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  1. Comment on Sarco suicide capsule ‘passes legal review’ in Switzerland in ~life

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    If I had an incurable disease and knew I was going to die relatively soon (within a year?) and that I would be in great pain and suffering for the last few months, I would consider it. I'd rather...

    If I had an incurable disease and knew I was going to die relatively soon (within a year?) and that I would be in great pain and suffering for the last few months, I would consider it. I'd rather go out while I can still control my destiny.

    You're absolutely right that it shouldn't be automated. There should be humans involved every step of the way to make sure that the person ending their life is capable of making such a choice.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How do I change my email address without changing the underlying provider? in ~tech

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    You can use that, but in my experience, anything beyond .com, .org and .edu only confuses people. Especially in the real world where you have to verbally tell people your email address. "So that's...

    You can use that, but in my experience, anything beyond .com, .org and .edu only confuses people. Especially in the real world where you have to verbally tell people your email address.

    "So that's firstname@lastname.name.com?" is a common response.

    I just went with .org because it's cheap, sounds official and people understand it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Brian Herbert on Dune: ‘My father could see into the future' in ~books

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    It's weird that he refers to his dad as "Frank Herbert" rather than "dad" throughout the interview. In the very long run (hundreds, if not thousands of years), I think he might be right about one...

    It's weird that he refers to his dad as "Frank Herbert" rather than "dad" throughout the interview.

    In the very long run (hundreds, if not thousands of years), I think he might be right about one thing. The more we intertwine computers in our lives, the more I'm inclined to think we're headed toward something like a Butlerian Jihad.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on 'Sesame Street' makes history as it adds first Asian American Muppet to cast in ~tv

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    This is fantastic. More representation is always a good thing. I always love how the actors on Sesame Street talk about the Muppet characters as if they are real people. I've talked to a few...

    This is fantastic. More representation is always a good thing.

    Like many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, her identity will straddle two cultures, says Alan Muraoka, who plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show and is also Asian American.

    “She’s a musician, she plays electric guitar, she’s a girl of the very modern American fabric,” he told NBC Asian America. “She recognizes the culture through her relatives — her grandmother, through her mother — and through the food she eats and loves.”

    I always love how the actors on Sesame Street talk about the Muppet characters as if they are real people.

    I've talked to a few friends about it and we all agreed that while we always knew cartoons and weren't real, we always felt like the characters (both human and Muppet) on Sesame Street were real people.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

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    I will say that the lack of a paper menu has become a lot more common during the pandemic. But I've never been to a restaurant that had the QR code and just flat out didn't have a printed menu....

    I will say that the lack of a paper menu has become a lot more common during the pandemic. But I've never been to a restaurant that had the QR code and just flat out didn't have a printed menu. They've always had paper ones available when asked.

    In the U.S., it might actually be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act to not provide an alternative to a smartphone based menu (i.e., what if someone can't use a smartphone due to their disability?).

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Patreon integrating a video platform in ~tech

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    I think the OnlyFans name is "tainted" enough that people will forever associate it with porn. I don't think it would be possible for them to go mainstream without rebranding. The first thing that...

    I think the OnlyFans name is "tainted" enough that people will forever associate it with porn. I don't think it would be possible for them to go mainstream without rebranding. The first thing that pops into everyone's mind when they hear that someone has an OnlyFans account is sex work.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Val (2021) in ~movies

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    I really, really want to watch this documentary since Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors but I know it's gonna be a rough watch... For those who've never seen young, comedic Val Kilmer, check...

    I really, really want to watch this documentary since Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors but I know it's gonna be a rough watch...

    For those who've never seen young, comedic Val Kilmer, check out Top Secret or Real Genius. He's got Anthony Michael Hall levels of comedy timing at such a young age.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Know how The Beatles ended? Peter Jackson may change your mind in ~music

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    Aside from The Matrix: Resurrection, this is the film I’ve been looking forward to the most. I don’t even care about the Beatles, but They Shall Not Grow Old was one of the most striking...

    Aside from The Matrix: Resurrection, this is the film I’ve been looking forward to the most. I don’t even care about the Beatles, but They Shall Not Grow Old was one of the most striking documentaries I’ve ever seen so I’m willing to watch any documentary Jackson makes for the rest of his career.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

  10. Comment on Reddit adds "Community Points" on the Ethereum blockchain - used for purchases, memberships, tips, and reputation-weighted voting (in polls) in ~tech

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    I think it’s more American Psycho business card scene but they’re just coming up with stupider and stupider ideas until someone says something so colossally stupid that they all agree it’s a great...

    I think it’s more American Psycho business card scene but they’re just coming up with stupider and stupider ideas until someone says something so colossally stupid that they all agree it’s a great idea.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Tell your hopes and experiences with Cloud gaming in ~games

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    I had that thought too. My house isn't too big and my router is smack dab in the middle so I've got excellent reception everywhere so I can't speak to how a bad signal would impact game play.

    I had that thought too. My house isn't too big and my router is smack dab in the middle so I've got excellent reception everywhere so I can't speak to how a bad signal would impact game play.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on ‘Eternals’ pulled from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait in apparent ban in ~movies

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    They're censoring themselves there so they can release the movies in those countries, so yes.

    They're censoring themselves there so they can release the movies in those countries, so yes.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Tell your hopes and experiences with Cloud gaming in ~games

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    I got the Stadia bundle a while ago that was $99 for the controller and 6 months of Stadia Pro for free. As @Bullmaestro said, the input lag was non-existent but the stream quality varied wildly....

    I got the Stadia bundle a while ago that was $99 for the controller and 6 months of Stadia Pro for free. As @Bullmaestro said, the input lag was non-existent but the stream quality varied wildly. There were times that it would dramatically dip in quality for either a minute or just a few seconds and then ramp back up to HD.

    I do wish that they had a good tool as part of the service to measure things like ping over time or connection stability to give users an idea of what the issues are.

    The one downside to Stadia is that there is no "wired" mode, since even if your Chromecast is wired directly to ethernet, the controller uses wifi.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Brown physics student earns PhD at age 89 in ~life

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    I usually don't do bulk quotes, but this guy's life story is so impressive... [...] [...] [...] This is such a great story. I love this gentleman's devotion to learning new things and following...

    I usually don't do bulk quotes, but this guy's life story is so impressive...

    To say that Steiner’s path to a Ph.D. in physics was not a traditional one would be an understatement. As a young man, Steiner fled the chaos of his birthplace of Vienna as World War II ended and eventually made his way to the United States.

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    Steiner went on to earn a medical doctorate in 1955 from the University of Vienna and soon after his graduation he made his way to Washington, D.C. where he finished his initial training in internal medicine.

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    n 1968 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine working primarily in research and was made full Professor of Medicine in 1978. In 1985 Steiner was appointed head of the hematology section of the medical school, a position he held until 1994. When approaching retirement, an associate of his was made chief of hematology at the University of North Carolina, Greenville and he asked Steiner to join him to establish a research program in hematology which he directed until 2000 when he retired from medicine and returned to Rhode Island.

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    Steiner did not consciously set out to earn a third doctoral degree when he began his studies at Brown. “Originally I just wanted to take classes, doing something that helped my mind and was interesting to me.” But by the Spring of 2007 Steiner had completed enough classes to be admitted to the graduate school as a Ph.D. degree candidate in Physics. “It took a long time because I only took one or two classes every semester,” says Steiner, “but eventually, I had completed all requirements to enter graduate school.” Steiner says he had some “serious medical issues” that delayed his progress.

    This is such a great story. I love this gentleman's devotion to learning new things and following his passion.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Facebook - An update on our use of face recognition in ~tech

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    This is interesting. Not only are they disabling it, but they are trashing the data it generated. That's a big step, if true – but excuse me if I somehow don't trust them to keep their word......

    If you have opted into our Face Recognition setting, we will delete the template used to identify you. If you have the face recognition setting turned off, there is no template to delete and there will be no change.

    This is interesting. Not only are they disabling it, but they are trashing the data it generated. That's a big step, if true – but excuse me if I somehow don't trust them to keep their word...

    Every new technology brings with it potential for both benefit and concern, and we want to find the right balance. In the case of facial recognition, its long-term role in society needs to be debated in the open, and among those who will be most impacted by it. We will continue engaging in that conversation and working with the civil society groups and regulators who are leading this discussion.

    This makes it seem as if they are doing this preemptively to avoid coming regulation. Maybe they know about something coming down the pike that the rest of us haven't heard of yet?

    10 votes
  16. Comment on CBC is keeping Facebook comments closed on news posts in ~tech

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    My workplace has a very heavy Facebook presence and we just switched to disabling comments by default on all posts about three weeks ago. It's definitely hurt our engagement (and killed our...

    My workplace has a very heavy Facebook presence and we just switched to disabling comments by default on all posts about three weeks ago. It's definitely hurt our engagement (and killed our ability to run ads, since you can't turn off comments on those) but we've been surprised that the number of shares for each post has gone up because instead of commenting, people will share the post to their timeline and comment there.

    We've been very happy with the change. It's freed up a lot of our time so that we don't have to constantly monitor posts or comments.

    Here's hoping more people follow suit.

    13 votes
  17. Comment on How the world's first USB-C iPhone was born in ~comp

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    Kind of takes all the fun out of it.

    By bidding on this auction you agree that:

    • You will not restore, update, or erase this iPhone
    • You will not use it as your daily phone
    • You will not open it

    Kind of takes all the fun out of it.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What has helped you improve your relationships? in ~talk

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    I think it's important to talk about these topics with anyone you would consider a friend or close family member. It both de-stigmatizes the topics and these are topics that general cut to the...

    thoughts on how/when to address topics such as mental health, diagnoses and sexuality or if they should be addressed at all.

    I think it's important to talk about these topics with anyone you would consider a friend or close family member. It both de-stigmatizes the topics and these are topics that general cut to the core of who you are. I'll admit that talking about these things can be hard. Very hard, in fact. I have a group of friends that I've known since we were all in elementary school. It's only in the last three or four years that we've started talking about our mental health (which can include sexuality). It was awkward and difficult at first, but over the past few years, it's really increased my emotional maturity and ability to understand and empathize with others.

    Obviously you don't want to dump all of it at one time and finding out when you've crossed the line into oversharing is difficult - I don't have a good answer for that other than to just feel out how other people react.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on A battle among homeowners in Colorado shows how license plate scanners are reshaping American neighborhoods in ~tech

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    These types of things should really horrify people and should, frankly be illegal. The good that might come out of stopping/catching one or two criminals is far outweighed by the invasion of...

    These types of things should really horrify people and should, frankly be illegal. The good that might come out of stopping/catching one or two criminals is far outweighed by the invasion of privacy that these systems enable.

    And that isn't even factoring in whether or not the police should be able to access these databases without a warrant.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Facebook changes name to Meta: Mark Zuckerberg announces company rebrand as it moves to the metaverse in ~tech

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    I feel like John Gruber nailed this one: The brand name Facebook is beyond useless and is a negative asset to the company at this point. There's nothing good associated with the name, only scandal...

    I feel like John Gruber nailed this one:

    It took Philip Morris an entire century to get to its Altria rebranding moment. If this pans out, it took Facebook 17 years.

    The brand name Facebook is beyond useless and is a negative asset to the company at this point. There's nothing good associated with the name, only scandal after scandal. It doesn't conjure up warm feelings of communicating with friends (if it ever did).

    But let's try and remember that just because they change their name, they'll still be up to the same old dirty tricks.

    16 votes