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  1. Comment on Firefox dying is terrible for the Web in ~tech

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    I use Firefox for largely similar reasons, but you should keep in mind that pretty much all of Mozilla's revenue comes as royalties from search engines for being included as defaults. I don't...

    I use Firefox for largely similar reasons, but you should keep in mind that pretty much all of Mozilla's revenue comes as royalties from search engines for being included as defaults. I don't think the exact breakdown is known, but it seems like a safe bet that well over half that comes from Google. If Google ever decides it would rather have Firefox die, it probably could, or at least put Mozilla in a very bad place.

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  2. Comment on US Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent in ~news

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    One piece of evidence that people would not shift is that Russia implemented permanent DST and a few year later switched to standard time after complaints. Also I remember quite a few new stories...

    One piece of evidence that people would not shift is that Russia implemented permanent DST and a few year later switched to standard time after complaints. Also I remember quite a few new stories of schools shifting their schedule later into the day, but from what I've seen it's not really taken off, changing schedules seems to be a tall order. Though if such a shift did occur, I could see it varying regionally, town to town possibly.

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  3. Comment on US Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent in ~news

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    Eh, I have mixed thoughts on the whole thing. I'm certainly enjoying DST now.

    Eh, I have mixed thoughts on the whole thing. I'm certainly enjoying DST now.

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  4. Comment on US Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent in ~news

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    Surprised to see this. As for whether it seems likely that it will pass the House, the fact that it got through unanimously seems like a sign that it should, especially with this Senate. This...

    Surprised to see this. As for whether it seems likely that it will pass the House, the fact that it got through unanimously seems like a sign that it should, especially with this Senate. This article though feels very one-sided, mostly a long list of interest groups and predicted benefits, without any of the usual complaints. The typical one being that people, especially children, would be making morning commutes while its still very dark out.

    Also I always find the idea of permanent DST a bit silly, if you're not changing clocks with the seasons, then you're not really doing anything special. Of course I realize getting everyone to change their school and business hours to be later earlier in the day would be difficult, it's just odd to so intentionally pick timezones that put solar noon away from twelve o'clock.

    Even if it does pass, it might not stick, Russia switched to permanent DST before and switched to standard time just a fews later.

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  5. Comment on We're building computers wrong in ~comp

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    I looked into stuff like this years ago for a college assignment. One of the papers I found was this one. The idea is to use an analog neural network to process an image directly from a camera...

    I looked into stuff like this years ago for a college assignment. One of the papers I found was this one. The idea is to use an analog neural network to process an image directly from a camera chip without converting it to digital.

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  6. Comment on AI has the worst superpower… medical racism in ~tech

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    The part with the high pass filter is particularly interesting. I was expecting that it would be basing it off the proportions of the skeleton. An AI could pick up some very subtle ratios and...

    The part with the high pass filter is particularly interesting. I was expecting that it would be basing it off the proportions of the skeleton. An AI could pick up some very subtle ratios and contours. Though I suppose that could still be possible if the high pass filter still allows the AI to see where the edges of bones are. Also they say that this occurs when the AI is not optimized to detect race, but they are still training it to detect race at least a little bit, right? I don't think you can get an output from an AI without training for the output at all?

    I'd also be curious if it's somehow using something outside of what's actually being imaged. Perhaps the AI is only learning the Xray machines used (and some characteristic of their images) in Asia to determine who is Asian.

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  7. Comment on Teardown preview - A voxel ray-traced game on PC with next-generation destruction and physics in ~games

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    I wonder if the game could handle more complicated physics properties for the voxels. Either as composites of different strengths (e.g. the mortar in brick walls is weaker so that it breaks before...

    I wonder if the game could handle more complicated physics properties for the voxels. Either as composites of different strengths (e.g. the mortar in brick walls is weaker so that it breaks before the bricks) or weird combinations that cause specific behaviors (e.g. tempered glass that shatters completely once chipped).

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  8. Comment on Why Panem from The Hunger Games might be the most incompetent dystopian government in fiction in ~books

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    I've only read the books, but its been a while. The books do talk quite a bit about it at the start, mostly for explaining the theming of each contestant's costumes. I think there may have been a...

    I've only read the books, but its been a while. The books do talk quite a bit about it at the start, mostly for explaining the theming of each contestant's costumes. I think there may have been a sort of idea that if any one district rebels, it wouldn't be able to survive by itself? It also comes off less contrived when being introduced to District 12, the coal producing region, first. A region based around extracting fossil fuels is pretty believable. Though looking at the list of districts, some seem particularly non-sensical. I'm not sure how 'transportation' can be centralized to the point of being an entire district.

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  9. Comment on 2020 US Presidential Election Results - Discussion Thread in ~misc

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    Well there's a few ways to answer this question. I suppose it would largely depend on what all you consider to the be the deal-breakingly bad aspects of Trump. The general answer though, is that...

    So genuine question: what went so badly wrong for the Democrats, that when you have a corrupt, serial rapist, authoritarian neofascist in power, you only end up winning by the skin of your teeth?

    Well there's a few ways to answer this question. I suppose it would largely depend on what all you consider to the be the deal-breakingly bad aspects of Trump. The general answer though, is that they don't care.

    Sure, there are some people that want a white-supremacist authoritarian in power, but that is a very small portion of this country. Furthermore, many of them don't like Donald Trump, at least not after his first term. If they are voting for him in 2020, its probably for the same reasons as the rest of his supporters in a fascist's idea of harm reduction.

    Now, "don't care" has a lot of different shapes, more than caring does. Not caring about Trump being a rapist could be that they don't believe his accusers, so they don't care about the accusations. It could be that they think Joe Biden is a hair-eating rapist, so they don't care that Trump is also a rapist. However, the most important point, is that they truly do not care if Trump is a rapist, because it isn't what is important to them. They view Joe Biden, or any democrat (at least at the national level), as worse than a rapist. Why, even if they did prefer a rapist, they would consider other things more important.

    What they care about varies a bit, but the usual topics are gun control, abortion, law & order, immigration, and a host of economic positions (which overlaps with immigration).

    Its also worth mentioning that they view Biden as an extension of the Democratic party in a way that only hurts him. Which not only will make him seem less appealing on important issues, but also worse on issues like 'being a rapist' due to things such as conspiracy theories involving Jeffery Epstein.

    Also, pretty much anything that can be said regarding Trump being a rapist, can be said again for him being a fascist, or a racist, or corrupt, or inept, or mentally unsound.

    Also there is no way substantial election reform will stick anytime soon.

    National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

    Every state that signed onto this is consistently going blue. If it ever actually did something, it would not last long.

    reform the electoral college entirely

    Requires an amendment and thus 34 states, not happening

    Admit Puerto Rico as a state

    Not that unfeasible actually, could see the Democratic party having the chance. Though, what makes you think they would go blue? D.C. would, but they already already get to vote for the president.

    Implement single transferable vote for the presidency

    Has to be done state by state. Would be great, but the two parties have every reason not to. Also it wouldn't cause the popular vote to determine the winner.

    Implement SCOTUS reform

    Not sure how this would go down, though my guess is not great? Again, more feasible as its just a bill.

    redistricting for all geographic and political segments across the country is done by an independent commission of demographers, geographers, and mathematicians.

    Would be nice, but I doubt many state legislators would be willing to give up that power. Those that would probably don't need it. Again, no direct affect on presidential elections.

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  10. Comment on Strange idea to fix RPG gaming online - shit or lit / feedback chat in ~tech

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    Are there voice chat systems that use static spatial audio? That is, each person appears to be comming from a different direction, you can imagine it as a virtual round table. It wouldn't take a...

    Are there voice chat systems that use static spatial audio? That is, each person appears to be comming from a different direction, you can imagine it as a virtual round table. It wouldn't take a full VR headset to do enough headtracking for dynamic spatial audio, but I don't think even that would be needed due to not much head movement when using a computer.

  11. Comment on 8K Gaming - Nvidia RTX 3090 on a LG ZX 88" OLED TV in ~tech

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    That isn't what the chart is saying. The chart gives a resolution for a TV size and viewing distance. 2 meters being the furthest 4K and resolutions can be differentiated on an 88" TV. The graph...

    That isn't what the chart is saying. The chart gives a resolution for a TV size and viewing distance. 2 meters being the closest furthest 4K and resolutions can be differentiated on an 88" TV. The graph is meant to be used to determine the minimum resolution for a given TV size and viewing distance. For example, if you had a 50" TV 12' away, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 720p and a higher resolution, but you would be able to tell if it was 480p.

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  13. Comment on A website that randomly displays YouTube videos with zero views in ~tech

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    I first saw this the last time it was posted. Certainly a strange experience.

    I first saw this the last time it was posted. Certainly a strange experience.

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  14. Comment on Board games with unique mechanics? in ~games.tabletop

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    I can think of a few games that I think are somewhat unique. Not Alone: A game with two teams, one has one player, and everyone else is on the other. The one player has to guess where the other...

    I can think of a few games that I think are somewhat unique.

    Not Alone: A game with two teams, one has one player, and everyone else is on the other. The one player has to guess where the other players will be going, while the rest have to be not caught and try to achieve certain goals to win sooner.

    Cash N Guns: A game where each player tries to get the most loot without dying. Its really fun balancing the risk and reward of each round against just skipping it.

    Good Cop Bad Cop: A game of two teams, but you only know your own team at the start. I usually only play games in a group of 4, and at that size this game can feel a bit formulaic, but there are enough unknowns that you don't know which situation you are in (and this can lead to some weird scenarios when players make mistakes). Unlike some other games with secret teams, the two teams are equal.

  15. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I think that 'perceived' is meant to be how the comment or post percieves your race, while 'actual' is how you might be perceived in real life. So if a post makes an anti-black remark against you...

    I think that 'perceived' is meant to be how the comment or post percieves your race, while 'actual' is how you might be perceived in real life. So if a post makes an anti-black remark against you it violates the rule, even if you would never be considered black in real life. This way I cannot call you racial slurs and claim that "it turns out that isn't even your race, so it isn't racism".

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  16. Comment on Facing scrutiny, Pete Buttigieg releases list of McKinsey clients in ~news

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    After some more searching it seems what confused me is that NRDC goes by both the National Resource Defense Council and the Natural Resource Defense Council. All cleared up now

    After some more searching it seems what confused me is that NRDC goes by both the National Resource Defense Council and the Natural Resource Defense Council. All cleared up now

  17. Comment on Facing scrutiny, Pete Buttigieg releases list of McKinsey clients in ~news

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    I'm not sure, but this is a company, not a governmental association? A quick search indicates that Blue Cross Blue Shield does have a program for insuring federal employees, but it's far from all...

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    I'm not sure, but this is a company, not a governmental association? A quick search indicates that Blue Cross Blue Shield does have a program for insuring federal employees, but it's far from all they do.

    Not that this invalidates your point.

    Edit: Upon closer inspection, I don't recognize "The National Resources Defense Council" or "The Energy Foundation" and searching for them only turns up similarly named organizations.

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  18. Comment on House overwhelmingly approves contentious new copyright bill in ~news

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    -Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. constitution

    The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries

    -Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. constitution

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  19. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    If someone is actually interested in participating and changing, they could just not make it known who they are. It's just a Tildes account, it is neither difficult to get nor important to be tied...

    If someone is actually interested in participating and changing, they could just not make it known who they are. It's just a Tildes account, it is neither difficult to get nor important to be tied to who you are (at least if you are trying to change who you are).

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