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  1. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    Maybe obvious to some, this was a minor revelation for me, just now, for why all online human interaction tends towards the horrific. I've often seen claims that the issue underlying bad behavior...

    people performing for the audience on the same side as them

    Maybe obvious to some, this was a minor revelation for me, just now, for why all online human interaction tends towards the horrific.

    I've often seen claims that the issue underlying bad behavior online stems from not being face-to-face, and thus easily being able to mentally dehumanize one another. I'm sure that's a factor.

    But this may be the first time it's really occurred to me that all online conversations are performed for an audience, and must strongly color our behavior, knowingly or not.

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  2. Comment on What are the best, most interesting TV shows from outside the US? in ~tv

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    The Returned (Les Revenants) (Yet again, US made a subpar remake/copy ... 'nuf said). Two seasons, released in 2012 and 2015. Very creepy. People who died start coming back home, months/years...

    The Returned (Les Revenants) (Yet again, US made a subpar remake/copy ... 'nuf said). Two seasons, released in 2012 and 2015. Very creepy. People who died start coming back home, months/years later, not zombies (I guess), just ... not dead anymore (?), but also not quite right, either.

  3. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    That's awesome. Sounds like every American ever, about everything.

    Like any Brazilian, I’m pretty sure I already know Spanish even though I never studied it. I’m also sure no native Spanish speaker would agree with me, but as a Brazilian I’m allowed to delude myself.

    That's awesome. Sounds like every American ever, about everything.

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  4. Comment on What are your favorite deleted scenes? in ~movies

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    The extended director's cut of T2: Judgment Day, had an extended scene where they pulled the Terminator's CPU out, to turn on its AI learning capabilities ... cool scene, that also included some...

    The extended director's cut of T2: Judgment Day, had an extended scene where they pulled the Terminator's CPU out, to turn on its AI learning capabilities ... cool scene, that also included some very significant character development.

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  5. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    Thanks. I just tracked down how to change it in Skyrim (.ini file tweak). I'll try it next time I'm set up for Skyrim.

    Thanks. I just tracked down how to change it in Skyrim (.ini file tweak). I'll try it next time I'm set up for Skyrim.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    Thanks. For me, the 'in-window' tip sounds even more promising than the FOV setting. Will try both next time I'm set up for Skyrim.

    Thanks. For me, the 'in-window' tip sounds even more promising than the FOV setting. Will try both next time I'm set up for Skyrim.

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  7. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    FOV? Field of view? I didn't even know it's a setting. What does it change? Every year or two, I try an hour on Skyrim (the only 1st person game I've owned for years) in 1st person view, to see if...

    FOV? Field of view? I didn't even know it's a setting. What does it change?

    Every year or two, I try an hour on Skyrim (the only 1st person game I've owned for years) in 1st person view, to see if it's still an issue. It is.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    I bought the original Half-Life circa 2002, got less than 45 minutes into it, had to quit. You know how some people get a kind of motion sickness in VR? Turns out, I get that even in...

    I bought the original Half-Life circa 2002, got less than 45 minutes into it, had to quit.

    You know how some people get a kind of motion sickness in VR? Turns out, I get that even in reasonably-immersive 2d 1st-person perspective games. Half-Life was the game in which I discovered this.

    The Elder Scrolls games (mainly Oblivion and Skyrim) are among my favorites for many reasons (open gameplay, user-added content, yada), but among them is the optional God's-eye camera view. I can play that way, but not from the "looking at the world thru the character's eyes" perspective.

    Actual VR seems to affect me the same way, although some are worse than others (the VR quality matters).

    I'll check out Alyx some day, on someone else's rig, see if my system can handle it.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    The entire post is great, resonates with me. I posted elsewhere in this thread about how all advertising should be limited to physical 'opt-in' models. But I want to remark on this point. Two...

    Wonder why you never bought any of those fifty other brands of chocolate?

    The entire post is great, resonates with me. I posted elsewhere in this thread about how all advertising should be limited to physical 'opt-in' models.

    But I want to remark on this point. Two years ago, I moved from the US to Hungary. Here, I see the aisles of junk food, same as in the US, but 99% are different manufacturers (or at least, different brand names) ... I don't have a lifetime of advertising embedded in my psyche about any of these products. The names, logos, cartoon figures and pretty pictures mean nothing to me. If I want chocolate, I am free to browse these aisles without all that backgr ... crap ... they have Snickers here.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    Maybe this deserves its own thread, or maybe it's just me. I see Bigger Picture ... almost the entire advertising industry is based on a physical 'opt-out' model. They literally push ads at us...

    Maybe this deserves its own thread, or maybe it's just me.

    I see Bigger Picture ... almost the entire advertising industry is based on a physical 'opt-out' model. They literally push ads at us anytime/place they think they might be able to catch our attention. We choose to opt-out by physically averting our eyes, muting, fast-forwarding, throwing out the junk mail, etc.

    I think advertising should be legally constrained to an opt-in model ... "I want/need to shop for something. Let me now choose to go look at the advertising for the kinds of products (and nothing else, thank you) that I'm looking for."

    That's how advertising should work.

    Coupons, those ad flyers you can (choose to) pick up at the supermarket ... that's what 'opt-in' advertising looks like. We need that for the Internet.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Your thoughts regarding the media coverage? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I may be exaggerating (a bit). I'm not saying no one knew there was a flu ... I'm saying no one knew that it was a devastating global pandemic. To the vast majority of people, it was just another...
    1. I may be exaggerating (a bit).

    2. I'm not saying no one knew there was a flu ... I'm saying no one knew that it was a devastating global pandemic. To the vast majority of people, it was just another flu.

    3. It's anecdotal, but for the first 20-25 years of my life, I swear, No One had ever heard of the Spanish Flu.

    4. They literally named it the Spanish Flu because Spain was the only country that didn't repress news about it, and so everyone thought there was an especially bad flu that only hit Spain.

  12. Comment on Your thoughts regarding the media coverage? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Absolutely. And as I said, by and large, the reporting I've seen has been very good. Media is certainly handling it better than certain Federal Govts who shall remain nameless.

    Absolutely. And as I said, by and large, the reporting I've seen has been very good. Media is certainly handling it better than certain Federal Govts who shall remain nameless.

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  13. Comment on Your thoughts regarding the media coverage? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Are you saying I'm biased? the readers notice it more? Or that the media presents it disproportionately, to draw in readers? Because, for my part, this is not subconscious bias. I am literally...

    ... so subconsciously your eye is going to focus on that bit of the news more ...

    Are you saying I'm biased? the readers notice it more? Or that the media presents it disproportionately, to draw in readers?

    Because, for my part, this is not subconscious bias. I am literally counting the articles. Today on my primary news aggregator, the count is 12 out of 64 articles whose titles do not explicitly refer to the coronavirus, covid-19, pandemic, quarantine, etc. So ... 82% == Covid-19, 18% == Everything Else.

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  14. Comment on 'Herd immunity': Why Britain is actually letting the coronavirus spread in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well, then, the UK is just doing it wrong. Nutshell ... the issue is ability to provide health services. Some people will die, no matter what. But the slower the disease spreads, the better...

    Well, then, the UK is just doing it wrong.

    Nutshell ... the issue is ability to provide health services. Some people will die, no matter what. But the slower the disease spreads, the better hospitals will be able to handle the influx.

    Just letting it spread will quickly lead to over-crowded hospitals telling people (who could have been saved with proper care) to go die at home.

    It's also a good way to get all travel to/from your country banned.

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  15. Your thoughts regarding the media coverage?

    I skim-read multiple news aggregators daily, and for weeks now, every single day, 75% or more of the news is specifically about Covid-19. By comparison, it is worth reminding younger readers that...

    I skim-read multiple news aggregators daily, and for weeks now, every single day, 75% or more of the news is specifically about Covid-19.

    By comparison, it is worth reminding younger readers that we didn't even know about the Spanish Flu until ~30 years ago. During WWI, we (humans) suffered the deadliest pandemic of the modern era, and it took 60-70 years before anyone even noticed.

    If you didn't grow up before the Spanish Flu became common knowledge, that may be a hard thing to grasp ... but during the late-80s and into the '90s, there was this slow, years-long trickle of news from medical researchers, historians and (FFS) archeologists (?!!?) about how there might actually have been a massive global pandemic during WWI that no one knew about.

    Today in Wikipedia, there is just one little tidbit about how various things like (intentional) under-reporting and co-mingling of flu deaths with war casualties, led to it being nicknamed "the forgotten pandemic" ... which doesn't really capture that sense of "Holy Fuck"-ness when you discover that up to 100 million people died of the flu one year, and no one even noticed.

    Okay ... at any rate .... you get my point. In 1919, the news intentionally under-reported it worldwide (except in Spain ... hence the name), in part to help prevent panic.

    Today, the news media coverage is just incredible. Nothing on Earth happens any more, except Covid-19. A few thousand people die (I'm sorry, but yeah, more people die in car accidents), and the Media loses its mind.

    OTOH, honestly, it's mostly been pretty good, accurate, up-to-the-second coverage (as best I can tell), really driving home the message of "we know it sounds lame, but wash your hands, dammit ... a lot", and etc.

    So ... thoughts? This constant in-your-face media coverage ... good or bad? How much is media causing the panic vs just reporting on it?

    17 votes
  16. Comment on What does the coronavirus mean for the U.S. health care system? Some simple math offers alarming answers in ~health.coronavirus

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    Best article I've seen yet that looks at the systemic impact on societies' ability to handle the pandemic.

    Best article I've seen yet that looks at the systemic impact on societies' ability to handle the pandemic.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Traders are flying blind in S&P Futures after CME limits are hit in ~finance

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    Meta ... is it just me, or are others also hesitant to read Bloomberg news now, after seeing Bloomberg the billionaire on the debate stage, and finger-licking shared pizza, and etc?

    Meta ... is it just me, or are others also hesitant to read Bloomberg news now, after seeing Bloomberg the billionaire on the debate stage, and finger-licking shared pizza, and etc?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Other countries are testing patients for coronavirus by the tens of thousands. Why the U.S. is so far behind in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think, under the Trump Administration, Americans are suffering from "scandal fatigue". Unfortunately, while most of the scandals to date have been bad, this is the one that people should be the...

    I think, under the Trump Administration, Americans are suffering from "scandal fatigue". Unfortunately, while most of the scandals to date have been bad, this is the one that people should be the most (pardon the expression) up in arms about.

    11 votes
  19. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    Warren has been my just-barely-2nd choice since 2015 (even back when she refused to run). In at least the past 3 debates, she was the smartest person in the room. She would have been a great...

    Warren has been my just-barely-2nd choice since 2015 (even back when she refused to run). In at least the past 3 debates, she was the smartest person in the room. She would have been a great President, probably even better than Sanders (my 1st choice, 'cuz I'm a revolutionary).

    I really hope she ends up with a prominent position in the next Administration, whoever wins (Biden-cough-Biden).

    9 votes
  20. Comment on The boss who put everyone on $70,000 minimum salary in ~finance

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    It's long over for us. 200 years from now, today's Iranian grandkids' grandkids will be chanting "death to America" because of—among many other things—some half-remembered military hero we nuked.

    It's long over for us. 200 years from now, today's Iranian grandkids' grandkids will be chanting "death to America" because of—among many other things—some half-remembered military hero we nuked.

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