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  1. Comment on Cat person in ~life

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    An interesting companion for this story is "Cat Person" and Me, an article from the woman who Margot, it turns out, was based on. It reflects on the effects of the story on her, and on the person...

    An interesting companion for this story is "Cat Person" and Me, an article from the woman who Margot, it turns out, was based on. It reflects on the effects of the story on her, and on the person Robert was based on.

    Kristen Roupenian’s viral story draws specific details from my own life. I’ve spent the years since it published wondering: How did she know?

    12 votes
  2. Comment on The limited utility of the phrase “GNU/Linux” in ~comp

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    I think interesting context is "Incorrect Quotation" by RMS where he talks briefly about the copypasta.

    I think interesting context is "Incorrect Quotation" by RMS where he talks briefly about the copypasta.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Operator of Nord Stream 2 confirmed that a leak in the pipeline has been detected southeast of the Danish island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea in ~news

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    Both Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1 have leaks. Apparently Germany presumes sabotage.

    Both Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1 have leaks. Apparently Germany presumes sabotage.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on PC cases without transparent side panels in ~tech

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    I know this might not be particularly useful but – is it really not an option to keep using the Thelio case, even if you end up replacing most of the components? Personally I have found finding...

    I know this might not be particularly useful but – is it really not an option to keep using the Thelio case, even if you end up replacing most of the components?

    Personally I have found finding "tasteful" PC cases to be really hard! I have personally been eyeing the Thelio mostly because I love the case, but it seems that getting them to Europe is a bit complicated.

    Some stores let you filter by having the side window. PCPartPicker at least has this option: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/case/#B=1

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Mind uploading in ~humanities

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    My favorite fiction about this topic: Lena, a short story from qntm Soma, a video game by Frictional Games

    My favorite fiction about this topic:

    • Lena, a short story from qntm
    • Soma, a video game by Frictional Games
    5 votes
  6. Comment on Resonate: A co-operative music streaming platform in ~music

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    The context for posting this today seems to be that Bandcamp was sold to Epic. Co-op structure and stream-to-own seem like great ideas, and looks like they already have some good music. Co-ops are...

    The context for posting this today seems to be that Bandcamp was sold to Epic.

    Co-op structure and stream-to-own seem like great ideas, and looks like they already have some good music. Co-ops are pretty much the only way to keep this kind of community/artist-controlled platform from being inevitably sold, so I'd definitely want to support this.

    However, to replace Bandcamp, they still seem to be missing the most important (to me) part as a music platform:

    Can I download music I own on Resonate?
    In the future, we intend to offer the ability to download tracks that you own on Resonate to your local device. This feature is not yet available.
    (-resonate faq)

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I know this is how Tolkien is generally interpreted, but it has actually surprisingly little textual evidence. Tolkien simply doesn't describe characters that much (we don't what is the hair color...

    I know this is how Tolkien is generally interpreted, but it has actually surprisingly little textual evidence. Tolkien simply doesn't describe characters that much (we don't what is the hair color of Legolas).

    Some people that are described by Tolkien as swarthy/brown/dark:

    • Sam specifically, Harfoots and Stoors generally
    • Few specific gondorians and haradrims
    • In some drafts, Maeglin the elf

    So while most visual adaptations follow the "everyone is White except the evil peoples", it is not something that can really be supported by the text alone. Mostly Tolkien just doesn't tell us.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    The fact that it is not actually a quote from Tolkien makes it even funnier. Only distort and destroy indeed.

    The fact that it is not actually a quote from Tolkien makes it even funnier. Only distort and destroy indeed.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on I am a transwoman, I am in the closet and I am not coming out in ~lgbt

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    Heartbreaking is definitely what I feel reading this. I feel so deeply where the author is coming from. But at the same time I just can't help to think that she is mainly trapped by her own binary...

    Heartbreaking is definitely what I feel reading this.

    I feel so deeply where the author is coming from. But at the same time I just can't help to think that she is mainly trapped by her own binary thinking about transition. I know and remember how much one can want the magic chair, but if she rejects transition anyway, what's preventing her from experimenting in smaller ways? Like she keeps talking about how men are not allowed to do this and that, but you can just do it anyway! Most people will simply not notice or care, at least outside very conservative areas where she doesn't seem to live. Just shave your legs, it's not that weird.

    Wanting to be "normal", while extremely understandable and normal in itself, is a toxic trap everyone should strive to escape.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on A reality where CSS and JavaScript don't exist...? in ~comp

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    Without CSS, browsers probably would have better default styling for content. For example, Gemini clients often have much more imaginative default looks, which is possible because the content...

    Bradley’s current design is a great example of what his web utopia would look like, and I think it’s just a step too far. It can easily be “fixed” but without CSS, how would we do that?

    Without CSS, browsers probably would have better default styling for content.

    For example, Gemini clients often have much more imaginative default looks, which is possible because the content author has less control over the presentation.

    I think ignoring this prevents making an honest argument for CSS.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Illusionism fixes the hard problem of consciousness in ~humanities

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    This is something that I find sensible too, and I found it really annoying how this article (and maybe illusionism generally) refuses to engage with anything beyond "it is hard to define...

    This is something that I find sensible too, and I found it really annoying how this article (and maybe illusionism generally) refuses to engage with anything beyond "it is hard to define consciousness, so it probably isn't real". I experience things, so experiencing things must be real.

    But I have to add that simply saying "panpsychism" doesn't really solve the hard problem by itself. It explains how experiencing things is possible, but it does not explain how the completely separate system of brain's cognitive functionality is able to know it experiences things.

    This is why I believe, rather than saying "all matter experiences", it is probably more useful to say "all information processing systems experience". Of course, it can still be said that a single proton processes information (by having forces acting on it and reacting to it), but this still seems like a more useful framework. It is not the atoms making up the brain that experience, but the whole information system that can make use of the human cognitive skills.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on (Crypto rant) McDonald's serves 62 million customers every day in ~talk

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    There are still only the few technical solutions in use in any of them. Proof-of-work fundamentally doesn't scale. Proof-of-stake is simply another form of centralization. From "No, your...

    There are an absurd amount of crypto these days, most of them absolute garbage. But others are folks with a vision.

    There are still only the few technical solutions in use in any of them. Proof-of-work fundamentally doesn't scale. Proof-of-stake is simply another form of centralization.

    From "No, your cryptocurrency cannot work":

    Maybe some day, a legitimate cryptocurrency without Bitcoin's flaws will come to exist. If it does, it will be some boring research paper out of an academic lab in three decades, not a flashy startup promising easy money or revolutionary new tech today. There are no useful cryptocurrencies today, and there will not be any at any time in the near future. The tech just doesn't work.

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

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    I just finished Outer Wilds. It is now definitely somewhere very high on the list of my favorite games. I had seen it mentioned positively from time to time these past few years, but I never...

    I just finished Outer Wilds. It is now definitely somewhere very high on the list of my favorite games.

    I had seen it mentioned positively from time to time these past few years, but I never really happened to look it up. Now when there were news again, I got interested and thought "space exploring with nice visual theme? sounds fun" and then started playing. Honestly I was probably sold at the moment I actually saw the game's logo on Steam. And am I happy I managed to survive until now without reading any more (not even Steam's description) about it!

    It was quite a ride. Now excuse me, I'll be playing the soundtrack on loop for the next eternity.

    Anyway, if you haven't played it, and are interested in space exploring and puzzles and roasting marshmallows on a campfire, just go and play it.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    First, I'd just like to note there are representative elections where single votes matter. For example in my country, it is not uncommon in municipal elections that single votes end up relevant....

    First, I'd just like to note there are representative elections where single votes matter. For example in my country, it is not uncommon in municipal elections that single votes end up relevant. In more local elections, there are less votes. And I often argue that local elections are much more important than national elections.

    But also, that is not really the point. You are generally right in the sense that from an individualistic perspective, voting is not really beneficial. But voting is about politics, and politics are about collective decisions and collective action.

    If there are things in the world we do not like and want to change, we must organize, find solutions, convince people, make the change. Voting is simply one, (often optional) part of the process.

    Voting also happens to be one of the easiest ways to take collective action. If you happen to care about the things affected by politics and want to help, it is pretty much the bare minimum thing to do.

    Personally, I am in a good place where I have political parties I am happy to support by voting them. If this were not true, the next step would be to actually get involved and make sure that in the future, there are better candidates.

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Building the world's first 'breathing' PC in ~tech

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    I honestly... kind of really would like something like this! Modern computing is very clean and "soulless". Having something that feels this alive would be very different, I think.

    I honestly... kind of really would like something like this! Modern computing is very clean and "soulless". Having something that feels this alive would be very different, I think.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Why we turn off autocaps and only write in lowercase online in ~humanities

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    To be clear, I was not trying to contradict the article. The reason it is done is definitely social. But the medium is a reason why it is possible/easier.

    To be clear, I was not trying to contradict the article. The reason it is done is definitely social. But the medium is a reason why it is possible/easier.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Why we turn off autocaps and only write in lowercase online in ~humanities

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    I think one practical element the article misses is the medium. In instant messaging and tweets, messages are usually a single sentence. And because the user interface gives bounds to the message,...

    I think one practical element the article misses is the medium. In instant messaging and tweets, messages are usually a single sentence. And because the user interface gives bounds to the message, capitalization and punctuation are simply not needed. However, in long-form discussion (like here), the same people usually write "properly", as there is actual benefit in readability.

    11 votes
  18. Comment on Finnish Huawei VP suggests seven day/eighty hour work weeks in ~life

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    This sounds about correct. The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years. From any of the...

    This sounds about correct.

    The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years.

    From any of the articles I have read, it is not clear at all what the gap he speaks about is. All Finnish commenters seem to agree that we have zero reason to want to be more like China.

    Personally, I think this needs to be read in the context of moving the Overton window: The leftist parties have started mentioning the 4-day work week more and more, and it seems to have caused the liberals to counter with "no we need to work more actually". This is just an extreme example of that.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    Luckily there is a very simple solution: educating women in developing countries and making birth control accessible. Anyway, the problem is not the size of the population, but the fact that some...

    The main problem is figuring out how to reduce our population to a point where it does without reinventing eugenics.

    Luckily there is a very simple solution: educating women in developing countries and making birth control accessible.

    Anyway, the problem is not the size of the population, but the fact that some people use much more resources than we can collectively afford. Surely it is better to live more simply, than to deny the right of other people to live at all.

    21 votes
  20. Comment on Which is Your Favorite B-Tier Anime? in ~anime

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    New Game. I can't really say it is especially good by any standard, and it has some very cringy fanservice I usually try to avoid in anime. But I still find it very charming, and the characters...

    New Game.

    I can't really say it is especially good by any standard, and it has some very cringy fanservice I usually try to avoid in anime. But I still find it very charming, and the characters are nice. And tbh I just love the premise of all-woman game dev company.

    3 votes