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Posted in: 'Algorithms of oppression': Big tech urged to combat discrimination See in context

Oh look, people who misunderstand how some technology works writing about said technology again. If the search terms "Black girls," "Latina girls," and "Asian Girls" show ads for adult content, it's because people searching for those terms are most commonly looking for that kind of content, and thus that type of content gains more relevance. It's reinforcement learning based on statistics from real user behavior, not some deliberate malicious campaign to "oppress" minorities or women. Go learn how machine learning works before disseminating ignorance.

If you have an issue with this and want to change it, what you're talking about isn't simply changing algorithms and software, you're either talking about a) altering human behavior by force to be what you want it to be instead of what it is (which is dictatorship), or b) deliberately crippling technology to ignore reality and base decisions on an imaginary fairlyland world that doesn't exist which renders it entirely useless.

Also, literally everything is "oppression" these days, the word is now utterly meaningless, so good job contributing to that as well.

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Posted in: How can a U.S. president unify the country when almost half the voters didn't choose him? How does any elected leader in such a situation go about such a task? See in context

You never unify an entire country due to the nature of individuality. The closest you'll get is during times of war.

But most governments (and US especially) have no interest in unifying the population anyway - if the population is focused on criticizing and fighting each other based on political opinions, they're too busy to think and criticize the government instead. Ever notice how Americans never talk against the government itself, but it's always either "the left" or "the right" (terms devoid of any meaning) at fault instead?

Divide and conquer - it's highly effective.

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Posted in: Virtual gold? Bitcoin's rise sparks new debate amid pandemic See in context

You don't really invest in crypto for the long term, you algo-trade the volatility.

Also, by the time you're reading about a rally in mainstream media, you're the "dumb money" - you'll be buying high and selling low.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. start talks on cost of hosting American troops See in context

So Japan is giving out land and paying the US... for the US to have a strategic advantage halfway across the world. In return, they get absolutely nothing in practical terms. Amazing deal... for the US.

Seems to me like the US should be paying Japan for installing military bases on their land land and for the privilege of being able to project power in Asia, not the other way around. Alternatively, go home.

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Posted in: Bomb threats for Bitcoin bewilder local governments in Japan See in context

Yup, let's go digital. Trust me, it's safe.

Are you under the illusion that fiat currency isn't digital? Because 99% of it is just ones and zeroes on a bank server somewhere.

Bejesus! A while back my friend told me to buy Bitcoins when they were $10. 40 Bitcoin now equals $500000???

Yup, those $10 would have been a rather nice $11,500 today.

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Posted in: Kato repeats Tokyo's position on U.S. air base transfer in Okinawa See in context

Any US bases that aren't actually based in the US should be relocated back to the US. If you're under the illusion they're there to "protect allies" rather than for the self-serving interests of the US government, you're naive.

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Posted in: Texas grand jury indicts Netflix over movie 'Cuties' See in context

it is very interesting that a movie made to condemn the objectification of women and children

Riiight... it "condemns" the objectification of women and children - by objectifying women and children. We should probably start condemning murder by murdering, that seems imminently sensible.

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Posted in: Coe supports athletes' right to advocate for social or racial justice at Olympics See in context

Yay, more SJW nonsense. I have a better idea - if they want to advocate for things, they can quit being athletes and become politicians instead.

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Posted in: What do you think of doing fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes because of the coronavirus? See in context

What, the entire situation isn't enough of a circus already?

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Posted in: Female LDP lawmaker says some women might make false reports of sexual violence See in context

How exactly does calling Japanese rape victims liars constitute “working for Japan’s interest”?

It doesn't, so I guess it's a good thing she never said that. The ones that lie about it aren't rape victims, and the ones that are rape victims aren't liars. This isn't quantum physics.

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Posted in: Survey shows 64% willing to work beyond retirement age See in context

Yet if you tell people to run a business instead of having to work all day every day for someone else until they die poor, you get downvoted, lol.

Much easier to keep doing what's obviously ineffective and then blame your employer, the government, rich people... basically anyone but yourself.

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Posted in: How would you define work/life balance, and if you are working remotely, how do you maintain a boundary between work and your own time? See in context

Instead of actively trading time for money, set up systems and businesses than generate money passively while you sleep or do something else. That way you have a life:work ratio closer to 10:1 or even 100:1, instead of 1:2. That, for me, is proper balance. If you're spending most of your life working just to keep on living, are you even living?

But that's the problem with formal education and society in general, people are taught from a very young age that the only thing you can do is go to school, get good grades, go to college, then get a job and wage slave for the rest of your life for peanuts and hope for a promotion once in a decade. When you tell people they should look into running a business, they think you need massive amounts of initial investment, or rich parents, or "luck" to do it and it's not for the average Joe, which can't be further from the truth. There are plenty of business models you can start and run with very little (or literally zero) money.

As long as you give away control of your time and income to someone else, your time is used and your income artificially limited by someone else.

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Posted in: Netflix's ‘Cuties’ becomes target of politicized backlash See in context

If a docu shows evil acts it doesn't necessarily condone evil acts.

Of course it condones them; if it didn't, it wouldn't engage in them. You can't criticize something by actually doing that thing, that's ridiculous and only makes you a hypocrite.

There are many docu films out there that address serious or taboo social topics that need to be addressed.

Right, but they don't engage in the very activity they're supposedly criticizing. If you make a documentary about mafiosi executing people, the people playing them aren't actual mafiosi and no one actually gets executed. In this case however, you can't separate the characters from the actors - the characters are sexualized preteen girls, and so are the actresses playing them.

Porn on the other hand is just that. Porn is expoitative, disgusting and it glorifies the wrongs of society and its attitudes. Rated 'X' or 'NC-17' films generally have no plot or storyline, they glorify and applaud the awful things you see and they are just garbage.

Not that porn has anything to do with the subject, but I'll bite. You'll need to clarify how sex, a basic reproductive function, is a "wrong of society" and is an "awful things". It doesn't matter how disgusting you think it is or how "quality" it is, because at the end of the day all the actors in it are adults capable of making their own decisions, and they decided to make porn - which isn't illegal, unlike sexualizing minors.

And just to clarify here... you have an issue with adult porn, but you don't have an issue with sexualized minors as long as someone claims it's for criticism? Seriously?

I haven't seen the film [...] they (and their sheep) probably never seen controversial films like this and until they have, they need to shut up, stop, look and listen before saying anything about it

So maybe take your own advice?

I'm willing to bet that, ironically enough, the people defending this degeneracy are the very same ones who crusade against sexualized anime and manga characters. Lines on a paper - utterly unacceptable, think of the (non-existent) children! Actual real-world children being sexualized and exploited? No problem there, it's stunning and brave "criticism".

Seriously, the last decade or so it's like we've stepped into some twilight zone and everything is upside down. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

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Posted in: What would you recommend to people who live alone to ease the stress of dealing with the coronavirus? See in context

Oh, that’s because you apparently seem to think everyone else views the world the same way you do.

No, which is why I explicitly said "personally" and asked for clarification about which part was supposed to be stressful.

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Posted in: What would you recommend to people who live alone to ease the stress of dealing with the coronavirus? See in context

Wouldn't people who live alone be less stressed, because they don't have to deal with someone else? Especially if that someone else is being extra-paranoid about the pandemic, like the wife of that guy you posted about some days ago that makes him leave his suitcase outside etc.

Honestly, I don't get what you're really asking here. Is living alone supposed to be stressful? Is the pandemic supposed to be stressful? Is it the combination of those two things? Because personally, I don't find the pandemic stressful at all, and I find living alone to be anti-stressful, so... I'm at a loss.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for killing man with cassette gas torch burner See in context

Horrible but who knows what had happened in her life to do such things. She clearly needs mental health services, as do the men who regularly call for Japanese women to be killed.

Nice bit of Monday morning misogyny on display by the usual crowd. Calling for a woman to be strung up and making sick jokes. Not a thought for what she might have been put through by this man to do such a terrible deed?

Was about to type "watch someone try to perform some impressive mental gymnastics and somehow blame it on the man", but I see that's already taken care of. Good job.

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Posted in: JK Rowling returns award from group linked to Kennedy family See in context

Trans hatred is a real thing. At least 18 trans people killed in the US, alone, this year.

There are 15,000 - 20,000 murders a year in the US, and 18 is 0.12% of the lower of those figures. So statistically speaking, not being trans makes it 833x more likely you'll get murdered.

Seems more like people hatred in general is a real thing.

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

So, bike theft aside... I have a ton of respect for this guy.

I biked some 350 km across my country with a friend once. That was a really grueling endeavor, and I was in my 20s and had a really decent sports bike. Can't even imagine what it's like going 3x that distance for a 53 year old guy on a damn mamachari in a very mountainous country.

Follow your dreams, man. Just maybe don't steal bikes to do it :D

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Posted in: 3 arrested for tossing woman’s body from bridge into Gunma river See in context

I love how everyone is just assuming it's 3 men while 2 of the names are obviously female.

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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

Next step is to ban and make it illegal to have cigarettes and get them off every shelf in the store as people learn to become smoke free.

Right... because alcohol prohibition in the 1920s and the ongoing war on drugs are wildly effective, don't have more cons than pros, and aren't a colossal waste of taxpayer money. /s

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested over attempted murder See in context

"The intent defines attempted murder, not the ineptitude of the assailants."

Since they apparently slashed instead of stabbed, it's unlikely that it was a murder attempt. But we don't know their intent either way.

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

It depends on the definition. By mine, the systems currently considered "democracies" are more like "slight majority mob rule".

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Posted in: What happens if no coronavirus vaccine is found? See in context

So... "what happens if nothing happens"? Nothing.

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Posted in: Fans rush to see panda cub as Tokyo's Ueno zoo reopens after 4-month closure See in context

Why is there a photo when there's a sign saying "No Photos"?

Because people can make independent decisions and aren't somehow magically constrained by rules imposed on them by other people?

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Posted in: Working at home offers a good opportunity to review household rules which have often been fixed. Men should face the fact that they rely too much on women in terms of housework. See in context

And women should face the fact that they rely too much on men in terms of bringing in money.

Of course, she's not going to raise that as an issue, because "X happens, women most affected" is the golden mantra.

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing fire extinguisher from train onto tracks See in context

was drunk and can’t remember anything of the incident

Can I trademark this phrase in Japan? If I had a yen for each instance of it being used, I could become a billionaire in record time.

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Posted in: Finger flexes keep 90-year-old grandma in shape for playing video games See in context

It's really refreshing to see some older generations actually exploring and enjoying the medium, instead of just parroting mass media and declaring it the root of all evil while having no idea what they're actually talking about.

I'm gonna have to look up her channel.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after apparently shooting himself See in context

Yeh, getting the gun and bullet is the most important. That a 15-year-old killed himself? Meh, who cares. Is that what people are posting?

No, but the sad reality is that a suicide in Japan isn't really news, while regular citizens having access to guns is.

But hey, if more people lamented his fate, maybe we could bring him back to life. Is that what you're posting? Or are you just trying to score brownie points and prove your moral superiority over others?

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Posted in: IOC says record high female representation on commissions See in context

Yes, we should invest even more effort into employing people and putting them in positions of power based on the genitals they were born with, rather than qualifications or merit.

That seems imminently sensible, and can only end well.

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Posted in: Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic? See in context

If anything it should improve, formal educational facilities are a relic of a bygone era. Ever since mainstream adoption of the internet, the only use they have is if you're in a highly specialized field that requires expensive equipment that would be practically impossible to obtain for an average individual (NMR machines, nuclear reactors, etc).

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