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  1. Comment on Who's in your corner? in ~talk

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    Damn, I need to find myself a Samuel

    Damn, I need to find myself a Samuel

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  2. Comment on I’m worried that the Israel-Palestine conflict is tearing Tildes apart in ~tildes

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    Whenever I read a book I do a little review and paste in a couple of quotes. For Jingo I did the exact one above, along with the below. Not especially relevant but trading Pratchett quotes is...

    Whenever I read a book I do a little review and paste in a couple of quotes. For Jingo I did the exact one above, along with the below. Not especially relevant but trading Pratchett quotes is always worth it.

    Prince Cadram and his generals surveyed the distant enemy, from horseback. The various Klatchian armies were drawn up in front of Gebra. Compared to them, the Ankh-Morpork regiments looked like a group of tourists who had missed their coach.

    ‘Is that all?’ he said.

    ‘Yes, sire,’ said General Ashal. ‘But, you see, they believe that fortune favours the brave.’

    ‘That is a reason to field such a contemptible little army?’

    ‘Ah, sire, but they believe that we will turn and run as soon as we taste some cold steel.’

    The Prince looked back at the distant banners. ‘Why?’

    ‘I couldn’t say, sire. It appears to be an item of faith.’

    ‘Strange.’ The Prince nodded to one of his bodyguards. ‘Fetch me some cold steel.’

    After some hurried discussion a sword was handed up very gingerly, handle first. The prince peered at it, and then licked it with theatrical care. The watching soldiers laughed.

    ‘No,’ he said at last. ‘No, I have to say that I don’t feel the least apprehensive. Is this as cold as steel gets?’

    ‘Lord Rust was probably being metaphorical, sire.’

    ‘Ah. He is the sort who would be. Well, let us go forward and meet him. We must be civilized, after all.’

    9 votes
  3. Comment on New Music Fridays: Kacey Musgraves, Little Simz, Usher and more in ~music

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    I love Kacey's first couple of albums, Golden Hour a little less so, and I'll admit I probably haven't given star-crossed enough time. But Deeper Well seems a bit of a return to Golden Hour (the...

    I love Kacey's first couple of albums, Golden Hour a little less so, and I'll admit I probably haven't given star-crossed enough time. But Deeper Well seems a bit of a return to Golden Hour (the dreamy quality) if not Pageant Material (the guitar style). I like it.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Brad Pitt reuniting with Quentin Tarantino in final film ‘The Movie Critic’ in ~movies

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    Hasn't he denied the "10 movies" thing, saying it was taken out of context? I cannot for the life of me find a link, so maybe I'm misremembering.

    Hasn't he denied the "10 movies" thing, saying it was taken out of context? I cannot for the life of me find a link, so maybe I'm misremembering.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What is your favourite episode of a podcast? in ~talk

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    Yes! Even though we (and Andy to a degree IIRC) knew what was up, Paolo's delivery scared the shit out of me. Blimmin' love Film Reroll.

    As the teens are dancing and arguing amongst themselves, a successful perception check reveals one of the best setups in the series: "There's a man behind you with a hockey mask! Roll dodge."

    Yes! Even though we (and Andy to a degree IIRC) knew what was up, Paolo's delivery scared the shit out of me. Blimmin' love Film Reroll.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    I ask this in good faith, not in "dEfiNe nEUtrAL" internet pedant fashion - what do you define as neutral? Any examples? To my mind, truth and lack of bias are not the same thing - omitting or...

    neutral sources

    I ask this in good faith, not in "dEfiNe nEUtrAL" internet pedant fashion - what do you define as neutral? Any examples? To my mind, truth and lack of bias are not the same thing - omitting or including facts can paint different pictures. The importance of those facts can be a grey area depending on the values of both source and audience. "Including both sides" is not a good universal metric in my opinion - Overton windows shift; some voices are more valued than others (according to whom?); sometimes there are multiple sides; sometimes it's just too damn hard to fit it all in! That last one is perhaps outside the scope of neutrality and more about format.

    I'm running on a lack of sleep so I hope I make sense.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    I think he's been sniffing the farts of his success. I don't remember being put off by his earlier videos, though perhaps he hasn't changed and I just got sick of him. To his credit, he doesn't...

    guy seems like a smug asshole

    I think he's been sniffing the farts of his success. I don't remember being put off by his earlier videos, though perhaps he hasn't changed and I just got sick of him.

    To his credit, he doesn't tend to blame individuals for their car-centric behaviour, but systems and cities and design.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    I don't think altruism doesn't exist, I just think we are far too quick to label behaviour as immoral, especially when it comes to large groups. Thank you for your reply! I will take a look at Sway.

    I don't think altruism doesn't exist, I just think we are far too quick to label behaviour as immoral, especially when it comes to large groups.

    Thank you for your reply! I will take a look at Sway.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    That people's behaviour is often driven by incentives, whether conscious/direct or not. In turn, hoping to drive societal change by appealing to people's good nature is a futile exercise. This can...

    That people's behaviour is often driven by incentives, whether conscious/direct or not. In turn, hoping to drive societal change by appealing to people's good nature is a futile exercise. This can be viewed as selfish and cynical, and perhaps it is. But I see it everywhere.

    I'm fuzzy on the details.

    22 votes
  10. Comment on How much does a creator's worldview influence whether you use their tech or consume their media? in ~talk

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    Agreed. Scanning through that thread painted a picture of just another "unbiased" techbro ignoring the reality that his worldview already influences the product. The naivety is disappointing but...

    I'm also bothered by his repeated insistence that Kagi doesn't and won't introduce bias into their results. I find it a bit ridiculous, I don't believe unbiased data is a coherent or realistic concept.

    Agreed. Scanning through that thread painted a picture of just another "unbiased" techbro ignoring the reality that his worldview already influences the product. The naivety is disappointing but not surprising.

    What's that quote about a man's understanding being related to his pay cheque?

    3 votes
  11. Comment on The poverty of anti-wokeness in ~life

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    I pretty much agree with everything you've said. Having said that, I think a lot of people get frustrated by... feeling that it detracts from people seeing... Whether or not and to what degree...

    I pretty much agree with everything you've said. Having said that, I think a lot of people get frustrated by...

    nitpicking over language and tone

    feeling that it detracts from people seeing...

    that there's more in their circumstance that unites them than divides them, [and] a lot could be accomplished that would greatly benefit both groups.

    Whether or not and to what degree @arrza and others are correct in this, I won't get into. I think it's case-by-case in online and offline spaces. I will go out on a limb and suggest that assumptions become facts very quickly online.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on The poverty of anti-wokeness in ~life

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    Same. However, I temper this feeling with the knowledge of my (not necessarily your!) position in the world - a cisgender white man in a colonised country. I still find class a more compelling...

    The idea that we're ignoring class in favor of race rings so true in my perspective.

    Same. However, I temper this feeling with the knowledge of my (not necessarily your!) position in the world - a cisgender white man in a colonised country. I still find class a more compelling lens, though I have the luxury of not having to face race/gender/income as a barrier.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on The price of Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambition – the Prime Minister seems unable to distinguish between his own interests and his country’s in ~misc

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    I'm guessing they mean Netanyahu being PM keeps him from being prosecuted for corruption.

    I'm guessing they mean Netanyahu being PM keeps him from being prosecuted for corruption.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What do you use to manage your music library? in ~music

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    I have my navidrome linked to my listenbrainz.org API. It shows similar users to me, through which I've discovered a decent amount of great music. It's a little more work but I like the human element.

    discover new music

    I have my navidrome linked to my listenbrainz.org API. It shows similar users to me, through which I've discovered a decent amount of great music. It's a little more work but I like the human element.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Thoughts on anti-Zionism? in ~talk

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    I've heard it argued by credible people that this is the plan. Create facts-on-the-ground or a new normal. It only takes a couple of generations.

    But if Israel continues to exist for the next 400 years, nobody is going to take Palestine's right of return seriously.

    I've heard it argued by credible people that this is the plan. Create facts-on-the-ground or a new normal. It only takes a couple of generations.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Thoughts on anti-Zionism? in ~talk

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    I'm opposed to any state based on religion. The fact that it involved turfing out the existing peoples just makes it worse. I take issue with this statement as it reduces past injustices to...

    I'm opposed to any state based on religion. The fact that it involved turfing out the existing peoples just makes it worse.

    The anti-Zionist stance before the establishment of Israel was reasonable, but past that point is primarily a claim of one nation over the land of another nation

    I take issue with this statement as it reduces past injustices to irrelevance. It is very much a present issue when Jews have the right of return, but people who lived on the land face enormous obstacles.

    69 votes
  17. Comment on Andre Braugher, ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ actor, dies at 61 in ~tv

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    Same, I've been rewatching it and catching up on the last two seasons. He is such a great presence and grounding for B99. Sad news.

    Same, I've been rewatching it and catching up on the last two seasons. He is such a great presence and grounding for B99. Sad news.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on A West Virginia judge largely denied Amazon's motion to dismiss lawsuit over selling a spycam disguised as a bathroom hook in ~tech

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    Coming from a country that doesn't really use the word loofa...I unfortunately think of Bill O'Reilly on the rare occasions I see it used.

    Coming from a country that doesn't really use the word loofa...I unfortunately think of Bill O'Reilly on the rare occasions I see it used.

  19. Comment on Halo - Season 1 in ~tv

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    An admirable effort - I made it about 20 minutes!

    An admirable effort - I made it about 20 minutes!

    4 votes
  20. Comment on If you use ChatGPT or other LLM, how do you use it? in ~tech

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    I love the idea of using it for games! I just asked about Skyrim and GTA and got some good replies

    I love the idea of using it for games! I just asked about Skyrim and GTA and got some good replies

    3 votes