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  1. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    I give him props.. he told the execs what they wanted to hear and rode it out until they got distracted by the newer shiny.

    I give him props.. he told the execs what they wanted to hear and rode it out until they got distracted by the newer shiny.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    I think MacFarlane wanted a straighter homage and Fox demanded his usual comedic fare, and then they backed off once they were solid. It's a gut feeling more than anything, but you get a glimpse...

    I think MacFarlane wanted a straighter homage and Fox demanded his usual comedic fare, and then they backed off once they were solid. It's a gut feeling more than anything, but you get a glimpse of it in the very first episode, when he makes a very classy quip of "Happy Arbor Day", and then Kelly says it should have been "You got wood" and everyone agrees with her... I think they were written to represent the Fox people.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    I honestly think telling Fox it was going to be full-blown comedy is how it got on the air, and then they waited until the network wasn't looking and eased off the gas.

    I honestly think telling Fox it was going to be full-blown comedy is how it got on the air, and then they waited until the network wasn't looking and eased off the gas.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    She-Hulk may be for you, sans musical numbers.

    She-Hulk may be for you, sans musical numbers.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    Have you tried The Orville? It's like Star Trek, but optimistic again.

    Have you tried The Orville? It's like Star Trek, but optimistic again.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Movie recommendation: Falling Down (1993) in ~movies

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    Absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen. I've always thought D-FENS would make a great Batman villain.

    Absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen. I've always thought D-FENS would make a great Batman villain.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What’s the strangest thing you ever found in a book? in ~books

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    I once found a $10 Silver Certificate in a book that had been thrown away. Not major, but it was a pretty cool little piece of the past.

    I once found a $10 Silver Certificate in a book that had been thrown away. Not major, but it was a pretty cool little piece of the past.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on The philosophical guide to software piracy in ~humanities

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    Before finances improved, I heavily pirated. I often bought things that I really enjoyed, but not always. And word of mouth counts for something. Those are excuses, I admit, but they're also true....

    Before finances improved, I heavily pirated. I often bought things that I really enjoyed, but not always. And word of mouth counts for something. Those are excuses, I admit, but they're also true.

    Now, I have better finances, and I haven't pirated in years. Only a few things have made me reconsider. Epic Exclusives, where the release on non-Epic PC platforms are delayed for a year for no reason other than extortion (still haven't, but I've been tempted.) The continuing pandemic, where I wanted to see releases in-theater but didn't feel it was safe enough (Black Widow... which I actually enjoyed... was a godsend, and I really hoped a new trend. Nope.) But other than that, I'm happy with my consumer choices.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Amazon shared Ring security camera and video doorbell footage with police without a warrant in ~tech

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    This kind of thing is why I don't do cloud storage (as a rule) or have voice assistants.

    This kind of thing is why I don't do cloud storage (as a rule) or have voice assistants.

    14 votes
  10. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    Tangent: I have always wondered what would result of a social experiment if a child were taught from birth that red is blue, blue is green, and green is red (i.e., the sky is green, the grass is...

    Tangent: I have always wondered what would result of a social experiment if a child were taught from birth that red is blue, blue is green, and green is red (i.e., the sky is green, the grass is red, an apple is blue.) Would they ever figure out they were lied to, or would it be assumed they were some new variation of colorblindness?

    Since their word for red is basically "blue", then any attempts to diagnose would run into that wall, wouldn't it?

    Nothing to do with the topic, but the messing with his head comment brought it to mind. Sorry, carry on!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    It was more an "offer to all" than anything else, because it is such a serious issue. But, you say it's okay, I'm not going to argue!

    It was more an "offer to all" than anything else, because it is such a serious issue. But, you say it's okay, I'm not going to argue!

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    I agree with this 100%. We should never tell people "you're wrong to feel this way." All feelings were valid, and those feelings are especially wrong right now. If asked, I'll take this down, I...

    I agree with this 100%.

    We should never tell people "you're wrong to feel this way." All feelings were valid, and those feelings are especially wrong right now. If asked, I'll take this down, I never meant for it to go this way, it was a thought about how even amongst the horrible reasons this was done, other horrible things are going to happen as a consequence, and this is/could be one of them.

    I am deeply sorry for making anyone feel disenfranchised or dehumanized. My absolute rage over people being disenfranchised and dehumanized is where this even came from.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    "Make America Fair Again"... great concept. I could even see it on a hat.

    "Make America Fair Again"... great concept. I could even see it on a hat.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    I agree it's very upsetting, and honestly this is not even close to important in the terms of taking away rights. The most important reason to protect abortion rights is absolutely because it's an...

    I agree it's very upsetting, and honestly this is not even close to important in the terms of taking away rights. The most important reason to protect abortion rights is absolutely because it's an erosion of bodily autonomy and self-determination, both bedrocks of personal freedom (I've been saying that if you don't own yourself you can't be said to own anything, and if you don't have the freedom to determine your own life path you can't be said to have any freedom.) My intent was never to say that the ban on abortion is bad because of its ties to our labor pool... just that this is one consequence I thought of that I hadn't seen discussed, and (more largely) if there's this, how many more consequences that have nothing to do with why they're doing this horrible thing are lying in wait like pitfalls.

    It's not trying to belittle the main consequence (the stripping away of vital and foundational rights), it's more of a "yes anding" to that. It's bad for the reasons we all think, and it's also bad for other reasons beyond that.

    An edit to add what I've been trying to say in all of that but haven't spelled outright: I am deeply sorry if that what I said has made anyone feel as if I'm reducing them to an economic statistic. That wasn't my intent, I promise you.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    It's absolutely not the prime reason to protect bodily autonomy (the prime reason to protect bodily autonomy is that it's the most important right we have... the right to own our own selves and...

    It's absolutely not the prime reason to protect bodily autonomy (the prime reason to protect bodily autonomy is that it's the most important right we have... the right to own our own selves and self-determination.) This is merely one (of, I'm sure, many) unintended consequences that I thought of.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    There's currently legislature in Texas being moved forward that will charge women who travel out-of-state for an abortion. Also, the people who are hit hardest by this, that is, those who live in...

    There's currently legislature in Texas being moved forward that will charge women who travel out-of-state for an abortion. Also, the people who are hit hardest by this, that is, those who live in poverty, often can't afford to travel through multiple states to get to one where they can get a safe abortion.

    And while it's true that women will get illegal abortions, that's going to lead to deaths, which is also a decrease in the labor force.

    3 votes
  17. Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think

    One thing about the bans on abortion that no one is talking about but is going to affect absolutely everyone is the current labor shortage we're experiencing in this country. From logistics to...

    One thing about the bans on abortion that no one is talking about but is going to affect absolutely everyone is the current labor shortage we're experiencing in this country. From logistics to food service to retail and beyond, women are part of the workforce in the United States. Once women start being forced to carry to term and give birth in numbers not seen in half a century, those women will be removed from the labor pool. That means less people in every work field in a time when we're already seeing a shortage of workers. That's only going to get worse. Add to that the reduction in salaries and rise in expenses for basic necessities (baby food, diapers, baby clothes) and that's money taken out of most sectors of the economy.

    We are headed for a massive labor shortage and a massive hit to an economy already weakened by a major pandemic. With this one ruling, the economic backbone of the American infrastructure may be dramatically weakened, and the number of jobs being filled are going to plummet.

    This is all on their heads, and it isn't going to be pretty.

    20 votes
  18. Comment on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion in ~news

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    I was conceived in 1973, the year Roe was decided. I was conceived through sexual assault. I was conceived by an underage girl. My mother was kicked out of her home due to this, and when she gave...

    I was conceived in 1973, the year Roe was decided. I was conceived through sexual assault. I was conceived by an underage girl. My mother was kicked out of her home due to this, and when she gave birth, she gave me up for adoption because a homeless teenager has no capacity to raise a child. I mention all of this because if there was ever a poster child for abortion, I was it.

    The fact that she didn't abort is completely and utterly irrelevant. I don't even care that my existence is due to her not getting one. Women's health and reproduction is theirs and theirs alone. No one has the right to tell a woman that she has to deliver a child she does not want. I don't care if it's conceived through sexual assault, carelessness, incest, or a loving relationship, those are all red herrings. Her body is hers alone.

    That in multiple states, a woman can be denied the ability to end a life threatening pregnancy is appalling in a developed country in the 21st century.

    44 votes
  19. Comment on The late Shamus Young in ~games

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    Twenty Sided has been a site I've gone back to for years... his recent breakdown of the Fallout series (and why its storytelling is a hot mess) was one of my favorites of his. This hits me harder...

    Twenty Sided has been a site I've gone back to for years... his recent breakdown of the Fallout series (and why its storytelling is a hot mess) was one of my favorites of his. This hits me harder than I would have thought.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Microsoft trying to kill HDD boot drives by 2023: Report in ~comp

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    I've already moved to SSDs for boot drives, but admittedly this is because I favor a dedicated drive just for the OS and critical systems programs. My rationale being that if you have to wipe a...

    I've already moved to SSDs for boot drives, but admittedly this is because I favor a dedicated drive just for the OS and critical systems programs. My rationale being that if you have to wipe a drive to start the OS over from scratch, at least you save your stored files.

    4 votes