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  1. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    The NBA gildings thing really confused me when I first encountered it, then I realized how genius it is. I suppose that the silver/gold/platinum system worked super well, and Reddit decided to...

    The NBA gildings thing really confused me when I first encountered it, then I realized how genius it is. I suppose that the silver/gold/platinum system worked super well, and Reddit decided to push it a little bit more.

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  2. Comment on Removing Love Locks From Bridges & Statues (Honest Guide) in ~misc

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    Completely agreed. I'm saying that the blame can't really be placed on the tourists themselves, as they are a sort of "unstoppable force" that comes and goes seasonally. Thus the onus is on the...

    Completely agreed. I'm saying that the blame can't really be placed on the tourists themselves, as they are a sort of "unstoppable force" that comes and goes seasonally. Thus the onus is on the government to make sure that the locals get as little exposure to the effects of tourism as possible.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Removing Love Locks From Bridges & Statues (Honest Guide) in ~misc

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    I used it as an example to paint a picture of what type of people they might be. The act itself is definitely fine, I don't imagine that there's anyone who doesn't take pictures of popular places...

    I used it as an example to paint a picture of what type of people they might be. The act itself is definitely fine, I don't imagine that there's anyone who doesn't take pictures of popular places they visit.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Removing Love Locks From Bridges & Statues (Honest Guide) in ~misc

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    Tourists are inherently self-centered, disrespectful, and destructive. For every 1 person who comes to appreciate the culture and scenery, there are 10 others who come to take pictures of popular...

    Tourists are inherently self-centered, disrespectful, and destructive. For every 1 person who comes to appreciate the culture and scenery, there are 10 others who come to take pictures of popular places. There's not much that can be done about it, and many countries just accept it as a fact of life, because at the end of the day tourists bring in a tremendous amount of money. Therefore I think that it is the government's duty to try and curb any type of destructive behavior. For starters, any kiosk or tourist shop should be banned from selling these type of locks. If tourists want to get their locks, they can go to the general store, which will be much farther from the tourist spots.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates in ~tv

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    The results may be inconclusive, but a near 30% increase is still significant enough to warrant opening a dialogue about the subject imo. I personally think that the influence of media on youth...

    While compelling, this research had several limitations. For example, the study used a quasi-experimental design, meaning that the researchers cannot make a causal link between the release of “13 Reasons Why” and the observed changes in suicide rates. The researchers cannot, therefore, rule out the possibility that unmeasured events or factors influenced suicide rates during this period.

    The results may be inconclusive, but a near 30% increase is still significant enough to warrant opening a dialogue about the subject imo.
    I personally think that the influence of media on youth will be a major subject of discussion in the upcoming decades.

    While a change in lifestyle is partly to blame, I think that the huge increase of depression and suicide rates among teenagers in the last decade can be attributed to the "romanticization" of depression and suicide in the media, especially in TV shows, movies and animes. There are so many brooding, depressed, and alienated characters in movies and shows that are depicted as tragic heroes, often with a justified cause. Teenagers who are naturally going through a phase of self-discovery and identity crisis latch onto these types of characters, as they themselves feel lost in the world without guidance or meaning.

    There's also the case of painting suicide as significant, dramatic, and almost "beautiful" in media. There are countless scenes showing the protagonist going through their suicide while emotional music is playing, almost suggesting that the character gains more importance by the sole fact of taking their own life. I think that this is why many teenagers often post online sentiments such as "They'll miss me when I'm gone". Basically teenagers feeling that they have no significance in life will resolve the problem by committing suicide. Atleast that's how I interpret it.

    Social media and internet groups are also a great contributor. There is no shortage of forums and message boards filled with depressed people, reaffirming each other's warped beliefs, and dragging each other lower and lower into a bottomless pit.

    Fortunately for most teenagers, this phase ends as they start gaining more control over themselves and their environment, while also gaining more responsibilities. But with more advancements in technology, there is more room for teenagers to sulk by themselves in isolation, tailoring the information that they get, instead of going out and being forced to experience the different perspectives and world views of the people around them.

    I'd like to note that this is only my take on the subject, it is not really informed by scientific evidence. I'm also not talking about those who are clinically/medically depressed, as that is a completely different subject.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 discussion in ~tv

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    He was not the only person who should 100% have died. Sam, Brienne, Jamie and Davos were literally in the middle of the undead horde for a good 20-30 minutes. How did not one of them die? Atleast...

    I have no idea why Gendry in particular survived. He's a pretty good blacksmith, but somehow he's become an elite warrior?

    He was not the only person who should 100% have died. Sam, Brienne, Jamie and Davos were literally in the middle of the undead horde for a good 20-30 minutes. How did not one of them die? Atleast Sam? He has almost zero fighting experience and zero agility. I assume that any untrained person would collapse from fatigue after fending off a horde of undead for half an hour while wearing heavy armor?

    And what about Arya? Sure she is trained to be a great assassin, but an assassin in not a warrior. Arya went through 30-40 undead, slashing and pushing them around WHILE WEIGHING 45KG.. Since when a teenage assassin can decimate a horde of undead alone?

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 discussion in ~tv

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    How exactly? As stated above both the fiery swords and the fire trench did not help at all. Then what is left is the fact that she gave a pep talk to Arya to give her the encouragement to kill the...

    That's it? Melisandra indirectly won the battle against the death.

    How exactly? As stated above both the fiery swords and the fire trench did not help at all. Then what is left is the fact that she gave a pep talk to Arya to give her the encouragement to kill the Night King.
    So the only thing that saved humanity was Melisandre giving a 2 minute speech to Arya? Don't you think that this is terrible writing?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 discussion in ~tv

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    I think that the intention was that Theon felt complete closure after being thanked by Bran. So he accepted his death and made a last heroic charge. It still is shoddy writing, but I think that...

    I think that the intention was that Theon felt complete closure after being thanked by Bran. So he accepted his death and made a last heroic charge.
    It still is shoddy writing, but I think that was what D&D were going for.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Man these are really interesting. Regarding the ancient civilization, do you think that they had iron/metal tools? I would imagine that any large society that used large amounts of metals would...

    Man these are really interesting.
    Regarding the ancient civilization, do you think that they had iron/metal tools? I would imagine that any large society that used large amounts of metals would have left some "byproducts" of their existence.

    The Universe is geometric at its most fundamental level, and its figure is the E8-Lattice.

    Isn't the geometry of the universe considered to be somewhere between a flat plane and a "saddle"? I don't have much knowledge in this subject so I would love to hear your reasoning.

    Large fungal networks have a degree of consciousness.

    This is something that I consider to be a "derivative consciousness", as in a more "diluted" type of consciousness that forms by the coordination of thousands/millions of individual consciousnesses.
    I think that a lesser version of fungal networks can be observed in large schools of fish, or in murmuration of birds

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Interesting read. I find many similarities here with the Islamic description of God. Regarding His uniqueness and oneness: Quran 21:22 Quran 112 Regarding His incomprehensible nature: Quran 2:255...

    Interesting read. I find many similarities here with the Islamic description of God.

    Regarding His uniqueness and oneness:

    • "Had there been within the heavens and earth gods besides Allah, they both would have been ruined. So exalted is Allah, Lord of the Throne, above what they describe."
    • Quran 21:22
    • "Say: 'He is Allah, the One and Only;
      Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
      He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
      And there is none like unto Him.'"
    • Quran 112

    Regarding His incomprehensible nature:

    • "... He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills."
    • Quran 2:255
    • "Say, 'If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Lord, the sea would be exhausted before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.'"
    • Quran 18:109
    4 votes
  11. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    Recently watched Margin Call (2011) and really liked it. Set in the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the movie follows the stories of several employees and bosses of an investment firm in Wall Street....

    Recently watched Margin Call (2011) and really liked it.
    Set in the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the movie follows the stories of several employees and bosses of an investment firm in Wall Street. Facing catastrophic discoveries about the firm's fate, and being forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives - all in the span of 24 hours.

    I really liked the fact that this movie is more of a character study than a financial drama movie. The whole financial crisis is secondary to the plot, and most of the focus is put on the interactions between the characters, masterfully showcasing the bureaucratic nature of the soulless firm, and the dynamics between the employees and their bosses, and their bosses' bosses.

    Great acting all around, great pacing, mostly flawless screenplay. Greatly recommended!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Experimenting with a way of avoiding deeply nested comment threads in ~tildes.official

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    It might need some additional work, but I like the concept. I think that there should be a visual cue that is distinct from the comment's content, that lets the user instantly recognize which...

    It might need some additional work, but I like the concept.
    I think that there should be a visual cue that is distinct from the comment's content, that lets the user instantly recognize which parent the child comment belongs to.

    Example that I whipped up with my amazing photoshop skills: https://i.imgur.com/hOOXjel.png

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Robert Reich: Everything You Need to Know About the New Economy in ~talk

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    Trump's movement was more Populist and less Authoritarian. While Trump himself definitely is authoritarian in many ways, his movement mostly relied on populist ideals (along with bigotry and...

    Trump's movement was more Populist and less Authoritarian. While Trump himself definitely is authoritarian in many ways, his movement mostly relied on populist ideals (along with bigotry and xenophobia). Additionally, I don't think that Trump can be compared to other Authoritarian Populists, as he is not a populist at all, from what we have seen through his presidency.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Mathematicians Discover a More Efficient Way to Multiply Large Numbers in ~science

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    This new method is the first known example of the Schönhage-Strassen algorithm. It is important to note that the findings are yet to be peer-reviewed.

    This new method is the first known example of the Schönhage-Strassen algorithm.

    According to the researchers, multiplying two numbers together with a billion digits each by the process of long multiplication would take a computer months to calculate.

    Using the Schönhage-Strassen algorithm, it would take under 30 seconds, and with their new theoretical proof, it would be even quicker – theoretically – and may even represent the fastest multiplication algorithm that's mathematically possible.

    It is important to note that the findings are yet to be peer-reviewed.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on Billy Ray Cyrus Responds to Country Music Controversy After Joining Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' in ~music

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    Looking at the current state of Country music, it's kinda hard to argue against Billy Ray. The mainstream side of the genre has been more pop than Country for the better half of the decade, so...

    Looking at the current state of Country music, it's kinda hard to argue against Billy Ray. The mainstream side of the genre has been more pop than Country for the better half of the decade, so this is not much different.
    Personally I don't think that you can even qualify this song as Hiphop either, it's just pop music.

    Also, there's nothing honest or humble about these lyrics.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are people's thoughts on CAPITALIZATION in headlines/titles for EMPHASIS? in ~tildes

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    Kind of unrelated but this did happen with the death of Hitler. But of course using a huge bold headline was completely warranted for that occasion.

    You'd never see a serious media outlet like a well-known newspaper do it in their titles

    Kind of unrelated but this did happen with the death of Hitler. But of course using a huge bold headline was completely warranted for that occasion.

    2 votes