23/02/2022

2022/02/23#p1
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For the past two years I have been using the screen protector that came preinstalled on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Yes, it picked up a few small scratches and a little dink near the top of the device but it was still in excellent condition all things considered.

Until a week or so ago.

The last several days saw deeper scratches, a couple of lumps and a split due to impacts — it's almost as though the protector knew it didn't need to try any more as a new phone was coming. I finally removed it yesterday.

Or maybe it's me that's been cavalier in my actions knowing that this device will be replaced in a few days, less careful with it than I usually am.

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2022/02/23#p2
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Now that Truth Social is "live" (technical issues and massive waiting list aside) and will be compared to the likes of Parler, here's an idea:

  • develop a public debate platform called 'Parley' 1
  • those self-identifying as from either side of a "this v that" divide join a moderated discussion
  • discussion topics crowd sourced and voted on
  • limit the discussion to only a few delegates
  • discussions moderated by a panel so not biased by a single viewpoint
  • abusive behaviour results in instant kick
  • discussion set for a specified time
  • go at it, sensibly, intelligently, measured, argument & counter argument
  • try to parley and find some agreement or, at least, understanding
  • there is no winner or loser, no voting, just an attempt to find some middle ground or acknowledge alternative positions

With online polarisation as bad as it is would a service like this be viable? How difficult would it be to establish moderation panels and have them be trusted by participants and audience alike?


  1. sadly, a number of apps and services already exist by that name 

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2022/02/23#p3
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Well, here's something new!

This post was submitted via email. I've set up an email filter to pipe mails (under certain conditions) to a PHP file that processes it and submits the contents as a post.

While testing, I have it set to mark posts as drafts but may change this in future once I'm sure everything works as expected.

One weird thing is that I sometimes get an error back saying the mail could not be delivered when it quite obviously has. Something to figure out later.

Update: the delivery errors have stopped so that's a win.

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2022/02/23#p4
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Bookmarked: Life may actually flash before your eyes on death - new study - BBC News...

A team of scientists set out to measure the brainwaves of an 87-year-old patient who had developed epilepsy. But during the neurological recording, he suffered a fatal heart attack ...

in the 30 seconds before and after, the man's brainwaves followed the same patterns as dreaming or recalling memories

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