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  1. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

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    Yeah, it must be a nightmare. Beyond every public speaker's worst fear.

    Yeah, it must be a nightmare. Beyond every public speaker's worst fear.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

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    That sub has had such amazing momentum and been so widely known, it'll be such a shame if it loses that by splintering into two or more parts. All they had to do was stay the course dammit.

    That sub has had such amazing momentum and been so widely known, it'll be such a shame if it loses that by splintering into two or more parts. All they had to do was stay the course dammit.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Two-thirds of anti-vax propaganda online created by just twelve influencers, research finds in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think it's driven by content recommendations, so it'd die down until we get back up to about 2015 internet. Platforms have enough data on users to effectively funnel them into whatever...

    I think it's driven by content recommendations, so it'd die down until we get back up to about 2015 internet. Platforms have enough data on users to effectively funnel them into whatever environment makes them as obsessed as possible.

    I don't know if there's data on this, but I don't think it would last without the algorithms leading people down rabbit holes. The example I would point to is how every large online conspiracy seems to rise and fall over the course of a few years when bored members begin to funnel into a new conspiracy. The flat earth movement shifted towards QAnon en masse when engagement started to lag. But what if they had to find new conspiracies without an algorithm concentrating them in one place? Fragmenting them into different niche conspiracies that don't coordinate and each lack the numbers to make the conspiracy a self-contained social circle for members to immerse themselves in.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Two-thirds of anti-vax propaganda online created by just twelve influencers, research finds in ~health.coronavirus

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    Remember this when people tell you our current age of misinformation is the inevitable outcome of social media enabling global communication. This is not natural, it is being pushed by a...

    Remember this when people tell you our current age of misinformation is the inevitable outcome of social media enabling global communication. This is not natural, it is being pushed by a relatively small number of people, and the online platforms that could be preventing this are standing by because conspiracy movements are good for engagement metrics.

    11 votes
  5. Comment on The problem with NFTs in ~tech

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    The observation of the crypto community resembling a high control group is an important one I think, and one I wish I had heard sooner. I've had enough online interactions with evangelist crypto...

    The observation of the crypto community resembling a high control group is an important one I think, and one I wish I had heard sooner. I've had enough online interactions with evangelist crypto fans to notice a frustrating tendency to handwave away or deflect from common criticisms, and when they fail to shift me from the line of questioning, become angry. Even knowing that crypto fans are likely to be financially invested in the public image of crypto, they caught me off guard. But if this punishing of negativity is a prevalent social custom in crypto circles, suddenly it makes more sense how reflexive it is.

    12 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been playing the free demo version of the game Terra Nil (full version is not out yet). It was described to me as a Solarpunk game, and I think the label fits. You start in a desolate, toxic...

    I've been playing the free demo version of the game Terra Nil (full version is not out yet). It was described to me as a Solarpunk game, and I think the label fits.

    You start in a desolate, toxic landscape and the different buildings have different functions to rejuvenate it and fill it with nature again. So far it's a fairly standard, if very satisfying and visually pleasing, base-buildings game. But at the end of the level there's a twist: now that the landscape is restored, you oversee the logistics of tearing your whole base down again, packing up the materials onto your airship and getting out of there, leaving nothing behind but a lush green wilderness full of animals. It's just a great inversion of the base-building mechanics that brilliantly enhances the pro-environment themes of the game.

    Overall, both the art design and the leisurely pace of the gameplay make it a really chill and relaxing experience. The demo has only one level, yet I've found a lot of replayability in it, partially because the stage is randomly generated each time.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Face masks make people look more attractive, study finds in ~life

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    Because caring about others is sexy.

    Because caring about others is sexy.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    Most systems have been put under a lot of stress, and the weaknesses have become extremely obvious to many. I won't rule out some things collapsing or ceasing to work as we're used to, but part of...

    Most systems have been put under a lot of stress, and the weaknesses have become extremely obvious to many. I won't rule out some things collapsing or ceasing to work as we're used to, but part of the sense of imminent collapse may be that more people are now aware of how poorly many systems have been running for years.

    Major crises are usually followed by political reform. The Black Death led to the end of the feudal system in Europe. The Great Famine led to the Land War, and a sea change in land rights. Covid-19 is going to lead to some big workers' rights concessions, and I'd be surprised if it doesn't one day end up in history books as a factor leading to the introduction of UBI in many parts of the world.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Okay so rather than medium you mean a financial incentive? Or you might mean a sort of inspiration. To be frank, from what I've seen of the current NFT market it seems that the art itself is...

    without the NFT the art would not have been created and not have been viewed

    Okay so rather than medium you mean a financial incentive? Or you might mean a sort of inspiration.

    To be frank, from what I've seen of the current NFT market it seems that the art itself is mostly irrelevant as long as there's something there, and the value is determined via strategic use of hype and clout on social media. The financial incentives appear to favour large amounts of low-effort images.

    Personally I see it like speculating on property markets. If a home is built with the sole purpose of being an investment asset, and it's bought and sold for years without anyone ever once living in it, is it even really a home at that point? If nobody building it ever cared to make it cozy or comfortable to stay in?

    I don't think your comparison to film is fair. If you record a theatre play on film you're enabling people who weren't physically there to see it; it can reach an audience that wasn't possible before. If you make an NFT of an artwork, that artwork must already be hosted on a URL online. Being hosted online already enables anyone with internet to view it. Minting an NFT doesn't make it available to any additional people.

    17 votes
  10. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Given that they are just receipts for art ownership, how can they be a medium for creating and viewing art? My understanding is that the NFT contains a url, and you access that url to view the...

    Given that they are just receipts for art ownership, how can they be a medium for creating and viewing art? My understanding is that the NFT contains a url, and you access that url to view the image. The NFT itself seems completely separate from the process of creating and viewing the image.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Its stated intent is to introduce artificial scarcity to digital objects. Most people naturally consider scarcity to be bad. If NFTs are successful it could mean companies are incentivised to bake...
    1. Its stated intent is to introduce artificial scarcity to digital objects. Most people naturally consider scarcity to be bad. If NFTs are successful it could mean companies are incentivised to bake this artificial scarcity into online services, forcing it on everybody.

    2. Its secondary effect is an environment where scams and theft are extremely common and there is no legal recourse for victims. Even now it's common, when most NFT owners are quite tech savvy. Imagine if it was mainstream, the general public all individually responsible for their own IT security or they could be cleaned out by hackers. Bloodbath.

    3. It's being enthusiastically hyped up, publicised and even adopted by companies despite adding absolutely no value to the consumer.

    11 votes
  12. Comment on Walking away from Omelas - Lindsay Ellis says goodbye in ~life

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    Very true, it would be wrong to make that the focus, there are a number of other things that are higher on the list. But I see people remark on how intense the dogpile on Lindsay was compared to...

    Very true, it would be wrong to make that the focus, there are a number of other things that are higher on the list. But I see people remark on how intense the dogpile on Lindsay was compared to others, and that's my best explanation why it was.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Walking away from Omelas - Lindsay Ellis says goodbye in ~life

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    Lindsay has been a target of the far right for a very long time. I wouldn't be surprised if the same people stood by until this controversy kicked off, then signal boosted the condemnation and...

    Lindsay has been a target of the far right for a very long time. I wouldn't be surprised if the same people stood by until this controversy kicked off, then signal boosted the condemnation and added to the rumours going around. What's certain is this is a big win for them, as it makes the left look bad and it takes a big lefty voice off YouTube forever.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Group of monkeys kill over 250 dogs for 'revenge' in Indian town in ~news

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    Reminds me of the Gombe Chimpanzee War. Similar manner of guerilla-style (no pun intended) attacks by a group over time.

    Reminds me of the Gombe Chimpanzee War. Similar manner of guerilla-style (no pun intended) attacks by a group over time.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What's up with the NFT hate? in ~tech

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    This take really resonates with me. I think it really makes sense that in a world and culture where many believe that access to scarce resources is a necessary carrot to motivate people to work,...

    This take really resonates with me. I think it really makes sense that in a world and culture where many believe that access to scarce resources is a necessary carrot to motivate people to work, there would be a cultural backlash to a post-scarcity world inching closer and closer.

    If the current social order depends on scarcity, and you benefit from that order, and that scarcity could potentially go away, of course you would try to deify scarcity as a social good. Of course you would evangelise that society should choose to have scarcity even when our environment doesn't impose it on us.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What's up with the NFT hate? in ~tech

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    This gets to the core of it for me personally. Once we find a genuine problem in the world that blockchain technology solves, then we'll hand them the appropriate amount of kudos. Until then, the...

    I think the technology probably is socially useful, we just haven't quite discerned how.

    This gets to the core of it for me personally. Once we find a genuine problem in the world that blockchain technology solves, then we'll hand them the appropriate amount of kudos. Until then, the level of hype and evangelism around it are just unwarranted, and honestly just seem like the result of overaggressive marketing.

    Even though I find NFTs particularly annoying because their aim is to create artificial scarcity, a thing nobody wants, I concede it is at least possible that there is an application where that might actually benefit the world in some way. But until there is, I will continue to find their popularity... cringey.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Broken Reality It's a very chill adventure game with a gorgeous kind of low-polygon vapourwave art style. I could best describe it as a sort of slowly paced puzzle game, but with a sound and a...

    Broken Reality

    It's a very chill adventure game with a gorgeous kind of low-polygon vapourwave art style. I could best describe it as a sort of slowly paced puzzle game, but with a sound and a look to it that really immerse you in the aesthetic. Even if the humour doesn't always land. Very much a "space out after a long day of work" kind of game IMO.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    I've been hearing that a lot, but honestly I doubt they would let a relatively obscure (compared to the films) game from 15 years ago get in the way of potential Hollywood megabucks.

    I've been hearing that a lot, but honestly I doubt they would let a relatively obscure (compared to the films) game from 15 years ago get in the way of potential Hollywood megabucks.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    There is a fan cut that combines 2 and 3 into a single movie. I haven't seen it myself, but I hear it is a better experience.

    There is a fan cut that combines 2 and 3 into a single movie. I haven't seen it myself, but I hear it is a better experience.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    An Leabhar Nimhe, it's a collection of Lovecraftian short stories written in Irish by Panu Petteri Höglund, a Finnish linguist who has contributed a few novels to the Irish language publishing...

    An Leabhar Nimhe, it's a collection of Lovecraftian short stories written in Irish by Panu Petteri Höglund, a Finnish linguist who has contributed a few novels to the Irish language publishing scene over the years. It's a bit meh so far honestly, but horror isn't usually my genre anyway. I am at least picking up some new vocabulary.

    5 votes