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  1. Comment on Non-fictional books about getting to know emotions? in ~books

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    Hold Me Tight by Dr Sue Johnson is about security in relationships as viewed through the lenses of emotionally focused therapy and attachment theory. While focused on romantic relationships, the...

    Hold Me Tight by Dr Sue Johnson is about security in relationships as viewed through the lenses of emotionally focused therapy and attachment theory. While focused on romantic relationships, the ideas are more generally applicable. I found the first part quite informative, the latter part moves into having hard conversations with your partner, I didn't go into that. Understanding attachment theory has been eye opening in helping me understand my own reactions and insecurities, along with helping me understand others' as well.

    As noted, she has a doctorate and her writing is based on studies as well as her experience as a therapist.

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  2. Comment on Christian Super Bowl commercial outrages US conservatives in ~humanities

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    Holy hell I got one of those a couple months ago in the PNW, seems like they're doing waves of these across the country. I was similarly disgusted at the messaging and waste.

    Holy hell I got one of those a couple months ago in the PNW, seems like they're doing waves of these across the country. I was similarly disgusted at the messaging and waste.

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  3. Comment on Eye glasses, especially myopia - what's real what's myth? in ~life

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    I thought this article was informative about the myopia control lenses, it cites some studies though it does reference a product of theirs, but you can skip that paragraph and still get good info....

    I thought this article was informative about the myopia control lenses, it cites some studies though it does reference a product of theirs, but you can skip that paragraph and still get good info. It also has some diagrams that helps illustrate the theory. Basically, the theory goes, that traditional correction causes the eyeball to grow in a manner that worsens vision and that by directing the focal point of light to a different spot, it encourages the eyeball to grow in a way that doesn't worsen vision as much.

    https://coopervision.co.uk/practitioner/clinical-resources/myopia-in-children/myopia-manangement-vs-myopia-correction

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  4. Comment on Tildes Gaming Club, February 2024: Legacy in ~games

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    My partner and I went with some friends to a Distant Worlds concert recently. It is a concert that plays a setlist of songs across the Final Fantasy series. My partner hadn't played any, just...

    My partner and I went with some friends to a Distant Worlds concert recently. It is a concert that plays a setlist of songs across the Final Fantasy series. My partner hadn't played any, just heard precious Distant Worlds setlists I'd put on, but they were inspired to try one out.

    So my recommendation was Final Fantasy X (2001) for a few reasons:

    1. One of their favorite songs was To Zanarkand
    2. It represents a transition between neoclassical PS1 era JRPGs and their subsequent modernization (consider how "action-y" FF13-3, FF15, and FF16 are, plus two MMORPGs since), and as such is an interesting piece of gaming history (they appreciate such stuff since they haven't been as engaged with games as me). For example, it is the first voice acted Final Fantasy and has probably the largest leap in visual character model fidelity between any entries in the series.
    3. It's one of the last projects they had a lot of their super stars together on.
    4. Legacy, it's often cited as among the best/favorites across the whole series.

    We've been playing it together as I anticipated the patient aspects wouldn't appeal to them (turn based combat, equipment, leveling up through the sphere grid, the required blitzball tournament), but they have been quite taken with the rest of the game!

    They decided they wanted to play the original PS2 version emulated after reading up on the remaster, a decision I fully backed. So we moved a PC to the TV to emulate it. I suppose this technically fits with the last theme too since we started last week, but my tinkering project was more involved than this.

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  5. Comment on The man who owes Nintendo $14m: Gary Bowser and gaming’s most infamous piracy case in ~games

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    The article isn't telling the full story of his involvement, at least as I recall it. His connection to Team Xecuter is more complicated than he claims. They broke the golden rule of piracy --...

    The article isn't telling the full story of his involvement, at least as I recall it. His connection to Team Xecuter is more complicated than he claims. They broke the golden rule of piracy -- don't make money off of it. They weren't just hosting a ROM site, they were selling full hardware and software solutions for Switch piracy for profit plus subscription services. They weren't the ones driving the discoveries in Switch hacking either and their product was essentially within their own walled garden of Switch piracy.

    To be clear, I still think there's been a gross miscarriage of justice in this case and what has been done to this man is unconscionable. The story is just more nuanced than the article describes in some important aspects. It still has value in following up and actually interviewing the guy.

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  6. Comment on Alternative or fun ways to donate to charity? in ~talk

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    It's a bit different, but you could also take a look at some volunteer computing projects. One pretty popular example was Folding@Home. It's been around a while, but it got a boost back when...

    It's a bit different, but you could also take a look at some volunteer computing projects. One pretty popular example was Folding@Home. It's been around a while, but it got a boost back when COVID-19 popped up. The ArsTechnica article below also gives some further context for these sorts of projects. It would be an indirect way of donating, since your money would go to the increased power bill, and your computing will likely support research rather than something more obviously charitable.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_volunteer_computing_projects

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/how-the-pandemic-revived-a-distributed-computing-project-and-made-history/

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  7. Comment on What happens to the temperature of water and ice in a closed thermos-like container? in ~science

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    Addendum: this sort of behavior is well demonstrated by a (simplified) phase chart like the one in the link below, graphing the heat and temperature. You can see how you need to add/remove heat to...

    Addendum: this sort of behavior is well demonstrated by a (simplified) phase chart like the one in the link below, graphing the heat and temperature. You can see how you need to add/remove heat to make a phase change happen, phase changes happen at a particular temperature, and how change of temperature only occurs within a given phase.

    I just like the diagram, I can't vouch for the rest of the site.

    https://www.expii.com/t/heating-and-cooling-curves-overview-examples-11108

    @IIIIIIIIII, check out the chart too!

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  8. Comment on What happens to the temperature of water and ice in a closed thermos-like container? in ~science

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    OK so your flask is effectively creating a closed system for what we're looking at here, meaning that no heat is entering or leaving the system. The water is at or above freezing, 32°F. The ice is...

    OK so your flask is effectively creating a closed system for what we're looking at here, meaning that no heat is entering or leaving the system. The water is at or above freezing, 32°F. The ice is at or below freezing. *Heat travels down the thermal gradient, meaning heat goes from hot to cold. So heat will go from the water to the ice, warming up the ice and cooling off the water. Once the ice hits 32°, the heat from the water will start melting the ice instead of warming it until the ice is melted. This continues until all the ice is melted and the water reaches thermal equilibrium. Since our system isn't actually closed, heat will move in (since the inside of the flask is colder than the outside), gradually warming the system until it reaches thermal equilibrium with the surroundings.

    I hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions!

    *Note that heat is not the same as temperature, it's a sort of measure of energy that temperature tells us about, but two different objects of the same mass at the same temperature will likely have different amounts of heat. Another aspect is that a larger object can hold more heat at the same temperature versus a smaller object of the same material.

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  9. Comment on Prisoners in the US are part of a hidden workforce linked to hundreds of popular food brands in ~food

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    Damn straight. The text itself that supposedly abolished slavery, section 1 of the 13th Amendment: If you have to qualify the statement, then you abolished jackshit. Just formally legalized it as...

    “Slavery has not been abolished,” said Curtis Davis, who spent more than 25 years at the penitentiary and is now fighting to change state laws that allow for forced labor in prisons. “It is still operating in present tense,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

    Damn straight. The text itself that supposedly abolished slavery, section 1 of the 13th Amendment:

    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    If you have to qualify the statement, then you abolished jackshit. Just formally legalized it as criminal punishment.

    Great piece of investigative journalism from AP. I'm not sure what I can do aside from advocating to my representatives for prison and police reform. Education is a great first step at least, hopefully this article will help raise awareness.

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  10. Comment on Tildes Gaming Club, January 2024: Tinkering in ~games

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    I did an absurd thing. I've got a Thrust master T.Flight HOTAS X or some such. A throttle and flight stick. I hooked it up to Final Fantasy XIV, swapped to machinist (gunner), then played in first...

    I did an absurd thing. I've got a Thrust master T.Flight HOTAS X or some such. A throttle and flight stick. I hooked it up to Final Fantasy XIV, swapped to machinist (gunner), then played in first person mode (generally a terrible idea for MMOs).

    On top of figuring out what button mapping to use and how to configure hotkeys for it (the latter of which can turn into a whole project all its own), it took a little extra tinkering since I'm on Linux. Wine didn't pick it up out of the box. I configured a SDL mapping and set it as an environment variable, then FFXIV picked it up no problem.

    I raid with a static (hard content with a regular group), I plan to keep pushing this absurd setup and see how far I can go. The machinist controls felt far more comfortable than I had anticipated, I'm not sure other jobs would've translated as well. I usually use mouse and keyboard, so it's a pretty substantial adjustment beyond the obvious.

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  11. Comment on Single-player games to play with my partner in ~games

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    We had a great thread about specific types of game recommendations, your request fits in pretty well with this comment chain.

    We had a great thread about specific types of game recommendations, your request fits in pretty well with this comment chain.

  12. Comment on ChatGPT seems to be transphobic and pro-torture in ~humanities

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    This is, by definition, not research. Research requires systematic investigation. Typing a prompt into ChatGPT and calling it research is no different than searching "flat earth theory" and taking...

    A lot of people use AI for reseach, because it's much faster than doing a web search and trying to find a somewhat related result.

    This is, by definition, not research. Research requires systematic investigation. Typing a prompt into ChatGPT and calling it research is no different than searching "flat earth theory" and taking the first fringe YouTube video as gospel. It's dangerous to call this research as it legitimizes folks calling it research when they read one mommy blog without developing foundational knowledge, apply zero critical thinking, and/or fail to investigate other sources (including those one disagrees with!).

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  13. Comment on Did anyone else play This War of Mine about the siege of Sarajevo? Are there other games you appreciate about rare experiences? in ~games

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    I always think of Valiant Hearts when folks mention This War of Mine. You play a variety of characters during WW1, depicting its horrors while championing themes of love and friendship. I found it...

    I always think of Valiant Hearts when folks mention This War of Mine. You play a variety of characters during WW1, depicting its horrors while championing themes of love and friendship. I found it touching when it first released.

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  14. Comment on How much does a creator's worldview influence whether you use their tech or consume their media? in ~talk

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    With all due respect, I think you're wrong. I know we don't really get to see each other's authentic selves on the Internet, but I do think you're respectful and compassionate. I've "seen" it in...

    I'm just weak and not really a good person.

    With all due respect, I think you're wrong. I know we don't really get to see each other's authentic selves on the Internet, but I do think you're respectful and compassionate. I've "seen" it in your comments. Give yourself some credit, you've got enough going on that playing WoW doesn't make you weak or not good.

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  15. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    That's a whole genre now, this site hosts a spreadsheet where someone ranked and reviewed over 900 VS-likes on a 60 point scale https://survivorslikes.com/

    That's a whole genre now, this site hosts a spreadsheet where someone ranked and reviewed over 900 VS-likes on a 60 point scale

    https://survivorslikes.com/

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  16. Comment on How to preserve a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle? in ~games.tabletop

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    You can reinforce the back with extra cardboard/poster board to help reinforce it and the frame will keep that clamped together. Larger frames will often have aluminum reinforcements at the...

    You can reinforce the back with extra cardboard/poster board to help reinforce it and the frame will keep that clamped together. Larger frames will often have aluminum reinforcements at the corners of the frame that ought to help as well.

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  17. Comment on How to preserve a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle? in ~games.tabletop

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    Yeah I'd probably follow the glue instructions for something like mod podge (not sure if that requires its own backing or works just on the puzzle), then frame that. I haven't done puzzle framing...

    Yeah I'd probably follow the glue instructions for something like mod podge (not sure if that requires its own backing or works just on the puzzle), then frame that. I haven't done puzzle framing though, just prints and originals.

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  18. Comment on How to preserve a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle? in ~games.tabletop

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    That's amazing, congratulations! For something of your size, when you get to the frame, I'd definitely stick to a plastic (plexiglass) cover over glass. It's a lot lighter and more shatter...

    That's amazing, congratulations! For something of your size, when you get to the frame, I'd definitely stick to a plastic (plexiglass) cover over glass. It's a lot lighter and more shatter resistant, though take care when framing since it scuffs easier. Amazon says the dimensions are 54.33"L x 75.59"W, you'll want a bit more than that to account for the frame itself and not clip the puzzle. I think this is close enough to large poster size that you can find some standard frames rather than needing a custom job or DIY one.

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  19. Comment on Why autonomous trucking is harder than autonomous rideshare in ~transport

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    I'd like to see the author source this claim, as it contradicts the work I do with lidar data daily. We obtain very high precision data of ground and grounded features from helicopters in rather...

    Lidar sensors provide trustworthy 3D data because they take direct measurements based on physical principles. They have a usable range of around 200–250 meters, plenty for city driving but not enough for every truck use case. Lidar detection models may also need to accumulate multiple scans/frames over time to detect faraway objects reliably, especially for smaller items like debris, further decreasing the usable detection range.

    Note that some solid-state lidars claim significantly more range than 250 meters. These numbers are collected under ideal conditions; for computing minimum sensing capability, we are interested in the range that can provide perfect recall and really great precision. For example, the lidar may be unable to reach its maximum range over the entire field of view, or may require undesirable trade-offs like a scan pattern that reduces point density and field of view to achieve more range.

    I'd like to see the author source this claim, as it contradicts the work I do with lidar data daily. We obtain very high precision data of ground and grounded features from helicopters in rather non ideal scenarios. We're able to accurately model systems within inches (the limit here is really on processing time and accuracy of other physical properties not associated with the lidar).

    Admittedly, these are rather expensive sensors, I'm not sure how much exactly. We also have to calibrate our data before modeling, which involves handling noise and synchronizing multiple flight lines. And this scenario is very different from how we use lidar, so perhaps those confound variables too much (ie need of immediately usable data), but the factors the author mentions are ones we already deal with on a much larger scale at far greater distances with excellent precision.

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  20. Comment on My new apartment’s most aggravating feature (latch smart locks) in ~tech

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    Imagine the possibilities for nefarious actors that have identified vulnerabilities. Right now, if someone wants in my place through the door, they've got to pick the lock or bust down the door....

    Imagine the possibilities for nefarious actors that have identified vulnerabilities. Right now, if someone wants in my place through the door, they've got to pick the lock or bust down the door. With an exploit, they could potentially disarm the lock quickly, quietly, and perhaps even remotely. Or imagine a larger scale attack, someone leverages ransomware against your landlord and now every door is locked shut.

    What a nightmare

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