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  1. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    I was also raised in a conservative family, and as I grow up, I have liberalized most of my beliefs. The abortion debate is still a hard one for me, but at least I am pretty certain where my...

    I was also raised in a conservative family, and as I grow up, I have liberalized most of my beliefs. The abortion debate is still a hard one for me, but at least I am pretty certain where my conflict rests. The core question of the debate is when does human life begin: at conception or at birth? At conception, abortion is killing a human person. At birth, abortion is the removal of the possibility of a human person. I don't know which is most accurate.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Right, now I am using Nixos with I3 and I3status-rust. It is functional and pretty. I had to stop ricing because I would spend all day tweaking it.

    Right, now I am using Nixos with I3 and I3status-rust. It is functional and pretty. I had to stop ricing because I would spend all day tweaking it.

  3. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    TikTok is rebranded Musicaly. If you liked Musicaly, then you will probably like TikTok. If you don't like either, great. Also, I don't understand the whole "the internet is forever" meme. I know...

    TikTok is rebranded Musicaly. If you liked Musicaly, then you will probably like TikTok. If you don't like either, great. Also, I don't understand the whole "the internet is forever" meme. I know a ton of websites that have just died and vanished into the ether, and I am young. Hell, if the Internet Archive didn't exist, I would be surprised if much of the early, 1990s internet would be saved at all.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on In unearthed audio, Tucker Carlson makes numerous misogynistic and perverted comments in ~news

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    Wow, I honestly couldn't get through even half of those quotes. His shit around the semantics of child rape is so fucking disgusting, I would consider adding a [nsfw] tag.

    Wow, I honestly couldn't get through even half of those quotes. His shit around the semantics of child rape is so fucking disgusting, I would consider adding a [nsfw] tag.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show is set in the Second Age — here’s why that matters in ~tv

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    Ha, thanks, I always mix it up. I would seriously recommend "Children of Hurin" if you are worried that Tolkien can't be gritty. I am also pretty sure the "The Hobbit" disaster was mostly...

    Ha, thanks, I always mix it up. I would seriously recommend "Children of Hurin" if you are worried that Tolkien can't be gritty. I am also pretty sure the "The Hobbit" disaster was mostly studio-based, which seems like something Amazon could solve.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show is set in the Second Age — here’s why that matters in ~tv

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    I am warily excited for this series. Amazon is pouring money into it, which doesn't mean it will be good, but at least it shows they aren't going to half-ass production value. I am also really...

    I am warily excited for this series. Amazon is pouring money into it, which doesn't mean it will be good, but at least it shows they aren't going to half-ass production value. I am also really glad that they are probably going to be setting it in the Second Age. I am mainly happy because it is largely an empty space, especially compared to the First or Third age. I was partly hoping they would base it on "Children of Hurin" because it is the most novel story Tolkien ever wrote. It is also super fucked up, so I understand why they wouldn't base a show on it. Either way, I am an ex-huge Tolkien nerd, so as long is more Minis Tirith and less (barrel scene)[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM7byUTrSZA], I will be content.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Why open source projects don't charge (while keeping the code open)? in ~comp

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    (Opencollective)[https://opencollective.com/] seems to generally fit with your post. I have never used it, mainly because I am poor in time and money, but that is not a rejection of it.

    (Opencollective)[https://opencollective.com/] seems to generally fit with your post. I have never used it, mainly because I am poor in time and money, but that is not a rejection of it.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Motorola will sell its first foldable smartphone this summer in ~tech

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    Yeah, I really wish the fairphone 3 would finally be released.They claimed it would be out in 2018, but that deadline came and went.

    Yeah, I really wish the fairphone 3 would finally be released.They claimed it would be out in 2018, but that deadline came and went.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Tilderinoes with mental health issues: do you feel like happiness is impossible? in ~life

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    I can relate to this on a deep level. I have never had a time where I was happy; the best times felt like happy-adjacent. I am not going to lie to you and say I haven't had the exact same thoughts...

    I can relate to this on a deep level. I have never had a time where I was happy; the best times felt like happy-adjacent. I am not going to lie to you and say I haven't had the exact same thoughts as you. However, I can honestly say that accepting the lack of meaning can offer some respite from the struggle. My moments of peace come from actively experiencing the oddities of existence. The feeling of cold tile on my feet, the interplay of snow and light, the flow of water between clunched hands, etc... I don't know how else to explain it, but it does offer me some peace.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Why the Galaxy Fold Will Be a Huge Success Even at $2,000 -- "[...] Samsung has effectively turned into the new Apple. They are the innovators. They are ahead of the game." in ~tech

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    I disagree with the general sentiment here, i.e. folding phones are not a positive step for tech. I am not going to buy a $2000 phone, but I am also not the target market. Wealthy geeks and...

    I disagree with the general sentiment here, i.e. folding phones are not a positive step for tech. I am not going to buy a $2000 phone, but I am also not the target market. Wealthy geeks and influencers are the target. And every 1st gen tech is kinda buggy and over-priced; it is the iterative improvements that make it worthwhile in a few generations. One of the few benefits of wealthy status seekers is that they fund this process.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Motorola will sell its first foldable smartphone this summer in ~tech

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    Fair, everyone was an exaggeration, many. If you don't mind me asking, how did you find Tildes? I know I found it through a Hacker News post.

    Fair, everyone was an exaggeration, many. If you don't mind me asking, how did you find Tildes? I know I found it through a Hacker News post.

  12. Comment on Motorola will sell its first foldable smartphone this summer in ~tech

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    YUP, I have cheap Bluetooth headphones and 3.5mm, and the sound quality on the 3.5mm are enormously better. I am sure high quality Bluetooth headphones have good quality, I just don't have the...

    YUP, I have cheap Bluetooth headphones and 3.5mm, and the sound quality on the 3.5mm are enormously better. I am sure high quality Bluetooth headphones have good quality, I just don't have the money for it.

  13. Comment on Motorola will sell its first foldable smartphone this summer in ~tech

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    I am sorry, I honestly wasn't suggesting anyone thought that here. I merely wanted to make the fairly obvious point that apparently most people like the sameness of phones.

    I am sorry, I honestly wasn't suggesting anyone thought that here. I merely wanted to make the fairly obvious point that apparently most people like the sameness of phones.

  14. Comment on Motorola will sell its first foldable smartphone this summer in ~tech

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    I agree with the sentiment; I would love a user-repairable phone with a shiny new battery and 3.5mm jack. And I can get some of these with repariablity coming from Fairphone, a monster, but not...

    I agree with the sentiment; I would love a user-repairable phone with a shiny new battery and 3.5mm jack. And I can get some of these with repariablity coming from Fairphone, a monster, but not new battery, and many non-flagship phones still have 3.5mm jack. I understand that you generally want these features in one phone and more generally, as goals for the smartphone industry. I would be stunned if our dreams came true because we don't matter to major brands.

    I feel comfortable saying that everyone on Tildes now is at least some level of a power user / tech enthusiast. As a general rule, we have different desires from the average consumer. Personally, I couldn't give two shits about selfie cameras, and I would happily trade it for no-notch. But most people like selfie cameras and wouldn't even consider a phone without one. For these brands to survive, they need to beat their competitor in making the best phone for the most people. Sadly, this need hasn't created differentiation between products, but ironically the exact opposite. I would be surprised if I could tell the difference between LG's, Samsung's or Apple's flagships. Rather than assuming that everyone in these massive corporations are idiots, I must assume that there is a profitable reason for this sameness.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Trump says summit with Kim ended with no agreement over North Korea's demand to lift sanctions in ~news

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    When Trump gets treated like this last week, I am not wildly surprised that Kim wasn't crazy about making a deal with him.

    When Trump gets treated like this last week, I am not wildly surprised that Kim wasn't crazy about making a deal with him.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Bodyguard In Baghdad - A Photo-blog in ~misc

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    I really like this blog, but on page 8, 10 & 13, there are some real NSFW pictures (Close-up shots of burnt corpses). I don't know if Tildes has an explicit tag or something like it, but I would...

    I really like this blog, but on page 8, 10 & 13, there are some real NSFW pictures (Close-up shots of burnt corpses). I don't know if Tildes has an explicit tag or something like it, but I would definitely warn anyone about this.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on What is a book that has changed you? in ~books

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    I agree with you; a book or any form of media can't not change you. However, I generally feel that most, DEFINITELY NOT ALL PEOPLE, intuitively understand my intent behind the question. I was...

    I agree with you; a book or any form of media can't not change you. However, I generally feel that most, DEFINITELY NOT ALL PEOPLE, intuitively understand my intent behind the question. I was trying to ask "What is a book that has connected with you deeply and made you into a truly distinct person?". I didn't really like the phrasing or framing of that literal of a question, hence the kinda vague question. Also, I just wanted a list of books from probably fairly similar people, which I got.

    2 votes
  18. It does not need to be the most important, just a book that has truly changed you. My personal pick is Albert Camus' "The Rebel"; it provided structure for a lot of nebulous thoughts that were...

    It does not need to be the most important, just a book that has truly changed you. My personal pick is Albert Camus' "The Rebel"; it provided structure for a lot of nebulous thoughts that were floating around in my head.

    27 votes
  19. Comment on What are the arguments against antinatalism? What are the arguments for natalism? [Ramble warning] in ~talk

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    I am just going to reply in order and not re-quote anything: I would argue that these are not mutually exclusive. From a practical perspective, not all nihilists are anti-natalist; they probably...

    I am just going to reply in order and not re-quote anything:

    1. I would argue that these are not mutually exclusive. From a practical perspective, not all nihilists are anti-natalist; they probably have some defense for this position, though I can't claim to know them.
    2. I think I was unclear. I didn't mean accepting or following the value that you were being drawn to, but that it was key to understanding the why behind your discomfort with nihilism and/or anti-natalism.
    3. I believe this is a point that we will disagree upon. However, I will make my case. I would argue that fake implies truth, and from a nihilistic perspective, truth does not exist in this manner. To be clear, I mean in the context of human existence, i.e. there is no true self to be found. If nothing is true, then meaning can only be created and is as such artificial.
    4. I enjoyed it, but I am not you. It is quite short, I think under 100 pages, so it isn't a big commitment. Also, The Myth of Sisyphus is on my list, so there's that.
  20. Comment on What are the arguments against antinatalism? What are the arguments for natalism? [Ramble warning] in ~talk

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    Okay, I can definitely connect with that. But, what is the non-nihilistic value that you are being drawn too? I would guess that it could be the key reaching the stability / coherence you are...

    But rather I mix arguments from both sides, thus I get stuck.

    Okay, I can definitely connect with that. But, what is the non-nihilistic value that you are being drawn too? I would guess that it could be the key reaching the stability / coherence you are seeking.

    But it didn't quite catch on.

    So, what do you mean by that? Was it that you didn't find personal meaning? Or was it more that you kept being attracted to "traditional" constructs of meaning, i.e. god? Also, as a more personal aside, I wouldn't say that I have created my personal meaning. But, I do firmly believe that I can, and the working towards it also provides me something close to meaning.

    I would also recommend reading Camus' "The Stranger"; it really connected with me. I think it might do the same for you.