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Monday, 22 January 2018

Can Washington Be Automated?

quote [ An algorithmic lobbyist sounds like a joke. But it’s already here. Here’s who the robots are coming for next. ]

I doubt this will replace lobbyists, it sounds like it will just make them more effective at knowing who can be bought and for what price.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Matilda Actress Mara Wilson: A 13-Year-Old Girl Is Not “All Grown Up”

quote [ What’s really at play here the creepy, inappropriate public inclination to sexualize young girls in the media. We do not need to perpetuate the culture of dehumanization Hollywood has enabled. But the media has become democratized; social media and user-generated content mean anyone can write about anyone, and there is a good chance anyone will see it. We are all part of the media, but I don’t know if we’ve realized that yet, nor understood what a tremendous responsibility that is. ]

Natalie Portman, at 13, experienced 'sexual terrorism'

There was a southpark episode about Britney Spears touching on the way we treat young celebrities, but my mind typically goes back to the plotline in American Gods regarding child sacrifice.
[SFW] [people] [+5 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@6:39pmGMT] [25 comments]

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Here’s why you can’t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy

quote [ “Cryptocurrency can’t crash soon enough,” one gamer fumes. ]

I wonder how this will affect game development and sales going forward. Will developers hinder their own product in order to avoid negative reviews from gamers who can't afford or acquire the higher end graphic cards? Will there be a surplus in the card market when comcast and other shifty net providers throttle blockchain traffic?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Wayne’s World | Adam Weinstein

quote [ Investigative reporters are insecure and imprudently curious. It drives our work and it savages our lives. ]

A behind-the-scenes cry for help from the death throes of journalism.
[SFW] [obituaries]
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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Buses carrying Apple and Google workers had their windows broken in a series of targeted highway attacks

quote [ Multiple shuttle buses carrying Apple and Google employees were hit by unknown objects in a targeted spree on Tuesday. California Highway Patrol is working with Apple to investigate.

Tech workers travelling to and from work on January 16 were startled when unknown objects – possible rocks or pellet guns, according to the CHP – struck their vehicles and broke windows. The incidents happened in both the morning and evening on both directions of Highway 280, between the cities of Woodside and Cupertino, where Apple is headquartered. ]

Have we tapped into the real reason for Elon Musk's obsession with underground tunnels?
[SFW] [business] [+3 Sad]
[by raphael_the_turtle@9:35pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Chile slams World Bank for bias in competitiveness rankings

quote [ Chilean officials on Saturday criticized the World Bank, saying it treated the South American country unfairly in its closely watched annual "Doing Business" competitiveness rankings. ]

TLDR World Bank's Doing Business admitted to tanking the ranking of Chile during a Leftist administration for political reasons.

A rough breakdown of what happened by South American Journalist Laurence Blair

I vaguely remember similar treatment of Venezuela by IMF or World Bank during Chavez's first term, pre-coup, but I can't find anything. Does anybody remember, and have links?
[SFW] [politics] [+3]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:04pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadbandf

quote [ A new study out of Harvard once again makes it clear why incumbent ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are so terrified by the idea of communities building their own broadband networks. ]

The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Will Ajit Pai's FCC Probe into Hawaii False Alarm Expose Role Telecom Giants Played in Blocking Emergency System Upgrades?

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:27pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 15 January 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s Searing Antiwar Speech, Fifty Years Later

quote [ At the time of his speech at Riverside Church, King had come to see war, poverty, and racism as interrelated; taking on one necessarily meant confronting the others. ]

If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him

Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]
[SFW] [history] [+7 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@6:03pmGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 14 January 2018

You’re Most Likely to Do Something Extreme Right Before You Turn 30

quote [ ... or 40, or 50, or 60 ... ]

I've got one coming up in the next few months. It's hitting home pretty hard.

[SFW] [people] [+5 Interesting]
[by raphael_the_turtle@7:08pmGMT] [14 comments]

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

quote [ How can the rhetoric about Trump from Democratic leaders be reconciled with their actions yesterday to protect his unchecked power to spy on Americans? ]

If you didn't see that coming I have an ICO you may be interested in.
[SFW] [politics] [+5 WTF]
[by raphael_the_turtle@7:33pmGMT] [10 comments]

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