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  1. Comment on Commercially-available chairs from Star Trek in ~tv

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    I love people.

    I love people.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning comedian, dies at 68 in ~movies

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    Sidney Poitier passed away about two weeks ago, there have been quite a few.

    Sidney Poitier passed away about two weeks ago, there have been quite a few.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion USD in ~games

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    Oh how I hate monopolies, MS has been on a buying spree and someone needs to stop them, but it will likely never happen. This is even worse, I can't believe someone is letting all of this slide...

    Oh how I hate monopolies, MS has been on a buying spree and someone needs to stop them, but it will likely never happen.

    "Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard. [...] he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture."

    This is even worse, I can't believe someone is letting all of this slide and a massive paycheck.

    17 votes
  4. Comment on China’s next regulatory target — algorithms, the secret of many tech giants’ success in ~tech

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    That is by far the most important item on the agenda, hoping this has far reaching effects across the globe.

    Users must be able to opt out of having recommendation services via algorithms.

    That is by far the most important item on the agenda, hoping this has far reaching effects across the globe.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Is there a way to globally switch out a word in ~comp

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    Fairly easy to add extensions on Firefox Android if that's what you are using! Just make your own collection and add the ID and name to the app, you'll be able to add any Firefox extension to the...

    Fairly easy to add extensions on Firefox Android if that's what you are using!

    Just make your own collection and add the ID and name to the app, you'll be able to add any Firefox extension to the mobile browser, most of which work.

    I even have tampermonkey running and a bunch of custom scripts.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    There is no call to action there, it's a method of airing grievances and rejoicing in the idea that we aren't alone. Small things help. I don't know if I am misreading you, but that mention of...

    There is no call to action there, it's a method of airing grievances and rejoicing in the idea that we aren't alone. Small things help.

    I don't know if I am misreading you, but that mention of weather was about the climate crisis we are all living through without any real methods to stop due to the control the corporate class have on us and the planet. The entire post relates to each other in a complex mash of dystopian sadness.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    I wrote this, albeit brief and somewhat sporadic, message on Tumblr the other night: I posted that last section yesterday in my strange self-reblog chain style of posts, and it has nearly 200...

    I wrote this, albeit brief and somewhat sporadic, message on Tumblr the other night:

    Is it me or are we all just going slightly mad?

    the answer is obvious, but I love how we are all just pretending that everything is normal, totally fine, nothing to see here, move along now

    We have no leadership, the rich have been getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, our public infrastructure is broken and crumbling, the outside weather is becoming unusually warm and dangerous, we have more people sick than we have ever had before, we have the growing rise of fascism, terrorism, and violence, death rates from overdoses are skyrocketing, our healthcare is near non-existent, corporations continue to control and monitor nearly every little thing that we do, war is always stirring up either directly by the governments above us, or by the media and stock markets around us.

    But hey, we have reality television and new game shows so we might as well just forget that we are seeing the real time devastation of societal collapse. The little things are the only things that are keeping some of us going, and any way that we can control our own lives is important even if it is to just sit back and forget about the world.

    We are living in dark and interesting times, I want it to end, but I don't want to go back to the normal before all this — this global event we are all experiencing just launched us faster than ever towards the cliff of destabilization, perhaps for the better, but in moments of uncertainty we can only dwindle on the most shocking and negative, and feel entirely powerless and without any semblance of personal control.

    I posted that last section yesterday in my strange self-reblog chain style of posts, and it has nearly 200 notes, so you are most certainly not alone in this mentality.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes found guilty in ~news

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    She took money from billionaires and tried to do something cool with it and got swept up in reality and marketing. The only reason she went to trial and subsequently found guilty was because she...

    She took money from billionaires and tried to do something cool with it and got swept up in reality and marketing. The only reason she went to trial and subsequently found guilty was because she lost money from all across the ruling class, showed that they serve no due diligence on their investments, and made a public mockery of them. She was someone who they had to make an example of.

    Edit: I never said what she did was right or if the technology was remotely close to what they were hoping for, just that this would have been just another obscure failure. She was only convicted on fraud to investors, and not for the results to customers that were the majority of the other counts she was up for. The results were not great for the customers, but only marginally below industry standards and still used a new type of system to attempt.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    7. NFT's have limited, if any, consumer protections - something that NFTs/crypto enthusiasts try to spin as a 'positive' and a 'fight against the system'. NFT's have no method of cancelling...

    7. NFT's have limited, if any, consumer protections - something that NFTs/crypto enthusiasts try to spin as a 'positive' and a 'fight against the system'. NFT's have no method of cancelling transactions, returning rights, federal requirements for processing, hacking, identity, or insurance guarantees, limited transaction fees, and many many many more consumer protections that have made life somewhat livable inside our capitalistic hellscape.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    If there was a children's cartoon where someone created a form of art that other rich people threw money into at one end and out the other end released black exhaust that killed the environment it...

    If there was a children's cartoon where someone created a form of art that other rich people threw money into at one end and out the other end released black exhaust that killed the environment it would be a stereotypical comically evil throwaway plot. Yet here we are.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on Blocking users in ~tildes

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    I'm particularly fond of how you came up with a simple method of doing so, and I think this might have some merit of secret meta tags being built into the already existing tag and filtering...

    I'm particularly fond of how you came up with a simple method of doing so, and I think this might have some merit of secret meta tags being built into the already existing tag and filtering system. Simple, clean, wouldn't require many changes. The biggest issue would be comments, which don't currently have tags (but I think should!)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Betty White dies: Legendary ‘Golden Girls’ star and multiple Emmy award winner was 99 in ~tv

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    She had 24 leap days in her life, she was 100 in my book.

    She had 24 leap days in her life, she was 100 in my book.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Your theme for 2022 in ~talk

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    I have never done themes, or goals for that matter. I've never even considered it. I'll take what the last few months have taught me, and press it into a higher gear over the next several months...

    I have never done themes, or goals for that matter. I've never even considered it. I'll take what the last few months have taught me, and press it into a higher gear over the next several months to hopefully set the tone for the rest of the year. Retrospectively, it was the realization and deciding of what I enjoy, and what I do not.

    This upcoming years themes based on the last few months:

    1. Maximalization quite the opposite of most people's goals, but I have lived a fairly frugal and insanely minimalistic life in nearly all regards, and I do believe there is joy in being orderly and clean, but there are more joys in living in decadence of the things you love. This doesn't mean to be unruly and unorganized or to spend copious amounts of money, but to just to be focused on what you want more of, whether those are physical things, relationships, interests — I want more of all of it. I want to experience and take hold of more things.

    2. Realizations I've recently started coming to terms with some self-shattering realizations on life. I am working through them (with the help of many friends!), and life will become much stranger moving forward but I am happy to be coming to terms. I also have begin to take in a new view on social experiences, and have just learned to not really care about any of them or opinions. It's breathtaking in how freeing it feels, but still following Wheaton's Law of course.

    3. Output & Misperfection Several years ago I was prolific in my output, starting a few companies, working on projects, selling companies, selling projects, activism, studying, making friends, keeping friends, relationships, this ties into #1, but most importantly I want to make more things. I want to make far more, even if it isn't perfect, especially if it isn't perfect. I have a tendency these past few years to work and present tirelessly to only deliver near perfect results. I detest it, I am going to change that and break that misbegoten mold. I didn't do those things years ago (tied to #2). This next year will be the re-emergence of that better world view, but enhanced. The last few months have been heading that way already, but I expect over the next few months it will be far more notable to myself and others.

    All of those tie into one another, but broken down they sound far more doable, hopefully. Most of these realizations are likely due to finally being diagnosed and prescribed medication (non-stimulant) for ADHD.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What programming languages or technical projects did you focus on in 2021? What will you focus on in 2022? in ~comp

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    For the past 18 months I've developed five complete hard prototypes (nine overall iterations) on my latest robot, Chariot. I am now nearly finished with what I believe will be the last prototype...

    For the past 18 months I've developed five complete hard prototypes (nine overall iterations) on my latest robot, Chariot. I am now nearly finished with what I believe will be the last prototype before getting a manufacturable version completed. This will be the first 'true' industrial modular robotics platform developed.

    I am also currently in the process of rewriting all of the drivers I've written and control schemes from Rust to Elixir to make better use of my time (after previously writing them in C). I've started work on some basic autonomous driving mechanisms, but I won't be able to test them for a few more weeks other than what has worked in the simulator.

    I won't mince words here, I am excited to show this all off to someone soon.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Starcadian - Culture (2021) in ~music

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    Reminds me of some of the vibes Macross 82-99 have, and I love it (since I've personally bought their album atleast three times now). Thanks for sharing it! I am seeing a strong resurgence in the...

    Reminds me of some of the vibes Macross 82-99 have, and I love it (since I've personally bought their album atleast three times now). Thanks for sharing it!

    I am seeing a strong resurgence in the past ~3+ years of disco, hope it's here to stay. Even the new Gaspard Auge/Justice album 'Escapades' revels in it far harder than any of their past releases.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Giant straw goat that has become an annual highlight in the Swedish city of Gävle has been burned by an arsonist... again in ~life

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    This is basically a tradition. Every year people attempt to burn down the massive straw goat, and for the past four years no one has been able to - until now! I believe its an omen for a better...

    This is basically a tradition. Every year people attempt to burn down the massive straw goat, and for the past four years no one has been able to - until now! I believe its an omen for a better year.

    Since 1966 the Goat has been destroyed, primary by fire, a total of 38 times. The fine for doing so is small(ish, ~5k USD, if you are served a fine at all) and you are set on 'probation' for just a few months or in jail for a few weeks (appears to be dependent on if you were drinking or not). Most are not caught.

    Edit: Added some more details.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Log4Shell: We are in so much trouble in ~tech

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    may be the worst IT security problem of our generation so far.

    may be the worst IT security problem of our generation so far.

    14 votes
  18. Comment on Create posts that are locked (no comments) from start? in ~tildes

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    Personally I feel the value of sharing things to Tildes and most other communities is to generate conversation. If a discussion goes off the rails then that is the reason why moderators can lock a...

    Personally I feel the value of sharing things to Tildes and most other communities is to generate conversation. If a discussion goes off the rails then that is the reason why moderators can lock a conversation, if we allowed prematurely locking conversations this will create a deficit of conversations and inspire posting far more adverse topics than any of us would prefer.

    27 votes