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  1. Comment on Forever chemicals are widespread in US drinking water in ~enviro

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    This article looks kinda shoddy to be honest. It spends half its time talking about how long these chemicals take to break down, most of the other half talking about regulating them, and dedicates...

    This article looks kinda shoddy to be honest. It spends half its time talking about how long these chemicals take to break down, most of the other half talking about regulating them, and dedicates only one sentence to the actually important factor: Is there an actual health risk?

    Personally, I don't find that sentence very convincing when all it has to say is "Scientists have found links between [some chemicals] and [scary medical conditions]." Links only matter if they're statistically significant, and I don't think anyone is going to care if the worst link they've got is the kind that barely manages a California cancer warning label.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. lawsuit: Can APIs be copyrighted? in ~comp

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    This is an ongoing copyright dispute that got started in 2010 and has been ongoing over several levels of courts since. The gist of it is that Google previously used some of Java's APIs (owned by...

    This is an ongoing copyright dispute that got started in 2010 and has been ongoing over several levels of courts since. The gist of it is that Google previously used some of Java's APIs (owned by Sun and therefore Oracle) as part of creating Android. Oracle argues that this violates their copyrights, while Google argues fair use.

    This is a noteworthy case as the decision could have strong effects on software development going forward, as APIs being considered copyrightable could in theory severely limit the reuse of code due to potentially stringent restrictions being placed on them. The decision for what to rule isn't necessarily a given and easy answer however; ruling that APIs aren't copyrightable could also raise the potentially difficult problem of where to draw the line between "API" and "code," possibly resulting in weakening the copyright of code as a whole.

    Curious what everyone's thoughts are on this. Do you favor a specific ruling? If so, why?

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 18 in ~news

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    This. They'd have to not only satisfy the above-listed requirements, but also be willing to kill someone, in broad daylight, while surrounded by people they know would likely kill them in turn....

    This. They'd have to not only satisfy the above-listed requirements, but also be willing to kill someone, in broad daylight, while surrounded by people they know would likely kill them in turn. Even the best case scenario has them in jail while Biden gets replaced by somebody they still don't like. It's just not a realistic idea.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been spending the last month or so slowly working on a Virtual Tabletop tool in Godot. I started playing D&D 5e in about October or so, and am in 3 campaigns now, of which I host two....

    I've been spending the last month or so slowly working on a Virtual Tabletop tool in Godot. I started playing D&D 5e in about October or so, and am in 3 campaigns now, of which I host two. Needless to say, I quickly decided I wanted to automate stuff, and what with none of the available VTTs being ideal for me (D&D Beyond's tools are alright at least) I made my own.

    It's extremely barebones still, what with how I'd had no experience with multiplayer development at all until this point, but I did recently reach a first usable version recently that has decent chat and dice-rolling support. I'm not sure how far I'll take the project – it's more of a for-fun hobby project than anything right now – but I'm hoping to get somewhere decent with it sometime. Livestreaming Inkscape over Discord is only so effective, after all!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    The thing I worry about is if doing this will make the Supreme Court start to look like just another part of party politics. As it stands, I've got faith that the SCOTUS does at least an alright...

    The thing I worry about is if doing this will make the Supreme Court start to look like just another part of party politics. As it stands, I've got faith that the SCOTUS does at least an alright job making decisions based on reason and beliefs as opposed to party affiliation, and I worry that involving it in politics more via shenanigans like court-packing would damage that.

    Turnabout may be fair play, but it tends to encourage escalation.

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  6. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    I feel like you've got to reform the system before you can fix the pieces. Disease before symptoms and all. It's not easy to do since the status quo is fond of itself, but I still think it's...

    I feel like you've got to reform the system before you can fix the pieces. Disease before symptoms and all. It's not easy to do since the status quo is fond of itself, but I still think it's important. "Gaming the system back" IMO sounds like a great way to escalate things without necessarily solving them, and that feels dangerous.

    As for over-time appointments, that's less so to solve court-packing and moreso a good-faith gesture for when your goal isn't "improve court balance," but just "increase the size of the court." Just up and doing that smells of court-packing and politicization, but spreading it out might help ease those worries. I'm not convinced that we really need to increase the size of the court just for the sake of it, but I'm open to considering it if an argument is made in favor.

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  7. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    That's the issue I worry about though. IMO, packing the court is, in and of itself, a way to game the system. It's a way for an administration who doesn't like the current makeup of the SCOTUS to...

    [...] if it's done to advance good things.

    That's the issue I worry about though. IMO, packing the court is, in and of itself, a way to game the system. It's a way for an administration who doesn't like the current makeup of the SCOTUS to change it to suit their needs.

    Yes, we should consider changes that make sense if the norms don't hold up, but I'm not convinced court packing is a good idea just yet. That said, it was mentioned elsewhere in the thread that increasing the court size might be good, and that the political nature of doing so could be averted by having the judges appointed in batches over several presidential / congressional terms; this would be a change I'd be fine with.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    Can't speak for others, but this was definitely news to me, so you're probably right. If I'd have guessed, I'd have thought the median would've been around 20-22 years.

    Can't speak for others, but this was definitely news to me, so you're probably right. If I'd have guessed, I'd have thought the median would've been around 20-22 years.

    2 votes
  9. What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits?

    For those not aware, packing the court in this context refers to expanding the size of the U.S. Supreme Court so that whoever's in power can nominate judges they prefer to the newly-created seats,...

    For those not aware, packing the court in this context refers to expanding the size of the U.S. Supreme Court so that whoever's in power can nominate judges they prefer to the newly-created seats, thereby creating a favorable majority for them where there might not have been one previously. It was attempted once in 1937, but failed, and has not been attempted since.

    As for term limits, Supreme Court justices have none; the position is for life. The reasoning for this is primarily so that they can't be influenced as easily for political gain, as they've already achieved the final step in their careers.

    Personally, the concept of court-packing has worried me no matter who does it, because from what I can tell (though granted I've not researched this), the Supreme Court has thus far done a decent job of avoiding partisanship; I'm concerned packing the courts would damage this precedent. I do believe that term limits could work, though I suspect they'd require a clause prohibiting justices from holding any jobs after their term expires, lest they become politically influenced by down-the-line job offers.

    That said, what's your take?

    (By the way, CGP Grey has a great video on some parts of the Supreme Court if you're interested in learning more about it)

    21 votes
  10. Comment on Statistics on bans and transparency in ~tildes

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    Right there with you. I don't post a lot here, but I visit this site on a daily basis at the minimum, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

    So I'll just say it: Tildes plays a profoundly important role in my life, and I'm sure a lot of people here feel the same way.

    Right there with you. I don't post a lot here, but I visit this site on a daily basis at the minimum, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on I can't stress enough that Back 4 Blood is Left 4 Dead 3 in ~games

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    Been playing the closed alpha, and I can easily say this article is absolutely spot-on. It's a modern-day Left 4 Dead, with all the ups and downs that come with that. The gameplay feels good...

    Been playing the closed alpha, and I can easily say this article is absolutely spot-on. It's a modern-day Left 4 Dead, with all the ups and downs that come with that. The gameplay feels good despite zombies still slowing you on hit - something I've always hated - and the card system genuinely feels useful and interesting. I just hope they don't use the cards as an excuse for loot boxes.

    Also agree with the author on pacing as well, except for one point: Back 4 Blood's pacing doesn't feel as fast as L4D, it feels faster. It feels like there are virtually no breaks in the action whatsoever barring the safe rooms themselves, while L4D tended to at least be quieter when no hordes were being attracted. This results in very hectic games where you can't stop moving and it's hard to pay attention to anything but fighting, which is really a shame.

    Still, the game's very fun overall, and I'm looking forwards to release!

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Twitter: An update on the features related to the 2020 US Elections in ~tech

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    Honestly, I rather like how Twitter has handled things so far. These changes – as well as this update to them – made sense, generally speaking, and I think it helped. Was it a supremely effective...

    Honestly, I rather like how Twitter has handled things so far. These changes – as well as this update to them – made sense, generally speaking, and I think it helped. Was it a supremely effective solution? No, but it helped and it did so in a reasonable way. I can appreciate that.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit worries it’s going to be crushed in the fight against Big Tech in ~tech

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    I think your analogy breaks down immediately here; IIRC, the toxicity on places like Reddit is very frequently not illegal in the least. If it were illegal, they would already be held liable if...

    Let's say people came to my privately owned parking lot and performed a bunch of illegal acts.

    I think your analogy breaks down immediately here; IIRC, the toxicity on places like Reddit is very frequently not illegal in the least. If it were illegal, they would already be held liable if they refuse to remove it.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Dear Dad, please don’t vote for Donald Trump this time in ~misc

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    They are seeking the truth though, and they think they've found it. It's not helpful to blame victims for falling prey to a highly organized con; doing that just makes it harder to get at the...

    They are seeking the truth though, and they think they've found it. It's not helpful to blame victims for falling prey to a highly organized con; doing that just makes it harder to get at the people who're actually responsible.

    15 votes
  15. Comment on Dear Dad, please don’t vote for Donald Trump this time in ~misc

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    It's not really that cut and dry, though. There are a lot of people lying on behalf of Trump, and there are lots of people who believe those lies. Combine that with such high political...

    It's not really that cut and dry, though. There are a lot of people lying on behalf of Trump, and there are lots of people who believe those lies. Combine that with such high political divisiveness making conversation so difficult and you get a lot of very good people voting for him under the genuine belief that he's a good choice.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on Addressing topic areas that chronically engender "low quality" discussion in ~tildes

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    This honestly looks like defeatism. It's absolutely possible to tackle this issue, but it's definitely not going to happen if we just give up on doing it before we start. Hell, the philosophy you...

    There is no reason to change Tildes. This is just human nature. These things are going to happen from time to time. Literally the only solution is to brainwash everyone to believe the same things.

    This honestly looks like defeatism. It's absolutely possible to tackle this issue, but it's definitely not going to happen if we just give up on doing it before we start. Hell, the philosophy you mention here is likely one of the best tools we'll have towards solving this issue; combine it with the plans for scaling moderation down the line and I think this is absolutely something we can fix.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on It's been twenty-four years since internet companies were declared off-the-hook for the behavior of their users. That may change, and soon in ~tech

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    I'm honestly surprised there's even any bipartisan pressure coming on to change Section 230. By my understanding, it's one of the cornerstones supporting today's open internet. I'm not a free...

    I'm honestly surprised there's even any bipartisan pressure coming on to change Section 230. By my understanding, it's one of the cornerstones supporting today's open internet. I'm not a free speech absolutist, but limiting 230 at all still seems very concerning at a glance.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Additional steps Twitter is taking ahead of the 2020 US Election in ~tech

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    Hey, every additional step is a step that many might not take. You can't stop people from being assholes, but you can make it harder, and sometimes it takes surprisingly little to let people's...

    Hey, every additional step is a step that many might not take. You can't stop people from being assholes, but you can make it harder, and sometimes it takes surprisingly little to let people's laziness convince them not to be a dick.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on FBI busts militia 'plot' to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in ~news

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    Genuine question; is this hyperbole? I can't tell, and I feel like this isn't something that would happen on even Fox News, although I don't peruse news sites enough to really back this feeling up...

    If they were brown, it would be in the headline.

    Genuine question; is this hyperbole? I can't tell, and I feel like this isn't something that would happen on even Fox News, although I don't peruse news sites enough to really back this feeling up with anything. Sure, conservative-oriented sites might be more likely to make a big deal out of race like that, but headlines seems unlikely?

    4 votes