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  1. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    If you prefer audio books checkout Overdrive for free access to ebooks and audio books via your library. The audio book is narrated very well. :)

    If you prefer audio books checkout Overdrive for free access to ebooks and audio books via your library. The audio book is narrated very well. :)

  2. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    That's a good point about funding and is probably the biggest missing piece. But I think that's where we're seeing some movement with things like Mastadon where anyone can participate in hosting...

    That's a good point about funding and is probably the biggest missing piece.

    But I think that's where we're seeing some movement with things like Mastadon where anyone can participate in hosting so that becomes a shared cost. Development is open-source and supported by donations. I'll be curious how it develops over the next ten years or so.

  3. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    I don't disagree or dispute that. But the message is terrible because it doesn't provide what the alternative is. I'm telling you in the mid-west here, with the moderates, independents,...

    I don't disagree or dispute that. But the message is terrible because it doesn't provide what the alternative is. I'm telling you in the mid-west here, with the moderates, independents, Republicans, low info voters, etc that I've spoken to, they take it to mean "gimme open borders."

  4. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    Thanks! I was not aware or did not have that in my mind when writing my post. That said, the subtely of that is absolutely lost in the "Abolish ICE" chants.

    Thanks! I was not aware or did not have that in my mind when writing my post. That said, the subtely of that is absolutely lost in the "Abolish ICE" chants.

  5. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    I disagree. Your first paragraph is a hypothetical influx of all Twitter users to a single platform and wouldn't reasonably happen. There is no reason a service can't grow over time, just as all...

    I disagree. Your first paragraph is a hypothetical influx of all Twitter users to a single platform and wouldn't reasonably happen. There is no reason a service can't grow over time, just as all social media platforms have in the past, including Twitter.

    i just don't think even if you wanted to, you could be super "for privacy" and data-free like tildes is with a website like facebook, or super against the status quo of advertising, or bold things like that.

    Reddit was like this for quite a long time. Little to no advertising. No identifiable info unless you provided them a real email address. Then there is 4Chan and it's many clones. What you describe is a key part of the dream of what the internet could be that we all shared back in the 80s when PCs became common. I also think it's part of what Tildes is seeking to be.

    I don't think there is an easy solution, but I reject the idea that there is no solution.

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  6. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    The 9/11 reorg was not in my mind at all. But the subtlety of that - returning to a pre-9/11 structure - is 100% lost in the chant to "Abolish ICE." And I fear the conclusion that I drew, which is...

    The 9/11 reorg was not in my mind at all. But the subtlety of that - returning to a pre-9/11 structure - is 100% lost in the chant to "Abolish ICE." And I fear the conclusion that I drew, which is a desire to due away with all immigration/custom enforcement, is the same that many, many people also reach.

    It's a bad message for the party to disseminate.

  7. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    If I'm honest, I was not aware of that. However, I don't think that's really germane to my point which is that what "Abolish ICE!" comes across to many people as "Abolish all custom and...

    If I'm honest, I was not aware of that.

    However, I don't think that's really germane to my point which is that what "Abolish ICE!" comes across to many people as "Abolish all custom and immigration enforcement." I'm not hearing chants of "Restablish CBP's authority to stop immigrants at the border." There is no subtlety to the message so if they're calling for a return to a pre-2016 organizational structure, it's being lost by the seemingly radical two-word message.

    In case anyone is curious what the difference between CBP and ICE is, I found this helpful link that explains the difference: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1040/~/difference-between-u.s.-customs-and-border-protection-%28cbp%29%2C-u.s.-citizenship

  8. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    "Abolish ICE" was a nonsensical battle cry that only resonated with the most extreme left of the party IMO. It's definitely a bludgeon the right can use, and rightfully so, because what's the...

    "Abolish ICE" was a nonsensical battle cry that only resonated with the most extreme left of the party IMO. It's definitely a bludgeon the right can use, and rightfully so, because what's the alternative to ICE? No custom or immigration enforcement at all? That's beyond silly and sounds exactly like the open borders crap that Republicans accuse Democrats of all the time. It's literally playing into their hands.

    I hope the Democrats can stop shooting them in the foot long enough for us to win the next election.

  9. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    Do you mean from a privacy standpoint or from the standpoint of people consuming too much social media, unrealistic expectations, keeping-up-with-the-jones stuff? I ask because I think something...

    Do you mean from a privacy standpoint or from the standpoint of people consuming too much social media, unrealistic expectations, keeping-up-with-the-jones stuff?

    I ask because I think something decentralized and open source solves a lot of the privacy/marketing concerns.

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  10. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    What do you see as an alternative? Something more de-centralized and open source like Mastadon?

    What do you see as an alternative? Something more de-centralized and open source like Mastadon?

  11. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    The books are really a triumph. I've read a spattering of fantasy literature in my youth - Anne McCaffrey, The High King, some R.A Salvatore - and ASOIAF is like a mature version of that type of...

    The books are really a triumph. I've read a spattering of fantasy literature in my youth - Anne McCaffrey, The High King, some R.A Salvatore - and ASOIAF is like a mature version of that type of fantasy. The world feels very real as do the characters. The only thing that compares IMO is Lord of the Rings.

    EDIT: You should read the Knight of the Seven Kingdoms! That's a set of three connected prequel stories. Each are fully contained stories but are best read in order. That would give you a taste of what ASOIAF is like without having to start an unfinished series. They're really stellar and I like them as much or more than ASOIAF.

  12. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    So your disappointment from the shows is from a show-only perspective? That's telling about the show and how bad they goofed. See I thought my hate was coming from comparing the book to the show....

    So your disappointment from the shows is from a show-only perspective? That's telling about the show and how bad they goofed. See I thought my hate was coming from comparing the book to the show. It's nice to know that the show is bad by itself and it's not just me projecting my own book-expectations onto it.

  13. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    Thanks! That's more recent than what I was referring to.

    Thanks! That's more recent than what I was referring to.

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  14. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I think I feel a lot like you in regards to the last couple seasons. Did you read the books as well? I read them several times, listened to podcasts, read the Wikis, followed forums, etc. I feel...

    I think I feel a lot like you in regards to the last couple seasons. Did you read the books as well? I read them several times, listened to podcasts, read the Wikis, followed forums, etc. I feel like I've been ran over by a truck :(

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  15. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I'll mention it on the off-chance you're not aware: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a great collection of three short stories about Duncan the Tall that takes place before GoT. I actually like...

    I want so badly to read a sequel to this series based around the death of Bran or one of his successors

    I'll mention it on the off-chance you're not aware: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a great collection of three short stories about Duncan the Tall that takes place before GoT. I actually like it as much or more than the series.

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  16. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    Well, I mean you did fast-forward it ;-p

    Jon killing Dani was rushed and forced.

    Well, I mean you did fast-forward it ;-p

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  17. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I read there are five with two out of the script stages and those are set in a prior time. But we don't know much about the other three. I haven't heard what you said about not continuing any GoT...

    I read there are five with two out of the script stages and those are set in a prior time. But we don't know much about the other three.

    I haven't heard what you said about not continuing any GoT characters but that makes sense.

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  18. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I'm sure they just didn't delve that deeply into the material. I had to look it up myself.

    I'm sure they just didn't delve that deeply into the material. I had to look it up myself.

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  19. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    The whole idea that at the end of show they've somehow "broken the wheel" by having Westoros select it's leader is just lazy. There is a whole continent still filled with slaves just across the...

    "breaking the wheel" plot

    The whole idea that at the end of show they've somehow "broken the wheel" by having Westoros select it's leader is just lazy. There is a whole continent still filled with slaves just across the Narrow Sea.

    Many of the slave cities were on the brink of having the slavers take back over (in the handful of cities that Dany did liberate). Now I guess that's not important anymore because Tyrion tied up the ending with a neat little bow.

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  20. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    You may get your wish. They're doing several spin-off series is my understanding.

    I'd give my right arm to see either Arya's voyages, or the hand's council travelling around fixing the kingdoms and having arguments.

    You may get your wish. They're doing several spin-off series is my understanding.

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