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  1. Comment on How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong in ~enviro

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    Another user here once mentioned the Privacy Badger extension for getting pass paywall. It still works for me.

    Another user here once mentioned the Privacy Badger extension for getting pass paywall. It still works for me.

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  2. Comment on Does Transparency in Moderation Really Matter?: User Behavior After Content Removal Explanations on Reddit in ~science

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    Why should they take into consideration the reasons for moderators not providing removal reasons? As per their abstract: So it doesn't matter why moderators choose to or not to provide a reason,...

    Why should they take into consideration the reasons for moderators not providing removal reasons? As per their abstract:

    Most importantly, we show that offering explanations for content moderation reduces the odds of future post removals.

    So it doesn't matter why moderators choose to or not to provide a reason, the end result is that if they do, they don't have to remove posts as much in the future.

    Perhaps what you suggest here is that there might have been a systematic bias in this study, where moderators of more toxic subreddits are more likely to choose to not provide reasons, and toxic subreddits are more likely to have posts that require removal. But that would suggests an increase in the number of posts that mods need to remove in the group of mods that choose not to provide reasons, which is already lower than in the group of mods that do provide reasons, according to their findings. If anything, this makes the conclusion that paper reached even stronger, which is that providing reasons for removal reduces the likelihood that moderators need to remove posts again in the future.

    As far as practical application is concerned, if what you're worrying about is the well-being of moderators:

    [...] explanations provided by human moderators did not have a significant advantage
    over explanations provided by bots for reducing future post removals.

    Seems like we can just let automoderators handle the removal, no human have to deal with the backlash.

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  3. Comment on Why a social credit system is so scary. in ~news

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    I think whether social credit is transferable or not depends on the specific design of the system in question. A system where people are rated by their compliance to the law, like in China, is...

    I think whether social credit is transferable or not depends on the specific design of the system in question. A system where people are rated by their compliance to the law, like in China, is certainly non-transferable by nature. However, if we were to have a social credit system based on something like Facebook "likes" for example, that could be considered as partially transferable: when you give someone money, you increases their amount by decreasing yours; whereas when you give someone a "like", you increases their amount without changing yours (If people are ever serious about social credit in general, I believe this form of one-sided transaction need to be considered).

    The way I see it, the end goal of all these systems are the same: being a benefit distribution scheme. In all of them, there's a scoring system, where the higher somebody's score is, the more benefit they can get (in the case of money, the score is your total income). In that lens, money and social credits can be seen as just different implementations of the same overall scheme.

  4. Comment on Why a social credit system is so scary. in ~news

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    Hm, in that case, would it be apt to say money itself is already a type of social credit? Like, when we trade on the stock markets, we make decisions based on our expectation of the company's...

    Hm, in that case, would it be apt to say money itself is already a type of social credit? Like, when we trade on the stock markets, we make decisions based on our expectation of the company's growth, which is in turn based on the company's credibility. And when we purchase an item from a store, we trust the words of the shop owners for how much value the item has, with money and its numerical value being the middleman.

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  5. Comment on Bojack Horseman - Season 6A - Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    Speculation My guess is that what went on in rehab will somewhat be foreshadowing of what's to come: people's lives spiraled out of control due to his mistakes, he tried everything he could to fix...
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    My guess is that what went on in rehab will somewhat be foreshadowing of what's to come: people's lives spiraled out of control due to his mistakes, he tried everything he could to fix the situation but it's fucked either way. In the end, no one forgave him, and he all he could do is to walk away, sober.

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  6. Comment on OpenAI Plays Hide and Seek…and Breaks The Game! in ~comp

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    There's a thing in game theory where they proved that in any mixed-strategy zero-sum non-cooperative games, which is like most competitive games that we normally play, there exists an optimal...

    There's a thing in game theory where they proved that in any mixed-strategy zero-sum non-cooperative games, which is like most competitive games that we normally play, there exists an optimal strategy where as long as you don't deviate from it, in the long run, you won't loose. I suspect that if we allow AI that are strong enough, eventually they will all gravitate toward this optimal strategy. At that point all matches would look the same (from the meta view) and the deciding factors basically come down to luck, whereas human players who don't (or can't) learn this strategy are just doomed to failed.

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  7. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    You misunderstood their point. Your earlier comment seems to suggest that since there's no organized movement to abandon tipping, the majority won't do it, so there'd be no change. Their point is...

    You misunderstood their point. Your earlier comment seems to suggest that since there's no organized movement to abandon tipping, the majority won't do it, so there'd be no change. Their point is that there's already a majority who have done it (abandoning tipping) despite there being no organized movement.

    It's no longer a question of whether you should or should not tip. According to the article, majority of people are already not doing it. The question now should be what can the drivers do about it. Are you going to demand your employers to pay you more? Or are you going to shame the customers into paying you more?

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  8. Comment on Fortnite's new season has brought the game back to its roots in ~games

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    As someone who never played Fortnite I'm surprised there are 'seasons' involved. Is that just a gimmicky name for updates or is there an actual ongoing story, and how does that work with the...

    As someone who never played Fortnite I'm surprised there are 'seasons' involved. Is that just a gimmicky name for updates or is there an actual ongoing story, and how does that work with the one-off battle gameplay?

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  9. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    Why is it better to preemptively ban them instead of banning them once they display their homophobic behaviors? Tildes philosophy is to "trust the users, but punish abuser". To reject the...

    Why is it better to preemptively ban them instead of banning them once they display their homophobic behaviors? Tildes philosophy is to "trust the users, but punish abuser". To reject the possibility that an individual can change at all, instead of having faith that a community as a whole can handle a small amount of annoyance at first, seem to go against that philosophy.

    I believe a small amount of toxicity, as long as it's kept under control, can actually be beneficial for the community, as that is an opportunity for us casual users to learn how to recognize bullshit and handle them effectively, instead of being completely oblivious and vulnerable. Like vaccines for our informational immune system, so to speak.

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  10. Comment on TikTok is the latest window into China’s police state in ~tech

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    The article isn't about how China censors TikTok. It's about how despite censorship, videos of reality in Xinjiang can still slip through, and how people from outside circumvent censorship to...

    The article isn't about how China censors TikTok. It's about how despite censorship, videos of reality in Xinjiang can still slip through, and how people from outside circumvent censorship to extract those videos.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What is a subject you could talk for 2+ hours about with a great degree of accuracy and no preparation whatsoever? in ~talk

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    Interesting, what do you think are the "hot" topics in nephrology nowadays (if that's a thing), in either research or application?

    Interesting, what do you think are the "hot" topics in nephrology nowadays (if that's a thing), in either research or application?

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  12. Comment on Meta - Should we have topics for shows or episodes? in ~tv

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    Maybe we can also have one top level comment for each episode and ask u/Deimos to default Collapse replies in that thread?

    Maybe we can also have one top level comment for each episode and ask u/Deimos to default Collapse replies in that thread?

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  13. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Well then that's something time can fix I think. "Cow" and "beef" used to be classist (in consequence, not intention) but now nobody think twice about using either of them.

    Well then that's something time can fix I think. "Cow" and "beef" used to be classist (in consequence, not intention) but now nobody think twice about using either of them.

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  14. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I don't get your point here, do you mean that the ending shows that the show never pulled the trigger on him being the villain or that it meandered? If so in what way did the ending show what you...

    that the show ends the way it does kinda proves it

    I don't get your point here, do you mean that the ending shows that the show never pulled the trigger on him being the villain or that it meandered? If so in what way did the ending show what you claimed?

  15. Comment on The secret list of words causing demonetization by Youtube bots in ~tech

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    Putting aside whether Youtubers are overly privileged or not, from a business perspective, the deal is that if people make videos on Youtube, Youtube will pay them for it. Now people come and make...

    Usually when youtubers talk about demonetization, it comes across as whining that they're not making as much money as they used to.

    Putting aside whether Youtubers are overly privileged or not, from a business perspective, the deal is that if people make videos on Youtube, Youtube will pay them for it. Now people come and make video and don't get paid, I'd say the deal is violated and Youtubers are perfectly entitled to calling out Youtube on that.

    ... if it [Youtube] exhibits some kind of systemic bias towards certain kinds of content then that's a real issue.

    Check out this video by Coffee Break. The guy did proper data analysis of all the trending videos and showed that there is systematic bias, and it has more palatable editing.

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  16. Comment on When can lying be a virtue? in ~talk

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    I don't see how lying is a virtue even in that case. The virtuous thing here is the guy is willing to lie to protect his comrade. He sacrifices the virtue of honesty in order to uphold the virtue...

    I don't see how lying is a virtue even in that case. The virtuous thing here is the guy is willing to lie to protect his comrade. He sacrifices the virtue of honesty in order to uphold the virtue of altruism. If we change this example into "I'm captured by the cops and interrogated to reveal the location of my cartel hideout", suddenly lying doesn't seem so virtuous anymore. The true arbiter of good in this example is the benefit of the act toward society as a whole, which is another consideration all together and says nothing about lying in and of itself.

    In general, I'd say lying provide short term benefits at the cost of long term ones. So it's a necessary evil, especially when other virtues are at stake, but we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that it isn't a vice and should always tell the truth whenever possible. In the context of the posted scenarios:

    1. At the party, no, she needs the confidence to mingle. Back at home, I'll tell her, so she can get another dress.
    2. Just say you're unsure, that you feel a bundle of good feelings towards him but you don't even know what "love" really is, that you don't know the true nature of your sentiments but you know they're strong and you don't wanna hurt his feelings. I mean, that sounds like a pretty legitimate sentiment to me, any decent person will understand.
    3. I'd say lie away. What you're doing is trading your personal righteousness for the happiness of a child, that's a worthwhile trade off. But again, necessary evil.
    4. Similar setup to 3, but the adult solder likely has more sophisticated emotional and moral compass. Deciding what to say in order to provide him the most peace of mind in his final hours would depend on what kind of person he is. If he value blissful ignorance, tell him a good story; if he value sincerity, tell him the truth.
    5. No. If you think what you did wasn't wrong, you should let your SO know where you stand. If you think it was wrong, you should question your commitment in the first place, in which case it's better to talk about it now so as not to prolong the inevitable.
    6. There's no virtue in not telling the truth here. The only reason this is even a concern is because you want to keep your paycheck, so weigh your pros and cons and decide accordingly. Again, it's a necessary evil, not righteousness.
    7. I don't know much about history and politics so I'm assuming you're talking about the time he lied about the US financial status in order to bring the US out of the Great Depression? If so then a) the livelihood of an entire nation is definitely a much greater concern; b) politicians are never the bright beacon of honesty anyway, in my mind they are all a-virtuous; c) we still learn about it today aren't we, so we could say the politicians deem it beneficial for society to know the truth in the end.
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  17. Comment on "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie", written and directed by Vince Gilligan and starring Aaron Paul, will be released on Netflix on October 11 in ~movies

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    New trailer for anyone wants to see it. Beside hyping the return of a beloved character, what I like about this teaser is that it immediately establishes new plot development right after a...

    New trailer for anyone wants to see it.

    Beside hyping the return of a beloved character, what I like about this teaser is that it immediately establishes new plot development right after a supposedly perfect ending, in a way that makes perfect sense how such a development is possible in the first place.

    Spoiler

    Like, of course the police would assume Jesse is the perpetrator, seeing everyone on the scene is dead and him being the only one escaped. When we reached the end of the show, it was easy to fall into the wrap-up mindset, that Walt finally faced justice and Jesse finally got his chance of freedom. But of course, Walt's actions still have consequences, even after his death, and Jesse once again has to suffer because of it. Any time Walt created a mess that Jesse was pulled into, Walt was also the one to pull him out of it. This will be the first time Jesse was put into one where he must save himself on his own. What a first seemed like a perfect ending, now suddenly open up a world of possibilities.

    This teaser is impactful, telling, logical and efficient. This is as good as teasers can get. At the risk of being too much of a fanboy, I'd say Vince Gilligan has to be the most competent writer right now. He's so good that even a teaser for his show/movie is great. If it turns out that it was some random editor who put together this teaser and Vince had nothing to do with it, that random editor needs a raise!

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  18. Comment on How Hollow Knight's community crafted gibberish into a real language in ~hobbies

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    Amazing. On a meta note, how likely is it for a reasonably intelligible conlang to be created based on an arbitrary collection of symbols, sound bites and their corresponding context. Like, a...

    Amazing. On a meta note, how likely is it for a reasonably intelligible conlang to be created based on an arbitrary collection of symbols, sound bites and their corresponding context. Like, a functional language in action would probably have some recognizable patterns right? What are the chances that an artist's random creation, of which main concern is aesthetics, would also have enough regularity for meaning to be mapped into. In other words, what are the criteria for "translatability"?

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