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  1. Comment on Why don't you comment on poetry? in ~talk

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    I don't tend to have much to say. I have enjoyed several pieces of poetry posted here though.

    I don't tend to have much to say. I have enjoyed several pieces of poetry posted here though.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Neolithic chewing gum helps recreate image of ancient Dane – analysis of birch tar describes a female hunter-gatherer with dark skin and blue eyes in ~humanities

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    That is extremely clever. Thanks for sharing.

    That is extremely clever. Thanks for sharing.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world in ~misc

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    This is true of everyone - racists and non racists alike

    they base their world on their feelings, and their feelings are based on the fact set they have selected for themselves.

    This is true of everyone - racists and non racists alike

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Video of Hong Kong protesters being loaded onto train spurs concerns they are being sent to China in ~news

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    History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

    History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world in ~misc

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    It is based on logic and evidence. It might not be *sound* logic and evidence - but that's almost irrelevant - the key point is that a lot of these people genuinely believe they are morally and...

    And it's not like you can educate them out of it because their ideology is not based on logic or evidence.

    It is based on logic and evidence. It might not be *sound* logic and evidence - but that's almost irrelevant - the key point is that a lot of these people genuinely believe they are morally and logically in the right. We've all heard 'despite making up only 13% of the population...' - well, there's a lot more where that came from.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    As a pretty big Animal Collective fan, I tend to think that if you haven't heard an AnCo song you don't like you haven't listened to enough AnCo :-)

    As a pretty big Animal Collective fan, I tend to think that if you haven't heard an AnCo song you don't like you haven't listened to enough AnCo :-)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Not really this week but over the last few weeks I finally got around to listening to the debut black midi album Schlagenheim - and it's really, really good. In fact, I'm a little bit obsessed....

    Not really this week but over the last few weeks I finally got around to listening to the debut black midi album Schlagenheim - and it's really, really good. In fact, I'm a little bit obsessed. Every time I go to put on music I consider listening to a playlist or perhaps a new album but instead seem to always choose Schlagenheim. I love their sound - and am undeterred by the idiosyncratic vocals. It's exciting to me, a 19 year old guy from the South East of England, to listen to music made by 20 year old guys from the South East of England.

    If you haven't heard Schlagenheim, you need to. You should listen to the whole album, but I would say that Western is my favorite song from it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Holy Shit, Contra Said a Thing! Well, Guess I Better Singlehandedly Solve BreadTube - Mo Black in ~talk

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    I fucking hate internet drama. I wish computers crashed more often, then maybe people would be forced to leave twitter behind for ten minutes and go outside and look at a tree or something. I'm...

    I fucking hate internet drama. I wish computers crashed more often, then maybe people would be forced to leave twitter behind for ten minutes and go outside and look at a tree or something.

    I'm obviously joking. But seriously - don't people see how harmful in-fighting is when it comes to actually achieving progressive aims in the real world? Cancel culture and woke purity-testing is the People's Front of Judea of the internet age.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

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    Already love it :-)

    Already love it :-)

    2 votes
  10. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

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    Spirit They've Vanished - Animal Collective N.B. The song not the whole album

    Spirit They've Vanished - Animal Collective
    N.B. The song not the whole album

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    termite. It does everything I want it to and doesn't do anything more, and the configuration files are quite easy to work with.

    termite. It does everything I want it to and doesn't do anything more, and the configuration files are quite easy to work with.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Welsh Male Voice Choir flashmob - bread of heaven in ~music

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    I am an Irish rugby fan but the Welsh national anthem is the best in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s P.S. to pre-empt the predictable comments, yes I do realise that Bread...

    I am an Irish rugby fan but the Welsh national anthem is the best in the world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s

    P.S. to pre-empt the predictable comments, yes I do realise that Bread of Heaven and Land of my Fathers are different songs.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Australia wants to use face recognition for porn age verification in ~tech

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    It's like they saw what the brain-dead Tory cabinet tried to implement here in the UK and aimed to do the same thing, but even worse

    It's like they saw what the brain-dead Tory cabinet tried to implement here in the UK and aimed to do the same thing, but even worse

    7 votes
  14. Comment on There is No Algorithm For Truth (Tom Scott at the Royal Institution) in ~misc

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    Tom is spectacularly correct. The fact that he does it in such an esteemed location is, I suppose, an added bonus.

    Tom is spectacularly correct. The fact that he does it in such an esteemed location is, I suppose, an added bonus.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on An Illustrated Guide to Useful Command Line Tools in ~comp

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    If my refrigerator already had liquid helium in it anyway, and it would perform tasks better by utilizing that liquid helium, and there would be no additional costs or annoyances to me through its...

    Following your logic, people should attach jet-packs to their lawnmowers and fill their refrigerators with liquid Helium. “The tech is there”.

    If my refrigerator already had liquid helium in it anyway, and it would perform tasks better by utilizing that liquid helium, and there would be no additional costs or annoyances to me through its usage of liquid helium, then yes - I would like my refrigerator to make use of liquid helium.

    What I mean by 'the tech is there' is that your machine surely already has a GPU in it, and as long as it's not being utilized, it's just a redundant lump of silicon. Your absurd metaphors obviously do not address my point for this reason; no lawnmower comes with a jet-pack; jet-packs are loud, dangerous, and expensive; and there is no way in which a jet-pack can reasonably aid the operation of a lawnmower (or maybe I just lack imagination...).

    Your emphasis of 'Graphics Processing Unit' is a bizarre one, given that anyone with an understanding of modern computing realizes that the term is to some extent an anachronism. While it's true that graphics processing still represents a large proportion of the computation for which GPUs are employed, it is an inarguable fact that the modern GPU could more accurately be described as a parallel processing unit, so limitless is the range of roles to which such hardware may effectively be applied. Even the most ignorant of teenage gamers knows this - if only because they were forced by deep-pocketed crypto miners to take a shiny new Nvidia-branded brick off their Christmas list. When it comes to prospective performance gains in our post-Moore world, process shrinks and clock speeds offer scant pickings, yet there is relative abundance in the orchard of parallelization. Perhaps you think that out of the millions of flagship graphics cards filling high-tech warehouses across the globe, relentlessly slaving away at the coalface of the blockchain and chewing through terabytes of data in the quest to better translate Catalan into Haitian Creole, every single one is also running an instance of Quake 3 in a quest to fulfill a purpose that is in some way graphical. Or perhaps you do not think that - since you'd need to be clinically insane to do so - in which case, maybe you can see that the performance gains of massively parallelized computation have exactly zero relevance to whether you prefer textual or graphical interfaces.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on An Illustrated Guide to Useful Command Line Tools in ~comp

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    Why would you not want a program that you use dozens of times each day to harness your system resources most effectively? To me, this is tantamount to saying 'why the hell do I need an 64-bit...

    ...why the hell do I need a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator?

    Why would you not want a program that you use dozens of times each day to harness your system resources most effectively? To me, this is tantamount to saying 'why the hell do I need an 64-bit terminal emulator' or even 'why the hell do I need an x86 protected mode terminal emulator' - and yes, I know that's hyperbolic, but my point stands - if the tech is there, why not use it?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    You're right. Perhaps Mastodon/Fediverse would've been a better comparison.

    You're right. Perhaps Mastodon/Fediverse would've been a better comparison.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    Of course 4chan has redeeming qualities. Every community of non-trivial size does. There's probably been interesting and thoughtful conversations on Stormfront at some point or another. I don't...

    Of course 4chan has redeeming qualities. Every community of non-trivial size does. There's probably been interesting and thoughtful conversations on Stormfront at some point or another. I don't take your point about opening the Overton window. The fact that I sometimes talk about indie music, or bicycles, or Grand Prix motor racing on 4chan does not make me more tolerant or accepting of facism.

    13 votes
  19. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    Not really in the mood to watch the whole of this right now. It seems to be decently good, if a little patronizing. I do think the branding of the far-right with the 4chan logo is a little clumsy....

    Not really in the mood to watch the whole of this right now. It seems to be decently good, if a little patronizing. I do think the branding of the far-right with the 4chan logo is a little clumsy. That site is not homogeneous - it also has actual marxists and feminists and libertarians and everything in between on it. It does have a right-wing bias - but only in the same way that Twitter has a left-wing one.

    15 votes