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  1. Comment on Die Hard is not a Christmas movie! in ~movies

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    FWIW, it's just anecdotal, but I've routinely heard the "Die Hard is a Christmas movie" debate long, long before the birth of HIMYM. Honestly, I think the debate predates the Internet itself (or...

    FWIW, it's just anecdotal, but I've routinely heard the "Die Hard is a Christmas movie" debate long, long before the birth of HIMYM. Honestly, I think the debate predates the Internet itself (or at least the reddit-and-Facebook-and-social-media-avalanche that is the modern Internet), as I recall hearing this debate back in the '90s.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Favorite function you've written? in ~comp

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    Any and all recursive functions. The day I learned about them, and wrote my first one and watched it work just blew me away. Same feeling with boot(-strapping) computer OSes, bootstrapping...

    Any and all recursive functions. The day I learned about them, and wrote my first one and watched it work just blew me away. Same feeling with boot(-strapping) computer OSes, bootstrapping compilers, etc. They are like the programming world's version of perpetual-motion machines, except they actually work.

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  3. Comment on Thinking about calibre in ~tech

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    Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the developer, or the software, except as a happy user. Seriously, I just popped it open this morning to continue reading my current book, and on a lark,...

    Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the developer, or the software, except as a happy user. Seriously, I just popped it open this morning to continue reading my current book, and on a lark, I went off on one of those Internet scavenger/rabbit-hole searches, about the software ... and this is what I learned.

    calibre is the go-to app for managing an ebook collection. It includes a reader, an editor, a format converter, cloud-based and syncing features, it is fully cross-platform, and fully open-source. It was created in 2006 by Kovid Goyal, and has been maintained and improved almost entirely by him ever since.

    Kovid is Indian, lives in Mumbai, has a doctoral degree (!) in quantum computing (!!), from CalTech (!!!). His entire career, 20+ years, he has worked exclusively on open source development, and (at least appears to have) made his living entirely off of that work. Currently, as best I can tell, he receives roughly $2,000-2,500/month in steady donations for his open-source work from regular Patreons and other donation services. I assume there's an additional percentage of one-time donations that rolls in fairly regularly, and he probably (I hope) has other income streams, but that's all I can document online.

    So, my spitball-guesstimate is that he earns ~$40k/year, which in Mumbai actually isn't bad at all (cost of living is ~50% of Milwaukee, average salary is <20% of Milwaukee ... thank you, Numbeo ). And maybe he is perfectly content with that ... except, if this same bit of software had been developed in Silicon Valley, bundled into the MacMicroGooBook world, he could, at the very least, have added another "0" to his annual income, quite possibly 2 "0"s, given the right marketing/monetization/IPO/yada strategy.

    I have never donated any money to this guy/app/project, and I'm feeling a little guilty about that right now, so yeah, I'm (probably) gonna donate. And if you rely on the app as much as I do, maybe you should, too.

    But that's not exactly my point. I bet I could do 15 minutes of research on any of a hundred other free apps I use, 90% of which I've never donated to, and discover similar--or probably even less-lucrative--stories.

    F/LOSS (Free/Libre Open-Source Software) is a powerful philosophical counterpoint to the traditional Corporate business model, and most people do not go the F/LOSS route for the money ... but nevertheless ... hell, I don't know exactly what I'm asking or suggesting. Just feeling "thoughtsome", I suppose.

    21 votes
  4. Comment on Tildes Screenless Day Discussion - December 2021 in ~life

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    Accidental screenless day yesterday. I fell into an interesting sci-fi novel, spent most of the day reading (okay, ebook on a screen, but I think the ideal holds ... I barely glanced at...

    Accidental screenless day yesterday.

    I fell into an interesting sci-fi novel, spent most of the day reading (okay, ebook on a screen, but I think the ideal holds ... I barely glanced at email/Internet stuff).

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Is meat really that bad? in ~enviro

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    (Even kurzer...) Yes. Yes it is. Especially beef. "There is a sinister truth hidden here. The more animals suffer, the better they are in terms of climate change because they are way more efficient."

    (Even kurzer...) Yes. Yes it is. Especially beef.

    "There is a sinister truth hidden here. The more animals suffer, the better they are in terms of climate change because they are way more efficient."

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Has anyone got rid of their PayPal account? in ~finance

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    Good thought. For awhile now, I've only actually needed/used it, once every 1-2 years. Is there any actual difficulty in shutting it down?

    Good thought. For awhile now, I've only actually needed/used it, once every 1-2 years.

    Is there any actual difficulty in shutting it down?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The handwavy technobabble nothingburger of cryptocurrency in ~finance

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    I miss the old cypherpunk days of cryptocurrency, when it was govt-toppling Fight Club-esque radical regime change end-of-banking future-of-money stuff. The current pyramid scheme-ish era makes me...

    I miss the old cypherpunk days of cryptocurrency, when it was govt-toppling Fight Club-esque radical regime change end-of-banking future-of-money stuff. The current pyramid scheme-ish era makes me sad, makes me feel like we, somehow, missed a real, society-changing opportunity ... though I'd be hard-pressed to say when/where/how it went wrong.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Good news on climate change in ~enviro

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    It should be noted that this was always the case.

    It should be noted that this was always the case.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Good news on climate change in ~enviro

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    Okay, seriously, this article is talking exclusively about the highest-end, worst-case versions of climate change (>6.0° C), noting the the risk of things going that badly, have declined...

    Okay, seriously, this article is talking exclusively about the highest-end, worst-case versions of climate change (>6.0° C), noting the the risk of things going that badly, have declined significantly. And yeah, that's unambiguously good news.

    But the most likely middle-range, where we are probably headed ... that's still the same, probably in the range of 2.5°-3.0°, aka too high and not likely to improve.

    Feel better now?

    8 votes
  10. Comment on He created The Oregon Trail and he didn’t make a penny in ~games

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    Has anyone ever done this in a tabletop RPG style? That could be interesting, no? One campaign, one wagon(-train), one group of players all battling dysentery.

    Has anyone ever done this in a tabletop RPG style? That could be interesting, no? One campaign, one wagon(-train), one group of players all battling dysentery.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Europe's newest industrial megaprojects are relocating to the far north of Sweden – but are curling, wild reindeer and the northern lights enough to convince workers to follow? in ~life

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    Sweden is already on our short-list of countries to settle in (although, until now, we've been thinking southern Sweden) ... this makes it a more interesting prospect.

    Sweden is already on our short-list of countries to settle in (although, until now, we've been thinking southern Sweden) ... this makes it a more interesting prospect.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    A couple months of Duolingo. So, not much. The Hague is an especially "international" city ... most immigrants start here, and many just stay. English is not universal here, but it's close, and...

    A couple months of Duolingo. So, not much.

    The Hague is an especially "international" city ... most immigrants start here, and many just stay. English is not universal here, but it's close, and The Netherlands overall is the best English-speaking country on Earth, where English isn't any kind of official language.

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  13. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Are you actually limited to the US? I moved to the EU a few years ago. Apart from potential time zone challenges, you could add most major cities here to your list. Currently, I'm paying ~$2000...

    Are you actually limited to the US? I moved to the EU a few years ago. Apart from potential time zone challenges, you could add most major cities here to your list.

    Currently, I'm paying ~$2000 for a decent 3-bedroom centrally in The Hague.

    ETA: From personal experience, both Austria and The Neth are much more 'dog-friendly' than anywhere in the States. Dogs are often welcome in apts, cafes, sometimes in shops, etc. Probably many other countries here, too.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on An update on Standard Notes early pricing and roadmap in ~tech

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    I've been using Standard Notes since the early days. I just checked, and I have notes dating back to the beginning of 2017, so almost 5 years. For 2 years in there, I had a paid subscription (paid...

    I've been using Standard Notes since the early days. I just checked, and I have notes dating back to the beginning of 2017, so almost 5 years. For 2 years in there, I had a paid subscription (paid for with cryptocurrency).

    I have never had any kind of problem with anything in the tool, or with the project, supporters, or anything. It has been an excellent tool that seamlessly links and syncs my work across machines--laptops, desktops, browsers and phones. While I do agree this latest pricing scheme seems ... odd ... I don't really understand why there is such intense dislike for it. Use the free tier, or pay for the tier that covers the plug-ins you want to use. Seems straightforward enough.

    I should note that I also host my own Nextcloud server, and over the years, I have gradually used StandardNotes less and less, simply because my Nextcloud provides most of the same functionality, along with a lot of other tools, and it's just become my "goto" tool.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Polish forces use water cannons to push back migrants trying to cross the country’s border with Belarus, an escalation they said was overseen by Belarusian forces as part of a deepening battle with EU in ~news

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    I've been here 3 1/2 years now. I'm still figuring out how things work here. That said, it seems like what the EU rules say, and what they actually require, seem to be only distantly related.

    I've been here 3 1/2 years now. I'm still figuring out how things work here. That said, it seems like what the EU rules say, and what they actually require, seem to be only distantly related.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

  17. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

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    Not disagreeing with any of your points, except to add that Magisk (popular rooting tool) supports very nice and effective per-app spoofing, tricking individual apps into believing phone is not...

    Not disagreeing with any of your points, except to add that Magisk (popular rooting tool) supports very nice and effective per-app spoofing, tricking individual apps into believing phone is not rooted.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Polish forces use water cannons to push back migrants trying to cross the country’s border with Belarus, an escalation they said was overseen by Belarusian forces as part of a deepening battle with EU in ~news

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    The worst part of all this is that it's entirely a matter of optics. Both govts actually want bad things to happen to those migrants; they each just want it to look like it's the other govt's...

    The worst part of all this is that it's entirely a matter of optics. Both govts actually want bad things to happen to those migrants; they each just want it to look like it's the other govt's fault, in the news.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on A space startup that wants to throw rockets into space in ~space

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    Short answer: Escape velocity is possible but very difficult, but doesn't matter ... they're not even trying for that. They're aiming for something like 1/3rd of escape velocity (still plenty...

    Short answer: Escape velocity is possible but very difficult, but doesn't matter ... they're not even trying for that. They're aiming for something like 1/3rd of escape velocity (still plenty challenging), then regular rocket the rest of the way.

    2 votes