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  1. Comment on Twitter announces Birdwatch, a community-based approach to misinformation in ~tech

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    Leaving the scalability issue aside, people might criticize a central moderation team appointed by Twitter of being biased and unfair censorships (you know who these people are). This is something...

    I think they should take their obscene amounts of money and pay people to do it.

    Leaving the scalability issue aside, people might criticize a central moderation team appointed by Twitter of being biased and unfair censorships (you know who these people are). This is something no amount of money or professionalism is going to resolve.

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  2. Comment on Netflix didn’t disrupt Hollywood, Hollywood disrupted Netflix in ~tv

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    If I understand correctly, he meant becoming HBO in term of size, Netflix's data-driven approach to content creation is what's innovative about their business model and what they believed would...

    If I understand correctly, he meant becoming HBO in term of size, Netflix's data-driven approach to content creation is what's innovative about their business model and what they believed would win out over traditional model (which is what the "HBO becomes us" was about). Both the GQ article and the author of the linked article mentioned this so I don't see where the discrepancy is.

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  3. Comment on What is an individual? Biology seeks clues in information theory. in ~science

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    [...] [...] [...]

    Now, a few groups of scientists are [...] formalizing the concept of the individual according to a set of principles and measurements that they hope will guide biology into a new era.

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    At the core of that definition was the idea that an individual should not be considered in spatial terms but in temporal ones: as something that persists stably but dynamically through time. “It’s a different way of thinking about individuals,” said Mitchell, who was not involved in the work. “As kind of a verb, instead of a noun.”

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    Their formalism, which they published in Theory in Biosciences in March, is based on three axioms. One is that individuality can exist at any level of biological organization, from the subcellular to the social. A second is that individuality can be nested — one individual can exist inside another. The most novel (and perhaps most counterintuitive) axiom, though, is that individuality exists on a continuum, and entities can have quantifiable degrees of it.

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    [...] the Santa Fe team distinguishes three types of individuality. The first is the organismal individual, an entity that is shaped by environmental factors but is strongly self-organizing. Nearly all of the information that defines such an individual is internal and based on its own prior states. “This is a lens that, if you wore it, would allow you to see humans and mammals and birds,” Krakauer said.

    The second type of individuality is the colonial form, which involves a more complicated relationship between internal and external factors. Individuals in this category might include an ant colony or a spiderweb — distributed systems that are “partially scaffolded” by their environment but still maintain some structure on their own.

    The third type is driven almost entirely by the environment. “If you remove the scaffolding, the [entity] would fall apart,” Krakauer said. It’s like a tornado, which dissipates under the wrong temperature and moisture conditions. The very first life to arise on Earth was probably like this, Krakauer added.

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  4. Comment on How the Internet failed and how to recreate it in ~tech

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    I feel like a heretic for saying this, but I don't actually mind being tracked. Ideally, no tracking should be the default, with selling your data be opt-in. If we consider our data as private...

    I feel like a heretic for saying this, but I don't actually mind being tracked. Ideally, no tracking should be the default, with selling your data be opt-in. If we consider our data as private properties, then it makes sense to me that while most people don't want their properties be taken away without their consent, people should also have the option to sell them for profit if they want to.

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  5. Comment on LinkedIn’s alternate universe - How the professional platform makes networking weird in ~tech

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    This kind of reminds me of the type of company-wide mandatory social events that are meant to boost productivity and corporate values, but only serve to show how out-of-touch the top managements...

    This kind of reminds me of the type of company-wide mandatory social events that are meant to boost productivity and corporate values, but only serve to show how out-of-touch the top managements are and annoy everyone involved. Maybe in that sense, LinkedIn's absurdity is not really all that strange, it's just an extension of the shenanigans already commonplace in normal offices.

    Every platform has its royalty. On Instagram it's influencers, foodies, and photographers. Twitter belongs to the founders, journalists, celebrities, and comedians. On LinkedIn, it’s hiring managers, recruiters, and business owners who hold power on the platform and have the ear of the people. The depravity of a platform where HR Managers are the rockstars speaks for itself.

    Well that explains it.

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  6. Comment on How the Internet failed and how to recreate it in ~tech

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    I found this video where he went over his proposal more briefly. The main idea is that users should get paid for the data they give to tech companies, which is something Andrew Yang also proposed...

    I found this video where he went over his proposal more briefly. The main idea is that users should get paid for the data they give to tech companies, which is something Andrew Yang also proposed so maybe this one will have some legs.

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  7. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    The distinction between forced advertising and targeted advertising is something I haven't thought about before and now that I think about it, I believe this point should be brought up more often....

    The distinction between forced advertising and targeted advertising is something I haven't thought about before and now that I think about it, I believe this point should be brought up more often. Because while the current way advertising is implemented combines both features into one system, there's nothing fundamental about one agenda that necessitate the other. Conventional advertisements on TV or magazines are already forced and untargeted, whereas Google don't really need you to watch an ads in order to track your every moves online.

    There's a false dichotomy here that we need to recognize, otherwise platforms like Google and Facebook will use the excuse of supporting small creators in order to justify their surveillance, whereas our demands for privacy and protection against manipulation will loose potential supports from people whose livelihoods are needlessly affected.

    This reminds me of the fact that as a respond to the current pandemic, people were able to create contact tracing techniques that do not collect user data, which at first glance seems counterintuitive. I am aware that this is a completely unrelated issue than what we're discussing (ads watching, ads targeting, data collection), I just want to point out that issues that at first seems like two sides of the same coin might not actually be so.

    It may be that there are legitimate needs for adblockers (such as for dealing with the truly malicious and intrusive ones), or that the current system is set up in such a way that in order to protect your privacy, it's unavoidable to use a tool that also prevent ads from showing, but maybe it's also possible to find solutions for these issues separately in such a way that they don't negate each other (enforcing more ethical online advertising practices, stronger user data collection and protection laws, etc.)

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  8. Comment on Celeste: Is Madeline canonically trans? in ~games

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    It never occurred to me that Madeline might be trans, were there any in-game suggestions?

    It never occurred to me that Madeline might be trans, were there any in-game suggestions?

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  9. Comment on Islanders: The best city builder you've never played in ~games.game_design

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    [...] like Simcity or Civilization the building genre has its roots in simulation where the developer is trying to capture and recreate as many of the details of the real world as they can. While this complexity can help players sink many dozens of hours into these games it can also throw up a smoke screen where it's hard to pick out which mechanics are the most important.

    [...] virtually all city builders have adjacency bonuses at the heart of their design.

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  10. Comment on Can lab-grown brains become conscious? in ~science

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    I feel that everyone ITT are missing the point. The question is not whether consciousness is a possibility, but how do we know in practice. From the article: The article goes into the challenges...

    I feel that everyone ITT are missing the point. The question is not whether consciousness is a possibility, but how do we know in practice. From the article:

    In August 2019, Muotri’s group published a paper in Cell Stem Cell reporting the creation of human brain organoids that produced coordinated waves of activity, resembling those seen in premature babies.

    The article goes into the challenges of creating a practical definition as different models give different answers when it comes to the lab-grown brain organoids. Should the organoids have multiple regions? How complex should the EEG signal be? How different is the lab-grown organoid to that of an animal, a vegetative patient or one revitalized from dead pig? On the other hand, ethical concerns might suggest that we could just err on the side of caution, but apparently we might need to create consciousness anyway:

    Brain organoids are a promising avenue [for studying epilepsy and autism], because they recapitulate the earliest stages of brain wiring, which are impossible to study as a human embryo develops. But studying human brain disorders without a fully functioning brain, he says, is like studying a pancreas that doesn’t produce insulin. “To get there, I need a brain organoid model that really resembles a human brain. I might need an organoid that becomes conscious.”

    We have already moved passed the point of philosophical thought experiments and into actual experiments now. So we can't just shrug our shoulders at the ambiguity of the problem anymore and need to figure out a solution soon.

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  11. Comment on The Trolley Problem in ~humanities

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    Imagine you're a lawyer for a self-driving car company

    Imagine you're a lawyer for a self-driving car company

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  12. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    Of course you can, but different stylistic choices produces different effects. The benefits of the landscape aspect ratio is that it makes you more aware of the environment, hence more immersive,...

    Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional widescreen format.

    Of course you can, but different stylistic choices produces different effects. The benefits of the landscape aspect ratio is that it makes you more aware of the environment, hence more immersive, like you're there with the characters. Portrait mode gives off a different feeling, I'm good with words so I don't know how to best describe it but the general sense I got while watching is that it feels more glamourous somehow, makes me feel like I'm looking at a portrait painting or a magazine covers, like a sculpture on display or a carefully arranged art exhibit. I think sacrificing immersion in exchange for aesthetics was fitting for the fairytale-like story the film was going for, given that fairy tales are also usually light on world building and focus more on archetypes and moral messages.

    Another thing is vertical framing places more emphasis on height difference, which is usually used as metaphor for struggles, power differences, class structures... many of which are elements of the film so the framing choice was effective.

    All of this is not to say that vertical framing is superior, or that the film cannot be told just as well in conventional widescreen. All I'm saying is it's a choice that works, and it's art, so why not.

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  13. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    This is one of the rare films that makes use of the vertical format in a way that is non-distracting, artistic and actually serve the story. Really enhances the fantasy atmosphere. Opening is a...

    This is one of the rare films that makes use of the vertical format in a way that is non-distracting, artistic and actually serve the story. Really enhances the fantasy atmosphere. Opening is a bit more NSFW than necessary I think, but that's minor.

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  14. Comment on The fake futurism of Elon Musk in ~tech

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    ... the limited capcity of the Loop system is a central feature. This is not a mass public transportation system. This is a proposal for a series of gilded corridors which enable elites such as Musk to get to their destinations quicker and without having to mix with the rest of us. The colonies on Mars, too, are not a futuristic vision of new life for the many, but a means for the few to escape the effects of the climate crisis. ... [The Cybertruck] is a vehicle for the elites to traverse a world which is both ecologically devastated and in which there is likely to be increasing hostility towards them.

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