thawed_caveman

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thawed_caveman OP ,

I felt a duty to not only place pixels but also coordinate efforts. Picking the design, updating the design, spreading information so the people placing pixels know what's going on, advertising, talking to other communities...

I don't remember them very well but i'm pretty sure i've had 4 hour nights for the entire duration. For place 2023 i spent most of my waking time in Discord calls.

And all this for a game that can be emotionally devastating. Getting overrun by a streamer feels shockingly similar to having big kids trample your sand castle, it's this little thing that you built together getting destroyed by stronger people and they're mocking you relentlessly.

thawed_caveman OP ,

Also streamers were a lot more influential on place 22 and 23 than they were in 17. Streamers are external to the website, don't particularly have a dog in the race other than themselves, are encouraged to create spectacle, and the kind of personality that makes you a big streamer is not conducive to being a good neighbor in a competitive pixel art game. So while i hesitate to say that there was anything about Reddit in particular that made Place 2017 a good event, i do think the presence of streamers made 22 and 23 much worse.

thawed_caveman OP ,

I'm not the one with 'Reddit' in my username.

thawed_caveman ,

A lot has been said about Call of Duty MWII, but if your theory is correct then we'll have to say that, of all things, its plot was prescient. And i'm not ready for that

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/3a5986e8-760b-4aa0-9eaa-d201b4b2101a.jpeg

thawed_caveman ,

Has everything been done

As if originality was a requirement

thawed_caveman ,

I'm not sure how much moderators could even do.

I was actually there so my view of events is pretty biased, but watching mods get removed from their position and replaced with more complying people made me think that the power dynamic was insurmountable. Regardless of how much free labor they perform, moderators don't actually get bargaining power in return, Reddit employees untimately are above them to defend the company's interests. Realistically, the function of a Reddit mod is to spare admins the grunt work of ground-level moderation decisions.

Investors will say “OK Boomer” to aging Reddit | Reuters | Ghostarchive ( ghostarchive.org )

NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Social media platform Reddit, which helps its users “dive into anything,” may finally plunge into the public markets. The 19-year-old company made over $800 million in sales last year, at least 20% more than in 2022, according to Bloomberg. But a dearth of profit this late into its...

thawed_caveman ,

Well yeah, the joy of owning a part of a business that is important to you is part of the reason i support worker co-ops.

Back when i liked Reddit i would have LOVED to own a tiny share of it, it would have given a new meaning to being a moderator. But now in 2024 the DSP program left me feeling dejected.

Wouldn't mind owning shares is Mastodon though.

thawed_caveman ,

This is my answer. There's like a 1% chance that someone i know would find out and i'm not taking it

thawed_caveman ,

I feel like AI companies have been scraping Reddit for their datasets already since the beginning and without permission. In fact, unless there's been a regulation change that i'm not aware of, i'm not sure why they would have Reddit "sign away" the data when they can just scrape it.

Also dubious if the current form of AI has a future. They seem like they should revolutionize every sector when you look at their capacities, but in practice their applications might be more limited than we thought?

Anyway, if Reddit does go public i will be deleting my account within the hour. The only reason i haven't yet is that i've been a moderator of the same subreddit for eight years and it's the only thing that's been consistent in my life in that time, i'm kind of attached. The reason i will is i didn't sign up to create value for shareholders, i signed up to create value for a community.

thawed_caveman ,

Well no, because the old sub will continue to exist and will therefore always be where everyone goes until Reddit itself dies. I really doubt admins would let me delete the sub.

thawed_caveman ,

I've lived in cities with trams for the past 10 years and i think buses are less cool but more practical. Installing the rails is expensive and disruptive, they take a lot of room on the street (with the stop included), and if a tram gets stuck the next one can't go around, it just sits there and waits.

thawed_caveman ,

Oh, so all those times i was stuck inside a tramway were just bad dreams i had.

You're off the rails (intentional). I just said that i have personal experience with tramways as public transit, and i get responded with a dubious generality and a passive-agressive meme from fifteen years ago. And for some reason a whataboutism with subways??

thawed_caveman ,

Some school of thought with the word "nihilism" in it

thawed_caveman ,

It's true that such a bill was introduced, but wacky bills are introduced all the time. This is proposed legislation, they haven't even voted on it yet, and it's extremely unlikely to pass.

But i think it's also true that you can tell where legislator's minds are based on what wacky bills they introduce.

thawed_caveman OP ,

y'ever notice how a lot of meme formats are really similar

thawed_caveman ,

But in this situation you can drink water and wash it down, preventing acid damage to your eusophagus. The author of this greentext can't get water into their intestines.

thawed_caveman ,

And the acidity makes normal tap water taste sweet as if it has sugar in it, it's pretty neat

thawed_caveman ,

Question answered OP, this will be your daily life until the sweet relief of death

thawed_caveman ,

So dry them thoroughly before eating?

And then you DIY distill the pickle juice to get as much water and as little acid as possible

thawed_caveman ,

I only install what i need so i haven't actually installed a lot of apps. The copout answer is Firefox, but if i'm taking the prompt seriously it would be Simple Keyboard or Floris Board, they're highly customizeable keyboards that i really enjoy and i have a hard time deciding which to leave installed.

Just in general though, browsing F-Droid feels so good. I'm in a much simpler mindset where i'll think "oh that's neat i want to try it", which is how i used to feel about tech. Browsing PlayStore makes me think "that's neat, but what's the catch? How are they going to scam me/harvest my data? I'm not installing this"

thawed_caveman ,

The internet can amplify incredibly marginal phenomenons. Like, how many incels can there possibly be? Yet you hear about them all the time

thawed_caveman ,

Yeah i knew there was no way the headline was accurate. Oddly enough this isn’t the kind of thing a CEO would think

thawed_caveman ,

Since 2010 i’ve made three Facebook accounts, deleted one and never use the other two. Active users would be a more useful metric.

It’s been commented on before that, for its size, Twitter has a disproportionate influence not just on the internet but even on politics. This is still the case today because no good alternatives have emerged for the mainstream yet.

thawed_caveman ,

There’s no reason to invent plant milk if you don’t already consume milk. It’s a product that was designed to emulate and replace something else that already exists.

thawed_caveman ,

Yes, this argument is wrong. Which is why i wasn’t making it.

Plant milk, specifically, is something that you woudln’t think to invent unless you’re trying to replace cow milk.

thawed_caveman ,

This is comical because Israel is the attacker, and has been for its entire existence. Their goal is to conquer and ethnically cleanse more territory in order to create an enthnostate.

Hamas only exists as a reaction to israeli colonialism. That’s litterally the only reason for their existence.

So, to be precise:

  • Israel is finishing a war they did not start

Maybe not in the narrow sense, but the colonial efforts of Israel are responsible for the broader conflict lasting since the 50’s, which the current conflict is a chapter of.

  • There is literally no way around it

It’s not necessary for Israel to conquer Gaza. It would be enough to just not expand their territory and respect human rights and international law, which they never did at any point in 70 years, leading to the current situation where there are no good options anymore.

  • The terror attack was the proof that restraint didn’t do anything

The terror attack is a consequence of lack of restraint. (i wouldn’t normally word it like that, i’m just using the same words for rhetoric effect)

thawed_caveman ,

Yeah, but the further back you go the less useful it becomes. If you look before Israel you find the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire; two of these don’t exist anymore and the last doesn’t really exist anymore.

The choice of which time range to include isn’t that arbitrary, there are pretty significant markers that make the previous state of things a lot less relevant. When studying french politics, it’s not useful to go back further than the 1789 revolution because that event changed so much that the previous reality doesn’t matter anymore; similarly, the foundation of Israel changed the power dynamics in the area significantly enough that you can start there. Remembering the previous events is useful for context but won’t change the conclusion.

thawed_caveman , (edited )

I never talk to anyone so i have no incentive to other than my own comfort. I do feel more comfortable when i’m clean, but my mere comfort often doesn’t feel like reason enough when executive dysfunction makes a shower is a 1-hour affair, plus i have a weird anxiety around thriftiness so i don’t like to “waste” the warm water and soap.

Same reason why the house isn’t as clean as it could be. It would be cleaner if anyone came in here ever, but no one does, so the only reason to vaccuum is my own satisfaction, which isn’t worth the time and effort.

All told i end up showering every ~5 days in winter and once a day in summer, and i never touch the perfume bottles. I actually don’t really get the point of perfume or deodorant tbh, seems like the solution to BO is a shower.

thawed_caveman ,

Yeah but look at all the stuff you do besides showering, the shaving and hair care and such. I’m genuinely just talking about the shower itself. There’s convincing myself to shower, then there’s watching youtube videos with my clothes off, then there’s spending too long in the hot shower because i don’t want to step out into the cold bathroom, then there’s drawing shapes on the fogged mirror, etc

I think my expectation for quick showers comes from my upbringing? For a few years growing up we had the toilet, sink and shower all in the same bathroom, and that bathroom was being used by like 6 people. So every minute spent in the shower was inconveniencing someone else. idk

thawed_caveman ,

This has to be fake, an accident would happen within days of installing it and then the city is liable. Ask you city government if they enjoy liability.

At least i know i would be terrified the whole time i’m sitting on it and wouldn’t actually be rested at all

thawed_caveman ,

This is not a valid argument ecause everything surrounding us is designed and facilitated by capitalism, and certainly all our electronics, there’s no such thing as computers independent from capitalism. There weren’t even in the soviet union. So it’s not possible for this anon to actually live what they preach unless they went full anarcho-primitivism.

Not that it would matter anyway, because you’re allowed to criticize a system that you participate in.

thawed_caveman ,

Yes, all of the evils of capitalism are constantly commented on. This isn’t the CNN comments section.

thawed_caveman ,

Nothing here is portraying capitalism as pure evil, it’s highlighting a problem that we currently have as a society. I find it really weird how eager you are to argue while not really having a point to make.

Mozilla Senior Director of Content explained why Mozilla has taken an interest in the fediverse and Mastodon ( techcrunch.com )

"the company looked at the history of social media over the past decade and didn’t like what it saw… existing companies that are only model motivated by profit and just insane user growth, and are willing to tolerate and amplify really toxic content because it looks like engagement… "

thawed_caveman ,

Shifting the power from a CEO to an instance admin is a massive improvement.

One has autocratic control over the entire site, potentially hundreds of millions of users, investors breathing down their neck, server infrastructure, and other systemic pressures; meanwhile, a fediverse instance admin has autocratic control over nothing but their own instance, a few thousand users at most, with the only money and hardware involved being their own.

The fediverse is incredibly more horizontal and decentralized than any corporate social media, the improvement is massive. And i’m a believer that vertical structures and concentrations of power are at the root of a lot of problems in society, so this is gravy to me.

But yes, it’s worth remembering that it’s not completely decentralized, and admins still have absolute power over their instance. My Mastodon instance admin doesn’t want us to use the name GIMP to refer to the open source image manipulator; they say “gimp” is a slur aimed at disabled people, which i’ve never heard before in my life.

thawed_caveman ,

I waste time every day watching YouTube shorts.

The way it’s designed, you can see a little bit of the next short, and the curiosity will get me, i’m always really tempted to scroll and find out what the next one is.

I wouldn’t intentionally waste time like this, which is why i haven’t installed TikTok; but i do watch YouTube every day, and so shorts come get me where i am. And honestly, it’s a garbage experience. Part of me thinks i would probably have more fun on TikTok because their algorithm is better. Shorts keeps giving me these channels that edit bits of podcats, often MrBeast and Joe Rogan, and there’s loads of channels doing this so i keep seeing it no matter how many i block. What content i do enjoy is drowned out by a lot of trash content like that, and would probably be better in long form anyway.

thawed_caveman ,

We talk a lot about lives saved by antibiotics but not about lives made by them lol

thawed_caveman ,

I found a CD player on the curb and i’m enjoying my CDs more than i did back in the day.

thawed_caveman ,

I don’t deserve respect, it was the style at the time and i just kinda never stopped doing it.

Closing in on 200Gb of mp3 where i listen to the same 5 on repeat

thawed_caveman ,

Found the answer:

But the stigma regarding Android phones is mostly an American phenomenon, at least to the degree to which it affects purchase habits. Worldwide, per the same Statcounter report, Androids represent the significant majority of all smartphones, holding a 71% share of sales compared with Apple’s 28%.

thawed_caveman ,

Yeah, my answer to “has the Reddit exodus killed the former Lemmy culture” is “what culture lmao”

Not that i was on Lemmy before, but i was on Mastodon before Elon bought Twitter and it was a ghost town.

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