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  1. Comment on What books do you think every eighteen year old should read? in ~books

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    I would really recommend The Little Prince. It's short and easy to read, with a lot of very nice insights. Some parts are also quite funny. How to win friends and influence people is also a...

    I would really recommend The Little Prince. It's short and easy to read, with a lot of very nice insights. Some parts are also quite funny.

    How to win friends and influence people is also a must-read for almost everyone. It might not have profound philosophical insight, but it really helps. Surprisingly few people understand these things.

    I would also recommend Orwell, 1984, of course, but Animal Farm is also very good and a lot shorter.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Google to stop selling ads based on your specific web browsing in ~tech

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    Do they offer an "autotarget" option? It seems Google could do a much better job than most of their clients figuring out who to show ads to. Especially if they can't be bothered to invest time...

    Do they offer an "autotarget" option? It seems Google could do a much better job than most of their clients figuring out who to show ads to. Especially if they can't be bothered to invest time doing fine-grained targeting.

    Note that none of what you said explains the "Amazon toilet seat collection hobby" thing. That really boggles my mind.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Powerpaste ‘goo’ stores ten times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries in ~science

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    Mmmm. Promising, but not quite there yet. I also wonder how expensive it is to produce. Presumably it would be recyclable, but the initial production price is still an important variable.

    The German research institute expects the project to commence production in 2021, with an estimated yield of four tons of Powerpaste per year.

    Mmmm. Promising, but not quite there yet. I also wonder how expensive it is to produce. Presumably it would be recyclable, but the initial production price is still an important variable.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on PeerTube v3 : it’s a live, a liiiiive ! in ~tech

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    PeerTube is an alternative to centralized video platforms like YouTube. HN discussion here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25707059

    PeerTube is an alternative to centralized video platforms like YouTube. HN discussion here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25707059

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Salesforce signs definitive agreement to acquire Slack for approximately $27.7 billion in ~tech

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    That's still 27 billion for a chat app with a lot of competition. Pretty crazy if you ask me.

    That's still 27 billion for a chat app with a lot of competition. Pretty crazy if you ask me.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    I use all the modern language servers inside vim. It's not even difficult to setup. Installing a new one is one command.

    I use all the modern language servers inside vim. It's not even difficult to setup. Installing a new one is one command.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on 2020 US Presidential Election Day - Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    Isn't Georgia (or PA, or NV+AZ) enough for Biden to win at this stage? Georgia has 16 EVs, so that brings the total to 269 which I think is a tie that Biden wins given he won the house.

    Isn't Georgia (or PA, or NV+AZ) enough for Biden to win at this stage? Georgia has 16 EVs, so that brings the total to 269 which I think is a tie that Biden wins given he won the house.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on 2020 US Presidential Election Day - Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    Possible, but is it likely? Is anyone doing projections? At this time the math should be fairly simple, no?

    Possible, but is it likely? Is anyone doing projections? At this time the math should be fairly simple, no?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The RIAA's fraudulent attack on youtube-dl is not a DMCA §512 infringement/safe-harbour, and the reality is weird in ~tech

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    This (and the thousand clones) is neat, but it completely misses the point. Youtube-dl is the kind of software that needs frequent upgrades to stay in sync with the Youtube API. If it doesn't have...

    This (and the thousand clones) is neat, but it completely misses the point. Youtube-dl is the kind of software that needs frequent upgrades to stay in sync with the Youtube API. If it doesn't have a good place for development, it will die very soon.

    18 votes
  10. Comment on The RIAA's fraudulent attack on youtube-dl is not a DMCA §512 infringement/safe-harbour, and the reality is weird in ~tech

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    Very interesting. Could some open-source foundation counter-sue? How likely is that?

    Very interesting. Could some open-source foundation counter-sue? How likely is that?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on I made a laptop table in ~creative

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    Aren't you going to destroy your back though?

    Aren't you going to destroy your back though?

  12. Comment on What's wrong with social science and how to fix it: Reflections after reading 2578 papers in ~science

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    What a great post. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    What a great post. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Iran’s secular shift: New survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs in ~humanities

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    To counterbalance things a little, more than 78% still believe in God. But all of this is very encouraging. If the US can refrain from bombing them back into nationalism and religion for the next...

    To counterbalance things a little, more than 78% still believe in God.

    But all of this is very encouraging. If the US can refrain from bombing them back into nationalism and religion for the next 10 years or so, we might see some very interesting political changes.

    12 votes