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  1. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

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    I spend the majority of my time on the computer for work and pleasure, so I wanted to find a hobby that would get me out of my chair. For about a year now I have been refinishing furniture. I...

    I spend the majority of my time on the computer for work and pleasure, so I wanted to find a hobby that would get me out of my chair.

    For about a year now I have been refinishing furniture. I don't know if I would consider it woodworking, as I do not have the skills to make original pieces. What I simply do is find furniture and sand/stain it. I am currently working on a new desk for myself.

    Getting started is pretty easy. Figure out a piece of furniture you currently need or want to replace, find an old beat up version at a thrift store/Facebook/Craigslist, etc and start sanding. You'll need an orbital sander, various sand papers, a dusk mask, and possibly something to hold the furniture on such as saw horses.

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  2. Comment on Millennials Are Sick of Drinking, But they’re not giving up booze just yet. in ~life

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    This sounds like the most plausible result. Millennials are simply getting older and hangovers are lasting longer.

    This sounds like the most plausible result. Millennials are simply getting older and hangovers are lasting longer.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on United States Supreme Court rules that inmate with rare medical condition is not entitled to an alternative, less painful execution method in ~news

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    Capital punishment is more nuanced than sadism and this article deserves a better title. Take a look at how NPR titles the article; sensationalism doesn't help the fight against capital...

    Capital punishment is more nuanced than sadism and this article deserves a better title. Take a look at how NPR titles the article; sensationalism doesn't help the fight against capital punishment. If you are against it, state your reasons.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on United States Supreme Court rules that inmate with rare medical condition is not entitled to an alternative, less painful execution method in ~news

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    They didn't legalise torture, they rejected the prisoner's request to die by a gas chamber, citing there is no proof it would be a less painful death. Supreme Court Closely Divides On 'Cruel And...

    They didn't legalise torture, they rejected the prisoner's request to die by a gas chamber, citing there is no proof it would be a less painful death.

    "Those interests have been frustrated in this case," Gorsuch said, declaring that there was not enough evidence that the method of execution Bucklew proposed — nitrogen gas — would be better.

    Supreme Court Closely Divides On 'Cruel And Unusual' Death Penalty Case https://n.pr/2TQ6HV7

    23 votes
  5. Comment on Risk of Rain 2 EA Launch Trailer in ~games

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    Risk of Rain 2 is a rogue lite game with permanent death and procedurally generated dungeons. I played this game for the first time last night with my wife and brother-in-law. I haven't had this...

    Risk of Rain 2 is a rogue lite game with permanent death and procedurally generated dungeons. I played this game for the first time last night with my wife and brother-in-law. I haven't had this much fun since Diablo.

    There's a lot of content the developers are working on and it certainly isn't complete yet. Despite the early access, the co-op play has been incredibly fun. I'm excited to see how this game develops and would encourage others to see whether this might be a game you'd enjoy.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Toxicity is a symptom, not a cause: to fix it, treat the discontent around the game, not the players reacting to it. in ~games

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    From my experience in online games, the more mainstream and the lower the entry cost results in greater levels of toxicity. If this is true, I'm sure there are numerous reasons why an easy entry...

    From my experience in online games, the more mainstream and the lower the entry cost results in greater levels of toxicity. If this is true, I'm sure there are numerous reasons why an easy entry leads to toxicity, yet I suspect it has to do with age.

    For example, games such as overwatch can be played on cheap hardware and children are more likely to have mediocre computers. I would theorize as system requirements increase, toxicity will decrease. I believe there's an inverse here, but admittedly I have nothing but anecdotal evidence.

    I know there are toxic players of all age groups and individuals mature at different rates; however, immaturity is certainly more prevalent in children.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are your thoughts on the New Zealand government censoring the possession and distribution of the Christchurch shooter's manifesto? in ~talk

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    Thanks for sharing this view, as I have never read an explanation this concise and eye opening. Your post has helped me understand New Zealand and European countries better. I believe one of the...

    Thanks for sharing this view, as I have never read an explanation this concise and eye opening. Your post has helped me understand New Zealand and European countries better.

    I believe one of the fundamental differences between The United States and New Zealand is one of individuality vs the common good. One can see this in health care, firearms, free speech, etc. Culturally, America promotes rugged independent individuals and attempts to allow the individual to be as free as possible without causing significant harm to others.

    Personally, I prefer individualism over collectivism and would agree with you that if one does not like the culture of a country they should not move there. I would love to visit New Zealand, yet I would be unhappy if I were to live there permanently.

    I prefer the idea of ensursing speech is protected, whether it is unpopular, offensive, or potentially harmful to the society. The reason why I see this as important is because the distinction between acceptable speech and forbidden speech can change dependant upon the will of the majority. I would rather tolerate abhorrent speech to ensure dissenting unpopular speech always remains protected.

    12 votes
  8. Comment on Brain implants are happening — are you ready for yours? in ~tech

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    As someone without any physical disabilities, I would not use a brain implant; however, someone I'm close to has cerebral palsy and I couldn't be more excited for something that might one day heal...

    As someone without any physical disabilities, I would not use a brain implant; however, someone I'm close to has cerebral palsy and I couldn't be more excited for something that might one day heal them.

    My biggest concerns with brain implants are security and privacy. Any networked device may be hacked, and there isn't a hardware manufacturer today that has resisted privacy invasions such as Prism.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Advice for a soon to be college graduate in ~life

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    You're ahead of most people already. The majority of people do not graduate and even less graduate on time. With that said, as others have pointed out, when you get your first job live frugally...

    You're ahead of most people already. The majority of people do not graduate and even less graduate on time.

    With that said, as others have pointed out, when you get your first job live frugally and ensure you are investing in your future. Learn as much as you can in your new job and most importantly connect with people.

    It's very likely your second job will come from someone you met at your first job. Never burn Bridges and always try to go above and beyond for people.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Home/remote workers, any advice or tips? in ~life

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    I've been working from home for 2 years now. I didn't see in your post whether you were providing your equipment or the company was. Either way, I would recommend separating your work/life...

    I've been working from home for 2 years now. I didn't see in your post whether you were providing your equipment or the company was. Either way, I would recommend separating your work/life environment as much as possible.

    For example, either dual boot or run a second computer. Personally I'm not a developer and spend most of my time on conference calls, so noise reduction is important for my work.

    As others have mentioned, ensure you are comfortable, and be more cognizant of your social life; when you're done with work, get out of the house if you can.

    Finally, set realistic goals for yourself and gain alignment from your boss.

    4 votes