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  1. Comment on Microsoft killed the Zune, but Zune-Heads are still here in ~tech

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    The second generation Zune is the best MP3 player I ever owned. The Zune HD was a close second. It was so ahead of it's time with it's high resolution OLED screen. It's easy to look at the...

    The second generation Zune is the best MP3 player I ever owned. The Zune HD was a close second. It was so ahead of it's time with it's high resolution OLED screen. It's easy to look at the interface and see how it evolved into the design language Microsoft is still using to this day.

    I can totally see why people loved them and continue to use them. Even the Zune desktop software was super fun to use. I miss that era of software design. It felt fun and exciting instead of utilitarian like it does now.

    EDIT: I was trying to remember what happened to my old Zunes, since they weren't too big I assumed I'd just lost them in a drawer somewhere. Then I remembered that I sent them off to another Tildes user who collected old MP3 players!

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Trump revokes rule preventing White House staff from lobbying in ~news

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    Can he not just issue an executive order saying "if you work or worked in the White House, no lobbying"? If Trump can do it, why can't Biden just do it too? (Seriously asking - I don't fully...

    Can he not just issue an executive order saying "if you work or worked in the White House, no lobbying"? If Trump can do it, why can't Biden just do it too?

    (Seriously asking - I don't fully understand the limits/power of Executive Orders)

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Trump revokes rule preventing White House staff from lobbying in ~news

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    Okay, but can't Biden just undo it and ban them again?

    Okay, but can't Biden just undo it and ban them again?

    4 votes
  4. Comment on 70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers in ~tech

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    If the Reddit account is true, then it’s a fascinating confluence of events that let this happen. It wasn’t even that difficult, just that everything worked out timing wise for them to exploit things.

    If the Reddit account is true, then it’s a fascinating confluence of events that let this happen. It wasn’t even that difficult, just that everything worked out timing wise for them to exploit things.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app in ~tech

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    Yeah, they've been doing this for a while now with Instagram.

    Yeah, they've been doing this for a while now with Instagram.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    Yes, but if you had exceedingly long terms (say 15-20 years and they were not allowed to serve more than once), you could solve that problem.

    In regards to term limits, you could argue that a lack of term limits is what gave us the Supreme Court "wins" around the election the last 2 months. Trump's 3 picks don't have to worry about retaliation and so they were able to rule what they actually strongly believed.

    Yes, but if you had exceedingly long terms (say 15-20 years and they were not allowed to serve more than once), you could solve that problem.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Joe Biden is certified as the 46th President of the United States in ~news

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    Remember when the President of the United States wasn't in the news every single day because of some stupid decision, racist remark or flouting the Constitution? It'll be nice to return to that....

    Remember when the President of the United States wasn't in the news every single day because of some stupid decision, racist remark or flouting the Constitution? It'll be nice to return to that.

    This vote seals it. I've been worried that Trump wouldn't leave office or that one of his 10,000 cockamamie schemes would work and he'd find a way to stay in office. But now it's official and there's not a damn thing he and his shameful cronies can do about it.

    Biden's speech yesterday just confirmed to me that he's the right person for the job at this time. As much as I'd love to see a progressive President, it'll be nice just to have some calm for a while.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on DC police arrest leader of the Proud Boys ahead of far-right protests in ~news

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    I wonder if they would re-arrest him if he shows up at the rally...

    I wonder if they would re-arrest him if he shows up at the rally...

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I just have two different emails. One for services and one for actual people. My contacts know my real email and how to get in touch with me (although no one emails me anymore). Privacy-wise, I...

    I just have two different emails. One for services and one for actual people. My contacts know my real email and how to get in touch with me (although no one emails me anymore).

    Privacy-wise, I feel like using different emails is just fighting a losing battle. I'm assuming that most advertising profiles are smart enough to connect different accounts by more than just email (name, CC info, billing address, DOB, and many other pieces of info that would scare you to think about).

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What were/are your favorite flash/browser games? in ~games

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    Canabalt is available on every platform now (iOS, Android, etc)

    Canabalt is available on every platform now (iOS, Android, etc)

    1 vote
  11. Comment on MF DOOM has passed at forty-nine in ~music

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    I've always loved KMD and his Special Herbs albums. A serious loss for the underground rap community. There's a great episode of What Had Happened Was where Prince Paul talks about MF Doom.

    I've always loved KMD and his Special Herbs albums. A serious loss for the underground rap community.

    There's a great episode of What Had Happened Was where Prince Paul talks about MF Doom.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on The life in The Simpsons is no longer attainable in ~finance

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    I was just watching an episode the other day and wondering how they could afford such a massive house on one salary. Obviously Homer works in a specialized field but it can't require an advanced...

    I was just watching an episode the other day and wondering how they could afford such a massive house on one salary.

    Obviously Homer works in a specialized field but it can't require an advanced degree or any specialized knowledge since...well, Homer can do it.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Washington’s secret to the perfect Zoom bookshelf? Buy it wholesale. in ~books

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    I must have missed those. Thanks, I'm gonna go back and explore some of those photos tonight.

    I must have missed those. Thanks, I'm gonna go back and explore some of those photos tonight.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Washington’s secret to the perfect Zoom bookshelf? Buy it wholesale. in ~books

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    Those are all books my wife brought to the collection. She's a huge Star Trek fan, so she has a pretty deep collection of Trek books and vintage zines. Her recommendations are the Spock's World by...

    Those are all books my wife brought to the collection. She's a huge Star Trek fan, so she has a pretty deep collection of Trek books and vintage zines.

    Her recommendations are the Spock's World by Diane Duane and the Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Washington’s secret to the perfect Zoom bookshelf? Buy it wholesale. in ~books

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    I got lucky and the place I was working a few years ago was getting rid of these massive shelves we used to store betamax tapes on (they're about 9 feet tall). So I managed to snag them for free....

    I got lucky and the place I was working a few years ago was getting rid of these massive shelves we used to store betamax tapes on (they're about 9 feet tall). So I managed to snag them for free.

    I buy books on occasion but my partner works for a library so...a lot less than I used to.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Washington’s secret to the perfect Zoom bookshelf? Buy it wholesale. in ~books

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    That's depressing. I've put literal decades into my book collection and they're all books I love. Its sad that someone wants to buy a bunch of books because they make them seem smarter or...

    That's depressing. I've put literal decades into my book collection and they're all books I love. Its sad that someone wants to buy a bunch of books because they make them seem smarter or important rather than actually wanting to read them.

    For the heck of it (and because it's fun to peep at other's collections) here's what it looks like.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Is college still worth it? in ~finance

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    I think a lot of that STEM knowledge could be taught in high schools if we had better programs for science and math. Then maybe you'd need less college time and could do with a 2 year degree and...

    I think a lot of that STEM knowledge could be taught in high schools if we had better programs for science and math. Then maybe you'd need less college time and could do with a 2 year degree and still have the same knowledge base.

    (I'm in the US, where our school systems are horribly broken)

    5 votes
  18. Comment on How police are “breaking phone encryption” in ~comp

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    Since this is only for the iPhone, does anyone know of a similar breakdown for Android phones? Or does it vary so widely by make and model that you'd have to do it for each phone?

    Since this is only for the iPhone, does anyone know of a similar breakdown for Android phones? Or does it vary so widely by make and model that you'd have to do it for each phone?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Who did JK Rowling become? Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s book author in history in ~books

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    I can easily see that as a major point in the books though. Your points are also valid and obvious things to take away from the books, but the fact that we put people into neat boxes (houses) and...

    I can easily see that as a major point in the books though. Your points are also valid and obvious things to take away from the books, but the fact that we put people into neat boxes (houses) and then expect them to conform to the stereotypes of those houses is a strong through line in the books. It's somewhat ironic that those house stereotypes are constantly broken and yet, as you said, all of the characters are very squarely good or evil. There is no inbetween. It's like she doesn't even see the obvious contrasts in her own work.

    7 votes