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  1. Comment on Scammers are targeting teenage boys on social media—and driving some to suicide in ~life.men

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    I guess I was more thinking about the comparative awfulness of the criminal than the validity of the trauma caused, will edit to clarify. @EgoEimi helped articulate why the scammers in the article...

    I guess I was more thinking about the comparative awfulness of the criminal than the validity of the trauma caused, will edit to clarify. @EgoEimi helped articulate why the scammers in the article feel even more monstrously cruel in that respect -- thanks.

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  2. Comment on Quentin Tarantino drops ‘The Movie Critic’ as his final film in ~movies

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    Weird choice of headline; makes it sound like he surprised-released it rather than walking away from the project.

    Weird choice of headline; makes it sound like he surprised-released it rather than walking away from the project.

    18 votes
  3. Comment on Scammers are targeting teenage boys on social media—and driving some to suicide in ~life.men

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    I was expecting this to be about sexual predators but Christ, doing it for money is somehow worse. Like at the very least with pedos there would be some level of twisted "care" there and an...

    I was expecting this to be about sexual predators but Christ, doing it for money is somehow worse. Like at the very least with pedos there would be some level of twisted "care" there and an incentive to keep them safely on the hook by maintaining the catfishing charade. But to immediately turn to blackmailing children and taunting them to kill themselves, just for money? When there's no shortage of comparatively less awful email scams to pull? Not to mention actually following through with the blackmail threats, judging by all the friends that received the photos even after death.

    It's genuinely hard to decide if actual IRL child molestors are worse -- they obviously do serious, life-long damage, even when their victim is nominally willing, but it seems like less serious damage less sadistic than suddenly and viciously destroying a kid's life so cruelly that they commit suicide.

    On a related note, I wonder if this problem will get better or worse with the advent of AI deepfakes. Boys are already using it to fake nudes of their classmates for titillation, which is bad enough, but what about monster scammers faking nudes to blackmail an unwilling target in the same way? They wouldn't even need to bait them into the catfish trap first. But does getting blackmailed with fake images have the same impact as if you felt you were complicit? On the flip side, maybe the increasing prevalence of fake nudes makes it easier to disavow even real ones.

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  4. Comment on In Berlin, I experience icks I never thought possible in ~travel

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    Imagine thinking too much leisure is the worst thing about a country.

    But the worst part of Berlin — or Germany, in general — has got to be the workplace. No one, neither Americans nor Germans, will agree with me on this, but I staunchly believe that 30 vacation days per year is TOO MANY VACATION DAYS. Throw a rock at any Berlin workplace, and you can bet that it’s rife with absenteeism and chaos.

    This is what happens when people are constantly going away on hikes or visits to friends in Switzerland and Vienna. Trust me when I say that I have successfully worked at four separate Berlin-based companies, and I have never had to do more than two actual days of work per week.

    Imagine thinking too much leisure is the worst thing about a country.

    157 votes
  5. Comment on This is World of WarCraft in ~games

  6. Comment on Why are no reasons given when (or even better before) removing a post? in ~tildes

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    As somebody who reads the site through RSS, I think it would be helpful if deleted posts had a brief note explaining what the problem was.

    As somebody who reads the site through RSS, I think it would be helpful if deleted posts had a brief note explaining what the problem was.

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  7. Comment on Canadian pet DNA company sends back dog breed results from human sample a second time in ~life.pets

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    It's not complicated, I just think that any content attributed to a specific user should be what that person wrote, and any changes to that which remain attributed to that person should be done...

    It's not complicated, I just think that any content attributed to a specific user should be what that person wrote, and any changes to that which remain attributed to that person should be done with them in the loop or at least the edit should be more obviously indicated. Doing otherwise opens the door to uninformed errors like the "incorrection" on this post or people substituting their subjective judgment on what the content should be. It's not huge stakes, but it does bug me.

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  8. Comment on Canadian pet DNA company sends back dog breed results from human sample a second time in ~life.pets

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    I'd be fine with collaboration, in the sense of OPs having the ability to edit their post info as well (to fix errors like above), or being asked for approval or at least notified so they're...

    I'd be fine with collaboration, in the sense of OPs having the ability to edit their post info as well (to fix errors like above), or being asked for approval or at least notified so they're involved with any changes. But letting some users silently and unilaterally change a post without any input from the poster is not that.

  9. Comment on Boeing whistleblower found dead in US in ~transport

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    Local news is now reporting a pretty unsettling allegation: 'If anything happens, it's not suicide': Boeing whistleblower's prediction before death

    Local news is now reporting a pretty unsettling allegation:

    'If anything happens, it's not suicide': Boeing whistleblower's prediction before death

    A close family friend of John Barnett said he predicted he might wind up dead and that a story could surface that he killed himself.

    But at the time, he told her not to believe it.

    "I know that he did not commit suicide," said Jennifer, a friend of Barnett's. "There's no way."

    Jennifer said they talked about this exact scenario playing out. However, now, his words seem like a premonition he told her directly not to believe.

    "I know John because his mom and my mom are best friends," Jennifer said. "Over the years, get-togethers, birthdays, celebrations and whatnot. We've all got together and talked."

    When Jennifer needed help one day, Barnett came by to see her. They talked about his upcoming deposition in Charleston. Jennifer knew Barnett filed an extremely damaging complaint against Boeing. He said the aerospace giant retaliated against him when he blew the whistle on unsafe practices.

    For more than 30 years, he was a quality manager. He'd recently retired and moved back to Louisiana to look after his mom.

    "He wasn't concerned about safety because I asked him," Jennifer said. "I said, 'Aren't you scared?' And he said, 'No, I ain't scared, but if anything happens to me, it's not suicide.'"

    20 votes
  10. Comment on Canadian pet DNA company sends back dog breed results from human sample a second time in ~life.pets

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    I didn't say *only* let the submitter edit, just that they should have some say-so too if it's their name on the result. "Clickbait" is a subjective thing and "toning down" is an editorial...

    I didn't say *only* let the submitter edit, just that they should have some say-so too if it's their name on the result. "Clickbait" is a subjective thing and "toning down" is an editorial decision, and I don't like letting some users being able to essentially put words in other people's mouths without notification or consent. Quietly substituting one's own judgment like that feels kind of presumptuous. If there's a problem with a headline one should include the poster in addressing it, or just flag it for deletion and submit a better take.

    Third-party editing would make more sense if this were a wiki format with explicitly collaborative posts, but structuring it as a blog where each post has an identified submitter implies some "ownership" which editing undermines, I think. At minimum there should be a more visible indication that the content is different from what the poster submitted, since the Topic Log is pretty easy to overlook.

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  11. Comment on Canadian pet DNA company sends back dog breed results from human sample a second time in ~life.pets

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    Not a big fan of some users being able to edit the titles of other people's posts, tbh, especially if OP can't change it themselves. Tags, sure, but titles are a much more important part of the...

    Not a big fan of some users being able to edit the titles of other people's posts, tbh, especially if OP can't change it themselves. Tags, sure, but titles are a much more important part of the content and more closely associated with what the submitter wrote. Post authors should at least be able to approve/accept proposed edits, imho.

    18 votes
  12. Comment on House passes bill that could ban TikTok in the US, sending it to the Senate in ~tech

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    A pretty tall order given the company's high price tag and Chinese laws designed to prevent it from selling to Western buyers.

    A pretty tall order given the company's high price tag and Chinese laws designed to prevent it from selling to Western buyers.

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Looking for songs that include recordings of commentary in ~music

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    Brittany Howard's "He Loves Me" is built around snippets of a sermon she found on YouTube. More subtle, but Radiohead's gorgeous B-side "A Reminder" includes snippet of passersby and station...

    Brittany Howard's "He Loves Me" is built around snippets of a sermon she found on YouTube.

    More subtle, but Radiohead's gorgeous B-side "A Reminder" includes snippet of passersby and station announcements from the Prague metro.

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  14. Comment on US President Joe Biden's 2024 State of the Union address in ~news

  15. Comment on Analysis: Donald Trump election win could add 4bn tonnes to US emissions by 2030 in ~enviro

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    A victory for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election could lead to an additional 4bn tonnes of US emissions by 2030 compared with Joe Biden’s plans, Carbon Brief analysis reveals.

    This extra 4bn tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2030 would cause global climate damages worth more than $900bn, based on the latest US government valuations.

    For context, 4GtCO2e is equivalent to the combined annual emissions of the EU and Japan, or the combined annual total of the world’s 140 lowest-emitting countries.

    Put another way, the extra 4GtCO2e from a second Trump term would negate – twice over – all of the savings from deploying wind, solar and other clean technologies around the world over the past five years.

    If Trump secures a second term, the US would also very likely miss its global climate pledge by a wide margin, with emissions only falling to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The US’s current target under the Paris Agreement is to achieve a 50-52% reduction by 2030.

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  16. Comment on US President Joe Biden's 2024 State of the Union address in ~news

  17. Comment on Trumpist US policy document Project 2025 cowritten by anti social security economist Stephen Moore in ~misc

  18. Comment on What are some significant numbers or juxtapositions of numbers and quantities you often notices? in ~talk

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    I first read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in early high school, and for some time afterwards I kept a semi-serious "42 sightings" journal to document whenever it popped up in a notable...

    I first read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in early high school, and for some time afterwards I kept a semi-serious "42 sightings" journal to document whenever it popped up in a notable way. My favorite: when the local news (channel 42) reran a segment at 3:42 about a circus performer who was 4'2''.

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