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

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    that's probably never, then. even if donald literally shot and killed a congressperson on the senate floor, i'm not convinced you could find the necessary republican votes to impeach him in the...

    The House shouldn't impeach until they are confident they can get the conviction in the senate and that it won't hurt Democrats in 2020.

    that's probably never, then. even if donald literally shot and killed a congressperson on the senate floor, i'm not convinced you could find the necessary republican votes to impeach him in the house or senate. impeachment proceedings also infamously backfired on republicans when they tried them on clinton, and he came out of them more popular than when they started. given that there is realistically no chance of impeachment actually occurring, i'm honestly not sure what the point would be other than pandering to the base, which democrats really don't need to do at this point to win in 2020 and which they can also do in ways which won't potentially backfire and turn voters against them like impeachment proceedings might.

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

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    yeah, i know with whatsapp in particular it's somewhat difficult to navigate since like, half the draw of the app is the encryption--but at the same time, i think you really have to have some sort...

    yeah, i know with whatsapp in particular it's somewhat difficult to navigate since like, half the draw of the app is the encryption--but at the same time, i think you really have to have some sort ability to step in or else the end result is that you just create a great haven for people to do things like this (and potentially, with time, create an environment where more hostile things like violence are encouraged and then acted on). actually, i think whatsapp is probably one of the services which has the least excuse for not at least trying to proactively moderate since that's really, presumably, one of the only ways to keep bad actors off the platform.

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

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    the biggest commonality with problems like this is that the platforms which have them never bother to do any sort of proactive policing (and usually, don't even bother to police things when they...

    the biggest commonality with problems like this is that the platforms which have them never bother to do any sort of proactive policing (and usually, don't even bother to police things when they know there's a problem). you're obviously never going to get rid of 100% of the bad people on a platform as large as whatsapp, but even doing something as little as occasionally nuking groups like the ones mentioned in the article would go a long way in doing something, since it's often more trouble than it's worth to stick around on a platform which actively disrupts your ability to recruit people and radicalize them even semi-regularly.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on All jury trials in East Baton Rouge on hold until maybe summer after major 'glitch' found in ~news

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    lesson learned, i'm sure. no doubt the parish is going to enthralled by the possibility of having to possibly re-litigate seven years worth of convictions (and possibly see a large number of them...

    lesson learned, i'm sure. no doubt the parish is going to enthralled by the possibility of having to possibly re-litigate seven years worth of convictions (and possibly see a large number of them overturned on this technicality) because nobody checked to see if what they use to serve jury duty notices was actually working as it should in that time.

  5. Comment on We Need to Get Ready for GamerGate Politicians in ~misc

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    in actual electoral politics within the UK, this is true because UKIP gets fucked by the FPTP system. however, with european elections (which is what sargon is standing in), delegation is done...

    UKIP really isnt that major of a political party in the UK anymore.

    in actual electoral politics within the UK, this is true because UKIP gets fucked by the FPTP system. however, with european elections (which is what sargon is standing in), delegation is done using closed-list proportional representation by d'hondt method, so UKIP is likely to do at least well enough to continue to win seats in the european parliament. we have a bit of polling which suggests the 26% of votes that went to UKIP in the 2014 elections basically just gets split between them and farage's Brexit Party, which suggests they should pick up somewhere between 5 and 10 seats, depending on the distribution of their votes.

    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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    intent is honestly almost impossible to prove unless you literally have something unambiguous in writing--or, alternatively, if you can railroad someone into just taking the charge because...

    intent is honestly almost impossible to prove unless you literally have something unambiguous in writing--or, alternatively, if you can railroad someone into just taking the charge because fighting it would be too expensive or something. so i'll be honest: even if they did actually interview him, it'd probably only come after an extensive legal battle (meaning we'd have probably not seen this report for another few months at least) and if they got him on anything because of it, it probably would not be conspiracy or something similar. it'd be a lesser charge like perjury.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Robert Reich: Everything You Need to Know About the New Economy in ~talk

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    i dunno if i'd be as bold as to say he's the most likely next president of the US considering he still has what'll probably be a brokered primary and a general election to get through if he wants...

    i dunno if i'd be as bold as to say he's the most likely next president of the US considering he still has what'll probably be a brokered primary and a general election to get through if he wants the office, but yeah, if people were looking exclusively for moderation he would not be a frontrunner and the second choice for a lot of voters. sanders is still radical for a democrat, and with a lot of the places he's not radical anymore, it's more because he basically pulled the entire party to the left on the issue than anything.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Don’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a while in ~tech

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    it could become a money grab if people market it as a gimmick and start attaching it to things and phones that really don't need it, but in general yeah, i don't see how it's a money grab...

    I wouldn't call it a money grab, it's just the next step in the technological advancements. Self driving cars for example might rely on that network. I don't see how it's a money grab? Unless you solely mean the phones, in which case I think at the moment there's barely any 5g connectivity, but in a couple of years it might be handy.

    it could become a money grab if people market it as a gimmick and start attaching it to things and phones that really don't need it, but in general yeah, i don't see how it's a money grab currently. someone's gotta be the person to pull the trigger and incorporate it into something for people to actually start making it consumer-viable, and incorporating it into smartphones is the obvious option given the circumstances.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    i feel like this is a problem most communities have in general, where they have specific trouble subjects that never go well, but all the efforts that try to address that then also recursively go...

    i feel like this is a problem most communities have in general, where they have specific trouble subjects that never go well, but all the efforts that try to address that then also recursively go poorly because they end up just becoming proxies for the same sentiments people express when the actual topic itself is being discussed.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Why Budapest, Warsaw, and Lithuania split themselves in two in ~misc

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    oh there are undoubtedly, but sometimes such ways aren't readily achievable within the confines of the current system. obviously, you wouldn't want to use gerrymandering in a system that doesn't...

    oh there are undoubtedly, but sometimes such ways aren't readily achievable within the confines of the current system. obviously, you wouldn't want to use gerrymandering in a system that doesn't need it to delegate funds properly

  11. Comment on Why Budapest, Warsaw, and Lithuania split themselves in two in ~misc

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    you could very possibly possibly say that this is one of the few cases in which what is basically gerrymandering is actually a good idea and benefits people. it's sorta a waste after all to lump...

    As to the topic itself: it makes a good deal of sense to not punish the rural hinterland surrounding the capital for the success that's occurring closer to the center. I'm glad that the EU is being sensible in their efforts to support the less economically developed areas.

    you could very possibly possibly say that this is one of the few cases in which what is basically gerrymandering is actually a good idea and benefits people. it's sorta a waste after all to lump into a single district people who are doing worse than average with people who are doing considerably better than average if you can help it.

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  12. Comment on Why Budapest, Warsaw, and Lithuania split themselves in two in ~misc

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    i'd guess it's more or less arbitrary, given the range. there's not that much special about either of the two numbers they use there.

    i'd guess it's more or less arbitrary, given the range. there's not that much special about either of the two numbers they use there.