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  1. Comment on Joe Biden's path to US re-election has all but vanished (gifted link) in ~misc

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    The problem is that the media saying "Biden is unfit to lead because he'll lose the election" is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Meanwhile, criticism is pointless without an alternative plan - and...

    The problem is that the media saying "Biden is unfit to lead because he'll lose the election" is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Meanwhile, criticism is pointless without an alternative plan - and that's assuming it's even possible to switch candidates without SCOTUS blocking the replacement candidate from being put on the polls.

    Mostly, it's a matter of "don't switch horses mid-stream". It's a clusterfuck, but if there's no alternate plan then there's no point criticising the current one.

    FWIW the closest thing to an alternate plan is to have Kamala Harris as the new candidate - it doesn't even require a change in roles, just a change in campaign and some unofficial statements about who will wear the pants in the oval office. The problem is that Dems will lose their incumbency, and Trump effectively is also an incumbent - lots of people believe Trump was the real president during 2020-2024. Sigh.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Crunchyroll announces the removal of its comment section across all platforms to 'reduce harmful content' in ~tech

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    The core problem is that Vimeo is not, and does not want to be, a youtube competitor. It wants to be a site for professionals to upload their high-quality demo reels. Unsurprisingly, youtube-ish...

    The core problem is that Vimeo is not, and does not want to be, a youtube competitor. It wants to be a site for professionals to upload their high-quality demo reels. Unsurprisingly, youtube-ish features are a non-priority and aren't implemented.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    Well, to attempt some more emotional reasons: Not owning a car saves you $15k/year (might be $10k/year US?), holla holla I can read a book etc while taking public transport Places without many...

    Yes, I do not understand the passion.

    Well, to attempt some more emotional reasons:

    1. Not owning a car saves you $15k/year (might be $10k/year US?), holla holla
    2. I can read a book etc while taking public transport
    3. Places without many cars are far quieter, which is far more peaceful.
    4. Walking/biking to places is a great excuse to get exercise (cmon, nobody wants to do stuff just for the exercise, there's a reason gym membership is such a meme), and very pleasant when not in car hellscape

    Also, since modern suburban sprawl goes hand-in-hand with cars:

    1. If we fixed car-centrism, rent would go down.

    Rent and cars make up the majority of cost of living, while also being a substantial contributor to environmental problems. It's sort of an all-in-one dumpster fire, with something for everyone.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    IIRC we basically do spend that money, but on maintaining and expanding the road network.

    and a lot of money that people as of now simply aren't interested in spending

    IIRC we basically do spend that money, but on maintaining and expanding the road network.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on James Carville: Joe Biden won’t win. Democrats need a plan. Here’s one. (gifted link) in ~misc

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    The best case scenario is unironically if both Biden and Trump have a heart-attack and die. Then nobody has to concede on the subject of Biden's mental state, SCOTUS can't block dems from...

    I’m not sure there’s a good pathway out of this for Dems.

    The best case scenario is unironically if both Biden and Trump have a heart-attack and die. Then nobody has to concede on the subject of Biden's mental state, SCOTUS can't block dems from replacing a candidate this close to the election without also blocking Rs, and Rs are in disarray anyway due to Trump being irreplaceable.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on James Carville: Joe Biden won’t win. Democrats need a plan. Here’s one. (gifted link) in ~misc

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    Has anyone noticed that the script has been flipped since the 2020 primaries? Back then the corporate centrists were saying "vote Biden, even if you hate his policies, because we need him to hold...

    Has anyone noticed that the script has been flipped since the 2020 primaries? Back then the corporate centrists were saying "vote Biden, even if you hate his policies, because we need him to hold the never-Trumper vote and beat Trump" with progressives saying "no, look at Biden's policies, they're crap". But now the progressives are saying "no, stick with Biden even if you hate his policies, we need him to beat Trump" and the corporate centrists are saying "look at Biden's performance at the debate, he is an incapable president and we need someone better".

    2 votes
  7. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    The charitable interpretation is probably to assume they're a victim of disinformation - right-wing culture warriors make up all sorts of bullshit, e.g. the 15-minute city conspiracy claiming that...

    The charitable interpretation is probably to assume they're a victim of disinformation - right-wing culture warriors make up all sorts of bullshit, e.g. the 15-minute city conspiracy claiming that urbanists want to forcibly prevent people from travelling further than 15 minutes, so the most likely means of good-faith accidentally strawmanning is to hear an existing malevolent strawman and fall for it.

    12 votes
  8. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    With the caveat "only if you have a driver's license". Learning to drive takes time (it can legally require 100 hours of driving to get a full driver's license, depending on the country), and...

    is actually that one can use carsharing services for occasional trips that need a car

    With the caveat "only if you have a driver's license". Learning to drive takes time (it can legally require 100 hours of driving to get a full driver's license, depending on the country), and doesn't make sense if you drive less than once a month. It takes a lot of inconvenience before someone decides "well, I might as well spend two-and-a-half-work-weeks learning to use this minor utility".

    For longer trips many of these same people also advocate for improved passenger rail networks, but I don't think most "anti-car" activists see those as completely replacing longer-distance car travel, but rather as being a more efficient and pleasant alternative to a car on certain journeys.

    No, this anti-car advocate absolutely advocates for improved passenger rail networks to completely* replace longer-distance car travel. Not only because learning to drive just for obscure occasional rural trips isn't worth it, but also because Switzerland shows most peoples' standards for rural rail are waaay too low.

    *Within reason; if you live in the boonies then obviously that dirt road shouldn't be replaced with rail, that would be insane. But at that point, if you're visiting a relative or such then you might as well just have them pick you up with the car they already clearly need. Or you could take a taxi, if you really need to. Obviously if you're travelling to somewhere without people at all (e.g. for work) then sooner or later you'll need to learn to drive, because that's the exact opposite of mass transit.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Denmark will introduce a levy on farm emissions in what is set to be one of the world's first carbon taxes on agriculture in ~enviro

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    Because thanks to the political economy, money is political power that can be wielded to prevent legislation that hurts the rich (or at least make it much harder to do so). Thus, you can have...

    While taxing carbon emissions is wonderful, why do they just HAVE to start with the poor people? And poor people whose jobs are literally essential for society?

    Because thanks to the political economy, money is political power that can be wielded to prevent legislation that hurts the rich (or at least make it much harder to do so). Thus, you can have effort aimed equally at all targets but only (or disproportionately) the efforts targeting the poor will succeed.

    The solution is to reform the political economy (which the rich will tend to prevent, thanks to the political economy) or to eat the rich (which the rich will tend to prevent, thanks to the political economy).

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Internet Archive forced to remove 500,000 books after publishers’ court win in ~tech

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    If anyone is willing to link them directly, even privately, please reply/PM me.

    it is up to individuals to choose how to proceed (or not). I'd prefer not to link them directly, even privately.

    If anyone is willing to link them directly, even privately, please reply/PM me.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Nigel Farage claims Russia was provoked into Ukraine war in ~news

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    He's repeating literal Russian propaganda, which means he's backed by a lot of groundwork.

    He's repeating literal Russian propaganda, which means he's backed by a lot of groundwork.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Astronauts stranded in space due to multiple issues with Boeing's Starliner — and the window for a return flight is closing in ~space

  13. Comment on What gaming genre could use a renaming? in ~games

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    I like Bullet Heaven too, I really like it's soundtrack - so relaxing.

    (I much prefer "Bullet Heaven").

    I like Bullet Heaven too, I really like it's soundtrack - so relaxing.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on AI is exhausting the power grid. Tech firms are seeking a miracle solution. in ~enviro

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    No, "too expensive" is a poor framing. It hides the two real reasons: Burning coal (and other greenhouse emission sources) are profitable in the current system, because a lack of carbon price...

    The only reason we haven't done it already is because powering them is too expensive.

    No, "too expensive" is a poor framing. It hides the two real reasons:

    1. Burning coal (and other greenhouse emission sources) are profitable in the current system, because a lack of carbon price signals to the economy that we don't care about emissions.
    2. If we did care, then replacing coal plants would be a far cheaper method of stopping climate change than direct CO2 capture. You could replace the coal plants with just about anything (geothermal, solar thermal, wave power - I know it's impractically expensive but that's the point), because direct carbon capture is really expensive and is basically the worst way of tackling climate change if we're approaching it rationally.

    "Too expensive" is just like saying "I don't have time for that"; what you're actually saying is "that's not a priority right now".

    7 votes
  15. Comment on AI is exhausting the power grid. Tech firms are seeking a miracle solution. in ~enviro

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    Are they? They're just neural networks and have been around since the 1980s, AIUI. The difference isn't their invention, it's that we have enough compute power to make them practical.

    They're too new.

    Are they? They're just neural networks and have been around since the 1980s, AIUI. The difference isn't their invention, it's that we have enough compute power to make them practical.

  16. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    Disagree - AIUI Russia tries to keep their relationship with Israel fairly alright, because Israel does the same (Israel's geopolitical situation is weird). Boosting anti-Israel sentiment will...

    Disagree - AIUI Russia tries to keep their relationship with Israel fairly alright, because Israel does the same (Israel's geopolitical situation is weird). Boosting anti-Israel sentiment will tick off Israel, it's not a free lunch like boosting anti-Ukraine sentiment in the USA is.

    I'm not saying "Russia wouldn't do that", I'm saying they care about it, and presumably would be less willing to do so in traceable ways, even if only because the Mossad could boost pro-Ukraine or anti-Russia sentiment in retaliation.

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  18. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    This is false. Or at least, a lawyer's truth. From this Louis Rossmann video, you have to be connected to the internet to watch the downloaded video. The killer feature of the $$/month is that it...

    ability to download to watch later

    This is false. Or at least, a lawyer's truth. From this Louis Rossmann video, you have to be connected to the internet to watch the downloaded video.

    The killer feature of the $$/month is that it more directly supports the youtube channels, except per that same video no it doesn't.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    We're cat-and-mousing for now, but that can't last forever. IMO, we need a three-step solution: Decouple youtube-the-app from youtube-the-platform (we've already done this with e.g. Freetube; it's...

    We're cat-and-mousing for now, but that can't last forever. IMO, we need a three-step solution:

    1. Decouple youtube-the-app from youtube-the-platform (we've already done this with e.g. Freetube; it's a third-party app whose (clientside) features are not dictated by Google)
    2. Make the youtube-app (Freetube etc) platform-agnostic, so that you can subscribe to and watch videos from the same person on multiple platforms at once (e.g. RealLifeLore is on both Youtube and Nebula, so you can just toggle the video over to the Nebula version)
    3. Get enough users onboard the platform-agnostic app(s) to make an outright youtube-boycott feasible.
    2 votes
  20. Comment on I toured a 'pocket community' of tiny home - the builders are trying to help solve the housing crisis in Canada in ~life

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    (skip to the ~8:00 mark, the first 8 mins are about Musk hype and idiot fans)

    I keep thinking of this video by Adam Something.

    (skip to the ~8:00 mark, the first 8 mins are about Musk hype and idiot fans)

    6 votes