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  1. Comment on Louisville grand jury indicts one of three officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting in ~news

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    Sure, at least it can be agreed that they were trying to stop the shooter at that point.

    Sure, at least it can be agreed that they were trying to stop the shooter at that point.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Louisville grand jury indicts one of three officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting in ~news

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    20 rounds from 3 officers is not a lot.

    20 rounds from 3 officers is not a lot.

  3. Comment on Louisville grand jury indicts one of three officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting in ~news

  4. Comment on Louisville grand jury indicts one of three officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting in ~news

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    If we look at root causes, this seems more like a drug war casualty than a police brutality one. The origin of the drug war of course is deeply racist, so there's that.

    If we look at root causes, this seems more like a drug war casualty than a police brutality one. The origin of the drug war of course is deeply racist, so there's that.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    Seems like there's a disconnect here on Tildes between people who think that chat is a synchronous tool and people who think it's asynchronous. IT people tend to think like the latter because we...

    Seems like there's a disconnect here on Tildes between people who think that chat is a synchronous tool and people who think it's asynchronous. IT people tend to think like the latter because we sometimes have way more experience with it (via IRC and generally from socializing via computers more than in real life), and because our day-to-day job just works so much better when we're allowed to keep it async.

    One of the problems is this. Say we get these messages from two different people we don't know personally:

    • hi, how are you?
    • hi, how are you? I have a problem with Z, I need it to do X instead of Y. Can you help?

    We are immediately able to triage the second message into a proper place -- we can have a rough estimate in our heads about how much work this will take and how much benefit it will generate overall, and how critical or urgent this is. For the first message, none of that fast analysis can happen.

    Which is why if we're stressed, low on energy and other resources, it will just be massively better for us (and ultimately everyone else except the person behind the first message) to completely ignore the first message. And possibly spend some time writing an internal document on how to behave in chat so that people will get better service from us in the future.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Digital Socialism by Evgeny Morozov in ~finance

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    Thanks, I'll put it in my queue.

    Thanks, I'll put it in my queue.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation? in ~games

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    I'm somewhat interested in the easiness of a console, but for now, I'm in the PC world. Perhaps some day.

    I'm somewhat interested in the easiness of a console, but for now, I'm in the PC world. Perhaps some day.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I played the Trepang2 demo. I never played F.E.A.R., but this apparently is a spiritual successor. Fun, fast, loud action. Can recommend if you're just looking for FPS action and nothing else....

    I played the Trepang2 demo. I never played F.E.A.R., but this apparently is a spiritual successor. Fun, fast, loud action. Can recommend if you're just looking for FPS action and nothing else.

    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, currently at New Orleans. I wasn't expecting much, but got positively surprised by the story and the characters, and alternative WW2 histories are always interesting. The action is of course so and so.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Digital Socialism by Evgeny Morozov in ~finance

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    That kinda sounds like market economics but with extra steps and extra (probably fallible, possibly evil) people pulling the shots.

    Once you have that data, central planning decisions can be made (by humans!) based upon the market demand for goods produced.
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    The system I saw described in Toward A New Socialism was a proposal of the opposite: Planners set input quotas, ala a budget (You are allocated X labor) and the output prices are determined by market demands. The planning is then done by trying to normalize prices, by decreasing budgets for the following cycle to lower production and increasing budgets to stimulate it.

    That kinda sounds like market economics but with extra steps and extra (probably fallible, possibly evil) people pulling the shots.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Digital Socialism by Evgeny Morozov in ~finance

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    As a software expert I'm slightly terrified about the concept of running entire nations on software. Holodomor was a joyride in comparison to what kind of systematic failures our field can enable....

    As a software expert I'm slightly terrified about the concept of running entire nations on software. Holodomor was a joyride in comparison to what kind of systematic failures our field can enable.

    https://xkcd.com/2030/

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Donald Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris in ~news

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    Supporter: "haha, south park reference"

    Supporter: "haha, south park reference"

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Donald Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris in ~news

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    Is apologizing actually the worst thing one can do in the current zeitgeist? Trump never does that, and it seems to be at least one source of his teflon. Does this strategy require some sort of...

    Is apologizing actually the worst thing one can do in the current zeitgeist? Trump never does that, and it seems to be at least one source of his teflon. Does this strategy require some sort of existing public persona to work?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    The latest Ubuntu (version 20, which is also long-term supported) is pretty damned userfriendly though. The progress they made with Gnome since they dropped Unity has been quite awesome. Just...

    The latest Ubuntu (version 20, which is also long-term supported) is pretty damned userfriendly though. The progress they made with Gnome since they dropped Unity has been quite awesome. Just saying that if you haven't tried it oit in a while, there might be some surprised there.

    As an added bonus, the linux eliterati (if there's such a thing) seem to despise it.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1% - The median worker should be making as much as $102,000 annually—if some $2.5 trillion wasn’t being “reverse distributed” every year in ~finance

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    Somewhat sadly, the only people who would be sane enough to target the correct people are those who are sane enough to never do it. And I suppose the "correct people" (whoever that even is) are...

    Somewhat sadly, the only people who would be sane enough to target the correct people are those who are sane enough to never do it.

    And I suppose the "correct people" (whoever that even is) are about as untouchable as anyone can be.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Has anyone in an online discussion/argument ever actually changed your opinion about something? in ~talk

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    This happens to me all the time. I'm certainly swayed by good data (that I'm able to verify), skillful language and politeness. I'm not sure if there's any position that I could reliably stick to...

    This happens to me all the time. I'm certainly swayed by good data (that I'm able to verify), skillful language and politeness. I'm not sure if there's any position that I could reliably stick to if somebody would attack me using these weapons.

    In my twenties, somebody recommended that I read Ayn Rand. So I read just about all her works, beginning with Atlas Shrugged. I got quite convinced about objectivism. In retrospect, it probably didn't contain any of the three values I mentioned above, but I was a different person. I grew out of it -- even though I still respect some parts of it -- and this becoming better definitely was partly because I got to discuss it with people (heavily left-leaning, I think) who talked to me instead of bashing.

    Incidentally, this is why I find it hard to take many forms of modern activism seriously. It often lacks all those three points. The people who hang out in Tildes seem to be better at this.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on JK Rowling’s latest book is about a murderous cis man who dresses as a woman to kill his victims in ~lgbt

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    Could it be that she's deliberately writing these books as a middle finger to her detractors? The whole issue has been overblown quite a lot in social media, supposedly due to her huge popularity.

    Could it be that she's deliberately writing these books as a middle finger to her detractors? The whole issue has been overblown quite a lot in social media, supposedly due to her huge popularity.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Dune - Official trailer in ~movies

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    This did not spark anything in me. It looked like any other bland modern sci-fi film. Judging by this, it will feature action and eyecandy, not much soul. Slightly irritating that they cowered...

    This did not spark anything in me. It looked like any other bland modern sci-fi film. Judging by this, it will feature action and eyecandy, not much soul. Slightly irritating that they cowered away from the word "jihad". I hope they didn't otherwise mangle the Fremen.

    The books (especially the first one) are great, though. Everyone needs to read the first one at least.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    I sometimes fire up a C64 emulator to play International Karate (1986). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd7NO-bAUmY Another great one is Master of Magic from 1994. I find it so weird that in this...

    I sometimes fire up a C64 emulator to play International Karate (1986). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd7NO-bAUmY

    Another great one is Master of Magic from 1994. I find it so weird that in this age of remakes, nobody has done this one. There are plenty of attempts, but they all fail because they think this game needs more things in the game mechanics side and prettier graphics. Nope, it's perfect.

    5 votes