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  1. Comment on Heat Wave Blankets Much Of The U.S. This Week in ~news

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    I have so many fans I live in a wind tunnel. Does the job just fine, haven't had to break out the AC yet. Had one hell of a fun thunderstorm today with nickel-size hail, that brought the...

    I have so many fans I live in a wind tunnel. Does the job just fine, haven't had to break out the AC yet. Had one hell of a fun thunderstorm today with nickel-size hail, that brought the temperature down right quick. It's blissful now.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    You've exactly highlighted how I feel about Warren vs Sanders. Bernie's long-term track record is a very strong draw for me. I view him as the single highest integrity candidate of the entire...

    You've exactly highlighted how I feel about Warren vs Sanders. Bernie's long-term track record is a very strong draw for me. I view him as the single highest integrity candidate of the entire field. If we're going to go that route, I trust Bernie to see it through more than Warren.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    I vote based on policy plans alone, everything else can pound sand. I should also point out that I'm far more libertarian than liberal - I favor the individual over the state, almost without...

    I vote based on policy plans alone, everything else can pound sand. I should also point out that I'm far more libertarian than liberal - I favor the individual over the state, almost without exception. I like liberal policies (like universal health care, no private prisons, equal rights for everyone) just fine, but when I look at how they want to implement them I usually cringe. Capitalist/Market friendly solutions are the ones I want to see, not large bullshit government programs that fail more often than they succeed. This is why I have an issue with most democratic proposals - but hey, at least they try, which is more than the republicans have done in decades.

    I'm full in for Andrew Yang, it isn't even close for me. He flatly kicks Warren's ass in the policy department (more, and better, across the board) and she's the strongest of the rest of the field there. I've listened to plenty of interviews and Yang has the unique benefit of being factual and correct more often than any candidate I've seen in my entire life (not all the time, just most). I've watched him go on several dozen 'hostile' interviews from conservative outlets and almost without fail he wins them over. He's the only democrat I see speaking to the center, rather than the right or left.

    I don't actually expect him to win the nomination, though - he has the donors in spades, but unless he starts cracking 3% in the polls like right now, or does something to distinguish himself in the next debate, he's not looking like he'll make the final cut.

    Any of the other candidates who adopt the freedom dividend (seriously, not just as a bullshit talking point) will also get my full attention. So far, there are no takers, it's a bit too progressive for the field it seems. Everyone's still hemming and hawing over how we pay for it (as if that's even hard). I'm with Friedman on UBI and I think that policy as an avenue for welfare reform will have more positive effects than anything else being proposed by anyone. I wouldn't call it my 'single issue' but it's definitely a heavy factor for me, when I look at what that would do for the area where I live. Just for once, it'd be nice for America to get ahead of the curve for a change.

    I want nothing whatsoever to do with Biden. He's another empty head, not interested. I'll gladly vote for Bernie or Warren, but I'm far, far, far less confident in their ability to beat Trump. There's this fairytale notion that he'll be easy to beat this time, just like last time, and I'm kinda laughing at the democrats who think that way. I'd be willing to bet that nearly everyone who voted for Trump is looking for any excuse not to do so again, but stacking that up against naked socialism in America is still a hard sell, despite what young people (who vote less) think. When Trump christens Warren 'other hillary' she's done right there. Bernie has a much better shot imo.

    I've reached the point where when someone talks about 'qualifications for the presidency' my fist stops right at their face. 35 and natural born, that's it, shut the fuck up. I'd like to see experience managing anything large be it businesses, prior government posts, etc (vs ye random rutabaga farmer) but beyond that I don't care. Actual degrees in real subjects (not liberal arts) are a big bonus - and guess what, Yang wins the field there too.

    I'm also sick of hearing about identity politics. Any candidate who wastes time on that crap while the planet is heating up, infrastructure is failing, and people are losing jobs to automation is going to lose points with me for living in a fantasy world where that shit is somehow more important. I'm just not interested given our many and far more pressing concerns, and I'm pretty sure that's the same feeling about 95% of Americans have on that issue when it's time to vote. I honestly think if the dems go that route, they are going to lose to Trump worse than Hillary did. Besides, isn't the entire democratic field on the same page there? If they are, why are we wasting time talking about a settled minor issue then? I just don't get it.

    Anyone else wins the nom and I'll probably hold my nose and vote for them, just to get that windbag and his endless river of mindless distractions the fuck out of our lives. We're wasting all of our time talking about whatever his latest bullshit is, rather than taking steps to get things done. That bothers me a lot.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on The Comet Is Coming - Blood Of The Past in ~music

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    Song.link to the full album. Their first album was good. This one's much better. :D

    Song.link to the full album.

    Their first album was good. This one's much better. :D

    1 vote
  5. Comment on A small notebook for a system administrator in ~comp

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    This is the kind of thing I'd put on datacenter tool carts. If I were in the habit of visiting a lot of datacenters to wrangle with lots of older hardware I'd have one in my trunk. I doubt I'd...

    This is the kind of thing I'd put on datacenter tool carts. If I were in the habit of visiting a lot of datacenters to wrangle with lots of older hardware I'd have one in my trunk. I doubt I'd break it out unless I ran into some uncommon problems, like needing to get into the real terminal on a com port to look at a bricked unix/linux system. It seems like a swiss army knife aimed at a time that's mostly behind us now. That said, I've no idea what I'd expect to find in random datacenters in different countries. I have to imagine there are some places where a tool like this could still be very relevant if there's a predominance of older/strange hardware at play.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Golden Age of Cord-Cutting Is Over. Now What? in ~tv

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    I do love it when they announce that right up front, saves me wasting any time looking into their service. :)

    I do love it when they announce that right up front, saves me wasting any time looking into their service. :)

    3 votes
  7. Comment on We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made. in ~comp

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    I've seen this play out in person several times. It's rarely that hard to have a set of fresh eyes clean up an old mess. In fact, sometimes that's exactly what you need to move forward. We had two...

    I've seen this play out in person several times. It's rarely that hard to have a set of fresh eyes clean up an old mess. In fact, sometimes that's exactly what you need to move forward. We had two junior devs gut and clean up a massive multi-year project when the lead/sole developer got the axe. Took them less than a month to solve all of the problems the other developer had been stuck on for years - because what was in his head wasn't a reflection of reality, or the project requirements.

    I think it's wise to move developers around between projects from time to time, to prevent these fiefdoms from forming in the first place. I've seen people intentionally try to build this sort of power structure for themselves, so they can become irreplaceable and guarantee their future employment. Creating intentionally bad docs (or no docs) so that it's all only in their head. Not sure why anyone would want to become a 'lifer' slaved to one single application for twenty years.

    16 votes
  8. Comment on Amazon Seeks Permission to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites in ~tech

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    This is going to be fun. Let's get three to five companies to launch several thousand satellites each all at once into the same general orbital paths. What could go wrong?

    This is going to be fun. Let's get three to five companies to launch several thousand satellites each all at once into the same general orbital paths. What could go wrong?

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis in ~enviro

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    I'd vote for it at 10%. :P I think the problem is that everyone talking about this has different variables for where and how many of what kind to plant, so the percentages vary across all of the...

    I'd vote for it at 10%. :P I think the problem is that everyone talking about this has different variables for where and how many of what kind to plant, so the percentages vary across all of the sources.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis in ~enviro

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    I heard it would eat about 25% of the world's emissions, which is I think the single most effective result from one idea. It's fair to say that this is the best way we know of right now. Trouble...

    I heard it would eat about 25% of the world's emissions, which is I think the single most effective result from one idea. It's fair to say that this is the best way we know of right now. Trouble is, eventually this does level off, and all it takes is a few wildfires to get it all back in the air. We'll need to get very good at harvesting these trees and burying the ones we don't use to send that carbon back into the crust.

    There is no one solution to a problem this big. I'd go so far as to say that this proposal is a hardline requirement for the package of solutions we need, though. There are many other advantages to restoring the world's ecosystems this way beyond the carbon sequestration.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Vintage Obscura Best Of 2019 Volume 6 (June 2019) in ~music

  12. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    Well said, that's exactly what I'm looking for too. I'm interested in seeing how Tildes' human-powered systems play out in this context over time as the site grows. I suspect they'll be able to...

    I want recommendation algorithms to be a reference librarian, but instead they come across as more of a tabloid journalist.

    Well said, that's exactly what I'm looking for too. I'm interested in seeing how Tildes' human-powered systems play out in this context over time as the site grows. I suspect they'll be able to easily outclass algorithms.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid will star a black Ariel in ~movies

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    Pretty much sums up modern hollywood for me. The only film I have the slightest interest in seeing is Tarantino's new film. I couldn't care less about Disney's reboots or anything else they do....

    Pretty much sums up modern hollywood for me. The only film I have the slightest interest in seeing is Tarantino's new film. I couldn't care less about Disney's reboots or anything else they do. There was a time that I did care, but the eternal slide in quality coming out of tinseltown has convinced me there are better things to do with my time than waste it watching lame, unimaginative movies and cash grab reboots. I won't miss 'cinema' culture when half the theaters close. The art house spots will still be open, that's enough for me. ;)

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    Yikes. That would have pissed me off for sure. Consider that their algorithms are this bad for all content, too. I watch one Yang interview on Ben Shapiro, and now youtube is spamming me with...

    Yikes. That would have pissed me off for sure.

    Consider that their algorithms are this bad for all content, too. I watch one Yang interview on Ben Shapiro, and now youtube is spamming me with ridiculous alt-right garbage all the time. It's just that instead of that spam being 95% of my recommendations, it's a smaller chunk now, more like 20% (which is still annoying as hell). Problem's still there, just a bit more subtle.

    What amazes me is that there's no way to filter this crap. Why can't I just go to a preferences page and list certain topics I'm not interested in at all, so they never show up? Their algorithms aren't designed to work with us, they are designed to blast content at us using half-assed guesswork that can't even keep up with a seven year old child.

    Combine that with their hamfisted attempts at censorship by demonetization (that kill far more good content in the crossfire) and you're left with a hot mess. Youtube's ripe for a competitor to take them down, they are bad enough at their job that it's within the realm of possibility. At this point, I think the 'no algorithm' option is better than anything they've come up with. I'll decide for myself what to watch and where to subscribe, thanks. If I wanted to be this hassled by moronic tech, I'd build myself a real life clippy and hang it on the wall.

    I did stumble on LBRY thanks to the spam, seems like an interesting start for a youtube alternative. It's predictably full of alt-right content fleeing from youtube, but there are a lot of other folks duplicating their channels from other services into it as well, plenty of science content. I'll be interested to see where it goes with further development.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on 9 genre and mood-inspired playlists I've been building since a few years in ~music

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    Well now, these will keep me busy for a while! Wonderful first post, welcome to Tildes. ;)

    Well now, these will keep me busy for a while! Wonderful first post, welcome to Tildes. ;)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    I created a facebook account of bogus information once early on, just to view one specific post. Haven't logged into it since, and I still get their spam email all the time. The only one I used...

    I created a facebook account of bogus information once early on, just to view one specific post. Haven't logged into it since, and I still get their spam email all the time. The only one I used briefly is Linkedin, because it was a handy way to keep track of tech associates - people I worked for/with, but not people in my network of friends and family. Haven't logged into it or updated the profile in years. Now that Microsoft owns it, I view it with even more suspicion.

    Usually if I need to use a service like that, I give them a completely bullshit profile and lie my ass off about everything. It's not like it's hard, or like they have any way of ever being able to tell. Well, I suppose Google knows a few things about me by now, since I've been using them for email for some time. I have one real account and a dozen or so bullshit ones I use as identities elsewhere. I leave an absolute wasteland of bullshit accounts in my wake on the internet, never ever using a real identity.

    It seemed idiotic to hand over so much information to total strangers. I never had the slightest interest in social media, and I still don't. It strikes me as nothing but artificial preening and shallow performances, the kind of thing real people with real lives don't bother to get involved in, and the kind of thing to be looked down on as a waste of time and energy, possibly even a serious mental health risk. Perhaps that's an old fashioned sentiment, but it's kept me clear of that particular world of bullshit.

    I don't even like text messages, I prefer phone calls and emails. I don't like people to be able to bother me, and I couldn't give less of a damn what friends and family are doing. I have their phone numbers, if I want to talk to them I'll call them, or they can call me. I'd rather have a conversation with someone I haven't seen in half a decade than keep up on their cat and their breakfast on some mindless social site. That way we'll have plenty to talk about for hours on end.

    The only reason I bother coming to forums is because they at least hold out the possibility of interesting conversations - held on my own schedule whenever I feel like visiting or posting. There's also the benefit of not knowing who anyone is beyond their handle, so it swipes away most forms of prejudice. The only thing you can concentrate on is what the other person says.

    I can see some value in twitter, as a sort of on-demand broadcast/notification service. The only reason it has that value is due to the size of the userbase, though, not the tech. I imagine I might use it (or, more likely, open source alternatives) if I were ever in the position of needing to engage in that sort of activity.

    If I ever truly need that sort of thing, more likely I'll set up my own server, my own site, my own software, my own library of services, not hand it off to someone else to screw up while mining for my data.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Universal Basic Income - Life After Automation in ~misc

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    I thought this was a pretty damn solid summary of the arguments around UBI. Also, don't forget to check the video description for a mountain of links to further information.

    I thought this was a pretty damn solid summary of the arguments around UBI. Also, don't forget to check the video description for a mountain of links to further information.

    3 votes