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  1. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    Hasn't stopped them from using the platform, which means Twitter isn't seeing any reduced revenue - and isn't likely to in the future.

    Hasn't stopped them from using the platform, which means Twitter isn't seeing any reduced revenue - and isn't likely to in the future.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    What negative impact has Twitter had from this? There's literally zero chance of effective legislative controls here, and they've had enormous positive publicity out of it.

    What negative impact has Twitter had from this? There's literally zero chance of effective legislative controls here, and they've had enormous positive publicity out of it.

  3. Comment on US CDC: Coronavirus fatality rate could be as low as 0.26% in ~health.coronavirus

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    Mortality rate isn't really something for the CDC to plan for, but rather is something for economic organisations to plan for (which is why that 'not a prediction' disclaimer that was pointed out...

    Mortality rate isn't really something for the CDC to plan for, but rather is something for economic organisations to plan for (which is why that 'not a prediction' disclaimer that was pointed out is so important).

    The relevant stats the CDC will be concerned with are transmission rates (R0), hospitalisation rates, and 'survivable only with intervention' rates.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on I'm looking for another romcom anime in ~anime

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    But those things you mention breach the Steam rule of piracy (make it more convenient to not pirate) which shows they haven't learned anything. I can stream literally any anime in HD on like 15...

    But those things you mention breach the Steam rule of piracy (make it more convenient to not pirate) which shows they haven't learned anything. I can stream literally any anime in HD on like 15 different websites - the paid websites invariably offer a worse service.

  5. Comment on I'm looking for another romcom anime in ~anime

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    There's plenty of less reputable sites to watch it on (anime has yet to learn the Steam law of piracy), like 9anime. I'd highly recommend it as well - the current season 2 could very easily make...

    There's plenty of less reputable sites to watch it on (anime has yet to learn the Steam law of piracy), like 9anime. I'd highly recommend it as well - the current season 2 could very easily make best-of-season.

    Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta (which a wise man once told me translates to 'this was adapted from a light novel') is also a good one airing currently. Girl wakes up in another world, that happens to match an Otome game (Japanese visual novel game genre mostly aimed at women involving 'conquering' male love interests). However she wakes up in the body of the main villain of the game and has to work out how to avoid the main character killing her off.

  6. Comment on The coronavirus is making us all camgirls: For millions of newly remote workers, doing your job now involves looking the part, figuring out your angles, and performing for the camera in ~life

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    Hyperbole maybe, but this (and the author's other material) indicates to me that this is all too serious.

    Hyperbole maybe, but this (and the author's other material) indicates to me that this is all too serious.

  7. Comment on The coronavirus is making us all camgirls: For millions of newly remote workers, doing your job now involves looking the part, figuring out your angles, and performing for the camera in ~life

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    This is such a weird post, it reaches so far it's a wonder they didn't dislocate their arms. I had to find out just why they shoehorned things as hard as they did, and the author profile says they...

    This is such a weird post, it reaches so far it's a wonder they didn't dislocate their arms.

    I had to find out just why they shoehorned things as hard as they did, and the author profile says they wrote 'Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work" - so probably a case of everything looking like a nail.

    Camwhores were never the mainstream of the webcam internet. Webcams were there for stupid internet videos, that eventually saw the rise of Youtube (which took advantage of a extant rising trend, it invented nothing). But between the Youtube-esque use of webcams and today, there was game streaming (where Twitch did much the same as Youtube and take something people were already doing and made it huge). Twitch and Twitch-clones (funnily enough including Youtube these days) has FAR more to do with the way people are behaving with remote work than it has links to people naked on a camera. Youtube and Twitch etc were and are about people doing normal things you would do around other people, only on camera. Remote work is the same. Camwhoring is about doing things you wouldn't do around other people, on camera. Very different.

    I don't even want to touch the 'Paypal is evil for refusing service to sex workers and you should be afraid because having to work 2 jobs is totally the same' except to point at it and call it stupid.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What is going on at r/worldpolitics? in ~talk

  9. Comment on I’m a developer. I won’t teach my kids to code, and neither should you in ~comp

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    The author is making a clear case of what you do after you've learned to program, rather than ways to learn. As for breakpoints and other debugging methods, there is a distinction to be made...

    to learn from it

    The author is making a clear case of what you do after you've learned to program, rather than ways to learn.

    As for breakpoints and other debugging methods, there is a distinction to be made between using those as exploration and diagnosis tools vs running the code with your 'bugfix' to see if that was what was required. If you are using a debugger to step through to find the bug, there is nothing functionally different to looking through the code yourself. But once you find that bug, your expertise takes over as to what to do about it, and you should be certain that a) the change you made was necessary, and b) the change you made is going to correct the error you discovered. Now, you may find there are other errors as well, or in fixing an error you may expose a previously hidden one, but what you shouldn't find out (unless you screwed up) is that what you thought was an error and what you thought needed changing was not correct.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on I’m a developer. I won’t teach my kids to code, and neither should you in ~comp

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    If you're talking sysadmin work, yes. If you're talking programming, definitely not.

    If you're talking sysadmin work, yes. If you're talking programming, definitely not.

  11. Comment on I’m a developer. I won’t teach my kids to code, and neither should you in ~comp

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    There is a big push right now for people to learn 'transferable skills' of which problem solving is one. The big issue with the 'lets break out from the paradigm' crowd is that they fail to grasp...

    There is a big push right now for people to learn 'transferable skills' of which problem solving is one. The big issue with the 'lets break out from the paradigm' crowd is that they fail to grasp the simple need for having a tool kit, even if that tool kit isn't full of transferable skills..

    There is nothing wrong with teaching kids to code, because there is nothing mutually exclusive to it vs teaching them to problem solve. On the contrary, if they can code, they can often do problem solving in and with their code as they code.

    I also have an issue with

    Coding is like that. Try something. See if it works. Try again.

    This is what I see in godawful students that fail. If there's a time crunch like a server going down it's somewhat understandable to play coding shotgun, but trial-and-error programming is normally what you do when you have failed at being a good programmer. The correct way to do it is to analyse the problem, diagnose the issue, and fix it. You should know that it is fixed before you run it unless you screwed up. Now, screwing up is not such a bad thing, but it should be known for what it is (something you want to avoid), rather than some desirable process.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Gfycat to ban adult content and move it to RedGIFs, a new site by Gfycat for content with no restrictions in ~tech

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    This may be the first time I have seen a company handle this properly - well done to gfycat.

    Links to your adult content will be transferred to redgifs.com as of May 12, 2020; this ensures that anything you shared and posted in the past will not turn into a broken link.

    This may be the first time I have seen a company handle this properly - well done to gfycat.

    25 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit removes new chat room feature after one day in the wake of moderator protests and bugs in ~tech

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    They avoided it by a mile, a little surface anger isn't going to cause people to leave en masse. Everyone says 'look out for another Digg' - the Digg exodus was a seriously uncommon event, I don't...

    They avoided it by a mile, a little surface anger isn't going to cause people to leave en masse. Everyone says 'look out for another Digg' - the Digg exodus was a seriously uncommon event, I don't know of any user base migration that comes anywhere remotely close to the speed of that one and very much doubt it will happen to Reddit. Reddit might go the way of MySpace or Yahoo (slowly and with many whimpers), but it isn't likely to go the way Digg did.

    Digg happened because Reddit was simply the better platform at the time - the migration itself was already happening, 4.0 was just the push that caused critical mass.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Elon Musk tweets "Tesla stock price is too high imo", shares fall in ~finance

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    OOH BOY 40 MILLION BUCKEROONIES. There's a post here on this Tildes group making the rounds that should put that in some perspective:...

    OOH BOY 40 MILLION BUCKEROONIES.

    There's a post here on this Tildes group making the rounds that should put that in some perspective: https://tildes.net/~finance/oc5/1_pixel_wealth_wealth_in_the_united_states_shown_to_scale#comments

    And because Musk isn't Bezos a closer comparison: If you earned the US median salary of approx US$50,000 in 2019, and Musk earned $2,000,000,000 in 2019, even excluding the bigger issue of assets where the % difference is FAR higher, Musk's fine was the equivalent of a $1,000 fine. Except oops! Half of that fine was paid by Tesla, not Musk, so it was actually $500.

    And that doesn't even begin to cover the depth of the difference - because a person on a median salary might be unable to pay rent/mortgage or buy clothes for their kids if they were hit by a $500 fine, where Musk is quite obviously in no danger of becoming homeless or otherwise being materially inconvenienced by the fine in any way.

    It's an absolute farce.

    16 votes
  15. Comment on Protesters, some armed, enter Michigan Capitol in rally against COVID-19 limits in ~news

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    There's a huge difference between showing a weapon (having it be visible, or known that you have it) and brandishing a weapon (readying it out of its holster for handguns, or in the case of long...

    There's a huge difference between showing a weapon (having it be visible, or known that you have it) and brandishing a weapon (readying it out of its holster for handguns, or in the case of long arms like rifles and shotguns bringing it to the shoulder or otherwise readying it for use/pointing the muzzle at people). Brandishing where you aren't in danger is a crime regardless of other circumstances - but it is not illegal to have a weapon on you while you engage in road rage within the legal limit of what is allowed (which is pretty slim before you get into assault/menacing territory,, but exists). I haven't seen anything to say these protesters were brandishing weapons, just that they were carrying them.

    Again, there is no requirement within the 2nd amendment to say when you can choose to be armed - they could (and knowing the demographic likely do) carry whenever they leave the house. There is no logically sound position where the 2nd amendment is ok, and the right to protest is ok, but that what these people were doing is not ok (for the record my position is that what these people did was not ok because the 2nd amendment is not ok).

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Protesters, some armed, enter Michigan Capitol in rally against COVID-19 limits in ~news

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    As much as think the US's gun obsession and 2nd amendment in general is pants on head retarded, it's not reconcilable to say you are allowed to bear arms in public and then simultaneously ascribe...

    As much as think the US's gun obsession and 2nd amendment in general is pants on head retarded, it's not reconcilable to say you are allowed to bear arms in public and then simultaneously ascribe some sort of intent to doing so while doing something else you would be allowed to do independently.

    That is to say, if you can protest and it's ok, and you can be armed and it's ok, then it should be ok to both protest and to be armed. While there's limitations to that (location being foremost among them, like walking into court armed) I don't believe this is a valid one to make.

    13 votes
  17. Comment on Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’—‘Give people back their goddamn freedom.’ in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is exactly what makes it a cult - Musk didn't do those things, a large group of people who happen to include Musk did that. He funded it with the money he got from Paypal, sure, but the...

    This is exactly what makes it a cult - Musk didn't do those things, a large group of people who happen to include Musk did that. He funded it with the money he got from Paypal, sure, but the achievements of SpaceX and Tesla are not the achievements of Musk. If you hand a random person a bunch of money, sometimes you get a Trump, sometimes you get a Musk. Neither are worthy of hero-worship for it.

    17 votes
  18. Comment on Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’—‘Give people back their goddamn freedom.’ in ~health.coronavirus

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    Trump managed to become elected the President of the United States while simultaneously being thicker than a brain-dead pistachio. Say what you want about how much of a cunt he is, that's far, FAR...

    Trump managed to become elected the President of the United States while simultaneously being thicker than a brain-dead pistachio. Say what you want about how much of a cunt he is, that's far, FAR more impressive to me than anything Musk has done.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’—‘Give people back their goddamn freedom.’ in ~health.coronavirus

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    It stayed in place after the flooded cave debacle, it'll survive this. Basically a libertarian trump cult at this point.

    It stayed in place after the flooded cave debacle, it'll survive this. Basically a libertarian trump cult at this point.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on RuneScape developer Jagex acquired for $530 million by Macarthur Fortune Holding in ~games

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    The fact we can have that discussion of whether it is better or worse than anything else makes it meaningful in my eyes.

    The fact we can have that discussion of whether it is better or worse than anything else makes it meaningful in my eyes.

    1 vote