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  1. Comment on Try not to be evil in ~tech

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    You make a very good point, and I've removed the sentence from the post entirely. Rereading the article, Schmidt is not saying that Google is designed for outrage, but that most media is...

    How often are you outraged by the results of a Google search?

    You make a very good point, and I've removed the sentence from the post entirely. Rereading the article, Schmidt is not saying that Google is designed for outrage, but that most media is...

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  2. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    Here's a list of other things that Google just abandonned: Killed by Google

    Here's a list of other things that Google just abandonned: Killed by Google

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  3. Comment on Move fast and break things in ~tech

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    Signal obviously care about privacy - but they make this clear in their actions and their words. They are open source, they don't have articles coming out every week about a new scandal. Facebook...

    I chose signal because they are very loudly privacy-plus, but I could have picked loads of other places too.

    Signal obviously care about privacy - but they make this clear in their actions and their words. They are open source, they don't have articles coming out every week about a new scandal. Facebook seems to always have scandals, but aren't doing much other than saying that they care about privacy.

    As you appear to be the author I can ask you directly - how do you imagine people who do care about your privacy would be able to tell you they do?

    In an ideal world they wouldn't need to tell you. In terms of companies, being audited is a great way to do this. As for people, this could mean asking for permission before taking phots and so on.

    I think he probably has a different idea of what 'privacy' means than you, and both of you from me as well.

    As the end of the article states, Zuckerberg does care about privacy. Unless you are an exhibitionist with masochistic desires of suffering identity theft, discrimination, joblessness, public humiliation and totalitarianism, among other misfortunes, you care about privacy. It's why you have curtains and lock doors.

    What matters is what Meta do, and we don't know what that is yet.

    Pretty much - but given Facebook's track record it seems unlikely to be good.

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  4. Comment on Move fast and break things in ~tech

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    Signal can be seen as the exception to prove the rule. Most cookie banners that say 'we value your privacy' mean the opposite. This isn't a particularly original peice, just putting my ideas on...

    Signal's blog constantly talks about how much they care about user privacy, are we supposed to think now that they probably don't?

    Signal can be seen as the exception to prove the rule. Most cookie banners that say 'we value your privacy' mean the opposite.

    Other than that, this is pretty much copy/paste "Zuck bad, Facebook bad" rattling.

    This isn't a particularly original peice, just putting my ideas on the topic to paper.

    But I'm not quite sure what the author is trying to say except they think Zuck is lying when he says "the future is private"

    Not really aiming for anything profound, just trying to write about Facebook in a hopefully enjoyable way.

    On that note, some say that opinion articles have to contain opinions that rational people can disagree with. This article probably doesn't fill that critiera (it would have had to be more pro-Facebook), but hey ho.

    Maybe the Zuckbot has changed his tune. Maybe not. I guess we'll see.

    He almost certainly hasn't - he just pretends to.

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  5. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Based in the UK - Vaccination rates are great, but the death toll is not. Awful to learn that while everyone obeyed the rules, those that set them partied away (that list may now be out of date) -...

    Based in the UK - Vaccination rates are great, but the death toll is not. Awful to learn that while everyone obeyed the rules, those that set them partied away (that list may now be out of date) - even on the night of the Queen's husband's funeral. We're moving away from 'Plan B' measures, but it seems unlikely that this is the end of the virus. Very grateful for the NHS.

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  6. Comment on Grid News goes live with millions in funding and a team of more than twenty journalists in ~news

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    Thanks for sharing that deBoer piece, hadn't come across it before. Don't agree with it all, but the central argument of standing out makes a lot of sense. There is a real need to be...

    Thanks for sharing that deBoer piece, hadn't come across it before. Don't agree with it all, but the central argument of standing out makes a lot of sense. There is a real need to be idiosyncratic. See this from Alan Sillitoe:

    Every new writer has their own blueprint, or purpose. Fingerprint, if you like. I suppose it’s a matter of art – if you can stomach that word. I don’t use it lightly. If you’ve got something to say, you’ve got to say it in the most direct way possible. There’s this [Nicola] Monaghan woman who wrote The Killing Jar, she’s really very good. She’s got her own private, personal, stamp on writing. If you don’t find that, then it’s no good.

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  7. Comment on How to give an unapology in ~life

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    The author is a political sketchwriter, and they shared it (again) today hehe

    The author is a political sketchwriter, and they shared it (again) today hehe

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  8. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Thanks for sharing, useful comment to have saved away.

    Thanks for sharing, useful comment to have saved away.

  9. Comment on The melancholy decline of the semicolon in ~humanities

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    The author seems to be a little harsh on John Gray. Don't agree with a lot of what Gray has published, but he has also made some very interesting observations elsewhere. Fair points otherwise.

    The author seems to be a little harsh on John Gray. Don't agree with a lot of what Gray has published, but he has also made some very interesting observations elsewhere. Fair points otherwise.