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  1. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    Totally depends on the person though, some people need to get out of their house to be productive.

    Totally depends on the person though, some people need to get out of their house to be productive.

    10 votes
  2. Comment on White House pushes for quick, direct payments to Americans in response to coronavirus in ~finance

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    I think you'd be surprised by the amount of voters who vote purely based on "is my life going good right now" despite whatever party they mostly align to between elections. America is only now in...

    I think you'd be surprised by the amount of voters who vote purely based on "is my life going good right now" despite whatever party they mostly align to between elections.

    America is only now in the past few days starting to experience much extensive quarantining, we'll have to watch those approval numbers over the next couple weeks as the economic ramifications of all these measures take hold.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on NBCUniversal unveils Peacock, a free premium ad-supported streaming service with subscription tiers in ~tv

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    Well it was netflix for a time, and they shouldered it fine until it had it's catalogue poached by competition. It became the status quo long enough for us to get used to it as the obvious...

    If you want one subscription that covers everything, we had that. It was cable.

    Well it was netflix for a time, and they shouldered it fine until it had it's catalogue poached by competition. It became the status quo long enough for us to get used to it as the obvious evolution of watching media. Even if it was inevitable it's reasonable for people to be disappointed with today's fragmentation. One of the few times I've seen more competition be bad for the consumer.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters: Reuters poll in ~news

  5. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    We solve problems, even if they're not there. That's what we do ;) Never know when it might help a lurker or generate discussion though, even if you're not in need of a solution.

    We solve problems, even if they're not there. That's what we do ;)

    Never know when it might help a lurker or generate discussion though, even if you're not in need of a solution.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    Even without the "software needs to be replaced eventually mindset" I still don't think they're in the wrong here. They provided a decade of support and then offered a free upgrade to a new...

    10 years ago, Microsoft planned to make this software obsolete in 2020. And they have decided to stop supporting it. There are no external factors forcing them to stop supporting it.

    Even without the "software needs to be replaced eventually mindset" I still don't think they're in the wrong here. They provided a decade of support and then offered a free upgrade to a new version they plan on upgrading for the forseeable future, ditching the old model completely. You could have a bought a license for Win7 in 2010 and presumably keep using it for Win10 for 20+ years until they make some major OS changes that completely rework their license system.

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

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    You won't find it from a reputable source because the legality is questionable. I can confirm it gives you a "valid" license by all previous metrics and I've done it to 20+ machines but who knows...

    You won't find it from a reputable source because the legality is questionable. I can confirm it gives you a "valid" license by all previous metrics and I've done it to 20+ machines but who knows if it will hold up to a microsoft audit.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I hadn't even thought of that activity sort problem. The default answer to most of that stuff would be community moderators, but we've all seen the problems that arise there. Given enough growth...

    I hadn't even thought of that activity sort problem. The default answer to most of that stuff would be community moderators, but we've all seen the problems that arise there. Given enough growth though, there might not be much difference between the early adopters with more vote weight and just having mods outright.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I don't like the idea of giving people higher vote weight based on how often they post or other trust factors. I do think there should be a probationary period of sorts though, where you can...

    I don't like the idea of giving people higher vote weight based on how often they post or other trust factors. I do think there should be a probationary period of sorts though, where you can interact and learn the norms of the community without being able to vote and change the landscape too much.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I just emailed deimos and told him I was curious after I heard about it deep in a reddit thread. I think the problem is that a lot of people who would like it here don't even know it exists.

    I just emailed deimos and told him I was curious after I heard about it deep in a reddit thread. I think the problem is that a lot of people who would like it here don't even know it exists.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I think instead of gamifying the site to make people who don't normally post post we should just get more users. I have streaks on snapchat with some of my close friends. Some days I'll send a...

    I think instead of gamifying the site to make people who don't normally post post we should just get more users.

    I have streaks on snapchat with some of my close friends. Some days I'll send a nice snapshot of something interesting, other days I'll be busy and they'll get a quick low effort picture. Any sort of streaks would encourage low effort posts just for the sake of posting. I think that same concept applies to most gamification.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Update: I'm in heaven, my legs are not. Our weeks of upper 30's turned into a -13°F windchill this morning. Heading back out bright and early tomorrow!

    Update: I'm in heaven, my legs are not. Our weeks of upper 30's turned into a -13°F windchill this morning. Heading back out bright and early tomorrow!

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

  14. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Granite Peak in Wisconsin, it's been upper 30's for weeks but meh skiing is better than no skiing.

    Granite Peak in Wisconsin, it's been upper 30's for weeks but meh skiing is better than no skiing.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    My college holiday and my work schedule finally lined up, I plan on doing nothing but skiing for the next 4 days. I'm in heaven.

    My college holiday and my work schedule finally lined up, I plan on doing nothing but skiing for the next 4 days. I'm in heaven.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy, scientists confirm in ~food

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    It also flies in the face of thermal dynamics. General health is more complicated than just the number of calories you eat and burn but weight is not.

    It also flies in the face of thermal dynamics. General health is more complicated than just the number of calories you eat and burn but weight is not.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Dead musicians are touring again, as holograms. It's tricky — technologically and legally in ~tech

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    Forget technoglically or legally, it's more questionable ethically.

    Forget technoglically or legally, it's more questionable ethically.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on ~music Weekly Music Share Thread #2 - Guilty Pleasures in ~music

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    I think I might take the cake with this, I've been having some heavy doses of nostalgia recently listening to "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More..." I had on cd as...

    I think I might take the cake with this, I've been having some heavy doses of nostalgia recently listening to "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More..." I had on cd as kid.
    My favorites are these three and I privately think they're genuinely good songs:

    On the completely opposite side of the spectrum I've been listening to 6ix9ines new album "DUMMY BOY" along with many of his old songs that are equally as hated by music critics.
    Out of them all though I think I'm most ashamed that I have Gucci Flip Flops by Bhad Bhabie (Catch me outside girl if you know who she is) stuck in my head and frequently playing in my car.

    Please forgive me.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th in ~tech

  20. Comment on If you could choose to live out your entire life in any time and place in history, what would you choose and why? in ~talk

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    The world as an average without looking at any specific locations is almost uniformly becoming a better place to live. I highly recommend reading "Factfulness" by Hans Rosling or watch one of his...

    The world as an average without looking at any specific locations is almost uniformly becoming a better place to live. I highly recommend reading "Factfulness" by Hans Rosling or watch one of his talks on youtube if you would prefer a video.
    Here's one that I just searched up (I haven't fully watched this video because it covers very similar content from the book)

    17 votes