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  1. Comment on Muddy America : Color Balancing The Election Map in ~misc

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    The county map of the 2016 US presidential election looks much different when accounting for population and voting margins.

    The county map of the 2016 US presidential election looks much different when accounting for population and voting margins.

  2. Comment on To solve the problem of a dwindling population, one small Finnish municipality took a big step – pay its citizens to have babies in ~life

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    It will be interesting to see in a few years when the first kids start aging out of this program how many families stay in that town.

    It will be interesting to see in a few years when the first kids start aging out of this program how many families stay in that town.

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  3. Comment on ‘Bone’: Netflix Will Animate Jeff Smith’s Acclaimed Comic Book Epic in ~tv

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    I'm not familiar with Bone, but it looks fun. That's a hell of a combination.

    I'm not familiar with Bone, but it looks fun.

    The trio look like they might be made of marshmallow, while their adventures draw on high-pedigree influences: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Jiminy Cricket, Walt Kelly’s Pogo, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, and Carl Barks’ sublime Disney work with Donald Duck and his relatives.

    That's a hell of a combination.

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  4. Comment on SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites in ~space

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    I have no doubt that will happen eventually. I'm hopeful that they can do some good between now and then, though. Musk has said he won't take SpaceX public until after they are regularly flying to...

    I have no doubt that will happen eventually. I'm hopeful that they can do some good between now and then, though. Musk has said he won't take SpaceX public until after they are regularly flying to Mars. Being the majority shareholder he can stay in control until his mission is accomplished or he abandons it.

    (I also don't object to Starlink on it's own merits. Global high speed internet will be a boon to the world, with or without good customer service.)

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  5. Comment on What if we Nuke a City? | Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell in ~humanities

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    You can't keep them seperate from the military. If war breaks out and push comes to shove there's no way civilian nukes don't get commandeered. Layer on top of that other countries maintaining...

    I am 100 % for removing the nukes from the hands of the military, but completely destroying them seems like an overkill

    You can't keep them seperate from the military. If war breaks out and push comes to shove there's no way civilian nukes don't get commandeered. Layer on top of that other countries maintaining military nukes in case it does happen and we're right back to MAD.

    Also, salted nukes are a thing.

    The video says no countries claim to have them. I'm more or less inclined to believe that. The biggest utility of nukes is as a deterrent, and something the other side doesn't know you have isn't a good deterrent. Unsalted nukes are a pretty big deterrent as it is.

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  6. Comment on SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites in ~space

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    Of all the companies that could make money off of putting thousands of satellites in orbit, SpaceX is the one I'm most okay with. Starlink money is a big part of making Starship happen, and if...

    Of all the companies that could make money off of putting thousands of satellites in orbit, SpaceX is the one I'm most okay with. Starlink money is a big part of making Starship happen, and if they succeed at that they will be able to put larger telescopes into space for cheaper. It will be a huge benefit to astronomy.

    why should one company get to profit at everyone else's expense?

    They're not the only ones to benefit. Bringing high speed internet to rural and less developed areas will benefit a lot of people.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites in ~space

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    If a satellite fails in low Earth orbit it eventually deorbits and burn up in the atmosphere, with a possibility of hitting another satellite or debris in the meantime. If a drone fails it falls...

    If a satellite fails in low Earth orbit it eventually deorbits and burn up in the atmosphere, with a possibility of hitting another satellite or debris in the meantime. If a drone fails it falls to the ground possibly landing on someone or something.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Increasingly, scientists are taking note of the many indications that insects exhibit consciousness-like phenomena in ~science

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    I don't think it would change much for a lot of people. Most people who are okay with exploiting animals don't seem to care that much about the intelligence of the animal. Ranchers raise cattle...

    I don't think it would change much for a lot of people. Most people who are okay with exploiting animals don't seem to care that much about the intelligence of the animal. Ranchers raise cattle for slaughter despite knowing better than anyone how intelligent they are on account of working with them all day every day. I could even see some people reading this and thinking "Wow, bees are so cool. I want some."

    On the other side, many of the people who are against exploiting animals are already against exploiting bees.

  9. Comment on El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - Discussion Thread in ~movies

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    I liked the "Get your GED" exchange. "You were on the stage when I got my diploma." It says a lot about how Walt saw Jesse. (It's also a reminder to the audience who easily sees him as a high...

    I liked the "Get your GED" exchange. "You were on the stage when I got my diploma." It says a lot about how Walt saw Jesse. (It's also a reminder to the audience who easily sees him as a high school dropout.)

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  10. Comment on I think I may be out of the loop in ~tildes

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    The danger of that is the same kind of dogpiling that you get with downvotes. Someone with an unpopular opinion gets something negative on their report card and the mob descends to attack them.

    The danger of that is the same kind of dogpiling that you get with downvotes. Someone with an unpopular opinion gets something negative on their report card and the mob descends to attack them.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on This Is What a "Second-Person" Video Game Would Look Like in ~games.game_design

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    More from the point of view of the monster (of sorts) trying to kill you.

    More from the point of view of the monster (of sorts) trying to kill you.

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  12. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Canned pineapple in general is a travesty.

    Canned pineapple in general is a travesty.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Transgender man who gave birth must be registered as "mother" on the birth certificate in ~lgbt

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    Going off of that reasoning in the future when a lesbian couple uses artificial gametes from stem cells to have a child that is biologically both of theirs, does the mother who provided the cell...

    Going off of that reasoning in the future when a lesbian couple uses artificial gametes from stem cells to have a child that is biologically both of theirs, does the mother who provided the cell that became the sperm have to be labeled as "father" on the birth certificate?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Hypothetics: let's say it takes 1/100 of the current fuel to take a spacecraft out of Earth's atmosphere. What happens? in ~space

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    The other side of the same coin is rockets with the same payload and delta-v capabilities but with vastly smaller propellant tanks. They could go from being most of the rocket to being a small...

    The other side of the same coin is rockets with the same payload and delta-v capabilities but with vastly smaller propellant tanks. They could go from being most of the rocket to being a small part, like the fuel tank on a car.

    There would probably be a wide range of rockets between those two three extremes: small "cars" for getting around in planetary orbit*; large tank, small/medium payload "jets" for fast travel over long distances; and slow, large payload freighters.

    (*or for those people who think it's fun to cross the ocean in a glorified lifeboat)

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  15. Comment on What's a piece of art or media (film, book, painting etc) that you loved, but would never want to see again? in ~arts

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    This is a bit broad but atheist media. I was big into it in my mid twenties: Richard Dawkins books, podcasts like The Atheist Experience and The Thinking Atheist, etc. While I'm still an atheist,...

    This is a bit broad but atheist media. I was big into it in my mid twenties: Richard Dawkins books, podcasts like The Atheist Experience and The Thinking Atheist, etc. While I'm still an atheist, I'm over it now. I consider it a settled question in my mind that I don't need to wrestle with anymore. There's only so many ways someone can say "God doesn't exist" or "Religion bad". Retreading the same arguments over and over again gets old after awhile.

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  16. Comment on SpaceX Starship Update in ~space

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    That goal of first manned flight in 1 year is hella ambitious, considering how long Crew Dragon has taken.

    That goal of first manned flight in 1 year is hella ambitious, considering how long Crew Dragon has taken.

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  17. SpaceX Starship Update

    SpaceX will hold a presentation today at 19:00 CDT / 00:00 UTC at their Boca Chica build site to present updates to Starship and show off their newly constructed full scale prototype. SpaceX's...

    SpaceX will hold a presentation today at 19:00 CDT / 00:00 UTC at their Boca Chica build site to present updates to Starship and show off their newly constructed full scale prototype.

    SpaceX's website: https://www.spacex.com/webcast

    Direct Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOpMrVnjYeY

    Announcement on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1177938839949627392

    Picture SpaceX posted: http://spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/starship_drone_sunset_7.jpg

    14 votes