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  1. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    Yeah, you're right on that. I think we should absolutely encourage better discussion around NFTs. I definitely think we can do better in provoking good, nuanced discussion around crypto while also...

    Yeah, you're right on that. I think we should absolutely encourage better discussion around NFTs. I definitely think we can do better in provoking good, nuanced discussion around crypto while also ideologically opposing it.

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  2. Comment on Neo-nazis are gaming Twitter’s new rules, exactly like people warned in ~tech

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    The problem here is that Twitter is trying to apply its rules universally where a moral equivalence doesn't exist. An online hate mob doxxing a games journalist for being a feminist is wrong; an...

    The problem here is that Twitter is trying to apply its rules universally where a moral equivalence doesn't exist. An online hate mob doxxing a games journalist for being a feminist is wrong; an antifascist group doxxing a white supremacist trying to organize a neo-nazi rally is good. There's no real way for Twitter's rules to differentiate between "good" doxxing and "bad" doxxing without taking an ideological stance itself. It's the struggle that all online spaces have to deal with, and creating rules that prevent the alt-right from abusing them is made all the more harder by the fact that Twitter doesn't really have a problem with nazis on their platform in the first place.

    17 votes
  3. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    It's not just a disagreement though. Cryptocurrencies are accelerating the destruction of the planet. I live on the planet, so I don't want that to happen. It's like a lesser version of the...

    It's not just a disagreement though. Cryptocurrencies are accelerating the destruction of the planet. I live on the planet, so I don't want that to happen. It's like a lesser version of the situation of hate speech. I don't just "disagree" with hate speech; it has a materially negative effect on the world. I think preventing that negative effect on the world is more important than preserving high quality discussion. This isn't to say that we shouldn't have both, just that one, to me, is far more important than the other. It's more than just disliking the issue or disagreeing with crypto and NFTs; it's a real and present danger to everyone.

  4. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    This discussion from August is what first comes to mind for me personally when I think of positive crypto sentiment here on Tildes. There were three different users defending the NFTs, and while...

    Could you quantify this? I took a search on Tildes and found almost universally negative sentiment.

    This discussion from August is what first comes to mind for me personally when I think of positive crypto sentiment here on Tildes. There were three different users defending the NFTs, and while they were certainly in the minority, they received a fair amount of votes and support, more than I would have expected. I wouldn't call the general feeling about crypto on Tildes to be universally negative, but it is indeed mostly negative.

    Where is this positive sentiment?

    I see excitement over crypto constantly in my corporate Slack server (my company has over 50,000 employees). While it's not exactly outright promotion of cryptocurrencies/NFTs, a lot of my coworkers around the globe seem to be very excited over blockchain technology and crypto in that sense. Just today I found someone asking about people to follow on social media for information about web3, DAOs, and Ethereum Name Service.

    At its best it's rehashing the same viewpoints over and over again and crowds out more interesting/nuanced discussion.

    I'm going to take a slightly controversial position here for Tildes and say that even if this is true, I still think it's important to actively take a stance against crypto even if it produces subpar discussions. I think the existence and popularity of crypto is a material threat to the climate, and I think it's really important to do whatever we can to protect the climate, even if that is just making sure no one touches crypto on Tildes. I live on the planet, and I don't like what crypto is doing to accelerate its destruction. Because of that, I think it's more important that we establish a community consensus against crypto than to ensure quality discussions around it. Of course, I would like both, and I think we have seen good discussions around crypto generally even if most people are on the same side of "crypto is bad and a scam".

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    A lot of people on Tildes have financial interests staked in crypto and NFTs, so these sorts of articles are a pushback to the positive sentiment driven by those members. It's also a pushback to...

    A lot of people on Tildes have financial interests staked in crypto and NFTs, so these sorts of articles are a pushback to the positive sentiment driven by those members. It's also a pushback to the general excitement in the tech industry over crypto.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Look into different launcher apps for your shield TV. You can set one of those as your home screen and then you won't have to see the ads. I hear ATV Launcher is good but I haven't used it myself.

    Look into different launcher apps for your shield TV. You can set one of those as your home screen and then you won't have to see the ads. I hear ATV Launcher is good but I haven't used it myself.

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

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    I've listened to one of T-SQUARE's songs before but I never explored their other songs until just now. That song is amazing and now I'm binging their entire discography.

    I've listened to one of T-SQUARE's songs before but I never explored their other songs until just now. That song is amazing and now I'm binging their entire discography.

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

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    My Spotify Wrapped for 2021: Listen Time: 77,050 minutes Top Songs: Greetings to Idris by Sam Gendel and Sam Wikes (186 plays) と言って別れ by Dan Mason ダン·メイソン The Dreamer by Brad Mehldau Spain by...

    My Spotify Wrapped for 2021:
    Listen Time: 77,050 minutes
    Top Songs:

    1. Greetings to Idris by Sam Gendel and Sam Wikes (186 plays)
    2. と言って別れ by Dan Mason ダン·メイソン
    3. The Dreamer by Brad Mehldau
    4. Spain by Chick Corea
    5. Jason by The Midnight

    Top Artists:

    1. The Midnight
    2. Nick Kier
    3. The Longest Johns
    4. Dan Mason ダン·メイソン
    5. Sam Gendel

    Top Genres:

    1. Vaporwave
    2. A cappella
    3. Synthwave
    4. Jazz fusion
    5. Big band

    It feels like this year's wrapped was way more accurate for me than in previous years. Last year I got "Otacore" and "Musical theater" as my top genres, which I never listened to that much. This year's wrapped is a really good summary of the type of music that I like, though of course there's a lot more genres and artists that aren't on here. I find last.fm to be way more accurate for that kind of reporting. I listened to a lot of new genres and artists this year, so it's cool to see that represented. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my Wrapped this year and how it reflects the music I discovered this year. I'm excited to see what new genres and artists I'll find next year.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on QAnon now as popular in US as some major religions, poll suggests in ~misc

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    I am definitely concerned to see that not only has QAnon gained traction within the American Right, but that we're seeing Democrats accept (or at least not fully reject) some of its beliefs as...

    Those are the findings of a poll released today by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core, which found that 15 percent of Americans say they think that the levers of power are controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles, a core belief of QAnon supporters. The same share said it was true that “American patriots may have to resort to violence” to depose the pedophiles and restore the country’s rightful order.

    But the analysts went a level further: They created a category labeled “QAnon doubters” to include respondents who had said they “mostly disagreed” with the outlandish statements, but didn’t reject them outright. Another 55 percent of Republicans fell into this more ambivalent category.

    Which means that just one in five Republicans fully rejected the premises of the QAnon conspiracy theory. For Democrats, 58 percent were flat-out QAnon rejecters.

    I am definitely concerned to see that not only has QAnon gained traction within the American Right, but that we're seeing Democrats accept (or at least not fully reject) some of its beliefs as well. Due to the sheer size of the group, I worry that moderates will start seeing QAnon and the far-right as a viable political position to have, and any sort of normalization of QAnon's violent rhetoric won't be good for anybody.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Ocarina of Time's source code has been reverse engineered in ~games

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    I've been watching this project for a while. Definitely excited to see this ported to PC now!

    I've been watching this project for a while. Definitely excited to see this ported to PC now!

  11. Comment on Jack Dorsey resigns as Twitter CEO in ~tech

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    I hope that the Twitter NFT integration will be halted now that Jack is no longer there to put pressure on Twitter to implement it.

    I hope that the Twitter NFT integration will be halted now that Jack is no longer there to put pressure on Twitter to implement it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    I'm not claiming that. I'm saying that in our current historical context, they are inseparable. Saying that they don't have to go together is true, but not really useful in this situation. Going...

    Their history is tied together in America, but that doesn't mean you can claim colonialism (or even slavery!) is inherently white supremacist. Your logic is faulty.

    I'm not claiming that. I'm saying that in our current historical context, they are inseparable. Saying that they don't have to go together is true, but not really useful in this situation. Going by the strict definitions of the words does not reflect how it's relevant to our current sociopolitical reality.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    While it's not inherently white supremacist, it certainly has been in the US. To say that colonialism isn't white supremacist is like saying that slavery isn't white supremacist. While they're not...

    While it's not inherently white supremacist, it certainly has been in the US. To say that colonialism isn't white supremacist is like saying that slavery isn't white supremacist. While they're not inherently the same thing, their history is inexorably tied together.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    One thing that I'd like to focus on with this story is the echoes of colonialism throughout. The way these libertarians took over a small town and used their wealth and outsized influence to...
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    One thing that I'd like to focus on with this story is the echoes of colonialism throughout. The way these libertarians took over a small town and used their wealth and outsized influence to basically destroy the lives of everyone there is incredibly reminiscent of white settlers stealing native lands throughout US history, and more broadly the history of colonialism across the globe.

    The sympathy the interviewee exhibits towards these libertarians to me is very surprising.

    Some libertarians are built around the idea of white supremacy and racism. That was not the case with these libertarians. Most of the libertarians that I met were kind, decent people who would be generous with a neighbor in any given moment. But in the abstract, when they’re at a town meeting, they will vote to hurt that neighbor by cutting off, say, support for road plowing.

    To say that these libertarians were not built around white supremacy I think is shortsighted; sure, they may not be explicitly yelling racial slurs, but the ideology they espouse and the colonialism they represent is inherently white supremacist. I don't understand why people divorce ideology from how someone acts in a given moment. Hongoltz-Hetling says that they're generous in a given moment but would then go and hurt their neighbors through the policies they support. I don't see how you could call someone kind or generous if they would do something like that. A person's ideology is not some isolated aspect of them that doesn't affect the rest of their lives. If someone is kind in the moment but cruel in their ideology, they shouldn't get a free pass for that.

    17 votes
  15. Comment on Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in ~news

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    Just wanted to say that this sort of phrasing feels very "no politics in video games." I don't understand how anyone could construe people participating in a protest to be nonpolitical. But aside...

    Everyone there was political to you

    Just wanted to say that this sort of phrasing feels very "no politics in video games." I don't understand how anyone could construe people participating in a protest to be nonpolitical.

    But aside from that, the distinction between Grosskreutz and Rittenhouse for me is intent. Grosskreutz went there to protest, not to shoot people and intimidate them with guns. His actions were defensive in that way.

    However, I do understand the point you are getting at, and I'm sure my definition of terrorism is way more lax than yours.

    I certainly don't want everyone who advocates for (and acting on) punching Nazis to be considered to be domestic terrorists.

    I am someone who advocates for punching Nazis. I think resisting fascism with violence is often necessary and a moral good when it is necessary. However, if there was a person who went to an alt-right protest specifically to punch Nazis, I would classify that as terrorism, despite agreeing with it.

    I wouldn't classify terrorism as exclusively happening on the side of the right (although the vast majority of instances of domestic terrorism are done by the alt-right), and as such, I don't think it's bad all the time. The Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism. The allied resistance movements of civilians in WW2 were terrorists, but I think that we all agree that they were morally good.

    We should also be aware that there are more types of political violence than just terrorism, namely, the violence enacted by the state. Police officers shooting tear gas canisters at BLM protestors is an act of political violence, but we don't classify it as terrorism because it's done by the state. Terrorism has a particularly bad reputation as inherently immoral, but I contend that it, like all political violence, is morally neutral. Of course, most political violence is morally bad, but when we classify it as "terrorism," we make it seem more wrong than state violence, when in reality, both can be either good or bad.

    Of course, if you're a pacifist, you can take the position that all violence is bad, and that's okay as long as you equally condemn the violence of all parties (including the state).

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in ~news

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    He specifically went to Kenosha in response to a Black Lives Matter protest after the Kenosha Guard alt-right militia group made a Facebook post asking for "patriots willing to take up arms and...

    He specifically went to Kenosha in response to a Black Lives Matter protest after the Kenosha Guard alt-right militia group made a Facebook post asking for "patriots willing to take up arms and defend" the city. On the night of the shooting, he went to a private car dealership with the intent of "defending" the business. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Rittenhouse said "people are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business." Before he went to Kenosha, he expressed support on social media for the Blue Lives Matter movement.

    Going to a BLM protest with the stated aim of "defending" private businesses with a gun is a massively political statement. I don't see how anyone in attendance on either side could be nonpolitical in such a situation.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in ~news

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    You didn't really respond to my point. Rittenhouse checks every one of the boxes of a domestic terrorist according to the definition. You can't just repeat your point that "he's not a terrorist"...

    You didn't really respond to my point. Rittenhouse checks every one of the boxes of a domestic terrorist according to the definition. You can't just repeat your point that "he's not a terrorist" without providing any evidence why that is the case. "He's not a terrorist because he's not a terrorist" is not much of an argument.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in ~news

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    I don't want to be a pedant here, but the definition of terrorism is "the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims." That's exactly...

    I don't want to be a pedant here, but the definition of terrorism is "the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims." That's exactly what Rittenhouse did, so I think the tag here is appropriate. Although the word "unlawful" apparently no longer applies.

    13 votes
  19. Comment on Liberal hypocrisy is fueling American inequality. Here’s how. | NYT Opinion in ~humanities

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    Anything from democratic socialism to anarcho-communism. I honestly think some form of anarchy would be best for humanity, but I'll take anything I can get at this point.

    Anything from democratic socialism to anarcho-communism. I honestly think some form of anarchy would be best for humanity, but I'll take anything I can get at this point.

    3 votes