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  1. Comment on Introduction to the physical basis of global warming in ~science

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    Just came across this and wanted to say thanks for writing this up, I learned a lot by reading it and following some of your links. Nice to see another entry in the "Layman's Guide" too.

    Just came across this and wanted to say thanks for writing this up, I learned a lot by reading it and following some of your links. Nice to see another entry in the "Layman's Guide" too.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on The troubling trend in teenage sex (it's strangulation) (gifted link) in ~life

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    Maybe I'm being overly charitable to the author, but I interpreted that line as acknowledging that women's (and men's) physical and physiological responses to sexualized activities are often...

    Maybe I'm being overly charitable to the author, but I interpreted that line as acknowledging that women's (and men's) physical and physiological responses to sexualized activities are often involuntary. When you have limited sexual experience, this can be confusing.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Started reading Neuromancer a few months ago, but I've gotten bad about reading regularly, again. It comes and goes in spurts. Anyway, I'm recomitting to trying to read at least 30 min a day so I...

    Started reading Neuromancer a few months ago, but I've gotten bad about reading regularly, again. It comes and goes in spurts. Anyway, I'm recomitting to trying to read at least 30 min a day so I am going to pick that back up.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Israeli missiles hit site in Iran in ~news

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    NYT says an attack was confirmed by Israeli officials. I can't tell what's going on. EDIT: Apparently this was a "limited" strike NOT targeting Iranian nuclear or civil sites.

    NYT says an attack was confirmed by Israeli officials. I can't tell what's going on.

    EDIT:
    Apparently this was a "limited" strike NOT targeting Iranian nuclear or civil sites.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on We need to rewild the internet in ~tech

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    I felt the essay at least partially addressed this point: In any case, I didn't feel that the point being made was that we should aim to continuously update protocols even, e.g., there is a...

    I felt the essay at least partially addressed this point:

    It’s important to share that ecological rewilding is a work in progress. What do you rewild to? Humans have shaped and cultivated landscapes for tens of thousands of years, so what does “wild” even mean? Just as there’s no ecosystem on Earth untouched by human actions, there’s no “true” wildness to return habitats to. And what scale is needed for rewilding to succeed? It’s one thing to reintroduce wolves to the 3,472 square miles of Yellowstone, quite another to cordon off about 20 square miles of a reclaimed polder near Amsterdam. Large and diverse Yellowstone is likely complex enough to adapt to change, but the small Dutch reserve known as Oostvaardersplassen has struggled.

    In any case, I didn't feel that the point being made was that we should aim to continuously update protocols even, e.g., there is a perfectly good one in place. Rather, the point I took away was that we should prioritize — in fact, enforce — interoperability in standards and infrastructure as a means of maintaining an environment where new approaches can be developed and niches carved out.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly Israel-Hamas war megathread - week of April 8 in ~news

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

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    Huh! Don't know how that happened.

    Huh! Don't know how that happened.

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

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    I think everyone else has given good advice. I just want to add that on some level, to truly get a foundation in the subject, sometimes it is necessary to "buckle down", read the textbook, and try...

    I think everyone else has given good advice. I just want to add that on some level, to truly get a foundation in the subject, sometimes it is necessary to "buckle down", read the textbook, and try to build a mental model so that what you're reading makes sense. What I mean is that while your method of learning can be good in certain (and potentially many) instances, it is simply not feasible to learn by re-deriving everything that has come before, or by running every experiment. You mentioned that up until now you've been able to learn this way effortlessly. Part of what you're feeling might be explained by the fact that you are now at a level where you need to put in effort to keep up. While it may seem like your classmates are naturally more inclined to lecture based learning, it's also possible that they had to learn to put in the effort earlier than you, so that now it seems effortless on their part. Learning like this is a skill, just like anything else, and the sooner you start to practice it the sooner you will be good at it!

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Donald Trump’s lawyers told the court that no one would give him a bond. Then he got a lifeline, but they didn’t tell the judges. in ~misc

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    This incentives charging and convicting political opponents of crimes.

    This incentives charging and convicting political opponents of crimes.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Arizona governor signs bill approving human composting burials in ~enviro

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    A funeral is not just digging a hole. Typically the price of these services includes things like transporting the body, storing the body before the funeral (can be necessary if the composting farm...

    A funeral is not just digging a hole. Typically the price of these services includes things like transporting the body, storing the body before the funeral (can be necessary if the composting farm has limited space and is currently occupied), death certificate filing, medical examiner taxes (if applicable) and any other costs associated with the service. Additionally, with basically all human composting operations, the body is not just plopped in the ground, but rather enclosed in a biodegradable container/cocoon with other materials like mulch to promote composting. This is an important point. If you've ever composted before you know that the process is not automatic and takes some management to promote good composting — the same is true at a larger scale when it is bodies you are composting. Additionally some have the option to receive some of the resulting soil 8-12 weeks later, much as one does ashes after cremation. All of this costs money.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on What is your "can't miss" movie that you will not pass up if showing in theaters? in ~movies

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    2001 is another I’ve seen in 70mm and it was stupendous. That would be on my list as well.

    2001 is another I’ve seen in 70mm and it was stupendous. That would be on my list as well.

  12. What is your "can't miss" movie that you will not pass up if showing in theaters?

    For example, every so often (maybe every year or two) a local theater will do a showing of Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm film. I will plan my schedule around this when it happens, it is simply an...

    For example, every so often (maybe every year or two) a local theater will do a showing of Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm film. I will plan my schedule around this when it happens, it is simply an experience I can't miss when I get the opportunity. I'm wondering what movies fall into that category for others!

    27 votes
  13. Comment on Hey, monthly mystery commenters, what's up with the hit-and-runs? in ~tildes

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    I do this sometimes. Sometimes it comes down to the fact that I am tired or busy by the time I check Tildes, and can't commit to writing a reply. Sometimes this means it is a day or two, and then...

    I do this sometimes. Sometimes it comes down to the fact that I am tired or busy by the time I check Tildes, and can't commit to writing a reply. Sometimes this means it is a day or two, and then I wonder what is the point, particularly when the discussion has moved on. I often intend to reply and will leave notifications uncleared, but after a couple of days I just cut my losses and move on. I have found myself commenting less when real life gets busy to preempt this a bit.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Megathread: April Fools’ Day 2024 on the internet in ~talk

  15. Comment on United Launch Alliance to launch final Delta Heavy IV rocket today (in less than an hour, 1315 ET) in ~space

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    Here is a nice gifted NYT article about this rocket and launch as well.

    Here is a nice gifted NYT article about this rocket and launch as well.

    2 votes