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  1. Comment on What are the absolute worst VPN's you should never use? in ~tech

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    If anything, given the strong capitalist culture of America, I'd be more wary on free American-owned VPNs selling your data. The main concern for Russian/Chinese owned is state surveillance.

    If anything, given the strong capitalist culture of America, I'd be more wary on free American-owned VPNs selling your data. The main concern for Russian/Chinese owned is state surveillance.

  2. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    There is a dub of the series. It should(?) be on funimation if you're in the US.

    There is a dub of the series. It should(?) be on funimation if you're in the US.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on When do you use a VPN? in ~tech

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    If you're trying to delete your comment, there is an actual option for that rather than editing.

    If you're trying to delete your comment, there is an actual option for that rather than editing.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    When you say FMA, do you mean the original or brotherhood? If the prior, consider watching the (longer) more true-to-manga remake.

    When you say FMA, do you mean the original or brotherhood? If the prior, consider watching the (longer) more true-to-manga remake.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Code Geass, seeing as Netflix apparently picked up the first (but not second) series. I really forgot just how close of a line Lelouch walks between anti-hero and villain, makes for much more...

    Code Geass, seeing as Netflix apparently picked up the first (but not second) series. I really forgot just how close of a line Lelouch walks between anti-hero and villain, makes for much more interesting viewing.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time in ~humanities

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    The way I look at it, if language is thought to impact thought and attitudes, it makes sense that exposure to varied language dampens the impact. The bridge study (which is explored in the linked...

    But then another study comes along and finds that in bilingual speakers, their chosen adjectives align with monolingual speakers of one language when speaking that language, and with monolingual speakers of another when speaking that language, proving the effect decidedly impermanent.

    The way I look at it, if language is thought to impact thought and attitudes, it makes sense that exposure to varied language dampens the impact. The bridge study (which is explored in the linked meta-study) was conducted in English by "highly proficient" speakers native to Spanish/German, so at the very least it can be seen there is permanence crossing from gendered to non-gendered languages. In one study it also showed that Spanish/German multilinguals demonstrated an overall "bias" towards one language's gender for a word depending on their proficiency.

    The exact extent to which language can impact thought may be controversial, but I think it's clear from research by now that there is some clear impact on thought and object associations based on at least gender.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time in ~humanities

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    Absolutely. I may be pursuing computer science at university, but English language (and non-specifically, language generally) is a subject I find much more engaging and interesting. What I find...

    Language and linguistic conflicts are fascinating. Language is tied closely to identity; it's not for nothing that there's a saying, "a language is a dialect with an army and navy."

    Absolutely. I may be pursuing computer science at university, but English language (and non-specifically, language generally) is a subject I find much more engaging and interesting. What I find especially interesting, and is covered by linked research in the article, is the very real impact that language would appear to have on our own attitudes and thoughts:

    A body of evidence suggests that people's thinking about objects can be influenced by aspects of grammar that differ across languages. A series of studies found effects of grammatical gender on people's description of objects, their assesments of similarity between pictures of objects ...

    Another set of studies showed that differences in thought can be produced just by grammatical differences and in the absence of other cultural factors.

    (From conclusion, page 77).

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Psst, you need to remove the space between the square brackets and brackets to get the link to format correctly.

    Psst, you need to remove the space between the square brackets and brackets to get the link to format correctly.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Is there an estimate of when sub-tildes are going to start being added? in ~tildes

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    You can see Deimos's reasoning here in the docs. I'd recommend reading it over because it answers quite a few questions like this.

    You can see Deimos's reasoning here in the docs.

    Groups are not "owned" by users, and (at least for now) can not be created by users. This may change in the future, but the lack of user-created groups initially will make it simpler to keep the hierarchy organized, as well as concentrate activity in fewer groups while the site is still small.

    A small set of active groups is far better than a large set of inactive ones, and the hierarchy will allow different subjects to easily split into more specific groups as activity increases.

    I'd recommend reading it over because it answers quite a few questions like this.

    17 votes
  10. Comment on The Loophole: He Held Her Down, Choked Her, And Masturbated Onto Her. The Law Said It Wasn't Sexual Assault. in ~misc

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    There are trigger tags you can filter. I'll tag this as trigger.sexual assault.

    There are trigger tags you can filter. I'll tag this as trigger.sexual assault.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Voting on suggestions for the name of this group. in ~lgbt

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    What's the current count?

    If 1% of 7,232 people - 72 people - vote on this, I'll be content.

    What's the current count?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    The "Lazy Newb Pack" is good for making it a little nicer to look at, along with some other QoL features.

    The "Lazy Newb Pack" is good for making it a little nicer to look at, along with some other QoL features.

  13. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Exams are over and I have a distinct lack of desire to do anything. Immediate term there's a few forms to get signed, but I'm left without any work and no motivation for my hobbies. Hopefully it's...

    Exams are over and I have a distinct lack of desire to do anything. Immediate term there's a few forms to get signed, but I'm left without any work and no motivation for my hobbies. Hopefully it's just exam fatigue.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trailer in ~games

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    IIRC Nintendo previously had toyed with the idea of players being able to select Link's gender in BoTW, but in the end they obviously scrapped it. So it's possible that they've instead gone this...

    IIRC Nintendo previously had toyed with the idea of players being able to select Link's gender in BoTW, but in the end they obviously scrapped it. So it's possible that they've instead gone this route for the sequel.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on It is official, the smoking age will be 21 in Texas in ~news

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    Then it would also make sense to prevent them from making decisions such as joining the army and voting, of more significant importance, no? I think if you're preventing adults from taking actions...

    It does. The part of the brain that is last to develop is the frontal lobe. Which is the part that deals with judgment and decision making.

    Then it would also make sense to prevent them from making decisions such as joining the army and voting, of more significant importance, no? I think if you're preventing adults from taking actions through this reasoning, it'd be better to just make the legal age of adulthood 21.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Apple plans to force app developers using OAuth to include their sign in and encourages them to put it above rivals. in ~tech

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    That looks fine to me, at least.

    That looks fine to me, at least.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Apple plans to force app developers using OAuth to include their sign in and encourages them to put it above rivals. in ~tech

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    But that scope isn't mentioned in the title, and omitting it misleads readers into thinking all apps with a sign in mechanism must allow Apple's.

    From what I'm reading it is true. Limited in scope to 'if you allow any OAUTH you must include our OAUTH' and 'not yet', but not false at all.

    But that scope isn't mentioned in the title, and omitting it misleads readers into thinking all apps with a sign in mechanism must allow Apple's.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    The amount of upvotes they receive and general lack of criticism suggests it's the prevailing attitudes of the subreddit. What evidence is there that they're all trolls?

    The amount of upvotes they receive and general lack of criticism suggests it's the prevailing attitudes of the subreddit. What evidence is there that they're all trolls?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    If you take a look at the second link through ceddit there are several calls or support for violence that are clearly popular in the sub. That some are removed is due to active moderation, but...

    Okay, but, again, where are the explicit calls to violence like we see on the right-leaning subreddits

    If you take a look at the second link through ceddit there are several calls or support for violence that are clearly popular in the sub. That some are removed is due to active moderation, but still show the underlying attitudes of the subreddit:

    Now this may be a hot take but hear me out...........people who are responsible for the death and misery of millions of people should face the consequences 🤗

    Not removed, 324 upvotes, in context to calling for the murder of government/the rich.

    what do you propose to do with fascists, counter-revolutionaries, rapists, serial murderers, capitalist police, and child molesters?
    the reality is that not everybody can be redeemed and reeducated
    you talk about killing political enemies as if we are sharpening our knives and salivating when the truth is that it will be a regrettable necessity but it is either that or the changes will be undermined

    Removed, 65 upvotes, calls for killing police officers as a "necessity".

    It's not sociopathic. Trust me, if I cut loose on Reddit about how I really feel, I wouldn't be on Reddit anymore. I've got rage to spare. I'm just not willing to indulge in it at the expense of losing the larger game. We lose if our communities start getting shut down.

    Not removed, 104 upvotes, in response to a removed comment stating "wanting to hang those responsible for the suffering of millions of people isn't sociopathic".

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    That gsm is inclusive rather than exclusive is a "blessing and a curse". It means that it's easier for groups such as paedophiles to co-opt the term and taint the public image of all...

    Your own suggestion of ~gsm is a worthy candidate that avoids the inclusion problem, I like it.

    That gsm is inclusive rather than exclusive is a "blessing and a curse". It means that it's easier for groups such as paedophiles to co-opt the term and taint the public image of all self-identified gsm people as a whole, but does remove the issue of not accommodating various minority genders/sexualities.

    5 votes