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  1. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    Oh the 3.5mm earphones are dirt cheap. But the lightning headphones available in the store were stupid expensive when I was in upgrade mode a year or two ago. Especially, heaven forbid, you try to...

    Oh the 3.5mm earphones are dirt cheap. But the lightning headphones available in the store were stupid expensive when I was in upgrade mode a year or two ago. Especially, heaven forbid, you try to get them from an apple store directly.

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  2. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I think the headphone example here is interesting. I resented Apple not for switching to push for a wireless/bluetooth headphone, but because they charge $120 for any form of ear-wear at all,...

    I think the headphone example here is interesting. I resented Apple not for switching to push for a wireless/bluetooth headphone, but because they charge $120 for any form of ear-wear at all, including the old wired versions of headphones. Third party vendors trying to still sell the "new" lightning wired headphones were peddling hot garbage that was functionally unwearable, so there was a massive pain point that came with upgrading the iPhone past the headphone jack.

    So in a very real sense, the company forced a degradation of the quality of wired headphones at the same time as it pushed people toward the new version, and they nickle and dimed every possible part of the journey.

    Personally, wireless charging is not a heavy ask to me. But taking away the headphones I liked and replacing them with hot garbage just because they weren't fitting your current business model? I don't cotton to that shit.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Music Makers: Guitarists, Bassists and other Stringslingers in ~creative

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    One of my saving graces when it comes to instruments is that I tend to stick exclusively to acoustic stuff (I would get way too into teh audiophile end of electric strings, and that would not be...

    One of my saving graces when it comes to instruments is that I tend to stick exclusively to acoustic stuff (I would get way too into teh audiophile end of electric strings, and that would not be good for my wallet). With the sole exception of the electric piano (casio), every instrument I've ever owned has been acoustic. Strings wise, currently I just have an Alvarez (acoustic guitar), and I'm pretty happy with it. Most of what I play on the guitar tends to be finger-picked, so I will probably be looking into a nice Spanish/Classical guitar in the not too distant future.

    But I just moved to this place, so maybe I should get a couch or TV or maybe a damn chair before I get into another instrument. Like, priorities.

  4. Comment on The PDF version of SQL Performance Explained by Markus Winand is free until Monday with code "CyberMon19" in ~comp

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    Sold. Thank you for the recommendation. I have many such DBAs in my life I owe way too much alcohol to already.

    Sold. Thank you for the recommendation.

    I have many such DBAs in my life I owe way too much alcohol to already.

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  5. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm gearing up to get started in a fairly ambitious project that I'm only partially qualified to tackle. I have no full stack experience, but I'm going to try to make an app that tries to combine...

    I'm gearing up to get started in a fairly ambitious project that I'm only partially qualified to tackle. I have no full stack experience, but I'm going to try to make an app that tries to combine task schedulers with data vis stuff to let people flexibly track goals large and small, with a bit of gamification involved to help encourage people to reward themselves for succeeding at the tasks they add. Never really done anything in game development, but I want it to be a healthier spin on the freemium style game that just tries to eat your attention. I want this to be the sort of thing you like coming to, but that is actively encouraging to do what you said you wanted to do alongside.

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  6. Comment on Europe Is Officially out of IPv4 Addresses in ~tech

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    There are a couple reasons why a lot of organizations have been reluctant to adopt IPv6. The biggest of which is making sure the lessons we've learned with IPv4 security issues and vulnerabilities...

    There are a couple reasons why a lot of organizations have been reluctant to adopt IPv6. The biggest of which is making sure the lessons we've learned with IPv4 security issues and vulnerabilities get maintained in any implementation of IPv6, which is not necessarily a simple toggle between IP structures. Improperly configured printers or toasters or whatever IoT device could be threat vectors for attack, where there is even less user interaction than the computers that formed the traditional attack vector before like two or three years ago.

    So the industry is massively shifting when it comes to keeping visibility in all these IoT devices on your network, and IPv6 is another wrinkle in that attempt to maintain visibility. The technology that supports IPv4 is in some cases matched to IPv6, but that isn't the case for all the tools and resources as our disposal. Finding alternatives has to come before deployment, and so it makes sense that some companies would be reluctant to make that dive.

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  7. Comment on When was the first time you felt different? in ~talk

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    I don't tell this story often. In the fourth grade, I moved from Catholic school, where I was relatively content to test the teachers and institution's boundaries of what was acceptable, to public...

    I don't tell this story often.

    In the fourth grade, I moved from Catholic school, where I was relatively content to test the teachers and institution's boundaries of what was acceptable, to public school. That switch came with it a massive drop in academic expectations from the teachers that I struggled to understand, and very intense obsession with my difficulty with "R"s. Namely, I flipped between rolling them with a lilt or missing the mark entirely with a w sound. I didn't think I sounded different, but the speech therapist sure seemed to think someone did. None of the other kids commented, so I figured it was some adult.

    Then I found out it was my parents.

    Our relationship was already growing strained. I'd call it a difference of personalities, but that wouldn't really do it justice. I insisted on independence that my parents claimed to want to foster; my dad was a his-house-his-rules sort of person, and would take violent measures to ensure that clothes came out of the dryer right-side out. (I was old enough to know that clothes don't always come out the same way they go in. The spinning force can twist some loose items, and I resented being accused of things I didn't remember doing.)

    I also had discovered a deeply aggrieving mismatch between my view of my parents' expectations of my academic performance ("we're paying a ton for you to go to school here, so you better get straight As or else), and their expectations. That was in an episode the year before where I begged my teacher to revise my grade over my first B+ (Social Studies; goddamn state capitals).

    So the event in the fourth grade, by itself, was the first time I noticed I was different in an appreciable way, but I had been growing suspicious about this sort of reality for a little while. And I was increasingly frustrated about why it seemed like everyone was trying to force me to conform. I was different. That wasn't in itself a bad thing. It was the feeling of betrayal by people who were supposed to trust and support me that I found difficult. That's a feeling I got over for one of my parents. The other ...

    Well, that's a work in progress.

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  8. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on <redacted>. I joke. Kinda. What I can say is that my recent projects have me doing Data Science on pretty large databases. Usually focused exclusively on the security side of...

    I've been working on <redacted>.

    I joke. Kinda.

    What I can say is that my recent projects have me doing Data Science on pretty large databases. Usually focused exclusively on the security side of the house. Using the prior events that we track to inform the validation process for the future content we create has been most of my last two weeks. Kind of building it from the ground up, so it's been a wild ride.

    One of the coolest things I unlocked is so, uh, application specific that it barely makes sense to relay. I figured out how to call the API of the application I'm working with to return the data that can inform my validating process. The cool thing is it will inform all my validating process I want to build out. The scary thing is could theoretically break the entire system the company uses for that data if I'm not careful, because I have to go after that data on the live environment, which is spooky as all hell.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I, uh, program a lot in both python and postgres. Never really thought much about how the two could interact. This is really cool.

    I, uh, program a lot in both python and postgres. Never really thought much about how the two could interact. This is really cool.

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  10. Comment on Hillary Clinton accuses Tulsi Gabbard of being Russian asset in ~news

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    This is remarkably untrue. Hillary has especially been consistently getting flack for being uncommonly willing to weigh in on how Trump has been doing. She took one small walk in the woods near...

    We haven’t heard from them in 4 years.

    This is remarkably untrue. Hillary has especially been consistently getting flack for being uncommonly willing to weigh in on how Trump has been doing. She took one small walk in the woods near her house and then has been on speaking tours and conferences talking about political issues pretty regularly since.

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  11. Comment on What are your guilty pleasures? in ~talk

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    My guilty pleasure is enjoying the fruits of mining from conflict zones, knowing that my enjoying those products further inflames conflicts in regions that are resource rich but unstable and...

    My guilty pleasure is enjoying the fruits of mining from conflict zones, knowing that my enjoying those products further inflames conflicts in regions that are resource rich but unstable and exploited. I will not give up my smart phone despite knowing full well that my purchase of this phone has helped cause more suffering in other parts of the world where the rare materials used in my phone are found.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Democratic Debate #3 - Sept 12 2019 in ~news

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    It could also get him in trouble with anti-bribery laws. You are absolutely never supposed to pay a voter to vote for you, which that could easily be interpreted as.

    It could also get him in trouble with anti-bribery laws. You are absolutely never supposed to pay a voter to vote for you, which that could easily be interpreted as.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him in ~books

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    I don't feel like you've wrestled here with the most fair points that @vivaria has brought up. It's strange to me because usually I think you're pretty solid at that. It makes me think there's...

    I don't feel like you've wrestled here with the most fair points that @vivaria has brought up. It's strange to me because usually I think you're pretty solid at that. It makes me think there's something more going on here.

    I'm very sympathetic to the idea that some people take these criticisms out of the context of the historical figure's time, and that some other people still use one (hugely) abhorrent aspect of an important figure's life to discredit everything that person did. These points are plainly fair, when applied to the people who are engaging in that behavior.

    But what about the point of using this institution honoring someone important to the genre to honor someone who might be more worthy of that honor in the current environment? The honors we bestow say a lot about who we are right now. Why should we choose Campbell over other important figures of the time? What about Campbell's background should be used to inspire those who want to receive the award named in his honor? What story are we telling here? What story should we be aiming to tell? Are there historical figures that better match that ideal story?

    The presentism you're upset with seems more about poo-pooing figures of the past for its own sake, but the purpose I often see behind the tactics of those you're calling out is necessarily iconoclastic. Some people might believe the only way to create the space to consider whether someone else might be a better fit for what we want this honor to inspire (and who we want to inspire) is to tear down these figures as much as possible. The point, though, seems to be more about lifting up a person who might be more fitting for the current goals of what we want to be doing with these institutions.

    Perhaps if we were better about talking about people who might similarly deserve recognition alongside Campbell, people who might be better fits for our current values, those who engage in this sort of anachronistic thinking would be less prone to hyperbolic reaction.

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  14. Comment on John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him in ~books

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    Whether someone says "unnecessarily provocative" or "needlessly hyperbolic," the point is the same. Alis Franklin's writing is too happy to put too much blame at one person's feet for things that...

    Whether someone says "unnecessarily provocative" or "needlessly hyperbolic," the point is the same. Alis Franklin's writing is too happy to put too much blame at one person's feet for things that have much more diverse and complicated origins.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on The new Path of Exile league starts September 6th in ~games

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    There's a really important game-impacting buy you can make, and that's item storage tabs. I'm not saying it's a bad model, but there's an initial investment outside of cosmetics here. Good item...

    There's a really important game-impacting buy you can make, and that's item storage tabs. I'm not saying it's a bad model, but there's an initial investment outside of cosmetics here. Good item tabs runs about $40 when they're on sale (and tabs are on sale every three weeks). Pretty worth for the sizable chunk I've played, and I didn't pick them up until after I knew I liked the game.

    Honestly, inventory management is one of the things I enjoy most about the game.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on 'Where's the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?': As Youtube struggles with extreme content, Susan Wojcicki talks about her role as the internet’s gatekeeper in ~tech

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    I’m pretty sympathetic to this argument, but there is one practice common in Google and all resource rich companies that actively suppresses competition that we need to wrestle with too: buying...

    I’m pretty sympathetic to this argument, but there is one practice common in Google and all resource rich companies that actively suppresses competition that we need to wrestle with too: buying the competition to prevent them from competing.

    This practice is simultaneously a capital injection that motivates start ups and their end-game in a lot of cases. If you want to compete with a giant like YouTube (or Google proper or Facebook or large banking institutions, etc.), you’re aiming to get just successful enough that it becomes in that larger company’s interest to buy you out. Then your company and new tech gets “integrated” into the larger company, often poorly with large employee turnover, or the innovation is destroyed and shelved outright.

    This practice is so ubiquitous among large companies that it’s hardly just something happening in tech. But it is something that prevents us from reasonably saying “if you don’t like <big company>’s service, find a different one.” Our doing exactly that has virtually no impact on this anti-competitive cycle. We need to more strongly react to this practice to change the calculus these companies use to decide whether to acquire a smaller company solely to stop them from competing.

    That said, there’s obviously challenge here when it comes to legitimate reasons a larger company might want to acquire a smaller one. I’m not saying it is always illegitimate for a larger company to see a way to improve itself through a smaller one. Ironically, Instagram is a prominent counter example here. But when the proof is there for this suppression of the market, the culprit needs to suffer more consistently than they do today.

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  17. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    I didn’t get a chance to see the comment you’re responding to, but I wanted to affirm that I don’t necessarily think the pain necessarily has to be one sided. The nature of the letter writer’s...

    I didn’t get a chance to see the comment you’re responding to, but I wanted to affirm that I don’t necessarily think the pain necessarily has to be one sided. The nature of the letter writer’s perspective is necessarily left leaning, but that doesn’t mean the relationship’s pain is only felt by one side. I trust the disintegration of that relationship is a pain point for all the parties involved, which need not be just the two we see any details about. Shit’s complicated. That’s how families usually are. How can someone easily sum up decades of interaction? It’s hard stuff better suited for therapy.

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  18. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    I see why you might think that, but this author isn’t saying much of anything about the letter writer’s relationship with his dad except that he should choose the side of love and that he should...

    I see why you might think that, but this author isn’t saying much of anything about the letter writer’s relationship with his dad except that he should choose the side of love and that he should reconcile “because he made you.” Most of the response is about how the world is in his mind, not about the complexity of any relationship.

    I would be more sympathetic to that view if there was anything at all to hint at the author’s recognition that pain is pain and that political disagreements might be masking deeper tensions. Instead, it’s just a preachy essay about how partisanship is destroying the world.

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  19. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    Yesh, hamfisted advice that doesn’t really allow for the complexities of one of the oldest relationships a person can have? That’s not good advice. It’s preaching about the sanctity of family...

    Yesh, hamfisted advice that doesn’t really allow for the complexities of one of the oldest relationships a person can have? That’s not good advice. It’s preaching about the sanctity of family regardless of the pain the other person might’ve caused.

    Just because someone is your father doesn’t mean you must have a good relationship with them. We’re stuck with what we got. And for some of us, that’s sometimes a lemon.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    I’m a fan of the rule of law, which insists that “guilt by association” isn’t a thing, though it very much is enough to question someone’s judgment. With Bill, I think the public record was...

    I’m a fan of the rule of law, which insists that “guilt by association” isn’t a thing, though it very much is enough to question someone’s judgment. With Bill, I think the public record was already clear that his judge of character is... um, not always great.

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