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  1. Comment on How doctors die in ~life

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    This philosophy isn't exclusive to just medical professionals. I know a few people who live by the motto that they'd rather die in their sixties than spend the last few years of their life a...

    Almost all medical professionals have seen too much of what we call “futile care” being performed on people. That’s when doctors bring the cutting edge of technology to bear on a grievously ill person near the end of life. The patient will get cut open, perforated with tubes, hooked up to machines, and assaulted with drugs. All of this occurs in the Intensive Care Unit at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars a day. What it buys is misery we would not inflict on a terrorist. I cannot count the number of times fellow physicians have told me, in words that vary only slightly, “Promise me if you find me like this that you’ll kill me.” They mean it. Some medical personnel wear medallions stamped “NO CODE” to tell physicians not to perform CPR on them. I have even seen it as a tattoo.

    This philosophy isn't exclusive to just medical professionals. I know a few people who live by the motto that they'd rather die in their sixties than spend the last few years of their life a senile vegetable being kept alive by tubes and machines.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Fundraiser soars past $200,000 for bullying victim Quaden Bayles in ~news

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    Sometimes you have to show the ugly truth of what bullying does.

    Sometimes you have to show the ugly truth of what bullying does.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Studio Gainax under new management in ~anime

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    Yikes. Gainax made some of my favourite series, including Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis and PASWG. The latter was particularly a breath of fresh air, because it was the first time I saw a Japanese...

    Yikes.

    Gainax made some of my favourite series, including Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis and PASWG. The latter was particularly a breath of fresh air, because it was the first time I saw a Japanese studio attempt a Western style adult cartoon, and they absolutely nailed it better than most American productions.

    I wonder which studios will pick up what.

    Khara have already been doing work on Evangelion so they'll undoubtedly pick up the IP for good. It would be interesting to see Studio Trigger take a swing at PASWG or Gurren Lagann.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Prompted by Brexit, Google will move UK users' data out of Irish jurisdiction so they are no longer covered by EU privacy rules in ~tech

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    That's the sad truth. Things aren't going to change until people stop voting Conservatives.

    That's the sad truth. Things aren't going to change until people stop voting Conservatives.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’ in ~tech

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    Interesting that place is solely run by DrDreamtime, the mod who has been going on a massive power trip unfairly banning people lately.

    Interesting that place is solely run by DrDreamtime, the mod who has been going on a massive power trip unfairly banning people lately.

  6. Comment on Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’ in ~tech

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    There's suspicion that he (or if not him, someone else who wants him in power, perhaps Russia) is trying to astroturf Reddit too. At least one subreddit, namely /r/JusticeServed, has been putting...

    There's suspicion that he (or if not him, someone else who wants him in power, perhaps Russia) is trying to astroturf Reddit too.

    At least one subreddit, namely /r/JusticeServed, has been putting up endorsements for him on their subreddit and banning people for calling them out. If you don't believe me, go there right now and look at the sidebar.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Prompted by Brexit, Google will move UK users' data out of Irish jurisdiction so they are no longer covered by EU privacy rules in ~tech

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    This is why I think Brexit will be a double-edged sword, rather than the doom & gloom scenario that economists, the media and foreign politicians paint it out to be. Yes, we'll be trading with...

    This is why I think Brexit will be a double-edged sword, rather than the doom & gloom scenario that economists, the media and foreign politicians paint it out to be.

    Yes, we'll be trading with much of the world on WTO terms, and in the case of a no-deal Brexit, yes this means WTO terms with our largest trading partner, the European Union. Yes, there will be a lot of short term disruption especially if we don't have a trade agreement with the EU by the 31st December 2020.

    However, while some companies will be diverting manpower out of the EU for the sake of stability and remaining in the Common Market, others will suddenly find our deregulation quite lucrative. Pharmaceuticals and medical outsourcers will undoubtedly jump at the opportunity to carve up our NHS, while US agricultural producers will be more than happy to sell us their chlorinated chicken and push high fructose corn syrup upon us. Financial service firms and multinationals would be pleased to see our country become a greater tax haven.

    It wouldn't be hard to sell the British public on this.

    "Strengthening the NHS through greater cooperation with distributors" could be a positively worded way of saying the Tories will privatise the shit out of our public healthcare service.

    "Offering workers greater flexibility in how they manage their holiday entitlements" could be used to describe the inevitable withdrawal of the EU Working Time Directive.

    "Making Britain more competitive on the world stage" could be the phrasing used to erode EU laws to combat tax avoidance and reduce financial regulation.

    It's going to be a really bleak but also really interesting couple of years...

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Blizzard's long history of manic pixie nightmare girls and fear of women in ~games

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    I've been playing ever since Burning Crusade. I also had a previous background of playing Warcraft III. WoW was at one point like catnip to me. It used to be a very complex game, complete with...

    I've been playing ever since Burning Crusade. I also had a previous background of playing Warcraft III.

    WoW was at one point like catnip to me. It used to be a very complex game, complete with talent trees, a plethora of stats, a plethora of abilities, diverse gameplay across all its nine classes, a challenging and rewarding levelling experience, brutally hard raids and many other things.

    It wasn't until Cataclysm that Blizzard started pruning things in an attempt to pander to casuals; probably out of pressure from their parent company Activision Blizzard who acquired the publisher in 2008 following the merger of Activision and Vivendi. As much as I think Vivendi were a blight on the games industry and drove multiple franchises to the ground with rushed cash grabs, they were surprisingly hands-off with Blizzard. Not Activision Blizzard.

    I could explain in great detail what Blizzard did in each expansion to dumb down the game for the lowest common denominator, but that would take all day and I'm sure I'd be hitting the comment character limit if I actually tried to do that.

    All you need to know is that Blizzard have employed some very incompetent people in lead design roles on their Warcraft team in the past. Names like Greg Street, Brian Holinka, Chadd Nervig, Ion Hazzikostas, etc have contributed in some way towards the downfall of the game. Much of Blizzard's old guard have jumped ship over the past few years because they saw the writing on the wall and would rather go down as martyrs than watch their work fall to corporate greed. To my knowledge, only Jeff Kaplan and J Allen Brack remain and they're pretty much drinking the Activision kool aid.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Blizzard's long history of manic pixie nightmare girls and fear of women in ~games

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    Mists of Pandaria was in my opinion the moment WoW turned sour and was the first time I actually wilfully unsubscribed from the game. It's unbelievable how much the game has been dumbed down even...

    Mists of Pandaria was in my opinion the moment WoW turned sour and was the first time I actually wilfully unsubscribed from the game.

    It's unbelievable how much the game has been dumbed down even further after that expansion. The fact that I started playing RIFT to cleanse my pallet of that expansion should say a lot.

  10. Comment on Blizzard's long history of manic pixie nightmare girls and fear of women in ~games

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    A lot of things bother me about Sylvanas's character arc in WoW, mainly that they are pulling the same shit as they did with Garrosh Hellscream, complete with poorly written narratives, complete...

    A lot of things bother me about Sylvanas's character arc in WoW, mainly that they are pulling the same shit as they did with Garrosh Hellscream, complete with poorly written narratives, complete u-turns in character, significant retconning of past events, being ousted from the Horde in similar fashion and setting up the events for the next expansion by escaping and causing chaos.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on The 'this is fine' bias in cable news in ~tv

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    All the more reason why the younger generation is turning away from cable TV. It's not just the business model that is bad, it's the damn near propaganda level biases being forced down the throats...

    All the more reason why the younger generation is turning away from cable TV.

    It's not just the business model that is bad, it's the damn near propaganda level biases being forced down the throats of viewers.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Google Stadia announces 5 upcoming games, including 3 "First on Stadia" titles in ~games

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    I don't think Google are going to abandon Stadia just yet. The platform's launch was incredibly shaky with hardware not being delivered on time, technical issues and false advertising galore. It's...

    I don't think Google are going to abandon Stadia just yet.

    The platform's launch was incredibly shaky with hardware not being delivered on time, technical issues and false advertising galore. It's easy to assume that Google would abandon ship after all this. The thing is:

    1. Google sank significant resources into the platform and promised many features at their GDC reveal. If they pull the plug on Stadia, their shareholders are going to go apeshit. Stadia will be too high profile a flop for Google to simply can.

    2. Cloud gaming is definitely a viable market, with PlayStation Now and GeForce Now already existing under alternative business models to what OnLive previously tried and to what Google are currently trialing. Project XCloud is also coming soon and will undoubtedly have a great impact due to the back catalog already available through Xbox Game Pass. If they lose out to Nvidia's, Sony's and Microsoft's offerings, that would humiliate them as a company.

  13. Comment on Warcraft III: Reforged - Developer update, including plans for upcoming changes and some concerns that will not be addressed in ~games

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    This is almost as much of a half assed non-apology as their response to the backlash towards their unfair ban of Blitzchung months ago. They refused to address the removal of RoC rulesets and...

    This is almost as much of a half assed non-apology as their response to the backlash towards their unfair ban of Blitzchung months ago.

    They refused to address the removal of RoC rulesets and automated tournaments, especially since the former affects the single player campaign quite adversely. Also, it's a dumbfuck decision to remove automated tournaments when they were one of the most requested features of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void. The reason they had such low user engagement was because barely anybody played Warcraft III anymore prior to the Reforged version's release.

    Related to that, as we talked about last year at BlizzCon, we did not want the in-game cutscenes to steer too far from the original game. We went a little deeper into the thought process behind that at the show, but the main takeaway is that the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and we want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft III and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they were (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).

    Yet promotional footage and teasers at previous Blizzcons promised overhauled and heavily upgraded cutscenes. What we got instead was in some cases a downgrade. An example is when Arthas kills Mal'ganis with Frostmourne at the end of the Human campaign. In the original Mal'ganis scatters into bats. In Reforged he floats upwards due to the remaster's hilariously bad death animation for dreadlords.

    The FMV cinematics don't seem to be upgraded or redone at all. A 4K remake of the cutscene where Arthas storms into Lordaeron and slays his father would have been awesome. Instead, it seems like they lazily slapped on the same FMV from the original 2002 release.

    They also didn't address the lack of ranked ladder (this is practically suicide for a competitive RTS of WC3's caliber, I mean for fuck's sake Microsoft put far more effort into AOE2DE), the performance issues which made a lot of people switch to classic graphics, the lack of graphical fidelity in the remastered graphics that made WC3 Reforged seem like a half-assed rush job, the draconian copyright changes made to the custom map EULA out of regret that Valve took Dota away from them, and the fact that the Reforged downgrades are forced upon everybody regardless of whether they actually bought into it or not.

    I really hope that heads roll at Blizzard for this shit. If J Allen Brack isn't purged by a shareholders revolt, I'll be shocked.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Ever thought of giving Legends of Runeterra a shot? It seems like a completely made competitor to Hearthstone and the wildcard system is somewhat fairer than lootboxes.

    Ever thought of giving Legends of Runeterra a shot? It seems like a completely made competitor to Hearthstone and the wildcard system is somewhat fairer than lootboxes.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Australians evacuated from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China will no longer be charged $1,000, with the Treasurer blaming "incorrect advice" from bureaucrats for the mix-up. in ~news

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    They probably realised that their shitty anti-humanitarian policy of charging evacuees $1,000 might actually make Australians think twice about voting for them.

    They probably realised that their shitty anti-humanitarian policy of charging evacuees $1,000 might actually make Australians think twice about voting for them.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on How do we stop the polarization/toxicity filling the web? in ~tech

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    I browse a lot of subreddits that are critical of Reddit's community moderators. A lot of the time I see people posting bans that are certainly deserved because they were major rule breaches and...

    Are there specific instances that you could reference to support this comment? I ask because I do not recall ever reading a comment like this that was not written by some right-wing jerk who got mad at moderators because they were banned for being an asshole, bigot, etc.

    I browse a lot of subreddits that are critical of Reddit's community moderators. A lot of the time I see people posting bans that are certainly deserved because they were major rule breaches and anybody who RTFR would know how to conduct themselves. Sometimes they lie about the reason for their ban only to have the responsible moderator appear in the comments and drop evidence to the contrary.

    But sometimes there are moderator (and admin) actions posted to these subs that definitely deserve scrutiny.

    It's very well known that subreddits are employing bots to ban people for taking part in subreddits they deem hateful. r/OffMyChest is a prime example of this. They do not care about context, they just deem you a right wing asshole because you "supported" the community by posting a comment or voting on a post there. One person got banned for posting a comment in r/ImGoingToHellForThis while another was banished because he posted in r/TumblrInAction. These communities have their bad apples but blanket banning people because they posted a comment there is power trippery and heavy handed censorship at its finest.

    I'm against such bans because

    1. They infringe upon Redditquette and Reddit's overall ethos of being a site for open discussion.
    2. They further radicalise the communities they target by turning them into hateful echo chambers. Allow me to explain. More reasonable folk who can drown out problematic behaviour through their comments, voting activity and reports will be deterred from participating out of fear they'll be labelled racists/Fascists and banned from other communities; thus leaving the radicalised userbase that doesn't care.
    3. They directly breach Reddit's Moderator Guidelines for Healthy Communities, which state that moderators should not rule through secret guidelines, should allow for appropriate discussion and appeal of moderator actions, and that they should not use another community's guidelines as a basis to ban others from their own.
    4. These actions could also make people turn to such communities out of resentment towards your behaviour as a moderator.

    Me personally? I've rarely if ever received bans from other communities and generally it's only been ones that I loathe like ShitRedditSays and OffMyChest.

    I was recently unfairly banned from /r/JusticeServed (a subreddit I had never even heard of let alone participated in) quite recently because a bot dug up a comment I posted in /r/the_cabal a week prior. The message claimed that I was being temporarily banned "as a preemptive measure against raiding" when it was actually a permanent ban. The mods rudely muted me with no reply after I filed an appeal to them on the basis that they were breaching sections 8 and 10 of Reddit's moderator guidelines.

    I am currently in the process of appealing this ban with Reddit's admins, not because I want to take part in their community, but moreso out of principle. As I stated in my previous comment, I seriously doubt they give a shit about upholding their own rules. It's been 10 days since I filed my mod complaint and I've had no response from Reddit staff.

    Want more evidence? Here is /r/JusticeServed openly stating that they are going to use bots to ban people who have participated in subs such as Anarchism, CringeAnarchy, ChapoTrapHouse, AgainstHateSubreddits, etc. Some of the subreddit names they threw around in that post actually surprised me because generally Reddit power mods who employ the same tactics only target the right wing subs.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on How do we stop the polarization/toxicity filling the web? in ~tech

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    Reddit is a textbook example of this in practice. Many of the site's popular subreddits push towards a political stance, censor comments liberally, employ bots to ban anybody who dare posts in a...

    I don't know if I know the solution, but I know one thing that isn't the solution: silencing everyone who disagrees with you.

    Reddit is a textbook example of this in practice.

    Many of the site's popular subreddits push towards a political stance, censor comments liberally, employ bots to ban anybody who dare posts in a controversial community they don't like, and are largely moderated by insufferable power users who let the responsibility of running a community go to their head. The sad thing is that Reddit has clear guidelines against many of their actions but the admins simply don't care. They'll only intervene in a matter if it's giving them negative press or pissing off their shareholders.

    Reddit is literally worse than Digg was prior to its site-killing 4.0 update. Unlike Digg where the problem was exclusively a cabal of power users who had total control over the site's content and were selling their ability to hit the frontpage for profit, Reddit has put these people in charge of curating and moderating site content.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Why “rape games” are worse than violent games in ~games

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    Unpopular opinion: Valve's laissez-faire approach towards approving content for release on Steam is one brought out of pure laziness and inconsistency. The fact that Active Shooter and Rape Day...

    Unpopular opinion: Valve's laissez-faire approach towards approving content for release on Steam is one brought out of pure laziness and inconsistency. The fact that Active Shooter and Rape Day were only pulled by Valve because of the negative press they accumulated prior to their scheduled launch shows this.

    Steam are taking what I can best describe as the "Reddit approach," and that is hurting their legitimacy as a digital distribution platform greatly.

    I call it the Reddit approach because bad publicity seems to be the core thing that has shaped Reddit's Content Policy, because a lot of the really bad stuff that used to plague Reddit like racial hatred, creepshots, gore, graphic clips of people dying and content sexualising minors was only purged in direct response to negative publicity rather than out of a proactive policy to bar such content.

    I've genuinely seen games on Steam more disturbing than the two examples shown. One was an indie simulation game I saw the other day (Ouction) which had been on sale for over a week and features graphic depictions of slavery, rape and forced breeding prominently. The only thing remotely censored is the male genitalia of your character. It's far more offensive than anything banned from Steam over the past year yet Valve seemingly don't give a hoot.

    15 votes
  19. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    I assume also the one who mods /r/wow. That guy and the other mods currently running the show helped to bring the subreddit back from a dark place after Nitesmoke almost drove it to the ground...

    I assume also the one who mods /r/wow. That guy and the other mods currently running the show helped to bring the subreddit back from a dark place after Nitesmoke almost drove it to the ground five years ago.

    For those uninformed about what happened, the subreddit's former lead mod threw a temper tantrum and locked down the subreddit because he was unable to log in on the first week of Warlords of Draenor's launch. This prompted a backlash that got Blizzard's community managers and even Reddit's admins involved. While Reddit staff almost never intervene in subreddit politics, they demodded Nitesmoke and instated Aphoenix as the lead mod.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on I worry for my teenage boys – the beauty standards for young men are out of control in ~health

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    Surprised to see an article like this coming from the Guardian. Emma's totally correct and it's become a great issue. Male beauty standards have skyrocketed and Western society has become so...

    Surprised to see an article like this coming from the Guardian.

    Emma's totally correct and it's become a great issue. Male beauty standards have skyrocketed and Western society has become so hypergamous that it's breeding a generation of embittered men, many of whom are turning towards the toxic manosphere for guidance when society has shunned them.

    Love Island is a glaring symptom of this societal strive for absolute male perfection. It's a trashy, overhyped British reality TV show where the typical male contestant looks like this. Having a chiseled jawline, rock hard abs, a tall muscular physique, a good looking face and not a single imperfection on your skin is a requirement to even be considered as a male contestant for this show. And there's been very little objection to this.

    Nearly all of the male contestants on that show could legitimately model for fashion magazines. Meanwhile, some of the female contestants look rather average by comparison. It's also interesting that the producers listened to calls for more diversity in the cast by selecting a plus sized female contestant for the 2019 season while not even considering any changes to the male cast.

    It's like to even be considered an eligible bachelor in this day and age, a man has to look like a Chippendale.

    6 votes