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  1. Comment on Tracing the roots of pop culture transphobia in ~lgbt

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    Yeah honestly I liked this video, it was up to Lindsay's usual standard, but I have no idea why she decided to lean on that gag so hard. It was disgusting and off-putting. I'd get if it was to...

    Yeah honestly I liked this video, it was up to Lindsay's usual standard, but I have no idea why she decided to lean on that gag so hard. It was disgusting and off-putting.

    I'd get if it was to emphasise the weird transphobic reaction of disgust that media displayed so often (seriously, what was up with that), but then I feel it's anvilicious. Like, yeah, trans women were always portrayed as literally vomit-inducing, I got it. The Family Guy clip wasn't necessary.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I feel like the thread on the SSC article had a few people who professed to reading the blog. I'd count them as rationalists, I think the group is not exclusive, or rationalist-leaning if you...

    I feel like the thread on the SSC article had a few people who professed to reading the blog. I'd count them as rationalists, I think the group is not exclusive, or rationalist-leaning if you prefer. Go from there with the 1/9/90 rule.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Perhaps a bit off-topic but this portion stood out to me. I've internalised and enforced those kind of rules too, as the proper way to behave on the internet, and looked down on people who didn't...

    As a young child, I also latched on to early internet behavior. People who were pedantic about grammar, who could use logic effectively, and otherwise followed the rules that rich white people before them set up as the 'correct' way to do discuss were revered on the internet. I remember when being the grammar police was behavior that was actually celebrated.

    Perhaps a bit off-topic but this portion stood out to me. I've internalised and enforced those kind of rules too, as the proper way to behave on the internet, and looked down on people who didn't follow them. It's very easy to do, especially when you're young. And yet I never questioned where they came from or why they came about; why are the norms I follow even norms in the first place? Are they actually valuable?

    It reminds me of how the BBC, in Britain, had all of its presenters speak "Received Pronunciation" English, viewing it as the most correct form of English and hoping to improve the standard of pronunciation and literacy across the country via broadcast radio and television. When really, many of the people who listened heard it for what it was: the voice of the privileged. I believe they ditched that in recent times for exactly this reason.

    The same goes for a lot of these norms of internet debate. Much as those of us who learned to abide by them want to believe, they aren't all that beneficial, and they weren't formed out of logic themselves. They're just how the invariably wealthy, white, male people who got access to the internet first preferred to talk. Especially if you're white and male and relatively wealthy as well, that's hard to see. I'm glad you pointed it out, Gaywallet.

    We, and I say this as a member of almost all the majority demographics on Tildes, should remember that there are more important things than being right - than making sure that everyone else is corrected. I think a lot of people believe or like to believe that a space like Tildes is equally welcoming to all and that its norms are objective, and are seen the same by everybody, so there's no need to adapt to minorities. But, as others here have said, minorities (on Tildes and elsewhere) know what they're looking at when they come into a thread full of analytic arguments, and it's not encouraging to them.

    But anyway! Thanks for making this post and putting this point into such good words.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on Hogwarts Legacy lead designer used to run anti-social justice Youtube channel in ~games

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    You already know he's not a random nobody; he contributed to the harassment campaign that was GamerGate and continues to contribute to the kind of toxicity from the right wing that has done so...

    This random nobody, and let's be clear, "lead developers" are absolutely "nobodies", doesn't have any influence.

    You already know he's not a random nobody; he contributed to the harassment campaign that was GamerGate and continues to contribute to the kind of toxicity from the right wing that has done so much damage. I don't see anything to say that he'll stop just because he got a new job. Why are you so ready to excuse him, and minimise his actions?

    I don't know, I'm not going to call for the guy to be unemployable for the rest of his life. But I do know not to support him now. I found value in this article to help me make that decision. I don't see anything wrong with that.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    In short, it's cloud-based in exactly the same way that LastPass is (if you used that). But you can self host, unlike with LastPass.

    In short, it's cloud-based in exactly the same way that LastPass is (if you used that). But you can self host, unlike with LastPass.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on (The MTV show) Daria: The 90s neoliberal fantasia as seen from the point of view of a 90s teenager/millennial in ~misc

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    Thanks for reminding me that Innuendo Studios exists, this didn't get recommended to me for some reason! Good watch.

    Thanks for reminding me that Innuendo Studios exists, this didn't get recommended to me for some reason! Good watch.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    I always thought this was a bit weird; surely the point of two-factor authentication is that you're getting the codes from a separate device?

    I always thought this was a bit weird; surely the point of two-factor authentication is that you're getting the codes from a separate device?

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    Actually, LastPass didn't used to have this feature free. Once upon a time using it on mobile devices was premium-only; I know because I paid for it. This was before they got bought by LogMeIn,...

    Actually, LastPass didn't used to have this feature free. Once upon a time using it on mobile devices was premium-only; I know because I paid for it. This was before they got bought by LogMeIn, too. I stopped paying when they made it free to use on mobile, because that was my only reason for paying.

    I was surprised when they made that free, and I'm not surprised they have gone back on it. Interesting that they're allowing you to use it for free on either mobile or desktop now, instead of only on desktop.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    Yeah, everything I've picked up about SSC has made me not want to engage with it, your comment included. But this article doesn't really say anything valuable and does a very poor job of pointing...

    Yeah, everything I've picked up about SSC has made me not want to engage with it, your comment included. But this article doesn't really say anything valuable and does a very poor job of pointing out the reasons why SSC actually is objectionable.

    The portion that comes before he deleted his blog is pretty weak and meandering, especially since it's apparently what the entire article would have been had that not happened; the portion that comes after is short and kinda petty. I don't know if I agree with Siskind's high-minded moral reasoning about why his stance on anonymity was right, but I do think that he personally had a good reason in trying to separate his patients and his blog, and the article doesn't engage with that at all.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    Okay while I sympathise with this argument, it's so much easier for a reader of tindall's comment to stop using a word than it is for her to completely change how she feels about the word that I...

    I do think that it's unsustainable to continually let a common, loosely-negative word remind you of something beyond your control, and I think that's mostly on you.

    Okay while I sympathise with this argument, it's so much easier for a reader of tindall's comment to stop using a word than it is for her to completely change how she feels about the word that I don't find it conscionable.

    Like, even if you aren't going to stop saying things are crazy, the least you could do is

    • not use it in front of a person who you know doesn't appreciate it
    • not tell them it's their problem when you do
      I realise you haven't directly done this here, but you are arguing for it
    7 votes
  11. Comment on Socializing over video conferencing in ~talk

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    I second teleparty - I often use it while on a Discord call too.

    I second teleparty - I often use it while on a Discord call too.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    They've got a "why" now: Kind of depressing that the solution is probably going to be getting it into Google's awareness that... it's a platform and it's not responsible for the Nazis who use it....

    They've got a "why" now:

    Morning all. We've had contact from Google confirming that the suspension is due to abusive content somewhere on Matrix; we're working with them to explain how Element works and get the situation resolved.

    Kind of depressing that the solution is probably going to be getting it into Google's awareness that... it's a platform and it's not responsible for the Nazis who use it. Again. It's not like it's Parler, where it was incredibly easy to tell that the point was to facilitate alt-right bile.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    Ironically, this made me want to download Element on my phone to continue some conversations about this from my PC. And of course the point is that I can't

    Ironically, this made me want to download Element on my phone to continue some conversations about this from my PC. And of course the point is that I can't

    5 votes
  14. Comment on The climate crisis is worse than you can imagine. Here’s what happens if you try. in ~enviro

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    I don't think there is any name, besides evolution / aging and death - it's kinda the most general case of what can happen to a star.

    I don't think there is any name, besides evolution / aging and death - it's kinda the most general case of what can happen to a star.

  15. Comment on The climate crisis is worse than you can imagine. Here’s what happens if you try. in ~enviro

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    Bit of a quibble, but the sun won't supernova at all. It's not massive enough for that. Not that it makes any difference for the Solar System's chances of survival!

    the sun won't supernova until about 8 billion CE.

    Bit of a quibble, but the sun won't supernova at all. It's not massive enough for that. Not that it makes any difference for the Solar System's chances of survival!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Who's on the fediverse? in ~talk

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    Yeah, probably should have made that clearer in the OP 😅

    Yeah, probably should have made that clearer in the OP 😅

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What do you like about social media platforms? in ~tech

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    I think Snapchat did stories first, but I use Instagram, and I quite like the stories feature there. It's fun to share a dumb photo of what I'm seeing sometimes, but not have it stick around...

    I think Snapchat did stories first, but I use Instagram, and I quite like the stories feature there. It's fun to share a dumb photo of what I'm seeing sometimes, but not have it stick around afterwards. It's passive and quite casual and it suits me.

    Instagram in general is the only social network that I actually post to more than a little, because I don't have a lot to say, but I like taking photos and I like showing off the ones which I think came out well.

    2 votes
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  19. Comment on Who's on the fediverse? in ~talk

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    Off-topic, but I love your website. The colour palette you chose is very pretty. Sadly following from my mastodon account did not work :(

    Off-topic, but I love your website. The colour palette you chose is very pretty.

    Sadly following from my mastodon account did not work :(

  20. Comment on Who's on the fediverse? in ~talk

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    Well, it looks like I know at least two people on cybre.space already. Maybe you have an invite for that instance?

    Personally, I'd suggest joining an instance which fits your personal philosophy or has a community you'd like to be part of.

    Well, it looks like I know at least two people on cybre.space already. Maybe you have an invite for that instance?

    1 vote