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John Oliver goes on epic rant about Trump’s promise to help coal miners


Although there are many good ranters out there on the internet, no-one does ranting quite like John Oliver.

This week his sights are firmly set on Donald Trump — and, more specifically, his promise to help coal miners.

"If Trump really cares about miners he would be putting a plan in place for their futures as mining continues its long-term decline," says Oliver during a segment for Last Week Tonight

"But he isn't doing that."

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John Oliver rips into Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in epic 20-minute rant


Ever wondered exactly what kind of influence Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have in the White House?

Well John Oliver is here to tell you.

In an epic 25-minute rant on Last Week Tonight, Oliver breaks down exactly what the couple many think of as a "moderating influence" on Trump actually do — and what, if anything, makes them qualified to do it.

"I know that all of this may seem like an evisceration of both Jared and Ivanka, but it is really not," Oliver concludes at the end of his rant.

"I don't know enough about them to eviscerate them. Just as you don't know enough about them to justify putting any real hopes in them." Read more...

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Windows has a heart of trash

 I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So as part of the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their expectations, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Read More
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News site deters comment rants by making you take a quiz

It's all too easy for comment sections to get nasty, especially when people rush to spout off without having read more than the headline. How does a site prevent rants from showing up without resorting to cutting-edge tech? If you're Norway's NRK, the answer is simple: make people take a quiz. The news outlet is trying out a system that asks you to pass a short multiple-choice test, making sure you've at least had a cursory read-through before you share your opinion. It leads to more informed discussions, as you might guess, but it also introduces a brief delay that might give you a chance to cool down and write a more rational comment.

The quiz is experimental, and is only showing up on certain stories from NRK's technology section (namely those with sensitive topics, like surveillance). If successful, though, they could become ubiquitous.

It's trivial to circumvent the quiz (there's already a script that does it), but that's not really a concern. If you're tech-savvy enough to load a script or modify code, you're probably not going to rage in the comments as it is. This is more about raising the bar so that only those who really, truly want to participate in a healthy discussion will get through. It won't completely deter trolls, but it could prevent otherwise reasonable people from saying something they'll regret.

Source: NiemanLab, NRKbeta

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