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  1. Comment on ‘Westworld’ canceled at HBO after four seasons in ~tv

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    Isn't that what they said about Lost? I love the show, but they clearly lost the plot for a while, perhaps never really fully recovering it before the end.

    Isn't that what they said about Lost? I love the show, but they clearly lost the plot for a while, perhaps never really fully recovering it before the end.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on An AI program voiced Darth Vader in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ so James Earl Jones could finally retire in ~tv

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    Years ago, my uncle advised me to set a safe word or phrase with my spouse. The idea was to choose something that would identify each as the actual human to the other. The phrase needed to be...

    Years ago, my uncle advised me to set a safe word or phrase with my spouse. The idea was to choose something that would identify each as the actual human to the other. The phrase needed to be something that would not be easily guessed by an adversary. My uncle said to have this conversation somewhere completely removed from all technology, especially phones. He spent some time working in defense and still has contacts there. Even then, which had to be at least ten years ago, he and others saw the potential future of faking someone's voice using AI.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Language learning thread #1 - Share your progress, tips and questions in ~humanities

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    I love this idea. As someone who struggles to keep a steady journal, the added motivation of practicing language could be the trick.

    I love this idea. As someone who struggles to keep a steady journal, the added motivation of practicing language could be the trick.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Language learning thread #1 - Share your progress, tips and questions in ~humanities

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    Thank you for the topic, @Adys! In the summer is 2020, I set about taking Italian "lessons" on Duolingo. I kept it up for a good while, once reaching a streak of over 100 days. I managed to...

    Thank you for the topic, @Adys!

    In the summer is 2020, I set about taking Italian "lessons" on Duolingo. I kept it up for a good while, once reaching a streak of over 100 days. I managed to impress myself and my wife when I was able to translate a line of dialogue in a show we were watching. However, I became disenchanted with how Duolingo was monetizing (I'm not a subscriber). Getting five questions wrong in a day meant that I had to pay to continue learning, or else wait for my hearts to replenish. I've been signed up for Duolingo for nearly ten years, and I've seen their various attempts at bringing in funds from freeloaders like myself. Getting in the way of the very reason I'm there crossed a line, though.

    This summer, I've decided that I would like to learn at least a little about the languages in our family: Irish and Arabic. I'm starting with Irish, and I picked up Duolingo again, because that's what I was familiar with. The same annoyances reminded me of why I stopped a couple of years ago, but I pushed through that. What's now getting in the way of my progress is the lack of pronunciation in the Irish lessons. Some questions are words are pronounced, but many are not, and consequently I have very little idea of the rules of t spoken language. Just last week, I found that the "bh" consonant cluster is pronounced like "v" in English, but yesterday I learned it could also be pronounced like "w". I get to hear the words so infrequently that it's almost just a guessing game as to how they're pronounced.

    All of that feels like prologue to wanting to dive into other methods of learning, notably Olly Richards' books. I feel kind of silly that I got so wrapped up in using an app that I didn't truly consider other forms of learning. I like to think I'm better than that! So, thanks again Adys for starting this topic of conversation.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Telegram celebrates 700M users and introduces Telegram Premium in ~tech

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    Following the death of Hangouts, Telegram became the platform of choice for my wife and me. I've been slowly converting friends and family ever since, although iPhone users tend to be holdouts. I...

    Following the death of Hangouts, Telegram became the platform of choice for my wife and me. I've been slowly converting friends and family ever since, although iPhone users tend to be holdouts.

    Telegram has gotten linked with the far right at least in my social circles

    I do have a few family members who joined shortly after January 6. I have yet to engage them on the platform, because I suspect their motivations are... misaligned with mine. I also wonder if they're aware that Telegram notified me of their joining -- a policy that I'm not entirely crazy about myself.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The six villains of language learning in ~humanities

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    This is so encouraging. I'm going to look into these books, because Duolingo is only so helpful, and their monetization strategy sometimes really gets on my nerves and interferes with my learning....

    This is so encouraging. I'm going to look into these books, because Duolingo is only so helpful, and their monetization strategy sometimes really gets on my nerves and interferes with my learning. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  7. Comment on The six villains of language learning in ~humanities

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    As someone who literally just closed Duolingo and then checked Tildes, thank you for posting this. I am subscribing to this channel, and I'm eager to learn how to learn.

    As someone who literally just closed Duolingo and then checked Tildes, thank you for posting this. I am subscribing to this channel, and I'm eager to learn how to learn.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on America's highest earners and their tax rates revealed in ~finance

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    Gut punch. Look, I don't have any illusions about being billionaire. When I play the lottery every now and then, it is purely for the entertainment value of imagining "what if". My family is...

    A typical American making $40,000 would have to work for 2,750 years to make what the lowest-earning person in this group made in one.

    Gut punch. Look, I don't have any illusions about being billionaire. When I play the lottery every now and then, it is purely for the entertainment value of imagining "what if". My family is comfortable, far moreso than I thought we would be fifteen years ago.

    But good heavens that level of income is indefensible. As someone who makes less than the average annual income, it would take me multiple lifetimes just to catch up to that, let alone the millennia it would take the crack the Top 400.

    I don't begrudge people finding success, though that can be a personal struggle sometimes. That said, I am in the camp of "the existence of billionaires is morally reprehensible". In my head, I cannot justify why one person should earn that much.

    17 votes
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    As I understand it, DNS doesn't work in a primary/secondary fashion. Instead, any of the DNS servers configured (on, for example, your router) could be queried for an answer, and frequently the...

    As I understand it, DNS doesn't work in a primary/secondary fashion. Instead, any of the DNS servers configured (on, for example, your router) could be queried for an answer, and frequently the user doesn't get to pick which one.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Oh sure sure. The left side of my brain knows there will be end, but the right side is feeling like it never ends. That left/right dichotomy has been a recurrent theme throughout the pandemic.

    Oh sure sure. The left side of my brain knows there will be end, but the right side is feeling like it never ends. That left/right dichotomy has been a recurrent theme throughout the pandemic.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Some days, I think I feel so beaten down by this pandemic that I don't allow myself to get the slightest bit hopeful about the end. This is one of those days, I suppose. Maybe I'm just out of...

    Some days, I think I feel so beaten down by this pandemic that I don't allow myself to get the slightest bit hopeful about the end. This is one of those days, I suppose. Maybe I'm just out of breath left to hold.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on What were the best shows you watched this year? in ~tv

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    Every episode of Ted Lasso made me feel genuinely happy. I started watching the first season expecting the cynical turn of his character, like it turned out he was a cheat or something. But the...

    Every episode of Ted Lasso made me feel genuinely happy. I started watching the first season expecting the cynical turn of his character, like it turned out he was a cheat or something. But the show pleasantly defied my expectations, and eventually I realized that the cynicism was from me (it was coming from inside!). It's been a while since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a television show.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Republican Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia governor’s race in ~news

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    If I got that in my mailbox, it would have gone straight into the trash. The verbiage is so pro-Trump/pro-Youngkin, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Now, take my reaction, but apply it...

    If I got that in my mailbox, it would have gone straight into the trash. The verbiage is so pro-Trump/pro-Youngkin, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

    Now, take my reaction, but apply it through the lens of someone with polar opposite political views. "This is clearly motivation to get out and vote for Youngkin! Look at how much Trump supports him!" Instead of going in the garbage, it might end up on the dinner table, refrigerator, or wherever the mail goes in the house.

    I'm all for subversive political advertisements that get me to think critically about my positions. This was not that.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    Sadly, this is not the first time such a tragic accident has happened on set. Although rare, firearms on set and onstage present a very real hazard to performers and crew. In my experience, there...

    This is the first time I've heard of this happening

    Sadly, this is not the first time such a tragic accident has happened on set. Although rare, firearms on set and onstage present a very real hazard to performers and crew. In my experience, there are several folks responsible for safety, including the actor handling the firearm. We don't know very much about what happened on this set (despite some inflammatory headlines), but hopefully this does prompt a reevaluation of firearms safety in the entertainment industry.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Blade Runner: Black Lotus | Second trailer in ~tv

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    After watching the trailer, I have to agree with you. The whole thing looked like a trailer for a video game set in the Blade Runner world to me. The animation felt too slow, stuck in the uncanny...

    After watching the trailer, I have to agree with you. The whole thing looked like a trailer for a video game set in the Blade Runner world to me. The animation felt too slow, stuck in the uncanny valley. The voice acting sounded good to me (was that Brian Cox?), but what little I learned of the story didn't really interest me. The selected cuts seemed so preoccupied with the world, not the characters. Am I really supposed to be excited by seeing that car for a sizeable chunk of the trailer?

    I just watched 2049 for the first time last week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So far, this feels like a pale imitation.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Massive fire threatens Lake Tahoe, more ordered to flee in ~enviro

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    Good heavens that's chilling.

    “There is fire activity happening in California that we have never seen before. The critical thing for the public to know is evacuate early,” said Chief Thom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. “For the rest of you in California: Every acre can and will burn someday in this state.

    Good heavens that's chilling.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The end of the fourth episode of Grace and Frankie took me by surprise, so I looked up what's going on with production. Apparently there are more episodes to this season, they just haven't been...

    The end of the fourth episode of Grace and Frankie took me by surprise, so I looked up what's going on with production. Apparently there are more episodes to this season, they just haven't been released yet. I wasn't able to find out why, but also I didn't go digging very far. This will be the final season.

    I agree about the material. When they started in on the "Bud's penis has eczema" joke, I thought they had reached the bottom of the barrel.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on US parents say Peppa Pig is giving their kids British accents in ~tv

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    My kid and I just discovered Bluey last week, and we both love it. And I'm game for playing with him with an Australian dialect, which he seems to enjoy, too.

    My kid and I just discovered Bluey last week, and we both love it. And I'm game for playing with him with an Australian dialect, which he seems to enjoy, too.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Mycroft and the Patent Trolls in ~tech

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    From the weekly Mycroft newsletter:

    From the weekly Mycroft newsletter:

    Mycroft is now involved in five separate legal actions against Patent Assertion Entities (PAE). Needless to say, this is annoying and something that should be talked about, but we have been enjoined from speaking in one of the lawsuits so in an abundance of caution we haven't been speaking about any of them.

    At the same time, I’ve found myself struggling to explain the patent assertion story to people not steeped in legal jargon.

    I decided to tell Mycroft’s story in the most accessible and least threatening way I could: I wrote a children’s book. A harrowing tale of knights and heroes fighting for truth and justice. Mycroft and the Patent Trolls addresses a complex topic in an accessible and fanciful way.

    The book is also a fundraising mechanism for our patent litigation. 100% of the proceeds of the book will go toward defending our open source community from the PAEs efforts to extort us.

    4 votes