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  1. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    The lamp likely soaked the weight in flammable oil. The trench likely had little to no oil, and only to guarantee that the fire would propagate to all of the wood.

    The lamp likely soaked the weight in flammable oil. The trench likely had little to no oil, and only to guarantee that the fire would propagate to all of the wood.

  2. Comment on Burger King plans to roll out Impossible Whopper across the United States in ~food

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    You aren't wrong, but this is coming directly from Burger King. Are you really surprised that a food company wants people to eat there multiple times per week?

    You aren't wrong, but this is coming directly from Burger King. Are you really surprised that a food company wants people to eat there multiple times per week?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on AIs should have the same ethical protections as animals in ~tech

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    I would like to propose a thought experiment. Let's bring back slavery. We don't really need slaves for physical labor anymore. Machines are increasingly becoming more reliable and harder working...

    I would like to propose a thought experiment. Let's bring back slavery. We don't really need slaves for physical labor anymore. Machines are increasingly becoming more reliable and harder working for menial labor than even slaves. Let's use our human slaves for thinking tasks instead. We can breed the smartest of the stock together to produce savant offspring. We don't need them for anything physical, so we could either amputate limbs or introduce some paralysis gene or disease. They just need to think. We train them from birth to think. They are trained for some speciality. We can make our physicist slaves and financial advisor slaves, or any other sort of profession. They effectively become just a body with a brain and a mouth that we can ask for advice.

    Do you see any ethical issues with that scenario? I certainly do.

    If there are issues with grooming a conscious being as a thinking machine slave, why would a digital consciousness be any different? Remember, we really don't know what makes us conscious. It certainly doesnt require carbon neurons.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Comcast is in talks to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney in ~tv

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    I don't think that the current Netflix/ Disney/ Hulu / other services are really competition. They only currently compete on content. They don't compete on the quality and price of the service. In...

    I don't think that the current Netflix/ Disney/ Hulu / other services are really competition. They only currently compete on content. They don't compete on the quality and price of the service. In my opinion, a competitive streaming service market would have every service have every show and movie, and the services themselves would have to compete on actual features. I'm not really sure how well this would work in practice.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    Original Google pixel on Verizon. I used to have TMobile, and then Google fi for a long time. I really liked Google fi. I only recently switched back to Verizon because of a new job. The building...

    Original Google pixel on Verizon. I used to have TMobile, and then Google fi for a long time. I really liked Google fi. I only recently switched back to Verizon because of a new job. The building was purposefully built to block radio signals, so having coverage in most of the building is spotty. TMobile just didn't cut it. Verizon gets me slightly better coverage for a much higher price.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio in ~news

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    Is that even a question?

    (/s JUST IN CASE THE INTERNET IS WEIRD)

    Is that even a question?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Is there a book to help better explain technical thoughts to layman terms ? in ~talk

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    You should check out Thing Explainer. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words https://www.amazon.com/dp/0544668251/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ERFRCbADR2D7E It explains a bunch of complex...

    You should check out Thing Explainer.
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words https://www.amazon.com/dp/0544668251/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ERFRCbADR2D7E
    It explains a bunch of complex things using only the 1000 most commonly used English words.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The MacBook keyboard fiasco is way worse than Apple thinks in ~tech

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    They introduced the superfish backdoor into their laptops in the past. In case you are not familiar, it would add a security certificate to windows that allowed Lenovo to perform mitm attacks on...

    They introduced the superfish backdoor into their laptops in the past. In case you are not familiar, it would add a security certificate to windows that allowed Lenovo to perform mitm attacks on any website, even if it used https. If that wasn't bad enough, they included the private key in the distributed program. Hackers (ethical ones and otherwise) quickly got access to the key, so anyone could perform a mitm attack on any website. They have other issues, but that is the largest one I am familiar with.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Let's talk about titles in ~tildes

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    Your argument is pretty solid, for a link aggregation website. I don't think tildes is trying to be that. Tildes, as I see it, is a place for informed discussion about a topic. Often, but not...

    Your argument is pretty solid, for a link aggregation website. I don't think tildes is trying to be that. Tildes, as I see it, is a place for informed discussion about a topic. Often, but not always, this discussion spawns from a link to an article or other media. If you want to discuss the article itself, most articles have comments (of varying levels of quality). If you want to discuss a topic using an article as a starting point, use tildes. There have been posts where the article linked was changed to a better article. This does not hinder or change the discussion on the topic. The tildes title is for the discussion; the article title is for the article.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Up to 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online free for Amazon Prime members in ~games

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    Edit: nevermind, it looks like it took a bit to kick in. I guess I am good to go. I just tried, and it seemed to work, but my switch online account subscription length has not changed. I'm going...

    Edit: nevermind, it looks like it took a bit to kick in. I guess I am good to go.

    I just tried, and it seemed to work, but my switch online account subscription length has not changed. I'm going to contact twitch support now, but ymmv.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Google is rolling out AMP for Gmail to let you shop and fill out forms without leaving your inbox. in ~tech

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    I use mainfence. I use my own domain, so I can switch providers easily. It has a very nice web UI. It also has documents, calendar, and contacts storage along with all the usual protocols like...

    I use mainfence. I use my own domain, so I can switch providers easily. It has a very nice web UI. It also has documents, calendar, and contacts storage along with all the usual protocols like imap, smtp, and webdav. I think it was around $10/year for custom domain support

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    I use sms. I recently switched from messages to signal because I found out signal can do sms and mms, but I don't use the signal protocol with any contacts. Everyone I know and would want to...

    I use sms. I recently switched from messages to signal because I found out signal can do sms and mms, but I don't use the signal protocol with any contacts. Everyone I know and would want to communicate with uses sms. Longer messages seamlessly go over mms without me even knowing. Group mms works flawlessly for me. I have seen other people have some hiccups, but I can usually help them fix it within a few minutes. I have not seen a phone plan (in the us) that does not include unlimited sms/mms for years. It also works better than anything on flaky coverage areas like when I go skiing. I see no reason to use anything else.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Google Stadia Hands-On in ~games

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    What about a sort of asynchronous spacewarp along with cloud rendering? Have a local computer render the old frame and movement data and have a cloud computer render the graphically intense frames?

    What about a sort of asynchronous spacewarp along with cloud rendering? Have a local computer render the old frame and movement data and have a cloud computer render the graphically intense frames?

  14. Comment on Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are coming to PC, leading next wave of Epic Games Store exclusives in ~games

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    I don't think this is terrible. PC gamers have long said that the exclusive war on consoles was bad for consumers. I have not changedy mind on that. But these exclusives are not locked behind any...

    I don't think this is terrible. PC gamers have long said that the exclusive war on consoles was bad for consumers. I have not changedy mind on that. But these exclusives are not locked behind any paywall, such as a console purchase. They are simply a software download away. PC gaming has long been a steam almost-monopoly, with only a few standouts like gog and humble bundle (which is itself a steam key reseller for the most part). I hope epic is only using these tactics to get a foothold in the market, but even if they start doing very anti-consumer things later on, there is no barrier to entry for another platform.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    If I was told to fly to a launch site this minute, and I could take nothing with me, and there is a non-negligible chance of death either in transit or on the surface, I would accept instantly....

    If I was told to fly to a launch site this minute, and I could take nothing with me, and there is a non-negligible chance of death either in transit or on the surface, I would accept instantly. There is nothing that ties me here on Earth enough to outweigh being a pioneer on Mars!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    I use Windows 10 pro. It is basically a default install, especially because I reinstalled recently. I keep it mostly normal anyway. I really like many Linux distros, but none work for my current...

    I use Windows 10 pro. It is basically a default install, especially because I reinstalled recently. I keep it mostly normal anyway. I really like many Linux distros, but none work for my current setup and wants (mostly Nvidia driver issues). Also, I just bought an oculus rift, and I think Linux and vr gaming doesn't really work currently.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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

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    The average user isn't using a powerful desktop now. If they have a desktop, it probably has a mobile low power chip and isn't even a full tower size. More likely, they use a low power laptop or...

    The average user isn't using a powerful desktop now. If they have a desktop, it probably has a mobile low power chip and isn't even a full tower size. More likely, they use a low power laptop or Chromebook. A low end x86 is absolutely fine for most workloads these days. A mid-range snapdragon can easily trade blows with low end x86 chips. Also, even a simple dock would be able to increase the available power consumption of a phone, as we see with the switch. A more advanced dock could even provide passive or active cooling to increase power even further.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System in ~misc

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    I haven't read the article yet, but I think this is a relevant video about electronic voting. https://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI Edit: I have read the article and it has some really interesting ideas. I...

    I haven't read the article yet, but I think this is a relevant video about electronic voting. https://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI

    Edit: I have read the article and it has some really interesting ideas. I really like the idea of a cpu architecture designed from the ground up to question commands and be more secure. Also I really like the paper separation of voting and tabulating the votes. But I don't understand why we need a machine to fill out our ballots for us. I have never had an issue with voting or understanding my (California) ballot. It seems to me that issues such as hanging chads and butterfly ballots are just a result of trying to overcomplicate issues that should be quite simple. We don't need technology in every subset of our existence. Tabulating votes is a place where technology can legitimately improve a lengthy counting process. But I don't see any problem with a paper ballot and simple boxes to fill in.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What (if anything) do you support through Patreon? in ~talk

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    The main creator I support is sleep with me podcast. I give him $10/month and I have never regretted a dime I sent his way. Finding that podcast was single-handedly the best quality of life...

    The main creator I support is sleep with me podcast. I give him $10/month and I have never regretted a dime I sent his way. Finding that podcast was single-handedly the best quality of life improvement I have experienced.

    I also follow a handful of YouTubers. The most notable is Ahoy. He doesn't release many videos, but every single one is spectacular. (I also follow him because YouTube's algorithm hates his release schedule and will not tell me that he has a new video out, even though I have watched every video he releases within a day of me finding it.)

    1 vote