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  1. Comment on Crime prediction software promised to be free of biases. New data shows it perpetuates them. in ~tech

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    Read the first half and skimmed the rest. But these findings seem.. obvious? It would seem intuitive that poor areas have higher crime levels. Don’t know if this was buried in the body, but were...

    Read the first half and skimmed the rest. But these findings seem.. obvious? It would seem intuitive that poor areas have higher crime levels.

    Don’t know if this was buried in the body, but were the predictions wrong? I would be more interested if they could show that certain groups get a greater number of false positives than others. If the system is pretty close to predicting the truth, then I sounds like it’s working well.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I checked mine and it was 76,000 minutes which comes to almost 4 hours per day. I’m actually surprised it’s that low considering I typically work with Spotify playing for almost the whole 8 hours.

    I checked mine and it was 76,000 minutes which comes to almost 4 hours per day. I’m actually surprised it’s that low considering I typically work with Spotify playing for almost the whole 8 hours.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on The first thing we do, let's kill all the leaf blowers in ~enviro

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    I recently tried an electric leaf blower and they are shockingly powerful in a tiny package. Not a whole lot of reason to still use combustion. The thing was smaller and lighter than a hand held...

    I recently tried an electric leaf blower and they are shockingly powerful in a tiny package. Not a whole lot of reason to still use combustion. The thing was smaller and lighter than a hand held vacuum

    14 votes
  4. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

    The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled...

    Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled with people saying that no one wants a phone this big, no one wants a touch screen, it’s useless because it will get finger smudges.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work. These days I think the primary use...

    To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work.

    These days I think the primary use cases are pretty well captured. Artists, pilots, watching movies on planes, displaying sheet music.

    But other than just a movie watching device, none of those other markets were helped at the start and it would take a very forward thinking person to see the future we are in now.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Not only that, but when you open something full screen like a video, it puts a black bar on the top so it looks exactly like the pre notch screen.

    Not only that, but when you open something full screen like a video, it puts a black bar on the top so it looks exactly like the pre notch screen.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Please stop closing forums and moving people to Discord in ~tech

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    The servers are almost the cheap part compared to the time it takes to maintain and secure a forum on a server. Self hosted things are not just set and forget, otherwise they very quickly end up...

    The servers are almost the cheap part compared to the time it takes to maintain and secure a forum on a server. Self hosted things are not just set and forget, otherwise they very quickly end up hacked.

    The value in managed platforms like discord is so immense that it’s no wonder everyone picks them.

  9. Comment on We must radically reduce carbon emissions by 2030 in order to avoid the most catastrophic damage of climate change. How can you help? in ~enviro

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    It’s always this huge finger pointing game where the consumers go “it’s not my job, the companies are at fault” and the companies go “it’s not my fault, the government allows it” and the...

    It’s always this huge finger pointing game where the consumers go “it’s not my job, the companies are at fault” and the companies go “it’s not my fault, the government allows it” and the government is funded by the companies so they point it back to the consumer.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    I think artificial sweeteners cop a lot of heat and distrust which seems unbalanced with other substances. Chemicals like aspartame have been researched endlessly for ages and yet there is still...

    I think artificial sweeteners cop a lot of heat and distrust which seems unbalanced with other substances. Chemicals like aspartame have been researched endlessly for ages and yet there is still not really much info that they are an issue at all.

    People will be quick to jump on these potential but yet unproven issues but then not think twice before doing things like eating seafood which we know for sure contain heavy metals or drinking alcohol which we know causes cancer.

    Seems almost like artificial sweeteners seem too good to be true and people can't accept that something can be just like sugar but without the downsides.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on High Court of Australia rules that media outlets are publishers of third-party Facebook comments in ~news

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    They know how Facebook works. It becomes a toxic wasteland of unmoderated garbage. This change should get news orgs to turn off comments or start moderating them. Both options sound like an...

    They know how Facebook works. It becomes a toxic wasteland of unmoderated garbage. This change should get news orgs to turn off comments or start moderating them.

    Both options sound like an improvement.

  12. Comment on TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK in ~tech

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    What threw me is that tiktok has a large selection of these micro documentary style videos that try to teach some fact in 40 seconds. And this video was in exactly the same style as those while...

    What threw me is that tiktok has a large selection of these micro documentary style videos that try to teach some fact in 40 seconds. And this video was in exactly the same style as those while the YouTube one is clearly a joke.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK in ~tech

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    The usefulness of them is very disputed. They sit in the same area as titanium frames where only weirdly cult like people have them.

    The usefulness of them is very disputed. They sit in the same area as titanium frames where only weirdly cult like people have them.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK in ~tech

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    Yeah it actually was that video but with the intro / outro removed and the audio replaced with someone talking.

    Yeah it actually was that video but with the intro / outro removed and the audio replaced with someone talking.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK in ~tech

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    I had a quick go at tiktok to understand what is going on and I agree it can create a very dangerous addiction and time suck. I ended up not getting addicted because I found the content to be...

    I had a quick go at tiktok to understand what is going on and I agree it can create a very dangerous addiction and time suck. I ended up not getting addicted because I found the content to be funny at first but quickly boring.

    The interesting thing I found is the amount of blatant bullshit posing to be informative or useful. Like one video showed off a bicycle with square gears and claimed this results in 90% lower fatigue. But if you apply half a seconds thought to that, why would pro cyclists all still use round gears if something so trivial had a 90% improvement.

    But this video had millions of likes and I suspect most of them just accept this as fact and will later repeat to people that square gears work better

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    The US could do with some kind of “premium” train system where you pay extra and you get a separate cart without the people who didn’t pay extra. It seems like most Americans are willing to pay a...

    The US could do with some kind of “premium” train system where you pay extra and you get a separate cart without the people who didn’t pay extra. It seems like most Americans are willing to pay a lot extra for their cars because they don’t want to risk being assaulted, being cramped, being in a cart full of litter, etc.

    From the videos that come out on a daily basis of US trains, I wouldn’t want to get in one either.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on The future of discord.py in ~tech

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    Yeah I can totally understand the frustration from the OP links perspective but I can also easily imagine the issues discord was facing that were not disclosed publicly and which caused these changes.

    Yeah I can totally understand the frustration from the OP links perspective but I can also easily imagine the issues discord was facing that were not disclosed publicly and which caused these changes.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Landlords from Florida to California are jacking up rents at record speeds in ~finance

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    You have to wonder what is causing this increase. It doesn’t sound like supply or demand has changed a whole lot. Perhaps some construction was delayed which could be part of it. My feeling is...

    You have to wonder what is causing this increase. It doesn’t sound like supply or demand has changed a whole lot. Perhaps some construction was delayed which could be part of it.

    My feeling is that this is somewhat of a bubble. People expect prices to go up so they do because of this shared expectation. But that they will go down again once rentals are not being filled.

    It’s also possible that things like the eviction bans have caused all landlords to revaluate their risks and bump prices to offset the risk.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Twitter starts to require login to view tweets in ~tech

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    Twitter would be 99% lurkers. Problem is they have probably signed up every single user on the planet who wants to be writing tweets. But they still have to show constant growth numbers so now...

    Twitter would be 99% lurkers. Problem is they have probably signed up every single user on the planet who wants to be writing tweets. But they still have to show constant growth numbers so now they are trying to sign up all the lurkers as well. After that, who knows what they will do.

    12 votes
  20. Comment on Skyrim's getting a new Anniversary Edition in November on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC in ~games

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    Why make a new game when you can just sell the same game for 10 years. I have a feeling the next elder scrolls game will be so large they will sell it for 15 years.

    Why make a new game when you can just sell the same game for 10 years. I have a feeling the next elder scrolls game will be so large they will sell it for 15 years.

    8 votes