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  1. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    Did I say Nate Silver is good? How is your article relevant? Notice the difference between our comments: I talk about the data, you talk about the guy. "Guy bad, so data bad."
    1. Did I say Nate Silver is good?
    2. How is your article relevant?

    Notice the difference between our comments: I talk about the data, you talk about the guy. "Guy bad, so data bad."

    argumentum ad hominem: refers to a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself

    5 votes
  2. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    I see this as hominem shit about Nate Silver regularly, but thankfully I don't actually see it in the saner corners of the internet such as tildes. Sad that changes today. Probabilities are...

    I see this as hominem shit about Nate Silver regularly, but thankfully I don't actually see it in the saner corners of the internet such as tildes. Sad that changes today.

    Probabilities are probabilities, 538 was by far the most correct model of all the ones available before the election, and just because you say "there's a higher probability X wins than Y" doesn't make you wrong it Y wins. In retrospect, their 70ish percent prediction is very reasonable. It's the people who went over 90 you shouldn't listen to.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The crossworders that's the team led by the husband of the winner from the earlier seasons right? Crazy shit. Ancient Alumni is my favourite team for the current season I'm watching, but as a fan...

    The crossworders that's the team led by the husband of the winner from the earlier seasons right? Crazy shit.

    Ancient Alumni is my favourite team for the current season I'm watching, but as a fan of escape rooms I was rooting for the escapologists last season and they delivered!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I've been watching so much Only Connect. I think I'll do a thread on it… it's insanely addictive and fantastic to see those teams.

    I've been watching so much Only Connect. I think I'll do a thread on it… it's insanely addictive and fantastic to see those teams.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Can anyone help me narrow down the definition of "gaslighting" to better make sense of it as a concept? in ~talk

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    The way "gaslighting" is currently used, it often means "bombarding with propaganda". When used in the context of a single person lying, it doesn't make sense, but if that person lying is part of...

    The way "gaslighting" is currently used, it often means "bombarding with propaganda".

    When used in the context of a single person lying, it doesn't make sense, but if that person lying is part of a larger group of incessent, often-contradictory lies, calling it gaslighting makes a lot of sense.

    Especially when those same people tell you: "you can't trust the media", "everyone other than me is lying to you", etc.

    In other words, in its current usage, it means propagandizing; denying reality; breaking people's ability to determine what is true or false.

    Edit: I think @cfabbro wrote a better summary than I did, so refer to that.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    This logic of "but this is where the word came from and what it originally meant, nevermind current usage" can be turned on its head to justify the use of every other slur you quoted in your post...

    "Cripple", in its original form, referred to physically disabled people. Later uses, meaning "useless", "reduced in utility", and such, came entirely out of that definition.

    This logic of "but this is where the word came from and what it originally meant, nevermind current usage" can be turned on its head to justify the use of every other slur you quoted in your post above. It is as flawed as the whole "master" debate mentioned elsewhere in the thread and breaks down very quickly with even the faintest of knowledge of how etymology works.

    Offence usually comes with intent. What makes those words slurs is the general agreement that they are, in fact, slurs. It works like currency: Anything can be a currency, but only if a sufficient amount of people agree that it is in fact a currency. Saying "nevermind current usage, this is a slur because it's originally related to one" is basically saying "forget the central bank, this is legal tender because I think it is".

    I'm going to stop talking about this in this thread now, as it's extremely off-topic, but do feel free to @ me should you start this discussion again elsewhere as I'm interested in continuing it.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    If you have a problem with someone using a particular word, you can say it directly to them. No amount of passive-aggressive bots will fix whatever you think is a problem here. There is nothing...

    If you have a problem with someone using a particular word, you can say it directly to them. No amount of passive-aggressive bots will fix whatever you think is a problem here.

    There is nothing less welcoming in a community than being told by a script that you're englishing wrong. It's like getting a customer support email from noreply@.

    To address @cfabbro's example though, "cripple" I see is defined as offensive when used as a noun in two particular instances, all referring to "people with disabilities": https://www.dictionary.com/browse/cripple - Wikipedia agrees with four citations. I had never heard of it being considered offensive when used as a verb ("to cripple something" -> to severely damage and limit its capabilities), and indeed some cursory research in a community I admittedly know little about has not convinced me many people within that community consider the verb to be problematic.

    Unrelated to the verb, I came across this article while researching the use and thought this was a pretty neat take:

    There are a variety of things that I cannot do: walk, talk, etc. Surely if someone says that I shouldn't refer to myself as a cripple or handicapped, they are taking away another ability—the ability to express myself.

    Rings familiar…

    16 votes
  8. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    You'll find very similar comments about american exceptionalism from me (one of them from today on hn in fact). I am not american, but I am acutely aware of its outsized influence on the rest of...

    You'll find very similar comments about american exceptionalism from me (one of them from today on hn in fact). I am not american, but I am acutely aware of its outsized influence on the rest of the world.

    I hope I'm wrong about this but I believe what I'm saying here in RBG's death and its timing being the most impactful thing to happen this year. It may just be a catalyst for things that will have an impact for decades to come, which honestly I don't believe COVID will hold a candle to. And due to the USA being the USA, such things will have a ridiculously large influence on other countries as well.

    I'll elaborate when I'm less tired, and less pissed off.

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    I have not said this this year, but I will say it today: Fuck 2020. I believe this is possibly the most impactful thing, worldwide, to happen this year. And yes, I am well aware of what is...

    I have not said this this year, but I will say it today:

    Fuck 2020.

    I believe this is possibly the most impactful thing, worldwide, to happen this year. And yes, I am well aware of what is competing with that particular event.

    22 votes
  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I can't wait for axels! Jumps are SO MUCH FUN, and the impact of the progress on them is greatly enhanced by the weight loss; getting lighter makes me feel more airborne. This is roughly the state...

    I can't wait for axels! Jumps are SO MUCH FUN, and the impact of the progress on them is greatly enhanced by the weight loss; getting lighter makes me feel more airborne.

    This is roughly the state of my waltz jump right now: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4SVURD2CLk76EuRf7 - I'm going to work on it more, try to really push on the kick to get more altitude.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    As I've reduced my food intake (and mostly switched to prepackaged rice and energy bars), I did notice a hell of a lot more time available now that I have to deal with less dishes, less grocery...

    As I've reduced my food intake (and mostly switched to prepackaged rice and energy bars), I did notice a hell of a lot more time available now that I have to deal with less dishes, less grocery shopping, less time spent cooking obviously.. and less time spent eating.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Two weeks ago. I got through the barrier! My lowest is now 79.5kg. I took a picture of the scale :) Anyway, I started learning choctaws yesterday. They're fun and really hard! This is one of my...

    Two weeks ago.

    I got through the barrier! My lowest is now 79.5kg. I took a picture of the scale :)

    Anyway, I started learning choctaws yesterday. They're fun and really hard! This is one of my better attempts today: https://photos.app.goo.gl/N4jA19tpMhUbMkK79

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Wisdom teeth recovery tips? in ~health

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    Paracetamol. Stay in bed. There's really no miracle solution, next two days are most likely gonna suck. Drink lots of water, keep it tepid.

    Paracetamol. Stay in bed.

    There's really no miracle solution, next two days are most likely gonna suck. Drink lots of water, keep it tepid.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Rocket League's free-to-play launch will be September 23, update coming tomorrow that will add cross-platform account linking and more in ~games

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    Same, got my refund. The trick was to be specific: you bought the game to play on Linux and are not able to play it anymore. They gave it to me without having to press them.

    Same, got my refund. The trick was to be specific: you bought the game to play on Linux and are not able to play it anymore. They gave it to me without having to press them.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The actual 2020 Tildes Unofficial Census in ~tildes.official

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    For international forms, I think the easiest way to phrase it is ask at what age did you complete education, and provide accompanying names. <12 (primary school only) 12-15 (secondary school /...

    For international forms, I think the easiest way to phrase it is ask at what age did you complete education, and provide accompanying names.

    • <12 (primary school only)
    • 12-15 (secondary school / high school)
    • 16-18 (high school / lyceum)
    • 18-22 (university)
    • 22+ (postgrad / phd)
    3 votes
  16. Comment on Apple has given Epic Games an indefinite extension for their use of Apple's SSO in ~tech

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    Must have realized it was a terrible, horrible no-good idea.

    Must have realized it was a terrible, horrible no-good idea.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I sometimes watch Would I Lie To You? on YouTube. It's presented by David Mitchell. I quite love it. So it wasn't particularly surprising to me that Only Connect showed up in my recommendations....

    I sometimes watch Would I Lie To You? on YouTube. It's presented by David Mitchell. I quite love it.

    So it wasn't particularly surprising to me that Only Connect showed up in my recommendations. It's presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell, David's wife. I've had it in my watchlist for a while, and I know it's a clever, nerdy game show. And I was bored so, from my tv, I clicked on the episode.

    I thought it was funny that there was a fellow named Tom Scott in the episode, but he looks nothing like the Tom Scott we all know and it is a pretty common name. So I figured it was a coincidence, right up until he opened his mouth and my mind was blown.

    And the comments on that video are priceless.

    Tom Scott : "Machine Learning should not be entirely trusted."
    Machine learning : "Hey, guys, I found an old video of Tom Scott from years ago !"

  18. Comment on Apple disabling 'Sign in with Apple' for Epic Games on September 11 in ~tech

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    It proxies the email address with a private one, among other things. Kind of like using apple pay or google pay generates a proxy card number.

    It proxies the email address with a private one, among other things. Kind of like using apple pay or google pay generates a proxy card number.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Apple disabling 'Sign in with Apple' for Epic Games on September 11 in ~tech

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    Your points are valid but also I would rather let google handle my authentication than random website #78058. I get sign in alerts, session listings and invalidation, 2fa, etc instead of ......

    Your points are valid but also I would rather let google handle my authentication than random website #78058. I get sign in alerts, session listings and invalidation, 2fa, etc instead of ... Probably plaintext passwords.

    If my oauth token gets compromised that is easier to deal with.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    Have you tried independence war 2? If you like freelancer I bet you'll have a blast with this one. It's on GOG.com.

    Have you tried independence war 2? If you like freelancer I bet you'll have a blast with this one. It's on GOG.com.

    1 vote