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  1. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

    kwyjibo
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    I think I elaborated myself enough. Thank you for the discussion.

    I think I elaborated myself enough. Thank you for the discussion.

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  2. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

    kwyjibo
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    Hence my footnote in the comment you're replying to. I think I made it explicit twice that I don't read them anymore. If their current workers are complaining about lack of independence from...

    Hence my footnote in the comment you're replying to. I think I made it explicit twice that I don't read them anymore. If their current workers are complaining about lack of independence from Buzzfeed management, then the Steele dosier was not an isolated incident as I feared, which is a shame because it was a great news organization.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    I think our disagreement comes from the fact that you conflate Buzzfeed News with Buzzfeed1. I agree with your characterization of Buzzfeed, I find it tasteless. However, as I said in my first...

    I think our disagreement comes from the fact that you conflate Buzzfeed News with Buzzfeed1. I agree with your characterization of Buzzfeed, I find it tasteless. However, as I said in my first post, I think Buzzfeed News has done some great work of journalism that you can't find anywhere else. If Buzzfeed's tasteless articles and listicles allow Buzzfeed News journalists to do the work that they do, more power to Buzzfeed. There are hundreds of tasteless articles on the internet that I don't read every day. I can avoid what Buzzfeed does and solely focus on Buzzfeed News if I want to. It is a separate website.

    I agree with you about their perception. As you can guess, I find that unwarranted, but I empathize because I myself had that perception in the beginning. To each their own.


    1. This distinction was more clear when I was first following the website, but the way they reported on the Steele dossier muddied the waters a bit, at least for me. I felt as though there was some intentional or unintentional transference of institutional know-how between the sister sites that went against my idea of what journalism should be about. I don't know if that trend continued or the Steele dosier saga was an isolated event but it did contributed to me having less interest in them.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I can say so much, yet I should not! Not yet anyway. Enjoy the show! :)

    I can say so much, yet I should not! Not yet anyway. Enjoy the show! :)

    2 votes
  5. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    I get where you're coming from, but I think you're being a bit harsh. Buzzfeed is terrible, I agree, but Buzzfeed News has done some great reporting in the past and if I recall was a separate...

    I get where you're coming from, but I think you're being a bit harsh. Buzzfeed is terrible, I agree, but Buzzfeed News has done some great reporting in the past and if I recall was a separate entity from Buzzfeed itself. Some very smart people even hailed it as the future of news because of its business model in unison with its sister site.

    They're past their glory days and I have no idea what happened to them (although I do have a theory) because even as one of their regular readers, I simply stopped reading them but I firmly disagree with the argument that they've not done honest reporting because they cared more about clicks.

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  6. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Oh, even better! I'm getting the book right now. Enjoy Succession! Feel free to message me if you ever want to talk about it. :)

    Oh, even better! I'm getting the book right now.

    Enjoy Succession! Feel free to message me if you ever want to talk about it. :)

    2 votes
  7. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Wow, that sounds appealing. I don't really read fiction but I'll get the book and skim it to see if it piques my interest. I really like being exposed to inner workings of systems via some medium,...

    Wow, that sounds appealing. I don't really read fiction but I'll get the book and skim it to see if it piques my interest. I really like being exposed to inner workings of systems via some medium, no matter what the system is about.

    You should absolutely watch Succession! It's already one of the bests ever for me. Everything about the show is just top notch, but it has a certain style and that style may not be appealing to some people. (The good thing is it makes its style very apparent in its pilot, so if you disliked the pilot, you can just stop.)

    Thanks for the recommendation again!

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  8. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I really loved that ZeroZeroZero put as much emphasis on the logistics of the drug trade as to the day-to-day realities for everyone involved. I also loved the family dynamics in the series,...

    I really loved that ZeroZeroZero put as much emphasis on the logistics of the drug trade as to the day-to-day realities for everyone involved. I also loved the family dynamics in the series, especially that of the facilitators, which in a weird way, reminded me of Succession. (I'm using vague terms to avoid giving away spoilers.)

    I have a big backlog but I'll definitely add Gomorrah on the list.

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  9. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I did not see Gomorrah, but ZeroZeroZero was excellent! I'm glad I'm not the only one who watched that show. I stumbled across the show by complete happenstance (was reading Gabriel Byrne's...

    I did not see Gomorrah, but ZeroZeroZero was excellent! I'm glad I'm not the only one who watched that show. I stumbled across the show by complete happenstance (was reading Gabriel Byrne's interview in the Guardian and checked on his IMDb page to see what he's up to) and I really liked it.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Spotify finally rolls out real-time lyrics to global users in ~music

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    Finally indeed. I like the way they implemented the feature on mobile (iOS) but they clearly didn't think the desktop implementation through. On desktop, the lyrics take up about 80% of the screen...

    Finally indeed. I like the way they implemented the feature on mobile (iOS) but they clearly didn't think the desktop implementation through. On desktop, the lyrics take up about 80% of the screen with no apparent way to scroll them and there's no way to shrink its window. It's not a deal breaker, it's obviously an improvement over the period where there was no lyrics feature, but I wish they spent some time considering the different medium that is the desktop.

    Tangentially, I wish Apple Music was not a dumpster fire compared to Spotify. More and more I feel like Spotify's trying to make me listen to stuff I just don't care about. I've been using Spotify since 2017 (the glory days of their desktop app) and in all those years I've listened to a single podcast episode which was Joe Rogan's when Quentin Tarantino was a guest and now my homepage looks like this. I get that they see in-house podcasts as their money maker going forward since the record labels squeeze every drop of money they can get from them, but making their users suffer for their lack of business acumen seems a bit shortsighted to me. I tried quitting before, but Apple Music is unbearably slow and I'm not quite tied into Apple ecosystem to get all the benefits.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on An update on Standard Notes early pricing and roadmap in ~tech

    kwyjibo
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    I shied away from using them back when I was still searching for a long-lasting note taking solution without any lock-in. I scrupulously take notes, so I didn't mind paying for a good product, but...

    I shied away from using them back when I was still searching for a long-lasting note taking solution without any lock-in. I scrupulously take notes, so I didn't mind paying for a good product, but their previous pricing model didn't make any sense to me at all. I'm glad I trusted my gut and didn't choose them because this new pricing model is even worse than the previous one.

    Feature sets of a note taking app is obviously important and people have niche needs, but I think one general thing most people can agree on is that these type of apps should inspire trust in their users. If you fragment your product with vague terms like "some" editors and themes, that just tells me there's a chance I can get screwed down the line when you adjust your pricing again. Not to mention fragmentation naturally requires you to divert your focus from the main product because you have to offer different feature sets to different people.

    I'm obviously speaking from a user's perspective, but if I were them, I'd just offer a generous free plan alongside a paid plan that just covers everything at a premium price. No fragmentation, no hassle, just simple, easy to understand offerings. The last thing I'd want to do with my note taking app is thinking about it and follow its development cycle to see if I'm on the right plan and missing useful features.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Architect resigns in protest over UCSB mega-dorm in ~design

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    Apparently there's another dorm for University of Michigan sharing a similar design. I don't know how much Munger had a say in its design, but it's literally called Munger Graduate Residences, so...

    Are there similar buildings? What did students think of them?

    Apparently there's another dorm for University of Michigan sharing a similar design. I don't know how much Munger had a say in its design, but it's literally called Munger Graduate Residences, so I assume he was involved in some capacity.

    It's the highest rated dorm in its area.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

    kwyjibo
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    I'm neither American nor live in the US. 😊

    I'm neither American nor live in the US. 😊

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    I am aware of Wi-Fi calling, I use it myself. Unfortunately, my mother's phone doesn't support it. I honestly didn't bother with a backup method because her farm is a 20 minutes drive from where I...

    I am aware of Wi-Fi calling, I use it myself. Unfortunately, my mother's phone doesn't support it. I honestly didn't bother with a backup method because her farm is a 20 minutes drive from where I live and there are at least 5 other people on the farm at any given time besides her, so if there is an emergency, I will reach her.

    I do appreciate the advice though. I didn't go out of my way to provide her with a backup method, but we'll probably get her a new phone next year so we might as well make sure it's something that supports Wi-Fi calling.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    She lives on a farm in a remote area, so there's no cell signal. We have to rely on WhatsApp exclusively to communicate with each other.

    She lives on a farm in a remote area, so there's no cell signal. We have to rely on WhatsApp exclusively to communicate with each other.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

    kwyjibo
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    I'm in a similar boat. I got some good news today and I wanted to share it with my mother but I can't because we're only able to communicate via WhatsApp. Shucks.

    I'm in a similar boat. I got some good news today and I wanted to share it with my mother but I can't because we're only able to communicate via WhatsApp. Shucks.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What would a "post-scarcity" MMO game look like? in ~talk

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    I haven't thought about this question at all, but I just wanted to point Palia out, which sounds like what you're describing. Although depending on what you mean by goods, I may have completely...

    I haven't thought about this question at all, but I just wanted to point Palia out, which sounds like what you're describing. Although depending on what you mean by goods, I may have completely misunderstood the question as well. From what I know, which isn't a lot, the game's going to be an MMO where you get to have a house, decorate it, interact with other players, form communities and do quests together with no combat involved.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I largely agree. I think the internet not only exacerbates certain needs we intrinsically have and want to fill, but it also helps create new needs by making us think we're dependent on it. The...

    I largely agree. I think the internet not only exacerbates certain needs we intrinsically have and want to fill, but it also helps create new needs by making us think we're dependent on it.

    The world is very chaotic and no one has a handle on things and the internet makes that very visible and tangible by shrinking the world that'd otherwise be immensely big and unreachable. We simply don't have the toolkit to deal with everything the internet throws our way. I don't know how much harm reduction there would be in decoupling oneself from the internet, but I can't imagine it'd be harmful. But I think, and I'm not saying you argued this, reducing the internet's impact to individual action would be overlooking vast externalities it has had over every single person in the world, whether they avoid it or not.

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply!

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  19. Comment on "Rate limit exceeded"? in ~tildes

    kwyjibo
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    That's strange. I had some back and forth on two different threads the other day and I must have posted 5-6 comments within an hour. I did not encounter this issue.

    That's strange. I had some back and forth on two different threads the other day and I must have posted 5-6 comments within an hour. I did not encounter this issue.

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  20. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I'm aware of all of that, but unfortunately it's not as simple as that.

    I'm aware of all of that, but unfortunately it's not as simple as that.

    1 vote