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  1. Comment on Reddit is launching "RPAN" live streaming as a time-limited experiment for this week, but it will become a permanent feature soon in ~tech

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    I'm right there with you. Ever since the demographic change on reddit I simply cannot spend any time there anymore outside of a couple niche subreddits that have maintained their culture. The...

    I'm right there with you.

    Ever since the demographic change on reddit I simply cannot spend any time there anymore outside of a couple niche subreddits that have maintained their culture. The "Frontpage of the Internet" has become full of low quality, low effort, meaningless content and the comments have become ridiculously insipid. I don't require 2008 era post-Digg reddit but the current state of the platform is ridiculous.

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  2. Comment on Information operations directed at Hong Kong in ~tech

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    Perhaps I am beibg cynical, but we have seen this timr and time again, over the last five or so years, with no significant response from twitter. Is this an actual change in policy, or do they...

    Covert, manipulative behaviors have no place on our service — they violate the fundamental principles on which our company is built.

    Perhaps I am beibg cynical, but we have seen this timr and time again, over the last five or so years, with no significant response from twitter. Is this an actual change in policy, or do they mean to say "Covert manipulative behaviours from nations that do not allow us to do business in their borders"?

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  3. Comment on What's the most interesting interaction you've had on Tildes so far? in ~talk

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    By no means do I think Tildes is dying, I was just pointing out the one posters observation that things are a bit slower than normal is not out of place. As you said lull's in activity are normal...

    By no means do I think Tildes is dying, I was just pointing out the one posters observation that things are a bit slower than normal is not out of place.

    As you said lull's in activity are normal for a forum.

    Also what the hell is Lobsters? This is the second time I've seen it mentioned and the fkrst I simply assumed it was a forum for J. Pete. fans.

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  4. Comment on What's the most interesting interaction you've had on Tildes so far? in ~talk

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    To be frank things do seem to have slowed down a bit. It probably didn't help that one of the most prolific posters got banned.

    To be frank things do seem to have slowed down a bit. It probably didn't help that one of the most prolific posters got banned.

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  5. Comment on The Worst Type Of Person You Can Be in ~life

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    In the case there has been a large thrust by newer municipal governments to accomodate gentrification of the city over the last 3-4 years. When my New Orleans friends would complain about the...

    In the case there has been a large thrust by newer municipal governments to accomodate gentrification of the city over the last 3-4 years. When my New Orleans friends would complain about the gentrification I would typically downplay their criticisms, but this particular story has opened my eyes a bit.

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  6. Comment on Megan Rapinoe: 'We're everything Trump loves – except that we're powerful women' in ~sports

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    And? Do you know how many avenues there are for women in soccer to make a living? Ill give you a hint: It's next to none. The vast, vast majority of liberals wear clothing made in sweatshops. As...

    And? Do you know how many avenues there are for women in soccer to make a living? Ill give you a hint: It's next to none.

    The vast, vast majority of liberals wear clothing made in sweatshops. As with electronics or furniture or other bullshit made in China. Just like Conservatives are the biggest users of welfare, or the majority of environmentalists partake in all forms of environment damaging human activity. You're no better than this and Im sire we could pick apart a hundred little ways in which you are a hypocrite. Because heres reality: We don't live in a world that allows us to avoid all the despicable necessities. Most of is have to drive and fly. Most clothes affordable or otherwise are.made in sweatshops. Most phones are built by underpaid workers. Your videogames are created in abusive work environments. Your meats are created in violent factory farms. The raw materials that make up your items were gathered by underpaid foreigners. It can't be avoided.

    But here's an amazing idea for you: An imperfect person can still rally for a cause. You can wear Nike and rally against sweatshops. You can work for the oilfield and believe in climate change.

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  7. Comment on The Worst Type Of Person You Can Be in ~life

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    That's quite the cocksure response. Sweet summer child adult. The police, by definition can't follow the law at times or they wouldn't be able to do their jobs half the time. We depend on them to...

    You're going at it from entirely the wrong angle

    That's quite the cocksure response.

    As for the police... presumably, they follow laws.

    Sweet summer child adult. The police, by definition can't follow the law at times or they wouldn't be able to do their jobs half the time. We depend on them to make the right judgement call as to when to skirt the law to preserve public safety. Would you say they made the correct decision in this scenario?

    I'm going to assume you have never been to New Orleans and don't quite understand the music situation. In the old timey entertainment areas there are live bands all over and have been for generations. Frenchman street is replete with loud, boisterous music, anyone looking into purchasing a store on that street would have hopefully known this when doing their research. It's a very famous street both within New Orleans and to tourists for this very reason.

    You seem to be making your judgement based on thr laws of your own city. The owner didn't "look into any laws" concerning live music. No law was broken except for one that has not yet been passed where the city is planning to restrict outdoor performances. They passed the motion to study the issue this past June.

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  8. Comment on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bruce Lee Was My Friend, and Tarantino's Movie Disrespects Him in ~movies

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    I can certainly see the criticism here but I would also question if whether he is allowing his personal friendship cloud his perception of what a Tarantino movie is. How many characters in...

    I can certainly see the criticism here but I would also question if whether he is allowing his personal friendship cloud his perception of what a Tarantino movie is.

    How many characters in Tarantino movies are presented positively? In each of his movies the characters, whether pro- or antagonist are written within the characteristics endemic to whichever genre or era he is aping. Are the Basterds, presented in a glowing light, with the Bear Jew a sterling representation of Jewish American Servicemen?

    Tarantino revels in excess, and cynical homage. That's his entire thing.

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  9. Comment on The Worst Type Of Person You Can Be in ~life

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    At it's base this is a story about excessive force by the police on a an unarmed black musician, at the behest of a nearby store owner. I believe there is a bigger question here that author Nathan...

    At it's base this is a story about excessive force by the police on a an unarmed black musician, at the behest of a nearby store owner. I believe there is a bigger question here that author Nathan J. Robinson could have tapped into, that he chose only to glance over.

    To be frank, I have never come down on the leftwards side of the gentrification argument, however I am not immune to the significant issues that occur with the process. For anyone that's never been to New Orleans, it is an... eclectic city. Older, some parts are very run down, some of a certain persuasion may call it a shit hole. It's, to this day, the only place in America I have personally experienced crime. With all that said New Orleans has a lot of character. You won't find anywhere quite like the French Quarter anywhere else in America, and the instrumental music scene is to die for. Music, and performance more broadly, is the soul of New Orleans, every bar has a stage, and on the many of the streets, especially in the French corner, you will find live bands, street performers etc. As of the last five or so years NOLA has succumbed to the gentrification argument.

    The most interesting question in this article is that of culture. Frenchmen Street is a performance street. There are innumerable bars and restaurants with (loud) live music on an adjacent to the street. The "French Quarter" culture exists here in droves, even outside of the actual French Quarter. These are the qualities that make Frenchman attractive, otherwise it is just another street.

    What right does a store owner have , especially at 9:00pm, to use the cops as his own personal cudgel against this culture? Can the distinction be made between improving a rundown neighbourhood and destroying the character of neighbourhood that relies on character?

    Another question I had while reading the article, is when should the misuse of police become itself a crime? What right does a store owner, who knowingly bought a store in the middle of a live music venue, have to call the police when someone is playing music? At 9:00 pm. How is this a valuable usage of police resources when New Orleans has it's share of real crime going on?

    The article, at the very least, made me consider my own opinions on gentrification and it's ramifications.

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  10. Comment on Judge orders Georgia to switch to paper ballots for 2020 elections in ~news

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    Now let's think really hard as to why a traditionally conservative state with predominantly Republican control of statewide voting since 2005, faced with a growing urban and liberal population...

    I don't know how the state of Georgia can justify their behavior here. It seems like their was negligence across the board. Even by the organization contracted to help them.

    Now let's think really hard as to why a traditionally conservative state with predominantly Republican control of statewide voting since 2005, faced with a growing urban and liberal population would continue to use voting machines with such well known and easily accessible vulnerabilities.

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  11. Comment on The Anthropocene Is a Joke: On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. in ~science

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    It's really not though. What he is saying breaks down to: "Humanity is the only creature that we know of that can appreciate reality". If we are gone, as far as we know we may snuff out the only...

    It's really not though. What he is saying breaks down to: "Humanity is the only creature that we know of that can appreciate reality". If we are gone, as far as we know we may snuff out the only candle in the darkness. That's not particularly debatable. Humanity is the only creature that has left the planet, studied the cosmos, contemplated the physics that underpins existence, created art, music, philosophy. Sure that is all important because I have a human perspective, but certainly we can agree that it's a little more advanced then eating breeding and dying.

    That's not to say we shouldn't preserve other life on this planet as best as possible, or that we should take a path that puts humanity above all else, but we should do everything in our power to at least try and preserve our existence. At least until we determine there are others out there with a similiar or even greater ability to appreciate existence.

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  12. Comment on The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way was recently observed flaring to over 75 times its normal brightness in near-infrared in ~science

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    As per the article The general theory is something was shed from a closely orbiting object and passed into the black hole. Subatomic particles from a nearby star or perturbed gas around the black...

    As per the article The general theory is something was shed from a closely orbiting object and passed into the black hole. Subatomic particles from a nearby star or perturbed gas around the black hole.

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  13. Comment on In Russia, Days of Fake News and Real Radiation After Deadly Explosion in ~news

  14. Comment on Norway's climate record is not as clean as you think in ~enviro

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    They're economy is already restructured in the ways that matter. From the article itself: From the perspective of a carbon free economy they are far and away in a better state than most nations....

    They're economy is already restructured in the ways that matter.

    From the article itself:

    It has a target of being carbon neutral by 2030, its electricity is already 100% generated by hydropower and big subsidies mean half of all new cars are electric (in the UK it's just 1%).

    From the perspective of a carbon free economy they are far and away in a better state than most nations. Yes they will have a number of oil workers to be retrained, however, Statoil isn't just awaiting its doom. The company, like many of the other Majors is diversifying into renewable power sources and as such will retain many of it's employees beyond the end of fossil fuels.

    They also have a one trillion dollar USD sovereign wealth fund that is growing rapidly. Worst comes to worse they can draw from that fund to support a fledgling green economy. Norway has done more in preparation for the oncoming storm than any other country I can think of.

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  15. Comment on The Anthropocene Is a Joke: On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. in ~science

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    Part of the reason the Hadean (so named because we initially believed the planet was still a ball of magma and fire) and the Archeozoic (so named because it's... Neither the oldest Eon/Era, nor...

    Part of the reason the Hadean (so named because we initially believed the planet was still a ball of magma and fire) and the Archeozoic (so named because it's... Neither the oldest Eon/Era, nor were there any fossils to derive the -zoic at the time of it's naming...) have no subdivisions is because we do a lot of geological dividing using paleontology. The Hadean had no life by definition and we are just now discovering the sparse cyanobacteria "fossils" that made up the first organisms during the Archeozoic.

    While in the broadest sense we have more information the closer we get to the present, that's not entirely true. The rock record, described as simply as possible, is a dance between depositional and erosional cycles. Lakes, beach heads, lagoons, deltas, estuaries, oceans, essentially water, are all depositional regions whereas the rest, no rock is deposited to create a record, or even worse, it is eroded away erasing the record and creating a nonconformity.

    A million years from now there will be little record of the regions of our planet that are distal from any depositional environment, despite how "recent" that period is. Pedantic, I know, but we have near-zero geological discussion on tildes so I need to make due where I can.

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  16. Comment on Norway's climate record is not as clean as you think in ~enviro

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    I can't really get on board with this sort of chintzy climate shaming when it targets one of the strongest climate performers in the world. Yes Statoil (I will never use 'Equinor'!) is Norway's...

    I can't really get on board with this sort of chintzy climate shaming when it targets one of the strongest climate performers in the world.

    Yes Statoil (I will never use 'Equinor'!) is Norway's largest company and one of the major Majors. That doesn't mean the country should be ashamed of its climate record. Oil is the lifeblood of our civilization and has been for nearly a century. Statoil provides resource that we need, safely, and (relatively) cleanly. Of all the oil companies I have had the (dis)pleasure of working for Statoil has always been the best in all aspects.

    Let's be frank: If it's not the North Sea, then it's Ghawar in Saudi, or the Ft. McMurray oilsands, or the Russian/Alaskan/Canadian arctic, or the Pre-Salts in Brazil. "Leave it in the ground", as the author suggests, will not change a thing if you don't change the societal addiction to the product. The demand will be filled irregardless. Norway would be doing its citizens a disservice to abandon the royalties it's afforded from North Sea production if it's not actually going to serve any purpose.

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  17. Comment on The Anthropocene Is a Joke: On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. in ~science

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    But it is the absence of a verifiable thesis. Most, but not all. Precipitous increases in trace elements due to certain activities will create a visible trace in the rock record. We measure the...

    Ah, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. :)

    But it is the absence of a verifiable thesis.

    over geological timescales, most evidence simply gets wiped out and what remains is ambiguous at best. There is zero evidence of a precursor species because there's nearly zero evidence of anything in the long distant past.

    Most, but not all. Precipitous increases in trace elements due to certain activities will create a visible trace in the rock record. We measure the dinosaur extinction by a distinct but very small Iridium layer that marks the so called 'K-T Boundary'. Your pre-Industrial civilization would never leave a trace (unless they set a massive, multi-continent fire that consumed a theorized 90%+ of the worlds plant life) however any advanced civilization that progressed similiar to us will have likely left an identifiable trace in the geologic record.

    The whole point of the Anthrocene and it's (possible) chosen beginning at the Trinity Test, is that we have left clear and recognizablee geochemical signs that do not occur due to natural causes due to our use of nuclearweapons. Radionuclides like 14-Carbon, 239Pu and 36-Chlorine.

    Fossil fuel usage has also left a recognizable, although less in your face distinct, record. The Carbon for the history of industrial age humanity will be severely depleted in Carbon-14 relative to other geologic periods. Coal power generation has also left a unusually concentrated layer of Mercury that will mark the rock record for the "length" of industrialized human history until the end of coal use.

    So, yes, your Troodontids could theoretically have existed in a pre-Industrial state. But they certainly were not going to the moon, powering a large civilization or performing any digital computing.

    A saurian Aristotle is totally possible though.

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  18. Comment on The Anthropocene Is a Joke: On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. in ~science

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    No. That is not at all the case. There are numerous coeval igneous geologic events that would have degassed significant amounts of CO2. Look up the Lac de Gras Kimberlites for example. Any one of...

    The evidence is time-blurred enough that we can only speculate as to whether some ancestral species made the same errors as humanity, only less efficiently.

    No. That is not at all the case.

    There are numerous coeval igneous geologic events that would have degassed significant amounts of CO2. Look up the Lac de Gras Kimberlites for example. Any one of these geologic events eould be enough to cause methane clathrates to start releasing into the atmosphere causing the C13 spike involved with PETM.

    There is literally zero evidence of some sort of Precursor species.

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  19. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    Not the relationship in itself? You don't believe that his dad's politics can affect their relationship even ignoring specific policy beliefs? Nobody's relationship broke down to the point of...

    It's the same type of judgement that's threatening this guy's relationship with his dad.

    Not the relationship in itself? You don't believe that his dad's politics can affect their relationship even ignoring specific policy beliefs?

    Nobody's relationship broke down to the point of writing a letter to a C-List rocker for help because of general political disagreement. One, or both of them have taken to antagonizing eachother outside of the peculiars of foreign policy, and the direction Republican politics have gone over the last four years, it's very likely the dad antagonizing the son. Got to stick it to the libs.

    Also I clearly should have left out the genocide comment I was making an exampke of a possible opposing political view that would be ridiculous to "see from your opponents side" and people assume Im specifically refering to Republicans. Maybe that ib itself says something.

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