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  • Celery man. Everyone tells me it has no taste, but to me it tastes like an entire lawn's worth of grass clippings compressed into a stick. Extremely pungent.

    Same with cucumbers. They taste awfully strong and bitter to me.

  • We're studying the wrong monkeys.
  • There's a Johnny Bravo "Do the monkey with me!" joke in here somewhere but I'm not funny enough to make it.

  • Male birth control breakthrough safely switches off fit sperm for a while
  • Not that guy, but I have one kid who I love to bits. Got a vasectomy when he was 2 years old cause we would explode if we had a second kid, lol. One is enough for us. We've been incredibly fortunate so we decided we didn't need any more surprises.

    The doc who did mine was a military vet who went into urology after serving. I remember reading the pamphlet on the operation and it said the vasectomy only took 15 minutes. I asked him, "It only takes 15 minutes??" and he responded, "Eight."

    I like a good speedrun as much as the next guy, but I told him to take his sweet time lol. Ain't in no rush, doc.

    Recovery was super chill. Couldn't roughhouse with my son for a week or two, and that's about it. I've got some fun titanium clamps chilling in my junk now, so that's fun. I'm basically Wolverine.

  • Dragonforce
  • This guy gets it.

    power metal

    Edit: Embedding images in kbin comments might be broken.

  • Male birth control breakthrough safely switches off fit sperm for a while
  • Birth control and STD protection are two wildly different things. Imagine, if you will, a married couple who doesn't want any more kids. They want the former and don't need the latter.

  • Incredible
  • I think that's typically considered the difference between a "politican" and a "statesman" (or statesperson)

    Politicians care about winning elections and staying in power, whereas statesmen actually give a damn about the future over getting eternally re-elected on empty promises.

  • They never let me
  • Based on the thumbnail I thought it was gonna say "and here's where I'd put the documentation... if they gave me time to write it!"

  • After almost 28 years, Super Mario 64 has been beaten without using the A button
  • In this economy? Better believe I'm looking up the No A Button strats.

  • I have 2 dozen eggs to use up
  • Seconding quiche. My wife makes a quiche with spinach, bacon, and mozzarella that's a fantastic breakfast or brunch (or any meal, really).

  • MIT Students Stole $25 Million In Seconds By Exploiting ETH Blockchain Bug, DOJ Says
  • I would prefer for crypto to be gone. Based on my understanding of blockchain, I don’t see how it can be used as currency ever. Blockchains can be extremely useful, just not as currency.

    Hm, my understanding was that blockchain was the technology that handles the distributed ledger rather than the currency itself. Blockchain seems useful to a point in this realm, but is, like we both know, extremely energy inefficient and unsustainable.

    The only thing you can really do about stolen tokens is have some authority de-list them and re-issue new token to the victim. That’s hardly a solution. It also extremely centralizes control, which runs antithetical to the purported benefits of crypto.

    No arguments here. Though I think there could be better solutions out aside from using some centralized authority to delist stolen tokens. Blacklisting certain wallet IDs could be a crowd-sourced project, much like how blocklists for adblockers are largely community-driven.

    Crypto also doesn’t take power away from institutions. [...]

    Gotta disagree with "crypto doesn't take power away from institutions". Exactly as you said, if institutions leverage their pre-existing power in the crypto space, it becomes centralized because a small pool of wealthy players control the majority of the currency. The currency itself is not centralized, but it can be exploited by bad actors who wish to manipulate its value (or just profit off of it, either way). If existing institutions weren't using their massively accumulated wealth to affect the crypto space, they would be losing power over the people who decided to avail themselves of it and bypass conventional banks. I consider this a weakness in cryptocurrency that needs to be addressed, but is this weakness any different from any other currency?

    Crypto is also incredibly power inefficient. Even with proof-of-stake instead of proof-of-work, it is still factors less efficient than normal FIAT transactions, and as of yet I see no solution to that. One may pop up in some hypothetical future, but I have no faith in that.

    Zero arguments from me. It's an environmental disaster.

    Additionally, crypto will also always reward those who engage with it disingenuously, as it is not linked to one’s real identity and, again, is inflexible and impossible to truly regulate. In a mass-adoption scenario, scammers would become enormously more successful.

    Depends on how you intereact with crypto. In the US, most states require crypto brokers to verify the identity of those trading on their platforms. No different from opening a checking account with a bank. Sure, one could get into crypto anonymously but it's considerably harder. Some crypto ATMs exist, but I think virtually all of them have cameras and require you to show photo ID to use them (at least in the US).

    Most importantly, crypto is a digital asset whose store of value is implicitly tied to the belief that it can be sold for FIAT. It is almost exclusively a speculative vehicle, and always had been since its inception. Actual crypto purchases are disincentivized by how slow, inefficient, unwieldy, and volatile it is. Not to mention high transaction fees for the most popular coins. It is also deflationary, meaning one is disincentivized from spending it, which is extremely bad for the economy in a mass-adoption scenario. Gentle inflation is one of the core principles underpinning our economy. Having currency also be an asset that appreciates in value is objectively a bad thing.

    I disagree that it's been a speculative vehicle since its inception. It's undeniably a speculative investment now, and has been for years, but when it first started out, it was basically worthless and adopted by a handful of businesses who were understandably pissed off after the 2008 market crash. People naturally speculated as to whether or not it would take off, and I think it's unfortunate that it became a speculative investment by those who weren't really interested in its use as a currency.

    I'm no economist, but I don't see much difference between "crypto's value is implicitly tied to the belief that it can be sold for FIAT" and "FIAT's value is implicitly tied to the belief that the issuing government values it"

    I feel like I could keep going for a while but hopefully you at least understand why I feel this way now lol.

    Oh believe me, none of this is news to me. I just wanted to see what you thought. I've found the cryptocurrency conversation interesting as the years have passed and enjoy asking people for their thoughts when they appear to be engaging in good faith. Most people I see are very unpleasantly hardline for or against crypto and don't care to take time to discuss any of the nuance.

  • MIT Students Stole $25 Million In Seconds By Exploiting ETH Blockchain Bug, DOJ Says
  • I'm curious if you would prefer crypto disappear entirely, or if you would prefer it be properly regulated so it has all the same, or greater, protections so that it can be part of the economy without being as risky for consumers.

    I can only assume the early internet had little to no consumer protections on purchases (compared to the protections they have today, that is), but I could be wrong on that. Laws and regulations tend to always lag behind technology.

    I like the idea of taking power away from big banks. Crypto is no silver bullet, but I'd like to think it could get there one day. But since capitalism always protects itself, I doubt any wealthy lobbies are going to be asking congress to pass common sense regulation for a currency that takes power away from institutional banks.

  • Teen who ate spicy tortilla chip died of high chile consumption and had a heart defect, autopsy says
  • I just find it fun. And super hot sauces don't have to be devoid of flavor. There's truly a lot of options when it comes to hot sauces. I have a rack specifically for super hot sauce bottles, lol.

    My wife got me these really nice pepper flake blends from Flatiron for the holidays a few years ago and it was a fantastic gift. It included 5 different blends ranging from about 10,000 Scoville to about... 750,000K. It's painful. Straight up. I can't say it isn't an unpleasant sensation. It's just fun. Like I'll be chuckling to myself while wheezing from the overwhelming heat.

    There's a Carolina Reaper version of Blue Almond almonds that I love. Super spicy. And low carb. Unfortunately I think they discontinued them because there isn't a huge market for superhot enjoyers.

  • At the interview, Steve is asked if he can perform under pressure
  • I'm 33 and heard this song for the first time on the radio maybe 6 months ago and instantly thought it was Ice Ice Baby. Never realized Ice Ice Baby was sampling a Bowie/Queen song til then.

  • Super Mario 64's "Unopenable" Door Finally Opened After 28 Years
  • Ohh, gotcha, lol. Yeah, I completely misinterpreted your comment. Thanks for the clarification

  • Super Mario 64's "Unopenable" Door Finally Opened After 28 Years
  • What's wrong with pannenkoek? Am I out of the loop? I've watched a couple of his videos and they were interesting deep dives into SM64.

  • As someone who is aging. Late thirties. How can I keep my finger on the pulse of current trends, particularly in music?
  • I enjoy listening to college radio stations. They're usually varied in music genres and tend to reflect what college students want to put on the airwaves.

    I'm a fan of 88.3FM Central Carolina Community College Radio.

  • First human brain implant malfunctioned, Neuralink says
  • Why

    Why not? Nothing wrong with research and development as long as everyone participating in the test is an informed, consenting adult IMO. The advancements could make current accessibility tech even better. For one reason or another, a quadriplegic person decided they were willing to take the risk, so maybe they consider current accessibility tech for quadriplegics to be insufficient and wanted to try for something better?

    Please dude I promise you this is near universally hated by disabled people 😭

    Well damn, I didn't know.

  • First human brain implant malfunctioned, Neuralink says
  • Agreed. I was flippant after reading the headline, since I don't like Musk, but once I read the story I was like "oh yeah this tech does have big potential for the differently abled. "

    A quadriplegic being able to control a cursor on a screen with the implant for 100 days seems like a legit first attempt.

    Could be great for the accessibility movement in the long run. But I could be naive or too optimistic.

  • [Serious] Why do so many people seem to hate veganism?
  • I don’t think it’s morally incorrect to eat another animal.

    I don't think most vegans think so, either. It isn't the eating in and of itself, but the suffering that occurs on the path to being food. Gas (petroleum) is widely considered vegan because, even though it's made from dead animals (dinosaurs), they didn't suffer and weren't exploited to create it; they died of natural causes. Vegans (typically, I believe) don't consider eating meat to be cruel if the animal dies of natural causes. Steer, aka castrated bulls, get their balls chopped off because it helps produce more meat (ironically steer are more muscular than bulls, TIL). I'm a guy (albeit not a vegan), and it isn't hard for me to see that's unnecessarily cruel and inhumane treatment.

    We can debate the treatment of animals in how they are kept. But that’s another topic.

    It's not a separate topic at all. Vegans primarily care about animal suffering, which is a direct result of how the industry largely operates. Not all vegans are opposed to simply killing an animal to survive; that isn't the core issue for most. Yes, killing an animal for food can be avoided, but as long as it's a quick/clean kill, like an arrow to a major artery, it's fine from a survivalist perspective because it's humane and not unnecessarily cruel.

    The meat industry is accountable for the undeniable mistreatment of animals in the course of producing food for the masses.