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  1. Comment on COVID-19 projections using machine learning in ~health.coronavirus

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    I actually predict there will be a vaccine out by September. The world economy has suffered so much that I think big pharmaceuticals and regulators will be urged to push one out as quickly as...

    I actually predict there will be a vaccine out by September.

    The world economy has suffered so much that I think big pharmaceuticals and regulators will be urged to push one out as quickly as possible, regardless of any possible long term side effects. In April alone Britain's economy shrunk by over 20%.

  2. Comment on Reddit is finally facing its legacy of racism in ~tech

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    In my view Steve Huffman needs to do the Reddit community a favour and resign. Not because I feel Reddit should uphold the rule of free speech. Voat, Gab, 8Chan and some of the most notorious subs...

    In my view Steve Huffman needs to do the Reddit community a favour and resign.

    Not because I feel Reddit should uphold the rule of free speech. Voat, Gab, 8Chan and some of the most notorious subs that thrived on Reddit years ago (like Jailbait, Creepshots, N***rs, C**nTown, CringeAnarchy, The_Donald, ChapoTrapHouse, Incels, Braincels, etc) are textbook examples of what happens when you allow free speech and free expression to be stretched to their absolute limits. Free speech can be a very dangerous thing indeed for how it allows hateful views to thrive.

    Rather, I think Spez should resign because to me he's dishonest, cannot take a stand on critical issues like hate speech, has been caught doing things like editing user comments, etc. In fact, I'm sure it was some of those things that eventually drove Kn0thing to resign from Reddit's board.

    I've always said that Reddit is just one mishandled shitstorm away from going the way of Digg and having another social news aggregator take over; since they're a dime a dozen these days. I always thought the nail in the coffin would have been the redesign if it were ever forced upon the userbase, but pandering to the likes of AHS may just be it.

    Subreddits like SubredditCancer, WatchRedditDie, The_Cabal, etc that was likely to face the chopping block may be quite biased in how they accuse the admins and certain power users of collusion and trying to push an authoritarian left-wing agenda, but like them or not, they're the canary in the mine. If they go, that will be the sign that Reddit is being taken over.

    Even The_Donald served as the canary to warn users that Reddit was about to clamp down, and given how they handled that subreddit (not by actually enforcing their rules but by demodding almost the entire team and trying to force the head mod into approving admin-approved candidates for new moderators), we already had a huge exodus of people to an off-site rehosting of the subreddit.

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  3. Comment on Alexis Ohanian (site co-founder) resigns from Reddit's board, urging them to fill his seat with a black candidate and pledging future gains on his stock to serve the black community in ~tech

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    There has to be something else going on here, perhaps an internal feud within Reddit's senior management? Or maybe Serena Williams saw just how disgustingly racist the site's right wing...

    There has to be something else going on here, perhaps an internal feud within Reddit's senior management? Or maybe Serena Williams saw just how disgustingly racist the site's right wing communities were and rightly forced her husband to finally do something about it?

    Kn0thing is a Reddit co-founder and probably held great influence over the site's operation while he was still working for the company. He could definitely have done a lot more to stop the site from turning into the shitshow it currently is.

    I don't blame Kn0thing for resigning. What I do blame him (and other Reddit employees) for is their on the fence, laissez-faire approach towards policing the site, which has proven ineffective time and time again.

    Also, Spez's claims that the site had always banned hate speech is absolute baloney, especially when the site spent years allowing racial hate subreddits to proliferate on the platform. In fact, most of Reddit's Content Policy has been shaped solely by negative press the site has received towards specific content it has hosted. Some very good examples of this can be found in this Wikipedia article.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    The growing sentiment here is yes, we really want this. Some people I spoken to are blaming China for the global spread of the coronavirus and rightly so. Had they not responded to the initial...

    The growing sentiment here is yes, we really want this.

    Some people I spoken to are blaming China for the global spread of the coronavirus and rightly so. Had they not responded to the initial outbreak by prosecuting journalists, covering things up, lying to the WHO and failing to lock down the country in time, the spread of COVID-19 wouldn't have been anywhere near as global.

    Other countries have played a major part in the virus's spread but even nations that locked down early like Italy suffered with one of the highest death tolls so far.

    I don't believe the conspiracy theories that this was a lab manufactured virus deliberately unleashed to depose Trump, but the only other country that royally screwed up its response this badly was the USA, which makes the current shit-slinging match between the two nations all the more baffling.

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  5. Comment on Keybase, Zoom and Messaging in ~comp

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    I think it's because we used Slack actively since around 2017, albeit the free tier with limited messages, and this was before we migrated to Office 365 licences. When we had to transfer to...

    I think it's because we used Slack actively since around 2017, albeit the free tier with limited messages, and this was before we migrated to Office 365 licences.

    When we had to transfer to largely working from home, the amount of messages we sent was far greater and so the need for a standard licence greatly increased.

  6. Comment on Keybase, Zoom and Messaging in ~comp

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    I'm not the one who makes the decisions. I suggested it several times and was ignored.

    I'm not the one who makes the decisions. I suggested it several times and was ignored.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on We chat, they watch. How international users unwittingly build up WeChat’s Chinese censorship apparatus in ~tech

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    I used it once to speak with my ex-girlfriend when she was in Dalian doing a fashion show. LINE was blocked in China.

    I used it once to speak with my ex-girlfriend when she was in Dalian doing a fashion show. LINE was blocked in China.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Keybase, Zoom and Messaging in ~comp

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    My employer originally tried to use Google Hangouts but after a few days of frantic connection issues and other technical problems they switched to Zoom, to the point of buying business licences....

    My employer originally tried to use Google Hangouts but after a few days of frantic connection issues and other technical problems they switched to Zoom, to the point of buying business licences. We also ended up buying Slack licences because of the message visibility limit..

    Funny thing is... we have Microsoft Office 365 Business licences too, and could easily have saved money by just switching to Microsoft Teams for both instant messaging and remote VOIP calls instead.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Stadia game suggestions? in ~games

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    My experience with Stadia hasn't quite been that way. I took Google up on the 3 month Stadia Pro code they gave me. While I was impressed with the input latency (or lack thereof), the video...

    My experience with Stadia hasn't quite been that way.

    I took Google up on the 3 month Stadia Pro code they gave me. While I was impressed with the input latency (or lack thereof), the video quality was absolutely blurry, artifact-ridden and atrocious. It was like watching a YouTube video in 360p. I tried absolutely everything to fix this from using Chrome Canary, port forwarding, tinkering with settings on my browser, running in incognito, disabling extensions, switching my router to 5GHz even though I use a wired ethernet connection, different devices, forcing different codecs/resolutions through the Stadia+ extension, etc. Nothing has remotely made Stadia playable.

    About a week ago, I tested a theory that Serious Sam BFE and Destiny 2 were only playing badly because they were free with Stadia Pro and were putting a huge strain on Google's network. So I bought Doom Eternal.

    Doom Eternal was even worse. I had lots of missed frames, the picture quality frequently dropped to heavily pixellated levels and at one point the game even froze due to connection problems. If I knew it was gonna be this bad, I would have just bought it on Steam and played it on my gaming laptop instead.

    Apparently Stadia works phenomenally on Chromecast Ultras, but not on Google Chrome.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    Zthing was once a really good parody website that had various Flash games and animations lampooning various celebrities. It was definitely a product of the late 90s. I always wondered what...

    Zthing was once a really good parody website that had various Flash games and animations lampooning various celebrities. It was definitely a product of the late 90s.

    I always wondered what happened to that website, because from around 2003 onwards, they replaced all the content on their site with this message:

    Zthing.com is the source for hilarious Flash-based games, jokes and entertainment.
    We'll be back shortly with all our classic humor content and games, as well as some great new fun content.
    Be sure to check back soon for your favorite humor and fun!

    This message is still up to this day.

    As for finding content that was on the site, there are ways to access the old SWF files via the Wayback Machine, and some of the site's content has been reposted to YouTube.

    Yet... Zthing's hiatus remains one of the biggest internet mysteries that has yet to be solved.

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  11. Comment on Reddit removes new chat room feature after one day in the wake of moderator protests and bugs in ~tech

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    Digg died because the owners haphazardly took a lot of social bookmarking features away from the site, whilst simultaneously turning it into little more than an overglorified RSS feed with...

    Digg died because the owners haphazardly took a lot of social bookmarking features away from the site, whilst simultaneously turning it into little more than an overglorified RSS feed with comments.

    I mean... the removal of some features was well warranted. Friends lists were merely a tool that astroturfers used to push their shitty blog spam, and removing the bury button was a good solution to stop brigades.

    But I think the main thing that killed Digg was that there was an alternative on the market that was in many ways better. Digg had limited categories and Reddit allowed users to create their own community moderated sections.

    Think about it this way. Other social networks like MySpace and Bebo died because they were mismanaged into oblivion and implemented the same shitty app features that became such a point of contention and annoyance for Facebook users. Also, MySpace never really ditched the fugly early 90s website look until Justin Timberlake bought the site at a bargain bin price from News Corp.

    The reason why awful redesigns kill some websites and not others is down to viable alternatives. YouTube has been through many algorithm changes, redesigns and other changes that have shafted the community, yet there's been no major exodus because every YouTube competitor has shut shop due to the high costs and plethora of legal issues associated with video hosting.

    Reddit is definitely suffering from similar issues to what Digg was rife with in its heyday. Content is definitely controlled heavily by a cabal of power users similarly to Digg prior to its v4 update, but unlike Reddit these power users actually have the ability to remove content through community moderation. The worst part is that rather than try to break the monopoly that power users have like Kevin Rose tried to, Reddit's owners are instead pandering to them.

    But the thing about Reddit is... social news aggregators are a dime a dozen. Hell, Reddit until around 2014 was at one point open source, allowing anybody and their own mother to create a Reddit clone if they so wanted.

    The Reddit redesign is also a huge point of contention in the community, and I genuinely believe that if Reddit were to force the new design upon its users, there would be some form of exodus from the site, perhaps to SaidIt or Voat.

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  12. Comment on Reddit removes new chat room feature after one day in the wake of moderator protests and bugs in ~tech

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    One day, Reddit is going to have a Digg 4.0 moment, where they implement a new feature, redesign or rule and chase their user base away. They narrowly avoided this fate back in 2015 when they...

    One day, Reddit is going to have a Digg 4.0 moment, where they implement a new feature, redesign or rule and chase their user base away. They narrowly avoided this fate back in 2015 when they effectively threw Ellen Pao under the bus over a censorship and unfair dismissal scandal, then elected their old CEO to ironically censor the site even harder.

    Forcing unmoderated chat rooms upon their community moderators could easily have been one of those moments, had they not backed down.

    The question is where the Reddit exodus will go... There are loads of Reddit clones yet none of them seem like a particularly viable alternative for their own reasons.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Stadia version of Doom Eternal's lag re-tested, plus tests of The Division 2, Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and more in ~games

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    I signed up for Stadia when I was gifted a 3 month pro pass and even bought Doom Eternal on the platform recently. My thoughts have been... mixed. On the plus side, latency isn't that bad. Unlike...

    I signed up for Stadia when I was gifted a 3 month pro pass and even bought Doom Eternal on the platform recently. My thoughts have been... mixed.

    On the plus side, latency isn't that bad. Unlike with PSNow I haven't noticed input lag that much and Google have done a decent job at minimising its effects.

    What I can't excuse is the abysmal stream quality and how half of the settings (stream quality, display settings, etc) are locked behind a fucking mobile app which defeats Stadia's platform agnostic purpose entirely.

    I'm on a 160mbps download connection that's pretty reliable. While I don't have a 4K display, I definitely have the internet connection to stream 4K should I want to.

    Stadia looks like complete ass at times. Like... so bad that the stream quality frequently dips. When I played Serious Sam HD, the game looked like watching a youtube vid of it in 360p. When I went out of my way to actually buy Doom Eternal to see if the problem was the fact that I was playing a game that was free with Stadia Pro, the issue was even worse. The choppy quality of the video stream, the sheer amount of missed frames and the abysmal video quality was beyond bad and made Doom damn near unplayable.

    I checked Stadia+ and its network diagnostic settings and it told me I was locked into the H264 codec and in 720p, despite me trying to force VD9 and 4K.

    But the worst part is that despite this constant choppiness, inferior codec and forced 720 quality,.... Stadia still decided that my video feed needed more JPEG and bumped me down to a 180p equivalent where everything looked pixellated and filled with artifacts.

    Apparently it's a common problem on Chrome. I've tried everything from port forwarding, disabling all extensions, changing my router to 5GHz (despite me using a wired ethernet connection), Incognito Mode, different devices, using Chrome Canary and many other "fixes" and my experience is still bad. The only friend I know who has a good experience bought the Founders Edition with a Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Gamepad.

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    One thing's for sure, I thought Donald Trump was sure to get a second term because Biden was in the eyes of many Americans the worse candidate compared to Sanders. But the American public would be...

    One thing's for sure, I thought Donald Trump was sure to get a second term because Biden was in the eyes of many Americans the worse candidate compared to Sanders.

    But the American public would be stupid to vote Trump back in after how he's handled the coronavirus pandemic.

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  16. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy in ~tech

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    The article title alone makes it feel like it belongs in /r/NotTheOnion.

    The article title alone makes it feel like it belongs in /r/NotTheOnion.

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  17. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at...

    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at home for the entire week and we never got to see each other.

    This week has been a mix of playing League of Legends, studying my course and getting small things done.

    When I get back to work I plan to request a home working situation, which is probably going to put my chances of getting the team leader role that my boss advertised for recently in jeopardy, but at this point I don't care. I live with people that have been advised by the government to socially distance for at least 12 weeks due to age/pre existing conditions, and I'd rather not put them in danger by continuing to work as normal.

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  18. Comment on Inside the pro-Trump Facebook group where first responders call coronavirus a hoax in ~tech

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    Let them call it a hoax. They can eat humble pie once millions of Americans get sick due to the President's incompetent handling of the matter. Or they'll just go back to xenophobically blaming...

    Let them call it a hoax. They can eat humble pie once millions of Americans get sick due to the President's incompetent handling of the matter. Or they'll just go back to xenophobically blaming their issues (this one included) on China, Muslims, Mexicans, the so-called "Deep State" that is apparently running the US despite no evidence whatsoever of their existence, or Russia as usual.

    Anybody calling SARS-CoV-2 a hoax doesn't grasp the concept of exponential growth. Here is a very good video on the subject.

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  19. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    Brit here. I'm not high risk but I live with people who are, so that means I'd need to self-isolate so as to not put their lives in jeopardy. Not looking forward to the next three months. People...

    Brit here.

    I'm not high risk but I live with people who are, so that means I'd need to self-isolate so as to not put their lives in jeopardy.

    Not looking forward to the next three months. People have been panic buying supplies like mad over the past few weeks to the point where supermarket shelves are largely empty. Hand sanitiser is unobtainium here, while soap disappears from the shelves the moment any store gets a fresh supply.

    A WFH arrangement looks increasingly likely, which will complicate matters at work. I had hoped to apply for a team leader role that my boss posted recently but given that I'll probably need to work remotely soon, I have a feeling that will destroy my candidacy for it.

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

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    There's a few things I hate about DotA, namely the absurd amount of animation delay on attack swings, which is incredibly apparent on heroes like Lina. I did try to get back into it about a year...

    There's a few things I hate about DotA, namely the absurd amount of animation delay on attack swings, which is incredibly apparent on heroes like Lina.

    I did try to get back into it about a year ago. Played two turbo made matches where I went 0/9 in lane because there was no sense of balance whatsoever, had teammates call me shit and tell me to uninstall, then uninstalled the game because holy crap what happened to it.

    I also call that game Defense of the Assholes for a reason. Game hosts were particularly massive dicks back in the Dota Allstars days, especially if you underperformed in a match or went something off meta. Most notable memory was being added to a global banlist and being told to kill myself via abusive PMs by the game host for building Mekanism on Dragon Knight in an -apem match.

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