Podcast 489: Comment Chameleon

Magnets? How do they work? Also, the latest security-reporting follies, more Apple TV thoughts, and bringing civility to commenting.

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While Susie Ochs contends with the ocean of CES coverage, host Glenn Fleishman talks with guest Christa Mrgan of Civil Co. She’s a long-time Mac and iOS designer who cofounded a company to reduce the awfulness of comments on the Internet. With news quiet after the holidays, we discuss Griffin’s just-announced magnetic-connection option for USB-C devices, ridicule the latest numeric-based nonsense in counting raw security flaws in operating systems, and revisit the new Apple TV after holidays’ worth of new experience.

Then we dive into comments: How to create peer-reviewed civility that doesn’t suppress heated ideas, just attacks. We talk about League of Legends’ approach to reducing toxicity, machine-learning-aided tagging, and why some sites remove comments altogether.

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