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  1. Comment on The Biden-Harris administration's student debt relief plan in ~finance

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    Looks like a huge improvement. Now do something similar for all the people who don't end up in college for whatever reason. That group is just as important. It's a different voting group too. If...

    Looks like a huge improvement.

    Now do something similar for all the people who don't end up in college for whatever reason. That group is just as important. It's a different voting group too.

    If this ends up being a benefit only for those who've made it to/through college without reforming college financing outright, that money should have been spent on those who need it more and are worse off (and in many cases also young)

    13 votes
  2. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    The world's largest girl group, Blackpink, released their first single in a long time today. Pink venom got something like 60 million views in the first 12 hours today. The song is... not good.

    The world's largest girl group, Blackpink, released their first single in a long time today.

    Pink venom got something like 60 million views in the first 12 hours today.

    The song is... not good.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    I have been eating melons. Many different kinds. Melons are in season. They're good when it's warm. I recommend eating melons during summer as somewhat low-calorie, healthy, delicious snacks.

    I have been eating melons. Many different kinds. Melons are in season. They're good when it's warm.

    I recommend eating melons during summer as somewhat low-calorie, healthy, delicious snacks.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    This was one of the rare occasions when I was sure the TV series/movie would be better than the novels it was based on. I was happy to be wrong. Both are very worth the time.

    This was one of the rare occasions when I was sure the TV series/movie would be better than the novels it was based on.

    I was happy to be wrong. Both are very worth the time.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Pirates liberate games from Battle.net to send message to Activision Blizzard in ~games

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    I'm not saying I support a car company making heated seats a monthly subscription. As I said: I'm for living in a society based on the rule of law, where we abide by laws, change them or accept...

    I'm not saying I support a car company making heated seats a monthly subscription. As I said:

    if society agrees that these expectations are reasonable, we can codify the behavior into consumer laws of various kinds.

    I'm for living in a society based on the rule of law, where we abide by laws, change them or accept the consequences for knowingly breaking those laws.

    We should strengthen many consumer rights by changing the laws. That has to happen on a societal level, not me taking things into my own hands.


    What you expect and what others expect are clearly not the same. When I buy a standalone product, I expect to be able to do what I want with it (within reason) in perpetuity.

    Buying a video game has never been equivalent to buying sheet music: expecting to be able to use the raw material for hundreds of years or forever. It's always been like buying an LP or a physical game cartridge that will stop working with time: reasonable people have always expected deterioration with time and/or use.

    I always bought either a physical copy of a game with the limitations of that physical copy. OR a digital copy with the limitations going with that digital copy.

    Never has it been reasonable to assume I've bought a perpetual license to eternally reproduce (maybe even resell?) a copy of the game code in whatever repackaged version I can get my hands on.

  6. Comment on Pirates liberate games from Battle.net to send message to Activision Blizzard in ~games

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    You must have some sort of intrinsic right to destroy a work you've created if you manage that work actively over time (i.e. the equivalent of defending a trademark). That should probably last for...

    You must have some sort of intrinsic right to destroy a work you've created if you manage that work actively over time (i.e. the equivalent of defending a trademark).

    That should probably last for your lifetime, maybe a short time after. Otherwise creators are incentivized not to create works in case someone abuses them contrary to my values. Why is it fair "society", either collectively or as every individual get rights over someone else's work?

    IP rights in principle are rightly something a large majority agree are necessary when presented with reasonable explanation/arguments. US-style durations of rights are obscene.


    Without rights for creators, we're left with perverse consequences, or have to carve out a huge host of exceptions:

    • Consider parents releasing content of their children when they're minors.
    • Consider someone releasing content that could adversely affect them as times change ( dark humor, things later considered bigoted, nudity, something with extreme views you later no longer support - this list could be very long)
    • Consider someone not wanting derivative works that clash with their values. Say I create an incredible poem I don't want a supremacist organization making into their theme song.
    • Consider someone using one of your works to hurt the creator. I.e. someone coopting an anthem of peace to garner support for a military invasion.
    • Consider someone commercially using your work counter to your views: using your song/statue promoting respect in their pro-hate advertisement, or pro-genocide campaign.

    There are surely many other downsides I can't think of off the top of my head.


    Exponential renewal cost is literally giving power to vested money interests. Creators will be incentivized to compromise their values to get protection for their works that aren't commercial successes from others.

    Billionaires and many large corporations show giving power simply because someone has money is a terrible idea. Let's not implement that in new areas.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Is Russia killing off the International Space Station? in ~space

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    Me too. The tv series For All Mankind has been and is exploring this theme since its start. I think they get the premise right: international cooperation between rival nations is a great,...

    Me too.

    The tv series For All Mankind has been and is exploring this theme since its start.

    I think they get the premise right: international cooperation between rival nations is a great, empowering idea, but actual competition between these rival nations is what'll lead to funding and progress in space because unshared credit from space gives political and diplomatic capital, It's a form of soft power that makes military might somewhat less determining for clout on the international stage.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on The personal brand is dead in ~life

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    In my field my personal professional brand is worth real money. On different platforms I have different pseudonyms with clear brand-value in the form of ethos/established social credit due to my...

    In my field my personal professional brand is worth real money.

    On different platforms I have different pseudonyms with clear brand-value in the form of ethos/established social credit due to my contributions over years. At least a couple of these pseudonym-brands have led to relevant job offers in my industry. Others I know work where they do because of what they've accomplished with an online username somewhere.

    That has been the case since the large IRC servers were in their heyday.

    I think this discussion from yesterday got it totally right: over-sharing from an everyday life isn't new, exciting or interesting anymore. That's why blogs, instagrams, youtube channels - anyone who has a personal brand, must build that brand with quality content people enjoy.

    Like other professional brands, influencers in whatever form have their personal brand value as a guarantor of quality now: I know whatever they do is generally worth my time, or worth my time often enough that I want to be notified when they release content.

    Funny pictures or whatever have their value due to the qualities the content inherently has, not from who made them or shared them, or where they were picked up.


    If the young people in this article were asked about the values of their Discord-names on servers they're active on, whether they'd be fine to just delete their accounts to start a new one right after, I think the answers would show the personal brand is alive and well. They have social capital, friends, relationships that rely on their account identity.

    The brand it just not connected to real names, it's contained on one platform because who wants their personal opinions to connect back to their professional brand, which is their real name?

    Many people should still build and maintain professional personal brands. Depending on industry, Linked-in, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other platforms may be the place to do those things.

    Irrespective of where, sharing random personal opinions, pictures of meals or kids shouldn't be part of that brand. Networking isn't dead, it's just continuing to develop.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Pirates liberate games from Battle.net to send message to Activision Blizzard in ~games

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    Again, when buying these games I never had an expectation they'd last forever, or would even be playable on future hardware of mine (see old games that have died). Without re-opening the old terms...

    Again, when buying these games I never had an expectation they'd last forever, or would even be playable on future hardware of mine (see old games that have died).

    Without re-opening the old terms and conditions, I'd be extremely surprised if we didn't all explicitly agree to it as well.

    Especially with MMOs and other games, the expectation all along has been updates, changes and impermanence from the get-go.


    I'm not saying I support companies doing this for doing this, but it's their right and we should push them to do otherwise for their benefit and the benefit of us users.

    Alternatively, if society agrees that these expectations are reasonable, we can codify the behavior into consumer laws of various kinds.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What's a game that you wish you could play again for the first time? Why? in ~games

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    Games that rely on great storytelling. In no order: Portal 2 The Witcher 3 Yakuza (All of them. Maybe Yakuza 0 is best?) Halo 1 and 2 Red Dead Redemption 2 The Last of Us 1 (2 isn't bad either)...

    Games that rely on great storytelling. In no order:

    • Portal 2
    • The Witcher 3
    • Yakuza (All of them. Maybe Yakuza 0 is best?)
    • Halo 1 and 2
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • The Last of Us 1 (2 isn't bad either)
    • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • Ghost Of Tsushima
    • Knights Of The Old Republic 1 and 2
    • Disco Elysium
    • Half-Life 2
    • Life is strange 1 and 2

    The stories of these games are so good, experiencing them again for the first time would be incredible.

    It's that feeling of ending a great book, where you look at the back cover, almost wistfully thinking "I'll never be able to read that for the first time again, and it's finished." There are books I wish I'd stopped reading two chapters from the end never to know how it ends, so my imagination can still spin around it unresolved.

    Feel free to ask about reasons for specific games. I figured long explanations for all (especially when many are very famous) isn't that useful to most.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Pirates liberate games from Battle.net to send message to Activision Blizzard in ~games

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    I completely agree that a lot of companies, especially game companies, but also music companies, and those with rights to movies manage their intellectual property horribly. That is their right...

    It served as a preservation mechanism for something that otherwise might have been lost to the sands of time.

    I completely agree that a lot of companies, especially game companies, but also music companies, and those with rights to movies manage their intellectual property horribly.

    That is their right though.

    If someone wants to take down their website and never make the videos or stories on it available, they get to do that.

    If a game company wants to stop supporting a game and ensure it can never be played again, they can do that.

    It's not a perfect analogue, but if a sculptor wants to smash a sculpture they own before they die, or I want to smash a sculpture I've bought, I get to do so.

    I can burn my diaries or letters, even if I were a person of historical significance.

    Society doesn't have a right to access things. I never bought games that relied on battle.net or other platforms thinking they'd last forever. It wouldn't have been a reasonable expectation to have either.

    (I totally agree that some anti-cheat systems are so invasive I refuse toget those games. That's my only option beyond loudly saying I'll take my business elsewhere)

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    I think you're totally right. We're so extremely ripe for good recommendation tools and platforms to sift through things. They won't be platform native because the platforms aren't interested in...

    I think you're totally right.

    We're so extremely ripe for good recommendation tools and platforms to sift through things. They won't be platform native because the platforms aren't interested in us finding the best things quickly and efficiently, they're geared for us wasting time.


    The niche is ripe for the taking. Everyone knows how poor reddit is at this, and even then it's leaps and bounds beyond others.

    I'm extremely privileged to have online groups of friends who spend lots of time sharing things we enjoy and giving short reasons so others can somewhat easily gauge if it'll suit their tastes. The algorithms simply don't do the job and aren't designed to do the job.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Seasonal beverages in ~food

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    Spring tea and floral teas (cherry, rose etc.) come to mind for spring. Also nettle tea, rhubarb drinks, fresh mints and other spring plants. Smoothies have to be what I associate most with summer...

    Spring tea and floral teas (cherry, rose etc.) come to mind for spring.

    Also nettle tea, rhubarb drinks, fresh mints and other spring plants.


    Smoothies have to be what I associate most with summer alongside lemonade and ice tea/coffee

    3 votes
  14. Comment on United States: An uneasy feeling in ~finance

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    You're on the money. The whole market psychology seems to be so off from all the indicators in the actual economy. If we're being real, with how extremely over-heated the economy has been during...

    You're on the money. The whole market psychology seems to be so off from all the indicators in the actual economy.

    If we're being real, with how extremely over-heated the economy has been during covid, for no apparent reason, with record-breaking highs with production strongly down, who thought we weren't going to get a recession?


    Then there's the energy markets, global logistics issues, War in Ukraine, raw materials crunch- this list is long.

    The whole VC capital overheating and silly evaluations of unicorns without hope of ever making a profit, not even starting down the rabbit hole of NFTs and crypto, who hasn't expected this obvious bubble to burst like dot.com?


    Everyone's been thinking THEIR investments/pension funds/over-priced real estate are going to be fine. I think we're in for a rude awakening. I can't be happier I took profits in late spring. It wasn't near the peak, but it'll surely give large fraction returns when reinvesting closer to the bottom.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Here are the nominees for the 2022 Emmy Awards in ~tv

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    I have to say, I'm surprised and happy that so many of the cast in Succession got nominations. The acting was phenomenal in the last season. On the flip-side, I didn't really find White Lotus that...

    I have to say, I'm surprised and happy that so many of the cast in Succession got nominations. The acting was phenomenal in the last season.

    On the flip-side, I didn't really find White Lotus that compelling. I'd be happy to hear someone who liked the show help shed some light.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    This would have been an incredible April fool's joke. As it stands, it just shows that consumer protection laws need to be updated for the 21st century. If resource waste is going to disappear,...

    This would have been an incredible April fool's joke.

    As it stands, it just shows that consumer protection laws need to be updated for the 21st century. If resource waste is going to disappear, strict regulations are a necessity to stop wasteful nonsense like this.

    It's a serious matter, but perversely funny at the same time.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Scandinavian airline SAS announced that it has gone bankrupt a day after 1,000 pilots walked out on strike in ~finance

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    Chapter 11 isn't really declaring bankruptcy at all though, is it? Chapter 11 generally provides for reorganization with protection from creditors to keep a business alive to avoid bankruptcy, no?...

    Chapter 11 isn't really declaring bankruptcy at all though, is it?

    Chapter 11 generally provides for reorganization with protection from creditors to keep a business alive to avoid bankruptcy, no? It's basically a way to get a court to accept that you don't pay creditors as previously agreed.

    This was surely on the cards before the pilots' strike, but has probably been moved forward as a result of it. That's my guess and I wouldn't be surprised if someone high up in SAS would confirm it, or have already.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Thoughts on learning languages in ~humanities

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    Does anyone have tips for learning a new alphabet, like the Russian, Korean, Greek etc? Are there sites that focus exclusively on that? Acquaintances say Duolingo is bad at this. I might consider...

    Does anyone have tips for learning a new alphabet, like the Russian, Korean, Greek etc?

    Are there sites that focus exclusively on that? Acquaintances say Duolingo is bad at this.

    I might consider learning another language, but then I'd want to finish the wrote learning of the alphabet efficiently at least to actually get started.

    I assume worksheets are last century (when last I learned a new language) and there are surely good wrote-learning apps or make-your-own cards etc. for these?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    The thing is, when in power there's more than one issue to deal with. Making decisions on all issues isn't an elective. Having single issue folks is a problem: will they make the "right" choices...

    The thing is, when in power there's more than one issue to deal with. Making decisions on all issues isn't an elective.

    Having single issue folks is a problem: will they make the "right" choices based on my views as a voter? If they haven't expressed an opinion on an issue, how do I know what they'll vote/do on an issue?

    Too small an agenda is also a hugely problematic platform.

    A number of issues no-one could foresee will appear during the term as well. That's when we have to vote in the best representative to deal with those situations and matters as they arise.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What's the point of grammatical gender? in ~humanities

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    Pretty much: Every language has cultural concepts, and areas they're stronger/weaker at expressing. That depends on culture, context and history. Languages can't express all these equally well, so...

    Pretty much:

    Every language has cultural concepts, and areas they're stronger/weaker at expressing. That depends on culture, context and history. Languages can't express all these equally well, so every language isn't equally capable of expressing all of human experience.

    (Further, some languages and cultures don't focus on expressing all of human experience as richly as possible, so some languages are also more equal than others in their ability to express human experiences.)

    2 votes