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  1. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    Ben & Jerry's is a "Superpermium" brand, which is the highest quality tier the International Dairy Foods Association certifies. The key metrics behind which tier a tub of ice cream can be labeled...

    Ben & Jerry's is a "Superpermium" brand, which is the highest quality tier the International Dairy Foods Association certifies. The key metrics behind which tier a tub of ice cream can be labeled with are fat content and the amount of air in the mixture. Higher quality ice creams have more dairy fat and less air, resulting in a denser, creamier product. There is also the nebulous requirement that the manufacturer use the "best quality ingredients".

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    Fancy ice cream also has a hell of a lot more dairy fat, which is why it tastes creamier.

    Fancy ice cream also has a hell of a lot more dairy fat, which is why it tastes creamier.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Democrats circulate draft antitrust bills that could reshape Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in ~tech

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    The problem is that there isn't a single market where Apple has a clear market majority, let alone anything approaching a monopoly.

    The problem is that there isn't a single market where Apple has a clear market majority, let alone anything approaching a monopoly.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on US Department of Justice recovers $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin that Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware extortionists in ~tech

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    Regardless of the preparedness of our private entities, these are foreign attacks against Americans and should be treated as such by our government. Biting back, and making it clear that we are...

    Regardless of the preparedness of our private entities, these are foreign attacks against Americans and should be treated as such by our government. Biting back, and making it clear that we are not to be messed with, is one possible avenue.

    You probably still expect the police to investigate the robbery of your house even if you left the door unlocked.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Supreme Court turns away challenge to the rule that only men register for the draft in ~news

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    I think drafting civilians also makes the electorate more cautious about supporting foreign conflicts. I feel like Vietnam wouldn't have been nearly as controversial as it was if all the soldiers...

    I think drafting civilians also makes the electorate more cautious about supporting foreign conflicts. I feel like Vietnam wouldn't have been nearly as controversial as it was if all the soldiers we sent there were volunteers, even though the deaths of drafted civilians was not at all the worst of our crimes in the war.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Supreme Court turns away challenge to the rule that only men register for the draft in ~news

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    I'm about as bleeding heart anti-war as you can get. I even struggled going fishing with my dad as a kid because I did not enjoy hurting the fish, that is how much I detest real-world violence....

    I'm about as bleeding heart anti-war as you can get. I even struggled going fishing with my dad as a kid because I did not enjoy hurting the fish, that is how much I detest real-world violence. But I am not opposed to the general idea of a draft or other form of required civilian military service. I think facing the potential of having to send themselves or their children to fight forces the electorate to think more carefully about what conflicts are actually worth engaging in.

    When it's 100% volunteer, it becomes really easy to hide behind a shield of "they chose to fight for their country".

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Looking to buy a new television but I'm technologically overwhelmed in ~tech

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    The LG OLEDs have a realy good anti-glare coating, so I doubt it would be a bad experience or anything. But if you like a really bright picture relative to your environment, it won't get as bright...

    The LG OLEDs have a realy good anti-glare coating, so I doubt it would be a bad experience or anything. But if you like a really bright picture relative to your environment, it won't get as bright as a good LCD.

    Here are some points of comparison:

    • A new LG OLED display will probably do about 700 nits.
    • A high quality new LCD TV will do 1000 nits.
    • The TV you are replacing probably does 400 nits.
    1 vote
  8. Comment on Looking to buy a new television but I'm technologically overwhelmed in ~tech

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    The LG OLED is a fantastic recommendation in this price range but there are a couple of things to keep in mind for your potential use case: They have lower peak brightness than modern LCDs, so...

    The LG OLED is a fantastic recommendation in this price range but there are a couple of things to keep in mind for your potential use case:

    • They have lower peak brightness than modern LCDs, so they may not be a perfect fit if your living room is super bright, particularly if there will be a window shining directly on it from behind your couch. I keep my OLED in a farily bright room, but the wall behind me has no windows so it works fine.
    • They are somewhat susceptible to burn-in. Not as bad as old CRTs and plasmas, but it is a thing that you wouldn't see in an LCD.
    3 votes
  9. Comment on It's vital Sony maintains its PlayStation 4 support in ~games

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    Weird, this is literally the first I've heard of anyone having those kinds of issues. I bought my PS4 on launch day and it still works basically like new. I upgraded the hard drive in 2016 and...

    Weird, this is literally the first I've heard of anyone having those kinds of issues. I bought my PS4 on launch day and it still works basically like new. I upgraded the hard drive in 2016 and cleaned dust out of it two years ago and that is it.

    Frankly though even if your issues are common, they're nothing like the red ring of death and yellow light of death issues that plagued the 7th gen consoles.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on It's vital Sony maintains its PlayStation 4 support in ~games

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    My PS4 just goes through a disk check procedure automatically after a power outage. Windows does the same thing. I assume Xboxes actually do too and just don't tell the user about it.

    My PS4 just goes through a disk check procedure automatically after a power outage. Windows does the same thing. I assume Xboxes actually do too and just don't tell the user about it.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on It's vital Sony maintains its PlayStation 4 support in ~games

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    I'm going to disagree with this. I primarily play games on PC, but I own both a PS4 and an Xbox One. I find the PS4 system menu considerably more intuitive than that of the Xbox One. It's not even...

    its software inferior.

    I'm going to disagree with this. I primarily play games on PC, but I own both a PS4 and an Xbox One. I find the PS4 system menu considerably more intuitive than that of the Xbox One. It's not even close. The Xbox One menu feels laggy and disorganized. It's typical Microsoft software.

    I think PlayStation continues to dominate in popularity because they have a big library of high quality exclusive games. Microsoft has a small stable of exclusives, but has struggled to maintain a consistent output of quality exclusives the way Sony has. People primarily buy these machines to play games, so of course they will gravitate to whichever machine has better games.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Neil Gaiman defends Sandman show casting nonbinary, black actors in ~tv

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    I just watched an episode of Enterprise last night that was basically a thinly veiled, scathing criticism of the Reagan administration's handling of the AIDS epidemic. If some of the people...

    I just watched an episode of Enterprise last night that was basically a thinly veiled, scathing criticism of the Reagan administration's handling of the AIDS epidemic.

    If some of the people complaining about Discovery's diversity saw that episode today I think they would flip their shit. Discovery has a lot of problems, but the artificially diverse cast is not one of them. This has been a core tenet of the IP since its inception.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Amazon devices in the US will automatically join the Amazon Sidewalk mesh network and start sharing internet with neighbors on June 10th, unless opted out in ~tech

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    Renting networking equipment from your ISP is already a scam.

    Renting networking equipment from your ISP is already a scam.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Amazon devices in the US will automatically join the Amazon Sidewalk mesh network and start sharing internet with neighbors on June 10th, unless opted out in ~tech

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    This doesn't really work in most of the US where you usually only have one reasonable option for high speed internet.

    If an ISP tells a user that they need to remove their amazon device to continue using the service, the user will probably opt to switch ISP to anther one and then complain about the ISP on twitter.

    This doesn't really work in most of the US where you usually only have one reasonable option for high speed internet.

    21 votes
  15. Comment on Joe Biden's budget proposal: President sets for out $6tn spending plan in ~news

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    Deficit hawks only give a shit about spending when it doesn't directly line their own pockets. They had absolutely no trouble blowing a gaping $1.5T hole in the budget the first chance they got as...

    deficit hawks don’t like more spending period.

    Deficit hawks only give a shit about spending when it doesn't directly line their own pockets. They had absolutely no trouble blowing a gaping $1.5T hole in the budget the first chance they got as soon as Trump took office.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    I don't think the FCC (or any government entity) regulating what people can say on social media will ever go well. And frankly, it's a can of worms I don't think anyone should want to open....

    I don't think the FCC (or any government entity) regulating what people can say on social media will ever go well. And frankly, it's a can of worms I don't think anyone should want to open. Regardless, there isn't much of a discussion to be had there, seeing as such laws would be actual violations of the first amendment.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    I don't think bringing back the Fairness Doctrine would have any impact on movements native to social media like QAnon. If anything, it would further fuel their narrative that the media is...

    I don't think bringing back the Fairness Doctrine would have any impact on movements native to social media like QAnon. If anything, it would further fuel their narrative that the media is controlled by a shadowy cabal of pedophile communist vampire lizards.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on "What has been happening across the arts is not a recession. It is not even a depression. It is a catastrophe." in ~arts

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    I agree that Napster had a net positive effect on the music industry, as it accelerated the adoption of a more equitable business model. I was just saying that the author's argument was not...

    I agree that Napster had a net positive effect on the music industry, as it accelerated the adoption of a more equitable business model. I was just saying that the author's argument was not without merit.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on "What has been happening across the arts is not a recession. It is not even a depression. It is a catastrophe." in ~arts

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    Napster made piracy considerably more accessible, and eliminated the drawbacks that came with making copies of analog mediums. To say it and other file sharing platforms didn't make piracy more...

    Napster made piracy considerably more accessible, and eliminated the drawbacks that came with making copies of analog mediums. To say it and other file sharing platforms didn't make piracy more mainstream seems inaccurate.

    I understand where the author is coming from, even if their own anti-piracy rhetoric leaves out pieces of the story. We as a society considerably under-value art. People expect most of the art they consume to be free or almost free, which just doesn't seem sustainable. Our appetite for free content is directly responsible for the privacy-hostile internet economy we have today. I regularly see people scoff at the idea of spending less to watch a TV show than they probably spent at Starbuck's this morning. Services like Spotify seem like a downright bad deal for many musicians.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on White House offers GOP reduced $1.7 trillion dollars infrastructure plan in attempt to compromise in ~news

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    This year's budget reconciliation was already used on COVID relief spending

    This year's budget reconciliation was already used on COVID relief spending

    2 votes