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  1. Comment on Hundreds arrested after European law enforcement agencies monitored over 100 million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by criminals in ~tech

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    I don't have any specific examples, but I'm pretty sure this is a trivial thing to do today. VeraCrypt (disk encryption software) has had this feature for a very long time. Though as a side note,...

    It seems like some of encrochat's appeal was that a phone had a hidden partition that wasn't obvious without a detailed search.

    I don't have any specific examples, but I'm pretty sure this is a trivial thing to do today. VeraCrypt (disk encryption software) has had this feature for a very long time. Though as a side note, forensic analysis may be able to reveal that there is a hidden partition.

    But maybe I have the burden of knowledge and indeed these are the moderately-tech-savvy-at-best crowd of criminals.

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  2. Comment on Hundreds arrested after European law enforcement agencies monitored over 100 million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by criminals in ~tech

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    Am I the only one that is a bit surprised by this? It seems to me that the criminals caught in this raid were more amateur and lower on the distribution of tech-savvy. Why would anyone buy a third...

    Am I the only one that is a bit surprised by this? It seems to me that the criminals caught in this raid were more amateur and lower on the distribution of tech-savvy. Why would anyone buy a third party device and subscribe to a centralized system? The features described seem to be pretty basic, and something anyone could do using Signal or any other encrypted chat + darkweb markets + custom ROMs. I imagine the more competent criminal organizations have their own IT and even own software, so I'm not too impressed with this. Am I missing something?

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  3. Comment on US pediatricians call for in-person school this fall in ~news

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    If asked in a specific manner: very high, actually. Especially if supervised. It's already a biological disaster. Kids are very effective at transmitting diseases that they can be infected with....

    If you ask a random 8 year old to wash their hands, what do you think the odds of them complying is?

    If asked in a specific manner: very high, actually. Especially if supervised.

    You put 500+ kids in a building with adult staff (who likely don't have proper paid sick leave and already have to buy their own supplies) and you have a recipe for disaster.

    It's already a biological disaster. Kids are very effective at transmitting diseases that they can be infected with. This isn't exactly novel for anyone that deals with kids on a regular basis. I've had my fair share of kids (not my own) cough directly into my face. Even without the current threat, one learns strategies to avoid being a vector.

  4. Comment on US pediatricians call for in-person school this fall in ~news

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    Is there? Last I heard this is not true, assuming preventative measures like hand washing and changing clothes is followed.

    though there is still the problem of kids getting it at school and spreading it to elderly or immunocompromised family members at home.

    Is there? Last I heard this is not true, assuming preventative measures like hand washing and changing clothes is followed.

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  5. Comment on Karl Friston: Active inference and artificial curiosity in ~science

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    Other resources to get you orientated, since this is a pretty low level talk: A good podcast (entry-level) with Alex Fridman: https://lexfridman.com/karl-friston/ An old WIRED article (high...

    Other resources to get you orientated, since this is a pretty low level talk:

    A good podcast (entry-level) with Alex Fridman: https://lexfridman.com/karl-friston/

    An old WIRED article (high level): https://www.wired.com/story/karl-friston-free-energy-principle-artificial-intelligence/

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  6. Comment on Any experiences with AllSides for interpretation of news? in ~news

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    Did you take any time to explore the site or is this a impulse reaction colored by your previous experiences? By no means is anyone arguing that "the truth is in the middle". The value here, that...

    Did you take any time to explore the site or is this a impulse reaction colored by your previous experiences? By no means is anyone arguing that "the truth is in the middle". The value here, that I'm recognizing, is in checking bias and in getting exposure from alternative perspectives, regardless if you think they are correct and especially for sources unfamiliar to you.

    From their FAQ:

    Does AllSides Rate Which Outlets Are Most Factual or Accurate?

    AllSides does not rate outlets based on accuracy or factual claims — this is a bias chart, not a credibility chart. We disagree with the idea that the more extreme an outlet is, the less credible it necessarily is. There’s nothing wrong with having bias or an opinion — there is something wrong with ignoring the other side.

    There are other sources to help with fact-checking, this is something else. More information is found in the sources below.

    https://www.allsides.com/about

    https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-ratings

    https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-rating-methods

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  7. Comment on America needs a ministry of (actual) truth in ~misc

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    You know, I was about to make a post honing in on this topic for a larger discussion, but this is sort of the answer that I was "looking" for (or rather, needed to hear to better articulate my...

    You know, I was about to make a post honing in on this topic for a larger discussion, but this is sort of the answer that I was "looking" for (or rather, needed to hear to better articulate my own). Also, paradoxically, the people I would want to hear from are by definition not on Tildes but you seem to be in both worlds?

    My confliction is the desire to be "informed". Which is why I'm on Tildes these days. A year or two ago I really cut down on the amount of social media and news I interact with. But even with Tildes being higher quality than other forums, how do I know the information I'm consuming is accurate let alone relevant? Is it worth the risk, given the prevalence (to whatever degree) of deception in news/social media, to be "informed" about the major events on Earth?

    It's not just the economics of my time, but the ethics for being a good citizen. Should I be following current events (like US, and related, BLM protests) or the dynamics of politics? Or I should I just spend 2 hrs every couple years reading up before voting and then move on with life. Would being more involved locally, in politics and the community of people, be more valuable? What about being better informed about my profession (latest research developments) so that I may be more effective and generate more value?

    These aren't metaphorical questions per se, I'd like to hear more from you. I'm a hair away from essentially blocking everything except my WIRED subscription and chat apps to stay in contact with friends/family abroad, and basically just looking for validation (or cautions).

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  8. Any experiences with AllSides for interpretation of news?

    I recently discovered AllSides and I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with it. If not, surely many people here will be interested in it. Seems like an amazing resource, almost too good to...

    I recently discovered AllSides and I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with it. If not, surely many people here will be interested in it. Seems like an amazing resource, almost too good to be true.

    A while back I tried cutting down all my news feeds to just Wikipedia current events, but that can lack the interpretation/commentary which is useful for understanding. I think this will help, as well as provide a quick and easy resource when you want to validate a headline.

    Their description:

    "AllSides strengthens our democracy with balanced news, diverse perspectives, and real conversation.

    We expose people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Our balanced news coverage, media bias ratings, civil dialogue opportunities, and technology platform are available for everyone and can be integrated by schools, nonprofits, media companies, and more."

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  9. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

  10. Comment on America needs a ministry of (actual) truth in ~misc

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    I don't agree that we "need" one, or that it's even possible, but Facebook and Google have already taken on such initiatives, especially recently with COVID-related content, which has taken...

    I don't agree that we "need" one, or that it's even possible, but Facebook and Google have already taken on such initiatives, especially recently with COVID-related content, which has taken casualties. Not to mention that not all state-sanctioned information is the truth or that there is a single truth. Theory of knowledge is not appreciated by the common person let alone the rigor needed for fact checking. Googling is more about confirming opinions than research.

    So I'm wondering what everyone's thought's are on where this is going and how to manage our content input on the way there, because to be honest, I'm more and more inclined to just ignore the world, do my work to contribute to society and lie low until I die.

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  11. Comment on The American press is destroying itself in ~news

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    I felt it was noteworthy to put the authors name in the title because I find Taibbi to be one of the few sober, thoughtful and rigorous journalists currently out there. If anyone has any...

    I felt it was noteworthy to put the authors name in the title because I find Taibbi to be one of the few sober, thoughtful and rigorous journalists currently out there.

    If anyone has any recommendations on specific journalists, preferably (quasi)independent, who are similar in stature, I'm all ears. I'm giving up on regular media outlets.

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  12. Comment on Inside Seattle's Autonomous Zone in ~news

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    The irony will be sweet once they realize they need to set up and employ full-time security...

    The irony will be sweet once they realize they need to set up and employ full-time security...

  13. Comment on Any recommendations for reading classic non-fiction in modern times? in ~books

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    I answered my own question, sort of by accident. This site has exactly what I was looking for: https://plato.stanford.edu/index.html

    I answered my own question, sort of by accident. This site has exactly what I was looking for:
    https://plato.stanford.edu/index.html

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  14. Comment on Any recommendations for reading classic non-fiction in modern times? in ~books

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    That looks great! Looking for something in book form but it's a start. I completely agree. My situation, however, is that I've been at this point for the better part of a decade already and I want...

    A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps is a particularly good one

    That looks great! Looking for something in book form but it's a start.

    So in short, the conclusion this layman has come to is that you don't need to have a background in philosophy to read and get something out of Plato's works. Maybe you won't get everything out of it, but I feel that even a casual read before bedtime has been useful for my personal growth.

    I completely agree. My situation, however, is that I've been at this point for the better part of a decade already and I want to get a deeper but also (and more importantly) a broader understanding. Not just the content of a single text but how a particular text has aged and influenced the rest of culture. Like a combination of the content and commentary.

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  15. Any recommendations for reading classic non-fiction in modern times?

    I've been on a long and steady roll reading classic literature, both fiction and non-fiction. I think it's important to get a perspective from earlier times that influenced our current culture and...

    I've been on a long and steady roll reading classic literature, both fiction and non-fiction. I think it's important to get a perspective from earlier times that influenced our current culture and also because many of these works have withstood the test of time.

    However, I'm having real trouble reading some of the non-fiction e.g. Plato's Republic and Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals. With both fiction and non-fiction I accompany my readings with Sparknotes to make sure I'm not missing anything important. In the case of non-fiction I often can barely get a cohesive thought out of the original text. In some cases the text is too old to be understood on it's own and in others the author has great ideas but poor writing (e.g. Nietzsche, famously). But Sparknote's is much too brief—I'd like a more involved experience.

    My request is this: I'm looking for books (or resources to find such books) about classic non-fiction that

    1. distill the concepts without watering them down
    2. provide context with either modern culture and/or other works that are related
    3. are written for an intelligent layman; prose meant to communicate to a non-expert audience but with scholarly rigor

    Basically, I read at a high level but I am not a professional scholar of literature, philosophy or history, yet I would like to have a bridge to such an understanding.

    EDIT: I found this site to be exactly what I was looking for: https://plato.stanford.edu/index.html

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  16. Comment on China has imposed a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports from today, saying the product has been imported against trade rules in ~news

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    Who's buying that this is not at all related to Australia pushing an investigation into the coronavirus' origins?

    Who's buying that this is not at all related to Australia pushing an investigation into the coronavirus' origins?

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  17. Comment on No, you don't have a "lizard brain": why the Psychology 101 model of the brain is all wrong in ~science

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    My issue with the article is that all it really says is "the model is wrong", in a verbose manner. I'd go so far as to say it's a waste of time to read. There's a lot of nuance that is missing and...

    My issue with the article is that all it really says is "the model is wrong", in a verbose manner. I'd go so far as to say it's a waste of time to read. There's a lot of nuance that is missing and made me really 'hungry' to find out what is actually going on, hence the Wiki entry (or read the original paper, as you mention).

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