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380 No. 380 [Edit]
What are some thing you believe that most people wouldn't agree with, or would possibly get upset about if you told them how you really feel about it?
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>> No. 1349 [Edit]
I'm talking more along the lines of downs stuff, you know, non-verbal, unable to learn, deformed. That's not as much of a grey zone, I'm not talking about aspergers here.
>> No. 1350 [Edit]
It'd be better to screen for that during a pregnancy than euthanize somebody who's already been born. Somebody cares about them and I doubt they'd like your idea very much.
>> No. 1351 [Edit]
Sometimes it doesn't show up until later, but yeah abortion is better. I think the "people that care for them" thing is mostly cultural. A lot of people caring for them will say some dark stuff if you catch them in an honest moment.
>> No. 1352 [Edit]
>I think the "people that care for them" thing is mostly cultural. A lot of people caring for them will say some dark stuff if you catch them in an honest moment.
In such a moment, a caretaker might admit that their life would be better if such a crippled dependent weren't alive, but that would be merely stating a hypothetical: talking and doing are two very different things.
>> No. 1417 [Edit]
Circumcision is inhumane, barbaric, and should be outlawed. In a society where running water and soap are readily available, there is zero good reason for it to be performed.

We live in a society where cutting off part of a male infant's genitalia is completely normalized; many women will casually voice their approval with zero hesitation, and virtually nobody has a problem with that.

Absolutely maddening.
>> No. 1418 [Edit]
is that really so controversial in the US?
>> No. 1419 [Edit]
Anything that goes against the grain is controversial in the US.
>> No. 1427 [Edit]
It's impossible to live comfortably without exploiting others directly or indirectly.
>> No. 1449 [Edit]
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I'm attracted to attractive girls. Legality or "morality" doesn't play a role in my sexual attraction. My brain does not care if they're 14 or 34. That's not a political stance or a choice, I'm only describing how my mind works.

What is a political stance, is that I think labels like "pedophile" or "hebephile" are mostly arbitrary and artificial. They're ways for society to patholigize biological responses they've deemed unacceptable, but can't actually make illegal.

This all seems obvious to me, but it's a verboten stance pretty much everywhere. There's always people who will virtue signal to protect or elevate themselves. Nevermind a lot of loli art, at least in the past, used real world references(while those were still legal up until recently), and loli art references each other. You're evil if you don't also get on the high horse.

I know this makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but I had to get it off my chest.
>> No. 1451 [Edit]
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I think it's the most normal thing ever to be attracted to attractive girls, but even girls who are 18 seem immature so it's hard to feel attracted on any level but physically. I personally hate the loli shit and think its cancer with how many anime think its a great idea to incorporate it. It's why I won't watch dragon maid and I do realise it's not the same as real kids but also a lot of the shit is intentionally wrote like some pedofile predator fantasy story. Keep in mind I will only hear about the memes which bring out the worst series like boku no pico or euphoria something.

Ironically I did watch all of fate prisma illya because I like the main fate universe, probably the only person in existence to not watch it for the perverted stuff and enjoy the fights a lot. It was actually the first series in about 4-5 years I genuinely enjoyed after being majorly depressed from chronic pain.
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I haven't seen Dragon Maid either, but in a certain way, I'm a fan.
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>> No. 1476 [Edit]
Why is there a high correlation between transgender people and people who work in tech? Is the latent variable here autism, being a shut-in, or something else? There are clear demographic trends here, and it's something that no proper study is going to touch with a ten foot pole.
>> No. 1477 [Edit]
It's not that unexpected, many people that work in the kind of tech you are probably thinking of are losers(ie programmers not scientists and researchers and such). They struggle with women but as they are men they still want them so they eventually are drawn to the idea of trying to become one, you see this on image boards as well(and you see many programmers on image boards). Both groups are also heavily connected to the internet and I think in many ways the internet encourages this kind of thing because it fosters personas and ERP. You could be a tranny, in a gay relationship with another tranny but never actually see that you are both fat ugly men in skirts, it hides what you are not just from others but even from yourself as you can live an almost alternative life, after all, you could post about going for a walk on the beach in a bikini or something and the mind of the observer of the post would imagine a cute girl not a fat man and likewise you yourself are imagining being a cute girl going for a walk and writing that post, not a fat man.
>> No. 1478 [Edit]
>losers(ie programmers not scientists and researchers and such)
In terms of pay, programmers probably have an edge over researchers.
>> No. 1479 [Edit]
I'm not really sure on the specifics as it probably depends a lot on just what kind of programming you are doing and who for, but the education requirements are much lower many people get there without even having one.
>> No. 1480 [Edit]
I find 1080p upscales really offputting, I'd prefer it if people still treated the 720p or even 480p original releases as the main release to seed/crop/etc. I get that most people have moved on to seeing 1080p as the "standard" but upscaling just looks like shit and has no reason to exist.
>> No. 1481 [Edit]
I use a 4k TV to watch anime and I do notice a difference between 1080p upscales and 720p even if it is an upscale and it looks better. But maybe you are referring to a specific anime or you watch it on a different kind of screen, I don't know, certainly I have only ever seen the opposite of what you say.
>> No. 1482 [Edit]
I can tell immediately if it is an upscale, I don't know how you can't see it but I can and I can't stand it. The lines all look wrong, you can tell pretty clearly where there were never supposed to be certain overly smooth transitions between two objects. The fact that everybody jerked their cocks over it half a decade or so ago, and now use it as the standard drives me insane. Everyone just sees more pixels and smoother lines = good, when that's not the case at all. It's even worse with live action footage where you can see the bloby bits moving around, fucking horrible. If it's not a vector you shouldn't upscale it.
>> No. 1483 [Edit]
Yup, there's no need to archive upscales since they're strictly derivative of the original work. In other words you can redo the upscaling process locally, but if all you've got is the upscale then you're not going to be able to go back to the source. Besides, upscaling algorithms improve over time anyhow.
>> No. 1484 [Edit]
>you can redo the upscaling process locally
Except that's a pain in the ass.
>> No. 1485 [Edit]
I would still prefer that than having everything look pixelated which it does if it's 720p on a 4k tv.
>> No. 1486 [Edit]
I wouldn't
>> No. 1487 [Edit]
Well I have never noticed that line issue you mention. I'd like to check but unfortunately I gave my 4k TV to my mum to replace hers that broke and I have not got a new one yet. But I have a way that I want to compare the two resolutions that I think could work, I'll do it when I get a new TV.
>> No. 1488 [Edit]
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Here's an example, not a good one because this is a low file size upscale but still. But no matter the quality, this will happen to some degree as an inherent part of upscaling. Personally, having used older low res monitors up until the mid 2010s, I have never been bothered by pixel visibility at all, less than distortions at any rate. I'd rather see the pixels than a smooth, but janky line. It's not just line shape either. Fake line thickness changes, curves where there should be none ( a huge issue of upscaling ) and just generally the fact that it's unnecessary all bother me. What bothers me the most is that no-one seeds 480p or 720p anymore, even if there was never a proper 1080p release. I really don't like the pointless replacement of media with faux-improved-quality. I really really hate it, like remasters with a new frame filter or re-releases of games with graphical updates. The original should always be the main source. The fact that everyone will treat the bigger or newer number as better regardless of actual quality irks me to no end.
>> No. 1490 [Edit]
Those stairs look pretty nice. Also, streaming sites are probably your best best if your want lower res uploads.
>> No. 1491 [Edit]
But I don't want lower res uploads. I want the as-aired res. That shouldn't be too much to ask.

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>> No. 1492 [Edit]
Upscaling is an inherently destructive operation, and the "smarter" the upscaling algorithm the worse the results usually are in terms of accuracy. That is to say, most upscalers will end up boldening or thickening edges, or altering the image in other ways. If you prefer to tradeoff image faithfulness for perceived quality, that's fine but it should be a purely client-side decision (since as mentioned before upscaling can easily be done client-side, but cannot be undone).

Also resolution is not a sufficient metric to judge image quality. Most streaming sites will claim to be "1080p" but use higher compression, lowering the effective bitrate compared to the original 1080p master.

That said, upscaled versions should be available to those who want them, it's only really an issue if it means that the unupscaled versions end up getting lost.
>> No. 1493 [Edit]
Maybe no unpopular but probably controversial; I genuinely and with no exaggeration believe that people who oppose/opposed nuclear energy should be executed for their crimes against humanity. They may very well be responsible for our extinction so it's really not more than they have coming or than they deserve. They really don't deserve to be treated with human rights the same way as everyone else, this is a purely self-defense action on behalf of the entire planet and on behalf of every human that ever has lived, lives now, and ever will live.

I mean, if you find yourself facing a threat to the continued existence of not just your society but you entire species, how could any action towards them be unjust, unfair, or immoral? Those bright eyed naive little college student boomers that protested against nuclear in the height of the cold war deserve no less than public summary executions, and should be found wherever they live today and punished for their crimes.

This is not satire, this is not a joke, or just a pointless rant either. I genuinely think this is a logical, rational, humane, and morally righteous decision to make.
>> No. 1494 [Edit]
Possibly the worst and most visually unappealing aspect for me is that upscales almost universally treat every line as a hard edge. This loses any nuance with line edge fading which changes the entire look and feel of the anime.
>> No. 1495 [Edit]
>They may very well be responsible for our extinction
Why is that a bad thing? In the spirit of unpopular opinions, my one is that there's no inherent reason why we have some prerogative to continue "forever." Yes we're biologically primed to, but if we have enough of an agency to avoid various other things that we're "biologically primed" to do, then we have enough of an agency to forgo partaking in the ponzi game in the first place.
>> No. 1496 [Edit]
I don't think they were thinking anything that philosophically profound when they protested against it. As for the answer to that question, well, I would say personally I want to exist just because it's the only thing I can do. I can't know while I'm dead, so if for no other reason than that there's no point in non-existence, I want to survive. If existence is pointless, non-existence is even more so. While we may not have any final answer waiting for us if we exist, we have things we can do and experience, however mediocre they might be. Non-existence is just nothing, that's it, no good or bad, nothing at all. If I could only be immortal by suffering eternal pain, I'd still prefer it because I would exist and be stimulated as an entity. It's as simple as that.
>> No. 1497 [Edit]
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I don't think it's inherently destructive at all. Have you heard of Waifu2x? I often use it to enlarge images and most the time it works out quite well. Of course if you try to push it to upscale a poorly drawn back ground character in a thumbnail to 4k it looks bad but if it;s reasonable it usually works. Sometimes the lines can be weird but not that often, the biggest issue I have with it is with upscaling incredibly fine details like pubic hair, sometimes it gets blurred into one mass.

This image is upscaled, I have plenty more too, thousands of them even.
>> No. 1498 [Edit]
Global warming does not threaten the existence of our species. All it will do is raise the temperature and sea level and turn the planet more tropical and humid as a whole(some areas may see increased desertification), sure it will kill off species but they will be those that are specifically adapted for narrow climate ranges and only live in small areas, the opposite of humans who live in all kinds of climates all over thee world. Now climate change is going to cause issues but not issues so massive that they threaten humanity as a species. We will just see migrations from coastal areas, failure of crops in some regions(but better crops in others) more storms and heat bulb whether being more frequent on the equator. It will cause millions of deaths in developing countries in areas that will be hit hardest by it like Africa but in the scale of things that's nothing and the war in Ukraine might be about to do the same thing anyway only instead of harvests ruined by climate it will be exports ruined by war and harvests ruined by a lack of fertiliser.

As for Nuclear power. It's a difficult situation, nobody wants to live near a nuclear power plant and I can't blame anybody for that no matter how safe they are. However, in some cases it does make a lot of sense and really there is no excuse not too. Australia is the perfect example of this, most of it is a flat uninhabited desert, it's tectonically stable and it mines Uranium anyway. It's not going to impact anybody at all and nobody has to live anywhere near them.
>> No. 1499 [Edit]
>I don't think it's inherently destructive at all. Have you heard of Waifu2x? I often use it to enlarge images and most the time it works out quite well.
I'm referring destructive as in "destructive editing", i.e. non-reversible edits. I don't necessarily have any qualm against people upscaling things themselves for aesthetic reasons if the results look fine (waifu2x does a more decent job than the spline-based upscaling algorithms, but my qualm is that such images should never be used in an archival capacity, nor should they be the dominantly seeded copy.
>> No. 1500 [Edit]
Ahh, I see what you mean. Even with waifu 2x I still keep the original images as well.
But the issue with seeding is that it's democratic in nature, the dominant seed is going to be the seed most people download. That's more of an issue with torrents in general, they only really work as an archive if people have them and seed them.
>> No. 1501 [Edit]
Waifu2X is actually something I had in mind when making my original post about hating upscales; it looks like hot shit. I'll keep my 400px images if they're the highest "real" resolution of the image.
>> No. 1502 [Edit]
I've found that it works better on artwork (e.g. the kind you'd find on boorus, since that is what it was trained on) as opposed to screencaps from anime (where it does indeed end up making things look worse).
>> No. 1504 [Edit]
I'm not pedantic, and in cases where the original image can't be found, Waifu2x is a godsend.

Personally, I think this looks quite good.
>> No. 1507 [Edit]
People only "respect" others' beliefs out of fear. The determining factor is how many people share that belief and how intimidating they are. Make fun of flat earthers or condemn a cult or incels, you get applauded. Do the same to Muslims and you get condemned yourself, and put on a hit list. It's completely hypocritical bullshit. Numbers, money and weapons decide who "deserves" respect.

Post edited on 5th May 2022, 8:59am
>> No. 1512 [Edit]
Transgenderisms is a delusional mental illness that should be treated, it is not to be taken pride in or given parades. What we are seeing now is mass insanity, both in those who are victims of this disorder, and those who teach acceptance of it. The inmates are now running the asylum. You are what you are, not what you wish you are. This is the fact that people should learn to accept as the common sense it is. We don't live in a fantasy world where all our hopes and dreams come true just because we say so. Why not also let people edit their age, ethnicity, health condition, financial status, marital status, credit score, criminal background record, housing status, education, work experience, occupation, and more to whatever suits their need at any given moment? Oh that's right, the real world doesn't work that way. Even if your friends humor your delusions, reality does not care what you think or feel or want, reality will not change to suit your fantasy.
>> No. 1513 [Edit]
I agree with all of this, except I think that attempting to treat transgenderism is a waste of time. There is no reason to pay any attention to transgender people at all, either positive or negative. Prior to 2015 or so transgenders were just a tiny, bizarre subset of the population that were mostly ignored, or "marginalized" if you want to use the libspeak term. This is as it should be: these kinds of people ought to be marginalized because they are marginal people. Anyone who believes themselves to be a gender other than the one they were born into is either legitimately mentally ill or is doing it for attention. Either way, they should be left alone to live in whatever way suits them, but otherwise ignored. There is absolutely no benefit to society overall in pandering to this tiny, deranged minority. Bathrooms and other public spaces should be segregated by actual biological sex, not personal preference. Whatever complications this might create for these individuals is their problem to sort out; it doesn't concern the rest of us.

Probably the worst thing about the current pandering to "trans" people is that an entire youth subculture has cropped up around it. That's the real socially destructive dimension to this imo. Legitimate transsexuals (ie people with honest-to--God gender dysphoria) are just mental defectives, who are probably more or less harmless and can be left alone, provided they can keep their weird shit to themselves and not make it everyone else's problem. The problem though is that now you've got otherwise-normal teenagers adopting "trans" as an identity, the same way that previous generations of teenagers would adopt "emo" or "goth" or "punk" or something like that. The difference is that emo kids in 2008 weren't being encouraged to take puberty-blocking hormone supplements and have their genitals irreparably mutilated. Or at least I assume they weren't; I guess I've never actually been to a My Chemical Romance concert. Point is, in another decade or so, there are probably going to be a lot of suicides and a lot of malpractice suits directed against doctors. All of it could have been easily prevented if it hadn't been for a bunch of annoying shitlibs who wanted to virtue signal for a statistically insignificant group of mental defectives.
>> No. 1515 [Edit]
>otherwise-normal teenagers
I don't buy that. I'm 20. The trans thing was already a thing when I was in high school. Normal, and even abnormal teens, don't have such a weak grasp on their identity that they'd go along with it. It's still extremely marginal.
>> No. 1516 [Edit]
>I don't buy that. I'm 20. The trans thing was already a thing when I was in high school.
But isn't that precisely around 2015 or so? That's when the entire movement started to pick up steam. Go back another half-decade to 2010-ish, and you never heard people talk about pronouns or identity of the month. It basically coincided with the entire diversity movements, which also provides a way to track via linguistic occurrences: Per wikipedia for a parallel movement:

>Between 2004 and 2014, Latinx did not attain broad usage or attention.
>> No. 1519 [Edit]
Regarding trans. I just found out that Jim Stirling is a trans now... Bleh.
>> No. 1520 [Edit]
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you've got a bad fucking memory dude, I was getting bombarded with this stuff back in 2008
you need to get your head checked, you've got a memory like swiss cheese
>> No. 1521 [Edit]
I didn't see any of that shit growing up outside of the occasional ladyboy jokes, and I graduated highschool in the early 2010s. Around 2015-2016 is when I started seeing trannies explode exponentially.
>> No. 1522 [Edit]
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ok, well it's one personal experience against the other then, and both are equally invalid.
I think you're probably being a little deliberately selective with your memory, but what the hell, everyone's experience was different I suppose.
>> No. 1523 [Edit]
I never saw any of that kind of thing in school either and I was there at about the time he was.
If you really wanted to know you could probably use that google analytic thing that tells you how much words ate talked about over time.
>> No. 1524 [Edit]
There's google trends (for webpages) and google ngram viewer (for books). I prefer n-gram viewer since it's actually meant for this purpose and gives better results.
1-gram results for "transgender" show inflection point at 2010 where it really started to take off. It was growing (albeit more slowly) from 2000 to 2010 though.
But 1-gram for latinx is more damming, basically flat until 2010 where it magically shoots up out of nowhere. 2-gram results for "preferred pronoun" also show 2010 as point from which it really started to take off.
Although 1-gram for "transsexual" doesn't exhibit such a pattern. I don't know any other words that are commonly used in those circles, those would be good candidates to probe with.

Post edited on 19th Jun 2022, 1:45am
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