“What [ companies] sell are more and more accurate predictions of our behaviour to advertisers, and as that gets more refined, you really have as close as we've ever come to being a kind of sure thing, where it really works. Even there, most people won't necessarily care about that, because if you tell them:
‘Listen, the thing you really thought you wanted, and went out and bought — you were played by the company. The company placed an ad with , and FB delivered it to you because you were the perfect target of that ad.’
I think the person can, at the end of the day, own all of that process and just subsume it with their satisfaction at having bought the thing they now actually want.
‘I wanted a new Prius. Right? I mean, it was time. I needed a new car.’”

, podcast, samharris.org/podcasts/218-wel [subscriber edition]

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RT @gubatron@twitter.com

Everybody should watch "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix ASAP.

We're headed to civil war if we keep thinking our social media feeds are a good representation of reality.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/gubatron/status/13

To mention in the same breath as is like discussing controlled explosions in mines together with bombs planted by the IRA: completely different phenomena, derived from radically opposed approaches, with very different outcomes; both just happen to be related to the same area of research in science and technology.

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DuckDuckGo's Tracker Radar (list used in Safari's Privacy Report) has found calls to Google on 82% of all sites. Facebook scripts come second (34% of sites).

Google Analytics is the most popular third-party connection (Google owns 8 of top 10 calls).


…and here, urges the “silent majority” to stop being silent and to face the illiberal mob with courage.
I see a common pattern among the intelligent commentators.

QT: [qoto.org/@tripu/10488633237600]

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Here [subscriber edition], #JohnMcWhorter encourages honest #Americans to be brave to stand their ground against the mob of the “elect” (generally ...

That explains why I just got a transfer of $18,160.23 and two hundred boxes of lollipops in the mail from you.
QT: [aaronparecki.com/2020/09/19/14]

Aaron Parecki @aaronpk@aaronparecki.com

Note to self: Don't touch your @Yubico key with Gmail open with keyboard shortcuts enabled. Turns out cccccchrlulhrkhlvrnrjfevftinefhuurdfinkdctiu ...

Here [subscriber edition], encourages honest to be brave to stand their ground against the mob of the “elect” (generally well-intentioned caught up in the new religion of ), to politely express disagreement, and to resist the urge to try to reason with them (it's futile) and instead let the petty scandal of the day dissolve by itself.

Listening to the conversation, I was thinking I should extend that pessimistic, if also liberating, piece of advice to my own country () and to other topics beside (, , ), and try to apply it myself — if nothing else, for my own sanity.


Melomaniac like me?
Mistrustful like me of and their use of your mic and your data?
Can't be bothered to keep an app just for identifying music you hear?

aha-music.com/ just helped me find

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Just published a list of all the best marketing practices we say "no" to when growing our startup.

Turns out you can grow your project without funding Google and Facebook, and their stranglehold on the web


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If it weren't for Arabs, 9/11 wouldn't have happened. It would have been IX/XI instead. #badmathjokes

This. This all the time.

On and (and !):

“It's not really the that are being taken in by things. It's readers. […] The only solution that I could imagine is some kind of new norm by readers. That is, by consumers of media. Right now, I don't get a sense that people feel much shame when they find out that they've been had. If you share a video […] and it turned out not to be real, then: ‘yeah, too bad’. […] I would certainly like more of a burden to be placed on readers. That is, if you're not going to feel ashamed about that kind of thing, then I would hope that the people you shared it to, encourage you to feel that shame. […] I don't see the as being the problem here.”

, on the podcast (in the subscriber version)


“There is an inherent tendency in towards cronyism, and democracy enhances it. That means that capitalism is not sustainable in a , and those of us who defend need to take that part of the argument from the left seriously. is not the opposite of capitalism. It is something that capitalism turns into in a political system that allows , and we should be worried about that. We should credit that as legitimate .”

, on the podcast


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@freemo All the more reason to stop using #Google to host your stuff and install #fdroid on your phone. #freespeech

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Why Trump will win:
"What began as peaceful protests against incidences of lethal police misconduct has devolved into vandalism, arson, and mayhem. Trump, incongruously but so far effectively, has cast himself as the protector in chief of social order."

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