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BBC calls out /sub/The_donald for being a "thriving hub for conspiracy theories," says Spez and admins are "misguided" and "ill-equipped" to tackle site issues - BBC Technology

BBC calls out /r/The_donald for being a "thriving hub for conspiracy theories," says Spez and admins are "misguided" and "ill-equipped" to tackle site issues - BBC Technology
BBC calls out /sub/The_donald for being a "thriving hub for conspiracy theories," says Spez and a...

Can't argue with either of those.

/sub/the_ donald. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Talk about a biased post title. The article is generally favorable towards reddit, but you created a title that makes it sound like a hit piece.

What about when they, say, bring an AR to a pizza restaurant, kill your dad because he's a pedophile, or go to a white nationalist rally because it was stickied on that sub? All things that have happened because of the_donald.

I don't think there is initially anything wrong with conspiracy theories. Once your get to the actual flat earth believers, its crazy. But critical thinking like "hmm should I believe this or are there other motives behind it" is a good skill to have.

Stephen Hawking has passed away at 76 years old

Stephen Hawking has passed away at 76 years old
Stephen Hawking has passed away at 76 years old

It is sad but we should just be happy that he lasted as long as he did, given the condition of his health. The worst part is that he didn't live long enough to get his Nobel Prize for Hawking Radiation. Anyone moved by his passing should consider donating to the ALS Assosciation or another charity of their choice. http://www.alsa.org/donate/

RIP. Glad to say I lived during your time.

"I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first."

Stephen Hawking

I read A Brief History of Time in 6th grade. Didn’t understand most of it then but helped give me a life long appreciation of science and physics. I recently re-read it and understood more, it’s a start!

RIP Professor Hawking.

Reddit’s The_Donald Was One Of The Biggest Havens For Russian Propaganda During 2016 Election, Analysis Finds

Reddit’s The_Donald Was One Of The Biggest Havens For Russian Propaganda During 2016 Election, An...

Shock level:

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Thanks, admins!

I wonder when Reddit leadership fully grasped this.

As I recall, during the primaries, T_D regularly made it to the front page. Sometimes with several posts at a time. It a seemed like an effort at gaming the algorithm. Adjustments were made, and we saw less of them.

Knowing what we know now, that annoyance seems less like a clever hack by the alt right, and more like the concerted effort of a hostile nation.

In other words: T_D is what information warfare looks like. It’s insidious and difficult to see as it couples hostile outside influence with the genuine outrage of real citizens (who’ve a right to express dissent, no matter how misguided). It turns our values - as Americans and as an online community - against us.

We were beaten (easily) without realizing it, and elected a president who refuses to believe we’ve been attacked.

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FCC Says Releasing 'Jokes' It Wrote About Ajit Pai Colluding With Verizon Would 'Harm' Agency

FCC Says Releasing 'Jokes' It Wrote About Ajit Pai Colluding With Verizon Would 'Harm' Agency

Hackers please leak these

I guess they learned from the video of Pai at that award dinner.

"Huh, when that video of Pai mocking the public after screwing them over got leaked, people were pissed off? Strange. Maybe we shouldn't release this joke list we made.."

I read through this a little more, and apparently the reason they are claiming to be exempt from the law on FOIA requests is because it falls under:

documents reflecting advisory opinions, recommendations and deliberations comprising part of a process by which governmental decisions and policies are formulated

If it's a parody, then it is not any of the above. Unless, of course, it is not a parody, and they really are puppets of regulatory capture. Then the parody does 'reflect advisory opinions, recommendations, and deliberations'.

I wonder if this refusal of the Freedom of Information request is actually a confession. If the only way for the content to be exempt from FOIA requests is for it to reflect real opinions, recommendations, and deliberations, then the act of refusing the request is admission that there's some truth behind idea of regulatory capture. So they admit to being corrupt.

On the other hand, if the FOIA exemption is NOT valid, they are breaking the law by refusing the request.

So any way you look at it, these guys are crooks.

Well, I for one can't wait for some hacker to come along and share those lovely details when the FCC's pathetically outdated computer system is somehow compromised.

Elon Musk giving 50,000 South Australian homes free solar panels and batteries

Elon Musk giving 50,000 South Australian homes free solar panels and batteries
Elon Musk giving 50,000 South Australian homes free solar panels and batteries

No, he doesn't He is using their roofs to install solar panels so they can buy the power from it. He isn't giving them ANYTHING.

The headline isn't true...

Yes. He is using their homes to install everything, and after that the home owners can buy that energy from the solar grid.

So, Is it a business strategy to get infrastructure for their project without investing much?

Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It's time to make them stop

Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It's time to make them stop
Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It's time to make them stop

The article itself has 43! trackers, including Google, FB and Twitter. Wtf!

I can't view this article because I'm using an adblocker.

IRONY!

People saying "it's easy to block", that's not the point. Yes we should block all 3rd party requests, you can use Umatrix, Request Policy, Privacy Badger and other browser extensions or even via DNS, but that's not how most people use the web. Besides, doing so can break many websites. We shouldn't have to do that (but in the meantime, we totally should).

Websites need to stop using 3rd party everything, for stats, JS, and all those "social goodies". You can have "share on social" links without asking the visitor's browser to connect to every major platform, you can have great stats without giving your user's details to Google and so on. It's possible, but people are lazy, so there we go.

The worst part is when legislation forces people to add a warning about a fucking cookie. A fucking cookie !!! The warning should be about all the 3rd party connections going on.

Nah, Facebook and Google can watch my every move as much as they like. I am far more concerned that from April onwards every porn website in the UK will require you to give them your name, address and birth date to access content by law - on top of the law introduced last year that requires all ISPs to store your browsing history for a year. That is 100000x more scary to me than Google and Facebook tracking me for ads.

Edit: since people asked for source: https://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/blog/20180129-adult-age-verification-personal-data-porn

Reforestation drones plant 100K trees an hour by firing agri-bullets containing seeds into the ground.

Reforestation drones plant 100K trees an hour by firing agri-bullets containing seeds into the gr...

This is great and all, but what is the percentage of trees that grow from those plantings?

Headline says /hour. Article says /day.

I have mixed feelings about this article now.

Also, it seems needlessly complex, as in, if left alone, in nature trees manage to reproduce just fine without having to fire seed-bullets into the ground.

I don't think the implication here is the trees forgot how to have seeds. They're wanting to more rapidly expand a wooded area, or growing entirely new forest, and we are wanting that to occur more rapidly. Growing these areas naturally would take generations.

Exactly.

Planting a seedling will have a higher success rate than using a gatling gun to shoot mass amounts of seeds into the ground. You can choose the soil better and start with a more mature tree to grow.

This sounds like a literal implementation of the shotgun effect. If you shoot 100,000 seeds: 25,000 might land in areas where seeds just don't grow. On a rock for example. Another 20,000 might get eaten by chipmunks, get destroyed on impact or whatever. And the seedlings will always be ahead of the drone seeds because they started bigger.

This is a really neat idea, and I'm curious to see how well it works. I imagine the reason it needs to do 100,000 seeds a day is the abysmally low success rate per seed.

Teenagers turned off by Facebook as it becomes internet's grey area

Teenagers turned off by Facebook as it becomes internet's grey area
Teenagers turned off by Facebook as it becomes internet's grey area

Facebook just doesn't connect you to your friends anymore. I see what that one annoying asshole close to me does who just presses "I am interested" on everything or another friend who shares a funny gifs they found. Meanwhile I miss baby announcements and things like that because they don't get enough likes and shares as "10 things you wont believe about cats"

If you want to use facebook to keep track of and connect with your friends you have to finetune the notification settings to an expert degree, and even then it is hit or miss. Facebook doesn't do what it promised. Instead of being a social network it is an attention machine. Now they grab your attention by being a memehub and an advertising platform.

Facebook doesn't want to efficiently give you what you want. They want you to stay on the site as long as possible so you see as many ads as possible. That's why the bury the stuff you want and fill of the newsfeed with irrelevant garbage.

But you obviously thought it was worth everyone's time the day you posted it. Its not Facebook's fault people share mundane crap.

Facebook has honestly Out stayed it’s welcome. I wake up to some random thing I posted 9 years ago because “Facebook cares about my memories”. Great I ate spaghetti that day, thanks Facebook.

George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

"HEY! You, tech brats! Get the Hell off of my world domination lawn!"

George Soros

The irony of him calling anyone a menace is hilarious.

I think regardless of political affiliation (I'm a Dem.) Anyone in Congress being bought is bad.

America is more akin to an oligarchy than a democracy. This much is easily visible and has been pointed out several times by people who are smarter than I am. The electoral college, gerrymandering, the two-chamber system, the de-facto bribery of politicians under the cover of "lobbyism", the fact that politicians who pass lucrative laws favoring multi-billion dollar companies at the expense of the people are often later offered lucrative positions as board members, counselors or consultants with insanely high wages...

All of these things and more should have people rioting in the streets clamoring for the heads of politicians in favor of this system on pikes. The fact that some people violently defend such a decrepit system that actively hurts them is nothing short of mind-boggling, and a testament to how television managed to thoroughly brainwash generations of people who raised their children to be gullible, mindless drones.

San Jose mayor says he’s quitting FCC broadband committee because Big Telecom is running it.

San Jose mayor says he’s quitting FCC broadband committee because Big Telecom is running it.

So the FCC was formed to regulate the Telecom industry, because it was an industry in need of regulation, because if it were to be left on its own, it would not operate for the public good.

And now the FCC is run by the telecom industry.

And nobody bats an eye? Really?

Just check out the wiki entry....basically all the examples are from the US : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture

Thank you for the phrase "regulatory capture". That needs to get plastered up everywhere

So quit and give them one more position to fill with a shill? Sounds like a good plan.

Try one of these subthreads