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  1. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    Currently 12,121km (Indonesia). My "record" is 18,756km (New Zealand).

    Currently 12,121km (Indonesia). My "record" is 18,756km (New Zealand).

    4 votes
  2. Comment on The Reddit COVID blackout has begun in ~tech

  3. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    There are probably ways to get it right, I know some knowledgable folks like Bruce Schneier, Ron Rivest, and others spent a lot of time thinking up secure systems, but I never really looked in to...

    There are probably ways to get it right, I know some knowledgable folks like Bruce Schneier, Ron Rivest, and others spent a lot of time thinking up secure systems, but I never really looked in to the details, and as far as I know these systems are not actually used by anyone though.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on 'Democracy for sale': Analysis ties corporate consolidation to increased lobbying in ~misc

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    This is not advancing the discussion.

    This is not advancing the discussion.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on 'Democracy for sale': Analysis ties corporate consolidation to increased lobbying in ~misc

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    There are organisations that do this such as the ACLU, EFF, ADL, and undoubtedly many more I never heard of. But it's very little and unfocused in comparison. What's needed is real professional...

    There are organisations that do this such as the ACLU, EFF, ADL, and undoubtedly many more I never heard of. But it's very little and unfocused in comparison. What's needed is real professional organisations with Very Serious People wearing a suit and tie and all of that with extremely pragmatic attitude trying to get specific bills enacted or amended. That's what the Facebooks and Wallmarts do, and some vague activism isn't going to cut it. If you can spare the time to protest on the street or write 30 tweets a day then you can also spare a few bucks/month to fund such an organisation. BLM actually formed a PAC to do exactly this (whether they're also good at it is a different matter, but I certainly think it's much more useful than most other things coming out of BLM).

    And what would any other solution look like? Forbid certain organisations from talking to democratically elected representatives? Not only is that not feasible, it's also undesirable. This is essentially the only path we have short of a radical reorganisation of western-style democracy – which I do think would be a good idea, but it's also very unlikely to happen any time soon. Anything else is bringing a knife to a gunfight.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    If the security of your voting machines relies on who does and doesn't have physical access to them then your voting machines suck. Maybe it's all a big conspiracy theory, but the real problem is...

    If the security of your voting machines relies on who does and doesn't have physical access to them then your voting machines suck. Maybe it's all a big conspiracy theory, but the real problem is really these crappy inscrutable voting machines from crappy companies that will respond with lawyers instead of engineers when faced with criticism.

    17 votes
  7. Comment on 'Democracy for sale': Analysis ties corporate consolidation to increased lobbying in ~misc

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    Everyone has the right to raise any concerns they have to the elected representatives; I see no reason why businesses shouldn't be allowed to represent their interests. The problem isn't that...

    Everyone has the right to raise any concerns they have to the elected representatives; I see no reason why businesses shouldn't be allowed to represent their interests. The problem isn't that these businesses are using their democratic rights, the problem is that we ("the public") are exceedingly bad at organising our own lobby. It's the representatives job to consider all the different perspectives and make a judgement, but if they overwhelmingly only hear one or two perspectives then don't be surprised if their decisions are skewed toward those viewpoints.

    Lobbying is not "democracy for sale"; it's "democracy working as intended". You can't just call this "antidemocratic political influence" because you don't like the results and suck at engaging in the political process yourself.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Can we mock and/or threaten people into changing their beliefs? (And more importantly, should we?) in ~life

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    Maybe, but the undeniable facts are that 1) these people exist, 2) that they're not going magically disappear, and 3) many are acting in good faith, misguided or inspired by bad-faith actors as it...

    your opinion shouldn't matter.

    Maybe, but the undeniable facts are that 1) these people exist, 2) that they're not going magically disappear, and 3) many are acting in good faith, misguided or inspired by bad-faith actors as it may be, and 4) "listen up fuckwit" is not an effective way to change their views.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on He taught a Ta-Nehisi Coates essay. Then he was fired. in ~humanities

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    A lot depends on how this article was presented in the lessons. Reading this: It seems like it was part of a broader discussion exploring various viewpoints. I read the Ta-Nehisi Coates article,...

    A lot depends on how this article was presented in the lessons. Reading this:

    Green: Okay. Let’s reframe this a little bit. Do you think there are other credible explanations for the election of Donald Trump besides his whiteness? Other reasons that people might have had for voting for him?

    Hawn: Absolutely. And we were going to cover those in class. That was actually how we began this conversation about the 2016 election. I asked them to give me some reasons why the United States elected Donald Trump. The students said, “He’s a good businessman. His use of social media. What he says resonates with voters. Russian interference. The Clinton campaign’s failure to schedule events in Michigan and Wisconsin and Ohio. He’s not a politician.”

    We were going to explore all of those things.

    Green: But those conversations got stopped in their tracks because of the pushback you got from the school administration.

    Hawn: Yeah.

    It seems like it was part of a broader discussion exploring various viewpoints. I read the Ta-Nehisi Coates article, and feel it's missing many things. But it does describe a viewpoint held by a fair number of people quite well, and thus it seems to me it should have a place in a broader discussion surrounding the views regarding the Trump election. I mean, I was educated in Nazi ideology too at school: not to "indoctrinate" me, but to better understand the various thought processes present at the time.

    But I didn't take the class, so it's hard for me to judge how it was actually presented. All I can kind of give this is a shrug.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Who gets to define what’s ‘racist?’ in ~humanities

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    I've noticed this as well in the past. One of the more, ehm, interesting responses to that post expressing a sentiment which amounted to basically just "black people can't make this argument for...

    I've noticed this as well in the past. One of the more, ehm, interesting responses to that post expressing a sentiment which amounted to basically just "black people can't make this argument for themselves or deal with any backlash, we need to protect them". I felt that was more than a little patronizing.

    Of course, amplifying some things can certainly be a good thing, but here you run in to the same problem: who do you listen to? It's not like "black people" are some sort of heterogeneous group without strong differences of opinion, or automatically correct on account of being black; I've seen some black folk say some pretty idiotic things on the concept of race.

    Unfortunately, honest and constructive conversations about this are nigh-impossible these days.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on OnlyFans will prohibit "content containing sexually-explicit conduct" (but still allow nudity) starting October 1, at the request of banking/payment providers in ~tech

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    I don't really like OF either, or other "webcam sites", mostly because it seems almost emotionally exploitive. The reason people go to these live webcam shows is not just for the porn, but because...
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    I don't really like OF either, or other "webcam sites", mostly because it seems almost emotionally exploitive. The reason people go to these live webcam shows is not just for the porn, but because it's interactive porn and you can interact with the models. This, on its own, isn't necessarily super bad (although probably also not super healthy depending on how far you go), but OF seems to really take it to a new level and "games" the hell out of it similar to how mobile game the hell out of things.

    I subscribed to the top one that came up to the homepage, and I got a "private message" in an interface similar to Twitter:

    Welcome babe! I appreciate you coming to support me. If you wanna chat and see the good stuff come to my other page .. I’ll be waiting ❤️

    Since this (and all the other messages below) happen immediately; so it's just automated.

    The top post from this person is:

    There’s a lot of fish in the sea… lucky you caught me 😋

    Well, "I" didn't catch anyone, you were just on the OF homepage...

    A lot of people seem to be using this sort of language, like they're addressing you specifically. I don't really use Instagram or other Social media, but I never really saw it anywhere else before and I find it really weird. From another person:

    VIP SALE!!! Tip me $149 to join! After this week it goes back up to $200 so don't wait any longer❤️ I'm waiting to have some fun w you.....

    No idea what that gets me, but this is something you send on Tinder.

    The second person sent me this PM:

    Hi! Thank you for subscribing:) I'm thrilled we're connected through this channel. Here you'll get intimate glimpses into my style and everyday life<3

    What have you been up to this summer?

    This is kinda weird, not like we're starting a Tinder conversation here... But that's what it sounds like, but basically, you're paying someone to have a Tinder chat, except you'll never meet of course.

    This is also where the money comes in (these are all free channels), because this PM also has a video attached to it, but ... you can't actually see it, unless you pay $5. I have no idea what the video is, and I'm not going to spend $5 to find out. Here's what it looks like by the way. Notice how it just looks like a Twitter DM interface or whatnot. Actually, the entire interface looks strikingly a lot like Twitter to the point I was confused for a minute and thought I was on Twitter and thought I had some really odd DMs 😅 They're also listed as "Friends" in the sidebar. If you think "Facebook friends" was a rather loose definition of "friends" then this really takes it to a new level.

    The third one did the same, this time with a $6.99 picture:

    Hey babe!💕 Thanks for subscribing to my page! It means so much to me😊

    You can find some of my favorite cocktail recipes along with my everyday life on my profile and everything in between here😉 Let’s get to know each!

    Here's a post that made my chuckle:

    sooooo I do dick rates now👀 I KNOW some of y'all been waiting to hear what I think about your🙊.... tip $55 and I'll give you a detailed HONEST rating😍

    $55 seems ... a lot for a few minutes of work, but if you've built a "connection" with this "friend" over some time then it's a small amount. After all, you'd happily pay $55 for a dinner date, no? $275 out of $1000 goal raised thus far on this. A few days ago she posted "Tip below for what you wanna see! VIP or not you’ll get the chance to see my most exclusive content🔥🔥🔥" with "tits $23, ass $17, feet $21, sexy video $32" in the picture. $2996.10 raised since Aug 13th, for content you can basically access on PornHub in about 3 seconds. But again, with all the "personal interaction" it's more than just "watch some random hot chick". A lot of the content is really expensive, $5 seems to be the going rate for a few pictures.

    Okay, one more:

    Hey love, feeling pretty lucky to have you subscribe to my page, so thank you for that☺️ I'm really excited to show you the real me and connect on a deeper level💞If you're down for the real ride, then you should TIP $200 to join my Platinum VIP. Can't wait to hear back from you💋

    This one came with a 24 second video for $15, and apparently $200 to "connect on a deeper level".

    It just keeps going with all this kind of stuff. Much like many people use the occasional drugs in a controlled way, some people are much more apt to go "off the rails" with this sort of stuff and become junkies. Similarly with porn, many people – myself included – can watch the occasional porn without any problems, it can become a problematic pseudo-replacement for real relationships. OnlyFans specifically really seems designed to make people go "off the rails" and become "junkies".

    People are free to do what they want of course, and I don't think it's a good thing that payment processors have the power to cut these sites off, but I sure don't like OF based on a quick glance, and I wouldn't recommend anyone use it.

    I didn't go much further because then I have to pay and I'm poor and also not that interested. I was tempted to reply to some of these messages and see what happens, but I couldn't really be arsed. I bet there's more if you dig a bit deeper.


    Anyway, there seems to be quite a bit of non-porn stuff on OF, mostly Fitness, Cooking, travel, that sort of Instagram-like stuff. Including heavy-handed product placements I might add, and everything seems pretty sexualized even when it's not porn. All of the people I "subscribed" to were just from the front page, and none were doing outright porn except the dickpic rating one, but even the other ones it's clear from the language it's still "adult".

    16 votes
  12. Comment on OnlyFans will prohibit "content containing sexually-explicit conduct" (but still allow nudity) starting October 1, at the request of banking/payment providers in ~tech

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    It's not just a EU problem; there was a story a few days ago about banks in the Netherlands refusing to do business with anti-vaxx organisations and sex worker organisations. They're actually...

    Shame the EU market is so dependent on US credit card companies.

    It's not just a EU problem; there was a story a few days ago about banks in the Netherlands refusing to do business with anti-vaxx organisations and sex worker organisations. They're actually legally required to vet customers or risk a heavy fine, as ING received just a few months ago. Appointing corporations as arbiters of the law; what a splendid idea that is :-/

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    #3a6ea5 is the default Windows 2000 background colour. It's a nice colour, I've used it in many places.

    #3a6ea5 is the default Windows 2000 background colour. It's a nice colour, I've used it in many places.

    13 votes
  14. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    Meanwhile, I can't even recite the alphabet fully... I always get confused after P 😅🤷

    All of the prepositions in alphabetical order.

    Meanwhile, I can't even recite the alphabet fully... I always get confused after P 😅🤷

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Netflix intensifies ‘VPN ban’ and targets residential IP-addresses too in ~tech

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    Ah yes, piracy: paying to access content but not in the way I want you to.

    These changes came after copyright holders repeatedly complained that ‘pirates’ were bypassing Netflix’s geographical restrictions.

    Ah yes, piracy: paying to access content but not in the way I want you to.

    33 votes
  16. Comment on Jupiter Hell has been released out of Early Access - DOOM-like, turn-based roguelike from the creator of DoomRL in ~games

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    Been a long time since I played DoomRL. DoomRL is one of the most unlikely good games I know. Having played tons of "classic" roguelikes when I was young, I never expected a shoot 'm up based...

    Been a long time since I played DoomRL.

    DoomRL is one of the most unlikely good games I know. Having played tons of "classic" roguelikes when I was young, I never expected a shoot 'm up based classic rogue-like would work. Yet there it is. Clearly a failure of imagination on my part.

    At an rate, the game is on GOG.com too, if you swing that way: https://www.gog.com/game/jupiter_hell

    3 votes
  17. Comment on How the founder’s toxic culture tore apart Fullbright, the studio behind Gone Home in ~games

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    I never said "let assholes be assholes" or excused anything; I essentially just said there's different kind of assholes, and that this distinction matters. How are you going to address a problem...

    I never said "let assholes be assholes" or excused anything; I essentially just said there's different kind of assholes, and that this distinction matters. How are you going to address a problem if you don't fully understand it? Reading it again, I can't say I learned anything from it, other than "assholes are bad for business", but I knew that already. With the best will in the world, I cannot call this article anything other than vague and lacking in important details and specifics. These things really matter, because sometimes things are as they appear at first sight, and sometimes they're not.

    It's more than a little ridiculous to claim that women are both more sensitive to assholes, and more likely to leave a company over it. There are plenty of men who can detect and will leave a company over that too. This is not a good enough blind assumption against the details we have been provided in this article.

    I forgot to put "on average" in there. I don't think that it's especially controversial to say that this is the case on average? It seems fairly clear that men on average have a higher tolerance for this kind of thing. Whether that's a good or bad thing and the causes for this are different matters altogether.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on How the founder’s toxic culture tore apart Fullbright, the studio behind Gone Home in ~games

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    If you think that my only goal is to "discredit" the report and that I didn't have the basic decency to actually carefully read the article – the first paragraph even! – then there is clearly...

    I think in your haste to discredit this report, you skimmed past the first paragraph too quickly. Here's a relevant quote

    If you think that my only goal is to "discredit" the report and that I didn't have the basic decency to actually carefully read the article – the first paragraph even! – then there is clearly nothing to discus. The implication is clear: there is no possible way to disagree on this other than being a fool who needs to have the article repeated to them. Okay, whatever 🤷

    2 votes
  19. Comment on How the founder’s toxic culture tore apart Fullbright, the studio behind Gone Home in ~games

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    That women are more attentive to an assholery management style than men are could also explain why more women are leaving. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but also doesn't mean he's horrible...

    That women are more attentive to an assholery management style than men are could also explain why more women are leaving. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but also doesn't mean he's horrible to women in particular.

    I also really dislike the whole judging of a person's character and (re)-judging what he did based on just this, especially things that were said or done years ago. People are complex. Sometimes people with good hearths do bad things; sometimes for years. Everyone has their demons.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on How the founder’s toxic culture tore apart Fullbright, the studio behind Gone Home in ~games

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    How do they know it was "female staffers in particular"? Did they measure this? I don't think these kind of questions are dismissive; I have no doubt people feel like this, but that does not make...

    How do they know it was "female staffers in particular"? Did they measure this? I don't think these kind of questions are dismissive; I have no doubt people feel like this, but that does not make it so. In particular very much implies that his behaviour was very similar across the board and not unique directed against women.

    Maybe everything in this article is true; there is no real way for us to know one way or the other. But I don't see it as very clear-cut at all. Serious allegations require something more substantial; of course I'm not demanding people start ticking this off on a scoreboard – that would be silly – but some clearer anecdotes really would help, everything in this is quite vague.

    The other quote talks about people, not woman. As I said, it's a very important distinction; one is being an asshole who is bad at their job, the other could potentially explode and mean you're branded as a sexist woman-hater for many years to come and mean you're unemployable in the industry for a long time.

    Imagine someone said "I feel Bob stole something from the inventory". Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, but your feelings could be wrong. The appropriate response would be to neither believe nor disbelieve anything, but rather say this isn't enough information and that you can't really do anything with that.

    2 votes