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  1. Comment on United State barbecue, mapsplained in ~food

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    If I watched every video posted, I'd be spending most of my life doing it. I'm not going to do that, and so I often check the comments to see if the topic is something I'd be interested in talking...

    If I watched every video posted, I'd be spending most of my life doing it. I'm not going to do that, and so I often check the comments to see if the topic is something I'd be interested in talking about before I watch the video, since titles are so poorly representative of video content.

    This is just me, but a video with no comments is not a video I'm going to watch just because it got posted.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Nazis mingle openly at CPAC, spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and finding allies in ~misc

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    And how do you feel about Vichy France? What degree of collaboration is the point at which there aren't "mitigating conditions", they're just going along with the Nazis? Practically, the fact that...

    And how do you feel about Vichy France? What degree of collaboration is the point at which there aren't "mitigating conditions", they're just going along with the Nazis?

    Practically, the fact that you're trying to find soft justifications for why people sitting down with literal Nazis aren't that bad is really concerning.

  3. Comment on FastSDXL.AI: Free demo that lets you generate AI images as fast as you can type in ~tech

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    I added the "three heads" bit when the images were regularly giving me two-headed ocelots when I was asking for one, kind of like this: https://fastsdxl.ai/share/24xaesanrqxs

    I added the "three heads" bit when the images were regularly giving me two-headed ocelots when I was asking for one, kind of like this:

    https://fastsdxl.ai/share/24xaesanrqxs

    6 votes
  4. Comment on FastSDXL.AI: Free demo that lets you generate AI images as fast as you can type in ~tech

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    Maybe I'm not in the loop regarding what a successful image result is, but I tried "a baby ocelot with three heads being held by an old Ronald Reagan" and it really didn't give me something that...

    Maybe I'm not in the loop regarding what a successful image result is, but I tried "a baby ocelot with three heads being held by an old Ronald Reagan" and it really didn't give me something that matches what I think of when I see that phrase. It was decent about getting 4 heads in the shot (three for the ocelot and one for Reagan), but associating those heads with the ocelot was a clear challenge. Is this an example of this being done well, or is the impressive bit that it can be done fast?

    https://fastsdxl.ai/share/s1rsrgjecyp4
    https://fastsdxl.ai/share/7461gxy2ne8w
    https://fastsdxl.ai/share/36oipespv2cw

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Nobody ever gets credit for fixing problems that never happened in ~finance

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    Never let a crisis go to waste. If something goes really wrong in the organization, use it as a launching point for other modernization efforts to stop similar things from happening in other...

    Never let a crisis go to waste. If something goes really wrong in the organization, use it as a launching point for other modernization efforts to stop similar things from happening in other areas. You're never going to catch everything, so use the disasters that do arise as object lessons to support your attempts to keep things maintained.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 19 in ~news

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    What are you talking about? Pelosi literally stepped down as the leader of the the House Democrats in favor of a younger congressperson.

    Pelosi isn't stepping down...

    What are you talking about? Pelosi literally stepped down as the leader of the the House Democrats in favor of a younger congressperson.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on The Great Automatic Grammatizator by Roald Dahl (1954) in ~books

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    Dahl was a brilliant writer, and all too prescient. Also, did you catch the long word to make you feel smart?

    Dahl was a brilliant writer, and all too prescient.

    Also, did you catch the long word to make you feel smart?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Borderlands | Official trailer in ~movies

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    It feels really generic? If it wasn't for Claptrap, and a couple of other visual signifiers like the raider mask I'd have no idea this was Borderlands instead of a random buddy/family sci fi...

    It feels really generic? If it wasn't for Claptrap, and a couple of other visual signifiers like the raider mask I'd have no idea this was Borderlands instead of a random buddy/family sci fi action/comedy.

    Borderlands was grim, and funny. Borderlands 1.5 was grim and really funny with the expansion of Handsome Jack's backstory. After that it kind of went off the rails in a whole "talk a lot, and maybe it'll be funny" sort of way.

    So maybe this movie is a proper inheritor to the series.

    20 votes
  9. Comment on Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data in ~finance

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    They'll continually search for any open wifi network. If your neighbor happens to not secure their network, your TV will latch onto them to call home.

    They'll continually search for any open wifi network. If your neighbor happens to not secure their network, your TV will latch onto them to call home.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Capital One to buy Discover Financial in $35.3 billion all-stock deal in ~finance

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    While the title implies it's a done deal, basically all the quotes in the article are from people dubious that it would go through.

    While the title implies it's a done deal, basically all the quotes in the article are from people dubious that it would go through.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on Compensating compassion | Too few people donate their organs, dead or alive. How can we make it easier to donate, but avoid the abuses that some fear from cash payments? in ~health

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    If I read it right, the requirement for family approval was in the places where organ donation was opt out, but with the family having the final say, because the family having no say was...

    If I read it right, the requirement for family approval was in the places where organ donation was opt out, but with the family having the final say, because the family having no say was politically untenable.

    11 votes
  12. Comment on Berkeley's upzoning would be among America's largest in ~design

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    It would certainly look nicer than those dingbat apartment blocks in the article. But I think that telling people that they can't have more parking is fundamentally a matter of practicality, not...

    It would certainly look nicer than those dingbat apartment blocks in the article. But I think that telling people that they can't have more parking is fundamentally a matter of practicality, not politics. At rush hour the surface streets are already gridlocked; if Berkeley is going to have twice again as many housing units without additional street capacity those people really can't be driving regardless of whether there are parking places at their houses.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Berkeley's upzoning would be among America's largest in ~design

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    Almost certainly, but it does mean that at baseline there's going to be multi-purpose things like permeable paver front yards that could be used for something other than parking if people don't...

    Almost certainly, but it does mean that at baseline there's going to be multi-purpose things like permeable paver front yards that could be used for something other than parking if people don't want the parking spaces, as opposed to car-specific infrastructure.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Online anonymity: study found ‘stable pseudonyms’ created a more civil environment than real user names in ~tech

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    Thank you for mentioning the needs of disabled people when it comes to road design. Do you and your partner have a preferred type of traffic calming measure?

    Thank you for mentioning the needs of disabled people when it comes to road design. Do you and your partner have a preferred type of traffic calming measure?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Online anonymity: study found ‘stable pseudonyms’ created a more civil environment than real user names in ~tech

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    You joke, but that is an actual thing my wife said regarding pothole repair on our block. When the pavement is good, people speed. When there's giant potholes, it's a much safer road to cross.

    You joke, but that is an actual thing my wife said regarding pothole repair on our block. When the pavement is good, people speed. When there's giant potholes, it's a much safer road to cross.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 12 in ~news

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    He's also banned from taking out bank loans for 3 years, so whoever loans him that money will be an interesting character, I'm sure.

    He's also banned from taking out bank loans for 3 years, so whoever loans him that money will be an interesting character, I'm sure.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The day I put $50,000 in a shoe box and handed it to a stranger in ~finance

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    Yeah. Anytime someone reaches out to you and expresses that there's urgency, it's a scam.

    Yeah. Anytime someone reaches out to you and expresses that there's urgency, it's a scam.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on American Bar Association calls for US courts to find a different word than master, citing history and negative associations in ~news

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    Channeler of the energy voltaic?

    Channeler of the energy voltaic?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Are we dating the same guy? | Digital whisper networks in the #MeToo era in ~life

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    The difficulty is the scale and lack of transparency that comes with the internet. If, back in the day, someone felt the need to warn other people about someone, they had to put their own personal...

    The difficulty is the scale and lack of transparency that comes with the internet. If, back in the day, someone felt the need to warn other people about someone, they had to put their own personal reputation on the line a little bit. Their warning was weighted based on their own personal trustworthiness. It was also often a warning about a given person, targeted at the moment when someone new entered the community when they wouldn't know about the missing stair.

    As it is now, it's easy to rebroadcast stuff from a position of pseudo- or total anonymity, so any element of personal reputation in passing on the warning is stripped away. I was part of a community where the whisper network went into overdrive and did a mass email of a document with hundreds of character and abuse accusations sourced from who knows where. It got all the accusations out in the open, and meant that no one could confront their accuser for better or for worse. I don't think it was possible for any one person to know the truth of all of the hundreds of claims in there. Maybe they were all true. Maybe they weren't.

    It's different, and that feels newsworthy even if the stripped down concept of "women are quietly sharing information about matters of concern" is still the same.

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Bioluminescent houseplant hits US market for first time in ~enviro

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    Petunias are safe for cats, and while the mushroom that it's crossed with is toxic, the caffeic acid that it causes the new petunias to make doesn't seem like it's dangerous to cats in the...

    Petunias are safe for cats, and while the mushroom that it's crossed with is toxic, the caffeic acid that it causes the new petunias to make doesn't seem like it's dangerous to cats in the quantities that exist in the leaves?

    8 votes