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flametitan

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#1080357
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Be sure to drink your Ovaltine? I looked it up and It’s a milk flavouring thing. It is an American thing, I don’t know if I’ve seen stores carry it here.

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#1080352
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Tyrphanax said:

flametitan said:

Tyrphanax said:

https://scout.ai/story/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine

By leveraging automated emotional manipulation alongside swarms of bots, Facebook dark posts, A/B testing, and fake news networks, a company called Cambridge Analytica has activated an invisible machine that preys on the personalities of individual voters to create large shifts in public opinion. Many of these technologies have been used individually to some effect before, but together they make up a nearly impenetrable voter manipulation machine that is quickly becoming the new deciding factor in elections around the world.

Most recently, Analytica helped elect U.S. President Donald Trump, secured a win for the Brexit Leave campaign, and led Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign surge, shepherding him from the back of the GOP primary pack to the front.

The company is owned and controlled by conservative and alt-right interests that are also deeply entwined in the Trump administration. The Mercer family is both a major owner of Cambridge Analytica and one of Trump’s biggest donors. Steve Bannon, in addition to acting as Trump’s Chief Strategist and a member of the White House Security Council, is a Cambridge Analytica board member. Until recently, Analytica’s CTO was the acting CTO at the Republican National Convention.

Really fascinating article, especially in the light of the massive influx of fake/bot accounts following popular Twitter accounts today, one being Trumpy.

Take everything you see on the Internet with a big grain of salt, folks. Especially on social media. They might have started out with good intentions, but they pretty much now exist to sell the user and push narratives.

So will Cambridge Analytica become the new Illuminati style conspiracy group in a few decades?

Not that the existence of this thing doesn’t sound mildly terrifying. I’m really hoping they overplayed the influence this thing has.

It’s definitely an alarmist article, but keeping an eye on the evolution of the technology and having knowledge that we’re constantly being manipulated online is very important.

Aye. Seeing where the world is going is nice. (It’s just too bad that it’s going in a direction of selling personal information in order to manipulate markets)

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#1080238
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Tyrphanax said:

https://scout.ai/story/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine

By leveraging automated emotional manipulation alongside swarms of bots, Facebook dark posts, A/B testing, and fake news networks, a company called Cambridge Analytica has activated an invisible machine that preys on the personalities of individual voters to create large shifts in public opinion. Many of these technologies have been used individually to some effect before, but together they make up a nearly impenetrable voter manipulation machine that is quickly becoming the new deciding factor in elections around the world.

Most recently, Analytica helped elect U.S. President Donald Trump, secured a win for the Brexit Leave campaign, and led Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign surge, shepherding him from the back of the GOP primary pack to the front.

The company is owned and controlled by conservative and alt-right interests that are also deeply entwined in the Trump administration. The Mercer family is both a major owner of Cambridge Analytica and one of Trump’s biggest donors. Steve Bannon, in addition to acting as Trump’s Chief Strategist and a member of the White House Security Council, is a Cambridge Analytica board member. Until recently, Analytica’s CTO was the acting CTO at the Republican National Convention.

Really fascinating article, especially in the light of the massive influx of fake/bot accounts following popular Twitter accounts today, one being Trumpy.

Take everything you see on the Internet with a big grain of salt, folks. Especially on social media. They might have started out with good intentions, but they pretty much now exist to sell the user and push narratives.

So will Cambridge Analytica become the new Illuminati style conspiracy group in a few decades?

Not that the existence of this thing doesn’t sound mildly terrifying. I’m really hoping they overplayed the influence this thing has.

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#1080066
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Random Thoughts
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DuracellEnergizer said:

Just came back from my walk. I saw a muskrat.

I’m doing a lot of StarCraft chats while browsing this forum and read that as Mutalisk. I was going to ask how the hell did you see one going for a walk.

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#1079673
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Random Thoughts
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DuracellEnergizer said:

I must admit, I don’t mind mushy cereal. In fact, some types of cereal are best eaten mushy (shredded wheat, for instance).

Mind, it’s difficult to eat Shredded Wheat dry. (If you’re talking about the one I’m thinking of, where it’s a giant hay bale instead of the tiny chunks most cereal is made up of)

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#1079437
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Random Thoughts
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TV’s Frink said:

Ok, now I know what universe you are in, but no idea what planet you are talking about. I don’t see any site update, and the discussions page goes to the main forum page like it has for months (at least) now.

JEDIT: Ok I see clicking on the logo now goes to Discussions instead of the previous homepage, which is now gone.

Yeah, they got rid of the news page, which was the page I had bookmarked. I’m still trying to get used to the fact I no longer have to switch out of it.

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#1079433
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Random Thoughts
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Site update. I keep trying to go to the discussions page, forgetting that it’s now the home page essentially.

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#1079419
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Random Thoughts
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Does anyone else have muscle memory issues trying to switch out of the now nonexistent news tab?

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#1078122
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Random Thoughts
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If you have to ask if it’s too much, then it might just be too much.

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#1075804
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Random Thoughts
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Is this the thread to compliment Frink’s avatar, or should I look at the New thread Thread to see if talking about other people’s avatars (not your own) exists already?

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#1074581
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Random Thoughts
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SilverWook said:

What the heck is a PCI standard host CPU bridge, and why would Windows 7 suddenly install it when I booted up this morning?

It’s some driver for… something. From what I can tell, it’s to help talk to something on the motherboard, but I’m having no luck finding the specifics; maybe it’s to talk to the actual PCI slots.

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#1073910
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Random Thoughts
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I like the aesthetic of boxy 80’s/90’s technology (I’m mixed on boxy vehicles, though), but I personally wouldn’t want to live then. It wouldn’t be to kind to people like me.

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#1073553
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Random Thoughts
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So would I be a true neutral? as long as it’s purist in either axis, I’m fine. i.e. I can be a structurally purist rebel or a ingredient purist rebel, but not a full rebel or full purist.

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#1072836
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I mean, I could see a comment on how we basically have to bootleg the OOT in order to watch it, though I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe the fan preservations (though I’m sure that’s how they’d legally be seen)

Something alon the lines of "Why is it that the only way to watch it is to bootleg it?

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