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  1. Comment on China deems all cryptocurrency transactions illegal in ~finance

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    Oh ... so that's why the market has been crashing today...

    Oh ... so that's why the market has been crashing today...

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    2 personal, 1 for work, 1 older one currently serving media, 4 RPis in various stages of hobbies, 2 phones, 2 routers, prolly other stuff I'm forgetting ... oh yeah, a high-end desktop I built ......

    2 personal, 1 for work, 1 older one currently serving media, 4 RPis in various stages of hobbies, 2 phones, 2 routers, prolly other stuff I'm forgetting ... oh yeah, a high-end desktop I built ... most of 'em <3 years old. I need to chill out a bit.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    Thanks for the write-up. I have too many laptops as it is, so I can't justify $1500 for yet another one ... but in a year or two, I'll be in the market and this will be on my short list. Did you...

    Thanks for the write-up. I have too many laptops as it is, so I can't justify $1500 for yet another one ... but in a year or two, I'll be in the market and this will be on my short list.

    Did you try any Linux distros long enough to get a feel for battery life with any of them?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Supreme Court will hear arguments in Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1 in ~health

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    When the SCOTUS rules 7-to-6 to uphold Roe. ( </snark>)

    When the SCOTUS rules 7-to-6 to uphold Roe.

    ( </snark>)

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    Javascript isn't the problem. The problem is what people (mostly, corporations) are using it for. I routinely use both uMatrix and NoScript in combination on my browsers. uMatrix is no longer...

    Javascript isn't the problem. The problem is what people (mostly, corporations) are using it for.

    I routinely use both uMatrix and NoScript in combination on my browsers. uMatrix is no longer actively supported, and gradually becoming outdated, so I don't recommend it, but together with NoScript, they give a wonderful picture of all the things that modern websites are doing on your computer without your knowledge or permission.

    I firmly believe that user tracking together with targeted advertising, is one of the four or five biggest and most dangerous problems facing humanity today, right up there with climate change ... and potentially even worse, simply because the vast majority of people do not recognize/acknowledge the danger, and simply shrug and accept it as inevitable.

    I really wish many more people would try NoScript, not even to block Javascript, but just to periodically look "under the hood" and see all the nasty, creepy 3rd-party stuff that is being downloaded and launched on their computers/phones without their knowledge/permission.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Why do multiple meanings of words so often map across languages in ~humanities

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    I suspected the double-meaning for crane derived from the bird's resemblance to the machine, but I like it as an example, as I think the double meaning developed separately in each...

    I suspected the double-meaning for crane derived from the bird's resemblance to the machine, but I like it as an example, as I think the double meaning developed separately in each language/culture.

    As with your other example, the Hungarian word for mouse, egér, shares the two English meanings as well, and I expect it is also a calque, as aleph_c described.

    I know I've run across many other examples, though of course, none come to mind now. I'll try to remember to post back here, if/when they do.

    2 votes
  7. Why do multiple meanings of words so often map across languages

    The English word 'crane' means a large bird or a giant lever-thing for moving heavy stuff. The Hungarian word 'daru' means both of the same things. English and Hungarian are about as unrelated as...

    The English word 'crane' means a large bird or a giant lever-thing for moving heavy stuff. The Hungarian word 'daru' means both of the same things.

    English and Hungarian are about as unrelated as languages get ... and yet, I keep bumping into parallels like that.

    Thoughts, anyone?

    14 votes
  8. Comment on The Roe baby in ~life

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    ... Wow. This is the most interesting thing I've read in years. Yeah, it's long (it's "The Atlantic" ...) but totally worth the time.

    ... Wow. This is the most interesting thing I've read in years. Yeah, it's long (it's "The Atlantic" ...) but totally worth the time.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    It's funny/weird how, this trailer has been out for all of 2 days now, and already there are a thousand "deeper-meaning" youtube analysis videos out there, trying to explain every single frame of...

    It's funny/weird how, this trailer has been out for all of 2 days now, and already there are a thousand "deeper-meaning" youtube analysis videos out there, trying to explain every single frame of the damn thing, connecting and correlating everything to every last little bit of symbolism in the original trilogy. As if Lana was going to give away the entire story of the new film in the very first 90-second teaser, if only people look close enough.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    After all these years, they're finally making a second Matrix film. Exciting times.

    After all these years, they're finally making a second Matrix film. Exciting times.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    The only way the US can get a viable 3rd party is if someone else forms a 4th party on the other side. A 3rd party invariably takes the majority of its support from one side, virtually...

    The only way the US can get a viable 3rd party is if someone else forms a 4th party on the other side. A 3rd party invariably takes the majority of its support from one side, virtually guaranteeing long-term domination by the unfractured party. Everyone knows this, it's basic game theory, the whole "don't throw your vote away" refrain.

    There was a brief period recently, when it looked like both Trump and Sanders might form their own parties at about the same time, splitting the two parties into 4 roughly equal-sized groups. That would have been one of the best things that could have happened in US politics ... but alas, the moment seems to have passed.

    18 votes
  12. Comment on A story about living in nature and the value of culture captures the spirit of Finland – Lizzie Enfield explores the remarkable legacy of 'Seitsemän veljestä' in ~books

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    Finland is on my "short list" of countries to move to long-term, perhaps permanently. Anyone who has actually read this book ... please chime in: would reading this book give me a better...

    Finland is on my "short list" of countries to move to long-term, perhaps permanently.

    Anyone who has actually read this book ... please chime in: would reading this book give me a better understanding of modern Finnish culture?

    Any Finnish natives as well ... what else could I read/watch/do to get a feel for what life would be like as a foreigner choosing to call Finland home.

    I'm specifically looking for things that help capture those ineffables that are hard to convey in a blog post or youtube video ... the kinds of things that, often, you don't really learn until after living somewhere for months or years.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Collins Aerospace to provide life support for privately run LEO outpost in ~space

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    Side-question: how do they get Internet in orbit today? Is it all dedicated NASA/ESA/etc resources? Does Starlink work "up" too, or is it exclusively pointed at ground-based end-users?

    Side-question: how do they get Internet in orbit today? Is it all dedicated NASA/ESA/etc resources? Does Starlink work "up" too, or is it exclusively pointed at ground-based end-users?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Open source alternatives to Slack, Google Drive and Google Docs in ~tech

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    Well, I didn't ... my company did. But, nutshell reason was reliability first (five 9s uptime and--probably--better security than anything we could do), and convenience second.

    Well, I didn't ... my company did. But, nutshell reason was reliability first (five 9s uptime and--probably--better security than anything we could do), and convenience second.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Open source alternatives to Slack, Google Drive and Google Docs in ~tech

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    If you (and your company) are motivated enough, self-hosted is the way to go. I host my own private Matrix server, and my own Nextcloud server, both just for friends/family, and closed to the rest...

    If you (and your company) are motivated enough, self-hosted is the way to go.

    I host my own private Matrix server, and my own Nextcloud server, both just for friends/family, and closed to the rest of the world.

    But there's a big trade-off in convenience, and probably reliability. And while these things are nominally free, they will cost your company time for someone to learn to use, maintain, and periodically, troubleshoot them.

    I also work at a small company that tries to lean towards FOSS options whenever feasible, and we have had this exact discussion.

    To date, we still use Slack, Google Drive, and Google Docs.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots in ~tech

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    Already many sites are reporting this was another of Elon's odd jokes. I think Elon's odd jokes are often trial balloons, gauging response to an idea, to see if it's worth actually pursuing. Or at...

    Already many sites are reporting this was another of Elon's odd jokes.

    I think Elon's odd jokes are often trial balloons, gauging response to an idea, to see if it's worth actually pursuing.

    Or at least, I hope that's the case.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Introducing the PineNote, a high-end e-ink device from Pine64 in ~tech

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    Oddly, no "let me know when I can order it" link ... at least not that I saw.

    Oddly, no "let me know when I can order it" link ... at least not that I saw.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    And never go against a Sicilian, when death is on the line?

    And never go against a Sicilian, when death is on the line?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    Trusting your own memories to be accurate. Our memories feel/seem so real that it's hard to accept that they may be (in fact, very often are), inaccurate or even complete fantasy. There is a good...

    Trusting your own memories to be accurate.

    Our memories feel/seem so real that it's hard to accept that they may be (in fact, very often are), inaccurate or even complete fantasy.

    There is a good reason why eye-witness testimony is among the least-reliable forms of evidence in trials ... and yet we all really want to believe the witness.

    "I'll never forget that face..."

    I'm sorry, but yes, you will, and in fact, you probably already have.

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Netflix intensifies ‘VPN ban’ and targets residential IP-addresses too in ~tech

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    A retrospective ... I used Netflix, very happily, for many years back when they physically mailed you actual, physical DVDs of the movies & TV series. It was very nearly a perfect service;...

    A retrospective ... I used Netflix, very happily, for many years back when they physically mailed you actual, physical DVDs of the movies & TV series. It was very nearly a perfect service; anything you could complain about (scratched/lost DVDs, lost mailers, mailing times, yada), Netflix had a solution for it, and usually a pretty good one.

    Literally the only problem with it was that you could only have 3 or 4 (or 5) DVDs in hand at one time, so you had to plan and schedule what you wanted to see in advance, no instant gratification. That's what streaming was supposed to solve.

    But apart from the "right now" availability, right from the start, it was always an inferior service ... they never had nearly the selection in streaming as in DVDs, the things that were available randomly got removed, then added back a month later, then removed again a month after that, etc.

    And what's much, much worse, the actual website used to have many excellent tools for finding Good Stuff to watch, a wide variety of search tools, and truly (uncannily) clever AI recommender system, opportunity for community feedback on titles (pros and cons) ...

    And year after year I watched Netflix change its service for the worse ... rather than fixing the limitations inherent in instant streaming (perhaps unfixable, given modern copyright laws), they instead kept degrading and obfuscating and flat-out deleting all the excellent features the site used to have ... in order to hide the limitations of streaming.

    It was like, the minute they crushed the competition (aka, Blockbuster), and became a de facto monopoly, they quit trying to please the consumers and started trying to please the media producers.

    ( ... and get off my lawn)

    14 votes