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  • To nibble further at the arguments for God: free will is absurd.

    If god is all knowing and all powerful, then when he created the universe, he would know exactly what happened from the first moment until the last. Like setting up an extremely complex arrangement of dominoes.

    So how could he give people free will? Maybe he created some kind of special domino that sometimes falls leftward and sometimes falls rightward, so now it has "free will". Ok, but isn't that just randomness? God's great innovation is just chance?

    No, one might argue, free will isn't chance, it's more complex than that, a person makes decisions based on their moral principles, their life experience, etc. Well where did they get their principles? What circumstances created their life experience? Conditions don't appear out of nowhere. We get our DNA from somewhere. Either God controls the starting conditions and knows where they lead, or he covered his eyes and threw some dice. In either case we can say "yes, I have free will" in the sense that we do what we want, but the origins of our decisions are either predetermined or subject to chaos/chance.

  • Antony Blinken Message To Arab Americans
  • Thanks for identifying the source of the screenshot. I then found this article about a meeting between Arab American leaders and Blinken, and this full video of the interview we're seeing a clip of.

    Frankly, even if unintentional this is how misinformation gets spread.

    Many people will only read the headline. Then if they want to know more it's multiple steps to get closer to the source. If you watch the clip it's just some guy. If you find the original video it's Bilal Hammoud, with the Michigan Arab chamber of commerce.

    And he's paraphrasing what Blinken said in a private meeting. There isn't a recording of the meeting itself. Assuming best of intentions, this guy is relaying his recollection of how he heard Blinken's words, which is subject to miscommunication.

    This guy claims Blinken said if Palestine is recognized, the U.S. will cut funding to the U.N. and if they do that, the U.N. may cut food aid programs that affect other parts of the world.

    Even if what this guy said was accurate about Blinken, that's bad enough. If Blinken said the U.S. will throw a tantrum and willingly cut funds to an unrelated organization, even knowing it could affect aid elsewhere, that's shitty. But it's weakly sourced, we've got one participant's recollection, and don't have greater context of the conversation.

    Then we have this headline added which was never said during the interview, "Blinken threatens global starvation." It all seems packaged to drive engagement.

    Which is too bad, because the U.S. is in the wrong, and Israel. It hurts credibility to paint this cartoonish picture when the reality is plenty awful.

  • The trolley problem
  • I get it's a meme and I don't disagree with the joke. That said, the trolley problem isn't supposed to be a description of real life, it's a thought experiment to help tease out moral principles.

    Also, while there are many things outside our control and many people like billionaires who are screwing us, I don't think it's a helpful mental model to think of oneself as tied up and solely an object being acted on. We can make choices and within constraints we can change some things. And if there were any question about whether we can change things, believing it's impossible in effect means it's impossible.

  • Antony Blinken Message To Arab Americans
  • I know U.S. isn't supporting Palestinian statehood, which is bad enough. I was hoping for a source about Blinken supposedly saying that doing so would cause global starvation. Doesn't sound like something a diplomat would say, I haven't seen it reported elsewhere, and on first pass doesn't make any sense.

  • Boomer Rule
  • I'm a millennial too. You're right, there were definitely people saying we suck, aren't hard workers, it's our own fault for not doing well financially, etc. I'm just saying that wasn't all the boomers in the same way all millennials aren't giving gen z shit. But those sorts of claims drive engagement, from upset people in both demographics, so that's why the narrative keeps popping up.

  • Boomer Rule
  • Hmm sensing similarities to that other thread where the gen z person was saying millennials always complain about them. What if some predictable percentage of people regardless of the time they were born are assholes?

  • Why do Millennials hate Gen Z fashion so much?
  • Not going to gaslight you and say no one is making those comments, I'm sure they are. That said, there are millions of people in the world who don't give a fuck about gen z fashion, or who aren't rude, and then there are millions of people who are dicks, or insecure about their own appearance or place in the world.

    As a millennial I remember the manufactured controversy between boomers and millennials, and similar comments about appearance, work ethic, etc. Now that millennials are "old" some of them see new stuff coming along and feel compelled to complain. Whatever age group someone belongs to they'll complain about things they see, age related or otherwise, so I wouldn't focus too much on it.

  • What should I know about buying / replacing a garage door opener?

    My default buying process is research + spreadsheet creation, this time thought I'd ask the community here if you have any experience / wisdom with garage door openers. Thanks for any help!

    Additional info: Single car garage built in the 1950s in the U.S. The current opener is a lift master, just eyeballing it probably from the 90s. The door could be original? I don't know. It's wood, seems fairly substantial.

    Yesterday and this morning started having issues with the door just stopping in the middle of opening or closing. When it stops, the remote button becomes unresponsive for a few seconds. When it starts moving again it goes the other direction so you have to keep pressing and try to get it to close/open before it stops again. This morning I ended up pulling it down part of the way because I'd gone through several rounds of up, down, up, down. It doesn't seem to want to move manually which isn't surprising. Worried my car is going to get stuck in there before work so I figure should probably be proactive here.

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    What are legitimate arguments for legalization of gambling?

    Question inspired by the news that Dave and Busters is supposed to be adding gambling to their games. And of course there are the sports betting apps.

    I get that all things being equal we should let people do what they want to do. But I don't see much of a benefit, and a lot of downside to allowing the spread of gambling.

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    Some disaster has befallen society: you have to secure a month of food for you and three other people. How do you do it?

    Let's assume no zombies or other supernatural occurrences, but could be plenty of people being shitty, consequences thereof, or natural disasters

    Edit: to expand on this, presumably if society has temporarily or permanently collapsed there would be issues with things like deliveries, security, digital transactions, utility service etc. Feel free to use whichever scenario seems most likely to you, I'm asking more because I was thinking how screwed I'd be if I was just out of food after say, seven days.

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    What does it take to get a constitutional amendment ratified in the U.S.?

    I don't mean the actual rules of passing it, I mean what organization, activities and funding are necessary to do so.

    The last one passed was in 1992 and it was just about congressional pay. Last one before that was 1971. Is there some kind of play book? It seems to happen so infrequently that it would be hard to study and conditions would vary enough that the last effort wouldn't be useful as a model.

    ("The amendment process is very difficult and time consuming: A proposed amendment must be passed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, then ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states." Link)

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    If you could guarantee that one action you undertake would be successful, what would it be?

    We're talking actions limited to something one human could achieve - so not wishes, but could be something amazing or rare like "become president"

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    Conferences for the .1% breed skepticism
    www.bloomberg.com Conferences for the 0.1% Breed Skepticism

    Plus: The trouble with rent inflation and the hope for a new B-school AI tool.

    Conferences for the 0.1% Breed Skepticism

    "...These kinds of private conferences, where business and cultural leaders interview one another free from the pesky, prying grasp of the press or public, are becoming increasingly common."

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    What's that machine they use at the eye doctor to bend/refit your glasses?

    I like getting glasses off of Zenni but they never seem to fit quite right, mostly the arms. Would be nice to be able to make adjustments.

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    YSK if you've built a computer and it won't boot, sometimes the issue can be resolved by taking the memory out and putting it back.

    Or by only putting one stick of memory in, or changing the slot you're using.

    I was assembling a computer and everything seemed to be correct, the fan would spin up, I'd get some lights, but there was no image on the screen, not even the BIOS. I saw someone else make this suggestion and didn't think it was likely to work, but it did. First I just tried one stick, and it booted. Then I tried both sticks and it didn't work, but I reseated and then it did.

    (Also worth pointing out that your motherboard should have diagnostic lights which if you check the documentation may point out which component has an issue)

    Thinking about Lemmy's demographics many here may have heard of something like this, or have more helpful suggestions about troubleshooting which would be welcome. But thought I'd write out a little post about my experience to contribute to Lemmy SEO supremacy.

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    Movies and TV Shows @lemm.ee LesserAbe @lemmy.world
    Watched "20 Days in Mariopol" tonight: about an AP team of journalists trapped in the Ukrainian city while it was besieged by Russians
    20daysinmariupol.com 20 Days In Mariupol - An AP News & FRONTLINE Collaboration | Official Documentary Website

    FRONTLINE and AP’s Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary 20 Days in Mariupol follows an AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukraine, drawing on filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war.

    20 Days In Mariupol - An AP News & FRONTLINE Collaboration | Official Documentary Website

    Amazing and horrific footage. Definitely not easy to watch, but worth seeing.

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    Why don't CRMs have a quick way to mark someone as no longer with the company?

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12565350

    RE: sales CRMs like salesforce or zoho

    > Don't expect much of an audience for this on Lemmy, but: > > Maybe it's just the places I've worked, but seems like I'm constantly wading through contacts who are gone - I don't want to delete them because the history could be helpful, but seems like there should be a quick, native way to mark them. Maybe once marked those names are grayed out or something. > > My one company had a custom field that you could check, but then there was no special handling of those contacts in terms of how they're displayed - just you could use it to exclude results in reports. >

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    Why don't CRMs have a quick way to mark someone as no longer with the company?

    Don't expect much of an audience for this on Lemmy, but:

    Maybe it's just the places I've worked, but seems like I'm constantly wading through contacts who are gone - I don't want to delete them because the history could be helpful, but seems like there should be a quick, native way to mark them. Maybe once marked those names are grayed out or something.

    My one company had a custom field that you could check, but then there was no special handling of those contacts in terms of how they're displayed - just you could use it to exclude results in reports.

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    What's a thing that increased your power?

    Doesn't have to be a thing you bought. Just some thing you didn't have but then once you did it expanded your scope of actions.

    The first obvious example that comes to mind is a car. Plenty of drawbacks to prevalence of cars, but being able to go where I want when I want, and far away, is very transformative.

    I'm interested in other examples of things that aren't just useful, but that open new possibilities.

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    YSK: If a problem you're experiencing doesn't show up in search results, could be a sign you're looking at the wrong issue

    Why YSK: I had this experience this morning. I was raging because the "alt + tab" shortcut had changed on my work computer when it worked fine yesterday. Now it opened the task view, but wouldn't switch windows unless I clicked on a different program.

    I figured either windows had rolled out some new "feature" or the IT department had changed something without telling anyone. I kept trying different google searches but couldn't find anyone talking about my specific issue. Tried restarting, changing "multitasking" settings, editing the registry.

    Finally some old post prompted me to try "windows + tab" and that worked. I discovered the windows and alt tab had been switched. So I tried a different keyboard and it worked fine. Finally I learned that my main keyboard has a "Windows" layout and a "Mac" layout, and somehow I had accidentally switched them.

    So I wasted a bunch of time, got upset and was mentally blaming others when the issue was on my end. And one sign I could have used to realize that was that apparently in the whole world of internet search results I was the only one experiencing the issue.

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