COVID-19 Mob Manipulation

There is mounting evidence that someone is using social media to manipulate the public. The concept isn’t new, especially to state actors. China’s “50 Cent Party” has been doing it since 2004. But multiple sources report that bots are posting a concerning amount of misinformation about COVID-19. Inauthentic accounts are amplifying disinformation and inaccurate statistics and sharing false information as a reason to reopen the country,” Bouzy says. “Many of these accounts are also spreading bizarre conspiracy theories…”
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The Redemption of Ben Solo

The Rise of Skywalker is divisive. People have voiced numerous opinions, but the one specific complaint sticks with me. It’s about how Kylo Ren is shown mercy and repents. He dies hours later, having reclaimed his true identity of Ben Solo – yet having done little to deserve his conversion. I’ve heard the opinion that the movie would have been better if the moral was that some people can’t change!
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Questions I Ask About Mockups

There are many essential skills for the software developer who hopes to advance in the world. Let’s talk about two of them. The ability to ask good questions. The ability to estimate how complex something will be off the cuff. These skills combine when reviewing the specification for a brand new feature. A small group of engineers sit around a mockup as the product manager or designer explains what the feature does.
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Gen Con 2019 Retrospective

Prelude My friends Billy and Kasey invited me along to Gen Con this year. I enjoy board games, friends, and questionable financial decisions. It was a moderately easy decision. The fun started a few weeks before the convention, when 17,000+ events were posted to the worst scheduling website devised by man. Things fill up quickly, but the reservation system is kind of a nightmare. Many events repeated every hour, it’s all sorted chonologically, and it’s very easy to lose your place in the huge list.
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Is Satanism truer to Jesus than Christianity?

Polygon posted about a Satanism documentary today. This statement halfway through caught my eye: The other tenets [of Satanism] — which include “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone” — have been described as possibly being “truer to the words of Jesus than most Christians,”… That’s an interesting tenet to associate with Jesus, especially since his own apostles disagreed with it. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote,
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