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  1. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show in ~tech

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    Today I learned Mark Zuckerberg has friends, or so he thinks.

    Today I learned Mark Zuckerberg has friends, or so he thinks.

  2. Comment on Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret - The U.S. military prison’s leadership considered Mohamedou Salahi to be its highest-value detainee. But his guard suspected otherwise. in ~misc

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    The treatment the detainee suffered makes me sick. Thank you, The New Yorker, for bringing this despicable behavior by our military into the public eye. I can envision someone defending this...

    The treatment the detainee suffered makes me sick. Thank you, The New Yorker, for bringing this despicable behavior by our military into the public eye. I can envision someone defending this treatment under the aegis of it's what we have to do to protect our liberty. But what what is this liberty when our government resorts to torture and suspending the rule of law.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    Yes, but links are not designed to explain, they are there to assist the reader should the reader want to learn more -- operative "more". The use of hover/linking to provide contextual meaning or...

    Yes, but links are not designed to explain, they are there to assist the reader should the reader want to learn more -- operative "more". The use of hover/linking to provide contextual meaning or explanation or definition is an adoption of a mechanism to achieve something it was not designed for and to provide an excuse for writers who cannot be bothered to define what they publish. Your determination of use case may satisfy you, but its not not a conclusion universally shared.

    When you publish something, you should not send your reader on a hunt to understand what it is you are writing about.

  4. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    I didn't know about "initialisms". And, yes, FOIA is pronounced "foy-yah" and used often in conversation. We both learned something. Thank you, "that guy."

    I didn't know about "initialisms". And, yes, FOIA is pronounced "foy-yah" and used often in conversation. We both learned something. Thank you, "that guy."

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    You're right, my example does not meet the definition of acronym. Your pointing out my error highlights the resiliency of the policy which can also apply for shortened names, e.g. SMITH. So here's...

    You're right, my example does not meet the definition of acronym. Your pointing out my error highlights the resiliency of the policy which can also apply for shortened names, e.g. SMITH. So here's another example that does meet the definition of an acronym.

    Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA")....

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    In legal writing, acronyms are used often, but only if the acronym is defined at the first instance of words it stands for. Example: Plaintiff John Smith ("SMITH") is a resident of.... SMITH was...

    In legal writing, acronyms are used often, but only if the acronym is defined at the first instance of words it stands for. Example: Plaintiff John Smith ("SMITH") is a resident of.... SMITH was in the vehicle when...

    This has been a very long standing rule. Why it cannot apply to social media interactions is beyond me.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    What happens when this page is printed on paper? The hover definition disappears.

    What happens when this page is printed on paper? The hover definition disappears.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    I've read that Amazon (Jeff Bezos) plans to encircle the globe with satellites to provide Internet access. Short of military strikes against such satellites, I do not see how governments who are...

    I've read that Amazon (Jeff Bezos) plans to encircle the globe with satellites to provide Internet access. Short of military strikes against such satellites, I do not see how governments who are trying to keep a lid on the Internet within their borders can counter such an offering.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on A Federal Judge Compared Trump's Criticism Of The Courts To The KKK And Segregationists in ~news

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    Let us remember that the judiciary constitutes 1/3rd of the political pie. To think the judiciary is not political and somehow above it all is naive. When federal judges and justices think...

    Let us remember that the judiciary constitutes 1/3rd of the political pie. To think the judiciary is not political and somehow above it all is naive. When federal judges and justices think themselves above it all is, too, dangerous.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The Hidden Resilience of “Food Desert” Neighborhoods in ~life

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    There's an underlying problem with the FDA's Food Desert program. The problem is that the USDA constructs its maps based on statistics purchased from the A.C. Neilsen Company. For instance, there...

    There's an underlying problem with the FDA's Food Desert program. The problem is that the USDA constructs its maps based on statistics purchased from the A.C. Neilsen Company. For instance, there is a sales metric of $2 million in annuals sales which determines whether a grocery store qualifies as source for fruits and vegetables. Stores identified has have $2 million sales are kept secret argues the USDA because their identity is based on confidential and proprietary sources, i.e. A.C. Neilsen. The model very much depends on what store is deemed a " Supermarket (SM), Superstore (SS) and Large Grocery (LG) " as the mapping necessarily creates areas from the points based on distance.

    I tried to recreate their Food Atlas with granularity down to the Census Block, but I could not do so because the USDA would not make available the list of SM, SS and LGs they used in their model for Napa County, California. This is a very dangerous practice -- private industry through A.C. Neilsen starts driving public policy and computer models cannot be duplicated by the public to test its integrity.

    For an interesting web page, see the USDA Food Atlas at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/go-to-the-atlas.aspx

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Comedian who plays a president on television comes out on top in first round of Ukraine elections in ~news

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    OMG -- under the same theory, Alec Baldwin (or whoever of the Baldwin brothers play the role of president on the comedy series Saturday Night Live) could garner votes in the U.S.

    OMG -- under the same theory, Alec Baldwin (or whoever of the Baldwin brothers play the role of president on the comedy series Saturday Night Live) could garner votes in the U.S.

  12. Comment on The Day the Dinosaurs Died in ~science

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    Reading this article was more fun than watching the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark! Thanks.

    Reading this article was more fun than watching the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark! Thanks.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on In an era of excessive food waste, a plea to restaurants: Cut down your portions in ~food

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    There must be a workable paradigm for restaurants that can offer lesser sized portions on the plate served to the customer with the ability to add an additional helping, if requested. From the...

    There must be a workable paradigm for restaurants that can offer lesser sized portions on the plate served to the customer with the ability to add an additional helping, if requested. From the rare times I eat out, it seems like too little or too much, the latter of which I don't leave the establishment feeling short-changed.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Hilarious Snare: Burglary Victim Confronts, in person, Offer-Up Seller of $249 professional Yeti Pro Microphone & SONY headphones stolen from victim's car hours ago. in ~misc

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    A very funny and clever video.

    A very funny and clever video.

  15. Comment on Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up Amazon, Google, and Facebook in ~news

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    Ms. Warren probably has put a target on her forehead for companies who feel threatened by her. We've witnessed how outsiders have manipulated things to affect the outcome of an election on the...

    Ms. Warren probably has put a target on her forehead for companies who feel threatened by her. We've witnessed how outsiders have manipulated things to affect the outcome of an election on the Internet, just watch how companies who have an agenda, e.g. to make Elizabeth Warren look like a bad choice, quietly try to paint a picture. They have the power. They profess they will not use it. But history tells us despite lofty goals to remain neutral, companies eventually succumb to doing what's best for their perceived self-interest: staying big. [edit] ... and getting bigger.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says in ~tech

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    You're right. I've thought about sending an apology, but I think that would just compound the problem.

    You're right. I've thought about sending an apology, but I think that would just compound the problem.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says in ~tech

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    I was making a purchase at a farm supply store and the salesperson asked "Are you on Facebook?". My reaction was almost convulsive: "No!" I exclaimed. "Oh, I just wanted to let you know about our...

    I was making a purchase at a farm supply store and the salesperson asked "Are you on Facebook?". My reaction was almost convulsive: "No!" I exclaimed. "Oh, I just wanted to let you know about our weekly specials that we post on Facebook" she said defensively. "You must get off Facebook" I uttered reflexively.

    Then I realized I had scared here with my reaction. Poor thing probably thought I was a nut case.

    As I write this, I feel as I would have been someone who reacted to a sales clerk asking me... in 1935 ... in Germany "Are you a member of the Nazi Party?"

    I told her I work for *** [a major software company] and therefore have an understanding of this technology and that the dangers of AI from all in information on Facebook is going to come back and bite us. You should see what advancements are being made now. In fact by 2050 or 2060 it is predicted that artificial intelligence will surpass all the knowledge of mankind combined. With all the systems and tools we turn over to automation, that is a very scary prospect.

    She look even more frightened, not by what I said, by the fact that she did not understand anything of what I was talking about.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on D.Tube as a viable YouTube Alternative? in ~talk

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    What is the reward or incentive for the people sponsoring dTube? If they are not going to receive ad revenue, then what? Customer patterns? It costs a lot of money to have storage and network...

    What is the reward or incentive for the people sponsoring dTube? If they are not going to receive ad revenue, then what? Customer patterns? It costs a lot of money to have storage and network bandwith, so somebody's financing this with a hope for what?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Fossil: VCS with integrated wiki, bug tracking, forums, and technotes; by the author of SQLite in ~comp

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    I use it and love it. I wish I took advantage of more of it's nifty features, but there is a learning curve and I haven't justified an investment of time or change in work habits to warrant better...

    I use it and love it. I wish I took advantage of more of it's nifty features, but there is a learning curve and I haven't justified an investment of time or change in work habits to warrant better utilizing it. I wish I will in the future. Hurrah for its creators!!

    1 vote