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  1. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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    I think they ment "Greens" as in "people like Marjorie Taylor Green".

    I think they ment "Greens" as in "people like Marjorie Taylor Green".

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What's something that has improved with age? in ~talk

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    You just buried that tidbit at the bottom I see. I just recently watched Willie's Wonderland and it was hilarious. Cage doesn't say a single word in the entire movie, and it is hilarious. I think...

    Also, any movie starring Nicolas Cage

    You just buried that tidbit at the bottom I see. I just recently watched Willie's Wonderland and it was hilarious. Cage doesn't say a single word in the entire movie, and it is hilarious. I think he's aging like fine wine.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed in ~news

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    If I understand that correctly, this means a huge boost to tax revenue right? All the tax that should have been collected be drivers but wasn't, will now be paid by Uber?

    If I understand that correctly, this means a huge boost to tax revenue right? All the tax that should have been collected be drivers but wasn't, will now be paid by Uber?

    5 votes
  4. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    I'd like to go on record as fully endorsing this plan.

    I'll be getting a mullet when I get my first vaccine shot, and a normal haircut after my second.

    I'd like to go on record as fully endorsing this plan.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    That's pretty great. One of the things that made me appreciate a good barber over a crappy one. With a little bit of training someone can cut some hair and have it look ok. With experience,...

    That's pretty great.

    One of the things that made me appreciate a good barber over a crappy one. With a little bit of training someone can cut some hair and have it look ok. With experience, someone can cut hair so that it still looks good a month from now.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    Embrace the baldness friend, just shave it all off. chant one of us. one of us.

    Embrace the baldness friend, just shave it all off.

    chant one of us. one of us.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    We also keep clippers around the house, mostly for trimming. After the first month or two of lockdown it was a pretty easy decision to just trim it myself. Actually the wife trimmed it the first...

    We also keep clippers around the house, mostly for trimming. After the first month or two of lockdown it was a pretty easy decision to just trim it myself. Actually the wife trimmed it the first time, she's been wanting to cut my hair herself for quite awhile so I figured whats the harm. She did a pretty decent job. Another month or two it was feeling a bit long so I just buzzed my own head.

    I've never had long hair, I think the longest its ever been was maybe ~2 inches. Any longer than that and it just bothers me. I've also got a family history of baldness on both sides of the family, so I've been fully prepared for that for a long while. Buzzing it quite short I think is a fine way to neither draw attention to, or seem like I'm trying to hide being bald.

    I've also opted for a shorter beard this year; usually by midwinter, my beard is about 8 inches long, but I've kept it relatively short (for me)

    Very jealous, I can't grow a decent beard though my dad and brother have some nice ones.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Rush Limbaugh dead at seventy in ~news

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    I think if it is acceptable to find joy/solace that someone who has died is no longer suffering, then it is also acceptable to celebrate that a person who has died is no longer causing suffering....

    I think if it is acceptable to find joy/solace that someone who has died is no longer suffering, then it is also acceptable to celebrate that a person who has died is no longer causing suffering. In either case, it is not the death itself that is the focus, but the positive side effects.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Billionaires see VR as a way to avoid radical social change in ~humanities

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    The beginnings of self driving car tech have been around since about 1977. It looks very different now than it did then of course, it took awhile to figure out what worked and what didn't, and to...

    The beginnings of self driving car tech have been around since about 1977. It looks very different now than it did then of course, it took awhile to figure out what worked and what didn't, and to try out (or develop) new technologies.

    Which is why I think VR has yet to really find it's niche. All of the speculation about creating holodecks etc are fun, but that's not necessarily where it's going to end up. Cell phones where around since the 80s until complementary tech and infrastructure grew to the point where the iPhone was possible.

    I think all your criticisms of VR are valid, my point is that there are a lot of different directions to try, and there are probably some we can't even imagine yet because other tech or infrastructure isn't there yet.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Billionaires see VR as a way to avoid radical social change in ~humanities

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    As someone who works in XR, I'll disagree. It's definitely moving. There are a lot of very large companies pouring a lot of money into XR. Not to mention all the smaller companies trying to...

    Compared to so many other kinds of tech, it just isn't moving.

    As someone who works in XR, I'll disagree. It's definitely moving. There are a lot of very large companies pouring a lot of money into XR. Not to mention all the smaller companies trying to leverage the WFH surge to promote the value of their various virtual work/meet/play platforms.

    I think we should take the prognostications of all the tech celebrities with a large grain of salt. At the same time, the sheer number of things being tried in the XR space makes me believe that someone will eventually (probably soon, next 5-10yrs) come up with the XR equivalent of what an iPhone was. (I just pray it's not Facebook)

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Are you open about your gaming? in ~games

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    No I've never really felt that I've needed to hide it. In high school in the 90s I once needed to bring my PC in to do a presentation for class. My wallpaper at the time was Kerrigan, Queen of...

    Do you feel that you need to hide your gaming from others?

    No I've never really felt that I've needed to hide it. In high school in the 90s I once needed to bring my PC in to do a presentation for class. My wallpaper at the time was Kerrigan, Queen of Blades and I didn't think twice about putting it up onto a projector.

    As an adult, gaming is a prominent part of my life. I will usually work a mention of it into any conversation, though I'll only keep talking about it if the other person seems interested. Same as talking about movies or sports. People who are actively antagonistic I will usually quit talking to.

    Are you honest with others about the amount of time you spend playing games, the types of games you play, or the importance you ascribe to them?

    Certainly. I spent years running several LAN centers in Arizona, I have no qualms about sharing how much time I play games and then giving an in-depth explanation about the benefits and risks of different games as well as the influences games have had on popular culture, the economic impact, and the ethics of different games that include microtransactions.

    Do you feel that people judge your gaming habits or status as a gamer negatively?

    I'm sure there have been people. However given my general path through life, those people are likely to have been either random idiots, or the minority in the group they happen to be standing in.

    Do you identify yourself as being a part of a broader gaming culture?

    I think that "gamers" (meaning, "people who enjoy playing video games") is such a broad and diverse category now that it would be as descriptive or useful as saying I'm a part of "American culture". There are parts of the culture the apply to me and other parts that do not. There are aspects I like and dislike. There are games I like and dislike.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    I've also enjoyed some aspects of working from home, it has allowed me to be way more flexible with how my schedule works, do random home chores, etc. However there are some parts of "the office"...

    I've also enjoyed some aspects of working from home, it has allowed me to be way more flexible with how my schedule works, do random home chores, etc. However there are some parts of "the office" tha I like, and I am deeply angry at being deprived of some of the aspects of working on-location.

    The job I have right now is one of the few that I went actively hunting for. All of my previous jobs where either just done because I needed money and they where the first to hire me, or because an opportunity came up and I said "sure why not".

    After the project I was working on for 2yrs was cancelled I was severely disillusioned with my previous job and so sat down and really thought about "what do I want out of a job besides money?". Among other things, one of the reasons that came to the top was the opportunity to mentor and teach. I do not have kids, but I find that when I interact with other people's kids that's one of the most enjoyable things in the world is to teach someone something new or expand their understanding of the world. My current job is at a major US university, and interacting with students in a mentoring type atmosphere was a slam-dunk to me.

    So I started this job 1 week after our lockdown started and have never set foot in our offices. I saw them through a window once a few months ago. I've met my small group of coworkers in person exactly 3 times, and our student interns never. And now I've spent almost a year only interacting with students remotely a few times a week. All while they are stressed and trying to find their way through a crazy pandemic world where travel and in-person teaching practices change constantly. I took this job to try and make a very specific difference in the world, and then the ability to do it the best of my ability was taken from me. Now I have to settle for "good enough". And I hate it because there's nothing I can really do about it except continue to wait.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    Good communication requires trust, and while trust can be built via video chat and Slack, it's slower. In person interactions are latency-free, high-bandwidth (full body language), and have...

    But I am starting to see the goal of "team-building exercises", as they call it. It just makes communicating to your colleagues a lot easier if they aren't pretty much strangers.

    Good communication requires trust, and while trust can be built via video chat and Slack, it's slower. In person interactions are latency-free, high-bandwidth (full body language), and have inherent common context (you're in the same physical space).

    I find it's way easier and faster to develop good communication in person, and then transition to remote work. I also started my current job during lockdown, and I know that my work relationships have suffered for it.

    I'm also different in that I don't mind people dropping by my desk. I'm used to working in an open office environment with other developers. I desperately miss being able to swing my chair around and asking "does this code look right to you?".

    10 votes
  14. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    This is a behavior that I hope more people have had reenforced because of covid-19. Just because you feel ok doesn't mean you're not potentially infectious. If someone in your house is sick, maybe...

    But I find the notion stupid of going into work with the flu just because you can tolerate it, particularly if you can work from home.

    This is a behavior that I hope more people have had reenforced because of covid-19. Just because you feel ok doesn't mean you're not potentially infectious. If someone in your house is sick, maybe wear a mask as a courtesy to others.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 8 in ~news

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    I'm not convinced that that's the way it should work. I think that representatives should be elected and trusted to carry out legislation that is in the best interest of the people. And I think...

    Representatives bend to the will of their constituents.

    I'm not convinced that that's the way it should work. I think that representatives should be elected and trusted to carry out legislation that is in the best interest of the people. And I think that sometimes that should involve them doing something that isn't popular, but is what they believe is right. I realize that this is incredibly idealistic though.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 8 in ~news

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    I would be inclined to support this in cases of impeachment. It's a weird system. In a normal jury trial, the concept of having all the jurors decision's heavily influenced by how they think the...

    Maybe there'd be a chance if it was a secret ballot.

    I would be inclined to support this in cases of impeachment.

    It's a weird system. In a normal jury trial, the concept of having all the jurors decision's heavily influenced by how they think the public opinion of them will change based on their vote would be absurd. At the same time, there does need to be accountability for public officials and yet there are some circumstances where they need to be able to make decisions that they believe are right without facing a PR nightmare.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 8 in ~news

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    The outcome is simultaneously entirely unsurprising, and incredibly dissappointing.

    The outcome is simultaneously entirely unsurprising, and incredibly dissappointing.

    11 votes
  18. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 8 in ~news

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    Senate Votes To Call Witnesses, Throwing Trump Impeachment Trial Into Uncertainty

    Senate Votes To Call Witnesses, Throwing Trump Impeachment Trial Into Uncertainty

    House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., wants to subpoena Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., about a conversation she had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
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    But the adviser dismissed the Democrats' move, saying there's a risk that it will drag out the trial for weeks, all so that they can depose a witness whose contribution was already made public in a press release.

    Trump attorney Bruce Castor said his side would call "lots" of witnesses.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Bring back the nervous breakdown in ~life

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    Yea, I grew up in a deeply red state on the west coast where unions are only mentioned after talking about how useless they are and how much they prevent things from getting done. It was years...

    Yea, I grew up in a deeply red state on the west coast where unions are only mentioned after talking about how useless they are and how much they prevent things from getting done.

    It was years after I moved away from home before I learned what the purpose of a union actually was, how they function, how they originated, and what they've done to improve worker conditions even for those not in a union.

    3 votes