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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    24 Hours in Police Custody has returned. I have no idea what Channel 4 are doing with scheduling. The programme is a calm fly on the wall documentary that shows the work of policing in England. In...

    24 Hours in Police Custody has returned. I have no idea what Channel 4 are doing with scheduling. The programme is a calm fly on the wall documentary that shows the work of policing in England. In the past they focussed a lot more on the people accused of crime and being questioned (hence the "24 hours" bit, which is how long English police forces can keep someone arrested before they have to release them). This season they're spending a little bit longer looking at the victim's of crime. I like the fact that it's not sensationalised and it's not judgmental, even though some of the crimes committed are horrific. The last crime thing I watched (same channel) was about paedophiles and people with a sexual interest in children and it did my head in because it's just so pervasive and corrosive. 24H is honest but manages to avoid being quite so bleak.

    Taskmaster is back and I really want more people to know about it. The panellists this season are fantastic, and the show is uneasily getting used to covid-19 restrictions.

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  2. Comment on So, I just turned down my vaccination ... did I make a mistake? in ~health.coronavirus

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    There are about 17m people in the Netherlands. So far they've given about 4.2m doses. I don't know the situation with AstraZenica in the Netherlands - I think they're currently only using it for...

    There are about 17m people in the Netherlands.

    So far they've given about 4.2m doses.

    I don't know the situation with AstraZenica in the Netherlands - I think they're currently only using it for people over the age of 60.

    Personally, I'd have avoided mixing vaccines (especially different types of vaccine). Research has started to see if it's safe and effective. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/should-you-mix-and-match-covid-19-vaccines-scientists-are-seeking-answers

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  3. Comment on BBFC discussion of Taxi Zum Klo in ~movies

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    BBFC - British Board of Film Classification - are the UK film censors. Here they talk about the history of the film Taxi Zum Klo and how changing regulatory environment means that the film was...

    BBFC - British Board of Film Classification - are the UK film censors. Here they talk about the history of the film Taxi Zum Klo and how changing regulatory environment means that the film was originally banned from being shown, but can now be shown with no cuts.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I love Ted Lasso. A lot of the relationships in the show are great. I really like the fact that it manages to be genuinely funny while being kind and charming. AppleTV have got some genuinely good...

    I love Ted Lasso. A lot of the relationships in the show are great. I really like the fact that it manages to be genuinely funny while being kind and charming.

    AppleTV have got some genuinely good shows.

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  5. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    If this had been one or two events you might have a point about trivial complaints. It isn't. It's a pattern of behaviour that spans decades and has affected hundreds, maybe thousands, of people....

    If this had been one or two events you might have a point about trivial complaints. It isn't. It's a pattern of behaviour that spans decades and has affected hundreds, maybe thousands, of people. He has been told countless times that his behaviours are not acceptable, and he's made no meaningful effort to change.

    People are not complaining about socially awkward behaviour. They're complaining about sexually harassing behaviours.

    There's an entire segment of criminal law about prosecuting people based on competence. We don't send children to trial or punish them the same way we do adults, ditto for those with mental disorders.

    Ages of criminal responsibility vary across the world. In England it's 10. In Massachusetts it's 12. The test for mentally disordered also varies, but it tends to mean that the person is -at the time of their offence- acutely unwell with a psychotic illness. So, not just "has schizophrenia" but "has schizophrenia which is actively causing symptoms at the time of the offence". And even then that doesn't mean there are no consequences. Someone found guilty of murder goes to prison to serve a sentence. Someone found not guilty by reason of insanity goes to a secure hospital and receives treatment until it is safe to release them - this is almost always a longer length of time than a prison sentence. And, at least in England, not guilty because insane is very rare. It would be more common to have a murder charge dropped

    And I don't understand how this is any kind of defence of RMS. You're saying that RMS is operating at the level of a 12 year old child, or someone with an IQ less than 70 (the common definition of learning disability) or someone who is currently going through a psychotic episode.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Discord will start designating entire servers as NSFW, and prevent all under-18 users from accessing them, as well as all users on iOS in ~tech

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    They're also, I think, having trouble with Apple.

    They're also, I think, having trouble with Apple.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    It makes no difference. Comms is hard, which is why most large orgs have specialist comms teams to protect against reputational damage. One of the things comms teams have to do is to see things...

    It makes no difference.

    Comms is hard, which is why most large orgs have specialist comms teams to protect against reputational damage. One of the things comms teams have to do is to see things from other people's points of view, to "read their minds". It's this theory of mind that appears to be missing for RMS. It might be fixable if he put in place two things: a minder for any event where he appears in person, and a comms team that fix any written communications. But he's not going to do that, is he? Even in his apology where it's really important to get it right he finishes by misrepresenting other people's comments and then blaming other people for not understanding him well enough.

    His positions all require a lot of comms and a lot of meeting other people at conferences and events. These are intrinsic parts of his work, and he's unable to perfom these and unwilling to put in place accommodations, which means he's not able to do his work.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    It's not just social incompetence. It's the combination of social incompetence with a refusal to put in place any kind of protection, and with the addition of an attitude that really the problem...

    It's not just social incompetence. It's the combination of social incompetence with a refusal to put in place any kind of protection, and with the addition of an attitude that really the problem is with other people's lack of understanding.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    This is pretty terrible. He starts by taking responsibility for his behaviours. He then says that other people need to tell him when he's doing something wrong -- but shouldn't he take some...

    This is pretty terrible.

    He starts by taking responsibility for his behaviours. He then says that other people need to tell him when he's doing something wrong -- but shouldn't he take some responsibility here? He knows he upsets people. He should get some help with his comms to avoid causing the hurt. He finishes by pretty much saying he was right anyway and that people just misunderstood him, which is frankly infuriating.

    People were not saying Minsky was as bad as Epstein. They were saying there were problems that MIT needed to avoid in future. RMS jumped into the thread and started by saying [let's assume these things are true - that Minksy had sex with a coerced, trafficked, 17 year old]. He then went on to defend Minsky, and he based his defence on his flawed understanding of sexual assault and the English language.

    26 votes
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  11. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    Analogue can be super precise in a way that discrete digital steps can't be. But also it can be imprecise because it's using tech that's inherently unreliable. I have analogue kitchen scales that...

    Analogue can be super precise in a way that discrete digital steps can't be. But also it can be imprecise because it's using tech that's inherently unreliable. I have analogue kitchen scales that are 1) dirt cheap and 2) use a spring connected to the dial.

    Knowing that my scales are not accurate is somewhat freeing. For careful baking I'd probably try to calibrate them, or get a digital scale. But for general cooking it's allowed me to learn that close-enough is good enough and that most recipes need me to taste them as I cook and it's this taste - adjust thing that's important.

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  12. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    I remember something called "Dial a Disc". In the UK you'd get (books of local area dialling...

    And yes, I do remember lot of types of analogue media, I feel no nostalgia for them.

    I remember something called "Dial a Disc". In the UK you'd get (books of local area dialling codes)[https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-telecom-Vintage-Dialing-code-Book-Stoke-on-Trent/274716126812?hash=item3ff65b6e5c:g:9iQAAOSwnXJgSj5N] for the telephone. In the back there was a list of special numbers you could dial to get services. One of those was a number you could dial, at great expense, to listen to a pop song. Over analogue POTS, with carbon earpiece on the phone handset. It was weird - the white heat of technology (this was the 1980s) but really terrible and expensive experience.

    But I agree with lots of people here: analogue was often worse.

    Cassette tapes making a comeback is just baffling. They have limited frequency response, they're fragile, they're so mechanical, they're not convenient. The only good thing about tape was building a carefully curated mixtape for someone else.

    I did like vinyl, but it was bulky, and delicate. And most people had terrible turntables, with no ability to calibrate speed or level the surface or correctly balance the tone arm. The cargo-culting of a two-pence piece blu-takked on the end of the tone arm. But there is something there about selecting a record, pulling it out of the sleeve and dust jacket, putting it on to play and then sitting and listening while reading the sleeve notes. It might be possible to recreate the sleeve-note experience with RFID cards and a PC, or epubs on an e-reader.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I've been knitting and it's fun and relaxing. I'm not great, but I started with a chunky yarn and big knitting needles and I'm doing a very basic garment - a scarf. My aim is to practice technique...

    I've been knitting and it's fun and relaxing. I'm not great, but I started with a chunky yarn and big knitting needles and I'm doing a very basic garment - a scarf.

    My aim is to practice technique to eventually knit a jumper. I think that's going to take a while. Even very simple patterns are pretty complicated.

    The other thing I'd like to do is create a blanket. I think knitting is maybe not the right way to do that, so I've bought a crochet hook and I'm learning how to make "granny[1] squares" which I'll then stitch together.

    One thing I think is interesting is that the language is different in the UK and the US, and I'm going to have a look around for histories of knitting to see if anyone knows when the language diverged.

    So far for me knitting is easier. I'm not super dexterous with my hands and I find the motions for knitting easier. For crochet I have one hook and I need to work out a way to hold the rest of the yarn. I think I'll get the swing of it, although I'm never going to be fast at crochet or knitting.

    Lots of the Youtube channels are just super wholesome in a nice way, and I kind of need that niceness at the moment.

    [1] This is what everyone online calls them, and they do it with affection. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on The trajectory of an anti-LGBT conspiracy theory in ~lgbt

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    This is pretty complex because transphobic campaigns in the UK are spread across dozens of small but vehement groups. I think this post does a reasonable job of explaining them as it goes along.

    This is pretty complex because transphobic campaigns in the UK are spread across dozens of small but vehement groups. I think this post does a reasonable job of explaining them as it goes along.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I love The Great. They all just look like they're massively enjoying themselves. Nicholas Hoult is great - his character is tricky to play and get right but he manages it I think. And Elle Fanning...

    I love The Great. They all just look like they're massively enjoying themselves. Nicholas Hoult is great - his character is tricky to play and get right but he manages it I think. And Elle Fanning is just effervescent and excellent. It's genuinely funny, and really gruesome, and I love it.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on School almost 'eliminates bullying' with break-time ban on games in ~life

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    I feel uncomfortable with this approach. I much prefer the chaotic, unstructured play offered by this other primary (ages 5 to 11) school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UCex3K_0j4 Sometimes...

    I feel uncomfortable with this approach.

    I much prefer the chaotic, unstructured play offered by this other primary (ages 5 to 11) school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UCex3K_0j4

    Sometimes "health and safety" is used to stop this type of activity. But the English Health and Safety Executive have a balanced approach: https://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/childs-play-statement.htm

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  17. Comment on Where do you go for humor? in ~talk

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    Not quite a podcast, but here are some suggestions for well written audio comedy. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme This is a sketch comedy show written by John Finnemore. He's previously...

    or a podcast

    Not quite a podcast, but here are some suggestions for well written audio comedy.

    John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme This is a sketch comedy show written by John Finnemore. He's previously written for David Mitchell. I enjoy this because he manages to be funny without punching down.

    The Pin. Another sketch show. They have a BBC Radio 4 series, but I'm linking to youtube because these are short and available. I love them because their setups are perfect. The Pin on Mr Box Here's a Twitter thread of Zoom sketches they did

    Bleak Expectations A parody of Dickens. It's funnier than I make it sound, and it has Anthony Head (Rupert Giles in Buffy) as a baddie and he's great. Here's the first episode on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzqluNyd7aQ

    Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about a tiny chartered airline company. It has a small but great cast (for example, Benedict Cumberbatch as he's just about to become famous). And it's just delightful - a really nice feel-good comedy. It developed a strong audience fan base.

    Bigipedia This is described as a parody of Wikipedia, but that's misleading. It's so much more than that. There are elements of horror comedy ("pandoratane, the most adhesive substance known to man" is a good example of this). It's hard to find, but is available on Archive here

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Peace in Northern Ireland is fragile in ~news

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    To understand this you need to understand the border issues that are caused by Brexit. Does the soft border between Northern Ireland and Ireland get converted into a hard border, or does a new...

    To understand this you need to understand the border issues that are caused by Brexit.

    Does the soft border between Northern Ireland and Ireland get converted into a hard border, or does a new hard border come into existence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK? Or is there some other plan to avoid these border problems?

    https://twitter.com/syrpis/status/1379794968907284480

    3 votes