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  1. Comment on Facebook includes Breitbart in new 'high quality' news tab in ~tech

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    Off-topic but how did this happen? When did Facebook decide they were going to be the no morals, only profit company of the Internet?

    Off-topic but how did this happen? When did Facebook decide they were going to be the no morals, only profit company of the Internet?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' in ~tech

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    To be fair it the term 'social media' is pretty useless when it comes to describing a site's purpose. In twitter, for example, you have celebrities rambling about random aspects of their lives,...

    To be fair it the term 'social media' is pretty useless when it comes to describing a site's purpose. In twitter, for example, you have celebrities rambling about random aspects of their lives, politicians delivering serious to obviously canned responses to serious or made-up problems, anime artists sharing their work, YouTubers sharing sneak peeks for future videos or shilling out, all in the same platform, which is disponible in 33 languages across every continent except Sub-Saharan Africa. (which was started specifically as a SMS & microblogging site, hence the word limit). Not many 'social media platforms' actually have their intended purpose be their sole purpose, which can backfire intensely. Social media platforms might have decided recommend people with similar opinions to you as an unintended consequence in order to find people with similar hobbies to you, rather than to create an echo chamber of radicals and stifle communication between different political beliefs.

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  3. Comment on Why Do Trump’s Supporters Stand by Him, No Matter What? in ~humanities

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    I think this is the most important part of the problem. Politics is incredibly complex yet is barely given any thought in school. The most nuanced political model I know is what's used at...

    The world has more than two-sides, and politics require a nuanced and well-informed approach. But most people treat it like "torcida de futebol" (soccer fandom). They vote with their gut, not with their heads.

    I think this is the most important part of the problem. Politics is incredibly complex yet is barely given any thought in school. The most nuanced political model I know is what's used at 8values,which is literally a 'political compass-esque' site, and that doesn't even mention the division of powers, what tools can be used to protect a government from falling into authorianism, or how news organizations work and what they may do to make money or what does a scientist do and how they too, can be biased or be funded by someone biased, or how does the private sector influence politics, or how do news aggregators work and more.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Why Do Trump’s Supporters Stand by Him, No Matter What? in ~humanities

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    Hey, I'm also Brazilian, at least some politicians are trying to dismantle his party but he's just gonna go to a new one soon.

    Hey, I'm also Brazilian, at least some politicians are trying to dismantle his party but he's just gonna go to a new one soon.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month in ~enviro

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    Yes, but the article mentions that coal exports have gone up to nations where coal consumption have gone up like Indonesia and India and many other plants that are 'cleaner' or more modern or just...

    Yes, but the article mentions that coal exports have gone up to nations where coal consumption have gone up like Indonesia and India and many other plants that are 'cleaner' or more modern or just happen to be near the coal in question are still running and are going to stay. Also noone really seems to know or care about where will the people working on those factories (which can number in the thousands) will go. Some say they vote Trump in a hope that their factory (job) comes back.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Celebrating my birthday, my grandmother's birthday, 2 cousin's birthdays and another relative's birthday.

    Celebrating my birthday, my grandmother's birthday, 2 cousin's birthdays and another relative's birthday.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Video of Hong Kong protesters being loaded onto train spurs concerns they are being sent to China in ~news

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    Welp, China figured out how they're going to get rid of the protesters. It's all downhill from here.

    Welp, China figured out how they're going to get rid of the protesters. It's all downhill from here.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Geometry Dash: The impossible game, but it has a few separate 'gamemodes' to separate it from the former. I actually like it, been spending time trying to beat some hard levels. Soul knight: an...

    Geometry Dash: The impossible game, but it has a few separate 'gamemodes' to separate it from the former. I actually like it, been spending time trying to beat some hard levels.

    Soul knight: an 8-bit shoot the enemies dungeon crawler game but the game aims for you changing the focus from aiming (which is either hard or annoying in mobile) to dodging the bullets, which changes the gameplay quite a bit. It has plenty of weapons, enemies, bosses, and characters to play as, and a rpg system to differentiate those characters. It's a pretty fun game.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Would you pay for social media platforms and search engines if it meant they would not have any advertising or data collection? in ~talk

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    Very interesting model you created. Admittedly having every news platform be it's own subscription would definitely encourage conglomeration and definitely is a (probably the) flaw in my model....

    Very interesting model you created. Admittedly having every news platform be it's own subscription would definitely encourage conglomeration and definitely is a (probably the) flaw in my model. Also not everyone can afford that even if it's as essential as food and having my Internet access depend on my parents is definitely a worry.

    One of the large flaws I could see in your model is that someone would need to distribute that money and they could easily end up being a Comcast-type entity (or Comcast themselves), meaning the government would need to ensure that won't happen which is really hard to do and easy to lobby against.

    As for the privacy part it could be an option to store nothing on you that isn't required for the functionality of the site like Tildes or you were given a form to fill in some incredibly general details about you like your gender and age (which btw would not really be needed in a monetary sense since you're paying directly and would be taken care of if it meant you would leave the platform and cost them otherwise) for analytical purposes.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Would you pay for social media platforms and search engines if it meant they would not have any advertising or data collection? in ~talk

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    In that case it would be an instant messenger like whatsapp or messenger.

    But I guess at that point it wouldn't really be social media anymore.

    In that case it would be an instant messenger like whatsapp or messenger.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Would you pay for social media platforms and search engines if it meant they would not have any advertising or data collection? in ~talk

  12. Would you pay for social media platforms and search engines if it meant they would not have any advertising or data collection?

    (Someone posted a thread like this but for triple-a videogames rather than software and people said no so I wonder if software is gonna be different.) If you would or not, why? I'f you would, how...

    (Someone posted a thread like this but for triple-a videogames rather than software and people said no so I wonder if software is gonna be different.)

    If you would or not, why? I'f you would, how much? What would be the side effects of this change if it was applied on a mass scale? What would be the potential drawbacks?

    Edit: Can also apply to video-sharing platforms or forums or instant messengers any software as long as it serves a general purpose and complies with what's mentioned above.

    25 votes
  13. Comment on Plastic waste from America, collected for recycling, is shipped to Indonesia. Some is burned as fuel by tofu makers, producing deadly chemicals and contaminating food. in ~enviro

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    paywall.hard tag, anyone?

    paywall.hard tag, anyone?

  14. Comment on When will people be able to make their own groups ? in ~tildes

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    As mentioned above: I think 'free' group creation will only come when creating new groups becomes a waste of time for Deimos, which will probably take a while because most of the site only browses...

    As mentioned above:

    Groups and sub-groups will be determined organically, as the site grows and as the need arises. The way to demonstrate the need for a group or sub-group is to post topics with the appropriate tag in a relevant existing group or sub-group. If a particular tag gets a lot of use, that is an indication to Deimos and possible group creators that there is a need for a group for this subject.

    I think 'free' group creation will only come when creating new groups becomes a waste of time for Deimos, which will probably take a while because most of the site only browses the front page that tildes give them, not to mention the infrastructure needed to automate moving topics from one group to the other and. Maybe when (if) Tildes hits 250k or 250 groups Deimos will get tired and leave it to us for him to focus more on the site (which at this tier of traffic will probably be needed since at 250k Deimos will probably need some mod tools and an automod to moderate all the content coming to the site.)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a Facebook rival social network named WT:Social in ~tech

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    Very interesting. I hope they succeed, because if they do it will prove that people are willing to pay for good content, allowing anyone wanting to make a good startup a business model that...

    Very interesting. I hope they succeed, because if they do it will prove that people are willing to pay for good content, allowing anyone wanting to make a good startup a business model that encourages them to satisfy the user, rather than the advertiser.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Planetocopia! in ~misc

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    1995 style site (black on white text and comic sans ffs) detailing a variety of very diverse worlds and it's inhabitants.

    1995 style site (black on white text and comic sans ffs) detailing a variety of very diverse worlds and it's inhabitants.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Behind the scenes, Google uses blacklists, algorithm tweaks and an army of contractors to adjust its search results and shape what you see in ~tech

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    paywall.soft tag, anyone?

    paywall.soft tag, anyone?

    4 votes