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  1. Comment on How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier in ~life

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    Maybe this isn't the right place for this, but doesn't the presence of the tag "modern slavery" kind of bring a bit of inherent bias into this post? Like the article doesn't use the term and...

    Maybe this isn't the right place for this, but doesn't the presence of the tag "modern slavery" kind of bring a bit of inherent bias into this post? Like the article doesn't use the term and mentions nothing about slavery at all. I'm just kind of worried that by adding such opinions into the tags, a user may perceive that the subject of modern slavery is addressed in the article, which it isn't; it is simply the opinion of the OP that the subject matter of the article is akin to "modern slavery." It seems like very mild editorializing, which I don't think is something that we want here on Tildes (apart from comments, of course).

    By the way, I personally agree that this article's subject matter is akin to modern slavery, I just don't think it should be in the tags.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    The art isn't in the banana itself, it's in the action of displaying the banana and acting as if it is art. Even the fact that we're talking about the limits and intricacies of modern art right...

    The art isn't in the banana itself, it's in the action of displaying the banana and acting as if it is art. Even the fact that we're talking about the limits and intricacies of modern art right now proves that the piece has done its job in stirring up a discussion about art. It's like Duchamp's "Fountain". The art is not inherent to the object itself, it's in the act of treating it as art.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol retires saying artificial intelligence cannot be defeated in ~games

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    I feel like he's missing the point of why we as humans play games at all. Sure, no human will probably ever be able to beat AlphaGo again, but that isn't why we play or watch games. Being the best...

    I feel like he's missing the point of why we as humans play games at all. Sure, no human will probably ever be able to beat AlphaGo again, but that isn't why we play or watch games. Being the best in the world at something isn't always the most interesting thing about watching someone play a game. A lightweight boxer, for example, still enjoys boxing, not because he is the best in the world at boxing as a whole, but because it is interesting to play and watch the narratives that take place in lower levels in boxing. Just because no one can beat AlphaGo doesn't mean that being the best human in the world at Go isn't still incredibly interesting. College basketball is still interesting despite knowing that the top teams in the college leagues couldn't beat the top teams in the NBA.

    13 votes
  4. Comment on What Breath Of The Wild Is Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games in ~games

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    You might like the channel Girlfriend Reviews then. Basically this but entirely from the point of the wife (or in this case, girlfriend). A lot of the videos are just about the experience of...

    You might like the channel Girlfriend Reviews then. Basically this but entirely from the point of the wife (or in this case, girlfriend). A lot of the videos are just about the experience of watching someone else play the game tho.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core? in ~humanities

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    I've heard that that's the way the flat earth movement started. Just a bunch of people doing it as a joke, but then people actually started taking it seriously.

    I've heard that that's the way the flat earth movement started. Just a bunch of people doing it as a joke, but then people actually started taking it seriously.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on What do you think about the concept of generations? in ~talk

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    I really dislike the concept of generations. While some personality aspects are consistent across most people in a single age group, I find that on the whole, generational classifications only...

    I really dislike the concept of generations. While some personality aspects are consistent across most people in a single age group, I find that on the whole, generational classifications only serve to generalize and insult members of any particular generation. We can see this with how millennials were categorized as lazy and entitled, and now how baby boomers are categorized as out of touch and rude. I watched this great talk by Adam Conover about how basically all people are diverse and have different interests and abilities, and so it is counterproductive to categorize people by age at all.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Let's Talk: What browser are you using? in ~talk

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    I use Chrome simply because all of my workflow is centered around Google and its products. Being able to switch accounts so effortlessly and being automatically logged in to so many services is...

    I use Chrome simply because all of my workflow is centered around Google and its products. Being able to switch accounts so effortlessly and being automatically logged in to so many services is just too convenient for me to switch. I tried switching to Firefox briefly, but it just didn't suit my needs as well as I wished it did. If I ever switch to Linux for anything, I will probably switch to Firefox everywhere just to have the ease of synced bookmarks and extensions and all that. I love that Firefox is open-source, and I hate being dependant on Google, but Chrome simply works the best for me right now.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on Pokémon Sword & Shield sound settings have to be unlocked by a key item obtainable from an optional NPC in ~games

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    I didn't realize that subtitles were also locked, that makes all of this even more egregious. What were they thinking?!

    I didn't realize that subtitles were also locked, that makes all of this even more egregious. What were they thinking?!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been playing a lot of PokeMMO recently. With all the nonsense going on with Sword and Shield, I decided to go and play through Unova for the first time through PokeMMO, and I've been having a...

    I've been playing a lot of PokeMMO recently. With all the nonsense going on with Sword and Shield, I decided to go and play through Unova for the first time through PokeMMO, and I've been having a fantastic time. The game plays flawlessly on my PC, and the widescreen HD experience of playing through Black/White for the first time is really fun. For now, I am basically ignoring the MMO aspects of the game for now in favor of a more traditional Pokemon experience, but I am also taking advantage of the numerous quality of life changes this version has made. For example, EVs and IVs are easily viewable, box and party rearranging are super easy, and programmable hotkeys make using items on the fly super convenient. In addition to all of that, there are pokemon-less HMs that can be purchased for $2 each, but I have not yet taken advantage of that benefit as of yet. Additionally, simply seeing other trainers in the world around you really makes the world feel more alive, and being challenged or offered a trade by other players makes the experience quite special. If you have the necessary game roms lying around, I would suggest anyone who likes pokemon to try it out.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been getting back into playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe again recently. It's just something that's great to play in the background when I'm watching TV or YouTube or whatever. It's super fun...

    I've been getting back into playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe again recently. It's just something that's great to play in the background when I'm watching TV or YouTube or whatever. It's super fun regardless of how much attention I give it.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What YouTube channels have you been watching more recently and would recommend? in ~talk

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    If you like leftist YouTube, you would definitely enjoy Shaun. A lot of detailed critiques of alt-right youtubers and the alt-right in general. His dry sense of humor coupled with his factual...

    If you like leftist YouTube, you would definitely enjoy Shaun. A lot of detailed critiques of alt-right youtubers and the alt-right in general. His dry sense of humor coupled with his factual analysis is definitely one of my favorite types of channels.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Ring watched your kids trick or treat and then bragged about it in ~tech

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    It is likely that they do already have access, but I don't really want to make a judgement yet based on "odds are".

    It is likely that they do already have access, but I don't really want to make a judgement yet based on "odds are".

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Ring watched your kids trick or treat and then bragged about it in ~tech

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    This phrasing is definitely concerning. If by sharing one clip to the service, Ring/Amazon automatically gains access to all footage recorded by the device, that is certainly a breach of privacy....

    This phrasing is definitely concerning. If by sharing one clip to the service, Ring/Amazon automatically gains access to all footage recorded by the device, that is certainly a breach of privacy. I don't really have a problem with them being able to access shared footage, but if they have access to all content, the license definitely needs to change to make sure that Amazon can only access the shared content on the app. (Of course, it would be ideal if they had no access at all, but I feel like that is too much to hope for.)

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Ring watched your kids trick or treat and then bragged about it in ~tech

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    Personally, I kind of expect that. If you share something on social media at all, even with privacy settings, I don't think it's too unreasonable that the owners of the service have access to it....

    Personally, I kind of expect that. If you share something on social media at all, even with privacy settings, I don't think it's too unreasonable that the owners of the service have access to it. I understand how others could be uncomfortable with that, but when I share something on social media, I expect that the owners of the site can see it. Perhaps it's just the way I view social media, though.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Ring watched your kids trick or treat and then bragged about it in ~tech

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    Can they watch all of them? It seems to me that the owners of the service can only watch those videos that are shared on the Neighbors app, not just all recorded videos. I would say that if...

    Can they watch all of them? It seems to me that the owners of the service can only watch those videos that are shared on the Neighbors app, not just all recorded videos. I would say that if someone is openly sharing their own recorded video, then it is not the company's fault for viewing them. For sharing them without the consent of those recorded, however, is a different matter entirely.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Ring watched your kids trick or treat and then bragged about it in ~tech

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    I mean it's a security camera, it's kind of its job to be always watching. It's wrong that the videos were shared without the consent of the people in them, but I don't find this "deeply disturbing."

    I mean it's a security camera, it's kind of its job to be always watching. It's wrong that the videos were shared without the consent of the people in them, but I don't find this "deeply disturbing."

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    So I should have posted this on last week's thread, but I have been listening to Kanye's new album Jesus is King a lot recently. A lot of my close friends have liked Kanye and his music for a long...

    So I should have posted this on last week's thread, but I have been listening to Kanye's new album Jesus is King a lot recently. A lot of my close friends have liked Kanye and his music for a long time, so I have been around his stuff for a while, but I have never really liked Kanye's music. My primary objection to him, though, is that I found him and his lyrics reprehensible. I listen to music to be uplifted and to enjoy the experiences, and Kanye's constant self-aggrandizement and degrading messages really turned me off from his music. As a Christian, I found that I really disliked being around his music and the messages his lyrics espoused.
    Upon hearing that his next album was to be a gospel album, I was immediately doubtful. I knew that he had claimed to be a Christian before, and I doubted that he truly believed in what he said he did. But, as my friends counted down to the release of the album, I thought I would give it a shot. Upon hearing the actual album, my opinion on Kanye completely changed. He now seems to be truly changed by Christ, and is now living a lifestyle completely different than the one he used to. A few of the lyrics that I particularly loved:

    Won't be in bondage to any man
    John 8:33
    We the descendants of Abraham
    Ye should be made free
    John 8:36
    To whom the son set free is free indeed
    He saved a wretch like me

    Quoting verses from the Bible that I knew very well immediately attracted me to the album, as it was at least a small sign that Kanye was taking his faith more seriously. Musically, I love the escalation of these verses, and the thundering percussion in the background of this section gives me chills every time. And finally, Kanye describing himself as a "wretch" (a reference to the same line in the classic hymn Amazing Grace) really made me realize that Kanye now views himself as changed, with a disdain for how he has acted in the past.

    Clean us like the rain in spring
    Take the chlorine out our conversation
    Let Your light reflect on me
    I promise I'm not hiding anything
    It's water
    We are water
    Pure as water
    Like a newborn daughter

    The line Take the chlorine out our conversation is just such a good metaphor and a great way of the concept Kanye is trying to convey; I really like the use of it here. Additionally, the whole "water" metaphor is great in this song overall, imparting a purity and clarity to the song. Also the rhyme between "water" and "daughter" is just really satisfying.

    If they only see the wrongs, never listen to the songs
    Just to listen is a fight, but you booked me for the fight
    It's so hard to get along if they only see the slight
    From the love of religion
    What have you been hearin' from the Christians?
    They'll be the first one to judge me
    Make it seem like nobody love me

    These lines, and the entirety of Hands On is what really changed my mind on Kanye. I was really convicted by Kanye saying that Christians would be the first ones to judge, as I feel that I was one of those Christians. I expected him to simply be saying that he was a Christian without really believing it. I now see that I was wrong in prematurely judging him. I was judging him for his past mistakes, all the while not seeing that he has truly changed and now has a heart for the Lord. Additionally to all this, I love that Kanye emphasizes that Christianity shouldn't be about "the love of religion", but a relationship with Christ, which is a common theme in this song and in others in the album.

    Overall, while I am not a hip-hop fan persay, I still enjoy many of the songs on the album, if for the positive message more than anything else. I found that I judged Kanye prematurely, and didn't really look at how he has changed. This interview is also something that I found to be really insightful into Kanye's changed perspective. It's a good watch, if you have the time.

    Also the sax solo in Use This Gospel is really fun

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Why is dark mode such a big deal? in ~tech

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    The way I see it is that it's not just a small added feature, it's something that affects every aspect of how I use an app or website. It's not just pleasant on the eyes, it's pleasant on the eyes...

    The way I see it is that it's not just a small added feature, it's something that affects every aspect of how I use an app or website. It's not just pleasant on the eyes, it's pleasant on the eyes all the time, which, to me, makes it a fairly major update to an app or website.

    21 votes