Re: Thank you
You mean infection fatality rate, which is the one we really need to know. However it is still the case that there are some very powerful risk factors - age and sex the main ones so people need to behave accordingly.
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Hatt Mancock is already pushing this as a "duty", next step will be immunity passports which control your activity. Not green on the app? Sorry, no public transport, no travel outside your neighbourhood. It will be a virtual ankle tag.
And per Ada Lovelace Institute, there is no evidence that any of these apps actually work.
I take the view that any phone call, email, text, IM etc is utterly ignorable. If I'm wrong and it's important, they'll keep trying and find a better way to reach me, ideally by a hand-written letter.
I've always felt phone calls are very one-sided arrangements; one person somewhere else decides it's time for me to have a conversation with them. Very often they are wrong.
I am Ron Swanson.
If you're up for rooting you're probably up for community ROMs which will not usually have this crap in. Some ROMs also have microG GMScore (https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-microg-gmscore-floss-play-services-t3217616) which allows you to dispense with Google Play Services. You can be rootless in this scenario and still use your banking apps.
The problem for FB etc is volume, their business model probably doesn't scale to employ enough moderators. The solution might be to incentivise users to moderate posts, perhaps in return for some kind of bonus like going ad-free. So you get a stream of random posts to check and in return for flagging up the odd thing for formal moderation, you get a nicer experience. Several mods would have to get the same material though so again it probably doesn't scale.
Google have got a great way to monetise big data but it's entirely independent of whether it actually improves results. All they had to do was convince marketing execs that it might give them an edge. Maybe it does, or maybe it doesn't, it's all the same when you have captured the advertising industry.
When it comes to me important subjects like health, the evidence has to be a lot better, and nobody wants to be that guy who used an algorithm and killed a bunch of patients.
May owes her right to vote to the actions of extremists. Under her mindset the Suffragettes would have been locked up. Gay men like Turing would still be imprisoned. Countless positive social changes have resulted from the actions of people who were initially classed as undesirable extremists. Nobody can argue in favour of "Islamist" terror, but how the hell is any of this going to restrict just them?
I wonder if there could be a framework where intrusive surveillance was enabled but that the target matter had to be legally constrained. Ie nobody cares about what you did on the internet unless it involves giving one to the great Satan.
1i - tough, it not your taxes, cancer, depression and it helps us stop tewwists, suck it up
1ii - that's an empirical question, you might or might not be right, but things like support vector machines are pretty handy
2i & ii - hard wired endpoint based license. Your blagged banking server will only work on Barclay's ips, aything else gets a red flag
3 - Always an option but this is about encryption
Even unobtrusive advertising is trying to influence me against my will - in fact the less obvious they are the more sneaky I perceive them to be and hate them all the more for it. And as for their attempts to influence my kids, well they can fuck the fuck off.
90% of the web can die in a fire for all I care, and 100% of the advertising industry. Not the Reg of course, I'd happily pay for the pages I read via microtransactions.
These kind of algorithms are using statistics to estimate parameters and make decisions. One way to make them more accountable without be to require all such processes to produce confidence intervals. For example, predicting recidivism - if the algorithm says X has a 68% chance of committing another crime, that sounds worrying, but if it also says that estimate has a 95% confidence interval of 26-81% then it looks much less certain. And if they can't generate confidence intervals, it's a shit algorithm that should not be trusted.
Dear Ad Industry,
You add nothing of value to the world. You are parasites, the worst expression of capitalist values. Your strident attempts to interfere with people's decision making is unwelcome on the web and in all other media. When you look back on your life, what will you have contributed to the human endeavour? Diddly fucking squat.
There's an aspect to this sad tale that hasn't been mentioned here. His device seems to have been a non-regulated unit firing a very low resistance coil. People do this to get denser vapor, it tastes better and looks cool when you blow out the clouds. I think this is a worrying trend aside from all the electrical danger. Vaping looks a lot safer than fags, but that density of vapor tastes nice because it is carrying a lot more of the flavorings. Of the ingredients in vapor, the flavors are the unknown and potentially dangerous ones. Thousands of compounds are used, and they are approved for food use on the basis that there isn't evidence to ban them. Nobody has much evidence at all what long term inhalation might do to the lung epithelium. My guess is that some will be harmful, and heating them may exacerbate this. So I would not be a sub-ohm cloud chaser, I stick to simple flavors like menthol and low wattage. Each to their own, but that's my take on it.
I'd be happy to turn off blocking for sites I want to support, but only if the ads came without tracking cookies and beacons.
pi-hole.net - lan wide ad block, possibly the best thing to do with a RPi
Adguard - add blocking for Android without root, including ads inside apps.
Several of my machines have got themselves into a state where the updater can't do anything, while fully using an entire CPU core. Fixing it is a dark art. It's hard to believe how badly they fuck up something so simple, the whole thing must be built on a mesh of bad kludges.
I've always thought tax workarounds are similar to hacking. A system is put in place, with quite complex rules, and clever law-hackers find exploits. We don't have a problem defining in law what hacking computers is and prosecuting people for it. Why can't tax law be written the same way? With criminal consequences for hacking it.
The idea that a busy household can be run by these devices seems very flakey to me. Heating demand in a house with a lot of coming and going is hard to predict, for example, and easy enough to switch on and off at will. A lot of it seems predicated on the idea that costs are not a primary driver, yet putting the choices in the hands of an algorithm could lead to arbitrary increases in your bills if it gets it wrong. That Amazon thing that orders shit for you is similar - if you are rich and don't care about a few bucks on the price, it's nice enough, but most people can't afford to become disempowered cost centres in Amazon's accounting system.
And then the spy stuff. Bad enough our phones are sophisticated angle-tags, we want our houses seeded with this stuff? Meh. Any non-electronics with an rfid is going in the microwave, and anything that needs an internet connection to function is going to have to be a LOT better than the nearest non-connected alternative. There's going to be a nice market for physical adblockers like Adtrap (or Pi-Hole for homebrewers) to filter the crap out.
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