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  1. Comment on Amazon changed its search system to boost more-profitable listings, including its own brands in ~tech

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    People misinterpret this quite a bit. It's true that they need to hunt shareholder value, but that doesn't exclude long term plays. For years, Amazon operated at a loss in order to grow their...

    People misinterpret this quite a bit. It's true that they need to hunt shareholder value, but that doesn't exclude long term plays. For years, Amazon operated at a loss in order to grow their customer base. They could continue to offer fair search results in the name of retaining customers, and thus providing shareholder value in the long run. Of course, they could also make the decision they made and claim that it's also for shareholder value. My point is that Bezos' hands are certainly not tied here. They can do pretty much whatever they want. Amazon is not in danger of any shareholder action on a quarterly timeline, and that shouldn't be an excuse for their actions (not that you're necessarily making excuses). Consumers can also respond to shit like this to show that it's bad for shareholder value to fuck us, by shopping on brand sites, or on different retailer sites like walmart, or target.

  2. Comment on What happened to the real time strategy genre in ~games

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    To each their own, but if you want competitive RTS with a team element, then AOE could be for you. Check out this game played in a recent tournament if you’re interested....

    To each their own, but if you want competitive RTS with a team element, then AOE could be for you. Check out this game played in a recent tournament if you’re interested. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/475293368

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  3. Comment on What happened to the real time strategy genre in ~games

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    There are team games in age of empires 2. Im very excited for the definitive edition to drop. Hoping we get a few new faces into the game.

    There are team games in age of empires 2. Im very excited for the definitive edition to drop. Hoping we get a few new faces into the game.

  4. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    It doesn't answer why it's these students' responsibility to prop up the institutions. If HBCUs cannot attract black excellence at their desired rate, then let's examine that. If money is the...

    It doesn't answer why it's these students' responsibility to prop up the institutions. If HBCUs cannot attract black excellence at their desired rate, then let's examine that. If money is the issue, then we can try to come up with a way to raise more money. If name recognition is the issue, we can try to address that.

    What is stopping black colleges from building a desirable football program organically? The same bad argument can be applied to baseball. As mentioned earlier, baseball scouts pull a lot from Central America. Why don't those players choose to play pro ball in their own countries to drum up tourism? Because they can make some fucking money in the US! A guy like David Ortiz has done more for the DR by getting rich in USA than he would have if he stayed there and was the the king of nothing. The difference might not be so dramatic in this case, but it's the same concept. Look at Colin Kaepernick. Getting black men into the pros, into the spotlight, and into wealth is being done today. If those black men want to use their position to contribute to black society as a whole, then they should. But young students shouldn't be compelled to risk their own success to prop up black institutions. Black institutions should be compelled to support students.

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  5. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    Similar to what DMonitor is saying below, students spend 4 years in school developing for pro - in any sport. They don't sit on their asses for 4 years as a formality and then get drafted. Having...

    Similar to what DMonitor is saying below, students spend 4 years in school developing for pro - in any sport. They don't sit on their asses for 4 years as a formality and then get drafted.

    Having good teammates is also a huge factor, especially in football. I'm not talking in absolutes. Of course a top 10 player will be recognized basically anywhere. And the difference between the best football coach and a top 50 football coach might not completely disqualify a player from ever going pro.

    But these kids want to give themselves the best possible chance. That means optimizing for every marginal gain. There's potentially a place at HBCUs for students who excel in sports and also feel strongly connected to their heritage, or also excel in academics and are considering a different profession. But for elite athletes, the latter is rare, and I can't speak to the former, other than all these players seem to not care, as evidenced by them choosing to go somewhere else.

    I feel like you're sort of putting the cart before the horse with your main point of the money following the players. The current system is relatively predatory, we all know that. But existing D1 programs provide value to players, no doubt. They have years of investment in facilities, coaching strategy, they probably offer illegal kickbacks. There is undeniable institutional sports knowledge built into these programs. It seems like people feel very comfortable essentially shaming black athletes for not choosing an inferior option and I just don't get it. It seems comparable to me to saying to an elite academic that gets into Harvard and Howard and chooses Harvard that they're some kind of race traitor, and if all the smart blacks faded Harvard in favor of HBCUs, then recruiters would show more interest in those schools. I don't think you're wrong, but I'm wondering why anyone would think it's the responsibility of any individual to sacrifice their own career in order to raise up the careers of future members of their ethnic group. Respectable choice? Sure. Something I could understand? Sure. But do I think that I or any other person, black or otherwise can actually tell elite black students which path they should choose? No I don't.

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  6. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    This article cites an above-average rate of doctorship and lawyership for alumni of HBCUs but does so a little shadily. They are 3% of 4-year universities, but 50% of black lawyers graduated from...

    This article cites an above-average rate of doctorship and lawyership for alumni of HBCUs but does so a little shadily.

    They are 3% of 4-year universities, but 50% of black lawyers graduated from one. The question is how many black students go to which colleges though.

    For example, howard is 90% black, and has 10k undergrads, so thats 9k black students. Duke has 7k undergrads and is 10% black so they have 700 black students. If you have 32 Dukes and 1 Howard, it would be 9k black students from HBCUs and 15k from other schools. So thats more like 40% of black students getting 50% of the black lawyerships - pretty reasonable. Im doing my own bad stats here by just extrapolating Duke, but thats the way that statistic should be portrayed.

    Anyways my main problem with this article is that kids that have a shot at going pro, probably aren’t trying to be lawyers or doctors. They are trying to be pro athletes. Why wouldn’t they go to schools that give them the best opportunity to do so. I would go out on a limb and guess that 90% of black pro athletes or more came out of a d1 sports school.

    Im down to fuck the NCAA, but I don’t see what it has to do with race. If all if the black football players self-selected out of the best football programs, you would just see a trend towards more white pros.

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  7. Comment on Girls’ comparative advantage in reading can largely explain the gender gap in math-related fields in ~science.social

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    I think that if you enter college with a good idea of what you want to do, and you are passionate and commit your time in college to working on it, then I agree with you. I think the internet...

    I think that if you enter college with a good idea of what you want to do, and you are passionate and commit your time in college to working on it, then I agree with you. I think the internet feelgooders and guidance counselors overestimate the number of people that are passionate about something though. This is only my own experience of course.

    I think the real downside to this approach is it lets people rationalize their own self-doubt about their ability to learn more in-demand skills. I am a mediocre programmer making burlap sacks full of money, and I'm always jarred at how many people think that all programmers are some kinds of beastly systems architects. It's so simple to make good money in tech right now (and it might not last forever, and for some people it's harder than others to get good at, and it simply might not interest people). But for the people that get herded into "easier" majors because some of those classes sound cool (not "passion", more like a whiff of interest), I think it would benefit them to forego humanities degree and get the money.

    I myself have a degree in the humanities and it took me a couple of years to shift into a technical job. And I also heavily value critical thinking, creative writing, literature, and all that jazz. I regret not studying that stuff more in college. But when I was focused on getting a degree in a major that I wasn't actually passionate about, I ended up slacking in the classes and not challenging myself. Perhaps if I had done the slacking in a CS curriculum instead, I could have taken more electives and actually valued my time there.

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  8. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    To build on this, idk if you're 18 or not, but if you're very young, you will have to prove that you can thrive in a team environment. Junior positions will not require experience, or a degree for...

    To build on this, idk if you're 18 or not, but if you're very young, you will have to prove that you can thrive in a team environment. Junior positions will not require experience, or a degree for that matter. Just being bright and performing decently on tech interviews should be good enough. But in your case, you're also trying to overcome a 4 year gap in social learning. That would be the biggest thing for me if I was evaluating you as a candidate.

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  9. Comment on Silvio Gesell, who wanted to create money that expired, is making a comeback in ~science.social

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    Its an interesting thought, and I like the nod to Keynes in this article; we are taught “Keynsian” economics but are spared some of his more radical ideas in economics classes today. I do get the...

    Its an interesting thought, and I like the nod to Keynes in this article; we are taught “Keynsian” economics but are spared some of his more radical ideas in economics classes today.

    I do get the sense that rich people will always find something to horde, and taking money away will just be an inconvenience more than anything else. It’s possible that the need to actively manage one’s wealth would result in more trading fees put into the economy, but idk. This is also not something that matters only to rich people. What happens if your friend is getting married next year across the country and you’re saving $1500 to make the trip? Over the year you put about $120 a month away, but at the end of the year, you only have $1000. “Regular people” would need a proxy for savings because you can’t just force everyone to live paycheck to paycheck. But regular people will never have something that rich people cant get. Im skeptical.

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  10. Comment on PewDiePie surpasses 100m subscriber mark on YouTube in ~tech

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    I got into Pewdiepie a little bit before the sub to pewdiepie thing started when he was doing a lot of commentary and using his insider knowledge of youtube to color his thoughts other youtube...

    I got into Pewdiepie a little bit before the sub to pewdiepie thing started when he was doing a lot of commentary and using his insider knowledge of youtube to color his thoughts other youtube drama. He was the only commentary channel that I'm aware of (not that I'm aware of a ton) that would just give an honest take. Being a "victim" of internet pileups himself, he sometimes steps in to defend someone that he feels is wrongly being "cancelled". For that period of his channel, I'd say post-n-word through t series saga, it was this really great introspective meta channel.

    If you're talking about his actual gaming videos which have always made him more money but are less interesting, IMO, I guess it's just escapist entertainment. Whatever you find yourself doing for fun, some grouch can say that it's not contributing to society and it's a huge time sink. I don't think that being an entertainer is such a shameful profession. And btw, some people might call him "obscenely rich", I wouldn't. There are far more financially successful youtubers, and as a whole, they are making less than most other celebrity type people. He has certainly made a lot of money on Youtube, but he's also put in a lot of work. I can understand that you personally don't appreciate that work, but he has millions of fans that do.

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  11. Comment on Privacytools delisted brave from their website in ~tech

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    Ok so basically you personally don’t like the people and business model? To answer your original question, I like the product and calling it an MLM is just disingenuous.

    Ok so basically you personally don’t like the people and business model? To answer your original question, I like the product and calling it an MLM is just disingenuous.

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  12. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    I have a vivoaport and prefer it to the fitbit charge hr (from a while ago... ewaste and all) but not enough to wear it regularly. It has a gps and in my case I like that it can tell you your run...

    I have a vivoaport and prefer it to the fitbit charge hr (from a while ago... ewaste and all) but not enough to wear it regularly. It has a gps and in my case I like that it can tell you your run pace. Maybe it does something similar for swimmers. The main thing I don’t like is the software, which is true for fitbit as well. Syncing is clunky and I don’t really want these kinds of apps to have detailed info about me so I end up not using the device to its full extent.

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  13. Comment on Privacytools delisted brave from their website in ~tech

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    Can you explain why you don't like Brave? I use brave on all my devices and have not had any issues. The chromium core doesn't really bother me. I am not opposed to FF but seems like a lot of...

    Can you explain why you don't like Brave? I use brave on all my devices and have not had any issues. The chromium core doesn't really bother me. I am not opposed to FF but seems like a lot of setup for an equally private browsing experience.

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  14. Comment on Netflix has signed a multimillion-dollar, multi-year exclusive agreement with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in ~tv

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    I like all 3 books. Lies is great in that it defines a whole world and cast and really grips you. I guess you could say that 2 and 3 rest on their laurels more and just exist in the world that you...

    I like all 3 books. Lies is great in that it defines a whole world and cast and really grips you. I guess you could say that 2 and 3 rest on their laurels more and just exist in the world that you already know. But I wouldn’t call that bad. I read them all years ago and think of the 3 as one long story, not a good book and 2 mediocre books.

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  15. Comment on Ooblets dev received thousands of "hateful, threatening messages" over Epic exclusivity in ~games

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    I wont defend death threats either. At the time that I posted this comment, the post and comments all felt very much like “wow these poor defenseless indie devs are getting death threats from evil...

    I wont defend death threats either. At the time that I posted this comment, the post and comments all felt very much like “wow these poor defenseless indie devs are getting death threats from evil gamers” and I just wanted to add context to the discussion.

    I think, unemotionally and with no attachment to this game at all, that the devs fucked over their core fans - the people that had given them the money to bring their game this far. I don’t have sympathy that public opinion has turned on them up to the point of their physical safety, at which point the mod has clearly gone too far.

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  16. Comment on Feature a band/artist in three tracks. in ~music

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    Bomb the Music Industry! Genres: Punk, Ska Don't know how to sell them, so let's just say that Jeff Rosenstock's energy and songwriting make for great records. Track 1: Skye! Life is Awesome! -...

    Bomb the Music Industry!

    Genres: Punk, Ska

    Don't know how to sell them, so let's just say that Jeff Rosenstock's energy and songwriting make for great records.

    Track 1: Skye! Life is Awesome! - Early work. Very rough mixing, very bright and youthful vibe.

    Track 2: 25! - Mid point for the band. This song and album has better recording than the older work (not that much better, he did it himself for every record), and the subject matter is more about getting older and wanting to stay young.

    Track 3: Campaign for a Better Weekend - One of the band's later albums, this track paints a picture of the city conspiring to ruin a perfect day, and the different ways you can look at life.

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  17. Comment on Ooblets dev received thousands of "hateful, threatening messages" over Epic exclusivity in ~games

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    They had been funding their game via patreon, and there are now some long-time patrons who will not be able to play the game. Ben and Rebecca responded pretty poorly to that, and it blew up in the...

    They had been funding their game via patreon, and there are now some long-time patrons who will not be able to play the game. Ben and Rebecca responded pretty poorly to that, and it blew up in the gaming community. I could care less about this game, and it seems like that's the case for many here just scoffing at the outraged gamers. But I think the point is that the EGS doesn't support a lot of regions, and there are people who have been supporting this game for a long time who feel like they were sold out. Context: https://old.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/cl3yoc/the_developers_behind_ooblets_are_a_textbook/

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  18. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

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    The Sly Cooper series

    The Sly Cooper series

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  19. Comment on Twitch streamer Ninja leaves Twitch and will be streaming on Mixer in ~games

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    If you sub to a streamer on twitch for a month and they don’t stream once, you’ve wasted $5. It can be toxic for full time streamers. Taking a week vacation means a whole week where people will...

    If you sub to a streamer on twitch for a month and they don’t stream once, you’ve wasted $5.

    It can be toxic for full time streamers. Taking a week vacation means a whole week where people will not be renewing their sub or donating. For small and medium streamers who do it part time, they are more likely to have a dedicated core. But if you’re making lets say tens if thousands or more a month from subs, then you’re more likely to think of subs as $5 trees and they’re more likely to think of you as a tv channel.

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  20. Comment on Capitalism isn't 'broken'. It's working all too well - and we're the worse for it in ~misc

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    Well, agree to disagree for the most part. You're still sort of putting words in my mouth here: It's not the nation's success, it's the nation's successful implementation of socialist policies....

    Well, agree to disagree for the most part. You're still sort of putting words in my mouth here:

    I am going to strongly disagree with you about cultural and racial homogeneity being part of a nation's success

    It's not the nation's success, it's the nation's successful implementation of socialist policies.

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    All kinds of insurance work the exact same way

    It's not like it's that simple to run an insurance pool. It's one thing in theory to simply lower prices a bit to the point that you're not making a profit, and get better-negotiated prices because you are a monopsony consumer, but the government still needs to review every claim, negotiate deals with hospitals and pharma, and do all the other shit that comes with operating an insurance company. Just because they don't care about a profit doesn't mean they don't care about running the business well. I believe this could work, but it's really really hard. The system has to be robust to a republican becoming president. The best way to do that is to actually get republicans on board. Republican voters are starting to turn on healthcare in polling, so maybe that's getting close. I don't think you will find long-term success with that kind of program by shoving it through during the first 2 years of a blue cycle. It would simply be removed later.

    Your city or county is now your ISP and maintains the network. You pay them for this service and everything works as it does now.

    I'm all in favor of this, but it's an area where rich liberal tech cities will be doing great, and everywhere else will be SOL. How will the Flint ISP hold up compared to Seattle's? Just like offloading welfare to individual states was probably good for people on welfare in blue states and bad for people in red states, I think local ISP's would be a disaster for a lot of the poor. Of course, I'll take it anyways. I think it's the way of the world that those people are going to be left behind by their inept leaders. But if you want national socialism to work, those are the exact people you need to slow down and wait for.