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  1. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I think a lot of the decline in overtly racist views in urban areas came from the dismantling of redlining, segregation, and other policies that kept races separated even when they lived in the...

    I think a lot of the decline in overtly racist views in urban areas came from the dismantling of redlining, segregation, and other policies that kept races separated even when they lived in the same area. Rural areas had these policies undone as well, but the lower population density of rural areas means that natural comingling happens slower than in cities.

    The natural solution is to have people in rural areas do more travel to urban areas or other countries, attend universities away from their original rural communities, or take jobs that are outside of their original communities. The military integrating was a big factor in desegregation more widely in the US because people of all races and birthplaces had to learn to trust and rely on each other in combat.

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  2. Comment on Elon Musk’s xAI seeks up to $4 billion to compete with OpenAI in ~tech

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    I was looking for the pitchdeck that is supposedly going around and can't find a copy. Bloomberg apparently has a leaked copy, but are not publishing it.

    I was looking for the pitchdeck that is supposedly going around and can't find a copy. Bloomberg apparently has a leaked copy, but are not publishing it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Elon Musk’s xAI seeks up to $4 billion to compete with OpenAI in ~tech

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    Good thing a billionaire is starting the company then

    Good thing a billionaire is starting the company then

    18 votes
  4. Comment on How do you organize your phone's home screens and apps? in ~tech

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    I haven't used ClearSpace, but it seems like they have different approaches. Blank Spaces is just a way to get a custom theme for your homepage that removes color and app icons. This stops apps...

    I haven't used ClearSpace, but it seems like they have different approaches. Blank Spaces is just a way to get a custom theme for your homepage that removes color and app icons. This stops apps from grabbing your attention with bright colored icons and bringing you in. ClearSpace seems to set a time limit for certain apps and make you reflect on why you open an app to prevent unintentional app usage.

    ClearSpace seems to be a bandaid to try to make you mindful of how you use your phone, but Blank Spaces attempts to change the whole interface to make it less addicting.

    One thing that works for me that is completely separate from any of these apps is just turning off notifications for everything except for phone calls and text messages. I only use discord for "social media" besides tildes, so with notifications turned off, I open it when I want to. I don't open apps because they ask me to. If there's an emergency, people know that a text or call is the best way to contact someone. There will never be a Twitter, Uber, LinkedIn, Venmo, etc. emergency that requires immediate attention, so why would you allow those apps to send notifications?

  5. Comment on Flourishing romances are more the result of proactive behaviors than soulmate spark, study finds in ~life

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    This is pretty relevant to the article about the Chinese woman doing speed dating. Maybe part of her issue and the issue of online dating in general is that trying to stumble upon the perfect...

    This is pretty relevant to the article about the Chinese woman doing speed dating. Maybe part of her issue and the issue of online dating in general is that trying to stumble upon the perfect partner is a bad strategy for
    entering long term relationships.

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  6. Comment on How do you organize your phone's home screens and apps? in ~tech

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    I have the Blank Spaces App. It lets iOS users create a minimalist home page with no app icons or colors. Combined with grayscale mode and only allowing notifications for texts and calls, it makes...

    I have the Blank Spaces App. It lets iOS users create a minimalist home page with no app icons or colors. Combined with grayscale mode and only allowing notifications for texts and calls, it makes using my phone very simple, but also very uninteresting.

    I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting to reduce their screentime on their phone.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Home insurance rates to rise 6% in 2024 after 20% increase in last two years in ~finance

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    While insurance increases can be somewhat attributed to the increase in the cost of building materials and labor, most of this is coming because of a recalculation in the risk of property damage...

    While insurance increases can be somewhat attributed to the increase in the cost of building materials and labor, most of this is coming because of a recalculation in the risk of property damage due to weather and natural disasters. The economy and inflation doesn't have any effect on hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Chinese woman in Beijing goes on one hundred blind dates per year in ~life

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    I think it's pretty wrong to judge a woman's worth by their age. Children may not even be a goal of hers.

    I think it's pretty wrong to judge a woman's worth by their age. Children may not even be a goal of hers.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Chinese woman in Beijing goes on one hundred blind dates per year in ~life

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    Am I missing something here? How is this not discrimination? If this guy lives in Beijing and is more senior than you at your job, why would you think you would move to a rural environment?

    My second relationship was with a colleague. I had just started working after completing my master’s degree and was still quite “green.” He was the same age as me but had begun working right out of college and was already very accomplished. The relationship ultimately ended because of our different family backgrounds; he was from a rural area in the northeast, and my family opposed the match. Since then, I’ve tried to avoid candidates from rural backgrounds in my search for a husband — not out of discrimination, but because I grew up in the city and am not accustomed to living in a rural environment.

    Am I missing something here? How is this not discrimination? If this guy lives in Beijing and is more senior than you at your job, why would you think you would move to a rural environment?

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Texas is replacing thousands of human exam graders with AI in ~tech

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    I read more articles about this and apparently families that believe they were scored incorrectly can pay $50 to get it scored by a real person. If the new score is higher, they are refunded the...

    I read more articles about this and apparently families that believe they were scored incorrectly can pay $50 to get it scored by a real person. If the new score is higher, they are refunded the $50. This puts a burden on low income families who cannot sacrifice $50 even if there is a chance they would get it back.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on In-flight canoodling: is it ever acceptable to spoon at 40,000ft? in ~travel

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    I also highly suspect that bad posture may be the cause of reduced leg room for some people. If you are used to putting your lower back against the seatback, your legs stick out less than if you...

    I also highly suspect that bad posture may be the cause of reduced leg room for some people. If you are used to putting your lower back against the seatback, your legs stick out less than if you slide your butt forward and slouch.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on In-flight canoodling: is it ever acceptable to spoon at 40,000ft? in ~travel

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    I'm 5'6" which I believe is the size of person they design economy seats for on airplanes. I have tons of room for my legs, my knees are never affected by someone reclining, and I don't really...

    I'm 5'6" which I believe is the size of person they design economy seats for on airplanes. I have tons of room for my legs, my knees are never affected by someone reclining, and I don't really spill into adjacent seats.

    I think flying is just fine, but I understand how larger people have trouble with it.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Texas is replacing thousands of human exam graders with AI in ~tech

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    They have always been fairly limited scope as even when humans are grading, they only spend a handful of seconds grading them. They are basically skimming for key terms that suggest the student...

    They have always been fairly limited scope as even when humans are grading, they only spend a handful of seconds grading them. They are basically skimming for key terms that suggest the student got the answer right. Most of the time these are some kind of reading comprehension questions, so certain key words are fairly reliable at indicating if someone understood some reading passage.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on With Vids, Google thinks it has the next big productivity tool for work in ~tech

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    They have tools for this already, but I see it in sales emails mostly. Videos can be good for trying to grab people's attention, but I would be pretty annoyed if I had to put on headphones to read...

    They have tools for this already, but I see it in sales emails mostly. Videos can be good for trying to grab people's attention, but I would be pretty annoyed if I had to put on headphones to read an email from my boss.

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  15. Comment on How to succeed in a cramming-based academic system? in ~science

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    I finished University with untreated ADHD and had similar issues that you seem to be having. I also learn better once I can "put the pieces together" and see how the information will flow into a...

    I finished University with untreated ADHD and had similar issues that you seem to be having. I also learn better once I can "put the pieces together" and see how the information will flow into a new topic or be used in other classes.

    After graduation, I went into an unrelated apprenticeship program for a while, but I do not recommend that. Apprenticeships teach you lots of practical knowledge and rules of thumb, but often times skip teaching you why something is done a certain way. I think that a biochemistry degree would most likely lead to more mentally stimulating careers where your curiosity is an asset.


    First, go to your student health center and get assessed for ADHD. Medication will make your life so much easier. Don't make your life difficult for no reason, nobody will commend you for it. I was also a "smart kid" that had trouble once being smart couldn't make up for procrastination or poor study habits.

    Second, you are only a first year in your major. The first two years are always somewhat boring and seem like pointless cramming. Right now, you are learning all the prerequisite knowledge that you need to take the upper division courses where everything will start to make sense. Just trust me on this one. Tough it out for another year or two and you will be very happy you put this work in.

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  16. Comment on The migrant highway that could sway the US election in ~misc

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    It gets even worse than just what's in this article. On the US-Mexico border, we heavily patrol the areas around cities, but have big gaps in unpopulated stretches of desert that are less...

    It gets even worse than just what's in this article. On the US-Mexico border, we heavily patrol the areas around cities, but have big gaps in unpopulated stretches of desert that are less surveilled. Migrants are often forced to cross in inhospitable deserts and die.

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  17. Comment on Texas is replacing thousands of human exam graders with AI in ~tech

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    Assuming the limitations of the AI are understood and systems are put in place to ensure that the scores are accurate, I don't have a problem with using this to improve efficiency. The part that...

    Assuming the limitations of the AI are understood and systems are put in place to ensure that the scores are accurate, I don't have a problem with using this to improve efficiency.

    The part that is concerning is that this is supposed to save $15-$20 million per year in labor costs. I'm sure we all remember teachers in school talking about how they graded standardized tests to make extra money. This is $15-$20 million dollars that we are taking out of teachers' pockets. Is Texas going to raise wages for teachers with this money? Are they going to invest more into schools?

    25 votes
  18. Comment on Star Wars Outlaws | Official story trailer in ~games

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    Just remember everyone, if it sucks on release day, just wait 6-12 months before giving it another shot. It seems like pressure from publishers, overworking of game developers, and the ability to...

    Just remember everyone, if it sucks on release day, just wait 6-12 months before giving it another shot. It seems like pressure from publishers, overworking of game developers, and the ability to patch games after release has resulted in games being released before they are ready.

    Publishers and studios are ruining the reputations of their games, but they usually do fix them eventually.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Galapagos Islands to double tourist entry fees amid concerns over rising visitor numbers in ~travel

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    The entrance fee is still ridiculously small compared to the price of getting there. $200 a person is not going to stop anyone from western countries that can afford to make it down there. I would...

    The entrance fee is still ridiculously small compared to the price of getting there. $200 a person is not going to stop anyone from western countries that can afford to make it down there.

    I would think that a visitor cap and lottery system would be more effective in reducing the number of tourists who visit.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on Tildes is changing the way I use and think about online engagement. How about you? in ~tildes

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    I like recognizing the usernames. It reminds me more of a discord server or small forum than a traditional publicly accessible social media website. I really only visit while I'm at work, so it...

    I like recognizing the usernames. It reminds me more of a discord server or small forum than a traditional publicly accessible social media website. I really only visit while I'm at work, so it doesn't feel like it invades my private time at home like other social media.

    15 votes