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09 May 2019 - 10:14 AM

A thread for posts that fit no where else and aren't worth their own threads:

Child yells ‘wow’ at end of moving Mozart concert in Symphony Hall and now the orchestra wants to know who he is

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As the solemn and harmonic music of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music came to an end, there was utter silence in Boston’s Symphony Hall. You could hear a pin drop. And then, from somewhere in the audience, a young child’s voice pierced the silence: “Wow!”

The audience laughed, then erupted in applause.

"Homo economicus must die"

07 May 2019 - 09:54 PM

From a link by Nick Hanauer.

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But it is our highly evolved prosocial nature—our innate facility for cooperation, not competition—that has enabled our species to dominate the planet, and to build such an extraordinary—and extraordinarily complex—quality of life.

http://www.pitchfork...-samuel-bowles/

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: ‘I regret my role’ in Hillary Clinton false equivalence

29 April 2019 - 12:26 PM

https://www.washingt...se-equivalence/

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So long as President Trump continues disgracing the Oval Office, thoughtful people will probe their own role in helping him get there.

Such appeared to be the motivation behind a mea culpa issued by CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on comedian Larry Wilmore’s “Black on the Air” podcast. In a discussion of presidential politics, Wilmore argued that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, was the victim of a “coordinated attack” coming from Republicans. “Benghazi was … the expression of that attack. In fact, what’s his name, was it [former Rep. Jason] Chaffetz who actually kind of agreed that that’s what they were doing, was weakening her as a candidate.” (Wilmore may have been referring to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who said in 2015, “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”)

Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

16 April 2019 - 12:34 PM

https://www.zdnet.co...efox-for-years/

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Johnathan Nightingale, a former General Manager and Vice President of the Firefox group at Mozilla, described these issues as "oopses."

"When I started at Mozilla in 2007 there was no Google Chrome, and most folks we spoke with inside [Google] were Firefox fans," Nightingale recollected in a Twitter thread on Saturday.

"When Chrome launched things got complicated, but not in the way you might expect. They had a competing product now, but they didn't cut ties, break our search deal - nothing like that. In fact, the story we kept hearing was, 'We're on the same side. We want the same things'," the former Mozilla exec said.

"I think our friends inside Google genuinely believed that. At the individual level, their engineers cared about most of the same things we did. Their product and design folks made many decisions very similarly, and we learned from watching each other.

"But Google as a whole is very different than individual googlers," Nightingale said.

"Google Chrome ads started appearing next to Firefox search terms. Gmail & [Google] Docs started to experience selective performance issues and bugs on Firefox. Demo sites would falsely block Firefox as 'incompatible'," he said.

"All of this is stuff you're allowed to do to compete, of course. But we were still a search partner, so we'd say 'hey what gives?' And every time, they'd say, 'oops. That was accidental. We'll fix it in the next push in 2 weeks.'

"Over and over. Oops. Another accident. We'll fix it soon. We want the same things. We're on the same team. There were dozens of oopses. Hundreds maybe?"

And this:

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YouTube page load is 5x slower in Firefox and Edge than in Chrome because YouTube's Polymer redesign relies on the deprecated Shadow DOM v0 API only implemented in Chrome. You can restore YouTube's faster pre-Polymer design with this Firefox extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/youtube-classic …

I tried this extension and it really does work. Google really has become the new Microsoft.

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends

16 April 2019 - 12:28 PM

I have placed this in the political forum because of social media's heavy influence on our political process and elections.

https://www.nbcnews....friends-n994706