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  1. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    First, I'd just like to note there are representative elections where single votes matter. For example in my country, it is not uncommon in municipal elections that single votes end up relevant....

    First, I'd just like to note there are representative elections where single votes matter. For example in my country, it is not uncommon in municipal elections that single votes end up relevant. In more local elections, there are less votes. And I often argue that local elections are much more important than national elections.

    But also, that is not really the point. You are generally right in the sense that from an individualistic perspective, voting is not really beneficial. But voting is about politics, and politics are about collective decisions and collective action.

    If there are things in the world we do not like and want to change, we must organize, find solutions, convince people, make the change. Voting is simply one, (often optional) part of the process.

    Voting also happens to be one of the easiest ways to take collective action. If you happen to care about the things affected by politics and want to help, it is pretty much the bare minimum thing to do.

    Personally, I am in a good place where I have political parties I am happy to support by voting them. If this were not true, the next step would be to actually get involved and make sure that in the future, there are better candidates.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Building the world's first 'breathing' PC in ~creative

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    I honestly... kind of really would like something like this! Modern computing is very clean and "soulless". Having something that feels this alive would be very different, I think.

    I honestly... kind of really would like something like this! Modern computing is very clean and "soulless". Having something that feels this alive would be very different, I think.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Why we turn off autocaps and only write in lowercase online in ~humanities

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    To be clear, I was not trying to contradict the article. The reason it is done is definitely social. But the medium is a reason why it is possible/easier.

    To be clear, I was not trying to contradict the article. The reason it is done is definitely social. But the medium is a reason why it is possible/easier.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Why we turn off autocaps and only write in lowercase online in ~humanities

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    I think one practical element the article misses is the medium. In instant messaging and tweets, messages are usually a single sentence. And because the user interface gives bounds to the message,...

    I think one practical element the article misses is the medium. In instant messaging and tweets, messages are usually a single sentence. And because the user interface gives bounds to the message, capitalization and punctuation are simply not needed. However, in long-form discussion (like here), the same people usually write "properly", as there is actual benefit in readability.

    11 votes
  5. Comment on Finnish Huawei VP suggests seven day/eighty hour work weeks in ~life

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    This sounds about correct. The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years. From any of the...

    This sounds about correct.

    The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years.

    From any of the articles I have read, it is not clear at all what the gap he speaks about is. All Finnish commenters seem to agree that we have zero reason to want to be more like China.

    Personally, I think this needs to be read in the context of moving the Overton window: The leftist parties have started mentioning the 4-day work week more and more, and it seems to have caused the liberals to counter with "no we need to work more actually". This is just an extreme example of that.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    Luckily there is a very simple solution: educating women in developing countries and making birth control accessible. Anyway, the problem is not the size of the population, but the fact that some...

    The main problem is figuring out how to reduce our population to a point where it does without reinventing eugenics.

    Luckily there is a very simple solution: educating women in developing countries and making birth control accessible.

    Anyway, the problem is not the size of the population, but the fact that some people use much more resources than we can collectively afford. Surely it is better to live more simply, than to deny the right of other people to live at all.

    21 votes
  7. Comment on Which is Your Favorite B-Tier Anime? in ~anime

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    New Game. I can't really say it is especially good by any standard, and it has some very cringy fanservice I usually try to avoid in anime. But I still find it very charming, and the characters...

    New Game.

    I can't really say it is especially good by any standard, and it has some very cringy fanservice I usually try to avoid in anime. But I still find it very charming, and the characters are nice. And tbh I just love the premise of all-woman game dev company.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The things we do and do not say - Notes on the impossibility of talking online and rise of disinterpretation in ~life

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    I think there is something there, which explains the tendency for misinterpretation. We see so many similar arguments online, that we almost necessarily slip into this "meta-conversation" instead...

    Loofbourow also argues that in a zero trust and bad faith environment — she brings up the example of the pointlessness of debating an “all lives matter” proponent — that it makes sense to leap over text to subtext. “If you can predict every step of a controversy (including the backlash), it makes perfect sense to meta-argue instead--over what X really means, or implies, or what, down a road we know well, it confirms,” she wrote.

    The problem — and Loofbourow acknowledges this in her nuanced thread — is that you can’t always predict the flow of conversations, and you usually cannot predict all of someone’s views from one statement. In fact, even in our highly polarized society, quite often you can’t!

    I think there is something there, which explains the tendency for misinterpretation. We see so many similar arguments online, that we almost necessarily slip into this "meta-conversation" instead of actually listening. This seems like a hard problem: it is not really feasible to honestly engage with all the information and discussion online, because there is so much of it. But on the other hand, too much guessing leads to misunderstanding.

    Maybe the only solution for individual people is just to limit the scope of the online experience. Log out.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Square Enix Presents | Spring 2021 in ~games

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    New Life is Strange announced! (trailer) I really love the series, and this looks very interesting. I am a bit conflicted about Dontnod being out of the series, but Deck Nine did good work with...

    New Life is Strange announced! (trailer)

    I really love the series, and this looks very interesting. I am a bit conflicted about Dontnod being out of the series, but Deck Nine did good work with the prequel, so I am hopeful at least.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on How do you convey emotions in text? in ~talk

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    🙂

    🙂

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  11. Comment on Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards a Solarpunk future in ~enviro

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    Looks like it was this linked article! Sorry, I had read the article some time ago before my comment and didn't think to check again. I still find it a bit weird to call it "The poster child for...

    Looks like it was this linked article! Sorry, I had read the article some time ago before my comment and didn't think to check again.

    I still find it a bit weird to call it "The poster child for Solarpunk" as the book predates the concept of solarpunk by quite many years! I do understand why it comes up though.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards a Solarpunk future in ~enviro

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    Reading this, I could not avoid thinking about Ursula K. Le Guin's the Dispossessed. It is not (at least not aesthetically, though maybe ideologically) solarpunk, and the story clearly has darker...

    Reading this, I could not avoid thinking about Ursula K. Le Guin's the Dispossessed.

    It is not (at least not aesthetically, though maybe ideologically) solarpunk, and the story clearly has darker moments and conflict, even if in smaller scale than a lot of scifi.

    But it hits many other points of what you want: it contrasts an ambiguously utopistic, anarchistic societ to a more earth-like capitalist society. The book explores the customs of both societies, and the central conflicts are about navigating and improving the systems. Like many other Le Guin's stories, it is very character focused and focuses on the protagonist's journey through the two worlds. And while it is clear which side the author favors, the book definitely explores the the problems of both societies.

    It made me feel hopeful about the possibility of a better society, and left me craving for more utopian fiction.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on You don’t need more than one cursor in vim in ~comp

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    Sure – I am not saying it can't work. It just doesn't seem to fit how vim likes to do things. And isn't vis more like vim-inspired, like kakoune?

    Sure – I am not saying it can't work. It just doesn't seem to fit how vim likes to do things. And isn't vis more like vim-inspired, like kakoune?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on You don’t need more than one cursor in vim in ~comp

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    For an alternative perspective, see Kakoune. It is is vim-inspired text editor that has multiple cursors. Its philosophy attempts to improve upon vi: by reversing the command order (verb-object to...

    For an alternative perspective, see Kakoune. It is is vim-inspired text editor that has multiple cursors. Its philosophy attempts to improve upon vi: by reversing the command order (verb-object to object-verb) it gains easier interactivity with the same power as vim.

    Kakoune tries hard to fix one of the big problems with the vi model: its lack of interactivity. Because of the verb followed by object grammar, vi changes are made in the dark, we don’t see their effect until the whole editing sentence is finished. 5dw will delete to next five words, if you then realize that was one word too many, you need to undo, go back to your initial position, and try again with 4dw. In Kakoune, you would do 5W, see immediately that one more word than expected was selected, type BH to remove that word from the selection, then d to delete. At each step you get visual feedback, and have the opportunity to correct it.

    This leads to a very different approach to multiple cursors, and they are central to how kakoune works.

    Multiple cursors don't really fit vim-the-editor, but that doesn't mean that they are bad fit for vim-the-idea.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on youtube-dl's GitHub repository has become inaccessible due to a DMCA takedown from RIAA in ~tech

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    Problem is, youtube-dl needs constant maintenance to keep it working with Youtube updates. And it is going to be very hard to organize development when RIAA can DMCA any provider where they move...

    Problem is, youtube-dl needs constant maintenance to keep it working with Youtube updates. And it is going to be very hard to organize development when RIAA can DMCA any provider where they move their development to.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on ∞ Inbox versus Inbox Zero in ~tech

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    I guess, but for me it is a lot easier to forget about them, if I first either delete or archive the message. It takes practically no effort to deal with a clearly unimportant message.

    I simply forget about text messages/emails that did not deserve my actions in first place.

    I guess, but for me it is a lot easier to forget about them, if I first either delete or archive the message. It takes practically no effort to deal with a clearly unimportant message.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Masnick's Impossibility Theorem: Content moderation at scale is impossible to do well in ~tech

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    This sounds spot on. Also: This doesn't sound right at all. I've been on the internet for a long time, and I've been on the receiving end of moderation many times. I don't think there's been a...

    This sounds spot on.

    Also:

    First, the most obvious one: any moderation is likely to end up pissing off those who are moderated. After all, they posted their content in the first place, and thus thought it belonged wherever it was posted -- so will almost certainly disagree with the decision to moderate it.

    This doesn't sound right at all. I've been on the internet for a long time, and I've been on the receiving end of moderation many times. I don't think there's been a single instance where I felt it was unjustified: usually I didn't really think something through or was mistaken about what kind of discussion the community wanted. Like you said, it is about trust on and legitimacy.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons in ~comp

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    What do you mean? Gemini has mandatory TLS, it is one of the major differences from Gopher.

    Gemini is somewhat interesting for retro and embedded computing, but I think they went a bit too far by getting rid of encryption, so it’s going to be a very small niche.

    What do you mean? Gemini has mandatory TLS, it is one of the major differences from Gopher.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I consider pirating as okay if the product is not reasonably available for sale. Reasonably requires that the product is DRM free: if the product is sold DRM-free, for me it is very hard to...

    Do you have a "code" that you follow for when it's right/not right to pirate something?

    I consider pirating as okay if the product is not reasonably available for sale. Reasonably requires that the product is DRM free: if the product is sold DRM-free, for me it is very hard to justify pirating it.

    When, if ever, do you feel pirating something is ethical?

    Generally speaking, people have the right to our collective culture, so if someone can't buy something (because of money, DRM restrictions etc), they can pirate it.

    Do you pirate media? If so, why? if not, why not?

    I pirate some things. I subscribe to two different streaming services and Spotify, so if something is available there I prefer it because of the convenience. I very rarely pirate games, because most of the games I'm interested in are available DRM-free, and the rest are on Steam which is okay-ish.

    In what ways is piracy damaging, and in what ways is it beneficial?

    In the current economy piracy can sometimes be harmful. Sometimes the word-of-mouth effect makes piracy beneficial. It depends.

    In a more just society, people's livelyhood is not dependent on sales, so piracy would not be an issue, or even be a concept.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Bisexuality exists: Bisexual attraction study upends decades of flawed research in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, It's hard to say how this has evolved. I think it's nowadays mostly young or newly come out people who get fixated on finding strict labels. When I was new to this all, I remember very...

    I think the greater LGBT-community has been pretty keyed in to this for a long time. However, I am a Millennial. I wasn't around for the more turbulent times my elders were. This might be a misconception on my part. But among peers, I don't know a single non-cishet person who would take the stance that they're 100% gay, or perfectly 50/50 bisexual. The Kinsey Scale is an imperfect, but well known thing.

    Yeah, It's hard to say how this has evolved. I think it's nowadays mostly young or newly come out people who get fixated on finding strict labels. When I was new to this all, I remember very specific labels being mostly useful for realizing that something is a possibility. And it's very powerful to have those available. But nowadays most of my peers tend to use more general descriptors like Gay (as a catch-all) or queer.

    3 votes