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  1. Comment on Openly editable posts. Crazy idea? in ~tildes

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    Yes. Users with sufficient reputation (2,000 rep) on StackOverflow and related exchanges can edit other people's questions and answers. I mostly use it to improve the formatting and English in the...

    Yes. Users with sufficient reputation (2,000 rep) on StackOverflow and related exchanges can edit other people's questions and answers. I mostly use it to improve the formatting and English in the questions. If you don't have sufficient reputation you can still suggest edits, but they need to go through the review queue to get approved and applied.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    Slowing down the descent into fascism is the first step in reversing it. You need to decelerate and stop before you can start moving in the opposite direction and the country can only change so...

    Slowing down the descent into fascism is the first step in reversing it. You need to decelerate and stop before you can start moving in the opposite direction and the country can only change so fast. We need to stop the bleeding before we can start managing blood pressure and insulin levels; those will kill us too, but not as quickly.

    A moderate president may not be ideal, but would allow for legislation to pass that would get vetoed by Trump. A moderate president would not appoint partisan hacks to lifetime positions. A moderate president would allow us to start to recover from current insanity while building momentum towards a more ideal government. The current administration is causing serious long-term harm that will far outlast the 4 to 8 years it's in charge.

    Do not let "perfect" be the enemy of the "good" and do not let "good" be the enemy of "competent".

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

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    I certainly believe there are plenty of people that have valid critiques. I'm not trying to suggest all who disagree with x or y have ulterior motives, but the existence of bad actors is a factor...

    I certainly believe there are plenty of people that have valid critiques. I'm not trying to suggest all who disagree with x or y have ulterior motives, but the existence of bad actors is a factor that we all need to be aware of as it's likely to only get worse.

    Debate is indeed valuable, but only so far as the parties involved are operating in good faith (which I tend to assume more strongly here than on Reddit).

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

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    The tricky thing is that there are plenty of people disagreeing for many reasons and it's very difficult to distinguish between people discussing differences in reasonably good faith and various...

    The tricky thing is that there are plenty of people disagreeing for many reasons and it's very difficult to distinguish between people discussing differences in reasonably good faith and various trolls or paid shills. They're all mixed together and interact and feed off of each other. That's what makes it so insidious and effective for meddlers; they only have to do part of the work. Whether it's seeding a spark of an argument, kindling a controversial statement into a divisive exchange, or stoking and feeding existing disagreement that was petering out, they are successfully enflaming the forums without having to resort to outright flame thrower tactics that are more hateful but easier to detect and moderate effectively.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on r/Piracy receives official warning from Reddit Legal about 74 copyright infringements in ~tech

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    I wonder if you can regress against internet archive to determine if anything has been removed by the admins.

    I wonder if you can regress against internet archive to determine if anything has been removed by the admins.

  6. Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

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    In the Reddit threads about this, there are tons of people sowing discord between Beto and Bernie with suspiciously similar talking points. Be aware that agents of chaos are already meddling in...
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    In the Reddit threads about this, there are tons of people sowing discord between Beto and Bernie with suspiciously similar talking points. Be aware that agents of chaos are already meddling in the 2020 election trying to spread dissension wherever possible.

    32 votes
  7. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    I do believe most pro-life advocates are sincere and fundamentally want to protect human life. The thing that really frustrates me is that they also tend to oppose programs and legislation that...

    I do believe most pro-life advocates are sincere and fundamentally want to protect human life. The thing that really frustrates me is that they also tend to oppose programs and legislation that would reduce the number of abortions, usually because it doesn't fit their views surrounding human sexuality.

    If you truly want to reduce abortions, then pragmatically you should advocate things like subsidized birth control, comprehensive sexual education, greater availability of (real) women's health centers, and financial/social support for new moms. Most pro-life advocates shy away from these sort of things demonstrating that their concerns about how sex ed is taught or whether some of their tax dollars go to someone else's birth control (or other women's programs) are more important than unborn lives. They are in effect actually sacrificing babies (under their understanding) for things like abstinence-only sex ed and anti-socialist dogma.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Desktops have their place (in the near future) for the most demanding users, but many workers really don't need much computing power. The computing creep you mention is real, but websites already...

    Desktops have their place (in the near future) for the most demanding users, but many workers really don't need much computing power. The computing creep you mention is real, but websites already have to cater to the mobile market and more and more heavy business computing is being pushed to the cloud. Also, a docked phone doesn't have to worry about power consumption as much as when running on battery.

  9. Comment on Tumblr suffers 150 million drop in traffic after porn ban in ~tech

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    There's still plenty of NSFW still left too that isn't blocked. I don't understand how the filtering works at all.

    There's still plenty of NSFW still left too that isn't blocked. I don't understand how the filtering works at all.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I need a full-blown desktop OS for work and multiple monitors, but phones of the future can probably provide enough computing power to do that well enough that you can just plug it into a dock and go.

    I need a full-blown desktop OS for work and multiple monitors, but phones of the future can probably provide enough computing power to do that well enough that you can just plug it into a dock and go.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    There are the new foldable phones. Those could be cool, but I don't want to be an early adopter. Flip phones have been a thing for decades, but the ones with a foldable screen are something new.

    My feeling about the "next big innovation" is that it will have something to do with the form factor/interface of our phones, but I can't really think of any changes in that area that will do anything other than complicate things for users.

    There are the new foldable phones. Those could be cool, but I don't want to be an early adopter. Flip phones have been a thing for decades, but the ones with a foldable screen are something new.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    So like SnapChat or Instagram but with algorithmically curated feeds like YouTube's autoplay feature?

    So like SnapChat or Instagram but with algorithmically curated feeds like YouTube's autoplay feature?

  13. Comment on Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud in ~news

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    The article is a bit misleading on the 20 years stated. The DC court has a maximum of 10 years in this case, but Judge Amy Berman Jackson can choose whether to add those consecutively or...

    Manafort is scheduled to appear Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he could get 20 years under federal guidelines but his lawyers have sought a shorter sentence.

    The article is a bit misleading on the 20 years stated. The DC court has a maximum of 10 years in this case, but Judge Amy Berman Jackson can choose whether to add those consecutively or concurrently to the Virginia sentencing.

    The lawyers I've listened to (Ken White) guessed Judge Ellis would give Manafort about 10 years and then Judge Jackson to give 5 consecutive and 5 concurrent, but I'm wondering if now she might now be more inclined to give Manafort the full 10 years consecutively given that this sentence is so lenient.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Some 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as LGBT: study in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, this study has D.C. at nearly 10% too.

    Yeah, this study has D.C. at nearly 10% too.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Some 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as LGBT: study in ~lgbt

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    So more like 9% of the total population if you extrapolate from under 35.

    So more like 9% of the total population if you extrapolate from under 35.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on The Senate just confirmed a judge who interned at an anti-LGBTQ group. She’ll serve for life. in ~lgbt

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    The lifetime appointments coming from this presidency are serious long-term damage. Executive orders and congressional bills can be reversed relatively easily, but filling lifetime positions with...

    The lifetime appointments coming from this presidency are serious long-term damage. Executive orders and congressional bills can be reversed relatively easily, but filling lifetime positions with people in their 30's and 40's has far-reaching consequences with no procedure to undo.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password in ~tech

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    If you can remember a whole sentence, then just use that. It will be stronger than the shortened version. Obligatory XKCD: https://xkcd.com/936/

    If you can remember a whole sentence, then just use that. It will be stronger than the shortened version.

    Obligatory XKCD:
    https://xkcd.com/936/

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Why the Galaxy Fold Will Be a Huge Success Even at $2,000 -- "[...] Samsung has effectively turned into the new Apple. They are the innovators. They are ahead of the game." in ~tech

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    Having extra pixels allows text and images to be extra crisp, even if the difference is not always that noticeable. The reduction in bezel size also allows more screen for the same phone size. Top...

    Having extra pixels allows text and images to be extra crisp, even if the difference is not always that noticeable. The reduction in bezel size also allows more screen for the same phone size. Top end displays are important to me, as also evidenced by my 45" 4K monitor and 65" 4K OLED TV.

    I've probably got over $10k in DSLR camera lenses, bodies, and flash gear. Yeah, that's always going to be better than a phone, but it doesn't all fit in my pocket and travel everywhere with me.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Why the Galaxy Fold Will Be a Huge Success Even at $2,000 -- "[...] Samsung has effectively turned into the new Apple. They are the innovators. They are ahead of the game." in ~tech

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    Yeah, I think they'll be more appealing after a couple generations of refinement. Cool idea, but I'm not interested in being on the cutting edge here.

    Yeah, I think they'll be more appealing after a couple generations of refinement. Cool idea, but I'm not interested in being on the cutting edge here.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Why the Galaxy Fold Will Be a Huge Success Even at $2,000 -- "[...] Samsung has effectively turned into the new Apple. They are the innovators. They are ahead of the game." in ~tech

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    I'm a sucker for big beautiful screens and the best camera possible in a phone. Phones have really advanced in these areas over the last decade, so I'll upgrade every two years or so. Since I use...

    I'm a sucker for big beautiful screens and the best camera possible in a phone. Phones have really advanced in these areas over the last decade, so I'll upgrade every two years or so.

    Since I use my phone so frequently for so many things, I don't mind paying a fair bit for one. $2000 is not happening, but I might do up to $1200 for a flagship 5G phone that has all the features I want in an attractive form factor with good battery life.

    2 votes