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  1. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    The medium is the message indeed. When we are shown a conversation that looks like a tennis match, it's hard to avoid engaging with it as such. That said, I think it's pretty important to separate...

    The medium is the message indeed. When we are shown a conversation that looks like a tennis match, it's hard to avoid engaging with it as such.

    That said, I think it's pretty important to separate conversations about safety from this. When trans issues come up, or other LGBTQ+ issues, or someone brings up some Jewish conspiracy theory or some horrendously racist nonsense, I'm going to get heated, because demonstrating to other readers that such behaviour isn't tolerated by the site in general. Why? Because when I see someone (especially on "no politics" sites like Lobste.rs) say something that is advocating direct harm to me or people I care about, or is reinforcing ideologies that do so (like "Jews control the media" narratives, for instance), I feel unsafe and don't want to spend as much time in that space, and that feeling is lessened a lot if there are others there who have my back.

    When someone expresses a bigoted viewpoint, it's often the case that the person telling them it's bigoted is accused of "bringing politics to the discussion", which makes me wary of the idea of "no politics discussion" rules.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on JPMorgan's Athena has 35 million lines of Python code, and won't be updated to Python 3 in time in ~comp

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    JP Morgan had ten years to mitigate a major, obvious risk and chose not to do so - and, indeed, chose to open this codebase in a language they knew was going to no longer be supported quite soon....

    JP Morgan had ten years to mitigate a major, obvious risk and chose not to do so - and, indeed, chose to open this codebase in a language they knew was going to no longer be supported quite soon. If they would prefer to fund the continued maintenance of Python 2.7, they should do so - otherwise, this is entirely their own fault.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Modern Venezuela shows the eerie conclusion of illiberal politics in ~misc

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    I don't trust someone with so little understanding of Leftism as to call Corbyn "far left" to say pretty much anything about Marxism.

    Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the British Labour Party

    I don't trust someone with so little understanding of Leftism as to call Corbyn "far left" to say pretty much anything about Marxism.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    Perhaps we can agree that it would be better if petty corporate manoeuvring didn't make anyone's life harder?

    Perhaps we can agree that it would be better if petty corporate manoeuvring didn't make anyone's life harder?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Jitsi Meet: Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing in ~tech

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    It works fine for me in Firefox 74.0 on Linux; it gives me the same notification, but everything works fine.

    It works fine for me in Firefox 74.0 on Linux; it gives me the same notification, but everything works fine.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on How trolls on Reddit try to manipulate you (Disinformation and how we beat it) in ~tech

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    Well, sometime last year (Mar 3, 2019) he published a video on multi-domain warfare, discussing cyber domain operations in particular. During the video, there's a moment where the general he's...

    Well, sometime last year (Mar 3, 2019) he published a video on multi-domain warfare, discussing cyber domain operations in particular. During the video, there's a moment where the general he's interviewing says, "Even this video is a weapon." And Dustin goes on a whole monologue based on that, and either doesn't realize or doesn't choose to discuss that the exact tactics he will go on to talk about in the rest of his series on social media manipulation are at play in that very video.

    Since then, he's made about a half and half mix of "regular" SED videos and obvious sponsored content, with the videos featuring other YouTubers or based on specific companies (like ULA) or products doing much better. His production values have improved and his scripts sound different (at least to me). And now he's diving back into obvious propaganda.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on How trolls on Reddit try to manipulate you (Disinformation and how we beat it) in ~tech

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    Ever since his first videos on content manipulation and the infamous selfawarewolf "this video is a weapon" moment, SED has been nothing but propaganda. It's too bad, he was one of the least...

    Ever since his first videos on content manipulation and the infamous selfawarewolf "this video is a weapon" moment, SED has been nothing but propaganda. It's too bad, he was one of the least annoying guntube/engitube hybrid channels.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    Tomb Raider (2013) is a game like this. The way Lara moves and jumps, grabs surfaces, climbs, and slides is beautifully animated and flows really well.

    Tomb Raider (2013) is a game like this. The way Lara moves and jumps, grabs surfaces, climbs, and slides is beautifully animated and flows really well.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on We need a massive surveillance program in ~tech

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    You're absolutely correct. I'm consistently annoyed by the tendency of people on the more authoritarian side of the spectrum to decide that, because they perceive "society" to have made a move in...

    You're absolutely correct. I'm consistently annoyed by the tendency of people on the more authoritarian side of the spectrum to decide that, because they perceive "society" to have made a move in a certain direction, it's acceptable to require literally everyone to move much further in that direction.

    Maybe privacy isn't important for many people. It's very important for those of us who don't want the rising tide of fascism to carry us straight into the grave. I've never mistrusted this nation's government more than I do at this moment, and the idea that, because some people don't care that Google knows where they are, people most vulnerable to state violence should let the state know where they are at all times is shortsighted and repulsive.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Why doctors hate their computers in ~tech

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    I absolutely agree. Such legislation needs to be modified to accommodate the way people most effectively use computers, rather than restrict people to using only the software created by already...

    I absolutely agree. Such legislation needs to be modified to accommodate the way people most effectively use computers, rather than restrict people to using only the software created by already established companies.

    I think it's critical to view such legislation through a historical and political lens. Who wrote it? Who lobbied for it? (Hint: EPIC) Why is it written the way it is?

    Security and privacy are critically important, but a de facto monopoly is not the way to get there.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on We need a massive surveillance program in ~tech

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    I own a smartphone. I take significant precautions regarding my privacy so I can use it without much fear that, for instance, my location is being tracked. It's possible, if not common.

    spend their time outside staring at the phone when their necks bent 90°

    I own a smartphone. I take significant precautions regarding my privacy so I can use it without much fear that, for instance, my location is being tracked. It's possible, if not common.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on We need a massive surveillance program in ~tech

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    Speak for yourself, friend.

    But this proposal doesn’t require us to give up any liberty that we didn't already sacrifice long ago, on the altar of convenience.

    Speak for yourself, friend.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Why doctors hate their computers in ~tech

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    It's very difficult for me to take this article seriously. Nearly ten thousand words on the failings of proprietary software - including such choice sentences as "the computer, by virtue of its...

    It's very difficult for me to take this article seriously. Nearly ten thousand words on the failings of proprietary software - including such choice sentences as "the computer, by virtue of its brittle nature, seems to require that it come first", and calling "the computer" (by which they mean the proprietary software running on it) "disempowering" - without one single mention of free software or open source.

    I work in health tech, and by far the biggest curse on the industry is the fact that everything is so locked down. It's a huge pain to interoperate with Epic because they don't want to interoperate - they want to swallow everything!

    Open software, open protocols, and the option for in-house developers to build bespoke interfaces is the only way to ensure that the process of ossification they speak about (the "Tar Pit") doesn't occur. It's frankly ridiculous that they didn't even mention it.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    In a sense, that's true, but the big players in tech have enough money and development resources that they could easily just create a new desktop platform from whole cloth (which, in fact, we see...

    In a sense, that's true, but the big players in tech have enough money and development resources that they could easily just create a new desktop platform from whole cloth (which, in fact, we see Google doing with Fuscia, though slowly and clumsily, as a way to avoid the responsibilities forced on them by the GPL license of so much software used in Android).

    If Google were to dedicate just a few developers to, say, expanding the cross-platform GUI options available to Go developers (like ui, on which my library libui-rs is based!), things would get better fast, and other language communities could use that progress too.

  15. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    Unfortunately, native toolkits simply haven't kept up with the web platform, and the biggest players in tech like it that way - especially Google.

    Unfortunately, native toolkits simply haven't kept up with the web platform, and the biggest players in tech like it that way - especially Google.

  16. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    No, see, email is an open protocol. Slack is the silo. Come back when you've turned IRC gateways back on, or at least have a client API that others can use without violating your TOS.

    That’s a fundamental shift away from the silos of email

    No, see, email is an open protocol. Slack is the silo. Come back when you've turned IRC gateways back on, or at least have a client API that others can use without violating your TOS.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Happy International Women's Day! in ~talk

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    And @Womensart3, which is a bit more inclusive! Both are great sources for interesting artwork by female artists.

    And @Womensart3, which is a bit more inclusive! Both are great sources for interesting artwork by female artists.

  18. Comment on Smartphones that make good use of physical buttons in ~tech

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    I wouldn't be too depressed. It's a small company but they made a lot of money on the Pro1 and we should see a better model within the next few years. There's no denying that the keyboard is amazing.

    I wouldn't be too depressed. It's a small company but they made a lot of money on the Pro1 and we should see a better model within the next few years. There's no denying that the keyboard is amazing.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Smartphones that make good use of physical buttons in ~tech

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    As a former self-identified f(x)tec shill, be careful with that phone. It is still stuck on Android 9, has a ton of software issues, and has a hard time coaxing a lot of apps into running in...

    As a former self-identified f(x)tec shill, be careful with that phone. It is still stuck on Android 9, has a ton of software issues, and has a hard time coaxing a lot of apps into running in landscape, making the keyboard kinda useless.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Linux is a subpar choice for professional video editing in ~comp

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    Ah, I see. We agree, I just misread your opening sentence.

    Ah, I see. We agree, I just misread your opening sentence.

    2 votes