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  1. Comment on It’s Not Enough to Be Right—You Also Have to Be Kind in ~life

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    Or maybe he thought empathy was not as required for the target audience of the article. When you're talking to cold, overly rational speaker, talking in a cold rational way might prove efective.

    Holiday seems to have gone with traditional rhetorical techniques instead

    Or maybe he thought empathy was not as required for the target audience of the article. When you're talking to cold, overly rational speaker, talking in a cold rational way might prove efective.

  2. Comment on What's a "sore thumb" for you? in ~talk

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    My biggest "sore thumb" are people full of "sore thumbs", that think other people's language, opinions, and even tastes should conform to their personal sensibilities. Just an example: I hate...

    My biggest "sore thumb" are people full of "sore thumbs", that think other people's language, opinions, and even tastes should conform to their personal sensibilities.

    Just an example: I hate mango, even the smell makes me sick, but if someone eats it in front of me I either restrain myself or quietly leave the room.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    Have you tried talking with current, top of the line chatbots? Cause I do from time to time, and they leave much to be desired. I've been doing that since I had internet lol. And I'm only talking...

    I still don't understand why you think this is such a farfetched ideas

    Have you tried talking with current, top of the line chatbots? Cause I do from time to time, and they leave much to be desired. I've been doing that since I had internet lol. And I'm only talking about language: not narrative or personality.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I understand, but I still think my dream game goes beyond what you describe, and maybe for a long time. I want procedurally generated stories and dialogue options that are just as good and complex...

    I understand, but I still think my dream game goes beyond what you describe, and maybe for a long time.

    I want procedurally generated stories and dialogue options that are just as good and complex as the ones crafted by humans, with a coherent narrative and perfect use of natural language.

    Let's say I enter one such house that was not pre-programmed.

    In the living room, there's "John". He's 15 years old and play video games. You ask about a bruise you see in left cheek. He tells you his father-in-law gets mean when he drinks. You hear the backdoor opening. A male voice says: "Boy? Whatta fuck are you doing downstairs?". He holds a beer in one hand and baseball bat in the other". The boy looks in your eyes says: "please, help me!".

    All of this is expressed with artificially generated voice work, in the correct emotional tone and in proper English, or any other language.

    Moreover, these characters would have backstories. Maybe I kill the father-in-law, only to discover the kid was actually a compulsive liar and psychopath that killed his own father.

    I'm not talking about combat options, that part is "easy". I'm talking about an entire chain of events that may or may not include combat.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    This probably never gonna happen, but you said "dream game". I want procedural generation to evolve to the point of creating more complete realistic open worlds. Imagine a version of Grand Theft...

    This probably never gonna happen, but you said "dream game".

    I want procedural generation to evolve to the point of creating more complete realistic open worlds.

    Imagine a version of Grand Theft Auto IV or The Witcher 3 (or any huge open-world game) in which you can open every single door, and inside it, you encounter a unique room, with:

    • unique style, furniture, etc
    • unique characters
      with unique actions and dialogue options that may or may not lead to missions (you can also get involved in something that is already happening, like: I get in a bank and suddenly a robbery takes place)

    And, if you tried to go off-grid, the game AI would try very hard to create entirely new, populated cities! This probably never gonna happen, but you said "dream game".

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    Abstracting the mechanics would be a cool way to focus more on the role-playing itself, but one could argue that if your RPG system is so complicated that it requires dedicated software to be...

    Abstracting the mechanics would be a cool way to focus more on the role-playing itself, but one could argue that if your RPG system is so complicated that it requires dedicated software to be enjoyable, maybe there's a problem with your RPG system.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Debian reconsiders init-system diversity in ~comp

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    AFAIK that’s what MX Linux uses. It’s pretty popular.

    AFAIK that’s what MX Linux uses. It’s pretty popular.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on La Jetée (1962) in ~movies

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    I saw this in a class at film school. Just to give an idea of its importance.

    I saw this in a class at film school. Just to give an idea of its importance.

    2 votes
  9. What piece of media had a profound emotional effect on you?

    This topic got me thinking on this. Nowadays I'm not a very emotional guy but in the past some movies completely wrecked me. My Girl, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blue Gate Crossing...

    This topic got me thinking on this. Nowadays I'm not a very emotional guy but in the past some movies completely wrecked me. My Girl, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blue Gate Crossing (cried from the movie theater till the bus stop), The Hottest State (which quite literally accelerated the end of one of my relationships) and Stand by Me are examples of movies that made me cry like a little baby. But also some anime, like Rec and Kare Kano, and books like The Sorrows of Young Werther. What about you?

    20 votes
  10. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    The Devil's Eye, a comedy by Ingmar Bergman! The Devil sends Don Juan, who was condemned to hell, to seduce the virgin daughter of a minister. The Hottest State, by Ethan Hawke, is one of the most...
    • The Devil's Eye, a comedy by Ingmar Bergman! The Devil sends Don Juan, who was condemned to hell, to seduce the virgin daughter of a minister.

    • The Hottest State, by Ethan Hawke, is one of the most compelling love stories I ever seen. It also basically ended my relationship with the girl I went to see it with, because the situation in the movie was very similar to ours.

    • Blue Gate Crossing is a Taiwanese film that put me literally in tears in the movie theater. I only stopped crying when I got to the bus stop. It is basically a movie about love and emotional hardship in the youth. Rather beautiful, but a tough watch.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Give Firefox A Chance For A Faster, Calmer And Distraction-Free Internet in ~tech

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    Unfortunately, Firefox doesn't seem to work well with xcape and my custom xmodmap. I'd use it otherwise.

    Unfortunately, Firefox doesn't seem to work well with xcape and my custom xmodmap. I'd use it otherwise.

  12. Comment on Subscription affliction-Everything is $10/month in ~tech

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    I'm talking about the super-structure in which business is subsumed: capitalism. Marxism basically states that there are at least two classes of people: the ones who control the means of...

    I'm talking about the super-structure in which business is subsumed: capitalism.

    Marxism basically states that there are at least two classes of people: the ones who control the means of production (owners), and the ones who don't (workers). There's more to it than that, but you get the idea.

    His theory was created to explain industrialism, but it is still valid in other kinds of economic activity. For example, Apple controls the market of iOS apps, so in a way, they're the ones controlling the "means of production". Independent app makers are the workers, who have to abide by the rules of the patrons. It's a class struggle right there. The same is true between Uber vs drivers etc. The fact that we're not talking about a traditional industry model anymore doesn't make it false that this is still a class struggle, and Marxism is still largely valid.

    One of the main ideas of Deleuze regarding capitalism is that demand is not only something that capitalism fulfills but also something that capitalism creates, in detriment of our best interests. Think about all the people deeply in debt because they felt they need to acquire unnecessary goods. Why did they do so? Are they the only ones to blame? No, according to Deleuze: marketing and social pressure creates desire that did not existed before, trapping society in a consumerist agenda.

    Those are just two very brief, laymen explanations.

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  13. Comment on How does voting work in your country? in ~talk

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    Some extra details: for executive positions (president, governors, and mayors), if a single candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, he wins the election right there ("primeiro turno") if that...

    Some extra details:

    • for executive positions (president, governors, and mayors), if a single candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, he wins the election right there ("primeiro turno")
    • if that doesn't happen, there's a second turn in which we must decide between the first two.
    • even though voting is mandatory, the consequence of not voting is meaningless. I live near to a Citizens Service Center, and the price of the bus ride to my voting place is bigger than the fee for not voting.
    1 vote
  14. Comment on How to save money by switching subscription between multiple streaming services. in ~tv

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    Some people believe pirating is immoral. I'm no such people, though.

    Some people believe pirating is immoral. I'm no such people, though.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What do you do when you hit the point of chronically feeling low? in ~life

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    You show a clear contradiction between your external conditions and your emotional life. Sadness in the face of tragedy is a normal reaction. But when our brain is sick, it doesn't need a reason...
    1. I feel chronically lonely and low
    2. I do have a handful of friends I see regularly here
    3. And yet something doesn't feel right.

    You show a clear contradiction between your external conditions and your emotional life. Sadness in the face of tragedy is a normal reaction. But when our brain is sick, it doesn't need a reason for sadness.

    Those are signs of a possible mental illness or psychological condition, and the only sane advice I have for you is to seek professional help.

    IDK the exact figures but what @DanBC said is probably right.

    You should absolutely seek a psychotherapist, who might refer you to a psychiatrist if deemed necessary. You can also go straight to a psychiatrist if you want.

    Maybe your university provide such mental health aide for students?

    Either way, don't fight this alone.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on How do you turn a smart TV into a dumb TV? in ~tech

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    You could make it play PewDiePie 24/7 on repeat. sorry

    You could make it play PewDiePie 24/7 on repeat.

    sorry

  17. Comment on How A Cargo Ship Helped Win WW2: The Liberty Ship Story in ~humanities

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    I recently watched a whole bunch of WWII documentaries and the minutia of the war never ceases to amaze me. This video talks about a very ordinary ship that was built by the thousands in order to...

    I recently watched a whole bunch of WWII documentaries and the minutia of the war never ceases to amaze me. This video talks about a very ordinary ship that was built by the thousands in order to flood Europe with supplies. Most videos are about advanced war technologies, but this one is about how sometimes volume can be a strategy in itself.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Why You Wouldn't Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde - The TU-144 Story in ~humanities

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    This channel has some very interesting videos about transportation, mostly air travel. They're very short and entertaining. I recommend.

    This channel has some very interesting videos about transportation, mostly air travel. They're very short and entertaining. I recommend.

    3 votes