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  1. Comment on Why the House of Representatives should be far bigger in ~misc

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    Indeed, direct democracy sounds good in theory, and can work for small scale things that people can completely grasp in the span of a short conversation. However as soon as you start discussing...

    Indeed, direct democracy sounds good in theory, and can work for small scale things that people can completely grasp in the span of a short conversation.

    However as soon as you start discussing how to implement laws that affect large groups of people (not to mention larger time scales) the amount of information that is needed to understand the nuances of how it will impact everyone grows pretty staggering. Expecting even a minority of citizens to be adequately informed is not reasonable or realistic. Just like we hire specialists to work on our cars, houses, computers, etc we need specialized people to work on laws.

    Unfortunately the process of being elected generally results in people who are good at getting elected, not in making laws.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Build Build Build: When California’s housing crisis slammed into Lafayette, city manager Steve Falk became a convert to a radically simple doctrine in ~life

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    It's something of an oddity too, which I first learned about in an article comparing US housing prices to other countries. In some other countries (Japan?), it is the expected norm that the value...

    It's something of an oddity too, which I first learned about in an article comparing US housing prices to other countries. In some other countries (Japan?), it is the expected norm that the value of a house will decrease over time, not increase.

    In the US it is expected to increase. Everyone views their house as an investment, and anything that negatively affects it's value will be fight against, which is entirely rational. If we build to many housing units, demand drops and everyone's property value drops. This is why no local government will be able to solve this without state or federal regulation. Any town or city that tried to would be met with strong opposition from the part of the community that doesn't want to see their property value drop.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - Release trailer in ~games

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    I Kickstarted this forever ago, but lost track of it over the years, so I'm pleased they made it all the way to full release! It looks gorgeous, I can't wait to try it out this weekend. Edit: holy...

    I Kickstarted this forever ago, but lost track of it over the years, so I'm pleased they made it all the way to full release! It looks gorgeous, I can't wait to try it out this weekend.

    Edit: holy crap, I sponsored this in May of 2015

    3 votes
  4. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv

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    Tried to go find the original comment, but it seems to have been deleted. I grabbed the copypasta instead. https://www.reddit.com/r/copypasta/comments/6i2zg6/the_truth_about_south_park/ This...

    Tried to go find the original comment, but it seems to have been deleted. I grabbed the copypasta instead.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/copypasta/comments/6i2zg6/the_truth_about_south_park/

    South Park has always been fundamentally reactionary; those pushing for change are wrong no matter what change they push for. Nothing is a bigger crime to Matt and Trey than Giving a Shit. Their ideology is apathetic-libertarian; whether you're on the left or the right, if you're asking me to change my behavior, you suck.

    Manbearpig was almost ten years ago. What an idiot Al Gore was to think climate change was real. As it stands, the political left tends to push for more change than the political right does; as it stands, Matt and Trey admit they dislike conservatives and "really fucking hate" liberals. It isn't about left or right; it's about change versus comfort. If you're trying to change something, they think you're annoying. And they think you're lame, because caring about stuff is lame. It's the same attitude that establishes "u mad" and "butthurt" as the ultimate trump cards in internet arguments: caring is for losers, and if you become personally invested in politics you're part of the problem.

    Uncritical, detached acceptance of the status quo is the only morally upright posture, and those who draw a distinction between is and ought are all smug bullies, outlandish freaks, and/or closed-minded zealots. It's a show that teaches its audience to become lazy and self-satisfied, that praises them for being uncritically accepting of their own biases, and that provides them with an endless buffet of thought-terminating cliches suitable for shutting down all manner of challenges to their comfort zones. South Park is a place where you never have to have your assumptions challenged. It's a place where you're always right, you shouldn't bother to think, and the people asking you to change your mind are annoying busybodies and prigs who should just shut up and leave you alone. South Park is, if you'll excuse the expression...a "safe space."

    This helped me understand why I've always been uncomfortable with people who really enjoy South Park. Satire has a critical role in social commentary, but the flavor of SP's satire is one of universal apathy. Making fun of everything is somewhat admirable to an extent. Having the self awareness to criticize even the things that matter to you takes courage. However if nothing matters, then there is nothing left but distain and apathy, and trolling people for lols.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on What TV classics are significantly better than the remake? in ~tv

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    The original is hands down better. The only way to improve it would be to re-render and remaster seasons 1-3 with the higher quality 3D assets from season 4. Keep everything else the same. That...

    The original is hands down better. The only way to improve it would be to re-render and remaster seasons 1-3 with the higher quality 3D assets from season 4. Keep everything else the same.

    That show is one of the main reasons I have a degree in 3D animation. not that I use it...

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    I agree, was chatting with coworkers today about it. VP or even Congress seems like a waste. Cabinet member, director of ____, or have him be in charge of resurrecting the Office of Technology...

    I agree, was chatting with coworkers today about it. VP or even Congress seems like a waste. Cabinet member, director of ____, or have him be in charge of resurrecting the Office of Technology that he mentioned frequently was shut down in 1995.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    Yes the same thing would have happened, but my hope was that the longer he stayed in, the more it proved the popularity of UBI. So if he lasted longer, the higher chance of another candidate...

    Yes the same thing would have happened, but my hope was that the longer he stayed in, the more it proved the popularity of UBI. So if he lasted longer, the higher chance of another candidate incorporating it into their platform, and the increased chance of retaining those non-democrat voters who crossed over to support UBI.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    I am also not surprised, but I am incredibly sad and disappointed. I donated small amounts about once a week since about August, with the mindset of "he's a long shot, but I want him to keep...

    I am also not surprised, but I am incredibly sad and disappointed. I donated small amounts about once a week since about August, with the mindset of "he's a long shot, but I want him to keep talking as long as possible". I had hoped he would keep going until Super Tuesday, or at least SC where the demographics aren't a bunch of white people.

    I'm also really sad and afraid because there's going to be a bunch of people going back to Trump because Yang stopped.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on No engineer has ever sued a company because of constructive post-interview feedback. So why don’t employers do it? in ~tech

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    Come on out here to Michigan, you'll have a developer job so fast it'll make your head spin. Especially if you've got some years of experience. Ford, for example, cannot hire people fast enough....

    There are fewer good jobs out there than there are people hunting them.

    Come on out here to Michigan, you'll have a developer job so fast it'll make your head spin. Especially if you've got some years of experience. Ford, for example, cannot hire people fast enough. Several other places around that are all growing fast and are competing for people.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth in ~space

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    I'm also a developer, I've worked on a range of things from medical devices to web apps to databases. People generally know that higher quality software means more effort, but I think it's widely...

    I'm also a developer, I've worked on a range of things from medical devices to web apps to databases. People generally know that higher quality software means more effort, but I think it's widely underestimated even by developer teams just how much time is involved in making something truly robust. And honestly it doesn't always make sense to make things really robust, but I think our current level of tolerance is way too low.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth in ~space

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    The feat of engineering that the Voyager craft represents is just incredible to me. We built a pair of devices that have functioned for almost half a century with zero physical maintenance in the...

    The feat of engineering that the Voyager craft represents is just incredible to me. We built a pair of devices that have functioned for almost half a century with zero physical maintenance in the incredibly harsh environment of outer space. They continue to provide new and valuable data about our universe, in a society that discards their old phone once every few years.

    It's also very disheartening to think of what we could have achieved as a nation (US) and as a world of we put even a fraction of the resources into science that we have into military assets over the last 50 years.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman fired from the White House in ~news

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    Right, to be clear, I don't think it is, it just feels more like it is (to me) than it did previously. I still have hope to, I'm going to try to do what I can to get Trump out in November. Things...

    Right, to be clear, I don't think it is, it just feels more like it is (to me) than it did previously.

    I still have hope to, I'm going to try to do what I can to get Trump out in November. Things like this only increase my determination.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman fired from the White House in ~news

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    If it didn't feel like we're living in an authoritarian state before, it sure as fuck does now. And it's probably only going to get worse.

    If it didn't feel like we're living in an authoritarian state before, it sure as fuck does now. And it's probably only going to get worse.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    This is surprising to me. I had unconsciously assumed that wind turbines where just big versions of the fans I have around my house. And the idea of the blades "wearing out" on my desk fan is so...

    This is surprising to me. I had unconsciously assumed that wind turbines where just big versions of the fans I have around my house. And the idea of the blades "wearing out" on my desk fan is so foreign it's absurd.

    While it's good that the waste is less than other forms of energy generation, it's way past time for us to take the entire lifecycle of a technology into consideration. Making something work should only be the first step in developing a product. Figuring out how to reduce it's waste and environmental impact far below what we've traditionally accepted should be a requisite part of it as well.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    Oh god, an election that only lasted 30 days would be heavenly.

    Oh god, an election that only lasted 30 days would be heavenly.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on Does anyone know of any good budgeting tools? in ~finance

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    Where approximately are you located?

    I'm the only person I know who pays their electricity bill on time without a credit card, which is one of the most expensive bills where I live.

    Where approximately are you located?

  17. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    I'd be 100% on board with only using pen and paper as well. It's amazing what you can get done with simple tools. They also have the benefit of being very easy to change (by anyone) the process if...

    I'd be 100% on board with only using pen and paper as well. It's amazing what you can get done with simple tools. They also have the benefit of being very easy to change (by anyone) the process if you want to, even as you're in the middle of doing it. Changing software requires a lot more effort and caution than someone tweaking how they're counting ballots so they can count more accurately.

    The best compromise IMO, is the kind of voting machines that read a paper ballot and put it in a lock box. You get speedy results, and a hard paper trail.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    I know nothing about the actual app or who wrote it, but as a software engineer as soon as they mentioned there was an app involved: This is part of the core of our democracy. Software written to...

    I know nothing about the actual app or who wrote it, but as a software engineer as soon as they mentioned there was an app involved:

    FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU

    This is part of the core of our democracy. Software written to help with this process should be regulated and developed with a process so rigorous it could rival NASA's process for coding the space shuttle. Unfortunately, that kind of rigor costs money, and a lot of it. You want quality you have to pay for people's time, and you have to give them the time to do it. Neither of which seems like a thing likely to happen while a bunch of technology-illiterate boomers are occupying the majority of Congress.

    As Yang has pointed out, we should restore the Office of Technology so our Congress-critters can at least have someone telling them about technology who isn't a lobbyist.

    30 votes
  19. Comment on Trump impeachment: Failed witnesses vote paves way for acquittal in ~news

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    I think one of the main issues with this election is there same as 2016. Trump had his following, and they are going to vote for him no matter what. Then there's a bunch of people who don't like...

    I think one of the main issues with this election is there same as 2016. Trump had his following, and they are going to vote for him no matter what. Then there's a bunch of people who don't like Trump, but also aren't fiercely Democrat enough to vote D regardless of who the candidate is. So instead they'll stay home and not vote at all. If the Democrats can't field a candidate that appeals, we're fucked.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Star Trek: Picard S01E02 Maps and Legends in ~tv

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    While there was still a lot that happened in this episode, i think the pacing felt better than E01. I liked this episode, we learned about who the antagonists will probably be. There was a little...

    While there was still a lot that happened in this episode, i think the pacing felt better than E01.

    I liked this episode, we learned about who the antagonists will probably be. There was a little exposition, but not too much, and it was all made more interesting by the apparently diverging goals of Commadore Oh and Laris. I really want to learn more about the Borg Artifact, and who Narek actually is.