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  1. Comment on Southwest Airlines plane plunged within 400 feet of ocean near Hawaii after weather conditions forced pilots to bypass a landing attempt in ~transport

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    It's this. Flying is orders of magnitude more safe than driving a car. Every aviation incident makes national news because they are so rare and unusual. Fatal car crashes on the other hand are...

    I dont know if its because Im hyperaware of every flight story

    It's this.

    Flying is orders of magnitude more safe than driving a car. Every aviation incident makes national news because they are so rare and unusual. Fatal car crashes on the other hand are routine and hardly newsworthy.

    10 votes
  2. Comment on ‘Inside Out 2’ shatters box office expectations with $155 million, biggest debut since ‘Barbie’ in ~movies

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    I feel like the PG-13 rating itself has been watered down a lot, to the point where I see few if any modern PG-13 movies that would have actually gotten an R back before the rating was introduced....

    I feel like the PG-13 rating itself has been watered down a lot, to the point where I see few if any modern PG-13 movies that would have actually gotten an R back before the rating was introduced. PG-13 used to allow a limited amount of nudity and graphic violence. Even rules on swearing were more loose. All the President's Men pre-dated the PG-13 rating, and was given a PG rating with no less than 8 F-bombs in it. I think it's been close to 15 years since I last saw a PG-13 movie with some nudity or more than 1 F-bomb.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    The DFW locations were all owned and operated by a franchisee, so they wouldn't have showed up on the balance sheet.

    The DFW locations were all owned and operated by a franchisee, so they wouldn't have showed up on the balance sheet.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Good god I hope not, I can't imagine why you would want to get rid of this rule. Has anyone ever said "no, I won't go to the movies unless there are assholes talking loudly during it"?

    do they tell Kustermann that the "no talking or you're tossed" policy is over?

    Good god I hope not, I can't imagine why you would want to get rid of this rule. Has anyone ever said "no, I won't go to the movies unless there are assholes talking loudly during it"?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Seeing a movie at the El Capitan is one of those items on my bucket list, but I would be scared of Disney owning an actual theater chain at a national scale. Not because I think they would be bad...

    Seeing a movie at the El Capitan is one of those items on my bucket list, but I would be scared of Disney owning an actual theater chain at a national scale. Not because I think they would be bad theaters, but because of how aggressive Disney already is with existing chains and independent theaters. If Disney did something like buy Cinemark, or god forbid, AMC, it would give them tremendous leverage over independent cinema operators who are already stuck with the short end of the stick.

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  6. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    I don't understand why they didn't do this sooner. It made sense during COVID when packed theaters presented a public health risk, so this was a good way to earn positive PR, release your movies,...

    Maybe this signals a shift in strategy and studios start to back away from streaming release two weeks after the initial release in theaters.

    I don't understand why they didn't do this sooner.

    It made sense during COVID when packed theaters presented a public health risk, so this was a good way to earn positive PR, release your movies, and juice your streaming subs. But it was never a sustainable strategy in the long run, and it's been nearly two years since things largely returned to normal.

  7. Comment on Denmark has recalled several spicy ramen noodle products by South Korean company Samyang, claiming that the capsaicin levels in them could poison consumers in ~food

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    Someone usually has to eat a peanut before they find out they have a peanut allergy. Warning labels won't always stop people from doing things they shouldn't, but that doesn't mean they are...

    Someone usually has to eat a peanut before they find out they have a peanut allergy.

    Warning labels won't always stop people from doing things they shouldn't, but that doesn't mean they are useless.

    If we ban everything that might have the potential to cause harm to the end-user, we will end up banning...everything. It's sad that a kid died from an unknown heart condition triggered by a spicy chip, but how many people eat those chips and have no problems whatsoever? Do people not know how much more risk they put their kids in just by driving them to school on public roads in the morning?

    People freak out over stuff like the chip, because it makes headlines and dominates the media for a week. That happens because it's rare and unusual. Lethal car accidents don't make the news because they are routine, despite being far more likely to kill you or your kids.

    I see this kind of backwards threat modeling everywhere. My brother-in-law won't let his pre-teen and teenage kids go to the park just down the street because he's paranoid they will get kidnapped by pedophiles. He and his wife don't even sleep in their master bedroom, because it's in the basement and he wants to be sleeping upstairs if deranged murderers break into his house to kill his kids. He keeps a loaded shotgun under his own bed. He significantly degrades the quality of life for his family because the media has scared him into being afraid of things that in all likelihood will never happen. And inadvertently, he's putting his family at a relatively significant risk by keeping a loaded gun in the home.

    Any time there is a new risk that pops up, we need to evaluate what the risk actually is, and compare that to risks we are already comfortable with. I'm not saying that we should be selling those spicy chips to kids, but calls to ban them outright seem wildly misplaced to me. I want to know what the actual risk to teenagers is compared to other things we deem acceptable.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Denmark has recalled several spicy ramen noodle products by South Korean company Samyang, claiming that the capsaicin levels in them could poison consumers in ~food

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    Lots of people will die if they eat a peanut but we still sell them. To me this is a labeling problem.

    Lots of people will die if they eat a peanut but we still sell them.

    To me this is a labeling problem.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Photoshop Terms of Service grants Adobe access to user projects for ‘content moderation’ in ~tech

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    It doesn't really matter, the fact that Adobe even thought to do something like this is reason number 56,347 not to trust them. Their "clarification" being this convoluted shouldn't instill...

    It doesn't really matter, the fact that Adobe even thought to do something like this is reason number 56,347 not to trust them. Their "clarification" being this convoluted shouldn't instill confidence in anyone.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Peak oil: glut predicted by 2029 in ~enviro

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    Well that's awesome news. I wonder what Putin will do when his oil becomes even more worthless.

    Well that's awesome news.

    I wonder what Putin will do when his oil becomes even more worthless.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on This Miami luxury condo is burying crystals in its building foundation to create good ‘vibes’ in ~design

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    These things too often come hand-in-hand with anti-vax and "alternative medicine" attitudes, which do cause actual real-world harm. A lot more lives could have been saved in 2021-2022 if anti-vax...

    These things too often come hand-in-hand with anti-vax and "alternative medicine" attitudes, which do cause actual real-world harm. A lot more lives could have been saved in 2021-2022 if anti-vax sentiments were not so widespread.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Elon Musk threatens to ban iPhones and MacBooks at his companies after Apple announces OpenAI partnership in ~tech

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    He just doesn't realize that a big part of what made Tony Stark "Iron Man" and not just another insufferable billionaire asshole was being trapped in the desert for a few months and having a...

    He just doesn't realize that a big part of what made Tony Stark "Iron Man" and not just another insufferable billionaire asshole was being trapped in the desert for a few months and having a little "come to jesus" moment.

    17 votes
  13. Comment on This Miami luxury condo is burying crystals in its building foundation to create good ‘vibes’ in ~design

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    In isolation it's harmless, but the broader societal implications of people adopting this kind of magical thinking en masse is kind of scary.

    In isolation it's harmless, but the broader societal implications of people adopting this kind of magical thinking en masse is kind of scary.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Elon Musk threatens to ban iPhones and MacBooks at his companies after Apple announces OpenAI partnership in ~tech

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    Which is probably why Apple's AI features only use ChatGPT as a last resort and require user confirmation every time it happens. I have a feeling Musk cares about none of this however, and is just...

    Which is probably why Apple's AI features only use ChatGPT as a last resort and require user confirmation every time it happens.

    I have a feeling Musk cares about none of this however, and is just mad that Apple is working with one of his competitors.

    59 votes
  15. Comment on Apple Intelligence in ~tech

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    It was only a matter of time before someone said "what if this, but on the device that is already in your pocket and has access to all the relevant user data needed to make it useful". Thus,...

    Siri maintains conversational context and can perform complex actions across the system to answer questions or do things. So basically the R1 Rabbit and Humane Pin and the like are dead.

    It was only a matter of time before someone said "what if this, but on the device that is already in your pocket and has access to all the relevant user data needed to make it useful". Thus, killing off an entire class of pointless devices while they were still in the cradle.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Team Fortress 2: Nobody's home in ~games

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    The problem is that most people will take the anti-cheat over cheaters any day of the week. Nobody has come up with a more effective solution. I don't think they qualify as malware unless they do...

    don't have a clue on what the solution to cheating might be in the long run, but, as an individual, non-professional gamer, I'm sure as hell don't want invasive, kernel-level programs

    The problem is that most people will take the anti-cheat over cheaters any day of the week. Nobody has come up with a more effective solution.

    (that are, in essence, malwares)

    I don't think they qualify as malware unless they do something malicious

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Team Fortress 2: Nobody's home in ~games

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    Deep Rock Galactic is not a PvP game so the same incentive to cheat simply isn't there. People want PvP games, and PvP games need anti-cheat. Unlocks and progression systems have nothing to do...

    Deep Rock Galactic is not a PvP game so the same incentive to cheat simply isn't there.

    People want PvP games, and PvP games need anti-cheat. Unlocks and progression systems have nothing to do with it either. This was a problem back in the '90s when multiplayer games had none of that.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    There is no empty space to build one within a 15 minute or even 40 minute walk of my house. We built these seas of suburbs on the idea that people would hop in their cars, get on the freeway, and...

    The grocery stores aren’t geological features. They would obviously just build more of them within 15-30 minute walks of where people live.

    There is no empty space to build one within a 15 minute or even 40 minute walk of my house. We built these seas of suburbs on the idea that people would hop in their cars, get on the freeway, and drive to a commercial zone to get their groceries or do literally anything else.

    I compare this with the time I spent in Manhattan, where you could take the elevator down to the bottom of your building, go next door, and get groceries. If you wanted to go to a restaurant or somewhere else specific, you probably weren't more than a block away from a subway station which could take you to another station only a block away from your destination. I just don't see how you re-create that kind of walkability without tearing things down and re-building vertically like they used to do before car culture took over. That is the kind of place I would live, if those places were actually affordable.

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  19. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    The problem is that my house is so far away from groceries and other things that I can't realistically walk to them. And even if I could, how would I get all my groceries home? This is less of a...

    The problem is that my house is so far away from groceries and other things that I can't realistically walk to them. And even if I could, how would I get all my groceries home?

    This is less of a problem in a truly walkable neighborhood, where you live a block from your grocery store (or better, there's one on the bottom floor of your apartment building) and therefore don't feel the need to buy weeks worth of groceries in one trip. Where would you build a grocery store in my suburb without tearing down houses?

    We invested too much in building horizontally instead of vertically, as well as segregating commercial and residential real-estate.

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  20. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    The problem is that too many communities have spent the last 70 years building around car infrastructure. Making my city walkable or even bikable would mean demolishing whole communities and...

    A better long-term solution would be to better support alternative transport like ebikes and public transit. It would require cities to redesign their road networks to make room and part of that would make them less car-friendly, but cheaper EVs don't help people in very low income areas who can't even afford a used ICE car right now.

    The problem is that too many communities have spent the last 70 years building around car infrastructure. Making my city walkable or even bikable would mean demolishing whole communities and rebuilding from the ground up. That is simply never going to happen. Even if you could find the money for it, voters will never go for it, because they don't want to be kicked out of their homes.

    29 votes