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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

anthroboy Re:Hide behind todays popular hate-topic... (182 comments)

If one can't be bothered to observe a distinction between pseudonym and acronym then one can hardly complain about the distinction between acronym and initialism.

about 2 months ago

The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

anthroboy Re:Hide behind todays popular hate-topic... (182 comments)

5) Never - ever use an acronym you'd use with your normal ISP (IP address), this WILL unmask you.

ASAP, scuba, laser, Nabisco, Esso, ISP, HTTP, USB, PDF, CYA... Who knew acronyms were so dangerous?

about 2 months ago

Airline to Offer In-Flight Adult Movies

anthroboy Why not, indeed. (200 comments)

Mr O'Leary told the Sun: "Hotels around the world have it, so why wouldn't we?"

Because an airline seat isn't a private hotel room? If I worked at Ryanair, I'd be a little concerned that Mr. O'Leary doesn't seem to understand some of the fundamental distinctions between airplanes and hotel rooms...

more than 2 years ago

Calling Out GE's Misleading Data Visualizations

anthroboy Re:Fault McCandless, not GE (123 comments)

I think we should make a distinction between GE, the company hosting the site, and Stephen McCandless, the rather famous data visualization specialist who created the figures.

Yes, the latter was hired to produce the misleading figures, and the former selected, hired and paid for that work. Why exactly does this exonerate GE of responsibility for the images it commissioned and hosts on its site?

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Find Racial Bias In Virtual Worlds

anthroboy Re:FITD vs DITF (592 comments)

I'd really like to hear more about what you meant when you wrote that you "personally believe that racial bias is a natural part of the human psyche".

"Natural" suggests something that isn't contingent upon personal, social, or historical conditions. Yet the entire concept of 'race' emerged under very particular historical and social conditions. So how can a psychological awareness and reaction to racial distinctions be natural if the concept of race itself is demonstrably artificial and historically contingent?

To be clear, I'm not saying that race doesn't exist -- just that it's no more 'natural' than other socially contingent realities like, say, governments and laws. There may very well be a natural human psychological response to the recognition of difference, but it's by no means natural to identify a set of differences as racial rather than simply physical or cultural or national or anything else.

more than 6 years ago


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