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  1. Comment on Is this place going to become the anti-thesis of Voat? in ~tildes

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    Fun fact—Mark Judge (the other guy in the room with Kavanaugh and Ford in 1982) is a gamergater and wrote an article titled "Why Gamergate is Really About Political Correctness":...

    Fun fact—Mark Judge (the other guy in the room with Kavanaugh and Ford in 1982) is a gamergater and wrote an article titled "Why Gamergate is Really About Political Correctness": https://acculturated.com/gamergate/

    8 votes
  2. Comment on How do you store your bookmarks? in ~tech

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    Another happy Pinboard user here! I miss del.icio.us, though—Pinboard’s social features aren’t quite the same.

    Another happy Pinboard user here! I miss del.icio.us, though—Pinboard’s social features aren’t quite the same.

  3. Comment on Advice for those who want a computer science career? in ~comp

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    Assuming you’re in school now, make sure to get a summer internship the year before you graduate. On a more general level, always think about who you’re making software for and how to help them....

    Assuming you’re in school now, make sure to get a summer internship the year before you graduate. On a more general level, always think about who you’re making software for and how to help them. Don’t say “no” just because something is hard—if it will make a difference to the experience of the people using your software, it may still be worth doing. Avoid programming ideologies which make you say “no” for purely architectural reasons.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Why did you get into programming in the first place? What excited you about it? You could try working on something like that.

    Why did you get into programming in the first place? What excited you about it? You could try working on something like that.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    If “family values” means traditional gender roles, X is the expectation that women and men occupy equal roles in society.

    If “family values” means traditional gender roles, X is the expectation that women and men occupy equal roles in society.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Do Colorless Ideas Sleep Furiously? in ~humanities

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    I designed a card game once where each of these words had a specialized meaning in the rules—colorless was a particular modifier, green was the color of the card, ideas were a kind of card,...

    I designed a card game once where each of these words had a specialized meaning in the rules—colorless was a particular modifier, green was the color of the card, ideas were a kind of card, sleeping was a phase of your turn which applied to certain cards, and to do a phase furiously meant to apply that phase twice per turn. Then one of the cards had the text "colorless green ideas sleep furiously", which made perfect sense within the context of the game. The point being that words only have meaning within a context of use, and you can create meaning by changing the context.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World in ~misc

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    Can you really separate these risks from the risks of poverty itself? Lots of rich people do fine without a job. The way I see it, a UBI/NIT is just a way of giving everyone "rich parents" to fall...

    All those groups are at the highest risk of falling out of society with all the health and wellness risks associated.

    Can you really separate these risks from the risks of poverty itself? Lots of rich people do fine without a job.

    The way I see it, a UBI/NIT is just a way of giving everyone "rich parents" to fall back on—many people in this situation still have jobs or contribute in other ways to society.

  8. Comment on Toxic masculinity: Helping men understand the impact of their behaviour in ~life

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    No, it doesn’t just “turn out” that way. You have a choice about how you respond.

    Turns out when you attack people, they get defensive

    No, it doesn’t just “turn out” that way. You have a choice about how you respond.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Learning to Program in ~comp

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    If you can, find a friend or two you can work on projects with. I learned a lot trying (and mostly failing) to make games with friends in high school.

    If you can, find a friend or two you can work on projects with. I learned a lot trying (and mostly failing) to make games with friends in high school.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Serial Experiments Lain in ~anime

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    I was a bit obsessed with Serial Experiments Lain for a while in middle school (forum profile pics and everything). I need to watch it again sometime!

    I was a bit obsessed with Serial Experiments Lain for a while in middle school (forum profile pics and everything). I need to watch it again sometime!

    2 votes
  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    Oops! I’ll delete this one.

    Oops! I’ll delete this one.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Is Hacker News suppressing leftist articles? Or just a conspiracy of poor point scoring? in ~talk

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    This is caused by user flags. The "flag" button acts like a downvote, and articles with a political bent tend to attract flags.

    This is caused by user flags. The "flag" button acts like a downvote, and articles with a political bent tend to attract flags.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Using icons vs using words in ~tildes

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    Icons can be like a visual virus. Once you have an icon, it looks weird next to text, so you have to make that text into an icon, too. If you leave everything as text, you can have the same visual...

    Icons can be like a visual virus. Once you have an icon, it looks weird next to text, so you have to make that text into an icon, too. If you leave everything as text, you can have the same visual consistency without having to think up inscrutable icons for everything.

    Also, in support of the "vote" text specifically, I find it a lot more usable on phones. Tapping on text feels more predictable than tapping on an arrow (whose tap area may not even match its shape exactly).

    10 votes
  14. Comment on On the future computer era modification of the American character and the role of the engineer, or, a little caution in the haste to number (1968) in ~tech

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    Thanks for posting this. So many people in tech believe that more quantification is always good—if you can track it, then you can improve it, right? It's nice to see a well-made argument against...

    Thanks for posting this. So many people in tech believe that more quantification is always good—if you can track it, then you can improve it, right? It's nice to see a well-made argument against that viewpoint.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~books

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    Seconding Alastair Reynolds! His House of Suns is also a good read.

    Seconding Alastair Reynolds! His House of Suns is also a good read.

  16. Comment on Is the Helsinki meeting the tipping point for US politicians? in ~talk

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    What do you mean by the tipping point? It doesn't seem like this Congress is willing to impeach. The real tipping point will be on November 6 if enough people can manage to vote.

    What do you mean by the tipping point? It doesn't seem like this Congress is willing to impeach. The real tipping point will be on November 6 if enough people can manage to vote.

    17 votes
  17. Comment on How is Prime Day going for everyone? in ~talk

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    I'm staying away from the site in solidarity with the strike/boycott: https://www.vox.com/2018/7/16/17577614/amazon-prime-day-strike-boycotts (though to be honest I'm not a big shopper in general).

    I'm staying away from the site in solidarity with the strike/boycott: https://www.vox.com/2018/7/16/17577614/amazon-prime-day-strike-boycotts (though to be honest I'm not a big shopper in general).

    7 votes
  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~creative

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    I love the subtle use of animation!

    I love the subtle use of animation!

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Programming Challenge: Anagram checking. in ~comp

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    Yes! The same syntax works for any array that ends with a zero. It's common for char arrays because strings in C are represented by char arrays ending in a zero byte (by convention).

    Yes! The same syntax works for any array that ends with a zero. It's common for char arrays because strings in C are represented by char arrays ending in a zero byte (by convention).

    1 vote
  20. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    That makes sense. Maybe working like an artist (regular practice combined with studying other art) could be something to try.

    That makes sense. Maybe working like an artist (regular practice combined with studying other art) could be something to try.