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  1. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    My main computer right now is a ThinkPad x220 tablet. It was cheap (100 USD) and works basically just as well as my (dead) $800 PC I built, minus gaming. I also have an old 4th generation iPod...

    My main computer right now is a ThinkPad x220 tablet. It was cheap (100 USD) and works basically just as well as my (dead) $800 PC I built, minus gaming. I also have an old 4th generation iPod Touch which I don't use, but I do power it on now and then for nostalgia's sake.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Books briefing: If your attention span is shrinking, read poetry in ~books

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    For people who regularly read poetry: do you typically read one poem at a time and just reflect on it for a while, or do you read through multiple pages of poems like you would a novel? I've...

    For people who regularly read poetry: do you typically read one poem at a time and just reflect on it for a while, or do you read through multiple pages of poems like you would a novel? I've always struggled with how to read a poem. Should I really tear it apart and make sure I understand all the minutiae? Or should I just try to enjoy it like I would prose? I honestly prefer the latter approach, but I always feel like I'm missing a lot of subtleties.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Down to earth, present or near-future, science or science fiction stories featuring space? in ~books

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    Check out Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. It doesn't really have much to do with technology but it is an interesting "things coming from space" story and it isn't too unrealistic, unless you...

    Check out Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. It doesn't really have much to do with technology but it is an interesting "things coming from space" story and it isn't too unrealistic, unless you consider intelligent extraterrestrials to be far fetched. It is set a few centuries in the future though, so I don't know if that would be considered near future or not.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    It's a good start, but don't expect to get really far. Supplement it with a grammar book (very important with Duolingo), flashcards, YouTube videos, readers, etc. If your serious about learning...

    It's a good start, but don't expect to get really far. Supplement it with a grammar book (very important with Duolingo), flashcards, YouTube videos, readers, etc. If your serious about learning Spanish you should ideally move on from Duolingo as soon as possible. Also, don't get too hung up on memorizing everything in each lesson. A large portion of the vocab in Duolingo (although I don't know about the Spanish course specifically) isn't necessarily that useful (which is IMO the biggest problem with it, with it being a somewhat vocab focused course). You want to move on to native material as soon as possible. Hope this helps.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Envelope - transform your phone into a simpler, calmer device in ~tech

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    Check out Slim Launcher. It's a super minimalist FOSS Android launcher that limits you to 7 apps (plus shortcuts to the dialer, clock, and camera). I've been using it for the past few months and...

    Check out Slim Launcher. It's a super minimalist FOSS Android launcher that limits you to 7 apps (plus shortcuts to the dialer, clock, and camera). I've been using it for the past few months and my phone usage has gone down dramatically (I also deleted my web browser and YouTube client). I basically just use it for calls, texts, mp3s, and navigation now.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Modern Classics Summarized: Stranger In A Strange Land in ~books

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    Can someone who actually likes this book explain the appeal? I think this was the worse book I've read this year, possibly ever.

    Can someone who actually likes this book explain the appeal? I think this was the worse book I've read this year, possibly ever.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Is this unprecedented? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Do you really think this is realistic? China is one of the most authoritarian countries in the world. It is also quite wealthy, relatively speaking. Most governments don't have either of these...

    as long as similar containment measures are taken.

    Do you really think this is realistic? China is one of the most authoritarian countries in the world. It is also quite wealthy, relatively speaking. Most governments don't have either of these advantages at their disposal.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Five US states are closing all schools over coronavirus fears in ~health.coronavirus

  9. Comment on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    So is it just a given that he has it then? And the government doesn't want to 'officialize' it? Or is it the other way and we're assuming he doesn't have it because he's asymptomatic? The...

    So is it just a given that he has it then? And the government doesn't want to 'officialize' it? Or is it the other way and we're assuming he doesn't have it because he's asymptomatic? The reasoning here doesn't make sense to me. How is it not a priority to know if the PRIME MINISTER is or isn't infected?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    Why wouldn't they test him? I would assume it's very possible and even likely he has it at this point.

    (Justin Trudeau) will not be tested because he has no symptoms.

    Why wouldn't they test him? I would assume it's very possible and even likely he has it at this point.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Is this unprecedented? in ~health.coronavirus

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    On a related note, could someone explain what this means for the economy? I know the Dow has fallen a greater % than in 2008. Does that mean this is the recession they've been talking about for...

    On a related note, could someone explain what this means for the economy? I know the Dow has fallen a greater % than in 2008. Does that mean this is the recession they've been talking about for the past few years? Are you good if you've not invested in the stock market?

    11 votes
  12. Comment on Andrew Yang endorses Joe Biden in ~news

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    I'm just as confused as you are. Very disappointed, tbh.

    I'm just as confused as you are. Very disappointed, tbh.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Andrew Yang endorses Joe Biden in ~news

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    From the article:

    From the article:

    Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden during an appearance on CNN on Tuesday night.
    "The math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee; we need to bring the party together," Yang said, as he publicly threw his support behind Biden.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    I didn't even expect him to be viable though. So from my perspective he's done relatively well.

    I didn't even expect him to be viable though. So from my perspective he's done relatively well.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    Bloomberg's doing surprisingly well.

    Bloomberg's doing surprisingly well.

    1 vote
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  17. Comment on Deployed a complete rework of the permissions system - please let me know if you notice anything strange in ~tildes.official

  18. Comment on Pete Buttigieg will end his campaign for President on Sunday in ~news

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    I think he would make an excellent VP under Sanders. Just a thought.

    I think he would make an excellent VP under Sanders. Just a thought.

    2 votes