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  1. Comment on "Amazon's Choice" is given to products automatically and doesn't indicate quality - Many have troubling product defects and warnings, as well as review manipulation in ~tech

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    I've seen this demonstrated by LockPickingLawyer on YouTube. [842] Picked in 2 Seconds! Amazon’s Choice “High Security Padlock” (3:42) [844] No Picking Required: Amazon’s Defective Choice (2:20)...

    I've seen this demonstrated by LockPickingLawyer on YouTube.

    [842] Picked in 2 Seconds! Amazon’s Choice “High Security Padlock” (3:42)

    [844] No Picking Required: Amazon’s Defective Choice (2:20)

    Neither title is misleading, either. The creator of the channel is a talented lock picker, but the first lock is just raked open, and the second one is bypassed entirely.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

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    List of lists of lists Obviously it's not a particularly fun or interesting page to read, but it's so amusing that it exists.

    List of lists of lists

    Obviously it's not a particularly fun or interesting page to read, but it's so amusing that it exists.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on The Best They’ve Got: Examining the National Review’s “Against Socialism” issue in ~misc

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    I haven't heard that one. I have heard that universal healthcare isn't possible in America because it's too large, but I don't believe I ever heard anyone go on to explain how that's relevant. Not...

    I haven't heard that one. I have heard that universal healthcare isn't possible in America because it's too large, but I don't believe I ever heard anyone go on to explain how that's relevant.

    Not doubting that that argument is being made, of course. Just pointing out that sometimes it's a dogwhistle, sometimes it's just a non-sequitur.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Milo Yiannopoulos named marshal for 'Straight Pride' parade in ~lgbt

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    Milo's a grifter, and since he's been deplatformed, it's not like he has anything better to do. Plus he's just plain useful to them. He's clearly going to be used as a shield against accusations...

    Milo's a grifter, and since he's been deplatformed, it's not like he has anything better to do.

    Plus he's just plain useful to them. He's clearly going to be used as a shield against accusations of homophobia, but I think he's also going to be used as a precedent to counter any other conversation about representation. "We didn't need a straight man to represent us at Straight Pride, why do you care about representation in public events, or media, or government, or..." etc.

    Also, just to state the obvious, straightness isn't really all that important to the parade. It's mostly just far-right conservatism.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    I'm not quite sure I follow. I don't see much of a difference between the primaries being "rigged" and the primary system giving a distinct advantage from the very beginning to a specific...

    I'm not quite sure I follow. I don't see much of a difference between the primaries being "rigged" and the primary system giving a distinct advantage from the very beginning to a specific establishment candidate.

    To be clear, I'm not equivocating between the DNC primary and foreign interference in our election, nor do I think it was some heinous and surreptitious plot, but I just think the point is that a lot of people were frustrated that the primaries were, well, frankly undemocratic. Yes, Hillary got more votes, but everyone here is agreeing that she had an advantage from the start as an establishment candidate, with establishment support.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Death Stranding – Release Date Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    That's a good point. I guess the thing is, I would have people over to play it, but when we get together, we usually play board games or RPGs, which kind of puts a damper on the local multiplayer....

    That's a good point. I guess the thing is, I would have people over to play it, but when we get together, we usually play board games or RPGs, which kind of puts a damper on the local multiplayer. Analog games have long since filled that void.

    And yeah, in context, while there are a few games I'm super excited about for the Switch, there's probably more I'm just as excited about for the PS4. Honestly, especially with rumors of the PS5, I might snag a PS4 when the price inevitably drops.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Death Stranding – Release Date Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    Between the two of you, that's a pretty comprehensive list of the games making me want a PS4, too. I mean, I still find the concept of exclusives super annoying, but dang those are all some great...

    Between the two of you, that's a pretty comprehensive list of the games making me want a PS4, too. I mean, I still find the concept of exclusives super annoying, but dang those are all some great looking games.

    Plus, the fact that I could download some classic games for a massive dose of nostalgia.

    It's really between the PS4 and the Switch for me, but it's still a bit hard to justify the cost of a console.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Firefox bug: All extensions disabled due to expiration of intermediate signing cert in ~tech

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    Yeah. I'm carefully trying not to discount the fact that I might be missing something that more tech-savvy people would care about, but I've yet to see any convincing explanations as to why...

    Yeah. I'm carefully trying not to discount the fact that I might be missing something that more tech-savvy people would care about, but I've yet to see any convincing explanations as to why browser extensions being disabled for a few hours is THE END OF FIREFOX.

    Yeah, they screwed up, but people are acting like the sky is falling.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous' in ~tech

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    Ah, okay. I guess even if he wasn't a part of the broader conversation, he still had his fans on that platform (and exposure through anyone sharing his posts). I wonder how many of them will...

    Ah, okay. I guess even if he wasn't a part of the broader conversation, he still had his fans on that platform (and exposure through anyone sharing his posts).

    I wonder how many of them will follow him to whatever platform he goes to next, though without the major ones, I suspect he's just going to self-host.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Do you have any odd or unusual fears? in ~talk

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    Yep. It's the feeling of insignificance, and that it might absolutely wreck you without even noticing.

    Yep. It's the feeling of insignificance, and that it might absolutely wreck you without even noticing.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Do you have any odd or unusual fears? in ~talk

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    Large animals. Anything larger than a horse can fuck right off. I mean, I can readily accept that shark attacks are far rarer than people often fear. I don't live in an area with sharks nearby,...

    Large animals. Anything larger than a horse can fuck right off.

    I mean, I can readily accept that shark attacks are far rarer than people often fear. I don't live in an area with sharks nearby, sharks aren't as aggressive as some would think, and beaches where there is a risk are monitored for that kind of thing. Even if I were attacked, there's a chance I could get lucky and land a punch on the nose. I'm not afraid of getting struck by lightning, which is both more common and more deadly.

    Blue whales though? No, absolutely not. I want nothing to do with them. I'll go whale watching, I'll fully support protecting them, but the thought of being in the ocean, either swimming or on a small boat, next to a blue whale? Nope, no thanks.

    I think it comes from when I was a kid, and would go to the Vanderbilt Museum here on Long Island. There's this one building with a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, and aside from it being really creepy as a skeleton, I was always afraid of it falling on me. Same goes for all the other museums with hanging whales, like the Natural History Museum.

    ...also, on a related note, I was afraid of high ceilings when I was really young. I would look up and get the same feeling like I was looking down from a great height. What if I fell up?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Do you have any odd or unusual fears? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I get that. It's not even the thought of it dropping suddenly in the middle of a set, but slipping when I'm taking it on or off the rack. I mean, I know how to drop the bar safely, and I've...

    Yeah, I get that. It's not even the thought of it dropping suddenly in the middle of a set, but slipping when I'm taking it on or off the rack. I mean, I know how to drop the bar safely, and I've never pushed myself to the point I was unsure of my ability to rerack, but there is always that intrusive thought. :p

    Also, while it would be rude in a gym, you can use the side rails of a squat rack as a safety measure.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous' in ~tech

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    Absolutely. It will always warm my heart when toxic people get deplatformed, but zero points to Facebook for submitting looong after the due date. I mean, hell, this is the first time I've even...

    Absolutely. It will always warm my heart when toxic people get deplatformed, but zero points to Facebook for submitting looong after the due date.

    I mean, hell, this is the first time I've even heard of Milo in ages. It's so overdue that it brought him back into the limelight, if only for a moment, when he was already gone.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can in ~misc

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    I think that's it. It's harder and harder to deny the racism, violence, and overt fascism. Plus, as I've seen in certain communities, there's a kind of brain drain that inevitably happens. If a...

    I think that's it. It's harder and harder to deny the racism, violence, and overt fascism.

    Plus, as I've seen in certain communities, there's a kind of brain drain that inevitably happens. If a community both demands unity and tolerates an extreme element, then the people who dissent will either leave or be forced out. That moves the community, as a whole, further and further towards the extreme. People uncomfortable with that are the next ones to go. It keeps repeating itself, constantly skimming off anyone who disagrees, until all you're left with are the "true believers."

    It's also like that adage about a frog in boiling water. Some people might go along with the crowd, then realize how much hotter the water has gotten.

    (The frustrating this is that they'll point the finger at other communities for "doing the same thing" by ousting trolls. I know it's nothing new for Tildes, but it's the paradox of tolerance: you don't have to tolerate intolerance.)

    10 votes
  15. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Still watching Gintama. Despite the fact that I did enjoy the opening two-parter, now I think they should have just dropped it, because the following episodes are quite a bit better, and work just...

    Still watching Gintama. Despite the fact that I did enjoy the opening two-parter, now I think they should have just dropped it, because the following episodes are quite a bit better, and work just fine as an introduction to the series. I get that they probably wanted to kick it off with a more typical storyline compared to the team-building that actually starts the story, but still, I don't think it was necessary in this case.

    Also going to keep up with Shield Hero, which has an episode on tonight.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Minecraft creator Notch excluded from 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions" in ~games

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    I usually don't see that kind of hate outside of, you know, explicit hate subs. And of course there's a big dose of "just for having an opinion" from people who don't understand the paradox of...

    I usually don't see that kind of hate outside of, you know, explicit hate subs. And of course there's a big dose of "just for having an opinion" from people who don't understand the paradox of tolerance.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    It just looks so tired. The jokes are bottom of the barrel (and yet the highlights from a script with five writers working on it), the animation is lifeless, and most of the acting looks like the...

    It just looks so tired. The jokes are bottom of the barrel (and yet the highlights from a script with five writers working on it), the animation is lifeless, and most of the acting looks like the people involved are phoning it in.

    Jim Carrey seems to be the only person who knows what kind of movie he's in, since he's at least hamming it up and chewing the scenery.

    ...and I have to admit I kind of like his outfit.

    Zero plans on actually watching this train wreck, but I look forward to when it inevitably gets featured on How Did This Get Made?

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Minecraft creator Notch excluded from 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions" in ~games

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    It's hilariously ignorant that they act like they know better than the trans people themselves or the experts who help them transition. They never stop to think that transitioning isn't some quick...

    It's hilariously ignorant that they act like they know better than the trans people themselves or the experts who help them transition. They never stop to think that transitioning isn't some quick and easy process that's taken lightly by anyone involved, and that maybe those people did consider not transitioning.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Minecraft creator Notch excluded from 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions" in ~games

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    I went to check because of your comment (morbid curiosity), and immediately regretted it. It was like a mashup of all the worst takes I've seen coming from transphobes. Sometimes the garbage...

    I went to check because of your comment (morbid curiosity), and immediately regretted it. It was like a mashup of all the worst takes I've seen coming from transphobes.

    Sometimes the garbage comments are really just the ones at the bottom of a thread, or contained to toxic subs (not that it's okay that reddit hosts those subs, but that's another issue). That's not at all the case here. It's a sub with over a million readers, and there's bigoted nonsense all the way through the thread, from some of the top comments down.

    Not that there aren't users standing up against bigotry and transphobia, but they're not exactly the overwhelming majority.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on What's a topic/comment on Tildes that you had previously bookmarked and meant to return to, but forgot about until you read the title of this post? And, what about it made you bookmark it? in ~talk

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    Just this one: To Cook a Steak, First You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned It was actually so I could show it to my dad later, as he gets a kick out of articles like these. :)

    Just this one: To Cook a Steak, First You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

    It was actually so I could show it to my dad later, as he gets a kick out of articles like these. :)

    5 votes