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  1. Comment on Trump says he wants to buy Greenland – but Denmark isn't selling in ~news

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    It's great TV. But honestly, these outrageous headlines get the most clicks which is of utmost importance to the companies most of us get our news from.

    It's great TV.

    But honestly, these outrageous headlines get the most clicks which is of utmost importance to the companies most of us get our news from.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Should clicking an article on Tildes be a prerequisite for posting a comment in the associated thread? in ~tildes

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    You do as you wish; I'm just pointing out that their comment is essentially an answer to your question of how one could discuss a post without having clicked the link.

    You do as you wish; I'm just pointing out that their comment is essentially an answer to your question of how one could discuss a post without having clicked the link.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Should clicking an article on Tildes be a prerequisite for posting a comment in the associated thread? in ~tildes

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    I would direct you to Whom's comment. There are various reasons why clicking the link of a post is not necessary to contribute to a discussion

    I would direct you to Whom's comment. There are various reasons why clicking the link of a post is not necessary to contribute to a discussion

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Should clicking an article on Tildes be a prerequisite for posting a comment in the associated thread? in ~tildes

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    In my opinion this is a lot of work for something that is relatively benign. There are also a lot of people who do read the article and comment extremely low effort "noise" that (imo) brings less...

    In my opinion this is a lot of work for something that is relatively benign. There are also a lot of people who do read the article and comment extremely low effort "noise" that (imo) brings less to the table than a thoughtful comment from someone who only read the headline. I would say utilize comment tagging, point out their lack of contextual understanding, and/or ignore them.

    Edit: I also think putting a barrier up on discussion is a bad idea in general.

    24 votes
  5. Comment on The Great Hack: a Netflix documentary on Facebook & Cambridge Analytica sheds light on one of the most complex scandals of our time in ~movies

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    I tried to get through it and found similar problems with it. It seems to be an attempt at dramatizing the events in a way that will get the uninformed riled up. In my opinion it was so lacking in...

    I tried to get through it and found similar problems with it. It seems to be an attempt at dramatizing the events in a way that will get the uninformed riled up. In my opinion it was so lacking in actual information (filled instead with dramatic cinematics and "hard-hitting" 1-liners from interviews) that it will really only push the uninformed to be more apathetic about the situation than they already are.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on "I Don't Feel Safe Anywhere": People Express A New Kind Of Anxiety Living In America After El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings in ~news

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    I've felt this a lot over the past couple of years, especially living in the south. I considered purchasing a pistol, but the Dayton shooting really set in stone for me that there's no real reason...

    I've felt this a lot over the past couple of years, especially living in the south. I considered purchasing a pistol, but the Dayton shooting really set in stone for me that there's no real reason to add another weapon to the issue. The police killed this man within one minute and he still managed to hit 35 people. I can't fathom a scenario where someone with a pistol would have done anything but get themselves killed by the shooter or law enforcement. The only time your gun will have the upper hand in a fight is if you pull it out first, which of course shouldn't happen if you're using it for self defense.

    18 votes
  7. Comment on The Baz Luhrmann Elvis film will hit theaters Oct. 1, 2021, while 'Dune' has been pushed back one month to Dec. 18, 2020. in ~movies

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    Well I'm super excited to see another movie from Luhrmann. People seem to either love or hate his movies but I could watch Moulin Rouge and/or Romeo+Juliet a thousand times over. The stylistic...

    Well I'm super excited to see another movie from Luhrmann. People seem to either love or hate his movies but I could watch Moulin Rouge and/or Romeo+Juliet a thousand times over. The stylistic liberties he takes make his movies so fun to watch, but I know a lot of people see it as gimmicky.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Forever 21 Under Fire for Including Atkins Diet Bars With Orders in ~life

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    Is this not also a straw man of the argument about eating less?

    "just exercise more, fatty" like ubergeek is implying.

    Is this not also a straw man of the argument about eating less?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Forever 21 Under Fire for Including Atkins Diet Bars With Orders in ~life

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    I'm sorry but I'm failing to understand how what I've said is malicious. Who are we helping with this attitude? Who is helped by viewing the facts about caloric intake as malicious (something...

    I'm sorry but I'm failing to understand how what I've said is malicious. Who are we helping with this attitude? Who is helped by viewing the facts about caloric intake as malicious (something you're choosing to do)? You certainly aren't helping obese people become more healthy.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Forever 21 Under Fire for Including Atkins Diet Bars With Orders in ~life

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    You can make anything sound malicious if you want to. There is nothing wrong with observing the fact that eating at a caloric deficit will cause one to lose weight. It's simply a basic...

    You can make anything sound malicious if you want to. There is nothing wrong with observing the fact that eating at a caloric deficit will cause one to lose weight. It's simply a basic mathematical fact.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What is a good gender-neutral pet name for my daughter? in ~talk

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    It has been used as a male name fairly often. Dictionary.com says the word "buddy" is "perhaps a reduced form of 'brother'"

    And I'm not sure what it is about Buddy that seems male, either.

    It has been used as a male name fairly often. Dictionary.com says the word "buddy" is "perhaps a reduced form of 'brother'"

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot - Trailer in ~movies

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    It should be mentioned that he's reportedly been clean since 2010.

    Two decades of drug abuse will do that to a man.

    It should be mentioned that he's reportedly been clean since 2010.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama in ~news

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    As far as I understand, every time they've called President Obama treasonous, it's been a disagreement about the power of the executive branch. For example, people who watch Fox News tend to think...

    On a side note, does anyone know why they call Obama treasonous? I don't want to go down that rabbit hole myself, but if anyone knows off hand why I would be interested in hearing it.

    As far as I understand, every time they've called President Obama treasonous, it's been a disagreement about the power of the executive branch. For example, people who watch Fox News tend to think that executive orders are illegal, or at the very least an inappropriate abuse of power (unless their guy is doing it of course).

    Outside of fundamental disagreements about the nature of the executive office, most claims tend to be conspiracy-fueled nonsense, hence their being peddled by the likes of InfoWars

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama in ~news

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    That's an idea; But the issue would then be that you've now banned the entire platform from even discussing the topic, which is not their intention (and shouldn't be imo). While you could...

    That's an idea; But the issue would then be that you've now banned the entire platform from even discussing the topic, which is not their intention (and shouldn't be imo). While you could theoretically work around this problem, it seems to me like the entire practice would cause more issues than it's worth.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama in ~news

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    Well, short of having someone watch every video before it gets uploaded (impossible), what are they supposed to do? They're removing the content as they find it.

    YouTube does not appear to have systems in place that prevent InfoWars content from being uploaded.

    Well, short of having someone watch every video before it gets uploaded (impossible), what are they supposed to do? They're removing the content as they find it.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Generating YouTube Titles Using Image Captioning in ~comp

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    Why not eliminate duplicate words and see what happens first before implementing the random selection? Seems like the results would have been better?

    Instead of choosing the next most probable word, let’s consider randomly choosing uniformly over all words. In addition, another heuristic we should consider is to eliminate words appearing twice.

    Why not eliminate duplicate words and see what happens first before implementing the random selection? Seems like the results would have been better?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on “Just Switch to Linux” Is The Loser’s Game in ~tech

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    I think more people will continue to switch to non-Windows OS's as the alternatives simply become better products for the user. You already see people willing to switch to ChromeOS for it's ease...

    I think more people will continue to switch to non-Windows OS's as the alternatives simply become better products for the user. You already see people willing to switch to ChromeOS for it's ease of use if you're someone who just needs web browsing capabilities. I think this article really overestimates how invested people are in Windows. I work in consumer computer sales and the people who don't even know what Windows is don't seem to have any loyalty to it whenever I mention the existence of other OS's. The other issue I see in the article is the assertion that someone must know how to complete the entire process of switching if they want to do so. This is untrue; If you don't know how to install an OS, you're likely paying some sort of setup and data transfer fee when you get a new PC anyway, regardless of which OS it is.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on 'Esquire' Criticized for Cover Story on 'What It’s Like to Grow Up White, Middle Class, and Male' in ~life

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    They're doing a series of articles on what it's like to grow up in this age for people of various backgrounds. I don't see why white middle class people should be left out of that.

    They're doing a series of articles on what it's like to grow up in this age for people of various backgrounds. I don't see why white middle class people should be left out of that.

    16 votes
  19. Comment on Should legal decisions take into account only the nature and circumstances of a crime, or also the conditions of its victims? in ~talk

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    This attitude seems to me to push further into a system of revenge rather than rehabilitation. I don't see what good it would do for anyone.

    This attitude seems to me to push further into a system of revenge rather than rehabilitation. I don't see what good it would do for anyone.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What is your alcoholic drink of choice? in ~talk

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    While I don't blame anyone for not drinking these things, there is such a thing as acquired taste, especially with coffee.

    You're not a pussy just because you don't like something that tastes terrible.

    While I don't blame anyone for not drinking these things, there is such a thing as acquired taste, especially with coffee.

    10 votes