Saturday, January 19


Daily News Stuff 19 January 2019

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  • Nice one, Facebook. Way to go. (TechDirt)

    Refusing to refund charges run up by underage users is a surefire PR coup.

  • There is joy in Mudville - the EU's godawful copyright legislation has unexpectedly struck out!
    Note that it's only mostly dead.  Mostly dead is still partly alive.

  • The GDPR is still in full and hideous effect, though, with Amazon, Apple, and other companies facing potential fines totalling up to €18.8 billion.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This week.  For complaints from one advocacy group.

  • Mike Godwin (yes, that Mike Godwin) reports on the problem of epistemic closure.  (TechDirt)

    The book Network Propaganda demonstrated that the problem with epistemic closure in American news sources lies not with explicitly biased sources like blogs, but with the mainstream media.  But Mike apparently suffered an aneurysm mid-way through the article when he offered this hypothetical for the reader's consideration:
    Consider: if progressives had cocooned themselves in a media ecosystem that had cut itself from the facts—that valued tribal loyalty and shared identity over mere factual accuracy—conservatives and centrists would be justified in pointing out not merely that the left's media were unmoored but also that its insistence on doctrinal purity in the face of factual disproof was positively destructive.
    Mike, you idiot, that's precisely what has happened.

    67% of Democratic voters believe that the Russians changed the vote counts in the 2016 election.  (The Economist/YouGov poll, November 4-6, 2018)

    This is of course completely false, and everyone in the administration is on record as saying it is completely false, but it is the mainstream belief among Democrats.

  • Oh, snap.  (Tech Crunch)

    Sorry.  Had to.

Video of the Day

So where the heck did Navi go anyway?

The first 11 minutes are explaining that leaks are unofficial pre-release information subject to change because people apparently no longer understand "grain of salt".

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I actually have to wonder if the number given in the poll might actually be higher, given the magazine who commissioned the poll, famously published an endorsement of Obama in 2008 where they explicitly stated their hope that he was lying about what he wanted to do...

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, January 20 2019 02:48 AM (LMsTt)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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