emdash's recent activity

  1. Comment on Google's 'hypocritical' remote work policies anger employees, after a senior executive announced he's moving to New Zealand in what some workers consider special treatment in ~tech

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    I would love to know how he's "planning to move to New Zealand", given he's a non-citizen, and we're not letting anyone without citizenship or residency enter the country for the foreseeable...

    I would love to know how he's "planning to move to New Zealand", given he's a non-citizen, and we're not letting anyone without citizenship or residency enter the country for the foreseeable future; or whether he—or his employer—is planning to request a special exemption for this purpose, a policy many in New Zealand dislike and think should be shut down.

    Managed quarantine spots are in short supply, and a foreigner attempting to acquire one for the purposes of what is essentially a holiday is not a good look when residents and citizens are still returning home.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Forever chemicals are widespread in US drinking water in ~enviro

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    And here's a good accompanying video to this article, on the same topic—produced by Vox a few months ago.

    And here's a good accompanying video to this article, on the same topic—produced by Vox a few months ago.

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  3. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    Unfortunately, there's good evidence the price of Bitcoin is being fraudulently manipulated by Tether right now. Sometimes I look around and feel like I'm the insane one for not investing in...

    Unfortunately, there's good evidence the price of Bitcoin is being fraudulently manipulated by Tether right now.

    Sometimes I look around and feel like I'm the insane one for not investing in crypto, or doing crazy shit with options. Maybe I'm the fool for squandering my time by investing only in broad, sector-based ETF's (ARKx), and simple long-term holding of stocks I feel are worthwhile (AAPL, mainly).

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  4. Comment on Rethinking votes in ~tildes

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    What about if the vote count was only visible to the owner of the comment? And the text simply said vote / voted for everyone else? That way there's still a level of validation and feedback that...

    What about if the vote count was only visible to the owner of the comment? And the text simply said vote / voted for everyone else? That way there's still a level of validation and feedback that you get (the dopamine drip), while forcing you to rely on your own opinions and views when deciding on whether a comment is worthy of your vote (eliminating the pile on effect), which would solve @Wes' problem to some extent.

    Hell, you could even still sort by most votes—so there's an implicit indicator as to which comments are the most well received, but is it really important for me to know that comment x by user y has z votes?

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 21 in ~news

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    Meta: given the transition of power is now complete, and this thread seems to contain mostly Biden-related policy enactments and such now, is it worth discontinuing this thread, or dropping it...

    Meta: given the transition of power is now complete, and this thread seems to contain mostly Biden-related policy enactments and such now, is it worth discontinuing this thread, or dropping it back to once a week for the month of Jan/Feb? It might also help with disincentivizing further political discussion.

    Some things like Axios' Off the Rails story probably deserve their own submissions too.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

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    I would argue Assange falls under both of those categories—but I'm sure that's a contentious discussion I don't want to have.

    I would argue Assange falls under both of those categories—but I'm sure that's a contentious discussion I don't want to have.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 19 in ~news

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    What's the likelihood of this actually happening, and does it have any permanent consequences or is it mostly a procedural thing?

    What's the likelihood of this actually happening, and does it have any permanent consequences or is it mostly a procedural thing?

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 18 in ~news

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    I mean, someone who wants to kill a political figure in the name of god/country/another person could easily rationalise and justify being a martyr for their cause, even if it meant certain and...

    I mean, someone who wants to kill a political figure in the name of god/country/another person could easily rationalise and justify being a martyr for their cause, even if it meant certain and immediate death—we see all manner of deluded Americans shooting up schools and universities knowing they're likely to die because they're doing it for their own personal causes or for some form of fucked up glorification, that's far less enduring than something which meaningfully goes into the history books.

    I'd happily wager there's more than one Trump militia-nut in military uniform who's dreamt about taking out someone who he sees as an enemy of the conservative, rural, christian, white, United States of America they yearn for. What better prize than a fake president of the United States who stole votes and rigged an election? What better way to preserve democracy?

    People can rationalise the parts they find comforting (their own personal goals and ideals) whilst ignoring the parts that are inconvenient (like having Kamala Harris assume the presidency instead). In fact, a large proportion of Americans seem to live this way already!

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  9. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 18 in ~news

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    So there's going to be 25,000 people with guns—some of which will be within firing range of the incoming President of the United States, on inauguration day. I'm not trying to drum up fears here,...

    So there's going to be 25,000 people with guns—some of which will be within firing range of the incoming President of the United States, on inauguration day. I'm not trying to drum up fears here, but vetting incoming personnel seems like an absolute necessity.

    Say National Guard members split like the rest of the country, 46.9% of those 25,000 guard members voted Trump (11,725). Say 99% of them are sane, morally upstanding, principled people. What about the remaining 1%? The 1% who are so enraged by Biden's aggressive and corrupt tactics to steal the election, that they see shooting him as defending god and country in the name of Trump. That's ~117 armed military members with guns with that view point. Let's say most of these people aren't smart, and 90% of them get weeded out during the vetting process.

    We're left with ~12 smart, highly-focused individuals with an extreme right-wing bent, attending the inauguration of a fake President of the United States who has stolen an election.

    Yikes. I'd be very concerned if I were a defence official.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office, sources confirm in ~enviro

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    It's also a false dichotomy: we don't have to choose between just awful and terrible. What we need is to make oil production, oil transportation, and oil consumption socially and economically as...

    It's also a false dichotomy: we don't have to choose between just awful and terrible. What we need is to make oil production, oil transportation, and oil consumption socially and economically as undesirable as possible—while affording alternatives to those who cannot make the transition with their own, with governments that support subsidies for the research and development, and expansion of a clean-energy society. Introduce chilling effects which discourage the consumption of this product. Incentivise metallurgical firms to embrace steel produced with hydrogen and aggressively push that rock through its learning curve. The world's richest corporations and people are flush with cash, they can afford the transition to electric energy or to hydrogen energy.

    Fuck this whole talk about the "least worst" option. We can do so much better. Getting mired in a crab mentality where we look for tiny little improvements whilst the world is entering a climate crisis is the dumbest thing.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office, sources confirm in ~enviro

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    It seems like the best way to solve this problem in its entirety is to eliminate oil production and consumption as much as feasibly possible. I presume, given your detailed comments, that you work...

    It seems like the best way to solve this problem in its entirety is to eliminate oil production and consumption as much as feasibly possible. I presume, given your detailed comments, that you work in the industry?

    2 votes
  12. Comment on /groups indicates I am subscribed to ~anime, subscriptions list on the homepage indicates otherwise in ~tildes

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    Awesome, thanks Bauke for doing the digging. Personally I was hoping for a database-state issue, because this “alpha” has been way too stable :P

    Awesome, thanks Bauke for doing the digging. Personally I was hoping for a database-state issue, because this “alpha” has been way too stable :P

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  13. /groups indicates I am subscribed to ~anime, subscriptions list on the homepage indicates otherwise

    Pretty simple bug, documented as per title. The /groups page incorrectly indicates that I am subscribed to ~anime (I shouldn't be), whilst the ~anime group itself, and the subscriptions list on...

    Pretty simple bug, documented as per title. The /groups page incorrectly indicates that I am subscribed to ~anime (I shouldn't be), whilst the ~anime group itself, and the subscriptions list on the homepage (along with the topics I see), correctly show me as unsubscribed from ~anime.

    I could try toggling this? Which might fix the bug, but would also potentially erase the state of my subscriptions in the database and prevent debugging.

    8 votes