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  1. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    A. I suppose nobody had any friends prior to videogames B. You think I wouldn't teach them once I do introduce it? I had plenty of supports for my autism in high school, then none in adult life,...

    A. I suppose nobody had any friends prior to videogames

    B. You think I wouldn't teach them once I do introduce it? I had plenty of supports for my autism in high school, then none in adult life, and I became homeless within a year

    C. Fair point there, but I'd rather a database leak than my kids be allowed to see things that will traumatize them.

    D. I'm 20, i'm very much aware of how online works. AND I ALMOST DIED FROM IT. You will not be able to change my mind, because I almost ended my life because of this godforsaken piece of technology, and I will be damned if my kids suffer the same fate I did.

    E. If I'm wrong and kids can only socialize via internet these days, then I guess I won't bring any children into a world like that.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    Well of course i'd allow educational sites and Wikipedia. I guess, more specifically, it would be a social media and over-IP gaming ban. Considering I attempted killing myself because of social...

    Well of course i'd allow educational sites and Wikipedia. I guess, more specifically, it would be a social media and over-IP gaming ban. Considering I attempted killing myself because of social media - and I was raised on the Internet, i'd rather have sheltered kids than suicidal kids.

    EDIT: At the least, I would like the "You must be over age X to view this page" be backed up by a photo ID reviewed by human admins, like how the UK attempted to do that for pornography sites.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    Can agree. My first suicide attempt was heavily influence by online discussions.

    Can agree. My first suicide attempt was heavily influence by online discussions.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    This is probably the best decision by far. When I have children (assuming uterus transplants ever become a thing), I wouldn't even want them on the Internet as it is till at least the end of...

    This is probably the best decision by far. When I have children (assuming uterus transplants ever become a thing), I wouldn't even want them on the Internet as it is till at least the end of elementary school.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Testimony of Michael D. Cohen — Committee on Oversight and Reform — U.S. House of Representatives in ~news

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    I mean, the American Civil war had symptoms in hindsight that correlate to today. Polarization of Congress (Democratic Party upholding Slavery, Republican Party fighting for its abolition) lead to...

    I mean, the American Civil war had symptoms in hindsight that correlate to today. Polarization of Congress (Democratic Party upholding Slavery, Republican Party fighting for its abolition) lead to fights breaking out in Congress (Preston Brooks beating up Charles Sumner with a cane). We have people today who will disavow family for supporting/detesting the President. We have such polarization today that the Overton Window is now two separate windows. Most young Democrats' window is 100% unthinkable in the Republican window and vice-versa.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Testimony of Michael D. Cohen — Committee on Oversight and Reform — U.S. House of Representatives in ~news

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    With how the Republican congresspeople literally said Cohen was "fake news", I think it's safe to say that America is in some pre-Civil War times. Lincoln's "A House Divided" speech from 1858 is...

    With how the Republican congresspeople literally said Cohen was "fake news", I think it's safe to say that America is in some pre-Civil War times. Lincoln's "A House Divided" speech from 1858 is resonating real hard right now:

    "A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South. "

    I fully expect either a civil war or just a complete breakdown of politics. Maybe a Reichstag fire

    1 vote
  7. Comment on SEC asks judge to hold Elon Musk in contempt for violating settlement related to Twitter usage in ~tech

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    I'm pretty sure that if Twitter was to be used as a source of official information, then there are a lot more broken promises to sue over.

    I'm pretty sure that if Twitter was to be used as a source of official information, then there are a lot more broken promises to sue over.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Message For Maduro? Rubio Tweets Image Of Bloody Gaddafi, Killed After U.S. Intervened in ~news

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    That is absolutely and completely disgusting, regardless of whether you think the Gaddafi regime was better compared to the current situation. We should not stoop to this level as a country, where...

    That is absolutely and completely disgusting, regardless of whether you think the Gaddafi regime was better compared to the current situation. We should not stoop to this level as a country, where we use such disgusting imagery - especially to another sovereign nation's (possibly pretend) ruler.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on San Diego-Based Group Wins U.S. Suit: Male-Only Draft Unconstitutional in ~news

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    So my main standpoint for not abolishing the draft is having a contingency plan for if the United States (or any country) is invaded on the home front. You'd have a population willing to fight...

    So my main standpoint for not abolishing the draft is having a contingency plan for if the United States (or any country) is invaded on the home front. You'd have a population willing to fight tooth and nail to save their homes and loved ones. With plans for a draft and legislation in place, that speeds up admin by a fuckton.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on San Diego-Based Group Wins U.S. Suit: Male-Only Draft Unconstitutional in ~news

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    I pretty much agree. The draft isn't about the men going off to fight, it's about defending your country if the proverbial feces hits the fan. Like if [powerful country here] invaded and you had...

    I pretty much agree. The draft isn't about the men going off to fight, it's about defending your country if the proverbial feces hits the fan. Like if [powerful country here] invaded and you had to mobilize everyone possible.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on When Male Rape Victims Are Accountable for Child Support in ~misc

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    Of course. But there is one small problem. If a female rapist gets pregnant from her crime, and wants the child, then what? I imagine the child would be forced into foster care?

    Of course. But there is one small problem. If a female rapist gets pregnant from her crime, and wants the child, then what? I imagine the child would be forced into foster care?

  12. Comment on When Male Rape Victims Are Accountable for Child Support in ~misc

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    Honestly, if the woman victim* wants the child, I feel the child should be acknowledged as fatherless by default. I just woke up, oops

    Honestly, if the woman victim* wants the child, I feel the child should be acknowledged as fatherless by default.

    I just woke up, oops

  13. Comment on Open-Source, Free Games in ~games

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    I've never heard of that one before but that sounds like Dwarf Fortress as the goblins instead of dwarves. I want it.

    I've never heard of that one before but that sounds like Dwarf Fortress as the goblins instead of dwarves. I want it.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Guild Wars 2 Developer ArenaNet Plans For Mass Layoffs in ~games

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    Yeah, tech stocks in general dropped pretty hard in 2018. Gaming stocks were hit especially hard due to lots of negative news, including but not limited to: Diablo Immortal "You all have phones,...

    Yeah, tech stocks in general dropped pretty hard in 2018. Gaming stocks were hit especially hard due to lots of negative news, including but not limited to:

    • Diablo Immortal "You all have phones, right?"
    • EA Battlefront 2 and the myriad of international legal committees spawned from "Pride and Accomplishment"
    • Bethesda's Fallout 76
    • Lootboxes and anti-consumer practices in general.
    9 votes
  15. Comment on Open-Source, Free Games in ~games

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    I've seen ToME, Angband, Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, and several others mentioned - all free and worth a spin.

    I've seen ToME, Angband, Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, and several others mentioned - all free and worth a spin.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on When Male Rape Victims Are Accountable for Child Support in ~misc

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    I am absolutely disgusted how many women think that men are immune from rape/sexual assault. That's partially why female-on-male domestic violence is even less reported than the already vastly...

    I am absolutely disgusted how many women think that men are immune from rape/sexual assault. That's partially why female-on-male domestic violence is even less reported than the already vastly under-reported male-on-female domestic violence.

    I tend to merge the issues of male rape victims being forced to pay child support with its foil of women rape victims being forced to deal with the male rapist in many states that ban abortion past a certain number of weeks, or who are forced to have joint custody of the child she did not want.

    The example male rape victim did not want the child either, why should he be forced into this from a crime? It will have life-long mental distress on him, reliving his victimhood for at least 18 years.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Open-Source, Free Games in ~games

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    Those are pretty cool games! Never could work around buiding neat Powder Toy stuff so i'd just make a pressurized volcano. I suppose if we're going to count OpenMW, I like OpenRCT2 as well.

    Those are pretty cool games! Never could work around buiding neat Powder Toy stuff so i'd just make a pressurized volcano.

    I suppose if we're going to count OpenMW, I like OpenRCT2 as well.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on As mainstream journalists acknowledge Douma attacks were likely "Staged," the "Humanitarian" Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship in ~news

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    I have to agree with the other two commenters - you seem to be in a pretty bad media bubble yourself. That being prefaced - criticism is good and so is conservatism, but half-truths and full 'fake...

    I have to agree with the other two commenters - you seem to be in a pretty bad media bubble yourself. That being prefaced - criticism is good and so is conservatism, but half-truths and full 'fake news' shouldn't be acceptable on this site.

    3 votes
  19. For those of you who may be too poor to afford the latest AAA titles, or just don't want to support policies like micro-transactions and "If you're offended, just don't buy it", there are many...

    For those of you who may be too poor to afford the latest AAA titles, or just don't want to support policies like micro-transactions and "If you're offended, just don't buy it", there are many open-source and/or free games that can tide you over. Some of my favorites are:

    • FreeCiv: A civilization building game based on Sid Meier's Civilization 1 and 2
    • OpenTTD: A transport network building game based off of Chris Sawyer's Transport Tycoon Deluxe
    • Dwarf Fortress: Not Open-Source - fortress colony management simulator with an additional RPG gamemode

    Do you guys have any other free, possibly open-source games that you would recommend?

    48 votes