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  1. Comment on What is some noteworthy music that is quarantine/COVID-specific? in ~music

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    Hah, and your link doesn't work for me. Can someone explain the point of YouTube region locking to me? It just seems incredibly frustrating without actually providing any benefit to copyright holders.

    Hah, and your link doesn't work for me.

    Can someone explain the point of YouTube region locking to me? It just seems incredibly frustrating without actually providing any benefit to copyright holders.

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  2. Comment on What is some noteworthy music that is quarantine/COVID-specific? in ~music

  3. Comment on Just give poor people money in ~finance

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    My favourite charity, GiveDirectly operate in exactly this way: They have some studies linked on their website as well about the efficacy of direct cash transfers and how they try to evaluate how...

    My favourite charity, GiveDirectly operate in exactly this way:

    GiveDirectly is the leading global NGO specialized in delivering digital cash transfers. We’ve worked in challenging contexts across 8 countries, from Houston after Harvey to the most remote parts of Uganda, and launched 13 experimental evaluations (RCTs) with independent researchers documenting the impacts on recipients and on the local economy.

    They have some studies linked on their website as well about the efficacy of direct cash transfers and how they try to evaluate how recipients are using the money in unbiased ways, really interesting stuff.

    One thing I find interesting is some recipients use the money to expand their businesses, so although the programme isn't directly about social enterprise itself, because it is such a flexible approach for recipients, it does end up yielding some of the same benefits of social enterprise investment.

    I'd like to see similar charities -- or maybe just GiveDirectly -- expanding to Western countries as well. In the UK we have food banks and a lot of people struggling to make ends meet and I wonder if the same model would be effective here.

    EDIT: Looks like GD do have a few US programmes, I thought they were mostly based in Africa. Good stuff :)

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  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Nah I am just a lazy bastard who hates exercise, I haven't found anything yet which I actually enjoy for itself or for the effects (why would I want to feel out of breath? :P ). For some reason,...

    Nah I am just a lazy bastard who hates exercise, I haven't found anything yet which I actually enjoy for itself or for the effects (why would I want to feel out of breath? :P ). For some reason, rowing just doesn't invoke that immediate 'disgust reaction' that I get if I think about running for example, but I don't know why. I decided instead of trying to figure it out to just embrace it and get on with rowing: I care about the long-term effects of regular exercise, so if for some unknown reason rowing is 'the exercise for me' then let's just go for it. :)

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  5. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I bought a rowing machine, I think I've had it for a week or so at this point. I remember in high school I used to enjoy going on the machines, whereas every other form of exercise I just think...

    I bought a rowing machine, I think I've had it for a week or so at this point. I remember in high school I used to enjoy going on the machines, whereas every other form of exercise I just think "god that will be awful", so I'm really glad I've found something that I don't immediately hate. Plus it's a great form of exercise, being full body, low impact, and high MET (at higher stroke rates). My plan is to row 5 days on 2 days off, and I'm trying to build up to 5km sessions. Today I did 1.5km so I have a while to go :P

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  6. Comment on Post-politics and the future of the left (2015) in ~humanities

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    Yeah I've seen a few of Adam Curtis' documentaries. My favourite is All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgADKpMStts

    Yeah I've seen a few of Adam Curtis' documentaries. My favourite is All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgADKpMStts

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  7. Comment on Ecocredits, on how to use capitalism to solve global warming in ~enviro

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    Was tempted to post in ~finance instead because the more general idea of depleting/non-transferred credits is an interesting economic tool for other purposes and I'd like to hear some analysis.

    Was tempted to post in ~finance instead because the more general idea of depleting/non-transferred credits is an interesting economic tool for other purposes and I'd like to hear some analysis.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    I found Media Bias/Fact Check recently and it seems like a good resource. I read Reuters and BBC. I feel Reuters particularly has very high quality coverage and seems to not be biased in any...

    I found Media Bias/Fact Check recently and it seems like a good resource. I read Reuters and BBC. I feel Reuters particularly has very high quality coverage and seems to not be biased in any particular direction, and they do a lot of exclusive reporting which is really good.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Why do you wanna be a parent? in ~talk

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    Apologies if this is rude @mrbig but I would like to start a sub-question: do you have a preference for conception over adoption, and why? I've talked to plenty of friends who want kids but none...

    Apologies if this is rude @mrbig but I would like to start a sub-question: do you have a preference for conception over adoption, and why?

    I've talked to plenty of friends who want kids but none of them have ever talked about adoption, and I don't know why. I would love to adopt a child one day, and I see it as ethically superior to conceiving: there are already plenty of people on the planet, and adoption is an opportunity to provide a better life for someone who already exists, instead of creating another person and then having to give them a good life. I would really like to know if people have reasons for not adopting, and if adoption is something people who want kids have considered as part of the 'thinking about wanting kids' process.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    Is there a way to get feedback on the pinned post? Like an emoji reaction to a Slack message? If you put an instruction "Please +1 this post after you have read it" then you could gauge how many...

    Is there a way to get feedback on the pinned post? Like an emoji reaction to a Slack message? If you put an instruction "Please +1 this post after you have read it" then you could gauge how many people saw and read the post.

  11. Comment on The possibility of life without money in ~finance

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    Pretty tired at the moment but I want to reply to your comment before I forget, at the least just to thank you for your input. :) I don't really think variation in quality is well-addressed by...

    Pretty tired at the moment but I want to reply to your comment before I forget, at the least just to thank you for your input. :)

    I don't really think variation in quality is well-addressed by money as the exchange mechanism. As you become less constrained by your budget, your options to buy higher-quality lumber and tools which exceed your requirements go up, but if you decide to purchase beyond your requirements is a function of your attitude and your knowledge. A few examples:

    • I have a tight budget, I can only buy the cheapest lumber and tools which will fit my requirements -> I buy the cheapest which fit my requirements
    • I have ample budget to buy higher-quality, but I am frugal, meaning I know I don't need the highest-quality tools and lumber and would rather purchase by requirement -> I buy the cheapest which fit my requirements
    • I have ample budget but I don't know enough about my requirements for lumber or tools, but I'm usually frugal -> I buy a grade or two up on the products to make sure I won't have any problems with my project
    • I have ample budget and I'm not frugal, I like buying cool lumber and tools, but I also know my requirements -> I buy maybe medium to high end stuff cos it's fun
    • I have ample budget and I have no idea what I need, I just like having the best stuff so I can show off to my neighbour -> I buy the top end stuff

    I think these are fair examples and cover a range of real behaviours for this scenario. 'Ample' is a vague identifier for a budget, and I agree that having a monetary cost imposes an upper-limit on what each person can buy, but it doesn't actually solve the problem of who should get the high quality stuff. The allocation is an ethical problem. If you asked me where the high-quality stuff should go between a public project (some sculpture or kids play area in a park) and a private project (my gazebo in my back garden), I would choose the public project -- keep in mind this is my personal subjective ethical judgement. Money doesn't really help with that reasoning, it actually abstracts that reasoning away because if you have the money, you can buy the stuff, no questions asked.

    Obviously if every checkout had a Stasi agent trying to figure out what project you're getting your lumber and tools for and evaluating if that was a good use of your fellow comrades' time and effort then that would totally suck, and it's not a satisfying solution to the problem either. But I do think that if people have access to information to be mindful of their requirements, and if the drive to always have 'the best' or 'better than the rest' as an individual is eliminated or reduced, then conspicuous consumption of this type would be reduced. Rather than using money as a shitty proxy to sweep the problem under the rug, let's solve the real problem!

    There are other changes that go hand-in-hand with this kind of socialist moneyless world I envision as well, such as:

    • reduced quality gradient for mass produced goods -- if only input materials are relevant for deciding what to make, and consumers are no longer driven by cost, then companies do not need to produce as wide a range of quality of goods; baseline quality of good goes up
    • reduced need for marketing and sales -- companies produce to fulfil needs, they do not need to create artificial needs, so there is less advertising trying to convince people that X is the best lumber or that they need the best lumber
    • promotion of sharing economy -- borrow the saw instead of 'buying' it
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  12. Comment on The possibility of life without money in ~finance

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    Good read, thanks for posting :) I actually wrote my own article about this a few months back. The crux of my argument is that money creates new issues without solving existing ones, and that...

    Good read, thanks for posting :) I actually wrote my own article about this a few months back. The crux of my argument is that money creates new issues without solving existing ones, and that markets and other economic models can work more effectively without money by removing that extra level of abstraction.

    https://jpreston.xyz/2020/05/07/abolish-money.html

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

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    You might like Workflowy [1] , it represents all your notes as a single tree of nested bullet points, and each bullet can be selected for viewing as the root bullet. [1] https://workflowy.com/

    Another suggestion is to use bulletpoints, by far the best method of writing notes I have ever found. Easy to read through, write, sort, and create hierarchies.

    You might like Workflowy [1] , it represents all your notes as a single tree of nested bullet points, and each bullet can be selected for viewing as the root bullet.

    [1] https://workflowy.com/

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  14. Comment on ARM: UK-based chip designer sold to Nvidia in ~tech

  15. Comment on Is high-fidelity audio a genuine product or unnecessary overkill? in ~tech

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    You can do an ABX test [1] to check your ears and equipment to see if it makes sense for you. It is a combination of subjective experience / what you want from your music and your equipment...

    You can do an ABX test [1] to check your ears and equipment to see if it makes sense for you. It is a combination of subjective experience / what you want from your music and your equipment (meaning every component in your signal chain including your ears ;) ).

    [1] https://abx.digitalfeed.net/

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  16. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    Nice to see some other Go players here :) I'm trying to get back in to playing it, I'm still a very weak player. I had a teaching game with someone on KGS last week which was really cool. I had a...

    Nice to see some other Go players here :) I'm trying to get back in to playing it, I'm still a very weak player. I had a teaching game with someone on KGS last week which was really cool. I had a couple of issues with the newer Shin client -- board state was lost and I had to refresh the page a couple of times -- so I'm going to try the older Java client next time. I'll have a look for you some time :)

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  17. Comment on Do you separate the art from the artist? in ~talk

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    I did hesitate slightly to use Hitler as the example, partly for fear that it would be too controversial and I didn't want to upset anyone, and partly because it is quite trite, viz. Godwin's Law....

    I did hesitate slightly to use Hitler as the example, partly for fear that it would be too controversial and I didn't want to upset anyone, and partly because it is quite trite, viz. Godwin's Law. I've not come across "hard cases make bad law" so thank you for sharing that, very interesting and something good for me to keep in mind in future when I think about stuff like this. I did invoke Hitler precisely because I wanted an extreme case to test my principle against: if the principle is sound then it should hold up to extreme / edge cases as well as general cases.

    And yeah I absolutely meandered from the original topic, Hitler is definitely not the extreme extension of "a great artist who did bad things".

    5 votes