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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Too Real - Crypt of the Necrodancer and Hatsune Miku collaboration

    Too Real - Crypt of the Necrodancer and Hatsune Miku collaboration

  2. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    I find the whole premise disrespectful. If your email isn't worth spending five minutes to properly think about what you want to say to me, it's not worth my time to read. If you don't understand...

    I am pretty solidly on the side against using AI to write emails and such, because I don't really want any additional fluff in my emails

    I find the whole premise disrespectful. If your email isn't worth spending five minutes to properly think about what you want to say to me, it's not worth my time to read. If you don't understand an idea enough to formulate what you want to convey and put it to words, you don't understand it enough to vet whatever nonsense a glorified Markov chain spits out from half-formed thoughts put in as a prompt.

    This isn't using a helpful tool like a spellchecker, this is willingly delegating thought to an unthinking machine. And if you can't be arsed to put thought into communication, it's worth an equal amount of brain cycles to read (null).

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  3. Comment on From its start, Gmail conditioned us to trade privacy for free services in ~tech

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    I remember meticulously deleting old emails to make sure I stayed under the 2MB Hotmail quota, slowly because I was on dial-up, with a big banner ad at the top of the screen for DVDs-by-mail from...

    I remember meticulously deleting old emails to make sure I stayed under the 2MB Hotmail quota, slowly because I was on dial-up, with a big banner ad at the top of the screen for DVDs-by-mail from this weird new service called Netflix.

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  4. Comment on 12-year-old student opened fire at a secondary school in southern Finland on Tuesday morning, killing one and seriously wounding two other students, police said in ~news

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    Meanwhile, Japan is roughly 1/2 the population of the US and has virtually no shootings. It was a national shock when someone assassinated the former prime minister with a makeshift weapon made...

    Meanwhile, Japan is roughly 1/2 the population of the US and has virtually no shootings. It was a national shock when someone assassinated the former prime minister with a makeshift weapon made from fireworks, batteries and a pipe.

    They have very sensible gun laws. i.e. limited rifles for hunting and target shooting, with mandatory licensing and home inspections, and you'd be going to prison for a decade if you were caught with a handgun or semiautomatic weapon.

    15 votes
  5. Comment on The great rewiring: is social media really behind an epidemic of teenage mental illness? in ~health.mental

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    It's good to see someone pushing back against this nonsense, which of course is being accelerated by the same types on book-banning sprees: conservatives who know they're deeply unpopular with...

    It's good to see someone pushing back against this nonsense, which of course is being accelerated by the same types on book-banning sprees: conservatives who know they're deeply unpopular with younger voters (and upcoming voters) and want to stop people from having an escape from bubbles of indoctrination.

    I suspect young people are more paralyzed by the invasive helicopter parenting seeking to spy on and control every social interaction and information consumed than by access to "too much information." (Panopticon is psychological abuse.) Or by living in fear of being randomly shot because we allow just anyone to own weapons of mass murder. Or being cognizant of the state of wealth inequality.

    Then there's the reality that anxiety disorders don't typically need a cause other than a biological "fuck you." You don't need a reason to feel like you're walking blindly down a flight of stairs while carrying something expensive...it just happens.

    18 votes
  6. Comment on Baldur's Gate 3: Director Swen Vincke answers all our questions about foregoing DLC, AAA development, and more in ~games

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    Hopefully they license their setup to another company that's actually interested in making Forgotten Realms games. It's such a leap ahead of what we had in the NWN2 period, and RPGs in that...

    Hopefully they license their setup to another company that's actually interested in making Forgotten Realms games. It's such a leap ahead of what we had in the NWN2 period, and RPGs in that setting have been sorely missed.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Why are there so many car washes? in ~finance

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    Many of these standalone washes are subscription-based too. You pay monthly fee and their gate just scans your license plate whenever you roll up.

    Many of these standalone washes are subscription-based too. You pay monthly fee and their gate just scans your license plate whenever you roll up.

  8. Comment on Donald Trump's lawyers say it is impossible for him to post bond covering $454 million US civil fraud judgment in ~news

  9. Comment on Has anyone here received any benefit as a consumer from algorithmic ad targeting? in ~tech

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    Nope. I do everything I can to stop tracking as much as I can, I block ads wherever it's feasible, and I get angry at the represented brands when they get through. I will go out of my way to only...

    Nope. I do everything I can to stop tracking as much as I can, I block ads wherever it's feasible, and I get angry at the represented brands when they get through. I will go out of my way to only buy from competitors if the occurrence was memorable enough.

    I still won't buy Febreze products, nearly a decade later, because back before I paid for Spotify Premium, they had a particularly obnoxious ad that kept coming up.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Tell US Congress: Stop the TikTok ban in ~tech

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    Because Twitter and Instagram/Facebook are owned by fascist stooges, while TikTok is where Gen Z congregates...and each younger generation increasingly wants nothing to do with Republicans and...

    Because Twitter and Instagram/Facebook are owned by fascist stooges, while TikTok is where Gen Z congregates...and each younger generation increasingly wants nothing to do with Republicans and finds the Democratic Party far too right-wing.

    Mnuchin wants to use this bill to buy TikTok.

    It's all just the 60s again: the overly conservative bipartisan faction is violently opposed to the youth counterculture movements and will go to any lengths to suppress it.

    This time it's also lining up with the rise of fascism in the Republican Party, and they want to cut off as much left-wing speech as possible.

    If they cared about legitimate data privacy concerns, they'd import the GDPR...but no, spying on the public is something they like doing through US-based companies. If they want to control information people have access to, well, that's just censorship.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on Recommendations for wireless earbuds for extended PC use? in ~tech

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    They'll connect to anything any other Bluetooth earbuds will, though you do need an iPhone to manage settings and get firmware updates. I'm a big fan of AirPods Pro. They have excellent active...

    They'll connect to anything any other Bluetooth earbuds will, though you do need an iPhone to manage settings and get firmware updates.

    I'm a big fan of AirPods Pro. They have excellent active noise canceling and are easily the least frustrating wireless earbuds I've used.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on AI models found to show language bias by recommending Black defendents be 'sentenced to death' in ~tech

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    Then the AI will be biased against people with certain patterns of names, or with certain patterns of street address, cases including certain types of admitted evidence, victims with similar...

    Then the AI will be biased against people with certain patterns of names, or with certain patterns of street address, cases including certain types of admitted evidence, victims with similar patterns, transcripts containing certain vernacular, etc. Whatever factors that stand out as patterns of sentencing (which may very well not be transparent) will cluster around the same outcomes.

    Curve-fitting a program to a system that we already know to be biased, using historical results, will only ever return similar bias.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Colorado Bureau of Investigation finds DNA scientist manipulated data in hundreds of cases over decades in ~science

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    In many scenarios it is largely not scientific or reliable, and shrouded in proprietary mystery. Most forensic DNA samples are incomplete fragments, from stray skin cells or hair or whatever. And...

    In many scenarios it is largely not scientific or reliable, and shrouded in proprietary mystery. Most forensic DNA samples are incomplete fragments, from stray skin cells or hair or whatever. And those samples could be exposed to harsh conditions before they're collected. This means forensic DNA matching is often trying to match a small fragment.

    DNA testing is also just a tool, which is only as good as the logical interpretation of the circumstance it is found in and the physical handling of the evidence. It's not the magic oracle that people are often convinced it is. Someone's hair or skin or whatever ending up on someone who was murdered pretty much just means they knew each other or shared a taxi. It's all about context.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling (See: Issues with forensic DNA samples)

    https://www.science.org/content/article/forensics-gone-wrong-when-dna-snares-innocent

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/02/dna-in-the-dock-how-flawed-techniques-send-innocent-people-to-prison

    Where DNA testing really shines is the Innocence Project: it's much more sound to prove that someone doesn't match DNA evidence by virtue of being improbably dissimilar.

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  14. Comment on Whatever happened to fun? So much of comedy today is about making the audience cringe. Carol Burnett still believes it should make you feel good. in ~tv

  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Dance Til You Stop by Ninja Sex Party NSP just dropped a new song, and as usual they have a bit of a Weird Al Yankovic vibe. Gimme Chocolate! by Babymetal This one's been randomly in my head when...

    Dance Til You Stop by Ninja Sex Party

    NSP just dropped a new song, and as usual they have a bit of a Weird Al Yankovic vibe.

    Gimme Chocolate! by Babymetal

    This one's been randomly in my head when I wake up again lately.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on ‘Dune: Part Two’: How sci-fi space worm epic reared head to $81.5m opening after strike release delay in ~movies

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    I saw it on the first night. While I haven't read the book, its influence is monumental, and I really can't help but think that the Dune movies are the first Lord of the Rings level adaptation...

    I saw it on the first night. While I haven't read the book, its influence is monumental, and I really can't help but think that the Dune movies are the first Lord of the Rings level adaptation since LOTR. (It's also another book I attempted to read at a very young age but wasn't quite ready for. I revisited Tolkien a few years later, but I have been remiss in not doing so with Dune...)

    Hollywood is typically abysmal at fantasy and sci-fi adaptations, with only a select few films that are a meticulous, faithful adaptation of a beloved book led by a director passionate about the source material. I see a lot of the LOTR situation in Dune. Having watched the LOTR films as they came out, I even hear the same sort of commentary.

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  17. Comment on What watch do you wear daily? in ~hobbies

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    Apple Watch Series 8. I use it for sleep tracking and more gradual alarms in the morning, and it's worth it for notifications alone. My phone never leaves silent (except for my pager app, which...

    Apple Watch Series 8. I use it for sleep tracking and more gradual alarms in the morning, and it's worth it for notifications alone. My phone never leaves silent (except for my pager app, which overrides), and I only take it out of my pocket when when there's actually something important, since I can read and dismiss whatever appears on the watch. I also use it to respond to multifactor authentication prompts.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Reddit is letting power users in on its IPO in ~tech

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    RSUs aren't exactly free. It's an agreement as part of your compensation package. e.g. when I was hired, I was told I'd make a base salary of $x plus $y worth of shares, and those numbers have...

    RSUs aren't exactly free. It's an agreement as part of your compensation package. e.g. when I was hired, I was told I'd make a base salary of $x plus $y worth of shares, and those numbers have gone up as I've received annual raises. If I didn't get those shares, they'd literally be stealing a large chunk of my salary.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on The DVD biz has circled the drain for years. In 2024, it goes down the tubes. in ~movies

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    I mean, I'm shocked they've still been on shelves this long. They're only 480 lines of resolution, which looks like trash on a 4K TV. You need BluRay...

    I mean, I'm shocked they've still been on shelves this long. They're only 480 lines of resolution, which looks like trash on a 4K TV. You need BluRay...

    1 vote
  20. Comment on The DVD biz has circled the drain for years. In 2024, it goes down the tubes. in ~movies

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    USB sticks notoriously have spontaneous data loss. They're made of the cheapest available NAND and other components. And they can also hypothetically degrade over time if left unpowered, as they...

    USB sticks notoriously have spontaneous data loss. They're made of the cheapest available NAND and other components. And they can also hypothetically degrade over time if left unpowered, as they basically work by trapping electrons in certain configurations...and electrons aren't 100% guaranteed to stay in the same place you put them for physics reasons.

    We have a decent track record now on pressed laser media (not so much writable chemical ones). The majority of CDs my parents have from the 90s still play just fine. They're digital, after all, and the medium is fairly simple on a physical level.

    15 votes