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  1. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    Out of curiosity, I imagine you'd agree there's some moral disagreement about abortion. Therefore, despite your own feelings, do you think it'd be wise for laws to err on the side of personal...

    Out of curiosity, I imagine you'd agree there's some moral disagreement about abortion. Therefore, despite your own feelings, do you think it'd be wise for laws to err on the side of personal freedom? Meaning every individual makes that moral choice to have an abortion themselves?

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  2. Comment on Aphantasia: A life without mental images in ~science

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    It probably wont be classified as a disorder as long as people don't feel their disabled in anyway by it. But there's been a movement to classify disorders based on neural circuitry. In that...

    It probably wont be classified as a disorder as long as people don't feel their disabled in anyway by it. But there's been a movement to classify disorders based on neural circuitry. In that paradigm it might be described as a disorder.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Aphantasia: A life without mental images in ~science

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    Nope I can't really visualize a photograph either. I can think of a photo and define characteristics of it. But specifics about a persons face aren't possible. That's one reason I got into...

    Nope I can't really visualize a photograph either. I can think of a photo and define characteristics of it. But specifics about a persons face aren't possible. That's one reason I got into photography, I've always had somewhat of a poor memory of events.

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  4. Comment on Aphantasia: A life without mental images in ~science

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    I thought about doing my undergraduate thesis on aphantasia, but there really is a dearth of research about it. I could've actually done research, but I've got anxiety and wasn't really in a place...

    I thought about doing my undergraduate thesis on aphantasia, but there really is a dearth of research about it. I could've actually done research, but I've got anxiety and wasn't really in a place where I felt capable of it. The part I found fascinating about aphantasia is that it doesn't really cause problems in people's day to day life.

    It rides that line between typical neurological variability and neurological disorder. It's also something I think I've experienced some change in. When I was a kid my ability to imagine scenes and alter them was extremely vivid. When I got older that skill seemed to diminish and while I can still do it to some extent it seems much duller and imprecise.

    This has also occurred with faces, like the person in the article I can't recall faces very well. I can recognize people just fine, but I can't really imagine someones face with my mind's eye. I've also found that starting SSRIs has impacted my ability to imagine scenes. Which is helpful because I would imagine impending social fears.

    I'm sure there will be significantly more research into aphantasia now that it's gotten some attention. It'll be interesting to see what research says about this and if we can start focusing more on understanding peoples individual neurological differences.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    Well that was fun, seems like they're doing their best to leverage YouTube to get people using the service. Here are a couple miscellaneous thoughts. They say there's no upper limit to the...

    Well that was fun, seems like they're doing their best to leverage YouTube to get people using the service. Here are a couple miscellaneous thoughts.

    • They say there's no upper limit to the processing power but then spec out a specific instance which seems odd.

    • Idk why they have to talk about 8K, that shit is so unnecessary.

    • The machine learning style-transfer was not impressive at all. If i wanted a crappy looking photo filter effect on everything I don't need machine learning.

    • They mentioned buying games? I don't understand how something like this works without it being a subscription model. Either that or we're going to see a rise in demos.

    • Is it ironic that the stream itself had 3-4 issues for me?

    9 votes
  6. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    I'd like to mention this was my brother experience and it isn't always a nice as it sounds. He has a government job and they will reimburse him for the masters degree but only when it's completed....

    I'd like to mention this was my brother experience and it isn't always a nice as it sounds. He has a government job and they will reimburse him for the masters degree but only when it's completed. He's also expected to continue working while taking a fair number of credit hours. It can be done, but it can take a long time and years of increased stress.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    Sure you can think that, but that conclusion is based on your value of a persons autonomy. Not everyone agrees with that and them valuing a potential life over a persons autonomy when they chose...

    Sure you can think that, but that conclusion is based on your value of a persons autonomy. Not everyone agrees with that and them valuing a potential life over a persons autonomy when they chose to put themselves in that position is equally valid. That's why I'm saying there's no clear answer.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    I understand the point you're making, but even if something they see as morally repugnant is allowed. Surely they recognize that even philosophically there's no clear answer. This doesn't apply to...

    I understand the point you're making, but even if something they see as morally repugnant is allowed. Surely they recognize that even philosophically there's no clear answer. This doesn't apply to child porn at all, but abortion doesn't have a clear answer because the value of a potential life is uncertain. I don't understand why this uncertainly isn't respected. Why jump straight to trying to make and enforce laws instead of getting the majority of people on your side?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    One question I run into is why pro-life individuals want to restrict the freedom of people who choose to get an abortion. Even if they see it as murder, shouldn't they focus more on convincing...

    One question I run into is why pro-life individuals want to restrict the freedom of people who choose to get an abortion. Even if they see it as murder, shouldn't they focus more on convincing people to not have abortions? Basically I don't see why you should restrict someone else's freedom when you don't have a large majority of people on your side.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Adding number of search results found to search results page? in ~tildes

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    Part of this was that I wasn't looking for a specific post, just looking for a general idea. So I wanted to look through more than 5 posts. But longer search results are also paginated and without...

    Part of this was that I wasn't looking for a specific post, just looking for a general idea. So I wanted to look through more than 5 posts. But longer search results are also paginated and without knowing how many pages there are it's difficult to know if the search should be refined or not.

    If the results were 5,000 I'd know that I could make things more specific until I've got into a range I'm comfortable reviewing. It also seems like a fairly easy feature to add.

    6 votes
  11. I recently did a search for "Wikipedia" and got quite a few results. I think it would be nice if somewhere it showed how many results were found as I had a search term or two I could've added to...

    I recently did a search for "Wikipedia" and got quite a few results. I think it would be nice if somewhere it showed how many results were found as I had a search term or two I could've added to narrow things down. Is this something anybody else would find useful?

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    Tildes in general stays away from fluff content, and while I've found value in some of the things posted to WPD there are better ways to discuss mortality. It's also just something that wouldn't...

    Tildes in general stays away from fluff content, and while I've found value in some of the things posted to WPD there are better ways to discuss mortality. It's also just something that wouldn't be welcomed here and I think that's good. Tildes is very much a nice place full of reasonable people. I know full well people don't want to see or be anywhere near that kind of content. If I'm going to look at content of people dying I sort of want it to be isolated in a sketchier part of the internet.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    I visited that sub every once in a while. I found it useful in giving me a perspective on how quickly life can end. The community was a mixed bag and I didn't engage with them. but I think if I...

    I visited that sub every once in a while. I found it useful in giving me a perspective on how quickly life can end. The community was a mixed bag and I didn't engage with them. but I think if I tried to find a replacement the communities would be much worse.

    33 votes
  14. Comment on No Man’s Sky Online announced, coming as a free update this summer in ~games

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    Personally I don't think they've delivered on what was promised. They suggested a lot of interplay between simulated systems. But the core of the game isn't like that and that makes me...

    Personally I don't think they've delivered on what was promised. They suggested a lot of interplay between simulated systems. But the core of the game isn't like that and that makes me uninterested. What they actually did was catered to their fans and continued to develop areas that were doing well.

    I might still be cynical but I think they're still scummy. They might not have lied so they could cut and run with all the money. But they lied so they could maximize their profits and continue working on their project. In both cases they lied and misrepresented the game. For that reason I'll continue to be skeptical of any future projects they announce.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    At least for bottling I imagine glass composites could make bottles extremely strong and durable. But without the infrastructure that let us reuse bottles it's not worth it.

    At least for bottling I imagine glass composites could make bottles extremely strong and durable. But without the infrastructure that let us reuse bottles it's not worth it.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I think the biggest change we'll see in the near future is the refinement of phones as computers. There have been many attempts at it. But with the rise of web apps, wireless charging, and new...

    I think the biggest change we'll see in the near future is the refinement of phones as computers. There have been many attempts at it. But with the rise of web apps, wireless charging, and new WiFi technologies I think you'll start to see phones advertised by how well they work with some standard workstation setup. But they'll mostly use web apps because that seems to be the only thing that figured out multiple form factors.

    18 votes
  17. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

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    So this is a pretty interesting video by Coffee Break. Who is claiming that a video by Kurzgesagt was produced solely to preemptively address criticisms brought up by Coffee Break. This is...

    So this is a pretty interesting video by Coffee Break. Who is claiming that a video by Kurzgesagt was produced solely to preemptively address criticisms brought up by Coffee Break. This is somewhat significant because it paints Kurzgesagt as the opposite of being honest and transparent about the reason for the video. However other youtuber's such as CGP Grey have said Kurzgesagt's video was in the works for much longer. In my opinion, the truth is probably in the middle. Kurzgesagt probably wanted to address some of their videos and make them better, but they're also very sensitive to outside criticism and took an opportunity to avoid it.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    Unfortunately I predict Disney is going to be very successful with this. They'll release a large library of high quality films; all of them will be free and the cost of the service will be fairly...

    Unfortunately I predict Disney is going to be very successful with this. They'll release a large library of high quality films; all of them will be free and the cost of the service will be fairly low. It'll do very well initially, but some people will leave due to a lack of new content. That wont matter however, because they'll see continuous growth from parents getting it for their kids.

    By then it'll be established as it's own thing and they'll slowly raise prices every once in a while. It wont overtake Netflix, but It'll become a real part of the streaming landscape.

    17 votes
  19. Comment on Finally, Women Have Their Own Mediocre Marvel Movie in ~movies

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    I'd say that applies to most mediums, almost everything out there is formulaic, repetitive, simple, and entertaining. Whether that's movies, anime, cartoons, TV, or even books. Books get a slight...

    I'd say that applies to most mediums, almost everything out there is formulaic, repetitive, simple, and entertaining. Whether that's movies, anime, cartoons, TV, or even books. Books get a slight pass because they are the oldest. They've had time to accumulate great works where as everything else is still relatively new. But 90% of everything being derivative crap is how most mediums work.

    It seems Bill wants to talk about people being too childish and refusing to grow up. He has issues surrounding the idea of people "adulting" as a term and doesn't approve of people labeling simple derivative works as great works. But instead of talking about those, things he's making a poor argument about comic books so he can indirectly talk about his real issues.

    Also a point I'd personally like to make is that it's not wrong to like poorly made media of any kind. People can like whatever they like. What we should be concerning ourselves about is whether or not people are experiencing varied, good, and insightful media as well.

    It's very similar to the argument for kids and screen time. You shouldn't concern yourself with how much screen time a kid gets. Instead focus on making sure they get enough exercise, socialize with their peers, and try new things.

    5 votes