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dublinben  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America

I think the bigger point is that the <1000 person towns in BFE, Mississippi themselves are barely hanging on, and are on their way out. Dollar General is just a symptom of the demise of these small towns, not the primary cause.

dublinben  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Douglas Rushkoff: How Tech's Richest Guys Hope to Survive the Apocalypse

I think he's making the opposite play, spending his money to improve the world and avert disaster.

    We live in a post-privacy world.

I think a reasonable person riding in a hired car would consider it to be private. This isn't some open-top carriage that is exposed to the world. The fact that this article is even being written demonstrates that this driver's behavior violates social norms.

francopoli  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Being on someone else's property is exactly where you should be expected to be filmed. Taxis and buses now routinely film all passengers to protect the driver and company from liability.

    violates social norms

And THAT is the conversation I think we should be having. On one side you have privacy. On the other you have thousands at this point that have been exonerated from claim big and small due to the video being available. Having known bouncers accused of assault and worse, only for the video to show up later, I completely get the need for the recording.

Should it be live-streamed to the internet? Almost certainly not. Should that video exist? People are shit, so almost certainly yes. Inbetween those two there is a social norm that has to develop and hope that the tech is not twenty steps ahead of you and the law.

dublinben  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rape jokes that are still funny in the #metoo era

Prison must be abolished. For this and so many other reasons.

tacocat  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It needs to be rethought entirely but I don't think I'd say it should be abolished. I've been to county jail and that shit's fucked up on its own. But there are people who need to be separated from society, forever in extreme cases. The goals need to be rethought. As it stands its purely punitive. I don't think punishment is the answer for many things in life and it should be rethought of as reformative. But mine is a pipe dream for many foreseeable years. So its an area of interest in my statement of intent to master's programs. Which personally benefits me as a byproduct.

dublinben  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ProtonVPN Exposed! A Data Mining Company Tesonet Operates the VPN

Regardless of whether any of the claims in this article are true, it just goes to show that you can not trust commercial VPN providers. They have no reason to really protect you the way they claim, and time after time they are proven to be lying about that protection.

Only trust a VPN you set up yourself, or a network like Tor, which is designed to not require trusted nodes.

Perhaps it should be called zeta-más instead?

It's even better if you just use F-Droid, full stop. Only use free software that you can trust, not proprietary software from the Play Store.

dublinben  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FCC's rules on Net Neutrality are donezo as of today.

It certainly isn't. Net Neutrality isn't a Federal regulation, it's a broad principle. It can be voluntarily upheld by ISPs, as it was for decades, or it can be enforce at the state level.

With actual competitive markets for retail Internet access, specific regulations like this wouldn't be necessary, as customers could choose to leave non-neutral providers.

mk  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    With actual competitive markets for retail Internet access, specific regulations like this wouldn't be necessary, as customers could choose to leave non-neutral providers.

That's the rub. We don't have competitive markets, there isn't a political desire to create them, and people in rural areas likely wouldn't be well-served by them, when they are at all.

tacocat  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The point about rural markets is what got Rysdall riled up last night. Pai was saying that removal of regulation saved a small ISP in Georgia $8000. The pushback he got in the interview was from seeming to ignore the fact that three companies have a monopoly on internet service by using the exceptions of rural ISPs as an example of why I don't currently have only one option for broadband. I wanted to reach through the radio and punch him in the dick

kantos  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Updated title as per your comment. Thanks for the clarification.

dublinben  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thousands of Women Say LuLaRoe’s Legging Empire Is a Scam

If you want to give yourself a headache, check out /r/LuLaNo/.

dublinben  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Microsoft is acquiring GitHub.

If this news has you looking for an alternative, I recommend checking out some significantly more open source options:

Gitlab: https://about.gitlab.com/

NotABug: https://notabug.org/

Gitea: https://gitea.io/en-us/

ThatFanficGuy  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have you tried any of those?

ThurberMingus  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have free accounts at both gitlab and github. Their web interfaces seem pretty much the same to me, though I'm no expert. Gitlab has free private repositories too. So does bitbucket.

dublinben  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wall Street Fired Too Many People

This site is really interesting, but I fear they fall peril to the same biases that most heterodox finance blogs do:

    Mauldin Economics is a member of the Hard Assets Alliance. Buy gold and silver, store in secure vaults, take delivery or sell positions online.

    Check the gold price and the silver price.

kleinbl00  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hard Assets Alliance definitely pays for placement. I read a bunch of their crap and they have effectively nothing to say about precious metals.

What's been funny is watching them shift on blockchain. Mauldin went from "it's goldbugging for nerds" to "maybe this is something" to "Fuck no it's the end of the world" to having George Gilder as a speaker which made them collectively go

"...huh."

They're definitely old. They're definitely center-right. They're definitely less than innovative and they definitely wear their biases on their sleeve. But I don't get the Old White Money perspective from my usual circle of influence so I pay attention.

dublinben  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hyrecar IPO - Renting cars to uber drivers - What could go wrong

Is this the 'selling shovels' of the ridesharing bubble?

HGL  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·  

More like selling other peoples shovels for 75C for every dollar of value, taking a 15% cut and still somehow managing to loose a ton of money.

All the hysteria and moral panic about these stupid scooters is wild. Perish the thought that anything should challenge the automobile hegemony.

dublinben  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas: At least 8 killed, sheriff says - CNN

    Is there another way to report on mass murder that doesn't seem like glorifying to you?

Maybe we just shouldn't be reporting on this in the national media. These are always given multiple days of wall-to-wall coverage on cable news. This is known to encourage copycats and attract others to outdo the carnage in previous incidents.

kleinbl00  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I care far, far more about kids that can't come home because of Wayne LaPierre's priapism than I do about who the fuck is walking Meghan Markle down the aisle.

tacocat  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Suicide clusters among high school kids were drastically reduced when the act was entirely eliminated from local news. I have no idea how you could replicate that since internet fame is a thing and the two are very different things, 20 kids mowed down vs withholding cause of death. It would also require voluntarily standards set by competing networks. Which is impossible

Theory is not unsound though in magic land

kleinbl00  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No fuck that. Every yeehaw gun mutherfucker on here wants to stop talking about it because they don't like to be reminded that their perfectly safe hobby kills children.

We gave a full fuckin week to Baby Jessica trapped in the goddamn well before most of y'all were born. We gave months to Natalee Fucking Holloway. We gave several days to that guy who stole a tank and drove it on the freeway. No copycats anywhere.

Kids are dead. It's news. If news makes you uncomfortable, take it up with your conscience.

tacocat  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not me. I thought it was a good idea until I imagined how impractical it is.

francopoli  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oliver North will reign in the NRA and make it better /s

rezzeJ  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Union Jack waving intensifies

_refugee_  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So I mean, then what's the appropriate radius from an event within which the local news should be allowed to report on it? 25 miles, 50 miles, what? We could limit such news to the boundaries of the school district which is impacted?

Imagine being related to a child who goes to a school at which there was a school shooting and having absolutely no idea about it.

Imagine hearing about school shootings by quality-degraded word-of-mouth instead of on live broadcasts straight from the source or through reading vetted, accurate, news/journalism articles which meet a certain accepted (and removed) standard.

Refusing to run news about such events has easy parallels to outlawing abortion: you're not going to make it stop happening, you're just going to make people have to go about it in messier, more complicated, less convenient, less accurate ways.

A child whose reaction to hearing about another child's suicide is to attempt suicide is a child who needs help, not a child who would be perfectly fine if they hadn't heard about the other one. I assure you the feelings they have which make them think suicide might be a good choice do not suddenly pop up in their skull in response to hearing about someone else who committed it.