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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Potential

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I wonder if my kids will find these more upsetting than the weird sex comics.

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Yesterday, I happened to waste some time thinking about free will, and then that it more or less depends on what it really means to choose something, and then pondered the question of what a choice really is. I tried stripping out everything unnecessary and ask "could you define choice from a pure physics point of view, without anything personal attached to it?"

Then the following sentence bubbled up in my mind: "Choice is when out of all possible futures, one in particular happens"

And I thought.. "Wow... that sounds deep and means absolutely nothing"

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Death Spot

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Given how easy it is to draw talking black blogs with eyes, I'm now regretting that this comic isn't always about ninjas.

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Buddha and Hume

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"I have never met someone whose idea were so in sync with/so out of sync to my own"

Given that the whole premise is that the I does not exist, that should be kind of self-evident no matter what, no?
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Given the premise they both agree on, this is one of the odd occasions where I actually do think the best answer is somewhere in the middle.

Adding Backdoors at the Chip Level

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Interesting research into undetectably adding backdoors into computer chips during manufacture: "Stealthy dopant-level hardware Trojans: extended version," also available here:

Abstract: In recent years, hardware Trojans have drawn the attention of governments and industry as well as the scientific community. One of the main concerns is that integrated circuits, e.g., for military or critical-infrastructure applications, could be maliciously manipulated during the manufacturing process, which often takes place abroad. However, since there have been no reported hardware Trojans in practice yet, little is known about how such a Trojan would look like and how difficult it would be in practice to implement one. In this paper we propose an extremely stealthy approach for implementing hardware Trojans below the gate level, and we evaluate their impact on the security of the target device. Instead of adding additional circuitry to the target design, we insert our hardware Trojans by changing the dopant polarity of existing transistors. Since the modified circuit appears legitimate on all wiring layers (including all metal and polysilicon), our family of Trojans is resistant to most detection techniques, including fine-grain optical inspection and checking against "golden chips". We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach by inserting Trojans into two designs -- a digital post-processing derived from Intel's cryptographically secure RNG design used in the Ivy Bridge processors and a side-channel resistant SBox implementation­ -- and by exploring their detectability and their effects on security.

The moral is that this kind of technique is very difficult to detect.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Monster

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Local News Anchors Now Have to Read Pro-Trump Propaganda

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Every news station under Sinclair's umbrella is required to syndicate commentary that comports with its owners' ideological views.

When Trump took office, Sinclair was on the cusp of purchasing Tribune media, a merger that would give the firm ownership of enough local stations to reach 70 percent of U.S. homes. But there were two obstacles to such a deal: Federal rules put a cap on the number of local news stations any single entity could own, and also prohibited any company from owning a newspaper and television station in the same media market. Taking on Tribune's assets would put Sinclair in violation of both those laws.

But by the end of Trump's first year in office, his appointees to the Federal Communications Commission had abolished both of those regulations. [...]

Now, Sinclair is taking its "covert state media" game to new, Orwellian heights: By the end of this month, Sinclair will require all of its local news anchors to condemn "national media outlets" for publishing "fake stories" and "using their platforms to push their own personal bias," according to internal documents obtained by CNN. Those documents instruct local news directors to air these criticisms of "biased and false news" -- criticisms that, of course, echo the president's own -- over and over again, so as "to create maximum reach and frequency."

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors:

The instructions to local stations say that the promos "should play using news time, not commercial time." Like the Epshteyn commentaries, this takes away from local news time.

"Please produce the attached scripts exactly as they are written," the instructions say. "This copy has been thoroughly tested and speaks to our Journalistic Responsibility as advocates to seek the truth on behalf of the audience."

The promos begin with one or two anchors introducing themselves and saying "I'm [we are] extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that [proper news brand name of local station] produces. But I'm [we are] concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country."

Then the media bashing begins.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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dukeofwulf
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The John Oliver story on Sinclair is a great briefing on this not-great company, if you missed it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc
JimB
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Scary power misuse.
jhamill
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Wow, this is horrible.
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