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Video game violence continues to be a topic of debate, for better and worse. Recent studies continue to show that it's possible that violent video games have some impact on the brain and/or body, although most recent studies also suggest that playing violent video games doesn't have much of an impact on real-world behaviour. As the article says, Bushman is still last-authoring studies about video game violence. Most of the studies with Bushman's name on them suggest links between violent video games and aggression. Quite a few have had errata published about them. That's obviously concerning, although not being a cognitive science person, I have no idea how standard (or non-standard) errata are in that field. FWIW, Bushman isn't the only one whose name comes up in studies that link violent video games to aggression.

Measuring things like "aggression" will always involve some level of subjectivity. How you define "aggression" can have a significant impact on your findings. Is it increased cortisol levels? Where people aim if asked to shoot a gun with rubber bullets? What words people choose if asked to complete a story? Each of these offers an incomplete picture of aggression, at best, and pretty much any good study on this topic suggests that more work needs to be done.

illu45  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize

Fair enough

illu45  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: On the battle between food critics and restaurants

Fun article, if a bit longer than it needed to be (too many examples of restaurants trying to make things super-shiny for critics IMO). My partner is a manager at a big retail chain. C-levels occasionally like to make "unannounced" visits to random stores to see how things are going. Days before the C-level's flight arrives, managers know about the visit and are working crazy overtime to clean things up.

illu45  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize

I mean, I see your point, though I would argue that the asshole levels between being stupidly dismissive of American writers and raping someone are significantly different.

Odder  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was referring more to all the drama than the assault tbh.

illu45  ·  58 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fair enough

Damn, I was really looking forward to volleyball on Friday night.

I also got a kick out of this:

    You know, God spoke to me and told me ‘go check out the Blood Moon’ back in June.

    He said ‘you need to find out what’s going on’

You'd think that if anyone didn't need someone else to find out what's going on for them, it'd be God.

bfv  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe it's God's version of telling freshmen about the swimming pool on the roof.

illu45  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Chefs of Hubski. What are some of your favorite vegetarian dishes to make?

Shakshouka with Feta. Super easy, delicious, and quite customizable.

Good gifts are ultimately personal, so it's hard to give general advice. For guys who wear dress shirts to work, a set of metal collar stays can be a great inexpensive gift if they don't have some already. Household items like Dryer Balls can be nice. Things that aren't necessities but add convenience can be good gifts--something like a Chromecast or an Echo Dot. Ultimately, though, it really depends on what the person is into.

illu45  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How's Hubski's Starcraft II presence? Do you play?

Never got into Starcraft. I used to play Age of Empires 2. Even watched some high-level tournaments. I was never a big fan of the emphasis on micromanagement in competitive RTS games, though (which is also why I never got into MOBAs). It seems to mostly be about who can click the fastest to exploit small glitches or gain small advantages.

Merlin  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·  

AoE is a classic. Great game. It took me a little bit to get into Starcraft because of exactly the same reason! There is micromanagement but it does go alongside macro gameplay. It took me a while to really understand how to play the game. The learning curve for me was a beast. But I can say that Blizzard really has their ranking system worked out though! It didn't take many matches to get put in a reasonably competitive bracket when I started.

illu45  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Troubling Failure of America’s Disaster Response

    FEMA is certainly correct that disasters must be managed at all levels, but the most important lesson of the 2017 disaster season is that weather disasters are becoming more frequent and more damaging.

Things are only going to get worse and FEMA's lack of funding will become even more evident. Best hope that you can afford insurance (and that your insurance doesn't go bankrupt).

illu45  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Overview of Augur decentralized market predictions.

A futures market for a highly-volatile, speculation-driven investment?

Thanks, but no thanks.

    For American cities, highways are a drug. They’re expensive to acquire. They devastate healthy tissue and arteries, replacing previous modes of nourishment with destructive ones. They force the rest of the body to adapt to their needs, and they inflict pain on those nearby.

There's one other thing that highways have in common with drugs: You'll never have enough. Even if you invest in auto infrastructure at large cost, it'll only be a short time before more car commuters start to prioritize using the new infrastructure, leading to overuse and gridlock all over again.

Roads are there to move people, not cars. Within cities, cars are some of the least efficient ways of moving people. It's time to reprioritize the way we perceive, build, and use roads in major cities.

illu45  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Deepfakes” Creates Fake Celebrity Porn.

Yes, the tools aren't quite easily accessible/usable yet, but they are getting better, and I'm sure it won't be too long before it becomes relatively easy to "photoshop" videos in order to make it look like someone is doing something they never did. I expect that at some point in the next 5 years or so there will be a major scandal or two where big news orgs are fooled by fake videos of high-profile figures.

illu45  ·  290 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C.

Good on the IOC. With that being said, this decision does put the stature of the olympic games at risk in certain sports. Does a gold medal in figure skating/biathlon/speed skating mean that the winner is the best in the world if no Russian athletes were present at the competition? Or are competitions like the World Figure Skating Championship going to become more prestigious in those sports than the Olympic games?

veen  ·  290 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To counter your question with another question: did the Tour de France lose its status? I'd say not, despite severe and longstanding doping scandals.

I don't think it's about prestige, or about objectively being the best. People don't watch the Tour or the Olympics because they want to see who's the best, they watch it because they want to see an incredible performance or an exciting race.

illu45  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Alt-right” women are upset that “alt-right” men are treating them terribly

Not all of them are.

    By and large, alt-right men don’t seem to be forcing these traditional gender roles on the women of their movement—the alt-right women are doing it themselves. The women share a profound disdain for the feminist movement, and are eager to claim the supportive, behind-the-scenes roles.

    As for female empowerment, there’s nothing that has made me feel more empowered in my life than supporting and being supported by a strong man,” Claudia Davenport, an alt-right activist, said in an interview with The Economist. “I think that men and women are better off when we stop fighting nature and allow our distinct identities to shine through.”

Most alt-right groups are predominantly male, but we should be careful in assuming that there are no women who support their views or that biological determinism is a viewpoint only held by men.

illu45  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: YouTube promises to increase content moderation staff to over 10K in 2018

    “Today, 98 percent of the videos we remove for violent extremism are flagged by our machine-learning algorithms,” Wojcicki wrote. “Our advances in machine learning let us now take down nearly 70 percent of violent extremist content within eight hours of upload and nearly half of it in two hours and we continue to accelerate that speed,” she added.

Like most big tech companies these days, YT/Google is primarily interested in automation (in this case of content flagging). It'd be interesting to know if the new staff will be flagging content manually (doubtful), reviewing content that has already been flagged by their algorithms (mos likely) or refining their automated flagging algorithms (also possible).

FirebrandRoaring  ·  290 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sounds like their most useful would be at the "manual appeal" station. It's where creators whose content got flagged send request for manual reviews, after which most videos lose their flagging.

Also sounds like Google is massive on algorithms. They're the technoshamans of the big stage.