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  1. Comment on We must radically reduce carbon emissions by 2030 in order to avoid the most catastrophic damage of climate change. How can you help? in ~enviro

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    Adoption and having biological children are different, though. The idea of regulating who can have biological children is dystopian today because of obvious avenues for systemic abuse, but also...

    Adoption and having biological children are different, though. The idea of regulating who can have biological children is dystopian today because of obvious avenues for systemic abuse, but also because it infringes on obvious personal freedoms.

    Being capable of having biological children does not make someone an effective parent, so services exist.

    Adoption, while it might still be subject to systemic abuse, does not infringe on an obvious personal right. Wanting to adopt child does not magically grant the right to receive an extreme level of authority over a human being.

    In cases where someone is biologically unable to have children, and has a willing surrogate, I'm cool with it, just apply the normal processes. In all other cases, there is no automatic right to adopt. It should be regulated, and assurances of the capacity to raise the children should be made, in the same way they are required to get a drivers license if they want to operate a vehicle that can easily endanger others.

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  2. Comment on Weaponizing Middleboxes for TCP Reflected Amplification in ~comp

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    Oh, they targeted implementations of TCP, rather than the protocol itself. I was wondering how they spoofed ACK.

    Oh, they targeted implementations of TCP, rather than the protocol itself. I was wondering how they spoofed ACK.

  3. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    I am not sure what you mean with regards to "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything" and harassment. While it might be true that one must "pay" with time if not money, most criticism...

    I am not sure what you mean with regards to "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything" and harassment.

    While it might be true that one must "pay" with time if not money, most criticism stemming from opportunity cost seems better off as a standalone review.

    Following the original logic, the time taken to post criticism is at further expense, both personally and for anyone who reads it. If they skip the original content it can save the difference. But in a number of cases, this criticism will probably be consumed unwittingly by those who have already consumed the original content...

    The time you choose freely to spend on something is not a transaction. Criticism driven by one's personal opportunity cost is probably a net loss for everyone involved, unless turned into its own creative endeavor; the audience may be better served finding a dedicated reviewer or critic with a similar opportunity cost.

    Meanwhile, I agree with the general sentiment that criticism has an important role. And even that opportunity cost is a valuable metric by which to judge something! Just not a very efficient one for most forms of criticism.

    This here is a perfect example of a big waste of time. Sorry, whoever reads this :P

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  4. Comment on I'm miserable in ~talk

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    While there have been some great comments about depression, breaking out of oppressive/unhealthy cycles/environments, and finding/setting goals, I'm not sure anyone has touched solely on the...

    While there have been some great comments about depression, breaking out of oppressive/unhealthy cycles/environments, and finding/setting goals, I'm not sure anyone has touched solely on the matter of lying.

    You said that this is self reinforcing, that you feel it has taken you across a line. I would guess, from comparable life experience that lying is responsible for a lot of your depression. You might be blaming yourself for struggling in life and especially academically, when you have been fortunate enough to have such a privileged life. But possibly the act of lying, especially to those who love you, causes the most blame.

    First, being privileged in no way means what you are going through is not some serious sh*t. You obviously already know it is impacting your quality of life, and seeing as you have thought about suicide enough to mention it... I think about it like this: happiness might be the improvement over a baseline, and everyone's baseline adjusts for their environment.

    So two people, one rich and one poor, can both be happy or sad. I think of depression as getting stuck below your baseline. But for anyone to be considering suicide, their current happiness has to be very far below their baseline. Being fortunate or priviledged in life can never justify someone getting stuck down there. I truly hope you can live more days, more happily.

    Second, lies usually feel like they grow and they get worse and they get harder to get out of. They just dig the pit deeper, right? I am still struggling here, so all I can say is, I have come to the conclusion that getting out of the pit is probably the healthiest thing someone could do.

    There are multiple ways of getting out of the pit. They may not be equal. If things get dire, I would probably take the fastest way out of the pit, even if it might seem like it would do more damage than good. I'm not there yet, so I'm still working on scaling it. This is probably a mistake, but it is what it is.

    I'm lucky enough to know what I need to be at my baseline happiness. It sounded a bit like you might too, but your depression and guilt beats you up when you try to get there. You seem to think your methods aren't totally healthy; I can't speak to any of that. Maybe bring that up with your therapist?

    But I know roughly where I need to be, it is just hard to get there, when I'm down in here. I have always been good at planning, but poor at executing. Still, I try not to beat myself up if I get a bit further away, because that isn't helpful.

    Consider asking about ways to get out of the pit. Your therapist might be able to advise you on what you could expect from a particular course of action, what the ramifications might be. Probably, actions need to be taken even once out, to build healthier habits that can keep you out.

    Others discussed a change of environment. I'm pretty certain I need this. But it feels so out of reach. Actually, the goal is realistic, just things make it seem so far. It isn't. I can actually do it. And knowing that, helps so much, even when I feel bad about not getting there yet, about taking a step back, about slipping a bit. It isn't going anywhere. I hope you might know of, or find, something like that and that it helps you.

    Also, others discussed finding someone to talk to, outside of your therapist (and probably not your parents, at least for starters). I made some progress there myself, no easy fix I am sad to say, but it was nice. Definitely ask your therapist to help you do that, if possible! I'd think a good therapist will be able to arrange something that won't put undue pressure on you.

    EDIT: you aren't wasting your life, or your 20s. This obviously isn't how you wanted to spend it, and you have regrets, but it isn't a waste. Because you can always improve as long as you are here, and then this sh*t right now becomes another leg of the journey. It isn't a waste. It's the trials and tribulations of any hero's life.

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  5. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    I think this is partially a scale problem. If a youtuber with a hundred subscribers gets criticism in the comments, even if it isn't instructive, it can probably be tolerated and may still help...

    I think this is partially a scale problem.

    If a youtuber with a hundred subscribers gets criticism in the comments, even if it isn't instructive, it can probably be tolerated and may still help the youtuber see where they can improve.

    If they have 10k subscribers and the same ratio of posters giving the same criticism, this seems like way too much mental pressure.

    At some point, people giving direct criticism need to become aware of the volume of comments, and/or improve the quality of their criticisms/feedback.

    This doesn't necessitate a monetary transaction, but then the creator might not even be wanting criticism or feedback. At that point, it seems polite to take it elsewhere. Otherwise, giving criticisms and opinions privately should actually be private, and not just on some other public forum. This is difficult on the internet where comments are stored forever, and risks turning into (cyber) bullying anyway.

    Everyone has a different tolerance for criticism, and I think in an ideal world:

    • someone's limit is respected
    • a good faith effort to improve the quality of criticism is made
    • criticisms are public in a space where bad actors can be distinguished
    • a good faith effort not to duplicate common/generic criticisms is made
    • personal conversations are private but not unnecessarily cruel or mean
    • personal opinions are distinct from academic/technical criticisms, but like common criticisms, don't need to be repeatedly rehashed in public

    Basically, I think it is fine to share your criticisms/opinions, but you should read the room, and you don't always need to make your voice heard. Someone probably already said what you wanted to share, and that's enough.

    Edit: a simple way to improve criticism, is to also point out the good things, and potentially what made them good.

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  6. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    That's fine! I really appreciate everything you've shared with me.

    That's fine! I really appreciate everything you've shared with me.

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  7. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    Very cool, thanks for the explanation. What I still don't understand is, if there are measurable markers that would point towards animal transmission, has anyone demonstrated their presence? Do we...

    Very cool, thanks for the explanation. What I still don't understand is, if there are measurable markers that would point towards animal transmission, has anyone demonstrated their presence? Do we just need more time to compare to other viruses? I know this is an unfair question to dump on you. But somehow this article doesn't discuss "also, the virus contains a statistically significant number of markers that may be linked to, for example, transmission from pangolins".

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  8. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    Alright, I appreciate the link. It's been a while. To clarify, this requires measuring significance with p-value. I don't know how the fuck anyone can measure the significance of anything put...

    Alright, I appreciate the link. It's been a while.

    To clarify, this requires measuring significance with p-value. I don't know how the fuck anyone can measure the significance of anything put forward as evidence so far. If I understand correctly, "it was contracted from an animal vector like civets" is a significantly large p-value for Ho, and "we can not demonstrate it was contracted from an animal vector like civets" is not going to disprove Ho.

    But what is the significance of an absence of evidence?

    Edit: if it is a small p-value, then this seems like a good reason to not prioritize the null hypothesis. The article is a persuasive essay explaining why some scientists argue against one Ha, but I did not find the myriad reasons compelling. One was roughly "I made a prior statement without knowing what I now know", which is much more compelling than another, which was roughly "worsening relations with China will make everything more difficult".

    Edit: had p-value backwards. Oops.

  9. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    All the marbles in my hand are blue is a true statement, because there are no marbles in my hand. Have you rejected that it was a lab leak or something else? No? You don't have enough concrete...

    All the marbles in my hand are blue is a true statement, because there are no marbles in my hand. Have you rejected that it was a lab leak or something else? No? You don't have enough concrete evidence to reject that either. (If you do, please share). So why should one hypothesis be promoted over others without even an investigation? I am not supporting any particular hypothesis here, just trying to remind people that doctors are also people and also make mistakes and also have biases and agendas.

    I think I may be misunderstanding what you want to say. Sorry. Could you clarify more about why the animal vector hypothesis holds special merit?

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  10. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    Origin species or vector? We already know the origin species was bat, unless I am confusing the terminology. But regardless, I don't think it is right to say with any level of certainty that the...

    Origin species or vector? We already know the origin species was bat, unless I am confusing the terminology. But regardless, I don't think it is right to say with any level of certainty that the vector was an animal at a food market without evidence. Speculating and hypothesizing is different.

    Edit: that article is about finding bats as the origin behind SARS. But we knew much earlier that humans had contracted it from civets. We don't have evidence of the animal vector like the civets.

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  11. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    Right, that isn't how it works. It makes a great hypothesis; SARS and other similar viruses have had animal vectors, so we hypothesize that Covid-19 also has an animal vector. Now we will try to...

    Right, that isn't how it works.

    It makes a great hypothesis; SARS and other similar viruses have had animal vectors, so we hypothesize that Covid-19 also has an animal vector. Now we will try to test our hypothesis.

    That last part did not take place, however.

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  12. Comment on Documenting the last pay phones in America in ~tech

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    Do you think there is anything worse off without payphones, or have their functions been fully replaced with the advent of cheap handsets? What do you think of technology like payphones in works...

    Do you think there is anything worse off without payphones, or have their functions been fully replaced with the advent of cheap handsets?

    What do you think of technology like payphones in works of science fiction?

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  13. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    No, I was under this impression when there was no evidence to point towards animal transmission either. Edit: beyond "there is a food market with exotic animals"

    No, I was under this impression when there was no evidence to point towards animal transmission either. Edit: beyond "there is a food market with exotic animals"

  14. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    As always, one should consider the agenda of every author. Anecdotal, but it seemed to me that those in education with doctorates in relevant backgrounds strongly pushed the idea that the virus...

    As always, one should consider the agenda of every author. Anecdotal, but it seemed to me that those in education with doctorates in relevant backgrounds strongly pushed the idea that the virus was definitely from an animal before any investigations even began to be put together.

    I believe it was because many of these highly educated individuals were shocked by the racism against Asians and Asian Americans that "seemingly" came out of the woodworks when the pandemic first started, and desperately wanted to avoid providing any fodder for racists to latch onto as "justification".

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  15. Comment on Linus Sebastian tries the Steam Deck in ~games

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    More important is making sure the GPU is only rendering 30fps. Edit: also, making sure the CPU is only running the game at 30fps for that matter, although this is less important and in some cases...

    More important is making sure the GPU is only rendering 30fps.

    Edit: also, making sure the CPU is only running the game at 30fps for that matter, although this is less important and in some cases it could be desirable to keep the game running faster (just not the graphics).

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  16. Comment on Linus Sebastian tries the Steam Deck in ~games

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    What a cool idea! I imagine this would be a difficult for Valve to implement on the diaspora of PC titles, but the Lutris community is probably familiar enough with various games' config files...

    What a cool idea! I imagine this would be a difficult for Valve to implement on the diaspora of PC titles, but the Lutris community is probably familiar enough with various games' config files that it might be feasible to implement a little toggle when launching a game, at least. I'll look into it!

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  17. Comment on Linus Sebastian tries the Steam Deck in ~games

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    Okay, in IGN's early videos, Valve reps said 4 hours of Portal 2, and 5~6 at 30 fps. I don't actually think their estimate is much off. The APU was rated for 15W, and I believe some of the press...

    Okay, in IGN's early videos, Valve reps said 4 hours of Portal 2, and 5~6 at 30 fps.

    I don't actually think their estimate is much off. The APU was rated for 15W, and I believe some of the press was just told 20W overall.

    I anticipated the potential for a higher power draw, such as 20~25W from the APU in certain circumstances, but Tested was told (possibly incorrectly) that docked performance wouldn't be different, which could mean it is already pulling as much power as it can, and shouldn't be spiking to 25W+ like similarly spec'd laptops.

    At 25 watts, you would see 90 minutes. But considering that this is a PC, we already know we can tweak game settings to something more suitable for a handheld, and I see absolutely* no reason not to expect a better battery life in line with the stated 4 or 5~6 on 3d gaming, if you are willing to lower game settings for battery life. Even the 8 hours for less demanding games (2d, indie) starts to look achievable as a best case.

    *That sounded more confident than I am. Correction: I think the 2 hours minimum is roughly correct, and that it should be possible to improve it (and probably decrease it) by game settings.

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  18. Comment on Peachesnstink: An interesting tildes/reddit-esque website in ~tech

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    Alright, I understand that it feels like there is (or there genuinely is) too much negativity in the world and on the internet in particular. Right now, I am being very contrarian, which presents...

    Alright, I understand that it feels like there is (or there genuinely is) too much negativity in the world and on the internet in particular. Right now, I am being very contrarian, which presents a very similar front and doesn't feel much better, if at all.

    It's shitty if someone can't post because they'll have to fend off attacks/arguments, especially those that constantly get rehashed. But it's also shitty to say, you can't say these things because the internet has reached it's quota, and any more makes the overall environment too hostile and cynical, and this becomes too difficult to discuss.

    So let's see if people here on Tildes are so negative that they would participate only to dump on Apple products and the people who use them, as you have suggested.

    Top post tagged "apple" by comments:

    ~50% proclaiming the removal of ports stupid, because user: uses/wants ports, thinks Apple's wireless charging is proprietary, thinks it will generate more waste than regular charging/ports, and/or thinks wireless communications are a poor substitution for a cable/port.

    Most of these proclaimed it stupid. The expense of iphones was mentioned, but mostly the cost of wireless accessories. I didn't see anyone say they didn't know why anyone uses apple products, beyond that they believe walled gardens suck unequivocally (which might imply they don't understand why anyone would use apple products).

    ~50% of the comments: think removing the normal port isn't as bad as removing the audio jack, believe wireless communications/data transfer is roughly on par or will continue to advance and surpass traditional wires/ports, think it could be more green or at least isn't environmentally unfriendly, and/or believe that this is progress in general and inevitable.

    Pretty much everyone figured that the whole industry would follow in Apple's footsteps.

    That was an extremely controversial topic (especially on a tech-savy forum), that impacts most of us here in our day to day lives (even if it is just a port). And despite that, I don't feel that multiple people were contributing "only to say some variant of 'I don't understand why anyone uses Apple products, they're overpriced and suck'". They were commenting because they feared it would change the way they use phones in the future, whether or not they liked it.

    There is a difference between dumping on something/someone because it's easy and makes you feel better/superior, etc, and dumping on something because you have criticisms. Never seen a reason for dumping on someone, though.

    That doesn't seem to be the case here on Tildes, probably in no small part due to your own efforts, but if you feel you encounter this negativity at every turn, maybe you would benefit from a break?

    Edit: one issue is that I only looked at one thread, but I chose most comments in the hopes of getting the most unique commenters. "All Activity" clearly skews heavily to recent threads. But perhaps "total votes" would have been more representative of unique users engaging with the thread, rather than the same users making a bunch of comments. Is it a good idea to show total number of unique commenters on a thread? Versus blanket total number of comments?

  19. Comment on Peachesnstink: An interesting tildes/reddit-esque website in ~tech

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    Alright, I'd like to apologize for coming across as overly argumentative, and making this a conversation you'd prefer not to be a part of. I am sorry. I'd also like you to know that even if this...

    Alright, I'd like to apologize for coming across as overly argumentative, and making this a conversation you'd prefer not to be a part of. I am sorry. I'd also like you to know that even if this thread becomes a big argument, you aren't necessarily wrong and sharing your opinion here can change other peoples. So maybe this thread will culminate in a more critical look at similar posts by the participants. :)

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  20. Comment on Peachesnstink: An interesting tildes/reddit-esque website in ~tech

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    I hate to dig my own grave, but I'm not sure I fully agree with that article. While I agree that internalizing superiority from using a "better" language is bad, on some level there can actually...

    I hate to dig my own grave, but I'm not sure I fully agree with that article. While I agree that internalizing superiority from using a "better" language is bad, on some level there can actually be better tools for a job, and you can legitimately be a better developer for recognizing that. I get that this is basically (edit: perhaps) unrelated to a toxic culture that demeans people, just wanted to make a note.

    Edit: there was recently an article here battling long held misconceptions of ISAs' performance impact. People have long been trying to benchmark languages against each other, such as lisp vs compiled lisp vs c vs forth vs compiled forth vs js vs rust etc. To my knowledge, languages still have fundamental differences in performance characteristics. Embedded development is dominated by C for reasons other than performance. But certain languages clearly cannot compete in that niche. Just natural evolution and specialization in my mind.