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  1. Comment on What was a strong opinion you once had, but has changed since by listening to others? in ~talk

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    P.S. I've just listened to that video. If that was supposed to be the rap track that made me suddenly realise I've been misjudging rap for these past 30+ years... it failed dismally. It was...

    P.S. I've just listened to that video.

    If that was supposed to be the rap track that made me suddenly realise I've been misjudging rap for these past 30+ years... it failed dismally. It was exemplary rap, with its focus on lyrics about the narrator's life as an urban black man, shouted over electronics beats and a total lack of any background music whatsoever - but, because it's purer rap than any rap track I've ever heard, that makes it the rap track I dislike more than any rap track I've ever heard.

  2. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    There's also the collectivist viewpoint that the unborn child will make contributions to society, and may even be the hypothetical person who cures the common cold or discovers the theory of...

    Conservatives would support the individualist viewpoint that the unborn child has the right to liberty.

    There's also the collectivist viewpoint that the unborn child will make contributions to society, and may even be the hypothetical person who cures the common cold or discovers the theory of everything.

    Whereas liberals would support a collectivist viewpoint that the unwanted, unborn child is a burden on society.

    There's also the individualist viewpoint that the mother's life and well-being are important. The unwanted, unborn child is going to be much more of a burden on its mother than on society.

    I don't think you can break this down into individualism versus collectivism. That's simplistic and misleading.

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  3. Comment on Something has changed, and, thankfully, those trying to manipulate us haven't recognized it yet. in ~talk

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    And you then asserted that this happened because she was attacked. Do you have anything to prove this causality? For starters... How did those attacks lead to her gaining the Democrats' nomination...

    And you then asserted that this happened because she was attacked. Do you have anything to prove this causality?

    For starters...

    How did those attacks lead to her gaining the Democrats' nomination in her state's primary? Her Wikipedia page says "Prior to defeating incumbent Joe Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary, Ocasio-Cortez was given little airtime by most traditional news media outlets." So, what attacks were involved in her being nominated, and how did they help her win when she had "little airtime" devoted to her?

    Then, how did those attacks lead to her getting elected to Congress? Again, her Wikipedia page says "Just before Ocasio-Cortez took office, Twitter user 'AnonymousQ' shared a Boston University student-produced dance video in which she briefly appeared, in an attempt to embarrass her." That attack happened after she was elected. So, what attacks helped her to win that election?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What was a strong opinion you once had, but has changed since by listening to others? in ~talk

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    To an outsider, hip-hop and rap are separate genres. One involves singing which is integrated with its music, while the other is words spoken (or shouted) over unconnected background music. They...

    To an outsider, hip-hop and rap are separate genres. One involves singing which is integrated with its music, while the other is words spoken (or shouted) over unconnected background music. They sound different enough for me to consider them separate genres.

    As for what I usually listen to, I'm not sure how that's relevant. But, highlights include: 90s vocal dance music; 70s disco, and; swing/crooners from the 40s & 50s.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 in ~tech

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    It's either an innocent "today I learned" moment - or, as I said, someone decided to use MySpace as a way to remind people about a project they support. Well, I'm certainly not going to argue...

    I'm confused about why this seems to be getting attention today all of a sudden,

    It's either an innocent "today I learned" moment - or, as I said, someone decided to use MySpace as a way to remind people about a project they support.

    And pfft, no, I hear it's industry standard not to tell users when you edit their comments.

    Well, I'm certainly not going to argue against industry standards! It also means that, when someone gets upset by something in one of my comments, I can tell them it's your work. ;)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Inside the 'shitposting' subculture the alleged Christchurch shooter belonged to in ~tech

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    Yep.

    really, at some point even the "ironic" usage is just sincere usage masquerading as irony.

    Yep.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    Thanks for confirming that. I wasn't near a computer at the time, and couldn't check it.

    Thanks for confirming that. I wasn't near a computer at the time, and couldn't check it.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    I disagree. The OP states that “Neither side wants to inflict harm.” This comment points out (albeit snarkily) that some people on one side have inflicted harm. That does not imply that all...

    I feel this post has setup a false cause fallacy.

    I disagree. The OP states that “Neither side wants to inflict harm.” This comment points out (albeit snarkily) that some people on one side have inflicted harm. That does not imply that all pro-life activists want to inflict harm, but does demonstrate that some do, thus calling into question at least part of the claim in the OP.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    I assume from context that they are doctors who have died in attacks on abortion clinics by pro-life activists.

    Don't know who those people are or what they have done,

    I assume from context that they are doctors who have died in attacks on abortion clinics by pro-life activists.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Inside the 'shitposting' subculture the alleged Christchurch shooter belonged to in ~tech

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    But, many alt-right people use this sign sincerely. The line between irony and sincerity has become blurred. Not everyone who uses this sign realises it's supposed to be ironic.

    But, many alt-right people use this sign sincerely. The line between irony and sincerity has become blurred. Not everyone who uses this sign realises it's supposed to be ironic.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on What was a strong opinion you once had, but has changed since by listening to others? in ~talk

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    Can there be genres I don't like? I've never heard a rap song I liked, for instance. I don't think that's a matter of me finding the right artist. I just don't like the style of rap. Even you say...

    There is no bad genre, only artists you don't like.

    Can there be genres I don't like? I've never heard a rap song I liked, for instance. I don't think that's a matter of me finding the right artist. I just don't like the style of rap. Even you say that genre is "kinda too far". ;)

    I agree with the point that we should be open to trying different things, rather than pre-judging them, but sometimes there are just genres and styles you don't like no matter who's doing them.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 in ~tech

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    Cool. Maybe that should be added to the post, rather than links to Reddit. P.S. You might have missed my ninja-edit by replying so quickly. ;)

    Cool. Maybe that should be added to the post, rather than links to Reddit.

    P.S. You might have missed my ninja-edit by replying so quickly. ;)

  13. Comment on Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 in ~tech

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    Transparency! Does this mean that when you edit my comments to say vulgar things, that'll show up now? ;) If I follow the trail of Reddit posts and comments, I eventually get to this comment which...

    (and the edit shows up in the Topic Log now!)

    Transparency! Does this mean that when you edit my comments to say vulgar things, that'll show up now? ;)

    I don't know if there's really any more of a "source" for this anyway.

    If I follow the trail of Reddit posts and comments, I eventually get to this comment which contains this screenshot of supposed correspondence from the MySpace legal team. As you say, the "source" for all these posts and this article is just a single unsupported screenshot.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Something has changed, and, thankfully, those trying to manipulate us haven't recognized it yet. in ~talk

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    Even hypotheses require some sort of evidence and/or reasoning to back them up. You can't just make stuff up without something to support it.

    So at this point, it's just a hypothesis.

    Even hypotheses require some sort of evidence and/or reasoning to back them up. You can't just make stuff up without something to support it.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 in ~tech

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    This feels like an excuse for the writer to promote the Internet Archive, which they are literally personally invested in. The writer's only sources for this article are posts on Reddit, and...

    This feels like an excuse for the writer to promote the Internet Archive, which they are literally personally invested in. The writer's only sources for this article are posts on Reddit, and one-third of the article is promoting a project that the writer personally supports.

    But... it reminds me of a sticker I saw on someone's laptop on a train a while back: "There is no such thing as the 'cloud'. It's just someone else's computer." If you're putting your data on someone else's computer, you don't have total control over it any more.

    8 votes