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  1. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I think part of it is that he introduces at least vaguely philosophic ideas to an audience that hasn't been exposed to philosophy very much. Philosophy is cool, and people who are depressed or...

    I think part of it is that he introduces at least vaguely philosophic ideas to an audience that hasn't been exposed to philosophy very much. Philosophy is cool, and people who are depressed or alienated or whatever will naturally gravitate towards it, but since the Peterson crowd doesn't have any frame of reference they can't see that JP is just a charlatan.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Why vi rocks in ~comp

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    I'm not a vim super user by any means but one thing I've found incredibly useful time and time again is recording actions with q. Then replaying them with @. I like it because you don't need to...

    I'm not a vim super user by any means but one thing I've found incredibly useful time and time again is recording actions with q. Then replaying them with @. I like it because you don't need to know the "correct" way to preform an edit, as long as it's generic enough you'll be able to reuse it. It's saved me a ton of time when, for example, refactoring a block of function calls to use different parameters.

  3. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    Are most rural places much better? I'm fond of the country as well but that's because I grew up right on the edge of the wilderness, not in the middle of a huge flat expanse of farmland (most...

    Are most rural places much better? I'm fond of the country as well but that's because I grew up right on the edge of the wilderness, not in the middle of a huge flat expanse of farmland (most rural places, at least in the US, being the latter not the former).

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Crazy idea to help stop the spreading of untruthful news. in ~tildes

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    This rule would result in every major US news publication being banned

    This rule would result in every major US news publication being banned

    5 votes
  5. Comment on AG William Barr Releases Mueller Report’s Principal Conclusion in ~news

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    I don't want to gloat since Trump likely getting away with his criminal behaviors (even if "literally conspiring with Russia" isn't one of them) is bad, but after a year of being called a troll,...

    I don't want to gloat since Trump likely getting away with his criminal behaviors (even if "literally conspiring with Russia" isn't one of them) is bad, but after a year of being called a troll, bot, russian influence agent, etc for saying that we can't look for salvation in the hands of a Republican career law enforcement agent who helped start the Iraq war and that the fixation on the investigation was primarily a way for democrats to absolve themselves of the 2016 loss and avoid any sort of introspection or change going forward...

    I told you so.

    13 votes
  6. Comment on Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters in ~tech

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    It sounds like a soft-spoken male to me. It's nice though! Far less grating than say, the default siri or alexa voices.

    It sounds like a soft-spoken male to me. It's nice though! Far less grating than say, the default siri or alexa voices.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on At least two strains of joke ransomware have been created with "subscribe to PewDiePie" themes in ~tech

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    Honestly I found this pretty amusing just because of how surreal it feels, fans of a youtube creator trying to make ransomwear "as a meme" but inadvertently just creating a virus that nukes your...

    Honestly I found this pretty amusing just because of how surreal it feels, fans of a youtube creator trying to make ransomwear "as a meme" but inadvertently just creating a virus that nukes your filesystem is a pretty good metaphor for what internet culture is evolving into.

    30 votes
  8. Comment on Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's worst such disaster' in ~news

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    This hasn't seemed to reach Western media too much, but this has been a huge disaster.

    This hasn't seemed to reach Western media too much, but this has been a huge disaster.

    Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over the past few days, destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people and ruining crops. More than 2.6 million people could be affected across the three countries, and the port city of Beira, which was hit on Friday and is home to 500,000 people, is now an “island in the ocean”, almost completely cut off.

    The official death tolls in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are 200, 98 and 56 respectively. But these totals only scratch the surface; the real toll may not be known for many months as the countries deal with a still unfolding disaster.

    Houses, roads and telegraph poles are completely submerged. The Mozambican and South African military and other organisations are working to rescue people from the air, though many are struggling to get supplies and teams to the region because roads and bridges have been ripped up or have huge sinkholes in them.

    Some people are stranded clinging to trees; others are on houses or “new islands” that have formed, and have no food, according to rescue workers.

    “Sometimes we can only save two out of five; sometimes we rather drop food and go to someone else who’s in bigger danger,” Ian Scher from Rescue SA told AFP. “We just save what we can save and the others will perish.”

    A pilot doing a survey for Mission Aviation Fellowship flew over the basin of Buzi river in Mozambique, which had burst its banks, and was able to provide the first information on the area.

    “It was a heartbreaking flight today as we flew over many miles of flooded land in the Buzi River basin. We saw many people stranded on roof tops surrounded by kilometres of water. It was difficult to comprehend and think about that probably many have perished,” Rick Emenaker told the South African site Lowvelder.

  9. Comment on Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California in ~news

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    Retributive punishment in general is wrong, the point of the criminal justice system should be to reform individuals so they can rejoin society or isolate those that cannot be helped.

    Retributive punishment in general is wrong, the point of the criminal justice system should be to reform individuals so they can rejoin society or isolate those that cannot be helped.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on ‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses in ~news

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    This is a grim article, to put it lightly. Might not want to read it if you struggle with depression.

    This is a grim article, to put it lightly. Might not want to read it if you struggle with depression.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on How can I best offset my emissions from flying? in ~enviro

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    I don't entirely disagree, but you have to remember that in many cases corporations are responsible for creating the demand for their product, they don't merely service an existing demand. It's...

    I don't entirely disagree, but you have to remember that in many cases corporations are responsible for creating the demand for their product, they don't merely service an existing demand. It's well enough to tell people they need to change their consumption habits, but they're simply not going to unless you can wrest control back from the corporations that are setting them in the first place.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on "There’s space in the medium for ultra-hard games." - Capybara's "Below" and the difficulty in crafting difficulty in ~games

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    I haven't played Below, but I have played Sword and Sworcery (and it's one of my favorite games ever). From what I've read about it the difficulty is very much central to the game's theme, just as...

    I haven't played Below, but I have played Sword and Sworcery (and it's one of my favorite games ever). From what I've read about it the difficulty is very much central to the game's theme, just as having to wait for the real life lunar cycle in S&S forced you to fully consider what you were doing to the Scythian. And therein lies the problem, I think, most people play games purely for entertainment while it seems like, just like with S&S, Capy has gone for an "audiovisual experience" with Below.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Pictures of Ultrametric Spaces, the p-adic Numbers, and Valued Fields in ~science

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    This is a paper on how we can think about drawing the p-adic numbers, which are a set of number systems formed by extending the rational numbers in a different way than we extend them to make our...

    This is a paper on how we can think about drawing the p-adic numbers, which are a set of number systems formed by extending the rational numbers in a different way than we extend them to make our normal real numbers. I think this is a reasonably accessible paper even if you don't have much higher math experience, the only background you really need is the concept of a metric space, which is simply a set equipped with a metric, that is, a way of measuring distance that follows a few rules. Copying from wikipedia, informally:

    the distance from a point to itself is zero,
    the distance between two distinct points is positive,
    the distance from A to B is the same as the distance from B to A, and
    the distance from A to B (directly) is less than or equal to the distance from A to B via any third point C.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~science

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    This is a paper on how we can think about drawing the p-adic numbers, which are a set of number systems formed by extending the rational numbers in a different way than we extend them to make our...

    This is a paper on how we can think about drawing the p-adic numbers, which are a set of number systems formed by extending the rational numbers in a different way than we extend them to make our normal real numbers. I think this is a reasonably accessible paper even if you don't have much higher math experience, the only background you really need is the concept of a metric space, which is simply a set equipped with a metric, that is, a way of measuring distance that follows a few rules. Copying from wikipedia, informally:

    the distance from a point to itself is zero,
    the distance between two distinct points is positive,
    the distance from A to B is the same as the distance from B to A, and
    the distance from A to B (directly) is less than or equal to the distance from A to B via any third point C.

  15. Comment on Stop talking about testosterone – there’s no such thing as a ‘true sex’ in ~sports

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    I really don't think there's a difference, it's certainly not true for animals in general or even for the great apes, wikipedia tells me that Chimpanzees are about the same size regardless of sex....

    is the relation with sex truly causative or is it a product of a bias where larger men and smaller women are more readily preferred as mates in reproductive context? And, is such observation true to begin with?

    I really don't think there's a difference, it's certainly not true for animals in general or even for the great apes, wikipedia tells me that Chimpanzees are about the same size regardless of sex.

    I think in sports we should move on from sex (and to a certain extent maybe age?) categories to performance based categories that do not discriminate based on sex. Because otherwise it is a mess. I think the only barrier to promiscuous athletism is tradition.

    It would make sense, I have to imagine it would be heavily opposed though if (and I have no data for this, just conjecture) the category breakdowns ended up being such that they effectively excluded women from the top-tier of competition.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What would you want in a Stackoverflow/Quora competitor? in ~tech

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    I'd like the community to be a bit nicer. I understand StackExchange wants to avoid duplicates and low-quality questions, but a good number of users there seem to be total jerks just looking for...

    I'd like the community to be a bit nicer. I understand StackExchange wants to avoid duplicates and low-quality questions, but a good number of users there seem to be total jerks just looking for reasons to shut down questions. This is somewhat local to StackOverflow I find, Tex and Math seem a bit more chill.

    7 votes