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  1. Comment on I don't like coffee. Can James Hoffmann change that? in ~food

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    I don't like coffee, and this video hasn't made me want to try any; given that, it was a surprisingly enjoyable watch! I was engaged pretty much for the whole half hour. It was a nice window into...

    I don't like coffee, and this video hasn't made me want to try any; given that, it was a surprisingly enjoyable watch! I was engaged pretty much for the whole half hour. It was a nice window into a world / hobby that I know nothing about, which is always good to get.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents in ~news

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    What I wonder is why you insist on drawing a link between these two statements, and reducing every positive sentiment down to "I'm glad someone murdered this man"? There's a good case to be made...

    Is there a functional difference between these? In my opinion, they are not very distinct given the circumstances of why he can't cause anymore harm and as such there is an acknowledgement, even if unintentional, on the positive outcome of violence.

    What I wonder is why you insist on drawing a link between these two statements, and reducing every positive sentiment down to "I'm glad someone murdered this man"? There's a good case to be made that that kind of blunt moralism is what got him murdered in the first place. "If you didn't like this guy, you must be cheering over his murder! You must think murdering politicians you don't like, is an acceptable way to stop them doing the things you don't like!" Don't be so reductionist, I thought we were better than that on this website.

    mat didn't say that, they said pretty much the opposite, and yet you keep trying to read it into his words. That's pretty hostile.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    Nitrome* makes a lot of mobile games that aren't money-grubbing and actually have gameplay. Some do have ads, although it's been a while since I played them. I think Leap Day is a classic, and...

    Nitrome* makes a lot of mobile games that aren't money-grubbing and actually have gameplay. Some do have ads, although it's been a while since I played them. I think Leap Day is a classic, and there's an expanded version on Apple Arcade if you do subscribe to that.

    *you have to scroll the frame in the centre of the webpage to see all the games

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Lewis Hamilton wins 100th GP, becoming first F1 driver to hit century mark in ~sports

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    This was the first Grand Prix I ever watched, and it sure was an exciting one! Didn't know I'd tune in at such a good time. I'm rooting for Lando now for sure.

    This was the first Grand Prix I ever watched, and it sure was an exciting one! Didn't know I'd tune in at such a good time. I'm rooting for Lando now for sure.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    If you're texting someone who also has RCS enabled, it... does?

    If I told you on Android google transparently replaced sms with google chat messages if available, wouldn’t you find it weird?

    If you're texting someone who also has RCS enabled, it... does?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Reddit COVID blackout has begun in ~tech

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    Yeah, they did. It was a bit of a ridiculous move from /u/david-me to suddenly grow a conscience after being fine with KIA for like, four years, but it was unbelievable at the time to see the...

    Yeah, they did. It was a bit of a ridiculous move from /u/david-me to suddenly grow a conscience after being fine with KIA for like, four years, but it was unbelievable at the time to see the admins suddenly stir from their "subreddits are sovereign" stance in defence of... GamerGate. Doesn't leave much doubt about their priorities and ideology, to me.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Moderators of hundreds of popular subreddits sign open letter calling on Reddit founders to do more to combat COVID-19 disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    Nate is quite a prolific moderator, I think he probably had a few years' worth of gold already.

    Nate is quite a prolific moderator, I think he probably had a few years' worth of gold already.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Moderators of hundreds of popular subreddits sign open letter calling on Reddit founders to do more to combat COVID-19 disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    Reddit does not have to be the place where we have to """debate""" anti-vaxxers and deliberate misinformation, where we have to tolerate people "even when their viewpoint on the pandemic is...

    Reddit does not have to be the place where we have to """debate""" anti-vaxxers and deliberate misinformation, where we have to tolerate people "even when their viewpoint on the pandemic is different from yours" (viewpoint? on a pandemic???), but spez chooses to make it so. He chooses to make this post equivocating between people who think you should get a safe, well-proven vaccine against a dangerous, global disease and people who think you should eat horse dewormer and who regularly die of the disease they don't believe exists. This is disgusting.

    22 votes
  9. Comment on Twitter starts to require login to view tweets in ~tech

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    I actually think this is the main value of Twitter (insofar as social media has value); it's good for quick brief news updates, be that companies/governments, or news reporters. So it's a pity...

    This is especially going to be a problem because so many organizations (companies, projects, even governments) have started treating Twitter as the main way they release announcements and updates.

    I actually think this is the main value of Twitter (insofar as social media has value); it's good for quick brief news updates, be that companies/governments, or news reporters. So it's a pity this will hit that particularly badly. But you can question that value (encourages hot takes, simplification/compression of info, leaving out nuance, etc etc)

    8 votes
  10. Comment on What's the big deal with Electron? in ~tech

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    It's funny - we started at dumb terminals connected to mainframes, and we're headed back to very smart terminals (but still mere terminals) connected to remote servers.

    It's funny - we started at dumb terminals connected to mainframes, and we're headed back to very smart terminals (but still mere terminals) connected to remote servers.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuate by chopper in ~news

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    Because that's worked so well in Cuba and Iran? If anything, US(-led) embargoes will increase the cohesion and determination of the Taliban government.

    but once the Taliban is in complete power then the embargos on trade, healthcare, and most importantly food are going into effect from all surrounding countries. This will destabilize the country, show the failure on part of the Taliban, and then once support has faltered a new government will be installed

    Because that's worked so well in Cuba and Iran? If anything, US(-led) embargoes will increase the cohesion and determination of the Taliban government.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    Something that caught my eye in that: Emphasis mine. What an breathtaking waste of money!

    (Furthermore, I can’t find any place that even has statements from each of the candidates like our elections usually do. Found it!)

    Something that caught my eye in that:

    Pursuant to Elections Code section 11108(d), the Department of Finance, in consultation
    with the Secretary of State and county elections officials, has estimated the costs to
    administer the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom to be $276 million.

    Emphasis mine. What an breathtaking waste of money!

    7 votes
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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?

  19. 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