8 months ago in Everything
China appears to have chosen safety over freedom. The outcome is horrendous for minorities (Uighur etc), but for the majority?
 8 months ago in Everything
Soon enough of the "vast majority" will probably try to ban "HTTPS for everything" because of the "implications" (read as: additional CO2 footprint or something like that)
 8 months ago in Everything
The world outside HN is quite different
 8 months ago in Everything
Isn't myopia beneficial? When eye gets adapted to screens, books maybe it's bettter? I can see every single pixel on screens and it's very useful in daily life.
 9 months ago in Everything
I think it is not too difficult to refrain from being involved in politics or sensitive issues
 9 months ago in Everything
As for the values of the CCP, consider them like the Constitution in the US or the values of the "founding fathers". People don't get to change those either in any direct democratic way (but through a slow, ideological and legal process).

Besides, 1 party vs 2 parties alternating seems hardly much of a difference...
 10 months ago in Everything
Intentionally or not, I believe not talking about politics is politics, because not talking about something strengthens whatever the status quo - good or bad - at that time is.

That's extremist talk.
 10 months ago in Everything
Having been here for about four years, I can't agree to your statement about a "small minority" acting as "censors". Rather, the community as a whole seems to be very much in agreement as to what constitutes valid topics for discussion, and what types of behaviour are considered unwanted.
 10 months ago in Everything
Imagine if humans weren't born with biological mouths, instead synthetic mouths were invented and sold by a company, allowing people to speak. We wouldn't accept the company installing a blacklist of words or phrases to stop people from saying them.

But we already have that in European countries.
 10 months ago in Everything
Democracy needs provable facts to work
 10 months ago in Everything
China [..] where you would just voice your discontent and let the 'technocratic' 'leadership' figure out a solution.
 10 months ago in Everything
With advertising, we can enjoy many services free of charge.
 11 months ago in Everything
Markets are the worst way to determine any value [..] Nevertheless we haven't yet found a better way of estimating the value of things.
 11 months ago in Everything
When meritocrats and technocrats fail to seize power, extinction ensues.
 11 months ago in Everything
I really love how the class names of the various warships are, lets say, less than subtle. Something of a self referential reminder that in war, one must accept that you're always the villain of someone's story, and war is never pretty.
 11 months ago in Everything
there is only room for 1% of the people, in the top 1%
 1 year ago in Everything
My kids are obsessed. Literally everything they say to me starts with "Daddy, on minecraft, ...." It's all they talk about, including with each other. They even act it out in playtime. Although as someone who has never played I basically understand nothing they are telling me.

It seems pretty creative tho, and they seem to be learning a lot from it, so not too bothered.
 1 year ago in Everything
humans are [..] large groups of people
 1 year ago in Everything
We see Tiananmen Square pop up all the time not because of its major historical significance, but because of the attempts by certain governments to censor it.
 1 year ago in Everything
Pay-per-hour would lead to shorter, more thoughtful games, rather than long grindy ones.

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