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  1. Comment on Leaked police bodycam video shows new details of George Floyd's fatal arrest in ~news

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    This video illustrates very well how this incident could have had a very different outcome if the police had been trained to de-escalate tense situations rather than simply to apply force. Couple...

    This video illustrates very well how this incident could have had a very different outcome if the police had been trained to de-escalate tense situations rather than simply to apply force. Couple the force-first response along with systemic racism in (some) police departments, and you have a self-perpetuating cycle: individuals panic and resist arrest because they know they are at risk, and the police then “confirm” to themselves that more force is necessary. This video is raw evidence of a broken system.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you in ~tech

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    Right now when I click on the WaPo article, I can read it, but the first time I tried, it said I had to log in. Sorry if I don’t reply further to this side thread. My opinion is that posts on...

    Right now when I click on the WaPo article, I can read it, but the first time I tried, it said I had to log in.

    Sorry if I don’t reply further to this side thread. My opinion is that posts on topics that might trigger good discussions are useful, even if the article isn’t high quality. If an article is obviously filled with misinformation, then criticism of the journalistic quality seems appropriate. Otherwise it just feels like off topic pedantry to me. I think this is to the detriment of Tildes and a response that will turn off a lot of potential contributors.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you in ~tech

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    If the article is such an egregious violation of content norms on Tildes, please just let me know, and I'll delete it. My feeling is that the article is thought provoking, scholarly attention to...

    If the article is such an egregious violation of content norms on Tildes, please just let me know, and I'll delete it. My feeling is that the article is thought provoking, scholarly attention to citations or not. The extent and techniques of surveillance capitalism is an extremely important topic, and any way of getting people to think about it is valuable. Plus, I personally do not mind when an article leads me to investigate a topic through further, self-directed reading and didn't realize that was off-putting to others.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you in ~tech

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    The article recommends a 21st century version of the Congressionally "established rules in the 1970s giving consumers the right to review and question their credit scores". Of course, the article...

    The article recommends a 21st century version of the Congressionally "established rules in the 1970s giving consumers the right to review and question their credit scores".

    Of course, the article also admits that Congress is "awash in tech money" and unlikely to do the right thing. "This is only the latest example of Washington's capitulation to the tech industry, whose continuous loop of privacy violations, abject apologies and payment of inconsequential penalties confirms that consumers cannot rely on the federal government for protection."

    Voters need to consider issues like this when they vote, and get rid of politicians that are either paid to ignore the issues or that simply don't understand them.

    9 votes
  5. What can we do to support voter turnout in the US elections this fall?

    There is an important election in the United States this fall, and we've all heard a lot of concern expressed about efforts to suppress the vote. Under the shadow of all the other issues we're...

    There is an important election in the United States this fall, and we've all heard a lot of concern expressed about efforts to suppress the vote. Under the shadow of all the other issues we're currently facing as a society, I know a lot of people who are asking "what concrete actions can I take to make a difference?" It seems like helping to get out the vote is one very important action.

    So here's a question to the Tildes community: what suggestions do you have about how we (as individuals) can help get out the vote this fall? Big or small, donating money or doing physical work -- what can we do?

    15 votes
  6. Comment on The CDC, the HHS and cooking the COVID books in ~health.coronavirus

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    Relevant link to a previous post about "Warnings of Possible Cover-Up in Progress as Trump Orders Hospitals to Stop Sending Coronavirus Data to CDC". This video is both a reminder about the...

    Relevant link to a previous post about "Warnings of Possible Cover-Up in Progress as Trump Orders Hospitals to Stop Sending Coronavirus Data to CDC".

    This video is both a reminder about the importance of citizen data science and a stark warning that the Trump administration is (right now, in front of your very eyes) corrupting the public institutions that keep us safe.

    2 votes
  7. Do you (still) use IRC?

    I'm just curious how many people still use IRC (Internet Relay Chat) here. And if you use it, what do you use it for? Is there anything (server/channels, etc) that you would recommend to others? I...

    I'm just curious how many people still use IRC (Internet Relay Chat) here. And if you use it, what do you use it for? Is there anything (server/channels, etc) that you would recommend to others?

    I use it a bit, mostly for casual chatting on tildeverse.org servers, the SDF server, or on Freenode. On Freenode, I also use it when I need to interact with FOSS developers who use IRC as one of their main forms of support.

    29 votes
  8. Comment on Facebook has blocked Dreamwidth in ~tech

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    Root of the problem right there.

    where most of my friends go for their socialising

    Root of the problem right there.

  9. Comment on Recommendations to learn SQL? in ~comp

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    There was an alleged sexual harassment incident by the CEO that was covered up. I say "alleged" because I don't really know much about it. However, I have seen a lot of people move from datacamp...

    There was an alleged sexual harassment incident by the CEO that was covered up. I say "alleged" because I don't really know much about it. However, I have seen a lot of people move from datacamp to dataquest.io specifically because of that incident. I bought DQ licenses for people in my org and have been pretty happy with it.

    But for learning SQL alone, I don't think you need to fork out for a subscription. The best way to learn SQL is to pick a data project that you're interested in, install SQLite, and work through a SQL primer online with your data. Having a project that you enjoy will lead you to the things you need to learn.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Warnings of possible cover-up in progress as Trump orders hospitals to stop sending coronavirus data to CDC in ~health.coronavirus

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    Manipulating actionable data, discrediting or sidelining experts. Not exactly a good recipe for crisis management.

    Manipulating actionable data, discrediting or sidelining experts. Not exactly a good recipe for crisis management.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Warnings of possible cover-up in progress as Trump orders hospitals to stop sending coronavirus data to CDC in ~health.coronavirus

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    Public health experts are warning that coronavirus statistics will soon be newly vulnerable to political manipulation after the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send Covid-19 patient data directly to a Department of Health and Human Services system rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which usually receives the information and releases it to the public.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on As a teacher, what can I do to protect myself and my students should schools reopen in the fall? in ~health.coronavirus

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    If you patiently watch some of the deal tracker websites like https://dealsea.com/ you can find "relatively" good prices on masks. I even saw a deal on N95 masks just today. More often, they post...

    If you patiently watch some of the deal tracker websites like https://dealsea.com/ you can find "relatively" good prices on masks. I even saw a deal on N95 masks just today. More often, they post deals for cloth masks or single-use paper masks. You can even set up an alert on Dealsea that will email you whenever a deal matching a particular search term ("mask", "n95", etc) has a new deal.

    Edit: and good luck to you!

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Washington’s NFL team is retiring the Redskins name; new name to come later in ~sports

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    Press release from Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation: In the release, Nez also suggests:

    Press release from Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation:

    This change did not come about willingly by the team’s owners, but by the mounting pressure and advocacy of Indigenous peoples such as Amanda Blackhorse, and many other warriors who fought long and hard for this change.

    In the release, Nez also suggests:

    Renaming the team “Code Talkers” to honor the Navajo Code Talkers, and other tribal nations who used their sacred language to help win World War II, would set the team on a path to restoring its reputation and correcting the historical misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What do you self host? in ~comp

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    I really like the idea of hosting services on a raspberry pi, but with one big concern that I can't get over: if someone cracks a VPS, they're in your VPS; but if they crack a Pi on your home...

    I really like the idea of hosting services on a raspberry pi, but with one big concern that I can't get over: if someone cracks a VPS, they're in your VPS; but if they crack a Pi on your home network, they're in your home network. (Edit: typo)

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What do you self host? in ~comp

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    I run a very small Linux shell-based social community for people interested in minimalist, text-based computing. Including a number of services that are only available internally (to those logged...

    I run a very small Linux shell-based social community for people interested in minimalist, text-based computing. Including a number of services that are only available internally (to those logged into the shell), it also hosts:

    • email (postfix)
    • gemini (molly brown)
    • gopher (gophernicus)
    • web (nginx)
    • git (gitea)
    • xmpp sometimes (prosody)
    • shell (accessible via ssh or mosh)

    Why? It's fun!

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  16. Comment on Why Jeff Bezos must be stopped before it’s too late in ~finance

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    I think you're right about the space colonization dream thing that this author uses. But Bezo's utter disregard for workers, his ruthless brand of socially and environmentally destructive...

    I think you're right about the space colonization dream thing that this author uses. But Bezo's utter disregard for workers, his ruthless brand of socially and environmentally destructive capitalism, and his view that democratic institutions should be bowled over by economic might are absolutely dangerous. (Just to be clear, since we're on the Internet, I'm not saying you're in favor of these aspects of the Bezos juggernaut.)

    Edit: added parenthetical.

    14 votes