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  1. Comment on YouTube is still struggling to rein in its recommendation algorithm in ~tech

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    I like to have music on in the background. YouTube’s autoplay in theory would be great for that. In practice, it keeps bringing me back to the same few songs after a few iterations. Songs I liked...

    I like to have music on in the background. YouTube’s autoplay in theory would be great for that. In practice, it keeps bringing me back to the same few songs after a few iterations. Songs I liked a lot and listened to a bunch in the past, but don’t wanna hear anymore because I’ve heard them enough.

    I wish autoplay actually gave me new stuff to discover.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on YouTube is still struggling to rein in its recommendation algorithm in ~tech

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    And since you’ve had bagels every day for the last few days cause you just blindly listened to the salesperson when you were half asleep, they are now convinced that you want to eat bagels every...

    And since you’ve had bagels every day for the last few days cause you just blindly listened to the salesperson when you were half asleep, they are now convinced that you want to eat bagels every day for the rest of your life.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on YouTube is still struggling to rein in its recommendation algorithm in ~tech

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    A major annoyance I have is that when I see it’s gonna bring me back to the same video again via autoplay, and I hit “not interested”, it completely ignores that and goes to that video anyway. I...

    A major annoyance I have is that when I see it’s gonna bring me back to the same video again via autoplay, and I hit “not interested”, it completely ignores that and goes to that video anyway. I just told you I don’t wanna see that video, I’ve seen it 500 times already cause you keep going back to it

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Facebook plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger in ~tech

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    That’s gonna be extremely difficult here: everyone has whatsapp, and no one has any of those alternative apps. You may be able to convince your close friends, but will lose access to the large...

    That’s gonna be extremely difficult here: everyone has whatsapp, and no one has any of those alternative apps. You may be able to convince your close friends, but will lose access to the large group chat where your entire university course is in and discusses things like what’s gonna be on the exam, or that the prof announced an important thing today in the lecture you didn’t visit.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on What do I do now that I quit drinking? in ~talk

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    To add to that, the time on the road doesn’t have to be dead time either. If you’re driving a car, get yourself some audiobooks or audio dramas for on the road; if you’re in a train you can spend...

    To add to that, the time on the road doesn’t have to be dead time either. If you’re driving a car, get yourself some audiobooks or audio dramas for on the road; if you’re in a train you can spend the time reading or studying or really anything you can do with pen&paper / laptop / phone.

    I commuted two hours each way to school for a year (by train) and after the first few times it didn’t even feel very long anymore. Got a bit tiring to do daily, but doing it weekly is no issue at all, especially if there’s fun waiting on the other side.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What anime should everyone watch? in ~anime

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    Basically everything I’d say has been said already, but just to repeat some with extra info on what to expect: Nichijou - There’s really nothing like it, and it’s absolutely hillarious. Most...

    Basically everything I’d say has been said already, but just to repeat some with extra info on what to expect:

    • Nichijou - There’s really nothing like it, and it’s absolutely hillarious.
    • Most Studio Ghibli films. In particular, imo must-watches are:
      • Spirited Away - Adventure of a lost child in an insane spirit world ruled by an evil witch
      • Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind - The one that started it all. Fantastic world-building of a post-apocalyptic world
      • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - A lesser known one but honestly one of the most gorgeous films I’ve ever seen, in all aspects
      • Grave of the Fireflies - Best movie I’ll never watch again.
      • Kiki’s Delivery Service & My Neighbor Totoro - Watch them on a rainy sunday afternoon with a cup of your favourite hot beverage
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Fight me, it’s anime. And a masterpiece. Large-scale adventure of a few underqualified guys (read: children) to save the world
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Feels a lot like Avatar, imo. Long, epic journey in a world that keeps getting bigger and more hostile.

    And two personal suggestions that I haven’t seen mentioned:

    • A Place Further than the Universe - Four highschool girls travel to Antarctica. It’s a rather short show (13 eps if memory serves right) that just does everything right.
    • Hikaru no Go - And now for something completely different, watch a guy play Go (the boardgame) for 70 episodes. Somehow it doesn’t get boring. Goes under the category of sports anime, I guess.
    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Boggie - Parfüm - Hungarian song a friend of mine showed me. I can’t place why exactly I like it so much, but it’s been on repeat a few times this week. The video’s awesome, too. Apart from that,...

    Boggie - Parfüm - Hungarian song a friend of mine showed me. I can’t place why exactly I like it so much, but it’s been on repeat a few times this week. The video’s awesome, too.

    Apart from that, I’ve discovered Sophie Hunger (Spotify). I’ve particularly enjoyed her Swiss German songs (my native language), e.g. D’Red (The Speech) and Z'Lied Vor Freiheitsstatue (The Song of the Statue of Liberty), but she has a lot of great songs in other languages too, such as the French Le vent nous portera.

    There may be a trend that I enjoy songs in langugaes other than English more…

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Hey, Tildes, what's a strong opinion you hold, but which you also feel like is the minority opinion? in ~talk

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    That the changes we are seing in our languages are not bad and should be embraced rather than shamed. We get told at school over and over that one way of talking is better than another, that there...

    That the changes we are seing in our languages are not bad and should be embraced rather than shamed. We get told at school over and over that one way of talking is better than another, that there is right and wrong… but it’s all arbitrary. Language has been changing continously for longer than history exists. It’s the natural course of action. But people get attached to the way they speak and see the changes happening around them as decay, loss of beauty or ignorance of how things should be. And for what? To feel superior because they know how it should be?

    Similarly, dialects are good; variation in language is interesting; and ridiculing dialects is usually just thinly veiled racism or classism. I’m willing to bet a good sum of money that the reason AAVE (aka “black english”, “ebonics”) is looked down upon primarily because most of its speakers are either black, poor, or both.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How do you feel about where you live? in ~talk

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    Too busy for my taste. I didn’t exactly grow up in an extremely rural place, but going from “village next to a town of 30k” to “busy international city” is a decent culture shock regardless. I get...

    Too busy for my taste. I didn’t exactly grow up in an extremely rural place, but going from “village next to a town of 30k” to “busy international city” is a decent culture shock regardless. I get by, and it sure is convenient at times (e.g. the fact that many stores close closer to midnight than 7PM) but I just can’t get myself to like the concrete jungle. I miss the mountain view, too.

  10. Comment on How do you feel about where you live? in ~talk

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    Living in Zürich right now for school. Don’t like the city, but it sure as hell beats the two hours commute (each way) I had before…. Room I’m renting’s very cheap for the city, but the flat is...

    Living in Zürich right now for school. Don’t like the city, but it sure as hell beats the two hours commute (each way) I had before…. Room I’m renting’s very cheap for the city, but the flat is tiny (no living room, tiny kitchen and bathroom).

    It’s alright, all in all.

    5 votes