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  1. Comment on Favorite game shows? in ~tv

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    I really like Um, actually on dropout (a lot of them are on youtube as well). It's a high nerdity twist, but the byplay between the contestants has a similar energy to the panel shows. Spend some...

    I really like Um, actually on dropout (a lot of them are on youtube as well). It's a high nerdity twist, but the byplay between the contestants has a similar energy to the panel shows. Spend some time looking at the stuff in the background on the set, something is wrong about every item.

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  2. Comment on Favorite game shows? in ~tv

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    The reasons of this with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are amazing.

    8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

    The reasons of this with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are amazing.

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  3. Comment on Happy Leap Day in ~tech

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    From the longer list, my favorite is: Stealth fighters hit by software crash

    From the longer list, my favorite is:

    Contiguous timezones are no more than an hour apart. (aka we don’t need to test what happens to the avionics when you fly over the International Date Line)

    Stealth fighters hit by software crash

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  4. Comment on What a bunch of A-list celebs taught me about how to use my phone in ~tech

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    That's interesting. By the time I left my last job, I still technically had email and slack for work on it, but the notifications dialed down to zero outside work hours (unless someone pushed a...

    That's interesting. By the time I left my last job, I still technically had email and slack for work on it, but the notifications dialed down to zero outside work hours (unless someone pushed a notification in slack, which was rare unless there was a real emergency). I think my distractions on my phone are not work related anymore, but I spent a lot of time in therapy over the last few years to address my unhealthy attitudes toward work life balance.

    Startup culture (or maybe American culture, but startups are worse) has really created a distorted view of work: work is your life, the thing you are supposed to devote yourself to (a very convenient attitude for the company). For personal reasons, I would like to find part time work, but talking recruiters or interviewing, it seems that any conversation that starts with placing limits of any kind on your time working (even for less money) is already anathema.

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  5. Comment on Selling subversion in ~misc

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    Not "I wish something would happen," but, "I wish they would letsome thing happen. It's not boredom so much as the feeling that anything counter to the overarching capitalist/wealth accumulation...

    Not "I wish something would happen," but, "I wish they would letsome thing happen. It's not boredom so much as the feeling that anything counter to the overarching capitalist/wealth accumulation agenda is being suggested if it gains any scale.

    The centrality of group membership is interesting as a source of identity. Like "I'm a Mason" or "I'm a Presbyterian". It feels like something that was true for the baby boomers, at least. I think you're right that being online has supplanted many of these things.

    Off-topic, but the Tocqueville quote reminded me of this:

    Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

    ~ George F. Will

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  6. Comment on Selling subversion in ~misc

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    I grew up with a similar pro-capitalism viewpoint, but no alternative was ever presented seriously. (Probably because I had a half year of political science in high school taught by a substitute...

    I grew up with a similar pro-capitalism viewpoint, but no alternative was ever presented seriously. (Probably because I had a half year of political science in high school taught by a substitute teacher with an abiding love of the Texas Rangers. Seriously, I had her as a sub three different times, and every time, all we did was learn about the Texas Rangers and play Uno.)

    Maybe with a properly independent regulatory oversight (including proper regulation on monopolies) and limits on generational wealth, maybe I could buy into it again. But there is so much inequality written into our systems, I feel like an overhaul would need to move more toward a socialist model to be an effective change.

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  7. Comment on Remedy Entertainment has announced it's acquired the full rights to its Control series from publisher 505 Games for €17m in ~games

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    When Epic had a giveaway for Control, someone at work posted about it on Slack, so I made an epic account to add it to the library. Then it sat there for months until I finally had some downtime....

    When Epic had a giveaway for Control, someone at work posted about it on Slack, so I made an epic account to add it to the library. Then it sat there for months until I finally had some downtime. What an experience.

    Other than Portal/Portal II, I had not played a story-based video game since Zelda on the Wii. Control was my gateway back into PC gaming, so excited to think there might be more in that vein. I still have Alan Wake and AW2 on my todo list though, so at least I have that to look forward to in the mean time.

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  8. Comment on Selling subversion in ~misc

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    If I was going to pen that line for the way I feel today, it would be, "I'm just sitting on my couch, arguing with my wife while nothing of consequence happens. I wish, I wish, I wish they would...

    Thom Yorke captured it best on Radiohead’s 1995 track, "The Bends," where he whines; “I'm just lying in a bar with my drip feed on. Talking to my girlfriend waiting for something to happen, I wish it was the sixties, I wish I could be happy, I wish, I wish, I wish that something would happen”.

    If I was going to pen that line for the way I feel today, it would be, "I'm just sitting on my couch, arguing with my wife while nothing of consequence happens. I wish, I wish, I wish they would let something happen."

    I think we are oppressed by the size and weight of the capitalist machine. Corporations are big, careless (of consequences to actual people), and conservative (in the sense of wanting to maintain the status quo, not politically). Anything that doesn't fit the mold gets squashed or starved at the margins. As a consequence, advertising is banal and peaceful because it's meant to be a balm smoothing over things we aren't supposed to want to change.

    Ironically, I don't really believe there's a cabal of billionaires who jet off to an island to plan this. I think it's an emergent property of a system that's run out of control. Stephen Backhouse is a political theologian who talks about a principality as a thing that has lost sight of its original purpose and has become an end to itself. I think that's a perfect way of saying it.

    I don't know what to do about it though. I feel this way all the time. But I'm busy, even overwhelmed, trying to raise my daughter, make my marriage work, pay our bills, do some good at the margins. Seeing my daughter flourish is by far the best part, but then I think about what her life will be like when she's grown up, and I'm right back to hopeless. Increasingly, it all just feels like meaningless shouting into the void.

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  9. Comment on Selling subversion in ~misc

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    Same thought. I was thinking, "oh my, is anyone still using Subversion?"

    Same thought. I was thinking, "oh my, is anyone still using Subversion?"

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  10. Comment on What a bunch of A-list celebs taught me about how to use my phone in ~tech

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    i am confused about the effect of this. With those off, do you have calls and texts, but no apps? Do you use your phone for things like organization/planning or calendaring? Could you say more...

    I turn wifi and 5G off on my phone

    i am confused about the effect of this. With those off, do you have calls and texts, but no apps? Do you use your phone for things like organization/planning or calendaring? Could you say more about the details and the effect it has on you?

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  11. Comment on Etsy sellers are turning free fanfiction into printed and bound physical books [against the wishes of the authors], and listing them for sale for more than $100 per book in ~books

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    Thanks for the link. I was trying to figure out what was the line between a (non-copyrightable) idea and a copyrightable character (which is still just an idea in some level). If I understood the...

    Thanks for the link. I was trying to figure out what was the line between a (non-copyrightable) idea and a copyrightable character (which is still just an idea in some level). If I understood the article, it has to do with how unique and specific the ideas the orignal author has created are.

    I have to say, though, that I have mixed feelings about the idea that an author or company has a nearly complete stranglehold on anything related on their work. At some point, the ideas and characters have gone beyond the creativity of the author and become part of the cultural zeitgeist. Is that the authors doing, or did they just happen to get picked?

    On the other hand, maybe that is like saying that lottery winners don't deserve all that money because we all played the lottery. I'm having trouble pinning down my dissatisfaction.

    I guess my instinct is that broad copyright interpretation net loss for creativity and innovation in the world. But saying that a narrow interpretation would be better is counterfactual, and maybe unknowable.

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  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been helping a small startup move their embedded codebase from the Arduino IDE to a dockerized build using cmake and gcc so they can move toward CI/CD. Still a work in progress, but it's been...

    I've been helping a small startup move their embedded codebase from the Arduino IDE to a dockerized build using cmake and gcc so they can move toward CI/CD. Still a work in progress, but it's been interesting to dust off some old skills. Looking forward to trying to extract unit-testable interfaces and mocking the Arduino libraries to move as much of the unit testing as we can off target and into the CI.

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  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I think its fairer to say Java has a solid legacy codebase behind it and succeeds due to that and a solid core language design in spite of Oracle's (mis)management.

    That's fair, Java has Oracle behind it.

    I think its fairer to say Java has a solid legacy codebase behind it and succeeds due to that and a solid core language design in spite of Oracle's (mis)management.

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  15. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    I think the best case would be that Trump's financial empire is undermined or destroyed by these fraud lawsuits, and that the threat of having his assets seized causes him to flee the US for some...

    I think the best case would be that Trump's financial empire is undermined or destroyed by these fraud lawsuits, and that the threat of having his assets seized causes him to flee the US for some non-extradition country with some or all of that money.

    I have no idea if that could/would happen, but it seems better in some ways than him going to jail.

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  16. Comment on Florida’s recommendations give room for measles to spread in ~health

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    Powerful and tragic. Thank you for posting this.

    Powerful and tragic. Thank you for posting this.

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  17. Comment on Florida’s recommendations give room for measles to spread in ~health

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    I didn't know much about measles except that I (and my family) are vaccinated for it. But the effects described are pretty sobering, including 1 in 5 children hospitalized and 3 out of a 1000...

    I didn't know much about measles except that I (and my family) are vaccinated for it. But the effects described are pretty sobering, including 1 in 5 children hospitalized and 3 out of a 1000 children dying. Also, it is extremely contagious compared to things like flu or COVID. For people in affected areas, I wanted to highlight that the vaccine can still confer benefit if administered after exposure, but there is a limited window.

    I wish vaccines were not controversial, but I know a lot of people have been exposed to bad information and (as is the case in Florida) let down by their public health officials. I'm curious what other Tilderinos take on this is. Also, what experiences have you had dealing with (or being part of) the antivax movement?

    I really like Dr. Jetalina's work through the pandemic and beyond. She focuses on the science, provides concrete data, and promotes bringing people together to taking positive steps forward. Excerpt follows, but there's lots more good information in the article.

    We have measles outbreaks all the time (although the rate is increasing due to vaccine hesitancy), but this one came with a new controversy. The Florida State Health Department released a letter with a surprising new recommendation that contradicts standard of practice guidelines for measles outbreaks in two big ways:

    1. Isolation. It stated that unvaccinated kids who were exposed to measles could continue to attend school. This is unprecedented. Those with no prior immunity need to isolate for 21 days.
    2. Vaccination. It failed to recommend kids without immunity get vaccinated. Many parents don’t know that unvaccinated kids can still get protection from a vaccine within 72 hours of exposure. (Also, the standard of care is that if they get vaccinated within 72 hours, they can return to school as long as they don’t develop symptoms.)

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    Bottom line

    Measles is not a new virus. We have been studying it for more than a century. There are reasons we have standards of practice, and it’s a slippery slope to think otherwise. Measles is no joke, and containing it should not be up for debate.

    We hope parents and the community are paying attention. It takes a team approach to stop infectious diseases. This can mean strengthening immunization requirements or asking for bills requiring transparency about which schools have lower vaccination rates so parents can make informed decisions. The scary question is: What happens when community responsibility breaks down? We hope this is not the road we are headed down.

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  18. Comment on Living day to day with the weight of existing in ~talk

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    I remember once talking about the joys/horrors of being the parent of young kids with another coworker who had kids of a similar age. We were casually talking about some pretty gross things, and I...

    I remember once talking about the joys/horrors of being the parent of young kids with another coworker who had kids of a similar age. We were casually talking about some pretty gross things, and I looked over to see my just-out-of-college, just-married, childless coworker listening to us with eyes as wide as dinner plates. I told him, "Don't worry. It'll be gross, but you'll love it."

    Being a parent is truly the hardest and most fulfilling thing in my life. Congratulations on the baby, and good luck, fellow traveller.

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  19. Comment on Police bodycam shows sheriff hunting for 'obscene' books at library in ~books

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    Yup, the hypocrisy / cynical manipulation is terrible. If they actually lived the values they claim, I would probably still think it was toxic, but could at least respect their dedication to it.

    Yup, the hypocrisy / cynical manipulation is terrible. If they actually lived the values they claim, I would probably still think it was toxic, but could at least respect their dedication to it.

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