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.
 2 years ago in Everything
Besides, all games are designed to be addictive. That’s what games are. They provide a fast feedback loop of small successes
 2 years ago in Everything
If YC becomes popular in in China, people might visit news.ycombinator.com and find very sane liberal thinking and many shocking truths about their country.
 2 years ago in Everything
On the death of my physical body, my assets will be transferred to a trust fund with 90% going as a bounty to whoever can bring me back to "life", preferably not in flesh and bones (only 50% if I get put in a human body)
 2 years ago in Everything
not learning a huge amount of useless facts, but being able to look them up like the rest of society does
 2 years ago in Everything
There is nothing wrong with a company seeking to enter new markets especially that their absence from these countries doesn't change a thing.
 2 years ago in Everything
The developed world already slowed its contribution to climate change massively and is getting better all the time.
 2 years ago in Everything
What are 'negative social consequences' ? That seems like a value-judgement to me and potentially highly political.
 2 years ago in Everything
User-facing software is about politics the same way architecture (like for buildings) is political: sure there is a lot that software and buildings can do to make people do one thing instead of another, but they don't change the fundamental things that drive us.
Not even a political party changes "the fundamental things that drive us". What drivel. Anyway, here is the article that naturally got flagged off the HN frontpage real quick: https://032c.com/fred-turner-silicon-valley-thinks-politics-doesnt-exist
 2 years ago in Everything
I am not a fan of the mass farming, but there are thousands of variables that lead to our current treatment of cattle and so on.
 2 years ago in Everything
Here's my take on the future: We'll upload ourselves and use much less energy.
 2 years ago in Everything
How do you compare which experience is better given they are both personal?
 2 years ago in Everything
Hopefully they’ll have gone through a similar ethical development that we have and they’re not still going around conquering other civilizations like we were back in the day.
 2 years ago in Everything
The military has been behind most of the technological advances in society
 2 years ago in Everything
What's the difference between this and hiring a team of autistic savants who can remember a ton of faces?
 2 years ago in Everything
You're literally hosting your life on it.
 2 years ago in Everything
I think it's more dystopian for all governments to have the same ideals and policies than for different governments to have different ideals and policies. It's okay that China is different.
 2 years ago in Everything
Today with SpaceX pushing us towards Mars it feels like we're living in pre-history of Expanse which is based on the most realistic SciFi I've seen yet.

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