Monthly Archives: December 2017

People suck 2017. A.k.a., reasons for words like “Sovietesque”

New roommate. Located above. No particular expectations. Expectations not exceeded.   Except, that (the timing of) this new neighbour of the same ethnic¬†background as¬†the landlord has been temporally associated with the landlord and her son apparently demonstrating belief that it … Continue reading

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Would you put the same toll operator in charge of both the roads and who may be visited via their use?

Bell wants the right to block websites in the absence of legal process, putting the onus on startup website operators to take on the largest media corporation in the country to defend their legal and fair use of materials, as … Continue reading

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“AI is destroying our free will …”

AI is destroying our free will. Replacing human curation with data-backed judgment narrows our perspective in a way that chokes our social and economic choices. also … When our choices are constrained to narrow trajectories of consumption, relationships, news, and … Continue reading

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1980s movie about CIA expending massive resources to fuck with some guy

One of the first films to be made with the help of former CIA officers was 1985’s The Man With One Red Shoe. This badly-written, weakly-executed action-comedy depict the Agency running surveillance on a musician played by Tom Hanks, who … Continue reading

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To download a copy of the main Wikipedia article of every country

This works to download a copy of the main Wikipedia article on every country. This will get all the text and the main parts of the format, but images and links are not functional (because the content is contained at … Continue reading

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CIA and NSA funding seeded Google founders first research in that direction

This article outlines an interesting but generally unknown detail at the origins of Google, namely that CIA and NSA funding was at the origins of first research leading towards Google, via university research grants. It also addresses how this made … Continue reading

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How your local cause stalking interest group (e.g., Nazis, anti-Nazis, mysogynists, feminists, socialists, anti-socialists, capitalists, anti-capitalists, etc.) could use off-the-shelf drone hardware to assassinate you using facial recognition

Drones can now be readily outfitted with facial recognition technologies for assassination purposes, as demonstrated by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who believe that the general public and also defense policymakers are insufficiently aware of the risk.   What … Continue reading

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Sticks, for trade and human rights: Why not tariffs?

Tariffs as a means of influencing standards involved in production processes are 1) difficult to define and also difficult to implement, 2) reduce ties and increase probability of any given issue leading towards heightened conflict or even war and 3) … Continue reading

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Torture is benevolence, designed to helpfully help victims to have opportunities to seek disclosure

Whoever mentions to you the existence of the contents of Chapter 1 or 2 of the standard texts or support materials related to some skills for a project being undertaken is extremely deserving of credit for such assistance, and for … Continue reading

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Reasonable application of “when no information is information” logic: China and rights

When it is viewed as hostile to even ask the question of whether human rights are an issue, it’s pretty obvious that there are problems being hidden from view. China (or rather, Chinese authorities in general) would not accept to … Continue reading

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