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  1. Comment on How life has changed for Afghans since the Taliban takeover in ~life

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    On August 15, 2021, the Taliban overthrew Ashraf Ghani's government and seized power in Afghanistan. One year later, the country is facing multiple challenges that demand immediate global attention.

    Independent media had flourished under former presidents Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani, human rights had seen a substantial improvement, an increased number of girls had started going to school and universities, and Afghanistan's middle class had experienced relative prosperity during the same period.

    Over the past twelve months, these achievements have been largely reversed.

    The Taliban have not fulfilled most of their promises under the 2020 Doha agreement. They have been reluctant to form an inclusive government in the country, while girls above grade 6 are not allowed to go to school. Also, women are not permitted to work in most sectors, and they can visit public parks only on specific days.

    Afghanistan's economy is now in freefall, with the UN warning of a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the country.

    International recognition is crucial for the Taliban to avoid potential economic collapse. Millions of Afghans are jobless and their bank accounts are frozen. Many people are selling their possessions to buy food, with urban communities facing food insecurity on levels similar to rural areas for the first time.

    In January, the United Nations made the "biggest-ever appeal" for humanitarian aid for a single country, saying it needed $4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) for Afghanistan to prevent the "world's most rapidly growing humanitarian crisis" from deteriorating further.

    According to Reporters Without Borders, 43% of Afghan media outlets have been shut down in the past three months. "Out of the 10,780 people working in Afghan newsrooms (8,290 men and 2,490 women) at the beginning of August 2021, only 4,360 were working in December (3,950 men and 410 women), or four out of ten journalists," according to the watchdog.

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  2. Comment on Google’s new Play Store rules target annoying ads and copycat crypto apps in ~tech

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    Original Google announcement: https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/12253906

    Google is trying to cut down on annoying, unskippable ads in Android apps and overall bad behavior in the Play Store

    One of the changes that will impact your everyday phone usage the most is for ads. Google says its updated guidelines, which will go into effect on September 30th, help ensure “high quality experiences for users when they are using Google Play apps.” The new policy tells developers that apps can’t pop up a full-screen ad that won’t let you close it after 15 seconds. There are some exceptions — if you voluntarily choose to watch an ad to get some sort of reward points, or if they pop up during a break in the action, those rules won’t necessarily apply.

    Google’s also making changes to how apps can implement and use Android’s built-in VPN (or virtual private network) tools. Apps won’t be allowed to implement their own VPNs to collect user data unless they get explicit permission from the user, nor will they be able to use VPNs to help users bypass or change ads from other apps.


    Original Google announcement:
    https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/12253906

    3 votes
  3. Comment on ‘Supercookies’ have privacy experts sounding the alarm in ~tech

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    TrustPid allows mobile carriers to generate pseudo-anonymous tokens based on a user’s IP address that are administered by a company also named TrustPid. Each user is assigned a different token for each participating website they visit, and these can be used to provide personalized product recommendations—but in what TrustPid calls “a secure and privacy-friendly way.” It’s that “privacy-friendly” part that has raised critics’ hackles.

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  4. Comment on FDA orders all Juul e-cigarettes off the market in ~health

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    Maybe ban liquids with nicotine but allow nicotine to be sold separately. That way one has to put in slightly more effort to vape liquids with nicotine and doesn't get it by default.

    Maybe ban liquids with nicotine but allow nicotine to be sold separately. That way one has to put in slightly more effort to vape liquids with nicotine and doesn't get it by default.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - June 16 in ~news

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    No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world’s arsenals

    No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world’s arsenals

    “Our country should also develop a nuclear program. And prepare for a possible nuclear war,” said Lee, voicing a desire that a February poll showed was shared by 3 out of 4 South Koreans.

    It’s a point that people and politicians of non-nuclear powers globally are raising more often, at what has become a destabilizing moment in more than a half-century of global nuclear nonproliferation efforts, one aggravated by the daily example of nuclear Russia tearing apart non-nuclear Ukraine.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Don't be that open-source user, don't be me in ~comp

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    This was also discussed on Hacker News

    What I didn’t consider was that my interactions were taking time/attention/resources/patience from the project. User support is a cost.

    If you take anything away from this post I hope it is that these costs need to be paid by someone, the maintainer.

    This was also discussed on Hacker News

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  7. Comment on Germany moves ahead with plan to legalize cannabis sales in ~news

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    The German government is setting in motion plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready later this year.

    The pledge to legalize controlled sales of cannabis to adults in licensed shops is one of a series of reforms outlined in last year’s coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties that make up Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Elon Musk’s regulatory woes mount as US moves closer to recalling Tesla’s self-driving software in ~tech

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    U.S. authorities are escalating and expanding a probe into Tesla’s controversial automated driving feature in a move that could prompt a mandatory recall.

    [...] the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [...] said it would be expanding a probe and look into 830,000 Tesla cars across all four current model lines, 11% more vehicles than they were previously examining.

    [...] NHTSA said it had discovered in 16 separate instances when this occurred that Autopilot “aborted vehicle control less than one second prior to the first impact,” suggesting the driver was not prepared to assume full control over the vehicle.

    While anything that might indicate the system was designed to shut off when it sensed an imminent accident might damage Tesla’s image, legally the company would be a difficult target.

    2 votes