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  1. Comment on Hurricane Center reclassifies Michael to Category 5, the first such storm to make landfall since 1992 in ~enviro

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    Weird how I completely forgot about that storm until now. You hear nothing anymore about the recovery from it. Whereas Maria is still being brought up.

    Weird how I completely forgot about that storm until now. You hear nothing anymore about the recovery from it. Whereas Maria is still being brought up.

  2. Comment on WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany in ~tech

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    It's not just that they got misinformation. It's that when the Mueller team made an extremely rare statement saying their information was wrong, and no other news organization corroborated their...

    It's not just that they got misinformation. It's that when the Mueller team made an extremely rare statement saying their information was wrong, and no other news organization corroborated their story, they still doubled down on it. That shows that the key decision makers in their organization have issues.

  3. Comment on WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany in ~tech

  4. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    You mean something like this with regards to firing Comey:

    You mean something like this with regards to firing Comey:

    "And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won'."

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    Oh man, the line after that is even better. Very interesting that he was discussing the possibility of a special counsel before one was even created.

    Oh man, the line after that is even better.

    "Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels, it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.

    Very interesting that he was discussing the possibility of a special counsel before one was even created.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    Does anyone know what page that line on? I keep seeing everyone repeat it, without attributing the source it came from. I'm very curious how Mueller found out about that reaction. And how reliable...

    Does anyone know what page that line on? I keep seeing everyone repeat it, without attributing the source it came from. I'm very curious how Mueller found out about that reaction. And how reliable that source is.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    And almost all of it is "Harm to ongoing matter". This is nowhere near over.

    And almost all of it is "Harm to ongoing matter". This is nowhere near over.

  8. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

  9. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    This is why it is so baffling why he didn't try harder to interview Trump. How else do you prove intent, other than asking that person what their intent was?

    This is why it is so baffling why he didn't try harder to interview Trump. How else do you prove intent, other than asking that person what their intent was?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Facebook has updated their blog post about storing unencrypted passwords - they found more log files, and there are now millions of Instagram users impacted, not thousands as stated originally in ~tech

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    Now that's what I call a news dump! This would be getting massive amounts of attention if it were released any other day of the year. But today, it won't get a second of airtime.

    Now that's what I call a news dump! This would be getting massive amounts of attention if it were released any other day of the year. But today, it won't get a second of airtime.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Why airlines make flights longer on purpose in ~misc

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    You be surprised how long seemingly simple improvements can be overlooked. Take winglets for example. Just adding an extra little fin to the tip of the wing reduces drag significantly. Yet they...

    You be surprised how long seemingly simple improvements can be overlooked.

    Take winglets for example. Just adding an extra little fin to the tip of the wing reduces drag significantly. Yet they weren't introduced to commercial planes until 1985, and weren't put on every plane until the 2000s.

    Don't just assume something doesn't work because it hasn't been done yet.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Mod annotations for removed comments in ~tildes

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    I agree with this. Explaining removals is always very important. I always made sure to do it when I was a reddit mod. Leaving the removed comments by themselves just allows people to speculate...

    I agree with this. Explaining removals is always very important. I always made sure to do it when I was a reddit mod. Leaving the removed comments by themselves just allows people to speculate what happen and spread misinformation. Best to nip that in the bud with a simple explanation.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    True, I didn't think about how only Targaryans can ride dragons. I guess it wasn't a totally useless scene.

    True, I didn't think about how only Targaryans can ride dragons. I guess it wasn't a totally useless scene.

  14. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I'm not talking about people walking on heads. I'm talking about a technical analysis of an imaginary material in a universe where our physics and chemistry laws clearly don't apply. It makes no...

    I'm not talking about people walking on heads. I'm talking about a technical analysis of an imaginary material in a universe where our physics and chemistry laws clearly don't apply. It makes no sens to compare it to real world forging since the rules are completely different.

    And this is a detail that so few people will ever think about. 99% of GOT viewers know nothing about steel forging or its history. So why should the writers have to spend time making sure those details are accurate?

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    It's not just about beating Trump though. If someone beats Trump, but is still a mediocre president, that doesn't help anyone. I can't support someone who has no experience in DC, and would face...

    It's not just about beating Trump though. If someone beats Trump, but is still a mediocre president, that doesn't help anyone. I can't support someone who has no experience in DC, and would face the same problems Trump has getting things done.

    We need a president who has experience and knows how to fulfill their promises.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in ~news

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    Wow, that's actually really cool. It's more than just a donation since you even get a return on your investment. Wish we had something like that in the US to encourage people to invest in public...

    Wow, that's actually really cool. It's more than just a donation since you even get a return on your investment. Wish we had something like that in the US to encourage people to invest in public projects.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in ~news

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    It's sad, but often times, tragedies like these are necessary in order to understand the dangers and make sure they never happen again. I'm sure very soon there will likely be meetings scheduled...

    It's sad, but often times, tragedies like these are necessary in order to understand the dangers and make sure they never happen again. I'm sure very soon there will likely be meetings scheduled at every world heritage site to discuss prevention and response to disasters like this. They will figure out exactly what went wrong at Notre Dame, and learn from it. Maybe even rethink how to implement sprinkler or fire suppression systems, which Notre Dame clearly didn't have.

    Unfortunately humans aren't wired to be very good at predicting disasters. But we are excellent at responding to them.

    I hope they rebuild it, just as fine and grandly as can be managed.

    They will. I have no doubt. There are troves of pictures and documents they can use that detail everything that was lost. It's one of the most studied and documented structures on the planet due to its religious, architectural, and cultural significance.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in ~news

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    They'll have no problem getting whatever money they need to rebuild, without selling out naming rights. Just like the US had no problem getting the money to rebuild the World Trade Center. Which...

    They'll have no problem getting whatever money they need to rebuild, without selling out naming rights. Just like the US had no problem getting the money to rebuild the World Trade Center. Which included a four billion dollar train station.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in ~news

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    Translation of the tweet for non francophones. What does he mean by a "national subscription"? Sounds like a gofundme.

    Translation of the tweet for non francophones.

    This Notre-Dame cathedral, we will rebuild it. All together. It's part of our French destiny. I commit myself: tomorrow a national subscription will be launched, and well beyond our borders.

    What does he mean by a "national subscription"? Sounds like a gofundme.

    5 votes