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  1. Comment on A Simple Way to Reduce Harassment in Online Discussion Groups in ~tech

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    I understand this from the point of view of those who are running the discussion platform, and it's clear that civil comments are unlikely to be removed, but man does this sound cold and...

    We reserve the right to ban any user, for any reason. Generally we ban users we think fail to make a positive contribution, but we may ban you for absolutely any reason, or no reason at all, at any time. Don't bother complaining about our decisions, we never promised they would be fair. We have zero tolerance for nonsense

    I understand this from the point of view of those who are running the discussion platform, and it's clear that civil comments are unlikely to be removed, but man does this sound cold and uninviting.

    I imagine a good AI will be able to show a badge if the comment is gonna be allowed or removed (why), while user is writing it.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    If every 5th account is a spam one, then opening registration for 1000 accounts will bring 200 spammer ones in. What's typically done after that? Is the benefit from letting let's say 400 shy...

    If every 5th account is a spam one, then opening registration for 1000 accounts will bring 200 spammer ones in. What's typically done after that? Is the benefit from letting let's say 400 shy people (who wouldn't get invites otherwise) in still justifying the ingress of 200 spammers? I hope I don't misunderstand this all too much.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on How would you bring together friends who still don't know each other? in ~talk

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    Do you mean some kind of board game? I thought a bit about gaming on laptops but it's maybe harder to do that in such a situation, I wish I had an xbox :)

    playing a game

    Do you mean some kind of board game? I thought a bit about gaming on laptops but it's maybe harder to do that in such a situation, I wish I had an xbox :)

    1 vote
  4. If you have friends who used to be in separate circles but are going to finally meet, how would you handle that property? Let's say, you all meet, you know each of them, but they know about each...

    If you have friends who used to be in separate circles but are going to finally meet, how would you handle that property?

    Let's say, you all meet, you know each of them, but they know about each other very vaguely. How to introduce everyone gently and keep conversations going in a non confusing way? What are the dos and don'ts there? Personal real experience of "joining" friends would be nice to read about too!

    13 votes
  5. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Standard white all the way. It's more contrasty than solarized light. It's important to set screen brightness correctly though, the white shouldn't be really glowing against the surroundings if...

    Standard white all the way. It's more contrasty than solarized light. It's important to set screen brightness correctly though, the white shouldn't be really glowing against the surroundings if possible when reading.

    Dark mode is more prone to exposing slight imperfections of eye shape in many people: as letters of text act as light sources there, even small glow or smear will cast against the dark background and this is somewhat unpleasant to see.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Why airlines make flights longer on purpose in ~misc

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    I saw a while ago a project of a built in electric motor for the front wheel for taxiing. That would be great to implement worldwide. Then the planes would use just that small engine in the very...

    I saw a while ago a project of a built in electric motor for the front wheel for taxiing. That would be great to implement worldwide. Then the planes would use just that small engine in the very back to power the generator, with the main engines off, saving lots of fuel.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on An Internet for Kids: Instead of regulating the internet to protect young people, give them a youth-net of their own. in ~tech

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    Protecting kids on the internet is a sweet false reason for authoritarian governments to censor the internet. It's responsibility of parents really to keep their children away from dangers,...

    Protecting kids on the internet is a sweet false reason for authoritarian governments to censor the internet. It's responsibility of parents really to keep their children away from dangers, including online. If you want your kids not see some content, block it at the family level only, other adults shouldn't be affected by that blocking.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    If we consider people who run data collecting websites for profit devils, then yes. They are also people, they have some opposite goals from user, and leaving them out of the picture could...

    If we consider people who run data collecting websites for profit devils, then yes. They are also people, they have some opposite goals from user, and leaving them out of the picture could indicate forming of a user oriented echo chamber (or maybe not). I'm convinced echo chambers are detrimental to finding out the truth, and trying to oppose the thread possibly gravitating to one.

  9. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    Facebook doesn't have those long metal tentacles to threaten and direct me even if they know many things about me, also I use adblock. But I understand, someone else without adblock can be shown...

    Facebook doesn't have those long metal tentacles to threaten and direct me even if they know many things about me, also I use adblock. But I understand, someone else without adblock can be shown political ads and manipulated to vote differently from their original will, but for whom people behind the ads or Facebook itself want them to. Thanks

  10. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    Lowering standards universally broadens opportunities while hurting senses of good morality of those who want to adhere to their standards. If I was morally more loose in doing the same kind of...

    Lowering standards universally broadens opportunities while hurting senses of good morality of those who want to adhere to their standards.

    If I was morally more loose in doing the same kind of business as you I'd lower my standards to outcompete you, then you'd be frustrated because losing and not wanting to lower your standards as well to stop that loss, and you'd want regulators to make me stop lowering those standards. Thanks for illuminating the problem

  11. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    On a grand scheme of things, many could ask, "So what?". Additional items an internet user buys purely because of targeted ads are likely to be somehow not really necessary, but the user still did...

    The point of ad business and of selling user data is to make people pay indirectly for things they'd rather not pay

    On a grand scheme of things, many could ask, "So what?". Additional items an internet user buys purely because of targeted ads are likely to be somehow not really necessary, but the user still did a conscious choice and satisfied their desire, whatever its source, genuineness and duration are. Yeah it's worse for environment when industries produce those extra items. But why else is this bad?

    Legit points of harm from data collection, like proneness to political manipulation, remain legit, but this particular point about harm by induced additional spending seems to be linked with anticonsumerism.

  12. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    Nowadays it's probably way easier to start a business, so more people do that, so each business world get a smaller share of the market, not enough money for owners for living. Companies increase...

    Nowadays it's probably way easier to start a business, so more people do that, so each business world get a smaller share of the market, not enough money for owners for living. Companies increase size of the market by stimulating users with targeted ads to buy more than before.

    Regardless of if the market was too small, data collection became possible after all, so when someone started using it, the rest have to follow or they lose competition

  13. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    This is a legit concern but it's a bit different from the data collection problem. Imagine some kind of DuckDuckGoTube where no data is collected and everyone sees the same feed, same ads. Still,...

    something earns money because I did look at it, regardless of whether I find it worthy

    This is a legit concern but it's a bit different from the data collection problem. Imagine some kind of DuckDuckGoTube where no data is collected and everyone sees the same feed, same ads. Still, duckducktubers would get money for those non targeted ads they enabled in their uploaded videos, whenever someone watches them.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    If candidate 1 de facto increases their votes by exploiting user data on social media, why wouldn't their opponent candidate 2 have done the same to "pull the blanket"? Is that typically because...

    The data may be used to manipulate votes in an election for example

    If candidate 1 de facto increases their votes by exploiting user data on social media, why wouldn't their opponent candidate 2 have done the same to "pull the blanket"? Is that typically because of two major candidates in most cases one is politically and morally more inclined to using such methods of influence than the other?

  15. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    I won't ask "So what?", but many people will. What's the direct harm from Facebook having shadow profiles? This can lead to more targeted ads and then more spending from user, but in other hand,...

    I won't ask "So what?", but many people will. What's the direct harm from Facebook having shadow profiles? This can lead to more targeted ads and then more spending from user, but in other hand, the money is spent on more relevant things the user wouldn't know about if ads weren't targeted based on shadow profiles.

    I see other, bigger concerns in other comments though.

  16. It's obviously bad when "real" data like full names and credit card info leaks, but most data companies collect is probably email address and some anonymous things like which buttons and when the...

    It's obviously bad when "real" data like full names and credit card info leaks, but most data companies collect is probably email address and some anonymous things like which buttons and when the user clicked.

    Nevertheless, such data collection, tracking and telemetry is considered quite bad among power users. I don't support those practices either. But I'm struggling to consolidate my arguments agaist data collection. The one I'm confident about is effects on performance and battery life on mobile devices, but why else it's bad I'm not sure.

    What are your arguments? Why is it bad when a company X knows what anonymous user Y did and made money on that info? What's the good response to anyone who asks why I'm doing the "privacy things"?

    21 votes
  17. Comment on How has playing a video game helped you in an unexpected way? in ~games

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    Fortnite improved my reaction time a bit so I could dodge traffic better in racing games.

    Fortnite improved my reaction time a bit so I could dodge traffic better in racing games.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand in ~tech

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    For a not very busy email account removing all tabs of categories (like "Promotions") works. All incoming emails fall into the single inbox, you get a notification, if you only acknowledge an...

    Having to select "All Inboxes"

    For a not very busy email account removing all tabs of categories (like "Promotions") works. All incoming emails fall into the single inbox, you get a notification, if you only acknowledge an email you just hit Archive, otherwise it stays in inbox for a while. This way the inbox contains only a few important emails, and the rest are archived and still searchable if needed. Very simple setup.

    p.s. I never used Inbox app

  19. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2019 on the internet in ~misc

  20. Comment on My country decided that animal sacrifice in the name of religion is constitutional. in ~talk

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    It would be strange if that was not constitutional. There's usually only one legal aspect that differentiates non human (also typically vertibrate only) animals from other property: it's illegal...

    It would be strange if that was not constitutional. There's usually only one legal aspect that differentiates non human (also typically vertibrate only) animals from other property: it's illegal to abuse them. Not every killing of non human animal is abuse. Mostly it is not.