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  1. Comment on YouTube permanently bans and then unbans Right Wing Watch, a media watchdog devoted to exposing right-wing conspiracies in ~tech

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    This makes sense, as often the way ban circumvention works for many users is to consistently attempt to reupload content to other accounts. I'd imagine consistently having clips of banned content...

    This makes sense, as often the way ban circumvention works for many users is to consistently attempt to reupload content to other accounts. I'd imagine consistently having clips of banned content tripped something somewhere.

    I doubt a human was in the loop from beginning to end. You'd kinda hope that channels over a certain number of users would at least involve some human rubber stamping the action prior to a permanent ban...

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  2. Whatever happened with UMN vs. Linux Kernel Maintainers?

    Even tech news moves a bit too fast for me to keep up. Did UMN ever get unbanned? I saw a half-hearted apology and then finally this [1], but never heard any update. Most recent article I've seen...

    Even tech news moves a bit too fast for me to keep up. Did UMN ever get unbanned? I saw a half-hearted apology and then finally this [1], but never heard any update. Most recent article I've seen is this ZDNet article [2] from a couple of weeks ago discussing a related issue, but still mentions that UMN is still banned.

    Anyone following this?

    [1] https://cse.umn.edu/cs/statement-computer-science-engineering-confirming-linux-technical-advisory-board-findings-may-9

    [2] https://www.zdnet.com/article/hard-work-and-poor-pay-stresses-out-open-source-maintainers/

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  3. Comment on Near, the author of bsnes and higan, has died in ~games

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    From a comment I found on HN:

    From a comment I found on HN:

    Not that I'm doing anything particularly likely to attract the attention of the worst part of the internet (but then, you'd hope that "writing some emulators and going by 'they'" shouldn't either), but, I've thought about it and decided I can deal with people going after me. To some extent, I can be careful about opsec; to some extent, if someone goes after me, I'm all right with that.

    But what if they go after other people in the name of targeting me? What if they go after my friends, or even my family, who has very little say in what I do? What if my parents, who have never had to care about opsec in their lives and like most people's parents own a house and have their real names on it, get SWATted because some monster on an internet forum hates me?

    How am I supposed to respond except by deciding, I will not do anything with my life that could attract Kiwi Farms' attention?

    This is terrorism, and I am terrified.

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  4. Comment on Near, the author of bsnes and higan, has died in ~games

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    I used to be an internet freedom/free speech absolutist/tech libertarian in my younger years, but it's events like this that are wearing me down over time. Why shouldn't the government coerce...

    I used to be an internet freedom/free speech absolutist/tech libertarian in my younger years, but it's events like this that are wearing me down over time. Why shouldn't the government coerce Cloudflare to take this site down? In the libertarian's mind, what is the mechanism by which harms like these are mitigated or resolved?

    Edit: I've had some time to think this over. I think what bothers me most here is that Near didn't have free speech. KF has a chilling effect on the speech of trans and queer techies who's contributions might make the world a better place. I guess I'm still for "free speech," but allowing abusive peoples' speech comes at the cost of denying marginalized folks' speech.

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  5. Comment on Libera Chat vs. Freenode: Who won? in ~comp

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    Jeez... that seems like the worst case scenario Don't take this the wrong way, but who is using Freenode or IRC in 2021 and for what purpose? I'd assume older FOSS devs whose projects predate most...

    So there used to be one network acting as a sort of "one-stop shop" for IRC, but now there are two, and neither of them are as good as what we had before.

    Jeez... that seems like the worst case scenario

    Don't take this the wrong way, but who is using Freenode or IRC in 2021 and for what purpose? I'd assume older FOSS devs whose projects predate most of the modern web and those in the more extreme free software / privacy camps, who seem like the most likely candidates for immediately jumping ship over something like this. Why would they stay with Freenode, and whatever for? I've never used IRC because I've never known anyone else on an IRC network. I've used Slack, GitHub, Discord, and Signal pretty much exclusively for the types of things it sounds like IRC is being used for.

    Part of me wonders what exactly I've been missing out over the past several years... unfortunate that my introduction to this world is its dissolution.

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  6. Libera Chat vs. Freenode: Who won?

    Let me start by saying this is a space I am not at all familiar with. I didn't grow up with IRC, my first text editor was Sublime (I'm not from the "EMACS vs. VIM" generation,) so I feel kinda...

    Let me start by saying this is a space I am not at all familiar with. I didn't grow up with IRC, my first text editor was Sublime (I'm not from the "EMACS vs. VIM" generation,) so I feel kinda outta touch with what all is going on.

    Is there a winner? I feel invested in this topic after seeing a whole slew of posts, blogs, and medium articles posted all over Reddit and HN breaking down how these folks have personally been impacted over the past month or so. It seems to have died down which leaves me with the question of what the outcome was. An even 50/50 split? Libera destroying Freenode? Or Freenode able to hold onto users by successfully preventing efforts to organize a transition?

    Without being in the Freenode community, I don't have a feeling for whether Freenode is dead, Libera Chat is "winning" and I don't think there's a good way to get metrics either.

    Anyone in this world who can help the uneducated out on the outcome of all of this?

    15 votes
  7. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    The QAnon movement reminds me a lot of the Harold Camping end times cult. I don't think anything has hurt the QAnon movement more than their "Judgement Day" failing to happen. Judgement Day: the...

    The QAnon movement reminds me a lot of the Harold Camping end times cult.

    I don't think anything has hurt the QAnon movement more than their "Judgement Day" failing to happen. Judgement Day: the day the pedophile cabal (Hollywood & the Dems) are finally publicly humiliated and charged for their crimes, the day Trump ascends and reveals his master plan and all of the machinations working behind the scenes. It's the day the deep state is destroyed.

    It's the day that you get to prove to your grandkids and coworkers that you weren't crazy, that you had access to hidden knowledge, and now no one can deny the truth. Imagine believing this and seeing the day approaching: you must be filled with excitement, anticipation, to finally be proven right. But you get disappointed when Jan 6th doesn't work out. Then January 20th comes and goes, no judgement day. Then March 4th.

    Failed end times predictions destroy the cults that build around them. QAnon is tethered to these predictions. It's falling out of popularity because it's followers have been thoroughly humiliated. They see QAnon for what we've seen it for all along.

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  8. Comment on Belarus scrambled fighter and flagged false bomb alert to force a Ryanair plane to land then detained an opposition-minded journalist who was on board, drawing criticism from across Europe in ~news

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    He's subsequently contradicted this claim in a quote from another party. https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan/status/1396498215202140164?s=20 I'm certain we'll be getting facts of what actually...

    He's subsequently contradicted this claim in a quote from another party. https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan/status/1396498215202140164?s=20

    I'm certain we'll be getting facts of what actually occurred shortly, considering everything is recorded.

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  9. Comment on Belarus scrambled fighter and flagged false bomb alert to force a Ryanair plane to land then detained an opposition-minded journalist who was on board, drawing criticism from across Europe in ~news

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    Some nations, as far as foreign policy goes, make a point to refrain from interfering with the internal affairs of other nations. Regardless of what such a nation thinks of the political situation...

    Some nations, as far as foreign policy goes, make a point to refrain from interfering with the internal affairs of other nations. Regardless of what such a nation thinks of the political situation in Belarus, this tradition precludes involvement.

    That is no longer the situation here. This is interference in the national sovereignty of both Greece and Lithuania. There's historic precedence here: stopping, searching, and seizing the occupants of vessels transporting between nations has been historically cause for war, or at least strong rebuke by any nation.

    Keep an eye out for how NATO addresses this. I take the silence from the US as not a refusal to enter European affairs, but as them taking care to handle this complicated situation appropriately to balance their interests.

    Liberals are likely to strongly condemn the jailing of a journalist on ideological grounds, but as far as how this situation plays out I predict this will be a tertiary concern. Of course, this critique may be played up in the media to justify aggressive actions to their liberal audience made for other reasons.

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  10. Comment on What are some best anti-capitalist books? in ~books

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    Kropotkin has certainly seen a recent uptick with leftist youth in the West, but Marx and Engels still dominate discourse globally, especially in the global south. The Conquest of Bread is an...

    Kropotkin has certainly seen a recent uptick with leftist youth in the West, but Marx and Engels still dominate discourse globally, especially in the global south. The Conquest of Bread is an interesting read, I recommend following up with Socialism: Utopian and Scientific afterwards.

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  11. Comment on What are some best anti-capitalist books? in ~books

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    Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin This piece takes the unique approach of viewing imperialism through a sociological, scientific lens. This lens provides incredibly...

    Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin

    This piece takes the unique approach of viewing imperialism through a sociological, scientific lens. This lens provides incredibly compelling predictive power, especially in hindsight.

    The 20th Century is remarkable as one in which capitalist societies like the US invaded dozens of socialist countries in Latin America, installing fascist dictatorships that were favorable to neoliberal economic policy. Natural resources in these countries were universally turned over to US businesses, which own them to this day. Let's not forget Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and countless others in the following years.

    This book demystifies the market mechanisms that lead to these unfolding events. What makes this piece so remarkable isn't its ideological commitments or its polemics, but rather its focus on analysis and political/social science. Of course, the piece also includes hypotheses on changing global capitalism that needed to be tested in the laboratory of revolution in order to further the science.

    Prior to reading, I recommend familiarity with the basic critiques of capitalism. I also recommend reading The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engles as primers if this area of discourse is new to you. Both books are phenomenal explorations of the mechanics of capitalist societies, and both written as capitalism was developing across the globe.

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  12. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I don't think that's what WLC is intending to do here. Crucially, you agree to the point that the universe began to exist. WLC takes that and demonstrates that whatever the cause of the universe...

    I don't disagree that the thing before the beginning of time could be the Christian God, but using the fact that no one knows what is before the beginning of time to justify your own personal religious crusades is morally and logically incoherent.

    I don't think that's what WLC is intending to do here. Crucially, you agree to the point that the universe began to exist. WLC takes that and demonstrates that whatever the cause of the universe is, it has certain attributes that appear to resemble the divine attributes e.g.

    • It's outside of time, so it must be timeless
    • It has either equal amount or more power than exists in the universe, so it must be all powerful

    A lot of these points you may agree with. If you are to address something like the problem of a permanent cause having a temporal effect, you need to get downright creative on the atheist side. And that's great! That's fun! It allows us as atheists to investigate certain ontological realities that we may not have been exposed to otherwise. Or, to at least have a more internally consistent worldview if nothing else.

    As a self-described naturalist, the Kalam is a beautiful argument that really allows for discussions into analytic philosophy, modal logic, and even into fun stuff like materialism vs mind/body dualism.

    Atheist rhetoricians who aren't educated in philosophy rarely give the argument it's proper due.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I think this is largely due to how neglected philosophy is in public education, but this is a pretty standard deductive argument where premises are given and a conclusion is logically derived from...

    I think this is largely due to how neglected philosophy is in public education, but this is a pretty standard deductive argument where premises are given and a conclusion is logically derived from those premises. While occasionally a little philosophically dense, this video is a fairly accessible introduction to the argument:

    https://youtu.be/eOfVBqGPwi0

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    Your argument here is all over the place. That's not a bad thing at all (I do it a lot myself haha,) but it does make it difficult to respond to 20 discrete points or to find which points are the...

    Your argument here is all over the place. That's not a bad thing at all (I do it a lot myself haha,) but it does make it difficult to respond to 20 discrete points or to find which points are the best to discuss. What, in your opinion, is the strongest argument against the Kalam / in favor of the naturalist in this context?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    If you are religious, you believe in mind-independent moral facts. Perhaps soul searching, reading scripture, meditating, and communicating with the divine can help you ascertain these moral...

    If you are religious, you believe in mind-independent moral facts. Perhaps soul searching, reading scripture, meditating, and communicating with the divine can help you ascertain these moral facts, but the reality of the worldview is that the facts exist whether or not you attempt to discover them.

    Moral facts are irreducible "oughts." So one derives further oughts from some lower-level oughts, which are moral facts.

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  16. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    It's more along the lines of the cause of the universe is outside of time, therefore is atemporal, the cause has either more or the same amount of power as was put into the universe system,...

    the rest of his argument is that astrophysicists haven't figured everything out about the origin of the universe. Therefore god.

    It's more along the lines of the cause of the universe is outside of time, therefore is atemporal, the cause has either more or the same amount of power as was put into the universe system, therefore omnipotent.

    His goal is to show that one can logically derive the divine attributes from the origin of the universe philosophically.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I think Dr. Craig's contention is to demonstrate that the cause of the universe seems to have the attributes that are ascribed to the Christian God in their creation myth. The cause has to be...

    I think Dr. Craig's contention is to demonstrate that the cause of the universe seems to have the attributes that are ascribed to the Christian God in their creation myth.

    The cause has to be atemporal, as it is outside of time, omnipotent because it had more power than what was injected into the universe system, etc.

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  18. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    It seems like we have some murky goal posts here, so I'll restate my claim from the previous comment: the past is not infinite, therefore the universe is not eternal. Since the medieval period,...

    why not take the humble approach and realize regarding universal creation that we may not know what's possible and what isn't?

    It seems like we have some murky goal posts here, so I'll restate my claim from the previous comment: the past is not infinite, therefore the universe is not eternal.

    Since the medieval period, philosophers were pretty comfortable with accepting the finitude of the past on strictly philosophical grounds and rejecting the Aristotelian view of an infinite universe or steady state theory. This is done to demonstrate a number of absurdities that can be logically derived from the premise.

    The second good reason to believe in the finitude of the past is because the evidence confirms it. Centuries after the finitude of the past was proven philosophically, physical evidence has emerged that clearly points to the universe having a beginning, namely the big bang.

    It seems like this argument is reaching way too far to denigrate agnostic's or atheist's beliefs as an impossible absurdity. I don't find that argument rational or reasonable.

    I know it's a trend to sprinkle statements like this in due to how polemic discussions around religion and politics are, but there really isn't any reason for it here. This is just a polite conversation among friends here.

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  19. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I think I saw the same debate, which I thought was on morality. Harris' worldview is honestly bizarre to me; he makes a very clear derivation of an ought from an is (claiming that objective...

    I think I saw the same debate, which I thought was on morality. Harris' worldview is honestly bizarre to me; he makes a very clear derivation of an ought from an is (claiming that objective morality [what one ought to do] can be derived from the natural sciences [from what is],) which has been pretty thoroughly demonstrated to be logically fallacious. [1] I'd like to think that most naturalists are committed to some sort of moral anti-realism rather than this nonsense.

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is%E2%80%93ought_problem

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  20. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Zelda and Chill II I don't typically like listening to game music or YouTube remixes of things. Honestly, they usually grate on my nerves. This has been phenomenal to listen to while coding /...

    Zelda and Chill II

    I don't typically like listening to game music or YouTube remixes of things. Honestly, they usually grate on my nerves. This has been phenomenal to listen to while coding / doing homework / driving. Definitely give it a listen, regardless if you know what a "Zelda" is or not.

    https://youtu.be/rJlY1uKL87k

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