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  1. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    /r/dredmorbius is hardly a large sub, but yeah, I'm done, and have been for years. "Nothing at all" is literally a better alternative than "New Reddit".

    /r/dredmorbius is hardly a large sub, but yeah, I'm done, and have been for years.

    "Nothing at all" is literally a better alternative than "New Reddit".

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  2. Comment on Movie at the Ellipse: A study in fascist propaganda in ~misc

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    @deimos: NB the scraped authors list is incorrect. (A report/flag method might be helpful.)

    @deimos: NB the scraped authors list is incorrect.

    (A report/flag method might be helpful.)

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  3. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    Sure, though that reckognition's been slow in coming. It's widely, but still not universally admitted now. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is still in denial. In 2009, Twitter Revolutions were...

    it is these monopolies that allowed these hate groups to recruit and flourish as they have in the first place.

    Sure, though that reckognition's been slow in coming. It's widely, but still not universally admitted now. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is still in denial. In 2009, Twitter Revolutions were cheered so long as they occurred in Moldova, Tunesia, Iran, Egypt, Ukraine. Outside the U.S.

    Chickens will roost.

    Organisations are not unitary entities, and factions or differences exit, between executives, between managers, between managers and staff, among employees, investors, business partners, clients, and vendors. Consensus or controlling opinion shifts.

    Disinformation, or role in revolution, is not contingent on private corporate monopolies. In The Matrix, John S. Waterman devotes much of his introduction of this 1990 guide to the burgeoning universe of global data networks to the just-occurred Tiananmen Square Massacre, much news, disinformation, and censorship of which occurred online. There was Serder Argic's denial of the Armenian Genocide spam on Usenet in the 1990s. A uniformly reachable amplifying channel is all that is required, and walled-garden networks arose in large part due to the filtering failures ... mostly spam, but also legally problematic content such as warez, CP, prostitution, illicit trade, and other factors.

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  4. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    Mostly addressed here, though the assertion really isn't of some Big Plan and far more: Looking at what's occurring. Testing fit against alternatives. Looking for disproving evidence (YouTube's...

    Mostly addressed here, though the assertion really isn't of some Big Plan and far more:

    • Looking at what's occurring.
    • Testing fit against alternatives.
    • Looking for disproving evidence (YouTube's actions, noted in link).

    Your criticism applies equally to Greenwald's QAnon-level conspiracy theory.

    Evidence appears thin, yes, tough my read is that there's -slightly- more for my view, several elements emerging since formulating it. In Greenwald's case, key claims (no Parler participants at coup) have been robustly disproved.

    Listing out specific elements of support or counterindication would be more helpful than broad brush smears. Which is specifically how I structured my ccounterproposal to Greenwald.

  5. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    To be clear, I'm suggesting a possible explanation, a hypothesis. Both supporting and falsifying evidence can emerge, or do exist, and should reflect on likelihood. In an emergent situation we...

    Just because a scenario is technically plausible, doesn't mean it is worthy of consideration without evidence.

    To be clear, I'm suggesting a possible explanation, a hypothesis. Both supporting and falsifying evidence can emerge, or do exist, and should reflect on likelihood. In an emergent situation we cannot simply work off proof, but must use inference and prior experience.

    The scenario is plausible, and:

    • Conforms with previous experiences in which apparent spontaneous action were later demonstrated to be coordinated. The COINTELPRO files are full of these, amongst others.
    • Has support from available information of extensive public investigations.
    • Mentions (NPR on air, none written that I've yet found) of sealed indictments.
    • The long-established strategic importance of disrupting enemy planning, organisational, and communications capacities. From Sun Tzu to CCCC.
    • A long history of close associations between government and comms providers going back to postal services, telegraphy, telephone providers, wireless networks, broadcasters, and data processing.
    • Web hosting and online services are less well documented, but are similarly key to control, monitoring, disruption, and feeding in government propaganda and disinformation.

    For what it's worth, a bit of counterevidence is YouTube's only temporarily suspending Trump's channel. Though that itself might be strategic, and several earlier bans were temporary, then extended. In Greenwald's case, key claims (no Parler participants at coup) have been robustly disproved. In response, Greenwald has doubled down on them.

    Finally: both hypotheses under consideration --- Greenwald's and mine --- are largely unfounded. Specifically, Greenwald's argument fails your tests harder than mine as there is in fact no supporting evidence provided at all.

    The question is one of how best to account for visible actions based on thin and suspect information, explaining not just observed behaviour but causal or institutional mechanism or understanding. A working model should be useful and consistent, and ultimately stand to historical evidence. That will take a while.

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  6. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    That is an extremely valid and cogent point. It's possible also the old Hitchcock formula: the hint of terror is more frightening than the terror itself. Government could hint, companies fall in line.

    governments can engage in censorship laundering

    That is an extremely valid and cogent point.

    It's possible also the old Hitchcock formula: the hint of terror is more frightening than the terror itself. Government could hint, companies fall in line.

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  7. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

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    WaPo: TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/13/trump-impeachment-biden-transition-live-updates/ NPR: A majority of the House have voted to impeach Donald John Trump...

    WaPo: TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN

    The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump an unprecedented second time, on a charge of “inciting violence” against the U.S. government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) left open the possibility of voting to convict at a trial, which would occur after Trump leaves office next week.

    During debate on the House floor, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Trump “bears responsibility” for last week’s violent takeover of the Capitol but argued against impeachment so close to the end of his term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Trump “a clear and present danger” and said “he must go.” ...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/13/trump-impeachment-biden-transition-live-updates/

    NPR: A majority of the House have voted to impeach Donald John Trump for the second time

    Ten Republicans have joined with all Democrats who've yet voted. Voting continues, but the outcome is certain.

    And Speaker Pelosi has just announced the vote.

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  8. Comment on An article of impeachment has been passed. Donald Trump is the first President of the United States to be impeached twice. in ~news

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    WaPo: TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/13/trump-impeachment-biden-transition-live-updates/ NPR: A majority of the House have voted to impeach Donald John Trump...

    WaPo: TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN

    The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump an unprecedented second time, on a charge of “inciting violence” against the U.S. government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) left open the possibility of voting to convict at a trial, which would occur after Trump leaves office next week.

    During debate on the House floor, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Trump “bears responsibility” for last week’s violent takeover of the Capitol but argued against impeachment so close to the end of his term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Trump “a clear and present danger” and said “he must go.” ...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/13/trump-impeachment-biden-transition-live-updates/

    NPR: A majority of the House have voted to impeach Donald John Trump for the second time

    Ten Republicans have joined with all Democrats who've yet voted. Voting continues, but the outcome is certain.

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  9. Comment on US military issues rare statement denouncing Capitol riot and confirming Biden as next commander-in-chief in ~news

  10. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    Further empty claims of Glenn Greenwald proving entirely false: https://twitter.com/hannahgais/status/1349082704424427520 Greenwald tweeted:...

    Further empty claims of Glenn Greenwald proving entirely false:

    https://twitter.com/hannahgais/status/1349082704424427520

    Greenwald tweeted:

    Do you know how many of the people arrested in connection with the Capitol invasion were active users of Parler?

    Zero.

    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1348619731734028293

    Noting his highly-conditioned and narrowly-scoped criteria (arrests are ongoing, and few to date), data obtained directly from Parler puts multiple members directly at the scene of the coup:

    At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata linked to videos posted to the platform the day of the insurrection in Washington.

    The data, obtained by a computer hacker through legal means ahead of Parler’s shutdown on Monday, offers a bird’s eye view of its users swarming the Capitol grounds after receiving encouragement from President Trump — and during a violent breach that sent lawmakers and Capitol Hill visitors scrambling amid gunshots and calls for their death. GPS coordinates taken from 618 Parler videos analyzed by Gizmodo has already been sought after by FBI as part of a sweeping nationwide search for potential suspects, at least 20 of whom are already in custody.

    https://gizmodo.com/parler-users-breached-deep-inside-u-s-capitol-building-1846042905/

    Greenwald is simply fabulating at this point.

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  11. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    Re: Greenwald: his Snowden reporting, and some of what he's written since, impressed me. In the past year or so, not so much. This piece is a big disappointment. I had in fact originally thought...

    Re: Greenwald: his Snowden reporting, and some of what he's written since, impressed me. In the past year or so, not so much. This piece is a big disappointment.

    I had in fact originally thought of this independent of Greenwald's story. His piece gave a frame and foil for fleshing it out against something more substantive than your typical Internet Random's take.

    (Nothing against Internet Randoms ...)

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  12. Comment on Does reformatting an ext4 partition fix bad sectors, and what are they anyway? in ~comp

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    smartctl -t long The -a flag simply reports SMART registers. It does not actually perform a drive test.

    smartctl -t long

    The -a flag simply reports SMART registers. It does not actually perform a drive test.

  13. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 12 in ~news

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    YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence...

    YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence

    (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump’s channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by the president’s supporters.

    Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves from, and taking action against, those that encouraged or engaged in the violence in Washington, DC.

    Trump’s channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which may be extended, Youtube said in a statement. ...

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-youtube-trump/youtube-suspends-trumps-channel-after-violating-policy-on-inciting-violence-idUSKBN29I0F9

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  14. Comment on Does reformatting an ext4 partition fix bad sectors, and what are they anyway? in ~comp

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    What would you rather have preserved? A short or long S.M.A.R.T. report, or your data? The device is damaged, preserve first, assess after, if still worth determining. Knowing what a bad...

    What would you rather have preserved? A short or long S.M.A.R.T. report, or your data?

    The device is damaged, preserve first, assess after, if still worth determining.

    Knowing what a bad S.M.A.R.T. report looks like is useful. OTOH, one failing drive I had manifested by taking four days to run a report (typically they run in ~1 hr on spinning rust). That's four days more damage to the drive and time to make backups.

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  15. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    Seditious activities could be independent of POTUS. Though there's now open speculation of indicting the President on NPR News, an outlet not given to wild flights of fancy. FISA warrant seals are...
    1. Seditious activities could be independent of POTUS. Though there's now open speculation of indicting the President on NPR News, an outlet not given to wild flights of fancy.
    2. FISA warrant seals are quite strong, see past cases
    3. There's no reason not to keep indictments sealed. Since writing the essay (versions have been drafted over the past 24 hour or so), NPR have announced existence of sealed indictments, one possible mechanism envisioned.
    4. Wanting to kick the client out and having a compelling reason to do so beats want alone.

    Again, Greenwald's failure to even consider this before tilting at windmills is a serious lapse of intelligence.

    I still fully admit proof is absent, but your objections lack substance.

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  16. Comment on US military issues rare statement denouncing Capitol riot and confirming Biden as next commander-in-chief in ~news

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    Statements such as these 1) are meant to reassure 2) are meant as an exceedingly strong caution to servicemembers and 3) aren’t issued unless there’s a question concerning loyalties. And as I...

    Statements such as these 1) are meant to reassure 2) are meant as an exceedingly strong caution to servicemembers and 3) aren’t issued unless there’s a question concerning loyalties.

    And as I write this, Steve Inskeep on NPR reiterates that this is an extraordinary statement.

    15 votes
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  18. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    To be clear, you're quoting and responding to Greenwald, not me. And yes, Parler is the bad group. The penguins-massed-on-an-ice-floe notion is one I've had in similar cases.

    To be clear, you're quoting and responding to Greenwald, not me. And yes, Parler is the bad group.

    The penguins-massed-on-an-ice-floe notion is one I've had in similar cases.

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  19. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    And what consideration does this hypothisis take of law enforcement or natsec operations? Nice jigsaw puzzle, but there are still pieces on the table.

    And what consideration does this hypothisis take of law enforcement or natsec operations?

    Nice jigsaw puzzle, but there are still pieces on the table.

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  20. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    The HN split is between views both presuming the SV monopolist's actions are endogenous and volitional, rather than, as I suggest, at least in part exogenous and compelled, or at least strongly...

    The HN split is between views both presuming the SV monopolist's actions are endogenous and volitional, rather than, as I suggest, at least in part exogenous and compelled, or at least strongly encouraged. I seem alone in suggesting this possibility, that I've seen.

    Again, I support the deplatforming.

    (Edit: clarified views, s/that/both presuming/)

    10 votes