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  1. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~misc

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    In my city we kind of have this, the outside lane is a bus lane but it tends to be somewhat free of buses a lot of the time and bikes can use the whole lane. The traffic lights group up all the...

    In my city we kind of have this, the outside lane is a bus lane but it tends to be somewhat free of buses a lot of the time and bikes can use the whole lane. The traffic lights group up all the bikes in to a bus sized blob so its hard to miss for cars turning across the lane

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Introducing a new Twitter.com - a refreshed and updated website in ~tech

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    Every time I create an account to just read and follow the account gets blocked because of "suspicious activity" I guess not spamming out rage tweets is suspicious.

    Every time I create an account to just read and follow the account gets blocked because of "suspicious activity" I guess not spamming out rage tweets is suspicious.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What do you think about "robot affection"? in ~talk

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    Its interesting that however horrible incel communities are, their arguments and problems are actually grounded largely in facts. If you take a look at the selfies from these groups, many of them...

    Its interesting that however horrible incel communities are, their arguments and problems are actually grounded largely in facts. If you take a look at the selfies from these groups, many of them are less than average attractiveness or average and given that the stats say that bellow the 20th percentile is perceived as ugly these people really had very little chance even if they did have desirable personalities since they would be swiped away before even having a chance to show their personality.

    I wonder what kind of role robots could have here. My speculation is they won't be anywhere near the level of a real person to person interaction but they very well could be much better than being totally alone which it seems a lot of people have to face now.

    Maybe instead of building sex robots we should try and work out how to solve the actual problem but I don't have any idea where to even start where as building sex robots and AI is almost a solved problem already.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on New Zealand Starts Gun Buyback Program In Response To Christchurch Mosque Shootings in ~news

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    Seems like a sound idea. Was proven to work in Australia and NZ is pretty similar to Aus.

    Seems like a sound idea. Was proven to work in Australia and NZ is pretty similar to Aus.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Any ideas for a simple landing page? in ~comp

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    The web existed for 15 years before 2008?

    The web existed for 15 years before 2008?

  6. Comment on Any ideas for a simple landing page? in ~comp

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    Hugo + github/lab pages is a pretty good way to run a blog.

    Hugo + github/lab pages is a pretty good way to run a blog.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app in ~tech

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    Everyone is doing this because its the fastest and cheapest way to train AI.

    Everyone is doing this because its the fastest and cheapest way to train AI.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization in ~health

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    I think you have it pretty much right. We don't need fat acceptance, we need to stand up against the design of our societies that strongly encourage behaviours that cause everyone to get fat....

    I think you have it pretty much right. We don't need fat acceptance, we need to stand up against the design of our societies that strongly encourage behaviours that cause everyone to get fat. There is a saying in UX that goes something like "If one person gets it wrong, maybe they are just dumb. But if lots of people are getting it wrong then your design is probably wrong".

    I think the solution is partially in discouraging low activity lifestyles like driving everywhere. The other big win I see is giving people more free time so after work they still have the energy to cook dinner and will be less likely to buy fast food just because they are too tired to cook their own food.

    16 votes
  9. Comment on Creator of "DeepNude" releases it as GPL licensed Open Source Software after previously taking it down in ~comp

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    Is it really though? The cat is out of the bag now. AI research has progressed far enough that any programmer with the desire to create this could have and similar things have been popping up all...

    Is it really though? The cat is out of the bag now. AI research has progressed far enough that any programmer with the desire to create this could have and similar things have been popping up all over the place for the last few years.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on Mississippi is forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers” in ~food

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    Thats fair because it actually is misleading. I would expect something called "chicken wings" to include chicken in it but I would have no expectation that something called "Veggie burger" would...

    Thats fair because it actually is misleading. I would expect something called "chicken wings" to include chicken in it but I would have no expectation that something called "Veggie burger" would have meat in it.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Mississippi is forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers” in ~food

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    The only way I can see this making sense is if the people of Mississippi were too illiterate to know the word vegetable and only understood "burger"

    The only way I can see this making sense is if the people of Mississippi were too illiterate to know the word vegetable and only understood "burger"

    1 vote
  12. Comment on UK ISP group names Mozilla 'Internet Villain' for supporting 'DNS-over-HTTPS' in ~tech

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    I doubt there is anything stopping DoH working at the OS level other than the fact that OS makers would never bother to implement it so applications take over control to progress privacy and security.

    I doubt there is anything stopping DoH working at the OS level other than the fact that OS makers would never bother to implement it so applications take over control to progress privacy and security.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on I paid $47 an hour for someone to be my friend. Is this a cure for the loneliness epidemic? in ~life

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    Thanks for writing out the rant I had in my head but never posted. This really bothers me. In highschool I had a bunch of friends but then when I left and got a job I mostly stopped meeting up...

    Thanks for writing out the rant I had in my head but never posted. This really bothers me. In highschool I had a bunch of friends but then when I left and got a job I mostly stopped meeting up with them because they all live on other sides of the city. The only place there seems to be to meet up is the pub and it feels like I am being charged $30 per social interaction.

    Modern technology is not to blame for this I would say the problem can almost entirely be attributed to cars. They have spread out our cities so far and wide that you can't just casually show up at a friends house because it will take you 30-60 minutes to drive there and about $10 in petrol, that kind of friction means you will only do it if you have properly planned it out and the effort of going through all of that makes it so much easier to just sit at home and watch tv shows which provide a low level of entertainment but at least don't require you to spend your whole life sitting in traffic.

    The rest of the problem can be attributed to the lack of public social places. Private buildings make for poor social areas because they are designed to get you in, spend all of your money and push you out. Pubs are too loud to be in. Private homes would be fine for this if they were actually convenient to get to. There should be public indoor spaces in city centres because it means people can finish work and walk to one easily.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Will Impossible Burgers be the norm for Gen Z? in ~food

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    I don't think I have ever seen one. I tried a vegan burger at the start of the year and it tasted fine. Not great but still nice. The main problem is they cost so much that its just not worth it....

    I don't think I have ever seen one. I tried a vegan burger at the start of the year and it tasted fine. Not great but still nice. The main problem is they cost so much that its just not worth it. There is plenty of other meat free food thats nicer and costs a lot less.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What are your favorite short games? in ~games

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    Jazzpunk is just so weird its amazing. I don't think I got to the end of it but its such an experience.

    Jazzpunk is just so weird its amazing. I don't think I got to the end of it but its such an experience.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Absence of certain features in IRC considered a feature in ~tech

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    I have been using IRC for about 7 years now and I think its severely lacking but somehow nothing has been able to properly replace it. There are so many major flaws in IRC like requiring a...

    I have been using IRC for about 7 years now and I think its severely lacking but somehow nothing has been able to properly replace it. There are so many major flaws in IRC like requiring a constant connection for it to work properly. I once came back to my pc to find I had been auto banned from every irc network because my internet was being fucky causing me to spam join/quit messages. The lack of any way to see what was sent to you when you were offline is a serious problem as well. The inability to send code snippets or files without using a 3rd party or that weird irc transfer protocol that has never worked for me is just a serious let down for irc.

    And yet IRC still exists and its still widely used because for some reason no one has been able to create anything better that is just as light, fast and open as IRC. Matrix has been the most exciting attempt in this space but the clients are no where near as fast as my irc client. They have got so much better in the last 2 years but still have a way to go.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on How much money would you need to live the life that you want to live? in ~life

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    I'm currently earning $60k AUD which would be enough if my bf had a job (Still has 2 years left of uni). $80-100k would be very comfy which I can see happening in the next few years. Really just...

    I'm currently earning $60k AUD which would be enough if my bf had a job (Still has 2 years left of uni). $80-100k would be very comfy which I can see happening in the next few years.

    Really just want to buy a somewhat decent 2-3 bedroom house close to the city. As far as things go I have most of what I want. I'll need to buy appliances when I move out but I have a few bikes and don't need/want a car so I should be able to save a bunch of money there. $100k would be way more than I need but it will seriously help grow savings and pay off the home loan.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers in ~news

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    I think its mostly a bias against outsourced workers, which tend to be almost always in India. The only reason you would outsource a job is to get it done at the absolute cheapest price ever so...

    I think its mostly a bias against outsourced workers, which tend to be almost always in India. The only reason you would outsource a job is to get it done at the absolute cheapest price ever so all outsourced workers are the bottom of the barrel lowest price you can get. All the talented Indian programmers either do not work in these code sweatshops or have moved to another country to work.

    I haven't seen any bias against Indians working in Australia and the one I work with is a more skilled programmer than me.

    4 votes
  19. I started using wine in about 2013 and I remember back then it was quite patchy and only worked on some programs/games. I used to have a rule that I stuck hard to that I would not buy any games...

    I started using wine in about 2013 and I remember back then it was quite patchy and only worked on some programs/games. I used to have a rule that I stuck hard to that I would not buy any games that did not have a linux version. But now in 2019 I have found that everything I have tried to run in wine has been so seamless and close to flawless that I hardly know its running in wine. I semi regularly buy games that only have windows version because I am mostly sure it will work and can get a refund if it doesn't.

    What does everyone else think about this?

    9 votes
  20. Comment on Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama in ~news

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    What is so bad about being verified on twitter? From my understanding being verified means your account is a high risk target for being impersonated and the verify tick shows this is the real account.

    What is so bad about being verified on twitter? From my understanding being verified means your account is a high risk target for being impersonated and the verify tick shows this is the real account.

    3 votes