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  1. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    It just breaks my heart every time I hear people act like they have no agency in the decision they make to eat meat, like the only way we could possibly stop the industrial scale slaughtering of...

    It just breaks my heart every time I hear people act like they have no agency in the decision they make to eat meat, like the only way we could possibly stop the industrial scale slaughtering of animals is by literally making a perfect replica of meat in a laboratory using technology that has been on the cusp of existence for years now. Like the health issues, the literal mass killing of thinking and feeling creatures, the ecological concerns, none of it matters if people can’t get their tasties because we are all just apparently god-damned slaves to our most primitive and selfish lusts.

    Raising animals for slaughter should not be considered “the alternative” to lab grown meat any more than human enslavement should be considered “the alternative” to mechanized labor.

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  2. Comment on Protestors criticized for looting businesses without forming private equity firm first in ~misc

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    Yeah, but you'd also call burning the crop and destroying the farm, which is the ultimate symbol of the manor's oppression, "targeting their fellow serfs". And that's my point.

    Yeah, but you'd also call burning the crop and destroying the farm, which is the ultimate symbol of the manor's oppression, "targeting their fellow serfs". And that's my point.

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  3. Comment on Protestors criticized for looting businesses without forming private equity firm first in ~misc

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    Imagine if a manor lord just straight up murdered one of there serfs in cold blood in front of witnesses without fear of consequences, sparking what would essentially a riot on the manor farm...

    Imagine if a manor lord just straight up murdered one of there serfs in cold blood in front of witnesses without fear of consequences, sparking what would essentially a riot on the manor farm carried out by the serfs. Now imagine there was one serf, who stood at the upper echelons of serf hierarchy mind you, who kept on high horsing about how these rabble rousers were actually only making life harder for themselves because it will lead to them losing their jobs as tenant farmers.

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  4. Comment on US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage—but NOAA is fiercely opposed to the controversial salvage mission in ~news

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    For what it's worth, only 2 sentences of this article actually talk about NOAA's "fierce opposition". Here they are: Anyway, this reasoning surprised me. I thought their big issue would have been...

    For what it's worth, only 2 sentences of this article actually talk about NOAA's "fierce opposition". Here they are:

    However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is fiercely opposed to the salvage mission. The agency argues in court documents that the telegraph should be left undisturbed, since it is likely to be surrounded "by the mortal remains of more than 1500 people."

    Anyway, this reasoning surprised me. I thought their big issue would have been something to do with disturbing some kind of fragile ecosystem within the wreckage. Who cares about some bones from literally over a hundred years ago?

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  5. Comment on 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now at $75 in ~comp

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    On the contrary, a lot of the most nightmare code to deal with is literally only nightmarish because it relies on some kind of arcane trick that was necessitated by hardware limitations in the...

    On the contrary, a lot of the most nightmare code to deal with is literally only nightmarish because it relies on some kind of arcane trick that was necessitated by hardware limitations in the first place.

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  6. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    This is actually election fraud, which is a much worse thing than voter fraud. Voter fraud is when an individual fraudulently casts a ballot. Examples could include taking payment for your vote or...

    This is actually election fraud, which is a much worse thing than voter fraud. Voter fraud is when an individual fraudulently casts a ballot. Examples could include taking payment for your vote or casting multiple votes or casting a ballot for someone else. Election fraud is when the actual electoral process itself is tampered with, like destroying or modifying cast ballots after the fact.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Real reasons why tech giants are hugging “remote work” in ~tech

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    It’s a great point, and it seems like the only solution that really makes sense would be to raise the global living standard so that you don’t have people competing for desperation wages. But can...

    It’s a great point, and it seems like the only solution that really makes sense would be to raise the global living standard so that you don’t have people competing for desperation wages. But can you have billionaires, cheap junk that you can buy on whim that will be delivered to you within a week’s time, AND a first world standard of living for all who labor? Personally, I’m not so sure.

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  8. Comment on Real reasons why tech giants are hugging “remote work” in ~tech

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    It's true. I was actually ranting a lot last year about how great it would be for housing markets if we had widespread remote work. I honestly think the U.S. government should offer businesses tax...

    It's true. I was actually ranting a lot last year about how great it would be for housing markets if we had widespread remote work. I honestly think the U.S. government should offer businesses tax incentives for maintaining some kind of minimum level of remote employment. I think it would instantly relieve congested urban housing markets, and put a big plug in rust belt brain drain.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Gareth Pearson - Black Mountain Rag (Fingerstyle Guitar) in ~music

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    As a bluegrass banjo player, this seems like an awfully familiar way to play a guitar :) Can't wait to give it a try.

    As a bluegrass banjo player, this seems like an awfully familiar way to play a guitar :)

    Can't wait to give it a try.

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  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I am telling you that unless you are like a competitive power lifter or something, you are almost always going to be able to find a way to max out your muscles with a load equivalent to whatever...

    I am telling you that unless you are like a competitive power lifter or something, you are almost always going to be able to find a way to max out your muscles with a load equivalent to whatever you could have moved around on a bar just with your own body. If you are doing exercises that you struggle to complete 3x5, it literally does not matter if the exercise involved the use of weights. It isn’t like your muscles can tell the difference. And even the most athletic people can find bodyweight exercises they struggle to complete 3x5.

    The idea that free weights build strength “faster” than even a well programmed bodyweight fitness routine is a complete myth.

  11. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    It's not about the taste that I want, it's about the taste that does not require people to commit atrocities on my behalf. Literally what would it take for you to look at your cheeseburger and say...

    It's not about the taste that I want, it's about the taste that does not require people to commit atrocities on my behalf.

    Literally what would it take for you to look at your cheeseburger and say "You know, maybe it's not worth it..."?

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  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I dunno, there's calisthenics exercises that I could never hope to perform and would literally require me to possess superhuman strength just because of the shape of my body, so I don't really buy...

    I dunno, there's calisthenics exercises that I could never hope to perform and would literally require me to possess superhuman strength just because of the shape of my body, so I don't really buy the ceiling argument. As for handstand pushup, it was really just an example, but you don't literally have to know how to do a handstand, you can start with your feet on the wall.

    Also, I never said any type of fitness is "better" than another. But I do think that that anyone who wants to get into shape should try calisthenics first before potentially wasting money on a gym membership (like if you can't even get the discipline to work out a little in the privacy of your own home on a regular basis, how are you going to go to a gym?).

  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    This thing you linked me shows that, according to their calculations, you are pushing roughly 75% of your bodyweight during a standard pushup. Which means we can go waaay above bodyweight just by...

    This thing you linked me shows that, according to their calculations, you are pushing roughly 75% of your bodyweight during a standard pushup. Which means we can go waaay above bodyweight just by playing with the angle and going one handed. Now imagine what happens if we require you do pushups in planche position. This is what you are not getting: when you run out of gains from a bodyweight exercise, you aren't supposed to just do more reps, you are supposed to find ways to make the exercise harder, by doing things like increasing lever length, or putting your body into disadvantaged positions while completing the exercise. And you really should not be running out of ways to make the exercises sufficiently difficult. Maybe if you are like a person whose physique keeps an entire team of people employed, weightlifting would be "more efficient" enough for it to actually make a difference for regular people, because these are pretty much the only people where you might actually start running out of ways to make the exercises heavier. For everyone else, you can do just as fine with bodyweight exercises as long as you are actually finding ways to push your body.

    Like seriously, there hasn't even been a single person over 6' tall to ever pull off a human flag.

    (oh yeah, and if pull ups are too easy, just try them one handed)

  14. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    If you want to build lower body strength with absolutely no equipment, and you have no problem busting out 20 bodyweight squats, then you really should be doing pistol squats or something similar...

    If you want to build lower body strength with absolutely no equipment, and you have no problem busting out 20 bodyweight squats, then you really should be doing pistol squats or something similar instead. Granted, it’s hard to make “standing up from a squat” any more challenging than trying it with one leg, so here for squats I will say weights is clearly better. But for plenty of other stuff, it’s not so clear cut. Like compare working your way up to a handstand push-up vs doing overhead presses. Are you 100% sure weightlifting would build strength more quickly? What about bench press vs decline push ups or even planche pushups? Pull downs vs all kinds of different pull-ups?

  15. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    “Tasty, but different” sounds like a great alternative to killing something that can suffer, imo.

    “Tasty, but different” sounds like a great alternative to killing something that can suffer, imo.

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  17. Comment on America’s deadly obsession with intellectual property: privatizing life-saving technology like vaccines and clean energy is bad both for the coronavirus and the climate crisis in ~misc

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    I honestly don't understand why we privatize anything. If something's worth doing, then by definition it does not need an additional incentive on top it to make it worth doing. Meanwhile, there's...

    I honestly don't understand why we privatize anything. If something's worth doing, then by definition it does not need an additional incentive on top it to make it worth doing. Meanwhile, there's tons of stuff that's only worth doing because it makes money. Things like actual scams. Theft. Putting shiny garbage at the front of the checkout line that nobody should ever waste their money on but you know people will anyway. Evicting people. Payday lending. Repomen. Collections agencies. Sweatshops. Tow truck drivers. Selling heroin. Paying your employees as little as possible. The oil industry. The tax prep industry. Hiding all the horrible stuff it takes to make the stuff we consume literally every day. And yeah, holding life saving treatments hostage for cash, too. I could go on all day.

    Sorry for the rant.

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  18. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Been getting into calisthenics and bodyweight fitness. I much prefer it to weightlifting for a variety of reasons, and frankly I don't understand why it's not more popular.

    Been getting into calisthenics and bodyweight fitness. I much prefer it to weightlifting for a variety of reasons, and frankly I don't understand why it's not more popular.

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  19. Comment on Let's try to make some quotes of our own in ~talk

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    "In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence."

    "In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence."

    15 votes
  20. Comment on New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data in ~tech

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    My adblocker is really more for blocking connections from domains I don't actually trust to not track me or serve me malware. These domains just so happen to almost always be related to an ad...

    My adblocker is really more for blocking connections from domains I don't actually trust to not track me or serve me malware. These domains just so happen to almost always be related to an ad network. I hope more people follow New York Times' example. I was honestly wondering when newspapers would start directly selling advertising spots in their publications considering they basically invented the practice.

    11 votes