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  1. Comment on A podcast by Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything) where he interviews game developers: Humans Who Make Games in ~games

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    I really liked Rand Miller (Myst Series). But I think all of them are very good because they go into their background and process.

    I really liked Rand Miller (Myst Series). But I think all of them are very good because they go into their background and process.

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  2. Comment on Taking mushrooms for depression cured me of my atheism: Psilocybin not only eased my depression, it showed me a new way to live. in ~misc

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    I think I can offer a bit of insight as an agnostic/atheist who takes shrooms to treat depression. I have depression that I've been treating with shrooms since my early teens. I take 1 "medium"...

    I think I can offer a bit of insight as an agnostic/atheist who takes shrooms to treat depression.

    I have depression that I've been treating with shrooms since my early teens. I take 1 "medium" dose (3.5g- 4.5g). I should note that I have an extremely low tolerance to any drug. 1/2 cup of 5% beer will make me drunk, a small pinch of weed will get me high etc. My friend can take the exact same dose as me from the same batch and barely feel anything. So your experience may vary.

    It "cures" my depression for around 2-4 years each time. I can't say what exactly it does to cure it.

    However in each of my experiences, I have an extreme "clarity" in my thoughts. I think most people will experience this clarity. It feels like every filter between you and reality has been erased.

    My experiences vary but I always end up inevitably talking to god. I'll describe one personal experience, even though it may expose me online.

    In an endless room that looked like the inside of a glowing purple tinted orange 3d mandelbrot in darkness, i met a glowing purple-tinted-orange spherical flower. This 3d flower was god. I could feel its presence and its presence told me everything about it. God felt like a young girl. Pure innocence (in the sense that hurting someone would never even occur to her) but with infinite wisdom and understanding. She loved me unconditionally and made me feel it in a way I've never felt in real life. It was ultimate acceptance.

    I could communicate with her faster than I could think and vice versa. She wanted to answer any questions I had. I asked her what the universe was and her role in it. She showed me an uncountable amount of thin golden strands coming off her body and coming together like a braid and forming another god. She told me she was trying to create another one of her. I got the sense that she felt lonely and wanted another god so that she could share this outside-universe space with. I followed some of the threads that were creating the new god and they lead into our universe. She told me she didn't couldn't fully control what transpired in our universe-which was the unfinished body of a new god. But she could see the pain and destruction and it made her immensely sad. She made it known to me in somewhat frightening apocalyptic imagery what the role of life was. Biology was the first stage and I got the sense that she did not like biological things. We are supposed to transition to the synthetic, and then finally from there become what she was. Once we awakened into the finished-universe-that is the body of the new god, we could then enjoy this outside-universe place with her.

    The apocalyptic imagery she showed me were mountains of rotting corpses with machines at the very top. It looked frightening but I did not feel scared. She made me feel as though biology was not something we would miss. Biology is chaotic and messy, and she does not like how little control she has over it.

    I continued following the golden strands and I saw that they all ended as living beings inside out universe. The more intelligent the longer the strand. When a living creature died, the strand would retract every so slowly then come back. She made it clear to me that death was just a simple mistake in this very complex process, the strand would just retract slightly and return to growing longer.

    I started coming back to reality shortly after this. I knew that she was a fabrication of the shrooms and my mind, but it felt very real. I had tears in my eyes. I'm still agnostic leaning towards atheism. I explain my experiences as hallucinations I see when my brain when all filters are removed and my brain is repairing itself. Like going to sleep and dreaming but instead of revitalizing my body and mind it revitalizes my psychological well being.

    My wife uses shrooms for the same purpose as me. She also has recurring depression that comes back every few years and needs to have another trip. I won't share her experiences, but she is also atheist/agnostic and shrooms have not changed that.

    27 votes
  3. Comment on A podcast by Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything) where he interviews game developers: Humans Who Make Games in ~games

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    I just wanted to share a podcast I really like. I like that each episode is over an hour long and I like how passionate Adam is about games.

    I just wanted to share a podcast I really like. I like that each episode is over an hour long and I like how passionate Adam is about games.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Dororo has been amazing so far, you can definitely tell which episodes they spent their budget on though, especially recently. It feels like a 90's anime, which to me is a good thing. I think this...

    Dororo has been amazing so far, you can definitely tell which episodes they spent their budget on though, especially recently. It feels like a 90's anime, which to me is a good thing. I think this is the first time I've liked the "silent edgy protagonist" trope because Hyakkimaru actually has a very good reason to be that way.

    Carol and Tuesday - Wow! I watched this solely because it was created by the creator of Cowboy Bebop. I don't really get much enjoyment from music and have no interest in the creation of music, yet I really like this show. Maybe I'm a sucker for slice of life type shows starring nice people. I kind of cringe during their jamming sessions(?) the parts where they sit in the apartment and just play stuff. Then when they play the final version of the song I'm like "Hey, this is okay!" I'm really glad they don't dance. If they started dancing I don't know if I could watch it. I love that this takes place in the Cowboy Bebop universe too (they use Woolongs and are on Mars).

    Also liking Shield Hero, I'm not really into isekai but I like the protagonists. I'm still on edge about Filo, I find her annoying and kind of cloying but not enough to make me dislike her character.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on TikTok might be a Chinese Cambridge Analytica-scale privacy threat in ~tech

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    Thanks, I never knew about Exodus. The 13 trackers do concern me, any clue what they're actually sending back? But permission wise, I can honestly see a valid reason for the majority of them. If...

    Thanks, I never knew about Exodus. The 13 trackers do concern me, any clue what they're actually sending back? But permission wise, I can honestly see a valid reason for the majority of them. If you use the app it's pretty obvious what they're for. "GET_ACCOUNTS" worries me though. I haven't developed anything for android in a decade, how much information is available with that permission?

  6. Comment on TikTok might be a Chinese Cambridge Analytica-scale privacy threat in ~tech

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    Your right, I didn't consider the videos themselves! They could create giant datasets for machine learning. They'd have videos of people, places, animals, cooking and a whole variety of things. I...

    Your right, I didn't consider the videos themselves! They could create giant datasets for machine learning. They'd have videos of people, places, animals, cooking and a whole variety of things. I don't think their videos would be very useful for voice recognition though. Most of the videos share sound/music and just have people repeating the memes to them ("I smell pennies" someone in a costume doing a weird walk runs at the camera "Ahhhh")

    1 vote
  7. Comment on TikTok might be a Chinese Cambridge Analytica-scale privacy threat in ~tech

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    [EDIT: please ignore my hasty conclusion about them doing a terrible job of data collection. The below replies have made me reconsider. I still do think it's more about soft power projection than...

    [EDIT: please ignore my hasty conclusion about them doing a terrible job of data collection. The below replies have made me reconsider. I still do think it's more about soft power projection than collecting data though. ]

    If they're collecting data, they are doing a terrible job of it. If I open my profile I can see my real name, a username they generated for me, and empty fields where you can put a profile pic, profile video, bio, instagram link, and youtube link. That data doesn't really seem like enough to target ads to you with, nor useful to a government. When I run facebook ads, it's so granular you can narrow things down to tiny niche groups (american women between ages 18-19 who like anime and drag car races and watching children ride emus), why would I want to run an ad on tiktok besides to build a base of teens with no money?

    I suppose they could be taking a device fingerprint and location data or something to track you, but that doesn't seem very useful either. They could build a heatmap of places with free wifi that teens like to congregate at I guess? Or build a map of cellular coverage.

    If anything it's more of a soft power projection platform. I get a lot of videos from China, Japan, Korea, and India on my feed and it honestly makes me feel more connected to those countries and people because I can see what their memes are like and often find them enjoyable.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Apple Is Telling Lawmakers People Will Hurt Themselves if They Try to Fix iPhones in ~tech

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    I do out of warranty logic board repairs as a side income. Apple actually has hardware in their newer macbooks pros that prevent you from repairing them, even with the proper tools. They've...

    I do out of warranty logic board repairs as a side income. Apple actually has hardware in their newer macbooks pros that prevent you from repairing them, even with the proper tools. They've started using using chips that are unavailable to anybody besides Apple. (specifically the ISL 9240). They probably have some kind of a deal with Intersil to only sell this chip to them. This chip dies all the time. The genius bar will charge nearly the price of the computer for that. This is one of the lesser known things apple has done to stifle repairs.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Preventing harassment and increasing group participation through social norms in 2,190 online science discussions in ~tech

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    Not sure if this is legal or not but I wanted to share this sci-hub link so people don't have to pay $10 to access this journal article. Please remove this if it's illegal....

    Not sure if this is legal or not but I wanted to share this sci-hub link so people don't have to pay $10 to access this journal article. Please remove this if it's illegal.

    https://sci-hub.tw/10.1073/pnas.1813486116

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Official Valve Index pages now up on Valve's website in ~games

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    I was really looking forward to this and I've got to say I'm pretty disappointed. A 120~130 fov and resolution bump over the Vive is nice but it's just not enough for me to justify a $500 purchase...

    I was really looking forward to this and I've got to say I'm pretty disappointed. A 120~130 fov and resolution bump over the Vive is nice but it's just not enough for me to justify a $500 purchase when I could just go and get the Pimax 5k. I'm really disappointed that there is no eye tracking or any really unique feature here.

    I'm glad the knuckles controllers work with my V.1.0 base stations though, so I'll pick those up.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye in ~news

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    The reason that Apple/Amazon story disappeared was because it was fabricated by a reporter at Bloomberg. They pointed to a component on a board and claimed it was some magical spying chip that had...

    The reason that Apple/Amazon story disappeared was because it was fabricated by a reporter at Bloomberg. They pointed to a component on a board and claimed it was some magical spying chip that had somehow gone unnoticed by server hardware specialists and whose traffic was undetectable by network admin. The graphic they had posted pointed to turned out to be one of these: https://www.digikey.com/catalog/en/partgroup/hhm-series/13584 and even if you could build spying capabilities into it, was positioned on the wrong part of the board to be of any use in spying. Bloomberg financially hurt supermicro because of their careless reporting and to my knowledge never published a retraction. Their article was also extremely xenophobic characterizing the workers at super micro as un-american others because they were ethnically Chinese and would eat steamed buns.

    11 votes
  12. Comment on Valve Index in ~tech

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    Sorry, you're right. I looked up lidar and I didn't really mean "lidar" I just couldn't come up with the correct name at the time. I meant more like the IR dot projector thing in the Kinect, which...

    Sorry, you're right. I looked up lidar and I didn't really mean "lidar" I just couldn't come up with the correct name at the time. I meant more like the IR dot projector thing in the Kinect, which is also in the iPhone X. Now that I think about it though, it's probably not that because they could get pretty decent AR with just the 2 cameras.

    Maybe it's just an expansion port for some future thing.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Valve Index in ~tech

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    This is the logo for the index: link This is one of valve's patents for a double fresnel system to increase fov: link I think the logo represents that double fresnel lens. It looks like 2 lenses...

    This is the logo for the index: link
    This is one of valve's patents for a double fresnel system to increase fov: link

    I think the logo represents that double fresnel lens. It looks like 2 lenses in front of an eye. I think they're hinting that the large FOV in a normal sized headset is going to be their killer feature.

    EDIT:
    The naming conventions: knuckles, index are emphasizing how important valve thinks finger tracking is, maybe.

    What I wonder is what went in the hole on the front of this prototype link. It's using usb 3.0, so it can't be wireless hdmi. The knuckles controllers already have finger tracking so it's probably not a leap motion either. I'm speculating that it's basically a lidar type thing to map your environment and enable really precise AR, which would make those 2 pass through cameras useful.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    I just want to add on to what you were saying. I work IT for an organization that uses Macs and PCs. Statistically (using the data from our ticketing system) the PCs have far far fewer issues than...

    I just want to add on to what you were saying. I work IT for an organization that uses Macs and PCs. Statistically (using the data from our ticketing system) the PCs have far far fewer issues than the macs, both in hardware and software. Some of it can be explained by user error (putting papers with a staple between the screen and the keyboard and using the computer like a folder) but even discounting all of those, there are far more mac hardware issues.

    For me the problem with this statement is that the person is looking at the brand (Dell) and not the specific laptop.

    You've hit the nail on the head. Almost every person I meet has a really hard time with this. They always ask me to recommend a brand and seem disappointed when I recommend specific models instead. I normally have to email them a list of recommendations for their usage case, then they ignore it and buy the most expensive macbook pro.

    I know this comes off as very anti-apple. I admit I am somewhat biased against apple due to work. I do use macs and pcs and the big 3 operating systems on a daily basis though.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on FTC Shuts Down 4 Robocall Groups Responsible For Billions of Illegal Robocalls in ~news

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    Reply All did a great episode about why there has been a huge surge in robocalls in the past couple years. I suggest everybody give it a listen: Podcast link TLDR: they repealed a law banning...

    Reply All did a great episode about why there has been a huge surge in robocalls in the past couple years. I suggest everybody give it a listen: Podcast link

    TLDR: they repealed a law banning robocalling software because the wording describing the robocall software could be interpreted to encompass much more than just robocalling software.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    I didn't, but it would be amazing if they would include that functionality again.

    I didn't, but it would be amazing if they would include that functionality again.

  17. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    Google Hangouts: advantages - no client to install, I can leave gmail open in a tab at work, I can also get the messages on my phone via data or wifi. It's completely replaced my SMS. Everybody I...
    1. Google Hangouts:
      advantages - no client to install, I can leave gmail open in a tab at work, I can also get the messages on my phone via data or wifi. It's completely replaced my SMS. Everybody I talk to on a very regular basis (more than 5x a day) uses gmail already so it's not a big ask for them to talk to me in hangouts.
      Disadvantages - My older friends and family still use SMS or iMessage so I have to switch to SMS to talk to them and it's difficult to get them to switch to hangouts. My friends who primarily communicate through facebook and have an iphone are hesitant to switch to hangouts so they message me in discord. Not a huge disadvantage but people who know my email address can just start talking to me.

    2. AOL instant Messenger - because I miss it. Real Answer: Hangouts because of the convenience of having it in the same tab as my email.

    3. As far as I can see, I don't think there will be convergence. The older people I know seem hesitant to switch away from things they already know. People my age are a little more willing to switch but are starting to become weary of anything new as well. Younger people seem to gravitate to whatever. I think it'll be segregated based on age and willingness to try new things.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Love, Death, and Robots: A Hit-and-Miss Anthology (Mild Spoilers) in ~tv

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    I watched the first 3 shorts with my wife and we both left with the same impression. The stories and tone feel "immature" for a lack of a better word. While watching I kept thinking "This is...

    I watched the first 3 shorts with my wife and we both left with the same impression. The stories and tone feel "immature" for a lack of a better word. While watching I kept thinking "This is written by a 12 year old edgelord". The 2nd short with the robots didn't come off as "12 year old edgelord", but it felt like a final project for a 3d animation class. I didn't want to give the series more chances after the first 3, but I'll go back and watch "zima blue" and "secret war".

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Oculus Rift S Announced in ~tech

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    I really don't understand why Oculus made the decisions that it did with this headset: LCD instead of OLED Lower resolution than the Quest's panels. (HP and Pimax have 4k+) (Samsung's Odyssey+ has...

    I really don't understand why Oculus made the decisions that it did with this headset:

    1. LCD instead of OLED
    2. Lower resolution than the Quest's panels. (HP and Pimax have 4k+) (Samsung's Odyssey+ has better resolution as well)
    3. 80hz (lower than the CV1) When they previously stated that 90hz was optimal.
    4. Costs more than the current CV1 and in line with the odyssey+

    Who is this aimed at? Why would anybody buy this over the Odyssey+?

    3 votes