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  • Feb 16th, 2021 @ 10:49am

    Re: Big Time

    Well they claim they won't employ cancel culture this time instead they'll use a trolling filter and "viewpoint neutral" moderation performed by a combination of machine learning (I refuse to call this stuff AI) and human moderators.

    The trolling filter will most likely replace the "You start banned until you prove your right wing credentials." filtering they did to hide messages from anyone not rabidly right wing.
    The quotes around neutral viewpoint since they will most likely go with what they've always done and claim their right wing opinions are what the center wants and thus neutral.

  • Feb 16th, 2021 @ 10:14am

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    People have already been doing some digging and it seems that CloudRoute setup SkySilk. Whois for SkySilk list the e-mail of the owner of CloudRoute as a contact for example. Then there is the quality of CloudRoute. Over half the traffic it generates is considered coming from scammers or worse. Further I'd take the NPR report claims by them with a grain of salt. They'd be back on AWS if they had really taken those measures and proven they were doing so. And they wouldn't have fired the old CEO for suggesting they'd do exactly what they claim they are going to do for moderation. More likely it is that everything on there should be filtered by adding :"If we consider it.", "When we determine" or "You cannot prove we are lying now". It would also explain why they didn't restore the messages. To easy to point out that they were spouting bullshit if for example the vast majority of the messages related to Jan 6th weren't scrubbed, while scrubbing those would alienate the rubes they are trying to bilk.
  • Feb 11th, 2021 @ 2:29pm


    Blegh I hate markdown. Just because I didn't do a space or double space after a quote it continued despite my comment not being marked with a >
  • Feb 11th, 2021 @ 2:27pm

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    Needless to say, there's a growing roster of companies and broadband co-ops that also aren't particularly keen on Elon Musk getting money that could be going to truly struggling local broadband providers, many of which operate on highly restrictive budgets, and are deploying actual fiber connections

    Can I go conspiracy theorist on this? No matter here it is:
    Seeing that the process is broken (as claimed earlier) the majority of the money wasn't meant for them. They are just being used as a smokescreen by the usual suspects who are now complaining that someone managed to get the money that was meant for them.

  • Nov 20th, 2020 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Like I wrote common parlance
    Or if you don't like that I've got another definition:
    Insanity is an overarching description of behavior by an individual or group that is characterized by abnormal* mental or behavioral patterns.

    *Abnormal behavior is not to be confused with unusual/unexpected behavior.

    As an example Trumps behavior when he sharpied over that hurricane map.

  • Nov 18th, 2020 @ 11:41am


    It just so happens that Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder which is considered a mental illness or in common parlance he is insane.

  • Nov 18th, 2020 @ 5:49am

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  • Oct 9th, 2020 @ 6:18am


    Ugh Why did the flipping mark down continue after I skipped a line?

  • Oct 9th, 2020 @ 6:17am

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    Mike Masnick wrote:

    Governments around the world are going to pay for any vaccine because it's necessary and the boost to any economy is going to be well worth making the developers of a vaccine very, very wealthy.
    Not if they make the vaccine that is being developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca. The method for making that one will be available to all who want to produce it as long as the resulting product is sold at cost. I do have to say that that the last time I checked this is one of the reasons that no producer in the US has taken up the offer.

  • Aug 27th, 2020 @ 9:08am

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    Zip bombing? Good grief that was the kind of 'prank' I played in 1995. Sending a 16 KB archive, without password, through the school servers, crafted to extract to 4 GB worth of ones. Minor reaction to them opening any archive without password and deleting the ones with. These days there are mitigation strategies to prevent the computer processing it from running into memory/processor time issues.
    Same thing with the second prong of my little protest where the mail account I sent it to (and from) would forward this specific archive back to the sender twice (Just to make sure that the e-mail servers would crash from running out of space). There are mitigation strategies for that little prank as well these days.

    Yes I did not like them deleting archives because they were password protected and me failing a course due to that.

  • Apr 8th, 2020 @ 6:19am

    Re: Re: Thomas Modly has already resigned

    He deliberately did not inform his superior of sending this e-mail, and seeing that Crozier was a career officer he'd asked about what was in the e-mail already but got rebuffed or more likely his superior officer got rebuffed.
    By informing his superior officer he'd either:
    1) Be ordered to not send the e-mail. Putting him in a bind for having to chose between disobeying a direct order or not trying to get his ship back up to respectable amount of readiness in a short period while at the same time less of his subordinates get ill.
    2) Implicate his direct superior when it gets out that said superior agreed with was put in the e-mail.

    That leaves the other charge. Not using SIPR while the e-mail is technically about the readiness of the carrier he commanded. Even though the state of the TR as out of action due to COVID-19 was known for a week it wasn't declassified so still a sensitive subject that could not be communicated over NIPR (the same shit happened when Snowden leaked and intelligence agency people could basically not read some newspaper articles).

    They will use that as a reason why they can't reinstate him in his old job, at best he'll get a dead end job at the headquarters and no chance on promotion ever.

  • Mar 20th, 2020 @ 12:43pm

    Even Comcast thinks

    that these guys are evil.
    Got to say that they got the message and have been telling their people to work at home if possible including special teams to get their call center people setup so they can work from him.

    Not often that Comcast does the right thing but this time they did.

  • Mar 19th, 2020 @ 12:40pm

    That many countries

    Is that 180 countries right? Seeing that, with a 195 countries in the world, that would mean that even EU countries from before the end of the USSR are censoring what their citizens can say and read about their own government.

    That is a scary thought to me.

  • Feb 27th, 2020 @ 2:26pm

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    Good thing that this was squashed since a ruling in favor of the sheriffs office, unless very narrowly targeted at only law enforcement, would have made it illegal to remove something that you don't own from your vehicle.
    So, assuming the ruling isn't narrowly crafted, removing the flyers from your car would allow the owner(s) of the flyers (since they never transferred ownership to you, just placed something they owned on your car) to go accuse you of theft and the proof being no more flyer on your car.

  • Jan 22nd, 2020 @ 2:02pm

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    The world is really unfair.
    You need to be rich and powerful to get scammed by a real prince while I, a mere average Jane/Joe, only get these fake Nigerian princes.

  • Dec 17th, 2019 @ 11:17am

    It gets worse in the Netherlands

    19th or 20th November one of the people in congress (2de kamer) suggested to expand what they are currently doing in Rotterdam to the whole country.

    What is worse is that there is an asset forfeiture law. But that one actually requires a conviction to use instead of having the target prove that they are innocent.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re:

    Then you'd have absolutely no problem of linking that evidence instead of blindly asserting like you do now.
    At that I rather trust the people who seem to have copious amounts of references in their rapport then a blind assertion.
  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 9:57am

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    It's the public officials' way of thinking that they're clever and that the public is stupid. That seems like an unwise assumption.

    It is more the arrogance of we know what is good for you in the top layer of the EU bureaucracy and we can force that on you since the EU is not a democratic institution.
  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 12:04pm

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  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 12:02pm


    To clarify the license thingie.
    Uber believes it's drivers can get by with a tourism vehicle license since they don't respond to street hailing and thus are only doing pre-booked arrangements (which that tourism license allows).
    While that is the letter of the law the intention was a license for for example drivers of buses for arranged excursions.
    This is what the French government is reacting on.

    The taxi drivers are reacting since their license and all rules and regulations that come with it are vastly more expensive then the one that Uber uses. Which is undercutting their business.

    I don't know how this is going to be ruled on since Uber is skirting dangerously close to the edge of the law and seeing how that France tries to protect its own industries.

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