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mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Have a real Poe's Law situation here. Can't tell if this guy is on to something, or is the local crazy dude wandered around the shopping center with a laptop with like 12 Pringles cans glued to it, yelling at coffee shop clerks and city employees about "rogue attack signal".

cwingrav 10 hours ago [-]

I need help with something much more nefarious. I know of a location in a downtown area where someone has set up a malicious wifi "thing". I'm guessing the PWNAGOTCHI since the device changes patterns and comes and goes? It has learned how to use deauth to do man-in-the-middle attacks and absolutely closed down wifi in a half block radius by sending RTC packets of 12 second wait times and also waiting for others to send RTC packets and transmitting over them. Businesses close to it have no wifi. As you move away, wifi starts to improve. And no, it's not flooded as there is plenty of open air time not being used by the many devices there.
Steps taken: - Have talked to multiple business owners nearby and they can't figure out why their wifi won't work. - Comcast Business is worthless and weeks of calls by business owners and multiple tickets have led to nothing. - Have talked to the mayor of the town and their tech guy agrees something is wrong. - A "smart guy" that works for the government doing security did a quick scan and said it was because one wifi was on a channel between 1 and 6 so the overlap was causing the problem... that wasn't it. - Have approached university researchers to see if their students would be interested in looking at/for it. No response. - Have walked with laptop watching signal strength and know roughly which building it is coming from.

From what I understand, there is NOTHING one can do to attack it, other than sending massive RF interference, which would be a crime in itself.

How the heck does one get rid of this thing? Any suggestions?

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mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Jose Valasquez posted:

wruza 11 hours ago [-]

We discuss porn industry and porn site’s implementation and ux details at work, both men and women. It’s 2020. Do you know I breathe air and eat food?
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Lol 100% this guy is the missing stair always bringing up porn at lunch.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Switzerland posted:

^ you rang?

So we're about 3 days from Eich going full alt-right pizzagater then?

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Jabor posted:

If you're gonna start taking a go pill might as well just switch to amphetamines

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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xvector 1 hour ago [-]

I cannot wait until we cure aging so we can die on our own terms. The right to death should be as inalienable as the right to life, and nothing short of the heat death should be allowed to make this decision for a sentient being.

FeepingCreature 3 minutes ago [-]

Gonna be honest - once we have backups, I'm totally intending to go into seriously risky behaviors. So this is 100% the opposite of how I intend to live my life.

xvector 7 minutes ago [-]

I do not see this as a bad thing. I would rather live happily ever after than take life-ending risks.
That said, I disagree with the premise. Any true form of immortality would virtualize us. As individuals we would be able to take risks as never before. Paragliding through dangerous canyons? Why not? Worst case scenario your fleshy avatar dies, and you wait a few weeks in a virtual utopia as a new one is printed.

And even that is only if we choose to continue to confine ourselves to human qualia. Being virtualized would enable us to experience the universe in whole new ways - who would want to constrict themselves to mere human experiences ever again?

I think this short story explains these concept really well. Don’t worry about the cliche romance backstory - it was written in 1989: http://www.skyhunter.com/marcs/GentleSeduction.html


Whole lotta JavaScript monkeys who think magical computer immortality is just around the corner like their fsd robotaxi Teslas.

I mean I don't really.know anything about biology but I am willing to start the wiki!

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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The Turkish education ministry announced a bold new initiative: They will be buying licenses and course material for 1 million trade school students for Delphi, a OO also ran from the 1990s.

The hackers are split into two tribes: Turkish expats laughing and wondering what government administrator got bribed this time, and Eurohackers just ripping the mask off and praising the move, because now those poor backward Turks will now be able to learn a bit of computer touching but not actually have marketable skills to compete with them for sweet figgie jobs in the EU.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Topic: Three free meals available daily for any New Yorker (nyc.gov)

hn:

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mvi 14 minutes ago [-]

That's one way of looking at it. Another way of looking at it is that people should strive to be self-reliant. Not: "how can we meet people's needs?" but "how do we help people meet their own needs?". Like the old proverb about giving a man a fish vs. teaching a man to fish.
Everyone always shuts down that second question with "they can't help themselves until their basic needs are met" which is incredibly hand wavy and disingenuous, in my opinion. Half of being poor is in the mind. If poor people are to become middle class people, there needs to be a change in the mind. This change doesn't automatically happen "because money". Changing the mind needs to come from teachers and mentors and the poor person has to want to change and start thinking and acting differently.

If you get everyone reliant on a monolithic omnipotent government, then when said monolithic government fails all of helpless leeches will die (and that could be millions).

I think it's better if we strive for a minimalistic government where members of society strive to be self-reliant and in terms of "safety nets" the government's goal is to promote and encourage self-reliance.

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kryogen1c 8 minutes ago [-]

>We'd be so much better off as a society if we could at least keep our people fed.
this is not a statement you can make without qualifying. it is either a useless tautology (society would be better if society were better), or an actual argument about policy and procedures (if wealthier people paid more taxes, we could feed poorer people and society would be better).

of course, no one says the second thing when that's what they mean because it is not self-evidently true. the core issue is complex and then the second- and third- order consequences are even more complex. this is to say nothing about which morals you presuppose about what a "better" society would be.

> I wish could out last this virus.

I have been wishing the opposite. my greatest fear is that the virus and soon-to-be depression will be used to push through some extreme political policy that will reshape America in a near-uncontrolled way.

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tnel77 3 hours ago [-]

And just like that, the number of people needing food plummets. Big yikes.

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sadfev 1 hour ago [-]

Why is this being celebrated?
Yes as a temporary measure it’s ok, will help save some lives.

But govt will keep this indefinitely and ever expand its dirty reach and make shape us all into dependent leech.

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jimmaswell 0 minutes ago [-]

NYC residents only. Typical hubris from NYC implying the rest of the state (where they get their water from) doesn't exist.
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pdubs1 23 minutes ago [-]

I understand that you're ready to shell out other peoples' resources/money.
The question is: Are you ready to shell out your own to achieve your vision? Otherwise, you're probably not very committed to it, yet expect others to be.

Also, how well did this vision work for Mao, Stalin, and Chavez?

Providing people the opportunity to eat, without working, and to multiply in free government housing?

That sounds like a recipe for a dire population explosion which is unable to support itself, and lives off of an artificial, subsidized welfare system ripe for collapse as soon as people aren't forced to pay into it (those people who work).

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hpoe 12 minutes ago [-]

I want to help other people I donate a decent chunk of my paycheck to humanitarian and other charitable efforts. I hate seeing people hungry, I grew up in a difficult situation and I hate seeing children go hungry.
My problem isn't that I am against people getting free food and shelter I am opposed to being forced into charity at the point of gun by the state, and my liberties being eroded by moral busiebodies that fail to understand the very things that led us have a society that even has the capability of eliminating hunger are the very things they are trying to destroy.

Every advancement, every push for "just a little bit more welfare", or "think of the children" has behind it the unspoken assumption that the government can do a better job with my means to help people than I could. This same government with a 13% approval rating and that is universally despised in most everything they try and do.

Every inch of additional power that the government gets is an advancement that is set in stone and can only be rewound with great effort.

So please don't paint me as an amoral monster, I do care, but I also recognize that sometimes emotionally driven responses that are executed without much thought and planning, like California banning plastic bags, can cause a lot more harm than good, especially in the long run.


Plus, like several dozen people all posting "the logistics of this must be insane!!! how???" without doing like the most basic amount of reading and grasping they are just using the kitchens of closed public schools

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Using my super powers to predict the next 9/11 but instead of stopping it just posting cryptic hash codes I can snugly point to later.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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The hn have opinions on how Amazon treats warehouse workers.

solarwind 8 minutes ago [-]

Hacker news in a nutshell. Your fact-based comment from the actual real world runs counter to the dominant Marxist post-modernist thinking here.

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ianleeclark 5 hours ago [-]

> I'd suggest working with or managing a place with low-skilled people. They of course aren't all like that but it seems it attracts low-motivation, low-effort, or low-caring
Pay low wage, get low motivation. No one's going to bust their rear end over a mcgriddle for minimum wage.

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mtrower 2 hours ago [-]

I sure did. Harder than I worked at some better paying jobs, for sure. Wage itself does not seem to be the determining factor in motivation.
I'd say it's more about barriers to entry and the work environment itself.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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godzillabrennus 7 minutes ago [–]

Elon Musk will have cities on planets names after him for generations to come.
The legacy he leaves will be greater than that of Ghengis Kahn, Ceasar, or Alexander the Great



Senpai notice me!!!!

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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oh my god the boots are being licked from inside the house

https://twitter.com/paulg/status/1269267561885171719

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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eschaton posted:

there’s the whole Lindsey Graham thing where it sure looks like he was blackmailed into supporting Trump

not because anyone on the right would care about him being a hypocrite, but because the right won’t vote for an out gay man

Nah. It's because SC is a frothing brain dead mega chud state and will 100% primary any R who doesn't lick daddy trumps boots hard enough.

Graham is almost certainly gay but he's one of those genteel old money plantation gays the confederate daughters society members politely describe as a "confirmed bachelor".

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Notorious b.s.d. posted:

i love the idea that the kgb has to blackmail people instead of just setting up a shell company and writing a check, like every other interested party in the entire fuckin world

it's not illegal to make people shill for you. nor is it unexpected that foreign governments would pay good money for that service

there are just wild rear end twitter blue checks who see a russian hiding in every closet

I mean it is illegal if you don't have all your "I am a paid foreign agent" paperwork in order with the State Dept. which is how they got Manafort lol.

But yeah, Russian "election interference" is this and stirring up morons on facebook and twitter. Lol if you don't think the CIA and every other state intelligence agency is doing the same thing too.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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"I am friends with an immigrant but I don't think we should take a stance on or be personally rude to the anti-immigrant gestapo" is a highly pure form of hn.txt

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Suspicious Dish posted:

mkbkn 1 minute ago [–]

Swastika is used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

I wonder why it'still considered "taboo" in the Western society in the information-age.

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Lot of questions about my numerous swastika tattoos already answered by my well know and long-standing interest in the spiritual practices of the Indian subcontinent.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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fritz posted:

cw: hacker opinions re: child sexual abuse imagery


lilboiluvr69 12 hours ago [–]

He said: “If they are caught actively searching for this, they will have no more of a defence than someone that’s doing it because they want to find it for their own gratification. It is not a defence in court going looking for this.”
I wonder, with the rise of deep fakes and CGI, why a company hasn't come up with a business model offering professional rendered synthetic child pornography. It seems to me that there would be demand for it, and if an ethically un-encumbered product is indistinguishable from the real thing, much of the demand of child sexual abuse imagery would evaporate.
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thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24025442

Isn't this just anime?

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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My GPT-3 Blog Got 26 Thousand Visitors in 2 Weeks

quote:

In this post, not only did people not realize they were reading generated text, but they enjoyed the writing so much that they voted it above dozens of other human-written articles.

I must confess, I actually lied earlier when I told you only one person noticed. Only one person reached out to me to ask if GPT-3 was writing the articles. However, there were a few commenters on hacker news who also guessed it. Funny enough, nobody took notice because the community downvoted the comments.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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All the carbon you exhale from metabolism comes from plants or animals that ate plants so it's already carbon neutral aaaaaaaugh this argument is so stupid why am I wasting my life.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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"I go through printers the way rock stars go through guitars" as new thread title.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Arcteryx Anarchist posted:

“Saving my salary” is an interesting way of framing that...

He got 400k / yr in RSUs and saved it just like a hard working autoworker of days past did.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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People still talk about mchurch at Google from his brief stint there like 10 years when he got fired after 3 months for being a crazy person.

T7-9 executive vision!

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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This isn't about the comments so much but it's on the front page and it's amazing: https://paygo.media/p/25171

Imagine got for the layup shot of making GBS threads on Google and BigTech and failing so hard even HN can smell the nightmare rear end in a top hat boss coming off you.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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We are kicking it around in a group social chat and a coworker who went off to work for Waze replied:

quote:

It’s also a bit shocking that his speaking presence in the past couple years are the cleaned up version. All hands events typically had me bracing for impact when he started speaking.

...

When we joined waze, there was a very awkward "cultural training" thing where they told us things like that Israelis tend to be more confrontational and people might yell at us and each other, but they aren't actually mad. I don't think Noam actually is Israeli (and honestly I have no idea if this is some cultural norm in Israel or just something they told us?), but I think he does see himself as someone who would be perfectly fine after having a screaming match at work?

It made me very nervous to join Waze, but (almost) everyone's been completely lovely and I haven't been in any shouty meetings, so I'm not quite sure what to make of the whole thing.

Starting to wonder if they literally had to have training seminars where they dish out a bunch of stereotypes about "That's just how Israeli's are" to cover for the rampaging toxic rear end in a top hat that was at the top of the org chart.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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There's the obvious stuff like "I kept getting talked to by HR because people are so sensitive..." but don't miss the hidden gems like "People kept refusing to cancel their yoga class they had already booked days ago when I wanted to have the meeting at this specific time!"

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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hobbesmaster posted:

the material is probably identical to “that’s how New Yorkers are” in that yes maybe they’ll say gently caress you instead of bless your heart but that’s not why the meeting is needed

Yeah pretty much. As someone who has lived in NYC for 20 years, whenever someone is making a point to go on about "we new yorkers, we're just blunt and direct. Sometimes that can get to people but that's how we communicate..." they are almost always an insufferable rear end in a top hat. (and often actually live in LI or NJ not NYC). You'll also see this pattern subbed out for pretty much every ethnic or cultural cohort, such a NJ, Italians, Wall St, or Goons. It's the classic rear end in a top hat deflection move.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Zlodo posted:

hn thread: IGNORE YOUR FAMILY'S PROBLEMS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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hobbesmaster posted:

hasn’t he been job hopping between FAANGs because everyone hates him

I am a current Google TL and 90% of the job is going to extra meetings with the managers and project managers to plan what people are working on because the sum of (tech debt + new work + dependency churn) ~= 5x the number of people-efforts available.

The other 10% is mentoring the juniors on what electrical sockets they shouldn't stick their fingers in and recalling some arcane bit of useful trivia about our system or a dependency that was never written down in discoverable documentation.

So trying to sell yourself as "ex-Google Tech Lead and coding god" is a hilarious bit of YouTube grifting tbh.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Every day HN moves one step closer to a major breakthrough: Finally creating the ultimate cheapdad.

fastball 1 hour ago [–]

I'm in Texas, and lost power for > 72hrs.
I'm not on a wholesale rate plan, but if I was, you can bet your sweet rear end that I would be A. monitoring the wholesale price B. switching off my main breaker the moment the price went above $X.

As such, don't really agree with the conclusion of the article. We mandate having car insurance not because we care if you can't afford to fix your car when you wreck it, but rather because if you crash into someone else we don't want you to dodge paying for what you've done to them.

Electricity is entirely a you thing. Your neighbor/society doesn't get hurt if you use Griddy with uncapped rates, only you do (and as pointed out above, you can avoid this if you're smart). Yes people will get burned, but I don't want to live in a society that tries to prevent people from ever making personal mistakes – mostly because such attempts usually don't succeed, while also curtailing my freedom in the process. And just to reiterate, this doesn't apply if there are negative externalities that affect others

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Explaining to my kids the virtue of rugged individualism, the free market, and why surge pricing is actually good, while they succumb to hypothermia in our living room.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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mystes posted:

Reducing your overall power usage to lower your electrical bill is reasonable but intentionally switching to a utility where you have to worry a lot about what the current price is whenever you're using power just doesn't make a lot of sense to me, especially if the potential risk is much higher than the potential savings.

I mean it makes sense if you're a factory pulling MWs regulaly but for the average homeowners it's cheapdad min-max spreadsheet hobby with a few bucks a day of possible upside.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Internet Janitor posted:

gemini client certificates are how you would "log into" a service

As someone who's actually dealt with deploying and using client certificates for a globally distributed corporate workforce: lmao.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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The YouTube ad conspiracy genius has logged on.

briefcomment 5 hours ago [–]


Youtube is probably varying the rate of ads displayed for each user based on some factors. I was watching an hour long interview and was shocked that I was served a 30 second ad every 3-4 minutes. I scanned the comments for outrage, but there were no negative comments. I think YT may have increased my ad rate because I was using a VPN.

I think they will use ads as a form of tax, to discourage certain behavior, and even certain content. I think I notice this more on libertarian leaning videos (although I definitely haven't done any rigorous analysis re that).

Can't wait for the day everything is decentraly hosted, and we access it through whatever portal we want.

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briefcomment 4 hours ago [–]

I watched a Jordan Peterson video on Dr. Oz's official channel, and I got an ad every 3 - 4 minutes. What do you make of that evidence (given I'm not lying)? None of the comments acknowledged it.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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Also "my favorite podcasters can't get paid if they say the gamer word :qq:"


throwaway3699 6 hours ago [–]

Yep. Almost every creator I watch is either demonetized or got banned. I'm sick of watching podcasts or gaming videos where people are saying creepy codewords to get around the censorship algorithm.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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iirc Google uses the ad blocker adoption rate as a proxy metric for how much they can turn the pain knob on ads before it starts to drive people off and cannibalize revenue.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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I think they just figured anyone dumb and lazy enough to buy a dishwasher with detergent cartridges wouldn't be motivated enough to actually pick up a soldering iron to defeat the device.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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eric sounds like an incredible tool.

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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mystes posted:

This is probably a reasonable take in this situation though.

Lol this specific argument is like 10% of all thread derails in the pos

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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toomuchtodo 7 minutes ago [–]

I just wish I could get some signal out of his writings as to if PG is simply out of touch or covertly malicious as it relates to the startup/founder/employee power balance. Does he really not understand how much more benefit founders realize versus employees at an organization? Or does he, and this is marketing for startup portfolio company employee pipelines?
A job should absolutely be able to be just a job you perform to generate income if you can do the job. The bar is high enough already for employees trying to climb the employment/career rock face without retired “thought leaders” adding additional constraints.


The mice a starting to suspect the maze...

mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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fritz posted:

yakshaving_jgt 3 days ago [–]

I was with you until you linked CRT proselytism with Hamas. That seems quite a stretch.
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Is this cathode ray tubes or critical race theory? I honestly can't tell with hn.

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mrmcd
Feb 22, 2003

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fritz posted:

in tiananmen the vehicles stopped when someone stood in front of them

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