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sudo wrote

I don't think they'll be using it for anything, since they're not actually learning how to do math. All they're doing is cheating their way through school. (And they're not necessarily rich - I used to do tutoring, and a couple of the students I tutored were really poor.)

Considering that, and considering that this is one of the only ways that OP can make money to stay alive, I'd say it's ok.

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sudo wrote

Grab the clothes you want to lift, and a bunch of other "decoy" clothes. Take them to a fitting room. If there's an attendant, they'll count the number of hangers you have before going in. When you're in the fitting room, detag the clothes you want to lift, put them on, then put on the clothes you wore while coming in over them. Sandwich the empty hangers between the other hangers holding the decoy clothes, then walk out. If you have a lot of hangers, the attendant will probably only count them to make sure you have the same number you came in with, because checking all of them for clothes would be too much effort. (If there is no attendant, just leave the hangers in the changing room.) Walk out of the store, and enjoy your new clothes.

If the attendant does check all of the hangers on the way out for clothes, then you're fucked. But they probably won't.

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sudo wrote (edited )

I'd say there are a couple of important TOS episodes to watch (like Balance of Terror and Space Seed), in order to understand key plot points in later series. There are a few other TOS episodes you'll want to watch just because they're good (like Dagger of the Mind, The Devil in the Dark, Tomorrow is Yesterday, The City on the Edge of Forever, Operation -- Annihilate!, and The Doomsday Machine, to name a few).

After that, get started on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Find an episode skip-list for the first two seasons, because they have a lot of bad episodes, then watch every episode from there on out.

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sudo wrote

I was part of an organization once that occasionally did phone zaps like this. Behind closed doors, we all knew that calling wardens and such would never really change anything. That was never the point; the point was to use it as a medium to spread awareness of whatever the situation was, and to use it as a gateway for people to do more (actually useful) activism with the organization. It also had the secondary benefit of essentially DDOSing the police department's non-emergency phone lines for a day or so.

We never publicly acknowledged any of this, because doing so would ruin the effect.

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sudo wrote

From the Shoplifting Master List:

Dick's Sporting Goods: While they employee LP and actively monitor cameras in most locations, LP is poor and there are may easy blind spots to conceal in. Only security is concentrated near the firearms section (for "safety reasons"). LP usually won't chase, but they sometimes break company policy. Police will almost always be called once a lifter leaves the store. Medium difficulty.

I like your idea; it should probably work.

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sudo wrote

Most everything in the bathroom is covered in fecal material anyways so I'm not that surprised by this

This. Bathrooms are already extremely filthy, but given that I've gone my whole live wading through the poop germs and never once noticed it, I suppose it's not actually that bad. Thanks, immune system!

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sudo wrote

I'm anti-voting in general when it comes to bourgeois democracies, because their "democracies" are set up in such a way that it's nearly impossible for radical candidates to win, and even if they did win their powers to change things will be extremely limited. Now, if you live in a country that's been through a proletarian revolution and has an actual socialist government, then by all means, go vote. But not in capitalist countries.

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sudo wrote

Is it only the curtness that bothers you? Would politeness make said response less annoying?

It'd be better, yes. But I would still have that half-millisecond delay of me figuring out that you meant "yes", and I still find that annoying (it's kind of like a microaggression, but mildly annoying instead of aggressive).

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sudo moderator wrote (edited )

Before you comment on this saying something like "oh, xxxtentacion was an abuser" please consider not doing it. It's irrelevant to this community and irrelevant to the actual content of this post as well (except for this part, obviously).

I wouldn't have even noticed your username if you didn't bring it up like that, but now that I do see it, it's not okay. I'm going to have to ban your account for the time being. Change your username (in the My Account section in the user drop-down menu). Once it's been changed, I'll lift the ban.

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sudo wrote

Ok, I got the Nature version from Library Genesis, and re-hosted it on my personal Onion site. (PDF Warning) Here it is.

You're right, it is sensationalized. Every discussion of the potential for extraterrestrial life is. But I think from a scientific perspective, trying to come up with theories about ETs based on our scant knowledge of the universe is still reasonable, even if any wild speculation gets more media attention than more likely options.

Sure. It's the wild media attention part that I object to. The same exact thing happened with Tabby's Star - astronomers found a weird object, said that it could be an alien megastructure but that there are far more likely explanations, the media ignored the latter disclaimer and sensationalized the hell out of it, and now the first thing the public thinks of when they hear Tabby's Star is "Dyson Sphere? Could it be? We don't knoooooow," when it really should be "Weird object we don't have an explanation for." (Also, recent observations of Tabby's Star ruled out the Dyson Sphere hypothesis - it's looking more like a lot of dust in a weird pattern that's eclipsing the star.) This type of media sensationalization presents far-fetched hypotheses to laypeople as if they were the most likely explanation, causing bullshit to propagate, leading to the collective dumbing-down of humanity.