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  1. Comment on Mike Morhaime founds new games company, Dreamhaven in ~games

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    Waiting to see what kinds of games they release. I've finally gotten around to playing Starcraft 2 campaign (I stopped playing after Wings of Liberty) and have gotten more into following the SC2...

    Waiting to see what kinds of games they release. I've finally gotten around to playing Starcraft 2 campaign (I stopped playing after Wings of Liberty) and have gotten more into following the SC2 eSports scene lately, so I'm hoping at least one of these studios is working on a new, competitive RTS.

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  2. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    a.) Not many of them scale. b.) Worker ownership doesn't mean you don't have senior executives. It just means you don't have outside shareholders. c.) Most line workers aren't suited for and don't...

    a.) Not many of them scale.

    b.) Worker ownership doesn't mean you don't have senior executives. It just means you don't have outside shareholders.

    c.) Most line workers aren't suited for and don't want to do senior executive work, especially in an NGO where you have to spend all of your time sucking up to rich people for money. Their most valuable asset is the rolodex.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    Executives need to be recruited and hired just like anyone else. And that means they need to get paid commensurate with what their resume can command if they get poached by, say, Google for a...

    Executives need to be recruited and hired just like anyone else. And that means they need to get paid commensurate with what their resume can command if they get poached by, say, Google for a senior role. Otherwise you just don't have a senior executive. Having worked for an NGO that basically had to fold because they were unable to replace their CEO with anyone good, it's definitely a problem.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    Very few topics actually get there though. The vast majority of posts on here are sitting between 0 and 2. I think it can also exacerbate conflict since people tend to post when they disagree more...

    but honestly, once threads are averaging a couple dozen comments (or hundred, or thousand) I think that concern fades a bit.

    Very few topics actually get there though. The vast majority of posts on here are sitting between 0 and 2. I think it can also exacerbate conflict since people tend to post when they disagree more often than the opposite. So it's a different vibe if you get 1 comment who says they hate it versus 1 comment who says they hate it along with 40 read receipts.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    It almost seems like a ~biblescholars group would be way too niche. I imagine it would make more sense to use it as a tag within a religion group. The tag itself could be interpreted as a sort of...

    It almost seems like a ~biblescholars group would be way too niche. I imagine it would make more sense to use it as a tag within a religion group. The tag itself could be interpreted as a sort of Bat Signal for the relevant experts as well as an indicator that there is a different set of norms, expectations for discussion in place. (Though that would probably be best served with some sort of badge that’s more visible).

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

  7. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I forget which user, but someone moderates /r/BibleScholars and I imagine that might be a place to find a more thoughtful and non-bigoted group of conservatives. I think, for the most part, I’m...

    I forget which user, but someone moderates /r/BibleScholars and I imagine that might be a place to find a more thoughtful and non-bigoted group of conservatives.

    I think, for the most part, I’m pretty good at steelmanning conservative values and ideas. But even I have a really hard time with most of what the Republican Party does or how those translate into policy positions.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    “Hated” is a strong word. The main thing I remember is that I, and others, kind of felt like without any visible interactions it made the place feel empty and people feel uncertain if anyone was...

    “Hated” is a strong word. The main thing I remember is that I, and others, kind of felt like without any visible interactions it made the place feel empty and people feel uncertain if anyone was reading what they were posting. I think it reduced the activity level.

    It’s possible just having an indicator for how many people read the thing would be good enough.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    If it’s self-reported this would exhibit some weird clustering effects. Most straight people don’t spend much time reflecting on their actual preferences, so you’ll get a lot of scoring for max...

    I noticed you might have forgotten to make a graph for sexuality and the Kinsey scale.

    If it’s self-reported this would exhibit some weird clustering effects. Most straight people don’t spend much time reflecting on their actual preferences, so you’ll get a lot of scoring for max straightness that might not be really reflective of reality. Meanwhile non-straight people spend a lot more time worrying about it so they’ll be like “ahhh am I a 3 or a 4? I don’t know!”

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Why writing philosophy is hard (and why every historical philosopher focuses on the wrong things) in ~humanities

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    Really cool to hear your perspective from the trenches. I gave up on pursuing further studies on political theory because of the dismal job market for tenure track positions, but when I was...

    Really cool to hear your perspective from the trenches. I gave up on pursuing further studies on political theory because of the dismal job market for tenure track positions, but when I was considering it one of the things that put me off was a sense of academia feeling so far removed from the arena where things happen.

    Engineers or scientists get to float between practical implementation of their ideas as well as exploring esoteric bits of knowledge depending on where their curiosity (and the grant funding) leads. But in the humanities it almost seems like this culture has taken hold where the more involved you are out in the world or the more accessible you make your work for lay-people it’s as if you’re sullying yourself somehow and can’t be taken as seriously as an academic.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    Not directly. But they can strike down any law we pass to attempt to comply with those treaty agreements. And if someone brings a case forward demonstrating “harm” they can strike a treaty itself...

    Not directly. But they can strike down any law we pass to attempt to comply with those treaty agreements. And if someone brings a case forward demonstrating “harm” they can strike a treaty itself down as unconstitutional.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    If Biden is pressured on any specific thing he will fold. He’s always just been a weathervane for the midpoint of the party.

    If Biden is pressured on any specific thing he will fold. He’s always just been a weathervane for the midpoint of the party.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    I’d say it was pretty clear at the time and she was naive to not see it. By 2012 it was abundantly clear that the GOP had gone well down the road into crazy town.

    I’d say it was pretty clear at the time and she was naive to not see it. By 2012 it was abundantly clear that the GOP had gone well down the road into crazy town.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Is the University of Edinburgh right to rename its David Hume Tower? in ~humanities

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    No I really don’t think so. I think people who look for reasons to write people off as secret racists are coming into a discussion in bad faith, seeking reasons to dismiss and disregard...
    • Exemplary

    It's always good to clarify in these types of debates that you are not racist, with the full intent that entails, just to attract good will.

    No I really don’t think so. I think people who look for reasons to write people off as secret racists are coming into a discussion in bad faith, seeking reasons to dismiss and disregard perspectives instead of actually listening. Part of the guidelines for productive discussion on Tildes (and a general rule of thumb everywhere) is to assume good faith rather than the opposite.

    If someone is saying something racist, you should feel free to call the racism out or even point out the unconscious racial biases that may underpin any statement they’re drawing, and I’ve done so on here many times. You shouldn’t need weird shibboleths.

    Based on the last Tildes census I’m one of very few people of color who regularly post here. So it’s more than a little annoying to be lectured on race by a discussion forum full of White dudes.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    A Trump nominee has no chance of approving any climate change focused treaty. Any odds of addressing it in the next 40 years are null if it’s not undone. It is that impactful.

    A Trump nominee has no chance of approving any climate change focused treaty. Any odds of addressing it in the next 40 years are null if it’s not undone. It is that impactful.

    19 votes
  16. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    She had pancreatic cancer at the time. Plenty of people were telling her to retire. She didn’t want to out of some sense of decorum and maintaining the court as non-partisan. It was a stupid...

    She had pancreatic cancer at the time. Plenty of people were telling her to retire. She didn’t want to out of some sense of decorum and maintaining the court as non-partisan.

    It was a stupid decision which I’m sure she came to regret.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Does anyone here feel like talking about how social media sites are probably used for way too many different purposes at once right now? in ~talk

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    And I named two examples of how that works. But your initial statement was a very generic "stuff I don't like is 'capitalism'" statement which is kind of undercut by the fact that these two...

    I just think we should consider models outside of "post content on website" as well as alternative models of funding

    And I named two examples of how that works.

    But your initial statement was a very generic "stuff I don't like is 'capitalism'" statement which is kind of undercut by the fact that these two alternatives I mentioned continue to exist within a capitalist system.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Is the University of Edinburgh right to rename its David Hume Tower? in ~humanities

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    There's no logical reason you can't. We can differentiate temperaments among breeds of dog even though lines between them can get pretty vague. There is no reason to just know, a priori, that...

    You can't declare one group inferior to another group if groups can't be clearly defined.

    There's no logical reason you can't. We can differentiate temperaments among breeds of dog even though lines between them can get pretty vague. There is no reason to just know, a priori, that people wouldn't be any different.

    and if you're going to declare one group superior to another you have to account for the edge cases.

    No accounting for exceptions doesn't mean you're disproving a general rule or observation. Almost everything we talk about is generalities and central tendencies, not exceptions. You can't talk about a group being one way or another, or tending towards something more so or less so than another, without needing to commit an ecological fallacy about it.

    If you're going to assign characteristics to races or ethnicities as Hume does

    The article in this thread literally quotes him saying: "He mocked bogus stereotypes such as that “An Irishman cannot have wit, and a Frenchman cannot have solidity,” and saw that “Human nature is very subject to errors of this kind.”" so I'm not sure where you're getting this statement about Hume's belief system. You've mentioned before that you don't know much about him, so it's probably best not to impose a bunch of assumptions around how he thought or what he believed based on your personal experiences of whichever people you've had similar discussion on the topic with.

    You can't fall back on "well obviously it's not going to apply to everyone in that group" because it's basically the "I can't be racist, I have a black friend" defense.

    What!? These two statements have absolutely nothing to do with each other. And the argument you're insisting anyone who thinks categories can exist must believe is literally a named, formal fallacy among the people you're saying must think that way.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Does anyone here feel like talking about how social media sites are probably used for way too many different purposes at once right now? in ~talk

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    The kind of social media you're referred to revolves around serving you ads. If you want a viable non-ad obsessed one there is no reason to constrain your thinking to the ones that currently...

    The kind of social media you're referred to revolves around serving you ads. If you want a viable non-ad obsessed one there is no reason to constrain your thinking to the ones that currently exist. The point and value proposition of social media is to connect people and form of a sort of digital commons to socialize in. Blogs do that just as well.

  20. Comment on Is the University of Edinburgh right to rename its David Hume Tower? in ~humanities

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    These kinds of statistical methods hadn't been developed yet. Nobody was doing this kind of data collection, plus Hume's whole deal was about phenomenology. This is true of literally everything....

    If you take a big enough sample of people from Sevilla and Marrakesh, how different are they really?

    These kinds of statistical methods hadn't been developed yet. Nobody was doing this kind of data collection, plus Hume's whole deal was about phenomenology.

    At what point do people start being "white"? Any point that you draw that line at is going to be arbitrary.

    This is true of literally everything. Any line between what it means to be "fat," "normal," or "skinny" is also arbitrary but it's clear what people mean conceptually. This isn't an insight about the world so much as a comment about how language is limited. What's more "Whiteness," in its modern conception, didn't exist as a concept yet.

    On top of that, the idea that "all men are created equal" didn't start with the Declaration of Independence. From a few minutes of research, Jefferson wasn't the first person to come up with it and a number of other scholars and philosophers during that time believed it too.

    I only mentioned that to provide a point of reference to the time period in which Hume lived. He was a very early Enlightenment thinker whose ideas laid some of the framework for the Declaration of Independence.