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  1. Comment on Massive fire threatens Lake Tahoe, more ordered to flee in ~enviro

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    Good heavens that's chilling.

    “There is fire activity happening in California that we have never seen before. The critical thing for the public to know is evacuate early,” said Chief Thom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. “For the rest of you in California: Every acre can and will burn someday in this state.

    Good heavens that's chilling.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The end of the fourth episode of Grace and Frankie took me by surprise, so I looked up what's going on with production. Apparently there are more episodes to this season, they just haven't been...

    The end of the fourth episode of Grace and Frankie took me by surprise, so I looked up what's going on with production. Apparently there are more episodes to this season, they just haven't been released yet. I wasn't able to find out why, but also I didn't go digging very far. This will be the final season.

    I agree about the material. When they started in on the "Bud's penis has eczema" joke, I thought they had reached the bottom of the barrel.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on US parents say Peppa Pig is giving their kids British accents in ~tv

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    My kid and I just discovered Bluey last week, and we both love it. And I'm game for playing with him with an Australian dialect, which he seems to enjoy, too.

    My kid and I just discovered Bluey last week, and we both love it. And I'm game for playing with him with an Australian dialect, which he seems to enjoy, too.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Mycroft and the Patent Trolls in ~tech

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    From the weekly Mycroft newsletter:

    From the weekly Mycroft newsletter:

    Mycroft is now involved in five separate legal actions against Patent Assertion Entities (PAE). Needless to say, this is annoying and something that should be talked about, but we have been enjoined from speaking in one of the lawsuits so in an abundance of caution we haven't been speaking about any of them.

    At the same time, I’ve found myself struggling to explain the patent assertion story to people not steeped in legal jargon.

    I decided to tell Mycroft’s story in the most accessible and least threatening way I could: I wrote a children’s book. A harrowing tale of knights and heroes fighting for truth and justice. Mycroft and the Patent Trolls addresses a complex topic in an accessible and fanciful way.

    The book is also a fundraising mechanism for our patent litigation. 100% of the proceeds of the book will go toward defending our open source community from the PAEs efforts to extort us.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Donald Rumsfeld, influential but controversial Bush defense secretary, dies at 88 in ~news

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    I didn't quite understand the criticism over that statement, either. It has always reminded me of the Johari window, just using a slightly different phrasing.

    I didn't quite understand the criticism over that statement, either. It has always reminded me of the Johari window, just using a slightly different phrasing.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on NewsBlur Mongo database deleted in ransom attack (and restored) in ~tech

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    I'm really liking Podman as my Docker replacement. I don't build anything, so I have no experience there, but for just about everything else, it's worked a gem. I like the rootless nature of...

    I'm really liking Podman as my Docker replacement. I don't build anything, so I have no experience there, but for just about everything else, it's worked a gem.

    I like the rootless nature of Podman. It may be my ignorance of containers, but I think a rootless container is less of a security threat vector than one running with root privileges. I also like how services can talk to each other locally by setting up a pod, but those same services aren't accessible from the outside unless I open the appropriate ports.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    California has some songs that fit that description, at least in my opinion. "Home Is Such a Lonely Place", "San Diego", and the title track "California" all make me reflect on the twenty-plus...

    California has some songs that fit that description, at least in my opinion. "Home Is Such a Lonely Place", "San Diego", and the title track "California" all make me reflect on the twenty-plus years that have passed since I first started listening to blink. Nine has songs that touch on depression and nostalgia.

    I love blink-182 and who they've become as a band.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on This is why we don't shoot earth's garbage into the sun in ~space

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    Even though I've been saying for years we should launch our nuclear waste into the Sun, I am reminded that I am not, in fact, a rocket scientist. I never knew that gravity would be such an...

    Even though I've been saying for years we should launch our nuclear waste into the Sun, I am reminded that I am not, in fact, a rocket scientist. I never knew that gravity would be such an obstacle, and I never considered the possibility of a launch failure and the ensuing global catastrophe.

    Good thing they never asked me. (For once!)

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Scream (1996) in ~movies

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    Didn't Scream reinvigorate the slasher genre? As I recall, slasher movies were such victims of the tropes that Scream mocks that the genre as a whole was flat and lifeless. Maybe it's rose-tinted...

    Didn't Scream reinvigorate the slasher genre? As I recall, slasher movies were such victims of the tropes that Scream mocks that the genre as a whole was flat and lifeless. Maybe it's rose-tinted glasses, but I remember a sudden resurgence of interest in slasher movies after its release.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer? (...ahem...) a Linux printer? in ~tech

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    I second the use of Brother laser printers. I've got the HL-2270W, and it works with every flavor of Linux I've thrown at it.

    I second the use of Brother laser printers. I've got the HL-2270W, and it works with every flavor of Linux I've thrown at it.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    "The West" doesn't have it all figured out, either. Religious fundamentalism is used as justification for all sorts of legislation and action, from outlawing abortion to the bombing of clinics to...

    "The West" doesn't have it all figured out, either. Religious fundamentalism is used as justification for all sorts of legislation and action, from outlawing abortion to the bombing of clinics to stalking and killing individual providers. Yes, religious fundamentalism -- like most fundamentalism -- is bad, but don't let yourself believe a false notion that someone else has evolved into an enlightened state.

    12 votes
  12. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    What a vivid, heartbreaking description. Thank you for sharing that, it gives me a renewed respect for the struggle of ADHD.

    What a vivid, heartbreaking description. Thank you for sharing that, it gives me a renewed respect for the struggle of ADHD.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    Am I understanding this correctly? Is he saying that the greater offense is not the brutality itself, but the besmirching of character?

    Police brutality makes me angry, but when the cops lie about their victims afterwards, that false accusation is the ultimate outrage for me.

    Am I understanding this correctly? Is he saying that the greater offense is not the brutality itself, but the besmirching of character?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    That was one of my favorite details of Watchmen. Seems like an idea worth trying at the very least.

    That was one of my favorite details of Watchmen. Seems like an idea worth trying at the very least.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    So, the theme for this year's April Fool's Day is "we've rebranded"? Yay. I love the first of April on the internet.

    So, the theme for this year's April Fool's Day is "we've rebranded"?

    Yay. I love the first of April on the internet.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    Oh wow, I had completely forgotten about Sega Channel. A friend of mine had it (I was a strict Nintendo fanboy growing up), and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I had seen. I'm pretty...

    Oh wow, I had completely forgotten about Sega Channel. A friend of mine had it (I was a strict Nintendo fanboy growing up), and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I had seen. I'm pretty sure that's how we played Skitchin'. Thank you for reminding me of that!

    3 votes
  17. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 9 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    You're so right about that line. What did she sacrifice? She was in the midst of deep grief, and she was actively harming others by living in a reality of her own construction. I think that saying...

    You're so right about that line. What did she sacrifice? She was in the midst of deep grief, and she was actively harming others by living in a reality of her own construction. I think that saying Wanda sacrificed her illusion-family undercuts one of the powerful themes of the show: what our grief can lead us to do, and what consequences that might have on others.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The morals of jumping the line for a COVID vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    Is it a net negative? Or, is it less of a positive than the hypotheticals you provided? In my view, every jab gets us closer to herd immunity. Mind you, I'm not disagreeing with the spirit of your...

    Depending who that hypothetical person is, you're having a net negative on our collective safety

    Is it a net negative? Or, is it less of a positive than the hypotheticals you provided? In my view, every jab gets us closer to herd immunity.

    Mind you, I'm not disagreeing with the spirit of your argument. My moral side is well aware of how my selfish side is trying to rationalize things.

    6 votes