious how you would react if you found out the government was directing private entities to censor information that it claimed was false but which turned out to be true. The very idea that we now apparently have a Ministry of Truth determining what is true and what is false doesn't seem off to you?

    I figured after four years of Trump people would reject this stuff on its face, but I guess it turns out people didn't really hate the player. They just didn't like the team he was playing for. Wake me up in 30-60 years when this shit ends the way it always does.

  • Jul 19th, 2021 @ 10:39am

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    *The only times we run into trouble is when the government entity then tells a platform that they must remove that content, rather than pointing it out and saying "we believe this is disinformation."

    So, yes, there is a fine line here, but it is not around who decides. It's around the line between the government informing Facebook and the government compelling Facebook.*

    No, Jen Psaki did not literally point a gun at Mark Zuckerberg and say "delet this" but you don't find it at least a little bit spooky that the White House, far and away the most powerful arm of the US government, is directly sending out "opinions" on what statements it considers "disinformation"? You don't have to be a right wing partisan to see the possible wink wink nudge nudge going on and find it deeply troubling.

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