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  1. Comment on Spain has more green power than it can use in ~enviro

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    They can, and do, do that. Its why despite these articles about individual countries veing starved for energy, everyone still has energy. The EU is all interconnected and neighboring countries pay...

    They can, and do, do that. Its why despite these articles about individual countries veing starved for energy, everyone still has energy. The EU is all interconnected and neighboring countries pay eachother for the relative deficit they have on production.

    But, thats still a problem for your individual country if you are consistently needing your neighbor to keep your lights running.

    Plus having to do that means you are concentrating this big power distribution across borders between more interconnected local grids, which creates chokepoints on making that transfer.

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  2. Comment on What would it take for a soup to be exciting? in ~food

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    No, Ive never had one either. But it would be exciting if I got one. Closest thing to a fruit soup Ive eaten was a sweet banana and milk soup that usually eas served cold but I tried heating it up...

    No, Ive never had one either. But it would be exciting if I got one.

    Closest thing to a fruit soup Ive eaten was a sweet banana and milk soup that usually eas served cold but I tried heating it up a couple times.

  3. Comment on What would it take for a soup to be exciting? in ~food

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    Yeah, but how often do you get a hot smoothie?

    Yeah, but how often do you get a hot smoothie?

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  4. Comment on What would it take for a soup to be exciting? in ~food

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    Being made of fruit

    Being made of fruit

  5. Comment on Proposed ballot measure to raise corporate taxes, give every Oregonian $750 a year likely to make November ballot in ~finance

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    It never occurred to me how close Oregonian sounds to Argonian.

    It never occurred to me how close Oregonian sounds to Argonian.

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  6. Comment on Protests seen as harming civil rights movement in the '60s—What we can learn from this for climate justice in ~enviro

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    If you or someone else feels it is their path in life to use violence to bring about their long term goals, thats fine. I respect that. But I dont feel that this is just arguing for the validity...

    If you or someone else feels it is their path in life to use violence to bring about their long term goals, thats fine. I respect that. But I dont feel that this is just arguing for the validity of political violence, but going on to say that people who dont subscribe to political violence are somehow morally deficient by comparison and are prioritizing personal luxury to goodness.

    And I disagree with that idea. Nonviolence should be the morally preferable option because violence is bad for everyone involved. I dont care if MLK owned guns, I dont feel bad about not wanting to engage in violence. Sometimes people will decide to use violence anyway and thats fine if they make that choice for themselves.

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  7. Comment on Protests seen as harming civil rights movement in the '60s—What we can learn from this for climate justice in ~enviro

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    When I was little there were two main "good" people who were often pointed to as examples of good moral people, Gandhi and MLK. But then when I got older, some people found it very fun to come up...

    When I was little there were two main "good" people who were often pointed to as examples of good moral people, Gandhi and MLK.

    But then when I got older, some people found it very fun to come up to me and let me know about all this terrible stuff about Gandhi online. How he was a racist and a pedophile and abused his wife and all this bad stuff. I didnt really know what to do with that information. Like, I guess fighting to end British occupation was good, but outside of the context of overthrowing colonial rule I shouldnt use Gandhi as a role model.

    But there was still MLK to act as a symbol for the idea that its ok to not actively get in fights. I mean, theres also Jesus but Christians kind of have a monopoly on that one.

    And now I have a similar feeling. My whole life Ive known of MLK as primarily a guy associated with nonviolence and how that was a good thing. In the last couple years though its been a couple times where someone has shown me this quote about white moderates like its supposed to subvert my understanding of MLK. But if I subvert the one thing I know about the guy, what am I left to think of him? MLK was the guy who advocated nonviolent protest. But also believed that violence is hella tight, actually.

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  8. Comment on Science fiction or fantasy recommendations for children in ~books

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    I remember really liking the Eragon books. And they have a bittersweet ending, if that helps

    I remember really liking the Eragon books.

    And they have a bittersweet ending, if that helps

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  9. Comment on What do you think is the mindset of the banally evil? in ~talk

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    Yes, very much so. There is a philosopher named Peter Singer who wrote about that in the context of those pop ups that ask you to donate to charity at grocery stores. His argument was that the...

    Yes, very much so. There is a philosopher named Peter Singer who wrote about that in the context of those pop ups that ask you to donate to charity at grocery stores. His argument was that the marginal cost of that donation is not a substantial burden on you, but the good it brings to the beneficiaries is immense. So he argues that you should always do it, even if its an annoyance.

    If we take that to be true, then theres no need for some external influence to prompt you to donate. You could donate $1 to charity every day. And on a marginal basis, its not much more of a burden to donate $2, or maybe $3. So it seems to me that if this line of moral reasoning holds then you should ultimately donate whatever excess you have to the point that you live a modest but survivable life.

    If I were to do that though, I would never be able to retire. Id have to keep working until I was physically unable to and either qualify for some kind of financial aid or make a family to take care of me. Maybe thats whats fair and ethical, though and just the unfortunate reality is that you dont morally deserve to never work while other people in the world still have to.

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  10. Comment on What do you think is the mindset of the banally evil? in ~talk

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    Ive read The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas before. I think its a good analogy. In the context of our society though, it can feel difficult or impossible to commit to "walking away". The whole of...

    Ive read The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas before. I think its a good analogy.

    In the context of our society though, it can feel difficult or impossible to commit to "walking away". The whole of the country, most of the human populated world, is all in one big interconnected system. Its exceedingly difficult for people to be able to survive all on their own, the larger your community the more you can tolerate difficult conditions.

    Unless you are some very experienced wilderness survivalist or homesteaders, you really need to continue to be a part of society at least in some small capacity if you expect to live. And youre not going to be able to dictate exactly how that society functions.

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  11. Comment on What do you think is the mindset of the banally evil? in ~talk

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    Youre right, Ive never been around a rich person, unless I count myself and people like me rich. Which is kind of a matter of perspective. I live in America but my parents are immigrants from a...

    Youre right, Ive never been around a rich person, unless I count myself and people like me rich.

    Which is kind of a matter of perspective. I live in America but my parents are immigrants from a place that didnt even have electric lighting until I was like 20.

    Compared to my family living in my parents native country, I am very rich.

    To someone like Lebron James, not so much.

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  12. What do you think is the mindset of the banally evil?

    There was a question on reddit about whether rich people ever think about all the poor and starving people who are suffering while they live in luxury. It got me thinking about the "rich" more...

    There was a question on reddit about whether rich people ever think about all the poor and starving people who are suffering while they live in luxury. It got me thinking about the "rich" more broadly, as many of the people like me who are on the internet are part of the global 1% if not the local.

    I think a lot of rich people dont like to think about the idea that maybe the truly morally right thing to do would be to give up all their money and work a day job like everyone else.

    So they try to avoid thinking about it at all to avoid having to constantly feel guilty about not doing the thing they know is right. Making a contribution to helping others just opens you up to other people or even your own conscience saying you could be doing more, and youll never be able to do enough to fully justify not doing so. Or alternatively you can embrace selfishness and give up on constantly trying to be a better person and never have to think about it again.

    Maybe its easy to look at some billionaire and say they could lose 1/2 their money and not notice any change in their lifestyle, so they should be considered morally contemptable for not even offering a fraction of that when it could make such a difference for so many. But somewhere between that and living in poverty, there has got to be some line where your right to take care of yourself and your right to try and invest in your own future stops outweighing the shame of allowing the evils of the world to go unchallenged.

    Then there is a fuzzy region around that line where its ambiguous whether you are doing enough good in the world or if you should feel morally compelled to change how you are living your life. And I think its probable the for a lot of people the place where they envision all their dreams coming true is somewhere on the negative end of the spectrum. So if your dream is to be a famous movie star, for example, at some point that dream might not be compatible with your moral imoerative to oppose classism.

    Personally I hate having to work an office job. If I got the chance to make a fortune Id build a cabin in the woods and have food delivered to me and never have to deal with anything ever again. But doing so would be selfish. So I guess if I ever had the opportunity Id be corrupted by riches in a heartbeat. Which is kind of a downer of an ending to this line of thought.

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  13. Comment on Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group in ~misc

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    Its like the SCP foundation with a severely lower budget.

    Its like the SCP foundation with a severely lower budget.

  14. Comment on I ate the Subway Footlong Cookie so you don’t have to in ~food

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    I find the idea of a regularly scheduled "I ate ____ so you dont have to" to be a bit of an offputting concept. If I know that the writer is just going out into the world specifically looking for...

    I find the idea of a regularly scheduled "I ate ____ so you dont have to" to be a bit of an offputting concept. If I know that the writer is just going out into the world specifically looking for things to shit on for a paycheck its gonna make me instantly question if the food in question is actually bad or not.

    But the idea of a big floppy footlong cookie sounds incredible. I could roll it up into a big chocolate chip cookie roll and cut cookie pinwheels out of it.

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  15. Comment on Former Square Enix exec on why Final Fantasy sales don’t meet expectations and chances of recouping insane AAA budgets in ~games

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    The simple reason I don't get excited about Final Fantasy games is that I already thought Final Fantasy graphics were mindblowing back when I played 10. Graphics technology has gotten too advanced...

    The simple reason I don't get excited about Final Fantasy games is that I already thought Final Fantasy graphics were mindblowing back when I played 10. Graphics technology has gotten too advanced for me to really care about continued improvements.

    But it feels like thats where so much if the effort on these huge budget AAA games goes is toward making the most of the next gen rendering capability, rather than advancing the JRPG genre.

    A game like shadow of the colossus really benefitted from a remake to new technnology. The original low detail art style was great for making the forbidden lands feel like a desolate wasteland, while the remake allowed the forbidden lands to feel like a lush environment that was just separate from human civilization. I played the remake and thought "wow, this setting is beautiful, Im so glad I decided to buy this remake"

    Meanwhile when I played the most recent Final Fantasy I distinctly remember stopping part way through a level in a desert and thinking "wow, this canyon feels really dull. Its really detailed but just feels hollow."

    Basically I feel like Final Fantasy is underperforming conpared to what I think Square Enix ought to be capable of after doing this over a dozen times.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Why we’re turning psychiatric labels into identities in ~health.mental

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    I spend time in a subreddit related to a disorder I have, and I see a lot of posts where people ask if others on the sub have some obscure behavioral traits that the poster has. Sometimes the...

    I spend time in a subreddit related to a disorder I have, and I see a lot of posts where people ask if others on the sub have some obscure behavioral traits that the poster has. Sometimes the traits they ask about dont really have a strong connection to the listed symptoms in the DSM, and sure enough often the response is like 50:50 of people agreeing or disagreeing, so it doesnt seem like theres a steong correlation. Its like they want all of their various quirks to ultimately derive from this one thing, even when the connection between the two is tenuous.

    I think its maybe comforting for them to think that the various things they feel dont make them fit in actually do make them fit in, just with a different crowd. Potentially a better crowd with more social clout and more political or ideological homogeneity.

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  17. Comment on Wisconsin pension fund now includes bitcoin in ~finance

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    It may be volatile, but it also has been progressively rising over time. I wonder whats going to happen with it now that the hype has kind of peaked and crashed with NFTs. It might stagnate and...

    It may be volatile, but it also has been progressively rising over time.

    I wonder whats going to happen with it now that the hype has kind of peaked and crashed with NFTs. It might stagnate and eventually die off now that its not perpetually in the news as much, but it also might just settle into being a less profitable but more reliable investment as a result of having less attention.

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  18. Comment on Developers Aren't Nerds in ~comp

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    I have never much cared about picking one tool vs another because in the kind of work I do its really the problem I am trying to solve thats more interesting to me than the specifics of how I...

    I have never much cared about picking one tool vs another because in the kind of work I do its really the problem I am trying to solve thats more interesting to me than the specifics of how I implement it. If someone tells me to use VHDL vs verilog vs HLS, it really doesnt matter because the underlying functionality is the thing Im spending a bunch of time trying to work through.

    On the other hand sometimes someone up the ladder will decide that some new methodology or tool or whatever is really useful and will decide that the whole team ought to be using that, and then I have to come up the learning curve of learning this new thing. And it doesnt particularly help me because im not familiar enough with the thing to reap the full productivity benefits. Then we will use it until the end of that particular project before I get put on some new project with some new person that wants to do some new workflow change. I dont get enough tike to ever fully acclimatize to any particular thing.

    So in general when I get the freedom to choose my own style I tend to just try and use what I already work well with rather than experimenting with a bunch of new stuff.

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  19. Comment on "Appear weak when you are strong" - This Confucian proverb is keeping everyone in confusion in ~talk

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    If you think of politics as an ideological war, then this strategy kind of does make sense. If you want people to get out and vote, you dont want them to think their side is sure to win, because...

    If you think of politics as an ideological war, then this strategy kind of does make sense.

    If you want people to get out and vote, you dont want them to think their side is sure to win, because then they might just skip it. So you always want to maintain the perception that things are dire, for your cause, even if you are technically winning. Thereby appearing weak when you are strong.

    Conversely if you are losing badly you dont want to admit its hopeless because people might disengage from the process once they decide its too late. So you still want to always foster hope that aome kind of victory is always within reach. Thus appearing strong when weak.

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  20. Comment on Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery | Title announcement in ~movies

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    Its about a guy who comes out of a coma after 25 years only he actually secretly woke up 10 years ago and killed a guy and has just been faking it ever since to establish an alibi except double...

    Its about a guy who comes out of a coma after 25 years only he actually secretly woke up 10 years ago and killed a guy and has just been faking it ever since to establish an alibi except double secret, the guy he killed actually just also went into a coma, but then woke up before the first guy.

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