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  1. Comment on What do you think about MBTI theory? in ~talk

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    My biggest problem with MBTI is that I’ve gotten different results over time, and these time periods can be as long as years or as short as days. The fact that my results change on my mood, or...

    My biggest problem with MBTI is that I’ve gotten different results over time, and these time periods can be as long as years or as short as days.

    The fact that my results change on my mood, or current mindset, leads me to think that they are not fixed, and therefore lose some value in being tools for deconstructing your personality.

    I also believe that personality is very much on a spectrum, and while I spend many days as an extrovert, without a day to myself as an introvert I end up in a funk. The mind is not so binary, and to put people in camps (even with a score that provides context) is disingenuous to the fluidity of our experience.

    Certain scenarios (e.g. a large new group) will make me more introverted, while others (e.g. drinking alcohol in the same group) will unleash a part of my personality that was previously hidden.

    I don’t believe we can easily come up with a definitive way to describe people, but I do think these tests can be useful in the sense that they cause you to evaluate your life, which is a useful self reflection.

    TL;DR Myers Briggs is interesting, but not prescriptive imho

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Can Animals Commit Crimes? in ~humanities

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    Time spent on a video is a proxy for engagement. More engaged viewers means higher ad cost, and therefore more money. Not sure if this is factored into YouTube algorithms, but I can see a reason...

    Time spent on a video is a proxy for engagement. More engaged viewers means higher ad cost, and therefore more money. Not sure if this is factored into YouTube algorithms, but I can see a reason for keeping people around.

    That being said, as a user, many times I want to skip through the video like I would while skimming a book, but it’s so much more tedious to go backwards in a video to figure out where was the key section you missed.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Black Mesa's Xen levels will enter public beta next month in ~games

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    Having anticipated Black Mesa for over a decade at this point, this may be a bittersweet release marking the end of any Half-Life related material (save from any leaks of the development hell...

    Having anticipated Black Mesa for over a decade at this point, this may be a bittersweet release marking the end of any Half-Life related material (save from any leaks of the development hell involved with HL3).

    Kind of crazy how dedicated a fan base can be years after a game’s release. I don’t really see similar dedication outside of perhaps Minecraft, and that’s a game whose core is based off of user-creation.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    Sure, advertisers aren’t given access to PII, but the amount of potential data points accessible can be resolved down to the essence of an individual (at least within lookalike modeling). Also, to...

    Advertisers, who pay with money to get access to eyeballs (not user data, NEVER user data and FB is the same)

    Sure, advertisers aren’t given access to PII, but the amount of potential data points accessible can be resolved down to the essence of an individual (at least within lookalike modeling).

    Also, to @HanakoIsBestGirl’s point, I have to trust that Facebook won’t leak my data to (overtly) nefarious parties. Cambridge Analytica clearly shows a lapse in their judgment, but you still have to trust that their data won’t be breached. I, for one, was one of the lucky “few” who got their entire data (sans credit card and SSN) stolen. How can I trust a company who pays hand over fist for some of the best engineers in the world to be honest stewards of my data, if they can’t even prevent others from accessing it? I understand that breaches happen (I’m also affected by the Equifax breach, so there’s now enough info out there to steal my entire identity), but with other news like plaintext storage of passwords, I really wonder if the company that prides itself on “move fast and break things” and “global domination” may be doing so at the expense of their users.

    As an aside (anecdata to ensue), I know of two examples of friends who have even been misclassified by FB by their own advertising preferences. One was a straight male in a long term relationship (5+ years), who got classified as a homosexual. Another (an Asian-American) was classified as “African-American”. These are both protected groups by law, and to your point, FB is terrible at getting this right. That being said, their ubiquity means they become a de facto source of truth as well.

    When people speak out against privacy complaints with “I’ve got nothing to hide, so why should I care?”, I think it’s a dangerous path to go down. What if the government got ahold of FB’s profiling? If I’m in an authoritarian state, people may be put on lists based on undesirable traits (Nazi Germany loved keeping records, and IBM was pivotal in making the holocaust an efficient process). What if those traits are wrong? You may not fear about what you’re doing, but do you trust some ML algorithm that decided you exhibit similar traits to another group you don’t subscribe to? This is the real danger, and why I dislike the consolidation of “companies with data on me”, because the insights gleaned from that amount of data isn’t guaranteed to be accurate, but that won’t stop the wrong hands from acting on it, nonetheless.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Trump Signs Executive Order Compelling Disclosure of Prices in Health Care in ~news

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    Healthcare is a major omission from traditional macroeconomics because it completely averts the traditional supply and demand models for generating the price of saving a human life at any cost....

    Healthcare is a major omission from traditional macroeconomics because it completely averts the traditional supply and demand models for generating the price of saving a human life at any cost.

    Unlike ideal markets, a hospital has an obligation to treat every customer/person who comes through the door, insured or not. The injured do not “shop around” until they find the right price. In many cases, they’ve already incurred a cost of an ambulance, and the cheapest scenario is to go to the closest hospital (assuming the “customer” even has a choice in the matter).

    Even prescriptions have a different cost at face value than the insurer-negotiated cost. Big pharma has a financial incentive to keep you addicted/dependent on long term drugs.

    No aspect of the system behaves according to traditional economics, and I think that’s a little fucked up, given the fact that healthcare is an age-old tradition whose origins can even be argued to date as far back as monkey grooming.

    We’re currently combatting a moral imperative (help others) with a capitalist ideal (only look after oneself). I don’t believe the two can cohabitate our world: they are divergent ideologies. I do think with tweaking, they can operate in a more socialist environment, but that’s not guaranteed (e.g. if the elderly outnumber the abled, you have a different system of imbalance).

    I’m not confident the US will get its shit together within my own lifetime, but the prospect of dying a slow and painful death under the guise of a “civilized nation” seems absurd, regardless of circumstance.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Big fan of GEB. That entire book is a tome of thought experiments. I haven’t gotten around to reading I Am A Strange Loop, but I hear it’s also good.

    Big fan of GEB. That entire book is a tome of thought experiments. I haven’t gotten around to reading I Am A Strange Loop, but I hear it’s also good.

  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Yeasayer came out with a new album, Erotic Reruns, which is a little more pop-y than their other albums, but nearly every song is still solid. I’m a particular fan of “Blue Skies Dandelions”.

    Yeasayer came out with a new album, Erotic Reruns, which is a little more pop-y than their other albums, but nearly every song is still solid. I’m a particular fan of “Blue Skies Dandelions”.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Slack goes public via a direct listing, with a market cap near $25 billion in early trading in ~tech

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    They also compete with Google Hangouts/Meet, and regular old email. They very much risk revenue loss each year, especially since a large client base is surely startups, which happen to exist in a...

    They also compete with Google Hangouts/Meet, and regular old email. They very much risk revenue loss each year, especially since a large client base is surely startups, which happen to exist in a bubble right now as well.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    I actually love the entire concept of a visual album. Daft Punk has another called Electroma, but that's more of an art house film than a music video. They also have an even less cohesive movie...

    I actually love the entire concept of a visual album. Daft Punk has another called Electroma, but that's more of an art house film than a music video. They also have an even less cohesive movie called D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes, which has a music video directed by Spike Jonze.

    I'm always trying to see if I can find more visual albums / synchronized animation but I fear the list is pretty short. Here's what I know of:

    • Kanye West - Runaway
    • Beyonce - Lemonade
    • Washed Out - Mister Mellow
    • Pink Floyd - The Wall
    • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Rainbow (if this counts lol)
    • The Who - Tommy
    • The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
    • Fantasia
    • Allegro Non Troppo
    2 votes
  10. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    Aww yiss, this thread is my jam. I've got a bunch of them, so no in particular order: Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours Great art direction, and also plug for their more recent video Another You which...

    Aww yiss, this thread is my jam. I've got a bunch of them, so no in particular order:


    Well, I'm sure there's more, but it's late and I think I exhausted my memory while still holding back on some lesser videos. I love music videos as an art form, and some of the experiences they can deliver are unique to the medium itself.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    Ape School - Wail to God is done by the same artist for the Blockhead music video, although this one is more NSFW and humorous.

    Ape School - Wail to God is done by the same artist for the Blockhead music video, although this one is more NSFW and humorous.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What's your aesthetic? in ~talk

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    I’m a Brooklyn craft home brew served in a standard pint glass in a non-descript pub in Manhattan

    I’m a Brooklyn craft home brew served in a standard pint glass in a non-descript pub in Manhattan

  13. Comment on The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. in ~health

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    Perhaps I mistranscribed my thought (have been drinking), but I may have intended that we assume it’s benign because it was made by science. It’s also really fucking cool, and the novelty is hard...

    Perhaps I mistranscribed my thought (have been drinking), but I may have intended that we assume it’s benign because it was made by science. It’s also really fucking cool, and the novelty is hard to deny, but a full on embrace can get you hurt.

    Fire is one of the earliest technologies, and it changed the world. That being said, a full on embrace of it, and you’ll end up burned.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. in ~health

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    I suppose I’m much more of a “doom and gloom” predictor of the future, but the modern age of filter bubbles and targeted advertising alarms me. Unlike in the prior days of information technology...

    I suppose I’m much more of a “doom and gloom” predictor of the future, but the modern age of filter bubbles and targeted advertising alarms me.

    Unlike in the prior days of information technology (writing, radio, television), it either took uncommon knowledge/skill or a series of funding/approval to reach large scale audiences. There was a barrier to entry for broadcasting that maintained a certain quality of the content. Nowadays, anyone can upload a video to YouTube and reach millions.

    Again, this is a double edged sword, and there’s a lot of benefit of giving communication mechanisms to the masses (Arab Spring, ALS ice bucket challenge, etc.), but I think there is a greater potential for it to be misused. Fake news and Cambridge Analytica may have influenced world politics to increase far right political leaders, Brexit, and genocide. Elsagate is a targeted attempt to manipulate young children who rely on recommendation engines to determine what they are exposed to.

    I may sound like a grumpy old man afraid of technology (I’m in my 20s, and my job is to measure the digital consumption habits of people), but I do think that blind acceptance of technology into our lives is damgerous and poses risk of trading off our humanity for convenience.

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  15. Comment on The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. in ~health

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    Fair, but every hypothesis that’s being investigated can boil down to “something about the modern world goes against what our biology is meant to handle”. My pet theory is that we unwittingly...

    See this is exactly the reason why we need scientists. Anyone can come up with a semi-plausible explanation and convince themselves that they have it all figured out.

    Fair, but every hypothesis that’s being investigated can boil down to “something about the modern world goes against what our biology is meant to handle”. My pet theory is that we unwittingly embraced technology because it was created by science, but we didn’t wait to see the science behind whether it would have negative impacts to our physical and mental health.

    The evidence for mental health effects is slowly coming to light (attention/focus, depression), and I think OP’s article is in some way evidence of negative physical effects.

    Animal research has suggested that powerful indoor lights could do the trick instead.

    While I know you’re not saying this is the magical cure-all, intense indoor lighting sounds like a dystopia to me, but maybe I’m just scared of the future.

  16. Comment on Tildes User Income Survey in ~talk

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    As a resident in NYC I think you should have increased your available ranges (or included location), since 100K certainly can afford a comfortable life as a single person, but as others have said,...

    As a resident in NYC I think you should have increased your available ranges (or included location), since 100K certainly can afford a comfortable life as a single person, but as others have said, the same amount in other parts of the world is more than enough to raise an entire family on.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. in ~health

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    I’ve heard of near-sightedness becoming more and more of a problem with the newer generations, and this article does a good job at highlighting the science behind the study into the cause. That...

    I’ve heard of near-sightedness becoming more and more of a problem with the newer generations, and this article does a good job at highlighting the science behind the study into the cause.

    That being said, I’m not sure you need a scientist to identify many of the factors that are causing near sightedness: kids are given screens at a young age, and they interact less in the real world (read: outside) than in the past.

    There’s always an argument about how perhaps humanity is evolving from our new reality in a way that’s more efficient, but when you have entire swathes of the population requiring glasses and corrective lenses, and in much larger numbers than ever before seen, I have to imagine that we’re stuck in a spiral of not knowing how to deal with the new problems of today because there’s not enough longitudinal studies to show that’s its regressive.

    This bleeds into political issues (which I don’t want to get into), but I’ve had a theory that Gen Z was the guinea pig generation for technology, and that we’re not fully aware of the issues we foisted on them. Gen Y at least had early formative years before the Web 2.0. Today, generations are being born with no understanding that there’s another way to live, and the reliance on social media has shown multiple negative effects to mental health.

    I think we need to recognize that technology is a double-edged sword, and that a growing child’s biology was not designed to reasonably handle to the tools we design as adults. Children are great at adapting, and I think today they may be over-adapting, while also missing some of the deep-thought & critical thinking skills that require the long-term focus we seem to be eroding by the day in an age of ephemeral change.

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

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    Le Tigre brings me back to my initial foray into psych-indie pop :) Might want to check out the short lived band Digitalism as well. I’ve been meanwhile getting into Tiny Desk Concerts quite a bit...

    Le Tigre brings me back to my initial foray into psych-indie pop :)

    Might want to check out the short lived band Digitalism as well.

    I’ve been meanwhile getting into Tiny Desk Concerts quite a bit recently. They remind me of SoFar Sounds shows, which I highly suggest for anyone interested in a more intimate music environment. Usually some cool people in attendance as well. BYOB, and a great date option, if anyone is interested.

    For me, though, I can’t get enough of Foimal by Boogarins. I’m not into all their songs, but this one is stuck in my head.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are your goals and accomplishments for this week? in ~talk

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    What’s the course in? I’ve always been skeptical of online courses because they don’t have as much social pressure to complete due to lack of physical attendance, but 2 years sounds like a decent...

    What’s the course in? I’ve always been skeptical of online courses because they don’t have as much social pressure to complete due to lack of physical attendance, but 2 years sounds like a decent commitment, so I assume there’s milestones (and potential certification) that prompt engagement.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I just saw The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was sparked partly by having watched Jodorowsky's Dune somewhat recently. Unlike the production of Dune, which never happened, Quixote was mired in...

    I just saw The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was sparked partly by having watched Jodorowsky's Dune somewhat recently. Unlike the production of Dune, which never happened, Quixote was mired in troubles in getting off the ground for 30 years, but finally created an epic adventure-comedy.

    I'm a fan of some of Gilliam's other works, (Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Twelve Monkeys), and this one similarly has some surreal dives into the psyche. However, it meanders a bit too long on the same repeated story cycle. Perhaps it's somewhat fitting that the movie itself is a meta-reference to it's own repeated attempts to film a Don Quixote movie.

    It certainly had it's funny moments, but it doesn't quite stand up to the off-the-wall humor that Monty Python was known for, nor does it leave the viewer with a strong feeling of a coherent plot. That being said, I overall enjoyed it, though appreciate Jodorowsky's Dune for a more succinct runtime.

    2 votes