* Posts by Bucky 2

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Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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Re: Why would anyone feel the need for 2FA for Facebook?

I'll go you one more:

2FA is only useful if both the user and the secure resource are trustworthy in the first place.

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Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

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Re: approached a competitor

@mark l 2

Don't be sure that they didn't, but just didn't have any takers. If there was no profit in their business model, who would?

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Re: We deeply regret notifying you of our intentions

My guess is that they've been preparing for bankruptcy, but hoping against hope that somehow they wouldn't have to.

I'm guessing they are admitting that their hope was unrealistic, that they knew or should have known that it was unrealistic, and are apologising for not just laying everything out on the table right away.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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I'm confused by the gender politics.

I'm curious about the new crisps, but I'm not a woman.

Should I not be, because I'm a man? Exactly what is the uniqueness that women have, that I do not share, that would guide them to choose one snack food over another?

It's likely that my view is flawed and simplistic, but I don't know how to learn unless I ask. How is this not sexist? I don't get it.

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T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

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I'm suspicious

Is there any genuine legal use for cryptocurrency that isn't better served with normal currency? They sure don't take it at the supermarket.

Criminals stealing from criminals doesn't really bother me that much.

Criminals stealing from rich people that can afford to accumulate a startling $20K in useless cryptocurrency against its possible future use doesn't bother me either.

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Wow, that's pretty insulting

So, women are good at social skills. Just like Asians are good at mathematics, right?

You can't begin with a selection of stereotypes, assume they're all true, and then build that into something that's going to demolish stereotypes.

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IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

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I'm trying to figure out how they managed to get the process so confused.

Surely keeping track of these things would be something an expert in "cognitive computing" would be able to do with its eyes closed.

Either they lack the expertise in information management necessary, or else it wasn't a good-faith offer in the first place.

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As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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I'm going to have to side with Zuck on this one.

What were his words? People who use Facebook for news are what again? Oh, yeah: "Dumb shits."

If people want to live their lives as insensate animals instead of rational human beings, there's really nothing any of us can do to stop them.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Over the past year, we in the US have been studying up on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

It sounds like you've got a textbook example right there. The consequences of her own actions are clearly somebody else's fault. Wait until your neighbors elect her to public office, and then claim her admittedly tepid opponent was "just as bad."

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Map of the Internet

I remember in college somebody printed out a map of UUCP nodes. I was so impressed. If you worked at it, you could send an email all the way across the country with bang notation.

A couple weeks ago, I searched again for the lyrics to some of the cheese songs we posted to net.rec.religion, or some such (I can never remember all the words to "Cheese is Nice, Superstore"). I had found them with such a search last year. Today, they're all gone. Blank results.

Sad thing.

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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From her mouth to God's ear

I understand the point she was trying to make.

To be clear, we're not talking about a "service animal." We're talking about a pet. An "emotional support" animal is one where the owner has not even bothered to buy a counterfeit "service animal" vest from E-Bay.

These are the terrified dogs in the supermarket with their tails between their legs. These are the Shih-Tzus in purses in restaurants. They're frigging everywhere. And they don't want to be. Their owners are torturing them in the name of "emotional support."

It's disgusting, and the people doing it shouldn't be allowed to own animals.

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Accountability

The test of the ad delivery system will be how Mozilla behaves if there is a dispute about the content of one of its ads. You know, porn, booze, violence, or malware.

Will it own the problem, or will it scratch its head and say, "Gee, we're sorry, but nobody has any real control over this thing?"

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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Everything old is new again

They told us this in the 80s.

It's time for career counselors in high schools to once again steer kids away from computing as a career. It's all going to be obsolete Real Soon Now.

Unless, as before, it turns out that the general public is just too staggeringly lazy to bother.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Office 2016?

Ah, everybody has his use case. LibreOffice suits me for all my document needs.

However, I need to open UI concepts from artists, and those come as Photoshop files.

I generally prefer to keep the layers and effects. That way I can extract the elements that I want, how I want.

GIMP can import simple layers, but can't do effects, and is iffy at importing masks.

That leaves WINE and Photoshop 5. I tend to bitch and moan and complain that I can't run anything newer with any reliability, but I also haven't had much trouble opening files created with newer Photoshops. So, you know, not a heartbreaker.

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Sometimes a tort is not just a cake

It will cost him $100,000 to start if he wants to defend against the lawsuit. A huge laundry list like this, call it $200,000.

And a jury can find him partially guilty. Say they find him 95% innocent. That's $300,000 on top of everything else.

So in the above scenario, he's $500,000 out of pocket. For a lawsuit which the newspapers would report as a win.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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We never started with a meritocracy

There's no meritocracy to go "back" to.

We believed the job market was a meritocracy because they told us it was. We believed them. We got jobs. We assumed it was because we had merit.

The presumption was flawed.

Naturally, that produces fear, uncertainty, and doubt. This is sometimes expressed as racism or sexism, but what it really is, is existential panic.

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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define:anxiety

My car is probably what my great-grandfather might have considered an AI.

I'm not certain I know what the new AI is, when it will happen, and what the world will look like just before, and then forever after.

I could freak out, but there's a new actor playing Dr. Who in the fall, and they picked up The Orville for a second season. First I've got to see those. I'll kill myself after.

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IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

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Re: meh

You're in trouble already if you're offshoring in the first place. It's like Lauren Bacall selling off all the furniture in "How to Marry a Millionaire."

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Nebula spotted with more super-sized bodies than a gym on Jan 2nd

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Re: Try as I might, I still can't conceptualise/visualise gravity waves

I know, right? It all seems more like philosophy than physics.

Scientists seem to like to refer to space with words we usually use to describe liquid. Matter is furiously spinning, tiny little whirlpools of -- something. Something that is, and also is not nothing. Except it's not those 2 1/2 dimensional whirlpools you get in water. They're 3 1/2 dimensional whirlpools. Something you can't actually imagine, but you can do math with.

Get enough of those whirlpools, and you get a big whirlpool. And those big whirlpools stuck stuff in. Except there's no stuff, just the liquid. Which isn't a liquid. Since all stuff is just whirlpools, the stuff it sucks in is other whirlpools. Crash a couple really, really, big whirlpools together, and you get a shock wave that travels out through the nothingness that isn't nothingness, nor is it a liquid.

It's just one holy psychedelic fever dream.

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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I'm confused about the word "uncooperative"

Does this mean that corporations resist due process, does it mean they're requesting due process, or does it just mean that they simply can't do what the government wishes it could, under the table, for free?

I don't know how it is in the UK, but in the US, our congresspeople are so rich, they may as well be a different species. Their thoughts and motivations are alien and opaque. They use words in completely new ways, which at first seem to make sense, but fall apart with the barest investigation. At first it might seem that they're idiots, but you don't gain and keep power by being stupid.

My best guess, under the circumstances, is that when they say "expensive," they don't mean they don't have the money to pay for something. It just means they don't feel like it.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I weep for the lost art of journalism

I have little expertise in anything apart from technology. I have to assume that technology reporting is indicative of the accuracy of the rest of a publication's reporting.

I'd have thought that the "fake news" meme being spewed by The Incarnation Of Satan On Earth would have stung more publications into being more precise.

Guess not.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Mechanics

I do wonder if mechanics have to deal with people who not only don't realize that tires have to be kept inflated, oil changed, fuel tank full, and so on, but who also feel insulted should anyone suggest that they learn these things about their own car.

I can handle the ignorance. It's the astounding sense of entitlement that sets my teeth on edge.

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Not nearly good enough

I advocate blocking all ads that the hosting website does not serve.

If I'm requested to download an ad under the auspices of a web site, I require that web site to take responsibility for it. If they don't want to risk it, then for goodness sake, why should I?

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HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

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Hey, I got that phone

Except it was $300 (£225-ish, according to Google) and came with Nougat instead of Oreo. That's the T-Mobile variant. I still feel like it was a halfway decent price/performance point. I've been wrong before, of course.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Everything old is new again

The links in the story have all gone dead, but it's still a fun article, and apropos:

Oklahoma city threatens to call FBI over 'renegade' Linux maker

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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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Just because someone says a crime has been committed doesn't mean a crime has been committed. Even if -- perhaps especially if -- the alleged crime is especially horrible. And especially if there is social capital to be gained by the accusation.

I don't want to be known as being soft on witchcraft. But if Mary Proctor is alleged to be sending her spirit out in the form of a yellow bird, and only Abigail can see it, it's Abigail that I prefer to doubt.

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FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

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Black Helicopters

Whenever a vendor goes silent on a 0-day, I think the wisest course of action is to assume that it was a back door that the government (or a government, anyway) demanded they put in.

Which is fair, because it's tantamount to the same thing.

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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I tried correcting an article once

It was right after I watched Dr. No on TV.

I went on Wikipedia and noted that Honey Ryder was quite obviously, and quite profoundly, mentally disabled.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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How do I join?

What kind of drugs do I have to take so that I, too, can participate in ghost sex? For example, in "Sausage Party," you could see into the 4th dimension by doing bath salts.

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Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters

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Classic reponse from Mozilla

In my experience, petitioning Mozilla to make any adjustments to Thunderbird results in a response which ultimately boils down to "not my table."

But the sad fact is, it's still a hell of a lot nicer to use than any of the other stand-alone mail clients for Linux.

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Coat

The "revenge" part of "revenge porn" in my case would be posting a nude picture of myself and then saying, "This is how low so-and-so's standards are."

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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So the dude:

- Stole from his employer

- Stole from Microsoft

- Gave up government secrets

...but the big deal is the industry-standard functioning of anti-virus software? And is thus the fault of Kaspersky?

Something doesn't feel right. I'm calling shenanigans on the whole thing as some kind of publicity stunt.

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What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

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It's important to remember that the "Object Oriented" Lego set that was being hyped isn't the same as what we call object oriented programming today.

What they envisioned was a set of tools you would actually manipulate as icons on a screen. You would stack them together (because they all interfaced with each other automatically), and what you stacked together would be your program.

Remember Wesley Crusher reprogramming the tractor beam in "The Naked Now"? He dragged pictures around on a screen.

Everything was supposed to work this way by the late 80s or early 90s. The occupation of "programmer" was supposed to have gone the way of the buggy whip.

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Unhappy

What companies say about valuing older employees and how they actually behave are two different things.

"Wisdom to share" doesn't mean they'll keep you for it (they will have your replacement call you, though, to get it for free).

A "diverse employee base" means hiring off-shore talent. Even if it didn't, I'd be humiliated to be hired as a charity case for the sake of "diversity."

Finally, after having watching people come and go for a while, we know that the office will be instructed to be hush-hush about our pending replacement. The second we learn of it is the second we'll be out of work. There will be no "two week notice" for us.

That's why we worry all the time.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Yeah, when intelligent people have simple computer problems, it does tend to come off as inauthentic -- like they're too aristocratic to "play secretary" or something.

But it's a problem with anything you know very well. I can't tolerate fellow singers who can't read music, for example. Like literacy is a burden, and no adult can be expected to have such a skill. It seems so bizarre. Contrived and irresponsible, even.

I have to remind myself that ignorance about a thing is normal, and knowledge about that thing is the contrived part. I remind myself that I don't put air in my own tires, and I don't change my own oil.

That doesn't usually work. That's where the booze comes in.

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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When these kinds of things happen to the big guys, I always feel like less of a fuck-up myself.

It's not exactly schadenfreude. It's more like, if I don't screw up any more often than they do, then I'm doing all right.

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

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@Hippy:

My careers advisor told me the same thing, but in the 70's. I believed him. I wasted years trying to stay away from computer science. Eventually, I gave up trying to do anything "real" and did indeed become a programmer.

I frequently wonder how my life would have worked out differently, if the industry hadn't been telling schoolkids it didn't need them anymore.

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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I'm not sure I have my head around this.

They're looking for a store-and-forward messaging system. They hope to use an MTA to power this system. They want IMAP to handle push notifications.

I can see why they are looking at email for this functionality. What I don't see is what changes would need to be made on the server level. This seems like something that could be completely implemented in an email client using the standards that already exist for IMAP (i.e.: P-IMAP).

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

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Re: Something with Liberty in the name.

I was thinking DDR, but yours is better.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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I was under the impression that yum would refuse to install unless you added --nogpgcheck to the command line.

That said, exactly how much time on "the roadmap" does it take to change:

rpmbuild -ba slack.spec

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rpmbuild -ba --sign slack.spec

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: Typo

@FSM

But the universe was created by a big drunk, so who are we to judge?

R'amen

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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It sounds like the study says a degree in IT is a poor indicator of job performance.

That would be consistent with my experience. People fresh out of college with degrees in IT are strong on douchebaggery, but I haven't seen much difference in terms of relevant skill, compared to people with degrees in Communications, or incomplete degrees.

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Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

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The Falcon and the Snowman

No wife killing. Secret selling, though.

Good movie. The astonishing motive of the dude selling the secrets was that if the US was doing nasty stuff, then the Soviets (in the movie, it was Soviets) must be the good guys.

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Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

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Required Security Hole

"By design" is nonsense if you assume that it's the spec that forced their hand.

We already know that the US government accumulates security holes. They may have just ordered Microsoft to build this one in. It would certainly explain the bizarre "by design" response.

Indeed, it may be intentionally bizarre. Perhaps they are publicly balking so that everyone will understand that they are not in control of their own destiny.

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

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That ship sailed years ago

The "don't be evil" thing has been false so long, it isn't even a laughing stock anymore. Surely Vivaldi knows this, too?

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Facebook will deny ads to repeat promoters of fake news

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What, specifically, makes news "fake"?

For example: What's the status of sensationalism in headlines? Language targeted toward creating an emotional response is not news, certainly. Is it appropriate to behave as though it were? Is news mixed with non-news still news?

What about lazy reporting, like just sort of summarizing press releases? That kind of thing is certainly printed as though it were news. Does it count as "fake"?

What about even lazier reporting, like when reporters simply quote people, and then do nothing to identify what, if anything, was true about what that person said? I don't know a single US news agency that does not think of this as the beginning and the end of their responsibility to the public. Is it okay to let third parties to "fact checks?"

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Typical

In spite of his heroism, Nissenthall was never given any official recognition for his part in the raid. None of the Canadians knew who he really was until 25 years later, when he turned up at a regimental reunion out of the blue.

Some things never change.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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I'm so through

"Make America Great Again" is based on the premise that America is NOT great, but WILL be once we teach all the Arabs and Mexicans to be properly subordinate.

These CEOs were cool with all of that before. The only thing that's happened is a little publicity.

They've already demonstrated a lack of a moral center by getting all buddy-buddy with this administration in the first place.

I'm calling BS on their moral posturing. I'm insulted they think I'm stupid enough to believe them.

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Millennials don't actually ruin everything. Once Baby Boomers have consumed and destroyed whatever was in their path, they just often happen to be next on the scene.

At that point the Baby Boomers wipe the blood from their fangs and say, "Look what you've done!"

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