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Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

I know what you mean, and the feeling of distrust that you describe.

I'm not sure it's a defect as such, it was probably quite beneficial in the olden days, when resources were scarce, the overall population of humans was tiny, and long-distance travel was impossible or at least extremely rare. You rarely met people from other tribes/cultures, and if you did, they would probably try to kill you and steal your shit.

Doesn't really work all that well today, though.

Comment Re: Conclusion: (Score 2) 373

And that's why we need BOTH rural and urban areas, and have to learn to respect and understand each other's qualities.

I feel lucky that I've lived just about everywhere from rural to city, and I like to hang out both with manual laborers and with intellectuals, depending on what I'm doing. As long as people don't act like they're superior or look down on people, we'll probably get along just fine. Hell, one of my favorite people in the world is a bit of a nutcase conspiracy theorist Trump-loving Infowars-quoting weirdo, which probably couldn't be further from my own personal views. But we hang out and have fun together anyway, maybe sometimes because we both enjoy a spirited discussion, I don't know.

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 2) 373

Counterpoint: I live in a city of ~1.2 million people, ~2 million in the greater metro area. It's not in the US, but I still think it's relevant. I've lived everywhere from rural areas with several kilometers to the nearest neighbor, to the city where I live now.

I grew up in a rural area, plenty of fresh air, areas to explore, places to go fish, all that good stuff. The nearest school had less than 100 students, we had a lot of trips to the nearby forests, we made viking age-style huts and cooked food over campfires at school every summer. We did all of the rural/small-town stuff, basically. I loved it, and I've got the scars to prove I had an active and exciting childhood.

Now I live in the city. I go to concerts, to the theater, to the cinema, to restaurants, to bars, to whisky/rum/wine/beer tastings. I work out at a local martial arts/crossfit gym. I'm on a music quiz team with a group of friends. I've been a volunteer track constructor at our historic motor race on the city streets every summer since 2010, I volunteer at a local rock/metal festival. I've lived here for almost 10 years, and I have yet to meet any psychotics, but I have met a lot of very interesting people from other cultures and viewpoints, and had some very interesting and enlightening discussions. And I love it here, because there are so many interesting things on offer, basically more life compressed into a smaller space. I get why some people don't like it, but I do.

My point is that both lifestyles can be great, I don't see why we should hate on people from a different area, just because they prefer something else. Why the hate?

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

There is absolutely nothing wrong with ICs. Only batshit insane woo-woo audiophiles insist on fully discrete designs.

An IC can have so much higher precision, tighter tolerances, higher efficiency and significantly better noise+distortion characteristics than even the best discrete designs, and at a fraction of the price.

All of that music you like to use when you're listening to your stereo? It passed through hundreds, if not thousands of ICs when it was recorded and produced, with absolutely no sonic degradation.

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