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  1. Comment on Why authors are so angry about the Internet Archive’s Emergency Library in ~books

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    I think we're actually closer in position on this than I initially thought. I completely agree that the thing with actual value is the labor that has gone into something, which is why I think we...

    I think we're actually closer in position on this than I initially thought. I completely agree that the thing with actual value is the labor that has gone into something, which is why I think we should move towards recognizing data as being labor than data as being capital. This is relatively apparent when the data in question is a piece of art distributed online for example, but I even think it holds for the more mundane data we all produce, like identifying traffic lights in a captcha. In that case you're essentially doing an iota of work that whatever tech company will capture and repackage into a training set for AI that then eliminates the need for that work in the first place. For any individual user the effort is small, but these training sets easily repackage the collective labor of thousands or millions of users. I think that labor should be compensated as well.

    When it comes to the arts it's even more clear this should be the case in my opinion. I'm a fan of donation models as you mention above, but there's always the risk of small returns for quality data (art), and in general we should be incentivizing some proportional compensation. It reminds me of the 90-9-1 rule of online interactions, except in this case it's more like "90% of users will consume content, 9% will share it (incresing exposure), and 1% will donate in compensation". Of course I have no idea of the actual stats on this point but it seems reasonable to me at least. With free distribution the raw number that makes up that 1% obviously increases, but the question is whether that increase makes up for the 99% consuming for free. I think things like Patreon have actually be a great benefit for content creators and I hope we see more unique solutions like that arising in the next few years.

    Overall, I completely agree the incentive and compensation structure for digital data has to greatly change and be reformed as we rely more and more on these modes of consumption. This has been a bit rambling I acknowledge, but I have a lot of thoughts on this and related points.

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  2. Comment on Why authors are so angry about the Internet Archive’s Emergency Library in ~books

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    Your hot take might be a bit too hot. Digital goods are worthless? Independent video games, websites, ebooks, etc all have no inherent value? Because they can be easily copied and distributed? I...

    Your hot take might be a bit too hot. Digital goods are worthless? Independent video games, websites, ebooks, etc all have no inherent value? Because they can be easily copied and distributed? I honestly feel like such an idea would be bad for consumers and creators alike. I'm increasingly inclined to believe that digital data, whether it is meta-data about a person, an ebook written and distributed online, or an indie game should be treated a labor and the person responsible for producing that data should be compensated as such. I think we've been conditioned to believe that digital content should be free because for so long the value of distribution has been conflated with the value of creation that, when we finally entered the digital realm and found that things could be copied and shared virtually for free, we forgot the latter value even existed. You may have been paying a premium due to the materials and labor that went into distributing content of yore, but make no mistake - you were always paying for the content.

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  3. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    I think those requests get answered pretty quickly, so there's almost never a 'line' so to speak. That being said I'm also not sure how often its asked. I know the general idea is to keep growth...

    I think those requests get answered pretty quickly, so there's almost never a 'line' so to speak. That being said I'm also not sure how often its asked. I know the general idea is to keep growth slow until more features are in place, but I can't help but think we're not even seeing slow growth. It sure would be nice to get a small influx to boost things a bit.

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  4. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    One reason I don't make too many posts is that there doesn't seem to be that many people who can or want to engage on the stuff I'm interested in. I'm a physicist and every time I post articles...

    One reason I don't make too many posts is that there doesn't seem to be that many people who can or want to engage on the stuff I'm interested in. I'm a physicist and every time I post articles about physics they receive a handful of votes and almost no comments. Not even questions and stuff I'm willing to answer. This isn't necessarily the fault of the site or users, just my interests. But because of this I definitely find myself wanting to post less because there's not really a point if it doesn't generate discussion. I still comment a ton but my linking has certainly declined.

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  5. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    I actually just finished that one, hence my interest in digging deeper with a textbook of some sort :). I am vaguely familiar with concepts from quantum information theory because I work in...

    I actually just finished that one, hence my interest in digging deeper with a textbook of some sort :). I am vaguely familiar with concepts from quantum information theory because I work in physics, but I never felt I had a good foundation anyway and it seems super important.

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  6. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    Peskin & Schroeder ftw. I see some quantum computing and information theory books up there too. Are you in that field? Got any recommendations for a good book on information theory?

    Peskin & Schroeder ftw. I see some quantum computing and information theory books up there too. Are you in that field? Got any recommendations for a good book on information theory?

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  7. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    We've got a lot of overlap in taste it seems! There's a lot here that I haven't heard of too, which is good news for me. I'm also lol'ing at "The Time of Quarantine" in your overflow box, way to...

    We've got a lot of overlap in taste it seems! There's a lot here that I haven't heard of too, which is good news for me. I'm also lol'ing at "The Time of Quarantine" in your overflow box, way to apt. I should dig some of my overflow out and post it too but its such a pain. Love your collection.

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  8. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    Beren and Luthien is similar to Children of Hurin in that its an expansion of the story in the Silmarillion compiled by Christopher Tolkien. So it's a bit more. As for The Age of Surveillance...

    Beren and Luthien is similar to Children of Hurin in that its an expansion of the story in the Silmarillion compiled by Christopher Tolkien. So it's a bit more. As for The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, it's next on my list to read! Right now I'm reading The Fifth Season and Who Owns the Future?

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  9. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    It's okay to learn the basics and become familiar with the structures of the language. But it's not enough to become fluent, or (in my opinion) conversational. You'll have to supplement with a lot...

    It's okay to learn the basics and become familiar with the structures of the language. But it's not enough to become fluent, or (in my opinion) conversational. You'll have to supplement with a lot of reading and watching/listening to Spanish language content. But it is a useful resource.

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  10. Comment on 10 most(ly dead) influential programming languages in ~comp

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    I absolutely love how esoteric APL looks. It truly looks like alien glyphs. What a capsule of a different time in computing.

    I absolutely love how esoteric APL looks. It truly looks like alien glyphs. What a capsule of a different time in computing.

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  11. Comment on The new U.S. stimulus bill is massive, but it might not be enough in ~finance

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    This recession is simply unlike any other in history in its cause. This wasn't some market bubble that finally popped like in 2008 - this is a near total shutdown of very import parts of the...

    This recession is simply unlike any other in history in its cause. This wasn't some market bubble that finally popped like in 2008 - this is a near total shutdown of very import parts of the economy. It happened suddenly and has an indefinite endpoint. This stimulus bill should be nothing more than a lifeline until we get the virus under control - that is the only way to get the economy working again and climb out of this. That fact that only like 10% (not sure on the exact numbers) of this bill goes directly to hospitals and healthcare meant to combat the virus seems incredibly short sighted to me.

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  12. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    Aside from the links people have shared, another big concession is oversight of the $500 billion treasury fund for corporations. Before the money was to be doled out solely at the discretion of...

    Aside from the links people have shared, another big concession is oversight of the $500 billion treasury fund for corporations. Before the money was to be doled out solely at the discretion of the Executive branch, with recipients being anonymous for 6 months. Now there is an inspector general as well as a congressionally approved oversight board, and recipients are immediately made public, along with other checks.

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  13. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    How do they handle movement? Most games I've played (on friends' systems) have some type of point-and-click mechanics where you teleport around. It works reasonably well, especially given the...

    How do they handle movement? Most games I've played (on friends' systems) have some type of point-and-click mechanics where you teleport around. It works reasonably well, especially given the constraints of VR, but it is honestly the main thing holding me back from plunging in. To me it just feels so unnatural to be so immersed in one way (looking around, interacting with your hands, etc) but so stilted in another. Maybe it just takes some getting used to.

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  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been getting more into Stardew Valley for the Switch. I had it on PC but I never ended up playing past a season or two. The Switch makes it much easier as I can play while watching TV at the...

    I've been getting more into Stardew Valley for the Switch. I had it on PC but I never ended up playing past a season or two. The Switch makes it much easier as I can play while watching TV at the end of the day. The portability is really great. I used to love the Harvest Moon games so there was never huge doubt that I would enjoy this as well.

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  15. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    From the details we have now, it seems like the Senate Democrats won some major concessions here and now the bill seems actually decent. It remains to be seen what happens to it in negotiations...

    From the details we have now, it seems like the Senate Democrats won some major concessions here and now the bill seems actually decent. It remains to be seen what happens to it in negotiations with the house. The House bill that Pelosi put out is... interesting to say the least. I'm not sure what the strategy was in including so many provisions not directly related to the outbreak - I hope it was just to have negotiation leverage but we will see. I'm pretty liberal but it does read like a liberal wishlist and, while I agree with many of the policies, it will make bipartisan agreement and support difficult to obtain.

    The one huge provision I think that should absolutely remain in is the provision for mail-in voting for the general election (minus the odd "ballot harvesting" provision that's been included). Not sure what Congress's authority is with mandating that though since elections are left to the states. I imagine they cannot force it beyond withholding funding if states don't agree, but we will see.

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  16. How do you all do "deep readings"?

    I'm reading a book right now that I am finding fascinating, but I don't want to forget the thoughts and ideas presented in each chapter by the end. I was wondering what you all do when reading...

    I'm reading a book right now that I am finding fascinating, but I don't want to forget the thoughts and ideas presented in each chapter by the end. I was wondering what you all do when reading books like this. In college, I would usually jot down a few notes on the chapter I was reading, but I always found the act of interrupting my reading to write to be very disruptive.

    • Do you take notes and highlight directly in the book, or use another notebook or software?
    • Do you take notes as you go, or wait until the end of a chapter or section?

    I want to arrive at a system that works well for me, so I'm looking for suggestions here.

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  17. Comment on Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong – you should cover your face in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well, it certainly covers some of the viral entry points. It's a layer between some, but not all, of them.

    Well, it certainly covers some of the viral entry points. It's a layer between some, but not all, of them.

    4 votes