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  • Apr 12th, 2017 @ 10:19am

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    ISPs recording your browsing history, even if they don't directly sell it, have a centralized repository of your Internet history.

    Wouldn't that leave it vulnerable to malicious hackers and National Security Letters?

  • Feb 17th, 2017 @ 7:04pm

    Re: Wanted: Better financial models for journalism

    Aren't you an egotistical one? Mike has had lawmakers and Congressional staffers on his podcasts saying that TechDirt's writings was substantively responsible for changing some legislation on tech issues.

    That's pretty damn important in my eyes.

  • Dec 16th, 2016 @ 6:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    If you want an explanation as to why "ethics in game journalism" became the tagline - GamerGate wad originally stated by the /v/video games board of 4chan. It just happened that one of the obsessions /v/ has had for years was "ethics in video game journalism".

    Even back in 2013 they were creating musicals mocking unethical video game journalism¹²³⁴.

    So much of a clusterfuck happened in the first few months of GamerGate that other groups effectively took it over but never bothered to change the tagline. The endless "right wing antifeminist" news reporting attracted a bunch of right wing antifeminists and demoralized the people who primarily cared about video games.

    The phrase "ethics in video game journalism" is a relic of Internet cultural history at this point rather than representing what GamerGate was about for more than a month or two.

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  • Dec 16th, 2016 @ 5:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    I am not here to promote GamerGate. The years of reporting on it being "ultra right wing" became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Turns out news reporting can act as advertisement that attracts demographics to the target group - who knew?

    I only mentioned it in the context of online harassment to present the perspective that efforts to fight it, when done poorly, causes far more harm than good.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 5:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    Do you understand the concept of scapegoat?

    The serial harassers didn't get a taste of their own medicine. The Bill Waggoner Crew and Super Extreme Shitposting Team hasn't been inconvenienced in the slightest.

    No, innocent third parties got targeted because of "anti-"abuse activists charging at a poorly researched target like a raging bull.

    That's not schadenfreude you're feeling. It's sadism.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    That is the literal opposite of censorship. It is a flood of speech. That's a wholly different concern than censorship itself.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 4:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    You are correct that I'm referring to the events surrounding GamerGate. I am extremely bitter about what happened and the dehumanizing, one-sided nature of the news coverage.

    SRK forum mod reveived death threats mailed to his house for so much as allowing discourse regarding GamerGate on his forum (ElderGod received a death threat titled "GG or family" sent to his house)¹. A friend of mine (different person) ended up homeless for 4 months as a result of two guys socially engineering her medical info out of her and then misrepresenting it to her boss². A different person attempted suicide because of casual, dehumanizing abuse from "anti-"abuse crusader who created GG Blockbot (I imagine you know who I'm referring to)³.

    I literally FOIA'd the FBI on the investigations surrounding GamerGate. The doxing, SWATing, harassment, and death threats all came from third parties pretending to be GamerGate⁴.

    Detailing all of this would make this post an essay and not get as much engagement as a shorter post would. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    ² - My friend requested not to be identified as she didn't want to relive the hell she went through due to people asking her Qs about it if ID'd.
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  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    And I'm saying that blind zealotry towards trying to resolve this problem has created far more problems and far more abuse than its resolved.

    I agree abuse is an issue. I'm just gun shy after having been abused by activists manipulated by trolls into attacking subcultures I associate with. Not fun to see veteran forum mods quit because they had death threats mailed to their physical residence.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: oh ffs...

    That's perverse logic you're using to describe speech as censorship. That could easily be twisted to be "any speech that regulars on forums don't like is hate speech and thus stopping it isn't censorship".

    I get nostalgia for social groups of the past. I do. But you'll find that getting rid of speech you find distasteful won't bring those groups back. At least, not in the form you want them in.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: oh ffs...

    The traditional media responses to the harassment you're describing has incited orders of magnitude more harassment in retaliation which results in retaliation to the retaliation and so on.

    There's a lot of one-eyed kings being made over institutional responses to sensitive topics like rape. I plead that you don't go down the path that Vox, VICE, Bizzfeed, and other such outlets have gone down. I've seen too many innocents on the periphery get hurt badly by activists. I've seen too many literal sociopaths falsely don the mantle of "anti-abuse crusader" only to be the most heinous abusers of all.

    You speak of harassing phone calls and protesters. I've had a very kind friend end up homeless as a result of "anti-"abuse activists purposely trying to get her fired.

  • Dec 15th, 2016 @ 11:45am

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    I have unfortunately suffered through the obscene damage that unconstructive responses to Internet trolling can do. I'd be glad to see constructive responses to trolling used instead of the community-destroying fuck-ups by spearheaded by Vox, Vice, Buzzfeed, ect....

    More on the constructive end - are any distinctions being drawn for hateful/abusive/trollish speech? Different persons have different motivations for their conduct and would respond differently to a given solution.

  • Nov 30th, 2016 @ 9:43am

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    Are existing monthly donations handled by Beacon in any way?

  • Nov 30th, 2016 @ 6:47am

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    It is curious why Obama doesn't pardon him for the disclosures that had a nexus to the U.S. and not disclosures that had only benefit to foreign nations.

    Seems like it's a "have your cake and eat it too" solution for Obama, no?

  • Nov 22nd, 2016 @ 10:35am


    The defeatist attitude here is unproductive.

    Net Neutrality became partisan based on a lie. Become politically active and inform your congresspersons what it *really* is. That it is completely unrelated to the Fairness Doctrine and that such claims are lobbyist propaganda.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 5:59pm

    Re: Eh

    Twitter's reputation, while not unfounded, was largely a product of political activists with a bunch of media soapboxes.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: The left could learn this lesson

    And "the Right" got a Nintendo PR representative fired for the content of her (distasteful) thesis in college.

    Both "sides" are guilty of having outrage mobs that got people fired. Identity politics is pure idiocy and hurts everyone, regardless of political policy learnings.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 2:05pm

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    "Quite a suggestion about a group that had a heavy hand in electing our soon-to-be President...."

    Did they? Before Hillary gave a /pol/ meme a national platform, they were a primarily obscure Internet subculture content with nihilism and provocation on social media.

    Hell, rumor is that Buzzfeed blackmailed m00t into banning them from 4chan. If true, Buzzfeed is in part responsible for forcing a containment board leakage onto the rest of the Internet.

    Bannon isn't alt-right - he's just a neo-nazi that embraced the alt-right for exposure vs blindly hating them like Stormfront hates The Daily Stormer.

    Bannon isn't spouting off a bunch of Internet memes for one thing. Instead, he unironically believes in topics that trolls ironically pretend to believe in.

    Even before Hillary's mistake of feeding the biggest piece of sustenance ever fed to trolls in the history of the Internet, troll king Andrew Aurenheimer was continually expressing disbelief at how insane 2016 (a.k.a. (current year)) has been and how trivial it's been to troll mainstream media outlets into printing false stories of IRL events based on nothing more than a few tweets.

    "What I'm advocating for is the allowance of a public rebuke to them. Scorn is a wonderful antidote to idiocy, but we can't levy our scorn if the alt-right is disappeared from our conversations...."

    Agreed. Within the alt-right, there is a form of much milder (but still worrying) unironic racial identity politics. It would be healthy to argue them away from believing in that....

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 12:57pm

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    Good lord this media craze about the alt-Right is the epitome of stupid.

    Geigner - did you listen to the D.C. press conference Richard Spencer gave a few months ago after Hillary put a spotlight on the neckbeard neo-Nazis known as the alt-Right? If so - how can you possibly take them seriously? He spent almost an hour memeing off at a crowd of D.C. political staffers, military officials, balding reporters, and Think Tank members. He literally tried to explain to them how important "dank memes" are. He explained to them a trollish political interpretation of "don't be a cuck".

    He created a logo for the alt-Right that was a mix of KKK hoods, an Illuminati reference, and shitty retro wannabe cyberpunk style synthwave

    There is nothing about him that should be taken seriously. Nothing about the alt-right should be taken seriously by anyone.

    In fact, continuing to take them seriously will end up convincing them that their theatrically racist speech has actual political merit. That would be the worst conceivable outcome as it'd create actual bigots out of memeing trolls.


    For everyone calling the alt-Right the "alt-Reich" or Nazis - stop. It's the equivalent of pillowtalk to them. They dozens of memes idolizing Hitler is the theatrically provocative manner common to imageboards.