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  1. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    Clearly voices who don't align with American Liberal dogma aren't desired here. It's fine, I won't be back.

    Clearly voices who don't align with American Liberal dogma aren't desired here. It's fine, I won't be back.

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  2. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    It's certainly fine to be skeptical; my own attitude would be "I'll believe it when I see it", but I think there's a difference between skepticism and dismissiveness. This story is just a few days...

    It's certainly fine to be skeptical; my own attitude would be "I'll believe it when I see it", but I think there's a difference between skepticism and dismissiveness. This story is just a few days old, so we'll have to see how sincere it is.

    I'm familiar with the Koch brother's history, but refusal to bury old grievances, often very justified grievances, is essentially at the root of many conflicts. At some point the past needs to remain in the past and we have to move forward.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    And now he had a change of heart. How sincere is it? I don't know. I never said anyone has to forgive him at a moment's notice, but let's at least give him a chance before sneering at it immediately.

    And now he had a change of heart. How sincere is it? I don't know. I never said anyone has to forgive him at a moment's notice, but let's at least give him a chance before sneering at it immediately.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    Not sure if you saw it since Twitter is such a chaotic mess, but Judging from that Twitter thread there's a lot of spam, so I'd wager that there's far fewer than 10 million people on there.

    Not sure if you saw it since Twitter is such a chaotic mess, but Judging from that Twitter thread there's a lot of spam, so I'd wager that there's far fewer than 10 million people on there.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    Not sure why you're being so negative about this; holding grudges is not the way to get out of this mess.

    Not sure why you're being so negative about this; holding grudges is not the way to get out of this mess.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    Ars did a piece on this Parler thing: What is Parler, and why is everyone suddenly talking about it? This Twitter thread basically says all you need to know: it's an amateurish crappy platform...

    Ars did a piece on this Parler thing: What is Parler, and why is everyone suddenly talking about it?

    This Twitter thread basically says all you need to know: it's an amateurish crappy platform that's only getting attention now because "Twitter bad".

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Is this a coup? in ~misc

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    Not yet in 2020 or 2021 anyway; I'm a bit less sure about the future.

    Not yet in 2020 or 2021 anyway; I'm a bit less sure about the future.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Your computer isn't yours in ~tech

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    What are the reasons Apple choose this implementation instead of the one in Windows Defender (whatever that method may be?) How effective is Windows Defender? How effective is Apple's method?

    What are the reasons Apple choose this implementation instead of the one in Windows Defender (whatever that method may be?) How effective is Windows Defender? How effective is Apple's method?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Your computer isn't yours in ~tech

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    So then people can be manipulated in doing so? This is a pretty hard problem; I'm not saying Apple current method is the best one, but "just add an off switch" doesn't really do justice to the...

    So then people can be manipulated in doing so?

    This is a pretty hard problem; I'm not saying Apple current method is the best one, but "just add an off switch" doesn't really do justice to the difficulty of the problem and deviousness of malicious actors.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Your computer isn't yours in ~tech

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    That's not an alternative, that just disables the feature. A feature that is there for a reason.

    That's not an alternative, that just disables the feature. A feature that is there for a reason.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Your computer isn't yours in ~tech

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    Once people like this start proposing alternatives to combat malware – or at least recognize the trade-off that's being make – I'll start listening to them, instead of framing everything as some...

    Once people like this start proposing alternatives to combat malware – or at least recognize the trade-off that's being make – I'll start listening to them, instead of framing everything as some nefarious plot of the US government to track you. Until such time, I'll dismiss them as outrage-driven blogspammers.

    12 votes
  12. Comment on Florida governor pushes expansion of Stand Your Ground law as part of "anti-mob" crackdown in ~news

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    Why would it be unconstitutional? I can't really think of anything in the constitution that would apply here.

    Why would it be unconstitutional? I can't really think of anything in the constitution that would apply here.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Why we should think twice about colonizing space in ~space

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    I wrote a somewhat extensive comment argueing the same yesterday, but didn't post it as I decided it might not be a good argument after all. After all, if we can colonize other planets, why...

    I wrote a somewhat extensive comment argueing the same yesterday, but didn't post it as I decided it might not be a good argument after all. After all, if we can colonize other planets, why shouldn't planet Hitler be able to colonize/conquer planet Poland in 1,000, 10,000, or 50,000 years when all the planets are already colonized and they decide they need more lebensraum for themselves?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    It depends what you do; I went to Iceland and hiked around on my own for 4 days and didn't see anyone except this French guy that barely spoke English I found in a blizzard when we were both lost...

    It depends what you do; I went to Iceland and hiked around on my own for 4 days and didn't see anyone except this French guy that barely spoke English I found in a blizzard when we were both lost and we became friends in about 1 millisecond. Can't really do that in the Netherlands.

    I went to some other places over the years, like Venice. I don't think it's that special, but it's just a nice way to spend a few days with your girlfriend outside of the daily slur.

    Also, visiting Pompeii an the Herculaneum was pretty ... magical? I don't know how else to describe it, but you can read about all these things to no end, see all the pictures, films, and whatnot. But actually being there and standing in the same places and touching the same stones as people touched 2,000 years ago. I don't know how to describe it, but it gives a very tangible and real sense of connection to history and the people who lived in that time.

    Other things can be more disappointing. I remember when I was in London for the first time and was rather excited to go on the tube. I had read quite a few things about the engineering and it's some pretty neat stuff. After actually being on the tube for about a minute I realized it's crowded, loud, smelly, and too low to stand upright. I very quickly wanted to be somewhere else. Anywhere else.

    I don't think it's all that "oh-oh, amazing!" as some make it out to be though, and I certainly don't get the appeal of the "box ticker tourist" or people who view travelling as a goal in and of itself, but I just like to do different things and to do that, you often need to travel to different places.

    I've lived in a few different countries in the last few years, and IMO that's a pretty valuable experience regardless (and also very different from "travelling").

    11 votes
  15. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    I like poking people a bit, it's good fun at times. Trolling is different though; it's the difference between a prank where everyone can laugh, and a "prank" where you're just being an asshole to...

    I like poking people a bit, it's good fun at times.

    Trolling is different though; it's the difference between a prank where everyone can laugh, and a "prank" where you're just being an asshole to someone. And as with all things, there is a time and place for everything.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    Watching other play computer games (or indeed, do anything else, such as programming) on Twitch or the like.

    Watching other play computer games (or indeed, do anything else, such as programming) on Twitch or the like.

    17 votes
  17. Comment on If bringing/migrating r/askbiblescholars to Tildes turns out well, what other subreddits/subreddit groups would you like to see here? in ~tildes

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    I think we have enough tech people here, and don't really need to actively seek them out.

    I think we have enough tech people here, and don't really need to actively seek them out.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    Why should I have an opinion on your shell aliases? Haha. Use whatever works for you. There's nothing wrong with making some shortcuts for frequent operations.

    Why should I have an opinion on your shell aliases? Haha. Use whatever works for you. There's nothing wrong with making some shortcuts for frequent operations.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on “Elves are Jews with pointy ears and gay magic”: White nationalist readings of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in ~games

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    I always found it rather interesting that portrayals of violence in video games influencing people's behaviour is waved away as "nonsense", while at the same time portrayals of other things such...

    does it follow that we should take violence in general in games just as seriously?

    I always found it rather interesting that portrayals of violence in video games influencing people's behaviour is waved away as "nonsense", while at the same time portrayals of other things such as "sexualized characters" is taken very seriously – often by the same people – and that it's taken as a given that it influences people's behaviour. It has always seemed to me that one of these two isn't exactly true, or perhaps neither is.

    At the end of the day, it's complicated, depends on many details, and almost certainly differs per person as well. I've seen people claim that Star Trek (the original series) is the pinnacle of libertarianism and individual freedom, which is quite a different reading than I have, but that's okay. We generally see in fiction what we want.

    The real question, especially for things such as Skyrim, is if it turns people into White Nationalists, or if it's just a bunch of people who were already White Nationalists wanking over it because it's roughly similar to their wet dream? The article pretty strongly claims it's the last:

    A negotiated position involves making the game their own and reinvent Skyrim as a White Nationalist playground. A negotiated reading would imply that the player understands or sees the intended message, but allows himself the freedom to re-interpret it. Skyrim might be pushing the same multicultural agenda, or Bethesda might even be owned by a Jew, but through mods and subversive gameplay the White Nationalists manage to make the game their own. With this negotiated reading, they tell a somewhat different story.

    At any rate, I think this sort of stuff is interesting intellectually, but little more.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    The big upshot is that these tools are generic, and that you don't rely on what the IDE offers you. For example if you want to search for some string only in certain files, then this will be hard...

    Why would I learn all these different tools when the ones built into my IDE work so well?

    The big upshot is that these tools are generic, and that you don't rely on what the IDE offers you.

    For example if you want to search for some string only in certain files, then this will be hard unless the IDE devs had the foresight to provide such a feature, and depending on how this is implemented this may or may not be enough (e.g. what if you only want to search files ending with _test.go? Or exclude those files from your search? Just filtering by "Go files" may not be enough).

    What if you want to find files with a certain string, and then take those files as the input and check if they also contain a second string? It's something I do on occasion, for example if I want to search only a certain subset of files (e.g. generated files) or exclude them.

    You can think of many more examples. With shell tools, this kind of stuff tends to be quite easy and obvious if you're familiar with them.

    At any rate, it's not an "OR" choice, since Vim at least offers pretty much anything an IDE has too (including project search, builtin) and many people who use Vim use these tools too, but once you want to do something a little bit more complicated than the "common case", then having access to these kind of tools is a really powerful time-saver.

    3 votes