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  1. Comment on The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising in ~tech

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    Agree. I found myself nodding along while reading the article, untill I started thinking of all the things they weren't discussing/how limited their analysis is.

    Agree. I found myself nodding along while reading the article, untill I started thinking of all the things they weren't discussing/how limited their analysis is.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What do you gift a couch host? in ~talk

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    Thouroughly scrub their kitchen? Cook them a really good meal? Fix their ceiling light that's been broken for ages? I have a growing dislike of receiving stuff from people and increasingly...

    Thouroughly scrub their kitchen? Cook them a really good meal? Fix their ceiling light that's been broken for ages?

    I have a growing dislike of receiving stuff from people and increasingly appreciate offers of company, help, and other over-and-above acts of friendship.

    22 votes
  3. Comment on Designing Facebook's new company branding in ~design

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    You're right. Apologies. It's just such obvious BS. Hit a nerve. The wrong kind ;)

    You're right. Apologies. It's just such obvious BS. Hit a nerve. The wrong kind ;)

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What YouTube channels have you been watching more recently and would recommend? in ~talk

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    I'm a longtime Vlogbrothers watcher. Usually I enjoy John's videos more. But I watch pretty much all of them. A recent project from Hank Green (and collaborators) is Journey to the Microcosmos...

    I'm a longtime Vlogbrothers watcher. Usually I enjoy John's videos more. But I watch pretty much all of them.

    A recent project from Hank Green (and collaborators) is Journey to the Microcosmos about microscopic life. Interesting, beautiful, and relaxing to watch. Much slower paced than much else on YT. It's nice.

    Tom Scott is a favorite. Science and nerdery. Often visits interesting places, buildings, and facilities.

    Objectivity dives into the archives of the Royal Society. Lighthearted but does give a nice peek into science history.

    Plus I keep an eye on The RSA and The Royal Institution for interesting lectures/talks.

    Alternatively, I sometimes get into a MOOC of the 'watch videos/take short multiple choice tests' type. I highly recommend Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science and Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires is also good.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on The debate over Facebook's political ads ignores 90% of its global users in ~tech

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    I read the novel Infomocracy (first few chapters available free at the publisher) a few years back, in which a corporation called simply 'Information' pretty much runs the show (administers a...

    I read the novel Infomocracy (first few chapters available free at the publisher) a few years back, in which a corporation called simply 'Information' pretty much runs the show (administers a massively federated democratic system). It seemed a bit of a stretch when I read it. But I've been thinking back to it more and more as not so strange a future after all...

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    A while back I built a web-app text-editor for myself that only lets you backspace for half a minute or so. It's called Backstop. After that 'the ink dries' and the text is set. It helps me write...

    A while back I built a web-app text-editor for myself that only lets you backspace for half a minute or so. It's called Backstop. After that 'the ink dries' and the text is set. It helps me write drafts without getting lost in stupid edits. It's based on (copied from) someone else's app 'Rough Draft' that no longer exists. I didn't like some aspects of it so built my own.

    I've been playing around with making it into a native application with electron.js this week, but ended up mostly adding some functionality and polishing things. I'd like to get it to a lever where I'm comfortable telling more people about it (edit: as far as I'm aware, no other editor exists with this sort of behaviour, so it should be useful for others). Not quite there yet.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    Because electronics contain many materials that are mined in very earth-unfriendly ways and often under appaling social conditions. That, in combination with the fact that there's so many...

    Because electronics contain many materials that are mined in very earth-unfriendly ways and often under appaling social conditions. That, in combination with the fact that there's so many perfectly functional and relatively up-to-date phones, tablets, and laptops sitting around in people's drawers because they've upgraded means I'd rather use one of those idle leftovers untill they give out. Plus it's cheaper. Although I'd probably even go for second-hand if that weren't the case.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    I have an iPhone SE, bought refurbished with a 2 year guarantee. Got it only last month after I dropped my hand-me-down iPhone 5 on the pavement after having it for 2 or 3 years. The 'new' one...

    I have an iPhone SE, bought refurbished with a 2 year guarantee.

    Got it only last month after I dropped my hand-me-down iPhone 5 on the pavement after having it for 2 or 3 years. The 'new' one cost me € 189,-

    Not looking to upgrade, as the most important feature is I don't like te buy virgin (new) electronics. I also like its small size and the design of Apple's hardware.

    15 votes
  9. Comment on Let's talk bags in ~talk

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    I have a monochrome bright orange Côte et Ciel Isar (current model has many changes to mine). (edit: Although, not so bright orange anymore, it's many years old and almost threadbare. Bookmarked...

    I have a monochrome bright orange Côte et Ciel Isar (current model has many changes to mine). (edit: Although, not so bright orange anymore, it's many years old and almost threadbare. Bookmarked this topic for future reference :-P)

    Large reason is aesthetics, but I still love the basic design of a big variable sack with a laptop back stuck to the back. Perfect for laptop/work, and I can take enough for a weekend away.

    When I was looking around, I very much appreciated the in-depth reviews of bags on carryology.com.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The Dutch hardly bike at all in ~design

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    According to the third graph in the article, around 15% of 20km trips are done by bike. That seems plausible. And it's still a lot of biking. The title is grade-A clickbait BS, imho. Other graphs...

    According to the third graph in the article, around 15% of 20km trips are done by bike. That seems plausible.

    And it's still a lot of biking. The title is grade-A clickbait BS, imho.

    Other graphs rely a lot on averages. Average distance per person per day is going to be low if you include everyone.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on There is no algorithm for truth in ~misc

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    I watched the talk aswell, and this seems like a relatively accurate summary. Although I didn't feel it was 'all over the place'. The goal seems to have been to give a view of science...

    I watched the talk aswell, and this seems like a relatively accurate summary.

    Although I didn't feel it was 'all over the place'. The goal seems to have been to give a view of science communication, and how there is no single right and perfect way to do this. And he had to cover a number of concepts and explanations to make his points.

    Two stand out for me (two days or so after a casual viewing):

    • The 'echo-chamber' <-> 'nazi bar' dichotomy (highly versus un-regulated speech, heavy vs no moderation). Both are bad, but there is no one right place on those spectra to be. Every forum will have to decide on a policy that works for their goals.

    • The dilemma of popular presenters versus actual experts [edit: Scott analyses this through the concept of 'parasocial relationships', which seems to be something a number of YouTubers are thinking about]. Popular presenters don't really know what they're talking about and investing in them puts authority where it maybe shouldn't be. But if you're only going to let actual experts communicate science, then less people will listen. Again, Scott's point was that this is a dilemma without a single right answer but one every media producer should be conscious of (and he seems to feel you should do your best to lean toward the expert-side of this spectrum as far as you can get away with).

    5 votes
  12. Comment on 12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia. in ~news

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    Video reporting exactly what it says in the title. Looks unrefutable. Unsuprising but still shocking.

    Video reporting exactly what it says in the title. Looks unrefutable. Unsuprising but still shocking.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on TSA Facial Recognition is here, and it works distressingly well. in ~tech

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    If the images are converted into a set of numerical characteristics (sizes/proportions) then a database lookup among 300 million records in 3-5 seconds doesn't seem that outrageous. I mean, Google...

    If the images are converted into a set of numerical characteristics (sizes/proportions) then a database lookup among 300 million records in 3-5 seconds doesn't seem that outrageous. I mean, Google returns "About 237.000.000 results (0,62 seconds)" as a response to "facial recognition"...

    3 votes
  14. Comment on TSA Facial Recognition is here, and it works distressingly well. in ~tech

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    Do they not have the pictures from passports on file or something?

    can't quite figure out how they are populating their facial recognition database

    Do they not have the pictures from passports on file or something?

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer | adult swim in ~tv

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    Nice. Looking forward to it :)

    Nice. Looking forward to it :)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Politics and the English language in ~humanities

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    There's a difference between concise clarity and outlawing terms to remove people's ability to express or even think certain concepts, no? I feel this essay and 1984 are quite consistent with each...

    There's a difference between concise clarity and outlawing terms to remove people's ability to express or even think certain concepts, no?

    I feel this essay and 1984 are quite consistent with each other as pleas for using language effectively, honestly, and in the service of freedom.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in the US South in ~humanities

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    I visited McLeod plantation summer 2018. Also the Aiken-Rhett house in Charleston, and Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's estate). It was raining hard, and we got a guide who had recently switched...

    I visited McLeod plantation summer 2018. Also the Aiken-Rhett house in Charleston, and Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's estate).

    It was raining hard, and we got a guide who had recently switched from giving tours in nature reserves so my experience wasn't representative, perhaps. But I didn't feel that McLeod was so different from the other two sites. At Aiken-Rhett and Monticello, there was also a concerted effort to foreground the enslaved people's experience there.

    I would especially recommend the Aiken-Rhett house for anyone visiting Charleston. More so than McLeod, because there is much more of the slave quarters still there to experience. The contrast with the owner's spaces was chilling. I also very much liked their policy of 'preserve, don't restore' which means you're not overwhelmed by the postcard-picturesque prettiness these places can have.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Snowden in the Labyrinth in ~books

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    This is ~6000 words. Pretty solidly in the 'essay' range and normal for this publication. Books are in the (many) tens of thousands word range, more than 10x longer.

    This is ~6000 words. Pretty solidly in the 'essay' range and normal for this publication. Books are in the (many) tens of thousands word range, more than 10x longer.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on How I learned to cycle like a Dutchman in ~misc

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    For what it's worth, I'd guess the risk to an averagely competent biker in the Netherlands is way lower than for any of those activities. I wouldn't be surprised if more people get seriously hurt...

    The risks of any of those activities is low

    For what it's worth, I'd guess the risk to an averagely competent biker in the Netherlands is way lower than for any of those activities. I wouldn't be surprised if more people get seriously hurt falling of chairs and ladders inside the home. I don't put on a helmet when I'm DIYing either :-P