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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Comment on The golden age of YouTube is over - The platform was built on the backs of independent creators, but now YouTube is abandoning them for more traditional content in ~tech

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    I hear this said often but I'm not too sure about it, I really don't think that there will ever be an alternative that will "get it right". The current form of Youtube is the only possible one...

    The only reason youtube continues to exist is its monopoly. As soon as a new platform pops up which offers a better alternative to its creators, those creators will begin migrating in droves, and the users, both new and old, will go with them.

    I hear this said often but I'm not too sure about it, I really don't think that there will ever be an alternative that will "get it right". The current form of Youtube is the only possible one that a streaming website with this amount of traffic can have in order to be profitable, in my opinion. There won't be a better version of Youtube until either copyright laws change or extremely sophisticated algorithms are developed.

    Until then every competitor to Youtube will ultimately devolve into the same sanitized and methodical content that is advertiser friendly in order to survive.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on How has playing a video game helped you in an unexpected way? in ~games

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    Obviously games taught me how to speak English. But I also first got interested in programming from playing around in Warcraft 3's Map Editor. Aside from creating custom maps and messing around...

    Obviously games taught me how to speak English. But I also first got interested in programming from playing around in Warcraft 3's Map Editor. Aside from creating custom maps and messing around with unit properties, it also had the option to program unit behavior and actions. Spending hours in there creating maps eventually lead me to learning HTML and Javascript to create a mini web browser game. Which then led me to studying programming in school.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on The golden age of YouTube is over - The platform was built on the backs of independent creators, but now YouTube is abandoning them for more traditional content in ~tech

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    People tend to forget that Youtube started "getting worse" in terms of content way before the Adpocalypse and the major algorithm changes. But for some reason this is painted as a positive thing...

    People tend to forget that Youtube started "getting worse" in terms of content way before the Adpocalypse and the major algorithm changes. But for some reason this is painted as a positive thing in the article:

    For a while, the creator community, which was thriving, thanks to sponsorship deals and Google’s ad platform, was satisfied. Prank channels like Fouseytube jumped in popularity; gaming became a massive ecosystem; beauty how-tos took off; vlogging went mainstream; unboxing videos became all the rage; toy channels exploded out of nowhere; family videos found an ardent niche; .... 2015 was a year when YouTube was at its most vibrant."

    Already in 2015 the front page of Youtube was full of low quality, cheap entertainment. By this time all the sketch channels and animation channels started dying out, and their communities were complaining about it. But the thing is that, as Youtube went from being a "mainstream website" to "used by basically every human with internet connection", the old tight-knit communities started to fade. The new people coming in preferred to watch "Humans are awesome 2015 compilation vol.21" more than a funny sketch or an educational video. Of course Youtube definitely contributed to this too by encouraging these types of videos. It's not the userbase's fault entirely.
    So what changed Youtube is more (or at least equally) the userbase than the algorithm/policy changes.

    Despite all of this however, I think that Youtube has never been better for the viewers. There are currently so many channels producing top quality videos, especially the educational ones. You just have to ignore all the junk that is trending (I personally use an Add-on to block channels).

    24 votes
  12. Comment on 13 more days until GoT, what are the best endgame theories you've heard? in ~tv

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    I personally don't see an ending that will satisfy me unfortunately. My response to any possible outcome would be "yeah.. alright.". I guess this is because what I enjoyed the most out of GOT was...

    I personally don't see an ending that will satisfy me unfortunately. My response to any possible outcome would be "yeah.. alright.". I guess this is because what I enjoyed the most out of GOT was the drama in King's landing, the political intrigue, the betrayals, the surprising revelations, the great dialogue, and the developing stories of individual characters. The whole dragons and prophecies stuff was the least interesting part for me. And unfortunately the ending will focus exactly on those things in one way or another. Even if we get Helm's Deep 2.0, sure I will enjoy it, but ultimately it won't be what I remember when I think about GOT/ASOIAF as a whole.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on The 10 Best Horns In The Animal World: The Definitive List in ~misc

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    Those are some really beautiful animals! But I don't understand what is measured here exactly. If it's usefulness in defense, I would go with the Rhino. If it's beauty, I would choose the...

    Those are some really beautiful animals!
    But I don't understand what is measured here exactly.
    If it's usefulness in defense, I would go with the Rhino.
    If it's beauty, I would choose the Blackbuck. Its horns remind me of a Kris dagger

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Liberals and Conservatives React in Wildly Different Ways to Repulsive Pictures in ~science

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    I am extremely skeptical about this. The article fails to provide citations. Many of the studies mentioned are remained nameless, and their specifications are not provided. A lot of potentially...

    I am extremely skeptical about this.

    1. The article fails to provide citations. Many of the studies mentioned are remained nameless, and their specifications are not provided. A lot of potentially important information is left out.
    2. The first major study mentioned in the article only had 83 subjects, their geographical diversity is not mentioned. More importantly the results of this study were never replicated.
    3. All subsequent related studies were done using standardized questionnaires.
    4. @patience_limited mentions that the article contradicts its own title

    I'm not ruling this out as bs, but I request from either the OP or @deimos to alter the title to something more accurate.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Green New Deal doesn't include Nuclear. Good? Bad? What do you think? in ~talk

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    It is true that solar has seen immense improvements in the past decade, and currently is competitive with other methods of energy production. However solar energy has some clear drawbacks that...

    It is true that solar has seen immense improvements in the past decade, and currently is competitive with other methods of energy production.

    However solar energy has some clear drawbacks that should not be ignored.

    • It is dependent on location and sunlight availability.
    • Electricity can't be generated at night, so it requires excess energy storage using batteries or other methods, which increases it's price.
    • It is relatively inefficient, the standard energy conversion of solar panels being around 37%

    Some sources:

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Frank Black - Calistan in ~music

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    From Teenager of the Year - Through his semi-nonsensical lyricism, Frank Black paints a picture of a dystopian future in California. Similar imagery can be found scattered throughout the album,...

    From Teenager of the Year -
    Through his semi-nonsensical lyricism, Frank Black paints a picture of a dystopian future in California.
    Similar imagery can be found scattered throughout the album, notably in Big Red and Ole Mulholland.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Did you watch the State of the Union? Or the Democratic Response? What did you think? in ~talk

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    I don't oppose it in extreme cases such as life/health endangerment. As for normal cases, I believe that the parent(s) have enough time to make the decision in the early term of the pregnancy. Of...

    I don't oppose it in extreme cases such as life/health endangerment.
    As for normal cases, I believe that the parent(s) have enough time to make the decision in the early term of the pregnancy.

    Of course it should be noted that abortion services should be made easily available to people seeking it, so there won't be cases where a woman didn't have the option to abort during her early term pregnancy.

    1 vote