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  1. Comment on A deeper look into how YouTube’s recommendation system works in ~tech

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    its pretty neat. His story is the focus of the first 2/3rds -- then it gets into related stuff. It has a prime Reply-All feel to it.

    its pretty neat. His story is the focus of the first 2/3rds -- then it gets into related stuff. It has a prime Reply-All feel to it.

  2. Comment on A deeper look into how YouTube’s recommendation system works in ~tech

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    soemwhat related, The NYT has a podcast called Rabbit hole where they tracked a guy's journey in and out of QAnon via his youtube history and speaks to the echo chambers that recommendations can...

    soemwhat related, The NYT has a podcast called Rabbit hole where they tracked a guy's journey in and out of QAnon via his youtube history and speaks to the echo chambers that recommendations can create.

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  3. Comment on Please stop closing forums and moving people to Discord in ~tech

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    One thing I really hate about Discord is how every 'server' has a hundred channels that never / rarely get used. Even the most active servers I'm in aren't even that active, despite having...

    One thing I really hate about Discord is how every 'server' has a hundred channels that never / rarely get used. Even the most active servers I'm in aren't even that active, despite having hundreds or thousands of members. Then again, I'm in the 'irc or die' camp and still don't see the benefit of using discord outside of team gaming (e.g. in place of teamspeak etc.)

    Moving a forum to a chat seems like a step backward.

    Reddit is nice for what it is, but I really miss the old Yahoo groups and similar sites. There really is a need for something like this, even though its a niche.

    ... then again, I'm also looking into running Leafnode or another NNTP server, so I might just be too old.

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  4. Comment on Why Monero in ~tech

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    This could not be more true. I'm trying to send some BTC to someone, but now I'm required to jump through hoops to identify myself. It seems like the process takes a week or so. All this to send...

    none of them have become remotely cashlike in simplicity

    This could not be more true. I'm trying to send some BTC to someone, but now I'm required to jump through hoops to identify myself. It seems like the process takes a week or so. All this to send $10.

    I received a bunch of Stellar Lumens from that keybase drop a few years ago. I was going to cash out when it was up, but again -- the hoops. I hate it.

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  5. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I finished reading Pride and Prejudice a few days ago and decided to tuck into the 1995 mini-series. I enjoyed the book, but I really enjoyed the miniseries. I'm giving Only Murders in the...

    I finished reading Pride and Prejudice a few days ago and decided to tuck into the 1995 mini-series. I enjoyed the book, but I really enjoyed the miniseries.

    I'm giving Only Murders in the Building one more week to get its shit together. It's too over-the-top in the cheapest ways. I like Steve Martin and I like Martin Short, but I don't think I like them together. It always results in Short showboating around etc etc.

    Jeopardy is back on Wednesday and my favorite not-Jeopardy game show, The Hustler is back on Thursday.

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  6. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    It has been a long time, but I finally got all of the pieces to compile a complete HD copy of The Mystery of Chessboxing. The initial 1080p rip was pulled from a limited online screening last...

    It has been a long time, but I finally got all of the pieces to compile a complete HD copy of The Mystery of Chessboxing.

    The initial 1080p rip was pulled from a limited online screening last year. There were two tracks --- the original chinese audio and an english track that had the RZA and another guy.. but no pure english track.

    After some chance digging, I found a good english rip (720p) that I could pull the audio from for my main copy.

    Long story short, I am over the moon with this copy.

    That being said, its missing some frames and has some weird cuts, but its the best we have. So far as I know there's only one or two surviving reels and one of the owners refuses to share.

    If you're into the Wu-Tang Clan, a lot of samples from the earlier records come from this, including Ghostface Killah's name.

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  7. Comment on Supreme Court upholds new Texas abortion law, for now in ~news

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    the founder of Epik is named Rob Monster --- which is fitting.

    the founder of Epik is named Rob Monster --- which is fitting.

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  8. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    I feel similar when I use an Android phone. We always get used to our OS of choice's quirks. When I first moved from Android (Cyanogen back then) to iOS, I was in a state of perpetual frustration....

    I feel similar when I use an Android phone. We always get used to our OS of choice's quirks. When I first moved from Android (Cyanogen back then) to iOS, I was in a state of perpetual frustration.

    I recently got a 12 mini. While I really like it, there's no jailbreak available and I'm missing some basics that I became used to -- like custom status bars, custom icons (without using Shortcuts as a hack), and some aesthetic changes like removing large titles, grouping apps, system apps and tweak, settings into separate areas... minor things, but they do make everything more logical.

    Anyway, I feel your pain. It won't take long before you're used to the quirks, though. I'm still not used to not having a button for home. Only today did I finally figure out how to consistently bring up the app switcher :)

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    for upnp, try the foobar2000 app. Its ugly as sin, but it will play anything you want including upnp and has some basic DSP.

    for upnp, try the foobar2000 app. Its ugly as sin, but it will play anything you want including upnp and has some basic DSP.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The cool thing about The Wire is that you'll notice new stuff every time you watch. Its so rich in detail. I've watched around seven or eight times now, and my favorite season seems to change each...

    The cool thing about The Wire is that you'll notice new stuff every time you watch. Its so rich in detail. I've watched around seven or eight times now, and my favorite season seems to change each time.

    Show me a Hero and The Deuce are definitely worth a watch. I'll check out Rectify. I had it when it came out, but never got around to watching :)

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  11. Comment on C'mon C'mon | Official trailer in ~movies

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    ha. okay -- you and @cloud_loud win. They still have a pretty good record, all things considered. :) Swiss Army Man was alright. It came together nice-enough in the end. I probably won't ever...

    ha. okay -- you and @cloud_loud win. They still have a pretty good record, all things considered. :)

    Swiss Army Man was alright. It came together nice-enough in the end. I probably won't ever rewatch it, though.

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  12. Comment on C'mon C'mon | Official trailer in ~movies

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    A24 is remarkable. Have they had any stinkers? They rarely have episodes, but their podcast is also great.

    A24 is remarkable. Have they had any stinkers?

    They rarely have episodes, but their podcast is also great.

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  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Wu-Tang: An American Saga is back for its second season and its even better than the first. Even if you barely know the Wu-Tang Clan, I think this series will be really enjoyable. Only Murders in...

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga is back for its second season and its even better than the first. Even if you barely know the Wu-Tang Clan, I think this series will be really enjoyable.

    Only Murders in the Building started up. It stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. The series is okay, but it really feels like its unsuccessfully ripping Jonathan Ames' Bored to Death. I'll stick with it, but there's something about Steve Martin that just isn't ever convincing.

    I really enjoy Steve Martin's writing, but he was so unfit for Shopgirl. Maybe I struggle with not seeing him with an arrow through his head... who knows. I just don't think he works for these roles as much as he thinks he does. Its like he's trying to have that mild sadness that Bill Murray masters in Lost in Translation.

    American Crime Story: Impeachment started last night and I think, like the other ACS series, it'll be excellent. It'll be tough to top The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but there's little holding them back. Sarah Paulson really shines as a character actress and doesn't get enough praise, even though she gets a lot.

    Lastly, I'm finishing up Pride and Prejudice tomorrow or the next day and will watch the 1995 series... this has been a cultural blindspot for me. I'm still not certain I *get it*, to be honest.

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  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    This is a killer list! Detectorists was so wholesome and balanced. On paper it sounds like an awful idea for a series, but in execution its beautiful. Forbrydelsen is pretty good. They remade it...

    This is a killer list! Detectorists was so wholesome and balanced. On paper it sounds like an awful idea for a series, but in execution its beautiful.

    Forbrydelsen is pretty good. They remade it as The Killing, which was pretty good, but strays. Joel Kinnaman really shines.

    The Wire is excellent -- and if you like that, check out David Simon's other projects -- Generation Kill, Treme, Show Me a Hero, The Deuce, his adaptation of The Plot Against America, and also his book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which was the source for Homocide: Life on the Street, which brought us Detective John Munch and launched his career in television.

    Even if you don't do the other series, the novel is worth a read. Simon brought in a an unbelievable set of real police, writers like Ed Burns, Dennis Lahane (Cry Baby Cry, Shutter Island), Eric Overmyer (Homicide, Bosch, Law and Order), Richard Price (Clockers, The Color of Money), William F. Zorzi (political journalist for Baltimore), and so much more.

    I love The Wire so much. I'm always harping on people going through the commentary tracks. They're all excellent in their own way.

    Wayne and Banshee were both awesome. You might also like Quarry, based on the Max Allan Collins series of the same name.

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  15. Comment on Michael K. Williams found dead in apartment in ~tv

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    The Wire is perfect. If you're realllly into it, definitely get your hands on the commentary tracks. The tone of the tracks is all over the place, from almost clinical to comedic to absolutely...

    The Wire is perfect. If you're realllly into it, definitely get your hands on the commentary tracks. The tone of the tracks is all over the place, from almost clinical to comedic to absolutely heartbreaking in one instance*.

    If you acquire the DVDs and rip them from there and decide to mux them in with the new transfers, there's a -2000ms delay, I believe.

    List of episodes with commentary
    Episode Commentators
    S01E01: The Target David Simon
    S01E02: The Detail Clark Johnson
    S01E12: Cleaning Up David Simon, George Pelecanos
    S02E06: All Prologue Dominic West, Michael K. Williams
    S02E12: Port in a Storm Karen L. Thorson, Thom Zimny*
    S03E01: Time After Time David Simon, Nina K. Noble
    S03E02: All Due Respect Richard Price
    S03E03: Dead Soldiers David Simon
    S03E11: Middle Ground George Pelecanos, Joe Chappelle
    S03E12: Mission Accomplished David Simon, Karen L. Thorson
    S04E01: Boys of Summer David Simon, Ed Burns
    S04E04: Refugees Jim True-Frost, Karen L. Thorson, Kate Sanford
    S04E06: Margin of Error Dan Attias, William F. Zorzi
    S04E11: A New Day Robert Chew, Julito McCullum, Jermaine Crawford, Maestro Harrell, Tristan Wilds
    S04E12: That's Got His Own Joe Chappelle, George Pelecanos
    S04E13: Final Grades David Simon, Nina K. Noble
    S05E01: More With Less Joe Chappelle, Wendell Pierce
    S05E02: Unconfirmed Reports William F. Zorzi, Clark Johnson
    S05E04: Transitions Ed Burns, Karen L. Thorson
    S05E06: The Dickensian Aspect George Pelecanos, Seith Mann
    S05E07: Took Dominic West, Kate Sanford
    S05E10: -30- David Simon, Nina K. Noble
    5 votes
  16. Comment on Michael K. Williams found dead in apartment in ~tv

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    this is so sad. He had a history of substance abuse and it seemed like he got his act together for a while. A shame to lose such a great actor who elevated everything he was in.

    this is so sad. He had a history of substance abuse and it seemed like he got his act together for a while. A shame to lose such a great actor who elevated everything he was in.

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  17. Comment on The clickbaitification of Netflix in ~movies

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    oh nice. That'd be handy. Right now I have all of those elements blocked with uBlock Origin. I'd bet money that my recommendations are going to be directly related to David Lynch's daily number...

    oh nice. That'd be handy. Right now I have all of those elements blocked with uBlock Origin. I'd bet money that my recommendations are going to be directly related to David Lynch's daily number drawing and Star Trek Intakes :)

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  18. Comment on The clickbaitification of Netflix in ~movies

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    I'd looooove to get a clean start with youtube. The trouble with IRC is that you end up watching braiding machine videos for a night and it doesn't play well with the other rabbit holes others...

    I'd looooove to get a clean start with youtube. The trouble with IRC is that you end up watching braiding machine videos for a night and it doesn't play well with the other rabbit holes others have lured you into.

    I'd love to have a button for 'add this to my recommendations set'

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  19. Comment on The clickbaitification of Netflix in ~movies

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    well, you can create and burn profiles as much as you want. Make a new one every few days if you want to :) It's nice to go into these services clean. I'm thinking about doing the same with a...

    well, you can create and burn profiles as much as you want. Make a new one every few days if you want to :)

    It's nice to go into these services clean. I'm thinking about doing the same with a Spotify family account. Have one main account that is mostly indie stuff, then sub accounts for hip hop, jazz, and vaporwave. As it sits, the recommendations are all over the board and not very good.

    It'd be nice if these services offered a quick 'start over' button, but ditching profiles seems to be the most effective route.

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