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  1. Comment on The slanted text in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s logo, and its break from the traditional red, white and blue color palette, has formed a new graphical language for progressivism in ~design

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    Her design was so good even Star Wars stole it for the release of Empire Strikes Back

    Her design was so good even Star Wars stole it for the release of Empire Strikes Back

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  2. Comment on You got a one way ticket to 200 years into the future. Do you go? in ~talk

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    I'd be worried this would be some monkey's paw bullshit and the orbit of earth puts it on the other side of the sun 200 years from now.

    I'd be worried this would be some monkey's paw bullshit and the orbit of earth puts it on the other side of the sun 200 years from now.

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  3. Comment on Discord celebrates six years, changes logo and font in ~tech

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    Maybe they should try and get bought out by Disney, and over time people will forget it's even a word and just think it's pronounced Diz-cord.

    Maybe they should try and get bought out by Disney, and over time people will forget it's even a word and just think it's pronounced Diz-cord.

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  4. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I'm not one of those, but I have a hard time giving it it's due because it's mixing philosophical arguments with scientific theories. The argument relies on statements of fact from some of the...

    Atheist rhetoricians who aren't educated in philosophy rarely give the argument it's proper due.

    I'm not one of those, but I have a hard time giving it it's due because it's mixing philosophical arguments with scientific theories. The argument relies on statements of fact from some of the leading theories we have, but then uses them as the basis for strict logical arguments. It would be like saying "if gravity exists such has been proven by scientist A, and galaxies are spinning faster than they should as per scientist B, then God must be pedalling faster and causing the galaxies to spin beyond what science can explain".

    I'm not a philosopher, I'm not a scientist, so I'm not going to be able to argue this to the degree I'd like to, but all his arguments and rhetoric just seem like slight of hand to me, like those proofs that show 1=2 by using bad maths that the layman won't catch, that take a serious mathematician time to disect and analyse to find where the proof took a misstep.

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  5. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    I don't think TT is making an argument that must be addressed so much as responding to the question of "why we cannot all just get along" asked by mrbig. I'll paraphrase partly as I understand...

    I don't think TT is making an argument that must be addressed so much as responding to the question of "why we cannot all just get along" asked by mrbig. I'll paraphrase partly as I understand TT's response and partly from my own opinion as an atheist, but I don't disagree that the thing before the beginning of time could be the Christian God, but using the fact that no one knows what is before the beginning of time to justify your own personal religious crusades is morally and logically incoherent.

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  6. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    100%. Just a little consistency between sub commands that do the same thing across similar main commands would be a start.

    100%. Just a little consistency between sub commands that do the same thing across similar main commands would be a start.

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  7. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Git. I came from a much simpler version control system. Git still bugs me that it has inconsistent commands and flags, but I can't deny how powerful it is and how good it is at what it does well.

    Git. I came from a much simpler version control system. Git still bugs me that it has inconsistent commands and flags, but I can't deny how powerful it is and how good it is at what it does well.

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  8. Comment on Beyond Calibri: Finding Microsoft’s next default font in ~design

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    The last era of fonts that included Calibri had an updated serif font called Cambria. Was that any good to a serif enthusiast?

    The last era of fonts that included Calibri had an updated serif font called Cambria. Was that any good to a serif enthusiast?

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  9. Comment on Cambodia condemns Vice for edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims smiling in ~humanities

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    I didn't mean he was using specialised AI, but some sort of off-the-shelf old timey photo retoucher. Not that I'm aware of any such program existing.

    I didn't mean he was using specialised AI, but some sort of off-the-shelf old timey photo retoucher. Not that I'm aware of any such program existing.

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  10. Comment on Cambodia condemns Vice for edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims smiling in ~humanities

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    An alternative story is that he did this work for families, some of whom wanted the pictures altered to have their family member smiling...

    An alternative story is that he did this work for families, some of whom wanted the pictures altered to have their family member smiling https://twitter.com/AlMcCready1/status/1381466042736672770?s=20

    I'll shut up speculating and wait for real information to come out.

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  11. Comment on Cambodia condemns Vice for edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims smiling in ~humanities

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    I wonder if he's using AI and would rather pretend it didn't happen and weather the outrage than admit he can't actually do the work he claims he can as an artist.

    I wonder if he's using AI and would rather pretend it didn't happen and weather the outrage than admit he can't actually do the work he claims he can as an artist.

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  12. Comment on Arkansas Governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth in ~lgbt

  13. Comment on Arkansas Governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth in ~lgbt

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    It's refreshing to see a Republican speaking out against the traditional talking points. This was always the correct answer, this is tough stuff for parents and kids to work through and...

    It's refreshing to see a Republican speaking out against the traditional talking points.

    He told reporters that it would set "new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people."

    This was always the correct answer, this is tough stuff for parents and kids to work through and legislating against people living it is some Dick Dastardly shit. And come off it with the name of the bill. I mean you could give them the benifit of the doubt that they're trying to protect children but calling it "experimentation" just highlights how little they respect the kids, parents, and doctors involved.

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  14. Comment on Hear me out: Why Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn't a bad movie in ~movies

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    Maybe Disney can milk the franchise further and give both directors a chance to re-do the other's film. So Rian can redo the Rise of Skywalker and JJ can redo The Last Jedi and we can subscribe to...

    Maybe Disney can milk the franchise further and give both directors a chance to re-do the other's film. So Rian can redo the Rise of Skywalker and JJ can redo The Last Jedi and we can subscribe to Disney+ to vote on who made the best trilogy.

    I'm not making this better am I?

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  15. Comment on Why I am obsessed with the forbidden Seuss in ~books

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    Also, the Chicago library is only doing so temporarily until it figures out it's response. As for eBay, the article is paywalled for me, but I wonder how much of the ban is just driven by eBay...

    Also, the Chicago library is only doing so temporarily until it figures out it's response.

    As for eBay, the article is paywalled for me, but I wonder how much of the ban is just driven by eBay looking out for its customers to not get ripped off, as the news of the "ban" causes heaps of copies to go on sale at hugely inflated prices? Like they did with the PS5 earlier.

    Not defending the company, just trying to work out if there are other motivations than some conspiracy to ban the book.

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  16. Comment on The significance of sex — can it be recovered through consent alone? in ~life

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    I'd feel really upset and violated if I'd said no to a water balloon fight, only for my friend to shove his penis down my throat. What about this other thought experiment: your friend and you...

    I'd feel really upset and violated if I'd said no to a water balloon fight, only for my friend to shove his penis down my throat.

    What about this other thought experiment: your friend and you occasionally spar, using safety equipment to ensure your punches never cause serious injury. One day he wants to fight, gloves off, no holds barred. You say no, that's not your idea of a good time, but he's insistent. You manage to avoid it until he haymakers you out of the blue.

    But what's the harm? It was previously just recreation, how can you expect your friend to accept no to an escalation. Also because sparring was recreation with you, he should be able to spar with anyone he wants, what's the harm?

    What a feckless argument.

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  17. Comment on Indoctrination by Fisher Price in ~life

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    As an office worker who spends an inordinate amount of my job asking other people politely to do their job and not a lot else, I understand the existential horror this might evoke at the thought...

    As an office worker who spends an inordinate amount of my job asking other people politely to do their job and not a lot else, I understand the existential horror this might evoke at the thought of giving this to a child. However after a year of Covid and working from home, kids have seen this live on their kitchen tables and finally have some tangible props to understand what their parents do every day (even though a lot of their parents might not know what they do). I wouldn't have sought this out for my kids out of the blue when they were that age, but if they'd seen me clacking away on a laptop with my headset on and showed interest in participating I might have bought something like this.

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  18. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Thank you for clarifying that.

    Thank you for clarifying that.

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  19. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I don't use those features myself so if there's ways to create bubbles already then I can see why my comment is confusing. I was replying to this part of Deimos' comment And I can see he didn't...

    I don't use those features myself so if there's ways to create bubbles already then I can see why my comment is confusing.

    I was replying to this part of Deimos' comment

    The site's current structure does not make it possible for any kind of sub-communities to form or exist on any level of separation from "all Tildes users". All topics are basically placed in front of all users, which means there's no practical ability to have any space or discussions that won't end up dominated by "the general population".

    And I can see he didn't mean an algorithmic filter as such, but a way to take a discussion to another seperate space, which I'm on board with now I re-read it.

    I guess I'm just wary of a mechanism that will let people block out stuff that disagrees with their own biases. But I also acknowledge that there's very little practical difference between avoiding content because it's genuinely hurtful and avoiding it because it causes cognitive dissonance and trying to draw a distinction would be almost impossible.

    So yeah, don't listen to me.

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  20. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Without knowing what you have planned, and with the knowledge that you've spent hours thinking about this where most of us haven't, I can't help but worry about the idea of "splitting" the...

    Without knowing what you have planned, and with the knowledge that you've spent hours thinking about this where most of us haven't, I can't help but worry about the idea of "splitting" the community. It seems like a logical next step, but how much have we learned about the harm of filter bubbles over the last 5 years? Letting people filter out some topics, and actively promoting other content gives users the illusion they're the majority opinion on the site rather than one in many in a small bubble. Honestly the Tildes community is the least toxic one I've found and think whatever you've been doing has been pretty great. Which doesn't mean I don't think there's room to improve things.

    Disclaimer: I'm a well off white man in a wealthy country, so there's a lot more toxicity I'm going to gloss over unintentionally.

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