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  1. Comment on The future of PrivacyTools in ~tech

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    Even with not going into details, I feel like this post would be much better if written in a way that did not assume context that the reader is missing. Like, instead of saying "Our work...

    Even with not going into details, I feel like this post would be much better if written in a way that did not assume context that the reader is missing. Like, instead of saying "Our work maintaining PrivacyTools has been extremely difficult of late ... without the participation of its founder", start off with something like "We as the existing staff of PrivacyTools haven't been able to maintain contact with the site's founder for some time now, who has sole control over the domain name and resources. It's come to the point where we have to move to a new domain if we want to continue this community..." etc. I hope that doesn't come off as nitpicking, the vagueness just annoyed me too. Unless I am missing some previous post where you set out the problem before.

    That being said, I've seen a lot of people recommend PrivacyTools, I hope you manage to reestablish.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    At the very least, on a philosophical level, government is made up of people. It is (intended to be) the people coming together to decide what to do collectively. Yeah, a democratic government can...

    Once you do … well, why exactly should the government have the final say in x or y or z?

    At the very least, on a philosophical level, government is made up of people. It is (intended to be) the people coming together to decide what to do collectively. Yeah, a democratic government can turn into a dictatorship and impose its whims on people against theretheir* will. But a billionaire philanthropist (to say nothing of non philanthropists) can't turn into a democracy unless they give away all their money. All they can do is make things happen according to their whims. So I'm supposed to hope that they have good ones?

    But… billionaires are a form of meritocracy, they tend to get there through skill. Skill which often is representative of their ability to manage money efficiently.

    I would say better that it's a skill at acquiring money. And it's aided very well by a lot of circumstances that don't involve any particular skill, the main one being the fact that they have a lot of money already. Does using their money on social projects that give them no direct return seem to help them acquire money? Not really, and I don't trust them to do that beyond the extent that it does. If they did they wouldn't be billionaires. It seems absolutely impossible to acquire that kind of money without the mindset of greed and lust for power.

    IMO, billionaires aren't an issue in and of themselves, but we need to give them more incentives to apply the money to non-selfish endeavours.

    I'd rather decide what those endeavours are myself, take the money and apply it to them instead of waiting for a billionaire, whose life's work is gaining money, to do it. And government is the best apparatus for that which we've got right now. Certainly it seems a better one than the good will of people who regularly demonstrate that they have very little.

    I'm being cynical here of course, and so are you, your cynicism is just more directed towards government than billionaires. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good reasons to have that mindset! I just think that on a theoretical level if nothing else, extremely wealthy single people are less trustworthy.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    I get where this is coming from, but I really disagree with it. Not on an objective level or anything, I just like that webpages look different to each other and websites each have their own...

    I get where this is coming from, but I really disagree with it. Not on an objective level or anything, I just like that webpages look different to each other and websites each have their own identity. I like the level of customisability that CSS brings. I've enjoyed messing with it to make things that I think look nice (which I realise it kind of a luxury of doing it as a creative pursuit and not, like, to sell something). I like that HTML isn't bound to the shape of an A4 page - or pagination at all. I use reader mode as much as the next person but if every website looked like a book, I'd be very bored.

    I actually think the application of reading long form text (or, well, anything over a few paragraphs) is a minority of what's on the web, and it's reductionist to say any website can be compressed (metaphorically) into that format. Also, hypertext was specifically designed to include more than just raw text, so I kind of can't believe that people want to retreat from that. Some websites are cluttered messes, but a lot aren't.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on GitHub Copilot is not infringing your copyright in ~tech

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    The point of the article, if I read it right, is that the copying that Copilot is doing neither is infringing, nor should be construed as infringing, on copyright, and therefore also on any...

    The point of the article, if I read it right, is that the copying that Copilot is doing neither is infringing, nor should be construed as infringing, on copyright, and therefore also on any license supported by that right. So, no, it is not your right to insist that the output conforms to your license. (I'm not personally knowledgable about copyright, I'm just reiterating that point from the article.)

    The article doesn't deny that Copilot (or machine learning algorithms in general) are copying things, so I find your saying that that a pretty weak rebuttal.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on GitHub Copilot is not infringing your copyright in ~tech

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    Julia is a former MEP and an advocate for digital rights issues, copyright among other things. She has been saying some quite contrary things to the prevailing opinion on Copilot and the copyright...

    Julia is a former MEP and an advocate for digital rights issues, copyright among other things. She has been saying some quite contrary things to the prevailing opinion on Copilot and the copyright status of its outputs which I thought were interesting, so I was pleased to see she wrote an article expounding on that.

    (Also, the previous post on Copilot was in ~comp but this is a bit broader scope so I thought ~tech would suit better.)

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Keyoxide, the lightweight and FOSS solution to make basic cryptography operations accessible to regular humans in ~tech

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    I guess this is a decentralised alternative to Keybase?

    I guess this is a decentralised alternative to Keybase?

  7. Comment on The ‘Men’s Liberation’ movement time forgot: Nowadays, the Men’s Rights movement runs the gamut from incels to red pillers, but in the 1970s, men's libbers looked something like… feminists? in ~life

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    Well, why would this not apply (or hasn't applied) to women?

    My theory instead is that economic issues have created a male underclass of people who either live in squalor or still live with their parents well into adulthood because they either can't afford to move out, are mollycoddled, or suffer from mental health issues that prevent them from making that jump. Low wages, high inflation, soaring costs and an overall lack of care & funding for mental health only exacerbates the issue.

    Well, why would this not apply (or hasn't applied) to women?

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Near, the author of bsnes and higan, has died in ~games

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    I have a sense that viewing issues like this purely in terms of speech leaves a lot out of the picture. Not to be too blunt but the important fact here is that someone committed suicide because of...

    I have a sense that viewing issues like this purely in terms of speech leaves a lot out of the picture. Not to be too blunt but the important fact here is that someone committed suicide because of harassment. Quibbling about whether that person had "enough" speech (whatever that means) or not relative to their harassers is... alien.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on (option to) Mark comment reply notifications as read when clicking "link" or "parent" in ~tildes

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    I didn't know this setting existed! I think it might do the job.

    I didn't know this setting existed! I think it might do the job.

    2 votes
  10. (option to) Mark comment reply notifications as read when clicking "link" or "parent"

    When I get comment reply notifications, I normally prefer to read them in context of my own reply, and potentially other replies. However when I do this, the notification doesn't go away on its...

    When I get comment reply notifications, I normally prefer to read them in context of my own reply, and potentially other replies. However when I do this, the notification doesn't go away on its own, so I have to return to the page to click "mark as read".

    I know I can also mark the notification as read by voting on or replying to the reply, but I often don't do that. Yet I always seem to want to view the comment in its context, which requires me to leave the notifications page. In this specific use case there is no convenient way to mark the notification as read without going back.

    To avoid the extra page load, I would like the notification being marked as read when the link to it is opened, to be an option. (Actually, I'd like it to be the default behaviour, but since the current default behaviour is to not mark comments as read until an explicit action is taken on them, I suppose I'm in the minority. An option is just fine.)

    7 votes
  11. Comment on What the rich don’t want to admit about the poor in ~finance

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    I think it's crazy when most of the people running this hypothetical literally ARE the peon, and are in the position where the boss sacrificing some profit would benefit them directly. But for...

    I think that is part of the toxic nature of the American dream. We are always the boss, never the peon. Why would we have to imagine their perspective?

    I think it's crazy when most of the people running this hypothetical literally ARE the peon, and are in the position where the boss sacrificing some profit would benefit them directly. But for some reason they prefer to imagine themselves as the ones sacrificing, instead of recognising that they ARE the ones who would benefit? It's the "temporarily embarrassed millionaire" thing. I don't understand the psychology.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    I mean, they kind of do. 1803 is the update released in March 2018. 20H1 is the update released in "half 1" of 2020. (I don't know why they changed to half-years over months, but it's still semantic.)

    I mean, they kind of do. 1803 is the update released in March 2018. 20H1 is the update released in "half 1" of 2020. (I don't know why they changed to half-years over months, but it's still semantic.)

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Libera Chat vs. Freenode: Who won? in ~comp

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    I would be surprised if there wasn't some kind of institutionalism, conscious or not, among the staff that meant they reacted to the takeover of freenode with "we have to save our network" rather...

    I wonder why the Libera staff didn't just guide everyone to OFTC, a pre-existing network.

    I would be surprised if there wasn't some kind of institutionalism, conscious or not, among the staff that meant they reacted to the takeover of freenode with "we have to save our network" rather than "we have to save our users". I think it's reasonable as a first reaction, honestly, and it seems like they only had time for a first reaction. Deciding to give up on their network and move people to OFTC would have taken a bit more consideration, especially since they are approaching the crisis as network administrators, not as regular users. So of course they'll be inclined to try to save their network first. I don't even see it as cynical really.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit is about to delete a lot of subreddits based on post activity metrics in ~tech

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    But in phase 1 only subreddits with no posts ever will be removed, so most test subreddits should be safe since I imagine many people have used them to test a post or needed to post something to...

    That is only true for phase 2 not for phase 1

    But in phase 1 only subreddits with no posts ever will be removed, so most test subreddits should be safe since I imagine many people have used them to test a post or needed to post something to test mod tools on.

    I do find it weird that they for some reason can't address a lot of these edge cases when the limits can be identified so quickly and clearly, as shown by people in that thread doing just that. It's just database queries, right?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    These look really useful! A few of those are definitely things that I wished I could do with windows, esp. the bulk rename. Thanks for linking it.

    These look really useful! A few of those are definitely things that I wished I could do with windows, esp. the bulk rename. Thanks for linking it.

  16. Comment on UEFA have confirmed that the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland will be restarted following Christian Eriksen's collapse in ~sports

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    For those arriving later:

    For those arriving later:

    This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination. [...]

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit will shut down Reddit Gifts and Secret Santa at the end of 2021 in ~tech

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    How did they make money from it? I didn't even know it was originally not an official thing, to be honest.

    How did they make money from it? I didn't even know it was originally not an official thing, to be honest.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    I made this tonight based on this suggestion. Pretty good.

    Spaghetti aglio e olio

    I made this tonight based on this suggestion. Pretty good.

    4 votes