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  1. Man I’m just happy my friends are out doing something fun with the knowledge that not everyday is like that for them. Facebook has ads to reel you in. That’s the part I don’t like (because of the privacy implications and targeted advertising), but I mean one of the things I was discussing literally had the word “Better” in it (your home and garden could be better), so I don’t know. it would be interesting to hear more of your take on it?
  2. So you’re saying jealousy is more impactful when someone knows the object of their jealousy personally.
  3. I’m curious why there wasn’t this sort of outrage around shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” or magazines like “Better Homes and Gardens”. Not in terms of the misinformation capabilities, but in terms of lifestyle comparison and the impact on the psyche. After all, they showed the same things.
  4. @Squee that kind of makes sense but still, $3200 a month is nutso for a mortgage (imho bbq) Anyhow glad you turned your FWP into a FWS!
  5. Jesus fuck, $3200 a month is ridiculous. And 40k short of the loan you wanted? What fucking kind of system are they running in Denmark? We bought in 2019, put down just over $40K and ended up with payments of like $2600 a month which is still kind of extortionate. Now sure, Ottawa isn’t a shiny metropolis like Copenhagen, but fuck, housing must be insane over there.
  6. chenGOD

    Now Reading

    Finally finished Stephenson’s “Fall: or, Dodge in Hell”. The way he describes the tech in the first part it’s so weird how present it is. Like it should become less obtrusive. The story is an interesting take on biblical creationism, but the ending lacks a little. However, there is so much good material in here, and it combines a lot of Stephenson’s ideas and characters from his previous works. Totally recommend.
  7. I think he's talking about neuroplasticity. Generally, younger brains are more able to create new neurons and neural pathways. But even us olds can still do it, we just need to make sure we don't get stuck in a rut. So new experiences are key. Learning languages. etc.
  8. Lol: “I know my people … I’m not from here.” WTF. Apparently he was fired though (but was he rehired just down the road?)
  9. https://www.theonion.com/nurse-carefully-weighs-whether-she-better-off-getting-v-1847768107
  10. This is interesting: https://www.merck.com/news/merck-and-ridgebacks-investigational-oral-antiviral-molnupiravir-reduced-the-risk-of-hospitalization-or-death-by-approximately-50-percent-compared-to-placebo-for-patients-with-mild-or-moderat/
  11. This is some sad shit right here: https://www.vice.com/en/article/epnq84/im-a-parkland-shooting-survivor-qanon-convinced-my-dad-it-was-all-a-hoax
  12. That Liverpool-City match was a fucking proper game of football. I'm not looking forward to playing you lot.
  13. I mean, the way and types of data that you can share with friends is obviously different through facebook vs smart phones. Facebook is a platform that has a (relatively) standard look and feel vs who knows what type of phones. Also, I think (and maybe this is just me) that time zones factor in to things. I don't mind texting friends in a relatively similar time zone, but for people across the world, it feels less intrusive to use facebook, especially for conversations on a specific item that are ongoing.
  14. Governments need to include digital citizenship education in their curricula. My kid in grade 1 is already learning that - what kind of footprint you want to leave online, how to assess sources and identify disinformation/misinformation, etc. Facebook is a decent tool to stay in touch with friends and have discussions with them, but it's a terrible news source, and Facebook groups need serious governance and oversight updates.
  15. https://www.salon.com/2021/09/29/activists-helped-elect-kyrsten-sinema-launch-crowdpac-to-fund-a-primary-challenger/ The real race to the bottom.
  16. Wrong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_Iran#UN_sanctions_against_Iran Look - Huawei sought funding from US financial institutions, or financial institutions that wanted to continue to operate in the US. They lied in order to do so. If they didn't want funding from those financial institutions, they should have looked elsewhere. It makes sense you're ok with her lying, you're fine with lies told by the CCP and Xi Jinping all the time.
  17. What about Chinese capitalists? Meng cared enough to lie about Huawei's relationship with Skycom to avoid sanctions. This is laid out in the statement of facts, which is part of the DPA that Meng signed (thus agreeing to the accuracy of those facts).
  18. Why exclude the second part: "CSIS joins all Canadians in welcoming you back to Canada." Oh right, doesn't fit your narrative. Meng basically admitted to doing the act she was charged of by agreeing to the DPA. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/huawei-cfo-wanzhou-meng-admits-misleading-global-financial-institution
  19. Oh my stars, two tongues touching! What if it had shown something truly horrific like a white man kissing an asian woman?
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