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  1. Comment on Elon Musk tweets IN RUSSIAN to accept co-operation offer from Russia’s space agency in ~space

  2. Comment on How would you explain systemic racism and issues with black oppression in America to someone who is unfamiliar or doesn't believe in it? in ~talk

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    This type of endeavor is typically one I've found particularly hard. Know when you'll lose. The person you're addressing has got to be in the right frame of mind. You need to supremely diplomatic...

    This type of endeavor is typically one I've found particularly hard.

    Know when you'll lose. The person you're addressing has got to be in the right frame of mind. You need to supremely diplomatic and avoid being flippant at all. Despite your posture, know that some people are extremely set in their ways and just won't listen to you. Maybe it's not worth exposing yourself to someone that will just aggravate you.

    Most of all, you need to know how this person thinks. I believe there are two types of people when it comes to this: those who will listen to logical arguments (A) and those who will listen to anecdotes (B). The former being the easiest to reason with because you have a body of evidence to support you that you just need to tap into. The latter will be extremely hard to work through, because if they've seen enough, they'll be immovable. I'll include people susceptible to conspiracy theories in this. My opinion is that you can't logic through people like this.

    In both cases however you need to know whatever preconceptions they have that might impede your explanation. It can be that they've been fed misinformation for years or that they just haven't been exposed to convincing material that goes against their world view.

    Make definitions clear. I've found that explaining the difference between acts of hatred and systemic racism makes things way simpler. People have typically only one word to describe both and them understanding that there is a distinction might already make some difference later in the conversation.

    In the case of type A people, statistics typically help tremendously. First explain that absolute numbers don't mean anything, and that any study needs to be adjusted for socio-economic class, age, etc... Then simply show how similar people (same wealth, same job) will still be targeted more if part of a minority. You can then discuss how that discrepancy is typically what is refered to when talking about systemic racism.

    I've never changed the mind of type B people. I'll leave someone else to explain to others and myself what the best course of action is in that case. Even then, I'm not sure that anything I've said helped you, I'm making broad arguments because I don't know your specific case. If you want to divulge more information for our advice to be more specific, don't hesitate 🙂

    16 votes
  3. General US protests discussion

    There's a lot of unrest in the US lately, with protests going on in several cities. How do you feel about the state of things in the US, regarding racism, police brutality, etc...? What's your...

    There's a lot of unrest in the US lately, with protests going on in several cities.

    How do you feel about the state of things in the US, regarding racism, police brutality, etc...? What's your viewpoint on the protests? How do you see the situation evolving? Some fear deadly confrontation between military police and civilians.

    Have you had the misfortune of having a negative encounter with police officers? Care to tell your story? Have you participated yourself in one of these protests? What was your experience like? If you haven't, do you keep yourself informed? Where do you primarily find news? What's the general mood in your neighborhood, in your community, in your city?

    We've seen protests pop up a lot more in recent years in various parts of the world - eg. Hong Kong, Lebanon, France, etc... Do you feel that this is symptomatic of a larger, global unease? Or can the US protests be considered wholly specific?

    36 votes
  4. Comment on European Union proposes $825 billion coronavirus rescue plan, giving Brussels power to raise money for first time in ~finance

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    Why are you saying this? Is this mesure bad in your opinion?

    Why are you saying this? Is this mesure bad in your opinion?

    4 votes
  5. Comment on GOG's summer sale has started and runs through June 15 in ~games

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    Recommendations: Fallout New Vegas for 6 bucks is a must play, still regarded as the best entry in the 3D series by many fans: you're dropped in the Nevada desert post nuclear apocalypse with...

    Recommendations:

    • Fallout New Vegas for 6 bucks is a must play, still regarded as the best entry in the 3D series by many fans: you're dropped in the Nevada desert post nuclear apocalypse with various factions vying for control of one of the last remaining power sources, the Hoover dams. If western FPS-RPGs are your thing, you know what to do.
    • Night in the Woods at 11 bucks, it's a great indie title. Superb visuals and soundtrack in service of a coming of age story mixed with spooky stuff. The gameplay is mostly a blend between mini-games and a walking sim so don't come for action, the story and characters are the main draw.
    • Firewatch for 5 bucks. I feel like this game is what some of you may need in these trying times: a vast forest with beautiful scenery and you as the person to watch fires (duh). Mostly walking sim as well, you'll be here for character development, getting to know the protagonist's backstory and that of his companion throughout the game.

    There's a lot of really good games in that sale but I'm limiting myself to games that I actually played.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Noita: A magnificent misfortune simulator in ~games

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    I played this for a good 20 hours and I still can't survive anything more than the first level.

    I played this for a good 20 hours and I still can't survive anything more than the first level.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Plans for PeerTube v3 : global index, progressive fundraising, live streaming in ~tech

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    They have setup a donation page to support their development efforts. If you have the means to, I encourage you all to do so over here.

    They have setup a donation page to support their development efforts. If you have the means to, I encourage you all to do so over here.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    GeoGuessr : you're dropped in Google Street View anywhere in the world and you've gotta pinpoint exactly where you are on a map. You can move around but you have to mark the starting point. You...

    GeoGuessr : you're dropped in Google Street View anywhere in the world and you've gotta pinpoint exactly where you are on a map. You can move around but you have to mark the starting point. You need to look for clues around you such as street signs, the language or type of writing system, landscape. General knowledge about the world will also help you. Additionally you can choose to restrict yourself to a zone (your country, your state/province, your city) and/or add a timer. This game is really good, I generally play 30 minutes every day. I play it in challenge mode with friends sometimes, it's a lot of fun. There is a free version but it's heavily capped so I went for the paid version.

    12 votes
  9. Comment on New to video editing, any tips and weaknesses to improve on when working on future anime edits? in ~hobbies

  10. Comment on Digital Foundry review of Saints Row The Third Remastered in ~games

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    I'll be honest, I forgot this series existed. But I had a lot of good times back then and it seems like this remaster is great enough to warrant a purchase.

    I'll be honest, I forgot this series existed. But I had a lot of good times back then and it seems like this remaster is great enough to warrant a purchase.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Recommend me a movie that _________ in ~movies

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    Recommend me a movie that depicts an apocalypse, social collapse or something near it. Not post-apocalyptic, like The Road for instance. I want to see the dramatic events not their effects 40...

    Recommend me a movie that depicts an apocalypse, social collapse or something near it. Not post-apocalyptic, like The Road for instance. I want to see the dramatic events not their effects 40 years in the future. Basically, high-quality disaster movies or similar.

    Examples:

    • Akira - even though it's after WW3, we see social unrest grow into a full-on revolution with martial law.
    • Contagion
    • World War Z, even though it may appear cheap it does show a convincing scenario of the world reacting to the events depicted.
    5 votes
  12. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    Oh, really? Why is that? Is it because the private trackers are better or for some other reason? I'm not in the two categories you've described so I was guessing Usenet would be better than nothing.

    Oh, really? Why is that? Is it because the private trackers are better or for some other reason? I'm not in the two categories you've described so I was guessing Usenet would be better than nothing.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    That's the hardest part for me haha! I'm pretty sure I have a lot of duplicates but I'm never sure so I end up never deleting anything. I've found this tool so I'm going to give it a try. Do you...

    I don't delete anything except for any duplicates. Storage is cheap.

    That's the hardest part for me haha! I'm pretty sure I have a lot of duplicates but I'm never sure so I end up never deleting anything. I've found this tool so I'm going to give it a try. Do you have tips or other recommendations for organization?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    Those are Usenet software right? That's a realm I've always wanted to dip into, but it's was always pretty hard for me to justify paying for that when I didn't have a lot of trouble finding my way...

    nzbget, nzbhydra

    Those are Usenet software right? That's a realm I've always wanted to dip into, but it's was always pretty hard for me to justify paying for that when I didn't have a lot of trouble finding my way with other means. Of course nowadays I'm not so sure. Is there that much content on there? Would you recommend using it?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    So you download the audio off from YouTube? Is the audio quality good enough in that case?

    So you download the audio off from YouTube? Is the audio quality good enough in that case?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Tenet - New trailer for the Christopher Nolan movie in ~movies

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    Oh my bad, I thought they were going to show Tenet, it just says "an unnamed movie". Your explanation makes a lot of sense.

    Oh my bad, I thought they were going to show Tenet, it just says "an unnamed movie". Your explanation makes a lot of sense.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Tenet - New trailer for the Christopher Nolan movie in ~movies

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    Oh I absolutely understand how it makes sense on Epic's side, but I was talking about Warner Bros/Syncopy, I didn't specify adequately.

    Oh I absolutely understand how it makes sense on Epic's side, but I was talking about Warner Bros/Syncopy, I didn't specify adequately.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    I'll start. I don't think I'm a hardcore hoarder but I do have a tendency to cling to things, be it physical or digital. When it comes to the digital side, it's great to just store pretty much...

    I'll start. I don't think I'm a hardcore hoarder but I do have a tendency to cling to things, be it physical or digital. When it comes to the digital side, it's great to just store pretty much endlessly, as the limit keeps being pushed by ever expending total capacity on the hard drive market.

    I've mainly hoarded music, particularly game soundtracks that may be hard to find. This started back in highschool. I do use services like Spotify but I don't feel comfortable knowing the music I love could disappear after a licensing agreement gone awry (and also most game OST aren't available on there). Of course that does mean gigabytes of FLAC files I don't listen to mostly gone unused. I also try to backup my personal files, documents and coding projects. Both music and files tend to be precisely sorted into directories.

    9 votes
  19. Are there any datahoarders in here?

    Datahoarders are people who will keep an absurdly large amount of data on a number of large capacity hard drives. That data can be anything from 4K movies, family photos and recordings, archives,...

    Datahoarders are people who will keep an absurdly large amount of data on a number of large capacity hard drives. That data can be anything from 4K movies, family photos and recordings, archives, YouTube channels... anything really. I find this practice to be intriguing. Do you feel like this description may apply to yourself?

    If so, do tell us more about your endeavor: do you collect anything you can get your hands on or do you have a more specific aim? Do you share any of it? Do you have a particular setup? That could be hardware, software or some cloud subscription.

    28 votes