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  1. Comment on Imagen, a text-to-image diffusion model with an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding in ~tech

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    This is kind of an obnoxious website to browse with the header periodically and drastically changing height

    This is kind of an obnoxious website to browse with the header periodically and drastically changing height

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  2. Comment on Nuclear waste is safer than you think in ~science

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    That maps even less! Your idea of the failure mode for these things seems to be severely warped. We're not stashing bombs here. We're locking stable waste inside fortified rocks capable of...

    That maps even less!

    Your idea of the failure mode for these things seems to be severely warped. We're not stashing bombs here. We're locking stable waste inside fortified rocks capable of withstanding intense destructive force that are themselves locked inside fortified bunkers and monitored and maintained.

    I'm not arguing that bad things won't happen if nuclear storage fails, only that risk is manageable and you don't need to wait around for a housefire to happen on its own to figure out how to build a fireproof safe. We can extrapolate usefully from past information.

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  3. Comment on Nuclear waste is safer than you think in ~science

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    You don't need to know what day it's going to snow next winter to know you'll need a coat that'll tolerate however chilly it gets there. And if you know that the coldest it has ever been in...

    You don't need to know what day it's going to snow next winter to know you'll need a coat that'll tolerate however chilly it gets there. And if you know that the coldest it has ever been in recorded history is -20°F and you set yourself up to be comfortable even in -80F°, you just beat winter. You've stacked the deck in your favor to the point where drawing a losing hand doesn't even matter cause the rest of society is living their best lives as popsicles.

    That doesn't map perfectly, but point I'm shooting for is that factors of safety exist and (cost permitting!) can be pushed to the point where by the time you have a problem, you've got bigger problems.

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  4. Comment on What's one weird thing about yourself? in ~talk

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    I have no fear of the dark, I'm pretty comfortable getting around without being able to see. And mirrors don't bother me at all. But for some reason I have a pretty low tolerance of mirrors in low...

    I have no fear of the dark, I'm pretty comfortable getting around without being able to see. And mirrors don't bother me at all. But for some reason I have a pretty low tolerance of mirrors in low light (not no light). Usually can't bring myself to look in them or at myself in them, pretty sure it's related to an old nightmare I used to have. At risk of oversharing, I occasionally wonder if that might be the remnants of some minor childhood trauma (as a kid, looked in a mirror immediately-post-face-surgery and didn't recognize the grim image looking back at me), but the memory's AWOL so I have no way of knowing. Pretty sure it's not, but is an interesting thought to entertain.

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  5. Comment on US Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent in ~news

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    I'm not sure "just getting it out of the way now" is particularly compelling when there's actual evidence that freezing it in Standard time has benefits over that. They're not mindblowing, but...

    I'm not sure "just getting it out of the way now" is particularly compelling when there's actual evidence that freezing it in Standard time has benefits over that. They're not mindblowing, but they're compelling enough for me. And the reverse is apparently enough for the fossil fuel industry to spend time and on twisting law in favor of it. Trying to avoid just being contrarian, but that alone seems compelling enough to push back.

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  6. Comment on Why store code as text files? in ~comp

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    Problem is that not all languages are compatible like that. Take languages that are compiled, but have a runtime for example. And different implementations of conceptually identical/similar...

    Problem is that not all languages are compatible like that. Take languages that are compiled, but have a runtime for example. And different implementations of conceptually identical/similar constructs. Go's go vs Crystal's spawn for example. Open one in the other and instead of a keyword and some operators you have dozens or hundreds or thousands of lines of scheduling and communication code that might not return to their tidy forms in their native language if the formatter can't recognize it, for example if changes are made to the scheduler to improve efficiency or just to tidy things up. Or take Rust for example, where there's some behavior that just isn't valid like in other languages.

    I'm not sure that an intermediary form could be made that's compatible across languages and across vastly different types of abstractions without all those abstractions noisily and messily immediately unraveling.

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  7. Comment on Google blocks FOSS Android tool – for asking for donations in ~tech

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    Unfortunately, that's still quite the barrier to entry and eliminates quite a few would-be contributors who might not even learn that it exists now.

    Unfortunately, that's still quite the barrier to entry and eliminates quite a few would-be contributors who might not even learn that it exists now.

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  8. Comment on Steam Deck launch day megathread in ~games

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    SteamOS 3.0 won't have any secret VR sauce since the device it was made for isn't really capable of VR. It'll be even dodgier than a normal Linux PC since it doesn't have the raw power most VR...

    SteamOS 3.0 won't have any secret VR sauce since the device it was made for isn't really capable of VR. It'll be even dodgier than a normal Linux PC since it doesn't have the raw power most VR games demand.

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  9. Comment on I have no capslock and I must scream in ~comp

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    Examples of telemetry that has a noticeable problem with power consumption. I've heard of DRM so overreaching that it noticeably slows the rest of the app, but not telemetry.

    Sorry, real-world examples of what?

    Examples of telemetry that has a noticeable problem with power consumption. I've heard of DRM so overreaching that it noticeably slows the rest of the app, but not telemetry.

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  10. Comment on I have no capslock and I must scream in ~comp

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    Fact of the matter is that choices need to be made sometimes and you need information for that. You're getting way too caught up in the irrelevant particulars of a throwaway hypothetical. And on...

    Fact of the matter is that choices need to be made sometimes and you need information for that. You're getting way too caught up in the irrelevant particulars of a throwaway hypothetical.

    And on battery, we're talking about a game. It doesn't have to be, but in this hypothetical even bad telemetry is vastly outclassed by the power consumption of the thing itself, and the vast majority of telemetry isn't that. I don't know of any real-world examples at all, do you?

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  11. Comment on Covid testing company "selling customers' DNA" in ~health.coronavirus

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    You know, on closer inspection of the contents of my head I realize it isn't. My bad lol

    You know, on closer inspection of the contents of my head I realize it isn't. My bad lol

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  12. Comment on The metaverse is so stupid in ~tech

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    They have a pretty decent head start and have actual new ideas and something to show for them, especially when it comes to AR. Minecraft Earth was fun as heck while it lasted. While I strongly...

    They have a pretty decent head start and have actual new ideas and something to show for them, especially when it comes to AR. Minecraft Earth was fun as heck while it lasted. While I strongly dislike them as a company, credit where it's due, I believe they're the first to have AR anchors shared in real time between separate devices implemented and shipped in a consumer product. I'm not sure if it's been posted here, but there was an article I read a while back basically posing the idea that the metaverse already existed and that it was Minecraft. A huge virtual environment created by its users where you could just interact on a daily level but virtually. I think that idea has merit and combined with everything else MS is sitting on? They'd be my bet as well.

    Everything FB is flaunting has been seen before either in MS tech teasers or on Steam. That's honestly kind of sad considering that they own Oculus, which for a short while felt like it was nearly synonymous with VR.

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  13. Comment on Can someone explain the systemd controversy to a nontechnical user? in ~tech

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    Might be a config thing. For example, waiting for a network mount.

    Might be a config thing. For example, waiting for a network mount.

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  14. Comment on Linus Tech Tips "pirating" OCCT - answer from the dev in ~tech

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    Evidently enough for the idea of it being a full time job to not be instantly dismissed, even with a wife working part time at minimum wage and 3 children to worry about. But those companies he...

    Evidently enough for the idea of it being a full time job to not be instantly dismissed, even with a wife working part time at minimum wage and 3 children to worry about.

    But those companies he mentioned, I'd expect they'd want an enterprise license that comes with features that make it suitable to be integrated into some sort of automated testing whatever. With that being $849.00 per year, 100 big companies like that would make for an $85k salary. But outside of the like. I guess big hardware manufacturers that would want that, you probably have a number of repair shops that might want to keep it close at hand at that $250/yr price.

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  15. Comment on Linus Tech Tips "pirating" OCCT - answer from the dev in ~tech

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    He talked about it in the original post. Apparently hardware manufacturers make use of it.

    He talked about it in the original post. Apparently hardware manufacturers make use of it.

    As a closing note, most companies are like that. Some are really nice. I'm not afraid to cite them : Asetek, NZXT, Cooler master, Videocardz,... they're all really, really nice people. They use OCCT, support me, and I even got an AIO for free from Asetek since I made a function they had the idea of (Steady mode) (I was beyond thrilled). But lots of others aren't. I did fight for 3 months with a popular graphic card manufacturer to make them pay for a Pro license when they were using it in their after-sale services (I had proof sent by a user).

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  16. Comment on Can someone explain the systemd controversy to a nontechnical user? in ~tech

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    Is it not still a valid (if not directly spoken) question being asked? "Why is being monolithic here bad when it's not over there?" I've never seen an answer to that.

    Is it not still a valid (if not directly spoken) question being asked? "Why is being monolithic here bad when it's not over there?" I've never seen an answer to that.

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  17. Comment on Open-source blueprints are inspiring activists to distribute tent-safe heaters that can be built for as little as $7 in ~tech

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    According to the article, it looks like they refill fuel for people when they're handing out kits. For people making their own, the blueprints don't recommend denatured alcohol. Nice for cooking,...

    According to the article, it looks like they refill fuel for people when they're handing out kits. For people making their own, the blueprints don't recommend denatured alcohol. Nice for cooking, but it doesn't go out as readily when tipped over, flares out more readily, and it can get so hot that it cracks the terra cotta pot. There's a few pages on different types of alcohol fuels and a little chart that compares pricing for 70% and 90% isopropyl, and denatured alcohol.

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  18. Comment on Abuse and harassment on the blockchain in ~tech

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    It's honestly kind of mindblowing that it hasn't happened already.

    It's honestly kind of mindblowing that it hasn't happened already.

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  19. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (January 2022) in ~talk

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    As of this morning, finally back on ADHD meds for the first time since like. Middle/high school. Last semester just was hitting me way too hard to deal with it on my own anymore. Related note,...

    As of this morning, finally back on ADHD meds for the first time since like. Middle/high school. Last semester just was hitting me way too hard to deal with it on my own anymore. Related note, getting used to not glorifying "going it alone"/"toughing it out." Always kinda apprehensive about taking anything that affects my head (I don't drink, don't do any fun drugs), and I'm not sure if I'm more or less apprehensive not having noticed much difference besides side effects so far.

    Also not sure how much is genuine side effects and what might be just nerves. Like am I just nervous or is this why my hands were always cold back in grade school? Am I hungry or nauseous? And if I'm nauseous is that just nerves? At least if they are side effects, they're mild and vague enough that that's questionable.

    EDIT: Wait is this how I managed wearing hoodies in the middle of summer without dying back then?

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  20. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Or in a world where NFTs didn't exist, the other guy would buy another copy from the artist and then there'd be more money in the artist's pocket and two copies between the two of you. I fail to...

    Or in a world where NFTs didn't exist, the other guy would buy another copy from the artist and then there'd be more money in the artist's pocket and two copies between the two of you. I fail to see the improvement by making it scarce. It's not actually scarce (ownership of the token is not ownership of the art, and anyone can still access the art freely), and it's not actually worth more when it's tokenized.

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