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  1. Comment on Why Bernie Sanders Should Give His Millions Away in ~misc

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    Yeah. It's kind of the ole "can't be wealthy and demand redistribution; do as you preach first" (flipside being "if you're poor and demand redistribution, you're just looking for a freebie")....

    Yeah. It's kind of the ole "can't be wealthy and demand redistribution; do as you preach first" (flipside being "if you're poor and demand redistribution, you're just looking for a freebie"). Like, I don't want to just donate my shit, that's not how socialism works. Then only assholes who donate nothing will end up rich. You want that? Sanders is willing to give up his millions I'm sure; but only as long as everyone wealthier than him does the same. Rather reasonable imo.

    Similarly, my personal ideal would be far to the left with more redistribution compared to what germany currently has. I'm opposed to current financial markets BS. But I'll be damned if I won't grab that interest on my money, even if I hate it existing. To only personally refrain is to surrender and let the selfish ones have it all.

    Is it wrong if I look at this kind of like asking someone to lay down their arms during a war because they imagine a future without weapons, or does that metaphor make sense?

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Why airlines make flights longer on purpose in ~misc

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    As the article mentions, that seems to be added because airlines noticed they can't actually make the intended timeframe on the regular. Not a wrong thing to do, if fall behind the plan every...

    I think it is pretty well known that there is a ton of padding added into flights.

    As the article mentions, that seems to be added because airlines noticed they can't actually make the intended timeframe on the regular. Not a wrong thing to do, if fall behind the plan every time, to adjust the plan. Else the article would clamor that they're lying to you by advertising unrealistic flight times.

    Most of that extra time seems to be just milling around on the tarmac before takeoff.

    Now, I ain't no expert, but I doubt any of that is actual waiting because of the aircraft's own schedule. There's certainly lots of A) going somewhere (gate, runway) B) halting while pilots run checklists or communicate C) waiting for another aircraft to free a required resource (gate, runway, taxiway, etc). Only C is actually variable within the scope of this article, and I think it'll get easier to avoid if plans reflect reality more accurately - so you should pad your plans.

    I never really thought about the environmental impact that padding adds though and liked that the article mentioned it.

    It's not the padding, I think. AFAIK, an aircraft isn't going to just do nothing and wait to meet its intended timeframe. If it's early, it's early. Maybe it's gate isn't free yet, and now we can start to think about consequences. Standing around at idle thrust for a while? Diverting to another gate? Maybe, Idunno. But if we didn't pad, we'd be in the same situation, just somewhere else. That next flight using the same gate? They're now stuck waiting for you, because you didn't pad your flight time to account for delays. And if they pad to account for delays, that kinda indicates to me that they chose the lesser of two evils; the decision that makes less aircraft wait.

    If your padded plan leaves you with time to spare, just turn off the engines at the gate and you're good. I honestly believe this isn't as big a deal as the article makes it.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Can Food Choices Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? in ~enviro

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    To add another factor: Land use. If for every nutritional unit of beef I need 10 units of soy (measured by calories or some more fancy metric) as fodder, it's rather obvious that beef is less...

    To add another factor: Land use. If for every nutritional unit of beef I need 10 units of soy (measured by calories or some more fancy metric) as fodder, it's rather obvious that beef is less ecological. I could use the land and effort used to make those 9 units of soy and I have a set of ecological options: From carbon sequestration to solar power plants to bio fuels. Of course this is just a simplified model, but I think it demonstrates that land in itself is a ecological resource. (Also, I distinctly remember that according to a textbook 10 years ago beef used 10x as much land as a (by some metric) comparable vegetarian food, so that wasn't pulled from thin air.)

    3 votes
  4. Comment on The Vanishing of Flight 370 | LEMMiNO in ~misc

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    Oh, and I also wonder how well the evidence we have - mostly the drifting pieces - constrain our simulations of the splashdown zone to be correct. Or: Could we be way off about the crash site...

    Oh, and I also wonder how well the evidence we have - mostly the drifting pieces - constrain our simulations of the splashdown zone to be correct. Or: Could we be way off about the crash site given the items we found were "consistent" with it? Ocean is a chaotic place after all.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on The Vanishing of Flight 370 | LEMMiNO in ~misc

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    There's one key piece of evidence this video seems to have completely omitted: The flaperon recovered has damage that suggests that the plane was under manual control when crashing. Beyond, some...

    There's one key piece of evidence this video seems to have completely omitted: The flaperon recovered has damage that suggests that the plane was under manual control when crashing.

    Beyond, some red herrings that the author spends a lot of time with. Most types of technical failure seem severely implausible given what we know, as does the "misheard frequency" one. Even I (a casual observer of aviation and a filthy casual simviator) can recall the Emergency transponder code. If I were to notice I don't have the right frequency for the next tower, that'd be my go-to. Now, that is consistent with his transponder stopping normal transmissions. But there's no mention of an emergency code anywhere wrt. 370. But even if they both forgot that code, that's inconsistent with them completely failing to aviate and navigate to keep the aircraft safe afterwards, making wild turns to return and then going out into the wide blue yonder...

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    It absolutely is malicious. Of course meeting another player randomly is unlikely as can be, but the fact that you couldn't even meet if you tried (which is how their lie was found out...

    It absolutely is malicious. Of course meeting another player randomly is unlikely as can be, but the fact that you couldn't even meet if you tried (which is how their lie was found out post-release) is very important for people looking for a co-op experience.

    and if they did, then they were misconstrued by another source that Sean Murray could not control.

    Well, he implied (arguably, but he certainly didn't imply the opposite) that there was multiplayer. And after everyone went hog wild with that news, he never bothered to correct that perception. Lying by omission, maybe? I don't quite remember anymore, but I know that I was on the hype train for a bit, but thought better of it, waiting for reviews. I also can't think of any other indie game that managed press quite that badly; many indies in fact are very transparent about their development process. Also, multiplayer being what it is on the technical side, it's not a feature you just can slap on after the fact like most other things. For example NMS only received a co-op upgrade 2 years after release, and it is... well, last I checked it was on shaky ground. MP is just such a big deal you don't lie about it, and you also should be careful not to mislead about it either.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio in ~news

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    Oh, you're misrepresenting the facts here. Obviously, this poor man was divorced 4 times by women who just have no sense of personal responsibility for their marriage. Their equal rights before...

    Oh, you're misrepresenting the facts here. Obviously, this poor man was divorced 4 times by women who just have no sense of personal responsibility for their marriage. Their equal rights before the law and independence have made them irresponsible and entitled (to a life without a dickwad husband).

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Have any "under the radar" type regional recipes you can share? in ~food

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    Both links are to frico, fyi. Thanks for the contribution.

    Both links are to frico, fyi. Thanks for the contribution.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Official Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    It took me a sec to identify and I'm not entirely sure I got it right, but at 0:48 ish, they seem to be salvaging a Venator-class. You're looking at it from the rear, with the bridge on the right...

    It took me a sec to identify and I'm not entirely sure I got it right, but at 0:48 ish, they seem to be salvaging a Venator-class. You're looking at it from the rear, with the bridge on the right side.

    (Edit: Now that I'm looking at it on the big screen, that's what it is. Seems to be the protagonist's day job? Well, the venators have to go somewhere.)

    Interesting setting they chose. The "trust no one" part makes me think it could be a decent RPG, but they announced it as an action adventure, so that makes me think it'll have the RPG-qualities of a Far Cry. Bummer. I'd love a new KOTOR.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on How Bad Is It to Let Your Cat Outside? in ~enviro

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    Also regarding the part you quoted: If urban areas are the only remaining refuge of a species, that species has bigger problems than just cats: Humanity. That species is already lost, they just...

    Also regarding the part you quoted: If urban areas are the only remaining refuge of a species, that species has bigger problems than just cats: Humanity. That species is already lost, they just didn't get the memo. Conservation has to start before that point is reached.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How Bad Is It to Let Your Cat Outside? in ~enviro

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    Also, last I checked nothing about the areas cats roam is natural anyway. My neighborhood isn't a "ecosystem" by any definition that implies ecosystems demand human non-intervention or...

    Also, last I checked nothing about the areas cats roam is natural anyway. My neighborhood isn't a "ecosystem" by any definition that implies ecosystems demand human non-intervention or protection(such as ecosystems that are in balance). Pet cats hardly ever venture into areas that are not substantially predicated upon human intervention anyway. Also, someone would like to have a word with the author over the argument that cats don't work as pest control. If urban bird populations are stable with cats right now (the article didn't make a case regarding that) then I'd say leaving the cats is the eco thing to do, or else birds will become a nuisance.

    8 votes
  12. I'll start: Hessian 'Tater soup. Maybe not very exciting, but I just love the stuff. Start off with a diced onion and about 1 - 1.5 kg of peeled, sliced potatoes. Throw into a big pot on high heat...

    I'll start: Hessian 'Tater soup. Maybe not very exciting, but I just love the stuff.

    Start off with a diced onion and about 1 - 1.5 kg of peeled, sliced potatoes. Throw into a big pot on high heat with some oil and let it develop some color. Meanwhile, get peeling and chopping on this stuff - carrots, celery root, leek, parsley, parsley root. Amounts as desired, but I like to use a lot of parsley - root or leafs. If your taters get enough color, cover with water and add the rest of the veggies. All that in place, cook until soft. Blend. Add 200ml of sour cream and season with nutmeg, pepper and salt. Consistency should be thick, maybe slightly chunky.

    When serving, fry up a few slices of old sausage to throw in there. This one is a traditional north hessian sausage, but any only lightly spiced and smoked, coarse ground, fatty hard sausage will do. Add a sprig of parsley if you feel like upping the presentation.

    25 votes
  13. Comment on Shuffle your entire music library, then tell me about the first five tracks that come up. in ~music

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    Avicii - Wake me up Nirvana - Smeels Like Teen spirit Illenium - Only One So far, so unremarkable. Some old-ish rock, some electro. I'll often listen to Illenium or the likes or some math rock...
    1. Avicii - Wake me up

    2. Nirvana - Smeels Like Teen spirit

    3. Illenium - Only One

    So far, so unremarkable. Some old-ish rock, some electro. I'll often listen to Illenium or the likes or some math rock when working on something that requires focus.

    1. Kettcar - Sommer 89 - this is interesting. This song is about a fictional guy who cut a hole into the hungarian-austrian border fence in '89, helping East German refugees. His friends are opposed to the event, as, while understandable and humane, it destabilizes the situation and could ultimately lead to a united germany forming a world power in central europe. The song also tells of the reasons why people fled to germany - old tropes like bananas and jokes about "ossis"(easties) in there, as well as our constitution and free elections - but also Hartz IV (2005 onwards unemployment benefits) and Begrüssungsgeld, a one-time cash for east german citizens immigrating - informally also used for a similar (controversial) program for 2015-era refugees. This song appearing shortly after the refugee crisis, this transforms the song into a current-day political statement. I don't mind politics in my music.

    2. Rise against parts per million Definitely political as well. Rise against is probably my favorite band. Give Welcome to the Breakdown a go as well, it's good too. This album appearing just months after the 2016 US election, it's clear who the jester is.

    Bonus Mentions that didn't make the first 5:

    Farin Urlaub - Dermitder - guess which band member this song is dedicated to? Very catchy, funny lyrics.

    Feine Sahne Fischfilet - Zurück in unserer Stadt - Leftie political punk band FSF (literally fine cream fish filet - great name) is rather controversial, what with conservatives and new-right politician trying to silence them. Admittedly, they're chaos incarnate (see video evidence linked above), and their lyrics are kinda radical, but I can't get myself to disagree with them at all. This song is about them getting back into their hometown, getting shitfaced and amongst other things taking a shit in front of the local fraternity. Background being that fraternities (not a strictly academic entity - villages have frats too) have quite the reputation of being a breeding ground for right-wing, neonazi thought. Not as apolitical as the video makes it seem.

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

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    Well, at some point sifting through the sea of bullshit he spouts isn't worth it for the few truths he provides. I could ask the regulars at the local pub about geopolitics with the same result:...

    Well, at some point sifting through the sea of bullshit he spouts isn't worth it for the few truths he provides. I could ask the regulars at the local pub about geopolitics with the same result: With the amount of critical thinking involved in filtering the stuff you hear, you might as well figure it out for yourself. You're probably better off that way. Follows the same line of thinking as crying wolf, ya know?

    I like ollie's style - even more than contra points at times. Steve Bannon was a good video as well. Just jives better with me. Contra is great too though.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Hungary Is Lost in ~misc

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    The EU is full of these kinds of things. Parliament seats are distributed degressively, i.e. smaller countries are overrepresented. Similarly, every country gets one veto and one council seat. As...

    The EU is full of these kinds of things. Parliament seats are distributed degressively, i.e. smaller countries are overrepresented. Similarly, every country gets one veto and one council seat. As a german, my vote counts the least among all EU citizens and yet everyone and their mother tells us we're dictating political decisions? Should we maybe get the old germany back? Is that what they want? Cause then my vote will count more.

    I get why it was put in place - to convince smaller countries to join by assuring them they won't just be overruled. But the german federal states get along fine as well. Probably something about national identities in the end. Sometimes decisions unpopular with one individual must be made.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The Intellectual We Deserve in ~misc

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    Ok, I'll bite. Here's what I disagree with: Firstly, the above came across as harsh to me because the poster you replied to (to me) read like they were distancing themselves from not giving common...

    Ok, I'll bite. Here's what I disagree with:

    So you know what? I'll take Jordan Peterson. He has some stupid ideas on his end, but in the end, he gives people like me – raised soft, unassuming, personality-less, obedient – the respect and the agency we deserve. If you have better sources – talk about them; share them; let them be known, so that someone like me might find them and enjoy their lessons better than Peterson's.

    Until then, take a good, hard fucking look at what the notion of "common sense" represents and ask around if it's really that common that you should base your outlook on it.

    Firstly, the above came across as harsh to me because the poster you replied to (to me) read like they were distancing themselves from not giving common sense advice. Something like "my father didn't give me that advice, because he thought it was common sense. But peterson did, and he tacked on 40 pages of bullshit.". So, in that sense, they're (I think) not saying that common sense advice is unnecessary.

    Secondly, I beg to differ on your opinion of peterson. He's a quack. He doesn't know what he's talking about in any academic setting. His points are controversial or outdated in psychology and completely remarkably dumb in any other discipline I've seen him dabble in. His self-help advice is generic and you're probably better off with any other reputable self-help author. And lastly, he's a gateway drug to right-wing extremism. His views of left-wing policy, women and feminism are incredibly unfounded, wrong and downright malicious. Unfortunately, I'm not any more knowledgeable on self-help literature than you are and can't guide you to someone I like better.

    Now, that was quite harsh. How about something more reconciliatory? I don't judge you at all for enjoying his work. It's well-written and probably helpful. What I'm trying to do is to get you to try and be critical of the man, do some lateral reading. Dude is high-profile enough he's probably getting debunked everywhere. Read some of that too whenever you find something he says hard to believe.

    As for the user's guide:

    Not a simple list, of course: "memorize these 100 things and you'll be ready for life". That would be ridiculous: no life lesson can be taught by rote memorization.

    My mental picture would've been a wiki. Try to sort the entirety of life into a tree-structure. Everything is - transitively - sorted into the root node, and each node provides an overview of all its subnodes. The idea would be to start at root, check all the subtopics on whether you can identify a problem in your own life and discard all the nodes that you're content with. So I could for example check that my financial, social and romantic lives are all good by running through brief checklists and notice that my mental health is messed up, so I expand my search there. I'll then be asked about the common kinds of problems - stress, mood, etc. That of course doesn't stop me from missing tiny details in, say, my social life. But it's a lot better than living life not knowing that I should keep my mental health in check.

    (It could well be that it's impossible to structure everything into a tree, but we'll just make it a DAG then, i.e. cross-references from one branch to the other are ok as long as they don't lead to cycles.)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on The Intellectual We Deserve in ~misc

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    I disagree with some of what you said and some of it resonates with me. I'll maintain that JBP writes unremarkable life advice and straps a lot of BS right into it. But this here: This resonates....

    I disagree with some of what you said and some of it resonates with me. I'll maintain that JBP writes unremarkable life advice and straps a lot of BS right into it. But this here:

    All of this is why I find the idea of common sense unfounded bullshit. There's a lot of talk about accessibility nowadays: [...] No one ever talks about mental accessibility for people who seem normal otherwise but were never taught those basic things.

    This resonates. Some things you just don't learn, and you can't consciously learn them by picking up a book so long as you don't know what it is you lack. So in that sense, modern society is lacking something. Parents messed that up before and people survived because of some kind of community they could fall back on that wouldn't abandon them. I kinda think most communities today are much quicker to drop someone who lacks "common sense" without realizing that they could help. If family fails you, you lack common sense; but since no one expects family to ever fail you (cause it didn't happen for them) then others must assume that you lacking common sense is a "you" problem, not a "your family" problem. Thus, they assume that lack of common sense is not fixable by them.

    And while as a society it would be a trivial task of compiling a list of "common sense" things that everyone should know - in most cases just mentioning the thing is enough to solve the problem - I just can't see anything like that. A readily readable "user's guide to life" is not something I have ever seen.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on The Intellectual We Deserve in ~misc

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    I challenge anyone with any academic background to look at the stuff he has said about your branch of academia. He has most likely dabbled at some point and if so, it is even more likely he...

    I challenge anyone with any academic background to look at the stuff he has said about your branch of academia. He has most likely dabbled at some point and if so, it is even more likely he completely messed it up. I'm a computer scientist. He's talked about Gödel's incompleteness, and he managed to be so utterly wrong, it's kind of funny. It might take some digging if you're not a biologist, psychologist or philosopher, but he's surely weighed in on your branch and I'd be interested in anyone's findings.

    My problem with the man is that his life-advice is decent, but unremarkable, but it's marketed as the advice of a Prof. of psychology. His psychology is questionable at best though, and he uses his life-advice to market a whole host of other questionable opinions. At the end of the day, it's smoke and mirrors and the only thing of any authority is him being a psych prof with opinions not necessarily shared by his field. Some treat his opinions on other subjects as those of a educated professor when they're the opinions of a man out of his depth. He didn't get his academic degrees for his work on Gödel.

    13 votes
  19. Comment on Switching from Win10 to something else: what are my options? in ~tech

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    Windows 7's end of life is early next year. I would advise against switching to it at this point. I'm still on it, but I'm slowly migrating to linux at this point.

    Windows 7's end of life is early next year. I would advise against switching to it at this point. I'm still on it, but I'm slowly migrating to linux at this point.

    17 votes
  20. 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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    15-20 minutes? How is it then that nitrogen gas is considered a viable execution method? Does the partial pressure of O2 in blood escape through the lungs then? Sorry for the long wait/necro,...

    15-20 minutes? How is it then that nitrogen gas is considered a viable execution method? Does the partial pressure of O2 in blood escape through the lungs then?

    Sorry for the long wait/necro, something something weekend.

    (Also, Cunningham's law worked.)

    Upon second reading, does that mean that so long as my blood is oxygenated, and not acidic or full of CO2, my body just... won't prompt me to breathe? And that changes when low O2 is involved, but if I breathe with low O2 in blood, the body is content as long as I breathe? I.e. it's not as painful as CO2 overdose? That'd be really interesting.

    2 votes