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  1. Comment on Oregon Republican senators end walkout over carbon bill in ~news

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    Yeah, that definitely sounds paranoid to me. Interestingly this is the first article I've read about this that mentions the previous walk-out. That really put this into context for me. My guess is...

    Yeah, that definitely sounds paranoid to me.

    With only two days before the 2019 legislative session officially ends, the Senate hurried through some of the more than 100 bills and motions that were still pending. Among the measures are ones on paid family and medical leave, campaign funding, and funding for the Oregon Food Bank and for Medicaid. Other big-ticket items are a bill aimed at addressing sexual harassment in the Capitol, money to expand affordable housing and an increased tobacco tax.

    The Republicans wielded power disproportionate to their numbers this session. They walked out of the Senate last month to block a school funding tax package. They returned only after Gov. Kate Brown brokered a deal in which Democrats dropped legislation on gun control and children's vaccination requirements.

    Interestingly this is the first article I've read about this that mentions the previous walk-out. That really put this into context for me. My guess is there were some backroom negotiations to resolve this one as well, with the governor securing enough votes to defeat some of the other Democrat initiatives as well as the cap-and-trade bill.

    The threats from senator Brian Boquist mostly sound like pandering to his base for me.

  2. Comment on Vox Borders - How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan in ~humanities

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    Interesting. That does seem like a very big oversight in the video. But even with their help, 4 months seems like an awful short time to solve such a complex issue.

    Interesting. That does seem like a very big oversight in the video. But even with their help, 4 months seems like an awful short time to solve such a complex issue.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Anyone fancy a bash at the Game of Thrones board game? in ~games

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    This board game was actually my first introduction to A Song of Ice and Fire. Back in college I had a few friends who were really into the books (years before the TV show was even in production),...

    This board game was actually my first introduction to A Song of Ice and Fire. Back in college I had a few friends who were really into the books (years before the TV show was even in production), and one of them had a copy of the board game. I haven't played it in near a decade now, but I remember it as a very good but poorly balanced game, heavily inspired by the classic game Diplomacy, but with more streamlined mechanics allowing for quicker play, and some novel features added in inspired by elements in the books. That was the 1st edition though, it's possible 2nd edition is better balanced.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Imgur has raised $20M from Coil, a micropayment tool for creators that Imgur has agreed to build into its service in ~tech

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    I really like the idea of usage-based micropayment services as an alternative to advertisement and per-site subscriptions. Brave seems to be the most successful, but personally I'm sticking with...

    I really like the idea of usage-based micropayment services as an alternative to advertisement and per-site subscriptions. Brave seems to be the most successful, but personally I'm sticking with Flattr so far (which you've maybe seen me shill every chance I get). I'm deeply sceptical of US-based tech companies, so I'd rather support a EU-based alternative for as long as I can. I also think fiat transactions is a lot more practical for both subscribers and creators than cryptocurrency transactions.

    Mozilla has been in talks with a micropayment service named Scroll for some sort of collaboration. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned in the recent news about some sort of Mozilla subscription service.

    I'm not very familiar with Coil, and while I find this news exciting, I'm sceptical about locking part of the content away as subscriber exclusives. Patreon does the same, and it rubs me the wrong way.

    I do wonder how many of these services there is room for though. Will they all be able to co-exist, or will it end up as a winner-takes-all situation, with most of them going under or merging?

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Imgur has raised $20M from Coil, a micropayment tool for creators that Imgur has agreed to build into its service in ~tech

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    Is that what they are now? I remember when they were an image hosting website. These days I use put.re for my image hosting needs. It has fewer clicks involved to do what I want it to do (upload a...

    user meme and storytelling app Imgur

    Is that what they are now? I remember when they were an image hosting website. These days I use put.re for my image hosting needs. It has fewer clicks involved to do what I want it to do (upload a picture and get a shareable link), and it feels quicker and more reliable as a bonus.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What's your dream laptop for running *nix? in ~comp

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    I think it's important to support vendors that ship computers with Linux pre-installed, so the last two laptops I bought were a Dell XPS 13 and a Dell G5 15. I use the former when I'm travelling,...

    I think it's important to support vendors that ship computers with Linux pre-installed, so the last two laptops I bought were a Dell XPS 13 and a Dell G5 15. I use the former when I'm travelling, and the latter as my daily driver, and I'm quite happy with both.

    As a gamer, the G5 comes close to being a dream laptop. It's powerful and cheap, and seems to have effective cooling. Drawbacks include loud fans, thick bezels, and a measly 8 GB of RAM (upgradeable).

    Sadly Dell seems to be the only vendor selling Linux pre-installed here in Norway. If you live in the EU or North America, you'll probably have more choices. Also the Ubuntu version of the G5 seems to be gone from Dell's website now.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Bill Gates on making “one of the greatest mistakes of all time” in ~tech

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    As I recall it, they pursued the Continuum dream until the very end. That's not exactly stagnation, but not a good decision either.

    However instead of building out the features of the OS or refocusing on the extensibility idea they started with they stagnated.

    As I recall it, they pursued the Continuum dream until the very end. That's not exactly stagnation, but not a good decision either.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Norway is building the world's first submerged floating tunnel to cross the fjords in ~news

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    Our current government is doing several of these high-profile prestige road projects, but they're expensive, and partly financed by toll booths, which is wildly unpopular. It doesn't help that one...

    Our current government is doing several of these high-profile prestige road projects, but they're expensive, and partly financed by toll booths, which is wildly unpopular. It doesn't help that one of the ruling parties (the right-wing populist Progress Party) did a strong election 6 years ago on a campaign promise to tear down every toll booth in Norway. We're having local elections in September, and a new political party with a name that roughly translates to "The Popular Campaign No to More Toll Roads" looks to achieve a stunning result, possibly ending up as the largest party in our second largest city Bergen. Depending on the results in September, I could see the coalition parties scale back on road projects that are currently in the planning stage, such as this one, for fear of similar results in the national election in 2021.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on You can sue media companies over Facebook comments from readers, Australian court rules in ~news

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    Note that this seems to apply only to comments posted on the Facebook pages run by the media companies. So for example, if I post an article from Sky News Australia on my own Facebook wall, and...

    Note that this seems to apply only to comments posted on the Facebook pages run by the media companies. So for example, if I post an article from Sky News Australia on my own Facebook wall, and one of my friends write a defamatory comment on the article, then I don't believe the subject of the article can sue Sky News. (But maybe they can sue me?)

    Also that "hack" they describe to delay comments sounds pretty awful:

    The judge wrote that each company had the power to effectively delay reader comments on Facebook and monitor if they were defamatory before "releasing" them to the audience.

    This was based on evidence from social media expert Ryan Shelley, who testified that although you can't turn off comments on Facebook posts, you can deploy a "hack" to pre-moderate them.

    Shelley's hack involves putting 100 of the most commonly used words in the English language ("a", "the", etc) on a Facebook filter list, causing any comment containing those words to be automatically hidden from the public.

    The result of this might be that Australian media companies stop posting things to their Facebook pages, and maybe go as far as deactivate their Facebook pages, until Facebook creates better tools for moderating comments (tools that really should have been there from the beginning).

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back in ~news

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    That's not a very high bar though. I expect the invasion itself would go fairly smooth. Then comes the decades of guerrilla warfare between the US-backed democratic government and the Kurds,...

    compared to Saddam's Iraq

    That's not a very high bar though. I expect the invasion itself would go fairly smooth. Then comes the decades of guerrilla warfare between the US-backed democratic government and the Kurds, versus the remnants of the Revolutionary Guard and various new and old terrorist organisations.

    Honestly I believe a war with Iran is Trump's best chance for winning re-election, and I really hope he doesn't realise that.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    Weird Al has a lot of good ones. I think my favourite of his is Like a Surgeon.

    Weird Al has a lot of good ones. I think my favourite of his is Like a Surgeon.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    Another video from Röyksopp among my favourites is Happy Up Here.

    Another video from Röyksopp among my favourites is Happy Up Here.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Jordan Peterson Announces Free Speech Platform ‘Thinkspot’ in ~tech

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    I'm going with: 4. Moderately successful white-nationalist safe space. Peterson has a significant personality cult going, and I imagine many will be happy to pay the subscription fee to hang out...

    I'm going with:
    4. Moderately successful white-nationalist safe space.

    Peterson has a significant personality cult going, and I imagine many will be happy to pay the subscription fee to hang out at his place. A subscription fee will make each user a lot more valuable than users of sites financed by advertisement or donations. The subscription fee will keep trolls away, but it will also keep liberals away, since few in their right mind would pay money to a political opponent just for the privilege of getting harassed.

    Though there is some hope of:
    5. Scrambling for alternative financing models after being blocked by every credit card company.

    21 votes
  14. Comment on InfoWars Agrees to Pay Pepe the Frog Creator $15,000 in Copyright Settlement in ~news

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    Does $15.000 seem low to anyone else? It might be more than InfoWars made from selling the poster, but not enough to really hurt them. Is it even enough to cover the legal expenses?

    Does $15.000 seem low to anyone else? It might be more than InfoWars made from selling the poster, but not enough to really hurt them. Is it even enough to cover the legal expenses?

    6 votes