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  1. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    It certainly would be good, yes. At the same time I am willing to grant some amount of flexibility - we can't expect publishers and moderators to be "dumb" rules machines because that brings its...

    It certainly would be good, yes. At the same time I am willing to grant some amount of flexibility - we can't expect publishers and moderators to be "dumb" rules machines because that brings its own set of troubles. Flexibility allows you to ban a troublesome user who breaks the spirit of a rule via some technical loophole, or stop overeager application of the policy in a way it wasn't intended to be used (i.e., banning LGBT+ users who mention their sexuality at all for being "explicit").

    Honestly I think a lot of tension comes from these huge platforms acting as almost de facto public platforms rather than the private entities they are. It's frustrating that we've gotten to this point at all, frankly.

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  2. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    This is not being unfairly censored or being "told what to think", this is equivalent of the manager at McDonald's removing someone for distributing flyers about the "gay agenda" to other...

    This is not being unfairly censored or being "told what to think", this is equivalent of the manager at McDonald's removing someone for distributing flyers about the "gay agenda" to other customers. Or it's a newspaper receiving a Letter To The Editor from an anti-vaxxer who thinks we should all start kissing each other on the mouth instead of social distancing... and simply not publishing it.

    Some ideas and opinions at their very core are threatening and dangerous, no matter how many sources they cite or how politely they are phrased. They serve to disseminate dangerous misinformation - like the idea that you should have a Coronavirus party as though it's Chicken Pox and the '70s. Or they contribute incrementally to dehumanize groups of people, which can lead to emboldening those who would do political or physical violence against them. These platforms serve as meeting places and recruitment points for radical groups; often those groups are even explicit about their radicalization pipeline.

    The people who believe these lies are not the people who are receptive to Liberal Internet Snark to begin with. (Think about this too - when was the last time you changed your mind because some conservative with an anime profile pic trolling someone on Twitter made a great point?) Instead we have seen the exact opposite - letting these people congregate and spread extreme ideas and radicalize each other on major media platforms has made them more numerous and further empowered them. It brings in people who would otherwise be borderline OK.

    If snark could have saved these people it certainly would have by now.

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  3. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    The idea that content hosts are ethically obligated to host ALL content is so destructive and so pervasive. I'm glad that YouTube is taking a stronger stand here. These people are certainly free...

    The idea that content hosts are ethically obligated to host ALL content is so destructive and so pervasive. I'm glad that YouTube is taking a stronger stand here. These people are certainly free to have communities, but they don't have a right to have one on YouTube specifically.

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  4. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    NB, Canada. My province seems to be doing quite well, relatively speaking. A lot of people are doom-posting on local news articles about how it's only because we have low testing numbers (which I...

    NB, Canada. My province seems to be doing quite well, relatively speaking. A lot of people are doom-posting on local news articles about how it's only because we have low testing numbers (which I concede we do), but I am cautiously heartened by the following things:

    • Despite having to prioritize our limited testing kits for people who are engaged in travel or are close to people who have traveled, we have a low positive test ratio. (Note I said prioritize - it's not a strong limitation. We know there is community transmission and people can get tested now with no travel history, but people who have higher chances are bumped to the front of the line.) The growth of active cases does not seem to be exponential.
    • Hospitals and ICUs locally seem to be holding up, aside from the shortage of PPE. But I think the PPE issue is less one of local demand and more one of harder-hit areas needing the materials more. I think ICU usage is probably the best predictor we have for the number of "true" cases and things seem to be doing OK on that front.
    • The news talks a lot about TP shortages, eggs, bread, etc., but things here are calm and well-stocked. I have yet to not be able to find something I have wanted. I suspect I might not be able to find sewing elastic, but I haven't tried yet.
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  5. Comment on What are some of the "tricks of your trade"? in ~talk

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    My piano teacher taught me this trick ages ago! Sometimes when you're on a part that you're less confident with, a future bar that you have down pat is like an upcoming landing pad.

    My piano teacher taught me this trick ages ago! Sometimes when you're on a part that you're less confident with, a future bar that you have down pat is like an upcoming landing pad.

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  6. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My fiancee's birthday is next week and I'll definitely have to set something like this up! What a nice idea.

    My fiancee's birthday is next week and I'll definitely have to set something like this up! What a nice idea.

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  7. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yeah... for sure it's not enough to live off of in a real catastrophe, but it might help to supplement if we start rationing. Having it in the family is a nice feeling, I have a lot of fond...

    Yeah... for sure it's not enough to live off of in a real catastrophe, but it might help to supplement if we start rationing.

    Having it in the family is a nice feeling, I have a lot of fond childhood memories of gardening with my grandpas on both sides of the family. (Mostly I picked bugs off of plants.) My paternal grandfather had an entire large homestead and he was enormously self-sufficient; his last hunting trip was at age 86 (!) and he lived to be 90. He was even a butcher so he did all the preparation himself. My dad's been working on his own homestead for the last couple years and now I'm getting started too so we're bonding a lot over it.

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  8. Comment on More details emerge on Mario Switch remasters – Sunshine, Galaxy and more to be re-released as special anniversary collection in ~games

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    Most excited about this. I reaaaaally want them to remaster Paper Mario and Paper Mario: TTYD also. Some of my favourite games of all time.

    Also, there's talk of a new Paper Mario, returning to its "RPG-roots".

    Most excited about this. I reaaaaally want them to remaster Paper Mario and Paper Mario: TTYD also. Some of my favourite games of all time.

  9. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm working on starting a "Victory Garden" (AKA my "Anxiety Garden"). Anyone else? I feel like my sense of danger is all out of whack because I had a "bad feeling" about COVID-19 back in mid...

    I'm working on starting a "Victory Garden" (AKA my "Anxiety Garden"). Anyone else?

    I feel like my sense of danger is all out of whack because I had a "bad feeling" about COVID-19 back in mid February, and now I've got kind of a "bad feeling" about food supply chains that I can't shake as a result of that first thing being more-or-less validated.

    I've always wanted to start a vegetable garden anyway, I guess. My thinking is even if there's no interruption I'm learning a valuable skill and engaging in a soothing and productive hobby. I'm planning on:

    • Broccoli
    • Kale
    • Lettuce (a mix)
    • Chives
    • Basil
    • Tomatoes (Roma)
    • Tomatoes (Cherry)
    • Peas
    • Zucchini

    I have no idea what I'm doing so I guess I'll just see what sticks. 😬

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  10. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think the virus can in fact survive on surfaces, but it can't really survive that long outside of a host - in "perfect" conditions, I think the longest was like nine days on non-porous plastic,...

    I think the virus can in fact survive on surfaces, but it can't really survive that long outside of a host - in "perfect" conditions, I think the longest was like nine days on non-porous plastic, but in the real world it's probably much less, more along the lines of ~48h max. Feasibly someone could cough on a product in the store, then you could touch it and then touch your face.

    I give things a little wipe with a Clorox wipe if I use them within a couple days of bringing them home. I also have a little "product quarantine" area for new deliveries. I dunno, it's stressful times, makes me feel better at least.

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  11. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    Por que no los dos? I used to work from home 1-2 days a week, but I've also been unproductive lately - I've had some bad personal stuff happen on top of the virus that is exacerbated greatly by...

    Por que no los dos? I used to work from home 1-2 days a week, but I've also been unproductive lately - I've had some bad personal stuff happen on top of the virus that is exacerbated greatly by being in isolation. I'm trying, but I can only hope people at work will be understanding that it might be a bit before I'm back to even close to normal capacity. I miss office. :(

    Stress-brain doesn't work well in general for long periods of concentration required for programming. I keep walking into rooms and forgetting why I'm there, or drifting off mid-sentence. Earlier today I tried to turn off the bathroom faucet with the light switch. Rough.

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  12. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    No new cases in my province today. We are certainly going to get more, but just one good day feels good.

    No new cases in my province today. We are certainly going to get more, but just one good day feels good.

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  13. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yep. I've become a snack monster, stuck inside all day. Ugh.

    Yep. I've become a snack monster, stuck inside all day. Ugh.

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  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons is very cute, very sweet. Aside from a few minor issues with some UX flow (mostly the crafting menu) I've really been enjoying it. Catch a fish, sit on a stump, toot...

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons is very cute, very sweet. Aside from a few minor issues with some UX flow (mostly the crafting menu) I've really been enjoying it. Catch a fish, sit on a stump, toot on an ocarina with your friends. Just an all-around relaxing time.

    (PS - always on the lookout for good stalk market prices.)

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  15. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 21 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My province declared a state of emergency on the 19th. My grandfather passed away on March 13th and his funeral was on the 19th. I don't know what to say besides I got through it. The social...

    My province declared a state of emergency on the 19th. My grandfather passed away on March 13th and his funeral was on the 19th. I don't know what to say besides I got through it. The social distancing and a capacity limit for safety was so bizarre. At least most of my family took it seriously, a lot of them work in health care. We had signs up for distancing (mostly respected), limited entrances, had sanitizer stations.

    The funeral was live-streamed and I have a recording; I know several other people watched the live stream but the chapel itself was pretty empty. This was a lot harder emotionally that I thought it would be. He was a popular guy, but of course his friends are also old and at risk and some people were self-isolating, so people couldn't come.

    My heart breaks for my grandma. I taught her how to use video calling but the desire to visit her is so strong. She is of course at risk - I am not really religious any more, but I've found myself thinking of her and praying for her safety through this so that once this is all over we can have a big party. :(

    Anyway - I had a bunch of government weed in my house and I absolutely obliterated myself after the funeral and for most of Friday. I have a tendency to stress dream and cannabis helps with that, so I am finally feeling a bit more like a functional person after catching up on sleep.

    I had time planned off for Monday (booked it off months ago) but I am ready to work again, I think. Or I will be. (Thanks Animal Crossing and Scrabble online with friends.) Right now the company I work for is moving like crazy to get people in my province OUT of crowded call centers and working from home using our software instead - these are people who work as tech support for ISPs and carriers and of course the remote communication industry is critical right now for work and for socializing. These tech support people are helping others stay connected; we're trying to help them stay safe.

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  16. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    Thank you for your kind comment and suggestion. I actually work for a competitor to Zoom, although of course everyone should use what suits them best. :) So I am set on that front - my workplace...

    Thank you for your kind comment and suggestion. I actually work for a competitor to Zoom, although of course everyone should use what suits them best. :) So I am set on that front - my workplace has even kindly allowed me to borrow some of our test cameras.

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  17. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    I'll be honest, it's not great. My grandfather passed away on Friday. I have been advised to self-isolate for two weeks and dealing with this without visiting my close and extended family has been...

    I'll be honest, it's not great.

    My grandfather passed away on Friday. I have been advised to self-isolate for two weeks and dealing with this without visiting my close and extended family has been really, really hard. I am working on a solution so that his funeral and services can be live streamed. I am exhausted.

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  18. Comment on Experimental coronavirus vaccine test opens with first doses to four volunteers in ~health.coronavirus

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    Very brave of them to volunteer. I don't think I'd have done it.

    Very brave of them to volunteer. I don't think I'd have done it.

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  19. Comment on Work From Home (WFH) Thread - March 16th, 2020 in ~life

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    Thankfully I actually work for a company that makes software so people can work from home... videoconferencing, telephony, communications, etc. We know what we're doing and have always had a...

    Thankfully I actually work for a company that makes software so people can work from home... videoconferencing, telephony, communications, etc. We know what we're doing and have always had a flexible WFH policy.

    But also I am so tired. We have had to ramp up so much, so fast. I am at least glad that I am helping keep the lights on for everyone else.

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  20. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    We have two confirmed cases in my province, both from travel. School has been cancelled entirely for two weeks, my city has cancelled all gatherings of 150+ people (this does not apply to private...

    We have two confirmed cases in my province, both from travel. School has been cancelled entirely for two weeks, my city has cancelled all gatherings of 150+ people (this does not apply to private businesses, just city events), and my workplace is urging people to work from home. I make software for work-from-mobile solutions, videoconferencing, and telephony, so this has been good for business. I mean, normally more business is good, but that's deeply tempered by, you know, the seriousness of the whole thing.

    I am glad to see a large response intended to prevent spread rather than react to it; the legislators and municipal policymakers obviously understand there are probably some unknown cases out there.

    The public reaction has been exasperating. Hand sanitizer has been sold out for weeks; more recently, the weird TP hoarding started here and stores are cleared out of wipes. I thought to stock up on things weeks ago so I'm good personally but I might offer to go out again just so my relatives don't have to.

    This might not be the right place to share, but my biggest worry throughout this whole thing was for the health of my grandparents - not whether they'd get COVID-19, but whether they would be able to receive care for existing things if the health system were severely overtaxed. However, my grandfather - who had already been in the hospital for an unrelated issue - passed away yesterday morning. Obviously I am sad, but in a way I am relieved that he did not die wanting for care in a system that could not accommodate him. I am also comforted by the fact that there were no restrictions in place on visitation at the time, so he was able to have a lot of family around him for the last couple days. I think restrictions on visitation will be coming soon.

    My mother and my aunt both work in health care (nurse practitioner and infectious disease lab tech) so they are both kind of ... girding themselves. My mother works at a long-term care center that is already being hit by influenza so she's told me she's more worried about that at the moment than she is about COVID-19 in our area, just because it's more immediately present.

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