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  1. Comment on Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" (2011) in ~tech

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    I go back and watch this talk regularly. I saw it back in 2011 and it was… something fun and interesting to think about at the time. But it stuck to me. And then the 2012 elections happened and I...

    I go back and watch this talk regularly. I saw it back in 2011 and it was… something fun and interesting to think about at the time. But it stuck to me. And then the 2012 elections happened and I thought about it again. And several times after that. And especially during and after the 2016 elections…

    Worth watching if you haven't seen it. Worth re-watching if you have.

  2. Comment on Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting in ~tech

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    ??? There's always been some places that are ok with it and where you do get away with it, and in most places you don't. I invite you to try…

    Nowadays, you expect to get away with it because 'free speech' or something like that.

    ???

    There's always been some places that are ok with it and where you do get away with it, and in most places you don't. I invite you to try…

  3. Comment on New Zealand to ban semi-automatic rifles in ~news

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    My understanding is that the gunman didn't come from NZ, so this isn't a case of NZ "producing" people like this.

    My understanding is that the gunman didn't come from NZ, so this isn't a case of NZ "producing" people like this.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting in ~tech

  5. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    A refilled bottle is probably even harder to reuse than a recycled one. It still needs to be thoroughly cleaned for health&safety reasons. It can't be chipped/broken/leaky. And it's a lot more...

    A refilled bottle is probably even harder to reuse than a recycled one. It still needs to be thoroughly cleaned for health&safety reasons. It can't be chipped/broken/leaky. And it's a lot more fragile to transport than broken glass.

  6. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Yup. A social network by definition is a platform that is created for its users to spread their message. Ergo social networks should take responsibility when they spread bad things, just as they...

    Yup. A social network by definition is a platform that is created for its users to spread their message. Ergo social networks should take responsibility when they spread bad things, just as they do when they spread good things.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    A good example of something that sounds good on paper, but isn't actually free. Glass is heavy. Bottles need to be cleaned and usually recycled before they can be reused. What do you think is more...

    glass bottles that get returned to the seller to be refilled

    A good example of something that sounds good on paper, but isn't actually free.

    Glass is heavy. Bottles need to be cleaned and usually recycled before they can be reused. What do you think is more efficient in terms of energy, the few millidrops of oil and tiny amount of power required for a new plastic bottle, or the entire recycling process of a glass bottle?

    BTW to be clear, I don't know the answer to that. Could be recycling glass is more efficient. But the key is that the answer isn't obvious, so even "produce less waste" is not necessarily the answer.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    I want to elaborate on my earlier comment about why deplatforming is not always good. Germany to make it a crime to run a Tor node/website - Hacker News It's taken to an extreme, but it is the...

    I want to elaborate on my earlier comment about why deplatforming is not always good.

    Germany to make it a crime to run a Tor node/website - Hacker News

    It's taken to an extreme, but it is the same mindset that leads to this. Tor hosts some really, really vile shit (Nazis are the least of tor's problems), but at least in tech circles it's uncontroversial to say that it is an extremely useful tool that should not be banned. And tor itself, by its decentralized nature, isn't an organization that can ban specific websites/services. So instead, legislators want to ban the whole thing.

    What I'm saying here and in the other post is, just don't be too quick on the draw with these things. The potential in unintended consequences is real.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    And: extremely cheap and easy to produce. People too often forget that ecologically, producing plastic can be more eco-friendly than producing an equivalent amount of biodegradable alternatives...

    It's light, durable, often see-through, and resilient.

    And: extremely cheap and easy to produce. People too often forget that ecologically, producing plastic can be more eco-friendly than producing an equivalent amount of biodegradable alternatives (=> requires more power to produce, more power to extract the resources, more complex machinery in general, recycling requires power as well, …).

    What I'm saying is maybe more people should play Factorio. :)

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    You're interpreting my comment as "Nazis must not be stopped", when I clearly said I'm in favor of deplatforming. However I'm also in favor of "dumb pipes", so there's layers at which I believe...

    You're interpreting my comment as "Nazis must not be stopped", when I clearly said I'm in favor of deplatforming.

    However I'm also in favor of "dumb pipes", so there's layers at which I believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of how much I disagree with or despise their views (unless otherwise required by law enforcement). Including but not limited to: AWS, Cloudflare, ISPs, water/electricity.

    Deplatforming on social media is completely fine IMO. But I do not want certain services to start policing content themselves.
    In other words, I believe it's fair to tell YouTube: "By giving Nazis access to your platform with millions of users, you're spreading Nazi propaganda". I don't believe it's fair to tell that to Cloudflare, though.

    I've written about free speech on Tildes before. In that post, you'll note I very clearly am against "absolute" free speech (and I too, used to be in favour of it). But the principles of it are good, you just have to understand how to apply them.

    19 votes
  11. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    I generally agree with deplatforming nazis, alt-right, and in general anything with the potential for great social harm (incl things like antivax), but keep in mind there's many shades of...
    • Exemplary x2

    I generally agree with deplatforming nazis, alt-right, and in general anything with the potential for great social harm (incl things like antivax), but keep in mind there's many shades of "deplatforming" and taking an outright stance like this is dangerous.

    This is an example from someone generally well-respected in my twitter feed: https://twitter.com/paulcbetts/status/1106433183195684864

    Cloudflare willingly hosts the content for both 4Chan and 8Chan. Why the fuck is this still happening, this site should've been deplatformed long ago.
    If you're giving @Cloudflare a single penny, move to an alternative. If you work there, quit tomorrow.

    I've not bothered answering on Twitter because the medium prevents nuanced discussion, but Cloudflare's neutralness is exemplary. In fact, they only time they've actually kicked someone out of their platform, it was an alt-right outlet (and tech circles were up in arms about this, including very-not-alt-right circles).

    I know people at Cloudflare and all of them are fantastic people and the opposite of alt-right. And yet, there's this sentiment I see growing in some misguided people that Cloudflare is pro-all-these-things.
    This isn't to mention that 4chan is obviously bigger than its crass alt-right corners and even though I think the entire website is a toxic hellpit to avoid at all costs, it's unfair for a large portion of its users to paint it in that tweet's context.
    This is like asking Amazon to stop hosting Reddit because T_D is a popular subreddit. As much as I despise these movements, I do not want Cloudflare, AWS etc to start deplatforming legal shit (be it alt-right, flat earth or whatever). OTOH, YouTube and Twitter are more than welcome to do so -- Social networks are in a different position than hosting providers.

    I've had to similarly defend friends at the EFF, who have themselves had to defend some pretty repugnant people. Not because they like those people, but to set clear precedent.

    This is the dangerous side of the "deplatform everything" movement. It seems that regardless of political affiliation, a majority of people simply do not understand that the tactics they use against their opponents can and will be used against them too.

    29 votes
  12. Comment on Domain names as tags in ~tildes

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    I've sometimes tagged video posts with the youtube author. For some youtubers (Wendover, CGPGrey, Veritasium, Contra, etc) I think it makes a lot of sense. This is useful I think, and I could see...

    I've sometimes tagged video posts with the youtube author. For some youtubers (Wendover, CGPGrey, Veritasium, Contra, etc) I think it makes a lot of sense. This is useful I think, and I could see the argument for doing it with domain names (sometimes).

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files in ~tech

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    For what it's worth, that's one of the things Pocket Premium does.

    For what it's worth, that's one of the things Pocket Premium does.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are some things other people dislike that you quite enjoy? in ~talk

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    That sounds delicious.

    That sounds delicious.

  15. Comment on What are some things other people dislike that you quite enjoy? in ~talk

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    Anchovies on pizza is honestly an amazing thing. It's weird because when people ask me if I like fish on a pizza I'd say "ew, no, that's disgusting"; but anchovies don't even register as fish for...

    Anchovies on pizza is honestly an amazing thing. It's weird because when people ask me if I like fish on a pizza I'd say "ew, no, that's disgusting"; but anchovies don't even register as fish for me. They're just a pizza topping.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on POKÉMON Detective Pikachu - Official Trailer 2 in ~movies

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    I feel exactly the same way. This is probably the movie I'm most excited about this year. And I guess Lion King as well.

    I feel exactly the same way. This is probably the movie I'm most excited about this year. And I guess Lion King as well.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on His Dark Materials: Teaser Trailer in ~tv

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    I remember going to watch the movie. It wasn't awful but it was slow-paced and ended completely out of nowhere. Is that what you're referring to? nnnngnnnnnnhhh. Now that I know this it's hard not...

    there's a real chance of getting burned (again).

    I remember going to watch the movie. It wasn't awful but it was slow-paced and ended completely out of nowhere. Is that what you're referring to?

    check out the audiobook. It's read by Philip Pullman himself, and has a full cast of actors for all the dialogue.

    nnnngnnnnnnhhh. Now that I know this it's hard not to be tempted.
    I read HDM as a kid; probably the first set of books I read that left such a lasting mark on me. I'm extremely hesitant to re-read (or listen) to them, there's something special about having only the "mental scar" of the book so to say, and remembering so little of it.

    Man if I had a penny for every tear that trilogy made me shed, I'd still not have stopped crying half-way through getting richer than bill gates.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone in ~tech

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    The drone delivery portion of the video starts roughly 3 minutes in. Super cool to see how this stuff works. I'm especially impressed with the hook-catch landing system.

    The drone delivery portion of the video starts roughly 3 minutes in. Super cool to see how this stuff works. I'm especially impressed with the hook-catch landing system.

    1 vote