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  1. Comment on NY attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA in ~news

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    I live in southwest Virginia. Maybe my perception is shaped by the people around me, but all of the "second amendment protects the first" will also tell me with a straight face that Trump is right...

    if the government outlawed protests... I think principled resistance would be the moral choice, and that such resistance would be easier with guns

    I live in southwest Virginia. Maybe my perception is shaped by the people around me, but all of the "second amendment protects the first" will also tell me with a straight face that Trump is right to send in federal troops to shut down the Portland protests.

    I'm just left like, "this is exactly the first amendment infringement you're carrying guns for."

    So maybe a more relevant question, would you show up armed to support the protests in Portland?

    I'm pushing 40 now and am having a hard time thinking of instances where I thought the actual government was actually interfering with free speech at all, let alone to the point that there should be some kind of armed conflict about it.

  2. Comment on NY attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA in ~news

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    Let's take this statement to its conclusion. Who even reviews statements you make? What venue are you using to make public statements that you're going to get shut down? Are you arguing here that...

    the second amendment exists to preserve the first

    Let's take this statement to its conclusion. Who even reviews statements you make? What venue are you using to make public statements that you're going to get shut down?

    Are you arguing here that you're going to go murder... someone?... because a Facebook post gets taken down? Because your Twitter account is suspended?

    Are you going to start taking pot shots at a police officer if they're called to your home because you're standing on your porch screaming your opinions?

    and to be honest, I probably believe some version of it

    So, as someone who believes this, please share your opinion on when specifically it's okay to go start shooting people.

  3. Comment on StarCraft II turns ten, gets a major map editor patch in ~games

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    This game was a blast, but I deleted my Blizzard account over their suppression of pro-democracy support for Hong Kong.

    This game was a blast, but I deleted my Blizzard account over their suppression of pro-democracy support for Hong Kong.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What is your company actively doing to reset or rethink its corporate culture? in ~talk

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    I was trained by HR to be "qualified" to attend recruiting events and take resumes. I was told to, privately, write my best guess for race/ethnicity on the back of the application. So I guess...

    I was trained by HR to be "qualified" to attend recruiting events and take resumes. I was told to, privately, write my best guess for race/ethnicity on the back of the application.

    So I guess we're going for diversity? We're also doing our best to bring everyone back into the office as soon as we're no longer being told to work from home if possible. Despite business continuing to work just fine with WFH.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Depth-aware video frame interpolation in ~tech

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    I get the soap opera effect hard with frame interpolation, to the point that I'll ask friends and family if I can change their TV settings when I'm at their house. To me, it looks like they've...

    I get the soap opera effect hard with frame interpolation, to the point that I'll ask friends and family if I can change their TV settings when I'm at their house. To me, it looks like they've filmed my favorite movies with a camcorder. It ruins the special effects and totally takes me out of the movie experience.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on When do you use singletons? in ~comp

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    Also the Amethyst Engine looks neat. As I've been diving more into programming I've been looking for open source projects I might be able to contribute to. I haven't tried Rust, but it keeps...

    Also the Amethyst Engine looks neat. As I've been diving more into programming I've been looking for open source projects I might be able to contribute to. I haven't tried Rust, but it keeps scoring high on the Stack Overflow list of loved languages, so I'm interested in giving it a shot.

    I'm not a multibody simulation professional, but I have used the Featherstone solver package that the man himself wrote for Matlab and could probably port his stuff to any other language. You said they have a transform hierarchy already so I don't know that Amethyst would need/want the Featherstone stuff, but I sincerely believe it's going to be the most significant release with the Unity 2020.1 update so if they're not interested now then they might be shortly (or longly lol; I've been waiting months for 2020.1 to officially release.)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on When do you use singletons? in ~comp

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    No it's great, thanks for taking the time to post. I've been using Unity for industrial automation simulations. I'd like to get on board with DOTS and ECS, but the documentation and official...

    No it's great, thanks for taking the time to post. I've been using Unity for industrial automation simulations. I'd like to get on board with DOTS and ECS, but the documentation and official examples are just so damn hard to find. I was brought up on OOP, but I'm a mechanical engineer, so I'm competent at the basics but not especially advanced in the finer points of programming techniques (though I'm sincerely trying... Reading the GoF book now).

    It's like a lot of advanced techniques to be - I can read the code and think, "Oh yeah, I understand how that works," but I find I'm having a hard time imagining for myself where or how I would convert my OOP class to ECS/DOTS.

    Not helping anything for me is that I'm not sure sometimes what I should be using, or what the exact difference is, between systems and jobs.

    Do I make a job to get a speed boost or do I make an entity, add components, and use a system to get a speed boost? I simulate laser scanners, so I make raycasts in the 6 figures per second. I use batched raycasts on one scanner object, but would it be better to have one scanner with 5 or 10 thousand laser beam entities?

    I can't find good tutorials (sorry) on the topic, so it's hard to find reference projects that show situations similar to my projects that have a clear discussion of how to transition to ECS/DOTS, or why*, or whether you should use jobs or entities.

    *When I say no discussion of why, I understand that there's a performance boost. I think ultimately the thing I'm looking for, that I would have hoped Unity would have put out, what an explanation of the design pattern that would drive someone to use DOTS instead of OOP. Something like, "if you find that your class looks like X, or if you find you're constantly doing Y, then you should consider migrating that functionality to ECS by <doing the things>."

    Again, I'm a somewhat experienced programmer, I'm studying design patterns, but the patterns I am learning are all based on the OOP paradigm. I don't know where to find a good reference on DOTS design patterns.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are some of the longest running gaming series that have had consistently good entries? in ~games

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    Came here to say Battlefield as well. Played all the PC entries in the series, from 1942 to Battlefield 4. I think every version got better gameplay, but Vietnam was my favorite. My buddy flew...

    Came here to say Battlefield as well. Played all the PC entries in the series, from 1942 to Battlefield 4. I think every version got better gameplay, but Vietnam was my favorite. My buddy flew helicopters everywhere, pumping Flight of the Valkyries, and I'd hear his helicopter well before I could see it. The female NVA voice taunting over the PA systems in the game was pretty great, too.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Share a true story from your life in five lines or less in ~creative

  10. Comment on Share a true story from your life in five lines or less in ~creative

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    I flew a paper airplanes when I was a kid, but one time a plane got stuck in a tree. I tried to get it down myself, but I was too small, so I started throwing things at it to get it down. Picked...

    I flew a paper airplanes when I was a kid, but one time a plane got stuck in a tree. I tried to get it down myself, but I was too small, so I started throwing things at it to get it down. Picked up a rock when I ran out of sticks, but I missed the tree and broke a window in the apartment behind the tree. Ran home, terrified, not really sure how to react. Got spanked for not telling my parents immediately, lost allowance for a few weeks, and learned to check behind the target before releasing a shot.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    If it's a good question, it's got answers. If it's a bad question, leave comments asking for the user to clarify and/or vote to close it. Enough close votes will close the question without...

    If it's a good question, it's got answers. If it's a bad question, leave comments asking for the user to clarify and/or vote to close it. Enough close votes will close the question without moderator intervention.

  12. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    Upvotes serve the same purpose, though - Upvoted answers "rise to the top." The only way downvotes are helpful are if all of the other answers have a score of zero.

    as someone looking to answer questions I want to be able to quickly see which questions are worth looking at and which aren't: downvotes are useful for that, and I think removing them would be a loss.

    Upvotes serve the same purpose, though - Upvoted answers "rise to the top." The only way downvotes are helpful are if all of the other answers have a score of zero.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    It matters to me because there wasn't a clear moderator dismissal and reinstatement procedure before. So they created a moderator council (with a non-binding election) and then had the council...

    It matters to me because there wasn't a clear moderator dismissal and reinstatement procedure before. So they created a moderator council (with a non-binding election) and then had the council approve a dismissal and reinstatement procedure.

    And then, after all that, to try to "prevent what happened to Monica from happening again," they took exception to being bound by that agreement with the "whenever possible" clause.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    The ironic thing to me here is that this is pretty much exactly the gist of the theory of moderation post that I've tried to take to heart as a moderator - the community should run itself, with...

    If you don't trust and believe in your own communities, why not? Why not change those things so you can embrace your own platform and use it?

    The ironic thing to me here is that this is pretty much exactly the gist of the theory of moderation post that I've tried to take to heart as a moderator - the community should run itself, with moderators only taking action in extraordinary circumstances. In that vein, I would think then the community managers should be the ones engaging with moderators to help set the direction - a battlefield general to the lieutenants. That would require some interaction between the community managers and the moderators, though, and the only community manager I ever interacted with (Shog9) was fired.

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  15. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    Right, but that "following the procedures you define" is what's chafing me the most about this. Please let me be specific now - from the actual moderator agreement Like my original post said, why...

    So ... you can create all the procedures if you want, but it seems to me that it's far more important to actually build trust that you're actually going to follow them, even when it's inconvenient or against your personal beliefs. This doesn't really do anything to (re)build that trust.

    Right, but that "following the procedures you define" is what's chafing me the most about this. Please let me be specific now - from the actual moderator agreement

    i. I will abide by the current Code of Conduct (which is a part of this agreement), and enforce it to the best of my ability.
    ii. I will abide by the current Terms of Service of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites (which are part of this agreement).
    iii. I will abide by the Privacy Policy.
    iv. I will abide by all other officially announced moderator and user policies made available to me.
    v. I will accept additional guidance given by members of the Stack Exchange, Inc. Community Team and Senior Leadership Team, whether in response to questions, concerns or discussions regarding existing network-wide policies.

    Like my original post said, why is it that I have to agree to abiding by the Code of Conduct (council-approved) and to "additional guidance" that doesn't need to be council-approved? Reading on:

    Stack Exchange, Inc. reserves the right to suspend or terminate my privileges as a moderator at any time without warning in the event Stack Exchange, Inc. determines I have violated any of these terms. Whenever possible, moderator removal will follow Stack Exchange, Inc.’s moderator removal processes. I will be informed via written communication of the specific reason that I have been terminated. I have the option to appeal termination through the moderator reinstatement and appeal process.

    That "whenever possible" bit is the loophole that kills me there - the moderator removal process already has an emergency removal clause, so why then do they need to write into the agreement that they're not bound to use it?

    (edit - didn't actually link to the moderator agreement before)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    This is exactly the feeling I've got. I'm not saying the two are equal at all, but I feel like Monica's firing was done in the same spirit as when reddit closed a bunch of offensive sites back...

    For what it's worth, my own take is that SE has realized (or decided) that it needs to make money and has resolved to do so.

    This is exactly the feeling I've got. I'm not saying the two are equal at all, but I feel like Monica's firing was done in the same spirit as when reddit closed a bunch of offensive sites back when Ellen Pao was in charge - to try to remove anything that could be seen as negative PR to make the site more attractive to sponsors in the ramp up to monetization. To be clear, I don't think anything Monica said was offensive like the reddit sites, but I think it was the SE executives taking a response to a fear that a moderator might not toe the line.

    Similar to that time, too, Pao fired the AMA director with zero notice to anyone else, SE fired a bunch of senior community managers with zero notice to anyone else, and then a lot of veteran users are left feeling alienated.

    I definitely think monetization is coming, and it makes me sad to think about. I guess I hope that there are "just" ads in the results? By which of course I mean I hope there isn't a paywall to get at the answers.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    Yeah, this exactly. This is the general feeling that's been growing in me - that this in particular was an action I felt was taken in bad faith, but then not only was nothing done to correct it,...

    I still find the lack of empathy, compassion and kindness astounding, and it has been a major contributor in making sure I really don't want to deal with this community in the near future again, as I found the entire experience profoundly unpleasant and negative to the point where I would call it toxic.

    Yeah, this exactly. This is the general feeling that's been growing in me - that this in particular was an action I felt was taken in bad faith, but then not only was nothing done to correct it, but that there were a lot of other subsequent actions also taken in bad faith.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement? in ~talk

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    Like @arp242 mentioned, there's a post Monica wrote that said, as a technical writer, she doesn't want to use personal pronouns ever. The guidance from the community managers said to use whatever...

    Like @arp242 mentioned, there's a post Monica wrote that said, as a technical writer, she doesn't want to use personal pronouns ever. The guidance from the community managers said to use whatever personal pronouns the user says they prefer, so Monica said, "But I don't want to use personal pronouns at all," and was fired.

    I'm an engineer, but not a technical writer by any means, and I still vividly remember the writing courses and feedback on project reports - write it as impersonally as possible, basically.

    But to the point of my post, why did SE execs allow such a scandal to happen? If they were in the right, they could have clearly stated, "Here's what was said and why it's against the rules," and if they were wrong or made a mistake then they could also have clearly stated, "A community manager misunderstood the intent and mistakenly fired Monica, after a private discussion we're reinstating her and creating new rules so this doesn't happen again."

    Instead the response was to make a new set of rules "so this doesn't happen again," and then the new rules say SE doesn't need to abide by the new rules.

    3 votes
  19. Is anyone here involved with Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow? How do you feel about the new moderator agreement?

    First post on Tildes (though I've commented some before). I'm a mod on one of the "beta" sites, and have been for almost four years now. I don't follow any of the other sites really, and certainly...

    First post on Tildes (though I've commented some before). I'm a mod on one of the "beta" sites, and have been for almost four years now.

    I don't follow any of the other sites really, and certainly not Meta, so the whole Monica scandal kinda happened without me noticing. After the fallout (or amidst, I guess), Shog9 and several other community managers that I liked were fired, with seemingly no notice or cause.

    Then after that, there seemed to be a push to create a "mod council" to create standards for behavior and for removal and reinstatement of moderators.

    But the whole thing has seemed so needless, everything could have been cleared up with a few heartfelt announcements (and/or apologies), and the executive team at SE has just been so damn opaque about everything.

    Then, to top things off for me personally, the community leaders were explicit in stating that the votes for members of the mod council would not be treated as binding, so what's the point? They can just be a rubber stamp at that point if they're not freely elected. The new moderator rules are "abide by the council-approved rules and whatever the community managers say." The new moderator rules also say "moderators will be removed and reinstated per the council-approved procedure for doing so, except when SE doesn't want to use that policy."

    The mod council vote was non-binding, and then SE is making it a point to clearly state that the rules approved by the council don't matter.

    It's this last bit that is coming as too much of an insult for me. I've told my fellow moderators that I'm not planning on signing the agreement. I don't understand why there has to be such an adversarial relationship here when I'm volunteering my time.

    I don't want to leave, but everything is just rubbing me the wrong way. Please someone help me understand how I'm wrong. I just can't understand the way things have been publicly announced.

    17 votes
  20. Comment on Nearly 1,000 inmates will be removed from San Quentin prison after its infection rate has gotten so bad it's been dubbed 'the Chernobyl of COVID' in ~health.coronavirus

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    Can't wait for the Ear Hustle episode about this!

    Can't wait for the Ear Hustle episode about this!