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  1. Comment on Vulfpeck is selling the tenth track spot for their latest album on eBay in ~music

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    Funny to see people taking issue with this in the twitter comments. I think it's hilarious and an genuinely interesting artistic statement on the value of art and the pay-to-win nature of society....

    Funny to see people taking issue with this in the twitter comments. I think it's hilarious and an genuinely interesting artistic statement on the value of art and the pay-to-win nature of society. I hope Thom Yorke bids it up to a million quid and uses it for a Radiohead demo :D

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Denmark is a liberal paradise for many people, but the reality is very different for immigrants in ~life

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    Ah, I hear this a lot. I think it's the same in quite a few continental European countries.

    Ah, I hear this a lot. I think it's the same in quite a few continental European countries.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I enjoyed expanding my horizons this week by listening to Royal Music: Sounds From Uganda (1950-1952), a recording of traditional Ugandan court musicians by an ethnomusicologist in the 1950s....

    I enjoyed expanding my horizons this week by listening to Royal Music: Sounds From Uganda (1950-1952), a recording of traditional Ugandan court musicians by an ethnomusicologist in the 1950s. Apparently the instruments and knowledge of how to play them were lost when the palaces were crushed by the Ugandan Army in the 1960s, so these recordings are the last remaining testament to a proud musical tradition.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Denmark is a liberal paradise for many people, but the reality is very different for immigrants in ~life

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    Thanks for this response. How did you fare getting to grips with the language?

    Thanks for this response. How did you fare getting to grips with the language?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on At a loss for words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers in ~misc

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    I asked my mum, who taught English primary, and she said that they transitioned to a phonics led approach starting in the late 80s and into the early 90s.

    I asked my mum, who taught English primary, and she said that they transitioned to a phonics led approach starting in the late 80s and into the early 90s.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on At a loss for words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers in ~misc

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    Not to discount your point, but presumably having focused tuition rather than being in a classroom is a non-trivial part of this as well.

    Interestingly, when school was closed for the pandemic and all of his reading was being taught by us at home it rapidly improved

    Not to discount your point, but presumably having focused tuition rather than being in a classroom is a non-trivial part of this as well.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Former social bookmarking site Del.icio.us appears to be making a return this summer in ~tech

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    I believe that's the guy who runs Pinboard.

    I believe that's the guy who runs Pinboard.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on At a loss for words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers in ~misc

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    Reading this I do wonder if a language with a cleaner mapping of graphemes to phonemes might be more valuable than we realise.

    Reading this I do wonder if a language with a cleaner mapping of graphemes to phonemes might be more valuable than we realise.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Do you (still) use IRC? in ~tech

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    I read a few freenode channels, mostly for FLOSS projects. It's also quite good for finding pirated acestreams for Formula 1 races :-)

    I read a few freenode channels, mostly for FLOSS projects. It's also quite good for finding pirated acestreams for Formula 1 races :-)

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What kind of drunk are you? in ~talk

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    Maybe this is true for some, but the specific incident that I reference in the comment above was with a lad in his second week of University - whom I am almost certain was the opposite of an...

    Maybe this is true for some, but the specific incident that I reference in the comment above was with a lad in his second week of University - whom I am almost certain was the opposite of an experienced drinker.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What kind of drunk are you? in ~talk

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    I suppose I'm probably type 4. I think that Type 1 is perhaps the most interesting though. It's the most bizarre thing to see someone seem barely affected by drink right up to the point where they...

    I suppose I'm probably type 4. I think that Type 1 is perhaps the most interesting though. It's the most bizarre thing to see someone seem barely affected by drink right up to the point where they turn around and throw up in the sink.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Why experiments matter and why we hate them in ~science

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    Good article. We have to be utilitarian when it comes to randomized trials - if the knowledge gained from a trial could improve outcomes for people across the world for decades or even centuries...

    Good article. We have to be utilitarian when it comes to randomized trials - if the knowledge gained from a trial could improve outcomes for people across the world for decades or even centuries to come, then a not insubstantial amount of risk to the participants is justifiable, as ethically galling as that may seem

    1 vote
  13. Comment on MIT researchers created a deepfake of Nixon delivering the 'In Event Of Moon Disaster' speech in ~tech

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    Well, it's not very convincing, haha. If this is the best MIT can do then I'm not too worried yet.

    Well, it's not very convincing, haha. If this is the best MIT can do then I'm not too worried yet.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Denmark is a liberal paradise for many people, but the reality is very different for immigrants in ~life

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    Yeah, this might not be a politically correct policy, but as a Brit it seems far preferable to our hands off approach to multiculturalism that has given us Asian enclaves in many towns and cities....

    Yeah, this might not be a politically correct policy, but as a Brit it seems far preferable to our hands off approach to multiculturalism that has given us Asian enclaves in many towns and cities.

    Incidentally, I am considering immigrating to Denmark - what has been your experience of doing this?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Viking Link – Work has begun on the world's longest electricity interconnector which will allow power to travel between the UK and Denmark in ~enviro

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    As a somewhat Daneophilic Brit I'm happy about this - but isn't it funny that we use 'Viking' as a whimsical name these days for trans North Sea collaboration, when the Viking raids pretty much...

    As a somewhat Daneophilic Brit I'm happy about this - but isn't it funny that we use 'Viking' as a whimsical name these days for trans North Sea collaboration, when the Viking raids pretty much constitute genocide by modern standards. I wonder if Wehrmacht will be an amusing name for German-Polish collaboration in the year 3100?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Nick Land's Fanged Noumena in ~books

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    I accept that perspective. Conversely, I would argue that everyone has the right to shitpost on Twitter without it impinging on their work in the academic sphere :-)

    I accept that perspective. Conversely, I would argue that everyone has the right to shitpost on Twitter without it impinging on their work in the academic sphere :-)

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Nick Land's Fanged Noumena in ~books

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    What's wrong with his Twitter account? I mean, if you know anything about Land you know he's right-wing, but reading through his feed I think it's pretty entertaining. It's the same sort of thing...

    What's wrong with his Twitter account? I mean, if you know anything about Land you know he's right-wing, but reading through his feed I think it's pretty entertaining. It's the same sort of thing that someone like Shaun does well from a left-wing perspective.

  18. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Simply dumping an ill-formatted list of random links to support a given position is not constructive dialogue and is not a good fit for Tildes.

    Simply dumping an ill-formatted list of random links to support a given position is not constructive dialogue and is not a good fit for Tildes.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I don't hate this as a solution, but where do you draw the line? Are all MPs barred? Or just members of the cabinet? What about the shadow cabinet? Etc. Etc. I do think Twitter does a lot of harm...

    I don't hate this as a solution, but where do you draw the line? Are all MPs barred? Or just members of the cabinet? What about the shadow cabinet? Etc. Etc.

    I do think Twitter does a lot of harm by encouraging snappy rhetoric at the expense of nuance. But then again, plus ça change. Politics has never really been about subtlety. Carthago delenda est!

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Katie Hopkins is not a good person. I don't dispute that one bit. And yet... It really kinda does. Because this is a discussion about what gets people banned from internet megaforums, and whatever...

    Katie Hopkins is not a good person. I don't dispute that one bit. And yet...

    It doesn't matter whether the final straw was over advocating violence or not

    It really kinda does. Because this is a discussion about what gets people banned from internet megaforums, and whatever the final straw was, it was presumably what got her banned from Twitter, an internet megaforum. Actually, the fact that Twitter doesn't disclose the reasons for their high-profile bans is in and of itself problematic.

    8 votes