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  • Nov 2nd, 2020 @ 7:30am

    (untitled comment)

    I could have sworn you were talking about the USA there...

  • Oct 13th, 2020 @ 7:43am

    Corporatocracy trumps democracy

    These cases of blatant corporate control are just one example that democracy in the US is dying, and that it has become the worlds best example of a corporatocracy.

    The founders could not have anticipated this, so whereas some safeguards were built in to prevent other corrupted forms of government, such as a theocracies, we seem to have no guards against corporations running the government, especially as the supreme court thinks corporate personhood is a good thing.

    I have no idea how this can be reversed, I fear we lost control somewhere along the way, and now it may be too late.

  • Oct 1st, 2020 @ 5:19pm

    Making money out of misery

    You said: "Massively profitable medical organizations routinely underfund their privacy and security IT infrastructure"

    Close, but I think we can broaden that to: Massively profitable medical organizations routinely underfund anything important to actual "healthcare", as profits come before all else.

    I am ashamed to say I have worked in Healthcare IT, and I was shocked at the inadequate security reviews (threat analysis) of 3rd party software systems. The "epic fails" (pun intended) are a consequence. There is a lack of strong common standards, due to the fragmentation within the industry, so it is all too easy for weaknesses to be engineered in, and there is an almost complete lack of accountability when the fails occur, as they almost inevitably do.

  • Sep 21st, 2020 @ 4:51pm

    Re:

    Ah, the old, because "China has an authoritarian regime, that bans a whole bunch of stuff, so the USA should become an authoritarian regime..." argument?

    How about, "the USA is a bastion of free speech that the rest of the world looks up to, which makes China look bad in comparison" approach? Oh, I forgot, Trump burnt that boat a while back.

  • Sep 15th, 2020 @ 7:06pm

    Re: OnePlus is Chinese

    I think you nailed it, whatever lame excuse they came up with, the REAL reason is to support a trade war that Trump seems to be convinced is such a bright idea.

    Gotta pull out all the stops to protect Apple (repeatedly chant USA at this point, fellow patriots) against the yellow menace of OnePlus who have the audacity to try to compete.

  • Jun 6th, 2020 @ 7:57am

    Re:

    If there is a Chris, and if he said these things (we just have to take your word for it, as you cite no sources) I dont see how that leads to a conclusion that "there are agitators who are hijacking the protests..." and even less of an implication that those agitators are antifa.

    Your thesis seems to be if someone says something violent, they are guilty of such interference, if you feel that way (I don't) then I recommend you visit https://www.plainviewproject.org/ to view what police officers have been saying, perhaps some of them have a "violent agenda"?

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 7:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Daily Proof of Bias

    Na, stupidity is its own reward, it means you never have to agonize over right or wrong, or deal with complexity, it means you can simply assume any batshit crazy idea you have is right and you always know best, it is a blessed relief. It's a feeling normal people can only get by excessive drinking.

    See also https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/dunning-kruger-effect

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That article, from Breitbart, well, I hardly needed to read it, being an propaganda outlet for the right, but just to humor you I did.

    It does NOT, as you accuse "substantiate that Twitter is taking money from Mail-In Ballot groups", the article merely suggests that, and I quote, Twitter "...is an active “Premier Partner” of Vote Early Day 2020, an election advocacy group seeking to educate voters that they can cast their ballots prior to Election Day, including via the vote-by-mail option."

    If anything this suggests (and there is no evidence presented, as one would expect from Breitbart) quite the opposite, that Twitter is helping fund a group performing actions to help increase participation in the voting process, something the right fears for obvious reasons. You already got a president in on a minority vote, heaven forbid more people participate in an election!

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 7:12am

    AT&T no more

    Here in the benighted state of North Carolina we have had such restrictive regulations since 2011, see https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H129v7.pdf

    Now we are fighting to obtain some relief. Since early 2019 a bill, known as the Fiber NC Act see https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/H431 has been under consideration, it has met with the predictable industry FUD and is stalled. Even if that makes it through, it is hamstrung with various restrictions.

    I am fortunate enough to live in an urban area, with some modicum of broadband competition, I had a choice of two, Spectrum and AT&T, but now three as Google Fiber are in the mix. I am much more fortunate than large swathes of this state.

    AT&Ts monthly rate was $100, Google $70, however, I noted that AT&T applied a "special discount" that meant they were effectively matching the Google price. I can see that discount going away real soon, were it not for Googles continued presence.

    As soon as I could, I dropped AT&T, and moved to Google. Good riddance AT&T.

  • May 29th, 2020 @ 10:18am

    I didn't know that

    Does that mean I don't have to pay taxes?

    Seriously though, thanks for pointing that out, I was not aware, and the discussions around the decision make for a good read. I really have no idea how I missed this.

  • May 26th, 2020 @ 2:24pm

    Why have an 'Anti-Conservative Bias' Panel

    I really doubt this new panel has anything to do with actually changing the behavior of targeted platforms. My take is this is a cynical political move to try to persuade potential voters, already right of center, to assume that if such a panel exists it must be with just cause, "No Smoke Without Fire" sentiment rules the day.

    I think the hoped for consequence is that perfectly reasonable, even persuasive speech, will be further relegated to "outside my echo chamber" thus reducing the chances of any erosion of support for this President, and of course his lackeys in Congress.

  • Feb 19th, 2020 @ 7:00am

    First gear

    Coincidentally, I spent the last couple of days watching Google subcontractors running brand new fiber into my neighborhood, so maybe stuck in first gear is a better analogy. It seems that in "supported" areas like ours (Raleigh-Durham) the actual coverage is very far from complete, but, they do continue to "fill in the gaps". By adding more cities, they would, in some sense, fall even further behind. I suspect they drastically underestimated the time and costs of what they had already committed to, but at least here, they have not stopped completely.
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