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  1. Comment on Trump signs executive order designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms in ~tech

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    Yeah, I read through the draft last night, but we really didn't know if it was exactly what they were going to go with, or if they'd end up chopping some entire sections out or even adding new...

    Yeah, I read through the draft last night, but we really didn't know if it was exactly what they were going to go with, or if they'd end up chopping some entire sections out or even adding new ones.

    I edited in a link to the official text of the order into my post now, I haven't compared it to the draft yet though.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Trump signs executive order designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms in ~tech

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    Here's the official order text: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-preventing-online-censorship/ The general opinion overall seems to be that this order won't actually...

    I don't think the actual order is available yet, but I'll get a link to it in here as soon as possible.

    Here's the official order text: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-preventing-online-censorship/

    The general opinion overall seems to be that this order won't actually have any legal weight, but it could cause some attempts and consequences anyway. We'll really just have to wait and see.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    As even more confirmation and information about this, Federal Election Commission commissioner Ellen Weintraub posted a very long Twitter thread last night about voting-by-mail with a ton of...

    As even more confirmation and information about this, Federal Election Commission commissioner Ellen Weintraub posted a very long Twitter thread last night about voting-by-mail with a ton of resources: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1265841303012638725.html

    @Algernon_Asimov

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  4. Comment on New topics request in ~tildes

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    Woodworking topics would fit in just fine in either ~creative or ~hobbies (probably mostly depending if it's something you did yourself that you're showing off, or just general content related to...

    Woodworking topics would fit in just fine in either ~creative or ~hobbies (probably mostly depending if it's something you did yourself that you're showing off, or just general content related to woodworking).

    There hasn't been much of it so far, but it's definitely not unwelcome. Someone just needs to be the first person to start posting it.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The death of George Floyd, in context in ~misc

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    It's kind of an aside, but I think this article (ironically) starts out by completely failing with the context of the Amy Cooper / Christian Cooper incident. The internet's been in its usual huge...

    It's kind of an aside, but I think this article (ironically) starts out by completely failing with the context of the Amy Cooper / Christian Cooper incident. The internet's been in its usual huge outrage about it recently, but as always, it seems to be based on an extremely myopic view of the story.

    The article's description of the context there is:

    They were in the Ramble, a part of the park favored by bird-watchers, including Christian Cooper, and he had simply requested that she leash her dog—something that is required in the area.

    But it wasn't a simple request. This article from yesterday is a good discussion of more context around that story, including overall cultural context: The Christian Cooper situation is not that simple

    I highly recommend reading that whole article, but as it says in there, Christian says himself that what he actually did was follow up the request with a vague threat ("Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it"), and then started trying to do/feed something to her dog. That's a wildly different context than a simple, polite request to leash the dog.

    Context is always important, but unfortunately we don't generally have the patience (or sometimes even the ability) to look for it, yet still want to act informed, which often just ends up making it even harder for other people to get a proper understanding. Quoting from the conclusion of that article:

    I guess my main takeaway is that virtually every story you see is more complicated than it seems at first glance, because “first glance” is a 90 second video or a 140-[character] tweet. No one starts filming until after things escalate, so you’re inherently working with incomplete information. And any and all screenshots can be faked (which is why I linked to Christian’s page).

    Our modern communication has taken the form of tweets, screenshots, TikTok videos, and other bite-size pieces of incomplete information. By the time someone like the New York Times can do a true deep dive, it’s way too late to change the narrative.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on If Trump kicks out Twitter, there's always Germany in ~tech

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    This seems like a pretty substance-less article that's entirely based around a flippant tweet from a German politician. I doubt they'd be interested in Germany anyway. There are much stronger...

    This seems like a pretty substance-less article that's entirely based around a flippant tweet from a German politician.

    I doubt they'd be interested in Germany anyway. There are much stronger privacy regulations there, and I don't know the details offhand but I'm also fairly sure that they have some strict-yet-vague laws requiring platforms to remove certain types of content (Edit: including NetzDG). All of that's pretty opposite to how Twitter operates, and I doubt they'd be looking to completely overhaul their policies just to be able to relocate to Germany.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on UK suffers second-highest death rate from coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The article's title was changed and this note added at the bottom:

    The article's title was changed and this note added at the bottom:

    This article has been amended to take into account a on-off revision to Spanish data on Thursday. This meant the UK now has the second-highest death rate from coronavirus after Spain rather than the highest rate as originally reported. This article has been modified to replace a chart linking excess deaths to lockdown dates with one linking excess deaths per million.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Neverwinter Nights EE is now 75% off on gog.com :P Buy it for some awesome team pvp action :D in ~games

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    Please copy this comment (along with the link to NWN) over to the thread about the GOG sale here: https://tildes.net/~games/p7x/gogs_summer_sale_has_started_and_runs_through_june_15...

    Please copy this comment (along with the link to NWN) over to the thread about the GOG sale here: https://tildes.net/~games/p7x/gogs_summer_sale_has_started_and_runs_through_june_15

    Recommendations for specific games to buy from the sale will fit well in that thread (and there are already others there).

    1 vote
  9. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    The press secretary and communications director said today that Trump will sign an executive order about social media companies tomorrow. I don't think there are any details about what it will...

    The press secretary and communications director said today that Trump will sign an executive order about social media companies tomorrow. I don't think there are any details about what it will actually say or do yet:

    Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Trump would sign an executive order relating to social media companies but provided no further details. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said Trump would sign it Thursday.

    That's from the AP's article. They have a "What's Next?" article as well that includes opinions from some experts that don't think he can actually do anything significant:

    QUESTION: Could Trump make good on his threats to regulate or even shut down social media companies? Could Congress or the Federal Communications Commission help him do this?

    ANSWER: It’s highly unlikely.

    Jack Balkin, a Yale University law professor and First Amendment expert, said any attempt to regulate social media companies for the content on their site would likely need congressional input and approval — and would almost certainly face strong legal challenges. The FCC, meanwhile, has no jurisdiction over internet companies like Twitter.

    What is clear, Balkin said, is the limit on Trump’s authority to impose his own rules. While the president could ask for an investigation or issue some type of executive order, he can’t override laws written by Congress and rooted in the constitution. But that’s not the point, he said.

    “This is an attempt by the president to, as we used to say in basketball, work the refs,” Balkin said. “He’s threatening and cajoling with the idea that these folks in their corporate board rooms will think twice about what they’re doing.”

    Former federal judge Michael McConnell, who now directs Stanford Law School’s Constitutional Law Center, also said Trump lacks the legal power to back up his threat. “He has no such authority,” he said in an email. “He is just venting.”

    14 votes
  10. Comment on Wholesome Direct - A showcase of over 50 "cute and cozy" indie games in ~games

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    The large majority of them aren't out yet, and many probably won't be for at least a year or two. So there's not really that much to actually be able to try at this point, it's mostly previews and...

    The large majority of them aren't out yet, and many probably won't be for at least a year or two. So there's not really that much to actually be able to try at this point, it's mostly previews and a good way to get an overview of a bunch of upcoming indie games around a very vague aesthetic/theme.

    Whether it's truly a "game" is a bit debatable, but I've seen a lot of positive sentiments about Kind Words, which is on sale right now with a new update in honor of its players writing each other over a million letters.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Wholesome Direct - A showcase of over 50 "cute and cozy" indie games in ~games

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    The website has short descriptions and (often vague) release info for all the games, along with a link to at least a Twitter account if you want to follow any of them: https://www.wholesomegames.com/

    The website has short descriptions and (often vague) release info for all the games, along with a link to at least a Twitter account if you want to follow any of them: https://www.wholesomegames.com/

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Obsidian is now in public beta - A knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files in ~tech

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    Some very positive opinions of this being posted in the thread on Hacker News (largely from users that were in the private beta, but those are the only people that have been able to use it until now).

    Some very positive opinions of this being posted in the thread on Hacker News (largely from users that were in the private beta, but those are the only people that have been able to use it until now).

    3 votes
  13. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

  14. Comment on Results from the 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey in ~comp