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  1. Comment on Prompted by Brexit, Google will move UK users' data out of Irish jurisdiction so they are no longer covered by EU privacy rules in ~tech

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    GDPR is implemented state-by-state. If the UK laws continue to follow the GDPR guidelines, Google will still have to comply with those. For that reason, I'm not a big fan of the title change you...

    GDPR is implemented state-by-state. If the UK laws continue to follow the GDPR guidelines, Google will still have to comply with those. For that reason, I'm not a big fan of the title change you made here, @Deimos.

    See this article: https://www.cnet.com/news/uk-google-users-to-lose-eu-data-protection-due-to-brexit-gdpr/

    3 votes
  2. Comment on FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not in ~tech

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    Freakonomics podcast recently made an episode centered around an interview with Ajit Pai. I found it insightful in terms of presenting the FCC's argument for the rule change.

    Freakonomics podcast recently made an episode centered around an interview with Ajit Pai. I found it insightful in terms of presenting the FCC's argument for the rule change.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The ‘Bracelet of Silence’ that stops Alexa from eavesdropping in ~tech

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    That's actually the exact reason they developed the bracelet.

    That's actually the exact reason they developed the bracelet.

    In 2018, two designers created Project Alias, an appendage that can be placed over a smart speaker to deafen it. But Ms. Zheng argues that a jammer should be portable to protect people as they move through different environments, given that you don’t always know where a microphone is lurking.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Brandless shuts down operations, becoming SoftBank Vision Fund's first failure in ~finance

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    Is a $4.2+ bn writedown not enough to consider WeWork a failure? Just because they didn't completely shut down? The article later specifies "first to shutter its business operations entirely" so I...

    Is a $4.2+ bn writedown not enough to consider WeWork a failure? Just because they didn't completely shut down? The article later specifies "first to shutter its business operations entirely" so I would just call this a poor title.

    Brandless board — which includes the CEO Price, Brandless co-founder Ido Leffler, SoftBank's Jeff Housenbold, Redpoint's Jeff Brody and NEA's Colin Bryant — decided it was better to shutter the company's business operations while it still had time to give employees severance packages, according to a spokesperson.

    Good for them.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Facebook’s Clear History tool is now available to everyone in ~tech

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    Scrolled all the way down. Oldest entity listed? equifaxbreachsettlement.com.

    Scrolled all the way down. Oldest entity listed?

    equifaxbreachsettlement.com.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Facebook to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois in ~tech

  7. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Who or what brought you to Tildes? I commented on a thread about reddit on Hacker News and I got a smart reply from Deimos. Thought the name looked familiar, checked out his profile, yada yada...
    1. Who or what brought you to Tildes?
      I commented on a thread about reddit on Hacker News and I got a smart reply from Deimos. Thought the name looked familiar, checked out his profile, yada yada yada. I haven't deleted my reddit account as I still find the site to be very useful, but I have been disillusioned with the community since day one (12+ years ago?) and with the administration for the past five years or so. I haven't deleted an account on anything since Myspace but I have definitely stopped using a bunch of websites and hope that reddit can be among them one day.
    2. What's the inspiration behind your username?
      Like a few others here, it's based on my first and last name and I have used it wherever possible for the last 15 years or so. Unfortunately it seems to be popular so sometimes it's taken and I have to mix it up; I'm a bit jealous of those who have "universal" web names but I guess I've bought myself some plausible deniability so it's not the worst.
    3. If you could add a group to Tildes to reflect your interests, which one would you choose and why?
      A ~policy group would be nice. I was considering if it should be a group with subgroups in every domain - education, housing, health, tech, etc. - or if there should just be supgroups under each area e.g. ~education.policy. There are definitely articles or points of discussion that cut across policy interest areas, though, so I think it could merit a group of its own. And who the hell is just going to be hanging out in the theoretical ~housing looking for policy articles, anyway?
      As a side note, if anyone here works in tech policy or has a serious interest in the field, please reach out! I'm just now starting to get involved in the space and would love to make some friends with the same interest.
    8 votes
  8. Comment on Dwarf Fortress 0.47.01 has been released in ~games

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    I love this game. I'm also a student so I've pledged not to play it until they release it on Steam, which I'm praying comes very soon. I believe it's the next release we'll get, although it could...

    I love this game. I'm also a student so I've pledged not to play it until they release it on Steam, which I'm praying comes very soon. I believe it's the next release we'll get, although it could be a while!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What Americans Know About the Holocaust: fewer than half can correctly answer multiple-choice questions about the number of Jews who were murdered or the way Adolf Hitler came to power in ~humanities

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    These numbers mean little without context. What do Americans know about other historical events? What percentage of Europeans could answer the questions correctly? I certainly wouldn't jump to the...

    These numbers mean little without context. What do Americans know about other historical events? What percentage of Europeans could answer the questions correctly? I certainly wouldn't jump to the conclusion that Americans may be falling for Holocaust-denying conspiracy theories without answering some more questions.

    That the plurality got every question right was surprising to me.

    25 votes
  10. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    I use that all the time in English as well! People seem to pick up on its subtleties pretty quickly.

    I use that all the time in English as well! People seem to pick up on its subtleties pretty quickly.

  11. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    I don't think so, because you can use it even when you're not going anywhere. I don't speak Spanish though! "Should we start the movie?" "Yalla."

    I don't think so, because you can use it even when you're not going anywhere. I don't speak Spanish though!

    "Should we start the movie?" "Yalla."

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    "Yalla" يله\يلا\يالله is highly useful in Arabic. It means "let's go," "come on," "let's do it." Israelis have picked it up and according to a few media reports some Germans have done the same,...

    "Yalla" يله\يلا\يالله is highly useful in Arabic. It means "let's go," "come on," "let's do it."

    Israelis have picked it up and according to a few media reports some Germans have done the same, although I've yet to hear that from a human.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on The decade we ate the rich in ~finance

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    Thanks for replying! I definitely agree that most aren't making easy money out of the gate. Could you explain some of the data in that BLS link for me? How are there more surviving establishments...

    Thanks for replying! I definitely agree that most aren't making easy money out of the gate.

    Could you explain some of the data in that BLS link for me? How are there more surviving establishments form 1994 than any year since then? It doesn't look like that data is representing a sample of businesses that have been tracked since their opening that year, but I can't figure out what else that second column could be representing, intuitively. "Survival rates since birth" really makes no sense to me.

  14. Comment on The decade we ate the rich in ~finance

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    52% of all American employees work for small businesses. Do you have any articles saying that most of those companies are unprofitable? I would definitely want to see data to back that up.

    52% of all American employees work for small businesses. Do you have any articles saying that most of those companies are unprofitable? I would definitely want to see data to back that up.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Cache of Crypto-Jewish recipes dating to Inquisition found in Miami kitchen in ~food

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    Yes,

    Yes,

    Her ancestors were Jews who practiced Judaism in secret while outwardly living as Christians to avoid being expelled, tortured, or killed by the Church.

    7 votes