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  1. Comment on Why prehistoric humans needed no braces: Crooked teeth are a modern phenomenon and a telltale sign of an underlying epidemic in ~science

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    It's wasn't an evolutionary change. Our food is too soft, so there isn't enough force applied during our growing years for our mouths to get into the right shape.

    It's wasn't an evolutionary change. Our food is too soft, so there isn't enough force applied during our growing years for our mouths to get into the right shape.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Rocket Lab introduces Neutron, an 8 ton payload rocket in ~space

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    Likewise.It's a pretty large chunk of money they're getting out of it, so hopefully they can put it to good use. Apparently, 82% of ownership post merger will be held by Rocket Lab's current...

    Likewise.It's a pretty large chunk of money they're getting out of it, so hopefully they can put it to good use. Apparently, 82% of ownership post merger will be held by Rocket Lab's current owners/investors, hopefully they're interested in letting it continue to run as it has.

    Also, I must admit that the first thing I did despite my disappointment was buy shares of Vector Acquisition Corporation (VACQ)...

    E: though of course, maybe they're going public because the private investors want to jump ship or something.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Rocket Lab introduces Neutron, an 8 ton payload rocket in ~space

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    They have a press release here. Basic facts: 4.5 meters wide, 40 meters tall, first stage reusable, planning to fly in 2024, and maximum payload to Venus is 1.5 tons. Also, Rocket Lab is set to go...

    They have a press release here.
    Basic facts: 4.5 meters wide, 40 meters tall, first stage reusable, planning to fly in 2024, and maximum payload to Venus is 1.5 tons.

    Also, Rocket Lab is set to go public in a merger with the SPAC Vector Acquisition Corporation.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Medical chatbot using OpenAI’s GPT-3 told a fake patient to kill themselves in ~tech

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    Any way you can define 'understand', our brains are closer to it by several orders of magnitude than GPT-3.

    Any way you can define 'understand', our brains are closer to it by several orders of magnitude than GPT-3.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on TreeToTextile set to build demonstration plant in Sweden – several Nordic pulp makers are part of projects developing new clean ways to turn trees into textile fibre in ~enviro

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    Rayon is basically identical regardless if source plant. How it feels is mostly down to how the cellulose is dissolved, reconstructed, and processed.

    Rayon is basically identical regardless if source plant. How it feels is mostly down to how the cellulose is dissolved, reconstructed, and processed.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem. in ~science

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    The red in tomato is very sticky, and doesn't really indicate anything about a plastic container other than it not being as smooth and hard to stick to as glass.

    The red in tomato is very sticky, and doesn't really indicate anything about a plastic container other than it not being as smooth and hard to stick to as glass.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I don't know whether you should be preparing for that, but I'm sending you a friendly hug over the internet-waves, if that's ok.

    I don't know whether you should be preparing for that, but I'm sending you a friendly hug over the internet-waves, if that's ok.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Rationality is a nice thing, but I think "rationalists" tends to not actually be very good at those things they espouse. The SSC somewhat infamously was more willing to engage with nazis than with...

    Rationality is a nice thing, but I think "rationalists" tends to not actually be very good at those things they espouse. The SSC somewhat infamously was more willing to engage with nazis than with so-called SJWs.

    Being capable of dispassionate, "high decoupling" discussion is certainly useful, but in practice people will only do it sometimes, influenced by their subconscious biases. What is needed is understanding in which situations decoupling/dispassion is useful, and in which situations it is harmful. If you don't apply that lens, which situation gets which treatment becomes happenstance, potentially not very good happenstance.

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I don't think anyone here is proposing that people should engage in white knighting or self-flagellation. My own summery of the problem would be that Tildes sometimes gets into circlejerk pile-ons...

    I don't think anyone here is proposing that people should engage in white knighting or self-flagellation.

    My own summery of the problem would be that Tildes sometimes gets into circlejerk pile-ons for certain opinions when certain topics come up, which drown out some people, opinions, feelings, and thoughts. We need to be more mindful to not contribute to those situations, and, even if we ultimately disagree, listen to and engage with minority thoughts. We don't have to go on white saviour crusades for them. Just, listen, and not overwhelm with a dozen vaguely similar negative replies.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Elon Musk should come clean: Tesla’s emissions are rising in ~enviro

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    I know that. But in terms of reducing CO2 as much as possible with the limited battery production we have now, PHEVs seem like an overall better choice.

    I know that. But in terms of reducing CO2 as much as possible with the limited battery production we have now, PHEVs seem like an overall better choice.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    It doesn't have to be that they're in a really terrible mental state with PTSD and shit. Could just be that they're completely tired of dealing with shit in real life and don't want to deal with...

    It doesn't have to be that they're in a really terrible mental state with PTSD and shit. Could just be that they're completely tired of dealing with shit in real life and don't want to deal with even more shit online.

    18 votes
  12. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I agree with you, but I must point out that Latinx was coined in Latin America and is in active use among some LGBT communities there. Though my understanding is that "Latine" and similar is more...

    I agree with you, but I must point out that Latinx was coined in Latin America and is in active use among some LGBT communities there. Though my understanding is that "Latine" and similar is more popular for gender neutrality. Though not mainstream at all either.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I don't think that's true. At least I hope not. We really need minority voices not being talked over. In particular, when the topic concerns them, they should be listened to. But minority groups...

    I don't think that's true. At least I hope not. We really need minority voices not being talked over. In particular, when the topic concerns them, they should be listened to. But minority groups have wide ranges of political beliefs, so this does not indicate any particular political stance. I hope not because I and other trans people have a bit of a problem, in that a lot of online forums for trans stuff are full of staunch leftists, and will readily attack any fellow trans people for not being staunch leftists, or even for not being the right kind of leftist. But I also know of places online where this is not the case, with a mixture of political beliefs, and those places are very nice to be in. Those places tend to be good at listening to minority voices and be nuanced about the variety of beliefs members of various minorities have. The "leftist space or a liberal space" thing happens when one particular subgroup of any particular minority talks over every other minority group. With making an effort to listen to minority voices, we can hopefully avoid all of these problems here on Tildes.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on What's something (opinion/sentiment, problem, culture, type of content) that has been present for longer than people might expect? in ~talk

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    It's a contraction, just like "isn't".

    It's a contraction, just like "isn't".

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    This is one thing where I really still prefer Reddit, despite its flaws. When I don't have the stamina to argue, or even read other's arguments, about say trans rights, for the millionth time,...

    This is one thing where I really still prefer Reddit, despite its flaws. When I don't have the stamina to argue, or even read other's arguments, about say trans rights, for the millionth time, there are subreddits where I know I can participate in reasonable discussions without being subjected to inane arguments over and over. Those places still have the problems Reddit tends to have, but at least almost everyone there already knows all about all the issues, they understand the topic and have a positive interest. People who have already been thru all the arguments, rather than people who when faced with the topic decide to quickly google some stuff to immediately argue vehemently.

    32 votes
  16. Comment on Elon Musk should come clean: Tesla’s emissions are rising in ~enviro

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    I actually think plug in hybrids would be better for the environment in the near term. Right now one of the biggest limiters on pure battery electric vehicles is batteries. We just don't have...

    I actually think plug in hybrids would be better for the environment in the near term. Right now one of the biggest limiters on pure battery electric vehicles is batteries. We just don't have enough of them, and they're expensive. Theory here is that if most people who want long range cars only need that range rarely, a car with half or even a third of the battery capacity could be enough for most journeys, with the occasional longer trip using gas. You could then sell 2 to 3 times as many cars with that benefit, and they might be cheaper too.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Perseverance rover’s descent and touchdown on Mars [Real time video of the landing] in ~space

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    This is amazing. I believe the first actual real time video recording from beyond the moon? This probably took most of their bandwidth since landing :)

    This is amazing. I believe the first actual real time video recording from beyond the moon?

    This probably took most of their bandwidth since landing :)

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Time for next-gen codecs to dethrone JPEG [Comparison with newer image formats by co-creator of JPEG XL] in ~tech

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    In this article, Jon Sneyers, who is one of the creators of JPEG XL, usually shortened JXL, compares it and other newer formats with PNG and JPEG. Some background on JXL, as it is much newer and...

    In this article, Jon Sneyers, who is one of the creators of JPEG XL, usually shortened JXL, compares it and other newer formats with PNG and JPEG.

    Some background on JXL, as it is much newer and less known than AVIF and the rest:
    A few years ago, the JPEG Committee put out a call for proposals for a replacement for JPEG. The Google compression team in Zürich submitted their Pik format, which has a lot of similarities to JPEG on a technical level but is a lot more advanced, and Jon submitted his new FUIF format, which was based on his previous format FLIF. All other proposals were rejected, and Pik and FUIF were selected to serve as the basis of JPEG XL.
    The biggest points for JXL are strong compression for high fidelity images, fairly high single thread speed combined with a high degree of parallelisation, and trying to not compromise in terms of features (JXL should be a superset of all functionality in GIF, PNG, JPEG, and TIFF).
    JXL had its bitstream finalised about a month ago. As such, it has no adoption right now, though there are plugins for Windows and Qt allowing many applications to decode JXL.
    Currently, Chrome has a priority 1 ticket to get JXL support going behind a flag, so that web developers, CDNs (such as Cloudinary), and users can start testing it more easily.

    Edit: oh, and I should add, JPEG XL is royalty free. The reference implementation source code is available here under the Apache license.

    9 votes