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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

Also, look up "instrumental convergence" and the "paperclip maximizer" thought experiment, there's your issue with capitalism in a nutshell.

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

As for the incessant attacks on capitalism. What are you suggesting?


There's a lot wrong with the disgusting gulf between the 'too rich' and the 'too poor' and it needs fixing.

I'm not suggesting anything, because capitalism is great, provided you're not dumb enough to be in the 99.9% that are trading the only thing of value they have (time/lifespan) to make you orders of magnitude more money than you're paying them, while you sip martinis on a beach somewhere and enjoy life. It's great.

But if you're wondering why those 99.9% are complaining about a blatantly broken system, refer to your own list + the complete, utter and unchecked destruction of true value (nature) that we require to keep living on this planet, all in order to convert it into fake and fundamentally useless fake value (digits in accounts).

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

As if formal education isn't enough indoctrination already...

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

"Yo dawg, I heard you like slavery so we put some slavery in your slavery so you can be a slave while being a slave".

Excellent, some true 4D chess thinking here.

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Posted in: The next fashion trend is clothes that don't exist See in context

For many, the idea of buying clothes that don't exist is a conceptual leap too far.

This whole "it doesn't exist" argument is still as ridiculous as it always was.

Of course it exists, it's just in digital form. If it didn't exist you wouldn't be writing about it. In fact, you couldn't write it and I couldn't write this comment, because by that logic the entire internet doesn't exist either. Why are you paying for an internet connection to something nonexistent?

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Posted in: Japan, Hong Kong academics say virtual learning no match for real thing See in context

Online classes =/= virtual learning. Online classes are worse than in-person classes, which are in turn way worse than self-driven software-assisted learning (spaced repetition etc).

I love how these "academics" shared their "beliefs" and "sentiments" and vaguely-related survey results, but there isn't a single reference to an actual study and research paper backing up their claims in the entire article. Tells you everything you need to know, really.

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Posted in: Vaccine checks beginning at San Francisco eateries, bars See in context

Why should I be forced to sit next to somebody in a restaurant or bar or wherever who by choice chooses not to get vaccinated?

Why shouldn't you, if you already have your magical vaccine?

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Posted in: Woman outwits phone scammer pretending to be her son See in context

Why doesn't he get a job then instead of stealing peoples money.

"Get a job" is terrible financial advice unless you're into thinly veiled slavery. The alternative should be starting a business rather than stealing, though.

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Posted in: Bob Dylan sued for allegedly sexually abusing girl in 1965 See in context

Interesting to see how people are so quick to rush to the defense of Dylan. I wonder how different the reaction would be if it was somebody you loathed like Trump.

I give 0 damn about either Dylan or Trump, and my reaction would be 0% different - this is ridiculous. Maybe don't wait 56 years to report an alleged crime and people will take you more seriously.

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Posted in: Apple defends child protection features over privacy concerns See in context

It underscored that only images uploaded to iCloud are checked, with the system scanning for a digital version of a fingerprint that matches known child sex abuse images without seeing pictures.

Yeah, no, that's just not possible. In order to generate a checksum you have to read the entire file, and in order to read the file and generate the correct checksum it needs to be decrypted first. And since you need to read all files in order to determine which ones do or don't match the filter... either all files are stored unencrypted in the cloud by default, or Apple has the private keys for all users and can decrypt and access all files which means they're effectively unencrypted anyway.

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Posted in: Australian swimmer who took 'misogyny' stance says it was worth missing Olympics See in context

I'm sure it was... somehow.

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Posted in: Grammys commit to more hiring diversity for 2022 show See in context

Lol ok. Employing people who are not white is racism against white people.

Basing decisions on race is by definition racism, so yes.

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Posted in: Grammys commit to more hiring diversity for 2022 show See in context

Forced diversity = socially accepted racism/sexism. You can't be more inclusive by explicitly excluding people based on race or gender. Unfortunately, the cognitive dissonance is something these SJW types will never be able to reconcile.

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Posted in: AI's human protein database a 'great leap' for research See in context

Again... ML (machine learning), not AI (artificial intelligence). The key difference being that the former currently exists and can be used, while the latter does not and can not.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of online video game acquaintance See in context

Did he just happen to have a knife on him at the time of the murder?

...he was at home. Don't you just happen to have a knife at home?

Did he go to the cops and report the previous assaults? If not, it’s just his word which might very well be a made up story to justify his gaming lunacy.

What "gaming lunacy"? Nothing in the article states that the crime had anything to do with gaming, that's just how the two met years ago. But nice assumption and implication that gaming leads to violence, which has been debunked many times over the last decade or two.

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Posted in: Is setting targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions an effective way to reduce the adverse effects of climate change? See in context

Targets are pointless if there's no incentive to hit them (or in this case, not hit them). No country or company is going to go out of their way and spend time and resources in order to lower their own profits.

Until less carbon emissions = way more money, or more carbon emissions = way less money (taxes, fees, etc. on those that exceed limits), absolutely nothing will change. Why would it?

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Posted in: U.S. to seek global rules on AI misuse, Blinken says See in context

We're at least a few hundred years from AI, provided the species survives that long. What you're talking about is ML (machine learning).

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Posted in: Trouble associated with crypto assets have been increasing, with the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan saying complaints linked to virtual currencies are on pace to reach a record high. What advice would you give to someone thinking of investing in cryptocurrencies? See in context

Learn how the technology actually works, and accept that any investement is speculative.

If you just leave your funds in the control of some exchange which may have poor security or an insider stealing funds, that's on you. If you just drop money into it expacting the value to go straight up forever, that's on you.

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Posted in: Bezos leaves enduring legacy as he steps away as Amazon CEO See in context

Amazon wiped out all the small bookstores and even towns of stores, dragged employment to worst than 3rd world conditions, and concentrated all that wealth to one person. It's the dystopian nightmare writ large

Welcome to capitalism, may I take your order?

...also, inb4 an American mentions communism for some reason.

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Posted in: Fungal infections worldwide becoming resistant to drugs and more deadly See in context

Fungi are highly adaptable and can be "trained" to break down and consume pretty much anything - including antifungal agents. They've been used to break down cigarette butts, microplastics, oil spills etc. Pretty amazing organisms that we're just beginning to learn about.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

Japanese fruit is immaculate in appearance because it is regularly sprayed with pesticides and fungicides, a process euphemistically called "shodoku" in Japanese. [...] Since I am not a farmer, I do not know "exactly" what the chemicals are, but I know that some of them are sold out of locked cabinets at branches of JA. [...] Since watermelons are grown on the ground, home to lots of bugs and fungi, and these square ones are purely decorative, I'd imagine they are sprayed frequently too.

If you're complaining about general pesticide and fungicide use, this is really weird place to do it, considering that a) these aren't intended for consumption and b) they're grown in molds which cover 99% of the fruit. If anything, square watermelons are the one fruit where pesticide use is a non-issue.

My problem is people constantly fear-mongering about DaNgErOuS cHeMiCaLs, despite not knowing what the actual chemicals are or what negative effect (if any) they have on humans. Insect and human physiology might be slightly different, you know.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

I didn't know they were inedible. This makes them even more stupid, especially the huge chemical use that will doubtlessly be involved.

What exactly are these chemicals you speak of, and how are they involved in the process?

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Posted in: Throughout history, in every country, there have been con artists. Why are they always with us? See in context

Because at some point we institutionalized scamming and called it "government".

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Posted in: 29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him See in context

So let me get this straight, if a minor shown up to my door all blodied and bruised and said "My parent was drunk and got angry and out of control and beat me badly, can I stay here till the police comes?", am I to just shut the door in their faces because that would be seen as "kidnapping"? I mean.....from the eyes of the laws' perspective.

Yes. You'd also get called a predator and people would call for your castration, apparently.

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

5-10 years ago I would've said this is ridiculous and unfair to the women, but since they spent all that time saying how they're just as strong and can obviously do everything any man can just as well... I'm now a proponent of true gender equality, and looking forward to seeing them prove those claims.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

Jesus, what's the deal with those beds? Are they expecting the athletes to turn into midgets upon entering the country or something?

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Posted in: Turkey deports Japanese man for eating cats See in context

Always found it highly interesting how people completely flip out about someone eating a cat or dog, calling them psychos, disturbed, sick etc. Meanwhile, they casually eat some meat from one of the tens of thousands of chickens, pigs or cows that get slaughtered every single day.

Double standards much? Either everyone who's not vegetarian is a psycho, or you're a hypocrite. Which one is it?

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

Are there no tranquiliser darts in Hokkaido for these eventualities?

Sure there are. They're called bullets, and they tranquilize permanently.

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Posted in: Why doesn't Father's Day carry the same importance as Mother's Day? Or does it? See in context

Gynocentric society, always has been.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Simple - sunk cost fallacy.

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