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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Whoa! This leak is a doozy that will reverberate across SV and beyond.

China, Iran, Russia and others gird themselves from the sort of Russian meddling we've seen by tightly controlling ISPs (ie popular domestic sites like Baidu, Sina, Yandex, Mail.ru are domestically owned) and preventing American co's/social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Uber, etc.) from operating or gaining traction in their respective countries. But of course, such censorship/rigid control is not solely intended to prevent foreign meddling, it's also used by the state to police dissent and dictate/restrict the flow of information available to their citizens.

All this election meddling goes to show that our cultural diversity and openness is both a strength and weakness. American doors will typically open, to friend or foe, when money comes knocking. We would all be well served to realize that foreign interference comes in many forms; including from allies (ie Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, etc.) who annually spend millions lobbying, donating to universities/think tanks and investing in American co's -- all done in an effort to gain favor and influence that serves their own national interests. One look at our foreign policy and it's clear that their strategy is working.
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andrewsymonds andrewsymonds (@andrewsymonds) on Pinned comment
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
The number of features and services on their app is absolutely dizzying. Nonetheless, they seem poised to continue making money hand over fist (at least for the next few years). Definitely a good stock to own.
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mcclarke mcclarke (@mcclarke) on Pinned comment
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tonytran tonytran (@tonytran) on Pinned comment
They have right reason, why don't let them access :)
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Savodi Savodi (@Savodi) on Pinned comment
I love this one : "Google Earth VR Is Like Taking a Vacation That Gives You a Headache". :))
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Such a thought provoking article. Here are a few of the passages that stood out:

"Why are we so addicted to judgment, both dishing it out and receiving it? Perhaps that question can be answered by reframing it: Why do we turn away from — or, in many cases, preemptively reject — dialogue?"

"From the perspective of driving user engagement, these behaviors are features. This is why newspapers allow readers to vandalize articles with racist and otherwise hateful comments — engagement is engagement! A good-faith reader is worth one click, whereas a devoted racist troll could be worth dozens.

Twitter is reluctant to ban trolls for similar reasons — they increase engagement from friends and enemies alike, building group solidarity through shared enmity. It’s also why harassment campaigns are probably a permanent feature of public-facing social media. For every user who gets “voted off” (i.e., driven from the public sphere organized by the platform), hundreds and perhaps even thousands enjoy the adrenaline rush of the mob violence."

"Just as the social media phenomenon is driven by a business model, so too is the broader deinvestment in education part of the neoliberal economic model that privileges short-term profit over long-term investment, or more broadly, the accumulation of wealth over any other social goal."

"But the problem is bigger than the internet, and so the solution must be as well. We must restore institutions of education and information and rebuild the decaying social solidarities for which the social media culture of judgment serves as a hollow substitute. That is to say, the problem is not ultimately technical, but political. Better online tools may help us do that work, but they can’t do it for us."

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Sheneneh Sheneneh (@Sheneneh) replied to PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on Pinned comment
Excuuuuse you, but you're not presuming I'am anything less than a Lady? Are ya?
What's wrong with my hair?
Don't you EVER aks a Black Lady, especially a MRS. like me, about my Black, Curly, Weaving hair, you hear?
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Sheneneh Sheneneh (@Sheneneh) on Pinned comment
Maybe it's so hard to trace them because it's all bullshit!
Never forget anonymous calls and never forget that "i'm a Lady!"
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angel angel (@angel) on Pinned comment
In Germany, a Taxi is legally obliged to transport you, even if that means driving grandma 20 km to the pharmacy. Taxis in Germany are officially part of the public transport system and hence the law guarantees availability for everyone.

With Uber, you'd never get something like that. Hence many people in Germany are against it.
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anderson anderson (@anderson) on Pinned comment
Are smartwatches actually a success? I find it hard to believe that they're not more bothersome to wear than useful. Also, out attention is stolen enough by our already countless devices, do we really need more?
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
I am shocked that the top bid is only 125K. If the owner had merely parked the domain he'd have made that many times over by now.

What a waste.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
An excellent article! These are all known facts but it is good to remember from time to time who these people are and who pays the price of their "empires".
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Healthy Healthy (@Healthy) on Pinned comment
What you reap is what you sow.
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Psychologist Psychologist (@Psychologist) on Pinned comment
I bet all my friends would look like cute mini monkeys in my living room, mesmerized by this cool technology :D
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angel angel (@angel) on Pinned comment
And this will work because? People are using facebook like an escape from work, tasks, family, whatever... Why would they want to socialize more with the coworkers, for mor gossip maybe? Probably I don't get it...
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Great point and picture!

As you may know, in tech culture we strongly encourage startups to innovate & 'disrupt' inefficient industries. When successful in doing so, we laud the founders/company (AirBnB, Amazon, SpaceX, etc.). Founders, employees and their investors get rich(er), the media shower praise and society's reward is a product or service that is either new or superior to its predecessor(s). The startup world encourages critical thinking in a way that (as you pointed out) the educational system does not; and that's too bad. If mindfulness/critical thinking were formally included in our educational system, individuals and society at large would greatly benefit from it. Sadly, this is one of the last things most governments want -- an awakened population of critical thinkers willing to challenge the status-quo and 'business as usual' approach.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
There's also the most important issue of the entire educational system and pedagogical techniques which the article never mentions.
When an educational system is basically tasked with preparing workers for a job market bent on homogenization, commodification, consensus and conformity, of course issues related to abstract thought and critical thinking won't be central to its pedagogy.
An emancipated society not based on commodification will certainly put a premium on teaching values, methods and perspective related to critical thinking and philosophical thoughts.

"The sleep of reason produces monsters"
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
What a worthwhile topic to explore/contemplate. Prior to reading it, my mind was racing in so many directions -- the article helped center me.

Contrary to what the author suggests, I don't think that technology is to blame, nor is the media (mainstream or social), for our growing lack of critical thinking. The culprit lies in chosen behaviors, like surrendering to your path of least resistance -- a path of conformity that is void of mindfulness.

The article is a reminder that my own critical thinking is a skill; a skill that needs repetition and practice. I'm reminded to...

- resist the urge to amplify.

- regurgitate someone else’s thoughts and ideas that I may, or may not agree with.

- challenge assumptions -- my own and those of other people.

- check for my bias(es).

- harness/grow my own critical thinking skills and consider alternatives.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
"Goodbye headset jacks, hello wireless headphones."

Mumble. Tangled headphone wires are certainly a pain the ass, but it's something I can live with. My biggest gripe with this change is that I often damage my iphone headphones by putting them through the washer/dryer and carelessly lose them when out and about. As a result I probably go through 5+ Apple EarPods a year ($29.00 a pair). The new AirPods (EarPods without wires) are going to cost me significantly more -- $149 a pop! Suffice it to say I'm not thrilled about this change, but the silver lining is that the price hike will (hopefully) make me less careless with my headphones.
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