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  1. Comment on 'Skibidi Toilet' film & TV franchise in the works from Michael Bay in ~movies

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    Surely it will never approach the brilliance of Jem and the Holograms, though. In all seriousness, I'm really desperate to know how Michael Bay intends to turn an 11 second animated meme into not...

    Surely it will never approach the brilliance of Jem and the Holograms, though.

    In all seriousness, I'm really desperate to know how Michael Bay intends to turn an 11 second animated meme into not only a whole movie, but an entire film series. I think if there's anyone able to do something that successfully appeals to kids with a massive budget, it's him - just look at how much people loved his TMNT and Transformers movies!

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What is a non-professional situation, area or activity in which you are uniquely experienced or skilled? in ~talk

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    I have read that it's fairly common for people to lack a muscle that is required to make the rolling R sound. I have taken that to mean that it's the languages that use them that are wrong, not me. :P

    I have read that it's fairly common for people to lack a muscle that is required to make the rolling R sound.

    I have taken that to mean that it's the languages that use them that are wrong, not me. :P

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What is a non-professional situation, area or activity in which you are uniquely experienced or skilled? in ~talk

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    I can only do one kind of whistle, but I'm pretty good at it, relatively. It's the only wind instrument I know confidently enough to use off-the-cuff.

    I can only do one kind of whistle, but I'm pretty good at it, relatively. It's the only wind instrument I know confidently enough to use off-the-cuff.

  4. Comment on Has sexual content invaded too much of the internet? in ~tech

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    I think you're romanticizing the past a bit. In reality, there has always been sexual advertisement. Or at least as long as I can remember. The only difference is that now it's actually...

    I think you're romanticizing the past a bit. In reality, there has always been sexual advertisement. Or at least as long as I can remember. The only difference is that now it's actually advertising pornographic materials, whereas in the past it was being used to advertise everything else. I remember spending countless hours waiting through sexualized advertisements for movies, Carl's Jr. restaurants, and Axe body spray. It was really common in video games; conventions would have "booth babes", and we probably wouldn't still be hearing the name "Tomb Raider" so much if Lara Croft wasn't designed to be sexually appealing.

    If anything, the amount of sexualized advertising seems to have gone down. But then again, that's from me not paying attention to the social media sites where this seems to be a problem.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Joe Biden decision surprised most US TV news networks: How CBS, MSNBC and more scrambled to cover bombshell in ~tv

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    I’ve long gone from expecting news to be factual or investigative reporting. These days I consider them to be nicely produced “react” content - especially if it’s using video as its medium. They...

    I’ve long gone from expecting news to be factual or investigative reporting. These days I consider them to be nicely produced “react” content - especially if it’s using video as its medium. They do not want to tell you things as they are because those stories are boring and expensive. Why would they produce them when the things that make them the most money is the stuff that they paraphrase off of the AP feeds and spend 90% of their time with commentary?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Non-parents give crappy parenting advice in ~life

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    All drugs have negative side effects. Children's Tylenol also can damage the liver. It just seems like a weird double standard that we take this particular stance for alcohol. Though to be fair,...

    All drugs have negative side effects. Children's Tylenol also can damage the liver. It just seems like a weird double standard that we take this particular stance for alcohol. Though to be fair, that is par for the course when it comes to this particular drug.

    In any case I'm fairly convinced now. There's just too many negative effects.

  7. Comment on Roblox’s pedophile problem in ~games

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    Yes, and this is precisely why we need to stop being so complacent about it! We need to call it out for the bullshit that it is and advocate for change.

    Yes, and this is precisely why we need to stop being so complacent about it! We need to call it out for the bullshit that it is and advocate for change.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Roblox’s pedophile problem in ~games

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    It's well established that companies are beholden to their stakeholders. That's a wider group of people than shareholders, which includes people who own the company, yes, but also includes it's...

    It's well established that companies are beholden to their stakeholders. That's a wider group of people than shareholders, which includes people who own the company, yes, but also includes it's employees, contractors, suppliers, and customers. A company is, at it's core, a social construct. That's why we use the same term for the people who are around us. And if a company does not serve the needs of the people involved, there is no reason for it to exist. Companies should never become a monolith in any sense of the word; they should not be the only one standing (a monopoly), nor should they be an unquestionable authority. They cannot be allowed to take too much power because that corrodes society and turns it towards authoritarianism, which brings along associated issues.

    Because companies are social constructs, the people who get to determine if they have abusive relationships is everyone. People have a choice to buy their thing, and suppliers have a choice to sell their things to them. Employees have a much more fraught relationship, though, as their livelihoods are affected by their ability to work, and that's where unions come into play. In much broader strokes, we are given authority over companies in the form of effecting legislature that restricts their actions.

    Right now the balance of power is very strongly imbalanced in the favor of shareholders. They have lobbied to stop legislation that would restrain them. They have formed monopolies and shrunk the competition. They have quashed worker's rights and the efforts to unionize. And as a result, we have seen people's wages stagnate and income inequality has grown to extreme highs.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Non-parents give crappy parenting advice in ~life

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    Coincidentally, is it actually bad to give whisky to young children to help them sleep? Does it have worse effects on younger children? Sure it’s a lot more powerful because they are tiny, but is...

    Coincidentally, is it actually bad to give whisky to young children to help them sleep? Does it have worse effects on younger children? Sure it’s a lot more powerful because they are tiny, but is it really worse than other drugs?

    Of course, I get the “you sleep now” mentality is problematic, and it could easily cause issues if it’s a regular occurrence. But as a once in a while thing, done responsibly, is it really that bad?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Atheists of Tildes, what alive religions do you find fascinating, excluding Abrahamic ones and Buddhism? in ~talk

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    There is a tremendous amount of simelarities in some of the religious texts. Given that Zoroastrianism is much older than Christianity and Judaism, it’s pretty clear that a lot of their texts were...

    There is a tremendous amount of simelarities in some of the religious texts. Given that Zoroastrianism is much older than Christianity and Judaism, it’s pretty clear that a lot of their texts were inspired from it and other contemporary religious movements.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Atheists of Tildes, what alive religions do you find fascinating, excluding Abrahamic ones and Buddhism? in ~talk

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    They are fascinating. They're actually active somewhere in my area; I found out about them when I saw a flyer for a screening of one of their anime. I'm kind of curious what they're up to since...

    They are fascinating. They're actually active somewhere in my area; I found out about them when I saw a flyer for a screening of one of their anime.

    I'm kind of curious what they're up to since their founder died, but I haven't checked in a while.

  12. Comment on Atheists of Tildes, what alive religions do you find fascinating, excluding Abrahamic ones and Buddhism? in ~talk

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    Happy Science, because it's absolutely insane. Plus they make anime. Without them, we might not have had the KyoAni that we know and love today (yes, seriously). Gnosticism, because it's basically...

    Happy Science, because it's absolutely insane. Plus they make anime. Without them, we might not have had the KyoAni that we know and love today (yes, seriously).

    Gnosticism, because it's basically a pseudo-christian fanfiction circle that doesn't seem to exist anymore. I think it's safe to say that I'm a fan of "fake" religions, to a point.

    Zoroastrianism, because it makes you realize that all Abrahamic religion is basically fanfiction.

    I'd have to say that Sikhism, Bhuddism, and Hinduism are the closest to a religion I'd actually like to be a part of. I don't know that much detail about them, but all the people I have personally encountered who openly followed those religions tended to be pretty chill. I used to live pretty close to a BAPS temple at one point, and thought I never ventured into it, I was always pretty captivated by how impressive the temple looked if nothing else. There are a lot of temples in my area but I swear the people who go there are like ghosts because I very rarely encounter them; the only place I see them is at a local independent grocer.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Inside the two-year fight to bring charges against school librarians in Granbury, Texas in ~books

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    Oh my god, how much more of this kind of stuff do we need to hear before we finally conclude that the people pushing this kind of thing are literally insane. This officer needs to be fired even if...

    Oh my god, how much more of this kind of stuff do we need to hear before we finally conclude that the people pushing this kind of thing are literally insane.

    This officer needs to be fired even if for nothing more than wage theft, because keeping this an open case for more than two years and reading the full text of 11 books for "evidence" sure seems like a waste of an officer's time that could be spent investigating crimes that are, you know, real. Not to mention the tenacity of the guy to say that this was all being done just because he received a complaint. That might be the world's most transparent lie. I couldn't help but notice that the article doesn't mention that it was paid by the police department, and it's really hard to believe a person is not personally invested if they literally invested their own money into it.

    22 votes
  14. Comment on The deadliest of all dead ends in the 3D printing industry in ~tech

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    POM is more common for sure, but I have seen PTFE gears before. Supposedly they're nice to have because they are self-lubricating, but the one I saw was broken so I couldn't tell you about how...

    POM is more common for sure, but I have seen PTFE gears before. Supposedly they're nice to have because they are self-lubricating, but the one I saw was broken so I couldn't tell you about how reliable they really are.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Roblox’s pedophile problem in ~games

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    Fiduciary duty is a bullshit excuse. It's not a thing that actually exists as a written law written by legislature, it's an invention of the courts. And it's relatively recent, too; from what I'm...

    Fiduciary duty is a bullshit excuse. It's not a thing that actually exists as a written law written by legislature, it's an invention of the courts. And it's relatively recent, too; from what I'm reading the cases involved started in the 80s. Regardless of the state of it's legal validity, it's immoral and wrong.

    I hardly blame @chocobean for the idea; it's not their fault for bringing it up. But we cannot allow the world to burn just because it allows rich people to become just a hair more rich.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on The deadliest of all dead ends in the 3D printing industry in ~tech

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    OpenSCAD does have drag-and-drop functionality. It's just that it only works for moving blocks of text. :) In all seriousness, I really like OpenSCAD. I actually find working with it a lot more...

    OpenSCAD does have drag-and-drop functionality. It's just that it only works for moving blocks of text. :)

    In all seriousness, I really like OpenSCAD. I actually find working with it a lot more intuitive than graphical CAD programs, though it's nowhere near as powerful without a degree of knowledge in 3D geometry. The only thing that bugs me is that it doesn't like having negative space boundries that intersect positive ones; it gives you an infinitely think border. In theory they're too small to print and won't make a big deal, but it makes graphical bugs on the screen that drive me up the wall, so I always offset the negative space boundary to overflow by 0.001mm.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on J.D. Vance gets his techno-authoritarian ideas from Peter Thiel and Curtis Yarvin in ~misc

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    Last week's episode of On the Media also had a story about JD Vance and his relationship with New Right types.

    Last week's episode of On the Media also had a story about JD Vance and his relationship with New Right types.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Roblox’s pedophile problem in ~games

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    This ideology of "companies exist to make money above all else" really needs to die. People need to stop making excuses for corporations who have exploitation as part of their business models....

    The company has some responsibility, but that's not their main job, which is to generate wealth.

    This ideology of "companies exist to make money above all else" really needs to die. People need to stop making excuses for corporations who have exploitation as part of their business models. Companies exist to serve people, not to abuse them. And in today's world of extreme wealth inequality, it's simply not possible to believe the lie that their actions are in everyone's best interests.

    Roblox is a social service, weather they like it or not. Roblox has a duty to protect it's users that is more important than their profit goals. End of story. There is no room for debate here.

    43 votes
  19. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    Oh goodness, I hadn’t meant to write it like that. Serves me right from posting during my morning bath. I’ve edited it.

    Oh goodness, I hadn’t meant to write it like that. Serves me right from posting during my morning bath. I’ve edited it.

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    There’s an easy answer in that she is a woman. A woman of color, no less. So a large portion of people instinctually will try to take her down and prevent her from gaining power. The fact that she...

    There’s an easy answer in that she is a woman. A woman of color, no less. So a large portion of people instinctually will try to take her down and prevent her from gaining power. The fact that she is progressive amplifies that audience drammatically, both in terms of numbers and fervor. Just look at how people treat Occasio-Cortez.

    And then there are a few other things going against her. For one, she hasn’t really managed to pick up much positive press during her term as VP. I swear, most articles I have seen that cover her since she first ran as VP have the sentiment that nobody has any enthusiasm for her. And for progressives, she has some policies she enacted before then which were not well liked - DAs are not well liked by a subset of progressives, so it was already an uphill battle to get that audience from the start.

    19 votes