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  1. Comment on Thor: Love And Thunder comes under fire for queerbaiting in ~movies

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    Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio in Deadpool 2 is the only main one coming to mind that actually gets depicted in the series. I'm sure there are a handful of Bi or Pansexual characters, but...

    Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio in Deadpool 2 is the only main one coming to mind that actually gets depicted in the series. I'm sure there are a handful of Bi or Pansexual characters, but considering it's a super hero action film series and not a romcom drama focusing on everyone's sexual preferences it wouldn't make sense to spell out what every character's fictional preference is.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What’s the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    In the midwest as well, Can concur that no one cares or is doing much about it until you get closer to inner cities. In rural areas the majority of people haven't been wearing masks for over a...

    In the midwest as well, Can concur that no one cares or is doing much about it until you get closer to inner cities. In rural areas the majority of people haven't been wearing masks for over a year except a few people you notice going through grocery stores. Live music has required vax cards or negative tests, but since last fall I have noticed less and less masks in the crowds. Last time I heard anyone nearby directly having covid was between November and January, so likely holidays caused some spreading.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Looking for help with a DIY / household engineering project - hanging a water reservoir from my bed frame in ~hobbies

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    This is literally what plumbers use to seal pipe fittings and would solve the problem, but given that you need to remove the cap to refill, might mean you have to keep replacing the tape if it...

    This is literally what plumbers use to seal pipe fittings and would solve the problem, but given that you need to remove the cap to refill, might mean you have to keep replacing the tape if it comes off when unscrewing or gets damaged otherwise. It's very cheap stuff.

    An O-ring or refitting different connectors on each piece with a better union piece that actually seals would be a much better long term solution on the cheap.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Illinois rep. wants to ban ‘all violent video games’ to curb violence in ~games

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    Illinois should remember this idiot so he doesn't get elected again. Video games aren't the problem and even if you could make that link, this move would only negatively affect video game dealers...

    Illinois should remember this idiot so he doesn't get elected again. Video games aren't the problem and even if you could make that link, this move would only negatively affect video game dealers within the state. Everyone would still be able to purchase games online or have them shipped from out of state so it wouldn't prevent a single person from being able to play the games that they want to.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    Communism hasn't been a great model for society because anyone that attempted it found that it leads to massive corruption and stagnant business practices. And every flaw that gets introduced to...

    Communism hasn't been a great model for society because anyone that attempted it found that it leads to massive corruption and stagnant business practices. And every flaw that gets introduced to the system seems to compound over time until the point of failure. Another aspect of communist failure is it's outward comparison to other systems. The USSR's failures were created by things like the Cold War and how it compared to the US or China at the time, they were racing to compete with each other which led to lies, corruption and cutting corners, still happening today. Chernobyl was the result of trying to arrogantly compete with others and having a failure in the systematic processes that businesses operate.

    As others have said, calling things communist/commie is used as a broad range insult to the world powers we suppose as enemies. It gets attached to everything like Socialism in this derogatory fashion simply because the masses are largely a bunch of idiots who regurgitate what others say without thinking for themselves about the actual differences involved. Poor education in the US for history and government is very prevalent. I don't think we have anything to fear from most of the policies that are being called communist or socialist turning US democracy into an actual communist or socialist state. And I wouldn't view Democratic Socialism as a bad thing so long as it doesn't over extend into every aspect of our free market system. I don't think a perfect Communist or Socialist state would work or be ideal at this point, and that should be simple to understand that everyone has different ambitions in life and some can't help but succumb to greed or desire power, 2 things that don't work in the perfect models. Do you really think you can eradicate that from humanity?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I pay for a lived experience, like going to a movie theater or seeing live music. I use piracy to explore that content as well as the content I would normally have no access to. Foreign and Indie...

    I pay for a lived experience, like going to a movie theater or seeing live music. I use piracy to explore that content as well as the content I would normally have no access to. Foreign and Indie content isn't advertised on any legit platforms in any meaningful capacity and that consumes the majority of what I get into. I watch more movies at the theater because piracy keeps me up to date and excited to watch something like that. I like niche genres of music that rarely tour my area, piracy lets me explore the music at my leisure and things that actually pique my interest I find a way to see live, buy a shirt, poster or raffle ticket from.
    I pirate TV and anime content without much compensation to those markets, the streaming platforms are all over the place and very limiting, not to mention streaming is kind of a shitty option for me with a slower internet connection. Honestly I did fine without watching this content and spending my time with other activities, so no one was really going to sell me anything anyway.
    Pay for porn.... LOL

    Overall if I wasn't pirating I'd spend less time with media and more time being productive with my other hobbies which consume all of my "extra" money. Whatever you consider "extra" when you have 130k+ worth of debts to be paid.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on US indictments and raids of piracy group members in "The Scene" throw top-tier piracy world into chaos in ~tech

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    I think the bigger issue for claimed monetary losses is that these people were releasing before official release dates. It would be more like you distributing your perfect copy of Van Gogh before...

    I think the bigger issue for claimed monetary losses is that these people were releasing before official release dates. It would be more like you distributing your perfect copy of Van Gogh before the museum that features it had a chance to have a grand opening, which might be considered the largest intake of funds that any art is going to receive. Even this is kind of a poor analogy, since it is actually the second grand opening, theater being the first and physical copies being the second.

    As someone who pirates, rarely have I not gone to see something I really wanted to see in a theater because of piracy being available. In fact, I would argue that piracy has kept me closer to new movie releases and I have gone to more theatrical debuts since I started pirating. Same with pirating music, I don't go see too many bands I've never heard of before, but now that I've pirated and enjoyed the music I know to look for those bands if they are touring.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Let us drink in public: Open container laws criminalize working-class people and make public life less fun in ~food

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    As far as the law goes in the US, you aren't supposed to drink in most public spaces not designated for an event that would allow it. In reality, however, I've drank at the park, the beach, on a...

    As far as the law goes in the US, you aren't supposed to drink in most public spaces not designated for an event that would allow it. In reality, however, I've drank at the park, the beach, on a boat, on the sidewalk, in the roadway, outside of bars and restaurants as well as at events that aren't designated for drinking like fairs and festivals. I also live in a state where marijuana is still illegal for recreational use and have smoked in all of those same places. I can't recall a single time we've ever been questioned about it, let alone ticketed for it. The closest I have seen is when some dumb ass makes a scene, generally fighting, and officers have to tell people to disperse or if it's bad enough arrest them for disorderly conduct.

    I could see how living in a larger city and suburban area might be a little bit stricter but I still haven't seen anyone get a public drinking ticket who wasn't being a nuisance for some other reason.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area in ~news

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    Anything that launches off is illegal to buy here. I'm in a rural setting in between 2 decent sized lakes. I want to say close to 100 places on the 2 lakes had their own private firework shows...

    Anything that launches off is illegal to buy here. I'm in a rural setting in between 2 decent sized lakes. I want to say close to 100 places on the 2 lakes had their own private firework shows last night and I wouldn't be surprised if I heard over 10,000 fireworks get launched off from 6pm to midnight, Including over 100+ from the neighbor right next to me and another 300+ from the resort goers across the street. And this is only a drop in the ocean when you look at how many other lakes around have this same thing going on.
    It's safe to say that unless there was a federal ban fireworks are going to be found and used regardless. You could start having police issue tickets with hefty fines and they'd actually rake in a bunch of money but that's also not the look the police depts want on Independence Day especially when the police are exactly the kind of people who would be launching fireworks on this day.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Trump mounts campaign for more debates against Biden in ~news

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    You don't gain any viability by never being part of the debate. Nobody knows who these people are or their position on anything even if they do align similarly with the other major parties. Some...

    You don't gain any viability by never being part of the debate. Nobody knows who these people are or their position on anything even if they do align similarly with the other major parties. Some of these people even run under the Dem or Rep ticket for lower offices because that's what gets them elected, much like Sanders calling himself an Independent and running as a Democrat. The differences can still be quite huge, where a Libertarian might respond to fiscal issues like a Rep but respond to human rights like a Dem. Their presence at a debate might also change the stance of a Dem or Rep on a particular issue similar to Biden adopting a policy change that Bernie and Warren were running on.
    It also paves the way for more people to notice the party, join it, run for office under it and expand their platform. You can't expect a movement to grow by being sidelined by the status quo forever and you aren't going to reform the voting system by continually voting the same 2 party tickets that don't want it to be reformed.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Trump mounts campaign for more debates against Biden in ~news

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    Now let the candidates from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties join the debates so that everyone can see some actual contenders beyond the 2 terrible options that are Biden and Trump.

    Now let the candidates from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties join the debates so that everyone can see some actual contenders beyond the 2 terrible options that are Biden and Trump.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Aloe juice, in particular, this one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-crisp/ Also a good one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-allure/ There are a few different brands and a bunch of...

    Aloe juice, in particular, this one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-crisp/
    Also a good one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-allure/

    There are a few different brands and a bunch of different flavors to try out, but the taste varies widely among all of them from being more fizzy and soda like to more or less sugary to being over-powered by the accompanied flavor. So even if you don't like one there might be something better suited to your taste. The 2 I suggested are like a moderately sweet juice with aloe pulp.
    I think of these like a refreshing soda substitute since I don't drink soda aside from an occasional root beer or ginger beer. Which, btw, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is pretty decent.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on US savings rate hits record 33% as coronavirus causes Americans to stockpile cash, curb spending in ~finance

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    People who have savings accounts on average were raised $1200 after giving all of them a $1200 stimulus check... This is the dumbest shit. Many business are shut down and people are still told to...

    People who have savings accounts on average were raised $1200 after giving all of them a $1200 stimulus check... This is the dumbest shit. Many business are shut down and people are still told to isolate, for people who have a surplus of money to have a savings account why would you be spending it now instead of waiting until businesses reopen or looking at it as finally having so backup plan money since we are talking about an average (extra cash fund) of only $1550.
    Right now people can't vacation, can't ship things very fast and certainly not overseas, can't dine out or enjoy any public entertainment, aren't particularly apt to invite workers into their home for renovations or fixes. Come back in a year after things have normalized a bit and see how much these people actually use their small savings amount.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    The recurring notion I am seeing is that everyone wants external elected personnel in charge of investigating police and keeping them significantly more in check than the current system with...

    The recurring notion I am seeing is that everyone wants external elected personnel in charge of investigating police and keeping them significantly more in check than the current system with Internal Affairs, lenient prosecutors and lenient judgement sentences. The hope is to weed out more of the overly aggressive asshole officers before they get several more chances to abuse their power. Which the current officer who killed George Floyd was an overly aggressive asshole with multiple complaints (18 or 19) and has been involved in a killing in the past.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on How do you organize your downloaded music library? in ~music

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    Music/Source or some other random folder name/Artist - Album (year) [MediaFormat] [cat#] [any other special notes the cat# doesn't fully solve] Source is where I DL'd it from. Year is the original...

    Music/Source or some other random folder name/Artist - Album (year) [MediaFormat] [cat#] [any other special notes the cat# doesn't fully solve]
    Source is where I DL'd it from. Year is the original release year, since the cat# basically covers any type of re-issue or remaster. MediaFormat would be something like [WEB FLAC], [WEB MP3 V0], [Vinyl FLAC], [Tape FLAC]. Special notes are usually simple things [RE, RM, DLX ED, Bonus Tacks] but is rarely used.

    There is no need to organize the folder structure because MediaMonkey alphabetizes the list and has options for sorting out specific things if needed. Also the program Everything lets me search my entire PC pretty quickly for files and folders if I am looking for something specific. I also use foobar2000 for transcoding to mp3 but haven't bothered to figure out how to fully customize it to my liking, where MM seems to do a fine job and looks good almost out of the box.

  16. Comment on Anyone still listening to music with files instead of streaming? in ~music

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    Collect FLACs on my PC to play through my stereo at home. Then convert some of it to mp3s for my cheap mp3 player with 64 GB micro SD card for tunes on the go. I don't think I will ever...

    Collect FLACs on my PC to play through my stereo at home. Then convert some of it to mp3s for my cheap mp3 player with 64 GB micro SD card for tunes on the go.

    I don't think I will ever intentionally listen to a streaming service, because what benefit does it provide over what I already have? Streaming would require paying for a data plan (which I don't to save money), listening to ads or paying for ad free, reducing the selection of songs available to listen to, and often times hearing the same small playlists repeat more often.

    I have 18,000+ songs on my PC and currently 4000 on my mp3 player. Given the rarity of my content vs whats available to stream I'd probably lose out on 2/3 of the music I actually like to be constantly disappointed with any streaming platform.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~design

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    How you mix your cement determines how durable it will be against various things. You can make your own blocks or large wall forms if you mix it yourself. Guide for that here...

    How you mix your cement determines how durable it will be against various things. You can make your own blocks or large wall forms if you mix it yourself. Guide for that here https://www.hunker.com/12000698/how-to-make-fireproof-concrete
    If your cement crumbled last time it wasn't mixed properly, same with the different blocks you can buy, how well they were mixed will determine how well they hold up. Generally you want a denser block for handling both summer and winter without cracking.
    Refactory mortar should be used to seal your blocks around the fireplace so that it can withstand the heat over time.
    You can build up a bit of a back wall to the fire pit to keep the heat under the roof and direct wind from coming in and hitting the fire and blowing it straight to where people will mostly be. The roof will have to be metal protected and angle up to a peak vent style thing to let smoke escape fairly easily.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on AMC Theatres refuses to play Universal films in wake of 'Trolls World Tour' in ~movies

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    If Universal accepts AMC's threat and has to release everything on VOD or physical I bet it will negatively impact AMC more than Universal and I'd be glad to see that happen. Theaters are terrible...

    If Universal accepts AMC's threat and has to release everything on VOD or physical I bet it will negatively impact AMC more than Universal and I'd be glad to see that happen. Theaters are terrible around me. I have to travel 1 hour to get to 1 theater that has 1 Ultrascreen with dream loungers. Any other type of theater within that distance has uncomfortable seating, smaller screen and a mediocre sound system. If I had space and money for a larger TV I would not bother going to the theater for any quality purpose, I only really go now because of the early exclusivity of a few movies I really want to see. And even with those few, they have to play on that 1 screen so I only have 1-2 week window before they move to the other screens and are not worth my time.

    IMO the only way I see theaters improving would be opening more high-quality seating/screens like the ultrascreen and offer some sort of on demand refreshments (alcohol too) from your seat, delivered automatically like a vending machine but quietly and with low lighting. Something like a flip up order pad you swipe a card and ID if purchasing alcohol then a conveyor belt or air tube delivers the products.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on House Democrats propose $2,000 monthly payments to Americans in ~finance

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    The final stimulus bill that got passed wasn't actually that great. Single payment up to $1200 + $500 per child dependent, up to 3 kids. This means all college students that are considered...

    The final stimulus bill that got passed wasn't actually that great.
    Single payment up to $1200 + $500 per child dependent, up to 3 kids. This means all college students that are considered dependents get nothing directly, their parents get the stimulus money ($500) unless they make too much. Specific disabled adults claimed as dependents and immigrants that aren't holding one of 2 specific visas won't receive anything either.
    Unemployment insurance gives you +$600/week on top of what it would have normally given you. But you have to qualify for UI benefits, so a bunch of freelancers, self-employed and other odd jobs won't necessarily qualify if they lose work over this.
    Small business payroll loan offers $1000 per employees up to $10000 that will be completely forgiven. So about 1 week's pay. All of the other Small business loans are just regular loans with interest rates and they aren't particularly that great of a deal when you can lay off your employees and they collect UI +$600.
    The rest of the stimulus was just handing rich people with big businesses free money. Thanks republicans for that.

    So for me, I'm still working and just got an extra $1200 this month.
    My roommate got laid off his server job qualified for $86/week and this last week started getting +$600/week + $1200 for the month plus he focuses on his seedling/plant/landscaping business that he operates Spring through Fall and is just supposed to work less than 32 hours/week to still qualify for UI.
    My sister is still working from home and is getting maybe a little less than $2200 extra for the month for having 2 kids.
    My parents need to pay $2500 on taxes this year by July 15(?) before they qualify for their $2400 which would likely be received mid to late summer. Because they've paid in the last few years the IRS doesn't have direct deposit for them.
    If that gives any idea how different it is from person to person.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the Moon in ~space

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    Don't we want to be able to put a mining and refueling base on the moon if we want to travel to mars much more easily? I can't imagine it pays to send people to the moon over a few minerals, where...

    Don't we want to be able to put a mining and refueling base on the moon if we want to travel to mars much more easily? I can't imagine it pays to send people to the moon over a few minerals, where if it was used as hub for space travel the occasional mineral transfer would just be added bonus, similar how we stuff passenger planes with mail in the cargo holds instead of waiting and filling an entire cargo plane.

    4 votes