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Sam the Eagle



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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cambridge Analytica is closing down

On one hand this logical consequence shouldn't bother us, that company had to pay the piper.

This part is of interest :

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Cambridge Analytica said it had been “vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas”.


Widely accepted as a standard component...in the political...arena

That line of defence is akin to a kid that said "I've seen other do it so I thought I could do it too". Pretty amusing. The underlying issue is a lot more frightening.

I'm not going to make a point on paranoid online breach of privacy, though there is a lot to be said on the matter, but a brief note on political tampering.

In modern democracies, electronic vote cannot replace ballots in term of both security and anonymity, thus it is not accepted except for specific cases. So the best possible way to predict or influence constituent is to figure out first what buttons they react to or levers to be pushed.

Here comes companies like Cambridge Analytica, the use Big Data engineers, who need to sift through an insane amount of data before creating their political models. Unethical to the max. The problem is : There is a demand. Politicians just love to easily predict and sway their constituents.

It doesn't have to be heavy handed, like China's social rating, but I don't see any government's administration with teeth monitoring these companies either. Everyone is focused on the money to be made.

O tempora, o mores.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really sad that CA is shutting down. Now what will those poor people do? Start a new mysterious new data company?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imry wrote:
It's really sad that CA is shutting down. Now what will those poor people do? Start a new mysterious new data company?


Emerdata is as subtle as a 16t weight dropped on top of us.

There are other points to consider. Where did the data go?; was the algorthim copied or sent elsewhere?; can it apply to other databases?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This could belong to the covfefe thread given teh stakes:

North Korea accuses US of 'ruining the mood' as Kim Jong-un prepares to meet Donald Trump

To me, that looks like some 2nd-rate publicity stunt before a wrestling match..."On the right side, pissed-off as if someone took a dump on his birthday cake, Battling Little Rocket-Man...Aaaaand on the left hand side, the master of Ego, Sultan of Pornstars and pouter Supreme : #TheDonald!!!!!.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For science!

If, like many in Europe 27, you cannot figure out what exactly the current UK govt's stance id on Brexit, rejoice!. Someone finally has an answer : Brexit follows quantum mecanisms laws. It all makes sense, Heinsenberg's principle of uncertainty applies
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The Brexit uncertainty principle asks us to imagine something that can only exist if we stop looking for it.
It ALL MAKES SENSE!!

Quantum politics is something to study. Methink it may also help understanding #TehDonalmd.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Public opinion-driven policy definitely displays characteristics of dynamic equilibria with shallow fitness peaks, dominated by thresholds and tipping points sensitive to the Brownian motion of the man on the street. It's what we in the biz call a Wibbly Sitch.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a costly promise, 60 dead (8 minors) and over 2000 wounded for a new Embassy inauguration. That wasa yesterday alone, the butcher's bill will likely be greater today.

But not commenting on that. A death is a tragedy, a thousand is a statistic said someone who knew the issue all too well.

#tehDonald is running out of Obama treaties to break up, so... Now what?

JCPOA ver 2.0 is unplanned, US' vassals being seriously pissed or left in a lurch diplomatically speaking for what, third time this year already? they may not want to commit with an unreliable overlord. s E3 choices of course is unpalatable in many way pretty good article by the way.

But the now what extends beyond Europe. Jared said he still plans to work on ...a solution while at the same time US press condemn Hamas for cynically using people to get in front of bullets..

The thing is, in both Iran and Israel situation, there cannot be any further steps in the respective ways. US gave Israel all they wanted, any deal, unless it involves Palestinian unconditional surrender and a bleak prospect will be seen as reneging from Israel; while there is nothing US can put on the table that will entice Iran to make another concession, the country lived during harsh times before; nothing bind a country like a foreign involvement in internal policy as Louis the 16th found out.

Truly interesting times we're living in.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not wanting to post this in any flammable thread..just read

Stories from the sex trade

Cold, so very cold.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there was a school shooting in Texas where 10 people were killed and 10 more wounded by a guy with his father's shotgun and .38 revolver. It wasn't random slaughter, though. He didn't shoot people he liked.

Also there was a shooting at a graduation ceremony in Georgia last night.

I barely know why I'm posting these. It's hardly news that kids get shot in schools here anymore.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://amp.nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/trump-ends-obamas-ban-on-bear-baiting-in-alaska.html

"Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou."

Real men, y'all.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah yes - shooting mother bears and their cubs while they are hibernating in their dens.

yes, the courage shown by these mean is truly.......something.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ireland votes to end ban on abortion

Only one county voted to keep it. That's some big change forIreland
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's really good news. Cheered me up no end.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so "roseanne" just got canceled because of a racist tweet from ms. barr.

too bad we can't cancel the racist twitter-in-chief.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Illegal migrant in France pulls a Spider-Man, scales a building to save a toddler.
Actually treated like a human being for his troubles!
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