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  1. Comment on How would a world without borders look like? Would you want it? If so, what would be the steps to make it work? in ~talk

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    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/climate-justice-migrant-labour-harsha-walia/ Like everything climate related, it's super hard for people to think about the numbers involved here. Even...

    Even if that number is in tens of millions, I'd seriously doubt the concept of borders would come in question, though.

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/climate-justice-migrant-labour-harsha-walia/

    Around the world, climate disasters displace around 25.3 million people annually – one person every one to two seconds. In 2016, new displacements caused by climate disasters outnumbered new displacements as a result of persecution by a ratio of three to one. By 2050, an estimated 143 million people will be displaced in just three regions: Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Some projections for global climate displacement are as high as one billion people.

    Like everything climate related, it's super hard for people to think about the numbers involved here. Even your high estimate -- tens of millions -- is off by at least an order of magnitude. I don't think any of us are prepared for what this will really look like.

    My point with this is to say that when this happens, we'll have no choice but to either suspend the idea of borders altogether to allow for mass migrations inland, or to double down on enforcing them in what will almost certainly kill an enormous amount of people. There is no reality in which we can keep a workable visa-free travel version of borders under the pressure of migrations that large in scale.

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  2. Comment on How would a world without borders look like? Would you want it? If so, what would be the steps to make it work? in ~talk

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    Something to consider here -- as the effects of global warming worsen and low-lying areas flood, there will be far more than one million refugees moving inland across the entire planet, regardless...

    The effects one million refugees had wouldn't even be considered a worthwhile event compared to a world in which there are essentially no borders.

    Something to consider here -- as the effects of global warming worsen and low-lying areas flood, there will be far more than one million refugees moving inland across the entire planet, regardless of whatever borders are in their way. I don't think maintaining the concept of borders in the face of such a crisis is workable unless the borders became ridiculously locked down (which would be very bad and probably lead to the deaths of millions of people).

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  3. Comment on How would a world without borders look like? Would you want it? If so, what would be the steps to make it work? in ~talk

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    There's lots of potential ways. I think Abdullah Öcalan makes some good arguments against the idea of the nation state in his essay on Democratic Confederalism, the ideology of Rojova in Syria. I...

    How could you possibly run a modern, functioning society without a government operating in a defined area?

    There's lots of potential ways. I think Abdullah Öcalan makes some good arguments against the idea of the nation state in his essay on Democratic Confederalism, the ideology of Rojova in Syria.

    Then of course my country fucking fucked it all up and now I'm stuck on this pissy little island which is at least 52% imbeciles.

    I think this shows that under the EU model the borders/barriers are still there, they're just permeable at the moment. A world that actually lacks any barrier whatsoever for the free circulation of people would need to actually remove those borders; otherwise there is nothing stopping one 'country' from declaring their borders impermeable once more and fucking it up for everyone again.

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  4. Comment on What ‘The Squad’ tells us about progressives’ ability to win voters of color in ~misc

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    I had to look this up, and I think you're referring to this NYT article? Not gonna lie, that seems like a pretty reasonable explanation to me, and it seems like she has an office now. Really not...

    AOC wouldn't even set up a district office because it didn't help her little Road Show.

    I had to look this up, and I think you're referring to this NYT article?

    The reality may be much more local: Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s decision not to take over Mr. Crowley’s Jackson Heights, Queens, office complicated her office setup. (He also had an office in the Bronx.)

    “If you’re inheriting your predecessor’s offices, that can be relatively seamless,” said Bradford Fitch, the president of the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonprofit that helps lawmakers and their aides. “Opening up a new office has all of the challenges of opening up a new business, along with the red tape.” A month or two for a member changing offices would not uncommon, Mr. Fitch said.
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    After receiving questions from The Times about the district office, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez used her official House Twitter account to explain that she did not take over Mr. Crowley’s office because the landlord had wanted to nearly double the rent. The landlord could not immediately be reached.

    Not gonna lie, that seems like a pretty reasonable explanation to me, and it seems like she has an office now. Really not sure what the issue is here.

    That aside, I think Ocasio-Cortez has absolutely been "doing the work" just as much as Crowley did. She just isn't doing the work that "party insiders" want her to do. The idea that "some people can't stomach adding numbers to X if they come from Iowa and Ohio" cuts both ways -- there is a significant contingent of people all across this country for whom a leftist platform deeply resonates, but a lot of folks can't seem to stomach the idea that reaching those people matters.

    Also, and I think this is one of my big issues with electoral politics -- I absolutely despise treating politics as a numbers game to win or a math problem to solve (yes, I know that's how the system is built). Get some honest principles and stick to them; don't triangulate positions based on the latest polling data. Voting rights are not a thing that you either believe or don't believe in; they're rights that need to be fought for relentlessly. If it can't happen electorally and the people in charge -- which, to be clear, is currently the Democratic party -- actually cared about leading and protecting voting rights they would find a way to make it happen some other way.

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  5. Comment on What ‘The Squad’ tells us about progressives’ ability to win voters of color in ~misc

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    I think your comment reflects a disappointing view of politics as a team sport of Democrats vs Republicans. Ocasio-Cortez is a leftist and is working for leftist policies that Crowley was not. She...

    I think your comment reflects a disappointing view of politics as a team sport of Democrats vs Republicans. Ocasio-Cortez is a leftist and is working for leftist policies that Crowley was not. She has consistently supported Democratic candidates whose policies align with her own, has used her platform to raise tons of funds for those candidates and various programs, and in my opinion (though I have a dim view of electoral politics in the first place) has made effective use of her position to push for sorely needed legislation. It is not wrong for her to criticize the candidates that the Democratic party is supporting from the left if they are vulnerable to criticism from their left. If the Democratic party leadership is worried that this legitimate criticism affects their candidate's chance of winning, then they should choose stronger candidates.

    "Party insiders" need to stop treating the demands of leftists as politically inconvenient, childish, or purposefully sabotaging the chances of Democrats to win. These demands are real, the problems they are trying to address are real, and the solutions they propose are real. I can say that in my personal experience the work of Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and "The Squad" has done more to engage my peers with the political process in this country than anything the DNC has ever done, and dismissing that risks alienating them from politics altogether.

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  6. Comment on Linux in a Pixel Shader - A RISC-V Emulator for VRChat in ~comp

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    The whole section about needing to avoid excess function calls because they get recursively inlined in HLSL was incredible

    The whole section about needing to avoid excess function calls because they get recursively inlined in HLSL was incredible

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  7. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    To add to that, Bandcamp's model is extremely sustainable and the definition of a model that works. The company has been consistently making a profit for years, well before any of the streaming...

    To add to that, Bandcamp's model is extremely sustainable and the definition of a model that works. The company has been consistently making a profit for years, well before any of the streaming companies came close, and pays out way more money to artists than any streaming service (unless you are a big artist who nets millions of streams).

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  8. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    There are a couple reasons imo. I think the concepts of NFTs / crypto / blockchain are somewhat interesting, but in practice have been quite bad. NFTs are enclosing the digital commons and...
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    There are a couple reasons imo. I think the concepts of NFTs / crypto / blockchain are somewhat interesting, but in practice have been quite bad.

    1. NFTs are enclosing the digital commons and introducing artificial scarcity for the purposes of a market. This is a direct parallel to how capitalism and property rights (real and intellectual) have consistently shifted previously public lands, resources, and ideas into private control. I think this is a bad trend that causes a lot of harm.

    2. The "value" of NFTs and most crypto is artificially inflated by people / a culture who treat it as an investment vehicle rather than simple proof of ownership or currency. This makes it unstable, prone to huge fluctuations, and rife with scams especially when considering the lack of regulation.

    3. NFTs, while purported to help artists make money and enforce copyright, encourage widespread copyright violations where the only remedy is for an artist to pay money to mint their own art first, which they may not want to or have the funds to do. I think NFTs also open the door for large corporations (like disney) to severely lock down the free expression of images on social media platforms. Youtube ContentID is tech with a similar purpose which has only benefited large rights holders and made it near impossible for many smaller creators to use the platform.

    4. Most blockchain tech is a collossal energy / materials consumer, contributing to climate change and also driving up the prices of common computer hardware.

    5. Almost all blockchain mining strategies reward those with more resources more than those without, leading to severely unequal distribution of wealth.

    6. Most NFTs only hold a link of some sort to a different page that says you own that image. That different page is centrally hosted and not under your control, so if it goes down so does your NFT.

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  9. Comment on Inside the online movement to end work in ~life

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    I find it hard to credit /r/antiwork with this. There was negative publicity towards Kellogg's coming from just about every corner of the left. Yes, spamming Kellogg's recruitment portal was...

    Do you think the Kelloggs strike would have been so successful had millions of Redditors not drummed up negative publicity?

    I find it hard to credit /r/antiwork with this. There was negative publicity towards Kellogg's coming from just about every corner of the left. Yes, spamming Kellogg's recruitment portal was pretty great but I don't think it factored into Kellogg's calculation very much; especially when some folks in the union said that the only reason they accepted the most recent agreement was because of Kellogg's threat to permanently replace workers.

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  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~books

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    I recently finished reading "Interview with The Vampire", and I gotta say, it was incredibly creepy and uncomfortable to read due to how much it sexualized children, and I don't understand why...

    I recently finished reading "Interview with The Vampire", and I gotta say, it was incredibly creepy and uncomfortable to read due to how much it sexualized children, and I don't understand why there are so many people who glow about this book who seem to completely skip past that fact.

    One of the blurbs on the back cover says

    hypnotically poetic in tone, rich in sensory imagery and dense with the darkness that lies behind the veil of human thought.

    Another:

    From the beginning we are seduced, hypnotized by the voice of the vampire .... plumbs the deepest recesses of human sensuality:

    This is a book where the main character develops a practically-sexual relationship with another vampire who

    • is in the body of a child forever
    • was "raised" by the main character
    • was turned INTO a vampire by the actions of the main character
    • was gaslight and lied to by the main character about how the child came to be a vampire

    Not to mention the frequent usage of young boys as "meals" for vampires throughout the whole book, which is almost always cast in an extremely sexual light.

    Now I get that vampires are not really 'good guys', and they do evil things all the time. But all of the moral dilemmas the book explores are related to murdering people and being immortal, while the frankly disgusting power dynamics at play remain unquestioned, both in the novel, the movie, and just about every positive review I've seen surrounding the book.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Why do we use Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I think it's a neat little quiet community. It's also got a solid codebase that I've been able to learn a lot from.

    I think it's a neat little quiet community. It's also got a solid codebase that I've been able to learn a lot from.

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  12. Comment on Linus and Luke of LTT try to daily drive Linux in ~tech

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    While I get your point that it's a huge UX fail Linus to be able to get to that prompt from the installer GUI, I think that option would always need to be there for the people who need it, and it...

    There should be no prompt whatsoever which contained the option "destroy my system".

    While I get your point that it's a huge UX fail Linus to be able to get to that prompt from the installer GUI, I think that option would always need to be there for the people who need it, and it would always be possible for someone sufficiently determined to blunder their way into the same spot unless the OS completely removes the command line.

    Once you get to the command line and start pasting commands from the internet without knowing what they do all bets are off. It's like opening your car's hood and starting to take apart random things.

    I think the biggest thing that would help here is for the state of Linux / Pop OS help resources & documentation to get better. There's too many answers or guides that don't adequately explain the impact of technical solutions to common problems.

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  13. Comment on Linus and Luke of LTT try to daily drive Linux in ~tech

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    It looks like the POP Shop is already offering a message to the user when the install of a package fails. Perhaps they could check the result of apt the same way the "do as i say" prompt in the...

    As much as I find the outcome unreasonable, I struggle to find a way of making the outcome more expected/more reasonable without making some other unreasonable compromise.

    It looks like the POP Shop is already offering a message to the user when the install of a package fails. Perhaps they could check the result of apt the same way the "do as i say" prompt in the cli does and offer up some more info about what it means and offer an easy way to report the error / ask for support? If you're offering a package manager UI to make it easy to install things you should also make the errors user friendly.

    I actually really enjoy using Pop OS and think the UX is generally very good, but the shop is definitely where I've had the most struggles trying to do basic things.

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  14. Comment on Reddit adds "Community Points" on the Ethereum blockchain - used for purchases, memberships, tips, and reputation-weighted voting (in polls) in ~tech

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    Here's an archived version of those tweets. That's hilarious. These tweets made it sound like it was something Reddit was rolling out SOON and this guy was going to be a BIG PART OF IT -- no...

    Here's an archived version of those tweets.

    The guy graduated from university a month ago and hasn't even started at Reddit yet, where he'll be as junior of an engineer as you can possibly be.

    That's hilarious. These tweets made it sound like it was something Reddit was rolling out SOON and this guy was going to be a BIG PART OF IT -- no wonder they're deleted now. Sometimes it seems like the only thing crypto folks are good at is hype.

    I have to admit I only posted this because I missed this the first time around and thought this was a new thing following the NFT bandwagon. Interesting that it doesn't seem to have changed much in the year and a half since it was announced

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  15. Comment on Reddit adds "Community Points" on the Ethereum blockchain - used for purchases, memberships, tips, and reputation-weighted voting (in polls) in ~tech

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    Since I was confused by this as well, it sounds like the only place that "Community Points" gets you any advantage is in Poll posts. It doesn't seem like it interacts with the vote-based display...

    Since I was confused by this as well, it sounds like the only place that "Community Points" gets you any advantage is in Poll posts. It doesn't seem like it interacts with the vote-based display order of comments or posts at all.

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  16. Comment on What shortages have you noticed recently? in ~talk

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    Here' what I've noticed in MI, USA: bug spray isopropyl alcohol computer chips (since the big 3 US car manufacturers are located here it's felt especially in cars) kayaks & kayak mounting racks...

    Here' what I've noticed in MI, USA:

    • bug spray
    • isopropyl alcohol
    • computer chips (since the big 3 US car manufacturers are located here it's felt especially in cars)
    • kayaks & kayak mounting racks
    • half the furniture at IKEA
    • housing
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  17. Comment on Tildes within a tildes in ~tildes

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    There have been a lot of fascinating ideas thrown around about this sort of moderation but I don't think anyone has actually stepped up and attempted to implement them. It would be a lot of work.

    Maybe it turned out to not work that well after more thinking

    There have been a lot of fascinating ideas thrown around about this sort of moderation but I don't think anyone has actually stepped up and attempted to implement them. It would be a lot of work.

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