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  1. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    Because they're associated with cheap low budget productions that use shitty costumes and cheap props. If you had spent your whole life watching everything in high FPS, you wouldn't think that...

    Because they're associated with cheap low budget productions that use shitty costumes and cheap props. If you had spent your whole life watching everything in high FPS, you wouldn't think that because there's nothing inherently about high framerates that makes stuff look cheap.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on The Clash - Rock The Casbah in ~music

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    I was just thinking about this song with the Iran-US tensions going on. This song was actually somewhat inspired by the 1979 Iranian revolution, and is mostly about Iran banning "secular...

    I was just thinking about this song with the Iran-US tensions going on. This song was actually somewhat inspired by the 1979 Iranian revolution, and is mostly about Iran banning "secular influences" after the Islamists took over.

    With the events of the past week, and all of the tension of Iranian missiles being launched, important Persian generals being assassinated, and all of this stuff going on in current events made me think about that same sort of early 80s middle east tension replayed all over again.

    This song has been playing over and over in my head over the past couple of days so it's kind of coincidental that you happened to post the vid.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    No, I wouldn't for the same reason that I don't eat skunk or rat or snake meat despite having no ethical issues with killing those animals. It's just kinda gross. I don't think there's a moral...

    No, I wouldn't for the same reason that I don't eat skunk or rat or snake meat despite having no ethical issues with killing those animals. It's just kinda gross.

    I don't think there's a moral issue with eating lab grown human meat, but honestly you've gotta kind of wonder about the guy that's like "YEAH HUMAN BURGERS ARE MY FAVORITE." If there were ever a serious market for this kind of thing, I would definitely not hang out with their customers.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Why Pete Buttigieg Enrages the Young Left in ~news

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    Also, they're somehow pretending that Liberace, Wentworth Miller, and Anderson Cooper aren't type a, "never-take-your-eye-off-the-ball" people, despite all of them being ridiculously successful at...

    Also, they're somehow pretending that Liberace, Wentworth Miller, and Anderson Cooper aren't type a, "never-take-your-eye-off-the-ball" people, despite all of them being ridiculously successful at what they do in order to make their dumb point.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The Light Phone in ~tech

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    It actually seems like the problem is just social media. Do people really have a problem with chronically checking the weather, or spending all their time checking their bank account? The only...

    It actually seems like the problem is just social media. Do people really have a problem with chronically checking the weather, or spending all their time checking their bank account? The only thing I ever see people do on their phones for long periods of time are check social media and play games. I don't have any social media accounts besides a facebook account that my job requires me to have and I never check, and don't have the app installed, and I don't have games on my phone, so I never have an issue with either of these.

    Intentionally buying a phone that can't do the other ten thousand useful, non distracting things a smartphone can do seems like moving into a shack in the middle of an abandoned lot so you don't have to deal with looking at a lamp you don't like in your house.
    Just get rid of the lamp.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What does your ideal life look like? in ~talk

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    Everyone's thinking about somewhat realistic goals, so I'll come a little out of left field. I want to live in a large automated capital-ship, millions of years further advanced than anything...

    Everyone's thinking about somewhat realistic goals, so I'll come a little out of left field.

    I want to live in a large automated capital-ship, millions of years further advanced than anything humanity has ever developed in low earth orbit with my wife and have a bunch of kids with her. I also want to have powers that enable the both of us and our kids to live as long as we wanted, and also imbued us with superhuman intelligence. Then I want to take over the world and rule it as a benevolent dictator. I would most likely have to make an example by blowing up an uninhabited island and destroying the incoming ICBMs that would try to destroy my ship in retaliation. Hopefully most of the larger and more rational nations would surrender after realizing how hopeless their situation would be in an all out war with me and I could get the whole thing over with minimal loss of life.

    I'd immediately set to work reversing the damage to the ecosystem, re-allocate resources to eliminate poverty and starvation, and heavily fund innovation to let us leave the earth, with the eventual goal of every human leaving permanent settlement of the planet for good, leaving it as a gigantic nature preserve and living museum that people are free to visit, but cannot stay. Everyone would eventually live in gigantic, utopic space stations orbiting the planet or in similar stations orbiting other celestial bodies.

    I'd put a stop to war and most forms of physical human suffering by directing humanity in singular purpose though my superior, superhuman intellect and foresight and crushing rebellions led by opportunistic would-be warlords. I'd build up our military just in case there's something more powerful than me out there, but they'd stay at the borders of our space, because I generally want people to be free from oppression in their day to day lives. I'd let small local councils govern the daily decision making processes of every day life, and only step in with my authority if they stray too far from the course, or I sense corruption. After 10,000 or so years, I imagine I would get bored of this, and I'd set up a resilient constitutional republic to rule in my place, using my superpowers to design the most efficient and corruption-resistant form of government ever created, but still with enough central control to direct the combined might to humanity towards combating individual, dire threats to existence if needed. Then my family and I would take to our capital ship and explore the great unknown together, acting as a forward diplomat for humanity, making friends among the alien races I encounter, but most likely eventually succumbing to the whims of some eldritch horror that I hope in my dying breath I've prepared humanity well enough for. If it turns out there's really nothing out there, after a thousand years of wandering, I'd dismantle our military and focus humanity on reducing as much suffering while maximizing self actualization and human pleasure as possible before firing myself into the sun while the untold trillions of humanity witness the spectacle.

    Basically I'd just be Leto II minus the gross worm-body.

    I realize that this is ridiculous and kind of stupid, but you did say "Ideal Life" and I'm not joking about any of this.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Our Tesla Model 3 Suffered a Catastrophic Failure While Parked in ~tech

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    The possibility of an override would be pretty important if, say, my wife was pregnant in the back seat, or I was driving someone to the hospital, or I was running for my life. As nice as a Tesla...

    The possibility of an override would be pretty important if, say, my wife was pregnant in the back seat, or I was driving someone to the hospital, or I was running for my life.

    As nice as a Tesla is, it's still not as valuable as a human life.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Our Tesla Model 3 Suffered a Catastrophic Failure While Parked in ~tech

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    Your computer actually doesn't work when it's overheating or detects a voltage error. Failsafes built into the CPU and Motherboard will shut down power if it detects voltages or temperatures...

    Your computer actually doesn't work when it's overheating or detects a voltage error. Failsafes built into the CPU and Motherboard will shut down power if it detects voltages or temperatures outside of a certain range, not dissimilar to what happened here, or what happens on most modern ICE cars if the ECU detects a temperature condition likely to cause irreparable damage. Not sure what about this situation bothers you more than those, other than they got notified via an app.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Not every movie must be a melodrama in ~movies

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    You sure about The Wire? Where the fuck is Wallace?

    You sure about The Wire?
    Where the fuck is Wallace?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    Go right ahead, friend. I'm glad to know someone else shares my intolerance!

    Go right ahead, friend. I'm glad to know someone else shares my intolerance!

    2 votes
  11. Comment on It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats in ~life

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    And it's been like this since the beginning of politics, and will continue to be like this. Everyone seems to forget that old people were once younger, more idealistic, and less conservative....

    there really is a generational gap between voters and their political beliefs. Young people overwhelmingly vote for left wing parties while the older generations progressively swing further to the right.

    And it's been like this since the beginning of politics, and will continue to be like this. Everyone seems to forget that old people were once younger, more idealistic, and less conservative. Millennials will also become older, less idealistic, and more conservative. There's nothing special about the current crop of 30 somethings. They're not more virtuous, less selfish, and more forward thinking than their parents were at their age, and if they grew up in a similar environment, they would turn out exactly the same as them. It's not as if the human genome mutated at some point in the past 35 years to make people better.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    I do it, and I have absolutely no tolerance for flourish in virtually any aspect of my life. It's great when I can actually remember and motivate myself to do it, but for me, the hardest part of...

    I do it, and I have absolutely no tolerance for flourish in virtually any aspect of my life. It's great when I can actually remember and motivate myself to do it, but for me, the hardest part of doing anything is consistency, and bullet journaling has been no different. Good luck with it!

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    I got up at 5am every morning for years, not because I had to, but because I wanted to make more available use of my time. I woke up at 5:00, brushed my teeth, went to the gym, came back,...

    I got up at 5am every morning for years, not because I had to, but because I wanted to make more available use of my time. I woke up at 5:00, brushed my teeth, went to the gym, came back, showered, breakfast, coffee, etc, then went to work.

    Honestly? I don't recommend it.
    I spent those couple of years virtually never seeing my friends because they were all staying up until 11 or midnight on the weekends, and I was in bed by 9. My life was structured and regimented, but ultimately I felt like I was just waking up, working out, going to work, coming home, eating dinner, going to bed, then doing the whole thing over every single day. Felt like I was a robot after a while.
    It may be different for you, but I started working out in the evenings, and that 2 hour shift in my schedule has improved my life a lot.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Play some D&D, shoot some guns, exchange Christmas gifts, and hopefully relax a bit.

    Play some D&D, shoot some guns, exchange Christmas gifts, and hopefully relax a bit.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What’s your shampoo of choice, and why? in ~talk

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    I'm virtually bald, so I don't really bother. I usually keep my hair extremely short, and sometimes I use soap on my head, but usually I don't even do that.

    I'm virtually bald, so I don't really bother. I usually keep my hair extremely short, and sometimes I use soap on my head, but usually I don't even do that.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Both articles of impeachment have passed. Donald Trump is the third president of the United States to be impeached. in ~news

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    I think we've seen in the past few elections that swing voters don't matter nearly as much as we used to think, and there really aren't as many of them as was once thought. The way to win...

    I think we've seen in the past few elections that swing voters don't matter nearly as much as we used to think, and there really aren't as many of them as was once thought. The way to win elections in the 2010s is by mobilizing your base. If you can get a high turnout from your base, it doesn't matter how many people the other party sways, they won't be able to counter you.
    They were somewhat of a factor in 2016 according to polling, but realistically, how many people actually didn't know who they were voting for in that election?
    I'm concerned that this impeachment just ends up incensing trump voters and mobilizing them in a way that a ho hum regular run of the mill incumbent election wouldn't.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on YouTube star PewDiePie has announced he is taking a break from the platform, saying he is "feeling very tired" in ~tech

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    I know about the fiverr thing, which wasn't him using racial epithets. I don't know about any other instance of him screaming a racial epithet when gaming though.

    I know about the fiverr thing, which wasn't him using racial epithets. I don't know about any other instance of him screaming a racial epithet when gaming though.

  18. Comment on YouTube star PewDiePie has announced he is taking a break from the platform, saying he is "feeling very tired" in ~tech

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    When? The only time I've ever heard of was the PUBG bridge.

    He has used racial epithets many times. And apologized/explained away every time.

    When? The only time I've ever heard of was the PUBG bridge.

  19. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    I've never heard it used to described Mercedes, only BMWs. BMW -> Bee em doubleyou -> Beem -> Bimmer/Beemer/Beamer

    I've never heard it used to described Mercedes, only BMWs.
    BMW -> Bee em doubleyou -> Beem -> Bimmer/Beemer/Beamer

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    Is that why russian english speakers sometimes string together unrelated curse words when expressing anger, which ends up sounding ridiculous to native english speakers? (You bitch fuck whore...

    Is that why russian english speakers sometimes string together unrelated curse words when expressing anger, which ends up sounding ridiculous to native english speakers? (You bitch fuck whore shithead, etc)