1 year ago in Everything
I really love how the class names of the various warships are, lets say, less than subtle. Something of a self referential reminder that in war, one must accept that you're always the villain of someone's story, and war is never pretty.
 1 year ago in Everything
there is only room for 1% of the people, in the top 1%
 1 year ago in Everything
My kids are obsessed. Literally everything they say to me starts with "Daddy, on minecraft, ...." It's all they talk about, including with each other. They even act it out in playtime. Although as someone who has never played I basically understand nothing they are telling me.

It seems pretty creative tho, and they seem to be learning a lot from it, so not too bothered.
 1 year ago in Everything
humans are [..] large groups of people
 1 year ago in Everything
We see Tiananmen Square pop up all the time not because of its major historical significance, but because of the attempts by certain governments to censor it.
 1 year ago in Everything
Pay-per-hour would lead to shorter, more thoughtful games, rather than long grindy ones.
 1 year ago in Everything
Instead of roasting big companies (because... privacy?) we should work together. This picture does more harm, because it view companies purely as enemies.
 1 year ago in Everything
Are you shaming HN users for trying to monetize something?
 1 year ago in Everything
OK, if 13 year old girls do soft porn videos, totally on their own, I'd call that empowerment. I don't get the distinction from 13 year old guys doing videos about whatever they're into.
 1 year ago in Everything
if we don't pass our best genes down to our children we are hurting future generations. I suspect the fact that we've turned so against eugenics goes hand in hand with the fact that we've also destroyed the environment, the financial well-being, and even the mental health of the next generation (especially here in America)
 2 years ago in Everything
You are part of the vocal, online minority that doesn't look at Mint and cringe because it looks so amateur and dated.
 2 years ago in Everything
China is a democracy. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_China
 2 years ago in Everything
Terraforming Mars, or maybe just create a habitable satellite is easier than saving the earth.
 2 years ago in Everything
What these reports often seem to ignore is that there is still biodiversity within our cities--sometimes a lot of it.
 2 years ago in Everything
We do all sorts of ugly things to animals in the name of science. :/ But we learn all sorts of interesting and useful things from it, so... it's one of those trolley problem things.
 2 years ago in Everything
I would encourage countries like China or Russia to develop cheap mass drone swarm systems that can deny access to airspace to any adversary. A country could sell this sort of service for hundreds of billions of dollars to another country like an insurance policy. Entire wars could be made impossible. It would be great progress for the world.
 2 years ago in Everything
A comment on "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization":
The Maya still exist today. What people often refer to as Maya is their classic period.

In recent times, the Maya were massacred by a US-backed dictatorship:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemalan_genocide

And that's one of the reasons people flee the area.

Here is the, uhhh, "response" to that:
The Mayan highlands in Guatemala are actually a great place to visit — I spent a month or so there a few years ago. The people are super nice and it’s just beautiful.

Which in turn prompted these, uhhh, "replies":
There are about 30 languages in Guatemala which is about the size of New Jersey. 10% of the population speak Spanish. Everyone knows the Spanish words for numbers, that is needed to transact business. Cakchiquel verbs can have 4 suffixes whick makes it one of the most difficult languages to learn. Some kids don't learn to conjugate well until they are 14 or 15.
I have been a couple times and agree as well as it makes for a great vacation destination. For Starwars fans you can actually climb the temple IV in Tikal which was the original Yavin 4 filming location.
Having been there too, I strongly endorse your opinion. Did you make it to Tikal and check out the pyramids? Climbing Pyramid 4 and staring over the canopy at endless jungle was one of the better experiences of my life.

But also this one from the poster of the original comment mentioning the genocide..
Nice deflection.

While you are there, visit the Maya mass graves try to learn about the US role in making that happen.
..but of course, that's just rude. You can't put people on the spot like that, just for sweeping genocide under the rug. That's snarky and abrasive and mean, it's super bad discussion culture, so that's the one comment that needs to gets penalized.
 2 years ago in Everything
Mistakes are going to happen and the world has changed. The battlefield is everywhere now. It's not good, but from a high level the US leading the world led to fewer combat deaths.
 2 years ago in Everything
Games are designed to keep you interested and engaged-- that's just what a game is. Children's games have included gambling since toys have existed (dreidel, jacks, marbles, to name a few). Children learn about the real world through play, and gambling is a part of that. Risks give benefits or consequences that are often unpredictable. I don't see the explicit benefit of excluding these gambles from children's games.

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