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  1. Comment on The marijuana superweapon Biden refuses to use in ~misc

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    I found the wording of this sentence as ambiguous: One reading could give the impression that alcohol & nicotine are scheduled, and removing cannabis from Schedule 1 would have federal law...

    I found the wording of this sentence as ambiguous:

    Biden would move marijuana off as a Schedule 1 narcotic, the same category as heroin, but would not take it off the illegal-drugs schedule entirely, so that federal law would treat it the way it does alcohol or nicotine.

    One reading could give the impression that alcohol & nicotine are scheduled, and removing cannabis from Schedule 1 would have federal law treating it the same as the aforementioned. Neither nicotine nor alcohol are scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act. It would take de-scheduling for cannabis to be treated similarly to nicotine or alcohol.


    I'll be pleased with any kind of progress, but I won't be happy while it's meaningfully restricted at the Federal Level. Something that often gets looked over in these sorts of conversations are Federal Civilian Employees. Federal employees aren't just a few of suits in D.C., they include those working for the Department of Veteran Affairs, National Parks Service, Patent and Trademark Office, National Science Foundation, United States Postal Service, and many other offices. More than 2.5 Million people, all told.

    Today, recreational use is permitted in eleven States (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington), and the District of Columbia.

    According to the Office of Personnel Management in 2017, and the Census Bureau in 2012, that is nearly three-quarters of a million people living in a recreational state who are restricted from partaking without losing their career.

    Medical States (counting only no THC restrictions or CBD only)? 1.6 million people can't use cannabis for medical purposes, because they work for the Federal Government in some capacity.

    None of that count us dirty government contractors, of which finding numbers for is extraordinarily difficult.

    Biden gets my vote because the alternative is Trump, and I see voting for anyone but him as a waste and an unnecessary risk in these times.
    He does not get my vote because I'm super jazzed about his position on this.

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  2. Comment on Canadian scuba diver in Mexico accidentally discovers vast, prehistoric industrial complex in ~humanities

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    Last I checked, there was evidence humans had spread throughout the American Continents by that general timeframe ± a few ky. It's a perfectly reasonably-aged find. Being untouched for so long,...

    Last I checked, there was evidence humans had spread throughout the American Continents by that general timeframe ± a few ky. It's a perfectly reasonably-aged find. Being untouched for so long, that's the really interesting bit IMO

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The Memory of Earth, by Orson Scott Card I don't like it. I think the characters are pretty poorly written, and the story seems to be The Book of Mormon wearing a sci-fi hat. There's some...

    The Memory of Earth, by Orson Scott Card
    I don't like it. I think the characters are pretty poorly written, and the story seems to be The Book of Mormon wearing a sci-fi hat. There's some interesting concepts that aren't getting played with at all, but tbh I'm not feeling motivated to go on about them. This book is boring, and it sucks, and a lot of the writing and structure feels.. amateurish.
    More than anything, it's forcing me to question if my standards have become unreasonably high over the years. My personal opinion of OSC as a person is not positive, but I remember really enjoying Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I'm a little afraid to reread them and discover they're not up to my standard for a good story anymore.

    Next on my list:
    Pearl Harbor, by Randall Wallace
    Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
    JFK: A Complete Biography 1917–1963, by William H. Carr

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested in ~news

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    Just Asking Questions

    JAQ

    Just Asking Questions

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  5. Comment on Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested in ~news

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    outline.com doesn't support link from the Times, so if you can't see it here are some of the main points:

    outline.com doesn't support link from the Times, so if you can't see it here are some of the main points:

    Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire on criminal charges linked to his alleged sex-trafficking operation, according to a law enforcement official.

    Ms. Maxwell was accused in an indictment of recruiting and grooming “multiple” girls, including one as young as 14, for Mr. Epstein, who sexually abused them. She also faces perjury charges.

    Civil lawsuits have accused Ms. Maxwell of managing a network of recruiters that Mr. Epstein relied on to entice young and often financially strapped girls and women into his scheme, promising he would help them with their education and careers.

    “They were like partners in a business,” Mr. Epstein’s house manager, Janusz Banasiak, said in a deposition.

    The new federal indictment, unsealed on Thursday, charged Ms. Maxwell with six counts: enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity, two conspiracy counts related to those charges and two counts of perjury.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 — Official trailer — The Gig in ~games

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    I get different vibes from this trailer than I did from the 48 minutes of gameplay that was shown in 2018. I don't love this as a trailer, but the gameplay and other excerpts from CP2077 got me...

    I get different vibes from this trailer than I did from the 48 minutes of gameplay that was shown in 2018. I don't love this as a trailer, but the gameplay and other excerpts from CP2077 got me hype. Here's hoping the trailer is just a poor representation compared to what we've seen before.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Only time for a quick reply at the moment, I'll come back later with something more substantive later: It's always (IMO) important to come at topics along these lines from the most charitable...

    Only time for a quick reply at the moment, I'll come back later with something more substantive later:

    It's always (IMO) important to come at topics along these lines from the most charitable perspective. Willing to listen, willing to teach. This applies to all individuals, regardless of stance. I say this as a trans person, having a strong emotional response to this post.

    If this topic isn't locked or deleted or a shitshow by the time I come back later with more time, I'll have some experiences and thoughts to share.

    22 votes
  8. Comment on Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur in ~games.tabletop

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    Excellent! I'll be checking that out today.

    Excellent! I'll be checking that out today.

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  9. Comment on Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur in ~games.tabletop

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    He's positively charming. I like to watch/listen to lectures while I'm on the clock, and the other day the algorithm suggested Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure. I quite enjoy...

    He's positively charming.
    I like to watch/listen to lectures while I'm on the clock, and the other day the algorithm suggested Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure. I quite enjoy ancient history, but didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The man is a teacher, in the strongest sense of the word. He's engaging, and hilarious.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    Re: Genocide, In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and it was put in force in 1951. Article 2 of the Convention defines...

    Re: Genocide,

    In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and it was put in force in 1951.

    Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as:

    [...] any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    27 votes
  11. Comment on Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur in ~games.tabletop

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    This could have equally fit within ~humanities, but I thought boardgames can't get much more classical than this and it might get some appreciation here. This video is focused more on gameplay...

    For International Tabletop Day 2017, British Museum curator Irving Finkel challenged YouTuber Tom Scott to a round of the oldest playable board game in the world – The Royal Game of Ur – a game Irving discovered and deciphered the rules to himself.

    Find out how Irving Finkel discovered and deciphered the rules to the Royal Game of Ur here.

    https://blog.britishmuseum.org/tom-scott-vs-dr-irving-finkel-the-royal-game-of-ur/

    This could have equally fit within ~humanities, but I thought boardgames can't get much more classical than this and it might get some appreciation here. This video is focused more on gameplay than anything else, but the bolded link within my quote goes deeper into the background if you're curious.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on In first for Congress, US House passes bill to establish DC as the nation's 51st state, but it faces insurmountable opposition in the Senate in ~news

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    I take issue with this, for reasons other than why you propose I oppose it. Taxation without Representation There are 538 Electoral Votes cast in the Presidential Election. This number is based on...

    It's not often I agree with Republicans, but ceding the land to Maryland seems to me both more logical and practical. DC as a state would be kinda silly; sure it would have just the 3rd smallest population of US states, but it would be the smallest in land area by a factor of 22!

    Of course; Demcorats oppose this solution in favour of statehood, since it would give them no new senators and at most one new house member.

    I take issue with this, for reasons other than why you propose I oppose it.

    Taxation without Representation

    There are 538 Electoral Votes cast in the Presidential Election. This number is based on each states Senators and Representatives. Countrywide that's 100 Senators, 435 Representatives; these numbers are fixed by law. This only brings our total Electoral Votes to 535, but the final three votes come from the Twenty-third Amendment, ratified in 1961, which grants the District as many Electoral Votes as if it were a State, but no more than the least populated state.

    Retrocession of the District of Columbia gives us a problem. If the District is absorbed by Maryland, but Maryland gains fewer than three votes in the process, then citizens of the District have a lesser voice when it comes to the election of the President. This is inherently a lessening of Representation.
    If the Twenty-Third Amendment is not repealed, then what is left of D.C. retains its three electoral votes. Problem is, the District would no longer have residents, and who controls those votes is an open question open to abuse. Repealing the Amendment, and annexation of D.C. by Maryland, only grants equitable Representation in the Electoral College of former District Residents by putting a minimum floor of Maryland Standard+3 electoral votes; this fundamentally changes the way the Electoral College functions, and allocates votes, and is unlikely to pass through the legislative process. Thus, D.C. Residents get shafted.

    If D.C. were to become a State, then residents are guaranteed these three Electoral Votes and its Representation in the Presidential Election.

    Read my Lips: No New Taxes

    Wealthy cities all over the Nation tend to contribute more money to their state capitals than they receive in State Funding or Budgetary Contributions. If the District merges with Maryland, this presents a problem; currently taxes in D.C. funds things in D.C. Retrocession will cause D.C. to lose out on usable funds, or have to raise taxes on the local level to make up for lost revenue. It's already extraordinarily expensive to live in D.C., and many residents are forced to live in the area due to employment within or supporting the Federal Government and its many Agencies. A tax hike will hurt residents, and the only purpose would be to guarantee tax revenue from prior to retrocession.

    Additionally, D.C. gives up a great degree of its current autonomy to the Maryland State Capital of Annapolis. D.C. is solidly Blue, and one of the most Socially-Progressive regions in the Nation. Maryland is Bluish-Purple. While not a nightmare scenario, this causes control of D.C. to change to a body less in-line with the ideals of its citizens.

    Retrocession would result in D.C. paying a permanent sacrifice of power and autonomy, and Maryland is subjected to the political disturbance of an 11% addition to its population of mainly deeply-Blue residents. The dream of District home-rule is dead forever in this exchange, and Maryland pays a price along the way.

    A House Divided Against Itself

    Nobody wants this, except for non-affected, typically GOP Politicians and other clowns, such as former Republican Representative of Utah, Jason Chaffetz. When the GOP isn't advocating for retrocession, they're busy trying to poison Statehood Bills with Amendments proposing the banning of abortion in D.C. & forcing the full costs of updating national flags and official memorabilia onto D.C.

    You can't grant land to a State without their consent.

    Polling shows that Maryland doesn't want D.C.
    Polling shows that D.C. doesn't want Maryland.

    In fact, voting of D.C. Residents shows a strong support of D.C. Statehood, and polling of Maryland shows a narrow support of D.C. Statehood (2016, Q22, PDF).

    Retrocession hurts the autonomy of D.C. Retrocession hurts D.C. financially, and the residents pay for it. Retrocession gives up reliably Blue Votes on the National Stage, and gives the GOP an unfair advantage in a system already biased in their favor.

    On that note:

    sure it would have just the 3rd smallest population of US states, but it would be the smallest in land area by a factor of 22!

    Fuck land. Fuck this argument.
    Land doesn't vote. Cornfields and Soybeans don't vote.
    The People vote, and The People of D.C. have made their voice clear.

    Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

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  13. Comment on What's it take to make a secure, stable, and scalable site? in ~comp

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    You're not wrong. Before posting this topic I was tracking I need to learn/brush up on: Databases + SQL JavaScript Servers HTTP Version Control Authentication whatever private messaging entails I...

    This is a huge topic; it's analogous to saying "how does one be a doctor?" and expecting there to be some sort of answer.

    You're not wrong. Before posting this topic I was tracking I need to learn/brush up on:

    • Databases + SQL
    • JavaScript
    • Servers
    • HTTP
    • Version Control
    • Authentication
    • whatever private messaging entails

    I have pretty solid experience—for a non-professional—with HTML/CSS & PHP, and self hosting.
    I'm under no delusion that this wouldn't be a big step up from what I've touched in the past, but if it was easy then where would be the fun in that? I know it will be hard, and take a while to get a running prototype I can demo to validate the market.


    You need to have an idea of what you mean by "secure, stable, scalable" and exactly how much security, stability, and scalability that you need.

    That's fair.
    By 'secure', I mean protecting users information such as passwords, messages, login stats, and such, and keeping the backend more difficult to exploit than its worth. This is my biggest blindspot, and I know that Cybersecurity is an entire degree program. Nothing is entirely secure, but I'd rather not miss something obvious so any script-kiddie could crack it wide open. I don't need the same level of security as say, Google, because I do not plan to intake as much data or become as large as Facebook, for example. As a smaller, less valuable target, realistically it just needs to be "secure enough".

    On stability, my mind thinks to small sites that get posted on to reddit and crash under the load of tens of thousands of visitors in an hour, whose typical visitor count may normally reach that in a week. I don't really know what makes a site fail like this. On an abstract level, my understanding is the server is not prepared to handle the load. On a practical level, I don't know what that means.
    Is it the coding of the backend to blame? Is it my host? How is it typically avoided? If it's the host, do they charge different price points for anticipated load? Would I have to upgrade my plan with the host to change that? Is there a way to adjust this sort of thing dynamically? Etc etc

    For scalability, mostly I don't know if there's any difference under the hood (not counting the servers) between a blog with a hundred monthly users, and one with a billion. I assume there is, but I don't know what that difference is.


    All that said, I really appreciate your post! You've given me things to work with (as have @Akir and @Bauke), and I have more of a starting point on these things than I did yesterday.

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  14. Comment on Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - week of June 22 in ~news

  15. What's it take to make a secure, stable, and scalable site?

    I think I've identified an unfulfilled need in our current online environment, have an idea of an end-result that could flourish, and some possible ways to monetize without being a cancer on...

    I think I've identified an unfulfilled need in our current online environment, have an idea of an end-result that could flourish, and some possible ways to monetize without being a cancer on society.
    I have some experience with basic site-building, but this would be a very ambitious project for one person. It will probably take a long time before I get it going—if I get it going at all. I know some of what I need to start learning to make it work, but my mind doesn't know where to start when it comes to security, stability, or scalability.

    Security:
    This is probably my biggest concern. We hear all the time about data breaches, and this idea is—at its core—a kind of social media; by its nature we're dealing with PII.
    Where does everyone go wrong here, and how do I protect the information of potential users?
    All I've got is I know that storing passwords in plaintext is a bad idea, and to encrypt 'stuff' .

    Stability:
    I'm sure we've all experienced a site going down to a heavy load. Say I can get a site up, and things go well for a bit, and then somebody with a big twitter/instagram/youtube audience says something and a hoard of people come to check it out. A site going down when you try to check it out doesn't leave a positive impression. Can this sort of thing be prepared for, in the possibility such a thing ever happened?

    Scalability:
    If I can get a workable site running, I don't expect much of a userbase for a while, if ever. But if it does get large enough to attract hundreds of thousands, or a million+ returning users, it would be nice if I could have the architecture in place to handle that ahead of time, instead of playing catch-up later. What makes a site scalable, and is there any reason it can't be prepared for?

    I'd love to be able to pay some folk to help me, but I don't have the cash for that. The initial launch will have to be done by me alone, so I'm fully prepared to learn what I need to and take the long amount of time required (maybe next summer?) to get the minimum product going. Even if this ends up not being feasible to get going alone, I figure the worst case scenario is a lot of learning along the way.

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  16. Comment on Star Wars: Squadrons - Reveal trailer in ~games

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    I've become bitter in my old age. Rogue Squadron was the shit back in '98. An HD version of the same kind of deal, with multiplayer, should bring alive the kid inside me. Instead, I can't help but...

    I've become bitter in my old age.
    Rogue Squadron was the shit back in '98. An HD version of the same kind of deal, with multiplayer, should bring alive the kid inside me. Instead, I can't help but to expect a half-assed campaign mode, and a multiplayer held back from its potential by a shit-ass, pay-to-win progression system. I'm sure it will be a gorgeous game and suited for VR; I'm just not sure I have faith it will be fun.

  17. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    I'm not sure to what degree I agree or disagree. Could you expand on that? To your thinking, upon examining, what is being looked for and how ought the examiner take things if found? @wakamex...

    I'm not sure to what degree I agree or disagree. Could you expand on that?
    To your thinking, upon examining, what is being looked for and how ought the examiner take things if found? @wakamex already brought up race-play, which seems to be the obvious; what else may be there that would necessitate some self-work or reflection, doesn't immediately come to mind.