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  1. Comment on California will discourage students who are gifted at math in ~humanities

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    Disclaimer: I've had a few too many to drink tonight and math education is a sore point for me. I'm not a math/science major, but I happen to think math is an extremely important subject for many...

    Disclaimer: I've had a few too many to drink tonight and math education is a sore point for me. I'm not a math/science major, but I happen to think math is an extremely important subject for many reasons, ranging from self-confidence to problem-solving. I took everything up to a first Calculus class, however, and feel I grew through my math education, and understand where others I am close to have had problems in theirs.

    The issue is the backhand of the point: "Kids should choose the level of math they're exposed to." The issue I have is by the time you learn calculus, if you're not an American honors student, you've done 10-12 years of algebra and mostly arithmetic, and maybe one of geometry and/or trigonometry, even if it wasn't entirely by name (in 1st grade I was doing problems like "_+4=5, find the blank" which is basic algebra). I only have the limited academic mental confidence I have because of the relatively low risk of math education providing a relatively safe environment in which I can be wrong and still learn. However, when I was a kid, I didn't want to do anything at all strenuous, and only grew because the adults in my life pushed me out of my comfort zone, both in education, and in my home life.

    Advanced mathematics (I'm drawing the line here at calculus and above) provides a unique sort of stress: High psychological stress, but you won't die if you fail. It provides an opportunity to either grow in a specific direction, or change your college major if you get a D (guess what I did?) and ultimately realize that you're better at something else, even if it's just a different system of logic.

    Two major reasons I'm at all confident in my mental faculties are a slew of math classes I took (from middle-school pre-algebra to failing my first calculus in college, and passing a survey course after a change of major, and a bunch of statistics/analytics), and philosophy courses which both taught me the ultimate stakes of being wrong (surprisingly low), and the understanding of my strengths (specifically, I think, in analysis). However, I think we need to teach more students more advanced mathematics, far earlier. Considering I did algebra from 1st grade, but suddenly had to re-learn mathematics doing calculus in college, I think this transition should be done at a point of peak neuroplasticity, the younger the better. We spend so much time thinking about how kids aren't capable of math that we don't actually give them a chance to learn the logic of it. Logic, in this case, matters more than being able to label a derivative as such. If you can explain how you get acceleration out of a position function, that's already basic calculus. This also contributes to math anxiety, which by my understanding, is an application of the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy: You think you can't, and ultimately match the expectation.

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  2. Comment on Pressing flesh against flesh 🤝: The multi-skin toned handshake emoji reveals that it is more than a routine gesture in ~tech

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    I feel similarly. I think if you're uncomfortable with it, there's no issue with the default. I don't want to assert my whiteness, so I simply just use the default. It's also just less effort,...

    I feel similarly. I think if you're uncomfortable with it, there's no issue with the default. I don't want to assert my whiteness, so I simply just use the default. It's also just less effort, even if the limit of that effort is setting a default in a menu.

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  3. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    A major thing with these photos was careful posing: the gun is handled in a safe manner, pointed at a safe area. I don't like how a lot of "gun people" posture with their guns, but don't really...

    A major thing with these photos was careful posing: the gun is handled in a safe manner, pointed at a safe area. I don't like how a lot of "gun people" posture with their guns, but don't really react to stuff like this where obvious care is taken to safely handle the gun. A couple photos in the gallery made me wince a bit, like the dude with the chain on his dog and the pistol in his waistband, and the guy with the tactical-looking one, but they reminded me of people who posture with guns, rather than ordinary people who happen to own guns.

    I get uncomfortable when it's a dude strutting with his AR-15 or just casually tucked in his waste (or butt crack, like my former cop uncle).

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    I wasn't going to just rig a screenshot, but was doing some work on my Planck's layout (adding a couple numpad layers) and saw an opportunity to show everything essentially at once vertical 2x1080...

    I wasn't going to just rig a screenshot, but was doing some work on my Planck's layout (adding a couple numpad layers) and saw an opportunity to show everything essentially at once

    vertical 2x1080 warning

    I've had more or less this same sort of setup for a few years, with XFCE and i3 in separate sessions because sometimes I just want a "traditional" interface for some tasks. It's just Arc Dark + Nord theming because it looks reasonably good. I mostly use Spotify these days, and wrote a simple i3blocks+playerctl script to display its output. It's on Debian Bullseye.

  5. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    There is some suggestion that OpenMW could support other Bethesda engines in the future., so, hopefully, these games will be around for a long time, whatever happens with TES VI. I'll wait and see...

    There is some suggestion that OpenMW could support other Bethesda engines in the future., so, hopefully, these games will be around for a long time, whatever happens with TES VI. I'll wait and see what comes with TESVI, because fandoms can typically jump to conclusions, and I know very little about it.

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  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    After so much time in Skyrim, I decided to fire up OpenMW and finish a quest. It is janky, and I don't think it's OpenMW's fault. The combat feels horrible. I had to kill a dude and couldn't hit...

    After so much time in Skyrim, I decided to fire up OpenMW and finish a quest. It is janky, and I don't think it's OpenMW's fault. The combat feels horrible. I had to kill a dude and couldn't hit him for the life of me aiming like I would in Skyrim. I don't have much new to say about Skyrim which is, basically the only game I've been playing.

    I got a translated copy of Rhythm Tengoku which is a game I've wanted for years. I tested it in an emulator, but want to get it on my GBA's flashcart soon to play on hardware. It's fun, just a bunch of challenging rhythm minigames.

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  7. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    No. I wish I could more easily focus on a task that doesn't require me to be sucked into it. I have a tendency to focus on the wrong thing. When I'm trying to sleep early, I'll focus on a voice in...

    Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus?

    No. I wish I could more easily focus on a task that doesn't require me to be sucked into it.

    Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage?

    I have a tendency to focus on the wrong thing. When I'm trying to sleep early, I'll focus on a voice in the living room or the weird, barely audible hum I hear in my hotel room. If I'm listening to loud music, I'll focus on the thing I hear through the music. I've learned to ignore it by not giving it any room in my mind, but this still messes up often enough where it'll punch through.

    Another technique I've discovered is to discover the source of the noise. If it's my neighbor's speaker system, or my other neighbor's TV, I'll identify it, and leave it alone unless it's clearly audible through my entire apartment.

    Do you feel as if anything has changed over time?

    I think so? I've always been noise-sensitive, according to my parents, but I'm learning to manage it, like my neighbor's speaker system. I've knocked on their door twice when I could clearly hear what they're playing through their floor.

    I think I'm becoming better to handle this imbalanced focus.

    How would you describe your attention/focus to someone who experiences theirs in a different way from you?

    I need time to gain momentum on a task, and it often has to be the right task. Even if I don't want to do it initially, it is far easier to do compelling tasks, than ones that I don't want to do, or feel are unnecessary. I don't think this first part is at all abnormal, we want to do what we want, and not do what we don't want, or we find something interesting in what we're doing. The major issue I have is my tendency to fixate on small unrelated things and, despite my best efforts and practices, still wind up extremely distracted or agitated by them.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on ArchLabs 2021.05.02 Release in ~comp

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    I miss the beginner's guide, to be honest. It was nice to have a straightforward page to point new users to. In Arch style it required a bit of research still, but helped me learn what I was doing...

    I miss the beginner's guide, to be honest. It was nice to have a straightforward page to point new users to. In Arch style it required a bit of research still, but helped me learn what I was doing early on.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Recorded my 10-minute presentation for my project management class. I reviewed it for any issues and got hit hard with that feeling many of us get when hearing ourselves, and can't shake the...

    Recorded my 10-minute presentation for my project management class. I reviewed it for any issues and got hit hard with that feeling many of us get when hearing ourselves, and can't shake the thought I sound kinda like Kermit the Frog. I also spent like 30 minutes trying to get Zoom to record right so I could do it properly. When the project was assigned my group were all scared we couldn't make the time, and a group member actually had 20 minutes of material for an 8-10 minute presentation.

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  10. Comment on ArchLabs 2021.05.02 Release in ~comp

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    It's really just a vanilla Arch with theming and some preconfiguration, IIRC in most of the setups, with some fully pre-built custom environments, like a Crunchbang-style Openbox environment which...

    It's really just a vanilla Arch with theming and some preconfiguration, IIRC in most of the setups, with some fully pre-built custom environments, like a Crunchbang-style Openbox environment which is basically the flagship.

    Manjaro is so different as to be a separate distro with a two-week update cycle, scripts to handle what would typically be required interventions in Arch, and many other things. XFCE is its main distro, and it provides many others, in what is effectively a separate, or at least version-delayed, ecosystem.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Havana syndrome: NSA officer’s case hints at microwave attacks since 90s in ~news

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    Some stuff looks like a conspiracy but isn't (this, [PRISM](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program), numbers stations. It's also incredibly useful for espionage when you can...

    Some stuff looks like a conspiracy but isn't (this, [PRISM](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program), numbers stations. It's also incredibly useful for espionage when you can write off questions of a credible threat as a conspiracy. It can be done without being part of the plan, just an intelligence agency taking advantage of the opportunity that presented itself.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Havana syndrome: NSA officer’s case hints at microwave attacks since 90s in ~news

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    I completely missed this when it happened, apparently. Are these a relatively new thing, as in the last six years?

    I completely missed this when it happened, apparently. Are these a relatively new thing, as in the last six years?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on RollerCoaster Tycoon | Noclip Greatest Hits in ~games

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    That was cool. I play OpenRCT2 a bit just about every day, and Marcel Vos's videos about gameplay made me a competent player. I wasn't surprised to see him in a segment, to be honest, he's done a...

    That was cool. I play OpenRCT2 a bit just about every day, and Marcel Vos's videos about gameplay made me a competent player. I wasn't surprised to see him in a segment, to be honest, he's done a lot of work on detailing and documenting the game. The art people do is amazing as well just check out Duerklink's contests and videos if you want to see some truly impressive stuff.

    I think it's funny that Parkitect was the only new game he could get in contact with, but there was a lot of legal drama between Sawyer, Atari and Frontier, I really liked seeing them talk about how they've been influenced. I legitimately think Parkitect's devs know what they're doing, and Parkitect is so good for many of the same reasons RCT is.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Of their active artists, it's Aesop Rock, Brother Ali and I found Prof (whose recent album is on his own Stophouse). Ones I've really listened to and enjoyed, but didn't make my normal rotation,...

    Of their active artists, it's Aesop Rock, Brother Ali and I found Prof (whose recent album is on his own Stophouse). Ones I've really listened to and enjoyed, but didn't make my normal rotation, were Murs, Eyedea, and Atmosphere. I think it'd be fair to say I've listened to all of their active and recent artists, tbh.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    That looks about like I was expecting, but I don't have the vocabulary for it.

    That looks about like I was expecting, but I don't have the vocabulary for it.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney in ~tech

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    You got me curious, and I found this explanation. Apparently there was a rash of soliders in WWI who conveniently shot themselves in the foot completely by accident when they were called into battle.

    You got me curious, and I found this explanation. Apparently there was a rash of soliders in WWI who conveniently shot themselves in the foot completely by accident when they were called into battle.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    I can't understand rap in anything but English, so we'll call it even? The cultural universality of hip hop is definitely a great thing to see, though.

    I can't understand rap in anything but English, so we'll call it even? The cultural universality of hip hop is definitely a great thing to see, though.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Does ostree create system states like nix does, or am I missing something? That looks pretty cool, and I may put silverblue on a test laptop for fun.

    Does ostree create system states like nix does, or am I missing something? That looks pretty cool, and I may put silverblue on a test laptop for fun.

  19. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Which version/distribution? I'm using Bullseye, and it's version, 3.19, worked totally fine for me. I rolled back because of what seemed to be a polkit/udev issue with a specific piece of...

    Which version/distribution? I'm using Bullseye, and it's version, 3.19, worked totally fine for me. I rolled back because of what seemed to be a polkit/udev issue with a specific piece of hardware, but it was nice before that.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney in ~tech

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    The Disney exemption tells you everything you need to know: The goal is more economic and political than out of any sense of good will. They've gotta protect that cash cow. However, they also...

    The Disney exemption tells you everything you need to know: The goal is more economic and political than out of any sense of good will. They've gotta protect that cash cow.

    However, they also don't need the exemption. Disney went through the trouble of establishing a municipality, and isn't likely to leave. They could sue, but I even doubt they'd go that far, since Disney doesn't seem to be interested in operating a social media site anyway. Whoever wrote the bill basically shot themselves in the foot for no reason.

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