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[#] Tue Apr 16 2019 16:26:44 EDT from zooer

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Everybody know IG uses a different computer to look at his porn. 



[#] Wed Apr 17 2019 08:25:32 EDT from fleeb

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2019-04-16 16:26 from zooer
Everybody know IG uses a different computer to look at his porn. 

A 'different' computer...

[#] Wed Apr 17 2019 10:30:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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As in "think different"? What would Apple Porn look like, anyway?

[#] Wed Apr 17 2019 12:01:31 EDT from fleeb

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Hmm. Something Bender would appreciate?

[#] Fri Apr 19 2019 11:19:36 EDT from Freakdog

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I get these, regularly. I really get a chuckle when they come from/to an email alias that I've created for some specific site/company or forum site.

Friends of mine ask my why I continue to run my own mail server instead of just surrendering to gmail or somesuch.

This...all day long, this.



[#] Mon Apr 22 2019 14:38:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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FTN. I wouldn't trust any mail server other than my own. As for aliases, I still like to generate disposable ones using spamgourmet.com , but once in a while I'll do aliases if I expect to need an address for more than just a sign-up or something.

I do that with postal mail too. Sometimes I'll make up a middle name or add a fictional company name, so if I see that name again I'll know who sold my contact info to a mailing list.

[#] Mon Apr 22 2019 15:28:49 EDT from zooer

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I do the same thing, I have an email address for each place I log in to and use the odd middle name when I fill out something on-line.

My pets have an email address of their own and will use their name for pet supplies and products.  



[#] Fri Apr 26 2019 22:01:32 EDT from zooer

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I received a call from my own phone number!



[#] Mon May 20 2019 15:00:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Latest peeve: sites that not only begin autoplaying a video (with or without sound) when you load a page, but then "helpfully" move the video into an overlay on the lower-right corner of the screen when you scroll past its original location.

Someone needs to be beaten hard for this.

If it's a site I spend any real amount of time on, I'll usually try to disable that function with my ad blocker.

[#] Mon May 20 2019 15:09:17 EDT from zooer

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I mentioned this earlier, it is terrible.  It is bad enough the video auto-plays, but when it scrolls with the page it is worse.  Yes you can mute it but I don't want to see it at all. 



[#] Tue May 21 2019 01:26:17 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Agreed. The people who do things like this deserve a special place in the data-center in hell.

[#] Sat May 25 2019 19:44:38 EDT from zooer

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"Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists
  while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice."
— CrossFit

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/crossfit-quits-facebook-instagram-accuses-censorship-utopian-socialists

 

 



[#] Tue Jun 04 2019 13:32:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, it's true, but it's also obvious, so...

What would happen if some of these Silicon Valley Hitlers just came out and said "we're [platform], we're [this political leaning], and we're ok with that".

For example, MSNBC is outwardly left-wing, while CNN claims to be neutral.
What would happen if Facebook and Twitter and Google took the MSNBC route instead of the CNN route? It's not like they're fooling anyone.

This would immediately eliminate the whole thing about shadowbanning and biased algorithms and everything else because they could just be like "yeah, that's our editorial position, deal with it"

[#] Sat Jun 08 2019 01:43:46 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Tue Jun 04 2019 13:32:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
Well, it's true, but it's also obvious, so...

What would happen if some of these Silicon Valley Hitlers just came out and said "we're [platform], we're [this political leaning], and we're ok with that".

For example, MSNBC is outwardly left-wing, while CNN claims to be neutral.
What would happen if Facebook and Twitter and Google took the MSNBC route instead of the CNN route? It's not like they're fooling anyone.

This would immediately eliminate the whole thing about shadowbanning and biased algorithms and everything else because they could just be like "yeah, that's our editorial position, deal with it"

I'd probably respect them a little more for at least being HONEST liberals. 

For my entire life, the Left has been saying, "Those ZANY right wing conspiracy theorists! They're always claiming we're these things, and of COURSE we're not..." 

Then every time you look, the Left has become everything the Right Wing Tin Foil Hatters have said the Left was. 

They're good at it. That is what makes them scary. The far right is scary too, but they're so clumsy, they couldn't sneak up on a deaf, dumb blind kid. 

The Left though... they're sneaky bastards. 

 



[#] Tue Jun 11 2019 05:44:21 EDT from fleeb

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The extremes on either end of the spectrum are horrible.

It's all a balancing act. If I felt either side actually cared about people over their political machines, I might have respect for them.

But I don't think that's the case. For either side.

[#] Thu Jun 13 2019 20:24:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It doesn't help that most people see anyone even slightly to the [left|right] of themselves as a "far-[right|left] extremist". I blame this squarely on the media, who have turned outrage into a profit center.

Yes, I include myself in this, although it's usually tongue-in-cheek when I refer to anyone even slightly left of myself as a socialist communist America-hating demoKKKrat. If I was serious about that, it would exclude half of my friends, and I don't want that to happen. (My lefty relatives, on the other hand...)

A lot of people have been seriously infected by the hysteria, though. I had an old friend who was radicalized by Facebook and then systematically eliminated from his life anyone who didn't share his far-from-center political views. That was sad.

Then there's our old friend Xydexx, whose mantra is now "Be good, have fun, launch nazis into the sun" ... where "nazi" is defined as anyone not on the far-left. It's very sad, because he really believes it, and spends his days looking for nazis around every corner.

We're being divided into tribes, and it's not cool. The old media started it; Facebook and Twitter are enforcing it.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 00:22:35 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Thu Jun 13 2019 20:24:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
It doesn't help that most people see anyone even slightly to the [left|right] of themselves as a "far-[right|left] extremist". I blame this squarely on the media, who have turned outrage into a profit center.

Yes, I include myself in this, although it's usually tongue-in-cheek when I refer to anyone even slightly left of myself as a socialist communist America-hating demoKKKrat. If I was serious about that, it would exclude half of my friends, and I don't want that to happen. (My lefty relatives, on the other hand...)

A lot of people have been seriously infected by the hysteria, though. I had an old friend who was radicalized by Facebook and then systematically eliminated from his life anyone who didn't share his far-from-center political views. That was sad.

Then there's our old friend Xydexx, whose mantra is now "Be good, have fun, launch nazis into the sun" ... where "nazi" is defined as anyone not on the far-left. It's very sad, because he really believes it, and spends his days looking for nazis around every corner.

We're being divided into tribes, and it's not cool. The old media started it; Facebook and Twitter are enforcing it.

You nailed it. We're in the midst of a mass hysteria - like the Red Scare/McCarthyism, or even the Salem Witch Trials. I feel like we can't see it because we're in the middle of it. People are witch hunting for Nazis. 

And it is all about tribalism. But I don't know that this aspect is necessarily the media's fault. It is a human frailty - the media just capitalizes on it. The rise of Identity Politics, which really accelerated in the last two years of Obama's second term - has been terrible for the unity and identity of this country. 



[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 06:59:40 EDT from zooer

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Fri Jun 14 2019 12:22:35 AM EDT from ParanoidDelusions

 And it is all about tribalism. 

"Tribalism" is the word I have been looking for.  

It is nothing new, but it has been getting worse.



[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 13:36:25 EDT from fleeb

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Well, there are actors attempting to wedge a large divide using social media as their tool. As in, foreign governments attempting to destabilize the US.

And the social media companies are trying to combat it... but in doing so, they reveal something rather scary about social control.

It's nice that we can chat with each other over these nifty forms of communication, but it feels like the average person needs some training on the matter to avoid succumbing to mental manipulations.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 18:38:15 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Fri Jun 14 2019 13:36:25 EDT from fleeb


It's nice that we can chat with each other over these nifty forms of communication, but it feels like the average person needs some training on the matter to avoid succumbing to mental manipulations.


Libertarians tend to assume the best of human nature and capability - and I find it one of the frailties of Libertarian ideology. 

I'm all for a representative Republic decided by a very narrow Democracy because I'm a pessimist about human nature. 

I think most "average" people couldn't critically think their way out of a wet paper bag, let alone apply training on avoiding succumbing to mental manipulations by the press, politicians, foreign agents, or corporate cabals. 

We're a world of blue pills. 

 



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