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  1. Comment on A GOP governor doesn’t believe in chickenpox vaccines. He took his nine kids to a pox party instead. in ~news

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    Same here man. While it was technically available when I was a kid, my parents couldn't afford it at the time, and I caught chickenpox naturally, so there's no point receiving it nowadays. Not...

    Same here man. While it was technically available when I was a kid, my parents couldn't afford it at the time, and I caught chickenpox naturally, so there's no point receiving it nowadays. Not looking forward to dealing with shingles as I get older. :/

    1 vote
  2. Comment on 10,000 Tilders! in ~tildes

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    Yeah man, it's been a wild ride! I remember joining almost a year ago, and it's been amazing watching the community and the site grow and develop. I've only had the satisfaction of witnessing a...

    Yeah man, it's been a wild ride! I remember joining almost a year ago, and it's been amazing watching the community and the site grow and develop. I've only had the satisfaction of witnessing a project start near the very beginning a few times in my short life, so it's been extra special. Looking forward to the hopefully many years ahead of us! :)

    11 votes
  3. Comment on What do you Tildians think of Atom? in ~comp

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    I've never tried it. I've tried several editors over the years, and ultimately vim and Eclipse (for Java) are the ones that stuck. I want to like Emacs, I really do, but everytime I've tried it, I...

    I've never tried it. I've tried several editors over the years, and ultimately vim and Eclipse (for Java) are the ones that stuck. I want to like Emacs, I really do, but everytime I've tried it, I get overwhelmed by the options, and the extensions I try don't work correctly. Vim's efficiency and university, and Eclipse's strong out of the box IDE features, are hard to pass up.

    The problem with Atom specifically is, if I were able to figure out a massive text editor's ecosystem, Emacs' is much older and richer than Atom's, afaik at least, and it's more cross platform and lighter on system resources to boot.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 in ~tech

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    Wow. That's a colossal fail on a mindbogging number of levels. How did they not have any backups of 12 years of content? It's a wonder they had any backups at all. They say whatever you upload to...

    Wow. That's a colossal fail on a mindbogging number of levels. How did they not have any backups of 12 years of content? It's a wonder they had any backups at all. They say whatever you upload to the internet stays on the internet forever, but nothing breaks that illusion faster than seeing years, increasingly commonly decades, of history disappear in the blink of an eye.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are your views on hydrogen powered vehicles? in ~tech

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    The problem with that though is that if we're already using elctricity to generate hydrogen, why not just use electricity directly? Hydrogen would have to be substantially more efficient than...

    The problem with that though is that if we're already using elctricity to generate hydrogen, why not just use electricity directly? Hydrogen would have to be substantially more efficient than electricity to make up for the distribution networks required, and electrolysis is more expensive and time consuming than fracking or direct hydrogen gathering unfortunately.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Have you ever experienced Sleep Paralysis? in ~talk

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    Relative to everyone else here, yeah, quite a bit. As a kid, I used to experience it maybe 7 or 8 times a year: roughly once every 6-8 weeks. These days a lot less often, but still once or twice a...

    Relative to everyone else here, yeah, quite a bit. As a kid, I used to experience it maybe 7 or 8 times a year: roughly once every 6-8 weeks. These days a lot less often, but still once or twice a year. Oddly enough, I've never gotten the terror and panic that a lot of folks report, I just wake up unable to move for a couple minutes. I'm not bothered by it and never have directly, but most of the times I've woken up into it have been from very intense dreams or especially nightmares (which suck).

    3 votes
  7. Comment on YouTuber threatens Google, travels cross country to confront them, gets arrested in Mountain View in ~misc

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    Evidently not the sharpest tool in the shed... Brings up a lot of worry though for what happened of he wasn't so stupid, if he actually made it there. Luckily a baseball bat doesn't have the...

    Long was involved in a minor car crash, vandalized a gas station bathroom, and shared some information with Iowa State Patrol.

    Evidently not the sharpest tool in the shed... Brings up a lot of worry though for what happened of he wasn't so stupid, if he actually made it there. Luckily a baseball bat doesn't have the ability to hurt many people at once and it's not as lethal as a gun, but still...

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Secessionism versus sovereign citizens: my inner confusion. in ~talk

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    The problem I've always had with sovereign citizens is that while they proport to want to secede, they continue to draw support and benefits from the society they're theoretically not a part of...
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    The problem I've always had with sovereign citizens is that while they proport to want to secede, they continue to draw support and benefits from the society they're theoretically not a part of anymore. They still drive on public roads, they're still protected by a publicly funded military, they're still protected by the legal system of the country in which they live. When a million people succeed, they build and support alternatives to these, and they function independently of their original society, which sovereign citizens don't do.

    That's while I generally support separatist movements (though conditionally, it depends), I don't support the right of individual citizens to exempt themselves from the society in which they continue to live in. You can't build an alternate society as an individual, because, by definition, societies are comprised of many; therefore, the recourse for an individual is to either join other people in creating a new society, or transfer to a different society that is more compatible with that individual.

    22 votes
  9. Comment on USB4 will support Thunderbolt and double the speed of USB 3.2 in ~comp

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    Niiiice. Nothing says graphics like half of the original PCI! 😂

    Niiiice. Nothing says graphics like half of the original PCI! 😂

    1 vote
  10. Comment on USB4 will support Thunderbolt and double the speed of USB 3.2 in ~comp

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    If this is backwards compatible with USB2, I can't wait to try hooking up my old ass ThinkPad to an external GPU of some kind...

    If this is backwards compatible with USB2, I can't wait to try hooking up my old ass ThinkPad to an external GPU of some kind...

  11. Comment on ALOHAnet - The oft-forgotten Precusor to Wireless Communication in ~comp

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    You guys are probably more interested in the article, but yeah, apparently Hawaii had the world's first wireless LAN network, and ALOHAnet was used as the basis for 1G, 2G, 3G, etc. I live in...

    You guys are probably more interested in the article, but yeah, apparently Hawaii had the world's first wireless LAN network, and ALOHAnet was used as the basis for 1G, 2G, 3G, etc. I live in Hawaii and I never knew this before today!

    Edit: damnit, forgot to put Modern in the title. Oh well...

    2 votes
  12. Comment on America’s Cities Are Running on Software From the ’80s in ~tech

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    Hey OP, this is super minor and I'm not sure if this is the right place to say so, but I noticed one of your tags is messed up, the old software one. Just thought I'd let you know! :) (And great...

    Hey OP, this is super minor and I'm not sure if this is the right place to say so, but I noticed one of your tags is messed up, the old software one. Just thought I'd let you know! :) (And great story btw! Guess there's still room for COBOL programmers yet haha)

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Far-right social network Gab releases "Dissenter", a browser extension allowing Gab users to comment on the pages they're viewing in ~tech

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    I remember an extension ages ago that did this back in like 2009 or 2010, it was designed by... Coolio I think? I don't think they're in business any more. But yeah, it did exactly what this...

    I remember an extension ages ago that did this back in like 2009 or 2010, it was designed by... Coolio I think? I don't think they're in business any more. But yeah, it did exactly what this extension does, they looked like glass sticky notes overlayed on the webpages. Was actually pretty cool while it worked, although it's probably a privacy nightmare looking back, to send every page you're browsing to some third party database... Which is what these nutjobs are doing too...

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Apollo 11 Guidance Computer Source Code for Command and Lunar Modules in ~comp

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    Here's the original source code for the Apollo 11's guidance computer, the computer that if my memory serves me right, took the first people the moon. Enjoy!

    Here's the original source code for the Apollo 11's guidance computer, the computer that if my memory serves me right, took the first people the moon. Enjoy!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Lag and Blanking on the SNES in ~comp

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    I know this is a video, and not exactly the text content that Tildes normally has, but it offers an excellent explanation into the SNES' mechanics for screen drawing, and has some really helpful...

    I know this is a video, and not exactly the text content that Tildes normally has, but it offers an excellent explanation into the SNES' mechanics for screen drawing, and has some really helpful illustrations and animations to help convey the information better.

    1 vote