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  1. Comment on Foundation - Official teaser 2 in ~tv

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    I don't remember much of foundation except I liked it. Might need a reread!

    I don't remember much of foundation except I liked it. Might need a reread!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What’s your favorite thing you’ve done in the last year? in ~talk

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    I started a baking themed tilde server! I haven't done as much as I wanted because I wasn't locked down for too long (thanks American South 🙄) but it's pretty alright!

    I started a baking themed tilde server! I haven't done as much as I wanted because I wasn't locked down for too long (thanks American South 🙄) but it's pretty alright!

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Ooh I will listen to this! And I agree re Pang.

    Ooh I will listen to this! And I agree re Pang.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I keep listening to Caroline Polachek's Pang on repeat. I guess I'll buy it today!

    I keep listening to Caroline Polachek's Pang on repeat. I guess I'll buy it today!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Hey! I don't mind sharing at all. I started at the library because I love books and because it paid more than I was currently making, to be honest. I got really lucky to live in an area where the...

    Hey! I don't mind sharing at all. I started at the library because I love
    books and because it paid more than I was currently making, to be honest. I
    got really lucky to live in an area where the library is dope as hell and I got
    to work in the Outreach Department, meaning that I drove a bookmobile around
    and read books to preschoolers. I loved it. After a few years I moved up to
    another branch where I helped people with their resumes and cover letters,
    which was also fulfilling but not quite as fun.

    At my library, they require a bachelor's degree for pretty much any position.
    It doesn't matter which degree, just /a/ degree. I don't really agree with it
    -- my job could've /definitely/ been done by a non-degree-holder, but it is
    what it is. I ended up leaving because there weren't many chances for
    advancement past where I was without a Masters of Library Science, which I'm
    not very interested in -- I already have a Masters degree and I don't want to
    spend the time or the money on another one. However, that's local to my area
    (I've heard) so I definitely recommend going on your library's website and
    looking around for if they have a careers page. They might hire through the
    city (mine does) so check that site too.

    I hope that helps! Working at the library was really fulfilling and great, but
    also kind of thankless. Your mileage may vary, though!

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    It was, it just didn't pay enough. And we didn't have as much institutional support as we deserved to be honest. All my coworkers were great though, and driven, and cared so much.

    It was, it just didn't pay enough. And we didn't have as much institutional support as we deserved to be honest. All my coworkers were great though, and driven, and cared so much.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    This was my last week at the library job, so I mostly cleaned up everything there and said goodbye. They threw me a little surprise going away party so that was really great. I'm excited to start...

    This was my last week at the library job, so I mostly cleaned up everything there and said goodbye. They threw me a little surprise going away party so that was really great. I'm excited to start a new venture but I really liked my library job.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Rebecca Black - Friday (lost NES game version, 2011) in ~music

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    Thanks for this! It made for a chill ~wave~

    Thanks for this! It made for a chill ~wave~

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The EU Intellectual Property Office rules against Banksy in his trademark fight with a greeting card company, citing his own statement that ‘Copyright is for losers’ and his anonymity in ~arts

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    I agree with you there! However, I still maintain that in the current IP law-scape, permissive licenses are kind of the only solution that's viable. At least you can signal your intent as a...

    B is status quo as far as I am concerned, and without diving too deep into the A or C tradeoff, I think D is quite superior to B.

    I agree with you there! However, I still maintain that in the current IP law-scape, permissive licenses are kind of the only solution that's viable. At least you can signal your intent as a creator, even if you're de facto powerless to stop big corps from co-opting your IP. I'd personally prefer option C, but I know that's pretty radical (I think?).

    Something like "you habitually violate other people's IP and loudly proclaim that. You have basically dismissed your own protections here". Different from murder, this is not as unreasonable.

    Yeah, I was kind of pushing that metaphor .. obviously murder is not equal to copyright infringement. And I can see your point, and I'm sure that's what the court was leaning on in Banksy's case.

    What a clusterfuck.

    You said it!

    I find it fascinating that the idea of authorship is actually fairly new ... I want to say it really only came around in like, the Victorian age? Or something? I am not well-researched on this, so.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The EU Intellectual Property Office rules against Banksy in his trademark fight with a greeting card company, citing his own statement that ‘Copyright is for losers’ and his anonymity in ~arts

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    I gotta say, I was on the other side of the fence, but you're bringing me around with your arguments. I'm pretty anti-IP; I think it's kind of hairy, though. Like, the author should be compensated...

    I gotta say, I was on the other side of the fence, but you're bringing me around with your arguments.

    I'm pretty anti-IP; I think it's kind of hairy, though. Like, the author should be compensated somehow for their labor, and I don't like corporations raiding the commons for profit. However, it does seem that Banksy kind of gave his stuff up with his comments --- maybe a better license for him would've been something viral, like the GPL or, well, since it's culture, a CC-BY-SA-NC type license.

    I think of it kind of like this: I don't like the fact that I, as a restaurant customer, am expected to burnish employee's piss wages with tipping. But I do it, because I live within the system of tipping and don't have the power to overturn it on my own. Similarly -- viral copyleft licenses live within the current copyright system but try to use its protections to subvert it. So in a way it's going a step further than the tipping thing.

    Anyway, I think Banksy would have a stronger case if he'd licensed his works permissively but non-commercially. And I find myself agreeing with your points vis-a-vis his anonymity, previous statements, and possibly the material disregard. Though that last makes me think of like, if a murderer gets murdered, that murderer should still be prosecuted. So I'm not sure there.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Leaked emails show crime app Citizen is testing on-demand private security force in ~tech

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    Yeah that sounds terrible. It'd be a matter of time before they killed somebody.

    Yeah that sounds terrible. It'd be a matter of time before they killed somebody.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Leaked emails show crime app Citizen is testing on-demand private security force in ~tech

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    How the hell is Citizen (Which I'm only now hearing of) even allowed to exist in its current form? And then on top of that, just like, now you can just pay a private company to SWAT people. Noooooo.

    How the hell is Citizen (Which I'm only now hearing of) even allowed to exist in its current form? And then on top of that, just like, now you can just pay a private company to SWAT people. Noooooo.

    16 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Mostly boppin' around Reddit/here/HN/Lobste.rs/whatev... but also trying to get through PAIP and I have like, 6 books out from the library too.

    Mostly boppin' around Reddit/here/HN/Lobste.rs/whatev... but also trying to get through PAIP and I have like, 6 books out from the library too.

  14. Comment on Medication for depression in ~talk

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    This is incredible, thanks so much!! I'm not sure if I'm this data driven, per se, but I definitely work better with concrete writing prompts and goals, and inputting data is a good way to do...

    This is incredible, thanks so much!! I'm not sure if I'm this data driven, per se, but I definitely work better with concrete writing prompts and goals, and inputting data is a good way to do that.

    I can keep exactly 4 things in my brain at a time, and 3/4 of those are what I am eating for the day, so I need to write everything else down

    Harrrd same, lol. I'm always thinking about what I'll eat next.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Medication for depression in ~talk

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    I'm on 15mg/day of Lexapro (escitalopram), works okay. I'm actually in the midst of a depressive episode right now but I think that's due to other issues... it helps more than it hurts. Actually...

    I'm on 15mg/day of Lexapro (escitalopram), works okay. I'm actually in the midst of a depressive episode right now but I think that's due to other issues... it helps more than it hurts.

    Actually can I ask about your mood journal? Could you give me some tips? I've been thinking that I need to start on one to get a better picture of what's going on with me.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on FOSS and UX (twitter thread) in ~comp

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    I don't like that it does it suddenly and without warning, to be honest. It seems like more and more programs just update themselves by default and it's annoying when they do a big change, like...

    I don't like that it does it suddenly and without warning, to be honest. It seems like more and more programs just update themselves by default and it's annoying when they do a big change, like Firefox's recent UI change, as the same type of change as a security update.

  17. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    Oh yeah, that's another one that just .. sticks with you. I feel like I read that one in 8th or 9th grade too. What is it about reading really intense stories in like, middle school?? LOL. There's...

    Oh yeah, that's another one that just .. sticks with you. I feel like I read that one in 8th or 9th grade too. What is it about reading really intense stories in like, middle school?? LOL.

    There's another story, the title of which I don't know, about (spoiler alert) a disembodied head reattaching itself. Like, it was a doctor who figured out how to cure death and he took a serum, but his wife and her lover cut off his head and threw it in a closet. The big twist was that was what happened -- it was all from the point of view of that head and you didn't know it til the end. Really spooky.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on FOSS and UX (twitter thread) in ~comp

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    On top of it being terrible UI to just tell the user to go to a mysterious "temp" directory, I really hate it when programs just decide they're going to take their updating into their own hands. I...

    On top of it being terrible UI to just tell the user to go to a mysterious "temp" directory, I really hate it when programs just decide they're going to take their updating into their own hands. I think that's my Linux usage spoiling me though -- one place I think Linux distros as a whole have shone is their easy-update-all-at-once workflows. It's really great.

    On Windows, yeah, I get why this is a thing. But it's super annoying.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on FOSS and UX (twitter thread) in ~comp

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    This makes me think a lot about what my History of the English Language instructor told me: "You can't speak your own language wrong." She was talking about the tendency to prescriptivize language...

    "There's no such thing as user error, only bad design"

    This makes me think a lot about what my History of the English Language instructor told me: "You can't speak your own language wrong." She was talking about the tendency to prescriptivize language use into "right" and "wrong" usage, but I think that relates to the idea that some authors think the way they use a program is "right," and if you can't figure that out as a user, that's your error. And it's really annoying, because everyone has different goals, and they're using a certain tool because it's the best one they can find. A screwdriver designer shouldn't be annoyed at someone because they're trying to hammer in a nail with it when that's all they have, and the same goes for FOSS developers etc.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    I wouldn't say it's my favorite story, but a story that sticks in my head and that I think of all the time is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge[PDF] by Ambrose Bierce. There's also a short film...

    I wouldn't say it's my favorite story, but a story that sticks in my head and that I think of all the time is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge[PDF] by Ambrose Bierce. There's also a short film with a drum soundtrack.

    4 votes