3 d 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 w ago in Everything
China is a democracy. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_China
  2 w ago in Everything
Terraforming Mars, or maybe just create a habitable satellite is easier than saving the earth.
  3 w ago in Everything
What these reports often seem to ignore is that there is still biodiversity within our cities--sometimes a lot of it.
  3 w 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.
  4 w 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 m ago in Everything

"What's Hackernews?" "It's like Rain Man, but with genocide instead of math."

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.

It takes someone calling themselves "empath" to come up with this, uhhh, "response":
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 it had to be downvoted and greyed out.
  2 m 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 m 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 m 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
  3 m 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.
  3 m 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)
  4 m ago in Everything
not learning a huge amount of useless facts, but being able to look them up like the rest of society does
  4 m 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.
  4 m ago in Everything
The developed world already slowed its contribution to climate change massively and is getting better all the time.
  4 m ago in Everything
What are 'negative social consequences' ? That seems like a value-judgement to me and potentially highly political.
  4 m 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
  4 m 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.
  5 m ago in Everything
Here's my take on the future: We'll upload ourselves and use much less energy.
  5 m ago in Everything
How do you compare which experience is better given they are both personal?

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