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  1. Comment on How a reckless lie caused huge internet drama for Path of Exile's developer in ~games

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    Messner is truly a wordsmith:

    Messner is truly a wordsmith:

    It's like Smokey the Bear trying to teach people about the dangers of forest fires by burning down a goddamn forest. Doing harm just to prove it can be done is horrifyingly malicious.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Discord will start designating entire servers as NSFW, and prevent all under-18 users from accessing them, as well as all users on iOS in ~tech

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    Jesus Christ. Just go full Tumblr and ban NSFW servers then.
    • A photo ID that contains your date of birth, clearly readable
    • A piece of paper that shows your full Discord Tag (including your username and the last 4 digits following your username - ex: Wumpus#1234)

    Jesus Christ. Just go full Tumblr and ban NSFW servers then.

    17 votes
  3. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    Does the FSF not have a comms office he could've run this by? They'd have likely advised him not to release anything at all. If he wants a separation between himself and the FSF, then he probably...

    Does the FSF not have a comms office he could've run this by? They'd have likely advised him not to release anything at all. If he wants a separation between himself and the FSF, then he probably would've had more success releasing this as a blog or a social media post rather than posting this on the FSF site.

    13 votes
  4. Comment on I like that the boat is stuck in ~life

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    I don't necessarily agree with the conclusion, but that article was damn funny. The OP post was one of the funniest things I've read this year, and I do feel that article shares that same...

    I don't necessarily agree with the conclusion, but that article was damn funny. The OP post was one of the funniest things I've read this year, and I do feel that article shares that same hilarious simplistic repetitive tone.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've never watched a single episode of Futurama. Would someone in 2021 be able to watch it and enjoy it for the first time from Season 1? A lot of comedies and shows are relevant to current events...

    I've never watched a single episode of Futurama. Would someone in 2021 be able to watch it and enjoy it for the first time from Season 1? A lot of comedies and shows are relevant to current events or otherwise don't hold up well.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    Picked up the Liberty Air 2 Pros [1] about a year and a half ago. It may not be an exaggeration to say this is one of if not the best single purchase I've made in the 2010s. I have very sensitive...

    Picked up the Liberty Air 2 Pros [1] about a year and a half ago.

    It may not be an exaggeration to say this is one of if not the best single purchase I've made in the 2010s. I have very sensitive ear canals: tried the Bose earbuds (and every type of ear tip for them) and couldn't stand them, tried various high-end products and couldn't find something I could wear for hours at a time. I listen to music while working out, coding, doing homework, and listen to podcasts and audio-books on my commute. These ear buds are god tier; they sound perfect (to me at least; great bass and treble while maintaining crystal clarity in the mids), are excellent at isolating sound (tips + active noise cancellation,) battery that lasts a week or more even for me, and are so comfy that I often forget they are there. I recommend these to anyone who has sensitive ear canals that can't tolerate the heavy, bulky alternatives.

    Edit: I'm looking at my current ear buds and think these are the same, but they look slightly different. Oh well, I doubt you are going wrong with anything from their lineup.

    [1] https://us.soundcore.com/products/a3951011

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Metric paper and everything in the Universe in ~science

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    It's been awhile since I've watched a CGP Grey video, and it is always a treat when I get to do so. Thanks for linking this u/AugustusFerdinand. Lately, these types of videos get me weird and...

    It's been awhile since I've watched a CGP Grey video, and it is always a treat when I get to do so. Thanks for linking this u/AugustusFerdinand. Lately, these types of videos get me weird and existential, but still a worthwhile watch.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Realistic miniature model house with electricity is a marvel in ~arts

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    This is honestly really cool :) Thanks for sharing this!

    This is honestly really cool :) Thanks for sharing this!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Engineer reports data leak to nonprofit, hears from the police in ~tech

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    No good deed goes unpunished. Cynicism aside, this wouldn't even come close to being a criminal complaint under the CFAA, which is notoriously outdated [1]. The UK Computer Misuse Act isn't...

    Earlier this month, Dyke had discovered an exposed GitHub repository exposing passwords, API keys, and sensitive financial records which belonged to Apperta Foundation.

    To have a record of what he had reported, however, the researcher encrypted the data he had come across and securely stored it aside for 90 days, as a part of the coordinated disclosure process.

    A little over a week later, a letter arrived from Apperta's lawyers stating that they considered Dyke's actions as "unlawful" and demanded a written undertaking that any data the engineer had come across was deleted.

    No good deed goes unpunished. Cynicism aside, this wouldn't even come close to being a criminal complaint under the CFAA, which is notoriously outdated [1]. The UK Computer Misuse Act isn't something I'm terribly familiar with, but I couldn't imagine him actually facing charges. From what's reported, this isn't even the gray area that other similar cases have been. Probably more akin to the prosecution of pen testers in that courthouse case as far as levels of unconscionability go [2].

    [1] https://www.eff.org/issues/cfaa

    [2] https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/12/iowa-paid-coalfire-to-pen-test-courthouse-then-arrested-employees.html

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Reddit has begun censoring and banning anyone who mentions Aimee Chellanor in any context whatsoever in ~talk

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    I've seen the claim, but haven't seen evidence for it yet. I was thinking that it was the beginning of the end for Reddit when "u/spez" (Reddit CEO Steve Huffman) was caught editing comments that...

    I've seen the claim, but haven't seen evidence for it yet. I was thinking that it was the beginning of the end for Reddit when "u/spez" (Reddit CEO Steve Huffman) was caught editing comments that were critical of him [1]. This was back in 2016. If the claim is true in this particular case, then they're about to experience the full force of the Streisand Effect [2], but ultimately Reddit has been awash with criticisms about their moderation practices as long as they have existed. I don't think this is especially damning compared to similar other instances of this sort of behavior by Reddit admins.

    [1] https://www.theverge.com/2016/11/23/13739026/reddit-ceo-steve-huffman-edit-comments

    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Richard Stallman has returned to the Free Software Foundation as a member of its board of directors in ~tech

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    I appreciate your standpoint, but I don't care for the insinuation that folks with "mental health issues" like the ones RMS is alleged to possibly have don't have moral agency for their actions,...

    I appreciate your standpoint, but I don't care for the insinuation that folks with "mental health issues" like the ones RMS is alleged to possibly have don't have moral agency for their actions, or that they are predisposed to being abusers. RMS is just as responsible for his actions as anyone else is.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Richard Stallman has returned to the Free Software Foundation as a member of its board of directors in ~tech

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    This comparison to Harry Potter is a really great analogy to how I feel about this situation. I'm also a bit of a Lovecraft fan, though the man himself was a pretty vicious racist (even for his...

    This comparison to Harry Potter is a really great analogy to how I feel about this situation. I'm also a bit of a Lovecraft fan, though the man himself was a pretty vicious racist (even for his time...)

    I like this comparison especially because the whole culture and community surrounding the work isn't the sole ownership of the author, rather those that coalesced around the work and built out the community and fandom. This is even more apt in RMS's case, as no individual, not even RMS can claim ownership of the free software movement.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Richard Stallman has returned to the Free Software Foundation as a member of its board of directors in ~tech

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    I think the topic of RMS's behavior is difficult for a lot of folks because they are committed to gender equality and feminism while also benefiting from or otherwise aligned with the free...

    I think the topic of RMS's behavior is difficult for a lot of folks because they are committed to gender equality and feminism while also benefiting from or otherwise aligned with the free software movement and the good free software has done for the world. RMS can both be likely the single largest contributor to the free software movement while also holding viciously misogynistic views and acting accordingly (read: abusively.)

    If you are inclined to reflexively defend Stallman from his initial expulsion or from the social consequences he faces for his behavior due to your respect of him and his work, please take a moment to hear out other voices. You can still appreciate the tremendous good that has occurred through the FSF and Stallman's contributions to free software while also being critical of his terrible behavior, and supportive of those he has harmed.

    26 votes
  14. Comment on At fifty years of age I never imagined that I would discover such hatred inside my self in ~talk

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    First, I want to commend you for your honesty and bravery to make this sort of post. It's got me thinking hard about my own interactions with others. I think I have a polemic writing style that...

    First, I want to commend you for your honesty and bravery to make this sort of post. It's got me thinking hard about my own interactions with others. I think I have a polemic writing style that can often be received as condescending or insensitive, and hope I can work on this as well.

    In particular, (and I know that it is rare in my case) why would I have such a negative response to a certain individual? Is there anything that I can do about it?

    I can speak only for myself, but I can characterize the times I have a strong negative reaction to someone into a couple of groups:


    1. Bigotry Against Myself / Personal Attacks

    There is a specific, apolitical sort of anger I have when someone marginalizes or discredits people who are part of a shared identity group that I am a part of. This is especially emotionally charged and often angrier, as the attack is deeply personal, regardless of whether it was intended that way. My orientation to this subject is a priori to any political development.

    I know sometimes allies may struggle to fully grasp why this type of disagreement is so profoundly different from others. The best I can do is this: I want you to imagine a time someone spoke ill of cis-het white guys, maybe even a post or comment here. Did arguing in your favor feel categorically different than discussions around ableism, anti-blackness, trans identity, etc? Maybe a bit more stinging and personal, like you personally were on trial, rather than some armchair debate among curious intellectuals?

    If so, imagine if the debate was inescapable, everywhere, and instead of receiving benefit for your identity you consistently were disadvantaged for it. Please keep this in mind, it may help you engage with topics with greater care and empathy for those you seek to be a good ally to <3

    2. Bigotry / Attacks Against Others

    This is where a person or group I am in solidarity with is attacked. This can be solidarity through ethical or political development, maintaining consistency with my principals, or simply empathizing with the affected person or group. While this may rile me up, I can't pretend that it is the same sort of response that's described in the first group.

    While I may be charged, my arguments in favor of my position come from a relatively unemotionally charged place where I can feel a bit more comfortable with the back and forth with those who disagree because, crucially, my existence and identity aren't what I am having to defend. If people on my side of the debate fail to succeed, I likely won't immediately be materially harmed by that outcome.

    3. Other

    Usually if it doesn't fit cleanly in the first two groups, it is usually a proxy issue or otherwise related to the first two. Anti-vaxx movement stuff, climate change denial, election conspiracies, etc. These, especially the ones named, are particularly bothersome for me both because of the enormous impact of the issues, and because of the intellectual dishonesty required to arrive at those conclusions.

    Conclusion

    I have no solutions for either of us. I can't really think of any other sources of anger that people cause me to have that rise above the threshold of mild irritation (condescension, arrogance, embarrassing me, consistently assuming bad faith, etc.) I think it is good to be upset with harmful people and ideas if that anger can be used in effective ways that don't cause harm. Can't say that I know what that looks like, but I can empathize with your position. Thanks for reading this stream of consciousness style rant.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method in ~misc

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    I agree, especially for voices like Jordan Peterson and Alexander Siskind, as the folks who follow these... bloggers? personalities? are sometimes more intellectually honest and open to the...

    addressing and debunking it is the least-harmful option.

    I agree, especially for voices like Jordan Peterson and Alexander Siskind, as the folks who follow these... bloggers? personalities? are sometimes more intellectually honest and open to the criticism and deconstruction of far-right talking points than those who follow the more traditional alt-right personalities.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method in ~misc

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    Previous relevant Tildes discussions on Scott Siskind and his blog: "I can tolerate anything except the outgroup" Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many...
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  17. Comment on The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method in ~misc

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    It has certainly changed my perspective since I have previously, incorrectly characterized him as a misguided "thoughtful progressive" in a previous thread here on Tildes. It seems the difference...

    It has certainly changed my perspective since I have previously, incorrectly characterized him as a misguided "thoughtful progressive" in a previous thread here on Tildes.

    It seems the difference between, say Sargon of Akkad, Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Scott Siskind is a matter of degrees to which they attempt to obfuscate their racist and harmful rhetoric. Thinking back on it now, I shouldn't have been so shocked that Siskind was so comfortable to bring the writings and thoughts of folks like Douglas Murray into conversations about public policy.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method in ~misc

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    u/deing, I just want to say, this is one of the best written essays to be linked here on Tildes in my opinion. I continue to come to this site for content like this.

    u/deing, I just want to say, this is one of the best written essays to be linked here on Tildes in my opinion. I continue to come to this site for content like this.

    8 votes