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  1. Comment on The grim fate that could be ‘worse than extinction’ in ~misc

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    How is this worse than extinction? Is it that the odds for extinction are lower than the rise of a worldwide totalitarian government using AI to manage its population? Also why odds at all? I get...

    How is this worse than extinction? Is it that the odds for extinction are lower than the rise of a worldwide totalitarian government using AI to manage its population? Also why odds at all? I get why you wanna have a ballpark number for the chance of it happening, but "odds"? I'm not gonna go down to the local bookie and do a blanket bet for "End of the Human Species" and a safe-bet for "Pandemic"?

    Toby Ord, a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University, believes that the odds of an existential catastrophe happening this century from natural causes are less than one in 2,000, because humans have survived for 2,000 centuries without one. However, when he adds the probability of human-made disasters, Ord believes the chances increase to a startling one in six. He refers to this century as “the precipice” because the risk of losing our future has never been so high.

    Also - the way the odds are calculated... "What have happened in 2000 years" and then go for that seems kind of odd as a way to sum up chances for things happening. In reality I guess the method is a bit more complex but I kinda hope not and that Toby Ord (great name) runs around the streets of Oxford telling people that the chance of being invaded by the Huns and shanghaied in to its army is amazingly high and we should set up traps for their horses now.

    I mean AI controlled fascist state sound awful but compared to "everything we know for certain exists in the universe beyond physics is gone" - its not that bad.

  2. Comment on 4 Producers, 1 Sample - Andrew Huang w/ Anomalie, Zomboy, Kilamanzego in ~music

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    Tha was surprisingly fun and very good listens tbh ... which is impressive in itself! Nice find OP!

    Tha was surprisingly fun and very good listens tbh ... which is impressive in itself! Nice find OP!

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  3. Comment on On our abusive relationship with Mozilla’s Firefox in ~tech

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    While in many ways I agree (in others disagree) - one of the core agreements being the fact that we give Mozilla insane leeway for being the only other option in town. Which means that when the...

    While in many ways I agree (in others disagree) - one of the core agreements being the fact that we give Mozilla insane leeway for being the only other option in town. Which means that when the screw up marketing, screw up communication or forget their intended focus - we are more ok with it than we would otherwise be because they are the only contender in town. (like the Spyware thing, sure it could be totally innocent, but thats not how this works - blind trust is not a sexy look in the world of privacy)

    At the same time there is a lot of gung-ho wording in that...

    Like "Patronizing, Dismissiveness and Shutting down communication" - Firefox changed to the Megabar (which tbh I had to check up and realized its the focusing size difference of the text bar). And some people didn't like it and wanted a way to change it to the old behavior. Adding config options isn't easy, keeping them stable and a whole project stable with many config options is harder.
    Development isn't possible with "just add what vocal users want" and I think ("think" because we don't know the exact numbers) that the majority of users didn't even know megabar was there or are very bothered with it. The best you can do is try to evaluate what users want to do, or the issue they have, instead of adding features they would like blindly.
    The thread linked in the text isnt patronizing, it isn't dismissive, and it doesn't shut down communication. But at a certain point there isn't anything more to add to a bug report unless someone in it goes "I can do it for free for you!"

    Plus the connection between a free browser and its users, and an abusive relationship is a bit rich.
    Not to mention the list method is applicable to a lot of things using the same vagueness that you get when you pluck social signs from an abusive relationship between people and the relationship between any software development group of size and its users.

    Not to mention the defeatist attitude to the whole subject which makes reading the text meaningless. Its not just defeatist about this specific issue - the heterogeneous internet, but smacks of "I for one welcome our new overlords" by belittling or even mocking people trying to find alternatives and talking about the great things a new overlord could get us.

    But some good points there still.

    15 votes
  4. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    I simply dont have a google account and all google related things isolated, and all cookies scrubbed when the tab is closed... that said with that comes having to accept cookies every damn time I...

    I simply dont have a google account and all google related things isolated, and all cookies scrubbed when the tab is closed... that said with that comes having to accept cookies every damn time I open a tab and in cases like this not being able to see stuff :/

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Dutch researcher claims that he accessed Trump's Twitter account by guessing password in ~tech

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    The US nuclear code where for several decades "00000" (although that factoid comes from Qi I think so may be total arsewater :D )

    The US nuclear code where for several decades "00000" (although that factoid comes from Qi I think so may be total arsewater :D )

    1 vote
  6. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    I have to disagree and as you say below its fairly personal but I think many of the shots where brilliant with the framing, like the vertically aligned scenery and sense of air that could be...

    I disagree. I find there is little to nothing gained in this film by forcing itself into this format. Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional widescreen format.

    I have to disagree and as you say below its fairly personal but I think many of the shots where brilliant with the framing, like the vertically aligned scenery and sense of air that could be counteracted in some shots by horizontal lines (like the shop with the boy in front of it trimming in the shot to be a small central square in the screen instead of vertically uplifting, or the shot of the city as they entered, shot from below to create a sense of height and air - sure the sides could have been replaced by some other in-shot object drawing the eye upward. But still fairly clever way of hemming in and using the different format)

    2 votes
  7. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    You sneaky person, you! Thank you <3

    You sneaky person, you! Thank you <3

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    See this is the scary bit I disagree with. Or rather, I don't think control over platforms should be handed over to anyone but those handling the platform. It's bound to mess up, hell it already...

    And while I agree everyone should have the ability to express their opinion freely....
    3b. ...one shall not guaranteed a platform. In fact, as I have stated prior, I believe the prevalence of freely available, anonymous platforms of unlimited reach with zero consequence is simply wrong.

    See this is the scary bit I disagree with. Or rather, I don't think control over platforms should be handed over to anyone but those handling the platform. It's bound to mess up, hell it already has, but the alternative is too complex and easily abused. That availability rests on the idea that you and I can set up an anonymous platform with the potential for unlimited speech with zero consequences if we wish and others can be a part if they wish. Each of those chunks are impossible to remove without serious infringements on our right to anonymity if we wish to have it.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    I don't think this is a good idea... I mean what is suggested goes beyond what we have where I live where its almost impossible to define something that is said not to any one individual as hate...

    I don't think this is a good idea... I mean what is suggested goes beyond what we have where I live where its almost impossible to define something that is said not to any one individual as hate speech. Nazis still demonstrate in the streets no matter what because like most places we here have freedom of speech laws and even though hate speech laws exist they will always have to contend with one of the safeguards against an eventual oppressive government.

    As for the US and the First Amendment, its already infringed but by states and companies instead of hate speech laws... So doable, sure.

    Its a damn jar of snakes no matter how you look at it. Defining the truth is painfully complex, so laws that prohibit lies is close to impossible. You can narrow down the wording that can be used to avoid classic hate speech phrases, but then you have to make excuses for times it CAN be used (or get stuck with the German "no swastikas anywhere!" laws). You can claim if its said with malicious intent, suddenly you have to prove intent... Or sarcasm.

    The possibility for abuse is absurdly high (also sidenote I just had the worst deja vu ever, as if I know the replies coming - creepy) - while allowing for private spheres in control by an person or group to define its own set of guidelines and never infringe them is way safer.

    That said time trundles on - maybe I am missing something being an old fart? It just doesn't feel like a step forward...

    1 vote
  10. Comment on [ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format in ~arts

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    Notice for others without Google accounts - you need to have one to watch it as its age requirement

    Notice for others without Google accounts - you need to have one to watch it as its age requirement

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Activists build facial recognition to ID cops who hide their badges in ~tech

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    Hahahaha I refuse to! Any interaction is good interaction. Thank you for changing it! Although now my Futurist jab looks ever weirder :(

    Hahahaha I refuse to! Any interaction is good interaction. Thank you for changing it!

    Although now my Futurist jab looks ever weirder :(

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Activists build facial recognition to ID cops who hide their badges in ~tech

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    As a sidenote, "Futurism" feels off considering the original Futurists (funloving artsy mostly Italian fascists most of them, who all thought it was manly and cool to fight in wars. Then the war...

    In order to hold police accountable when they try to hide their identities, a growing number of activists are developing facial recognition tools that identify cops, The New York Times reports — a striking inversion of the way cops tend to use facial recognition on protestors and suspects.

    As a sidenote, "Futurism" feels off considering the original Futurists (funloving artsy mostly Italian fascists most of them, who all thought it was manly and cool to fight in wars. Then the war came and many joined and realized too late that artsy academics with romantic notions of nation and manliness probably don't do to well in wars, although they did do some fun statues.)

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The social experiment of reading US friends living in Sweden continue. As they are heavy consumers of liberal media from the US they see lack of mask wearing as some sort of selfishness, cruelty...

    The social experiment of reading US friends living in Sweden continue.

    As they are heavy consumers of liberal media from the US they see lack of mask wearing as some sort of selfishness, cruelty or idiocy on the non-wearers part. So when no one is wearing the masks they are literally freaking out.
    At the same time people who are Swedish freak out about them, as the reactions they have: often pointing out people or posting photos of groups of people outside their window - are seen as worse and directly inhuman or fire-and-brimstone-puritan by looking for individual guilt (the focus they all have of the bureucrat handling the covid recommendations from a research perspective is sort of telling - but fed at the same time by the Swedish media who see foreign press conferences and want to replicate them here - but in this case with someone who has no control over what is and isn't done: Anders Tegnell).

    The end result as of right now is that the Swedes seem to do what we do when we think someone is behaving irrational. Ignore them. So many of the people from the US have noticed that their Swedish friends stop commenting or being a part of their social media presence, and some shared Swedish friends have mentioned that they have stopped following them on social media as they are being irresponsible or in one example called "cruel and inhuman".

    Its fascinating as both groups live in the same area, but not in the same place. The area they exist in is defined objectively but the place is defined differently depending on what news you read or media you consume.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Gabelstapler Klaus, a gorefilled safety video for forklift operators in ~misc

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    Also for some dumb reasons I just coped the video title from youtube and not the correct title. But its basically works either way I hope

    Also for some dumb reasons I just coped the video title from youtube and not the correct title. But its basically works either way I hope

  15. Comment on Gabelstapler Klaus, a gorefilled safety video for forklift operators in ~misc

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    EDIT: GAH ITS NOT THE WHOLE VIDEO! DAMNIT will try to find it EDIT 2: if you have a youtube account and feel like logging in, heres another version that is probably more complete...

    EDIT: GAH ITS NOT THE WHOLE VIDEO! DAMNIT
    will try to find it

    EDIT 2: if you have a youtube account and feel like logging in, heres another version that is probably more complete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChOHnSL7ZCg

    I saw someone mention forklifts and had a flashback to when I drove forklifts and one of the safety videos we where shown during the intro course. Now I'm not from Germany and we understand just bits and pieces of German but it is fairly clear in what you can and can't do... its also gorey fun. :)

    So content warning: gore in many scenes + outdated sexism in one scene but fun in general.
    Also content warning: Youtube link. Adblockers and antitrackers on high alert
    I pt it in "misc" because tbh I have no idea where it would fit otherwise

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2020! in ~tildes

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    Ok I have little grasp of US literature so thank you for the links. Will check in to them both. Another thing I've always wanted to do was a comic version of a modernized retelling of De...

    Ok I have little grasp of US literature so thank you for the links. Will check in to them both.

    Another thing I've always wanted to do was a comic version of a modernized retelling of De Maupassants the Dumpling. Focusing less on nationalism or proto-nationalism as a theme and more of the stratification of society and how in both action and inaction a group will always be condemned for it. The focus part of the original is the prostitute The Dumpling who agrees to sleep with an enemy captain to let the wagon she and a group of others travel in pass. This after being nagged and urged in to it by the others who then condemn her for sleeping with a foreign military captain and pointing out that its typical of her class of women. So that, but different. Foodora/Uber Eats courier maybe?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2020! in ~tildes

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    Wait I have never heard of that OR can find anything on it? You've peaked my interest hard here :) Got any links. And don't worry - we're all text on a screen, assumptions are A-ok :)

    Occurrence at Tinker Creek

    Wait I have never heard of that OR can find anything on it? You've peaked my interest hard here :) Got any links.

    And don't worry - we're all text on a screen, assumptions are A-ok :)

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights (Among Us) in ~games

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    I watched it too - and tbh it suckered me in pretty quick. As a PR move, one HELL of a choice of game and venue! Its SFW and at the same time about murder and betrayal meaning that it lures...

    I watched it too - and tbh it suckered me in pretty quick. As a PR move, one HELL of a choice of game and venue! Its SFW and at the same time about murder and betrayal meaning that it lures conservative news channels to talk about it too because of the obvious angle.

    8 votes