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  1. 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?

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Comment on Trump announces deal for government to reopen for three weeks, ending longest shutdown; no money for his border wall in ~news

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    He has said that he can and may "do a national emergency". And recently documents came out showing the administration has drafted a plan for declaring a national emergency and identified 7 billion...
    16 votes
  7. Comment on Microsoft Edge browser flags Daily Mail Online as untrustworthy in ~news

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    I'm pretty torn on this. On the one hand I think the internet should be as open as possible and I'm not a fan of the browser injecting itself into the content of my browsing. But I also think when...

    I'm pretty torn on this. On the one hand I think the internet should be as open as possible and I'm not a fan of the browser injecting itself into the content of my browsing. But I also think when a site is known to spread blatantly false information, beyond bias or personal opinions, there is a lot of value to be had in both deterring visitors from blindly trusting the site as well as giving the site an incentive to improve the credibility of their content. But again I do very much understand the fear of a slippery slope; On the extreme end of these practices you get bills like SOPA (of course in this case you can just not use Edge).

    5 votes
  8. Comment on 'She means 30 books per room, right?' Bibliophiles voice their horror over claims tidying guru Marie Kondo tells people to severely restrict the reading material they keep in their home. in ~books

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    This is why the ebook pirating community is thriving right now

    This is why the ebook pirating community is thriving right now

    2 votes
  9. Comment on President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project in ~news

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    Correct. However this story was not written by BuzzFeed, it was written by BuzzFeed News which is a completely separate and highly reputable source of journalism....

    buzzfeed is hardly a serious news organization

    Correct. However this story was not written by BuzzFeed, it was written by BuzzFeed News which is a completely separate and highly reputable source of journalism.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BuzzFeed_News

    6 votes
  10. Comment on President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project in ~news

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    I wouldn't say that. We don't know what's going on and we probably won't until Mueller's report is out. Mueller's office called aspects of the report "inaccurate", but we don't know what parts of...

    I wouldn't say that. We don't know what's going on and we probably won't until Mueller's report is out. Mueller's office called aspects of the report "inaccurate", but we don't know what parts of the expansive story they're disputing, and BuzzFeed is still standing by the report.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on A new "short film" by razor company Gillette has called for men to be the best they can be, sparking a significant backlash. in ~misc

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    I would say the alternative is a case-by-case happy medium. I think people are entitled to benefit of the doubt, especially when It concerns tearing down a career and probably personal life. I'm...

    I would say the alternative is a case-by-case happy medium. I think people are entitled to benefit of the doubt, especially when It concerns tearing down a career and probably personal life. I'm not just talking about privelged people, I'm talking about anyone.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on A new "short film" by razor company Gillette has called for men to be the best they can be, sparking a significant backlash. in ~misc

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    That's fine but don't be surprised that men across the spectrum feel threatened by these attitudes, even if they agree with the intentions of said attitudes.

    That's fine but don't be surprised that men across the spectrum feel threatened by these attitudes, even if they agree with the intentions of said attitudes.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What will happen in 2019? in ~talk

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    Maybe you should be more specific when making sweeping generalizations about people. Being able to profit from something is what I would call the definition of "worth something".

    Maybe you should be more specific when making sweeping generalizations about people. Being able to profit from something is what I would call the definition of "worth something".

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What will happen in 2019? in ~talk

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    Incorrect. If they were "worthless" youtube wouldn't be making them millionaires.

    then they're worthless and so is their work.

    Incorrect. If they were "worthless" youtube wouldn't be making them millionaires.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on As the U.S. fantasizes, the rest of the world builds a new transport system in ~tech

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    To be fair, these countries are geographically minuscule compared to the U.S. and Canada. You could argue that China is a counter-example, but they're obviously in a completely different situation...

    France, Germany, Italy, and Spain

    To be fair, these countries are geographically minuscule compared to the U.S. and Canada. You could argue that China is a counter-example, but they're obviously in a completely different situation economically, and the federal government has unilateral control over these decisions there. So I don't think it's as simple as pointing to other countries and saying "Why don't you do the same?"

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Sneaker Pimps - Loretta Young Silks [trip-hop] in ~music

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    This song has been a part of my world for as long as I can remember. When the album came out in 2002, my mother was obsessed with it and this song in particular was frequently the soundtrack for...

    This song has been a part of my world for as long as I can remember. When the album came out in 2002, my mother was obsessed with it and this song in particular was frequently the soundtrack for car rides to school. Now, in my 20s, I've grown to love this album again, and this song is definitely in my top 10. I had never really thought about it, but the song seems to be relatively unknown (based on YT views that is), so I thought I'd share this treasured part of my childhood.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Internal documents show that Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed in ~tech

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    Seriously? This was after the Cambridge Analytica story broke. That's just unbelievable, and it goes to further show that Facebook is mathematically deciding the absolute limits of how they can...

    it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier.

    Seriously? This was after the Cambridge Analytica story broke. That's just unbelievable, and it goes to further show that Facebook is mathematically deciding the absolute limits of how they can abuse the user data under their control. Congress's joke of a response will probably encourage them to push the limits further.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What are some common skills that will become extinct in the next couple of decades? in ~talk

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    I write things down all of the time. In my job, IT, I write out plans and complicated issues, it helps me to slow down and visualize things when I'm stuck. At home, I write a lot to reinforce my...

    I write things down all of the time. In my job, IT, I write out plans and complicated issues, it helps me to slow down and visualize things when I'm stuck. At home, I write a lot to reinforce my independent learning. I'll take "notes" on what I'm learning, and most of the time I'll never look at them again. It's just the act of writing them out that makes me feel like I'm retaining more. I've tried many digital note-taking solutions but they're just not the same as having a physical thing that you can instantly mark on and see in any physical configuration you want.

    13 votes
  19. Comment on Australia passes controversial encryption-busting law in ~tech

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    So explicitly write that in. Otherwise, bullshit.

    Lawmakers say that the law is only meant to target serious criminals — sex offenders, terrorists, homicide and drug offenses.

    So explicitly write that in. Otherwise, bullshit.

    12 votes