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  1. Comment on The statue of the Little Mermaid in the entrance to Copenhagen harbour has been daubed with the words “racist fish” in ~arts

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    I wonder if it's connected to the #NotMyAriel bigots?

    I wonder if it's connected to the #NotMyAriel bigots?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

  3. Comment on A summary of views about how to respond to COVID-19 in the UK, and how those views changed over time in ~health.coronavirus

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    For some reason links to tweet threads aren't encouraged on tildes, but this is a great summary of the incoherent, conflicting, contradictory, just plain wrong, approach taken to covid-19 by...

    For some reason links to tweet threads aren't encouraged on tildes, but this is a great summary of the incoherent, conflicting, contradictory, just plain wrong, approach taken to covid-19 by government, opposition, and pundits in the UK.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Sorry, I meant we're not getting more of the story from the "A Quiet Death" (ep 5) timeline. That episode was outstanding.

    Sorry, I meant we're not getting more of the story from the "A Quiet Death" (ep 5) timeline. That episode was outstanding.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Mythic Quest is great, and then they drop the meta back story episode, and I want more of that because it's amazing, but we're never getting more of that.

    Mythic Quest is great, and then they drop the meta back story episode, and I want more of that because it's amazing, but we're never getting more of that.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on The Monty Hall problem in ~science

  7. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    They need a way for sub-reddits run by and for marginalised people to be able to exclude others. BlackPeopleTwitter needs a way to say "this is a place for black people to post about the Black...

    Why did they think not protecting majority groups was a good idea?

    They need a way for sub-reddits run by and for marginalised people to be able to exclude others.

    BlackPeopleTwitter needs a way to say "this is a place for black people to post about the Black experience". They've already tried letting anyone post, and it ended up as a racist hell-hole.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on The tyranny of the mask? in ~health.coronavirus

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    The problem in the US is that masks are being mandated in order to open up after lockdown. People are being forced to wear masks because politicians want shops and bars and etc to re-open. Since...

    I don't know anyone who is making an anti-mask point,

    The problem in the US is that masks are being mandated in order to open up after lockdown. People are being forced to wear masks because politicians want shops and bars and etc to re-open.

    Since there's no evidence[1] that masks work to prevent the spread of covid, and plenty of evidence that social distancing does work to prevent the spread of covid, it feels like the US is doing the wrong thing by dropping social distancing measures in favour of masks.

    [1] if you want to argue against this point I'd like to see either a meta-analysis or RCT that shows benefits of mask wearing to prevent spread of respiratory illness.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The Go! Team - Semicircle song in ~music

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Go!_Team I didn't know whether to submit this, or "We Just Wont Be Defeated". The album version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmmbRKYK1c and a live...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Go!_Team

    The Go! Team are a six-piece band from Brighton, England. They combine indie rock and garage rock with a mixture of blaxploitation and Bollywood soundtracks, double Dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources. The band's vocals vary between performances: while live vocals are handled mostly by Ninja (with Angela Won-Yin Mak also singing some solos), vocals on record also feature sampled and guest voices.

    I didn't know whether to submit this, or "We Just Wont Be Defeated". The album version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmmbRKYK1c and a live session version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGDIMDDmuA

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Black Sheep Brass Band - We Are Sheep in ~music

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    I love brass. Any song? Made better with a trumpet. I also love dancing, and I'm terrible at it, so videos with people who also enjoy but are bad at dancing are videos I want to watch.

    I love brass. Any song? Made better with a trumpet.

    I also love dancing, and I'm terrible at it, so videos with people who also enjoy but are bad at dancing are videos I want to watch.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on I'm looking for anime shows with a lot of depth in ~anime

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    Haibane Renmei is a bit obvious but it's something that creates a world which feels coherent and solid and weird.

    Haibane Renmei is a bit obvious but it's something that creates a world which feels coherent and solid and weird.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Minecraft update 1.16 has been released in ~games

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    They're doing a lot of work on it, and the transaction features I'm talking about the re-write for Windows 10 and consoles (Bedrock edition). The Java edition is still being updated, and that...

    They're doing a lot of work on it, and the transaction features I'm talking about the re-write for Windows 10 and consoles (Bedrock edition). The Java edition is still being updated, and that version doesn't have as much of this stuff crammed in.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Minecraft update 1.16 has been released in ~games

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    When I launch Minecraft bedrock there are five buttons on the launch screen. Two of them are small - accessibility and profile. The other three are "Play", "Settings", and "Marketplace" and these...

    When I launch Minecraft bedrock there are five buttons on the launch screen. Two of them are small - accessibility and profile. The other three are "Play", "Settings", and "Marketplace" and these are all equally large, in the middle of the screen. The marketplace button has an animated image on it.

    Marketplace allows you to buy MineCoins which you can then spend on skins, texture packs, mashup packs, and worlds. Worlds can be quite complex, but there's a problem with some worlds providing very poor value for money. The fast talking IBXToyCat has a few videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If4EC5B4M3Q

    Or this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbCTeI3hN5w

    If I click "play" I get a screen that lists all my Minecraft worlds, but also has an ad saying "Try Realms free for 30 days"

    If I click "create new world" (so, not the realms link) I get a screen with a bunch of locked templates that I can unlock for minecoins (these are displayed with nice graphics) or a plain text menu button saying "create new world" that allows me to create a new world.

    They've really crammed stuff in there.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Anti-Defamation League sends open letter to advertisers, urging them to boycott Facebook due to ads being placed adjacent to hateful content in ~tech

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    They all say that, and then the advertisers leave, and then they all decide that they need the money more than they want horrific racism, misogyny, transphobia, conspiracy theories, etc on their...

    They all say that, and then the advertisers leave, and then they all decide that they need the money more than they want horrific racism, misogyny, transphobia, conspiracy theories, etc on their site, and then they quite rightly begin banning that stuff.

    See also Sleeping Giants (US) and Hope Note Hate (UK).

    Money is a big motivator.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Minecraft update 1.16 has been released in ~games

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    This is a nice update and it brings some welcome features to the nether. I'm still trying to get my head around it because it adds quite a lot of content to the game. I'm playing through Bedrock...

    This is a nice update and it brings some welcome features to the nether. I'm still trying to get my head around it because it adds quite a lot of content to the game.

    I'm playing through Bedrock edition (windows 10) trying to get all the achievements and I think this update changed something. Before I'd get a Win10 notification every time I got an achievement. After the update this notification didn't happen. Last night I spent a couple of hours trying to get "oooh shiny" to pop before I realised.

    I am a bit worried about the amount of microtransactions stuffed into the game. This update continues that trend. Now some achievements will unlock an item in the character skin editor (hats, glasses, clothing, etc). This is nice, but it's also a way to drag people's attention to all the other stuff that has to be paid for.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Yes. He's written a long piece about why he thinks strong moderation is important and that it reflects on your brand. That piece, combined with the toxic hate he choses to leave up on his site in...

    Yes. He's written a long piece about why he thinks strong moderation is important and that it reflects on your brand. That piece, combined with the toxic hate he choses to leave up on his site in the comments section, is pretty grim.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    Staff are paid to be nice to Customers. They're paid to be friendly. Some men misread this and think "she's being nice to me because she likes me, I should make a move".

    I don't see how a waiter/waitress hitting on a client is any more appropriate than a client hitting on the waiter/waitress.

    Staff are paid to be nice to Customers. They're paid to be friendly. Some men misread this and think "she's being nice to me because she likes me, I should make a move".

    2 votes