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  1. Comment on There's no "right" way to play a game, and Twitch streamers are sick of being shamed for playing on easy in ~games

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    How is pointing out how people who put themselves in the limelight get treated perpetuating something? You can go back to ancient Greece and find people criticizing public figures and their...

    How is pointing out how people who put themselves in the limelight get treated perpetuating something? You can go back to ancient Greece and find people criticizing public figures and their choices. It's no more perpetuating something than pointing out that the earth revolves around the sun.

    Is it natural? I don't know. Is it human nature to be critical of others or find faults in those they envy for being more successful? I'm not sure. Is it expected? History shows us yes.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on School almost 'eliminates bullying' with break-time ban on games in ~life

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    This will doubtlessly have some unintended consequences. Kids need unstructured play in which to learn how to deal with difficult situations and resolve them, both individually and as a group....

    This will doubtlessly have some unintended consequences. Kids need unstructured play in which to learn how to deal with difficult situations and resolve them, both individually and as a group. What happens when they leave school and the overly structured environment is taken away?

    24 votes
  3. Comment on The revolution in classic Tetris - A younger generation is utilizing the internet to master the NES game in months, surpassing milestones that previously took decades in ~games

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    Also it's really easy to hide a game on your school laptop that's a browser extension. Teacher walks over and it'll pause itself when you close, and no tab to expose you were slacking off.

    Also it's really easy to hide a game on your school laptop that's a browser extension. Teacher walks over and it'll pause itself when you close, and no tab to expose you were slacking off.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past twenty years in ~finance

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    Probably the number one thing keeping America down right now is economic inequality. Homes should be a place to live, not a way for those that got a head start to suffocate those that didn't....

    Probably the number one thing keeping America down right now is economic inequality. Homes should be a place to live, not a way for those that got a head start to suffocate those that didn't. Investing in homes as a way to enrich yourself should be discouraged by increasing taxes on each additional home owned.

    25 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Is a white person born and raised in India more of a minority voice than a black person raised in America suburbia? Why is it based on birth? Would Muslims be considered a minority here? Only...

    Is a white person born and raised in India more of a minority voice than a black person raised in America suburbia? Why is it based on birth? Would Muslims be considered a minority here? Only those born into the faith or converts as well? If so, then would Christians or conservatives be a minority?

    Personally I find it difficult to define what a minority is on the internet. It's easy when you can size someone up in real life, but on the internet it's nearly impossible. When someone says the “minority voice” that could mean anything from skin color to religious views to cultural upbringing. Why do we feel the need to classify these things, label everyone and define majority and minority?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    What is a minority voice? Is it skin tone based, sexual preference, cultural background, whether you're neural atypical or not? Is it possible to have a community where there isn't a minority? Is...

    What is a minority voice? Is it skin tone based, sexual preference, cultural background, whether you're neural atypical or not? Is it possible to have a community where there isn't a minority? Is it possible to have a community where the majority voice doesn't steer the conversation in most threads?

    I have ideas about these, but no answers. I do feel that monitoring/moderating any aggressive users is important, but think steering majority thought is difficult without creating another majority. By that I mean, for example, one feels East Asians are unrepresented here and build up that membership only to make a majority of East Asians.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on The former Netflix DVD library is a lost treasure we’ll never see again in ~movies

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    If the service ever really goes away, never fear, my 80 year old step-dad has burned and cataloged thousands of them.

    If the service ever really goes away, never fear, my 80 year old step-dad has burned and cataloged thousands of them.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Which gaming console would you recommend and why? in ~games

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    I thought PS5 could play PS4 games?

    I thought PS5 could play PS4 games?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on How it happened: Transcript of the US-China opening remarks in Alaska in ~news

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    I read through this and did not find what you did. Can you point out which statements you thought aggressive or where he explicitly states that it's an American-led order? Do you mean statements...

    I read through this and did not find what you did. Can you point out which statements you thought aggressive or where he explicitly states that it's an American-led order?

    Do you mean statements like the one below?

    Our administration is committed to leading with diplomacy to advance the interests of the United States and to strengthen the rules-based international order. That system is not an abstraction. It helps countries resolve differences peacefully, coordinate multilateral efforts effectively and participate in global commerce with the assurance that everyone is following the same rules.

    Or,

    A hallmark of our leadership, of our engagement in the world, is our alliances and our partnerships that have been built on a totally voluntary basis. And it is something that President Biden is committed to reinvigorating.
    And there's one more hallmark of our leadership here at home, and that's a constant quest to, as we say, form a more perfect union. And that quest, by definition, acknowledges our imperfections, acknowledges that we're not perfect.

    On the other side I find the typical “stay out of our internal affairs” bit from the Party officials tiring, especially considering their continued aggresive moves in and towards other countries.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China in ~tech

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    This, in my opinion, is the most accurate. As long as the economy is humming along, and lives are improving, it's not really all that important. The Party does attempt to take care of many of the...

    This, in my opinion, is the most accurate. As long as the economy is humming along, and lives are improving, it's not really all that important. The Party does attempt to take care of many of the problems ailing the population. You can see the public works projects going on, the changes in the cities from dilapidated structures to shiny towers, and a bank account that's growing. Why complain and risk your small share of the pie?

    This is the reason behind China's faked economic data and growth rates, the Belt and Road initiative, the move back to state owned enterprise (easier to cook the books) and the massive levels of debt.

    When the economy crashes, and some day it will, things will get “interesting.”

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China in ~tech

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    The US government advocates for it in that some representatives put forward legislation which mostly gets knocked down in the courts or overturned later on. I wouldn't say they are doing the same...

    The US government advocates for it in that some representatives put forward legislation which mostly gets knocked down in the courts or overturned later on. I wouldn't say they are doing the same thing as the Party, though elements in the government are attempting to and the system is working as expected to block their attempts. The Party doesn't even justify it most of the time, just saying stuff like the quote above.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China in ~tech

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    I always find these quotes from CPC mouthpieces so amusing. Also, I'm surprised it wasn't already blocked. Ever since 2012 or so things have become more and more difficult internet-wise in China....

    What I can tell you is that as a principle, China’s internet is open, and the Chinese government manages internet-related affairs according to law and regulations,” Zhao said.

    I always find these quotes from CPC mouthpieces so amusing. Also, I'm surprised it wasn't already blocked. Ever since 2012 or so things have become more and more difficult internet-wise in China. The times of the congress sessions and other sensitive events they'll even block a lot of VPNs. Businesses can still use approved VPNs, which are likely backdoored, but private ones are spotty at best. In Shenzhen you can just get an HK connection. It's so bizarre considering the vast majority of people probably wouldn't use outside products anyways.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What exactly is an NFT and why is it suddenly all over the news? in ~talk

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    An NFT is more like a bank account. The money in your account is just numbers in a computer made worth anything because the government keeps it “rare” enough to be valuable and we all buy into it....

    An NFT is more like a bank account. The money in your account is just numbers in a computer made worth anything because the government keeps it “rare” enough to be valuable and we all buy into it. The rarity in this case is enforce by separate institutions, such as the NBA with their Top Shop collectibles.

  14. Comment on UK declares China in breach of 1984 Hong Kong declaration in ~news

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    I don't like the argument that you can't point out something as being wrong when you have done something similar. If that were the case then no government should ever say anything. Then again,...

    I don't like the argument that you can't point out something as being wrong when you have done something similar. If that were the case then no government should ever say anything. Then again, maybe that wouldn't be so bad.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Mostly The Cure. Working my way through their discography.

    Mostly The Cure. Working my way through their discography.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Your fellow citizen, the oppressor in ~life

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    How do we steer society down an extreme and unbalanced path, albeit with good intentions, and then right the course afterwards?

    How do we steer society down an extreme and unbalanced path, albeit with good intentions, and then right the course afterwards?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Hurricane China: How to prepare in ~misc

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    Sure, we can do that. Perhaps next time though don't make statements which you aren't prepared to back up. It's not really fair to the person you're commenting on nor the people you're discussing...

    Sure, we can do that. Perhaps next time though don't make statements which you aren't prepared to back up. It's not really fair to the person you're commenting on nor the people you're discussing with.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Hurricane China: How to prepare in ~misc

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    And the author never said they were robotic or superhuman, you did. He did say Chinese engineers were ever bit as on the ball with current tech as American engineers.

    And the author never said they were robotic or superhuman, you did. He did say Chinese engineers were ever bit as on the ball with current tech as American engineers.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Hurricane China: How to prepare in ~misc

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    Yes, we should fear both. They are competing forms of exploitation and corruption.

    Yes, we should fear both. They are competing forms of exploitation and corruption.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on The inexplicable ongoingness of life in ~movies

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    For those curious 夜香 (night fragrance) is a reference to collecting and disposing of poop from chamber pots and such. 鴛鴦 is literally mandarin duck, but refers to lovers or brothers. The last is...

    For those curious 夜香 (night fragrance) is a reference to collecting and disposing of poop from chamber pots and such. 鴛鴦 is literally mandarin duck, but refers to lovers or brothers. The last is an area of HK 深水埗.

    1 vote