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  1. Comment on What are some ideas and experiences that are underexplored in gaming? in ~games

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    For the most part I think the falling sand game is underexplored. If a new game were written in a fast language and given the right amount of polish and features I think a game in this genre could...

    For the most part I think the falling sand game is underexplored. If a new game were written in a fast language and given the right amount of polish and features I think a game in this genre could compete with some of the largest creative open ended games out there.

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  2. Comment on Unlike men, women’s cognitive performance may improve at higher room temperature in ~science

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    I chose the title from neurosciencenews but linked to the actual study because their article is a little bare bones. I think these findings are very interesting, but I don't understand what the...

    I chose the title from neurosciencenews but linked to the actual study because their article is a little bare bones. I think these findings are very interesting, but I don't understand what the underlying mechanism would be.

    Additinally the cognitive reflection task questions are kind of fun.

    A bat and a ball cost 1.10EUR in total. The bat costs 1.00EUR more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

    If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

    In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on How to measure how much pee is in your pool in ~science

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    They specifically mention they need the average concentration of artificial sweetener in people's urine. That's a fair basis for most well used pools. That being said, you're right that you can't...

    They specifically mention they need the average concentration of artificial sweetener in people's urine. That's a fair basis for most well used pools. That being said, you're right that you can't generalize it to pools used by only a few people or pools that might for some reason or another bias the amount of artificial sweetener in the users diet.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Epic Games Store - Mega Sale - Up to 75% off and $10 off every game $14.99+ in ~games

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    Oxygen Not Included leads to a 404 page. Doesn't seem to be available as far as I can tell. The devs twitter didn't say anything about it.

    Oxygen Not Included leads to a 404 page. Doesn't seem to be available as far as I can tell. The devs twitter didn't say anything about it.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Uber’s plans include attacking public transit: documents filed for IPO reveal plans to privatize transportation, getting riders off public buses and trains and onto "Uber buses." in ~news

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    This assumes Uber plays fair, it's reasonable that they could use their funding and other income sources to subsidize an unsustainable service. They would do this just long enough to get people to...

    This assumes Uber plays fair, it's reasonable that they could use their funding and other income sources to subsidize an unsustainable service. They would do this just long enough to get people to switch from public transit then slowly transition to a more sustainable but worse model. It would be unreasonable to expect public transit to try and compete with those kinds of tactics.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Oregon outlaws use of so-called ‘cyanide bombs’ as advocates move to take ban nationwide in ~enviro

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    I'm a little dissapointed techniques like poision shyness haven't been further developed and exploited. It looks like a great way to protect animals without killing anything.

    I'm a little dissapointed techniques like poision shyness haven't been further developed and exploited. It looks like a great way to protect animals without killing anything.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What makes a video essay good? in ~misc

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    I did consider that, but didn't write that part out. 3Blue1Brown definitely benefits from having videos. But I think they could work better if they supplemented a written article people could work...

    I did consider that, but didn't write that part out. 3Blue1Brown definitely benefits from having videos. But I think they could work better if they supplemented a written article people could work through at their own pace. For example, this is a god way to explain a math concept in essay form http://acko.net/blog/to-infinity-and-beyond/

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What makes a video essay good? in ~misc

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    In a lot of ways I think video is a poor way to share knowledge. It's great at capturing visual visual information and replaying that. But it forces content to be displayed slowly and at a fixed...

    In a lot of ways I think video is a poor way to share knowledge. It's great at capturing visual visual information and replaying that. But it forces content to be displayed slowly and at a fixed rate. Out of your good content examples, I really only think Every Frame a Painting fits. But Historia Civilis also does a good job and I've actually learned things from it.

    Otherwise I think these channels in no way benefit from making video essays. I think they could all cover their topics better by just doing regular essays. But video is what they're going for because people don't read essays. They are intentionally shooting for the intellectual community of YouTube which still wants to sit down and basically turn their brain off. In my opinion these channels are better than the rest of YouTube but if you actually want to learn you need to pick up a book or read, do research, or read a blog. But keep watching those YouTube channels, everyone likes to turn their brain off and one of those videos might just inspire you to look into the topic a little bit more.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on 'Uber Was Supposed To Be Our Public Transit' in ~life

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    Seems like a reasonable solution given the circumstances. But for me I question when these towns will realize they don't necessarily need the middle man. Uber doesn't really do anything more...

    Seems like a reasonable solution given the circumstances. But for me I question when these towns will realize they don't necessarily need the middle man. Uber doesn't really do anything more specialized than connecting drivers with riders. Why can't a city run their own service and cut Uber out of the picture?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Evolving neural network ecosystem in ~comp

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    Me too, could be the beginning of a community project!

    Me too, could be the beginning of a community project!

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates in ~tv

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    I luckily have access to the article and there's not much more too it. Seems reasonable to conclude there's an association. But there'd also be an association with everything else that happened...

    I luckily have access to the article and there's not much more too it. Seems reasonable to conclude there's an association. But there'd also be an association with everything else that happened near the end of march.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Academic Papers Should Be Free in ~misc

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    These are good arguments, but I think there still need to be incentives for researchers to review papers. Psychologically people want to be rewarded for their behavior and if researchers are...

    These are good arguments, but I think there still need to be incentives for researchers to review papers. Psychologically people want to be rewarded for their behavior and if researchers are already being paid to review articles they aren't doing it enough. There's also still a need for publishers to have dedicated general reviewers.

    As for access being free you might be right, maybe people do deserve to get it for free. But publishers still need to exist whether or not universities or specific research foundations are doing the job. Somebody still needs to organize the peer-review process, standardize paper accessibility, and notify people of what they're distributing.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Can you access university libraries in your country w/o an affiliation to the university? in ~talk

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    While I don't know about database access you can certainly use Colorado State Universitie's Library if you live in Colorado.

    While I don't know about database access you can certainly use Colorado State Universitie's Library if you live in Colorado.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Academic Papers Should Be Free in ~misc

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    That's why I mentioned universities could have a different deal. The 1$ access level is sort of like the default. Libraries, Companies, and Universities could all work out their own pricing. The...

    That's why I mentioned universities could have a different deal. The 1$ access level is sort of like the default. Libraries, Companies, and Universities could all work out their own pricing. The point is just reasonably utilize that money to improve peer review and the other issue I mentioned.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Academic Papers Should Be Free in ~misc

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    I don't know, I would lean against a taxpayer funded system because I think they wouldn't do significantly better than a for-profit. It also doesn't have to be a for-profit, a non-profit like...

    I don't know, I would lean against a taxpayer funded system because I think they wouldn't do significantly better than a for-profit. It also doesn't have to be a for-profit, a non-profit like Wikipedia could do an acceptable job. Anyways, my worry about a taxpayer funded system is that it would try it's best to be unbiased and inclusive. Initially this might be great. But over time lobbyists for anti-vax, anti-gmo, and other pseudoscience groups would lobby against it and eventually undrermine its standards.

    Either solution or both would probably work relatively well compared to the current situation.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Academic Papers Should Be Free in ~misc

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    Academic publishing is an absolute mess but I do not want it to be free. Papers should be extremely cheap to access their full-text, say a 1$ for the general pubic. Universities would need a more...

    Academic publishing is an absolute mess but I do not want it to be free. Papers should be extremely cheap to access their full-text, say a 1$ for the general pubic. Universities would need a more nuanced deal. But publishers should exist and charge for access. That money needs to go towards improving peer-review so that educated individuals can actually get paid for their time. As well as improving paper discoveribility and making data more widely available.

    Basically all we need is publishers who will act in good faith to improve science instead of being the leeches they currently are. I am glad that open source journals exist, and it's a good way to fight big publishers but journal quality, peer review, and replication are all real problems that could also be addressed by rethinking how we charge for access.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Frustrated pilots got Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings in ~misc

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    Why would it be silly? As far as I could tell nobody is saying we're investigating aliens. Pilots are reporting that they see unidentified aircraft. There are reasoanble explanations for it being...

    Why would it be silly? As far as I could tell nobody is saying we're investigating aliens. Pilots are reporting that they see unidentified aircraft. There are reasoanble explanations for it being a mistake, weather phenomenon, or an actual aircraft. It would be silly to dismiss a pilot's reports off-hand. But it would be equally silly to assume that an unexplained aircraft is from aliens.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What is, in your opinion, missing on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I'd honestly like to see more features that facilitate good discussion. Like specific post layouts specialized for different types of discussions. For example, allowing people to post about a...

    I'd honestly like to see more features that facilitate good discussion. Like specific post layouts specialized for different types of discussions. For example, allowing people to post about a scientific journal and having a field for the Journel, number of subjects, and other relevant information. Or posts that integrate survey services and a ton of other ideas.

    One specific feature that I think could really help discussion would be encouraging people to fill out an operational definition field before they post. There have been many discussions where people bicker back and forth because they're using differing definitions of the topic.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on How a support group for the dateless became one of the internet’s most dangerous subcultures. in ~misc

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    I feel I should preface this by saying I was a young man slowly starting to go down the incel path. But in my search for a relationship found it and will likely stay with my SO for the rest of my...

    I feel I should preface this by saying I was a young man slowly starting to go down the incel path. But in my search for a relationship found it and will likely stay with my SO for the rest of my life. So for me online dating worked out quite well. I also think it gives me some perspective on how these things work.

    Relationship definitions have changed, and are easily conflated with 'good, repeated sex,' to the point where the two are mistakenly interchangeable for many. Sex should be a piece of a relationship, the icing on the cake, but is often now the foundation that the relationship is built on.

    Relationships take time, effort, work, and sacrifice, and are based on so much more than you can get out of a dating site, a one night stand or a first date. We as a society have completely forgotten that.

    You mention this idea a couple of times and I think it's wrong. Some people are dumb and shallow and don't seem to have a mind of their own. However, the majority of people are normal people who want a relationship and don't care about sex much. People don't have as much sex as everyone thinks.

    I would agree with you that people are isolated. Online dating shouldn't be a persons only option. But it has become very hard to do outside of that. My success with online dating does make it difficult. I know others who have a terrible time and I could point to what I think is causing them problems but I wouldn't really know unless I did it myself again, which doesn't look to be happening.

    2 votes