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Comment author: niceguyanon 11 October 2016 05:32:28PM 4 points [-]


Want free wifi when staying at an hotel? Ask for it. Of course!, Duh, seems so obvious now that I think about it.

Comment author: Crux 11 October 2016 04:11:25PM 0 points [-]

In certain cases people can pattern-match sociopath by looking at someone's face. I didn't mean to suggest the average person can do it on a consistent basis.

Comment author: niceguyanon 11 October 2016 05:08:28PM 0 points [-]

In certain cases people can pattern-match sociopath by looking at someone's face.

Do you have any links, because this is interesting if true. Kinda like human lie detectors. But I am skeptical, because how would such a thing arise?

Why would sociopaths have distinguishing facial markers and what are they?

Comment author: niceguyanon 07 October 2016 01:40:52PM *  2 points [-]

Why doesn't the U.S. government hire more tax auditors? If every hired auditor can either uncover or deter (threat of chance of audit) tax evasion, it would pay for itself, create jobs, increase revenue, punish those who cheat. Estimated cost of tax evasion per year to the Federal gov is 450B.

Incompetent government tropes include agencies that hire too many people and becoming inappropriate profit centers. It would seem that the IRS should have at the very least been accidentally competent in this regard.

Comment author: ChristianKl 07 September 2016 07:54:01PM *  1 point [-]

Even if money is an issue, it's not that expensive.

Comment author: niceguyanon 23 September 2016 03:56:18PM 2 points [-]

I bought 2 from this site and they arrived about 2 weeks later. They are the same exact headphones as my branded ones. Very happy for paying $4 each. Thanks.

Comment author: root 15 September 2016 08:51:11AM *  0 points [-]

Have you ever had a moment where they could not directly recall something, but you could recall it indirectly, if you were given a list of words with the correct one in it?

I'm going to try this for myself with Anki, but I'm curious if anyone else ever had this. Something like the information is stored, but cannot be retrieved.

For example: "What is the ___ word?"

1) Right 2) Code 3) Missing 4) Test

Any of those don't seem inappropriate, but option (3) should be the correct answer.

Comment author: niceguyanon 15 September 2016 03:09:39PM *  1 point [-]

Isn't this what normal memory forget/recall looks like? Same as seeing a celeb whose name you forgot, but if given a list of names, you could immediately be sure of it once again. The combination to your lock, the items on your grocery list, the meaning to a word, are all things I cant remember directly but if given a list to choose from then no problem.

Comment author: Clarity 14 September 2016 12:20:28AM 1 point [-]

Is the NEET lifestyle of welfare more pleasant for the individual than a working life?

Comment author: niceguyanon 14 September 2016 01:32:28PM 4 points [-]

Unless you are wealthy being NEET is generally not a good thing IMO because you will feel crappy about being low status, and you will lack resources. Not sure what your definition of doing nothing is, but reasonable ones include eating at nice restaurants, expensive video games, gym memberships, courting mates, concerts, clothes, etc... doing nothing costs a fortune.

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Comment author: moridinamael 07 September 2016 10:10:12PM 0 points [-]

One cool thing about the podcast format is that hearing a person tell a story about their own life that exhibits a principle makes that principle so much clearer than the mere abstract statement of the principle.

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Comment author: niceguyanon 09 September 2016 08:57:10PM 0 points [-]

I listened to ep.38 and you were pretty accurate in your descriptions. These podcasts are long but a fun listen if you have the time.

Just an observation, the military tribe definitely takes the cake when it comes to pointing out non-tribe members. They always use the term civilians, in a way that irks me slightly. "In the military we learned X" is different than "see what civilians don't know is that we in the military learned X". I love watching numberphile videos, because they dumb down math and make it interesting for a person like me, but it would get old real quick if all the mathematicians kept referring to us as "non-mathematician" or "civilians".

Comment author: niceguyanon 08 September 2016 07:06:40PM 3 points [-]

As a person who has read less than 10% of the sequences would it be bad of me to want a quick conclusions of each chapter? Would I be losing anything if I didn't need to be convinced, I just want to know the pointers?

Comment author: ChristianKl 08 September 2016 02:21:07PM *  1 point [-]

I did buy a phone charger from China that does what it's supposed to do. In this case I think the product is likely produced in the same factory as a similar product you would buy in the US but it's more directly sold by a factory instead of intermediaries taking cuts.

Comment author: niceguyanon 08 September 2016 05:26:09PM 0 points [-]

Thanks I actually ordered a few from the site because I also think as you do that the product is probably made in the same factory. I happen to own the LG branded ones, and would be very happy if these are of similar quality.

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Comment author: niceguyanon 07 September 2016 09:25:23PM 2 points [-]

Will check out, sounds like I would like it.

Extreme ownership is also great for confidence. Healthy extreme ownership looks like a person who does something about their situation instead of complaining about it, it doesn't mean to endure toxic situations because it's your fault. If you're in an abusive relationship confronting the abuser or leaving the relationship is ownership. Accepting the abuse because it's "your fault" is not ownership. Sorry if very obvious advice, but I would imagine there are people-pleasers here that would take this extreme ownership advice detrimentally.

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