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  1. Comment on Clearview AI claims its facial recognition software identified a terrorism suspect in New York City last year, but the NYPD says they played no role in the case in ~tech

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    I'm not holding my breath on FB. Comic book villain come to life, Peter Thiel, is behind Clearview and also sits on the board of FB. edit: just actually read the article and they also mentioned...

    I'm not holding my breath on FB. Comic book villain come to life, Peter Thiel, is behind Clearview and also sits on the board of FB.

    edit: just actually read the article and they also mentioned that tidbit

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  2. Comment on SpaceX tests black satellite to reduce ‘megaconstellation’ threat to astronomy in ~space

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    Here is a really interesting podcast episode about this subject. This is about the guy who first started collating and publicly presenting this data. He started with letters to NASA and a dial-up...

    Here is a really interesting podcast episode about this subject. This is about the guy who first started collating and publicly presenting this data. He started with letters to NASA and a dial-up BBS.

    I talked with T.S. Kelso about the history of CelesTrak.com and satellite tracking on the internet as a whole, as well as a few topics relevant to the modern day: satellite tracking and orbit reporting among operators, conjunction and collision monitoring, and space debris mitigation and management

    https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast/142

  3. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    Wow. I'm sorry that this is a thing in 2020 anywhere on the planet, especially in Russia. Only after having watched this documentary on the Yeltsin/Putin hand-off did I learn that Yeltsin...

    First of all, fun fact. Without a VPN, I couldn't open your link

    Wow. I'm sorry that this is a thing in 2020 anywhere on the planet, especially in Russia.

    to understand the popular appeal of Vladimir Putin, you need to understand just how horrible Boris Yeltsin's rule was.

    Only after having watched this documentary on the Yeltsin/Putin hand-off did I learn that Yeltsin appointed Putin. Would you agree with that? What does that mean in regards to the the "we have Putin because Yeltsin was so bad" narrative? Isn't Putin a continuation of the same underlying power base as Yeltsin?

    edit: btw, I really appreciate your POV on this. Thanks for taking the time.

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  4. Comment on Limit the number of posts from a particular site? in ~tildes

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    I agree that it's a lack of volume/variety issue. The solution is probably for all of us to post more varied topics. Which is funny of me to say as I've been MIA for weeks :)

    This will be less and less of an issue as the site gets more traffic & submissions, though, so I'm not sure if it's worth building a permanent solution to what will hopefully be a temporary problem.

    I agree that it's a lack of volume/variety issue. The solution is probably for all of us to post more varied topics. Which is funny of me to say as I've been MIA for weeks :)

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  5. Comment on Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology in ~enviro

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    On the face of it, this a crazy classification by UK authorities. They also claim to have retracted it. But how did this happen in the first place? Devil's advocate argument: I do understand how...

    On the face of it, this a crazy classification by UK authorities. They also claim to have retracted it. But how did this happen in the first place?

    Devil's advocate argument: I do understand how governments value the existing energy supply chain. Not only is the petro-economy extremely significant, but the world's militaries also run on petroleum. A disruption to this flow may be considered a nat sec threat.

    In my personal view that is a really short-sighted stance, but this is an interesting event which brings up questions of how sternly anti-carbon groups will be treated in the near term.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Office of Management and Budget—Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance in ~misc

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    What do you do when one party has decided that higher education is detrimental? It seems to me that what I always considered basic critical thinking skills and exposure to many ideas are now a...

    What do you do when one party has decided that higher education is detrimental? It seems to me that what I always considered basic critical thinking skills and exposure to many ideas are now a partisan issue.

    Results from another recent Pew survey indicate that those views have persisted. In July, only 33 percent of Republican survey respondents said higher ed had a positive effect. And 59 percent believed higher ed had a negative effect on the country’s direction, the highest number in the survey’s findings so far.

    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/20/majority-republicans-have-negative-view-higher-ed-pew-finds

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  7. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Thanks for sharing those links. I had no idea that there was any research showing this. On reddit and elsewhere I have only seen stories suggesting the opposite is the case. This goes against my...

    Thanks for sharing those links. I had no idea that there was any research showing this. On reddit and elsewhere I have only seen stories suggesting the opposite is the case. This goes against my ancient anecdotal experience.

    I certainly experienced the Tetris Effect in my youth. While not violent it certainly programmed my brain, even after ending gameplay.

    After playing the original GTA or GTA2 for days one Christmas I recall driving afterwards and having really inappropriate suggestions coming from my brain.. like hey that you could hit that nicer car and take it. That would just be a flash of a thought, apparently programmed in me by the game mechanics. A similar thing would happen after a long day of snowboarding irl. On the drive home I would see "fun lines" on the banks of the road and my brain would suggest it. Of course I never did those things, but my brain did suggest them.

    Anyone else have similar experiences?

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  8. Comment on The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is out of preview and available for download in ~tech

  9. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    The podcast which I linked in this comment poses that same question towards the end. It's the main question which the historian would like to ask Putin as well, given the chance. edit: it's at...

    The podcast which I linked in this comment poses that same question towards the end. It's the main question which the historian would like to ask Putin as well, given the chance.

    edit: it's at 1:21:10 in the podcast.

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  10. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    I recently listened to this interview of Stephen Kotkin, by Lex Fridman. It might be an interesting way to get quick start on the subject. https://lexfridman.com/stephen-kotkin/ @ainar-g - if you...

    I recently listened to this interview of Stephen Kotkin, by Lex Fridman. It might be an interesting way to get quick start on the subject.

    https://lexfridman.com/stephen-kotkin/

    @ainar-g - if you have the spare time, I would love to hear your take on what Kotkin has to say in this interview.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Carry Out Its Immigration Policies in ~life

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    McKinsey certainly doesn't seem to mind being on Santa's naughty list. Other stories about these fine people: https://www.propublica.org/article/the-country-that-exiled-mckinsey...
    4 votes
  12. Comment on TIES - Georgia on My Mind in ~music

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    This was recorded in a van which is travelling around Europe recording people who are busking. Very interesting idea for a project, and this particular cover is pretty darn sweet.

    This was recorded in a van which is travelling around Europe recording people who are busking. Very interesting idea for a project, and this particular cover is pretty darn sweet.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Save .org: Help stop the sale of the Public Interest Registry to a Private Equity Firm in ~tech

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    This feels like one of the peaks of the "privatize all the things" experiment that we've been running since 1981. I have been aware of ICANN for years, but this is the first time I've really...

    This feels like one of the peaks of the "privatize all the things" experiment that we've been running since 1981.

    I have been aware of ICANN for years, but this is the first time I've really started looking into them. The new TLD b.s. was bad, but this .org thing is truly insane or corrupt.

    I found this namecheap post about ICANN, and read the wikis, but I still don't understand what the incentive is for ICANN to pull in all this momey, like new TLDs and this .org sale. What exactly is the incentive structure here?

    Also, what changed at ICANN that they started this new money-first train of thought?

    Edit: Found a likely answer, straight up corruption.
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21612816

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Private Internet Access VPN acquired by Kape Technologies for US$127.6 million in ~tech

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    I was curious what Linus Tech Tips was going to do, as PIA is a major advertiser on LTT. Well, they care a lot about this apparently. They have already suspended all PIA ads until a final decision...

    I was curious what Linus Tech Tips was going to do, as PIA is a major advertiser on LTT.

    Well, they care a lot about this apparently. They have already suspended all PIA ads until a final decision is made. They claim to be leaving the final decision up to their viewers.
    https://youtu.be/mRMxNiEMqmM?t=2840

    Boy, it sure is interesting how decision making is changed when you live and die by tweets and memes.

    edit: yes, I admit to watching the WAN show, old habits...

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  15. Comment on Feature Idea: Tildes Playlist - Would it be useful to have some sort of automated, easy to use, media categorization? in ~tildes

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    I should add, that what I really want is both audio and video links to be parsed from comments as well as post links to audio/video. The comment part is key for the ~music sidebar use case.

    I should add, that what I really want is both audio and video links to be parsed from comments as well as post links to audio/video. The comment part is key for the ~music sidebar use case.

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  16. Comment on Feature Idea: Tildes Playlist - Would it be useful to have some sort of automated, easy to use, media categorization? in ~tildes

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    I meant something technically really simple. I was thinking of just a list of links to songs, podcasts, news analysis videos, etc. A view like https://tildes.net/?tag=abc, except that it allowed...

    I meant something technically really simple.

    I was thinking of just a list of links to songs, podcasts, news analysis videos, etc. A view like https://tildes.net/?tag=abc, except that it allowed filtering by audio/video as well.

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  17. Comment on Facebook includes Breitbart in new 'high quality' news tab in ~tech

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    Well, for example, the ICE contracts mobilized workers at Microsoft, right? I assume there has to be some similar line for FB employees? I don’t know what it is exactly...

    Well, for example, the ICE contracts mobilized workers at Microsoft, right? I assume there has to be some similar line for FB employees? I don’t know what it is exactly...

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Facebook includes Breitbart in new 'high quality' news tab in ~tech

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    I have heard that FB culture is a little cult-y to work at, but like how far can this go until they get major employee issues? I mean people have to be pissed off about his, right?

    I have heard that FB culture is a little cult-y to work at, but like how far can this go until they get major employee issues? I mean people have to be pissed off about his, right?

    9 votes