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  1. Comment on UK, US, and Canada accuse Russia of trying to steal information from coronavirus vaccine researchers in ~health.coronavirus

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    "The NCSC assesses that APT29, also named “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear” almost certainly operate as part of Russian intelligence services". In other words, there's no evidence and we have no idea?...

    "The NCSC assesses that APT29, also named “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear” almost certainly operate as part of Russian intelligence services". In other words, there's no evidence and we have no idea?

    Looking at the "full assessment" PDF, it says nothing about who could be targeting them or any attempt to trace back who's behind it and any evidence linking anything. It just says some exploits were used.

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  2. Comment on Department of Homeland Security report: China hid virus’ severity to hoard supplies in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well said. I was going to point out too on "And Australia is leading the charge" that Australia hasn't had an independent foreign policy since the 1975 overthrow....

    Well said. I was going to point out too on "And Australia is leading the charge" that Australia hasn't had an independent foreign policy since the 1975 overthrow.

    https://theconversation.com/worried-about-agents-of-foreign-influence-just-look-at-who-owns-australias-biggest-companies-123343
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/23/gough-whitlam-1975-coup-ended-australian-independence

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  3. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    I think there's a lot of dogwhistling around Li Wenliang but if you read the wiki page you linked, it doesn't quite back the assertion you're making. Specifically Li Wenliang didn't have any first...

    I think there's a lot of dogwhistling around Li Wenliang but if you read the wiki page you linked, it doesn't quite back the assertion you're making.

    Specifically Li Wenliang didn't have any first hand, new knowledge of the coronavirus nor did he attempt to whistleblow or share with the public. He received a private group share from Ai Fen, the actual source of the information and the right person to escalate (and did, with effect) in the first place as the director of the hospital's ER. Li Wenliang just re-posted the message from one private group to another private group.

    Ai Fen speculated (incorrectly) that there was SARS in her department based on observations of exactly two (2) patients on December 30th. Her escalation was confirmed on January 11th when a nurse was observed to have the same symptoms. The coronavirus genetic genome was sequenced and shared with the world excatly three (3) days later.

    You may disagree about whether that's world record breaking speed. But as much as it's thrown around by the media everyday, "It's pretty clear China is still lying about their real numbers and they obviously tried to hide the virus for several weeks" is a strong statement to make.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    Since we're a smaller crowd, I'd like to take a risk to see if I get crucified since I have a lot less firepower than our media in discussing things outside the officially sanctioned overton...

    Since we're a smaller crowd, I'd like to take a risk to see if I get crucified since I have a lot less firepower than our media in discussing things outside the officially sanctioned overton window and non-orthodoxy on this topic has a Iraqis pulling babies out of incubator level of sacrilege.

    But since it's an acceptable discussion in the UN (where voting was split between the rest of the muslim world in support of China in Xinjiang vs NATO), I hope it's acceptable here.

    What primary source are you referencing wrt to Uyghurs? The Uyghurs in China's national congress seems to run counter to your suggestion.

    In general, we're very heavily involved in funding insurgency and overthrow in Xinjiang

    https://thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/world-uyghur-congress-us-far-right-regime-change-network-fall-china/
    https://thegrayzone.com/2019/12/21/china-detaining-millions-uyghurs-problems-claims-us-ngo-researcher/
    https://www.workers.org/2019/12/44963/

    so any primary sources backing editorials that don't trace back to our NED/CIA funded organizations have, in my experience, been not very clear. Including our paramilitary excursions into Hong Kong, Tibet etc

    https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/22/hong-kong-opposition-unites-washington-hardliners/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_Tibetan_program

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate in ~news

  6. Comment on How Chinese sci-fi conquered America: The translator Ken Liu has done more than anyone to bridge the gap between Chinese science fiction and American readers in ~books

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    I can't read the OP since it's paywalled but for those interested, the "Good Hunting" episode of Love, Death & Robot was an original short from Ken Liu if you wanted a peek into his own thinking...

    I can't read the OP since it's paywalled but for those interested, the "Good Hunting" episode of Love, Death & Robot was an original short from Ken Liu if you wanted a peek into his own thinking beyond translations.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Announcing Dart 2.6 with dart2native: Compile Dart to self-contained, native executables in ~comp

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    What does it have to do with statically-typed? If in Java, you had Cat i; System.out.println(i); you still get null despite (in your argument) I want a Cat and null is not a cat.

    What does it have to do with statically-typed? If in Java, you had

    Cat i;
    System.out.println(i);
    

    you still get null despite (in your argument) I want a Cat and null is not a cat.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Yang vs. Warren: Who has the better tax plan? in ~finance

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    I think they ended up picking a more-or-less irrelevant side of Yang's proposal. It's not so much how much wealth you already accumulated. It's more about the rate at which wealth continues to...

    I think they ended up picking a more-or-less irrelevant side of Yang's proposal. It's not so much how much wealth you already accumulated. It's more about the rate at which wealth continues to concentrate disproportionately in the hands of the few and how much this will accelerate as automation puts even more and more productivity in the hands of even fewer.

    i.e. Yang's not trying to re-litigate the past, but rather prevent the easy production of future billionaires for who owns options in companies, never 'spends' that money and those companies never pay taxes.

  9. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    Nexus: The Jupiter Incident Excellent story telling with just the right amount of crest and climax. Very Seveneves-esque if you're into that kind of plot. Great mechanics and a lot more relatable...

    Nexus: The Jupiter Incident

    Excellent story telling with just the right amount of crest and climax. Very Seveneves-esque if you're into that kind of plot. Great mechanics and a lot more relatable than Homeworld. And such a great theme that's so un-explored by mainstream games.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Andrew Yang Gets Media Cold Shoulder in ~news

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    This was very diplomatically put :) I think it's a bit more blood boiling than this but then, I'm not American either. Looking back at a couple of DNC chairs, Tom Perez and Donna Brazile are both...

    This was very diplomatically put :)

    I think it's a bit more blood boiling than this but then, I'm not American either.
    Looking back at a couple of DNC chairs, Tom Perez and Donna Brazile are both on WikiLeaks saying they want to "put a knife in Bernies' back" and "cuss them [his supporters] out". Tim Kaine no-prior-arrangements-made, well we know where he stands. The Florida court case where DNC supporters wanted their money back? They flat out said no reasonable person can expect to donate and think that it was supposed to be a fair contest. The DNC has all the rights to just pick a candidate in a backroom while smoking cigars and the supporters should knowingly agree to this when they gave their money.

    That's just generally true for non-corporate candidates whether it's Ron Paul who just never showed up in the polling on TV (and there'd just randomly be 3rd place missing in the ranking), Jill Stein who gets handcuffed to a chair for a couple of hours for attempting to get into the national debate venue, Gabbard who gets branded as a Russian spy etc etc. This goes all the way back to the 1944 DNC convention where the DNC bosses stopped the convention right before Henry Wallace wins the Vice Presidency nomination for the bosses to appoint (a more controllable) Truman who polled at only 2% and only met Roosevelt twice in private before he died.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    I assume because it's a bit reductive and not a very meaningful comparison. Norway has about 1/4 the population of Beijing. I'm sure you can find a couple of neighbourhoods in beijing in which the...

    I assume because it's a bit reductive and not a very meaningful comparison. Norway has about 1/4 the population of Beijing. I'm sure you can find a couple of neighbourhoods in beijing in which the go-to corporate media framing of dystopian China doesn't apply.

    As a Canadian, I can say that Canada never did and never will have the same role as China does in the world https://www.visualcapitalist.com/2000-years-economic-history-one-chart/.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket in ~comp

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    It's also been a few years since I shopped for a hosted provider so when I saw the new, I thought "meh, there'd be others". Surprisingly there isn't really any that's as extensively supported as...

    It's also been a few years since I shopped for a hosted provider so when I saw the new, I thought "meh, there'd be others". Surprisingly there isn't really any that's as extensively supported as BitBucket.

    Sourcehut is paid and has a big "sr.ht is currently in alpha, and the quality of the service may reflect that" banner.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit is testing warnings when submitting to highly-moderated subreddits and encouraging users to post in other subreddits in ~tech

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    Sure. I don't think these things are a dichotomy. I think HN is slowly devolving out of long-form intellectual discussions (I don't think they're trying very hard to make it their mission like you...

    Sure. I don't think these things are a dichotomy. I think HN is slowly devolving out of long-form intellectual discussions (I don't think they're trying very hard to make it their mission like you seem to be) but out of the rules they do try to enforce (like no ad hominem or calling people shills), I think they do a slightly cleaner job than Reddit, in that they do so publicly and while citing specific rules.

    The point I was making was wrt the arbitrary part rather than suggesting anything goes.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit is testing warnings when submitting to highly-moderated subreddits and encouraging users to post in other subreddits in ~tech

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    Sure. Terminologies are tricky. I think reddit is somewhere in between. I don't think spez is sitting behind censors' monitors trying to cherrypick a narrative, nor do I think there are benevolent...

    Sure. Terminologies are tricky. I think reddit is somewhere in between. I don't think spez is sitting behind censors' monitors trying to cherrypick a narrative, nor do I think there are benevolent wise masters moderating us to become better versions of ourselves.

    I just think a small group of individuals being bestowed power to control a large group with little mechanism for accountability and transparency doing so it semi-covert fashions is problematic. I don't think it's very dogmatic.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Reddit is testing warnings when submitting to highly-moderated subreddits and encouraging users to post in other subreddits in ~tech

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    It sounds like you and that poster are making the same points. I'm not sure which points you're arguing against. Not sure whether his beliefs on fecal transplants validate or invalidate his...

    It sounds like you and that poster are making the same points. I'm not sure which points you're arguing against.

    Not sure whether his beliefs on fecal transplants validate or invalidate his description of the content control model of subreddits.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Reddit is testing warnings when submitting to highly-moderated subreddits and encouraging users to post in other subreddits in ~tech