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  1. Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. in ~news

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    I'm happy for them. I hope they can find peace and freedom, even though the press will probably hunt them forever.

    I'm happy for them. I hope they can find peace and freedom, even though the press will probably hunt them forever.

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  2. Comment on Todd in the Shadows - The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2019 (Pt. 1) in ~music

  3. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    I don't think it changes anything, to be honest. A “bad” president can appoint a “good” president as his successor. Remember how Putin chose the very liberal (by the Russian standards) Medvedev as...

    I don't think it changes anything, to be honest. A “bad” president can appoint a “good” president as his successor. Remember how Putin chose the very liberal (by the Russian standards) Medvedev as his [temporary] successor? Besides, there is a significant number of people, who think that Yeltsin's decisions in the last couple of years of his rule were strongly influenced by his family and friends.

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  4. Comment on The smallest Discman ever made - was smaller than a CD in ~tech

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    I've been liking lots of Techmoan's videos these few days, so I decided to post this one here. It's really a fascinating product IMO. Sony is an interesting company, which I have a love-hate...

    I've been liking lots of Techmoan's videos these few days, so I decided to post this one here. It's really a fascinating product IMO. Sony is an interesting company, which I have a love-hate relationship with. I would like to see more of such “goofy” products in the wild.

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  5. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    First of all, fun fact. Without a VPN, I couldn't open your link, probably because of the shenanigans of RosKomNadzor, Russia's Internet censoring agency. The link worked fine under a VPN. I...

    First of all, fun fact. Without a VPN, I couldn't open your link, probably because of the shenanigans of RosKomNadzor, Russia's Internet censoring agency. The link worked fine under a VPN.

    I didn't listen to the whole thing, as I am really not a fan of podcasting, but Stephen correctly asserts that in order to understand the popular appeal of Vladimir Putin, you need to understand just how horrible Boris Yeltsin's rule was. I've already written about this exact same thing previously: link 1, link 2.

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  6. Comment on Stack Exchange, the parent company of Stack Overflow, has been taking aggressive stances against the Stack Exchange community in ~comp

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    Support your local community :-D (This is mostly intended as a joke. I don't think Toster/Habr Q&A is any better. Also, I hope the Russian StackOverflow doesn't get hurt. I like that place.)

    Support your local community :-D

    (This is mostly intended as a joke. I don't think Toster/Habr Q&A is any better. Also, I hope the Russian StackOverflow doesn't get hurt. I like that place.)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Russia's government resigns as Putin offers spot on Security Council to Medvedev in ~news

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    I've already pretty much covered this question in my other response. In short, Medvedev will probably follow Putin, and then only god knows.

    I've already pretty much covered this question in my other response. In short, Medvedev will probably follow Putin, and then only god knows.

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  8. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    Yeah, I think it's both. I can see Putin once again claiming the seat of the prime minister under a formal figure in the president's throne, like Medvedev. In fact, Medvedev is probably the most...

    Yeah, I think it's both. I can see Putin once again claiming the seat of the prime minister under a formal figure in the president's throne, like Medvedev. In fact, Medvedev is probably the most viable candidate to replace Putin on this position. There have been rumours about other candidates, like ex-finance minister Aleksey Kudrin or the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, but those are probably just rumours. We'll be lucky if that won't be anyone from the Siloviki, like Shoigu.

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  9. Comment on Russia's government resigns as Putin offers spot on Security Council to Medvedev in ~news

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    I don't even know what the fuck is going on any more.

    I don't even know what the fuck is going on any more.

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  10. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    If you want to know one particular Russian's points of view: More power for the parliament is a good thing. Russian parliament has been reduced to little more than a joke. Limiting the supremacy...

    If you want to know one particular Russian's points of view:

    • More power for the parliament is a good thing. Russian parliament has been reduced to little more than a joke.
    • Limiting the supremacy of international law is very dangerous. That means that human rights abuse may be ignored by Russian courts.
    • Limiting presidential terms is obviously good. Putin knows very well that having the same president for twenty years isn't normal. I doubt that he wants to be a second Lukashenko.
    • New no-dual-citizenship requirements for federal lawmakers and the like is unnecessary, in my opinion. Sounds more like Putin's anti-Western paranoia.
    • The Constitutional Court stuff is dangerous. Russia's Constitutional Court is already a very weak entity that hardly opposes Putin even with the most outrageous human rights abuses. These amendment make it even less independent.
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  11. Comment on What is a shortened phrase for this idea? in ~talk

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    “Non-critical failures”?

    “Non-critical failures”?

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  12. Comment on The economy of Sweden in ~finance

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    Usually, when I post something from a particular creator, and I know that I will post more from this creator, I add a tag for them. For example, knowing better or philosophy tube. You may or may...

    Usually, when I post something from a particular creator, and I know that I will post more from this creator, I add a tag for them. For example, knowing better or philosophy tube. You may or may not want to follow these examples.

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  13. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I'm really wondering, what do you (and other comic-book-film-haters in this thread) think about M. Night Shyamalan's “Eastrail 177 Trilogy”? On the one hand it still is a comic-book film series,...

    I'm really wondering, what do you (and other comic-book-film-haters in this thread) think about M. Night Shyamalan's “Eastrail 177 Trilogy”? On the one hand it still is a comic-book film series, but on the other it has a few original twists heh that set it apart of stuff like Marvel and DC films.

  14. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    Spoilers for Primer below the line. The thing is, I don't think you really need to know exactly which version you're looking at. I don't even think that the film creators themselves thought it was...

    Spoilers for Primer below the line.


    The thing is, I don't think you really need to know exactly which version you're looking at. I don't even think that the film creators themselves thought it was necessary. Once you grasp the two main “innovations” of the film, those being the concept of a “fail-safe time-machine” and “yo-dawging a time-machine through another time-machine”, the rest is just you watching two dudes trying to out-heist-movie each other.


    Spoilers for Primer above the line.

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