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  1. Comment on Roy Fielding's misappropriated REST dissertation in ~comp

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    This is fascinating. I've really got to read that dissertation.

    This is fascinating. I've really got to read that dissertation.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

  3. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    Damn, new sign-ups to Raddle have been disabled. Any idea why?

    Damn, new sign-ups to Raddle have been disabled. Any idea why?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    This would be a waayyy more effective approach. Lots more effort though.

    use the ban hammer judiciously, and implement solid moderation tools, IMO.

    This would be a waayyy more effective approach. Lots more effort though.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Rasmus Paludan, head of Denmark's far-right Stram Kurs party, has been given a month in jail for a string of offences including racism in ~news

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    You love to see it. Holy hell. 1.8% voted for a party seeking to deport all muslims in the country? I hope that voting group heavily skews toward older Danes.

    You love to see it.

    Stram Kurs won 1.8% ... ran on a platform of banning Islam and deporting all of Denmark's Muslims.

    Holy hell. 1.8% voted for a party seeking to deport all muslims in the country? I hope that voting group heavily skews toward older Danes.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on The second defeat of Bernie Sanders in ~misc

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    Exacerbate which problem? The 'lack of class consciousness of the working class' problem?

    Build an elite left wing political body seems like it would only exacerbate the problem, rather than trying to solve it.

    Exacerbate which problem? The 'lack of class consciousness of the working class' problem?

  7. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    Google appears to have over 90% market share in search. Here's one source. Facebook is their closest competitor, having a large amount of search traffic internal to their social networks, but it's...

    Google appears to have over 90% market share in search. Here's one source. Facebook is their closest competitor, having a large amount of search traffic internal to their social networks, but it's still a very minor player compared to Google.

    If Google isn't a monopoly in search, with 90% market share, then they definitely aren't a monopoly in email (Outlook, Yahoo) or online video (Netflix, Facebook, Twitch).

    4 votes
  8. Comment on 365 Days: The "Polish 50 Shades of Grey" has been a surprise smash on Netflix despite being absolutely terrible in ~movies

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    Their content doesn't have to be good, just good enough to allow viewers to veg-out on the couch. 'Lowest common denominator' content does very well in this format.

    Their content doesn't have to be good, just good enough to allow viewers to veg-out on the couch. 'Lowest common denominator' content does very well in this format.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on The second defeat of Bernie Sanders in ~misc

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    Maybe so, but socialists may just need to complete a replacement at the elite level in order to hugely improve things. It isn't impossible that the top 10% of society become dominantly socialist,...

    I think I'm far more pessimistic than you most days, because I don't see class consciousness bubbling up in the people who most need and benefit from it any time soon.

    Maybe so, but socialists may just need to complete a replacement at the elite level in order to hugely improve things.

    It isn't impossible that the top 10% of society become dominantly socialist, and come to control the elite managerial positions in key institutions. This is a generalisation of a key political strategy of the USA Democratic left, which is seeking to replace comfortable right-wing Democrats with leftists (think AOC and recently Jamaal Bowman).

    Politics is maybe the simplest institution to take over though, as it is the most open to democratic influence, but the mass media industry, the military, and corporate American generally? Those will be tricky.

  10. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    I've worked 5 years as a waiter for events like weddings, and in that situation both seem to me inappropriate. During events you certainly can't "go to another restaurant" (seems unreasonable even...

    I've worked 5 years as a waiter for events like weddings, and in that situation both seem to me inappropriate. During events you certainly can't "go to another restaurant" (seems unreasonable even if you're just out to dinner) and requesting another server can be quite annoying for the event manager.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on The second defeat of Bernie Sanders in ~misc

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    You're completely right, and it is clear I think. He's collapsing the protestors in the streets and the woke-corporate elites together when it suits his point. Douthat chooses to ignore the voices...

    You're completely right, and it is clear I think.

    He's collapsing the protestors in the streets and the woke-corporate elites together when it suits his point. Douthat chooses to ignore the voices and the radicalism of those on the ground so that he can focus on the unseriousness of the elites and dismiss the movement. "Twitter mobs" are more of a concern to Ross, and so he gives a typical conservative warning about cancelling and firings.

    But they aren’t out to dissolve Harvard or break up Google or close The New York Times;

    "they" being whichever part of this diverse movement Douthat wants for his point to land. It's also weird and dumb to suggest that the radicals are out to "dissolve" a prestigious university or "close" a prestigious newspaper. As if that's even remotely possible or useful to a radical left.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Given the right mix of roommates, I think it would be fantastic. I'd be interested in doing it if the opportunity arose, so would be interested in learning about his setup.

    Given the right mix of roommates, I think it would be fantastic. I'd be interested in doing it if the opportunity arose, so would be interested in learning about his setup.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Wow Aaronson loves SSC. Maybe I should look into the blog more. I was initially turned off by the proliferation of horrible right-wingers in the SSC-related subreddits.

    Pseudonymity as a trivial concession to genius

    Wow Aaronson loves SSC. Maybe I should look into the blog more. I was initially turned off by the proliferation of horrible right-wingers in the SSC-related subreddits.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Ahh yeah, Bay Area property market is painful. In my understanding Psychiatrists are very highly paid though, so he could afford to live by himself or with fewer roommates, so it does seem like...

    Ahh yeah, Bay Area property market is painful.

    In my understanding Psychiatrists are very highly paid though, so he could afford to live by himself or with fewer roommates, so it does seem like he's choosing to live closely with a lot of people. What motivates that choice is interesting to me. Polyamory being the motivator would be pretty interesting.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 22 in ~news

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    It's might be dumb, but there was bound to be some collateral damage in this statue sweep, and it's just a statue. It can be put back if need be.

    It's might be dumb, but there was bound to be some collateral damage in this statue sweep, and it's just a statue. It can be put back if need be.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Wait, this guy lives with 10 roommates, and is a Psychiatrist? What the story there? Is he extremely frugal with his housing expenses or is it some kind of mega-mansion?

    Wait, this guy lives with 10 roommates, and is a Psychiatrist? What the story there?

    Is he extremely frugal with his housing expenses or is it some kind of mega-mansion?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Discord: Our stand on racial equality in ~tech

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    Facebook currently employs minimum wage workers to do a lot of their moderating, but I'd attack the problem without just scaling up their numbers. Of course the system can't just brute-force the...

    Facebook currently employs minimum wage workers to do a lot of their moderating, but I'd attack the problem without just scaling up their numbers.

    Of course the system can't just brute-force the moderator-to-user ratio, but so many other options exist and Facebook already uses some of them.

    With $1 Billion a quarter, I'd focus investment on very highly paid employees $150k+/year. I think that kind of human capital investment allocation between low-paid and high-paid is what Facebook actually does, but with far less money and it crucially also hampers its team's ability to do their job by having C-suite Facebookers come in and explicitly allow racism on their platform if it's the speech of the powerful (eg. Trump).

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Discord: Our stand on racial equality in ~tech

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    I can tell the difference most of the time. We still have the 'Pepe the frog' image as a Slack icon at work. In really borderline cases there doesn't need to be a remove/keep dichotomy. In a...

    Meme example: Pepe the frog. No doubt is it used in many vile communities, but I still see it used as a general meme (and it sucks Nazis started appropriating this, as they do with other symbols). A system could potentially pick up on this being "harmful" and thus removing it in instances where it is not.

    I can tell the difference most of the time. We still have the 'Pepe the frog' image as a Slack icon at work. In really borderline cases there doesn't need to be a remove/keep dichotomy. In a sophisticated system multiple avenues of action could be taken in the grey areas.

    The most difficult parts are found in empowering well-paid moderators to take a very strong stance against racism, and have the community accept and participate in the anti-racist system.

    In our current reality, on really big platforms this would really piss off literally millions of racist users, on so Facebook and Discord could lose a shitload of money and open them up to attacks by the authoritarian Right.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader who saw a negative $730,000 balance prompts app to make changes in ~finance

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    Oh nice. I always associated the name just as them being self-aggrandising about their "no-fee trading" feature. Do they actually market their product like this? There's a "get-rich-quick scheme"...

    These were fancy tools that rich people only allowed other rich people to use, a mechanism to widen the gap between the investor class and everyone else. Hence "Robinhood".

    Oh nice. I always associated the name just as them being self-aggrandising about their "no-fee trading" feature. Do they actually market their product like this?

    There's a "get-rich-quick scheme" element in that kind of characterisation of their business, where the "fancy tools" are treated as the key to the riches of the investor class, when in actuality that class's wealth is a product of complex socio-economic and political circumstances.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Discord: Our stand on racial equality in ~tech

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    I've not seen it work in large communities, but I think the techniques that work in smaller communities can easily be scaled up with enough investment in human capital and economic capital. If we...

    I've not seen it work in large communities, but I think the techniques that work in smaller communities can easily be scaled up with enough investment in human capital and economic capital.

    If we cease to accept that solutions avoid significantly hurting profits, then things get a lot easier. Facebook spends $4.015B on R&D in one quarter. Imagine prioritising the removal of racism from the platform such that it got $1,000,000,000 of investment per quarter. Reckon we eventually could get racism off Facebook with that?