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  1. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

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    A guillotine would have been much too quick for him.

    A guillotine would have been much too quick for him.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

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    I hope his pain was commensurate with the environmental destruction he's responsible for and all of the pain associated with it.

    I hope his pain was commensurate with the environmental destruction he's responsible for and all of the pain associated with it.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Bolsonaro was ridiculed on social media after criticising Norway for whaling techniques which the country does not use in ~news

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    Do you also think it's inhumane to kill cows for food? Here's a thought experiment for you: Consider a farm that raises a small quantity of animals in a really ethical way. They feed the animals...

    Do you also think it's inhumane to kill cows for food? Here's a thought experiment for you:

    Consider a farm that raises a small quantity of animals in a really ethical way. They feed the animals properly, give them tons of room to roam around, and let them hang out with other animal friends. When it comes time to eat the animal, they only use completely painless, trauma-free slaughtering methods.

    Effectively, this cow led a net-positive life on the pleasure/pain scale, and if the cow were conscious, it would have chosen to live that life instead of not existing at all.

    If that cow only existed because there was demand for its meat, wouldn't it actually be more ethical to eat meat, given that otherwise the farmer wouldn't have a job and the cow would have never existed?

    This isn't necessarily true of whales (which we don't raise), and it's certainly not true of factory farming (which I am completely against - we purchase our meat nearly exclusively from farmer's markets), but is true of many of the animals we eat, and the inhumane argument is really nowhere near as black and white as is often presented.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Dissecting A Dweet: Ring Weave ~ a 140 byte javascript animation in ~comp

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    This was great to read, thanks for sharing!

    This was great to read, thanks for sharing!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What is your least favourite window manager or desktop environment and why? in ~comp

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    Just hold option and click on the maximize button, it will make the window as large as it can be without entering fullscreen mode.

    Just hold option and click on the maximize button, it will make the window as large as it can be without entering fullscreen mode.

  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the reply, and especially the tip about checking out the Appalachians. I've looked around a bit, and it seems more in line with what we're wanting!

    Thanks for the reply, and especially the tip about checking out the Appalachians. I've looked around a bit, and it seems more in line with what we're wanting!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    It's not the president's job to set economic policy. It's their job to hire a qualified economist to set economic policy. No president will be well-versed in all of fields necessary to effectively...

    It's not the president's job to set economic policy. It's their job to hire a qualified economist to set economic policy. No president will be well-versed in all of fields necessary to effectively govern a country, and they don't need to be. I'll take someone that has a full picture of world history, has uncompromising principles, and demonstrates the ability to delegate and lead over an economist any day.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on I was a fast-food worker. Let me tell you about burnout. in ~life

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    For what it's worth, I found both your and tempestoftruth's comments valuable to read. I'm not sure where you got the unpleasantness from, but I hope it doesn't keep you from contributing in the...

    For what it's worth, I found both your and tempestoftruth's comments valuable to read. I'm not sure where you got the unpleasantness from, but I hope it doesn't keep you from contributing in the future.

  9. Comment on In your opinion, what sort of effects has the rise of social media had upon society? in ~tech

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    This comment may not necessarily apply specifically to social media, but I think it's related enough to post. I don't engage very much on social media, but I can feel negative effects on my...

    This comment may not necessarily apply specifically to social media, but I think it's related enough to post. I don't engage very much on social media, but I can feel negative effects on my attention capacity even as a simple consumer of content on Reddit, Twitter, and Hacker News.

    It's too easy to mindlessly waste time scrolling through an infinitely loading source of shallow entertainment. When I find something deep and interesting to read, I usually just bookmark it into my "read later" queue, which is ever growing, and waste another 20 minutes on bullshit instead.

    I've never had attention deficit issues in the past, but I now find myself needing to mindfully practice focus and willpower. It's not easy - the habitual nature of short content is powerful. When was the last time you didn't check your phone when you had a free 2 minutes? Fiancee pauses a show to go to the kitchen for a snack? Better refresh /r/all. Waiting in a quickly moving line at the grocery store? Better see if there's any new Tweets.

    Consuming deep content is effortful, and our ability to do so is eroding.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Deploying containerized Docker instances in production? in ~comp

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    nginx is bound to 443 on the VPS (and 80 as well, but I redirect everything to HTTPS). In the Vultr control panel, I have the firewall set to allow 80/443 from anywhere, and 22/5432 from my home...
    • nginx is bound to 443 on the VPS (and 80 as well, but I redirect everything to HTTPS). In the Vultr control panel, I have the firewall set to allow 80/443 from anywhere, and 22/5432 from my home IP.
    • docker-compose lets you specify a data directory really easily:
      postgres:
        image: postgres:10.5
        container_name: postgres
        ports:
         - 5432:5432
        volumes:
            - /apps/postgres-data:/var/lib/postgresql/data:z
        restart: always
        environment:
         - POSTGRES_USER=postgres
         - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=xxx
    

    FYI that :z part is important.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Introducing a new Twitter.com - a refreshed and updated website in ~tech

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    Yeah, this setting defaulting back is infuriating.

    Yeah, this setting defaulting back is infuriating.

  12. Comment on Deploying containerized Docker instances in production? in ~comp

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    I run a few different websites on one $10/mo Vultr server, which is basically the same as Digital Ocean. It's set up like this: systemd service to run docker-compose with the working directory set...

    I run a few different websites on one $10/mo Vultr server, which is basically the same as Digital Ocean. It's set up like this:

    • systemd service to run docker-compose with the working directory set to /apps on server startup
    • /apps/docker-compose.yml defines a postgres container, an nginx container (reverse proxy), and various Node APIs
    • LetsEncrypt on a crontab to renew SSL certificates for nginx
    • nginx reverse-proxies different hostnames to ports of different containers
    • nginx also serves static files for React applications, for example

    This server is also my CI server because I don't deploy often and high CPU usage for a few minutes to build a docker image is acceptable. I get reliable automatic deploys on commits to master for all of my projects, which has been nice for accepting pull requests from my phone and having them automatically deploy when I'm not near a computer. To achieve, this, I:

    • Installed adnanh/webhook as a systemd service.
    • Configured nginx to forward requests on a specific endpoint to webhook
    • Configured GitHub to call that webhook on pushes to master (with a hash that's verified by webhook, it's a built-in plugin)
    • The webhook script builds the docker image, moves it to the right directoy, and reloads nginx
    4 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

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    Man, I totally forgot T_D was even a thing. I blocked it the second its bullshit started appearing on the front page 3 years ago and have never looked back.

    Man, I totally forgot T_D was even a thing. I blocked it the second its bullshit started appearing on the front page 3 years ago and have never looked back.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Mine would be the Simulation Hypothesis. The Wikipedia link has more info and precisely worded statements, but the gist of it is: Computers will eventually be powerful enough to run a simulation...

    Mine would be the Simulation Hypothesis. The Wikipedia link has more info and precisely worded statements, but the gist of it is:

    1. Computers will eventually be powerful enough to run a simulation of Earth
    2. We'll actually likely run many hundreds of millions of simulations, not just one
    3. The probability that we're the base civilization is exceedingly unlikely

    The most compelling argument against it in my mind argues that (1) will not happen because we'll destroy ourselves before achieving that level of computing power.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests. in ~life

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    A valid point, but I, like tea_and_cats_please, am going to go ahead and trust the Yale geneticist instead.

    A valid point, but I, like tea_and_cats_please, am going to go ahead and trust the Yale geneticist instead.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal in ~misc

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    Absolutely. A writer's perspective and opinions on other subjects will influence his general opinion, and I would absolutely like to know if someone is a white nationalist as that biases their...

    Absolutely. A writer's perspective and opinions on other subjects will influence his general opinion, and I would absolutely like to know if someone is a white nationalist as that biases their outlook.

    It's unfortunate to see this in the WSJ, one of the only reasonable conservative outlets [1]. I'm afraid this presages the continuing polarization of our media.

    [1]: Media bias chart

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week in ~news

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    Is he going to start with the employees at his shitty country clubs?

    Is he going to start with the employees at his shitty country clubs?

  18. Comment on Jordan Peterson Announces Free Speech Platform ‘Thinkspot’ in ~tech

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    No thanks, I'd prefer to not have anything to do with Jordan Peterson, a person who: Is opposed to extending discrimination protections to gender identity Thinks feminism is responsible for...

    No thanks, I'd prefer to not have anything to do with Jordan Peterson, a person who:

    1. Is opposed to extending discrimination protections to gender identity
    2. Thinks feminism is responsible for destabilizing society
    3. Doesn't believe in climate change
    4. Claims everyone is religious, even if they explicitly refute it, because he thinks it's encoded in our DNA, and makes this claim repeatedly with zero proof
    11 votes
  19. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    If you breed an animal solely for the purpose of eating it, and provide it with a good life such that it's better for that animal to have lived than not lived, is eating meat actually unethical?...

    If you breed an animal solely for the purpose of eating it, and provide it with a good life such that it's better for that animal to have lived than not lived, is eating meat actually unethical? The animal would have not existed otherwise. In this scenario, you could make an argument that not eating meat is unethical, as you're depriving an animal of the chance to exist and have a good life.

    I recognize that this doesn't necessarily apply to our culture today given the horrendous conditions in factory farms, but it's an interesting thought experiment. Also, I don't think there's anything unethical about the actual act of eating meat (see: any other carnivorous animal. see also: there's evidence that eating cooked meat was one of the large drivers of human's increased cognitive ability)

    (I originally heard this argument on Sam Harris' podcast)

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase in ~tech

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    As a fellow fan with a deep desire to switch to Firefox, it's also not as fast or as efficient as Chrome. It uses about 4x the CPU as Chrome with the same tabs open and idle, which has a...

    As a fellow fan with a deep desire to switch to Firefox, it's also not as fast or as efficient as Chrome. It uses about 4x the CPU as Chrome with the same tabs open and idle, which has a significant battery impact on a laptop.

    It's also glitchy when rendering CSS position: sticky (with and without WebRender), and scrolling is noticeably slower than Chrome (again, with and without WebRender).

    I anxiously await the day it's a legitimately more performant browser.

    2 votes