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  1. Comment on Just days after promising advertisers that Twitter would not be a “free-for-all,” Elon Musk promoted a right-wing rumor about the vicious hammer assault on Paul Pelosi in ~tech

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    There's not people shouting about Mastodon everywhere now, but a fair number of people have brought it up on various sites. First mention I've seen of it here on Tildes though, not that I've veey...

    There's not people shouting about Mastodon everywhere now, but a fair number of people have brought it up on various sites. First mention I've seen of it here on Tildes though, not that I've veey actively searched.

    People are trying Mastodon out a lot at the moment though, at least to the extent that many instances have gone down due to the large amount of traffic.

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  2. Comment on Where can I find "overly detailed" definitions for elementary concepts in programming and computer science? in ~comp

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    In my experience, Wikipedia has pretty detailed and language-agnostic definitions for a lot of things, often even going as far as diving into the mathematical theory behind something. As a...

    In my experience, Wikipedia has pretty detailed and language-agnostic definitions for a lot of things, often even going as far as diving into the mathematical theory behind something. As a positive, I also have found them pretty easy to understand, but that might vary article to article and reader to reader.

    A couple examples

    I'm not aware of any more dedicated resource, perhaps some Wikipedia pages have linked interested pages as sources.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    I'm not saying my area is how it should be everywhere. I do think it's way better here than in most places, but there's lots to improve here as well. I brought my neighbourhood up only because you...

    It seems like you’ve still saying that the way your community is organized is how everyone should live? If that’s not the case, I have no objection.

    I'm not saying my area is how it should be everywhere. I do think it's way better here than in most places, but there's lots to improve here as well. I brought my neighbourhood up only because you seemed to imply this kind of zoning would limit people's freedom to choose etc. etc. That's not the case, though - mixed-use building and less car-centric architecture has over and over again been shown to increase life quality in multiple aspects, such as obesity and reduced traffic

    I'm not saying my neighbourhood is the best for living. What I am saying is that suburbs are awful for that.


    And as for your last sentence:

    The article is literally about suburbs.

    From the opening paragraph:

    [...] 60 percent of Americans want to live in communities where “houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away.” That’s an increase over the last two years and leaves only 39 percent who say they’d rather live “closer to each other, but schools, stores and restaurants are within walking distance.”

    That's comparing the American suburbs, with huge yards and unwalkable streets, to dense cities with shorter distances. It's not about the countryside.

    The desire for a wide, sweeping plot of land [...]. [...] why our culture latched onto cars [...].The post-WWII economic boom that made car ownership cheaper and more accessible was the engine of the suburb [...]

    Rural areas have their own share of problems when it comes to climate change, but 1) the countryside is not as "American" as the suburbs have come to be and 2) the article discusses suburbs' problems, nothing else.

    But that level density [...] have spent decades trying to prevent. Zoning laws [...] keep population density artificially low. [...]. Also, the lack of mixed-use buildings that can, for example, house businesses on a ground floor, prevent the build-up of commercial areas for residents to easily access.

    Directly from the article. Again, suburbs (low population density etc.) vs. cities (mixed-use buildings)

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    That's incorrect - I have described how it is where I live. It's not a possibility, it's reality. I have not mentioned rural areas once in my comment. The article doesn't talk about rural areas....

    However, you have described in detail a specific vision of how things should be.

    That's incorrect - I have described how it is where I live. It's not a possibility, it's reality.

    Rural areas are different.

    I have not mentioned rural areas once in my comment. The article doesn't talk about rural areas. Suburbs are not rural areas, and bringing them up in discussions like this is unproductive.

    Personally, I believe living in the countryside in most cases is dumb, but that doesn't have anything to do with suburbs.

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  5. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    It's only very specific for most of North America and other places, where the zoning laws have created an environment hostile towards walking and bicycling. The separation of residential and...

    Someone who places great importance on all these things is looking for a very specific urban lifestyle.

    It's only very specific for most of North America and other places, where the zoning laws have created an environment hostile towards walking and bicycling. The separation of residential and business zones into their own districts means that distances are long and you need a car to do even the most basic shopping. This, in turn, has encouraged the development of so-called "stroads", multi-lane streets with relatively high speed limits which makes traveling by foot often even dangerous. Which then makes you even more dependent on cars.

    All the dependency on cars then ends up creating the need for lots of huge parking lots, which causes the distances to grown even more. And all this requires a buttload of roads, the maintenance of which causes cities to go broke. The "American" style suburbs are not a sustainable living solution.

    The situation in much of Europe is very different (though there are plenty of suburbs similar to the above)

    Take my neighbourhood in Helsinki, Finland, with buildings ranging from houses to apartment buildings. Streets here have low speed limits and usually only one lane for each direction. This might sound like it would lead to a lot of congestion and slower travel, but it's not actually a problem - as it is, increasing road capacity actually makes traffic worse, while reducing road capacity might even ease traffic. The phenomenon is called "induced traffic".

    Lower speeds and smaller streets in turn makes it safer and more comfortable to walk on sidewalks, meaning it's easy for me to walk even long distances without having to carefully plan a route where I can cross the streets.

    Our different zoning laws make it possible to have small businesses basically everywhere. The grocery store closest to my home is located a two-minute walk away, and there's a couple restaurants, hairdressers and even a library all within a walking distance. And, as our neighbourhood is actually relatively empty of businesses, it's easy for me to take a bus to the city center or other area whenever I need to get something not available nearby.

    Such zoning also does not mean you can only live in an apartment building - while I do live in one, only a couple blocks away there are smaller houses with smallish yards and other kinds of buildings. It's a mix of different kinds of infrastructure, and by no means a "very specific lifestyle".

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  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    I've become obsessed with Slumber Party by Ashnikko. There's something in it, hard to describe. Also, I'm enamoured with this year's Eurovision winner Måneskin. From their songs released this...

    I've become obsessed with Slumber Party by Ashnikko. There's something in it, hard to describe.

    Also, I'm enamoured with this year's Eurovision winner Måneskin. From their songs released this year, my favourites are

    Lil Nas X's MONTERO with its hypnotic/satanic music video has also definitely hit a chord, totally love it.

  7. Comment on Asian Americans in ~life

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    I see this a lot, particularly in the comments under the "black hair" episode, where there were hundreds and hundreds of (I assume) mostly black women commenting about how well they could relate...

    Every now and then, Johnny O covers a subject that I am somewhat familiar with and I'm always impressed by how well they summarize issues.

    I see this a lot, particularly in the comments under the "black hair" episode, where there were hundreds and hundreds of (I assume) mostly black women commenting about how well they could relate to the episode. They obviously research their pieces super well, and even more importantly, have them written by the people most knowledgeable about the subject. One of the reasons why I keep watching every episode whenever one appears.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, it's a bit pinkwashing-y, but at least it's better than what most of the rest of the major chains are doing. Which, I guess, isn't that high of a bar.

    Yeah, it's a bit pinkwashing-y, but at least it's better than what most of the rest of the major chains are doing. Which, I guess, isn't that high of a bar.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Twitch, Pinterest, Reddit and more go down in Fastly CDN outage in ~tech

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    I thought I was going crazy when emojis suddenly stopped working correctly on Twitter. Now I see it's not an isolated problem. GitHub also seems to not show profile pictures.

    I thought I was going crazy when emojis suddenly stopped working correctly on Twitter. Now I see it's not an isolated problem. GitHub also seems to not show profile pictures.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on It turns out, all those 'woke' White allies were lying in ~misc

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    Yes, and the reason is that the "other" side keeps maliciously misinterpreting what is actually said. "Black Lives Matter" does not mean that white lives don't matter. Yet every time someone...

    A progressive might get tired of hearing "not all x" over and over whenever they bring up real and pressing issues, but maybe there's a reason they keep hearing it.

    Yes, and the reason is that the "other" side keeps maliciously misinterpreting what is actually said.

    "Black Lives Matter" does not mean that white lives don't matter. Yet every time someone protests against systemic racism by saying BLM, there will always come a horde of people shouting "all lives matter".

    When a woman shares her experience of being sexually harassed and assaulted, there will always be a bunch of people commenting that not all men are like that.

    Yeah, there are reasons why people keep retorting with stuff like that, but those reasons are not sound.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Fairness in competition and the rights of transgender athletes in ~lgbt

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    One side is trying to use the best information available to determine what is fair, and the other uses incorrect half-truths and lies to fear-monger. Both-sideism is never a neutral take, if the...

    both sides of the ongoing media flurry

    One side is trying to use the best information available to determine what is fair, and the other uses incorrect half-truths and lies to fear-monger. Both-sideism is never a neutral take, if the "sides" are in unequal positions.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on There is no ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in ~misc

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    I don't understand what you mean with this. Hamas? They don't represent the vast majority of Palestinians. Even if they did, your statement is essentially victim-blaming. What should Palestine do?...

    That being said, it's not like Palestine is making it easier for themselves.

    I don't understand what you mean with this. Hamas? They don't represent the vast majority of Palestinians. Even if they did, your statement is essentially victim-blaming. What should Palestine do? Give up more of their land?

    But the Palestinians could've welcomed the jews and tried to live alongside them, but prejudice wouldn't allow that.

    This is a very twisted version of what happened. There have been jews living in Palestine for a long time. It's less about "welcoming" the immigrants and more about "foreign powers deciding that you can't live here anymore". If I were in that situation, I wouldn't be happy, either.

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Why did the Democratic and Republican parties switch platforms? in ~humanities

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    Not even offtopic - perfectly on point, rather.

    Not even offtopic - perfectly on point, rather.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~arts

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    For #1, my thought was that if the burglar expects the victim to be armed (ie. because it is normal to own guns), then they too would be armed with a firearm. Sure, having firearms might even...

    For #1, my thought was that if the burglar expects the victim to be armed (ie. because it is normal to own guns), then they too would be armed with a firearm. Sure, having firearms might even discourage some burglars from breaking in, but often the people who end up doing that sort of stuff aren't the most rational of people (drug addicts or otherwise not in a good place).

    For #2, that's assuming you would realize the dogs are barking because of a burglar. 99% of the time they would be barking because of something else, eg. a postman. If someone truly intended to enter your house with the intention to kill you, and you had no prior knowledge of the intentions, chances are you'd be oblivious to the attacker.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not making an argument against guns here. Only giving my thoughts on why a particular argument for guns wouldn't hold up in real life.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~arts

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    That's an argument I can see touching people deep in their hearts, but thinking logically, a firearm isn't that likely to protect you in your house: the likelihood of people breaking into your...

    That's an argument I can see touching people deep in their hearts, but thinking logically, a firearm isn't that likely to protect you in your house:

    1. the likelihood of people breaking into your house in order to kill you is low. Burglary is more likely, but in that case, the safest option would just be to avoid the criminal and stay safe, even if that caused valuables to be stolen. plus the threat of firearms would cause the burglar to be more heavily armoured and aggressive, as well.

    2. if someone did enter your home with the intent to kill you, unless you were aware of these intentions, I'd wager you wouldn't even have the time to reach the gun (unless you truly keep it on you at all times, then maybe)

    I don't mean to imply that there aren't any rational arguments for having guns - there might be. Just that this one maybe isn't that logical.

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    Also, while I hate firearms from the bottom of my heart, I can see them being important for a lot of people especially in the United States. I admire the Black Panthers, and much of what they did wouldn't be possible without their guns.

    Even if nothing else, they're a response to growing militarization of the far right - while no guns at all would be the best situation, all guns on one side is way worse than everyone having guns

    8 votes
  16. Comment on They told their therapists everything. Hackers leaked it all. in ~tech

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    I knew from the title it was going to be about the Finnish scandal Truly such a horrible thing, none of my friends had been sent those threats (that I know of), but a ton of people had. Yes,...

    I knew from the title it was going to be about the Finnish scandal

    Truly such a horrible thing, none of my friends had been sent those threats (that I know of), but a ton of people had.

    In emails to Kärkkäinen, the hacker scorned Vastaamo: A company with security practices that weak was the real criminal, he recalls them writing.

    Yes, Vastaamo's security practices were criminally weak, but the real criminal is the one threatening to broadcast people's private thoughts to everyone.

    Though they do have a point - Vastaamo's vulnerabilities, I believe, were actually well known quite a while before. Not really surprising how weak it was, given Tapio seems to have programmed much of the project himself.

    I truly hope this is the beginning of a new era for cybersecurity, privacy&security standards and enforcement over the standards. Sadly I'm not too optimistic

    1 vote
  17. Comment on ArchLabs 2021.05.02 Release in ~comp

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    Kind of a pre-packaged version of Arch Linux. Whereas normally you'd have to choose everything from WiFi-managers to Desktop Environments yourself, ArchLabs is supposed to be a ready package that...

    Kind of a pre-packaged version of Arch Linux. Whereas normally you'd have to choose everything from WiFi-managers to Desktop Environments yourself, ArchLabs is supposed to be a ready package that can be easily set up

    5 votes
  18. Comment on PoW is efficient in ~finance

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    Citation needed - for both parts of the sentence. I found the entire article to be quite incoherent, jumping from pre-history, to how Bitcoin is actually good for the environment, to fusion...

    Because free markets encourage the lowest priced goods, the energy used in producing any good is minimized.

    Citation needed - for both parts of the sentence.

    I found the entire article to be quite incoherent, jumping from pre-history, to how Bitcoin is actually good for the environment, to fusion reactors and other idealistic nonsense.

    Everything requires energy (first law of thermodynamics). Claiming that one usage of energy is more or less wasteful than another is completely subjective since all users have paid market rate to utilize that electricity.

    Yes, I agree it is entirely subjective whether using energy for essentially nothing except to prove that you have used the energy, is more wasteful than using the same energy for something else.

    There is a big school of thought (the writer seems to belong to this group) who believe Bitcoin miners simply use excess energy that would otherwise not have been used. I find that hard to believe, and have yet to see any proof of surplus energy being in any way significant.

    20 votes
  19. Comment on The grim secret of Nordic happiness – it's not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It's reasonable expectations in ~life

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    Good article. As a Finn, I share the author's thoughts on Finland's happiness - we're not happy (lol, almost everyone I know is depressed or otherwise facing difficulties). But we believe the...

    Good article.

    As a Finn, I share the author's thoughts on Finland's happiness - we're not happy (lol, almost everyone I know is depressed or otherwise facing difficulties). But we believe the future isn't truly hopeless: even though we have our share of problems, generally the system works well enough (for now).

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster in ~finance

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    The link seems to point to this same comment - did you make a mistake or is my Tildes bugging?

    I have conflicted views on Drew DeVault, as one might gather from my other post here.

    The link seems to point to this same comment - did you make a mistake or is my Tildes bugging?

    3 votes