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  1. Comment on A timeline of what it's like to spend the evening with the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion in ~enviro

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    I disagree; sure civilization as we know it would fracture and billions of humans would die off, but I have no doubts enclaves of humans would survive and rebuild. The Toba event was the closest...

    anywhere between 30% to 90% of then-extant life on the planet when they happened, depending on which strike you want to talk about. humans would almost certainly be included in that if an asteroid strike of such a scale happened today,

    I disagree; sure civilization as we know it would fracture and billions of humans would die off, but I have no doubts enclaves of humans would survive and rebuild. The Toba event was the closest we've come as species to dying out and that was a pretty cataclysmic event in its own right. Technology has made us an incredibly adaptable species.

    Human's biggest hurdle to survival has always been low crop yields and lack of domesticated animals. Now that we've addressed both, if civilization ever does collapse, rebuilding should happen on a much, much shorter scale than how long we took to get here, not even considering all of our stored knowledge and technological progress.

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  2. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    To sum it up, it's the software and ecosystem that make macs and apple unique. We're about half a decade past the point where apple's hardware was noticeable beyond the competition. Whenever...

    To sum it up, it's the software and ecosystem that make macs and apple unique. We're about half a decade past the point where apple's hardware was noticeable beyond the competition. Whenever google and Android can offer a comprehensive package better than apple (hint hint: fix the fragmentation in their messaging apps), that's when I will sell off my apple gear and move back.

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  3. Comment on Valve Index in ~tech

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    The more competition in the space, the better. I'm really hoping the Oculus Quest will bring mainstream attention and adoption to the space. Here's to 2019 being the year VR achieves widespread...

    The more competition in the space, the better. I'm really hoping the Oculus Quest will bring mainstream attention and adoption to the space. Here's to 2019 being the year VR achieves widespread adoption.

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  4. Comment on Apple introduces second generation AirPods, with Hey Siri, H1 audio chip, & wireless charging in ~tech

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    The page says 50% more talk time, is that not dramatic enough for you?

    The page says 50% more talk time, is that not dramatic enough for you?

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  5. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    That's good you got yellow-ribbon. Luckily, I don't think I will have to do that in my case. I'm very thankful they've beefed up the benefits of the GI-Bill program. In-state tuition rates,...

    That's good you got yellow-ribbon. Luckily, I don't think I will have to do that in my case. I'm very thankful they've beefed up the benefits of the GI-Bill program. In-state tuition rates, housing allowance, and full coverage of costs at state schools for 36 months of classes is amazing.

  6. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    I'm waiting for apple to backtrack and give us a thicker pro variant before I upgrade. There's way too many sacrifices they made to make it as thin as possible. Until then the 2014/15 models are...

    I'm waiting for apple to backtrack and give us a thicker pro variant before I upgrade. There's way too many sacrifices they made to make it as thin as possible. Until then the 2014/15 models are what I recommend to people.

    That said, I'd love to move back to Linux, I've run Mint and Ubuntu as my main drivers in the past, but it's always the software that keeps me within the apple ecosystem. Fact of the matter is, most good devs develop on Macs, so you tend to get the best software versions with apple's laptops.

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  7. Comment on BirthStrikers: meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends in ~enviro

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    I think the real issue is that the effects of climate change are not going to be felt uniformly. Countries like Canada, Russia, and the US will do well as a warmer climate open up more arable...

    I think the real issue is that the effects of climate change are not going to be felt uniformly. Countries like Canada, Russia, and the US will do well as a warmer climate open up more arable farmland which will be massively valuable as the world is likely to see significant food shortages appearing in the next few decades. Areas like the Middle East, Africa, and to some extent China and South America will get hit the hardest by shifting weather patterns and desertification.

  8. Comment on I regret not seeing Solo in theaters in ~movies

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    I might have to give it a shot after your reading, I loved the Solo books growing up. That said, I've been unimpressed by all the newer movies, including Rogue One, and haven't even watched The...

    I might have to give it a shot after your reading, I loved the Solo books growing up. That said, I've been unimpressed by all the newer movies, including Rogue One, and haven't even watched The Last Jedi yet.

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  9. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Yeah, I ultimately think AR and VR will supplant smartphones. Way too many potential applications and advantages. It will just take time to get the tech and software to a level where the average...

    Yeah, I ultimately think AR and VR will supplant smartphones. Way too many potential applications and advantages. It will just take time to get the tech and software to a level where the average consumer will make the jump.

    I think AR will finally break into mainstream use in about the 3 year time frame. I also really think the Oculus Quest releasing in a couple months is going to jump-start common interest in the space.

  10. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I hear you. My job has me working shifts that rotate back and forth between 6AM-6PM to 6PM-6AM every two to four weeks on a rotating schedule. I've been doing this for two years now, and it hasn't...

    I hear you. My job has me working shifts that rotate back and forth between 6AM-6PM to 6PM-6AM every two to four weeks on a rotating schedule. I've been doing this for two years now, and it hasn't gotten any easier. When I get out of this, I never want to take any job that messes with my sleep schedule again.

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  11. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    Defense and government work are very big on paying for masters since its such a critical career milestone for them. Can be worth dipping into those industries to get one knocked out, but look...

    Defense and government work are very big on paying for masters since its such a critical career milestone for them. Can be worth dipping into those industries to get one knocked out, but look before you leap I like to say.

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  12. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    How long ago was this out of curiosity? Post 9/11 GI bill is very robust now and offers in-state tuition rates for state universities in any state as of 2015. If you were on Montgomery GI bill,...

    How long ago was this out of curiosity? Post 9/11 GI bill is very robust now and offers in-state tuition rates for state universities in any state as of 2015. If you were on Montgomery GI bill, then yes, that is more limiting in how much it can pay out. I'm planning to take mine to go back for a masters in computer science within the next year and a half.

  13. Comment on Do you think a collapse is coming? in ~talk

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    Why Western? Chinese per-capita levels of debt levels are currently worse than the US's.

    Why Western? Chinese per-capita levels of debt levels are currently worse than the US's.

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  14. Comment on Do you think a collapse is coming? in ~talk

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    Any gradual-enough collapse will just looks like a slow decline.

    Any gradual-enough collapse will just looks like a slow decline.

  15. Comment on Recommend me some podcasts! in ~talk

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    Hardcore History: My number one history focused podcast. Absolutely fascinating content, and amazing delivery. Each episode almost reads like a short novel. Dan Carlin has his most recent episodes...

    Hardcore History: My number one history focused podcast. Absolutely fascinating content, and amazing delivery. Each episode almost reads like a short novel. Dan Carlin has his most recent episodes available for free download, but you will have to pay if you want to access the archives.

    Talking Code: Podcast focused on the environment that coding and coding projects operate in.

  16. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part II in ~life

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    I liked your last post in particular, but that Goodbye Big Five article was a little overdone. If you're really worried about privacy, you don't have to down-grade to a dumb-phone. The government...

    I liked your last post in particular, but that Goodbye Big Five article was a little overdone. If you're really worried about privacy, you don't have to down-grade to a dumb-phone. The government could still track you if they wanted to. Just flash a custom ROM to an Android phone that has been vetted by privacy experts and you're good to go.

    And the whole audio file sharing thing was ridiculous. If you're really worried, encrypt the file and host it through a file hosting site or make a torrent for it. Honestly, just watching something like Mr. Robot and implementing some of his privacy techniques way more practical and effective.

    I'm probably reading too much into the article; it does communicate well that internet services and tech in general has consolidated around the Big Five. But we had Microsoft and Oracle before that. Fact of the matter is, technology in general centralizes around the cheapest and most efficient means and providers, and the Big Five provider that right now.

  17. Comment on Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up Amazon, Google, and Facebook in ~news

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    Yes, I agree with her argument that they should probably be broken up, but I think stating how they should be broken up is presumptuous of her. The proper way to do it should be through an...

    Yes, I agree with her argument that they should probably be broken up, but I think stating how they should be broken up is presumptuous of her. The proper way to do it should be through an official anti-trust investigation with subject-matter experts in this area.

  18. Comment on Twitter has ambitious plans to change the way we tweet by limiting snark and improving the "health" of interactions, but so far it's gone nowhere in ~tech

  19. Comment on Thoughts about investing in Weed stocks? in ~talk

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    From what I've read and listened too, the low hanging fruit in the cannibis industry has already been picked clean. The good time to get in was about a year to two years ago. The whole market is...

    From what I've read and listened too, the low hanging fruit in the cannibis industry has already been picked clean. The good time to get in was about a year to two years ago.

    The whole market is riskier now and you really need to do your due diligence on investigating companies, in what is already a complex legal and commercial environment.

    If you still want to get into it, I would start following channels on youtube and twitter by established stock market traders and analysts that predominately trade in areas outside cannibis, but speculate in that industry. Weed stock forums can be an echo chamber. I'd personally recommend The Chart Guys channel on youtube.

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  20. Comment on How can a broke dude who can barely code help Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I'd say you should take care of yourself first before trying to help others. If you're utterly broke, you have more pressing matters to attend to, and the time you spend helping this site could be...

    I'd say you should take care of yourself first before trying to help others. If you're utterly broke, you have more pressing matters to attend to, and the time you spend helping this site could be better spent on yourself.

    Don't get me wrong, it's admirable your want to help this site grow, but you're putting the cart before the horse. Focus on your own career and life first, so that you can be better positioned to help the site in the future when you are better off in terms of time and money.

    6 votes