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  1. Comment on The uncertain future of ham radio in ~tech

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    I'd say it depends which bands you spend time on, but honestly most hams just want to talk about radio gear and propagation and the like. After all, it's the only thing we all have in common.

    I'd say it depends which bands you spend time on, but honestly most hams just want to talk about radio gear and propagation and the like. After all, it's the only thing we all have in common.

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  2. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    I cancelled after the Dave Chappelle fiasco and intended to resubscribe after a month or so if I couldn't live without it. It's been a bit longer than that and frankly, getting the shows I want in...

    I cancelled after the Dave Chappelle fiasco and intended to resubscribe after a month or so if I couldn't live without it. It's been a bit longer than that and frankly, getting the shows I want in other ways is just easier.

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  3. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

  4. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    Agreed! I do think that it's only a matter of time, however, until we see that DAOs are subject to those regulations; it's just that right now nobody's enforcing them.

    Agreed! I do think that it's only a matter of time, however, until we see that DAOs are subject to those regulations; it's just that right now nobody's enforcing them.

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  5. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    Unfortunately, the people who run ENS are fundamentally bad people: Yeah, I'm not sure what a DAO really does that you can't do with any other democratic organization, like a co-op.

    Unfortunately, the people who run ENS are fundamentally bad people:

    The latest example of the trend involves Ethereum Name Service (ENS), the blockchain-based domain name protocol that sells .eth names. Last week, an old tweet resurfaced from ENS Director of Operations Brantly Millegan in which he declared: “Homosexual acts are evil. Transgenderism doesn’t exist. Abortion is murder. Contraception is a perversion. So is masturbation and porn.”

    DAOs are also conceptually interesting and I am not aware of anything else quite like it. Though frankly, for collective fund management, open collective seems to be a functional solution.

    Yeah, I'm not sure what a DAO really does that you can't do with any other democratic organization, like a co-op.

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  6. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    They themselves were rich, if not powerful, because they had the money to invest in large, unsafe warehouses and millions of dollars of GPUs. No, it doesn't. People who have money can use PoW or...

    It probably did require some money and connections to get started, but I doubt they were connected to the West’s rich and powerful.

    They themselves were rich, if not powerful, because they had the money to invest in large, unsafe warehouses and millions of dollars of GPUs.

    Whether this counts as “centralizing” or “decentralizing” depends on your point of view.

    No, it doesn't. People who have money can use PoW or PoS to get more money. People who don't have much money can use PoW or PoS to get a small amount of money; people who have a lot of money can use PoW or PoS to get a large amount of additional money. Because mining, whether PoW or PoS, is negative sum - that is, it not only produces nothing but consumes a great deal - the people with more power make the money, and the people with less power lose it, on average. That's centralizing.

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  7. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    We have this! Syncthing is one of the best pieces of open-source peer to peer software ever written, second maybe to qBittorrent. Should, perhaps, but does not in practice. I was an early Peercoin...

    It's ridiculous that the most convenient thing to back up my photos from my phone is to have them be uploaded in the clear to Google; it should just happen that they get synced to a configurable number of my personal devices and optionally to a cloud VPS or object store of mine, fully encrypted.

    We have this! Syncthing is one of the best pieces of open-source peer to peer software ever written, second maybe to qBittorrent.

    Sometimes PoS is criticized as a rich-get-richer system, but the more people participating in it lowers the profitability, so its profitability should fall until it's on par with commonly available investment opportunities.

    Should, perhaps, but does not in practice. I was an early Peercoin investor - as you may recall, PPC died because it became hypercentralized.

    I think the popularity of the cryptocurrency industry has distorted the field of decentralized projects a lot. But I do think monetary sustainability of projects is a big concern -- the classic web approach to avoiding money as much as possible means good contributors and hosts don't stick around, except for ones that find alternate revenue streams like ads, which is what got us into "big tech" centralization to begin with -- and specifically where payment is applicable, decentralized payment systems are a good fit for decentralized projects.

    This is the best pitch for cryptocurrency I've ever heard; "what we want is decentralized infrastructure, and to do that we need decentralized payments." I don't agree that decentralized payments need blockchain, though; a standardized and fast protocol by which banks can send micropayments to each other, which we actually have in many countries, would be enough, without the massive, absolutely unforgivable environmental cost of proof of work.

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  8. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    Yes, so much this! Cryptocurrencies are either pure speculation or a way to further centralize power into the hands of those who already have wealth and clout.

    Yes, so much this! Cryptocurrencies are either pure speculation or a way to further centralize power into the hands of those who already have wealth and clout.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    Interesting! I'm really curious, given all this experience, why you're interested in projects that explicitly push towards global distributed consensus rather than P2P or local consensus or...

    Interesting! I'm really curious, given all this experience, why you're interested in projects that explicitly push towards global distributed consensus rather than P2P or local consensus or eventual consistency?

    I remember thinking it was a brilliant solution to the problem of decentralized payments, accomplishing real decentralization in something I had fully believed wasn't possible, but it was a shame it would probably be exactly as popular as Tor and GPG. Didn't occur to me that people would speculate on the price of its unit. Wrote some toy code for doing things with it, mined and day-traded some for a while, sold out of it when I got bored and incorrectly figured its price wasn't going anywhere.

    Yeah, me too. I got burned by Butterfly Labs and everything. It's interesting to me to see so many people who saw all the flaws of Bitcoin in the 2012-2016 era still sticking to their cryptocurrency guns today.

    I feel like there's an attitude around open source, decentralization, and making new systems under user control that's not as popular online nowadays. When there's some controversy around a social media company like Twitter, I feel like there's almost purely a reactive attitude of "what are we going to have to put up with next from our big tech overlords" instead of much push toward alternative ideas like Mastodon.

    That's technocracy, baby! I'm pretty frustrated by this too - though I'm working on it, stand by for that announcement :) - but I guess I don't see how cryptocurrency is going to help us there, since it inherently gives more power to the largest and wealthiest entities in the world.

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  10. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    Interesting! So, I'm curious then as to what benefit you see from the global-distributed-consensus model over pure P2P and local-consensus or eventually-consistent models?

    Interesting! So, I'm curious then as to what benefit you see from the global-distributed-consensus model over pure P2P and local-consensus or eventually-consistent models?

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    So that I can understand where you're coming from: have you been involved with any non-cryptocurrency decentralization and distribution efforts?

    So that I can understand where you're coming from: have you been involved with any non-cryptocurrency decentralization and distribution efforts?

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  12. Comment on The impact of digital media on children’s intelligence in ~tech

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    Interesting and probably right, but I think gwern (🙄) and many others are missing the point; the interesting thing here, to me, is that "screen time" is a meaningless concept. Looking at art on a...

    Interesting and probably right, but I think gwern (🙄) and many others are missing the point; the interesting thing here, to me, is that "screen time" is a meaningless concept. Looking at art on a screen does not hurt you, except in that it can mess up your vision over a long period of time if you don't rest your eyes.

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  13. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    Well, lots of people are interested in fixing them, but few of those people have money or power.

    Well, lots of people are interested in fixing them, but few of those people have money or power.

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  14. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    This is one of the reasons that, despite everything negative about it, I'm deeply grateful that I'm undeniably, unmaskably queer. The LGBTQ community is far from perfect but it's a unifying force...

    This is one of the reasons that, despite everything negative about it, I'm deeply grateful that I'm undeniably, unmaskably queer. The LGBTQ community is far from perfect but it's a unifying force that brings together a lot of very compassionate people.

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  15. Comment on The impact of digital media on children’s intelligence in ~tech

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    Among 9855 children starting at ages 9-10:

    Digital media defines modern childhood, but its cognitive effects are unclear and hotly debated. We believe that studies with genetic data could clarify causal claims and correct for the typically unaccounted role of genetic predispositions. Here, we estimated the impact of different types of screen time (watching, socializing, or gaming) on children’s intelligence while controlling for the confounding effects of genetic differences in cognition and socioeconomic status.

    Among 9855 children starting at ages 9-10:

    At baseline, time watching (r = − 0.12) and socializing (r = − 0.10) were negatively correlated with intelligence, while gaming did not correlate. After two years, gaming positively impacted intelligence (standardized β =  + 0.17), but socializing had no effect. This is consistent with cognitive benefits documented in experimental studies on video gaming.

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  16. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    No need to silence yourself, it's an active and developing area of language. I agree with @Whom that AMAB - assigned male at birth - is the current consensus as far as I know.

    No need to silence yourself, it's an active and developing area of language. I agree with @Whom that AMAB - assigned male at birth - is the current consensus as far as I know.

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  17. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    I'm sorry, this is noise, but this was far funnier to me than it had any right to be.

    I'm sorry, this is noise, but this was far funnier to me than it had any right to be.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    Why? We're literally discussing an operation that occurs because of and on the genitals. I don't think it makes the conversation much less decorus to mention the genitals in question. That said,...

    Why? We're literally discussing an operation that occurs because of and on the genitals. I don't think it makes the conversation much less decorus to mention the genitals in question.

    That said, "people assigned male at birth"/"AMAB people" might be better if you must avoid the word penis, since it's not only men who might desire a vasectomy.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    True! I think that's a solid argument.

    True! I think that's a solid argument.

    1 vote