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  1. Comment on Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area in ~news

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    Allowing individuals with no licenses or training to set off fireworks, in the summer, in a state renowned for large bush fires which kill tens or even hundreds of people seems like peak stupidity...

    Allowing individuals with no licenses or training to set off fireworks, in the summer, in a state renowned for large bush fires which kill tens or even hundreds of people seems like peak stupidity to me. The fact it's even legal is mind-blowing.

    Then again, it's become hard not to just expect this from the country that not only can't be bothered to lock down to help mitigate a public health crisis, but when that fails, can't even be assed to wear masks when out and about as a substitute.

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  2. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Watching the United States from afar—supposedly a world leader in all aspects of existence—descend into a public health crisis of unseen proportions by a million cuts, is incredibly disheartening....

    Watching the United States from afar—supposedly a world leader in all aspects of existence—descend into a public health crisis of unseen proportions by a million cuts, is incredibly disheartening. It's just sad really. Somehow, this is the one country that managed to turn wearing masks into a political issue.

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  3. Comment on Woolworths pays the Australian Communications and Media Authority $1 million fine for spam marketing emails in ~tech

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    That's less than 20 cents per email. One has to wonder if Woolworths still gained more in profit—even after this fine—then if they just hadn't sent them at all. They may still have come out ahead!

    The infringement notice for $1,003,800 is the largest issued by the ACMA.

    The ACMA found more than five million breaches of the Spam Act 2003 by Woolworths when it sent marketing emails to consumers after they had unsubscribed from previous messages.

    That's less than 20 cents per email. One has to wonder if Woolworths still gained more in profit—even after this fine—then if they just hadn't sent them at all. They may still have come out ahead!

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  4. Comment on After Tuesday’s GPS III-03 launch, SpaceX expands its fleet of used rockets with another booster recovery in ~space

  5. Comment on Discord launches a new website and announces $100M in new funding as it starts to distance itself from being a gaming-oriented service, moving towards day-to-day communication and "your place to talk" in ~tech

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    Honestly, I've never understood. What's in the name? Discord is a synonym for strife, conflict, hostility, and disagreement. That hardly seems like the right name for a product that's all about...

    Honestly, I've never understood. What's in the name? Discord is a synonym for strife, conflict, hostility, and disagreement. That hardly seems like the right name for a product that's all about connecting people in a way to encourage and foster discussion. Especially one that is aiming to become a "day to day communication" platform.

    Then again, "Slack" as a work-oriented chat platform could be considered just as big of an antonym to their intended use cases.

    18 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    There's more than one pandemic, it seems. The other is profiteering off of human suffering. I know, this is a pretty low effort comment. But it's honestly hard to imagine the margins at that price...

    There's more than one pandemic, it seems. The other is profiteering off of human suffering.

    I know, this is a pretty low effort comment. But it's honestly hard to imagine the margins at that price point aren't just sky high and designed to maximise potential revenue while being just low enough to not trigger congressional and widespread public outrage.

    And it would still likely be cheaper to buy business class tickets to a country with universal healthcare and acquire it there.

    8 votes