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  1. What's your "hype song"?

    Short of drugs, I find music to be one of the most effective ways of inducing an emotional state on demand. If you want to hype yourself up, get that adrenaline flowing, what's your go-to song?...

    Short of drugs, I find music to be one of the most effective ways of inducing an emotional state on demand. If you want to hype yourself up, get that adrenaline flowing, what's your go-to song?

    For me, it's definitely DJ Mehdi - Signatune (Thomas Bangalter edit). Hard-hitting French House. It's repetitive and brutal, and not at all what I would choose for a cozy, relaxed listening experience. But god damn if it doesn't get the adrenaline flowing.

    What's yours?

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  2. Comment on What do y'all use to listen to your music? in ~music

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    I also have a pair of DT770's (80 ohm edition), and it's my second pair. I broke the tip of the 3.5mm jack on my first pair, which I probably had for 4-5 years. They then sat in a closet for...

    I also have a pair of DT770's (80 ohm edition), and it's my second pair. I broke the tip of the 3.5mm jack on my first pair, which I probably had for 4-5 years. They then sat in a closet for several years as I contemplated fixing them, but I found out you can only do that by soldering on a new cord, and I don't know how to do that nor do I know anyone locally that can do it for me. I ended up just buying another pair, because I was that happy with them and I realized I would never get around to fixing the original ones I bought.

    My main gripes with it are the lack of an easily replaceable cable (if it had one I wouldn't have had to spend $150 on a new pair) and the length of the cable. 3 meters is way too long. If I hadn't broken the audio in connection I would probably be using my original pair still, 8-ish years later. They're very durable, just don't be a dumbass like me and stick them in a laptop then move the laptop around violently.

    I'm a bit of a night owl, so I really like the closed-back design because I can blast music at high volume at 3 AM without bothering the neighbors. I might want to eventually get open or semi-open type headphones as a supplement, but I can see myself using these headphones for many years to come.

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  3. Comment on Oldest and largest Maya structure discovered in southern Mexico in ~humanities

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    Link to Nature paper. It's pretty amazing that they were creating these massive constructions 3,000 years ago, not to honor their priests or kings, but for communal purposes, through voluntary...

    There were no signs of sculptures depicting high-status individuals, suggesting Maya culture at this early stage was more communal and only later developed social inequality and a hierarchical society led by royalty, the researchers said.

    Link to Nature paper.

    It's pretty amazing that they were creating these massive constructions 3,000 years ago, not to honor their priests or kings, but for communal purposes, through voluntary labor (probably). Imagine what we could do today in a more egalitarian society - probably the same things we are already doing, except serving the needs and desires of far more of us than what we're currently doing.

    I'm fascinated by massive earthworks. They're not as impressive to look at today as stone pyramids, because over time, they assume the appearance of natural landscapes. But if you were transported back in time to the height of this temple's time, I bet it would be just as awe-inspiring.

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  4. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    Well, it seems appropriate to discuss the consequences and justification of such a policy, then, doesn't it? The same policy page you quoted also says that they are highly unlikely to make that...

    Well, it seems appropriate to discuss the consequences and justification of such a policy, then, doesn't it?

    The same policy page you quoted also says that they are highly unlikely to make that particular exception in the case of glorification of violence. They did so anyway. Why? This is a fine example of how tricky it can be to actually enforce such a policy. Was it because "there is a more attenuated connection to actual violence"? Seems unlikely, the man is talking about shooting people. Was it because "Twitter is the only source of the information", the other context in which, according to their guidelines, they would possibly make an exception? They didn't censor the earlier tweet where Trump threatens to send in the National Guard, which was actually newsworthy, whereas the only newsworthy part of the tweet that did get slapped with a warning was that Trump had spoken to Tim Walz and told him "the military is with you all the way". Which is not substantially different from what he'd said earlier in a non-censored tweet, the only really novel bit is that he'd personally delivered the message to the governor. So then you have to weigh the newsworthiness of that tidbit of information, versus the clear conviction that the rest of the tweet glorifies violence and is therefore potentially harmful.

    To me, that whole dilemma seems a bit absurd. It could have been avoided by a simple blanket ban on glorifying violence. Let Trump announce which governors he's had phone calls with without the added violent rhetoric. I struggle to see a scenario in which any information that is in the public interest to know would be lost.

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  5. Comment on Zettelkasten — How one German scholar was so freakishly productive in ~tech

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    Surely organizing your ideas better is something that just about anyone could benefit from, even if you have no interest in being an author or emulating some 20th-century sociologist. A...

    Surely organizing your ideas better is something that just about anyone could benefit from, even if you have no interest in being an author or emulating some 20th-century sociologist. A programmer's notes might be on algorithms and design patterns, a gardener might take notes on plants and cultivation techniques, an architect might have drawings and schematics. The real benefit would be the ability to better connect ideas from disparate areas of your life, if you commit to documenting everything from your hobbies to your job to your pleasure reading.

    I'd like to have my own personal wiki, but I suspect I wouldn't have the motivation and willpower to commit to it long enough for it to really shine.

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  6. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    That's a tricky road to go down, making it an official policy to enforce rules differently for public figures, in the interest of letting them expose their unsavory qualities and views. Not only...

    That's a tricky road to go down, making it an official policy to enforce rules differently for public figures, in the interest of letting them expose their unsavory qualities and views. Not only are you sending an unfortunate signal that if you are powerful enough, the rules do not apply to you in the same way they apply to other people, but you have to question whether it's actually having the intended effect. If we assume that Twitter instituted a rule like "do not glorify violence" out of a good-faith belief that their platform should not be used to spread such messages, and not just to cover their own ass, you have to ask whether putting a warning on his tweets instead of hiding them completely or suspending the account actually has a net positive effect in curbing the spread of such ideologies.

    Trump has spent his entire presidency sowing doubt about mainstream, legitimate media, with the effect that a significant portion of the population trusts his twitter more than something like the New York Times, which performs actual fact-checking on their reporting. Will putting a fact-check warning or a notice that a tweet is in violation of ToS do anything but fuel the persecution narrative that he's pushing? How many people who were inclined to agree with Trump's statements or "facts" actually changed their opinion based on a warning Twitter put up, versus how many simply strengthened their support for him based on the perceived persecution by "MSM" or "social media cucks" or whatever they consider Twitter to be? If your goal is to limit the spread of hateful propaganda on your platform, is it more effective, in practice, to allow it to stay up with a warning and a link to an opposing view, or is it more effective to shut it down entirely?

    I don't know the answer, but my suspicion is the latter.

    There's also the issue of the seeming double standard, but more people have their eyes on Trump than, say, the Ayatollah of Iran, so his stuff is going to be the content that gets slammed first. Ideally it would be consistent for all high-profile individuals who run their fingers like this.

    This I agree with. Whatever the policy, it should also apply to other world leaders and high-profile individuals. I don't think it's controversial to say that Trump is the most powerful and influential user on Twitter, so starting with him seems like a good idea, but it shouldn't end with him.

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  7. Comment on Reddit's /r/history closed down for 24 hours in protest against Reddit's lack of anti-racist policies in ~tech

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    This headline makes it seem like they're protesting in favor of racism. I was very confused, as I didn't expect that from that particular subreddit. What they're actually saying is that Reddit...

    Reddit's /r/history closed down for 24 hours in protest against Reddit anti-racist policies

    This headline makes it seem like they're protesting in favor of racism. I was very confused, as I didn't expect that from that particular subreddit. What they're actually saying is that Reddit doesn't enforce anti-racist policies to the extent they should despite professing to be anti-racism.

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  8. Comment on Four major US publishers sue Internet Archive for copyright infringement, alleging that it has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public in ~books

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    So it's not that what they're doing normally was illegal and just escaped notice, but, allegedly, their current practice breaks the law. I actually wasn't aware you could lend contemporary books...

    So it's not that what they're doing normally was illegal and just escaped notice, but, allegedly, their current practice breaks the law.

    I actually wasn't aware you could lend contemporary books from the Internet Archive. I thought they only archived websites and books that were in the public domain.

    Anyone got any recommendations for good contemporary books that are available there?

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  9. Comment on John Titor in ~misc

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    On the contrary, I think there are way more internet mysteries now than ever, and they are far more elaborate. At any given time, there's thousands of ARGs, cryptic websites, collaborative fiction...

    On the contrary, I think there are way more internet mysteries now than ever, and they are far more elaborate. At any given time, there's thousands of ARGs, cryptic websites, collaborative fiction projects, fictional conspiracies, mixed media series that maintain a suspension of disbelief, podcasts, etc. It's gotten to the point where it's really hard to stand out in the crowd. At times it seems like you need advanced cryptography and a mixed-media trail that spans dozens of websites to catch anyone's attention. Some are super complex, like Cicada 3301.

    This saturation makes it harder for any one thing to become iconic. But if you're interested in internet mysteries, all you have to do is search and you'll find dozens of forums, youtube channels, etc. that cover these sorts of things. It's become such a common thing for people to create deliberately mysterious and cryptic things on the internet that it's harder, now, to suspend disbelief and really get into it. Everyone just rolls their eyes and thinks "oh, yet another Alternate Reality Game." Some dude posing as a time traveler on a web forum kind of lost the novelty factor.

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  10. Comment on Internal fighting among gun owners has led to one of the dumbest memes of all time in ~misc

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    Ain’t that the truth.

    When you ironically point a gun at your dick, you’re still pointing a gun at your dick.

    Ain’t that the truth.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on Best Romantic Movies? in ~movies

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    I'm not too well-versed in romantic films but this was my first thought as well. Before... is actually a trilogy, and each film is excellent (I've only seen the first two but all three are...

    I'm not too well-versed in romantic films but this was my first thought as well. Before... is actually a trilogy, and each film is excellent (I've only seen the first two but all three are critically acclaimed). Richard Linklater is very interested in the passage of time, and each film is filmed and takes place a decade after the previous one, with the same actors and characters.

    I'll also put up a couple of more unusual recommendations. Spring (2014) is an unusual genre hybrid: a horror romance. Equal parts both. Perfect romance for a non-romance fan.

    And Lost in Translation is both a beautiful film and a great choice for when you're in a more melancholy mood.

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  12. Comment on A feud in wolf-kink erotic fanfiction raises deep legal questions about copyright and authorship in ~books

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    The DMCA is such an abusable piece of law. It allows places like Youtube or Amazon to operate with volumes of user-generated content that would be impossible to pre-vet in real time, at the cost...

    The DMCA is such an abusable piece of law. It allows places like Youtube or Amazon to operate with volumes of user-generated content that would be impossible to pre-vet in real time, at the cost of allowing any joker with an e-mail address to claim authorship of anything for (in practice) any reason, and in most cases, it will be immediately removed or handed over to the person making a claim without even a perfunctory review of its validity. At absolute best, you raise such a big stink about it that you get your intellectual property back, with zero compensation for revenue or reputation lost in the meantime. There has got to be a better way of doing this.

    It's not even an international law, it's an American law that just happens to apply to most of the biggest websites in the world, since they are run by US corporations, and so the entire world has to deal with its general shittiness.

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  13. Comment on What appliance or technology remained largely the same in the last 50 years? in ~talk

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    Some induction stovetops will monitor the temperature of cookware and turn off the power if it gets too hot, but I guess that feature is not universal. The real safety advantage is that things...

    Some induction stovetops will monitor the temperature of cookware and turn off the power if it gets too hot, but I guess that feature is not universal.

    The real safety advantage is that things that aren’t made of the right metal won’t get hot at all, and the actual plate bit barely gives off any heat, because the heat is generated in the cookware itself.

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  14. Comment on What are your favorite short horror films available online? in ~movies

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    Are you up for subtitles? If so, Guilt is a Faroese horror short with beautiful cinematography.

    Are you up for subtitles? If so, Guilt is a Faroese horror short with beautiful cinematography.

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  15. Comment on Let's build a spec-compliant HTML parser in ~comp

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    Parsing improper HTML, on the other hand, is quite difficult and something that modern browsers do remarkably well.

    Parsing improper HTML, on the other hand, is quite difficult and something that modern browsers do remarkably well.

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  16. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    That looks like just what I need, thanks.

    That looks like just what I need, thanks.

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  17. Comment on Tenet - New trailer for the Christopher Nolan movie in ~movies

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    Well, I assume it’s an old movie, not the new one. A movie that already made back its budget several times over, and that they’re already licensing to various streaming services and tv networks....

    Well, I assume it’s an old movie, not the new one. A movie that already made back its budget several times over, and that they’re already licensing to various streaming services and tv networks. Either they’re charging Epic for it, or it’s part of the marketing for the new Nolan film. Doesn’t cost them anything and doesn’t lose them a lot of revenue if it’s a limited one-time event. The only way I see it being an absurd business decision is if it’s actually a free showing of a brand new movie, but I can’t imagine that being the case.

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  18. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    No. The only data I hoard is my personal photos, documents and videos, which cannot be recreated or reacquired if lost. I’m looking into finding some sort of cloud backup service as I’m a little...

    No. The only data I hoard is my personal photos, documents and videos, which cannot be recreated or reacquired if lost. I’m looking into finding some sort of cloud backup service as I’m a little nervous about something happening to the data which is all stored in multiple copies in the same physical location, my home. As well as the hassle of making sure I actually have everything backed up. I already had a big scare where I thought I had lost access to a hard drive which it turned out contained the only copy of something I thought I had backups of but didn’t. Thankfully I was able to salvage it and duplicate it.

    Those concerns simply don’t exist with commercial media. Games, music, films, ebooks... If I lose them, I can get access to them again easily, and usually without any added cost. I find it enough of a hassle to deal with the data that I cannot replace if lost to want to go through it with data I know I can simply redownload. Even if it turns out in the future I will have to pay again for something I paid for many years ago, that is worth it just for the extra peace of mind. Maybe some ultra-efficient data hoarders with a practiced routine of disk-swapping and automated backup solutions don’t find that stressful and a waste of time, but I do.

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