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  1. Comment on The Broken Formula of Music Biopics in ~movies

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    I think music biopics sort of have the same general problem "Oscar-bait" usually has: it wears the veneer being a respectable story about the human condition but really it's just a kind of...

    I think music biopics sort of have the same general problem "Oscar-bait" usually has: it wears the veneer being a respectable story about the human condition but really it's just a kind of paint-by-numbers reiteration of a moral platitude about how great people can come from humble backgrounds and overcome personal hardship to become the great people we know them as.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on How do you watch your anime? in ~anime

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    Another streaming site? It feels like these pop up and disappear by the year at this point...

    Another streaming site? It feels like these pop up and disappear by the year at this point...

  3. Comment on Germany’s Social Democrats seek poll salvation in shift to left in ~news

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    I think, like many other socialist parties, they kept holding to Third Way politics and hoping that the electorate would follow them as the "reasonable" alternative to populist rhetoric. And like...

    I think, like many other socialist parties, they kept holding to Third Way politics and hoping that the electorate would follow them as the "reasonable" alternative to populist rhetoric. And like their European sister parties they paid the price for it: in trying to appeal to everyone they appealed to nobody.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on John Galton Wanted Libertarian Paradise in ‘Anarchapulco.’ He Got Bullets Instead. in ~misc

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    I was hoping this story would go into deeper detail of any structural problems and/or solutions these ancap enclaves encountered, in a similar way to the Galt Gulch stories. But more than anything...

    I was hoping this story would go into deeper detail of any structural problems and/or solutions these ancap enclaves encountered, in a similar way to the Galt Gulch stories. But more than anything else it seems like this place isn't so much an ancap society as it is a tourist resort with ancap imagery plastered on as it's main draw...

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt's Church for Being "Infamously Anti-LGBTQ" in ~lgbt

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    I can't imagine that this conversation is going to be about the actual issue of LGTBQ discrimination, and instead is going to be regular Hollywood gossiping.

    I can't imagine that this conversation is going to be about the actual issue of LGTBQ discrimination, and instead is going to be regular Hollywood gossiping.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy, scientists confirm in ~food

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    Unfortunately humans are not fully rational beings, and it is too reductive to state one can simply overrule genetically passed down tendencies. Much in the same way it would be reductive to state...
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    Unfortunately humans are not fully rational beings, and it is too reductive to state one can simply overrule genetically passed down tendencies. Much in the same way it would be reductive to state that the solution to depression is to simply not be sad: there's more to it than that. @biox is right for pointing this out.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy, scientists confirm in ~food

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    Yeah the enduring conclusions of dietary sciences remain that the real issue simply boils down to intake vs use of calories. Skipping breakfast but not watching your other meals isn't going to help.

    Yeah the enduring conclusions of dietary sciences remain that the real issue simply boils down to intake vs use of calories. Skipping breakfast but not watching your other meals isn't going to help.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says in ~games

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    That's a great interview, and it puts some doubts I have to rest. I hope they continue to have a good amount of creative and monetary freedom over their game. The comparison to Rainbow Six Siege...

    That's a great interview, and it puts some doubts I have to rest. I hope they continue to have a good amount of creative and monetary freedom over their game. The comparison to Rainbow Six Siege is also interesting: I've barely played that game but everybody I hear about it sings it's praises, so it's definitely an interesting model for a team-based game.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Spotify has bought two podcast startups and it wants to buy more in ~tech

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    Who wants to take a bet that Spotify is going to buy podcast startups by the dozen, make their content exclusive, and then slowly chip away all but the most listened to podcasts when they realize...

    Who wants to take a bet that Spotify is going to buy podcast startups by the dozen, make their content exclusive, and then slowly chip away all but the most listened to podcasts when they realize they can't actually make it profitable?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on The Davos set are cosying up to the far right – and scared of the left in ~news

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    The really Far-right would have no issue seizing this wealth and giving it to it's inner circle either, but I suppose they at least lie about it until it's too late.

    The really Far-right would have no issue seizing this wealth and giving it to it's inner circle either, but I suppose they at least lie about it until it's too late.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Should legal decisions take into account only the nature and circumstances of a crime, or also the conditions of its victims? in ~talk

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    He consented that in the case of a baby it would be different, but because a baby is visibly and understandably more fragile. The idea he takes issue with, specifically, is the Eggshell skull...

    He consented that in the case of a baby it would be different, but because a baby is visibly and understandably more fragile. The idea he takes issue with, specifically, is the Eggshell skull rule, in which the ignorance of a victim's frailty is not accepted as a valid defense.

    I've updated the OP to make this clearer.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Should legal decisions take into account only the nature and circumstances of a crime, or also the conditions of its victims? in ~talk

  13. Comment on Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says in ~games

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    I just got done playing it and I'll likely return to it a couple more times. I think the lack of marketing, per the article, was on Respawn's request. Since it figured it had no good way to market...

    I just got done playing it and I'll likely return to it a couple more times. I think the lack of marketing, per the article, was on Respawn's request. Since it figured it had no good way to market it without the negative feedback of it being the result of Titanfall 3's cancellation.

    And I disagree with your last statement, if anything EA not being optimistic will make them want to nickel and dime it more to recoup their investment as much as possible. If they had no interest in meddling in it they likely wouldn't have in the first place, if they pressure the company to completely abandon the original blueprint and change the game then they're looking to make money out of it no matter what.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway in ~tech

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    You can argue you do, but it's often an extremely tenuous link. Sure we could measure the shoe size of every person who buys our oatmeal, and it'd be "linked" to our product by virtue of it...

    So you already have a connection between what you collect (data) and what you want to end up delivering (for instance selling products or services).

    You can argue you do, but it's often an extremely tenuous link. Sure we could measure the shoe size of every person who buys our oatmeal, and it'd be "linked" to our product by virtue of it pertaining to a consumer who bought it, but that's really just a semantics argument with no practical value. More data does not mean a more qualified analysis by default, and a lot of data hoarding usually only results in some half-assed statistical inferences being performed on a noisy data blob, yielding only faint correlations.

    To play devil's advocate for that is to essentially support something on the premise that you can't disprove it's utility until all actions have been exhausted, it's just not a solid argument.

    And what if maybe somebody does come up with a better way of analyzing that data, then you don't want to start collecting it afterwards. That can often make old data wasted.

    This is the same fallacious thinking as that of "missed sales" due to piracy, it considers that the possibility of gain alone renders both obtained data valuable and non obtained data a "missed opportunity", again by virtue of "you can't disprove it".

    Maintaining a company ain't cheap either so you are kinda forced to find yourself patrons like advertisers and investors. And in lieu of profits, they like hearing promises of potential profits (or things leading to it, like data profiteering). It's a bad cycle of co-dependency, but what can you do. At the moment it's the best model to try to punch your way into markets, and until that changes, this behaviour still gives you the best chances of survival.
    You can say it's not learning from the past, but is there a better functioning model at the moment?

    In theory? In capitalist theory the better model should be the one which provides a better service at a price consumers are willing to pay at large enough scale. In practice smaller, more specialized companies are sometimes able to keep afloat, but even the large giants are buckling under the weight of their shareholder's expectations, they have no long-term survivability, only a continuous cycle of renewal of short-term injections of life where the idea seems to be to find the better model somewhere along the way. What does it say about the quality of a model if it invariably leads the adopter to look for a way out?

    3 votes
  15. I've had part of this discussion today with a work colleague: under our country's laws a judge (there's no jury) may take into consideration the condition and general being of a victim of a crime...

    I've had part of this discussion today with a work colleague: under our country's laws a judge (there's no jury) may take into consideration the condition and general being of a victim of a crime when judging the perpetrator. For example an conviction of assault and battery may be higher of the victim was disabled/had a fragile constitution compared to a more "normative" able-bodied person.

    My colleague maintained that this was unfair if there is no way the perpetrator realizes the victim's fragility, as it means unequal punishment for equal actions. Specifically he takes issue with the Eggshell Skull rule. In effect his argument seemed to be that what should be judged is the action and intent of the crime itself.

    I maintained that is was fair because the judgement should be proportional to the effect caused on the world.

    What do other users think?

    12 votes
  16. Comment on Gavin McInnes Sues Southern Poverty Law Center for Branding Proud Boys ‘Hate Group’ in ~misc

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    Threat of legal action is becoming something of a recurring gag for crypto-hate groups who end up getting blasted/deplatformed. They almost never have a case, in fact I doubt this is anything but...

    Threat of legal action is becoming something of a recurring gag for crypto-hate groups who end up getting blasted/deplatformed. They almost never have a case, in fact I doubt this is anything but a hollow threat from a man who feels like he can energize support this way and not lose face.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What's the userbase of Tildes like? (+ some misc. Tildes questions) in ~tildes

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    On the other hand Lobsters being more clearly defined in it's general purpose may also become a boon to it, as it has a clearer "sales pitch" for prospective users and less doubt about what kinds...

    On the other hand Lobsters being more clearly defined in it's general purpose may also become a boon to it, as it has a clearer "sales pitch" for prospective users and less doubt about what kinds of content and comments should or shouldn't be posted.

    1 vote