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  1. Comment on Denmark's male footballers have decided to refuse a pay rise for playing for the national team in order to ensure their female counterparts get equal basic pay in ~sports.football

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    For those of us not in the know, could you elaborate on the issues with artificial turf? I’ve genuinely never heard of this.

    For those of us not in the know, could you elaborate on the issues with artificial turf? I’ve genuinely never heard of this.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    ...You are aware that domestic tech companies are doing exactly the same thing, exactly as deliberately, and to the same degree, yes? I hate it too, but it'd be a little gross to only get mad when...

    They're using the app's algorithm to push misinformation and influence democratic processes.

    ...You are aware that domestic tech companies are doing exactly the same thing, exactly as deliberately, and to the same degree, yes?

    I hate it too, but it'd be a little gross to only get mad when a Chinese company does it. Which I'm not accusing you of; just that it's a common sentiment here in the States.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    I think they should be forbidden from having such an intense monopoly, especially on multiple industries as Google currently does. If that was the case, we'd be a lot better off, ad injection or...

    I think they should be forbidden from having such an intense monopoly, especially on multiple industries as Google currently does. If that was the case, we'd be a lot better off, ad injection or not. I do however find marketing as a whole to be an insidious and disgusting industry, and would adblock regardless. But I have no issue with, for example, paying for Nebula.

    As for TikTok, I oppose that ban, even though I loathe that platform as well. But that's for separate reasons that are rather off-topic.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    I couldn’t care less. After what Google has done, I wouldn’t give them money for any reason. Besides, they will not stop at covering their costs. They won’t stop at any amount. No for-profit...

    I couldn’t care less. After what Google has done, I wouldn’t give them money for any reason.

    Besides, they will not stop at covering their costs. They won’t stop at any amount. No for-profit corporation does.

    11 votes
  5. Comment on How do you feel about it/its pronouns? in ~lgbt

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    I’d describe how I feel about that by segueing into neopronouns: Neopronouns frustrate me when I try to interact with them. Not in the sense that I feel anyone is wrong for using them, but more in...

    I’d describe how I feel about that by segueing into neopronouns:

    Neopronouns frustrate me when I try to interact with them. Not in the sense that I feel anyone is wrong for using them, but more in the way that I feel annoyed whenever I see the thorn character being used to replace th sounds in text (e.g. “þem” instead of “them”). Is it harmful? No, obviously not. But much like seeing a thorn, some neopronouns like fae/faer drive me up a wall, like I’m verbally stubbing my toe, so-to-speak. I know I shouldn’t care, and I’ll do my best to respect those who use them, but I’ll also probably try to avoid having to use them if possible, for example by using a name directly.

    it/its – and some neopronouns that flow better, like e/es mentioned elsewhere in this thread – feel like this, but less so. Still unintuitive, but easier to follow along with.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Alan Wake 2: Night Springs | Expansion launch trailer in ~games

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    Haven’t played AW2 yet, but this reminds me of the first game’s DLCs. I distinctly remember the first game having serviceable-but-not-great combat, which the DLC promptly doubled down on to such a...

    Haven’t played AW2 yet, but this reminds me of the first game’s DLCs. I distinctly remember the first game having serviceable-but-not-great combat, which the DLC promptly doubled down on to such a degree it became obnoxiously annoying. Shame to hear they might be repeating that mistake.

    Honestly, I can’t think of hardly any game series which has managed to pace DLCs well. Remedy has the issue in both AW1 and Control from what I’ve seen, but they’re hardly alone. Most games end up feeling too fast.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Team Fortress 2: Nobody's home in ~games

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    Not sure if the video you mention addresses it, but I think it’s worth mentioning that authoritative servers tend to work extremely well for some games. Less effective for fast-paced stuff like...

    Not sure if the video you mention addresses it, but I think it’s worth mentioning that authoritative servers tend to work extremely well for some games. Less effective for fast-paced stuff like FPS games, since latency would be gnarly for them, but other games can take excellent advantage of it since hackers don’t have physical access to the source of authority (i.e., the server).

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Team Fortress 2: Nobody's home in ~games

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    I mean sure, but the best way to scam or get TF2 items isn’t to cheat like the most problematic bots do. Trade bots and especially idle bots are everywhere, as the video itself says, but those...

    I mean sure, but the best way to scam or get TF2 items isn’t to cheat like the most problematic bots do. Trade bots and especially idle bots are everywhere, as the video itself says, but those don’t usually cause problems.

    The bots that cheat and kill everybody and ruin games are up primarily because they ruin games. No idea what the cheaters are even trying to accomplish (I find it difficult to believe that ruining people’s fun alone is the reason since the bot runners aren’t there to see it), but I don’t think money is at all the reason.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Team Fortress 2: Nobody's home in ~games

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    The worse thing is that even if they did, it doesn't really fix much. Virtual machines get around even that with little effort. I don't know why specifically Valve games have such an issue – a mix...

    I sure as hell don't want invasive, kernel-level programs (that are, in essence, malwares) to become the norm in gaming.

    The worse thing is that even if they did, it doesn't really fix much. Virtual machines get around even that with little effort.

    I don't know why specifically Valve games have such an issue – a mix of popularity and the title's long lifespans, perhaps? ‐ but going kernel-level wouldn't fix things even besides the invasiveness problems.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on AI: The decade ahead in ~tech

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    This post is highly useful; I look forward to reminiscing on it in a few years and having a hearty laugh. Don't get me wrong, I don't think advancements won't be made. But we will absolutely not...

    This post is highly useful; I look forward to reminiscing on it in a few years and having a hearty laugh.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think advancements won't be made. But we will absolutely not have AGI. To say that's right around the corner is to either believe a great deal more is happening with things like GPT than actually is, or to attempt to con other people into believing this so you can grift them. LLMs are very good at looking intelligent, but beneath that there is no understanding or reasoning. It's all hollow.

    The closest argument I've ever seen to suggesting that LLMs are anywhere near actual intelligence is the idea that, should you make a system that fakes intelligence thorough enough, the distinction between it and true intelligence becomes increasingly blurry; where do you draw the line between something that is able to have any conversation with you, and something that is able to understand that conversation? Something of a p-zombie, really.

    But what stops me there is the simple fact that no GPT version has been able to approach "something that is able to have any conversation with you." From hallucinations, to repeated failings of cognitive reflection tests, to that one weird quirk where saying certain words would cause the LLM to either break down or get pissed at you — GPT has holes, and those holes reveal an empty interior. I find it unlikely that advancements in even the most advanced pattern recognition alone can patch this, and so I find it unlikely in turn that GPT will reach the "have any conversation" milestone.

    AGI needs many more things than just language skills, and right now we do not have those things.

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  11. Comment on AI: The decade ahead in ~tech

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    To learn and better yourself as a person. Education is its own reward. I honestly feel like we've spent so long thinking of education as merely a necessary prerequisite for a living wage (already...

    What is the incentive to get an education if an AI will always be cheaper and better than you?

    To learn and better yourself as a person. Education is its own reward.

    I honestly feel like we've spent so long thinking of education as merely a necessary prerequisite for a living wage (already gross) that many have completely forgotten that education should be about improving ourselves and society as a whole. The world is more than just money, after all; not everything should be about "the economy," and the less of the world that requires money, the better, if you ask me.

    14 votes
  12. Comment on Louisiana lawmakers approve surgical castration option for those guilty of sex crimes against kids in ~news

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    Honestly, when the punishment is this cruel and unusual (don’t we have an amendment about that?), I don’t care if it helps recidivism or not. It is still obscene, it will still be abused, it will...

    Honestly, when the punishment is this cruel and unusual (don’t we have an amendment about that?), I don’t care if it helps recidivism or not. It is still obscene, it will still be abused, it will still inevitably hurt innocent people, and we can absolutely do better.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on US President Joe Biden outlines Israeli proposal for Gaza cease-fire deal in ~news

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    Dismissing the prisoner v. hostage distinction, whether intentionally or not, in turn dismisses the idea that unfair language is being used, as the two were directly linked in rosco's comment. My...

    Dismissing the prisoner v. hostage distinction, whether intentionally or not, in turn dismisses the idea that unfair language is being used, as the two were directly linked in rosco's comment. My comment fits well where it is for this reason.

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  14. Comment on US President Joe Biden outlines Israeli proposal for Gaza cease-fire deal in ~news

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    It's not just the distinction between "prisoner" and "hostage" that's questionable here. It can't be ignored that when the Israelis are talked about, "including women, the elderly, and the...

    It's not just the distinction between "prisoner" and "hostage" that's questionable here. It can't be ignored that when the Israelis are talked about, "including women, the elderly, and the wounded" is tacked on. But when Palestinians are talked about, nothing of the sort is mentioned, despite many of them being children.

    U.S. publications do this kind of double-talk a lot. It's everywhere, and it's sickening.

    23 votes
  15. Comment on Weekly Israel-Hamas war megathread - week of May 27 in ~news

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    Serious question: Is there anything at all that Israel could do to the people of Palestine that you would not excuse?

    Serious question: Is there anything at all that Israel could do to the people of Palestine that you would not excuse?

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Mozilla is adding vertical tabs, profile management, and local AI to Firefox in ~tech

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    So... they learned nothing from the MDN debacle, then? I realize this isn't precisely the same issue, being that it isn't being applied to a technical documentation site, but this still smells...

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    So... they learned nothing from the MDN debacle, then? I realize this isn't precisely the same issue, being that it isn't being applied to a technical documentation site, but this still smells absolutely rank to me.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on US President Joe Biden raises tariffs on $18 billion of Chinese imports: EVs, solar panels, batteries and more in ~finance

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    I don’t think the US is any better a pick when it comes to having market dominance over key future technologies. You mention underpayment and slave labor, but the States engage in that too — just...

    I don’t think the US is any better a pick when it comes to having market dominance over key future technologies. You mention underpayment and slave labor, but the States engage in that too — just look at the prison system for that.

    I’ll grant that it’s in the United States’ best interest to do this, but I don’t think even I as a citizen here will reap any of the benefits, much less the world as a whole.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    I find myself pushed more towards BlueSky by the day. Shit, Twitter tried to force me back on to the asinine “For You” algo-hell again just this morning.

    I find myself pushed more towards BlueSky by the day. Shit, Twitter tried to force me back on to the asinine “For You” algo-hell again just this morning.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What is your opinion on Dan Brown novels? in ~books

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    Hopefully I’m not misinterpreting the intent of “realistic fiction” here as a genre, but… I don’t think Dan Brown of all people is terribly good at factual accuracy, and so I’m not sure I’d call...

    but you also wouldn't be wrong in calling them Realistic Fiction

    Hopefully I’m not misinterpreting the intent of “realistic fiction” here as a genre, but… I don’t think Dan Brown of all people is terribly good at factual accuracy, and so I’m not sure I’d call his books “realistic” per se. The TV Tropes page Falsely Advertised Accuracy literally used to be called “Dan Browned” after him and the endless inaccuracies in his works. Hell, The Da Vinci Code was apparently notorious for getting things wrong.

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