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  1. Comment on The woman shaking up the diamond industry in ~finance

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    I am from the US. I generally agree with what you’re saying but I’d consider lab grown diamonds a separate thing from mined ones.

    I am from the US.

    I generally agree with what you’re saying but I’d consider lab grown diamonds a separate thing from mined ones.

  2. Comment on The term ‘Oriental’ is outdated, but is it racist? in ~humanities

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    As for whether or not it's racist, I don't know. I'm not qualified to answer that since I'm not Asian. It's one of those things where I think people outside of a group need to listen to what the...

    As for whether or not it's racist, I don't know. I'm not qualified to answer that since I'm not Asian. It's one of those things where I think people outside of a group need to listen to what the people inside say. The author is saying it is, but I don't think a sample size of one is good enough to represent a whole class of people.

    What I do know is that it's one of those words you hear someone say and it causes you to cringe a little bit inside. Like when an older person says "the Jews" or "the Blacks" with that certain tone.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on The woman shaking up the diamond industry in ~finance

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    I think the diamond industry is in for big shock with the next generation or two of people. I don't know a single person between 18-35 (prime ages for getting married) who got a diamond engagement...

    I think the diamond industry is in for big shock with the next generation or two of people. I don't know a single person between 18-35 (prime ages for getting married) who got a diamond engagement ring.

    This current generation a) probably can't afford them and b) knows they're a giant ripoff even if they can afford them.

    What would you rather have, a shiny rock or a down payment on a car or even a house?

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Will Spotify ruin podcasting? in ~tech

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    It's because if it's not in my podcast listening app of choice, I'll never remember to check Spotify to see if there's a new episode. I know there's a new episode now whenever I open my podcast...

    It's because if it's not in my podcast listening app of choice, I'll never remember to check Spotify to see if there's a new episode. I know there's a new episode now whenever I open my podcast app to listen to something (which happens multiple times per day) and there's a new episode in my feed.

    I honestly have no problem with them moving to Spotify. Good on them for getting paid in a field where big paydays are few and far between.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How could we regulate biased/lying media outlets and aggregators without encroaching on good ones? in ~talk

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    Teaching media literacy would be great. I learned "real world skills" like balancing a checkbook and cooking in school, in addition to things like science and math. Media literacy should be on...

    Teaching media literacy would be great. I learned "real world skills" like balancing a checkbook and cooking in school, in addition to things like science and math. Media literacy should be on that list.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on France fines Apple $27 million for slowing down iPhones in ~tech

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    The problem is these companies make so much money that the amount they're fined can easily be written off as the cost of doing business. Fines should be tied to a percentage of income. That way a...

    Punitive fines for large corporations almost never work

    The problem is these companies make so much money that the amount they're fined can easily be written off as the cost of doing business. Fines should be tied to a percentage of income. That way a massive corporation like Apple or Google being hit with a fine could actually make a difference.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Will Spotify ruin podcasting? in ~tech

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    I really like podcasts simply because I can listen to them in the app of my choice. I'm not locked into what one entity says is okay. This also means that tracking is severely limited. All they...

    I really like podcasts simply because I can listen to them in the app of my choice. I'm not locked into what one entity says is okay. This also means that tracking is severely limited. All they know about you is your IP (general location) and your user-agent string. It's like the old days of cable, where ads were way less targeted and creepy.

    There's tons of podcasts that do dynamic ad insertion now, but if Spotify does it in their own app, they have the ability to get far more data than any other client. That scares me a little. They can find out all sorts of creepy things about you (just look at how much info Facebook slurps up from your devices).

    I mentioned this a few days ago in a different thread, but one of the podcasts I listen to (Last Podcast on the Left) is going Spotify exclusive starting this week. I'm not going to switch to Spotify for one podcast or use Spotify for all of my podcasts. I'm just going to stop listening.

    It sucks, since I enjoy the show, but I'm not changing my entire podcast library over for one show. I assume that's Spotify's play here - keep grabbing shows until enough of them are exclusive to their platform that you just give in and change over.

    Their play makes sense though - the more you listen to podcasts, the less you're streaming music. Someone streaming a song costs Spotify money. Someone listening to a podcast in their app makes them money from the ads.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I played a new board game with some friends. It's called Glorantha: The Gods War. It was quite fun. Once we got the hang of things, it moved pretty quickly. With four people, there isn't much...

    I played a new board game with some friends. It's called Glorantha: The Gods War. It was quite fun. Once we got the hang of things, it moved pretty quickly. With four people, there isn't much downtime between your turns (I hate games where you wait 30 minutes between one turn and the next).

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    That's my biggest problem with the FSF. They're unwilling to come to a practical solution. Instead they just demand that someone do things their way.

    Wish they could temper themselves with some practicality.

    That's my biggest problem with the FSF. They're unwilling to come to a practical solution. Instead they just demand that someone do things their way.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    Yeah. Ive noticed a lot of the FSF's communications have this sort of attitude. It just leaves a bad taste in people's mouths and makes them less likely listen to the actual message.

    Yeah. Ive noticed a lot of the FSF's communications have this sort of attitude. It just leaves a bad taste in people's mouths and makes them less likely listen to the actual message.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    The fact that they're "demanding" this rubs me the wrong way.

    The fact that they're "demanding" this rubs me the wrong way.

    27 votes
  12. Comment on A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police. in ~news

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    Is it harder than other places?

    Is it harder than other places?

  13. Comment on Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained in ~tech

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    I completely agree, but Apple seems to get a pass for a lot of privacy related stuff just because they push "we care about your privacy" in their marketing. I say this as someone who owns tons of...

    I completely agree, but Apple seems to get a pass for a lot of privacy related stuff just because they push "we care about your privacy" in their marketing.

    I say this as someone who owns tons of Apple stuff both for personal and professional use.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained in ~tech

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    I'll keep this in mind whenever Apple goes on about how strong their privacy protections are at their next event.

    I'll keep this in mind whenever Apple goes on about how strong their privacy protections are at their next event.

    18 votes
  15. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    If you're that concerned About surveillance, then you may as well not even leave the house at all...

    If you're that concerned About surveillance, then you may as well not even leave the house at all...

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    But you don't have to upgrade to Windows 10. You can easily keep using Windows 7 - it just won't get security updates any more. As long as you're aware of that and willing to accept the risks...

    But you don't have to upgrade to Windows 10. You can easily keep using Windows 7 - it just won't get security updates any more. As long as you're aware of that and willing to accept the risks associated with it, there's nothing stopping you from using Windows 7 indefinitely.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I’ve tried a few and they’re still pretty slow. I considered setting one up for myself but after about three hours of wrestling with Digital Ocean and the invidious setup process, I jut gave up.

    I’ve tried a few and they’re still pretty slow. I considered setting one up for myself but after about three hours of wrestling with Digital Ocean and the invidious setup process, I jut gave up.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I love Invidious. I just wish it wasn't so damn slow all the time.

    I love Invidious. I just wish it wasn't so damn slow all the time.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on California's New Employment Law Is Starting To Crush Freelancers in ~finance

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    You're right. That's the same issue we faced with manufacturing and minimum wage/worker protections. It added to the cost of making things in America and now companies just go elsewhere. But...

    You're right. That's the same issue we faced with manufacturing and minimum wage/worker protections. It added to the cost of making things in America and now companies just go elsewhere.

    But rather than having things like that stop us, we should be pushing for worker protections across the world, regardless of borders.

    And I absolutely acknowledge that as someone who is not impacted by this law, it is very easy for me to say these things. It's an entirely different thing for someone who's livelihood is impacted by the unequal application of these types of laws.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on California's New Employment Law Is Starting To Crush Freelancers in ~finance

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    Until every state has a law like this. Then these companies can't just keep running to states that don't have protections like this in place. Until then, it will hurt people who live in areas with...

    The law is likely to have complicated effects, improving some people's lives but making others worse.

    Until every state has a law like this. Then these companies can't just keep running to states that don't have protections like this in place. Until then, it will hurt people who live in areas with these laws.

    1 vote