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  1. Comment on twenty one pilots - Level of Concern in ~music

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    Yeah they're really good. I'm definitely going to check out their newer albums bc of this. Sorry, I realize in hindsight that my first comment might sound a bit hipster...

    Yeah they're really good. I'm definitely going to check out their newer albums bc of this. Sorry, I realize in hindsight that my first comment might sound a bit hipster i-knew-this-band-before-they-got-big-ish. I'm glad you found and enjoy their music. If you don't mind me asking, do you have any recs for their newer stuff of what to check out? And as 'newer' fan, have you listened to much of their older stuff like Regional At Best/what do you think of it compared to the newer stuff?

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  2. Comment on The primary difference between 2016 and 2020 in ~misc

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    I guess some of the things I am about to list as baggage can be considered policy, but I think the overlap between personality and policy is murky in areas so I'm listing them anyway. Some pieces...

    I guess some of the things I am about to list as baggage can be considered policy, but I think the overlap between personality and policy is murky in areas so I'm listing them anyway. Some pieces of baggage that I foresee Biden having to deal with:

    1. Anita Hill.
    2. The very credible rape allegations against him.
    3. The definitely-not-weird tendency to smell and touch women.
    4. His tendency to tell voters to "Go vote for someone else" if they ask him a remotely hard question. He said it about Millennials, hes said it to climate activists, he's said it to m4a advocates, he's said it to progressives in general. Independent of any policy stance he disagrees with, I specifically want to focus on how confrontational and condescending he is, and how many voters these quotes and attitudes are going to turn off.
    5. If people think the Ukraine thing is dead, they're wrong. Every right-wing news source is going to be banging that drum until the end of time. Will it be hypocritical because of the everything about Trump? Yes. Will that matter? No. They'll still do it anyway.

    This is what I can think of off the top of my head doing 0 research. I can guarantee there will be a lot more by the time the election is here. And again, this is independent of policy, which I think Biden is weaker from a policy perspective than he is an optics perspective.

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  3. Comment on twenty one pilots - Level of Concern in ~music

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    Thanks for posting this! This was a really solid song and a huge throwback for me. I know the song and video are new, but I'm from around where these guys are from and remember listening to their...

    Thanks for posting this! This was a really solid song and a huge throwback for me. I know the song and video are new, but I'm from around where these guys are from and remember listening to their songs before they released Regional At Best. I gradually listened to them less and less after Blurryface and Heathens came out (they were solid/fine, just not what I was listening to at the time). I've been feeling pretty homesick in quarantine, so listening to them, bone thugs, and MGK is making me feel a bit closer to home. Thanks for reminding me about one of the big musical influences of a lot of my formative years :)

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  4. Comment on The primary difference between 2016 and 2020 in ~misc

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    I think there is a bit more nuance here than that. Biden absolutely has as much if not more baggage to his name than Hillary did. I'll agree there has been less of a long-term attack on Biden that...

    Biden doesn't have any of the baggage that Clinton does. This country has an irrational hate for Hillary Clinton born of decades of right wing propaganda. Biden has, at most, a year of these smears to his name.

    I think there is a bit more nuance here than that. Biden absolutely has as much if not more baggage to his name than Hillary did. I'll agree there has been less of a long-term attack on Biden that makes the response less visceral, and Hillary had being a woman on top of her baggage that made it more of an uphill battle for her than Biden. But if the media and Democrats actually looked at Biden's past for 10 seconds he has a ton of baggage that is going to turn off a ton of voters.

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  5. Comment on Cuban doctors fighting coronavirus around world, defying US in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm not knowledgeable enough on Cuba to say anything about how much they pay their doctors, but the US trying to raise sanctions on a country for not paying its workers enough to live is some...

    I'm not knowledgeable enough on Cuba to say anything about how much they pay their doctors, but the US trying to raise sanctions on a country for not paying its workers enough to live is some pot-kettle shit.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Yeah its was mostly laziness and cheapness before and now it is COVID. Now its just that I don't own a printer ;_;

    Yeah its was mostly laziness and cheapness before and now it is COVID. Now its just that I don't own a printer ;_;

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  7. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    It’s definitely been a while since I had to depend on one for something complicated!

    It’s definitely been a while since I had to depend on one for something complicated!

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  8. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I don't really know if this is what you were going for, but I still own paper maps for a lot of places. GPS wasn't really a thing for most my life, either because the tech didn't exist, my family...

    I don't really know if this is what you were going for, but I still own paper maps for a lot of places. GPS wasn't really a thing for most my life, either because the tech didn't exist, my family couldn't justify spending money on it, and at the end my dad's stubbornness. I will use Apple Maps for specifics, but on any trip where I'm not 1000% familiar with the area I'll bring a physical map for in case my phone dies and I'll do a bit of map marking before I leave to make sure I am not going in blind. I have books of maps for the state I live in now, my home state, and the state I go on vacation the most. Just feels safer. Once the pandemic is over I want to buy a map of my city including all the public transportation routes to use for day-to-day stuff, just to flex that muscle a bit and work on spacial reasoning.

    I'm running through a lot of "old" laptops at this point too. My partner has the most $200-est walmart laptop from 10 years ago that I just installed Ubuntu-MATE on because Windows was too resource-intensive for it, and I'm typing this on a $200 lenovo something-or-other that I took from my parents because they don't use it anymore and put Ubuntu-MATE on that too. Both work mostly fine for my needs. I have my macbook pro for all my work stuff, and my personal computing is mostly small example apps for learning Rust, playing MtGA, and then reading MtG Lore and building decks and looking at stats on mtgarena.pro.

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  9. Comment on The curse of an open floor plan in ~design

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    Domestic open-plans were first a luxury for the servant-run upper class home, then they became a social aspiration for the prosperous, individualist middle class. Today neither circumstance really applies. And that loss plays out in the open-plan kitchen, for better and for worse. Unsustainable personal labor churns together with tenuous home economics, forever mixing but never reconciling, even as the joys and comforts of everyday life continue amidst it.

    In this respect, the open plan might represent the most distinctly American home design possible: to labor in vain against ever-rising demands, imposed mostly by our own choices, all the while insisting that, actually, we love it. It’s a prison, but at least it’s one without walls.

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  10. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    That.... literally what campaigning is. It is pointing out things that are wrong with the country and (1) how you would handle it and (2) why your way of handling it is better. If he cannot...

    That.... literally what campaigning is. It is pointing out things that are wrong with the country and (1) how you would handle it and (2) why your way of handling it is better. If he cannot explain to me what about Trump's response to the pandemic has been right/wrong and how he would handle it, why should I as a voter have any trust that he could handle a similar situation? If I am a voter, why should I trust that Biden is better equipped to handle a global market meltdown or another pandemic if he can't/won't say what he would do. At this point in time, the two biggest issues facing America are (1) Global Pandemic (2) Probable economic collapse. Yes. He should be out there talking about what his fucking plans are otherwise what good is he.

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  11. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    I disagree. I think it is super easy to campaign right now. Talk about what your response plan for the pandemic would be and what the US should be doing. Talk about how you would handle this...

    I disagree. I think it is super easy to campaign right now. Talk about what your response plan for the pandemic would be and what the US should be doing. Talk about how you would handle this situation. Transition from campaign mode to help-people mode. I know sanders and warren campaigners in multiple states that are working to help their communities in the crisis. They're organized and running errands for the elderly to help limit their exposure. They're making sure literature about how to stay safe are spread throughout the community in multiple languages. They're working with the city on plans to help get resources to our local homeless population. Actually impact and help communities. Prove you care about people and want to help them and not just about their vote. Warren isn't even running anymore and is doing a better job than Biden is. At least she released and has been updating her plan

    Edit: I want to clarify that these workers using the established network of the local campaign to do this, not just that a bunch of progressives are out doing something. The actual campaigns have headed this effort.

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  12. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yup. Based on my research it is the only country. I would be open to not renouncing my citizenship if the US didn't pull the tax bullshit. But between not wanting to pay taxes to the US if I never...

    Yup. Based on my research it is the only country. I would be open to not renouncing my citizenship if the US didn't pull the tax bullshit. But between not wanting to pay taxes to the US if I never want to live here and how impossible it makes investing in a lot of other countries it is a no-brainer to renounce IMO.

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  13. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    While I agree every country has their own issues and a lot have their own version of Trump right now, I would still argue that a lot of other countries the floor is significantly higher and...

    While I agree every country has their own issues and a lot have their own version of Trump right now, I would still argue that a lot of other countries the floor is significantly higher and actually have frameworks that give them the opportunity to correct course.

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  14. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    Every day that passes I become more and more convinced that the best thing I can do for my physical and mental health is to get a visa to another country, get citizenship there, and renounce my US...

    Every day that passes I become more and more convinced that the best thing I can do for my physical and mental health is to get a visa to another country, get citizenship there, and renounce my US citizenship as quickly as possible.

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  15. Comment on What browser do you use? How have you customized it? in ~tech

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    I'm really boring. I have one laptop that I use both for work and personal use. For work I use latest stable chrome: has a 1password for all my work passwords, Forrest for focusing, and Vue.js...

    I'm really boring. I have one laptop that I use both for work and personal use.

    For work I use latest stable chrome: has a 1password for all my work passwords, Forrest for focusing, and Vue.js extension for once every blue moon when I have to debug a GUI I built

    For personal use I use latest stable Firefox: 1password with a different account for personal passwords and forrest for when I want to focus on a single thing.

    Both use ecosia for my default search engine.

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  16. Comment on Why doctors hate their computers in ~tech

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    Out of curiousity, do you have any experience working with kyruss? I only ask because a while back I was interviewing with them and reading about the issues in healthcare tech, their goals, and...

    Out of curiousity, do you have any experience working with kyruss? I only ask because a while back I was interviewing with them and reading about the issues in healthcare tech, their goals, and their solutions and it all sounded really interesting and hopeful. Wondering if someone who has actual industry knowledge and experience knows of them and has any thoughts.

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  17. Comment on Why doctors hate their computers in ~tech

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    The scale of my issue is much smaller, but this one resonates with me a lot from both ends of the problem. From one end: My first job I was one of 3 employees and the sole developer on a massive...

    We're often not getting a good understanding of the actual needs of users in these industries before we release product increments

    The scale of my issue is much smaller, but this one resonates with me a lot from both ends of the problem.

    From one end: My first job I was one of 3 employees and the sole developer on a massive program that was about 1/3 of my company's profit. The other two people were a project manager who also managed a couple of other projects related to mine, and a very nice engineer who was doing QA/Customer Support/UX design. A lot of times I would design workflows for data input and send it to our QA team or some customers who liked testing new features for us and they would send it back and tell me it was virtually useless. It took a lot of time for me to understand that the way I thought to solve a problem didn't matter if the users didn't like it or understand it.

    Now I am on the other side of that. I am working on a project for a new company using <open source software>. First they pushed us to do things in a specific way ("technically you can do it in any way you want, but we strongly suggest doing it this way") and then the way they suggested is FULL of limitations that make the workflow basically unusable for us (and based on the github issues page, unusable for lots of people). Their response when people voice these issues? "We believe if this workflow is unusable for you because of these missing features, it is because you are wrong and should restructure things to work this way". Dude. I get the customer isn't always right. But if (a) a large number of customers are all saying the same thing and (b) The issue is something like "we don't support dictionaries or regexes", the way YOU are doing things is wrong. The singular customer might not always be right, but the collection of your user base is. I'm fed up with it to the point where I am about to move to a different software solution. The only thing holding me back is the sunken cost of 3 months of development time for multiple engineers.

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