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  1. Comment on Favorite linux distro? in ~tech

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    Slackware. Oddly enough, I currently don't have it on either of my machines, but every couple of months I install -current to check out the progress. Once they release the next update at least one...

    Slackware. Oddly enough, I currently don't have it on either of my machines, but every couple of months I install -current to check out the progress. Once they release the next update at least one of my machines will be back on Slack.

    I think it's just the distro I know best. It's solid, simple to configure and everything comes vanilla from upstream. I distro hop a lot, but always come back to Slackware.

  2. Comment on Favorite linux distro? in ~tech

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    I always recommend Manjaro. I'm currently running ArchLabs on my laptop, and it's excellent. But about every second time I boot into it I have to upgrade and reboot. That gets tedious. I've also...

    I always recommend Manjaro. I'm currently running ArchLabs on my laptop, and it's excellent. But about every second time I boot into it I have to upgrade and reboot. That gets tedious. I've also had to manually intervene twice to make the upgrade work.

    It might be easier to set aside if I weren't running MXLinux on my desktop. It's based on Debian and smooth as butter.

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  3. Comment on Favorite Laptop? in ~tech

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    The 12.9" iPad pro I use at work. We have a full suite of 12", 13" 15" and 17" Macs, but the iPad is my favorite. I own a Dell 13 7000, which replaced a Sony Z from 2010. Almost got an XPS 13...

    The 12.9" iPad pro I use at work. We have a full suite of 12", 13" 15" and 17" Macs, but the iPad is my favorite.

    I own a Dell 13 7000, which replaced a Sony Z from 2010. Almost got an XPS 13 based on the reviews, but once I tested them out I couldn't find ~$400 worth of difference between them. I've had the Dell 6 months now. It's currently running ArchLabs and has been flawless.

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  4. Comment on Favorite Laptop? in ~tech

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    I'm a Linux guy, but really like Apple hardware. I have a 12" MacBook at work and use the 15" and 17" Macbook Pros once in a while. Just bought our graphics guys the new iMac Pros. I laughed at...

    I'm a Linux guy, but really like Apple hardware. I have a 12" MacBook at work and use the 15" and 17" Macbook Pros once in a while.

    Just bought our graphics guys the new iMac Pros. I laughed at them because they were all jazzed about the space gray color, but damn if they don't look nice.

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  5. Comment on Rosanne Barr and now Samantha Bee, does the punishment fit the crime? in ~tv

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    This is the thing for me. Networks make financial decisions. ABC decided they stood to lose more money by keeping Roseanne's show on than by cancelling it. Whatever happens to Samantha Bee's show...

    This is the thing for me. Networks make financial decisions. ABC decided they stood to lose more money by keeping Roseanne's show on than by cancelling it. Whatever happens to Samantha Bee's show will be a financial decision. Goodwill is a business asset. If one of your employees is costing you more in goodwill than they're worth, you can them.

    As for this language in the public space, I'm with Bill Maher: we're becoming too easily offended and have weaponized being offended for political reasons. It has become counter-productive. People should understand the Times vs Sullivan ruling and what has become of that. Basically, if you put yourself out there, you should be able to take it or you should stay home and binge-watch sanitized '50s sitcoms.

  6. Comment on What hobby do you wish you could do but can't? in ~hobbies

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    I used to do it in Army wood shops. They were all pretty good, but a couple were just awesome. Then the Army decided everything needed to pull its weight, money-wise, and a lot of the things that...

    I used to do it in Army wood shops. They were all pretty good, but a couple were just awesome. Then the Army decided everything needed to pull its weight, money-wise, and a lot of the things that had been run just to give soldiers a positive outlet closed down. My woodworking more or less closed down with them. I miss it. Nothing takes your mind of BS work problems like having to handle something really sharp that runs at thousands of RPMs.

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  7. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Rome (though now living in Maryland).

    Rome (though now living in Maryland).

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  8. Comment on What long term goal are you working towards right now? in ~talk

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    I'm learning to write fiction so I can write books in retirement. It's only 7 or 8 years away, so I've got time. But that's as long-term a goal as I've ever had.

    I'm learning to write fiction so I can write books in retirement. It's only 7 or 8 years away, so I've got time. But that's as long-term a goal as I've ever had.

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  9. Comment on What long term goal are you working towards right now? in ~talk

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    How did those free 12th century federalists fare against Genghis Kahn? This anti-statism has a distinct chicken-and-egg problem.

    How did those free 12th century federalists fare against Genghis Kahn? This anti-statism has a distinct chicken-and-egg problem.

  10. Comment on What long term goal are you working towards right now? in ~talk

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    You're not going to get rid of the state until you find a way to satisfy the second layer of Maslow's hierarchy, security. Rational people understand that even exceptional martial competence is no...

    You're not going to get rid of the state until you find a way to satisfy the second layer of Maslow's hierarchy, security. Rational people understand that even exceptional martial competence is no guarantee of safety. You can spend all your time protecting yourself and your loved ones and stuff, or you can surrender some freedom to a group that lessens the burden of security to some degree, but allows you to get on with your life. That's pretty much a bedrock principle of the human condition. And forget about capitalism. Commerce depends on the physical security the establishment, the staff, the customers, trade and shipping routes and the means of production. The waters off the coast of Somalia are a good example of what the world would look like without various national navies and coast guards, etc. If Walmart couldn't get essentially free security from a state (and states and cities) they'd become a security company with a sideline of selling stuff.

    States may be a terrible solution, but so far they've proven to be the least worst solution.

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  11. Comment on What's a binge-worthy show? in ~tv

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    My daughter (16) binged through Brooklyn 99 and kept showing me all these meme-origin things on the show. Also one up for the Expanse.

    My daughter (16) binged through Brooklyn 99 and kept showing me all these meme-origin things on the show.

    Also one up for the Expanse.

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  12. Comment on Post your setup! in ~comp

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    It's actually the ArchLabs install on my laptop. I basically reboot because I like being careful and a little lazy. If the system installs updates and if I don't know what they are, I reboot. If...

    It's actually the ArchLabs install on my laptop. I basically reboot because I like being careful and a little lazy. If the system installs updates and if I don't know what they are, I reboot. If it's something I know I'm not using I don't bother. ArchLabs seems to update something every day, and today I had two updates in about 90 minutes.

    On the plus side, the package manager is as fast as I've seen and it reboots quickly, too.

  13. Comment on Regrets in ~talk

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    I try not to regret anything. The old joke "it seemed like a good idea at the time" is pretty much how life works. At any given time you are who you are, you know what you know and you have the...

    I try not to regret anything. The old joke "it seemed like a good idea at the time" is pretty much how life works. At any given time you are who you are, you know what you know and you have the willpower you have. You can wish you'd known this or that, or that you'd had more willpower, but as Scotty famously said, if my grandmother had wheels she'd be a wagon.

    If there is one thing I could change it would be letting my daughter start school at 4. She's done very well academically, but I think she was socially behind her classmates. She paid a price for that because kids are basically terrorist assholes, especially starting around middle school.

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  14. Comment on Post your setup! in ~comp

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    My desktop machine. It's XFCE on MXLinux. The icons are mostly Sardi Flexible. Guake terminal. My laptop is currently running ArchLabs, which uses Openbox and polybar. I'm running a different...

    My desktop machine. It's XFCE on MXLinux. The icons are mostly Sardi Flexible. Guake terminal.

    My laptop is currently running ArchLabs, which uses Openbox and polybar. I'm running a different color of the same icon set and Guake. I really like this setup, particularly the polybar configuration, but the number of updates is kind of annoying. About half the time have to boot twice: once to see how many updates are ready and again after installing them. Might save the configs and move over to Manjaro or back to Slackware.

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  15. Comment on What book do you recommend and why? in ~misc

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    I think it's a good time to read True Believer by Eric Hoffer. Discourses by Epictetus. It's a tough read, but it's a classic of stoic philosophy. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah...

    I think it's a good time to read True Believer by Eric Hoffer.

    Discourses by Epictetus. It's a tough read, but it's a classic of stoic philosophy.

    Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah had a big influence on me.

    There's a long list of fiction that basically follows the science fiction classics. I grew up reading Robert Heinlein, but his stuff hasn't aged as well as some. Still, Stranger in a Strange Land influenced me a lot, but it seems to be one of those books that can hit you at the right time in your life but leave you cold if you're too young or too old.

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  16. Comment on Whats your exercise routine? in ~talk

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    I started YouTube yoga classes at the beginning of the year. I average about 30 minutes 5 days a week and mix in some dumbell work on my shoulders and arms. Had shoulder surgery last year and...

    I started YouTube yoga classes at the beginning of the year. I average about 30 minutes 5 days a week and mix in some dumbell work on my shoulders and arms. Had shoulder surgery last year and recovery was a bear. Now I'm rebuilding strength and flexibility, and all things considered, it's working very well. Getting too old to power through like I used to.

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  17. Comment on So far this site has been mostly politics-averse, but I am curious if I am alone as an MAGA/Trump voter/supporter in a sea of reddit mods in ~talk

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    I feel a lot of that language issue. I work in public affairs and used to be a military journalist. I'm fascinated by words and how we abuse them. I also feel you on people not understanding what...

    I feel a lot of that language issue. I work in public affairs and used to be a military journalist. I'm fascinated by words and how we abuse them.

    I also feel you on people not understanding what you mean when you say something that is nothing more than a label for them. I'm very much for education, and a lot of conservatives take me to task for it. But then I explain that one reason I'm pro-education (and free college) is that the country with the better-educated population with out-compete the other country over time, and I don't think we can risk that. Nor do the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Then -- for those still with me -- they start to listen and consider. But you lose most of them as soon as they see an opening to dash your dumbass liberal elitism.

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  18. Comment on So far this site has been mostly politics-averse, but I am curious if I am alone as an MAGA/Trump voter/supporter in a sea of reddit mods in ~talk

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    Funny you should say that. I just read this article about mental models, which is all about that very subject. And it's made worse by media echo chambers, which is made worse by a few companies...

    I think Scott Adams has expressed a good way of seeing the divide - two groups who are watching the same events unfolding and seeing completely different movies.

    Funny you should say that. I just read this article about mental models, which is all about that very subject. And it's made worse by media echo chambers, which is made worse by a few companies owning so much of the various media out there.

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  19. Comment on So far this site has been mostly politics-averse, but I am curious if I am alone as an MAGA/Trump voter/supporter in a sea of reddit mods in ~talk

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    Surveys, for what they're worth, have tended to show that Trump supporters voted more for keeping their status in our society than anything else. I see it the same way I see the folks who wanted...

    Surveys, for what they're worth, have tended to show that Trump supporters voted more for keeping their status in our society than anything else. I see it the same way I see the folks who wanted Newt Gingrich to debate Hillary Clinton: they just wanted somebody who could out-do the other side regardless of the content of the debate. And many Trump supporters want somebody who can defend their status regardless of the content of what he does or how he does it. Sadly, they don't seem to understand credibility or how much of it they're going to lose by supporting Trump. There's always a little of that blindness going on, but we seem to have peaked at the moment.

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  20. Comment on What Have You Been Listening To This Week? in ~music

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    I always hit NPR's new music on Sunday morning, so I've been into Partner's Tiny Desk concert, after which I found Khruangbin's Tiny Desk Concert. Then listened to Brownout's First Listen of Fear...

    I always hit NPR's new music on Sunday morning, so I've been into Partner's Tiny Desk concert, after which I found Khruangbin's Tiny Desk Concert. Then listened to Brownout's First Listen of Fear of a Brown Planet.

    All three are excellent, and Khruangbin and Brownout put a lot more funk into my Sunday than I usually get. Also searched up Brownout on Spotify and found a bunch of great Black Sabbath covers.

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