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  1. Comment on By making both "high-quality discussion" and "transparent community development" a core part of its identity, Tildes will always be dominated by people with "moderator/power user" personalities. in ~tildes

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    I feel the exact same way, and it's the same reason I'm drifting away from tildes. People just turn off their brain when it comes to anything they hear about China or Chinese people. I tend to...

    I feel the exact same way, and it's the same reason I'm drifting away from tildes. People just turn off their brain when it comes to anything they hear about China or Chinese people.

    I tend to self censor myself now because I just feel this air of hostility lately due to the increased propaganda.

  2. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 Livestream in ~tech

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    That makes sense, thank you. I would have never guessed it was medical imaging!

    That makes sense, thank you. I would have never guessed it was medical imaging!

  3. Comment on Blasphemous - Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    That animation is gorgeous! I love the character design and the design of the bosses. When I first saw it I just kept thinking "please don't be another rogue-like" I'm so glad it's not. Thanks for...

    That animation is gorgeous! I love the character design and the design of the bosses. When I first saw it I just kept thinking "please don't be another rogue-like" I'm so glad it's not. Thanks for posting this! I would have never heard of this otherwise, now it's on my wish list.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 Livestream in ~tech

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    You seem to know a good amount about this, hopefully you can answer this. Who is buying these Eizo $30k monitors? I asked a friend who is an editor at a mid-size hollywood movie studio (you have...

    You seem to know a good amount about this, hopefully you can answer this. Who is buying these Eizo $30k monitors? I asked a friend who is an editor at a mid-size hollywood movie studio (you have seen at least a few of these movies probably, just to give you an idea of the size of the studio) and he says the monitors they use are JVC ones that cost less than $2000.

    Are these for special effects studios like ILM or something else?

    EDIT: I found some image editing/photography studios (?) that use Eizos but the $4k ones not the $30k ones. I'm assuming these are for photo editors and people who deal in print mediums?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 Livestream in ~tech

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    $6k for the anti-glare 6k monitor, am I right in thinking that's kind of crazy? I'm glad they finally announced a refresh for the mac pro and went back to a sane form factor.

    $6k for the anti-glare 6k monitor, am I right in thinking that's kind of crazy?
    I'm glad they finally announced a refresh for the mac pro and went back to a sane form factor.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Favorite Kaiju Movies? in ~movies

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    I want to second zptc's Shin Godzilla. It feels much more relatable and conjures up images of the Tsunami. I like the dead eyes they gave godzilla too, it's more like an animal than a self aware...

    I want to second zptc's Shin Godzilla. It feels much more relatable and conjures up images of the Tsunami. I like the dead eyes they gave godzilla too, it's more like an animal than a self aware monster with a goal. A force of nature. It's also a critique of bureaucracy and all the red tape that makes the government slow to act. It also shows the considerations that have to be taken into account when dealing with a kaiju (are there civilians in the area? are you sure they're all evacuated? What kind of collateral damage can you expect? Kill or capture? What do the biologists say? etc) but it's shown quickly enough that it doesn't bog down the film. The movie feels like you're watching politicians and crack teams deal with a natural disaster.

    The bad: The CGI is terrible and jarring. There is a character that is the daughter of a US senator, that was supposed to be born and raised in America (I think?) that has a very thick accent and keeps switching to English for no reason and it's not believable at all that she grew up in America. If you can handle those 2 things then I would highly recommend the movie.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Why isn't there more discussion about the UFOs reported by navy pilots? in ~talk

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    I honestly think it is interesting if they're seeing advanced military drones with the capabilities that they're talking about. We won't ever get to see how they work, but the more academic types...

    I honestly think it is interesting if they're seeing advanced military drones with the capabilities that they're talking about. We won't ever get to see how they work, but the more academic types could at least analyze the videos and speculate.

    After reading Deimos's comment though, I think this is just sponsored content in the main stream media, which is horrifying.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Why isn't there more discussion about the UFOs reported by navy pilots? in ~talk

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    It occurred to me that this could be some kind of PR move by the history channel but I didn't think CNN and New York Times would stoop low enough to have sponsored content. But it seems like every...

    It occurred to me that this could be some kind of PR move by the history channel but I didn't think CNN and New York Times would stoop low enough to have sponsored content. But it seems like every mainstream news article does mention the history channel show. Now that you point it out it seems obvious that it's all sponsored content. I knew the big outlets misreported stuff and would report on fabricated stories without checking sources, but this feels like a new low.

    Also thank you for that HN comment/explanation, that seems the most likely now. If history channel went low enough to pay mainstream news outlets to promote their videos, there is little doubt in my mind they paid these pilots to make up events as well.

    7 votes
  9. I normally never take reports of ufos seriously, but major news outlets are reporting on videos taken by Navy pilots and the news anchors seem to take it as a joke. Even if these ufos are just...

    I normally never take reports of ufos seriously, but major news outlets are reporting on videos taken by Navy pilots and the news anchors seem to take it as a joke. Even if these ufos are just high tech government drones or weather balloons, you'd think people would at least be curious in finding out what these things are.

    Around the office normally I hear chatter about the news and current events, but nothing about these ufos. Nobody brings them up. On discussion forums, talk about the ufos seems really sparse as well. Even subreddits dedicated to ufos seem to not care very much about these videos being on the mainstream news. Now with legitimate proof that there is something strange in the air, why does nobody seem to care?

    What are the leading explanations to what these things are? One explanation I've heard for at least one of the videos is that it's a stationary weather balloon that only appears to be moving due to the camera on the plane moving. I can accept this explanation for that video, but what about the other videos? And what about the navy pilot testimonies? Is this all just a publicity stunt for History Channel's new show?

    10 votes
  10. Comment on ‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects in ~tech

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    I feel like a middle school kid watching Sightings and looking for UFOs in my backyard again. I really really want to believe, but as an adult I've trained myself to be disappointed by anything...

    I feel like a middle school kid watching Sightings and looking for UFOs in my backyard again. I really really want to believe, but as an adult I've trained myself to be disappointed by anything fantastical like this.

    Are there any explanations for these things besides extraterrestrials? I remember seeing another video previously of one that looked like a tic tac. Please tell me there is no down to earth explanation. Could they be secret military drones? Camera glitches? Heat reflections? Insects? Please let this be aliens.

    Also is anybody else impressed by the tracking system on that plane?

  11. Comment on Journey will release on PC next week, pre-orders available on Epic Store for $4.99 USD (due to current store-wide sale) in ~games

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    I'm not very happy that this is epic store exclusive, but I'll buy it from them because I've never played it and always wanted to. I don't have anything against epic; I think Steam needed some...

    I'm not very happy that this is epic store exclusive, but I'll buy it from them because I've never played it and always wanted to. I don't have anything against epic; I think Steam needed some real competition, but I hate the exclusivity tactic and it does color my perception of the epic store negatively.

    That said I'm really excited to play this game.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    I think technology that merges your consciousness with a machine or AI or even other brains would provide such an enormous insurmountable advantage to those that have it versus those who do not...

    I think technology that merges your consciousness with a machine or AI or even other brains would provide such an enormous insurmountable advantage to those that have it versus those who do not that it may be seen as unethical not to implant at birth. I think most people would see the immense benefits and flock to it. The holdouts would basically become a lesser species of human.

    Imagine if this implant had a secondary minor function to say allow humans to techno-telepathically communicate with each other. The majority of society communicates in this manner because it's faster, you can communicate by thinking imagery or experiences at people, there would be no miscommunication. If you cannot communicate in this manner then you would miss out on an enormous amount of communication and human experience. Nobody would bother trying to communicate with you. Like everybody on earth was speaking a language you could never learn. If you did not implant your child at birth, you'd be giving the child a disability.

    1 vote
  13. 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.

    2 votes
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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?

  18. 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
  19. 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