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  1. Comment on New non-toxic "green" propellant successfully demonstrated on NASA mission, now ready to replace hydrazine onboard spacecraft in ~space

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    Yeay. Thankfully, they came up with a cutesy new acronym name for it (ASCENT), 'cuz AF-M315E was just never gonna roll off the tongue like hydrazine.

    Yeay.

    Thankfully, they came up with a cutesy new acronym name for it (ASCENT), 'cuz AF-M315E was just never gonna roll off the tongue like hydrazine.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What's something you wish people outside of your field knew/understood? in ~talk

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    The xkcd comics have "mouse-hover" epilogue jokes that many people miss. Your comment is the exact epilogue joke for this comic. PS: For all y'all on mobile devices, the "m.xkcd.com" version of...

    The xkcd comics have "mouse-hover" epilogue jokes that many people miss. Your comment is the exact epilogue joke for this comic.

    PS: For all y'all on mobile devices, the "m.xkcd.com" version of the site shows you those epilogue jokes w/o having to connect a mouse to your phone.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's something you wish people outside of your field knew/understood? in ~talk

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    I point this out every time I see comments like this. I do not use ad blockers; I use tracker blockers. It just so happens that (almost) all of the intrusive immoral tracking online is connected...

    I think there is a more philosophical argument to be had about how blocking advertisements violates the spirit of the transaction taking place.

    I point this out every time I see comments like this.

    I do not use ad blockers; I use tracker blockers. It just so happens that (almost) all of the intrusive immoral tracking online is connected to advertising.

    I am perfectly happy to visit websites (with ads included) where the ads are just ads, describing products I might be interested in ... rather than sneakily, evilly trying to deduce all of my personal habits, traits and foibles in order to better manipulate me into buying stuff I don't actually want.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What's something you wish people outside of your field knew/understood? in ~talk

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    Fellow dev here, and I broadly agree. But I want to emphasize that the IT industry has been aggressively working to hide this kind of basic knowledge from the public, and to lock out the freedom...

    Fellow dev here, and I broadly agree.

    But I want to emphasize that the IT industry has been aggressively working to hide this kind of basic knowledge from the public, and to lock out the freedom that people should have to use their own devices that they paid for.

    And this is not new. It goes back at least 40-50 years, to the birth of Microsoft and the early days of Apple. In particular, the very early Bill Gates' days of Microsoft, explicitly and aggressively fostered a business philosophy of treating their customers like proverbial mushrooms (aka, keep them in the dark and feed them shit).

    Just as one simple, clear-to-understand example ... what consumer ever proactively raised their hand and said, "please build and sell us battery-powered devices where we are unable and even, sometimes, legally not allowed to change the battery when it wears out"?

    ... and just a little side-quibble

    a computer fundamentally cannot do anything someone didn't tell it to do

    This is no longer true, except in a very general, philosophical sense. With the widespread commercial adoption of functional AI, computers now routinely do things that no human being ever told them to do. And in it's own way, recognizing this fact is at least as important as your core point is.

    ETA: A clear, simple example of this is a conversation with a chatbot. Humans programmed the chatbot to analyze sentences written by humans, and to formulate other sentences that--to humans--sounds sensible. But the chatbot has no idea what it is saying, nor what people are saying to it, and no human ever told it to say the things that it says.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Leading politicians in Finland have expressed outrage after former prime minister Juha Sipilä was assaulted outside the country's Parliament building in ~news

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    What is your impression, so far, of Marin? A quick skim of Wikipedia suggests she leans Left, but it doesn't actually say anything about her policies or positions.

    What is your impression, so far, of Marin? A quick skim of Wikipedia suggests she leans Left, but it doesn't actually say anything about her policies or positions.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Standard Notes completes penetration test and cryptography audit in ~tech

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    Standard Notes has been my preferred synced-up note-taking app for 3+ years. It is nice to see an audit of their encryption algorithm.

    Standard Notes has been my preferred synced-up note-taking app for 3+ years. It is nice to see an audit of their encryption algorithm.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards a Solarpunk future in ~enviro

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    Something about the writing style irritates me. That said, though ... yeah, first I've heard of Solarpunk, too, and I'm grateful for the discovery.

    Something about the writing style irritates me. That said, though ... yeah, first I've heard of Solarpunk, too, and I'm grateful for the discovery.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    Once-a-year for resolutions is not often enough. "Agile" is a business model mainly applied to software development; if you are not in IT, you may never have heard of it; if you are, you've...

    Once-a-year for resolutions is not often enough.

    "Agile" is a business model mainly applied to software development; if you are not in IT, you may never have heard of it; if you are, you've probably heard too much.

    Either way, though, it translates well to the personal improvement / goal setting nature of New Year's resolutions. Each "sprint" is a short-term session (1 week up to, at most, 2-3 months), you set some goals at the start, try to reach those goals, and at the end, you evaluate your performance, re-consider your priorities and set new goals for the next sprint.

    I was a practicing Wiccan for many years, and the Wiccan holiday cycle stuck with me, which includes 8 main holidays pretty evenly spaced out through the year. So I have 8 sprints each year, each one 6 or 7 weeks long. I expect month-long, or 13 four-week sprints would also work very well for most people.

    Regardless, that's the idea -- effectively, take a day at the end of each sprint, consider your long-term goals and what you should do in the next few weeks to move yourself towards those over-arching goals.

    ... just my dos centavos.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on No news 'til November in ~life

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    Yeah, IDK. I missed a lot of really big stuff ... RBG died, Trump got Covid. It legitimately stresses me out not knowing what important things are happening in the world. Now I have the added...

    Yeah, IDK. I missed a lot of really big stuff ... RBG died, Trump got Covid. It legitimately stresses me out not knowing what important things are happening in the world. Now I have the added stress of wondering what-if-anything else did I miss during my news-cation ('cuz gods forbid any news source ever go back and revisit something that happened more than 3 days ago).

    Apart from that, though, the actual break did feel freeing, and I do read less news now, feel less addicted to finding out what's happening. Maybe a 2nd, longer break is in order, down the road.

    And it's not like I can do anything about 99% of the news I see. If one if going down shit's creek w/o a paddle, is it better to examine every turd that floats by, or just close your eyes and wait to see where you end up? IDK.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What cultural touchstone movies have totally passed you by? in ~movies

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    Titanic (the 1997 Cameron version). I'd already seen at least two other versions, the storyline was pretty much preordained ... but mainly, the worldwide non-stop advertising blitzkrieg that...

    Titanic (the 1997 Cameron version). I'd already seen at least two other versions, the storyline was pretty much preordained ... but mainly, the worldwide non-stop advertising blitzkrieg that insisted everyone on Earth Absolutely Must See This Movie ... just drove me nuts, and I kind of swore to skip it specifically because the media kept inundating us with it. If you weren't old enough to remember it at the time, take my word for it, the advertising-saturation level for this film was just ridiculous.

    More broadly, the vast majority of the (Movie Title) 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 sequels ... I will often see a first sequel (T2, Incredibles 2, etc) if there are good reasons to believe it's not just milking the success of the first ... but beyond that, I generally just skip 'em.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The Matrix Holiday Special (2020 Edition) in ~comp

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    Agree. I'm running a private host for friends & family. I am enthusiastic and "tech-ie" enough that I find/figure out how to do everything I want in the client apps, but most friends/family have...

    Agree. I'm running a private host for friends & family. I am enthusiastic and "tech-ie" enough that I find/figure out how to do everything I want in the client apps, but most friends/family have trouble learning how to use them. IDK what, exactly, the issue is (possibly as simple as "but it's not Messenger!"), but yeah, there seems to be something broadly unintuitive in the client designs.

    Eg: Sometimes old/unsent messages or other "hiccups" get stuck in the client app. There is a button to clear out old cache, effectively a "have you tried rebooting it" button ... but it's buried at the bottom of the "Help & About" screen. I have never seen any app ever put anything functionally useful on their Help/About pages.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on ‘This is the reality’: Far-right Newsmax and One America channels grapple uneasily with Biden’s electoral college victory in ~news

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    After well over a decade of tilting at my own personal windmills, the World stubbornly continues to use Facebook and Google products. It has never once crossed my mind that I might be wrong. I...

    You’d hope at some point they’d have to ask “Are we wrong?” After continually saying “The World is wrong!”.

    After well over a decade of tilting at my own personal windmills, the World stubbornly continues to use Facebook and Google products. It has never once crossed my mind that I might be wrong. I remain 100% certain that I am right and the World is criminally, negligently wrong in this.

    I have every confidence that the vast majority of Trump's base feels exactly the same way.

    Of course, the critical difference is that I actually am right, while they're all a bunch of nutjob whack-a-doos. (Sarcasm? IDK. It's getting hard to tell.)

    4 votes
  13. Comment on I’m the medic who the New York Post outed as a sex worker. This is the real story in ~life

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    Tangent: Nothing to do with this article. When I click the link, The Independent auto-redirects me to the Spanish version. Going to The Independent's homepage gets the same redirect. I'm not using...

    Tangent: Nothing to do with this article. When I click the link, The Independent auto-redirects me to the Spanish version. Going to The Independent's homepage gets the same redirect.

    I'm not using any kind of VPN service, Onion Router, etc ... and I'm in Hungary. Anyone care to guess why The Independent is insisting on serving me in Spanish?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Those who are not planning on getting a COVID-19 vaccine, what are your reasons? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I currently live in Hungary. If I get vaccinated here, I do not get to pick which vaccine they give me, and I might be given the Russian vaccine. Until I either see clear evidence the Russian...

    I currently live in Hungary. If I get vaccinated here, I do not get to pick which vaccine they give me, and I might be given the Russian vaccine. Until I either see clear evidence the Russian vaccine has been properly tested, or until I can choose a different vaccine that I believe has been tested ... I'll wait.

    I can probably hop a border and get vaccinated in a country where all vaccines being used, have been properly vetted according to best medical practices ... and ultimately, that may be the route I go.

    Alternately, I think there's a ~30-40% chance I already had Covid, way back in Feb. I'd like to get an antibodies test first, to find out.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Michigan man jailed for nearly four decades exonerated after witness admits to lying in ~news

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    This story is written implying that the case was overturned primarily thanks to the witness coming forward and admitting she lied. But frankly it was probably the evidence of probable arson which...

    This story is written implying that the case was overturned primarily thanks to the witness coming forward and admitting she lied. But frankly it was probably the evidence of probable arson which was the primary factor in this guy's release.

    In some states (many? most? all?), an eyewitness recanting their testimony years/decades later, even if their testimony was the primary evidence for conviction, is often not considered by the judicial system to be significant enough to warrant a new trial, let alone exonerate a person. The police, prosecutors, and courts all tend to give more weight to a person's testimony closer to the event ... recanting years later can itself be a lie, or confused memory, or caused by any number of questionable motivations.

    In the US, eyewitnesses recant their testimony years later, all the time. Without other new evidence corroborating the new testimony, the courts often ignore it and let the conviction stand.

    This is why exonerations in the US are almost always driven by exculpatory DNA evidence.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Is planet Earth full? in ~enviro

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    What's the difference? If everyone became vegetarian and quit driving, there might be room for more of us, but as a species, it is our natural rate of resource consumption that defines our...

    the Earth isn't overpopulated at the moment, not by a long shot. However, we do over consume and our lifestyles are not sustainable

    What's the difference? If everyone became vegetarian and quit driving, there might be room for more of us, but as a species, it is our natural rate of resource consumption that defines our sustainable carrying capacity.

    ETA: It seems if I'd kept reading, I'd have seen at least 2 other people advancing the same counter ... so feel free to skip over this reiteration.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on CentOS Linux is dead—and Red Hat says Stream is “not a replacement” in ~tech

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    Per the end of this article, it's already in the works, called Rocky Linux, after one of the original founders of CentOS. Just vaporware so far, but they've just started...

    I wonder if this means that another project will simply compile the latest RedHat source code sans branding and release CentOSv2.

    Per the end of this article, it's already in the works, called Rocky Linux, after one of the original founders of CentOS. Just vaporware so far, but they've just started...

    5 votes
  18. Comment on No, Mars is not a free planet, no matter what SpaceX says in ~space

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    It is probably at least partially a publicity stunt (and how much so is open to debate), but technically, we do already have a brand new nation that exists entirely in outer space and, to some...

    It is probably at least partially a publicity stunt (and how much so is open to debate), but technically, we do already have a brand new nation that exists entirely in outer space and, to some degree at least, is recognized and acknowledged by the existing countries of Earth.

    Asgardia

    If nothing else, it is a genuine attempt to figure out how to define/expand the concept of sovereign nations beyond Earth.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on No, Mars is not a free planet, no matter what SpaceX says in ~space

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    We already have. It is kind of the main point of the article that SpaceX is effectively ignoring the existence of this treaty.

    We already have. It is kind of the main point of the article that SpaceX is effectively ignoring the existence of this treaty.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on No, Mars is not a free planet, no matter what SpaceX says in ~space

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    It's probably 90% joke, and 10% looking for free research from people like this author, on what SpaceX can and cannot get away with, once they do get to Mars. However, it is worth remembering that...

    It's probably 90% joke, and 10% looking for free research from people like this author, on what SpaceX can and cannot get away with, once they do get to Mars.

    However, it is worth remembering that I once thought Google was an awesome company that would help save the world ...

    21 votes