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  1. Comment on Slot Machine - a British Pathé short film about vending machines in 1960s Britain in ~humanities

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    I'm submitting this because it's an interesting look at a narrow slice of 1960s Britain. The food does not look appetising. The factory workers have minimal protective equipment. There's talk of...

    I'm submitting this because it's an interesting look at a narrow slice of 1960s Britain.

    The food does not look appetising. The factory workers have minimal protective equipment. There's talk of "boffins" and mechanisation - this is around the time of Harold Wilson's "white heat of technology" speech when we thought tech would save the world. https://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2013/sep/19/harold-wilson-white-heat-technology-speech

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Facebook argues that they don't need consent under GDPR due to users agreeing to a "contract" ordering personalized advertising in ~tech

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    The practice is prohibited. Consent is one basis for handling data, but it doesn't allow the data processor to do what they like. In Europe law is what's written in recitals and regulations, which...

    The practice is prohibited.

    Consent is one basis for handling data, but it doesn't allow the data processor to do what they like.

    In Europe law is what's written in recitals and regulations, which are then translated into national laws and written into (in the UK) acts and statutes, but also the courts then need to interpret it and case law is important.

    This works well until you have government agencies that don't prosecute because it means companies are free to implement weird schemes (eg, weird tax avoidance schemes, or here Facebook claiming they can do what they like because they have consent). These are likely not lawful, but we don't know until the regulators take action and some of them just don't.

    This was the most frustrating thing to me about the discussion around GDPR implementation - all the people who were saying it would end Internet business in EU. Anyone saying that has never seen how ICO (the UK information commissioner) operates - with the lightest of touches.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Taskmaster now has a YouTube channel for people outside the UK. in ~tv

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    I guess I should explain what Taskmaster is for people who haven't seen it. It's a panel show where the contestants are given ridiculous tasks to complete and then their attempts to complete those...

    I guess I should explain what Taskmaster is for people who haven't seen it.

    It's a panel show where the contestants are given ridiculous tasks to complete and then their attempts to complete those tasks are scored. The contestants are the same people over one season.

    I'm not going to be able to explain it, but luckily the first 20 minutes of the first episode gives you a good idea of what it's like. (Although this first series is a bit rough and they refine it over the next seasons).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4YhsooE5xY

    If you want a shorter introduction try this task: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSLVVchetrA

    Here's the Wikipedia link for Taskmaster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taskmaster_(TV_series)

    You don't really need to know who these people in the first season are, but here's a wikipedia link for each of them.

    Greg Davies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Davies
    Alex Horne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Horne

    Frank Skinner: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Skinner
    Josh Widdicombe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Widdicombe
    Roisin Conaty: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roisin_Conaty
    Romesh Ranganathan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romesh_Ranganathan
    Tim Key: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Key

    There are nine seasons of it, and it's genuinely one of the funniest things I've seen. (Seasons 6 and 8 are described by a few people as not good. S06 had 5 people who are all somewhat introvert so it's a bit quiet. S08 has one person who appears angry but not in a comedy way, and one comedian who's a bit polarising.)

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Ruth and Martin's Album Club in ~music

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    I've linked to the first article. Some are better than others. I like the fact that there's no gatekeeping (which is something that UK music magazines tend to have huge amounts of) and there's no...

    I've linked to the first article. Some are better than others. I like the fact that there's no gatekeeping (which is something that UK music magazines tend to have huge amounts of) and there's no snooty "wait, you like that??" -- you either like a song or you don't and either way is fine. This may not sound like much but for me it was refreshing to break away from people telling me I was wrong to enjoy something.

    The Album Club is a simple set-up, but it had some great reading about music. A lot of the people are going to be British and working in the UK media, but most of them are not particularly well known. It's not still running which is a shame but I thought maybe Tildes could tweak the format a bit for this group?

    The Rules

    1. Each week we pick a guest

    2. The guest chooses a critically acclaimed album they've never listened to.

    3. The guest explains why they've never listened to it, laying out any potential prejudice in advance. i.e. "I've never liked the cut of Pink Floyd's jib" or "Mark E Smith frightens me".

    4. The guest has to listen to the album at least three times, this acclaimed album that they've never bothered listening to, and then tell us whether it was worth it or not.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Feet Don't Fail Me Now (NPR Tiny Desk) in ~music

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    I've linked a particular song but the whole set is amazing. I love this because how can you not dance? I've been struggling to find new music recently, and the NPR Tiny Desk sets are a pretty good...

    I've linked a particular song but the whole set is amazing. I love this because how can you not dance?

    I've been struggling to find new music recently, and the NPR Tiny Desk sets are a pretty good source of things I haven't heard before.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What do you do when you hit the point of chronically feeling low? in ~life

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    Ah, I forgot to mention where I got the figures from and it is a useful point. So, to provide a bit of context for those figures I'm using information from England's IAPT (Improving Access to...

    Ah, I forgot to mention where I got the figures from and it is a useful point.

    So, to provide a bit of context for those figures I'm using information from England's IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) scheme.

    IAPT is usually a CBT model, but not always. That's paid for by the NHS, so treatment is free. People can self refer. They get access to a therapist. But importantly it is a "stepped model". Some people will have one-to-one sessions with an experienced therapist and they'll have up to 12 sessions. But that's the highest tier available on IAPT. Other people will be in group sessions, or telephone only sessions. Other people will have self-help from computers or books. I believe (although I don't know what the research is) that these lower tiers "drag down" the efficacy of IAPT.

    So when I say about 60% I am only referring to this IAPT scheme, and maybe the results are better if we only include people who have one-to-one work with an experienced therapist.

    The numbers are here: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/psychological-therapies-report-on-the-use-of-iapt-services

  7. Comment on What do you do when you hit the point of chronically feeling low? in ~life

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    About 60% - 70% of people with low mood find it responds well to cognitive behaviour therapy. If you can work from books you may find "Mind Over Mood" useful. If you prefer face to face therapy...

    About 60% - 70% of people with low mood find it responds well to cognitive behaviour therapy.

    If you can work from books you may find "Mind Over Mood" useful.

    If you prefer face to face therapy look for someone who has a registration and some experience who uses a CBT model. CBT lasts up to 16 weeks, although many people need fewer sessions.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on US Federal nutrition research is underfunded, even as the costs of diet-related diseases are skyrocketing. Does Washington hold the key to solving the obesity crisis? in ~health

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    Snark probably isn't compatible with Tildes commenting. ...especially when it's so ignorant of all the research we have about obesogenic environments and the power these multi-billion dollar...

    Snarky response:

    Snark probably isn't compatible with Tildes commenting.

    How a clickbait headline denies agency to people making choices about what to ea

    ...especially when it's so ignorant of all the research we have about obesogenic environments and the power these multi-billion dollar industries have over individuals.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How do you turn a smart TV into a dumb TV? in ~tech

  10. Has anyone gifted you food or a kitchen / cooking gadget that you particularly liked?

    Coming up to Christmas and gift-giving is on my mind and I wondered if you've ever been given food or a food-related gadget that you liked? I guess we can also talk about the misses too. I like...

    Coming up to Christmas and gift-giving is on my mind and I wondered if you've ever been given food or a food-related gadget that you liked? I guess we can also talk about the misses too.

    I like chocolate, so small amounts of nice chocolate are something that I like.

    11 votes
  11. Detectorists - "unremarkable lives gone slightly awry"

    I'm currently re-watching all episodes of Detectorists and it's one of my favourite tv things ever, so I thought maybe Tildes would be interested. Detectorists is a single camera sitcom about two...

    I'm currently re-watching all episodes of Detectorists and it's one of my favourite tv things ever, so I thought maybe Tildes would be interested. Detectorists is a single camera sitcom about two men and their friendship around their metal detecting hobby.

    Here's the link to the BBC Four webpage for it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06l51nr

    Some review sites -

    Rotten Tomatoes 100% (few reviews), 99% audience score: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/detectorists

    IMDB 8.6 : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4082744/

    Guardian review (because she writes about it far better than I can): https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/dec/09/detectorists-rich-portrait-unremarkable-lives-gone-slightly-awry-mackenzie-crook

    Detectorists is about nothing and everything. Made with palpable love, it’s about people and their passions; camaraderie and community. As a portrait of male friendship, it is closer to documentary than drama, delving beneath the topsoil of mid-life ennui via the sparsest of exchanges. You won’t find a laughter track, or smart-arse punchlines or an oh-so-subtle veil of irony here; instead of begging for your attention, Detectorists is notable for its avoidance of snark. It’s the drama least likely to culminate in alpha plonkers blowing up cars, taking down baddies or ravishing beautiful women.

    Instead, it lingers lovingly over dewdrops on grass, magpies on gateposts, scudding clouds and gently fluttering leaves. Even an alfresco wee takes on a painterly aspect, viewed solely through the steam cloud billowing from behind a sunlit tree. Meanwhile, the camera makes high art out of Lance’s face in closeup, crestfallen as he unearths a scaffolding bracket instead of an Anglo-Saxon nugget, and from Andy’s silent incredulity when a colleague jokes about Richard Attenborough when he means David.

    Radio Times review https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2017-12-13/detectorists-series-3-review/

    If all British programmes took this much care over their tone, look and overall distinctiveness, the golden age of television would never go away.

    Modern comedies are often predicated on cruelty: laughs are hard, clanging or sharp as barbed wire. In its quiet, undemonstrative way, Detectorists has ploughed its own furrow. Buried in its field of fun are evergreen truths about life, and the things we don’t say but should. So if kindness and companionship are unfashionable, I know which side of the hedge I’d rather stand.

    10 votes
  12. "Children and Politics" - a 3 minute interview with British children before the 1964 general election

    This is short, but it demonstrates something that's been missing from tv for a while, which is the simple interview with children that recognises they are children but still takes them seriously...

    This is short, but it demonstrates something that's been missing from tv for a while, which is the simple interview with children that recognises they are children but still takes them seriously as humans.

    EDIT: Somehow I missed the main link, which goes to a BFI page here: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-children-and-politics-1964-online

    There are some amazing old (1960s, 1970s) British tv interviews with children carried out by Harold Williamson. He asks children a question and then just lets them answer. There's no attempt to laugh at the children, and there's no attempt to say "zomg look at what this cute kid is saying".

    A few clips here, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq93b and there are probably more on Youtube: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq93b

    It's showing its age - "what would you do if your husbands went on strike? How would you run a household?" (asked of two girls) isn't acceptable.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What piece of kitchen equipment do you regret buying, and why? in ~food

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    I bought a Lansky sharpening system and I agree with you. I'd have done better to just get a couple.of sharpening stones.

    I bought a Lansky sharpening system and I agree with you. I'd have done better to just get a couple.of sharpening stones.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The math for Warren’s health-care plan adds up if you accept its ludicrous premise in ~finance

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    The American system is a baffling mix of huge amounts of government spending, huge amounts of insurance spending, combined with poor quality for many people. The US has very expensive healthcare....

    The American system is a baffling mix of huge amounts of government spending, huge amounts of insurance spending, combined with poor quality for many people.

    The US has very expensive healthcare. The US government pays more for healthcare than other governments. The US could have the English NHS right now and they'd be spending less.

    But US healthcare is not very good. Life expectancy is lower for many people; there's massive over-prescribing across a wide range of meds (notably opioids), there's huge amounts of over-testing leading to harm, your meds are more expensive than other countries, a bunch of people don't have access to any healthcare other than emergency treatment, mental health treatment is either non-existent or overly restrictive, etc etc.

    3 votes