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Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock - The Verge
“Rather than building AI to solve the pogo stick problem, we should partner with the government to ask people to be lawful and considerate,” he said. “Safety isn’t just about the quality of the AI technology.”
assholes  ai 
9 days ago by conoro
We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again | Homeland Security
I guess a thing titled "The Department of Homeland Security" isn't exactly the _last_ place you'd expect actual Nazis.
fascism  department-of-homeland-security  politics  immigration  assholes  nazism 
18 days ago by brennen
Norwegian Consumer Council report on how tech companies use dark patterns [pdf] | Hacker News
Good summary of dark patterns and consent, on page 7:
> In digital services, design of user interfaces is in many ways even more important than the words used ... Dark patterns are considered ethically problematic, because they mislead users into making choices that are not in their interest, and deprive them of their agency.

> This is particularly problematic given the power imbalances and information asymmetries that already exist between many service providers and their users ... a suspicion that tampering with default settings might remove important functionality, may affect the tendency to leave default settings alone.

> ... information asymmetry in many digital services becomes particularly large because most users cannot accurately ascertain the risks of exposing their privacy. If a user is asked to trade their personal data for a short-term financial benefit, such as a discount, the actual cost of the trade-off is difficult to grasp. In this case, the short-term gain (discount) is tangible and immediate, while the potential loss (privacy) long term.
google-evil  facebook  idiots  assholes  business  advertising 
19 days ago by hellsten
This Is Just the Beginning
“Stop working for this man. Stop enabling him. Stop assisting him. Start fighting him. The people who are responsible for what is happening are not going to get out of this with their happy wealthy respectable lives unscathed. This is a country that locks poor people in cages for decades for trying to make $20. This is a country that is “tough on crime.” Remember? And the ones who make the laws are not going to like what happens when America starts to regard them as the criminals.”
politics  history  government  assholes 
21 days ago by leereamsnyder
Andrew Sullivan
"The middle part of the country -- the great red zone that voted for Bush -- is clearly ready for war. The decadent left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead -- and may well mount a fifth column." -- Andrew Sullivan, 16 September 2001
history  quotes  politics  assholes  gwot 
27 days ago by mookieproof
Much of Human Bonding is Excluding Others – Emma Lindsay – Medium
People always joke about how “millennials” are soft and easily traumatized, and of course we are. Our communities are breaking down, and people report feeling lonelier than ever before. We are facing an epidemic of loneliness. Without strong social support, how are we going to have the strength to face the most emotionally painful parts of our lives?

Joining the incel-discussion facebook group was interesting, because it helped me see a lot of the factors surrounding me with my sexual assault. For instance, when I was younger, I believed other nerdy people — including men — were my people. Since we shared the similar experience of being socially ostracized, I assumed we could meet each other with a type of acceptance. What I see now, though, is that many nerdy men view social rejection by women differently than I do. These men assumed my place in society was assured, because of my gender, and that they would have nothing in common with me.

I was reading an article about experts who studied people who raped, and they described a mind set that was very familiar to me:

Dr. Malamuth has noticed that repeat offenders often tell similar stories of rejection in high school and of looking on as “jocks and the football players got all the attractive women.”

As these once-unpopular, often narcissistic men become more successful, he suspects that “getting back at these women, having power over them, seems to have become a source of arousal.”

I’ve already explained that when I was assaulted, the assault wasn’t nearly as damaging as the social isolation that accompanied it. Trying to fix rape culture though isolation culture is not going to work; socially isolated men will take their pain out on socially isolated women, and the further to the margins you push them, the more extreme and vile their acts will be.

What we’re not doing, is giving these people another path. What’s a lonely virgin to do? Where should they go, what advice do we have for them?

And, this is basically just a synecdoche for larger society. We’re creating factions of social rejection, where we deem people rapists, or racists, or whatever and render them completely un-redeemable. And yet, as we do this, we make the very situation we’re trying to fix worse and, at the end, isn’t that part of the point?

If conservative power structures operate through direct force — the military, financial oppression, etc. — liberal power structures tend to operate though social force. They do this by attempting to get you to ally with strangers against people in your community, and they do this by labelling some people in your community irredeemable. And, there is an implicit threat that, if you support these irredeemables, you will also be labelled as irredeemable.

With the internet, we are creating a social-media thought police over mind, and despite whatever it professes, rest assured it does not have your best interests at heart.
relationships  assholes  betas  rapeculture  loneliness  deplorables 
march 2018 by kme
The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens - The Washington Post
Their pampered birds wear diapers and have personal chefs — but lay the finest eggs tech money can buy
chickens  villainy  wealth  trends  ha  assholes 
march 2018 by ignatz
Could Utah’s sales tax on food vanish? - The Salt Lake Tribune
Billy Hesterman, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, said his group prefers to broaden the tax base to lower rates, while this bill does the opposite.
february 2018 by craniac
Product Design & The Asshole Contingency
If a real asshole used this service, what’s the worst that they could do?
product  ux  assholes  culture  harrassment  security 
february 2018 by spaceninja

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