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  1. Comment on Court blocks Trump’s WeChat ban from taking effect today in ~tech

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    Anecdotal evidence to support as much: I wasn't able to even access NSA's Ghidra tool on its dedicated website before it was published freely on GitHub (but after it was announced to will have...

    and wouldn't allow code to be shipped across the border without a security review.

    Anecdotal evidence to support as much:

    I wasn't able to even access NSA's Ghidra tool on its dedicated website before it was published freely on GitHub (but after it was announced to will have been published) via my Russia-based IP.

    Even a free browser-extension VPN let me right through. It's the fact that it was the "Russian IP" thing that barred me from access in the first place that points to the fact of how this is how things work even today.

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  2. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    You mean as long as humans are cunts. Shall we add eugenics to our list of crimes to make communism work? Genetic selection + CRISPR, and we're abonimable but a commune.

    You mean as long as humans are cunts.

    Shall we add eugenics to our list of crimes to make communism work? Genetic selection + CRISPR, and we're abonimable but a commune.

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  3. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    There's something mighty satisfyin' in finding another Russian person in the predominantly-English-speaking area, of Internet or otherwise. Gives you an additional route for personal connection,...

    There's something mighty satisfyin' in finding another Russian person in the predominantly-English-speaking area, of Internet or otherwise. Gives you an additional route for personal connection, something I've never experienced with someone non-Russian.

    Seeing 33% of the local Russian population disappear from the census is just short of heartbreaking.

    But then, if they are having a great time, I'm nothing but happy for them.

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  4. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    two russians only now :( This either means someone's moved out (in which case, congratulations!), or one of the Russians is not in position to respond to the census (in which case, I hope you're...

    two russians only now :(

    This either means someone's moved out (in which case, congratulations!), or one of the Russians is not in position to respond to the census (in which case, I hope you're working on moving out!), or someone left, in which case, :().

    Then again, apparently there's 8 people with Russian as a language on their sheet.

    [REDACTED] PLEASE [REDACTED] AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-

    Which words did you censor that "fuck" was left in? :D

    In all honesty, the people saying that this sub is a leftist echo chamber (there were a few), you may have a point.

    I thought this was the consensus already.

    Also, I thought I'd be able to pinpoint my long-form reply in the crowd. Nope! I don't even remember what mine was, and the articulation of some of the (non-)users make it more difficult to trawl for one that sounds like mine.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on What are the best, most interesting TV shows from outside the US? in ~tv

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    I haven't even finished the original yet. Still two episodes left. If it helps, 86 has a rating of 76 on IMBD, and 89 is to be out in a week, by all appearances.

    I haven't even finished the original yet. Still two episodes left.

    If it helps, 86 has a rating of 76 on IMBD, and 89 is to be out in a week, by all appearances.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I follow: Is this you speaking in favor of MIT or copyleft? I feel like I've missed a logical step or two with this Zig/Zen situation.

    I'm not sure I follow:

    Is this you speaking in favor of MIT or copyleft?

    I feel like I've missed a logical step or two with this Zig/Zen situation.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    Is there a meaningful difference between using copyleft-licensed software and something under MIT?

    I just want it with a copyleft license

    Is there a meaningful difference between using copyleft-licensed software and something under MIT?

  8. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    I would like permission to use this comment to address every new "why not linux" question I receive in the future.

    I would like permission to use this comment to address every new "why not linux" question I receive in the future.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

  10. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    In addition to ReactOS, there's Greentea OS, which is a WIP ReactOS fork. There's also Windows 10 LTSC, or whatever it's called now. Long story short, it removes a lot of components that require...

    A Windows clone that's not bloated/spying on me that's not Linux or Mac or whatever.

    In addition to ReactOS, there's Greentea OS, which is a WIP ReactOS fork.

    There's also Windows 10 LTSC, or whatever it's called now. Long story short, it removes a lot of components that require constant connection, and delays updates barring security matters, because LTSC is designed to work on devices that would not benefit from constant updates: ATMs, cash registers, user-friendly terminals...

    99% of the time it's due to UI/UX reasons

    What's the most common complaints you have?

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  11. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

  12. What sort of software do you want to see?

    Devs make things they feel like making, or things they think the world needs. What kind of an app (web, desktop, or mobile) would you want to see? What is something you wanted or needed for a long...

    Devs make things they feel like making, or things they think the world needs.

    What kind of an app (web, desktop, or mobile) would you want to see? What is something you wanted or needed for a long time that simply isn't there, or there but so bad with X that you can't use it?

    Alternatively, what is a common problem that could be solved with software but hasn't been yet, or at least not effectively?

    Leaving this vague on purpose, to let Tilderinos express themselves.

    28 votes
  13. Comment on Why do computers running Windows get progressively slower over time? in ~tech

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    What does that reflect in?

    and more to do with Linux developers tending to be a lot more respectful of users resources than Windows ones.

    What does that reflect in?

  14. Comment on Emily Ratajkowski - Owning my image in ~design

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    That is exceptionally creepy. Stalking a young woman with cameras just to be able to snap a picture of her? Which is a big fuckin' no-no to someone who isn't being paid to do so normal somehow if...
    • Exemplary

    Since 2013, when I appeared in a viral music video, paparazzi have lurked outside my front door. I’ve become accustomed to large men appearing suddenly between cars or jumping out from behind corners

    That is exceptionally creepy. Stalking a young woman with cameras just to be able to snap a picture of her? Which is a big fuckin' no-no to someone who isn't being paid to do so normal somehow if it's done by a "professional"? How the fuck is this even legal?

    And then you can't even use a photo of yourself because... fuckin' why??

    “U told me the truth. U lost the [anchor emoji]. No hurt. No upset. All energy bunny now that it’s sunny,” it reads. I liked the comment he left on this one far better than his comment on the black-and-white study, where he asks, “Were you built in a science lab by teenage boys?”

    ...

    We went back and forth via email until he told me I needed to pay him $10,000 for the study, a price he’d arrived at from his “knowledge of the market.”

    “But it was a gift to me!” I wrote.

    So far, it reads like a study in objectification: not the kind you hear everyone shout about when men vocally appreciate a woman's breasts or butt, but the kind you don't talk about but do all the time.

    I think it's okay, if a little on the vulgar side, to express your appreciation of a part of someone's body as a proxy for appreciating their sexuality. When done with class, it's sexy and appealing.

    This reads ways away from that. This reads like pet ownership in human form; like a more vicious form of sexism.

    This also reads like people on the other side – the paparazzi, the "artists", the less-than-honorable boyfriends and girlfriends – think it's perfectly legitimate to cross boundries and maintain no respect for someone who is a very real person. Public eye or not, there cannot possibly be a good justification to be less diligent and less mannerful with the person because society took it upon itself to idolize them.

    Tim Ferriss' piece of losing anonymity reads like a horror story to me. That someone would tolerate – or even accept – professional stalking and a loss over one's personage to the public domain does not sit well with me. The fact that it's happening to so many people, just because someone else thinks they know them... I can't even begin to describe how it makes me feel.

    A post on 4chan had compiled a list of actresses and models whose nudes would be published, and my name was on it. <...> There [my name] was, in plain text, the way I’d seen it listed before on class roll calls: so simple, like it meant nothing.

    Because it does. To the mob, it's just another free meal: a free insight into the lives of second-order idols. If it's by way of sexuality, to the lonely male side of this whole shitfest, so is the better. Seeing boobies of someone whose name features on a poster in the nearby cinema? Hoo boy. Makes you feel special, doesn't it? Like you belong with that famous woman now.

    Porn is a way to alleviate loneliness and a lack of intimacy. As someone who writes porn stories from time to time, I know that much well enough.

    To that lonely male online, you're nothing but a set of sexual characteristics. It sickens me to think about this: about being reduced to an aspect of oneself so vulgarly, so primitively, and yet so obsessively by someone of whose existence you don't even suspect.

    There's a certain sociopathy seeping through.

    Beyond that... No matter how much I want to shout about how utterly inhuman and abnormal and yet somehow accepted despite it being the definition of wrong, I have nothing intelligent to add. The absolute fucking horror she must've felt for years because of a rich douchebag feeling himself in the right to "own" images of her so freely he's perfectly eager to dismiss her...

    I have nothing to add because the part of me that's abhorred and distressed has not yet reached the part of me that seeks to verbalize. I could use words like "sickening" that's so steeped in cliché my opinion could not be taken seriously afterwards, but even if you take that word for what it's supposed to mean, it's not enough to express how I feel.

    I know Emily as a model. I've seen her around collections of other naked women, praised for having an outstanding body. I've never thought of, or even bothered to consider, what she could be feeling as I'd look at her naked body online, in the emptiness of my apartment. This is eye-opening to a degree I'm not comfortable with, which means it's good I'd read that.

    I've seen ordinary women being casually abused and taken for subservients, for someone lower on the social ladder, simpy because the man'd never considered them to be anything else. It's refreshing and unsettling to know what that must look like from the woman's point of view.

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  15. Comment on A 433% 450-key keyboard in ~hobbies

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    I really like the idea, but the implementation is on the heavy side. Unless this keyboard runs straight into your abdomen, you'll strain yourself using every distant key. For vast hotkey needs, it...

    I really like the idea, but the implementation is on the heavy side. Unless this keyboard runs straight into your abdomen, you'll strain yourself using every distant key.

    For vast hotkey needs, it could use the piano layered-keyboard arrangement, or it could assemble the keys in a rainbow fashion, so that the user is always within adequate reach of a key.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Disco Elysium is not a story about a murder. It's a thin cover for... the rest of whatever is going on. It's a thin premise to help you get into the rest of it. If you can't, that's alright. I...

    Disco Elysium is not a story about a murder. It's a thin cover for... the rest of whatever is going on. It's a thin premise to help you get into the rest of it.

    If you can't, that's alright.

    I could give you my own take on the story which might change your mind. I wouldn't want to, though, unless you want me to, 'cause I want to apply no social pressure on you. You gotta enjoy things at your own pace.

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  17. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    I think it goes a little deeper than that. See, my father is quite like that, if from the Russian side of things. (I'm Russian. He's Ukrainian but has been living in Russia for decades.) He...

    I think it goes a little deeper than that.

    See, my father is quite like that, if from the Russian side of things. (I'm Russian. He's Ukrainian but has been living in Russia for decades.) He watches state TV and its hosted shouting matches filled with pseudo-political strong-arming of the state-preferred narrative on a daily basis.

    I don't think he does it because he's so utterly gullible and lacking in agency. I've seen similar inclinations in him going back a decade at least. They weren't nearly as pronounced, but they were there.

    I think it's because there's always a discontent portion of the population who feel as though their views aren't being represented, or that their reality is much duller than they'd prefer. The views of such a person are easy to hijack, manipulate, and exploit to a particularly-malevolent state's benefit. All you need is an enemy, and if you don't have one, create one.

    Putin did it by pitting Russia against the Evil West and its supposed high quality of life. Trump did it by pitting red-blooded Americans against... everyone, it would seem: women, Mexicans, black people, environmentalists, socialists, Jews, anyone-who-isn't-pro-Trump...

    John Oliver could do ten more episodes on those ideas alone, and it won't dig deep enough. It's a complex issue where it's easy to feel defeated and powerless against the flood of bullshit because it's being manufactured by professional bullshitters in large quantities. Rational solutions on personal level don't apply because bullshit tends to hook onto the second most powerful emotion of them all: fear.

    I don't know how to deal with this, either. I suspect the solution is not on the personal level, either: it's on the social level. I'm sure a lot of people with an inclination towards justice and a disgust towards the methods the opposites use to deliver their version of it could do some good.

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  18. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    They aren't concerned about it: they're deflecting with whataboutism. It's a common tactic in those parts of political world: if it challenges your narrow view of the situation, see if you can...

    but they're more concerned about the left wing of the Democratic party using Biden as a puppet to open all the borders and eliminate private property. Also, did you hear Biden groped a little girl?

    They aren't concerned about it: they're deflecting with whataboutism. It's a common tactic in those parts of political world: if it challenges your narrow view of the situation, see if you can raise a different matter to avoid discussing the real issue, which is: your views might suck.

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  19. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Any particular single detail that struck a chord with you in Disco Elysium?

    Any particular single detail that struck a chord with you in Disco Elysium?

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  20. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    You're not obligated to enjoy games that are the hype or that are considered classics of their genre. If it's not your cup of tea, it's not your cup of tea; nothing wrong with that. Don't dig...

    You're not obligated to enjoy games that are the hype or that are considered classics of their genre. If it's not your cup of tea, it's not your cup of tea; nothing wrong with that. Don't dig deeper than you prefer. Good art tends to find its way back to you.

    Disco Elysium is a game of stark contrasts by choice. It wasn't designed to appeal to a broad audience; it was designed to shake you up with intensity and precision. Maybe it will strike you as enjoyable later; maybe it won't. Either way is fine.

    At this point I'd usually say there are other games like it, so you might wanna divert your gaze to a different take on the same idea, but... there aren't as far as Disco Elysium is concerned. There are other RPGs, and there are other story-driven games, and there are also other detective-type stories, but none like it. So, really, your choices are: leave it be, leave it be for now, or pick the path you're least uncomfortable about and play it through.

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