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  1. Comment on 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5 in ~tech

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    Whatever's the default then the users will do that. If they're forced to do something that's not the default, they will feel like the world is ending.

    Whatever's the default then the users will do that. If they're forced to do something that's not the default, they will feel like the world is ending.

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  2. Comment on Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting in ~tech

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    How does firing a founding member of a company equal to protecting them?

    It's becoming increasingly clear that the "no politics" policy announced by the founders was intended to protect Singer.

    How does firing a founding member of a company equal to protecting them?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting in ~tech

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    What do you mean? Jason Fried was present in that meeting, wasn't he?

    What do you mean? Jason Fried was present in that meeting, wasn't he?

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

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    Played some Trepang2 to let off some steam. Trepang2 is an indie FPS, spiritual successor to F.E.A.R. The developers are still active even if a bit quiet:...

    Played some Trepang2 to let off some steam. Trepang2 is an indie FPS, spiritual successor to F.E.A.R. The developers are still active even if a bit quiet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARO_mlMMItQ

    And then the Elite: Dangerous grind never ends. It almost did when I lost 90M credits on an Anaconda build that I died in twice, killed by NPC pirates that I thought I could take. Ended up with so much debt that I couldn't get the ship back from insurance, so back to -1M credits and Sidewinder. That made me sold my joysticks and do a silly refund demand from Steam (which they obviously denied).

    Bought an Xbox controller to replace the joystick and currently grinding engineers, exploring and road-to-riches moneymaking in an AspX.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    Given how gender is a social construct and as such quite a malleable concept (isn't it?), is there a significant risk that we could be causing gender dysphoria in individuals that would not have...

    Given how gender is a social construct and as such quite a malleable concept (isn't it?), is there a significant risk that we could be causing gender dysphoria in individuals that would not have had it otherwise? Would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    I was not aware of that, and I'm more than a little bit surprised that Guardian would be like that.

    I was not aware of that, and I'm more than a little bit surprised that Guardian would be like that.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    Ok, well, good that it's being studied. I would claim this is an extraordinary claim that would benefit greatly from extraordinary evidence. There seems to be some evidence to the contrary:...

    Ok, well, good that it's being studied. I would claim this is an extraordinary claim that would benefit greatly from extraordinary evidence. There seems to be some evidence to the contrary:

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/07/study-suggests-ioc-adjustment-period-for-trans-women-may-be-too-short

    https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/06/bjsports-2020-102329.full?ijkey=yjlCzZVZFRDZzHz&keytype=ref

    But also some additional studied supporting your point, at least partially:

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-020-01389-3

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Job hunts after a toxic work experience in ~life

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    Cool. And as an answer to you and @mrbig, martial arts came to my mind first, because it's the primary sport I've gone for my whole life. Probably many other sports would work as well. My personal...

    Cool. And as an answer to you and @mrbig, martial arts came to my mind first, because it's the primary sport I've gone for my whole life. Probably many other sports would work as well.

    My personal positive experience with martial arts in relation to abuse was that when I ended up in a situation where I was being (non-physically) abused, some primitive part of my mind could be more relaxed because it could think (perhaps unrealistically, but still) "I could totally take them out if they decide to attack me."

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    I'm probably totally out of the loop, but I'd like to be in the loop. What Jenner says here seems to me like a totally obvious fact: trans women would get significant unfair advantage in certain...

    I'm probably totally out of the loop, but I'd like to be in the loop. What Jenner says here seems to me like a totally obvious fact: trans women would get significant unfair advantage in certain sports.

    So is the catch here that they're justifying all actions against LGBT by this argument, that trans women aren't in reality actually competing in womens' competitions, or what?

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Job hunts after a toxic work experience in ~life

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    The fact that these people have been assholes is not your fault, but you could have and/or cultivate some skills in trying to cope with them. Because I'm afraid you're never going to be able to be...

    I feel, I know I'm going to be met with some sort of comment in my next work place and I no longer want to put myself in those situations anymore. I don't know how I'll react, I feel like I may explode if I hear another ignorant phrase.

    The fact that these people have been assholes is not your fault, but you could have and/or cultivate some skills in trying to cope with them. Because I'm afraid you're never going to be able to be entirely separate from them.

    So, my recommendations, in no order of preference: seeing a psychologist, meditation, martial arts. Again, these are not to suggest that any of the things you've experienced is your fault, just suggesting that there are ways to make yourself stronger against the avalanche of evil that sometimes is humanity.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Newark cops didn't fire a single shot in 2020 in ~life

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    Rather dark detail: few minutes after new year of 2021, they did.

    Rather dark detail: few minutes after new year of 2021, they did.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    Who thinks that "cops should just murder everyone"? That's a very offensive opinion to put into my mouth. I would rather not link to that video or talk about it more, since it's a bit NSFL. But...

    Who thinks that "cops should just murder everyone"? That's a very offensive opinion to put into my mouth.

    I would rather not link to that video or talk about it more, since it's a bit NSFL. But there were other officers on the scene.

    My point was entirely directed against trying to attribute some sinister motive based on the number of shots discharged by the officers, which I believe to be not enough.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Am I Doctor Stallman? in ~life

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    People are usually rewarded for their efforts with money. Some, like Dr. Stallman are primarily rewarded with prestige. So it makes sense he thinks it's important and wants to protect that privilege.

    People are usually rewarded for their efforts with money. Some, like Dr. Stallman are primarily rewarded with prestige. So it makes sense he thinks it's important and wants to protect that privilege.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    This probably does not relate to the case we're talking about here, but as a general point... I think people might overestimate how little a single gunshot wound has guaranteed stopping power....

    It's a hard pill to swallow when there were four gunshots in rapid succession.

    This probably does not relate to the case we're talking about here, but as a general point...

    I think people might overestimate how little a single gunshot wound has guaranteed stopping power. There's a video of a police officer who empties an entire clip into someone walking towards them, apparently hitting the suspect's torso with every shot. The man then proceeds to grapple and take the officer into a control hold, threatening him with a knife.

    If the goal is to stop someone from committing violence in the next few seconds and a handgun is the only tool you have, a single shot is probably not enough.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Apple Event — April 20 in ~tech

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    iMacs used to have a huge benefit compared to macbooks in that their RAM was user-upgradeable with off-the-shelf standard modules. I wonder if that's true anymore. edit It doesn't seem to be true...

    iMacs used to have a huge benefit compared to macbooks in that their RAM was user-upgradeable with off-the-shelf standard modules. I wonder if that's true anymore.

    edit It doesn't seem to be true anymore. And their max configuration has just 16GB. Unless M1 does something magical with its RAM, this thing is worthless to me.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Which is Your Favorite B-Tier Anime? in ~anime

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    Is Vision of Escaflowne too good to qualify?

    Is Vision of Escaflowne too good to qualify?

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  17. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    It kinda does a lot more than just try. That's where most of its value is, in fact.

    One, it tries to solve a social problem (trust) with a technical one (proof of work or proof of stake).

    It kinda does a lot more than just try. That's where most of its value is, in fact.

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

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    Elite: Dangerous, which I almost fed up with in the last week, but then something clicked and I'm managing battles rather well now. I think the knack is avoiding unwinnable fights, which ED has...

    Elite: Dangerous, which I almost fed up with in the last week, but then something clicked and I'm managing battles rather well now. I think the knack is avoiding unwinnable fights, which ED has plenty.

    Now grinding empire ranks in a Python, so that I can move to a Cutter later.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Black Widow - New trailer in ~movies

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    Cool, thanks! I've thought of Tildes as a bit of an elitist place (in a good sense) so it's somehow jarring.

    If you dislike seeing topics about them, you can always filter them out using the topic tag filter.

    Cool, thanks! I've thought of Tildes as a bit of an elitist place (in a good sense) so it's somehow jarring.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Black Widow - New trailer in ~movies

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    Is it just me or does it look like ~movies is all about comic book movies and Star Wars?

    Is it just me or does it look like ~movies is all about comic book movies and Star Wars?

    4 votes