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  1. Comment on With Vids, Google thinks it has the next big productivity tool for work in ~tech

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    Orrrrr... Because words on a page are nice? I can scan text more easily than a video. I can read as fast as or as slow as I want instantly (no settings gear > playback speed > 2x clicks) I can...

    and people wonder "but why don't you vid chat me?" And they won't understand "because I don't want to" or "because face-to-face is distracting for me" or "because it's a negative in how I can try to interact" or anything similar as an answer.

    Orrrrr... Because words on a page are nice?

    I can scan text more easily than a video.

    I can read as fast as or as slow as I want instantly (no settings gear > playback speed > 2x clicks)

    I can skip ahead, or reread faster than tracking through a video.

    No need to hit pause, I determine how long something stays in front of me, not the video creator determining that 3 seconds is enough time to view, consider, and understand a 4 coupling Feynman diagram.

    I really don't understand the constant urge of certain people to move away from the written word. Videos, simulations, animations, etc. are all good in their own way, but trying to turn every type of knowledge transfer into a 30s - 5min video just seems silly to me.

    I really miss the era of RTFM.

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  2. Comment on My movie schedule in ~movies

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    Do you have any hairs in your nose?

    Do you have any hairs in your nose?

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  3. Comment on Insurers use aerial photos to check out roofs or to spot yard debris and undeclared trampolines in ~finance

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    Are we really considering that these are VFR and/or FPV drones? If I were an insurance company I'd be using drones with nice cameras flying far above 400 ft AGL in FAA regulated air...

    Are we really considering that these are VFR and/or FPV drones? If I were an insurance company I'd be using drones with nice cameras flying far above 400 ft AGL in FAA regulated air space...meaning I think pretty much anything reasonable goes as long as you file a flight plan and stay in contact with local air control?

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  4. Comment on Not every student needs Algebra 2. UC should be flexible on math requirement. in ~science

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    Yeah, I agree with your points. Mine was more about I think if it were demonstrated to be useful in more every day situations, along with appropriate visualisations and applications it would...

    Yeah, I agree with your points. Mine was more about I think if it were demonstrated to be useful in more every day situations, along with appropriate visualisations and applications it would become easier to understand for a larger group of people. But when it's just very basic examples like velocity-time graphs, train schedules, and the cost of fruits I can see how a 16 year old might write that off and think it's entirely useless.

    Imagine if the textbooks provided examples demonstrating of how a wannabe influencer could use analytics to calculate potential future subscriber growth, or something like that.

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  5. Comment on Not every student needs Algebra 2. UC should be flexible on math requirement. in ~science

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    I would argue that algebra 2 is hardly higher level math. Trig, pre-calc, and calc, sure. Even for a "lowly" marketing bachelors algebra 2 would be extremely helpful. In this age linear algebra...

    I would argue that algebra 2 is hardly higher level math. Trig, pre-calc, and calc, sure. Even for a "lowly" marketing bachelors algebra 2 would be extremely helpful. In this age linear algebra and stats would also be useful, potentially more useful than calculus on its own.

    I think one problem with math curricula in general is that they don't show how many different situations math can be applied to. It's always speed/velocity, train timing, and the cost of x bananas and y apples.

    12 votes
  6. Comment on What's something you've been mulling over recently? in ~talk

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    I feel like the world would be a better place if rather than "God has a plan," or "They're in a better place," or even "Sorry for your loss," people just said "You're getting a hug in T-5 unless...

    I feel like the world would be a better place if rather than "God has a plan," or "They're in a better place," or even "Sorry for your loss," people just said "You're getting a hug in T-5 unless you object".

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Why do some people posting ChatGPT answer to the discussion/debate/question? in ~tech

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    Haha thanks. I assume most people here are real, but there is always that percentage of doubt. I am not SupremacyAI, or another AI....but that's exactly the kind of thing an AI would say.

    Haha thanks. I assume most people here are real, but there is always that percentage of doubt.

    I am not SupremacyAI, or another AI....but that's exactly the kind of thing an AI would say.

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  8. Comment on Why do some people posting ChatGPT answer to the discussion/debate/question? in ~tech

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    Ha, I remember that. I remember getting a few sentences in, then thinking "I really don't care about output from ChatGPT", and then moving on. I got what you were doing, and had no issue with the...

    Ha, I remember that.

    I remember getting a few sentences in, then thinking "I really don't care about output from ChatGPT", and then moving on.

    I got what you were doing, and had no issue with the post, I just didn't care at all to comment on or even think about a ChatGPT response. Not something I knew, I literally realized from your comment how little I cared.

    ...Which then made me realize how little I care about internet comments anymore, because they are probably all AI.

    ...Which now makes me wonder why am writing this.

    ...Which is now making me question reality.

    So, thanks, your comment was more helpful than I expected, and has perhaps triggered an existential crisis.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on The magic of the blackboard in ~creative

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    My room originally had a blackboard with a projection screen that could be pulled over it, and a whiteboard next to that. I requested a second blackboard to replace the whiteboard. Using OneNote...

    My room originally had a blackboard with a projection screen that could be pulled over it, and a whiteboard next to that.

    I requested a second blackboard to replace the whiteboard.

    Using OneNote on the projector for more permanent notes and the blackboard for quick mathematical work is perfect. On longer workings I can mute the projector and work on both chalk boards. It is absolutely beautiful.

    Blackboards are far superior to whiteboards, especially if you buy some decent chalk (Hagoromo). The main issue being whiteboard pens that dry out after what seems like 2-3 days of use. Also there are way more colors of chalk easily available vs. the typical black, red, green and blue of whiteboard markers.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on I have an issue with the 3 Body Problem in ~tv

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    I didn't read the first book, but it is mentioned briefly in the second, and does indeed appear in the show. It is done "well" as inappropriate as that description may be. And yes, I am finding...

    I didn't read the first book, but it is mentioned briefly in the second, and does indeed appear in the show. It is done "well" as inappropriate as that description may be.

    And yes, I am finding the third book to be the most interesting by far.

  11. Comment on I have an issue with the 3 Body Problem in ~tv

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    Hoooo boy. I have been on a trip. Finished the show over the weekend. Couldn't wait, started reading the second book, finished it Monday. Half way through the third. Without spoiling things, one...

    Hoooo boy. I have been on a trip. Finished the show over the weekend. Couldn't wait, started reading the second book, finished it Monday. Half way through the third.

    Without spoiling things, one thing I can say is that the show showed them making the sophons. Perhaps it wasn't clear enough in the show, but the sophons are not easy things to make (high energy and material requirements)...Which means perhaps it's not easy for the sophons to just replicate themselves, or at least not if sticking to 3D+time rules.

    As far as hacking everything, or seeing everything, I got the feeling that there was some limitation. This is just conjecture, and not really clear in the books either. For example, maybe they had to focus on specific people or events, otherwise it would be missed. On the other hand maybe the aliens just didn't have the man power to work through all the sophon data being received and authorize courses of action. I dunno.

    As for lying and coexistence....I find that to be a weak link myself. The aliens might be "honest" but like the Aes Sedai in Wheel of Time, they seem to be pretty fuckin good at lies of ommision.

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  12. Comment on A pill to make exercise obsolete (2017) in ~health

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    It's cool, that's probably the one. I swear there is another recent one that was really bad, but it might have involved brain wipes or something. Either way, pretty common sci fi trope. Just a bit...

    It's cool, that's probably the one. I swear there is another recent one that was really bad, but it might have involved brain wipes or something. Either way, pretty common sci fi trope. Just a bit more scary when you slightly extend the idea of "this pill will make you skinny" to "this pill will kill your need for entertainment".

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  13. Comment on A pill to make exercise obsolete (2017) in ~health

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    I think there was another one without the gun-fu, but maybe I am wrong....I do remember that being a part of Equilibrium.

    I think there was another one without the gun-fu, but maybe I am wrong....I do remember that being a part of Equilibrium.

  14. Comment on A pill to make exercise obsolete (2017) in ~health

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    I vaguely remember that movie myself. No idea what it was though.

    I vaguely remember that movie myself. No idea what it was though.

  15. Comment on A pill to make exercise obsolete (2017) in ~health

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    A pill against the need to be entertained is actually terrifying. What do we do then? Just die? Turn into the borg? Turn into SG-1 spider bio replicators?

    A pill against the need to be entertained is actually terrifying. What do we do then? Just die? Turn into the borg? Turn into SG-1 spider bio replicators?

  16. Comment on Looking for an app with calendar, timetables, reminders, timers etc in ~tech

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    +1 for TickTick, doesn't meet all of OP's asks, but is really good, just started using it about two months ago. The main draw of the paid version is the calendar view IMO. Better UI than the other...

    +1 for TickTick, doesn't meet all of OP's asks, but is really good, just started using it about two months ago. The main draw of the paid version is the calendar view IMO. Better UI than the other one that is often recommended...Todoist?...IMO. I think it has integrations with other applications, but I haven't had the need to make use of them.

    Edit: Another draw is it's simplicity. A lot of planners require too much data to be entered, with TickTick you just click the day, type in a task title, and then click off the task entry dialog and it enters the task. You can optionally add a task to a list which is also pretty quick. You don't have to enter durations, times, rooms, tags, lists, priorities, etc. unless you want to.

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  17. Comment on For some Helldivers 2 players, the fascist role-play has gone too far in ~games

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    I too love PS2 and Battlebit. Really wish PS3 or soemthing similar was on the horizon.

    I too love PS2 and Battlebit. Really wish PS3 or soemthing similar was on the horizon.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on A man who crashed a snowmobile into a parked Black Hawk helicopter is suing the government for $9.5M in ~transport

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    Those damned tactical stealth meese... /noise

    Those damned tactical stealth meese...

    /noise

    4 votes
  19. Comment on One in four school-starters in England and Wales not toilet-trained, say teachers in ~life

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    To be fair, give me a regular old monitor, and I will probably try to use it like a touch screen at least once. Daily use of a Windows tablet and Android smartphone have ingrained the habits of...

    To be fair, give me a regular old monitor, and I will probably try to use it like a touch screen at least once. Daily use of a Windows tablet and Android smartphone have ingrained the habits of touch UI into my muscle memory.

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  20. Comment on ‘Dune: Part Two’: How sci-fi space worm epic reared head to $81.5m opening after strike release delay in ~movies

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    I dunno if it's an age thing, but I can barely stand most action movies anymore. There are only so many ways to hit a person 😅. Having said that, The Brothers Sun, and Warrior I binged watched in...

    I dunno if it's an age thing, but I can barely stand most action movies anymore. There are only so many ways to hit a person 😅.

    Having said that, The Brothers Sun, and Warrior I binged watched in a few days/week each. Verrrry good action sequences.

    2 votes