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  1. Comment on Mike Pompeo declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' in ~news

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    I mean, I think that your assessment of Pompeo's motivations is probably accurate, but also in a moral world we would call out genocide as an inherent evil, rather than weigh the effect on trade /...

    I mean, I think that your assessment of Pompeo's motivations is probably accurate, but also in a moral world we would call out genocide as an inherent evil, rather than weigh the effect on trade / international relations. There is, of course, a world of problematic counter-examples of the US ignoring / inflicting genocidal actions both at home and abroad that undercut that, but I can't say I'm too upset about this decision.

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  2. Comment on Mike Pompeo declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' in ~news

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    Regardless of what the intent of the outgoing administration is, there is some strong evidence of this being a genocide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uyghur_genocide...
    12 votes
  3. Comment on Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump in ~tech

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    Given that these actions from Twitter/FB/et al. are too little, done only when the door is about to hit his ass on the way out... and that the President literally has a room in his office that he...

    Given that these actions from Twitter/FB/et al. are too little, done only when the door is about to hit his ass on the way out... and that the President literally has a room in his office that he can deliver messages across the world at anytime he wants (if he were the type of person to do Whitehouse press conferences).

    But it’s still not great that the unelected officials running these platforms (Zuck, Dorsey, etc.) can make decisions like this. There’s no questioning their legal right to do so (First amendment doesn’t even begin to apply), and one could argue that these platforms should never have been the host to “important” public discourse due to their monetization incentives running counter to the public good. But still the fact remains that Dorsey and Zuckerberg are in some respects, more powerful and able to take action than the sitting US Congress. Given the current occupants of that body, it’s no great loss at the moment, but as we continue into the age of algorithmically enhanced speech, markets and politics... it’s more than a bit problematic that the people who stand to benefit the most from doing as little as possible to maintain their highly profitable status quo (which let us all remember, was to make money being the platform that powered the radicalization of the Q crowd) has more ability to restrain the President than the legislative arm of the United States government...

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  4. Comment on US trade group asks VP Pence to ‘seriously consider' invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump in ~news

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    Typically no, you must be charged within 48-72 hours of arrest. It’s possible if they invoked some patriot act shit and classified this as terrorism, they could hold you indefinitely but honestly...

    Typically no, you must be charged within 48-72 hours of arrest. It’s possible if they invoked some patriot act shit and classified this as terrorism, they could hold you indefinitely but honestly that’s terrifying to consider (if today has taught us anything, remember that once unleashed something like that could easily be brought out at the next BLM protest or whatever...)

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  5. Comment on In Georgia Runoff Elections, (D) Warnock wins vs (R) Loeffler, (D) Ossof very likely wins vs (R) Purdue in ~news

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    They would actually have to pass it again I believe, as it occurred during the last Congress, and bills don’t carry over

    which the house has already passed

    They would actually have to pass it again I believe, as it occurred during the last Congress, and bills don’t carry over

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    One also hopes that the incoming administration has a more thought out distribution plan than the current approach of “let the states undergoing various levels of budget crisis plan and fund the...

    One also prays to literally every diety ever concocted by mankind hopes that the incoming administration has a more thought out distribution plan than the current approach of “let the states undergoing various levels of budget crisis plan and fund the vaccination roll out “. Jan. 20th can’t come soon enough if for no other reason than the change in pandemic management, although obviously the change will not be instantaneous (and may have been further delayed by the current administration’s intransigence...)

    But words can’t describe how depressing it will be if/when some non-trivial percentage of this initial wave of vaccines expires unused.

    Rant It’s so stereotypically American to partake in the largest worldwide scientific outpouring of all time to create a miracle vaccine, only to fail because we can’t figure out how to efficiently distribute it over our fractured health systems (not to mention the last decade of underfunded rural hospital closures). I can’t wait for members of Congress to start calling for elimination of public health funding for the pandemic because “the vaccine is available.” (satire, I fucking pray).
    4 votes
  7. Comment on Hiding COVID-19: How Trump Administration guidance suppresses photography of the pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    I find the interlocking systems at play here fascinating. On the face of it, Severino’s guidance: Seems fairly reasonable, but as the article states: Which leads to significant reductions in...

    I find the interlocking systems at play here fascinating. On the face of it, Severino’s guidance:

    HIPAA does not permit covered health care providers to give the media, including film crews, access to any areas of their facilities where patients’ personal health information (PHI) will be accessible in any form (e.g. written, electronic, oral, or other visual or audio form) without first obtaining a written HIPAA authorization form from each patient whose PHI would be accessible to the media.

    Seems fairly reasonable, but as the article states:

    it comes down to the amount of legal risk a hospital is willing to assume and the amount of time it is willing to devote to figuring that out. A hospital has to wade through a lot of regulatory questions before deciding to let a journalist inside, and that means tapping into legal resources that might be scarce or expensive. And if a decision is made to grant access, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong and a privacy breach could happen...

    Which leads to significant reductions in photographic documentation of this pandemic, possibly causing the virus to be taken less seriously.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Heh -- my next playthrough will be doing exactly that (e.g., trying to do something completely different that this run). I think the bunker would have: Warning: major spoilers, do not read if you...

    Heh -- my next playthrough will be doing exactly that (e.g., trying to do something completely different that this run). I think the bunker would have:

    Warning: major spoilers, do not read if you haven't played already!let me go to the Island *before* the mercenary tribunal went down, as I probably would have seen evidence in there of the old man on the Island camping out. Unfortunately, my Interface was... not so great, and I failed the red check on the Bunker door (with like a 40% chance of success) -- fwiw, I'm talking about the Bunker on the Martenaise shore, and not the Island itself (which has the large bunker w/ the bulkhead door you have to go through to reach the Deserter). Instead, I had to:
    • go to Ruby, which triggered
    • the Merc. tribunal (where like... 6-7 people died!), after which
    • Klaasje left a ballistics trail in her bedroom pointing to the Island

    at which point I was able to go to Lilliene to get her skiff to head over (even though I had wanted to find a way since determining the three potential shot locations).

    This game rules :)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Similarly, you could something like CAM or CoreTemp to watch your CPU temperate. If it’s sitting at 100% for long durations you’ll definitely notice an increase.

    Similarly, you could something like CAM or CoreTemp to watch your CPU temperate. If it’s sitting at 100% for long durations you’ll definitely notice an increase.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Just finished my play-through, and damn I loved this game -- the world building, writing, and in particular, the dialogue system were top-notch. In the past, I've always struggled (but enjoyed)...

    Just finished my play-through, and damn I loved this game -- the world building, writing, and in particular, the dialogue system were top-notch.

    In the past, I've always struggled (but enjoyed) with dialogue-tree heavy games like this, as I often fall into the trap of trying to 'optimize' the results of every conversation to get the maximal 'reward' (e.g., even going so far as to reload to retry a conversation). Disco Elysium did a really excellent job of breaking me out that mold by:

    • throwing a huge number of choices at you, right up front -- and showing that even when you fuck up, it's not the end of the world (unless you've gone full Apocalypse cop)
    • The mix of red vs white checks is very well done to make you feel like you're not missing out on too much, while still presenting real missed opportunities: e.g.:
      Warning minor spoilers I never got into the Bunker on the shore, even though I'm pretty sure what I would have found in there
    • The game rewards taking the crazy/fun choice in a huge way, with your wild ass hunches so often turning out to be true and relevant to the case.

    It was easily the most fun I've had in a game in years.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Eleven days in ~talk

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    Congrats, man! Really glad to hear you two are doing well.

    Congrats, man! Really glad to hear you two are doing well.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on GOG bails on selling Taiwanese horror game Devotion in ~games

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    I mean... you’re asking a for profit company to voluntarily do something that may get them banned from the Chinese market and lose whatever percent of their sales that entails (possibly even an...

    it's just because GOG want to kiss some dictator's ass.

    I mean... you’re asking a for profit company to voluntarily do something that may get them banned from the Chinese market and lose whatever percent of their sales that entails (possibly even an existential threat, depending on the business). It’s not exactly surprising that this occurred.

    This is like getting upset at a State when they give ridiculous tax incentives to a business to bring them in. Yes, the State may have made a bad deal (see: Foxconn + Wisconsin), but really the issue is that there’s a lack of federal regulation on the topic that creates a zero-sum game that only benefits large companies: if I as a State don’t try to bribe Jeff Bezos to build an Amazon center in my locality, it’s going to go somewhere else. Meanwhile Bezos et. al. come out with more benefits as a result of the bidding war.

    Long semi-related analogy aside, really the only way to get around this is a government policy these companies can point to and say “Look China, we’d love to help you out, but I legally can’t”, or to have buy-in from most of the US economy (are they really prepared to ban all US companies?).... although it’s hard to say how you could craft that type of thing with the dysfunctional cess-pool of a federal government that can’t figure out how to get money to people during times of historic unemployment.

    I’m not trying to argue for or against their decision, but just point out it’s... just not that simple for a company to have morals on its own, particularly when it might seriously impact their bottom line.

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  13. Comment on Debunking an election fraud claim using open data and Dolt in ~misc

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    Ahhh yeah, that makes sense -- you're right from a data-distribution point of view, that's definitely what you want (and what the blog implies is one of the major purposes of DoIt).

    Ahhh yeah, that makes sense -- you're right from a data-distribution point of view, that's definitely what you want (and what the blog implies is one of the major purposes of DoIt).

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Debunking an election fraud claim using open data and Dolt in ~misc

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    Possibly, though I'm not really opposed to commits like: which would work fine for the CSV's they use as example here (probably not so much for whatever their internal DoIt format is). Really the...

    I think the commit history would be cleaner with the data separate from the code?

    Possibly, though I'm not really opposed to commits like:

    "Updated DB from source to DATE"

    which would work fine for the CSV's they use as example here (probably not so much for whatever their internal DoIt format is). Really the problem I have is that managing multiple repos quickly becomes a PITA. Git sub-modules are... not great, sharing credentials through Jenkins/Docker or your CI of choice is less than ideal, etc. That may just come down to personal taste though :)

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Debunking an election fraud claim using open data and Dolt in ~misc

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    This is an interesting article... at first I was thinking, why would I want Pandas without the nice built-in text parsing features that comes with it (and Python). But the idea of a DB as a first...

    This is an interesting article... at first I was thinking, why would I want Pandas without the nice built-in text parsing features that comes with it (and Python). But the idea of a DB as a first class Git citizen is interesting, though again you could get all of the functionality they’re demonstrating here by adding a .csv to your git repo. Will be interesting to see how this goes in the future, and/or the interop with plain git (e.g., I’d be way more likely to stick a DoIt DB in my git repo rather than have a dedicated DoIt repo solely for the DB)

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  16. Comment on Could "fuzzing" voting, election, and judicial process improve decisionmaking and democratic outcomes? in ~misc

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    Hmm, good point. I’ll admit it’s not my brightest idea ever, but I also don’t know if it’s that much worse than our current system of non-transparency on the influence end (e.g., the ‘legal’...

    Politicians could simply claim to their constituents and the press that they voted one way, when they actually did the opposite

    Hmm, good point. I’ll admit it’s not my brightest idea ever, but I also don’t know if it’s that much worse than our current system of non-transparency on the influence end (e.g., the ‘legal’ corruption of PACs and dark money here in the states), and hyper transparency and public excoriation at perceived disobedience that makes it effectively impossible for most politicians to go against the party line. I’m not sure how to get out of that without providing some measure of anonymity (probably less than full), unless the fuzzing itself can change the structural and procedural incentives enough to break the accelerating trend towards hyperpartisan top-down leadership, as @dredmorbius suggests.

    2 votes