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  1. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    Welp. I thought I was fine with 27 tabs open after hearing all the nightmare stories of folks with >50 at any given time. Then I checked my RAM usage, decided for most definitely no reason at all...

    Welp. I thought I was fine with 27 tabs open after hearing all the nightmare stories of folks with >50 at any given time. Then I checked my RAM usage, decided for most definitely no reason at all I swear to follow the advice anyways, and now I have 6 tabs open and 4gb more available memory. How dare you make me change my habits!

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  2. Comment on New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists in ~health

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    This is probably going to end up being true. And yet, I still worry the vaccine itself will end up costing dramatically more, all for profit's sake.

    Prof Hill said the vaccine - called R21 - could be made for "a few dollars"

    This is probably going to end up being true. And yet, I still worry the vaccine itself will end up costing dramatically more, all for profit's sake.

  3. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    This reminds me of how I used to see the Supreme Court of the United States. I would see and read about many of their actions – usually the less-dramatic ones – and come away thinking, "Huh. Well,...

    This reminds me of how I used to see the Supreme Court of the United States.

    I would see and read about many of their actions – usually the less-dramatic ones – and come away thinking, "Huh. Well, it's not ideal, but I can see why they came to that conclusion given the context." Many times, I'd not be happy with the result, but I'd respect the decision and see the court as being one of the last vestiges of impartiality in the U.S. government.

    Then Dobbs happened, and that illusion shattered. I couldn't justify it anymore.

    This is a dramatic example, and I'm fully aware it is very much not equivalent to the Governor-General of Australia or Canada. I'm neither Australian nor Canadian, nor do I know their politics. But as time has passed, I've come to increasingly view the concept of neutrality in politics as a myth, and I now see it as an impossibility. To me, the mere act of holding a position of power amplifies any and all bias; even the mere act of having an opinion about something suddenly has weight. When you're famous, people listen to you — even when you're not talking.

    The only scenario I can even imagine practical impartiality existing in is large groups of diverse people. No one person can manage it — especially when they hold a high position in government. Hell, society itself can't even really be said to be fair, so how could someone surrounded by it pull it off?

    I may not know how the Governor-General works, but I find the concept of them being unbiased to be very difficult to accept. I'm sure you know far more about this topic than I, and so I'll make no claims as to whether or not it's wise to change this system right now. But even still, I can't really ignore the fact that seeing such an argument used to refute the idea of democratically electing a high position of government – even a largely ceremonial one – makes me feel a little uneasy. With all of the above in mind, I hope you can understand why.

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  4. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    I should note that I was thinking primarily in the context of Britain itself, less so Canada, Australia, etc. I'm able to recognize different countries will have different things to consider when...

    I should note that I was thinking primarily in the context of Britain itself, less so Canada, Australia, etc. I'm able to recognize different countries will have different things to consider when making large changes like this.

    At any rate though, the argument you raise regarding land use is a very good one. Nevertheless, I see this as an issue to be solved as a prerequisite to abolishing the monarchy, rather than a reason to not abolish the monarchy altogether. This increases the complexity of the problem, naturally, but I still think it should be tried at some point. Everything has consequences, after all, and lawmakers have managed to handle them before, so I don't see why it'd be impossible here.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    I don't think anyone could expect it to be easily done; the focus is more that it should be. Besides, I can't really say I care for the property rights of a bunch of extraordinarily rich...

    I don't think anyone could expect it to be easily done; the focus is more that it should be. Besides, I can't really say I care for the property rights of a bunch of extraordinarily rich celebrities who stole almost everything they have from others, both in the past and present.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    This is the point where I think this video becomes relevant. I don't know if you're one of them per se, but a lot of folks saw CGP Grey's video on taxpayer expenses (and land) with regard to the...

    This is the point where I think this video becomes relevant. I don't know if you're one of them per se, but a lot of folks saw CGP Grey's video on taxpayer expenses (and land) with regard to the royal family and took it at face value; the video I linked does a good job of addressing that.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The Biden-Harris administration's student debt relief plan in ~finance

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    Worth remembering that part of the reason why teaching yourself programming is so viable is because programmers are a massive demographic online. This in turn means that finding resources for...

    Worth remembering that part of the reason why teaching yourself programming is so viable is because programmers are a massive demographic online. This in turn means that finding resources for learning programming online is absurdly easy, simply because there's so many people willing to teach it. Philosophy doesn't have nearly this much of a leg up, so I don't think it's fair to compare the two with regard to self-teaching.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The next big D&D experience looks like a video game, and that's a problem in ~games.tabletop

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    Honestly, I feel like this article is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I've tried my fair share of VTTs over the few years I've played D&D, and each had their ups and downs, to be sure....

    Honestly, I feel like this article is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    I've tried my fair share of VTTs over the few years I've played D&D, and each had their ups and downs, to be sure. They never really interfered with the game or its immersion except in rare cases though, and to my knowledge they haven't really divided the community, either. I don't know why this would be any different. It seems this article wants to toss the entire concept of an extravagant, 3D tabletop out the window, without allowing for the possibility that it could be good.

    The latter portion of the article does at least have more salient points to me. The crux of how I see this is that a 3D VTT could very easily be good if developed well, but there's no guarantee it actually will be. The article mentions the possibility for microtransactions, as well as poor support for the game outside of it's new toolset, and those are very much valid concerns. These very reasons are why I won't be holding my breath for any of this.

    All in all though, I just think there's a lot of potential value for the game if it were set up to work well in digital environments as well, where the issues of math and ad-lib content can be solved by the computer so that the DM can focus on the story and roleplay. WotC could absolutely bungle this; there's plenty of examples of much-anticipated software turning out to be hot garbage, to be sure. I'd just prefer we not drop the entire idea of making D&D digital-friendly as a whole, when it could certainly work out very well if properly executed.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    Seconding Mint here. It's my first and current distro and so far I've been very happy with it.

    Seconding Mint here. It's my first and current distro and so far I've been very happy with it.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on A mom’s campaign to ban library books divided a Texas town — and her own family in ~lgbt

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    And yet they genuinely believe themselves to be saving others. I can't understand how someone can believe in an all-loving God and then think that said god would be willing to eternally damn...

    And yet they genuinely believe themselves to be saving others. I can't understand how someone can believe in an all-loving God and then think that said god would be willing to eternally damn others for any reason, let alone over sexual orientation.

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  11. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    I think it's a matter of determination. I'd wager that while Amazon wanted to have a strong hold in games, they didn't want to spend too much. While it's unlikely they'd do so in other industries...

    I think it's a matter of determination. I'd wager that while Amazon wanted to have a strong hold in games, they didn't want to spend too much. While it's unlikely they'd do so in other industries either, the point is moreso that if they really wanted a monopoly in an industry, they have enough money and influence to get one regardless of whether or not they can perform an out-right purchase of the leading company in that field; the problem wouldn't be solved, just made less likely to occur.

    I mean, sure, Amazon and Google didn't stick around in games, but when they decided to enter they became a big player immediately just because they had the cash. If they'd decided to stay, I have no doubt they could've cemented themselves in a relatively short amount of time.

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  12. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    Doing the former there is equivalent to the latter, it'd just take a bit longer. Amazon has enough money to strangle iRobot if they so wish, whether via buyouts or not.

    they should be forced to build their own floorvac robots and compete with iRobot instead of just buying their way to instant market leadership.

    Doing the former there is equivalent to the latter, it'd just take a bit longer. Amazon has enough money to strangle iRobot if they so wish, whether via buyouts or not.

  13. Comment on Nursing homes are suing friends and family to collect on patients' bills in ~news

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    I suppose I should start by defining what I mean when I say "profit," so to be clear, that is this: Profit is when you pay someone to create value by doing work, but then pay them less than the...
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    I suppose I should start by defining what I mean when I say "profit," so to be clear, that is this: Profit is when you pay someone to create value by doing work, but then pay them less than the value they created; specifically, profit is the remaining quantity that you did not pay them. No individual performing a job for wages is gaining profit, as wages do not qualify as such.

    With this definition in mind, I am very confident that profit as a motive is a terrible influence on society as a whole and can be blamed for a great variety of problems we face. It encourages seeking the most financially beneficial outcome possible, with no incentive to care for if the organization or person actually needs that money or if they're trampling others to get it.

    By encouraging the hoarding of money, we gain only wealth inequality; by demanding maximal profits, we gain overpriced medication; by refusing to spend money to improve, we gain reliance on fossil fuels; by treating the acquisition of money as a central tenet of society, we get a world where food, water and shelter are considered commodities instead of basic rights.

    And no, I don't see any hypocrisy, because my views aren't dogma, nor do I consider them my identity. I once believed in the profit motive as good for society, and that opinion took many years and a lot of thinking to change. I didn't take this stance lightly, and I understand that I might still be wrong, especially considering the complexity of the topic. The sad reality is that the world kept giving me countless reasons to doubt the validity of money as a driving force for civilization, and I just don't see value in it anymore.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Nursing homes are suing friends and family to collect on patients' bills in ~news

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    I feel like this can be extended further: Why should "for profit" be considered a valid motive for anything, let alone the healthcare industry? It's a selfish thing and it's responsible for so...

    I feel like this can be extended further: Why should "for profit" be considered a valid motive for anything, let alone the healthcare industry? It's a selfish thing and it's responsible for so many corrupt institutions that I'd think it'd be an obvious target for improvement, and yet I still keep encountering folks who defend profit as an incentive like it's their very identity. I don't get this.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Amazon shared Ring security camera and video doorbell footage with police without a warrant in ~tech

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    Anyone else getting a 404 off this link? Not sure it's the fault of the poster, though, since searching up the article on their site and clicking the found results gives the same problem.

    Anyone else getting a 404 off this link? Not sure it's the fault of the poster, though, since searching up the article on their site and clicking the found results gives the same problem.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on A letter to Discord for not supporting the Linux desktop in ~tech

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    Came across this recently as a result of searching for ways around the problems this causes. I switched to Linux Mint just last month and while most things have worked just fine, Discord remains...

    Came across this recently as a result of searching for ways around the problems this causes. I switched to Linux Mint just last month and while most things have worked just fine, Discord remains one of the few areas where I still have to deal with issues.

    Unfortunately I've little reason to believe this'll be fixed soon. It got asked about last year and this was the response. Steam Deck might change the variables some, but I'm not particularly confident it'll be enough.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Happy 4th Birthday, Tildes! in ~tildes

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    What with the drama going on over at Twitter now, I'm reminded of how appreciative I am to have a site like Tildes that I actually feel like I can depend on. Happy birthday, and here's to another...

    What with the drama going on over at Twitter now, I'm reminded of how appreciative I am to have a site like Tildes that I actually feel like I can depend on. Happy birthday, and here's to another year!

    17 votes