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  1. Comment on London's BT Tower to be turned into a hotel after £275m sale in ~design

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    What refreshing news from the UK for once! I used to live right next to the BT Tower. It's truly London's ugliest building by a large margin. It's so hideous, you actually can't help but find it...

    What refreshing news from the UK for once!

    I used to live right next to the BT Tower. It's truly London's ugliest building by a large margin. It's so hideous, you actually can't help but find it endearing. Even considering the spirit of the time when it was built — rockets and spaceships were all the rage — I have no idea what they were thinking when they designed it. It has an extremely impractical floorplan and overall set-up and is simply an eyesore among an otherwise lovely neighborhood of Edwardian and Victorian (town)houses.

    I'm glad the new owners are planning to turn it into a hotel, and I hope they open the viewing deck and/or restaurant up to the public again. I've always wanted to go up, as the view must be absolutely stunning. There's no building in London that could rival it, as the BT Tower is the only skyscraper in all of the Fitzeovia and Soho area. They used to host an "open day" once a year up until Covid, but since then visits were strictly prohibited. I've always said that they should open up a restaurant up there again... Glad to hear it might actually be happening.

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  2. Comment on Nominate for "Movie of the Week" in March - Best Picture nominees that didn't win in ~movies

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    Are you referring to the cemetery scene? I also feel like the scene was too over the top. I felt similarly about the "Tom Hanks' Last Stand" scene as well. Apart from those two: masterpiece!

    Are you referring to the cemetery scene? I also feel like the scene was too over the top.

    I felt similarly about the "Tom Hanks' Last Stand" scene as well. Apart from those two: masterpiece!

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  3. Comment on How Google is killing independent sites like ours in ~tech

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    I just wish Kagi were slightly cheaper, but I get it: instead of you being the product, you pay for a service without ads. Personally, I feel the sweet spot is what Google used to be: free (or in...

    I just wish Kagi were slightly cheaper, but I get it: instead of you being the product, you pay for a service without ads.

    Personally, I feel the sweet spot is what Google used to be: free (or in the case of my above request: at a small fee), with great search results, plus a few ads sprinkled in here and there.

    Now, it's just a cesspool of 95% unhelpful search results, the majority being paid ads it seems.

    Although Kagi is a great alternative once paid for, I feel the fee is above my willingness to pay. I'm not sure if I'm just a cheapskate or if that's something other people feel similarly about.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on How do you even find quality appliances anymore? in ~life.home_improvement

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    I am not sure where you are located (US it seems?), but in Europe I've fared very well with Electrolux. Our fridge, dishwasher and oven are all Electrolux, and they've held up quite well. They...

    I am not sure where you are located (US it seems?), but in Europe I've fared very well with Electrolux. Our fridge, dishwasher and oven are all Electrolux, and they've held up quite well. They were bought in 2008 and are still working like on day one (apart from some minor cracks etc. due to normal wear and tear).

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  5. Comment on The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests in ~tech

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    Of course I don't. No pen other pen than the origin Bic can ruin a shirt pocket that well. Knockoffs are nothing in comparison!

    Of course I don't. No pen other pen than the origin Bic can ruin a shirt pocket that well. Knockoffs are nothing in comparison!

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  6. Comment on The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests in ~tech

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    Google is full of botshit at this point. Facebook too. Insta is getting there as well, as are all other platforms. Even shopping online is full of botshit. Can't find any real reviews and lots of...

    Google is full of botshit at this point. Facebook too. Insta is getting there as well, as are all other platforms. Even shopping online is full of botshit. Can't find any real reviews and lots of fake products on Amazon. The rest is low-quality drop-shipped bullshit akin to botshit.

    Without any proper indexing available anymore, we'll be more and more engulfed by botshit. You're absolutely right, the Dead Internet Theory is becoming a reality.

    26 votes
  7. Comment on The Traitors - What a fun game show in ~tv

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    It's mostly just Endemol though, no? I always find it amazing how many of the world's TV shows essentially come from a single company. Kind of reminds me of that one music producer (Could be a...

    Aha, appears to be another Dutch reality tv creation. Turns out we're good at that.

    It's mostly just Endemol though, no? I always find it amazing how many of the world's TV shows essentially come from a single company.

    Kind of reminds me of that one music producer (Could be a song writer? Or some other role that I don't know the term of.) who is behind most of the pop songs we've been listening to for the past 20-30 years. Really fascinating!

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  8. Comment on The Traitors - What a fun game show in ~tv

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    I'm happy you're enjoying it! I had watched 2 episodes 1-2 years back when season 1 aired, and I must say I did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked. I found most candidates to be quite...

    I'm happy you're enjoying it!

    I had watched 2 episodes 1-2 years back when season 1 aired, and I must say I did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked. I found most candidates to be quite pretentious and over-acting. For some of them I couldn't shake the feeling that it was scripted, and that totally ruined the vibe for me. It's quite a shame, because I really loved the concept itself. Glad to hear other people like it though. The BBC produces a lot of great shows; much more than people often give them credit for.

    Edit: I'll take back my "scripted" comment and be a little bit more specific. While the show wasn't necessarily scripted, I do know that the BBC (and any TV show producer for that matter) is very rigorous and picky when selecting candidates. There's a high likelihood that many contestants dabbled in acting before joining the show, as I hear there were over 40000 applicants for season 1. Only the "best" get selected, and most likely that means "the best actors". That's what killed the vibe for me. The contestants didn't feel like real people to me. They felt like actors. Some of them more professional than others, but none of them behaved like a real person would. Then again, I don't suppose that would have resulted in a good entertainment show either. Overall, it didn't work out for me.

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  9. Comment on Does anyone else have posting anxiety? in ~tech

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    For me this boils down to using an anonymous alias vs my real name. If it's a platform where no one can trace back to me specifically (like on Tildes), I have no posting anxiety, apart from not...

    For me this boils down to using an anonymous alias vs my real name.

    If it's a platform where no one can trace back to me specifically (like on Tildes), I have no posting anxiety, apart from not wanting to look like a douchebag. I keep myself in check by not posting things that I wouldn't say to someone if I met them in real life.

    On platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Insta etc. where anyone could trace my account back to my real life persona, I tend not to post anything at all. Like you, I've grown up in a time of the internet where I assumed that anything I post will be online for all posteriority to see. That's not necessarily the case anymore with the decline of online indexes (Google, Bing etc.) that are now flooded with endless bullshit, so my old posts just slowly disappear into the increasing background noise. In addition, with the rise of AI, it's becoming easier and easier to just claim something is fake, or some bot or otherwise evil person posted it in my name. Nevertheless, I tend not to participate in those platforms at all, apart from the occasional lurk.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Alexei Navalny, galvanizing opposition leader and Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, died in prison, Russia says in ~news

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    Despite what some other people replied to you, I still see nothing truly admirable about his return to Russia. I understand all the arguments provided, but I feel like this was a lost cause from...

    Despite what some other people replied to you, I still see nothing truly admirable about his return to Russia. I understand all the arguments provided, but I feel like this was a lost cause from the get go, and Nawalny could have done a lot more good from outside of Russia.

    Inspiration or not, he has passed away now. And it unfortunately most likely won't inspire anything new. I'd rather have him alive and well so he could continue fighting the oppression. Now he's just gone; one less person to fight the fight.

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  11. Comment on ‘Enshittification’ is coming for absolutely everything in ~tech

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    Fully disagree. It's been seeping into every service and product type from what I can see. Sustainable or not.

    Enshitification seems to only really affect free or unsustainable services.

    Fully disagree. It's been seeping into every service and product type from what I can see. Sustainable or not.

    19 votes
  12. Comment on ‘Enshittification’ is coming for absolutely everything in ~tech

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    Yes. The lag is incredible. We binned our new TV after two months. The screen size was great, as was everything else, but the lag was unbearable. Literal piece of garbage.

    Yes. The lag is incredible. We binned our new TV after two months.

    The screen size was great, as was everything else, but the lag was unbearable. Literal piece of garbage.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on ‘Enshittification’ is coming for absolutely everything in ~tech

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    Definitely not limited to the digital space. Services: Trying to reach a government office? Too bad, office hours are Mon-Thu 9-11:30 am. Call again next week. Or worse: your call just hangs up...

    Definitely not limited to the digital space.

    • Services: Trying to reach a government office? Too bad, office hours are Mon-Thu 9-11:30 am. Call again next week. Or worse: your call just hangs up without even ringing through to anyone, even though you've called during the stated office hours.

    • Physical goods: Ordered a new branded vacuum cleaner as replacement for your 20 year old model? Have fun binning it in 2 years, exactly after the warranty period ends.

    • Mix of physical goods and services: New dishwasher? Better register it online and have it connected to wifi to initialize it. Don't like that? Too bad. Also, we don't take returns, so deal with it.

    • Product features: You thought buttons and knobs in cars were convenient? Think again! It's way better to fidget with a touchscreen for five minutes and provoke an accident at 120 km/h. At least, that's what our general management decided. Because it saves us a buck on purchasing costs and makes the assembly line more efficient. Don't like it? Fuck you. And don't forget to pay for the seat warmer subscription, you cheapskate.

    These are all examples of things I've experienced myself within the past 2-3 years. It's gotten especially bad since about that time period. And it seems it's just getting worse and worse. It's like everyone's in a competition to see who can screw over the customer the most. It's maddening.

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  14. Comment on ‘Enshittification’ is coming for absolutely everything in ~tech

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    Free link: https://archive.is/sTAEE By Cory Doctorow: This is just the first paragraph of a most excellent essay that I felt is very insightful.

    Free link: https://archive.is/sTAEE

    By Cory Doctorow:

    Last year, I coined the term “enshittification” to describe the way that platforms decay. That obscene little word did big numbers; it really hit the zeitgeist.
    The American Dialect Society made it its Word of the Year for 2023 (which, I suppose, means that now I’m definitely getting a poop emoji on my tombstone).
    So what’s enshittification and why did it catch fire? It’s my theory explaining how the internet was colonised by platforms, why all those platforms are degrading so quickly and thoroughly, why it matters and what we can do about it. We’re all living through a great enshittening, in which the services that matter to us, that we rely on, are turning into giant piles of shit. It’s frustrating. It’s demoralising. It’s even terrifying.
    I think that the enshittification framework goes a long way to explaining it, moving us out of the mysterious realm of the “great forces of history”, and into the material world of specific decisions made by real people; decisions we can reverse and people whose names and pitchfork sizes we can learn.
    Enshittification names the problem and proposes a solution. It’s not just a way to say “things are getting worse”, though, of course, it’s fine with me if you want to use it that way. (It’s an English word. We don’t have ein Rat für englische Rechtschreibung. English is a free-for-all. Go nuts, meine Kerle.) But in case you want to be more precise, let’s examine how enshittification works. It’s a three-stage process: first, platforms are good to their users. Then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers. Finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, there is a fourth stage: they die.

    This is just the first paragraph of a most excellent essay that I felt is very insightful.

    55 votes
  15. Comment on Online anonymity: study found ‘stable pseudonyms’ created a more civil environment than real user names in ~tech

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    Had to chuckle at this. I'll throw in the anti-genocide crowd on LinkedIn as well. A topic like that should have no place on a platform like LinkedIn, yet that's what my front page is plastered...

    Absolutely zero fear about using their real LinkedIn to debate the merits of genocide. No fucks given.

    Had to chuckle at this. I'll throw in the anti-genocide crowd on LinkedIn as well. A topic like that should have no place on a platform like LinkedIn, yet that's what my front page is plastered with.

    Nothing but toxic conversations. Totally unprofessional. On a platform for "professionals". Ironic.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on UBC student flies to school from Calgary (because Vancouver is that unaffordable to live in) in ~life

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    To be fair, I think you'd also have to add some extra time at the airport for the security check, a bit of spare time in case of higher than usual number of passengers, bad weather etc. I suppose...

    To be fair, I think you'd also have to add some extra time at the airport for the security check, a bit of spare time in case of higher than usual number of passengers, bad weather etc.

    I suppose his true commute would be an extra hour on top of those numbers... Still, crazy how he might have a way shorter commute than I did... lol

    5 votes
  17. Comment on UBC student flies to school from Calgary (because Vancouver is that unaffordable to live in) in ~life

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    This is quite insane on multiple levels. Insane in the sense that rent prices are that high. Insane that this student decided to fly in. Insane that he managed to pull it off. I've commuted to...

    This is quite insane on multiple levels. Insane in the sense that rent prices are that high. Insane that this student decided to fly in. Insane that he managed to pull it off.

    I've commuted to university for 2.5h each way (5h per day, sometimes even 6h, depending on which campus I had to go to), but this definitely takes the cake.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on What is a scam that more people should be aware of? in ~life

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    Jumping on this one to add one that I've noticed recently: getting a newsletter sent (which you never signed up for) that includes an unsubscribe link. Clicking on it doesn't actually unsubscribe...

    Jumping on this one to add one that I've noticed recently: getting a newsletter sent (which you never signed up for) that includes an unsubscribe link.

    Clicking on it doesn't actually unsubscribe you from anything. It reconfirms to the scammer that your adress is operated by a human after all.

    The scam here is that your email address is collected and sold off to interested buyers to then spam you with more offers you didn't want. Ironically, that unsubscribe button is a subscribe button for all sorts of newsletters.

    34 votes
  19. Comment on Everyone’s a sellout now in ~life

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    It was services, but related to consulting (IT, tech, business). What you're describing sounds very similar nevertheless, yes. Part of my job became pitching prolonged projects, project...

    It was services, but related to consulting (IT, tech, business). What you're describing sounds very similar nevertheless, yes.

    Part of my job became pitching prolonged projects, project extensions, add-ons etc., all of which the client clearly neither needed nor wanted in many cases. Endless pitch decks, useless meetings and awkward discussions like you describe were the norm. It mentally broke me and I decided that type of job wasn't something for me.

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