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  1. Comment on Frog and Toad (and Me) in ~books

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    This passage, in particular, resonated with me. My mother has forever been a huge fan of children's books. She's kept collecting them well after me and my sister had grown "too old" for them and...

    This passage, in particular, resonated with me.

    “The characters came from who he was,” she told me. “He never condescended to children.”

    Acknowledging the fact that adults and kids feel with the same passion and intensity, even if they read on different levels, is central to both the composition and reception of Lobel’s books. As attuned as contemporary children’s literature is to the psychological and developmental needs of children, it’s still surprising, as a parent reading Frog and Toad, to hear your kids spoken to the way Lobel speaks to them, and to hear the way he speaks to you too.

    My mother has forever been a huge fan of children's books. She's kept collecting them well after me and my sister had grown "too old" for them and even the next generation of cousins wasn't really a good excuse, and Frog and Toad is still one of her favourites for this very reason. To her the greatest children's writers were always the ones who respected the emotional complexity and critical capacity of children, authors that didn't shy away from difficult topics like death, disease, personal conflict etc. but also understood that a huge part of the drama of the lives of children happens at a smaller "scale".

    She sometimes shows me some of the books she's collected over the years and I have to say, sometimes they really do manage to encapsulate complicated life experiences in very simple words, moreso than many an aspiring writer.

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  2. Comment on The science of mask-wearing hasn’t changed. So why have our expectations? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think this is another root issue in the whole face mask discussion: not everyone seems to agree on where the bar actually lies for making the recommendation viable or not. Some will argue masks...

    But part of this might hinge on what you mean by "protect?" If you mean "prevent transmission entirely" then cloth masks don't do that, which is why social distancing and handwashing also help.

    I think this is another root issue in the whole face mask discussion: not everyone seems to agree on where the bar actually lies for making the recommendation viable or not. Some will argue masks aren't provably effective enough at preventing transmission and are therefore a dead end, others will consider a slight advantage enough when combined with other preventive measures. But neither position is fundamentally flawed, they both operate on valid premises, so it's hard to really pick one side and authoritatively state that they are right and the others are just plain wrong.

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  3. Comment on Kongregate is no longer accepting new games, will shut down almost all of their chat/forums in three weeks, and is laying off employees in ~games

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    Kartridge? I'm guessing it didn't do well, like many other Steam competitors (Desura tried the same thing years ago and also failed). From their recent history of acquisitions, and being acquired,...

    Kartridge? I'm guessing it didn't do well, like many other Steam competitors (Desura tried the same thing years ago and also failed).

    From their recent history of acquisitions, and being acquired, I'm guessing Kongregate had not been doing well for some time now and their alternate income streams failed to change that, With the global financial downturn they probably were forced to finally reckon with that.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on US officials are ramping up criticism of the GDPR, which they say protects cybercriminals in ~tech

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    I think you're getting to a core point: you cannot fight crime by having all information available because criminals will by necessity find ways to circumvent it. The position that the GDPR is...

    I think you're getting to a core point: you cannot fight crime by having all information available because criminals will by necessity find ways to circumvent it. The position that the GDPR is making it harder for law enforcement is essentially rooted in the same argument for mass surveillance: that there exists a tipping point at which criminals are no longer able to hide a paper trail. Personally I think it's a bogus argument and if it weren't so clearly being put forward in bad faith it'd deserve a public rebuttal.

    8 votes
  5. 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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    From your own experience, is that something Reddit frequently did?

    From your own experience, is that something Reddit frequently did?

    2 votes
  6. 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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    Damn, wasn't expecting the bans on ChapoTrapHouse and Cumtown. Kinda happy they included GenderCritical though, that place was only inches away from being a full-blown hate sub.

    Damn, wasn't expecting the bans on ChapoTrapHouse and Cumtown. Kinda happy they included GenderCritical though, that place was only inches away from being a full-blown hate sub.

    23 votes
  7. Comment on Github is sinking in ~comp

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    I mean setting aside the fact that you comically invalidate the thing your post is premised on: the rest of the argumentation is only a few loosely connected paragraphs that don't go much into...

    I mean setting aside the fact that you comically invalidate the thing your post is premised on: the rest of the argumentation is only a few loosely connected paragraphs that don't go much into depth, and don't end up saying much that hasn't been said more eloquently elsewhere.

    I mean, it's fine, it happens. It's actually kind of funny when you read the two parts I quoted side-by-side.

  8. Comment on Github is sinking in ~comp

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    Alright then, nothing to see here I guess.

    Original Post: My interpretation? The Microsoft Github ship is sinking and it's sinking faster every day.

    Update 3: Let's inject some reason here. Github isn't dying anytime soon. Certainly not due to this number of outages. And all software breaks, so that's no measure; what matters is the response. And Github is on it. Like every single other time it was broken.

    Alright then, nothing to see here I guess.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    I really don't have patience for the whole "Tildes is too left" thing anymore because it always feels so incredibly reductive, and I really don't see what the alternative is? As far as I know...

    I really don't have patience for the whole "Tildes is too left" thing anymore because it always feels so incredibly reductive, and I really don't see what the alternative is? As far as I know there's no site-wide ban on believing in any "right-wing" schools of thought, who exactly has been banned for believing in free-market economics, in government non-intervention in social issues, to name only a few examples.

    The only thing I can think of is that people might feel like they receive too much push-back when they express those more "right-wing" opinions but... isn't that sort of the point of freedom of speech?

    18 votes
  10. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    I like how no-nonsense this is. Part of the worrying reactions you always see to these kinds of controversies is people wondering if this means they can't ever flirt at all. Apparently there's a...

    I like how no-nonsense this is. Part of the worrying reactions you always see to these kinds of controversies is people wondering if this means they can't ever flirt at all. Apparently there's a considerable subset of people, mostly men I think, who seem to think you can't flirt without violating boundaries or being overly aggressive about it, and that seems really worrisome.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    I'm not super worried that saying no to a member of the waiting staff is going to have adverse effects. I mean, what are they going to do? Refuse to serve me? I might not find it very charming,...

    I don't see how a waiter/waitress hitting on a client is any more appropriate than a client hitting on the waiter/waitress. Be flirty, sure, but if you want to ask the person out, you do it off-shift.

    I'm not super worried that saying no to a member of the waiting staff is going to have adverse effects. I mean, what are they going to do? Refuse to serve me?

    I might not find it very charming, but I wouldn't feel like I'm put in a bad position either. Not any more than if they just flirted with me. And that makes a pretty big difference imo.

    5 votes
  12. 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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    Sure but that doesn't really change my point, using anonymous sources is a staple of journalism everywhere. Properly protecting sources is a choice and one newspapers tend to weigh differently...

    Anonymous sources are used extensively in US journalism though? I'm thinking of the recent White House insider articles.

    Sure but that doesn't really change my point, using anonymous sources is a staple of journalism everywhere. Properly protecting sources is a choice and one newspapers tend to weigh differently depending on the context.

    There's also a big difference between properly protecting a source or simply not disclosing some identifying information but not all of it, and especially in the latter category the US media has slipped more than once.

    1 vote
  13. 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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    The issue isn't with the article potentially being damaging, as explained on the post and in SA's comments on the SSC subreddit.

    The issue isn't with the article potentially being damaging, as explained on the post and in SA's comments on the SSC subreddit.

    1 vote
  14. 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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    From SA's comments on the Reddit it seems the reason is that the NYT maintains a strict policy of publishing real names, and the editor of the story is not sympathetic to SA's requests not to...

    From SA's comments on the Reddit it seems the reason is that the NYT maintains a strict policy of publishing real names, and the editor of the story is not sympathetic to SA's requests not to publish his full name.

    2 votes
  15. 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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    US journalism has gained something of a reputation as of late for not properly protecting sources and identities. Some of it seems related to a fear that anonymous sources are, by default, not...

    US journalism has gained something of a reputation as of late for not properly protecting sources and identities. Some of it seems related to a fear that anonymous sources are, by default, not credible.

    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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    I live with 9 housemates. Our building is an old renovated office complex, so the floors have long hallways with individual rooms and some common spaces. If you're okay with sharing some amenities...

    I live with 9 housemates. Our building is an old renovated office complex, so the floors have long hallways with individual rooms and some common spaces. If you're okay with sharing some amenities it's perfectly feasible to live with many people in a big but not huge house.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in ~tech

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    Lil' dismissive but ok.

    Lil' dismissive but ok.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in ~tech

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    From the different answers people have given here it seems like, to some extent, this involves active decision making on whether or not to teach this history in schools. The lived experience of...

    From the different answers people have given here it seems like, to some extent, this involves active decision making on whether or not to teach this history in schools. The lived experience of history may fade with generations but the knowledge can still be actively passed on, and knowing just how extensive yet seemingly arbitrary the Nazi regime's persecution of it's enemies goes seems like it's worth passing on.

    3 votes