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Rockstar says average work week under 46 hours

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"We will not stop working to improve in this area," says co-head of Red Dead Redemption 2 developer
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mxm23
25 days ago
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Wow. Averages lie. What’s the median?
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Get whiter teeth after just one of these charcoal treatments

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Drop by just about any health store and you'll hear raves about charcoal's curious and newfound properties as a sponge for the body's toxins. Turns out its beauty benefits are just as miraculous. The NUOVAWHITE Charcoal Teeth Whitening System uses charcoal as the active ingredient for a treatment that will visibly make your pearlies pearlier after just one go.

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mxm23
36 days ago
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Sounds like something Gwyneth Paltrow would sell.
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Jordan Peterson's gamma lobsters find a new low: defending censorship

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Jordan Peterson is a Canadian academic whose mysticism-soaked misogyny revolves around the social hierarchy of some lobster species and the literal existence of witches and dragons; somehow, when this rubbish is blended with anodyne life advice for angry manbabies, it creates a potent elixir that transforms internet dudes into an army of argumentative internet assholes.

Peterson's principal grievance against progressive movements is that it interferes with his free speech rights (for example, he was very upset that he might have to refer to a hypothetical nonbinary student using a gender-neutral pronoun).

But as much as Peterson loves free speech, he's not very good at sharing. He has sued and threatened to sue numerous critics, on flimsy and absurd grounds, in ways that, in my opinion, were designed to intimidate them into silence and forced apology rather than face his deep-pocketed legal weapons.

Mike Masnick is definitely from the free speech wing of the free speech party and has faced extinction-level lawsuits over his willingness to criticize figures with expensive counsel and a willingness to use the law to stifle critics.

Masnick called out Peterson's censorious hypocrisy in a sensible post that pointed out that defenders of the right to speak critically and offend people are assholes if they sue people who speak critically and offend them.

Predictably, the Gamma Lobsters of Jordan Peterson's army came out in force to jordansplain that free speech is improved when wealthy, powerful people sue their critics.

In response, Masnick has published a followup post with 12 rules for not being a total free speech hypocrite, which attempts the impossible: explaining the importance of consistency in free speech argument to people whose status as members in good standing of a personality cult requires that they deny this. It is a noble effort and well worth reading (Masnick is in excellent form), but I'll be amazed if a single Gamma Lobster is swayed by it.

Even if you think it's cool to create chilling effects for someone who doesn't want Peterson to speak, you simply are not promoting free speech by silencing critics of free speech. That's not how it works. At all. Any attempt to completely silence people -- even if they're not fans of your free speech -- is still an attempt to stamp out free speech and antithetical to free speech. So, given that so many of Peterson's avid followers seem to like lists, let's give you a nice list of twelve rules for not being a total free speech hypocrite:

1. Speak out when you have an opinion on something.

2. Express yourself appropriately when you think someone else is incorrect about something.

3. Recognize that not everyone may agree with your take on things. That's cool

4. There may be consequences to your speech. That's part of free speech.

5. Some of those consequences may involve people calling you nasty names. That's no fun, but it's still free speech.

6. Those people are not harming your free speech. They are engaging in it.

7. Don't sue or threaten to sue those people for defamation. It makes you look like a hypocritical dipshit.

8. Don't then sue again because of their legal response pushing back on your original defamation lawsuit.

9. Don't then go screaming at people who call you out as a hypocrite for suing people for criticizing you.

10. Perhaps try a little introspection and recognize that suing people for criticizing you creates massive chilling effects and is entirely counter to free speech.

11. If you're going to insist that others accept your ideas, maybe recognize that you have to accept others' ideas, even if you disagree with them.

12. Don't sue a cat when it hisses at you in the street.

Twelve Rules For Not Being A Total Free Speech Hypocrite [Mike Masnick/Techdirt]

(Image: Alphax, CC-BY-SA)

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mxm23
46 days ago
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Fuck you Cory. This is gross misrepresentation. If you don’t agree with Peterson don’t resort to ad hominem attacks and superficial analogies. Attack his ideas and writing. I don’t agree with everything Peterson says, but your shrill admonishments makes me want to read and understand more about what he’s saying.
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duerig
46 days ago
I haven't been following this and don't know much about Jordan Peterson. The article seems to claim (a) that Jordan Peterson is an advocate for free speech and (b) that Jordan Peterson sues those who criticize his idea. Which of these two claims do you think is a misrepresentation? Is Peterson not a champion of free speech? Or did Peterson not file the defamation lawsuits? Or were the lawsuits justified? Or is there something else wrong with the claims?
timothyfriesen
46 days ago
You do realize that Cory is unlikely to read this comment (unless he uses NewsBlur to read his own site)?
mxm23
46 days ago
Yes, I realize Cory probably doesn't read through Newsblur. :-)
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fxer
46 days ago
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this'll be the primer I send to anyone who asks "who the fuck is Jordan Peterson" from now on
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3D-printed gun pioneer charged with sexually assaulting a child

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She's 16, according to the affidavit: legal in many places, but most certainly not in Texas. Libertarian smoke, libertarian fire.

Cody Wilson, whose push to post blueprints for 3-D printed guns online has made him a key figure in the national gun control debate, was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a child in Texas. But law enforcement officers said they were having trouble finding Mr. Wilson, who missed a flight back to the United States from Taipei, Taiwan, his last known location.

• More from The Austin Statesman:

The affidavit said a counselor called Austin police on Aug. 22 to report that a girl under the age of 17 told her she had sex with a 30-year-old man on Aug. 15 and was paid $500.

In a forensic interview on Aug. 27, the girl told authorities that she created an account on SugarDaddyMeet.com, and began exchanging messages with a man who used the username “Sanjuro,” the affidavit said.

The pair messaged online, then began exchanging text messages.

Andrea James: "Hindsight is 20/20, but if you are going to piss off the federal government, it's probably a good idea to avoid any situation in which you might end up with an underage sex worker."

UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say Photo: Jay Janner / STATESMAN.COM

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mxm23
48 days ago
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Don’t anger the gun lobby.
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[Sponsor] Instants

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Instants is a new iPhone app to help anyone (especially businesses) make social media content with stylish motion graphics. It was just featured in the App Store in “New Apps We Love” and made by a team with some ex-Apple folks and die-hard Mac nerds. You can really feel the care and attention that went into the experience design.

Download it, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the “Moore” theme, inspired by the opening credits of a certain spy movie. No Aston Martin required.

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mxm23
56 days ago
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The app is called "Ingage Instants: Social Posts"
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Larry Page Is a No-Show With Google Under a Harsh Spotlight

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Mark Bergen and Austin Carr, writing for Businessweek:

It’s not just Washington. Even in Silicon Valley, people have started wondering: Where’s Larry? Page has long been reclusive, a computer scientist who pondered technical problems away from the public eye, preferring to chase moonshots over magazine covers. Unlike founder-CEO peers (Mark Zuckerberg comes to mind), he hasn’t presented at product launches or on earnings calls since 2013, and he hasn’t done press since 2015. He leaves day-to-day decisions to Pichai and a handful of advisers. But a slew of interviews in recent months with colleagues and confidants, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were worried about retribution from Alphabet, describe Page as an executive who’s more withdrawn than ever, bordering on emeritus, invisible to wide swaths of the company. Supporters contend he’s still engaged, but his immersion in the technology solutions of tomorrow has distracted him from the problems Google faces today. “What I didn’t see in the last year was a strong central voice about how [Google’s] going to operate on these issues that are societal and less technical,” says a longtime executive who recently left the company.

Fascinating look inside Google’s leadership. Really does seem like they’re out of touch. Their tremendous profits are all coming from things that Page isn’t paying any attention to at all. Presumably Sundar Pichai is paying attention to them, but it’s certainly an unusual arrangement.

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mxm23
59 days ago
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This feels like muckraking (do I have the right term?). So one of the previous people to foresee the internet search and advertising revolution isn't focused on the problems of today? But rather is engaged in solutions for tomorrow? Seems about exactly right. What am I missing?
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apfontana
59 days ago
The implication is that a CEO should have a more well rounded concern and involvement with the entire company. If he wants to hyper-focus on one aspect, perhaps it would be better to create a new role and give someone else the CEO position.
mxm23
58 days ago
Right. Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google. Larry Page is CEO of Alphabet. I take your point that the CEO should probably spend more balanced time between now and the future.
arnabocean
58 days ago
I agree... Google is Pichai's problem, not Page's. Isn't this the whole reason they separated Google out into Alphabet and subsidiaries; that Google brings in the "established" money and Alphabet looks at "other things"? Why would Alphabet CEO presume to do Google CEO's job?
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