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  1. Comment on The Church of Sweden has unveiled the country’s first-ever LGBT+ altarpiece and homophobes are very upset about it in ~lgbt

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    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the painting just isn't very good? Looks like a screenshot of a Monty Python show.

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the painting just isn't very good? Looks like a screenshot of a Monty Python show.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on PinePhone: Everything you need to know about the $150 Linux-powered phone in ~tech

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    I'm already patiently waiting for my Librem5 ... I'll get one of these, too. I will gladly support any project trying to develop a consumer-friendly Linux phone.

    I'm already patiently waiting for my Librem5 ... I'll get one of these, too. I will gladly support any project trying to develop a consumer-friendly Linux phone.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence in ~tech

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    6-7 paragraphs into this, I found myself thinking "this reads like something Eliezer Yudkowsky would write ..." Scroll back to the top, and hey! lookit that. Definitely worth your time....

    6-7 paragraphs into this, I found myself thinking "this reads like something Eliezer Yudkowsky would write ..." Scroll back to the top, and hey! lookit that.

    Definitely worth your time.

    Two-year-old post, btw.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Cryptoqueen: How this woman scammed the world, then vanished in ~tech

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    Long read, but fascinating. Seems under-reported, too ... I'm fairly well-informed about cryptocoins, and this was news to me.

    Long read, but fascinating. Seems under-reported, too ... I'm fairly well-informed about cryptocoins, and this was news to me.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on I'd like to talk about the world these days, care to join in? in ~talk

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    ( sigh ) I keep coming back here, to expound, and it's just too mentally draining for me to unpack this subject now. Really nutshell follow-up ... human nature is a problem. Our rapidly growing...

    ( sigh )

    I keep coming back here, to expound, and it's just too mentally draining for me to unpack this subject now.

    Really nutshell follow-up ... human nature is a problem. Our rapidly growing technological capabilities are clashing with our individual low-tech biological primate instincts.

    4 votes
  6. Free-Wheeling Hypothetical: President Pelosi ... how would that work?

    Admittedly highly unlikely ... but also becoming less inconceivable by the day. She is 2nd in line after Pence. So, let's just say, 3-5 months from now, They swear in Pelosi as the next POTUS....

    Admittedly highly unlikely ... but also becoming less inconceivable by the day. She is 2nd in line after Pence.

    So, let's just say, 3-5 months from now, They swear in Pelosi as the next POTUS. What does that do to both Repub and Dem Primaries? What does it mean for the next election? Does the US keep itself together long enough to have an election?

    Heck, while I'm asking, what about a President Pence in 3-5 months. That's at least an order of magnitude less unlikely. How would that play out?

    PS: Somebody recently started a 'what do you daydream about' thread ... so, you-know ... this.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on I don't know how to move in ~talk

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    I don't know if this is good advice or not ... consider it 'Plan C'. Go to class tomorrow. Give a two-sentence presentation, something like ... "I really tried; I prepared and practiced, but I...

    I don't know if this is good advice or not ... consider it 'Plan C'.

    Go to class tomorrow. Give a two-sentence presentation, something like ... "I really tried; I prepared and practiced, but I just can't do the 'public speaking' thing. But I didn't want to just skip class and bail on the assignment, either, so ... this is the best I could do. Thank you."

    Or at least plan for that. Once you get up in front of the class, maybe you'll discover you can do your actual presentation, after all. If not, this is at least a short, relatively honorable compromise.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on I'd like to talk about the world these days, care to join in? in ~talk

  9. Comment on The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential in ~science

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    Caveat: This is preliminary, first report, not yet replicated.

    Caveat: This is preliminary, first report, not yet replicated.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on This War of Mine: Final Cut - Free update including a new scenario, new character, remastered locations, graphics updates, and more in ~games

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    Jeez, the older you get, the faster time slips by. This game has been in the back of my mind, on my mental 'must-buy' list, since before its original release. Now, apparently 5+ years later...

    Jeez, the older you get, the faster time slips by. This game has been in the back of my mind, on my mental 'must-buy' list, since before its original release.

    Now, apparently 5+ years later (WT-everlovin-F!??!), I still haven't gotten a round tuit. Literally going to GOG (also 75% off there, too) immediately after pressing the 'Post' button.

    PS: ++Runs on Linux

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Why the Trolls Booed at Don Jr.’s Event in ~news

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    Long-winded but interesting. Trying to summarize it here, but I'm missing elements ... an alt-right group is targeting mainstream conservative events' Q&A sessions to troll and dog-whistle white...

    Long-winded but interesting.

    Trying to summarize it here, but I'm missing elements ... an alt-right group is targeting mainstream conservative events' Q&A sessions to troll and dog-whistle white supremist stuff into the conversation. Don Jr's book signing cancelled the Q&A last-minute, leaving the alt-right troll audience members with no voice, so they booed him off the stage.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites in ~space

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    Expecting SpaceX, Amazon, etc to voluntarily go out of their way is the wrong approach. SpaceX is a bit of a special case, since Musk seems to be more altruistic than your average CEO ... but even...

    Expecting SpaceX, Amazon, etc to voluntarily go out of their way is the wrong approach. SpaceX is a bit of a special case, since Musk seems to be more altruistic than your average CEO ... but even there, anything that gets in the way of his Mars plans tends to get steamrolled.

    The more effective approach seems to be to push the regulatory agencies—directly and/or thru political representatives—to make the impact on astronomy a primary consideration for approval. My understanding is that, currently in the FCC, this doesn't even enter into the approval process, beyond a perfunctory public comment phase. Perhaps something like an Env Prot Act for astronomy.

    Of course, the larger problem is that the FCC is US-based, while LEO is global...

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Harrods was accused of ruining the spirit of Christmas after limiting Santa visits to customers who spend over $2,500 in ~news

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    I don't normally bother with this kind of news drivel, but WTF Harrods? Really? Only children who spend over $2,500 get to see Santa? I mean, can you picture the management meeting that actually...

    I don't normally bother with this kind of news drivel, but WTF Harrods? Really? Only children who spend over $2,500 get to see Santa?

    I mean, can you picture the management meeting that actually thought this was a good plan?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites in ~space

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    What is the alternative? I think having global satellite internet service is non-negotiable. To this day, 3 billion people—almost half the planet—have no internet access at all. Global internet...

    What is the alternative?

    I think having global satellite internet service is non-negotiable. To this day, 3 billion people—almost half the planet—have no internet access at all. Global internet access will be at least as big as the introduction of broadband.

    Additionally, to prevent the next Comcast, I think we need a bare minimum of two competing satellite internet networks.

    So, yeah ... that's a lotta sats.

    OTOH ... I think it's a matter of degree. We have 5,000 satellites up there now, and Astronomy hasn't imploded. 1,000 more might be fine, 10,000 more might be. The NYT article Deimos linked mentions an analysis for a telescope that thinks it can handle 12,000 sats, but its avoidance algorithm collapses under the weight of 42,000.

    I guess the risks to visible light astronomy need to be better integrated into the planning. If we decide that, eg, 9,000 new satellites are the limit, and that we will authorize 3 companies, then I'm confident that SpaceX can innovate their way to a successful service with <3,000 sats.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Trump is fleeing to a safe space in Alabama where students will be punished for booing. Who's the snowflake now? in ~news

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    My personal compromise solution has been to pay attention to articles about what Trump is doing. But headlines (and—in articles I'm reading—paragraphs) containing the words "Trump said ... ",...

    My personal compromise solution has been to pay attention to articles about what Trump is doing. But headlines (and—in articles I'm reading—paragraphs) containing the words "Trump said ... ", "Trump tweeted ... ", "Trump complained ... ", etc, get skipped over.

    It turns out, you can pretty much ignore every single word out of his mouth, or at least, everything he says for benefit of the media.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Here's another vote for Ultimate Skyrim. I've been a supporter for years. It's what got me back into both modding and Skyrim.

    Here's another vote for Ultimate Skyrim. I've been a supporter for years. It's what got me back into both modding and Skyrim.

  17. Comment on When was the last time your perspective changed on a topic? And, what caused you to reevaluate it? in ~talk

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    Last time, IDK. I'm sure there have been more recent ones (my views on bias/bigotry, for instance, change regularly), but this was a big, memorable one. I was a firm believer in the Peak Oil...

    Last time, IDK. I'm sure there have been more recent ones (my views on bias/bigotry, for instance, change regularly), but this was a big, memorable one.

    I was a firm believer in the Peak Oil scenario. Broadly, I sort of still am ... obviously, we have a finite supply, and no one really knows how much remains available in the ground ... so if we keep using it (even utterly ignoring the climate problem), eventually, we start to run out, and if society wasn't prepared for it (and, hey, it wasn't), society starts to crash.

    All of that was and still is true. The conspiracy-theory-ish part of it was the timeline, the idea that the Peak was much closer than people realized. For years, I was convinced that P.O. was a much more imminent threat than climate change, and even more so, because most people didn't even take it seriously.

    I took it Very Seriously. I thought the modern hi-tech world was literally going to crash into Apocalypse, beginning Any Day Now. I learned a lot about primitive survival, self-defense, I maintained a large emergency food supply, my own long-term seed bank, bug-out bags, drove a Jeep, etc, etc. Sarah Connor was my role model.

    This started around 2004-2005-ish. Around 2014-2015, I changed my mind about it. Not, you know, overnight ... but basically, I just read the news, as objectively as I could, looking for signs. Contrary to what I expected, I saw things getting better for fossil fuel production, year after year ... oil prices came down, the US developed new extraction techniques (most notably, fracking), previously unavailable reserves became available again thanks to new tech, wells that had been "dry" were re-opened.

    Eventually, I accepted that the P.O. timeline was just far too pessimistic, and I quit worrying about it. Now, climate change is my chosen doomsday scenario to focus on ... although, I do also think people are waaay underestimating the existential dangers of AI ... but that's a topic for a future post.

    My main takeaway from the experience is to always remember, no matter how smart I am, how well-researched--and most importantly--how certain I am about something ... I still might be wrong.

    That's a lesson I think most people understand in principle, but very few really internalize.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Discussion: Top 10 Stupidest Things US Fed Govt has done in ~talk

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    This is the kind of feedback I'm looking for. I do believe that the US govt is out of whack, on track towards ... I don't know ... dictatorship, authoritarianism, collapse ... something...

    This is the kind of feedback I'm looking for.

    I do believe that the US govt is out of whack, on track towards ... I don't know ... dictatorship, authoritarianism, collapse ... something fundamentally bad ... and yes, I'm looking for specific decisions and actions that are contributing towards that.

    Beyond that, though, I'm wide open to ideas about what those contributing factors are.

    Similar to your observation about South (and—I'd add—Central) America, I believe US policy in the Middle East has been wrong for decades, but I'm at a loss to identify a root cause.