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  1. Comment on White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office in ~health.coronavirus

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    This presidential tweet today says so much about everything that's going on. The President wants it to be illegal to report on his poor pandemic handling to save his election numbers. I think that...

    We have made tremendous progress with the China Virus, but the Fake News refuses to talk about it this close to the Election. COVID, COVID, COVID is being used by them, in total coordination, in order to change our great early election numbers. Should be an election law violation!

    This presidential tweet today says so much about everything that's going on.

    The President wants it to be illegal to report on his poor pandemic handling to save his election numbers.

    I think that speaks for itself, so I won't write anything more.

    18 votes
  2. Comment on How we make our traditional bread roti in ~food

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    I have to say I highly enjoy the Reactistan youtube-channel where he first got exposed to making videos. Reaction videos definitely aren't my favorite, but these actually seem like genuine...

    I have to say I highly enjoy the Reactistan youtube-channel where he first got exposed to making videos.

    Reaction videos definitely aren't my favorite, but these actually seem like genuine reactions to everyday things that shed light on who these individuals are and how they live.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Facebook has sent a cease-and-desist letter to two NYU researchers, demanding that they shut down their research into political ads and disinformation on FB’s platform in ~tech

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    Yes, it appears that what the researchers are doing clearly breaks Facebook Terms of service. The issue is US law being stuck in the 20th century. There is no recourse for others to check how...

    Yes, it appears that what the researchers are doing clearly breaks Facebook Terms of service.

    The issue is US law being stuck in the 20th century. There is no recourse for others to check how these sites operate. The huge social media platforms have immense power, and are trying to set themselves up so that there is no way to have oversight into what they do. That's obviously a huge problem.

    Things like Facebook's new "supreme court" are attempts at short-circuting legislation by pointing at them doing things on their own, so they can control that as well. You don't let the fox guard the henhouse.

    We desperately need regulation. Right now Facebook and the rest can legally do what they're doing, and that's a huge problem. Not just for the US but for the whole English-speaking internet.

    16 votes
  4. Comment on I hate generational hate in ~life

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    Digitalization. Anything that requires doing something online, or is easier, faster or cheaper online. There are huge advantages there, that I've leveraged at work to get ahead of older folks who...

    Like, what power do millennials have over boomers such that they should care?

    Digitalization. Anything that requires doing something online, or is easier, faster or cheaper online.

    There are huge advantages there, that I've leveraged at work to get ahead of older folks who don't spreadsheet, code, make fancy presentations, run digital meetings, do things remotely -- the list is endless; it's about a modern, digital mindset.


    I literally made four older workers redundant by automating the tasks they'd been doing in my company.

    The results are more accurate because there are no mistakes, misinterpretations, typos, fudged figures. Just raw data, formulaically categorized. These four people suddenly aren't the important, senior folks who were necessary to do high level analysis. They're at the bottom of the hierarchy, ruthlessly usurped from near the top.

    One of their primary duties is answering the phone and talking to older customers who can't manage their services in the online portal. That has to be humiliating. They're lucky they weren't just laid off, thrown out of the whole sector as obsolete.

    I have an older employee whose job is attending meetings on my behalf so I don't have to be there, but get the cliffnotes afterwards to save me time. I mean sure he represents the whole department to other departments, but has no authority to do or commit to anything. He's close to twice my age.


    There are also huge advantages in daily life from taking advantage of modern, digital thinking.

    What scares me is that a lot of young people don't seem to put time into developing these skills they'd benefit hugely from.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on I hate generational hate in ~life

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    It gets worse in a lot of European countries: Today's retirees in their mid-70s and beyond are getting public pensions based on their birth years that subsequent generations can only dream of. And...

    It gets worse in a lot of European countries: Today's retirees in their mid-70s and beyond are getting public pensions based on their birth years that subsequent generations can only dream of.

    And those old pensioners are complaining about it because they feel they deserve more, even though almost all of them are getting way more in payouts than the whole value of their pension contributions and all the acquired wealth gain from those through all the years: They're getting a huge, undeserved net payout.

    (Medicaid / medicare in the US pale in comparison)


    The generational conflicts are real. All the way down into local politics, where questions concerning investments in either good schooling for youth, or investments in care for the elderly in elderly populations are the billion dollar political issues.

    Then there's the climate crisis, both globally and locally.

    There's the cost of education ( even worse in the US).

    In a post-pandemic labor market (after the 2008 financial crisis and lost generation of youth there) there's also the conflict between old, experienced people who are making some fields impossible to gain entry to.


    There are many more real generational conflicts.

    The discontent goes both ways. In social issues it's often the old that feel the youth are being unreasonable. Old people generally also dislike the parts of society that are geared towards digital participation becasause they are at a disadvantage there.

    It's not a one-way street where old bad, youth good, but generations just not being in the same page or being able to talk to each other. In many places, that's also a political divide where people don't agree on the basic descriptions and facts regarding how society is and the state of today should be viewed. Society is changing more quickly now than ever before, so the year when you were born matters more now than before as more things have changed between a parent being born and their kid.

    16 votes
  6. Comment on If you read any news sources/publications for more specific/alternative subjects, what are they? in ~talk

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    I follow The Economist to get their view on what's most important not only in The West, but in the whole world every week. They have their biases in analysis, sure. But those biases are on their...

    I follow The Economist to get their view on what's most important not only in The West, but in the whole world every week.

    They have their biases in analysis, sure. But those biases are on their sleeves, consistent, available for all to see, and the quality of their reporting is stellar. You can disagree with their prescriptions for how things should be, but their descriptions of how things are is worth the subscription price alone.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on North Korea says Danish documentary that shows apparent attempts to evade a UN ban on arms trading was completely made up and called on Denmark to find the infiltrator in ~movies

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    The documentary is amazing. Thing is, except for the crazy infiltration story, little is new in it. The big difference is that they've got it all on tape and in pictures. That's astounding. The...

    The documentary is amazing. Thing is, except for the crazy infiltration story, little is new in it.

    The big difference is that they've got it all on tape and in pictures. That's astounding.

    The whole premise of a laid-off baker infiltrating North Korea sounds absurd, but when you see how these "friendship associations" are treated in the country, with an own museum with gifts from them presented as official gifts from the countries they stem from, it's easy to understand how North Koreans themselves can be fooled.

    When the documentary series becomes available in your area, I highly recommend it.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Additional steps Twitter is taking ahead of the 2020 US Election in ~tech

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    I think the result of such a nuanced assessment is to conclude that this is a tiny drop of cleaning agent in a vast, self-made swamp of misleading nonsense. If a nuclear powerplant were to take...
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    I think the result of such a nuanced assessment is to conclude that this is a tiny drop of cleaning agent in a vast, self-made swamp of misleading nonsense.

    If a nuclear powerplant were to take measures so that the new nuclear waste they release into their surroundings is slightly less radioactive than what came before, great! How should we react to such a change?

    The way to encourage further improvement both for the nuclear plant and Twitter isn't to be content with such a modicum of effort, but to demand not only that they stop all meaningful new radioactive release into the environment, but also clean up their past mess.


    That's the position Twitter is in. Not acknowledging that present state would in my mind be a mistake.

    Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit and all the rest of these huge platforms only seem to respond to large media pressure when they enact policy change favoring actually curating some of their content. Therefore the only reasonable response is not to back down and not to acquiesce when they present to-little-too-late half-measures as meaningful change and recognition of their culpability.

    Using the very words of this press release from Twitter itself, what is the correct nuanced assessment of a platform that deems itself playing

    a critical role around the globe by empowering democratic conversation, driving civic participation, facilitating meaningful political debate, and enabling people to hold those in power accountable. But we know that this cannot be achieved unless the integrity of this critical dialogue on Twitter is protected from attempts — both foreign and domestic — to undermine it.

    Why is this change coming now, cleverly for US elections and maximum exposure there rather than before a host of other important national elections all through 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015?

    Even in that context we give Twitter way more benefit than they deserve in understanding their own platform and dealing with all the huge previous misinformation campaigns they've harbored while doing literally nothing.

    The only reasonable way of encouraging Twitter to do more is to continue being clear, unambiguous and vocal in demanding they have a responsibility for doing much more, and the fact that they aren't should be top news and high on national political agenda for new legislation all the time. That is what they respond to so we must speak in their language.

    12 votes
  9. Comment on Additional steps Twitter is taking ahead of the 2020 US Election in ~tech

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    If a restaurant takes some puny measures to get a little less abysmal health rating from inspectors, praise is not in order if the restaurant is still not safe to eat in. This is nice and all....

    If a restaurant takes some puny measures to get a little less abysmal health rating from inspectors, praise is not in order if the restaurant is still not safe to eat in.

    This is nice and all. It's better than nothing. That is true.

    The company has had terrible anti-cheating and anti-fraud policies for years. That context needs to be present so people don't walk away with the take-home message that Twitter is fighting this in a reasonable way, because they're not.


    Doing anything else leads to acceptance and normalization of how terribly Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the rest are doing at actually protecting democracy against interference and manipulation. It goes for all other conversation too.

    All these companies have invested huge amounts of effort and money on normalizing content on platforms being unmoderated. That is not normal. It shouldn't be normal, and politicians should regulate them properly.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Additional steps Twitter is taking ahead of the 2020 US Election in ~tech

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    With an appropriate amount of staff policing the platform. For some reason facebook, twitter, youtube et al. have manage to seed the thought that platforms should largely be checked by algorithm...

    With an appropriate amount of staff policing the platform.

    For some reason facebook, twitter, youtube et al. have manage to seed the thought that platforms should largely be checked by algorithm rather than employee.

    This is where regulation comes in.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Additional steps Twitter is taking ahead of the 2020 US Election in ~tech

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    This is nice and all, but it's at least a couple years too late to make much of a difference in this election. The lies and misinformation have been stewing and whipping up crowds in such an...

    This is nice and all, but it's at least a couple years too late to make much of a difference in this election. The lies and misinformation have been stewing and whipping up crowds in such an insular manner that those people will not have their minds changed now.

    If I were conspiratorial, I'd assume this is just to cover their backs when social media gets investigated after the election, possibly in combination with fears regarding much stricter regulation regarding what gets posted to a platform you run.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on Strike by workers in the Norwegian oil sector could soon wipe out nearly one-quarter of the country's petroleum output in ~finance

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    Around two hours ago it was reported that the State Conciliator of Norway had called the parties on either side of the dispute in for mediated talks starting tomorrow. One of the parties said...

    Around two hours ago it was reported that the State Conciliator of Norway had called the parties on either side of the dispute in for mediated talks starting tomorrow.

    One of the parties said they'd been in agreement for around 10 minutes today before someone crunched the numbers and found they'd miscalculated so they couldn't agree anyway.

    If the strike continues until Saturday, the Kristin, Tyrihans, Oseberg Øst and Oseberg Sør oilfields will all have to be shut down as the strike ramps up (as this story report will again be the case on the 14th unless agreement is reached before then).

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Presidential debate: Trump refuses to take part in virtual TV event in ~news

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    I think yesterday's VP debate showed clearly that not just Trump, but the whole campaign strategy is to interrupt and yell since they don't have arguments to contradict more than just soundbites....

    I think yesterday's VP debate showed clearly that not just Trump, but the whole campaign strategy is to interrupt and yell since they don't have arguments to contradict more than just soundbites.

    That would be so much harder in an online event, like it's so much harder on live tv when you're not in the studio.

    I'd be a huge problem for that strategy if the rules the two parties agreed on for the debates were actually followed, and the moderators moderated by them.

    The debates will change very, very few votes in this specific election. But I wonder what things would look like if the mics were cut and if candidates interrupted or didn't at least start their response on topic to the asked question.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Joe Biden can end the drama on election night. All he has to do is win Texas. in ~news

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    The distinction here is polling day results and long-term results. The expectation many have is that polling day results will strongly favor Trump due to in-person voting in contrast to early...

    The distinction here is polling day results and long-term results.

    The expectation many have is that polling day results will strongly favor Trump due to in-person voting in contrast to early voting.

    So to avoid anyone being able to sow doubt regarding election results and stealing the election later on, the idea is that if anyone (like a campaign, Bloomberg or something completely else) were to in fact spend millions and loads of attention somewhere, they should do so somewhere that affects polling night results rather than long-term vote counts.

    In the longterm counts, the last month Biden's had a huge favorable swing. Right now (knock on wood, things can change etc.) it's hard to imagine Trump being close to winning at all, but he may attempt other measures.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Meet the customer service reps for Disney and Airbnb who have to pay to talk to you in ~tech

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    So far in my career there's one thing I've learned whenever freelancing or providing services to others that I'm the one responsible billing for: If you're paying me as a company and not me as an...

    So far in my career there's one thing I've learned whenever freelancing or providing services to others that I'm the one responsible billing for:

    • If you're paying me as a company and not me as an employee, you pay twice the rate.

    That extra rate is for all the training, taxes, incorporation expenses, the auditor, pension savings, the venue and equipment of a business, unbillable hours as a contractor, vacation time, company profit to the owner(s) (me), healthcare for employees, and so on... and RISK.

    In my field, a sizeable portion are willing to pay double for them not to have to payroll me and give me all the benefits and security I'd have.

    Others strongly prefer a regular contract of employment and the rights that gives them as an employer.


    I'd never have the stomach to freelance full-time. It's just too lucrative to be an employee when you're in demand. I can demand to gig on the side, scaling overtime pay that increases the more OT I have and all sorts of things that I couldn't dream of otherwise.

    I know some thrive off high risk, high reward. I'd much rather make some less money and not have to ever worry about what I do if I don't land my next contract/job/gig.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What is a 'cool' birthday gift for a fifteen year old girl? in ~life

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    And then getting a gift from your uncle is the perfect alibi for the teen to have/do something their parents don't like without taking the heat for it. It was a gift from uncle after all!

    And then getting a gift from your uncle is the perfect alibi for the teen to have/do something their parents don't like without taking the heat for it. It was a gift from uncle after all!

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Should we use a megathread for US election news as we get closer to Nov 3? in ~tildes

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    I think a tag is appropriate. Tildes is not struggling with too many submissions. There's no need to mega-thread topics when a handful of clicks will get you through all the submissions made in a...

    I think a tag is appropriate.

    Tildes is not struggling with too many submissions. There's no need to mega-thread topics when a handful of clicks will get you through all the submissions made in a week.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    I think the key here is to identify where the problem is and make changes there rather than changes that affect other listings on the site. In this case, I think limiting the number of posts from...

    I think the key here is to identify where the problem is and make changes there rather than changes that affect other listings on the site.

    In this case, I think limiting the number of posts from one group in general overviews it the way to go. If people want more on those topics, they should be led towards viewing listings like ~music directly by how the site is designed.

    The number of posts from each group in multi-group listings can be modulated by votes, age or other criteria to ensure a desired mix.

    There has to be some sort of default view both for folks who aren't logged in, and for people who don't tinker with settings. The level of customization users have beyond that is something to consider.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on President Trump is continuing his war on Section 230 and the right for the open internet to exist in ~tech

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    Section 230 is broken indeed. But not in the way the Trump administration outlines. Too many sites don't have the moderation of content they should. That threatens the safety of users and makes it...

    Section 230 is broken indeed. But not in the way the Trump administration outlines.

    Too many sites don't have the moderation of content they should. That threatens the safety of users and makes it easier for a bunch of people to commit crimes using said unpoliced platforms of mass communication.

    Of course sites should be somewhat responsible for the things they host on their sites. That's obvious. It's so obvious in fact that Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Microsoft and Instagram are part of the companies that have pledged to remove hate speech from EU services within 24 hours after that content is reported to them.

    Section 230 is broken because it lets companies off the hook too easily, not because of "bias" or "censoring too much", it's the opposite.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What are your “Flowerbox Indicators”? in ~talk

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    People ask others to do things because they're a better fit, even if there's prestige, or other benefits for doing that task (expression of putting team before self) You hear laughs at work every...
    • People ask others to do things because they're a better fit, even if there's prestige, or other benefits for doing that task (expression of putting team before self)
    • You hear laughs at work every day.
    • Coworkers present thoughtful, constructive ideas for changing things at the earliest stage because they just thought of then, not after much deliberation and a full plan of action.
    • People know the names of each others' kids, and know what their close colleagues do and are passionate/concerned about, also outside work.
    • Obvious, but people can disagree on an issue, but don't get mad at each other as people, and help however they can to make a chosen path succeed, even if they suggested a different approach.
    5 votes