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  1. Comment on It’s okay to leave your headphones at home in ~life

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    Why would it be important to use that (kind of) time specifically "to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds"? For me personally they're not productive environments for it, so I...

    Why would it be important to use that (kind of) time specifically "to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds"? For me personally they're not productive environments for it, so I rather use the opportunity for something else that works better for me.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on How would you reduce speeding by car drivers? in ~talk

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    You seem to only be focusing on motorways though (and ignoring the enviromental impact of higher speeds, but let's put that aside for the moment). These speed camera lotteries were in city...

    You seem to only be focusing on motorways though (and ignoring the enviromental impact of higher speeds, but let's put that aside for the moment).

    These speed camera lotteries were in city enviroments like this and like this, where speeding just a little means a huge increase in risk for pedestrians, people on bicycles, and so on.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Local Bookstores Have A New Weapon In The Fight With Amazon in ~books

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    Very good to see. I can't help but feel that in a good world, this would have been the kind of business that an independent Goodreads would have gotten into.

    Very good to see. I can't help but feel that in a good world, this would have been the kind of business that an independent Goodreads would have gotten into.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Google Stadia announces 5 upcoming games, including 3 "First on Stadia" titles in ~games

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    Yeah, Xbox has this with xCloud, so there are at least three services like that now with Nvidia GeForce Now (which I have been using for the past week. I can't comment on how well it works for...

    Yeah, Xbox has this with xCloud, so there are at least three services like that now with Nvidia GeForce Now (which I have been using for the past week. I can't comment on how well it works for games where any latency is a huge problem, but it's been absolutely brilliant for strategy games such as Stellaris, Two Point Hospital, and Imperator: Rome).

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Pastry Chef, Claire Saffitz, attempts to make gourmet Butterfingers | Gourmet Makes in ~food

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    They don't though, it's more inconsistent than that because it's only Brad (usually) and Andy that has their names in the titles for their own series. For Morocco it's just "Recreating X's Y from...

    They don't though, it's more inconsistent than that because it's only Brad (usually) and Andy that has their names in the titles for their own series. For Morocco it's just "Recreating X's Y from Taste", for Molly it's "Pro Chef Learns How to Cook Y", for Carla it's "X Tries to Keep Up with a Professional Chef", Delaney's just "Trying Everything on the Menu at X (Ft Y)", Stanek's "Every Way To Cook Y".

    It seems to me that really the pattern is that when they have something else that is famous or unique in the title they don't use the chef's name, but that does break a little bit with Andy.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    They didn't say get rid of capitalism and then figure it out, but that there must be a consensus that capitalism must be replaced so that we can worry about specifics. Those two are very...

    They didn't say get rid of capitalism and then figure it out, but that there must be a consensus that capitalism must be replaced so that we can worry about specifics. Those two are very different. The proper analogy would instead be for Bush to have tried to get a consensus that Saddam should be removed before deciding what should replace him.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on United Nations Guidelines for gender-inclusive language in English in ~humanities

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    I think it's a bit silly to say that it's "abusing" the plural pronoun. Not only does English already use the same pronoun for singular and plural anyway with "you", but singular "they" is almost...

    I think it's a bit silly to say that it's "abusing" the plural pronoun. Not only does English already use the same pronoun for singular and plural anyway with "you", but singular "they" is almost contemporary with the plural form and has been in use for 700 years. It's really an invention of modern prescriptivist linguistics that it should only be plural.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    There's no reason technology more advanced than paper and pen (and phones) needs to be involved at all. NASA doesn't have that choice for the space shuttle, but you do for elections. Maybe...

    There's no reason technology more advanced than paper and pen (and phones) needs to be involved at all. NASA doesn't have that choice for the space shuttle, but you do for elections. Maybe restoring the Office of Technology would be good for other reasons, but that's all the good advice they could give anyway.

    16 votes
  9. Comment on The Good Place S04E12 - "Patty" in ~tv

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    In the very, very long term they may be the same, but it seems to me that you’d run into the problem of meaninglessness because there’s no effort or skill involved in doing anything long before...

    In the very, very long term they may be the same, but it seems to me that you’d run into the problem of meaninglessness because there’s no effort or skill involved in doing anything long before the problem of meaninglessness because an eternity means that you’ll eventually have done everything worth doing.

    Let’s take Hypatia as an example. I’m sure she’d eventually get bored when she’s done and figured everything in maths, art, philosophy and so on but it seems like that’s take a lot longer than when immediately being given the ability to know anything with absolute certainty and be able to do everything perfectly.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The Good Place S04E12 - "Patty" in ~tv

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    I'm more than a little curious to why they'd come to the conclusiont that external existence is a more immediate problem with regards to making everthing meaningless than the fact that you can...

    I'm more than a little curious to why they'd come to the conclusiont that external existence is a more immediate problem with regards to making everthing meaningless than the fact that you can have anything at any time with no effort required. Maybe they'll tackle that too.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Stockholm street just became the first in Sweden to ban old diesel cars – 4,000 of the 24,000 cars that use Hornsgatan every day will now be forced to take a detour in ~enviro

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    This is one street. Not that it matters, driving is already relatively expensive in central Stockholm - as it should be - so it’s already better economically to use public transport, walk, or...

    This is one street. Not that it matters, driving is already relatively expensive in central Stockholm - as it should be - so it’s already better economically to use public transport, walk, or bike. As it should be. Cars are of one the most important factors in making cities too expensive.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on A showdown is looming between Spain’s conservative language academy and its newly elected socialist government over proposals to rewrite the nation’s constitution using gender-neutral language in ~humanities

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    It’s going to be interesting what comes out of this whole thing. I find it to be quite a intriguing situation, since I’m fairly convinced that had the situation been the reverse (i.e that the...

    It’s going to be interesting what comes out of this whole thing. I find it to be quite a intriguing situation, since I’m fairly convinced that had the situation been the reverse (i.e that the feminine was the general purpose word, but there was a specific way to refer to only men) that would have been equally unacceptable for the same people who dislike the current situation. In other, it could just as well have been positive to have your very own noun form and problematic not to.

    Always having to use both noun forms seems clumsy though. In legal texts perhaps it will work, but I can’t imagine that it’ll establish itself in normal speech. Using them randomly doesn’t really seem workable either.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Sweden has seen a 4% drop in the number of people flying via its airports, as flight-shaming takes off in ~enviro

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    As it's international flights that's down 4% (domestic are down 9%), it wouldn't generally have been really short flights I think that it's a relatively small number of flights where people...

    Do people really choose to take a train to far away places? Or did they really take short plane rides before?

    As it's international flights that's down 4% (domestic are down 9%), it wouldn't generally have been really short flights I think that it's a relatively small number of flights where people directly replace flights with the train, and more often either entirely skipping travel (in particular for businesses) or choosing a different destination (i.e. not travelling as far, for example for vacations).

    (On a less good note, I would also speculate that some part of the decrease would be flights moving to Copenhagen due to the new aviation tax making it a more attractive option for more people in southern Sweden. I don't have any data to back that up though.)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    Impossible Food isn't doing that much "lab" stuff with their meat. Their products are mostly normal agricultural products combined without too much advanced things going on. The only real...

    Impossible Food isn't doing that much "lab" stuff with their meat. Their products are mostly normal agricultural products combined without too much advanced things going on. The only real exception is the hemoglobin which is created with a genetically modified yeast (which is also, unfortunately, the reason they can't sell their products in Europe).

    That doesn't mean it isn't cool, but it will be interesting to see if that's the way we'll go or fully "lab-grown" (as meaningless as that term may be).

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Free-of-charge public transport isn't free, Finnish experts say in ~finance

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    I think that this is the most important paragraph: Of course it needs to be combined with other measures. You can't take cities designed for cars and then make public transport free and think that...

    I think that this is the most important paragraph:

    The head of the research group at Tampere University's Transport Research Centre Verne, Heikki Liimatainen, said that mere act of making public transport free to customers is not a solution in itself without broader urban development goals and business plans.

    Of course it needs to be combined with other measures. You can't take cities designed for cars and then make public transport free and think that that will solve all of the problems caused by the design. It is a vital part of the solution though, it just must also include things such as very large car-free zones, better infrastructure for pedestrians and micromobility, and so on.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    We're already eating plenty of animals that don't really make any practical sense. If/when we get the ability fo create artificial meat, I would be very surprised if at least in the beginning...

    We're already eating plenty of animals that don't really make any practical sense. If/when we get the ability fo create artificial meat, I would be very surprised if at least in the beginning there's not a significant novelty market for eating "lion", "panda", "chimpanzee" as well as things that will be called "dodo", "mammoth" etc for the very same reason. This has along history after all, even Darwin ate anything and everything he could get his hands on, having even formed the Clutton Club at Cambridge which existed for that very purpose.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    Then help me understand by explaning what you're supposed to get out of reading... ...in this context that is not that it was a bad idea for the workers to do this because Google will get rid of...

    Then help me understand by explaning what you're supposed to get out of reading...

    What these workers likely did is Unionize themselves and their employer out of the contract the Employer has with Google.

    I wouldn't be surprise for AVI (American Vending Inc, which also provides cafeteria services for companies, e.g. Honda) to replace them.

    ...in this context that is not that it was a bad idea for the workers to do this because Google will get rid of them, which is what I interpret it as.

  18. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    It absolutely is correct. Google have cafeterias. These are the people who work in Google's cafeterias. They are Google's cafeteria workers. That they're not directly employeed by Google doesn't...

    It absolutely is correct. Google have cafeterias. These are the people who work in Google's cafeterias. They are Google's cafeteria workers. That they're not directly employeed by Google doesn't change anything about that.

    As for essentially saying that they shouldn't try to do something because Google may then out themselves (again) as a worker hostile company, I'm not sure what to do with that. Right now in the USA getting a job is easier than in a very long time. What’s more difficult is to find jobs worth having, so right now is a very good time to fight for that.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on People don’t really need bigger worlds in games, they need better ones, says Dying Light 2 Director in ~games

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    I disagree that bigger neccesarily sacrifices depth and only results in "a little more eye candy", just like how making a world small doesn't automtically make it deep. There are some things that...

    I disagree that bigger neccesarily sacrifices depth and only results in "a little more eye candy", just like how making a world small doesn't automtically make it deep. There are some things that require size whether it's a flight simulator that needs it to replicate the feeling of awe and variety that it gives, a strategy game that is meant to make you feel like a small and insigificant part of the world, or an action game that provides slower, calmer moments in between the action, and so on.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on The world wants more Danish TV than Denmark can handle in ~tv

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    I’ve been incredibly happy about this development away from the complete dominance of American TV shows and movies to a much more diverse selection of content. Just this week I’ve been watching tv...

    I’ve been incredibly happy about this development away from the complete dominance of American TV shows and movies to a much more diverse selection of content. Just this week I’ve been watching tv shows from Brazil, Norway, and Spain. A couple of years ago it would have been a nightmare to get access to this. I think everyone’s better off with many more different cultures and viewpoints, languages, and so on. The potential problem I guess is that they start pandering too much to this international audience that is providing the resources necessary.

    This is also one of the reasons I’m worried about Disney+. I wonder how interested they’re going to be in producing local content compared to Netflix or HBO rather than focusing on their already globally known brands. I know that the Disney Channel has had some local shows, so I guess there might be some hope.

    2 votes