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  1. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    If Apple could have been nice and kept the Android app and API going is an entirely different question than whether Dark Sky themselves could have reached more people by staying independent. I...

    If Apple could have been nice and kept the Android app and API going is an entirely different question than whether Dark Sky themselves could have reached more people by staying independent. I think it should be pretty obvious why Apple isn't interested in keeping it going. It doesn't have the benefits of something like Apple Music on Android where the increased marketshare gets them leverage in negotiations with record companies and an increased chance that people will share Apple Music links for songs and playlists online (which is not only free marketing but makes for a better user experience for all of their users). Instead maybe the best thing they could hope for is that someone realises that they had a nice experience with an Apple product? That's not worth wasting engineers on.

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  2. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    I'm not so sure about that. If they're going to be the built-in weather app on iOS, it absolutely seems plausible to me that they'll reach more people than they could competing on their own since...

    I'm not so sure about that. If they're going to be the built-in weather app on iOS, it absolutely seems plausible to me that they'll reach more people than they could competing on their own since they have so many competitors that are significantly larger and with more money than themselves. Just the international expansion would be huge.

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  3. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    At least it’s not nearly as bad as the in influence Google has on everyone, so it could have been much worse.

    At least it’s not nearly as bad as the in influence Google has on everyone, so it could have been much worse.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on How 3M plans to make more than a billion masks by end of year in ~finance

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    That sounds dubious to me, and why would a doctor have that kind of knowledge about the supply chain of masks?

    That sounds dubious to me, and why would a doctor have that kind of knowledge about the supply chain of masks?

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    Honestly I think that even zip codes are too personal. I can't see any meaningful examples where the upside outweighs the downside with that. I don't believe that they should get to know more than...

    Honestly I think that even zip codes are too personal. I can't see any meaningful examples where the upside outweighs the downside with that. I don't believe that they should get to know more than what the person is doing at that very moment (i.e. visting this website, searching for that term, etc) which is how things used to be.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    That's pretty much what David Heinemeier Hansson is saying in the article. Not that advertising should be completely untargeted, only that you shouldn't be able to target based on personal data....

    That's pretty much what David Heinemeier Hansson is saying in the article. Not that advertising should be completely untargeted, only that you shouldn't be able to target based on personal data. That would still allow targeting demographically. I don't think anyone would call demographically targeted advertising "targeted advertising" though because there's barely every been any advertising that wasn't targeted that way.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    Monopoly Tycoon. You may look at the idea of a Monopoly-licensed tycoon game and think that that sounds terrible, but instead it's one of the best tycoon games ever made and probably the best...

    Monopoly Tycoon. You may look at the idea of a Monopoly-licensed tycoon game and think that that sounds terrible, but instead it's one of the best tycoon games ever made and probably the best multiplayer tycoon game. Here's a video walkthrough to click through to see what the game is like, but the basics of the game is building and managing apartments and commerical buildings. It's playing pretty damn loose with the original material, instead doing a complete reimagining of what it would look like as a computer game.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on France announces complete lockdown for 15 days in ~health.coronavirus

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    They have not suspended rent and utility bills for everyone. Only for small companies. It's been widely misreported. Evictions between November 1st and April 1st have been banned in France since...

    They have not suspended rent and utility bills for everyone. Only for small companies. It's been widely misreported.

    Evictions between November 1st and April 1st have been banned in France since 2013, and this has now been extended for two months. However I have no idea what happens if you want to move out. I would assume that it would not be allowed.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Washington debate discussion thread in ~talk

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    What about a Republican? He's said that he'd consider it.

    What about a Republican? He's said that he'd consider it.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on 'Herd immunity': Why Britain is actually letting the coronavirus spread in ~health.coronavirus

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    The aim with slowing the disease is to decrease the number of concurrent hospitalisations. It's not a goal in itself. The British approach has the same aim. They're just going about it in a...

    The aim with slowing the disease is to decrease the number of concurrent hospitalisations. It's not a goal in itself.

    The British approach has the same aim. They're just going about it in a different way. Theoretically you can decrease both the concurrent and total number of hospitalisations if you can reach herd immunity with infections of low-risk groups that have very low rates of hospitalisations.

    It may turn out that they're wrong and can't execute it properly (but then again that is a risk with the other option too), but it's not like it's some idea pulled from thin air. It's easy to see why it's attractice, because it could save both lives, quality of life, and the economy. In other words, if they're "wrong" it's not because they're not aware of the parameters involved.

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  11. Comment on 'Herd immunity': Why Britain is actually letting the coronavirus spread in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm not saying that it's not risky and I'm not certain that it's not a very bad idea, but at least it's a bit better thought out than that. You "only" need something like 60-70% of the population...

    I'm not saying that it's not risky and I'm not certain that it's not a very bad idea, but at least it's a bit better thought out than that. You "only" need something like 60-70% of the population for herd immunity. If you get there rapidly by having all low-risk groups infected but not anyone else, you would have a much lower ratio of hospitalisations than what you'd get otherwise.

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  12. Comment on Germany tries to stop U.S. from luring away firm seeking coronavirus vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    From the article:

    From the article:

    Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.
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    Welt am Sonntag also quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.”

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Walmart sets emergency leave policy for 1.4M hourly workers in ~health.coronavirus

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    The keywords are of course if they are not able to return to work. It's not like anyone is going to be able to just request it. If you recover from COVID-19, you're very almost certainly going to...

    The keywords are of course if they are not able to return to work. It's not like anyone is going to be able to just request it. If you recover from COVID-19, you're very almost certainly going to be just as healthy as you were before - especially if you're of working age.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Elliott Management’s Paul Singer seeks to replace Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in ~finance

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    I can't help but find this paragraph hilarous and depressing:

    I can't help but find this paragraph hilarous and depressing:

    The company has, however, fallen behind on innovation, choosing to focus on its core service while other social media competitors like Snap Inc. and Instagram develop filters and stories popular with their users.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on Sweden starts testing new official digital currency – pilot project will be run in an isolated test environment together with digital tech consultants Accenture in ~finance

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    It's not an alternative to the krona, it's one digital form of it. It really doesn't have much in common with what most people would think of when they think of crypto currencies, because it would...

    It's not an alternative to the krona, it's one digital form of it. It really doesn't have much in common with what most people would think of when they think of crypto currencies, because it would be controlled completely by Riksbanken and tied to value of the "regular" krona.

    One of the big reasons is that while, yes, you can at the moment pay with physical cash or digital payments we're increasingly moving in the cashless direction with Sweden being one of the leading countries of this development (for example, in 2010 when asked 39% of people responded that they made their last payment with cash. In 2018 that was down to 13%). What a cashless only society would mean that you'd be forced to have your money with a bank and make payments the way they allow you to. That would put a lot of power in the hands of private corporations, really an unacceptable amount of control over the country's economy. You could try to tightly regulate them to avoid the worst downsides, but that's always going to be an eternal game of whack-a-mole.

    The option instead would be to put the power into the hands of every citizen. They could have full control over their digital money, much like they have full control over physical cash. That would not only make it more difficult for the large corporations to do shady stuff because there's always an alternative, but it would also make it much easier for new small companies making their way into the financial sector.

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  16. Comment on Why six hours of sleep is as bad as none at all in ~health

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    This article overstates what we've learned from this one study. These people were taken out from their normal living conditions and made to live in the laboratory, taking tests every two hours...

    This article overstates what we've learned from this one study. These people were taken out from their normal living conditions and made to live in the laboratory, taking tests every two hours while awake and being kept awake if not scheduled for sleep, for 14 days. They were made to suddenly change their sleeping pattern, not only changing for how many hours they slept but also when they went to bed and when they woke up. It's not actually four hours, six hours, and eight hours of sleep but that many hours in bed - an unfamiliar bed while being supervised.

    This doesn't mean that the study is bad, it's just doesn't say what the article (and especially the title) does.

    25 votes
  17. Comment on It’s okay to leave your headphones at home in ~life

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    Why would it be important to use that (kind of) time specifically "to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds"? For me personally they're not productive environments for it, so I...

    Why would it be important to use that (kind of) time specifically "to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds"? For me personally they're not productive environments for it, so I rather use the opportunity for something else that works better for me.

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  18. Comment on How would you reduce speeding by car drivers? in ~talk

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    You seem to only be focusing on motorways though (and ignoring the enviromental impact of higher speeds, but let's put that aside for the moment). These speed camera lotteries were in city...

    You seem to only be focusing on motorways though (and ignoring the enviromental impact of higher speeds, but let's put that aside for the moment).

    These speed camera lotteries were in city enviroments like this and like this, where speeding just a little means a huge increase in risk for pedestrians, people on bicycles, and so on.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Local bookstores have a new weapon in the fight with Amazon in ~books

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    Very good to see. I can't help but feel that in a good world, this would have been the kind of business that an independent Goodreads would have gotten into.

    Very good to see. I can't help but feel that in a good world, this would have been the kind of business that an independent Goodreads would have gotten into.

    2 votes