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  1. Comment on The notorious hacker who’s trying to fix social media in ~tech

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    I seem to remember talking about it with people but I can't find anything on here so maybe it was on Reddit or something. I tried it and didn't care for it. The bolding made everything feel like...

    I seem to remember talking about it with people but I can't find anything on here so maybe it was on Reddit or something.

    I tried it and didn't care for it. The bolding made everything feel like it was coming at me in a weirdly staccato cadence, like someone doing an extreme Christopher Walken impression.

    Maybe it would work better with font libraries that are custom designed for it where the weighting is more subtle and variant.

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  2. Comment on Please bring back voice actors, stop celebrity voices in ~movies

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    I agree. Voice acting and acting are two distinct skills and phenomenal actors can be pretty middling voice actors in the same way that incredible stage actors can be mediocre on the screen and...

    I agree. Voice acting and acting are two distinct skills and phenomenal actors can be pretty middling voice actors in the same way that incredible stage actors can be mediocre on the screen and vice versa. They may have skills that translate and there is a lot of overlap between the two, but they are not the same.

    And, like you said, the casting is often simply bad. For example, casting Phil Hartman as Jiji in the English dub of "Kiki's Delivery Service" was, I would argue, a poor call even though Hartman was a pretty good voice actor in his own right. It's just that he has a very distinctive sound so not only is it hard to hear him without thinking "Oh it's Troy McClure in another one of his roles," but he played the character very differently. He came off more sarcastic and a bit snarky where the Japanese VA played him to be a bit sassier and more "prim." (Honestly, I might have gone with David Hyde Pierce fresh off playing Niles Crane).

    But a lot of what passes for casting is really nonsensical stunt casting. Chris Pratt as Mario is a perfect example. It's honestly a baffling choice. Kids don't know who Chris Pratt is. Older movie buffs and gamers know who Mario is well enough to know he's a bizarre choice to be Mario. It's like, who likes Chris Pratt enough to get pulled into a Mario movie starring him?

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  3. Comment on On Being an Asshole, On Being a Woman: In praise of female pedants in ~humanities

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    Yes, the reason is that I am sloppy and dumb. Haha I pulled the link off my RSS reader and didn't double-check to make sure it was pointed to where I thought it was when I posted. Is there a way...

    Is there any particular reason you linked to this substack post announcing the essay, instead of the actual essay itself, @NaraVara?

    Yes, the reason is that I am sloppy and dumb. Haha

    I pulled the link off my RSS reader and didn't double-check to make sure it was pointed to where I thought it was when I posted. Is there a way for me to fix it myself or does @Deimos have to do it?

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  4. Comment on Is Russia killing off the International Space Station? in ~space

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    I kind of liked the idea of international cooperation between rival nations to do research in space though.

    And with China successfully launching multiple space stations modules recently, it's about time we had more stations up there in the black than relying on just one.

    I kind of liked the idea of international cooperation between rival nations to do research in space though.

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  5. Comment on Is Russia killing off the International Space Station? in ~space

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    I didn't realize the ISS was already slated to be decommissioned in 2030. That makes the Russian exit less significant IMO, just moving the timetable up by a few years and cutting off some of the...

    I didn't realize the ISS was already slated to be decommissioned in 2030. That makes the Russian exit less significant IMO, just moving the timetable up by a few years and cutting off some of the opportunities for revenue and publicity it sounds like NASA had floating around.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    Yeah glass is really cool. $30 is not that steep, IMO, if you think of it like a magazine subscription to be inspired by cool photography. BUT, that's not really something I'm in the market for. I...

    Yeah glass is really cool. $30 is not that steep, IMO, if you think of it like a magazine subscription to be inspired by cool photography. BUT, that's not really something I'm in the market for. I think they're probably happy with their niche though. It's less of a general purpose social media and more like a hobbyist social club. I hope they find some success with it.

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  7. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    It has the same network effect problem though. I liked Instagram because it was a fun way to keep in touch with my friends. If the people aren't there the service is pointless. The Fediverse, in...

    It has the same network effect problem though. I liked Instagram because it was a fun way to keep in touch with my friends. If the people aren't there the service is pointless. The Fediverse, in general, needs to worry a lot less about engineering and technical features and a lot more about just getting normies to use it. It is, most definitely, not just a case of "if you build it they will come."

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  8. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    Yeah the comments about how Instagram is dead because of the fading of serious photography as a hobby perplexed me. Instagram was always the least good place for sharing photography as an art...

    At least that's how it was last I checked. It's the reason I could never be bothered to actively use Instagram, and it's frankly astonishing that a service that deliberately works to make things harder for professional and serious amateur photographers became the go-to photo sharing site not just for shots of your lunch but also for pros.

    Yeah the comments about how Instagram is dead because of the fading of serious photography as a hobby perplexed me. Instagram was always the least good place for sharing photography as an art form. It was very much a social site and the photos were more like a fun way to tell your friends what you're up to right now. Once they turned it into influencer shit it stopped being a way to socialize. First people sort of scaled back to mostly using it for major life announcements and now they're kind of dropping off it entirely because nobody is going to see your stuff unless you aggressively self-promote.

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  9. Comment on America’s self-obsession is killing its democracy in ~misc

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    Oh there was plenty of forethought. There's a reason the states that were admitted after the Civil war are much bigger than the ones immediately preceding the Civil War (which ran from roughly...

    Oh there was plenty of forethought. There's a reason the states that were admitted after the Civil war are much bigger than the ones immediately preceding the Civil War (which ran from roughly 1860 to 1865). They were fucking around to try and game out the numbers of Free and Slave state Senate seats. Once the drama went out of it they were like "Eh sure just draw some squares" and stopped worrying about diving by numbers north and south of the Missouri Compromise line.

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  10. Comment on Congress' push to regulate Big Tech is fizzling out in ~tech

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    I believe it's "operate at the behest of" which is the point of contention here. There are multiple sources of pressure on the political system of which money is the most powerful. But that...

    I believe it's "operate at the behest of" which is the point of contention here. There are multiple sources of pressure on the political system of which money is the most powerful. But that doesn't mean the system is only responsive to the "capital-owning class." Not least of which because there isn't a single "capital-owning class." The green energy startup and the fossil fuel baron, for example, have dramatically different objectives. As does the dude who only cares about the size of his 401k because he's counting down the days until he retires.

    Basically, it's a level of simplification that stops at giving you a satisfying explanation for things but doesn't actually tell you anything about the "so what do you want to do about it?" question. That, to me, is the purpose of explanations so I don't find it very useful for anything other than giving you the ability to have a take without really saying anything.

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  11. Comment on Congress' push to regulate Big Tech is fizzling out in ~tech

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    It's kind of reductive to reduce any opposition to extending the welfare state to "capital." It just starts to look like "stuff I like" = not capital and "stuff I don't like" = capital. But when a...

    It's kind of reductive to reduce any opposition to extending the welfare state to "capital." It just starts to look like "stuff I like" = not capital and "stuff I don't like" = capital. But when a climate bill involves bajillions of dollars in subsidizes to green energy companies and construction companies, but this is opposed by the fossil fuel industry then which side of this argument is the side of "capital" exactly?

    Or if a Pharma bill fails because of a vote from a legislator whose district had a hundred thousand jobs in that industry, is that person serving "capital" or are they serving the actual people who vote for them?

    The fact is it's a large democratic system with a lot of voting blocs and a lot of veto points. Rich people can put a lot of pressure on people using those veto points. But so can every political pressure group. They just need the resources to do it.

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  12. Comment on CGP Grey on zebra vs horse domestication in ~life

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    To be fair, academics like to rip into anyone who is actually popular. I don’t even necessarily agree with the narrative he articulates, but I think bashing Diamond has become something of a meme...

    To be fair, academics like to rip into anyone who is actually popular. I don’t even necessarily agree with the narrative he articulates, but I think bashing Diamond has become something of a meme among historians in the same way people loved to hate on Twilight. Yeah it’s got its issues and I get that it’s frustrating that it gets on the lecture circuit/best seller lists when you think there’s so much worthier work out there. But let’s not lie to ourselves and pretend there isn’t a decent amount of pettiness underlying it.

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  13. Comment on Semi-formal study of people trying a fad diet where you eat mostly potatoes for four weeks in ~health

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    Yeah. And even the Atkins diet, I think, largely just operated on encouraging people to eat foods with a lot more protein and fat so they felt fuller longer and ate less as a result. Carbs aren’t...

    Yeah. And even the Atkins diet, I think, largely just operated on encouraging people to eat foods with a lot more protein and fat so they felt fuller longer and ate less as a result.

    Carbs aren’t bad per se, but it is very easy to house 600 calories worth of white rice or bread without thinking about it. I think any mechanism that forces you to not do that inevitably pushes weight down because everything else you can eat is so much more filling.

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  14. Comment on People with low BMI aren't more active, they are just less hungry and 'run hotter' in ~health

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    Not really. Just picking on height, for example, only about 50% of the population will be in the fat part of the curve (less than 1 standard deviation from the mean). Another half of all people...

    Not really. Just picking on height, for example, only about 50% of the population will be in the fat part of the curve (less than 1 standard deviation from the mean). Another half of all people will be at least 1 or more SDs above or below it. Then you add the other measures and it’ll be surprising if you’ve got more than 40% of people for whom it’s reliable since bodies can vary along so many dimensions.

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  15. Comment on Semi-formal study of people trying a fad diet where you eat mostly potatoes for four weeks in ~health

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    Almost certainly the case. Actually remaining in ketogenesis is very difficult, requires a very tightly regimented diet (there’s small amounts of sugars and carbs in almost everything flavorful),...

    Really makes me think that the main benefits people get from Keto have nothing to do with ketogenesis, and it's just the extraneous dietary restrictions.

    Almost certainly the case. Actually remaining in ketogenesis is very difficult, requires a very tightly regimented diet (there’s small amounts of sugars and carbs in almost everything flavorful), and is quite uncomfortable and even unhealthy to remain at for long.

    Most fad diets operate on just making it more unlikely for people to eat a caloric surplus by making meals more boring/less addictive.

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  16. Comment on People with low BMI aren't more active, they are just less hungry and 'run hotter' in ~health

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    For most people BMI will not. It was designed as a population level health metric, not an individual one.

    For most people BMI will not. It was designed as a population level health metric, not an individual one.

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  17. Comment on Five UX improvements that could save lives in ~tech

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    There's no reason it needs to be pushed through. It could just be stored on device. The message itself can be basically just be a text file that references the library of images and standard text...

    That's not the only reason why this is not going to happen. The added photos means that the amount of data that needs to be distributed has just exploded, and carriers are going to throw every possible roadblock to having them pay for it.

    There's no reason it needs to be pushed through. It could just be stored on device. The message itself can be basically just be a text file that references the library of images and standard text in the alert application.

    You also don't necessarily need a picture of the vehicle, you could just do a silhouette for whether it's a pickup truck or a sedan or what.

    Now it won't happen because LOL at the idea of data interoperability within a single agency in the government, let alone multiple governments at once.

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