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  1. Comment on Het Goede Doel - Een Eigen Huis (An Own House) in ~music

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    I feel like this was a pretty famous song at some point? My dad still occasionally sings some notes of it.

    I feel like this was a pretty famous song at some point? My dad still occasionally sings some notes of it.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of [NATO] Weapons in Yemen in ~news

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    I think the reasons are clear: the arms deal is worth millions and they're not willing to give that up. I wonder if Trump actually believes Russia would take over if the US pulled out but it...

    I think the reasons are clear: the arms deal is worth millions and they're not willing to give that up. I wonder if Trump actually believes Russia would take over if the US pulled out but it doesn't really matter, they will likely continue to do this so long as it pays and there is no major threat of repercussions.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of [NATO] Weapons in Yemen in ~news

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    Very likely, online publications have to play the headline game to stay relevant after all.

    Very likely, online publications have to play the headline game to stay relevant after all.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of [NATO] Weapons in Yemen in ~news

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    Took the liberty of changing the original title since it's not exclusively US weapons being sold but also a substantial amount of French armaments.

    Took the liberty of changing the original title since it's not exclusively US weapons being sold but also a substantial amount of French armaments.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on YouTube's New Fact-Check Tool Flagged Notre Dame Fire Coverage And Attached An Article About 9/11 in ~tech

  6. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    I want to offer a different point of view and say that one of the bigger problems of unrestrained data harvesting is that it creates a vicious cycle of devaluation, which I'd describe as follows:...

    I want to offer a different point of view and say that one of the bigger problems of unrestrained data harvesting is that it creates a vicious cycle of devaluation, which I'd describe as follows:

    • Company starts collecting data for marketing/product improvement
    • Company is successful and sells said data/tech
    • Other companies start doing the same thing to stay relevant in the marketplace
    • value of data/tech plummets as everyone either has their own version or uses somebody else's leading to market saturation
    • Companies create more intrusive version of data collection to stay ahead of the competition

    Rinse and repeat until you get to the current day, where every single data point which can possibly be tracked is and still it's value is tanking continuously. Online advertising is a good indication of how bad it is getting: despite Google having some of the most sophisticated targeting and being able to deliver ads to billions the people hosting the ads can barely make a living off of it.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I'm talking about the notion that this "emulates Contrapoints". While she is credited and probably an influence I think it is reductive to consider PT's current work as mere imitation, or to...

    I'm talking about the notion that this "emulates Contrapoints". While she is credited and probably an influence I think it is reductive to consider PT's current work as mere imitation, or to suggest that it is "her" style.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on For now. in ~creative

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    Glad to see you're still writing and that things are getting a little bit better!

    Glad to see you're still writing and that things are getting a little bit better!

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I think this is an often overlooked part of it. Self-improvement often goes coupled with exactly the kind of critical self-reflection people tend to eschew, because it is hard and doesn't feel...

    and to have their already established beliefs validated and reinforced.

    I think this is an often overlooked part of it. Self-improvement often goes coupled with exactly the kind of critical self-reflection people tend to eschew, because it is hard and doesn't feel very nice. Jordan Peterson, like many snake oil salesmen, talks like he can offer all the benefits of self-improvement, and the illusion of being dedicated to doing the hard work, without any of it's downsides or fundamental existential questioning.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I think we ought to note, though, that while Contrapoints is maybe the most visibly successful channel combining Left-leaning social critique it is not the first channel to use higher production...

    I think we ought to note, though, that while Contrapoints is maybe the most visibly successful channel combining Left-leaning social critique it is not the first channel to use higher production style and theatrics to deliver it, Hbomberguy was moving in that direction for a while as well (thought he is clearly more constrained by his budget and own sense of style) and unrelated channels like Captain Disillusion have been using the visual medium to high effect, albeit for a different topic, since before Contrapoints blew up.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    On his Curiouscat he has said that the more theatrical spin is something he used to do in the beginning but moved away from due to time/budget constraints, and to which he's now returning because...

    On his Curiouscat he has said that the more theatrical spin is something he used to do in the beginning but moved away from due to time/budget constraints, and to which he's now returning because that's kind of what he wanted to do in the first place.

    I won't lie, I only got to know PT through his older but not his oldest videos, so I've really grown to like the simpler "guy talks about thing for half an hour" style, it's what draws me more towards Three Arrows and Cuck Philosophy these days. But I respect the artistic vision and I'm happy PT's able to make the videos he wants and not just the ones that keep the lights on.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on How is Tildes doing? in ~tildes

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    Not to be flippant but I think part of that might also be that discussion has, up to this point, often been fairly basic. So as long as you all agree on some of the core ideals there wouldn't be...

    Not to be flippant but I think part of that might also be that discussion has, up to this point, often been fairly basic. So as long as you all agree on some of the core ideals there wouldn't be much disagreement. Truly interesting discussion is often to be found in the nuances and complexities of beliefs, not in disagreement over whether or not the sky is blue.

    I'm currently not too worried about this, and I prefer people not style themselves expert's when they aren't. Otherwise you end up with LessWrong.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I really enjoy PT's older work more. I understand what he's trying to go for, and I think it's a good idea to try and play more with the visual dimension since that's where video/film is at it's...

    I really enjoy PT's older work more. I understand what he's trying to go for, and I think it's a good idea to try and play more with the visual dimension since that's where video/film is at it's strongest. But he just doesn't quite get it right.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Matrix.org homeserver breached, with the intruder gaining access to unencrypted message data, password hashes and access tokens in ~tech

  15. Comment on Climate Chaos is Coming and The Pinkertons are Ready in ~enviro

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    Interesting read on how the infamous corporate security firm envisions it's role in a future affected by climate change.

    Interesting read on how the infamous corporate security firm envisions it's role in a future affected by climate change.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Matrix.org data breach in ~comp

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    It is not mentioned in the TL;DR on the top but according to an update they have now confirmed matrix.org password hashes have in fact been obtained from the production database, everyone who is...

    It is not mentioned in the TL;DR on the top but according to an update they have now confirmed matrix.org password hashes have in fact been obtained from the production database, everyone who is registered on matrix.org or has bridged to IRC with it is advised to reset their passwords.

    GPG keys for signing packages were also compromised, no update of Synapse had been pushed and only one for the Riot client but Matrix believed the latter update to have been secure.

    13 votes