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I always preferred anonymity while online. I use a pseudonym whenever I'm allowed. One of the arguments for banning anonymity on certain online services is that it is supposed lessen the amount of trolls or at least make their online comments less aggressive. Apparently this is not the case.
 
Think Trolls Act Better Using Their 'Real Name'? Think Again.

There is a theory of internet trolls that goes as follows: they behave worse because they don't have to use their real names. Force them to do that, and they'll behave better.

Google+ tried the theory, but eventually gave up. Facebook still promotes the theory, much to the chagrin of many people booted for having unusual names that someone thought didn't sound 'real'.

Are they right? A team of researchers from the University of Zurich's Institute of Sociology decided to find out.

They gave participants in their research a simple choice: use your real name, or use a pseudonym. From this data they were able to analyze over 500K comments.

So, were the Real Name users better behaved? In a word: no. In two words: dream on.

Users who chose to use their Real Names were more likely to engage in online 'mass attacks' than pseudonymous users, helping put to bed the idea that Real Name Policies can 'fix' trolling.

Interestingly, and relevantly, Google+'s +Yonatan Zunger​, in explaining their decision to drop the policy, noted that they had similarly failed to find evidence of the policy's effectiveness, noting that if anything such policies tend to exacerbate preexisting power dynamics, as those most vulnerable and marginalized are least able to express themselves freely, while those most privileged are able to behave as they choose.

Trolling is a serious problem on the internet, threatening the power of social networks and other online communities and forums to bring groups and individuals together harmoniously and productively. It is therefore tempting to try to find a simple solution to this complex problem.

If there is one, Real Name Policies aren't it.

#SocialMedia #Trolls
Anonymity, we assume, is the breeding ground for bad behavior on the internet. Not necessarily.
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Anyone know what this message at the top about updating offline areas is? I've never seen it before.
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You can long press on any notification to get info about the source of it. 
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I bought new 1x4 and 2x4 shelves today. Here is the layout of my game room now. I still need to clean some stuff up a bit more as some shelves are still a bit messy.
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+Rob Cramer The red shelf doesn't mean anything in particular.
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It appears that his SUV rolled and pinned him against a fence and pillar. That was how he died. The SUV was under a recall because the gear shift was confusing drivers as to whether the vehicle was in neutral or park.
The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly, government records show.
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Sharing this for those in Metro Vancouver.
 
Due to popular demand, Pandemic Survival 2016 Qualifier is happening one more time this year! if you weren't able to save the world the first time around, here is your second chance!

This time we will be at Magic Stronghold during their Gamepalooza 2016 Tabletop for Charity event!

http://gamepalooza.wix.com/2016

Saturday Jun 25th
1pm is our start time, so make sure you get there early!

Price is admission ($5) and you get to rest of the day to play more games!

Reserve your spot in the comments below or send me a Google message.

Hope to see you all there!
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Justin Fung: An open letter to those who play the race card in the Vancouver housing affordability debate
http://www.straight.com/news/734326/justin-fung-open-letter-those-who-play-race-card-vancouver-housing-affordability-debate

Folks who have gotten rich in China over the past couple decades see that their money isn't going to be worth as much in the future.
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Perfectly described:

"This has nothing to do with Chinese people as a race and everything to do with China as a rising economic superpower with its own set of growing pains. It has everything to do with the fact that our city is a globally attractive place for wealthy folks who have made their fortunes in China. The fire hose of foreign capital finding its way into the Vancouver real estate market is the real problem, pricing out anyone making a living locally. It lines the pockets of a select few in this town (namely property developers and realtors) while doing little for the vast majority of us struggling to pay rent and make ends meet or trying to get into the housing market."
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A very special Canada day for some new Canadians.
Among the thousands of people gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada Day, some were there for the very first time — and celebrating the start of a new life in Canada.
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I have to check this out. I was somewhat confused about certain things about BvS. It seems the Ultimate Edition makes the film more complete.
 
Warner Bros. Killed The Best Version of Batman v Superman
Zack Snyder Not To Blame

I just got finished watching the Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition cut and can vouch that, as this article states, the absence of the extra footage Snyder was forced to cut accounted for a lot of the issues many people had with the film.

I say this as someone who enjoyed the theatrical version, and yet, having now seen what could have been, I feel we the audience were cheated.

The thing is, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been rushing to establish their Extended Universe and Justice League story arcs in the face of Marvel's enormous success with their Cinematic Universe and Avengers arcs. But unlike Marvel, which used multiple character establishing films to get there, they've tried to get there with only two before jumping straight to Justice League.

Since Man of Steel only established our new Superman, that meant BvS had to do the rest of the work. That meant it had to be a long film, and at 2 1/2 hours they decided to cut it short the extra half hour it critically needed to fully flesh out aspects of the conflict between heros, the villainous scheme at the heart of the story, and even things like Superman rescuing more people and showing more emotion and heart.

In short, while Ultimate Edition doesn't necessarily solve all the issues inherent to trying to cram so much story into one movie, they did it a real disservice by shortening it as they did. Yes, three hours is very long for a movie, but it would have paid off in a better critical reception, I believe.

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The internet has spoken! Even critics who hated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have said that the 3 hour Ultimate Edition is a much better movie. So wh
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Sad news shortly before the movie is to be released.
Actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27. He is best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films.
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I finally got a chance to play Space Ninja, the game I bought while in Japan. This game won an award in Japan. I can see why. It seems the moves you make early can have an important affect later in the game. There is also ample opportunity to set things up for a significant play in each round. After everyone's first move, everyone really slowed down and had to start thinking ahead a few moves. I'm glad I picked it up as I don't think you can get it in North America, yet.

It was close. I managed to win by 1 point. 😸
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+Larry Neal Jr The title is a little misleading. I was expecting some combat, but this is more of a political game. You send your shinobi (ninjas) to exert political influence on the various planets to score points. Still, it is a fun worker placement game.
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