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  1. Comment on Amtrak responds to Biden's infrastructure plan, proposing >30 new routes, >20 route enhancements, and more in ~news

  2. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    Microsoft has access to all the resources they need. If they actually cared, they would have fixed Teams long ago. Teams exists so MS can say "don't bother getting Slack (or worse, consider...

    Microsoft probably has an pretty big incentive to get Discord's engineers on board what with the current buggy mess that is Microsoft Teams

    Microsoft has access to all the resources they need. If they actually cared, they would have fixed Teams long ago. Teams exists so MS can say "don't bother getting Slack (or worse, consider ditching Office in favor of GSuite+Slack), we've got our own." People who are used to Skype for Business and haven't really used Slack much try Teams and are blown away by how much better it is than what they've been putting up with for years, despite all the problems of Teams.

    And then the people in charge of purchasing decisions decide "this Teams thing is pretty cool, why do we need Slack?" And then they further integrate into the MS ecosystem since Teams will play nicely with Sharepoint and O365, and then Azure becomes the next logical step.

    11 votes
  3. Comment on What is the most difficult or complex thing you have programmed, created, or otherwise made? in ~comp

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    My hardest project is the one I'm currently working on as a grad student. A big chunk of TA time for the first month of every semester is spent getting students up and running with their IDEs on...

    My hardest project is the one I'm currently working on as a grad student.

    A big chunk of TA time for the first month of every semester is spent getting students up and running with their IDEs on lab machines...and then, in turn, on their laptops. Even given the most detailed step-by-step instructions with screenshots in the world, a good chunk of them will still manage to mess it up. To reduce the time spent on basic setup tasks, some professors have been using AWS Cloud9, a hosted IDE, since you only have to set that up once and can access it from any device and the environment will remain the same.

    The problem is that some professors have been telling students to make their own AWS accounts, while others have been creating accounts for students under their own accounts, and that runs the risk of unexpected charges since professors are not usually good with AWS permissions and students will sometimes create multiple workspaces and use up their free tier on their own accounts.

    So I have been tasked with creating a system to automate the creation of these environments in a way that is both secure and cost-effective, with the end goal of making this available to a much larger audience (i.e. other universities).

    We decided to use another web IDE due to limitations of AWS Cloud9 workspace setup on existing EC2 instances, and I am really just laying the groundwork with tasks like setting up LDAP and automating processes to provision infrastructure.

    When I actually think about what I'm doing, I'm basically going to be writing an infrastructure manager like K8s and proxying around a fair amount of traffic, and securing this is of huge importance since giving potentially hundreds of users shell access guarantees people will be testing the boundaries of the system. A couple security-minded people have given my plan for locking it all down a thumbs up, but it feels like I'm not even going to finish this before I graduate. I know how long big systems take to come together from my time at Oracle on a team with some very smart individuals, I will be surprised if I manage to accomplish all my goals before I graduate.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on What is the most difficult or complex thing you have programmed, created, or otherwise made? in ~comp

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    Speaking of debugging, one of the most difficult things I ever did for work was diagnosing a replication issue with the absolute dogshit that is Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition when a...

    Speaking of debugging, one of the most difficult things I ever did for work was diagnosing a replication issue with the absolute dogshit that is Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition when a health check would stall due to a race condition and could cause the entire cluster to fail in a matter of minutes. There were so many odd behaviors with the utilities it shipped with, and the support articles were paywalled, so I'd have to ask the one person on our team who had the support account to send me a PDF of them every time. And we worked at Oracle! They enforce inter-departmental charging on support articles! (And that support account wasn't cheap, either...)

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server in ~tech

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    It's sorta in the name. They celebrate making bad decisions and post their wins and their losses. You'd have to be a fool to think you were getting real financial advice from WSB.

    It's sorta in the name. They celebrate making bad decisions and post their wins and their losses. You'd have to be a fool to think you were getting real financial advice from WSB.

    40 votes
  6. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    I looked at the admin discussion page and it seems it actually does do some harm:

    But functionally speaking it doesn't seem to have done any harm to Wikipedia

    I looked at the admin discussion page and it seems it actually does do some harm:

    Side question: is the justification "to help out with user searches" even theoretically valid? It seems to me that the better Wikipedia's search engine gets, the less time we ought to be spending anticipating wacky user searches and clogging the Wikipedia namespace with preemptive redirects. —Steve Summit (talk) 00:00, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

    It's difficult to explain here without finding examples, but quite often yes. If we can create a redirect for a common but unusual search term to a target article, then the redirect aids in searches, since the automated search engine might not deal well with that. That doesn't seem to be the case for any that Neelix has created, at least none that I've found. In fact, many that he created actually hinder the search engine, for example see what comes up in search results for "boobs": [126] - many of the redirects we're talking about here come up, and they obscure potentially useful search results. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 01:51, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Not really something I did but something that happened, I guess. One of my professors asked if I would be interested in working on a project for course credit and/or payment (stipend+tuition). The...

    Not really something I did but something that happened, I guess.

    One of my professors asked if I would be interested in working on a project for course credit and/or payment (stipend+tuition). The only catch would be that it would count as the max hours students can work, so I would have to retire from my current on-campus positions.

    It's hard to decide what to do. It's a good opportunity, but it's hard to leave my other positions.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on AMD Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3 on Nov 5th: +19% IPC, claims best gaming CPU in ~tech

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    When Zen 2 CPUs were announced last year, it was a pretty large leap (relative to Zen->Zen+), but this 19% IPC improvement on the same socket and power draw is delivering a knock-out blow to...

    When Zen 2 CPUs were announced last year, it was a pretty large leap (relative to Zen->Zen+), but this 19% IPC improvement on the same socket and power draw is delivering a knock-out blow to Intel. Intel had previously lost its multicore advantage, then its power advantage, and now (assuming their benchmarks were accurate) AMD has well and truly stolen the single-core title in the best underdog comeback I have ever witnessed while Intel still has yet to release anything significant on 10nm.

    Yesterday's Where Gaming Begins launch video was honestly refreshing in how down to earth it was without pointless jabs at Intel or dumb theatrics. Some of the changes they talked about, like their unified L3 cache, really seem interesting and I can't wait to read more about them.

    I never thought I would see the day where Intel became the budget choice, but now the only real advantage they hold is on AVX-heavy workloads. Hopefully, this will finally get Intel to start innovating again. But for now, AMD has definitely earned their price hike.

    Edit: I think my comment reads "Intel is doomed, sell your shares", but Intel still has a ton of money. They also have dominance in the laptop market (though their chips might not be very competitive with whatever laptop SKUs AMD comes up with, they do still have plenty of contracts with OEMs) and the server market (which is their bread and butter). It's just dumbfounding how they have managed to fumble their response to Zen from day 1 - first they start releasing the chips early, then they start adding more cores, and (if the rumors are to be believed) they still have not reached acceptable yields on 10nm.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Would you give up flying to lower your environmental impact? in ~enviro

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    Buses are subject to the same delays as cars, unlike grade-separated trains which can be built to travel at speeds that put the idiots on the NJTP to shame. America is very spread out, so train...

    For some reason everyone thinks of trains first, but bus travel between cities is efficient

    Buses are subject to the same delays as cars, unlike grade-separated trains which can be built to travel at speeds that put the idiots on the NJTP to shame. America is very spread out, so train service could be faster than both buses and planes for many regional trips if it was built.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    This is ultimately why I stopped clicking on a lot of articles. Some websites I know have no paywall and I'll open most of the time, others I am really unsure about. Some websites only mark off an...

    Third, newspapers make it hard to guess whether you will encounter a paywall or not. Some of them raise a paywall on some kinds of articles but not others. Some of them raise a paywall if you’re linked in from social media, but not if you’re linked in from Google (or vice versa). Some of them raise a paywall if it’s your Xth article per month on a certain computer, but not before.

    This is ultimately why I stopped clicking on a lot of articles. Some websites I know have no paywall and I'll open most of the time, others I am really unsure about. Some websites only mark off an article as read when you scroll down, but they might have a giant image at the top of the article so you cannot even decide if you want to read it without scrolling (especially on mobile), others will only mark it as read when you actually scroll a decent way down (I've only seen this a couple times), while others instantly mark it as read, even if you immediately leave, or will use up another free article every time you refresh the page. I used to just open articles in incognito mode, but many sites check for that and depend on JS so you cannot work around it by disabling it anymore. My strategy for NYT is to disable JS and only enable it after deciding I want to read more than just the first paragraph, but that doesn't work on all sites.

    I remember yelling at people for not reading articles before commenting on reddit in the past, but now I don't blame them. You never know when an article will be a waste of time and end up using one of your X free articles per month.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Yes, I am trans.

    Yes, I am trans.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I got my legal name change order in the mail! I was not expecting it to come so quickly, the normal turnaround time is 3-4 weeks, but they did it in 1 week! Changing it everywhere else will not be...

    I got my legal name change order in the mail! I was not expecting it to come so quickly, the normal turnaround time is 3-4 weeks, but they did it in 1 week! Changing it everywhere else will not be easy, but at least I can begin the process of scrubbing my deadname out of my wallet and my life.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on I wrote a poem - Coming Out 2.0 in ~lgbt

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    Using line length was part of the prompt I chose. And yes, this is based on my actual experience of suppressing feelings to try to hide from myself that I'm a lesbian. It's been a wild ride so far.

    Using line length was part of the prompt I chose. And yes, this is based on my actual experience of suppressing feelings to try to hide from myself that I'm a lesbian. It's been a wild ride so far.

    5 votes
  14. I wrote a poem - Coming Out 2.0

    I'm working on this for a poetry class I'm taking, any criticism is welcome. Edit: Italicized some text I forgot when I copied it out of Word. Edit 2: Fixed some phrasing. Coming Out 2.0 When I...

    I'm working on this for a poetry class I'm taking, any criticism is welcome.

    Edit: Italicized some text I forgot when I copied it out of Word.
    Edit 2: Fixed some phrasing.

    Coming Out 2.0

    When I first came out
    I thought it was over.
    Done.
    I know myself now,
    My life can finally be
    worthwhile and fun.

    But there was always a mess I dared
    not touch. Who do I like? What gaze
    makes me blush? I suspected the feminine
    but held out hope – only taking up one letter
    made it easier to cope.

    And some people do change after starting
    HRT, so patiently I hoped men would appeal
    to me. I had some feelings before, it seemed reasonable
    they would grow. But as time went on I realized I had
    nothing to show. My feelings for men were entirely gone,
    but still hopeful for a straight-passing future, I pressed on.

    I had definite feelings for women before,
    But at times the attraction seemed a bit more –
    Did I want to be them or did I want to be with them?
    The former I assumed, as it helped to distract,
    focus on my work, brush my desires under the mat.

    I’d think “She looks cute”, but “in that outfit”, “with that hairdo” and other qualifiers
    I began to append, convincing myself what I felt was normal and, like a
    Chicagoland road, no bend. When I began to notice some feelings bubbling up I said
    “Female friendships are close, it’s nothing, the end.” But try as I might, they flowered
    and bloomed, and soon I could not help but be all-consumed. Maybe I’m bi, I thought,
    That isn’t so bad. More options for dating, how can I be mad? I told my friend my feelings, and as
    expected, for me she had none. She’s still one of my best friends, so I’d neither lost nor won.

    I dealt with the rejection and moved on. I could still be bi, better not
    jump the gun. You can’t take back coming out, you’ve got one shot – nail it
    and be done. I thought everything would be the same, but the floodgates were open,
    my restraints had been broken. I could finally be honest about my feelings
    for women (endless, confusing and interwoven) and for men, which were at most
    an appreciative token.

    A week after confessing to my crush, it was obvious
    who won. The Sapphic feelings and desires made
    their presence known, their intent to stay,
    and more difficult than coming out
    as trans was admitting
    to being gay.

    15 votes
  15. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    Bloomberg is now out of the race Unforunately, he endorsed Biden...

    Bloomberg and Biden sit firmly at the bottom of my "candidates I want to win" list

    Bloomberg is now out of the race

    Unforunately, he endorsed Biden...

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Twenty-two studies, across ideological differences, agree: Medicare for All saves money in ~news

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    The way I see it, healthcare is a tax without representation if you get it through your employer. If you don't like the insurance your employer provides, can you take that money as a lump sum that...

    The way I see it, healthcare is a tax without representation if you get it through your employer.

    If you don't like the insurance your employer provides, can you take that money as a lump sum that your employer would have spent and put it towards the plan of your choice? I have yet to hear of an employer that does this. If your employer gets a much worse plan, what are your options? Change jobs? That's not much of a choice for most people. Medicare for all means there is someone who is elected who (in theory) answers to you for the quality of your care. It's more representative than any employer-provided healthcare that currently exists.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police. in ~news

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    This is as bad as it sounds, there's no real defense for the bank. Existing while black in America is not easy. Some discussion on reddit

    This is as bad as it sounds, there's no real defense for the bank. Existing while black in America is not easy.

    Some discussion on reddit

    10 votes