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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Comment on Andy Learns How to Cook Northern Indian Food in ~food

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    Luckily, I live in a relatively small town, but we have an Indian market. It’s extremely easy for me to get the ingredients I need. So I guess I have no excuse to not start exploring Indian food.

    Luckily, I live in a relatively small town, but we have an Indian market. It’s extremely easy for me to get the ingredients I need.

    So I guess I have no excuse to not start exploring Indian food.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Not every movie must be a melodrama in ~movies

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    That was actually one of the reasons I liked the recent Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite is My Name. There’s not really any melodrama in it. It’s just the story of one guy achieving his dream. He...

    That was actually one of the reasons I liked the recent Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite is My Name.

    There’s not really any melodrama in it. It’s just the story of one guy achieving his dream. He meets minimal resistance and there’s basically no conflict. They didn’t add a love interest just to spice it up or make it more dramatic.

    It was a refreshing change of pace.

  8. Comment on Film: the reason some of the past was in HD in ~tech

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    We’ve got a smattering of all of them. Our earliest digital archives are on BetaCam tapes.

    We’ve got a smattering of all of them. Our earliest digital archives are on BetaCam tapes.

  9. Comment on Film: the reason some of the past was in HD in ~tech

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    Betacam was so successful that it’s only in the last decade that local television stations have moved away from the format for sending, receiving and archiving spots.

    Betacam was so successful that it’s only in the last decade that local television stations have moved away from the format for sending, receiving and archiving spots.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Film: the reason some of the past was in HD in ~tech

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    Technology Connections is probably my favorite YouTube channel. He’s so good at breaking down extremely complex concepts into easy to understand explanations. Plus, his sense of humor is right up...

    Technology Connections is probably my favorite YouTube channel. He’s so good at breaking down extremely complex concepts into easy to understand explanations. Plus, his sense of humor is right up my alley.

    I work in video production and we have a large archive of VHS tapes, BetaCam cassettes, DVDs and digital files. It’s always fun to see how those formats worked on a technical level and how much we’ve advanced video technology in the last 50 years.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    I never implied that and if you read that from my comments, then obviously something wasn’t conveyed properly. And they’re wrong to do that. That’s misleading and doesn’t truly convey the problem....

    If I'm watching something for free, it doesn't necessarily mean that someone is literally losing money.

    I never implied that and if you read that from my comments, then obviously something wasn’t conveyed properly.

    The MPAA counts those pirated copies as "Lost sales" and say that the movie industry is losing quadrillions of dollars per year due to this.

    And they’re wrong to do that. That’s misleading and doesn’t truly convey the problem.

    And I was legitimately trying to have a conversation with you. If you feel otherwise, then I’m sorry. But (to me at least) your example was not clear at all in your original post so we were arguing past one another.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    You are correct. Thanks for the clarification, I appreciate it.

    You are correct. Thanks for the clarification, I appreciate it.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    You didn’t make that clear at all in your previous posts. This is the first time you’ve mentioned them paying for it. But if that’s what you meant, then I feel like you’re being pedantic for that...

    You didn’t make that clear at all in your previous posts. This is the first time you’ve mentioned them paying for it.

    But if that’s what you meant, then I feel like you’re being pedantic for that sake of it. Obviously that’s fine. Not a single person in this thread has said otherwise.

    I feel like you’re just trying to stir the pot at this point.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    Obviously that’s not a viable suggestion. If you care, you can tell them to go buy it. You could also just, you know...be an adult and leave. Again, a real world analogy: if you and your friends...

    Obviously that’s not a viable suggestion. If you care, you can tell them to go buy it. You could also just, you know...be an adult and leave.

    Again, a real world analogy: if you and your friends are hanging out and one of them robs a store and you just “go along for the ride”, you’re just as liable in some places. You wouldn’t do that, hopefully.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    Again, the entitlement you seem to have is bizarre. Do what I did to you and tell your friend to pay for the stuff he's stealing. As for you not being willing to pay for it, that's the same as...

    Again, the entitlement you seem to have is bizarre.

    So like, what if I'm at a friend's house and they're watching it, should I close my eyes? I wasn't going to buy it anyway, so they were never going to get a sale out of me in the first place.

    Do what I did to you and tell your friend to pay for the stuff he's stealing. As for you not being willing to pay for it, that's the same as grabbing a sandwich off of the counter at a deli, eating it and then saying you don't want to pay for it because you would never have paid for that sandwich anyway. It makes no sense.

    Did I already get paid for this, some big company bought it, promised me 1% of residuals, then sold the rights to a clearing house, who sold the rights to a regional distributor, who sold the rights to a streaming service?

    Those people are still entitled to their .00001% of their residuals. They worked on a project and brought it to life. Those small numbers might not seem like much to you, but they are people's livelihoods. But by all means, convince yourself that you're not taking money out of artists pockets.

    Everyone has a 50" TV with decent sound, and they'd rather be comfortable with their friends, pay $0.10 for popcorn instead of $10, and be able to pause if they need to use the bathroom.

    Yeah, but guess what...those people should still have to pay for the content their watching at home.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on We are at the mercy of streaming services. It's time to rekindle our relationship with the DVD in ~movies

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    The amount of entitlement in your comment is incredible. You seems to think that just because something exists, you're entitled to it. If you don't like the restrictions put on your viewing of a...

    The amount of entitlement in your comment is incredible. You seems to think that just because something exists, you're entitled to it. If you don't like the restrictions put on your viewing of a movie, there is a very simple solution: Don't watch it.

    How would you feel if you poured two years of your life into a piece of art and then someone said, "Fuck it, I'm not paying $3 for it. I'll just torrent it for free"?

    It's too small amount to significantly effect a movie's profits. Enough people are willing to pay for Netflix, cinema tickets, merchandise etc that movies and series are tremendously profitable.

    This is provably false. Piracy has had an impact on movie box office numbers for decades now. Back when someone had to buy a bootleg VHS or DVD, it might not have been significant but piracy is so easy now that it actually does impact the profitability of smaller movies.

    An optimistic scenario is that we transition to a state-free, class-free society in which free culture arises naturally. This is of course very speculative.

    You're right, it's pure speculation. If it happens, it won't happen for a very, very long time. Until then, pay for the damn movies you watch.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Discussion Thread in ~movies

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    That was...very bad. So many plot choices that were completely unnecessary or completely undermined by the very next scene. SPOILERS Killing Chewbacca only to reveal that he’s alive in the very...

    That was...very bad. So many plot choices that were completely unnecessary or completely undermined by the very next scene.

    SPOILERS Killing Chewbacca only to reveal that he’s alive in the very next scene serves no purpose. Rey feels bad for a single scene and then they know Chewy is alive so it’s completely undermined.

    And having Rey be the granddaughter of Palpatine was...bizarre. It even makes the rest of the movies less good because it totally undoes the premise of the original Star Wars trilogy. It makes the universe so small. There’s basically two families that matter.

    And Rey’s last scene on Tatooine and her last line were...bad. It felt like such a bad fan service moment.

    For context, Star Wars doesn’t some sort of special place in my heart.

    15 votes
  18. Comment on The decade we ate the rich in ~finance

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    We don't need billionaires. To me, their a net negative on society. Bill Gates has done some amazing charity work, but it doesn't make up for the horrible things done by all of the other...

    We don't need billionaires. To me, their a net negative on society. Bill Gates has done some amazing charity work, but it doesn't make up for the horrible things done by all of the other billionaires of the world. No one needs that much money.

    I lean more towards the side of the argument that every billionaire is a policy failure

    That's how I view it. The billions of dollars has to come from somewhere. Most often it comes at the cost of the people who work for a billionaire.

    24 votes
  19. Comment on Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate in ~news

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    I agree that banning all campaign finance would be great. We need to take money out of politics.

    I agree that banning all campaign finance would be great. We need to take money out of politics.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on The Verge’s gadgets of the decade in ~tech

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    Look at that SEO in the URL! Scrolling through this was fun throwback though. I forgot how recent some of these were.

    Look at that SEO in the URL!

    Scrolling through this was fun throwback though. I forgot how recent some of these were.

    7 votes