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  1. Comment on Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: 'It's Absolutely Insane' in ~tv

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    I heard that it's on youtube. I asked the same question today and haven't had a chance to verify. But just search like "Jeaprody 04/10/2019" or whatever.

    I heard that it's on youtube. I asked the same question today and haven't had a chance to verify. But just search like "Jeaprody 04/10/2019" or whatever.

  2. Comment on There's a Gold-Standard Treatment for Opioid Addiction, One of America's Top Killers. What Keeps Treatment Centers From Using It? in ~health

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    Calling methadone the "gold standard" and comparing it to "abstinence only" (and by extension condoms) seems extreme. It seems to me like being addicted to methadone is less likely than heroin to...

    Calling methadone the "gold standard" and comparing it to "abstinence only" (and by extension condoms) seems extreme.

    It seems to me like being addicted to methadone is less likely than heroin to cause death or job loss or whatever else. But it's a stretch to call that the gold standard solution. In my opinion drug addiction is a personal thing that needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Im not a doctor, but it's not like the medical community is in firm agreement themselves.

    I will give you that methadone should be an option. I'm not sure how I feel about revoking state funding to centers that don't accept it, but I think ideally any patient should be able to get it. What I mean is that some clinics should offer it, but all clinics shouldn't be forced to.

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  3. Comment on YouTube's "fact-checking AI" intended to counter misinformation was attaching info about the 9/11 attacks to Notre Dame fire videos in ~tech

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    Seems like in the long term, the realistic ability to moderate content will go up against people's desire to interact with strangers online. If the content available doesn't meet people's desires,...

    Seems like in the long term, the realistic ability to moderate content will go up against people's desire to interact with strangers online. If the content available doesn't meet people's desires, they will just join a smaller platform or abandon the idea of social media.

    I for one, would not stop using youtube, just because there is 9/11 conspiracy content available. I'm sure that feature is aimed at salvaging ad dollars, not me. I guess youtube is on track to shudder eventually from the supply side if they can't get this right. Basically, today's social media isn't sustainable. We're still in the "fake it" stage. Everyone is losing money or users. No one has the secret sauce yet. Maybe we are back on the path to more niche forums with community modding and community-funded hosting.

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  4. Comment on Indicators of despair (depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse) among Gen X-ers entering middle age in ~science

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    I don't know anything about health policy or sociology, but if I may chime in... It seems to me that "despair" is the difference between expectations and reality. When I was growing up, I was...

    I don't know anything about health policy or sociology, but if I may chime in... It seems to me that "despair" is the difference between expectations and reality. When I was growing up, I was always told I'll do better than my parents. That's the "American dream". So if many people were told that, and on the whole, it's not true, it seems to follow that a lot of people will think that they're failures. If you take a snapshot of the economy today, it's really not bad. The kinds of things the middle class are complaining about (no home ownership, no retirement at 65) are quite luxurious in the historical sense. We just don't like the feeling that we're moving backwards. Combine that with historically high wealth inequality and you have a recipe for anger and, dare I say, entitlement.

    Whether we can get quality of life up for the masses or not, I've found that low expectations leads to a better outlook on a personal scale. It's true that our parents/grandparents could afford college and a house on an average wage, and I'm not saying that I wouldn't take that deal if we could get it back. But day to day do I think about things in terms of how easy it was for someone else? No, I just make the best decision for myself given my opportunities.

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  5. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Yeah, as someone who used to like GoT and now just watches it for my social duty, the whole episode felt like a bunch of one-liners. Important character enters scene, another character says...

    Yeah, as someone who used to like GoT and now just watches it for my social duty, the whole episode felt like a bunch of one-liners. Important character enters scene, another character says something chiding or jovial, important character says something witty in response /scene. Maybe they've written themselves into a little bit of a corner, given that the audience knows a lot of things. So the show needs to get the characters up to speed with what the audience already knows, and try to keep that fresh and interesting.

    A couple of interesting pieces of dialogue literally just cut to the next scene instead of resolving:

    "How will we feed your army and dragons?"
    "Did you bend the knee because it was wise or because you love her?"

    Both of these questions could have led to interesting confrontations and/or dialogues that bring you back into the world of GoT. The nitty gritty of the logistics. Maybe Sansa needs to pressure northern lords even more to acquire the food needed. Maybe that leads to more believable discontent. Idk, that seems to be the implication, but they just passed on actually writing and acting it.

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  6. Comment on The Intellectual We Deserve in ~misc

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    I read 12 rules for life and enjoyed it. I don't agree with jpo on basically any political issue he's commented on, but reading that book set me on a slow path toward reading and writing more,...

    I read 12 rules for life and enjoyed it. I don't agree with jpo on basically any political issue he's commented on, but reading that book set me on a slow path toward reading and writing more, setting goals for myself, etc... I guess it's just not going to be a popular opinion on most sites, but I don't expect many people on tildes have read the book. I don't read a lot of self-help, so I can't really contextualize it in its genre, all I can say is that it had a positive and non-toxic effect on me.

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  7. Comment on Should harder games have "Easy modes"? in ~games

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    I think "should" is a tough word to use here because it doesn't say whether you mean for monetary gain, or player enjoyment, or pop culture status or anything else. I tried to play dark souls 2...

    I think "should" is a tough word to use here because it doesn't say whether you mean for monetary gain, or player enjoyment, or pop culture status or anything else.

    I tried to play dark souls 2 and for a couple hours I couldn't progress, so I quit. A year later I came back to it and played co-op mode and enjoyed it. That game has some lore to it, but there's basically no dialogue or story. The game is hard, and it's rewarding to beat. It would not be worth playing if it were easy because then it would just be a game with a bad story.

    Compare that to the witcher 3, which I like to play on easy. In that game, the combat is not as rewarding as in dark souls. The game isn't fun because of the good combat system. It's fun because of the story. So in that game, I like easy mode. It plays to the strength of the game.

    In either case, I'm looking to maximize my enjoyment of the game. Enjoyment of a dark souls style game is much more niche than a really great story driven game. It's not for everyone. If they dumbed down the game, it wouldn't be fun for anyone. The player camaraderie is real in dark souls because everyone struggles. The fun memes are YOU DIED and messages telling players to roll off a cliff in game. The losing is what makes it fun. For the witcher the fun memes are gwent, triss vs yen, calling roach. What people like about the game is the casual parts.

    Long story short, no, Sekiro should not have an easy mode.

  8. Comment on Crazy idea to help stop the spreading of untruthful news. in ~tildes

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    Every prohibition discussion boils down to the same thing. You can't just eliminate fake news by trying hard. You can limit it maybe or slow it down. But you can't stop it. A better solution is...

    Every prohibition discussion boils down to the same thing. You can't just eliminate fake news by trying hard. You can limit it maybe or slow it down. But you can't stop it. A better solution is conditioning Tildes users to think critically about news and engage critically with each other in the comments. If we the users vote up fake news, then it's our own fault.

    The people who want to share the fake news have more power than "the knowledge that you are stopping the spread of misinformation". They can bribe and blackmail your group of checkers. If people are sheep and rely on the shepherd to protect the flock, then they shouldn't be surprised with the shepherd sells them once it's in their best interest to do so. People need to look out for themselves and throw out the notion that content is curated to only be true. There was a time when "don't believe everything you read on the internet" was legitimate advice.

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  9. Comment on What are your thoughts on the New Zealand government censoring the possession and distribution of the Christchurch shooter's manifesto? in ~talk

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    Ironically, this is the exact worldview of a free speech advocate. If the victims' families don't want to see these words online, then they shouldn't be online -- would be the argument. Are there...

    If you don't like it? Cool. Don't move here.

    Ironically, this is the exact worldview of a free speech advocate. If the victims' families don't want to see these words online, then they shouldn't be online -- would be the argument.

    Are there any instances in NZ history of what we would call "tyranny of the majority"? The whole point of protected free speech and other early rights are that they protect the minority in the case that, as you say, the majority would rather have something. Trump and Brexit are 2 good modern examples on the global stage. We elected Trump, but our free speech allows us to continue to criticize him, and support his opponent in the upcoming election. If, god forbid, a Trump was elected in New Zealand, are you confident in the governmental infrastructure to prevent that person from silencing their opponents?

    Look at Article 13 even. We don't really know what they effects of that really are yet. But people are worried about it because it infringes on their free speech. Maybe they don't put it in those terms, but that's what it seems like to me.

    I am happy to agree that different countries have different social identities, and that's a good thing. But while American healthcare is objectively bad, and we objectively have more gun deaths than elsewhere, freedom of speech is not something I recommend throwing away as poor American idea.

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  10. Comment on What is your favourite audiobook? in ~books

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    The original Thrawn trilogy on Audible was really good. The books themselves are a bop, but something about the added sound effects really brings home the star wars setting.

    The original Thrawn trilogy on Audible was really good. The books themselves are a bop, but something about the added sound effects really brings home the star wars setting.

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  11. Comment on How Joe Rogan’s Hugely Popular Podcast Became an Essential Platform for “Freethinkers” Who Hate the Left in ~misc

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    Wow great post. I don't have much to add to the conversation without doing some more reading first. There are just a couple things to keep you honest on. The first study doesn't really address my...

    Wow great post. I don't have much to add to the conversation without doing some more reading first. There are just a couple things to keep you honest on.

    There actually have been some studies on this.

    The first study doesn't really address my original point. The second study isn't really a study, but a really good piece of investigative journalism. I really recommend anyone following along here to read that. The journalism piece does address the correlation vs causation question I posed, but not to a serious degree.

    I think they are trying to bring to light the issue that he keeps providing a platform

    The Slate piece is persuasive in nature. It's not fact based reporting with the intention of letting the reader decide what they think. It's an opinion piece with the intention of making the reader think that Joe Rogan needs to change the way he does his podcast. The implicit "or else" is people should stop listening and since it's 2019, make him the butt of the joke as our own little leftist dog whistle. Maybe I'm projecting. At least the first part of my statement is factual.

    Russell Brand did a podcast episode with Jordan Peterson, which I've watched. He also did an episode with Candace Owens, which I haven't. I don't know who else. I enjoyed the episode, although I'm sure it "redpilled" some people that were only there for Russell Brand. Does that make it worthy of criticism? What if it "bluepilled" an equal or greater number of alt-right prospects?

    Anyways, great stuff to think about. Thank you for sharing those links.

    Edit: I realized I linked the second podcast episode with Peterson and Brand, and to Peterson's channel. I'll leave it as is, but I meant to link this one which is the first episode they did, the one I watched, and also on Brand's channel.

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  12. Comment on How Joe Rogan’s Hugely Popular Podcast Became an Essential Platform for “Freethinkers” Who Hate the Left in ~misc

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    I agree with you that these people are sort of "gateway drugs" to alt-right, but what then? Just like the original "gateway drug", I don't think it's causal like you're implying. I think it's more...

    I agree with you that these people are sort of "gateway drugs" to alt-right, but what then? Just like the original "gateway drug", I don't think it's causal like you're implying. I think it's more likely that alt-righters discover these people, and also discover Alex Jones than it is that they discover these people, which causes them to discover Alex Jones. I'm not aware of any legitimate academic research on this topic so it's not like I'm going to die on this hill. But consider this:

    The article cites Andrew Yang's increased campaign donations as an anecdote about Joe Rogan having a positive impact on his guests. But isn't this sort of the exact thing this Slate article is attempting to do in reverse? To get all of it's readers to get negative on the Joe Rogan podcast and start the train of Joe Rogan as persona non grata, much like what's already happened to PDP and Jordan Peterson (rightly or wrongly)? So if we take a step back and approach the broader question, what do you think the answer should be? The broader question being:

    If I create content with the intention of being interesting and worthwhile for my audience (something Joe Rogan and Slate probably both did), and I become successful enough that I am no longer simply a commentator, but I also impact the exact space that I am trying to commentate (something that applies to both), what responsibility do I now have?

    I think it's pretty clear that a lot of "left" publications like Slate et al are pretty unapologetically left. It's not a secret. With the guys we're talking about now, they claim to not be alt-right but from time to time flirt with it, so maybe that's the line. They're not being straightforward about their intent. But what if they don't feel like they belong in any of the canon political groups? If they aren't explicitly alt-right, libertarian, progressive, neo-liberal, or anything else, then why would they host guests that are progressive and neolib, but pass on guests that are alt-right or libertarian?

    Again, I think it's perfectly reasonable to not be a fan of these guys, but this article, and your comments in this thread are more of a takedown than anything else, and I'm not sure these guys deserve to be vilified the same way that Alex Jones was (inb4 that's not what you're saying). I am in the camp of treating Joe Rogan and Pewdiepie as individuals, even though they have high reach. I am not comfortable holding them accountable as I would a publication with an editor and a review process.

    I'd be interested to see what you think of Russell Brand. He has a similar podcast and also hosts a wide range of characters. He doesn't have the same reach, and is more overtly left so he gets a pass. But if you compare the 2, what are your thoughts?

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  13. Comment on How Joe Rogan’s Hugely Popular Podcast Became an Essential Platform for “Freethinkers” Who Hate the Left in ~misc

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    I agree with @Spel here. Pewdiepie has had all these moments, and I think that perfectly well warrants you to not be a fan of his. But him being having certain personal biases that he let's slip...

    I agree with @Spel here. Pewdiepie has had all these moments, and I think that perfectly well warrants you to not be a fan of his. But him being having certain personal biases that he let's slip from time to time and him being "knowingly courting the alt-right" are 2 different things. I think it's extremely dangerous to extrapolate "Joe Rogan and Pewdiepie are trying to convert people to the alt right" from "Many people in the alt-right like Joe Rogan and Pewdiepie". Reading through your comments in this thread, you've done a lot of associating and calling out, but you're not specifically addressing content in Joe Rogan's podcast or Pewdiepie's youtube show. Alex Jones is a given. But even Jordan Peterson isn't strictly an alt-right character. Joe Rogan and Pewdiepie are even more debatable. And that debate should be focused on their work, not on the kinds of people that consume their work.

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  14. Comment on Senate Blocks Green New Deal, But Climate Change Emerges As Key 2020 Issue in ~enviro

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    That's an interesting twitter discussion. I am mostly uninformed on the GND, but it's interesting to discussion about polling simple y/n questions vs overall bills. I use the same tactic when...

    That's an interesting twitter discussion. I am mostly uninformed on the GND, but it's interesting to discussion about polling simple y/n questions vs overall bills. I use the same tactic when defending healthcare reform but when I see it used here I'm not really sold.

  15. Comment on The greatest lesson you've learned from classical fiction? in ~books

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    I feel like reading just gradually effects you slowly over time. There's a segment from the Histories of Herodotus that I read recently where a king asks a wise man who the happiest person in the...

    I feel like reading just gradually effects you slowly over time. There's a segment from the Histories of Herodotus that I read recently where a king asks a wise man who the happiest person in the world is, and the man lists a couple people that died honorable deaths instead of anyone living. He explains that any current wealth is ephemeral and your fortunes can change in a moment, but if you die happy, then that can never be taken away. I read that like last week and it particularly registered with me, because I already agree with the implication. I won't actually remember this passage in particular if some situation comes up that I am making a money vs happiness decision, but reading it and thinking about it will stick with my subconscious. I assume I've read things like that before that I've now forgotten from my conscious mind but are still a part of my values subconsciously.

    It doesn't necessarily have to be something that is reaffirming your existing beliefs. Reading work by people you disagree with always broadens your horizons and helps you understand their position better. I think the main point is it's hard to be actively aware of when you're being fundamentally influenced by a book. Especially fiction. It's more like something you read mulls around your unconscious and then while you experience life, the stuff that's mulling around mixes with your personal experience and turns into your beliefs.

    By the way, if "East of Eden" isn't covered in your class, but you're liking American lit in general, that book is the bomb and you should read it.

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  16. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    I mostly use signal, and signal is my preferred messaging app. I got a few of the most important people in my life to use it as well, at least when talking to me. For everyone else I use SMS.

    I mostly use signal, and signal is my preferred messaging app. I got a few of the most important people in my life to use it as well, at least when talking to me. For everyone else I use SMS.

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  17. Comment on Majority of Bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds in ~tech

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    Right, so what my point is, is that this CNBC article is taking one fact from that report and making it seem like a bigger deal than it is. The average reader sees wash trading like that and...

    Right, so what my point is, is that this CNBC article is taking one fact from that report and making it seem like a bigger deal than it is. The average reader sees wash trading like that and (opinion incoming) mentally equates these exchanges to like the NYSE in terms of there being a "crypto market". But if you look at coinmarketcap for volume info, you'd see that all of those crazy wash trading exchanges are measured in BTC/USDT. Almost anyone in the community will tell you that tether is a scam or scam adjacent, and that these exchanges are all scams. So the "in the know" crypto users already know that only CB and Gemini are trustworthy, with the other "10 trustworthy exchanges" from the report also being usable in certain circumstances. But the "out of the know" CNBC reader doesn't even know that those 10 exchanges were endorsed by this report, which was done by an obviously pro-crypto firm.

    Your analysis:

    At levels like this, I would expect this should cripple the crypto market, but it seems like those still on board are so heavily invested at this point that they will continue ignoring evidence like this.

    (opinion incoming) exemplifies this "out of the know" reader, in that you're making judgement about people that are "still on board" without realizing that those people would never use these exchanges, and don't take their reported volume into account for anything. I am claiming that this article only serves to make non-investors in bitcoin feel good about their non-investment by very selectively covering a more responsible report done by Bitwise.

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  18. Comment on Majority of Bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds in ~tech

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    You might be dramatically overestimating the use of the exchanges that are doing this shit. Coinbase and Gemini are considered the gold standard in the US, and they're not was trading. I can just...

    You might be dramatically overestimating the use of the exchanges that are doing this shit. Coinbase and Gemini are considered the gold standard in the US, and they're not was trading. I can just make a website and claim all this trade volume but that doesn't mean that anyone in the community is accepting me or my website.

    $273 million in trading volume daily is pretty solid in the grand scheme of things. This whole article seems like a lot of hoopla to me. Any conversation about the meta of crypto like trading volume or price is kind of just a silly conversation. The technology is interesting and the better conversation is will it lead to useful applications or not, imo.

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  19. Comment on DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System in ~misc

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    This video is is so overused, as if in 2014, some youtuber had the last say about innovation in voting methods. I am looking forward to the day when a suitable cryptographic voting solution is...

    This video is is so overused, as if in 2014, some youtuber had the last say about innovation in voting methods.

    I am looking forward to the day when a suitable cryptographic voting solution is built and I'm glad people are still researching it, even after watching the video.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

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    Forget the commentary, but there's primary source information coming straight from kurz. Can't really discard that.

    Forget the commentary, but there's primary source information coming straight from kurz. Can't really discard that.

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