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  1. Comment on We work at the ACLU. Here’s what we think about vaccine mandates. in ~health.coronavirus

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    It definitely is a medical procedure and there is some risk involved. It is just that the risk is tiny and the benefits super obvious!

    It definitely is a medical procedure and there is some risk involved. It is just that the risk is tiny and the benefits super obvious!

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  2. Comment on We work at the ACLU. Here’s what we think about vaccine mandates. in ~health.coronavirus

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    Now that I think more closely when I got a wok visa for NZ I did have to have a few checkups (TBC screening IIRC), there were probably some additional things I've forgotten there. I did get a...

    Now that I think more closely when I got a wok visa for NZ I did have to have a few checkups (TBC screening IIRC), there were probably some additional things I've forgotten there.

    I did get a bunch of vaccinations done when travelling that have been recommended when going to different areas, India, Thailand, China, Peru, Saudi Arabia etc. But I can't recall if these were required for entry...

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  3. Comment on The Wheel Of Time – Official teaser trailer | Prime Video in ~tv

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    You might be right. I think I read the first book back in 96/97 and read through the first few released ones fairly quickly. Then as you catch up to the author there is more of a gap between...

    You might be right. I think I read the first book back in 96/97 and read through the first few released ones fairly quickly. Then as you catch up to the author there is more of a gap between reading which leads me to be not as invested in the story (since I forget a bunch of it between reading the books). Maybe I should try them again...

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  4. Comment on We work at the ACLU. Here’s what we think about vaccine mandates. in ~health.coronavirus

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    Are you sure? I've travelled pretty extensively and never had to show any vaccination records as far as I can remember. Maybe it is due to me comming from Sweden with a robust vaccination program,...

    Are you sure? I've travelled pretty extensively and never had to show any vaccination records as far as I can remember. Maybe it is due to me comming from Sweden with a robust vaccination program, but I can't recall ever having to prove actual vaccination status as part of entering another country (before covid limitations). Besides I imagine these mandates would apply inside a country not just when crossing borders right?

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  5. Comment on The Wheel Of Time – Official teaser trailer | Prime Video in ~tv

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    The wheel of time series is soooooooo long. I am curious to see if they manage to do the whole thing or if they'll shut it down early. The length of the series and that a few of the middle books...

    The wheel of time series is soooooooo long. I am curious to see if they manage to do the whole thing or if they'll shut it down early. The length of the series and that a few of the middle books (don't even remember which ones) are not that great and don't significantly move the plot forward is the main reason I can't recommend anyone to pick up the series. It is just too much to get through! That said, I will definitely watch this show and hope they do a good job of telling the story! Also Brandon Sanderson do deserve a lot of credit for wrapping up the series after Robert Jordan passed. That can not have been an easy task!

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  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I started helping Öppna Skolplatformen to integrate with my local municipality. It is basically an app for communicating between guardians and school (attendance, schedules, news etc). Today in my...

    I started helping Öppna Skolplatformen to integrate with my local municipality. It is basically an app for communicating between guardians and school (attendance, schedules, news etc). Today in my municipality this is done by accessing a webpage and logging in with your BankID (basically becoming a necessity for living in Sweden at this point). The page is... not great. Anyway, I just finished reverse engineering the HTTP calls necessary to perform the login so next steps will be to build the data scraping for fetching the necessary info.

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  7. Comment on We work at the ACLU. Here’s what we think about vaccine mandates. in ~health.coronavirus

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    Mandating vaccination against COVID-19 in order to curtail a global pandemic seems fair as long as it's done under some sort of emergency provision. There are a few other cases where freedoms are...

    Mandating vaccination against COVID-19 in order to curtail a global pandemic seems fair as long as it's done under some sort of emergency provision. There are a few other cases where freedoms are limited due to circumstances, e.g war & natural disasters. However, there is a difference in making these types of mandates permanent and some possibly unforseen consequences.

    There is a slippery slope argument. If we mandate vaccination, what other medical procedures must you perform in order to retain your benefits? From seasonal flue shots, other more rare diseases? To you can't travel if your diagnosed with depression or have restless leg syndrome. Even if you limit it to transmissible diseases clearly there is a spectrum and somewhere a decision needs to be made about what is ok.

    Who will bear the cost? How will it be enforced? If I am strapped for cash and need to travel for some reason will the cost of whatever vaccines I need just be included in the ticket price? What if I hitch hike or take my car? Will we have spot checks around our countries where people are stopped and their vaccination status validated? Is there a fine? Are you incarcerated? What's the consequence?

    If you want a system where your medical status determines some freedoms these are some of the questions you will need to answer. Coming to agreement on this on the general case as opposed to the specific emergency case associated with COVID-19 seems like it will (and should) take some time...

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  8. Comment on The great American science heist in ~science

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    Seems like a more reasonable approach from a government perspective would be to either release the patents to the public domain. Or if you wanted to be protectionistic you could have a stepped...

    Seems like a more reasonable approach from a government perspective would be to either release the patents to the public domain. Or if you wanted to be protectionistic you could have a stepped licencing approach, eg. After filing a patent

    1. Year 1 - retain the patent for gov. purposes
    2. Year 2 - allow development partners to license the patent for $XXX.
    3. Year 3 - allow American based companies to license the patent for $XXX
    4. Year 4-10 - decrease the licensing fee on a yearly basis until some useful product has been developed
    5. Year 11 - release the patent to the public domain

    The timeline could of course be altered and exceptions made in case of "security" or whatever.

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  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Started playing The Ascent with a friend yesterday. We immediately ran into some problem with the graphics settings. The game out of the box seem to have raytracing enabled! Neither of us comps...

    Started playing The Ascent with a friend yesterday. We immediately ran into some problem with the graphics settings. The game out of the box seem to have raytracing enabled! Neither of us comps with graphics cards that support that. So the game was super janky and unplayable. We finally figures out that if we set the DIrectX version used to 12. It enabled the raytracing settings (the settings could not be changed in DX11, but defaulted to raytracing being enabled) so we could disable them... Phew... After that it was pretty smooth sailing and seems like a really enjoyable game... Don't think a lot of people will have our patience with fiddling with the settings though.

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  10. Comment on Introducing the PineNote, a high-end e-ink device from Pine64 in ~tech

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    Would be cool if it is anywhere close to that (maybe play doom on eInk would be feasible). But as long as it is above say 15hz I think I would consider it. But then again I have low standards :)

    Would be cool if it is anywhere close to that (maybe play doom on eInk would be feasible). But as long as it is above say 15hz I think I would consider it. But then again I have low standards :)

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  11. Comment on Introducing the PineNote, a high-end e-ink device from Pine64 in ~tech

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    This would actually be a pretty nice service to set up. Let me specify a product I want at various levels of detail and then send me a link when I can order it from somewhere.

    This would actually be a pretty nice service to set up. Let me specify a product I want at various levels of detail and then send me a link when I can order it from somewhere.

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  12. Comment on Introducing the PineNote, a high-end e-ink device from Pine64 in ~tech

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    I am rarely excited about products, but the PineNote seems like something I would really want! If it is easy to hook up a keyboard to I'd consider using it as a primary interface for work even....

    I am rarely excited about products, but the PineNote seems like something I would really want! If it is easy to hook up a keyboard to I'd consider using it as a primary interface for work even. I'd need a separate computer somewhere to compile code and run software, but this seems like it would be capable to run a simple shell to interact with that computer remotely... I really like eink displays as a concept! Need to read up on this some more.

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  13. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    Out of curiosity why is it called "gubernatorial" rather than "governatorial"? Would the latter refer to something related to government rather than governorship?

    Out of curiosity why is it called "gubernatorial" rather than "governatorial"? Would the latter refer to something related to government rather than governorship?

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  14. Comment on Don’t farm bugs in ~humanities

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    This does have some interesting implications. Do severely disabled people not have moral worth for instance? If not, is it ok to eat them? What about children? They could be viewed as at least...

    moral worth comes from the potential to follow the social contract and/or contribute to society.

    This does have some interesting implications. Do severely disabled people not have moral worth for instance? If not, is it ok to eat them? What about children? They could be viewed as at least currently incapable of contributing and following the social contract (you did add the "potential" there so maybe the kids are safe ;) ).

    Do people who don't want to follow the social contract nor contribute have moral worth? What if I loose my ability to contribute do I then loose my moral worth despite having contributed before? How much must I contribute? What if I do something thinking I am contributing when in fact I am just detrimental to society (like being a mime, which all reasonable people agree that it is ok to eat).

    The problem I think boils down to it being hard/impossible to come up with a set of criteria where it is impossible to come up with somewhat morally dubious implications. Being conscious is in my view the best one. But even that is difficult to nail down (especially if you view consciousness as a continuous scale rather than a binary yes or no)...

    I don't think it makes sense to say something is wrong for us to do it, but it's okay for others to do it even if we could stop them or change the situation.

    It could be that despite an action being wrong you don't necessarily have an obligation to stop it. You aren't under any obligation to take a bullet for someone for instance even if that person is a saint and you know that the person shooting them is acting in an immoral way. Perhaps if there was less at stake for you might have more responsibility. Like if just saying "Nah" would prevent the killing without any further complications for you, then it becomes a bit harder to argue... Especially if you consider that inactivity is also a decision...

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  15. Comment on Don’t farm bugs in ~humanities

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    If sentience is "the ability to experience sensations" then I don't think there is any doubt what so ever that insects are sentient. They do react to stimuli and seem capable of at least having...

    If sentience is "the ability to experience sensations" then I don't think there is any doubt what so ever that insects are sentient. They do react to stimuli and seem capable of at least having some internal representation of the world around them. They react in a non-automatic way so it isn't all hard wired reflexes. Also as noted in the article they are capable of some learning. Sentience is not the same as consciousness though which in my view would make a much stronger case in favour of avoiding killing insects. Consciousness is more of a sliding scale than sentience...

    All that however is the weak argument of the text. The part about insect farming just feeding into the current industrial animal farming complex is a much stronger argument. We know that animal farming in its current form is unsustainable so we need to stop doing it. Feeding animals insect protein might be better than feeding then fish protein (from an environmental pov), but ultimately we need to shift our food source away from animal farming.

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  16. Comment on I’ve landed my first interview! Any advice? in ~life

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    Prepare a few questions that you would like an answer to from the company. When I do interviews I usually leave some room for those so the interviewee can get some additional info about the...

    Prepare a few questions that you would like an answer to from the company. When I do interviews I usually leave some room for those so the interviewee can get some additional info about the job/company It might be that the people in the interview won't be able to answer some, but it does show that you are actually interested in the job if you've done a bit of research about the company/product. This of course won't be the main focus of the first interview, but can be helpful.

    • It could be nice for instance to know why the company is looking to hire (unless that is evident from the ad).
    • Ask them about what you can expect to do on a typical day. Eg a walkthrough of a normal day.
    • Looking ahead a bit after a few months what would indicate that you've succeeded in the role? Are there any key metrics?
    • I usually just assume now a days that everyone is using version control and have some kind of build pipeline set up, but it's always good to validate. Related are the 12 questions in the "Joel Test".
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  17. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies

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    Reading the other comments it seems "It has pockets" should be a brand for skirts and dresses 😄 Congrats on finishing it and it does look lovely!

    Reading the other comments it seems "It has pockets" should be a brand for skirts and dresses 😄 Congrats on finishing it and it does look lovely!

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  18. Comment on ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients in ~health.coronavirus

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    Not from a societal point of view. On a personal level of course if I got to choose I'd be picking based on my subjective preferences (it would be impossible not to). But as a society I think it...

    Surely you would agree that if anyone has to suffer the consequences of COVID, it would be preferable for it not to be the careful, the considerate, and the rational rather than the reckless, the selfish, and the stupid.

    Not from a societal point of view. On a personal level of course if I got to choose I'd be picking based on my subjective preferences (it would be impossible not to). But as a society I think it would be hard/impossible to agree on an objective measure for those criteria. Eg. who is being reckless vs who is being just stupid?

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  19. Comment on ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients in ~health.coronavirus

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    No. People do not deserve to die because of their beliefs no matter how misguided those beliefs are. That is quite frankly an horrible position to take. The price for stupidity should be mitigated...
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    Not only is it massively hypocritical, but they deserve to reap what they sow.

    No. People do not deserve to die because of their beliefs no matter how misguided those beliefs are. That is quite frankly an horrible position to take. The price for stupidity should be mitigated by society as much as possible. Not only is n the case of Covid but just as a general principle. Next time I might be the stupid one and if possible I'd like it if the consequences of my stupidity wasn't a possible death sentence.

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  20. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    Even if these particular billionaires made optimal choices (debatable as you noted) and even if they had made their money through only their own labor, I think it is morally wrong that individuals...

    Even if these particular billionaires made optimal choices (debatable as you noted) and even if they had made their money through only their own labor, I think it is morally wrong that individuals have that much unchecked influence at their fingertips.

    If we value a democratic society we should strive to push fundamental decisions into that domain. There are competing needs in a society and a limited amount of resources. So the question is to what degree should the allocation of resources be up to individuals/orgs and to what degree should it be a democratic decision?

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