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  1. Comment on New Japanese vending machines sell only edible insects. The nine options include deep-fried or dried crickets, locusts, and silkworm chrysalises. in ~food

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    I'm not really sure what the point is. You can get those powdered meal replacements like soylent and the clones which contain very good nutrition, taste good enough, are very sustainable, and have...

    I'm not really sure what the point is. You can get those powdered meal replacements like soylent and the clones which contain very good nutrition, taste good enough, are very sustainable, and have no mental issues of eating bugs to get over (they are mostly powdered plant foods).

    I don't think the general public would ever eat bugs over that option.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on California will discourage students who are gifted at math in ~humanities

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    You get the exact same thing in any math class. I was in the advanced math classes and there was still lots of helping other students out. At any level, there will always be someone who works...

    You get the exact same thing in any math class. I was in the advanced math classes and there was still lots of helping other students out. At any level, there will always be someone who works things out first. I'm not sure how these changes could do anything but hold up those who put in the most effort to learn.

    This could also be really damaging to the public school system as parents send their children to private schools to get the math education the public system deprives them of. While those without the money for private school are left worse off in the end.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Rental companies buy up used cars as chip crisis gets worse in ~finance

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    The fancy chips are not in low supply. Its mostly the older process chips and not the cutting edge sub 20nm stuff.

    The fancy chips are not in low supply. Its mostly the older process chips and not the cutting edge sub 20nm stuff.

  4. Comment on Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting in ~tech

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    This is probably a good moment for Basecamp in the long run. Sounds like things got really toxic and people were unable to just get work done and work without stress/pressure to make statements....

    This is probably a good moment for Basecamp in the long run. Sounds like things got really toxic and people were unable to just get work done and work without stress/pressure to make statements.

    Now with the unhappy people gone, they can resume work and focus on making a great product rather than internal drama.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    If I intuitively guess who I think is dangerous holding a gun, I'd be picking either a young male or someone who looks poor/rough. Which leads to the issue the article points out. Certain peoples...

    If I intuitively guess who I think is dangerous holding a gun, I'd be picking either a young male or someone who looks poor/rough. Which leads to the issue the article points out. Certain peoples looks make others fear more. Without knowing the person you have not a lot more than their looks to go on.

    There is also the context of their actions. Having a gun out in public on its own says something about the persons mental state. If I saw someone with a kitchen knife holstered to their pocket I'd be very concerned because there is no reason they should be doing that unlike a knife in the kitchen or a cop with a gun.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    So the difference is something invisible that a 3rd party has no way of assessing. So the logical action is to treat anyone armed as dangerous.

    So the difference is something invisible that a 3rd party has no way of assessing. So the logical action is to treat anyone armed as dangerous.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Armed literally does mean dangerous. Anyone with a gun should be treated with the most extreme level of caution and avoided whenever possible.

    Armed literally does mean dangerous. Anyone with a gun should be treated with the most extreme level of caution and avoided whenever possible.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    Because it would wipe out woman’s sport. No one wants to watch a low rank game but they are willing to watch the woman’s version.

    Because it would wipe out woman’s sport. No one wants to watch a low rank game but they are willing to watch the woman’s version.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on PoW is efficient in ~finance

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    Also remember that almost all of these transactions are bots trading with each other to exploit price differences. No one is buying anything with these cryptos because it costs you $30 in fees to...

    an infinitesimal fraction of the world's digital financial transactions.

    Also remember that almost all of these transactions are bots trading with each other to exploit price differences. No one is buying anything with these cryptos because it costs you $30 in fees to make a transaction.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on PoW is efficient in ~finance

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    The PoW algorithms cancel out efficiency by design. They have a difficulty score and a target block time. If miners start to solve the next block sooner than the target time, the difficulty score...

    The PoW algorithms cancel out efficiency by design. They have a difficulty score and a target block time. If miners start to solve the next block sooner than the target time, the difficulty score goes up.

    So if you invent a mining rig that is 10x more efficient, the PoW difficulty goes up 10x leaving you at square one.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    I kind of half agree with you, but allowing resale would be a huge shakeup to the market and have big changes to a lot of things. The hardest hit would be games with a story, you would play...

    I kind of half agree with you, but allowing resale would be a huge shakeup to the market and have big changes to a lot of things. The hardest hit would be games with a story, you would play through the story and then sell the game since it has no value to you anymore. This would seriously limit the number of sales a story based game could have.

    The result would be a mix of two things. The "new" price for games would explode and then the used price would be used to balance it out so the devs sell 10x less copies but they price them 10x higher. But more likely what we would see is all games shifting to styles where there is infinite gameplay and story/level based games would die out. Everything would become CS:GO where the only way to succeed with a game is make sure people play it endlessly and don't play other games.

    We might even see a shift to subscription/renting for games where they don't offer you the option to "buy" at all and instead its all yearly priced.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    G2A is not selling second hand games. Those keys have never been used, they are just bought while on sale and sold at non sale times. Allowing reselling used digital games would be a big change.

    G2A is not selling second hand games. Those keys have never been used, they are just bought while on sale and sold at non sale times. Allowing reselling used digital games would be a big change.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    The “problem” this creates for stores is this enables reselling games. You could transfer the games to someone else. You might immediately say that’s a good thing but it’s a little more complex....

    The “problem” this creates for stores is this enables reselling games. You could transfer the games to someone else.

    You might immediately say that’s a good thing but it’s a little more complex. Digital products do not have any of the issues of traditional second hand like damage, random stock availability, etc. There would be literally no reason not to buy a second hand game key.

    IMO the nicer solution would be linking accounts, so you link your steam account to another account. Maybe with some kind of verification process but even if you can abuse it, it’s much harder and limited to abuse.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on School almost 'eliminates bullying' with break-time ban on games in ~life

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    At my school and what seems to be the norm, phones and basically all electronics were banned but any other kind of non dangerous activity was allowed.

    At my school and what seems to be the norm, phones and basically all electronics were banned but any other kind of non dangerous activity was allowed.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Crypto exchange founder disappears with $2 billion in ~finance

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    The problem is if you pull the coins out of the exchange and then add them back to sell, you get hit with 2 sets of TX fees which costs about $50USD currently. If you just leave them in you avoid...

    The problem is if you pull the coins out of the exchange and then add them back to sell, you get hit with 2 sets of TX fees which costs about $50USD currently. If you just leave them in you avoid this. You can imagine why its tempting to leave it in. Especially when you can set up auto sell setups.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Crypto exchange founder disappears with $2 billion in ~finance

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    This surprises me exactly 0%. Cryptos are just a trivial target for scammers to take money from morons who think they are investors.

    This surprises me exactly 0%. Cryptos are just a trivial target for scammers to take money from morons who think they are investors.

    16 votes
  17. Comment on What should a lay user know about Linux app packaging? in ~tech

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    I have switched to Fedora Silverblue which uses flatpak for almost everything. It's pretty nice tbh and certainly the future of the linux desktop. There are just a few edge cases which need...

    I have switched to Fedora Silverblue which uses flatpak for almost everything. It's pretty nice tbh and certainly the future of the linux desktop. There are just a few edge cases which need sorting out. Things like drag/drop files tends to not work but I assume this will all be fixed soon.

    We really need to get past the era where you music player has access to your session token for your bank.

    3 votes