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  1. Comment on Changing world, changing Mozilla - Mozilla Corp. announces restructuring and around 250 layoffs in ~tech

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    There's a website called Mozilla Lifeboat for laid-off developers, offering jobs at tech companies. Companies may add themselves to the list. On the site, there's also a spreadsheet of former...

    There's a website called Mozilla Lifeboat for laid-off developers, offering jobs at tech companies. Companies may add themselves to the list.

    On the site, there's also a spreadsheet of former Mozilla devs looking for jobs, with a list of skills and requirements for the position.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on The Clean Network: A US Department of State proposal to provide 5G free of China's interference in ~tech

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    They say "mainly" but list no other malign actor in the proposal. <...>

    The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to safeguarding the nation’s assets including citizens’ privacy and companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party.

    They say "mainly" but list no other malign actor in the proposal.

    <...>

    The 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, which are required to comply with directives of the Chinese Communist Party.

  3. Comment on The Amish keep to themselves. And they’re hiding a horrifying secret: "A year of reporting by Cosmo and Type Investigations reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse." in ~humanities

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    I wrote four paragraphs about how maybe it has to do with the fact that you have to keep up appearances or cut the abused person loose for the sake of your image, but it's not that, is it? Not...

    I wrote four paragraphs about how maybe it has to do with the fact that you have to keep up appearances or cut the abused person loose for the sake of your image, but it's not that, is it? Not entirely, at least. It's maintaining the status quo.

    My family has its fair share of people who'd rather dissociate from heavy, dangerous things than take action, because taking action against heavy, dangerous things is prone to be uncomfortable and painful, and it may come with a loss (money, time, relatives, the sense of commonality with your peers...). Some people, far outside the Amish, would rather close their eyes and hope things pass than call out ill behavior and protect the innocent.

    Knowing that nobody will stand up for you can be fucking terrifying. I can only imagine what it must be like when you also have a very real threat in your midst.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on How to not make an ass of yourself in online discussions in ~tech

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    Yes, but it also delves into the reasons why said someone is they way they are. This exploration is why I linked it. Up to this point this is the best elaboration on this phenomenon I have found....

    Yes, but it also delves into the reasons why said someone is they way they are. This exploration is why I linked it. Up to this point this is the best elaboration on this phenomenon I have found. Could probably be worded better by someone else, but I've seen nothing else so far.

  5. Comment on How to not make an ass of yourself in online discussions in ~tech

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    You moved the goalpost. "Insults" was never part of the conversation I took you up on. "Aggression" was, and so was its expression, as per the title of the linked post. Conflating the two betrays...

    You moved the goalpost. "Insults" was never part of the conversation I took you up on. "Aggression" was, and so was its expression, as per the title of the linked post. Conflating the two betrays lacking in understanding of the difference between the two.

    I could very well state my opinion without deferring to curse words to express just how frustrated I am by the subject matter – but I find that disingenuous on my end, self-repressive, and, most important, obtrusive to just how crucial the subject matter is. I'm not often upset by minutiae. If you see me upset, it's usually because of a higher principle that someone's violated.

    "It almost never works" because most people have no idea how to channel the anger properly. They resort to basic ad hominem and "you're full of shit, I'm not talking to you" because it's easier to find the target on the other side of the conversation than to keep your anger in your fist and look up what it is that truly begrieves you. That is where your notion of "don't do the witty thing" stems from: the fact that you rarely see anger channeled well.

    Dismissiveness of irregular circumstance is often the exact kind of attitude in dialogue that makes conversations go real fuckin' bad, real fuckin' fast. Learning about irregular circumstance – understand where said irregular circumstance – may lead you to a more certain plane of ideas where the two of you can gain each other's trust.

    You can be mean. You can be aggressive. These two states sometimes collide but not always. Understanding that nuance may lead to a more productive – or at least more respectful – conversation.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on How to not make an ass of yourself in online discussions in ~tech

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    I'm of the school of thought that says to each truly is their own.

    Don't use snark, sarcasm, "fuck", "shit", or try being "funny" or "witty" in general. This is not an "avoid", this is a "just don't at all". It almost never works well.

    I'm of the school of thought that says to each truly is their own.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Reddit moderator accounts compromised in coordinated hack, hundreds of subreddits vandalized in ~tech

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    I bet it was the barrage of emojis that changed your mind. Those are hard to resist. It's just science.

    I bet it was the barrage of emojis that changed your mind. Those are hard to resist. It's just science.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Time travel in Avengers: Endgame in ~movies

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    Even though the reality of the article is that it's a lot wider in scope than merely the time-travel aspect of the MCU, I've only read the time-travel part. It's an interesting read: not...

    Even though the reality of the article is that it's a lot wider in scope than merely the time-travel aspect of the MCU, I've only read the time-travel part. It's an interesting read: not disdaining, careful in detail, and to the point. It's rare to see discussion like that around a trendy piece of fiction (in the sense of "there's going to be a lot of people talking about it 'cause the thing is in at least the middle layers of zeitgeist right now").

    I might return to it later to read the rest. The time-travel part made good promises.

  9. Comment on I’d like to suggest avoiding long excerpts in ~tildes

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    Not a reply to me, then. You're replying to a suggestion that text topics should be used as a vessel for link content if the poster has something else to share about it. My suggestion was to make...

    This is a bit of a combined response to both you and @ThatFanficGuy, since you're both basically making similar suggestions (that submitters should post text along with a link) from slightly different angles

    Not a reply to me, then. You're replying to a suggestion that text topics should be used as a vessel for link content if the poster has something else to share about it. My suggestion was to make link topics also take text content as a possibility, rather than shove it down the line as a comment, which is counter-intuitive to the user and shifts directions of the topic itself.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on I’d like to suggest avoiding long excerpts in ~tildes

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    Perhaps not. Would be silly to cite half the article and still be under a reasonable limit, wouldn't it? But then you have to let the reader know if it's worth reading. Titles don't always cover...

    Perhaps not. Would be silly to cite half the article and still be under a reasonable limit, wouldn't it?

    But then you have to let the reader know if it's worth reading. Titles don't always cover that function. I'm not even talking about clickbait: sometimes the concern within the article is brief but diluted by the circumstances of it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on I’d like to suggest avoiding long excerpts in ~tildes

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    The role of an excerpt is to pique the viewer's interest or help clarify something a confusingly-short title would miss. Your goal as a poster, should you choose to add an excerpt, is to capture...

    The role of an excerpt is to pique the viewer's interest or help clarify something a confusingly-short title would miss. Your goal as a poster, should you choose to add an excerpt, is to capture the essence of the article: what it's about, what it elucidates, why reading it matters. Length alone doesn't matter, but long excerpts betray a failure to engage with and understand the article.

    Then again, some articles are short enough that you can use an excerpt to cover it in its entirety. What to do with those is beyond me. I suppose a TL;DR-type excerpt is not beneath us.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on I’d like to suggest avoiding long excerpts in ~tildes

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    Like not disabling text content for link-based topics? I'm still confused about reasoning behind it. You had to go through extra work to prevent and redirect it.

    Maybe there's some non-comment way we could come up with to include excerpts in a post

    Like not disabling text content for link-based topics? I'm still confused about reasoning behind it. You had to go through extra work to prevent and redirect it.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Bisexuality Exists: Bisexual attraction study upends decades of flawed research in ~lgbt

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    Perhaps you're right. It's not all one side or the other, and people have a tendency to change their minds when presented with proof under the right circumstance, even if they held their position...

    Perhaps you're right. It's not all one side or the other, and people have a tendency to change their minds when presented with proof under the right circumstance, even if they held their position strongly.

    It was awfully pessimistic of me to suggest it's not going to make any change. I'd like to see something shift the Overton window more radically when it comes to personal identity, sexuality, and romantic preferences. I'm impatient like that: when people suffer prejudice over nonsense and fear, I want to punch something. The prejudiced feel superior in their aggrandized worldview, while the targets of their bullying often hurt themselves or even – most aggravatingly – commit suicide.

    So, I suppose anything that changes the conversation towards acceptance and understanding is something I should back.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Replacing YouTube & Invidious in ~comp

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    Any chance this is something I could use as the epitome of command-line layperson?

    Any chance this is something I could use as the epitome of command-line layperson?

  15. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    You seem to be taking the notion solely within the confines of the way flags are being used for political reasons in the US. It's fair, but it's much to narrow to qualify discussion flags in...

    You seem to be taking the notion solely within the confines of the way flags are being used for political reasons in the US. It's fair, but it's much to narrow to qualify discussion flags in general, wouldn't you think?

    The practices about flags differ around the world. It's particularly self-indulgent in the US, but that by no means says anything about other countries, or the way they use theirs.

    What things do you think an item should have to better represent a nation? Would you consider coats of arms a better symbol?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    Are you referring to the idea of a flag or the the shapes flags are generally want to include?

    archaically simplistic

    Are you referring to the idea of a flag or the the shapes flags are generally want to include?

    2 votes