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  1. Comment on Calling them groups in ~tildes

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    sometimes it even results in... shudder babies!

    sometimes it even results in... shudder babies!

  2. Comment on Calling them groups in ~tildes

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    that why I could actually justify the name being plural, which has been bugging me till now.

    that why I could actually justify the name being plural, which has been bugging me till now.

  3. Comment on Calling them groups in ~tildes

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    are these groups for fucking? or a statement in opposition to groups?

    are these groups for fucking? or a statement in opposition to groups?

  4. Comment on Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman fired from the White House in ~news

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    I think apathy is already widespread. look at the low voter turnout. look at how many people still blindly support trump, and call out reasonable arguments against him as Trump Derangement...

    I think apathy is already widespread. look at the low voter turnout. look at how many people still blindly support trump, and call out reasonable arguments against him as Trump Derangement Syndrome because calling out an authoritarian takeover happening before your eyes sounds so farfetched to his supporters that ignore basic facts and continue pushing narratives that have already been discredit, even by Republican Senators. that's rampant apathy.

    lack of caring for the truth. politics has turned into a game of supporting your local team, no matter what, because people tie their identities to a certain camp, irrespective of any policies or political beliefs. it's just their camp. that's apathy.

    unwillingness to properly engage with the democratic process, as would be required to stave off this decline into authoritarianism. that's not going away.

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  5. Comment on Why can’t I commit to a hobby? in ~hobbies

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    yes, I can't stand idle entertainment because I'm falling behind on all the progress I could be making in my "hobbies". I still do it. but I feel bad about it. similar sentiment to what's laid out...

    yes, I can't stand idle entertainment because I'm falling behind on all the progress I could be making in my "hobbies". I still do it. but I feel bad about it.

    similar sentiment to what's laid out here: The Guardian: Who killed the weekend? or various others like it in the last year that question our modern obsession with workism and productivity, even in our spare time. I can't shake the feeling. and I'm always on edge.

    stumbled on some articles just now that interesting:
    The Atlantic: Workism Is Making Americans Miserable
    CBC: Why we need to rethink our obsession with being more productive

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  6. Comment on What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why? in ~comp

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    my only gripe is being unable to disable the shutter sound and flash in gnome-screenshot. basically disallows running silent snaps in the background. switched to maim for that.

    my only gripe is being unable to disable the shutter sound and flash in gnome-screenshot. basically disallows running silent snaps in the background. switched to maim for that.

  7. Comment on Mansplaining convention coming to Orlando promises to 'Make Women Great Again' in ~life

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    Poe's law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it...

    Poe's law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the views being parodied. wikipedia

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  8. Comment on What is fiction? A quest to find a believable universe. in ~movies

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    I was inspired to write down some thoughts after seeing Star Wars tonight. depending what expectations you had going in, you'd justifiably have a very different take on the movie. does science...

    I was inspired to write down some thoughts after seeing Star Wars tonight. depending what expectations you had going in, you'd justifiably have a very different take on the movie.

    does science fiction require believable, logically consistent world-building that allows complete immersion? that's what I prefer, and find most interesting. in a way, it seems too high a bar to set, given that article talking about how, before Tolkien, unabashed fantasy was not a thing (prior work using Narnia's closet link-to-the-real-world copout, instead of fully committing to building a standalone immersive reality).

    however, I'd like to think it's not that difficult to create fiction that is immersive. it's definitely a lot easier in written form, where you can more easily envelop yourself inside a reality created by your imagination. however, it seems to have become the standard to accept immersion-breaking from movies nowadays, through not just logical inconsistency in their reality, but endless cameos, fan service ("hey what movie was that line from?"), and other nostalga ("haha this is just like that other scene that was repeated 7 times already").

    I vaguely remember some conversations on here along these lines, about expectations for scifi, its definition, possibly even referencing some Tolkien quotes. the closest I could find is this post:

    We're in the middle of the superhero-craze right now and that's largely replaced science fiction cinema. The latest star trek films make for fine popcorn-munching action movies, but calling them 'science fiction' is an insult to the genre. Star Wars has never been science fiction, it's fantasy with lasers, space ships, ghosts, and glowing swords. It's sad that the fucking Orville has better science fiction elements in it than we've seen in most media lately.

    a more tildes-conducive title would have been "what does scifi mean to you?". I imagine some people don't look for the same things I do. the box office sure seems to point in that direction.

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  9. Comment on Boeing's uncrewed Starliner capsule will be unable to reach ISS after post-launch malfunction in ~space

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    isn't that sentence only talking about the capsule, saying nothing about the launch? A = Boeing Starliner Capsule for NASA ISS Missions B = Fails C = to Launch so the sentence structure is A B C...

    isn't that sentence only talking about the capsule, saying nothing about the launch?

    A = Boeing Starliner Capsule for NASA ISS Missions
    B = Fails
    C = to Launch

    so the sentence structure is A B C with A = subject B = verb and C = object

  10. Comment on Boeing's uncrewed Starliner capsule will be unable to reach ISS after post-launch malfunction in ~space

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    the point of the launch is to test features of the new craft. these features failed. so the mission (and therefore the launch) failed. (edit: the title isn't even saying "the launch" failed....

    the point of the launch is to test features of the new craft. these features failed. so the mission (and therefore the launch) failed. (edit: the title isn't even saying "the launch" failed. actually no mention of such a thing. only mentions "the capsule" failing to launch)

    this post title is perfectly succinct and clear without bias. it says capsule. it should be clear to anyone, at least after reading the first paragraph, that a capsule and rocket are not the same thing.

    The rocket, bright as a candle flame, climbed steadily, leaving a spindly trail of smoke that split the sky in half, with the sharp darkness of night on one side and the first pastel hues of daylight on the other. It carried a capsule, bound for the International Space Station, to the edge of space and let go.

    can we stop accusing every title of being editorialized, which implies intended bias?

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  11. Comment on The Mysterious Double Tilde (~~) Operation in ~comp

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    when two tildes are better than one. is this a thing in any other programming languages?

    when two tildes are better than one. is this a thing in any other programming languages?

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  12. Comment on General equilibrium effects of cash transfers: experimental evidence from Kenya in ~science

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    This research studied the charity of a foundation called GiveDirectly that specializes in cash transfers, and studying their effects. One of the authors is its co-founder. I recently stumbled...

    This research studied the charity of a foundation called GiveDirectly that specializes in cash transfers, and studying their effects. One of the authors is its co-founder.

    I recently stumbled across this foundation in this GiveWell blog post of their 2019 top charities. I found this to be by far the most compelling on the list, both for their direct impact, and their support of research like this, which can go a long way to dispelling myths, and supporting more evidence-based charity as well as policies in developed countries like universal basic income.

    They also have a page called GDLive in beta, which lists unedited survey responses to questions like personal impact, what could be improved, what the money was spent on, etc. If I find myself catastrophising my own problems, I find going there helps put my own problems into perspective, reminding me how privileged I am to have won the global birth lottery to have been born to hard-working immigrants that had the education and means to move to Canada (noticing the "invisible things that make my life easier" which "explains why most of us aren’t nearly as grateful as we ought to be" Freakonomics: Why Is My Life So Hard?). It's shocking to see how much of a life-altering difference a cash donation can make to these people, in amounts that often seem paltry to me.

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  13. Comment on Cows wearing VR headsets might produce better milk in ~science

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    isn't this the plot of the matrix?

    isn't this the plot of the matrix?

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  14. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    this is getting out of control. it's like they looked at their dying business model, and just moved it online, instead of learning anything from customer dissatisfaction. people love Netflix when...

    this is getting out of control. it's like they looked at their dying business model, and just moved it online, instead of learning anything from customer dissatisfaction. people love Netflix when it's a 1-stop shop. when online streaming is endlessly fragmented, the lack of a cost-effective comprehensive online streaming subscription, won't the balance of preferences move to just downloading everything again? good luck.

    pulled this summary from this WSJ article, what the hell is Peacock?!??

    Service Monthly Cost Launch date Shows
    NETFLIX $12.99 Running Seinfeld, Stranger Things
    HULU $5.99 (with ads); $11.99 (ad-free) Running ER, Handmaid's Tale
    AMAZON PRIME VIDEO $8.99 Running Sex and the City, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    APPLE TV+ $4.99 Nov. 1 The Morning Show
    DISNEY+ $6.99 Nov. 12 The Simpsons, The Mandalorian
    HBO MAX $14.99 May 2020 Friends, The Flight Attendant
    PEACOCK TBD, likely under $10 Spring The Office, Rutherford Falls
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  15. Comment on There was no committee in ~life

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    discusses the "accidental" outcome of English as lingua franca. the reason is basically: The British Empire. the article argues against forced language diversity (by either linguists or...

    discusses the "accidental" outcome of English as lingua franca.
    the reason is basically: The British Empire.
    the article argues against forced language diversity (by either linguists or governments) since: we need jobs.

    I mean, there's a strong point to be made for allowing individuals to make their own decisions. But the pros and cons as laid out in this article are quite basic and over-simplified.

    They don't mention that a committee did set out to create a lingua franca without all the annoying idiosyncrasies of English, namely Esperanto, which to this day has a thriving community of followers, that's growing online (they now have a Duolingo course).

    I remember listening to some very interesting breakdown of the issue from Freakonomics:

    another one I just stumbled on now:

    3 votes
  16. Comment on President Trump wrote Turkish President Erdogan a letter warning him not to be "a tough guy" or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria in ~news

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    thanks for pointing it out. i didn't know that was a thing.

    thanks for pointing it out. i didn't know that was a thing.

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  17. Comment on President Trump wrote Turkish President Erdogan a letter warning him not to be "a tough guy" or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria in ~news

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    I sympathize with his position. If there's nothing factually wrong with a headline, what's the criteria for editing the submission? It's a fine line, especially since in this situation moving away...

    I sympathize with his position. If there's nothing factually wrong with a headline, what's the criteria for editing the submission? It's a fine line, especially since in this situation moving away from a more neutral headline (though I agree it doesn't relate the seriousness of the matter) to something more specific, can easily be seen as partisan.

    I this case I wanted to check how "other" sides are presenting it. And it actually turns out fox news highlighted the same two passages. So the new title seems to walk that fine line well, avoiding partisanship, though the original title was more explicitly neutral.

    However issues remain with the policy. From the perception of having your submission criticized incorrectly. To the perception of changing the intent or position of the post, especially to something more partisan. And more concretely as stated, the actual effect on limiting the diversity of discourse, through the more narrow filter of a several editing individuals.

    Should there be clear guidelines for when this should be done? And a clear chain of transparency, to show when it's done, and maybe why?

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  18. Comment on Why is billionaire George Soros a bogeyman for the hard right? in ~news

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    also a healthy dose of projecting. since moneyed interests overriding popular interest is kind of the Republicans' thing, going out and accusing the other side of doing it muddies the waters,...

    also a healthy dose of projecting. since moneyed interests overriding popular interest is kind of the Republicans' thing, going out and accusing the other side of doing it muddies the waters, makes it seem like everyone's doing it, and provides a strawman for false claims of whataboutism, which is propaganda even when it's not based on abject lies.

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