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  1. Comment on Alt-right Coloradans went to war with an alpaca farm — and the farm won in ~lgbt

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    This is a great story and it really shows how well standing up for others helps. But I have to ask, wtf is this about: Why on earth would the Boogaloos want to help them? They seem just as bad as...

    This is a great story and it really shows how well standing up for others helps.

    But I have to ask, wtf is this about:

    Some of the outreach was completely unexpected. “A lot of Boogaloo folks reached out to us. We had to say no, although the gesture was, err, hugely appreciated,” Logue says with a shrug.

    Why on earth would the Boogaloos want to help them? They seem just as bad as the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters.

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  2. Comment on Apple introduces expanded protections for children, including on-device scanning of images to detect child abuse imagery in ~tech

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    Given that the stakes are that a parent would see a non-pornographic image if the performance is poor, does it even matter? I don't know what the UI looks like, but I wouldn't surprised if there...

    there’s little on the computer vision—and no evaluation of predictive performance.

    Given that the stakes are that a parent would see a non-pornographic image if the performance is poor, does it even matter? I don't know what the UI looks like, but I wouldn't surprised if there was a button they could press to say (more or less) "false positive, let my child see it." If it has too many false positives, customers will complain and Apple will adjust or lose customers.

    I hope that they will never be asked to use it for other purposes.

    Yeah, this keeps coming up. Given how well they've done fighting, for example, the FBI when they needed to, I'm far less worried about them and far more worried about other companies. Yeah, past performance is no predictor of future performance, but in general, they seem to have the right culture for these things. If that changes, then I'll change my stance.

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  3. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Thank you for the cogent explanation. My apologies if what I said was confusing @Seven.

    Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Thank you for the cogent explanation. My apologies if what I said was confusing @Seven.

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  4. Comment on The great myth of the medieval tritone ban in ~music

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    This is awesome! We used to joke about this as music students. I never knew it was completely made up. I shouldn't be surprised given all the other "satanic" junk that is just completely made up...

    This is awesome! We used to joke about this as music students. I never knew it was completely made up. I shouldn't be surprised given all the other "satanic" junk that is just completely made up (think of the satanic panic of the 80s).

  5. Comment on Mercedes-Benz EQS to offer rear-wheel steering as a subscription in ~tech

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

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    Oh neat! Thanks for that! Yeah, looking at the footage on Steam, it does seem heavily “inspired” by Split Second (to put it as politely as possible).

    Oh neat! Thanks for that! Yeah, looking at the footage on Steam, it does seem heavily “inspired” by Split Second (to put it as politely as possible).

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  7. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    Fair enough. It sounds like we had some similar experiences growing up. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, but I’m baffled by your response and wouldn’t have guessed someone with your background...

    Mate I grew up in a tiny provincial market town in the 80s and 90s, wearing long dyed hair, makeup and often non-gender-conforming clothes. I didn't fit in to most of the boxes that people draw for what "men" should be.

    Fair enough. It sounds like we had some similar experiences growing up. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, but I’m baffled by your response and wouldn’t have guessed someone with your background would feel that way.

    We didn't find a replacement for sexism and are making some progress getting rid of that.

    We did find a replacement for it. It’s called equality. But if that’s how you’re looking at this, then maybe we’re saying the same thing?

    Sad, angry people will always exist and they'll always pick on something. If we take down every structure they're sad and angry about they'll still be sad and angry. That's a fundamental issue which needs addressing in a different way to dismantling ideas of gendered behaviour.

    Well I think that sad angry people act out in a particular way because they’re taught that’s the way to handle it or they’re given no other coping skills. We can replace it by teaching children how to understand their feelings, communicate them, and ask for help so when they grow into sad angry adults, they have better outlets. So that’s what I’m saying we’d replace toxic masculinity with. I think our society (at least here in the US) strongly encourages boys in particular to become sad angry men who lash out instead of understanding themselves and asking for help. It sounds to me like you see something similar, but don’t think it deserves the same name. That’s fine. Call it what you want.

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  8. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    While I don't understand why people want to say that, either, I do have to live with the reality that there are a lot of people in our society who very much want to say it, and who can very much...

    I genuinely don't understand why people want to say "this is what being a man is" - or woman or whatever other box people want to make to try to put themselves or others in.

    While I don't understand why people want to say that, either, I do have to live with the reality that there are a lot of people in our society who very much want to say it, and who can very much make other people miserable in the process of defining and acting it out.

    Just do whatever it is makes you happy, as long as you're not hurting anyone else it doesn't matter and really, nobody else cares.

    If you truly believe this then you have lived a very privileged life. (I led a very privileged life and once believed it, too, for what it's worth.) I have had to deal with real physical violence (like being thrown against a car and taken punches) because some asshole didn't think my hair was "masculine enough." I hadn't ever talked to this individual, or interacted with them in any significant way, other than to pass them from time to time in my daily routine. I think that pretty much qualifies as toxic masculinity.

    When you have a toxic pollutant in the physical environment, you don't worry about defining the non-toxic version, you just get on with cleaning up the beach.

    When you find out the thing you've been cleaning your floor with or powering your society with is toxic, you do look for a non-toxic replacement. If we don't find a replacement for toxic masculinity then it will continue to exist. I don't think you can clean it up without replacing it with something better.

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  9. Comment on Florida Sheriff's office now notifying people it will be inflicting its 'Pre-Crime Program' on them in ~news

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    I totally agree. What I'm trying to say is that this isn't preventative policing. This is outright harassment.

    I totally agree. What I'm trying to say is that this isn't preventative policing. This is outright harassment.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What was the last game you played that really surprised you? in ~games

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    It’s funny you mention The Witness. Of course, I had the same reaction to those puzzles, but there were other things in there that also did it for me: The Witness Spoilers The way I wondered...

    It’s funny you mention The Witness. Of course, I had the same reaction to those puzzles, but there were other things in there that also did it for me:

    The Witness Spoilers The way I wondered through the world, I ended up down by the water by the pottery-making studio pretty quickly. There’s a point where you can walk over a small natural bridge. There’s a tree on or near the bridge and some of its roots stick out. If you look down in the water, the reflection of the roots look like koi swimming in the water. I wasn’t even sure it was intentional when I first saw it. But you start seeing more and more of that as you explore. There’s another point where you’re on the boat and you look back at the land and the rocks form a man laying on his side. It really is a game about perspective. I was also floored by the clip of James Burke from the original *Connections* series.
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  11. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    I understand your hesitation, but I appreciate you bringing it up. Here’s how I’ve experienced things. (And yes, I’m guilty of having done some of these things myself at various times in my life....

    I understand your hesitation, but I appreciate you bringing it up. Here’s how I’ve experienced things. (And yes, I’m guilty of having done some of these things myself at various times in my life. I’m sure we all are. I’m not proud of it.)

    Toxic masculinity, in my experience, is about lording power over others. It’s certainly possible for non-male individuals to lord their power over others, but I see that happen orders of magnitude less frequently than I see it happen in males. The other aspect of it is that it often involves violence, whether physical, verbal, or psychological. This takes many forms but is most often seen as bullying others.

    The attitude that you always need to be tough and that showing any weakness makes you “less of a man” — that you should be “alpha”. The attitude that you get to decide for others what is right and wrong or good and bad. (And it’s often stated in black and white terms — “If you aren’t with us, you’re against us!”)

    I think that non-toxic or positive masculinity can emphasize some similar things without the violence and degradation of others. For example, toxic masculinity is ignoring pain and telling someone in pain to “Walk it off!” Or “Nut up!” Recognizing others’ pain and acknowledging it seems like a better path to me. I think there can be times when you have to tell someone, “I realize you’re in pain, but it’s going to be best for you to work through the pain to get through this, and we’re all here to help you with that.” (Of course that only applies in some situations. There are many where the pain is a sign of something really wrong and ignoring it or working through it is a terrible idea. Recognizing the difference is key!)

    The entire ethos of ignoring or hiding any pain and weakness, no matter how small, while also attempting to move focus away from your attempts at doing that, often by demeaning or hurting others is what I consider toxic masculinity. There’s nothing inherently male in it, it’s just that our society accepts and even encourages such behavior in men and often chastises women for it.

    There are other smaller things that are related, like making everything a competition. Again, it can be a positive thing if it helps you to grow and improve, but when it comes at the expense of others it becomes toxic.

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  12. Comment on Florida Sheriff's office now notifying people it will be inflicting its 'Pre-Crime Program' on them in ~news

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    This is such a shitty move by the sheriff’s department. This is pretty much the exact opposite of their job. It would be like a doctor intentionally infecting people with COVID at this point. I...

    This is such a shitty move by the sheriff’s department. This is pretty much the exact opposite of their job. It would be like a doctor intentionally infecting people with COVID at this point. I hope he ends up in jail for this at some point.

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  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    We started watching White Lotus. It's about a high-end resort in Hawaii where rich people vacation. The guests are all entitled assholes, and the staff are overworked and have their own problems...

    We started watching White Lotus. It's about a high-end resort in Hawaii where rich people vacation. The guests are all entitled assholes, and the staff are overworked and have their own problems all while trying to smile and maintain a veil of calmness. You see where it's going to end in the first 5 minutes, and the rest is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. My spouse and I are finding it very funny. I don't normally notice such things, but the opening credits are incredible. First, the music is just phenomenal. Second, the graphics subtly but directly reference several things that happen over the episodes, and it's really cool. The first time I saw them, I thought they were well done. But watching them by the 4th episode, I was like, "Holy crap! I never noticed that before!" I can't recommend this enough. There are 2 more episodes to drop in the next 2 weeks or so.

    We also continued watching Physical. I think the season finale is this week. Sheila got caught cooking the books for her husband's campaign, but she convinced Tyler, Bunny, and her friend from her kid's school to figure out who's been selling their tapes, and they took the remaining bootlegs and the money he made off of them, so they're all square now. And Danny now now knows about her side project. That was the last shot, so it will be interesting to see his reaction.

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  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    That's because both were produced and written by Damon Lindelof, if I'm not mistaken.

    Kinda reminds me of Lost, but better and it makes sense.

    That's because both were produced and written by Damon Lindelof, if I'm not mistaken.

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  16. Comment on AI has the worst superpower… medical racism in ~tech

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    I would expect a high pass filter to still show edges, as those tend to be the highest frequency components in images. It may look like a solid light gray box to us, but I bet the computer still...

    The part with the high pass filter is particularly interesting. I was expecting that it would be basing it off the proportions of the skeleton. An AI could pick up some very subtle ratios and contours. Though I suppose that could still be possible if the high pass filter still allows the AI to see where the edges of bones are.

    I would expect a high pass filter to still show edges, as those tend to be the highest frequency components in images. It may look like a solid light gray box to us, but I bet the computer still sees faint traces of the bones somehow.

    Perhaps the AI is only learning the Xray machines used (and some characteristic of their images) in Asia to determine who is Asian.

    That's a really interesting idea! I could also see something similar happening with machines in lower-income neighborhoods being one or a particular set of less expensive brands, for example. I'll take a look at the Twitter thread @skybrian mentioned, but there are so many things hidden things like that which could cause these correlations to accidentally be revealed. (My first thought was that some X-rays have the name of the patient on them, and names tend to cluster in certain ethnic groups. I assume they filtered that stuff out, though.)

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  17. Comment on Zoom to pay $85M for lying about encryption and sending data to Facebook and Google in ~tech

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    I've actually heard some people in our company are getting WebEx-bombed by strangers! So it seems like none of them have their shit together.

    I've actually heard some people in our company are getting WebEx-bombed by strangers! So it seems like none of them have their shit together.

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  18. Comment on Stop saying print journalism is dead. Sixty magazines launched during this crazy year in ~news

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    It's not that magazines are not journalism, it's that usually magazines (or even newspaper stories) about cooking and celebrities are not journalism, or at least not very good journalism. I admit...

    How are the magazines not journalism?

    It's not that magazines are not journalism, it's that usually magazines (or even newspaper stories) about cooking and celebrities are not journalism, or at least not very good journalism. I admit I was being a little cynical given the topics. That's not to say you can't have journalism about those topics. I think that America's Test Kitchen had a cooking magazine that was what I would consider journalistic a few years back, if I'm remembering correctly. They would do actual experiments to figure out the best way to cook something and explain why other ways didn't get the expected results, etc. It wasn't just a random collection of recipes whose main purpose was to show ads. (I think it was ad-free, at least initially.) But that seems pretty rare (or at least was rare back when I bought cooking magazines).

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  19. Comment on Stop saying print journalism is dead. Sixty magazines launched during this crazy year in ~news

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    I think we can safely say that print journalism is as dead as radio and cable TV (to which I still subscribe). They probably won't ever die out completely, but will continue to become a smaller...

    I think we can safely say that print journalism is as dead as radio and cable TV (to which I still subscribe). They probably won't ever die out completely, but will continue to become a smaller and smaller part of the population's everyday life. I used to be an avid radio listener, but now only listen when I'm in my car and out of podcasts. I will turn on NPR's top-of-the-hour news summary on my way home from work (when I'm not working at home). But beyond that, I simply don't listen anymore due to the lack of diversity and the unbelievable number of very loud, very annoying ads. I haven't purchased a newspaper or magazine in literally decades. My spouse has purchased magazines more recently, but they were the special-edition things mentioned at the end of the article. We didn't subscribe and honestly probably bought around 1 of those per year. The headline also makes it sound like 60 magazine launches in a year is a lot, but in the article they point out that's less than half launched in the previous year. Furthermore, the number launched is somewhat meaningless. How many are surviving now compared to past years? And what are subscription and newsstand sales like compared to previous years? Personally, I think it's fine to say that print journalism is dead. (Also, most of the magazines discussed in the article are not journalism. One was a cooking magazine, and the others sounded like celebrity-themed magazines.)

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