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  1. Comment on Foreskin reclaimers: the ‘intactivists’ fighting infant male circumcision in ~health

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    I'd still strongly advocate against doing it for non-medical purposes (perhaps even outlawing it), because every surgery has an inherent risk, even if it is standard, routine, whatever. Especially...

    I'd still strongly advocate against doing it for non-medical purposes (perhaps even outlawing it), because every surgery has an inherent risk, even if it is standard, routine, whatever. Especially in the US it's often done because "everyone else does it", here in Europe it's usually for actual religious purposes (which I still don't agree with)

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Boris Johnson is already shedding allies before he's touted to take Britain's top job in ~news

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    Why him? I'm from the EU, but might anyone shed some light on why Johnson of all people will be PM? Are the Tories planning on using him as the fall guy, since no matter how you push forward with...

    Why him? I'm from the EU, but might anyone shed some light on why Johnson of all people will be PM? Are the Tories planning on using him as the fall guy, since no matter how you push forward with Brexit, it's political suicide?

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Posits: new approach could be much more efficient than IEEE 754 floating-point computation in ~comp

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    This article presents posits as a perfect solution to todays' problems and while that might be true, it somehow feels like we're only seeing one side of the coin here. It feels biased. It's very...

    This article presents posits as a perfect solution to todays' problems and while that might be true, it somehow feels like we're only seeing one side of the coin here. It feels biased. It's very well possible that Posits could be the salvation the article promises it to be, but everything in real life is a double-edged sword.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Dreams live on behind the fence in ~life

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    A wonderful and insightful piece on the perspectives of various people living in the Gaza strip under Israeli occupation.

    A wonderful and insightful piece on the perspectives of various people living in the Gaza strip under Israeli occupation.

  5. Comment on Doctors in Canada alarmed at weekend courses teaching chiropractors how to adjust newborn spines in ~health

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    I wonder how of that is caused by it not being regulated at all. Obviously, if you do it in an unsafe manner, which is why it should be done by medical professionals and not people who visited a...

    I wonder how of that is caused by it not being regulated at all.

    including stroke and death

    Obviously, if you do it in an unsafe manner, which is why it should be done by medical professionals and not people who visited a 2-week course 3 years ago.

    That being said, by knowledge here is anecdotal at best (I have a surgeon in the family who also has a chiropractical practice, who's learned it at university and also from his father, an M.D as well). He mostly deals with back pain and has so far solved everyone's pain, which is why people actually travel quite a distance to get to his practice.

  6. Comment on Doctors in Canada alarmed at weekend courses teaching chiropractors how to adjust newborn spines in ~health

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    Chiropracy can be a legitimate way to resolve pain caused by structural issues (i.e bones, especially the spine and shoulders but also other junctions) if peformed by a qualified professional (if...

    Chiropracy can be a legitimate way to resolve pain caused by structural issues (i.e bones, especially the spine and shoulders but also other junctions) if peformed by a qualified professional (if possibly, an M.D) but that's not really a thing on the other side of the pond, is it?

    If anything, adjusting newborns is in 99% of all cases completely useless and any chiropractor worth their salt looking to actually help people and not take the money out of their pockets for useless treatments shouldn't do it.

  7. Comment on Rampant racism and toxicity are driving players away from Mordhau in ~games

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    Occasionally. And way too little to be honest. Even if, there's still enough people jumping to the defense of the big companies whenever they try to sell gambling as surprise mechanics.

    The actual business ethics issues, like loot boxes and F2P problems, do get covered by the tech press.

    Occasionally. And way too little to be honest. Even if, there's still enough people jumping to the defense of the big companies whenever they try to sell gambling as surprise mechanics.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Rampant racism and toxicity are driving players away from Mordhau in ~games

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    Not really. The problem persists that game journalism is still mostly funded indirectly (or sometimes directly) by video game devs because game journalists rely on early review copies of games....

    Not really. The problem persists that game journalism is still mostly funded indirectly (or sometimes directly) by video game devs because game journalists rely on early review copies of games. The only one doing any real journalism is Jason Schreier on Kotaku (of all places) with his investigative pieces.

    For everyone else, they have to play nice or they won't get any early copies of games to review. And if your review goes up a day later than everyone else, you're irrelevant. And if you're irrelevant, you don't make any money.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Creator of DeepNude, App That Undresses Photos of Women, Takes It Offline in ~tech

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    How do ethics fit into "understanding the university isn't all about one subject"? Besides you seem to think that Gender Studies is in any way practically oriented it's teaching when it's all...

    How do ethics fit into "understanding the university isn't all about one subject"?

    Besides you seem to think that Gender Studies is in any way practically oriented it's teaching when it's all quotes by dead people about how weird their bodies are (and could be in the future... Spooky). There was no practical information about anything in there. It was all theories and writings by people who had no connection to CS.

    I would love a comprehensive practical course on ethics, gods know that there are enough examples to work with, the topic of this post being a very good one. The problem is that such things are usually taught by, well, philosophy professors, which usually aren't very hands-on people. On the opposite they're often quite removed from society and applying ethics, not just theorizing about them.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Creator of DeepNude, App That Undresses Photos of Women, Takes It Offline in ~tech

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    Considering I've said that my university most likely added the course because of office politics, it seems rather strange to claim that science and politics are divorced from each other. However,...

    ideas that politics are separate from science (or that your actions are somehow apolitical)

    Considering I've said that my university most likely added the course because of office politics, it seems rather strange to claim that science and politics are divorced from each other. However, the subject of Gender Studies is irrelevant to the major of Computer Science. The way the course was taught makes it obvious that it wasn't added in any thoughtful or relevant way to the major, it was added because someone wanted diversity points.

    that a university degree's purpose is to make you really good at only one thing

    I mean, yes? I'm majoring in Computer Science, not Philosophy or Gender Studies or Physics. The point of university is that you can pick and choose what you're interested in and learn about those things. While there are often prerequisites (such as Algebra and Mathematics in general for Computer Science), I'd rather not have to take courses that have nothing to do with what I'm studying. Most university courses in the technical regions (Physics, Mechatronics, etc.) are pretty hard. They're stressful, they require a lot of work and thought (rightfully so) and it's hard to not get cynical when you're forced to take courses irrelevant to what you're studying, especially if you see yourself doing better thing with the wasted time.

    that ethics and gender studies are "fluff,"

    In the context of a Computer Science degree, yes. I don't care if someone wants to study Philosophy or Gender Studies or both, tha's why universities exist; to give students a deep dive into particular subjects and research those fields. If you go to university studying Gender Studies, they aren't fluff, they're integral to what you're there to do. I wouldn't want a Philosophy student to be forced to take entry-level Algebra, it's irrelevant to their major.

    all that the superficial way we test for competency in the things that are already required.

    I agree with that, I don't think end-term exams are a particularly sound way to test students. This is usually why most courses have a practical part attached to them. So in the end you have both homework and exams.

    So there's deep-seated problems as well as the simpler ones that just adding ethics courses helps with.

    My original point. Forcing students into an Ethics course isn't going to turn the bad apples (i.e those who'd like to write software to let AI undress pictures of women) into good people and if the course is done badly, it will make the rest of the students hostile.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Creator of DeepNude, App That Undresses Photos of Women, Takes It Offline in ~tech

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    We had Ethics and Gender Studies (which is mandatory in the 1st semester for everyone on my university), most likely because because the university had some political objective to prove. Everyone...

    We had Ethics and Gender Studies (which is mandatory in the 1st semester for everyone on my university), most likely because because the university had some political objective to prove.

    Everyone hated it and we still make jokes about it 2 years later.

    Additionally, yes they will because it's another exam to learn for and forget 2 days after you've written it, essentially useless fluff around what I've actually come to study, that being Computer Science.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Creator of DeepNude, App That Undresses Photos of Women, Takes It Offline in ~tech

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    Ethics isn't going to teach these people that creating such applications isn't right. At best it will only anger everyone else studying the subject because they'll see it as collective punishment.

    Ethics isn't going to teach these people that creating such applications isn't right. At best it will only anger everyone else studying the subject because they'll see it as collective punishment.

  13. Comment on What are some of your favorite examples of storytelling via gameplay? in ~games

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    Titanfall 2. It's an FPS featuring an actual (albeit a little stereotypical) main character on a quest with their huge murderbot. Connection with your huge murderbot are formed not just through...

    Titanfall 2. It's an FPS featuring an actual (albeit a little stereotypical) main character on a quest with their huge murderbot. Connection with your huge murderbot are formed not just through conversations (a voiced character! In an FPS!) where you can make choices for different dialogue options (they have no real consequences though) but also through gameplay, because every area is clearly divided either into being best traversed on foot by you alone or inside of your huge murderbot. This creates a narrative through the gameplay, where the character you play starts out as a rookie and slowly becomes better as you do together with the robot. The emotional connection between the two is formed very naturally, while acknowledging that the game's premise (a sci-fi future where wars are being waged inside huge murderbots and by ridicolously mobile people) is a tad silly.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on NBC is pulling 'The Office' from Netflix in 2021 in ~tv

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    Yes. It's going to be on there.

    Yes. It's going to be on there.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What are your thoughts on the Blloc phone? in ~tech

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    The phone is mainly sold in Europe, designed in Germany and yet only offers 12 months warranty, even though by EU law you have to offer 24 months warranty on electronics... The phone is most...

    The phone is mainly sold in Europe, designed in Germany and yet only offers 12 months warranty, even though by EU law you have to offer 24 months warranty on electronics...

    The phone is most likely going to be overpriced (I can't tell, cause they don't even reveal the price) and I don't know how I feel about the updates from a small company. They promise 2 years, but we'll see about that.

    All in all, interesting concept, let's wait for the execution.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are your thoughts on the Blloc phone? in ~tech

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    That's a Helio P23 running in there... Those aren't nice specs by any means, and we don't even know the price.

    the specs are nice

    That's a Helio P23 running in there... Those aren't nice specs by any means, and we don't even know the price.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on ‘Game Of Thrones’ writers cut battle with 50 direwolves from season 8 in ~tv

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    They probably have like one more chance with Star Wars to make it work, if not I don't expect them to get any more high profile projects

    They probably have like one more chance with Star Wars to make it work, if not I don't expect them to get any more high profile projects

    5 votes
  18. Comment on WeChat Is Watching in ~tech

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    In other news, water is wet? I mean it's a decent read but the fact that the authocracy that is China would be obviously watching everything they can is a given, no?

    In other news, water is wet? I mean it's a decent read but the fact that the authocracy that is China would be obviously watching everything they can is a given, no?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on The Best Women’s Soccer Team in the World Fights for Equal Pay in ~sports

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    Same with actors, there isn't a real gender pay gap there, everyone is paid what they're worth (i.e what their agent has negotiated for them). I agree with you that it'd probably be pretty easy...

    Same with actors, there isn't a real gender pay gap there, everyone is paid what they're worth (i.e what their agent has negotiated for them). I agree with you that it'd probably be pretty easy making Women's Football into a properly recognized sport, but I suppose companies don't want to invest the money because they don't see it being financially feasible, or perhaps the dudes on top feel threatened by a women's football team or sometehing, I don't know.