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  1. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    Yes, there are many alternatives, most of which do not have the backing of a company as large as reddit and could disappear at any moment if the developer or maintainer making the site gives up....

    Yes, there are many alternatives, most of which do not have the backing of a company as large as reddit and could disappear at any moment if the developer or maintainer making the site gives up. It has happened many times with places like Voat (or whatever it ended up being called), Imzy, and more. The .win site seems to be primarily the work of a single dev and I don't see source code anywhere, which makes instability even more likely to happen.

    My overall point is that it takes a lot of effort to maintain the software, hardware, and social networking backing an online community. Reddit handles most of that. If they ban a subreddit, that community has to either take on that effort itself or find some other party to handle it for them, of which most are either unreliable or filled with the worst people on the internet. That gives the community much less mainstream appeal, which given the types of communities typically banned from reddit is usually a good thing.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    Even when quarantined, a subreddit benefits a lot from being with reddit's ecosystem. Reddit has put a lot of work into their site so that every subreddit doesn't need to re-invent accounts,...

    Even when quarantined, a subreddit benefits a lot from being with reddit's ecosystem. Reddit has put a lot of work into their site so that every subreddit doesn't need to re-invent accounts, comments, posts, messages, moderation, hosting, design, mobile apps, etc... If the subreddit gets banned they have to go build that all over again which is very effective at stopping the growth and activity of the community. MGTOW was not a community that Reddit should have been comfortable with on their site for this long, and I think banning was the right decision.

    11 votes
  3. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    I agree, hierarchical structures are almost always exploitative. And I get your point that a small group of people who have created something themselves and sold it should see results from that...

    I agree, hierarchical structures are almost always exploitative. And I get your point that a small group of people who have created something themselves and sold it should see results from that effort. However...

    There's no exploitation there, just workers getting fair pay for their efforts.

    Unfortunately, we live in a society run through with capitalism, imperialism, exploitation and extraction at every level, so this isn't exactly true. Like you said, this is all about exploitation and power. The developers created the game on computers & the game is played on computers -- who mined the rare earth minerals that make those circuits work? Who assembled the computers? If the game has high quality graphics, how much combined energy do all the GPUs playing the game use, and where does that energy come from? Who runs and maintains the network that the game (perhaps it's multiplayer) is played over, and who put together the computers that network runs on?

    I realize that you could extend this pretty far, but that's my point. No rich person exists in an exploitation-free vacuum.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    Billionaires (all rich people, really) did not acquire their fortunes in a vacuum. They were only able to do so by existing in a society built by everyone else and exploiting and hoarding the...

    Billionaires (all rich people, really) did not acquire their fortunes in a vacuum. They were only able to do so by existing in a society built by everyone else and exploiting and hoarding the value generated by the labor of others. Why should they be the ones to decide where the money goes?

    Further, just because the Gates foundation funds a lot of good things does not make the foundation good. The things the foundation funds become dependent upon the goodwill and whims of two entirely unaccountable individuals. It is simply too much power for one person to be trusted with -- see the uncertainty many organizations were thrust into when the Gates announced their divorce.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on The science of being transgender in ~lgbt

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    I'm skeptical of the argument that "trans people are real because their brains are gendered differently", when gender is largely social and performative. It's basically fighting the people who say...

    I'm skeptical of the argument that "trans people are real because their brains are gendered differently", when gender is largely social and performative. It's basically fighting the people who say gender is biologically innate on their own ground (unlikely to work, imo), and it opens the door to the argument that someone isn't really trans because a brain scan (science!) said their brain was cis. All that does is replace the transphobe's 'cornerstone of science' with another one!

    9 votes
  6. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    Ooh, absolutely. The other thing I don't like about elections is that a lot of the media makes everyone feel like they're a pundit, trying to game theory their way to an election win, rather than...

    not playing 3D chess against your own brain pushing out of touch candidates that nobody likes much out of a misguided sense of electability

    Ooh, absolutely. The other thing I don't like about elections is that a lot of the media makes everyone feel like they're a pundit, trying to game theory their way to an election win, rather than just voting for the person they'd like to win. I think that leads to a lot of the "3d chess against your own brain".Some other form of voting (maybe single transferable vote?) could help mitigate this a bit in primaries.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    I think this is true -- the Republican party is a party of essentially fascists who should not be trusted anywhere near power -- but the Democratic Party, at large, does not seem to agree. The...

    the Republicans need to be kept away from the levers of power in every level of government, at all costs

    I think this is true -- the Republican party is a party of essentially fascists who should not be trusted anywhere near power -- but the Democratic Party, at large, does not seem to agree. The party leadership + several swing members insist on bipartisanship and compromise with Republicans who would never return the favor. I worry about the framing of "at all costs" because I think it encourages people to sink all of their organizing energy into electoral campaigns for a milquetoast liberal whose only defining attribute is that they are not Republican (i.e., McConnell vs McGrath in Kentucky). The only time I see that sense of urgency from most Democratic politicians is when they are sending me fundraising emails.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    Voting is one of the few ways that people get to influence the systems and rules that govern them. Because of that, it is incredibly important that as many people as possible have the ability to...

    Voting is one of the few ways that people get to influence the systems and rules that govern them. Because of that, it is incredibly important that as many people as possible have the ability to vote in a way that is convenient and easy.

    HOWEVER... voting, on its own, is not a very effective way to change anything, especially in the US, especially at the national level. What does voting matter when Republicans and Democrats end supporting virtually the same policies? What does voting matter when you vote someone in who said they were going to do something and then they change their mind and do the opposite?

    Frankly, I don't blame anyone for not voting. I also don't blame anyone for voting. I think the best way for people to actually start changing things is to organize locally and build things outside of the current electoral system that are more participatory and democratic.

    I've heard people say something to the effect of 'if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about the political system'.

    I've heard this a lot too from liberals who are super invested in the electoral system. It's a load of shit tbh. Every person who is governed by a system has the right to complain about it.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Neurotype-matching, but not being autistic, influences self and observer ratings of interpersonal rapport in ~science

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    This article is fascinating, thank you for posting. Wow, they basically proved that deficit hypothesis totally wrong (needs to be replicated, it's just one study, etc.). I wonder if this has...

    This article is fascinating, thank you for posting.

    Applying a deficit model framework to paired interactions, autistic people should have the same difficulties interacting with autistic and non-autistic people (due to impairments in social communication) but difficulties would be compounded when two autistic people interact. A hypothesis based on this framework would predict that rapport between two non-autistic people would be highest, rapport between two autistic people would be lowest, and rapport between an autistic person and a non-autistic person would sit between these extremes.
    [...]
    In summary, autistic people experience high interactional rapport when interacting with other autistic people, and this is also detected by external observers. Rather than autistic people experiencing low rapport in all contexts, their rapport ratings are influenced by a mismatch of diagnosis. These findings suggest that autistic people possess a distinct mode of social interaction style, rather than demonstrating social skills deficits.

    Wow, they basically proved that deficit hypothesis totally wrong (needs to be replicated, it's just one study, etc.). I wonder if this has similar implications for other 'deficit' based mental conditions like ADHD.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Why is it that sometimes we see the domain name of the link, sometimes we don't? in ~tildes

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    There's some special logic to determine what to show there. Some groups (such as ~music) have a flag that says the user should always be treated as the source. If that flag isn't set, then it's...

    There's some special logic to determine what to show there. Some groups (such as ~music) have a flag that says the user should always be treated as the source. If that flag isn't set, then it's based on if the topic is a text topic.

    Here's the source code if anyone is interested:

    First, the relevant part of the topic template macro:

       {% if topic.is_user_treated_as_source %}
            {% if topic.was_posted_by_scheduler and topic.user_id == -1 %}
              <div class="topic-info-source topic-info-source-scheduled">
                Scheduled topic
              </div>
            {% else %}
              <div class="topic-info-source">
                {{ link_to_user(topic.user) }}
              </div>
            {% endif %}
          {% else %}
            <div class="topic-info-source" title="{{ topic.link_domain }}">
            {% if topic.is_link_type %}
              <div class="topic-icon topic-icon-{{ topic.link_domain.replace('.', '_') }}"></div>
            {% endif %}
            {{ topic.link_source }}
            </div>
          {% endif %}
    

    There's a flag on the topic that says whether the user should be treated as source. If there is, it shows the user, otherwise, it shows the link domain.

    So then what determines that flag? Check out the topic.py model:

        @property
        def is_user_treated_as_source(self) -> bool:
            """Return whether the user that posted the topic is its "source"."""
            if self.group.is_user_treated_as_topic_source:
                return True
    
            return self.is_text_type
    
    7 votes
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  12. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus? no Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage? without medication or a ridiculous...
    • Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus?

    no

    • Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage?

    without medication or a ridiculous amount of pressure, i definitely do not have control of my attention. it's a massive effort to get myself to do anything

    • Do you feel as if anything has changed over time?

    yes.. my responsibilities / things I need to focus on have increased and it's become more difficult for my coping mechanisms to keep up. However, I've also figured out some better coping strategies.

    • How would you describe your attention/focus to someone who experiences theirs in a different way from you?

    It's like a task / thing I need to focus on) is a boulder I need to roll up a hill and balance at the summit to stay focused. For things that aren't stimulating, the boulder is really big, the hill is really steep, and the summit doesn't have a lot of room to move around. It takes either a wild amount of effort or tons of pressure to get that boulder up the hill, and if I lose focus for even a little bit the boulder rolls all the way back down. After a while I don't even want to start things that I know aren't stimulating because I know how much effort it's going to take just to stay focused.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    It's the classic phenomenon where someone imagines a thing or person that could technically exist but doesn't and gets really upset about it. See also the widespread belief that voter fraud is...

    It's the classic phenomenon where someone imagines a thing or person that could technically exist but doesn't and gets really upset about it. See also the widespread belief that voter fraud is such a threat to our society that we need more voter ID laws, or the idea that people receiving welfare benefits will waste it on drugs or junk food and so we need drug tests and restrictions on what you can buy.

    14 votes
  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on a code challenge (UI for an API) for a senior front end dev position I applied for. They asked for something using React if possible, which I've not built anything with...

    I've been working on a code challenge (UI for an API) for a senior front end dev position I applied for. They asked for something using React if possible, which I've not built anything with before, so it's been quite the journey to figure out the build system hurdles. I think I've got them mostly figured out, but boy is it frustrating to have to understand almost the entire build system and the intricacies of Node vs ES6 vs CommonJS before you can even write a test. And it doesn't help that half of the solutions are just "install this random package that will automagically fix it".

    1 vote
  15. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    Shoot, didn't realize that had a paywall. Here's a copy without. I really recommend reading it and Kaba's other writing. I think she can explain things far better than I can, and what she says...

    Shoot, didn't realize that had a paywall. Here's a copy without. I really recommend reading it and Kaba's other writing. I think she can explain things far better than I can, and what she says here about literally meaning abolishing the police also largely applies to prisons. If you'd like I can try to dig up some other essays specifically on prison abolition. https://camilleacey.com/2020/06/27/yes-we-mean-literally-abolish-the-police/

    I don't think the majority of "prison abolitionists" adhere to the literal definition of the label.

    Why do you think this?

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  16. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I don't think that's an accurate assessment of what prison abolition means. Let me ask you, does the prison system as it is now actually do anything to prevent either of those things? Does it do...

    I don't think that's an accurate assessment of what prison abolition means. Let me ask you, does the prison system as it is now actually do anything to prevent either of those things? Does it do anything to fix the harm caused?

    From the article I linked:

    What about rape? The current approach hasn’t ended it. In fact most rapists never see the inside of a courtroom. Two-thirds of people who experience sexual violence never report it to anyone. Those who file police reports are often dissatisfied with the response. Additionally, police officers themselves commit sexual assault alarmingly often. A study in 2010 found that sexual misconduct was the second most frequently reported form of police misconduct. In 2015, The Buffalo News found that an officer was caught for sexual misconduct every five days.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I'm curious where people keep seeing prison abolitionists who don't want to fully dismantle the prison system. Who is saying this? I feel like every conversation I've had on this topic on this...

    I'm curious where people keep seeing prison abolitionists who don't want to fully dismantle the prison system. Who is saying this?

    I feel like every conversation I've had on this topic on this site has resulted in the other person saying something like "Well, I thought abolish the police was bad until I learned it didn't actually mean abolish the police"... and to that I'd direct people to Mariame Kaba's "Yes, We Literally Mean Abolish The Police" op-ed in the NYT. I'd encourage you to read that, and her other writing, if you're interested in learning what the actual arguments behind abolishing the police are besides what cable news or people online said they were

    6 votes
  18. Comment on COSMIC is a GNOME-based desktop environment developed by System76 in ~comp

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    I'm very excited for this. Every change they describe is something that I want PopOS to do.

    I'm very excited for this. Every change they describe is something that I want PopOS to do.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I agree, that's my point. I think that the abolition of police and the prison system is the next step in progressing towards a better world, and that's why it's important to keep putting forward...

    There are no logical arguments against the progress of human rights, and no matter how much certain conservatives and bigots flail for talking points, people come around to see that.

    I agree, that's my point. I think that the abolition of police and the prison system is the next step in progressing towards a better world, and that's why it's important to keep putting forward the demand.

    There are numerous fundamentally sound reasons to support having some sort of policing force in a society.

    What are those reasons?

    You can't work towards what's "right" if you don't control the government.

    Not to get too far into one of the big tensions on the left, but this reflects a fundamentally different theory of change than what I believe. I think that you absolutely CAN work towards what's right without controlling the government, and should.

    edit: if you'd rather not get into a deep discussion on police abolition or political theories of change, I understand. But that seems to be where this is going if we continue.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I think there's few aspects to this and I'm not sure what part you disagree on, so I'll list them out. "Defund/abolish the police is not straightforward". I think defund is a very straightforward...

    I think there's few aspects to this and I'm not sure what part you disagree on, so I'll list them out.

    1. "Defund/abolish the police is not straightforward".

    I think defund is a very straightforward political position. The demand is simple: take money away from the police. It's three words. And it's just one component of police abolition.

    I think abolish is still a straightforward demand, but it implies a great unknown of "what else do we do" that is both scary and impossible to know with any great certainty, and I think that uncertainty is what people are confused by. The problem is that if you try and rephrase it to focus on what comes after, you actually start losing the original demand, and then it becomes not straightforward as everybody imagines something different. What comes after is not as important as removing the system that is currently causing immense harm.

    1. Abolish/defund the police is excessive jargon.

    Again, I disagree. Jargon is unapproachable and hard to understand, which enables the people using it to hide their meaning. Something like "reform police accountability" is far more jargony because "reform" and "accountability" both can mean just about anything.

    1. Most Americans do not want to defund/abolish the police.

    You're right. That's why it's important to make the demand. At one point, most Americans didn't think gay people should marry. Also, from the first article you linked:

    A majority of black Americans support the movement to "defund the police," (57%) and putting the money towards other community programs (64%), a departure from the other groups. Support among blacks for the "defund the police" movement is more than double that of whites (26%), and black Americans are nearly twice as likely as whites (33%) to back key tenets of the movement.

    It seems that the majority of opposition comes from white people. Why is that?

    1. Because of point 3, using "defund the police" loses elections and means we shouldn't make the demand.

    This, I think, is the main area of strategic debate, and where I most disagree with you.

    There was barely any support from Dems for actual calls to defund the police. Tlaib did, and she won her election. How does that translate into why the Dems underperformed?

    I also don't think that we should base our demands on what the majority of Americans think. That's backwards. We should base our demands on what the right thing to do is, and work to shift politicial winds until enough people agree with us to carry it out. Part of that is continuing to make the demand and make the case for the demand. Climate change, gay marriage, desegregation, the abolition of slavery -- all of these were unpopular and unthinkable at first. Were the initial activists for those causes wrong to make their demands? How is abolishing the police any different?

    but if the alternative is losing to the party of "turn the police in a fascist para-military outfit" then what is the point of "having backbone"?

    The Dems already managed to lose to Trump once without any of the defund police business, so I'm not sure that this criticism works.

    8 votes