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  1. Comment on The real danger to civilisation isn't runaway AI it's runaway capitalism (2017) in ~misc

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    Some years ago I read an article that argued corporations are somewhat like AIs. The difference is that they don't run on computers, they run on people. They are even self-healing: If a human or a...

    Some years ago I read an article that argued corporations are somewhat like AIs. The difference is that they don't run on computers, they run on people. They are even self-healing: If a human or a unit doesn't perform well, it is replaced by the system.

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  2. Comment on CMV: Once civilization is fully developed, life will be unfulfilling and boring. Humanity is also doomed to go extinct. These two reasons make life not worth living. in ~talk

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    But it wouldn't be the same. The fact that you ask these questions means that you care, and that's all there is to life: You care. About people, about the beauty of nature, about what the future...

    But it wouldn't be the same. The fact that you ask these questions means that you care, and that's all there is to life: You care. About people, about the beauty of nature, about what the future might bring, about the lessons of the past.

    If you don't see a difference between a life of joy and fulfilment and a life of pain and fear, it doesn't matter if it lasts only a few decades, trillions of years or for eternity. And if you do see a difference, the difference is relevant even on the smallest time scales.

    Imagine time is crammed into a flat dimension you can watch from above, like you can watch different parts of a painting. You can look at different points in time like you can on a painting. You notice that some parts of that painting are better than others. Doesn't it matter if the overall painting is good or bad?

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  3. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers? in ~tech

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    Downloading drivers from a website is exactly what I don't want. I'm limited to the supported distros and any update of my distro's packages can break the foreign packages. If the manufacturer...

    Downloading drivers from a website is exactly what I don't want. I'm limited to the supported distros and any update of my distro's packages can break the foreign packages. If the manufacturer decides that they must sell more printers, they can stop supporting my 3 year old model and I end up with a large paperweight. This also increases the attack surface if the website gets hacked.

  4. Comment on Hurt my lower back by bending over, any tips for healing and comfort? in ~health

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    I meant doing these movements as a pain relief is probably not going to help. OP said the pain started after bending down, so I doubt doing the same thing even more is going to make it better.

    I'd strongly advice against bending over or squatting.

    never doing these movements means you will lose muscle and mobility over time

    I meant doing these movements as a pain relief is probably not going to help. OP said the pain started after bending down, so I doubt doing the same thing even more is going to make it better.

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  5. Comment on Hurt my lower back by bending over, any tips for healing and comfort? in ~health

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    I've had back pain for years until a disc slipped and now I have some permanent albeit mild nerve damage. This was a few years back and what seems to have fixed the issue for me is planks. I do...

    I've had back pain for years until a disc slipped and now I have some permanent albeit mild nerve damage.

    This was a few years back and what seems to have fixed the issue for me is planks. I do them three times for as long as I can. I stop as soon as there is any pain in my lower back, or preferably before. I suggest to ask a professional about doing planks properly or at least do some online research yourself.

    I'd strongly advice against bending over or squatting. I never have back pain anymore unless I do that too much.

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  6. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers? in ~tech

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    Really? My parents have an Epson EcoTank and the scanner doesn't work with Debian at all. It isn't even detected. Which packages did you install? I couldn't find any Epson-related packages.

    Really? My parents have an Epson EcoTank and the scanner doesn't work with Debian at all. It isn't even detected.

    Which packages did you install? I couldn't find any Epson-related packages.

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  7. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers? in ~tech

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    Scanning to a USB stick sounds like an acceptable fallback solution if the scanner doesn't work. Thanks!

    Scanning to a USB stick sounds like an acceptable fallback solution if the scanner doesn't work. Thanks!

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  8. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers? in ~tech

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    HP is special though because they provide open source drivers that are packaged on most distros. As shitty as their devices are, their Linux support has always been great.

    HP is special though because they provide open source drivers that are packaged on most distros. As shitty as their devices are, their Linux support has always been great.

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  9. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers? in ~tech

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    I'm less worried about the printer and more about the scanner. My parents have a printer/scanner device from Epson where the printer works great but the scanner doesn't work at all.

    I'm less worried about the printer and more about the scanner. My parents have a printer/scanner device from Epson where the printer works great but the scanner doesn't work at all.

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  10. Can anyone recommend a printer/scanner combo that works with Linux with no additional drivers?

    I'm looking for a black & white laser printer with a scanner for home office use. The only fancy thing about it is that I'm running Linux and I don't want to install any driver packages from the...

    I'm looking for a black & white laser printer with a scanner for home office use. The only fancy thing about it is that I'm running Linux and I don't want to install any driver packages from the manufacturer. I want to plug it into any laptop running any Linux distro and start printing and scanning with no fuss.

    Brother printers are very popular, but if I search for any Brother printer and "linux", all I can find is stuff about the drivers and how to fix the various issues that come with those.

    If I understand correctly, modern printers should just work via something called IPP/AirPrint and they should also work over USB. Is that correct?

    What about the scanner? Does that also just work over IPP?

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  11. Comment on “Both-sides” and when is nuance acceptable discourse? in ~talk

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    I don't disagree, but I think it's still important to speak up, even if you know beforehand that you won't change anyone's mind. We are all social animals, and the more backtalk we are getting,...

    I don't disagree, but I think it's still important to speak up, even if you know beforehand that you won't change anyone's mind. We are all social animals, and the more backtalk we are getting, the more likely we are to maybe change our opinion eventually.

    You don't have to argue, just say whatever it is you think is not ok. If I had an enjoyable conversation with you yesterday and today you're telling me my joke about jews made you uncomfortable and we're not going to have a similar chat for the forseeable future, I probably won't change my mind about jews or bad jokes, but I've learned a lesson, even if it doesn't change my mind at all.

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  12. Comment on What happened at the nation’s first nitrogen gas execution: An AP eyewitness account in ~news

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    Like seemingly everyone else, I'm against the death penalty, but you could combine that with a choice: Stay in prison for as long as you like and get the nitrogen routine when you're ready. You...

    Like seemingly everyone else, I'm against the death penalty, but you could combine that with a choice: Stay in prison for as long as you like and get the nitrogen routine when you're ready. You could even combine that with anesthesia.

    But it probably won't satisfy the people who are in favor of the death penalty because murderers would get a nicer death than everyone else. We need to find better ways to deal with our mortality overall.

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  13. Comment on Joscha Bach: Synthetic Sentience - Can Artificial Intelligence become conscious? in ~humanities

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    Joscha Bach always makes me feel like someone slipped me some psilocybin. He talks about the definitions of consciousness, sentience and love and gods as organizational social agents. Really...

    Joscha Bach always makes me feel like someone slipped me some psilocybin.

    He talks about the definitions of consciousness, sentience and love and gods as organizational social agents.

    Really interested in what you guys think about his ideas.

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  14. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    OK, now I better understand what you mean. Thank you. I agree that you can't ignore emotions and you need to take them into account when trying to find a solution. Accepting the emotions of the...

    OK, now I better understand what you mean. Thank you.

    I agree that you can't ignore emotions and you need to take them into account when trying to find a solution. Accepting the emotions of the other side as a fact is important. But it's also important to acknowledge that emotions, especially one's own, aren't reasonable and need to be questioned rationally.

  15. Comment on What’s something you wish more people understood? in ~talk

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    I think it highly depends on the question being asked. If you need to decide whether you want to marry someone or which music you want to listen to, you should definitely get emotional about it....

    I think it highly depends on the question being asked. If you need to decide whether you want to marry someone or which music you want to listen to, you should definitely get emotional about it. But for other questions, emotions are only getting in the way. I may feel strongly that foreigners are the root cause of many societal issues, but that doesn't make any sense if you think about it rationally.

    More importantly, you can't argue about emotions. The Israel/Palestine conflict is not going to get solved by each side expressing their emotions. They have tried that for decades and it's only getting worse. You can only solve differences like that by finding some basis of facts that both sides can agree and start a rational discussion from there. As soon as one side gets emotional, you are straying from the path to a solution.

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  16. Comment on The neglected clean heat we flush down the drains in ~enviro

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    If we can heat the world with green electricity, sure, we don't need to capture heat from waste water. But we won't be anywhere close to such a situation for decades. Also, I'm not really arguing...

    If we can heat the world with green electricity, sure, we don't need to capture heat from waste water. But we won't be anywhere close to such a situation for decades.

    Also, I'm not really arguing for capturing waste water heat everywhere. All I'm saying is that it would be possible to incentivize it in a capitalist system, even if the alternative is cheaper in the current regulatory environment, because we can just change regulations.

    You are preaching to the choir about co-ops and companies that are owned by their employees. I'm all for that. But a) that's not going to happen for generations, and b) it's not what I'm talking about.

  17. Comment on The neglected clean heat we flush down the drains in ~enviro

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    Well, yes, the same thing can be done with the government running things, but the statement was that it's impossible to do it under capitalism and I disagreed. Every enterprise is funded by taxes....

    Well, yes, the same thing can be done with the government running things, but the statement was that it's impossible to do it under capitalism and I disagreed.

    Every enterprise is funded by taxes. Imagine running whatever your business is without roads, educated workers, a justice system, regulators, etc.

    The reason burning coal is more profitable than capturing heat from waste water is not because the former is inherently more profitable than the latter. It's because much of the costs of burning coal are socialized while the profits are privatized. Forcing coal plants to pay the external costs (e.g. via carbon tax) would level the playing field.

    If we had started with this strategy decades ago, we could've done this without much fuss. But because we didn't, businesses and municipalities have to make gigantic investments now, and that's only possible if they raise their income (prices and municipal taxes would go through the roof) or they get subsidies (which could be paid back over long periods of time).

    My point is: If the government would incentivize good behaviour and disincentivize bad behaviour, I don't see why a capitalist system wouldn't be sustainable.

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  18. Comment on The neglected clean heat we flush down the drains in ~enviro

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    It would be relatively simple to make this profitable in capitalist societies: You just need to regulate the shit out of it. Every municipality that doesn't capture waste water heat gets a fine,...

    It would be relatively simple to make this profitable in capitalist societies: You just need to regulate the shit out of it. Every municipality that doesn't capture waste water heat gets a fine, and every municipality that implements such a system gets subsidies according to their financal situation. This is already happening everywhere. If you're rich, you pay more taxes, and if you're poor, you get more financial support. The only issue is that we don't do this enough.

    This would even be economically sound because those are investments that return a profit. Every unwasted unit of energy reduces the burning of fossils. If we don't do it, we're going to pay much, much more on the long run.

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  19. Comment on Advice for anger management when dealing with frustrating technology? in ~tech

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    So what is the purpose of rage? Give into it, make the world deal with your aggression, just so it goes away? Are you suggesting that OP should start smashing things? And how did rage solve your...

    So what is the purpose of rage? Give into it, make the world deal with your aggression, just so it goes away? Are you suggesting that OP should start smashing things?

    And how did rage solve your problem? You could've just thrown the broken light in the bin and buy a new one. Instead, littered microplastics and then had no light at all, not even a moody one. I fail to see the advantage of a calmer response.

    If you really need an outlet for your rage, I'm sure there are better ways. Maybe buy a punching bag? Join a boxing club or a gym?

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