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  1. Comment on How do you find new books to read? in ~books

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    Honestly sometimes I just browse my library for something that looks good, if not in person then through the app they use for ebook distribution. I also add things to my book wishlist on thrift...

    Honestly sometimes I just browse my library for something that looks good, if not in person then through the app they use for ebook distribution. I also add things to my book wishlist on thrift books (or Amazon, if it's newer and cheaper there) as I come across them on the internet or in talking with people.

    At this point I've built up such a large backlog of stuff I want to read that it'll probably be years before I get through it all, even as a fairly avid reader.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is breaking before it’s even out in ~tech

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    Respectfully disagree, though I understand your point.

    most of the time they're basically only there to make the product look good

    Respectfully disagree, though I understand your point.

  3. Comment on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is breaking before it’s even out in ~tech

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    Ehhhhh a reviewer's job isn't to make a product look good. If it is they're not a reviewer, they're just a paid advertising assistant. The reviewer's job is to generate word of mouth. Still, this...

    Ehhhhh a reviewer's job isn't to make a product look good. If it is they're not a reviewer, they're just a paid advertising assistant. The reviewer's job is to generate word of mouth.

    Still, this isn't exactly great word of mouth. Samsung's come back from worse though. I remember people shouting doom when there was the whole exploding phone issue a few years ago, but the Galaxy brand is still very much alive and well.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Far-right Vox party set for breakthrough in Spanish elections in ~news

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    Because it's a message whose social perception constantly rides the "us vs them" mentality, regardless of its actual intent. Add into that bad actors who stoke those flames for their own...

    I really wish I could understand why exactly feminism seems to constantly be used as a boogeyman to drive people to these movements

    Because it's a message whose social perception constantly rides the "us vs them" mentality, regardless of its actual intent. Add into that bad actors who stoke those flames for their own manipulative gain, plus a very vocal, small minority that take the ideas of feminism and jam their own rhetoric into them that inevitably makes the entire movement look bad.

    Also it's really easy to forget that people are people, with lives and families and histories, which makes it even easier to generalize and focus on the worst extremes while ignoring the vast middle of perfectly acceptable behavior and beliefs.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I picked Doom (2016) back up because I can't justify buying any new games right now. When I first bought it I thought it was fantastic, but the campaign is fairly short (if you play it linearly,...

    I picked Doom (2016) back up because I can't justify buying any new games right now. When I first bought it I thought it was fantastic, but the campaign is fairly short (if you play it linearly, as I did) and with no interest in Multiplayer it faded fast from my list of "currently playing".

    Having already beaten the campaign I'm now going back through and finding all the secrets that I missed in my mad dash through the campaign. Still just as fun as it was the first time.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? #17 in ~books

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    I'm smack in the middle of "Wool" by Hugh Howey. The first two short stories were fantastic, and I just finished the 3rd which was longer than it should have been. Partway through #4 and I prefer...

    I'm smack in the middle of "Wool" by Hugh Howey. The first two short stories were fantastic, and I just finished the 3rd which was longer than it should have been. Partway through #4 and I prefer it thus far; short, bite-sized views into this world are preferable for me to the heavy character building that happened in #3.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Activision Blizzard pays employees $1 per day to share their pregnancy data in ~tech

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    Thank you for making my point more succinctly than I could.

    Thank you for making my point more succinctly than I could.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Activision Blizzard pays employees $1 per day to share their pregnancy data in ~tech

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    It would be different if the company in question was offering more than token compensation. If a new CEO comes in and wants to install their new vision that puts employees first, by all means. But...

    It would be different if the company in question was offering more than token compensation. If a new CEO comes in and wants to install their new vision that puts employees first, by all means. But offering this program voluntarily and providing $1 compensation isn't exactly putting your employees first.

    Additionally, comparing something like this to diversity hire programs is basically a non-starter argument because the vast majority of companies don't have diversity hiring programs to put their employees first, they have them as a means to avoid discrimination lawsuits. You can tell because historically the vast majority of companies didn't install any sort of diversity hiring requirements or recommendations until it effectively became law to do so.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Activision Blizzard pays employees $1 per day to share their pregnancy data in ~tech

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    The running problem isn't a logical one, as you and many who think like you assert. It's a moral problem and an ethical problem. Morally it is unjust to pay your employees so little for something...

    The running problem isn't a logical one, as you and many who think like you assert. It's a moral problem and an ethical problem. Morally it is unjust to pay your employees so little for something that gives your company such value. Ethically it's dubious to collect this data in the first place, even if it is voluntary, as it has no meaningful, direct connection to the business AB is doing as a whole. It makes logical sense for a company to pay its employees if they volunteer information; the problem arises when you look practically at how its being done.

    We pretty clearly disagree on multiple issues here so I'm going to avoid going into your other points, as I don't have the time or desire to get into a lengthy debate that ultimately comes down to little more than semantics. I don't mean that as a slight against you or anyone else, just as a statement of fact.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Activision Blizzard pays employees $1 per day to share their pregnancy data in ~tech

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    I can only speak for myself but I'm not giving bonus points to an increasingly money-hungry company just because they paid lip service (and I do mean lip service; there is no meaningful difference...

    I can only speak for myself but I'm not giving bonus points to an increasingly money-hungry company just because they paid lip service (and I do mean lip service; there is no meaningful difference in paying someone $1 for their medical health data and paying them nothing) to make themselves look good and try to spin this as them being, "capitalist trendsetters".

    At the end of the day they're paying employees one dollar for a wealth of personal data, which is morally and ethically no better than other Big Tech companies taking similar info for free via browser tracking.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on US Congress moves forward on Taxpayer First Act to ban the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service in ~news

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    What exactly is the rationale behind this one?

    What exactly is the rationale behind this one?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    I'm still working on my novel, among other things. When I get stuck on it I work on short stories or reviews. I've written more since I started the Patreon than I have in years and it has...

    I'm still working on my novel, among other things. When I get stuck on it I work on short stories or reviews. I've written more since I started the Patreon than I have in years and it has definitely had a net positive effect on my life, despite the fact that my day job has gotten particularly grueling recently.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on /r/ChangeMyView moderators announce that they are launching their own site at ChangeAView.com in ~tech

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    Can you imagine the chaos if reddit mods tried to unionize?

    Can you imagine the chaos if reddit mods tried to unionize?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on ‘It’s genuine, you know?’: why the online influencer industry is going ‘authentic’ in ~tech

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    I've never bought this type of thinking and I still don't. To me an online influencer is no different than Billy Mays or Ron Popeil, the only difference being they hock many, many, many products...

    I've never bought this type of thinking and I still don't. To me an online influencer is no different than Billy Mays or Ron Popeil, the only difference being they hock many, many, many products rather than a select few.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Amazon to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit for global broadband project in ~tech

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    I'd personally shell out $77 as a one-time deduction for this, and honestly I'd probably support a very modest tax increase to support ongoing maintenance and upkeep. I'm almost certainly in the...

    I'd personally shell out $77 as a one-time deduction for this, and honestly I'd probably support a very modest tax increase to support ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

    I'm almost certainly in the minority though, especially considering how little I make a year.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Amazon to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit for global broadband project in ~tech

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    I would rather they didn't and we all just coughed up the money to do it. Seriously, per tax-paying citizen in the world, how much would something like this cost? I highly suspect it's less than a...

    I would rather they didn't and we all just coughed up the money to do it. Seriously, per tax-paying citizen in the world, how much would something like this cost? I highly suspect it's less than a fraction of a cent.

    Obviously I understand that that kind of political cooperation, especially in the current climate, is impossible. But a man can dream.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on FTC hits "predatory" scientific publisher with a $50 million fine in ~news

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    It is incredibly heartening to see, amidst such a global push for anti-intellectualism, things like this and the movement to remove opaque language for academic works. It helps remind me that even...

    It is incredibly heartening to see, amidst such a global push for anti-intellectualism, things like this and the movement to remove opaque language for academic works. It helps remind me that even when the public at large seems intent on making sure knowledge stays commodified, those with the ability are still pushing to make knowledge available and useful to everyone.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Borderlands 3 Official Announce Trailer (Six-Month Epic Store Exclusive) in ~games

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    I don't know of any write up on how Epic is handling this huge push for their own online distribution platform, or how they're locking in these exclusivity deals, but honestly it's probably as...

    I don't know of any write up on how Epic is handling this huge push for their own online distribution platform, or how they're locking in these exclusivity deals, but honestly it's probably as simple as the following:

    The online videogame distribution market is still very much dominated by Steam. Some companies have made a little headway, sure, but the VAST majority of desktop distribution goes through Steam. This creates a problem for developers and publishers because Steam takes a CRAZY fucking cut (something like 30%? Maybe. I don't know, I'm remembering that number from somewhere), but if they release on another platform they risk it hurting their sales (because, again, Steam still has the market by the short and curlies).

    Epic, meanwhile, is coming off multiple years of RESOUNDING success with Fortnite (read: CASH CASH MONEY GO'N MAKE IT RAIN). They have all of this new revenue for a game that, for awhile now, has required little upkeep cost. They have a couple options, but knowing Epic they've probably been toying with distribution for a not-insignificant amount of time, so they take this opportunity and dump ALL OF THAT MONEY (maybe not literally, but a significant portion of it) into making their new platform work. Not only do they fund the SHIT out of development, but they are dropping HELLA bills to get these exclusives. The timed-exclusivity is likely a failsafe for the developers in case Epic's store crashes and burns.

    I'd love to see the actual dollar amounts they paid for them, though. Seriously, there's no way this has been a reasonably priced venture.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Behold the Beefless ‘Impossible Whopper’ in ~food

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    Welp, seeing as how I live in STL I suppose I'll have to try it and let you all know how it is.

    Welp, seeing as how I live in STL I suppose I'll have to try it and let you all know how it is.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What song are you currently addicted to? in ~music