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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    (Neo)Vim. The former because it adds some very useful features, the later just because it's on every system and pretty good overall. VLC. It Just Works (TM) unless it's a MIDI file, but I'm too...
    1. (Neo)Vim. The former because it adds some very useful features, the later just because it's on every system and pretty good overall.

    2. VLC. It Just Works (TM) unless it's a MIDI file, but I'm too lazy to try to get that working.

    3. OneNote (desktop version). I depend on it to organize all my notes. Dumping everything in, being able to easily playback audio recordings, automatic OCRing, and being able to search everything has been a complete game-changer for me. My only gripes are a) not being able to specify when a printout is broken onto multiple pages and b) landscape PDFs are rotated (which is a pain whenever a professor uploads lecture slides as PDF, especially considering a printout of the powerpoint file wouldn't be incorrectly rotated). Honestly, OneNote is what prevents me from switching to Linux fulltime. I only use it for my classes, though, as my 365 license expires after I graduate.

    4. Back when I used it, Foobar2000. I stopped using it because I started using Google Play Music for the most part, but I had worked on my plugin config for a long time.

    5. wget - curl but when you just need to grab a file over HTTP.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    And of the 17 trans people who responded, "pretty much all" are MtF. With just 22 female respondents, cis women are a sub-minority, possibly even outnumbered by non-binary individuals. That was a...

    Also holy hell the male skew here is horrible

    And of the 17 trans people who responded, "pretty much all" are MtF. With just 22 female respondents, cis women are a sub-minority, possibly even outnumbered by non-binary individuals. That was a surprise to me.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on C, what the fuck??! in ~comp

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    Non-terminated strings are useful in low-memory environments. It's not a very obscure feature since you can easily overwrite a null terminator (e.g. char str[6] = "Hello"; str[5] = '!';), just an...

    Non-terminated strings are useful in low-memory environments. It's not a very obscure feature since you can easily overwrite a null terminator (e.g. char str[6] = "Hello"; str[5] = '!';), just an obscure use that can easily turn into a serious footgun, even for experienced programmers, as it only takes 1 <= instead of a < in a for loop or an improper use of strncpy to destroy your terminator and cause weird bugs since GCC assumes you'll never do that on accident.

    can't help but to bring them into my own projects to the dismay of others

    cries in undefined behavior

    2 votes
  13. Comment on C, what the fuck??! in ~comp

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    Agreed, I never thought about inserting commas into numbers because I know how you can initialize multiple values on the same line using them, it's bound to cause confusion even if syntactically...

    Agreed, I never thought about inserting commas into numbers because I know how you can initialize multiple values on the same line using them, it's bound to cause confusion even if syntactically valid. And you wouldn't use 10^2 if you were familiar with C, C++, or Java. Heck, even Python doesn't have ^ as an operator (edit: it is an operator, just not for exponentiation) - you use **. (Does any language use ^? I don't know.)

    C has a lot of footguns to criticize (off the top of my head: the mutability of strings allocated like char str[6] = "Hello"; vs char *str = "Hello";, strcpy will always insert a null terminator (even if it means overwriting the last character) while strncpy does not unless the source has one within the specified size, having no way to detect when free fails, and all the implementation-specific behaviors, like how realloc always returns NULL when given size 0 in C90, but could return either NULL or a non-dereferenceable location depending on your C99/C11 implementation), I don't think this is really one of them.

    Edit: added some footguns.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on API Practices If You Hate Your Customers in ~comp

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    This hits close to home. Back when I worked at Oracle, I was doing work with ODSEE (an LDAP server) on an application platform. Despite working at Oracle for an Oracle team (not a contractor or...

    Requiring some kind of registration or login to access your API documentation also prevents your competition from examining your API and learning from it. No competitors have ever thought to register using their home address, or to share a password from a friend, right? Never. They're not that smart. It could never possibly happen. You would certainly never do that, so why would they?

    This hits close to home. Back when I worked at Oracle, I was doing work with ODSEE (an LDAP server) on an application platform. Despite working at Oracle for an Oracle team (not a contractor or anything), only 1 person on our team had access to documentation, and we had to pay for access, per person. Nobody used ODSEE in 2018, so of course whenever I ran into a problem, there were no Server Fault or Stack Overflow questions about it - just an Oracle support article describing my exact error, and you had to pay for access to view anything beyond the description.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Flower Girl in ~creative

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    This was made by a good friend of mine, and I think it's beautifully written. It's something I wish I could have read when I was young and confused.

    This was made by a good friend of mine, and I think it's beautifully written. It's something I wish I could have read when I was young and confused.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Yes, it's going to take a long time, but I cannot bear the thought of growing old as a man. I began taking estradiol (in pill form) a few weeks ago when a friend of mine gave me her leftover pills...

    Yes, it's going to take a long time, but I cannot bear the thought of growing old as a man. I began taking estradiol (in pill form) a few weeks ago when a friend of mine gave me her leftover pills (since she switched to injections), tomorrow I'll be changing to estradiol patches since I finally got a prescription for it and spironolactone.

    I ran from the truth for far too long. 21 isn't a bad age to start transitioning at, but I wish I had been honest with myself sooner, as it could have prevented a lot of destructive behavior during middle school and high school.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Estrogen. It'll be a while before it really works its magic on my body, but it has definitely improved my mental state - things feel a lot more right now.

    Estrogen. It'll be a while before it really works its magic on my body, but it has definitely improved my mental state - things feel a lot more right now.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on WarnerMedia unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 with 10,000 hours of premium content for $14.99/month in ~tv

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    I rarely pirate anything because I don't have time to watch the stuff I have legally, much less illegally. But piracy is on the rise again, and will only get worse as the streaming market...

    I rarely pirate anything because I don't have time to watch the stuff I have legally, much less illegally. But piracy is on the rise again, and will only get worse as the streaming market fragments more and more. If things like popcorn time pop up again (I have no idea if that is still a thing or not, but I remember my friends using it - they didn't even know what a bittorrent client was, but now they could easily watch stuff illegally without navigating public trackers), people will abandon their subscriptions.