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  1. Comment on How Reddit Awards became the sneaky new way to spread hate speech in ~tech

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    The web, as designed, imposes almost no accountability and consequences for bad actors. It would be nice if that changed. What we have now is a World Wide Toilet Stall.

    The web, as designed, imposes almost no accountability and consequences for bad actors. It would be nice if that changed. What we have now is a World Wide Toilet Stall.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Server-Side Rendering is a Thiel Truth in ~comp

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    Pretty easy to game Peter Thiel on this one. Consult the SPLC to get a list of hate groups, then pull a quote from one of them. Bonus points if you can tie it in with some garbage by Ayn Rand or...

    I recently pondered how I'd answer Peter Thiel's interview question if my answer
    had to relate to software:

    What important truth do very few people agree with you on?

    Pretty easy to game Peter Thiel on this one. Consult the SPLC to get a list of hate groups, then pull a quote from one of them. Bonus points if you can tie it in with some garbage by Ayn Rand or Nietzsche.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What does your ideal society look like? in ~talk

  4. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The problem is that to control the virus, you need the public to buy-in. The number of weeks people are willing to isolate themselves isn't necessarily the same as the number of weeks required to...

    The problem is that to control the virus, you need the public to buy-in. The number of weeks people are willing to isolate themselves isn't necessarily the same as the number of weeks required to control the virus.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Where do you get news specifically for your own country? in ~talk

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    For Canadian stories, I find CanadaLand interesting. Each episode is more like a magazine piece, though, as opposed to "news of the day"

    For Canadian stories, I find CanadaLand interesting. Each episode is more like a magazine piece, though, as opposed to "news of the day"

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Joe Biden, not Bernie Sanders, is the true Scandinavian – Sanders totally misunderstands what's behind Denmark's safety net in ~misc

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    I know a little about the region, and this article strikes me as pure nonsense. The ideals behind the nordic governments are essentially the same as Sanders'. Thomas Friedman is mainly fixating on...

    I know a little about the region, and this article strikes me as pure nonsense. The ideals behind the nordic governments are essentially the same as Sanders'. Thomas Friedman is mainly fixating on differences in rhetoric. In my opinion, for example, once one starts contrasting Sanders' use of the word "revolutionary" with "evolutionary", one is just navel-gazing.

    Actual scandies here on tildes, please speak up if you disagree!

    26 votes
  7. Comment on What's good about nationalism? in ~talk

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    Nationalism that encourages people to think bigger than their family, their town, their state... great. Other than that, nationalism is just socially acceptable bigotry. Anyone who travels can...

    Nationalism that encourages people to think bigger than their family, their town, their state... great. Other than that, nationalism is just socially acceptable bigotry. Anyone who travels can instantly see how the nationalism of people in other countries is pathetic and irrational. It's just harder to recognize when it's nationalism of one's own country.

    15 votes
  8. Comment on Misteramazing doesn't understand music theory in ~music

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    There's having rigor, and then there's discovering knowledge. I'm not in the field, but I've read hundreds of academic papers on rhythm. At the end of the day, we still understand very little...

    I know enough to know that it's got some real academic rigor to it.

    There's having rigor, and then there's discovering knowledge. I'm not in the field, but I've read hundreds of academic papers on rhythm. At the end of the day, we still understand very little about what makes rhythm pleasing. I have read far fewer papers about melody, but I don't see why that would be any better (since it is rhythm, plus a whole bunch of additional concerns).

    No doubt someday, as the rigorous research piles up, we will have a much better understanding of music. In my estimation, we are still mostly in the dark today.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Nothing defines the 2010s in ~humanities

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    We're fish thinking about water. I've lived through enough decades to know that people have said "nothing defines this decade" for many decades. Things will change over the coming years, and...

    We're fish thinking about water. I've lived through enough decades to know that people have said "nothing defines this decade" for many decades. Things will change over the coming years, and eventually society will choose defining attributes of the 2010's, in contrast with the 2020's or 2030's, etc.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on What we know about you when you click on this article—Vox has a pretty typical privacy policy. That doesn’t make it great. in ~tech

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    With the state of the web the way it is, it is pointless trying to hide identifying metadata from a third party. What we should be doing is pooling requests with other users, and burying real...

    With the state of the web the way it is, it is pointless trying to hide identifying metadata from a third party. What we should be doing is pooling requests with other users, and burying real requests with fake, spurious requests. There is no other realistic option. A user can't rely on a third party not being a bad actor, so the best a user can do is bury their real activity under a mountain of plausible deniability and bullshit data.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on The Terror Queue - Google and YouTube moderators speak out on the work that's giving them PTSD in ~tech

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    I don't see these as problems at all, because it's still primarily a top-down system. A user who posts illegal content is wasting time, since either (a) they classify it as illegal and the content...

    I don't see these as problems at all, because it's still primarily a top-down system. A user who posts illegal content is wasting time, since either (a) they classify it as illegal and the content gets deleted, or (b) they classify it incorrectly and hope moderators ignore that, in which case the mod's privileges are revoked or the mod is kicked off the system (and the content is removed anyways).

    In cases where the content isn't illegal, it still allows the default view for a website to weed out offensive content, and that default can vary depending on the target market. So Germans get Nazi-less content, and Chinese get criticism-of-government-less content.

  12. Comment on The Terror Queue - Google and YouTube moderators speak out on the work that's giving them PTSD in ~tech

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    The whole model these companies seems flawed to me. If I designed a system: commentators would be responsible for tagging their own content (eg: "my comment contains foul language" or "my comment...

    The whole model these companies seems flawed to me. If I designed a system:

    • commentators would be responsible for tagging their own content (eg: "my comment contains foul language" or "my comment contains ageism")

    • a reputation hierarchy of users would rate the accuracy of the self-classification of users beneath them

    • near the top of the hierarchy, you have a small group of highly-paid moderators

    • a company would not claim to be impartial (in their rating of comment accuracy) and, accordingly, would expect top moderators to moderate via their gut, instead of via a long list of rules or a flowchart

    Such a system could allow users to handle most of the moderation tasks, and allow different countries to filter comments according to local tastes.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What do you think about YouTube rewind 2019? in ~talk

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    I think it is the second-to-last thing I would ever want to watch (the very last being a 300 hour super-cut of manic people yapping "remember to like and subscribe!")

    I think it is the second-to-last thing I would ever want to watch (the very last being a 300 hour super-cut of manic people yapping "remember to like and subscribe!")

    21 votes
  14. Comment on The alt-right playbook: How to radicalize a normie in ~misc

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    In my view, they are not "redeeming" in the sense that they make the site a net benefit to humanity. What amount of sparkling conversation is enough to compensate for enabling a world-wide network...

    In my view, they are not "redeeming" in the sense that they make the site a net benefit to humanity. What amount of sparkling conversation is enough to compensate for enabling a world-wide network of Nazis? I'm tempted to say: none.

    I might argue the same for Youtube, which is a site I, like most people, visit every day. That I enjoy aspects of Youtube enormously doesn't require me to stick up for it, or claim that the world is better off, on the whole, for its existence.

    I can enjoy cigarettes, and also acknowledge they are bad for people.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on The alt-right playbook: How to radicalize a normie in ~misc

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    Okay, but it is reassuring to know there are people on Twitter now. Last time I checked it was just the president and a bunch of python scripts.

    Okay, but it is reassuring to know there are people on Twitter now. Last time I checked it was just the president and a bunch of python scripts.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The alt-right playbook: How to radicalize a normie in ~misc

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    I can't word this in a way that isn't dismissive, but hopefully this won't also sound rude: if someone believes 4chan has redeeming qualities, I write the person off as part of the problem. As in:...

    I can't word this in a way that isn't dismissive, but hopefully this won't also sound rude: if someone believes 4chan has redeeming qualities, I write the person off as part of the problem. As in: the person is part of the Overton window opening in the wrong direction. As in: it's too late for this person; he or she grew up in this toxic environment, and sees this as tolerable. By 'this' I mean: a site that, aside from some fine people, hosts a large nazi community.

    15 votes