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  1. Comment on Housing market predictions in ~finance

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    The bank isn’t your financial advisors. Their responsibility is to themselves, to not offer so much money that they’d lose a lot if they had the repo the house. Otherwise, if you want a loan,...

    The bank isn’t your financial advisors. Their responsibility is to themselves, to not offer so much money that they’d lose a lot if they had the repo the house. Otherwise, if you want a loan, they’ll give it to you. What size of loan you can afford is your decision.

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  2. Comment on If you had up to US$250 to get one person into a hobby you're interested in, what would you do to get them started? in ~hobbies

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    IMO I’d swap the v60 for an aeropress. Still plenty of things to fuss about, but you can use any kettle, and it’s more forgiving for beginners. A good grinder you can use practically forever, so...

    IMO I’d swap the v60 for an aeropress. Still plenty of things to fuss about, but you can use any kettle, and it’s more forgiving for beginners. A good grinder you can use practically forever, so it’s a worthwhile first buy. People underestimate how much it matters (second only to the beans themselves).

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Valve's next game may have just leaked / Deadlock appears to be a multiplayer hero shooter that combines elements of Overwatch, Valorant, and Dota 2 in ~games

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    That niche is battle royales. Because of the nature of everyone being against everyone, and the RNG, it makes it not feel as directly stressful as a 5v5 or 1v1 game. That's why Fortnite and PUBG...

    That niche is battle royales. Because of the nature of everyone being against everyone, and the RNG, it makes it not feel as directly stressful as a 5v5 or 1v1 game. That's why Fortnite and PUBG are so big, and still is.

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  4. Comment on Valve's next game may have just leaked / Deadlock appears to be a multiplayer hero shooter that combines elements of Overwatch, Valorant, and Dota 2 in ~games

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    I think it makes it very different, for better or for worse. It makes "strategy" in a macro sense to be much more important than it is a twitch shooter. It would just be Battleborn, but that's a...

    I think it makes it very different, for better or for worse. It makes "strategy" in a macro sense to be much more important than it is a twitch shooter. It would just be Battleborn, but that's a dead game that no one played, so it's not exactly a niche that many people have experienced.

  5. Comment on The Slack controversy has opened a whole new can of worms in ~tech

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    I don’t really care. You can see their page for what models they’re using the data on - it’s search, emoji recommendations and that kind of thing. According to them, user data from a workspace...

    I don’t really care. You can see their page for what models they’re using the data on - it’s search, emoji recommendations and that kind of thing. According to them, user data from a workspace doesn’t leave it.

    Most importantly, though, slack isn’t a consumer company. If you use slack for your group chat, it’s explicitly not what it’s for. Their bread is buttered from B2B.

    You can bully your users with bad data protection when it’s random joes, not when it’s Corporate Amazon. If you fuck up their data, they have the means and the lawyers to find out and sue you to oblivion.

    Slack’s users are possibly the most equipped out of any company to defend themselves.

    I use slack, for work, and whatever happens to that data is not my problem - it’s the people who’s job it is to administrate our slack instance.

    35 votes
  6. Comment on Valve's next game may have just leaked / Deadlock appears to be a multiplayer hero shooter that combines elements of Overwatch, Valorant, and Dota 2 in ~games

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    MOBA shooters has like two games in the genre. Dota and CS microtransactions must dwarf the revenue of any other game they make. I’d imagine they’ll keep trying to expand the casino empire for now.

    MOBA shooters has like two games in the genre.

    Dota and CS microtransactions must dwarf the revenue of any other game they make. I’d imagine they’ll keep trying to expand the casino empire for now.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on French post office releases scratch-and-sniff baguette stamp in ~design

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    "As an example of the nomination" is the best justification for it. Although you usually use a silly example - well, I guess this is one. This is like every culture on Earth. The only thing you...

    "As an example of the nomination" is the best justification for it. Although you usually use a silly example - well, I guess this is one.

    it's the custom of expecting excellent food for some special occasion

    This is like every culture on Earth. The only thing you can quibble about is what the definition of "excellent food".

    While it's debatable that having a formal dinner is uniquely French, they certainly popularized it.

    Bro what

    People had the equivalent of formal dinners since before Charlemagne existed.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on French post office releases scratch-and-sniff baguette stamp in ~design

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    I like how one of them is "Gastronomic meal of the French" https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/gastronomic-meal-of-the-french-00437 ...did the French invent the idea of eating together? Do we really need...

    I like how one of them is "Gastronomic meal of the French"

    https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/gastronomic-meal-of-the-french-00437

    The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups, such as births, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements and reunions. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. Important elements include the careful selection of dishes from a constantly growing repertoire of recipes; the purchase of good, preferably local products whose flavours go well together; the pairing of food with wine; the setting of a beautiful table; and specific actions during consumption, such as smelling and tasting items at the table.

    ...did the French invent the idea of eating together? Do we really need to protect the custom of eating food?

    Why does it sound like something an alien from mars obsessed with french culture would write

    5 votes
  9. Comment on How makers of nonconsensual AI porn make a living on Patreon in ~tech

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    That's not because Patreon has some weird special online privilege. If there was a shop in a market where the owners were secretly selling drugs, the police would take the shop down. The criminal...

    That's not because Patreon has some weird special online privilege. If there was a shop in a market where the owners were secretly selling drugs, the police would take the shop down. The criminal liability lies in the people doing the crime.

    The only difference is that it's actually reasonable for Patreon to independently "take down" the store. Unless the market owners had a private police force, they would defer to the police for that. So in that respect, being online is an advantage in that Patreon is actually responsive.

    This situation is more difficult still because the predatory Patreons are victimizing people in a space that is poorly defined - AI manipulation of sexual representation. There is a likely strong First Amendment (in the US) argument that it could be protected, which must be balanced against rights to privacy and self-identity/bodily autonomy...and all of it online and thus not simply a physical location.

    That has nothing to do with Patreon being an online marketplace. You could easily have a physical location selling AI nudes. I mean, it would be stupid, but it's not the online part that's the difference.

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  10. Comment on How makers of nonconsensual AI porn make a living on Patreon in ~tech

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    There's a lot of analogues in the physical world. Have you never been to a market? Someone owns the actual area, and then independent shops rent out spaces. Unless it's a market that has a...

    There's a lot of analogues in the physical world. Have you never been to a market? Someone owns the actual area, and then independent shops rent out spaces. Unless it's a market that has a specific guarantee, e.g some jade markets require that all shops sell unadulterated or dyed jade, it is what it is. You deal with the shops.

    If I go to a fish market, and I buy Tuna that gives me mercury poisoning, the liability would fall on the person selling me the Tuna.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    No, it does. You're just wrong on that one. It's in fact one, if not the biggest, factors in determining a trademark violation (see: lapp test). There ARE numerous trademarks over the same word or...

    But that's not how it works, try opening a "Coke Automobiles" or "Coke Laptops" and their lawyers will be all over you! Different context doesn't matter here.

    No, it does. You're just wrong on that one. It's in fact one, if not the biggest, factors in determining a trademark violation (see: lapp test).

    There ARE numerous trademarks over the same word or branding that exist at once because they are sufficiently different in market that no one would confuse them given context. If you had a company called, for example, "Coke Industries", which specialized in the production of the hydrocarbon, you would be fine, because no one in the market for sugary water wants to buy distilled coal.

    Here's a concrete, real, and relevant examples:

    Apple, the Steve Jobs one, owns the trademark for "Apple" w.r.g to computers

    The company Apple Records owns the trademark for "Apple" w.r.g to music publishing

    The company VKO Farms owns the trademark to "Apple" w.r.g to "clothing; fashion garments; footwear"

    They all own it collectively because no one mistakes each other depending on the context.

    Context is everything with trademarks.

    24 votes
  12. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about. Words are used in sentences. You have context. If I say, “put the diced apples in the risotto “ no one who’s serious is going to wonder “dicing...

    I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about. Words are used in sentences. You have context.

    If I say, “put the diced apples in the risotto “ no one who’s serious is going to wonder “dicing iPhones? Oh my!”

    What is an actual context in which you would confuse Apple the company with
    apple the fruit that isn’t a standup comedy routine?

    19 votes
  13. Comment on US President Joe Biden raises tariffs on $18 billion of Chinese imports: EVs, solar panels, batteries and more in ~finance

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    Only if the US auto industry uses this opportunity to become competitive. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai etc are going to have to compete with Chinese automakers. They can’t slap on 100% tariffs because...

    Only if the US auto industry uses this opportunity to become competitive. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai etc are going to have to compete with Chinese automakers. They can’t slap on 100% tariffs because they sell in the Chinese market, so they’d get symmetrical tariffs. The US can do this because the US auto industry is already completely outcompeted outside of the US.

    What happens in a decade when Toyota, which has been in brutal competition with BYD or whatever, comes in and severely undercuts Ford and GM? Are we going to tariff Japanese cars too?

    At what point are US consumers stuck with gas guzzling garbage from Ford and GM because they suck ass at making cars but employ sufficient swing voters to get protection?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    Ah, yeah, it's American Samoa that don't have citizenship. Although Guam still doesn't get to participate in federal elections.

    Ah, yeah, it's American Samoa that don't have citizenship. Although Guam still doesn't get to participate in federal elections.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    Sure, but the date and time of the election had been determined decades ago. It was the "default" time. The real concern with the timing of the vote is that there was a lot of political goodwill...

    Sure, but the date and time of the election had been determined decades ago. It was the "default" time. The real concern with the timing of the vote is that there was a lot of political goodwill towards the French government because they did a bunch of stimulus in response to COVID. Which feels like something they should just deal with.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    Well yeah, the independence side "boycotted" the election, which worked out about as well as you'd expect boycotting an election to work. You can't force people to vote.

    Then in 2021? It skyrocketed to 96%.

    Well yeah, the independence side "boycotted" the election, which worked out about as well as you'd expect boycotting an election to work. You can't force people to vote.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    I mean obviously they want to keep trying, but equally something to be reconciled is that a lot of people in New Caledonia want to be part of France, including Kanaks; they get to be French...

    I mean obviously they want to keep trying, but equally something to be reconciled is that a lot of people in New Caledonia want to be part of France, including Kanaks; they get to be French citizens, and that's quite nice. It's not like the US and guam, where you get to be some kind of pseudo citizen. It's particularly strong among the urban youth; there's a lot of economic advantages, not to mention opportunity.

    It's fair to sympathize that the independence movement will be hampered, but it's also important to recognize that they've been artificially boosted by the purposeful disenfranchisement of long-standing residents of New Caledonia, and also that they do not represent the entirety of the Kanak people by a longshot.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    They literally had 3 legally binding referendums and they all resulted in a majority for remaining with France.

    More lately, there has some effort and headway in establishing independence through referendum, but the referendum will definitely fail if France makes this change to the voting laws in New Caledonia.

    They literally had 3 legally binding referendums and they all resulted in a majority for remaining with France.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots in ~news

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    It's not that clear. At the same time, it's somewhat absurd that voting lists have no been updated since 1998. Some people have been there for 35 years and yet are still not eligible to vote. Are...

    It's not that clear. At the same time, it's somewhat absurd that voting lists have no been updated since 1998. Some people have been there for 35 years and yet are still not eligible to vote. Are they going to be disenfranchised forever? As citizens? The law merely updates the voting lists, as they should have been to begin with.

    It's hard to call it some malicious flooding of the voting population when said voting population has been for over two decades already.

    New Caledonia has had 3 independence referendums per the Noumea accord. Independence lost in all three.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on Indiana judge rules tacos, burritos are sandwiches in ~food

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    So if the judge was less white he would prevent taco restaurant from opening in this mall? Not sure that checks out.

    So if the judge was less white he would prevent taco restaurant from opening in this mall?

    Not sure that checks out.

    5 votes