The Interesting Facts Thread

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    You sound sore about it; Apple User? ;)

    Merriam-Webster Adds 'Sheeple' to Dictionary and Lists Apple Users as Example
    Friday April 28, 2017 9:29 AM PDT by Joe Rossignol
    https://www.macrumors.com/2017/04/28/merriam-webster-adds-sheeple-to-dictionary/

    "Merriam-Webster recently announced that it has added "sheeple" to its dictionary, an informal word that it defines as "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced" and thereby "likened to sheep."

    The first example of the word in a sentence is pretty unremarkable…James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet

    ...but then there's this:

    Apple's debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for. — Doug Criss

    Merriam-Webster, which dates back to 1843, says the first usage of the word "sheeple" was in 1945, long before the advent of the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple as a company altogether.

    For what it's worth, the word's popularity apparently falls within the bottom 10 percent of its dictionary. "

    "Sorry to ram home the point, but are ewe saying it's a baAaAad example? ;)"
     
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    "Wake up sheeple" was rightly mocked and turned into a meme shortly after its return to popular culture. It's a way of using name-calling to attempt to oversimplify and delegitimize someone else's viewpoint or motivation and avoid dialog about it.
     
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    Maybe in some circumstances - I've not seen those, usually it's in used in situations between others that haven't fallen for the guile used to turn people into sheeple. to exchange a knowing nod to the sheeple's silliness.

    I see it more often used correctly as an exasperated exclaim toward behavior obvious in it's lack of thought and follow through to a rational conclusion.

    It's far less demeaning than "idiot's" or "moron's", "sheeple" is a little less hard edged due to it's suggestion that the people aren't simply moron's or idiot's, they choose to be sheeple.

    Sheeple are complete with the faculties to resolve the intellectual dilemma in which they are caught. A wet paper bag it may be, but to them they treat it like nirvana.

    Sheeple choose to be enamored, amazed, and bamboozled to the point of blindly following and obeying.

    Sheeple do this despite incredibly obvious reasons to not do so.

    It's almost like they thrive on ignorance and bliss, and as long as they are bathed in both, they can be led in any and all directions, emptying their pocket books as they go.

    I've never heard sheeple used as an epitaph - it's not a deadly permanent state, instead sheeple is used more as a "hey, sheep look up", you're really being taken for a ride, with the slightest hint of a smirk and a chuckle.

    Wake up man, were all Sheeple. :)
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    I was thinking more like the "Illuminati exists and their fluoride in your tap water is for nefarious purposes, wake up sheeple" sort of thing, I almost never hear it in relation to retail, it's usually people advancing weird conspiracy theories.
     
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    Link to the actual list: https://futureoflife.org/ai-principles/

    Be interesting to see how many of those are followed by, well, anyone.

    Seems like everyone who speculates thinks AI will either go all Skynet on us, will pursue a sort of cosmic horror-y incomprehensible agenda that will have a side effect of ending us as a race, or will end up controlling us for our own good. But knowing computers, it's as likely to run into unexpected hardware shortcomings, try and solve a problem that doesn't matter and use up resources doing that, or literally do nothing.
     
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    The express concern isn't relegated to the most brilliant thinkers but in fact, much of it is located among economists who struggle to reconcile AI's impact on human labor moving forward. The point really, is that the potential liability is not, or should not at all be thought of in a "Skynet" sort of context, particular when so many of the concerns are as valid as they are sober and they are being identified early enough to be proceed in a responsible, thoughtful manner.
     
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    Agreed. Most of my personal concerns aren't about when it hits full AI level, but a point before that where it's actively displacing human labor but still 100% owned by corps/individuals that profit from it.
     
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    Executive Branch Criminal Activities by Presidential Administration.


    President
    / Years In Office / Party/ Criminal Indictments/ Criminal Convictions / Prison Sentences

    Barack Obama 8 Democrat 0 0 0
    George W. Bush 8 Republican 16 16 9
    Bill Clinton 8 Democrat 2 1 1
    George H.W. Bush 4 Republican 1 1 1
    Ronald Reagan 8 Republican 26 16 8
    Jimmy Carter 4 Democrat 1 0 0
    Gerald Ford 2.4 Republican 1 1 1
    Richard Nixon 5.6 Republican 76 55 15

    Source and more info: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...nd-Convictions-A-Warning-for-Trump-Appointees
     
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