2020 election cycle thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by AgelessDrifter, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Agrul the White

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    quora is great for math & science questions

    it is more hit or miss for politics but at least some of the posters have consistently good carefully evidenced posts

    also gr8 for hypothetical animal battles
     
  2. Kanmuk_Sealclubber

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    @Sear

    Edit - oh, my post didn’t go through. I’m not rewriting it all, it was like a twenty minute effort.
     
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  3. Sear

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    I wasn't arguing that it is. Just that it's unnecessary.

    The data harvesting and algorithm skewing people towards divisive political content is even more unnecessary.

    What do you think of foreign countries and political groups (e.g., Turning Point during the last election) leveraging facebook to create hundreds/thousands of fake accounts and influence people? Or the fake groups created to amplify racial tensions during Charlottesville/BLM?

    The ease of creating new accounts is kind of silly. You can go make one right now in about a minute, start disseminating chaos & misinformation, and probably go months or years before Facebook does anything about it.

    A substantial number of Twitter accounts are fake/bots. Something like 1 in 10 or 15%.

    This trend was making headlines 8-9 years ago and these are $500B companies that essentially have unlimited resources, yet it continues to be a problem. Because they don't really give a fuck about anything other than making money. Restricting the sign-up process would help, but thats cuts into their revenue so it will never happen. Regulating the content on their platforms costs money too, so they make a token effort but allow most of it to go unchecked.

    It's going to get worse when convincing deepfakes start being used more regularly.
     
  4. Grandasaur Egg

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  6. Agrul the White

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    sear: i think creation of fake accounts to promote a some agenda w/ the possibility of large-scale harm is a good example of activities it is reasonable to try to discourage through regulation

    i don't get what "it is unnecessary" has to do with anything, though. recommendation systems help people find groups they voluntarily want to join. that's a helpful +desirable convenience. if we want to curb, reduce, or remove it, the reasoning for doing so should be carefully written & motivated
     
  7. Grandasaur Egg

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  8. Sear

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    Unnecessary in the context of a minimal implementation of something like Facebook. It did not have "groups" or any curation early on - you just added your friends and that was it.

    My point was that their current business model is integrated around these recommendation algorithms and their data mining. It seems to be more of a paid advertising/influence space than a social network now.
     
  9. Agrul the White

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    no ur unnecessary
     
  10. Red

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  11. Sear

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    me wasting this much time ranting about social media sure was
     
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  13. Kilinitic

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    guys i just bought an iphone 12 and its much better than my 5 year old SE. just wanted 2 let u kno. Postin .
     
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  14. AgelessDrifter

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    Please sell me on this. I’m terrified of the day my iPhone6 dies because the newer ones seem like expensive junk with lots of expensive accessories and a nice camera to me
     
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  16. Kilinitic

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    i mean the coolest feature is that my battery life isn't completely fucked. replaced my SE battery a couple times but each time performance just deteriorated faster.


    i bought myself a 12 2 celebrate being unemployed + getting my phd, otherwise I would've just got an SE2. also last week when i saw her my 4 yr old niece mocked my phone and told me her toy phone's screen is bigger than mine and i wasnt gonna let that bitch get away w/ it so that pushed me over the edge between se2/12/12 mini. anyways i sorta feel silly for not just getting an SE2 but its w/e. the price is fucking absurd. just get an SE2. They're much cheaper 2 fix 2.
     
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  17. Kilinitic

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    oh man tho no home button im living in the future
     
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  18. Kilinitic

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    if this tech moved any faster id have 2 watch some tutorial video or buy some stupid book on how tf to do shit on my phone like some boomer
     
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  19. Utumno

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    congrats on both
     
  20. Utumno

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    lol

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