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  1. Comment on White House proposes $1.8 trillion package that would dramatically expand education, safety net programs in ~news

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    Not to mention that helps people who are least in need of student loan assistance-- if one can qualify for a mortgage in the first place with student loans, they're almost by definition managing...

    Not to mention that helps people who are least in need of student loan assistance-- if one can qualify for a mortgage in the first place with student loans, they're almost by definition managing them well, or at least well enough to keep good credit.

    What of the people for whom the decision is default on loans in order to make rent, or not be able to afford housing while keeping the loans current? Pretty sure they're not going to be able to purchase a home in the first place.

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  2. Comment on So, I just turned down my vaccination ... did I make a mistake? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I don't think it was the wrong move, especially since it's a vaccine that you can't (IIRC) get the second dose of in NL anyways. Maybe if travel back to HU was feasible after moving, then I'd be...

    I don't think it was the wrong move, especially since it's a vaccine that you can't (IIRC) get the second dose of in NL anyways.

    Maybe if travel back to HU was feasible after moving, then I'd be more on the side of getting it now, but if not, I'd have to agree with your logic on turning it down. At least for the trip for round two, you'd have partial immunity so it'd be safer than traveling fully unvaccinated. I'm assuming there's little chance of being able to get a first dose of AZ, Pfizer, or Moderna (I know Hungary is in the EU but since they're using Russian and Chinese vaccines as well, I don't know if they're using any of the ones in common with the rest of it) before you end up in NL? I could see that being easier to handle splitting doses for across the two countries.

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  3. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    This might come off as super whiny, in which case I apologize. But, how the hell does one set goals for life with a history of failing at any through both external factors that were entirely out...

    This might come off as super whiny, in which case I apologize. But, how the hell does one set goals for life with a history of failing at any through both external factors that were entirely out of one's control, as well as a strong self-sabotage streak and some mental struggles?

    Like, I can't even wrap my head around the idea of setting a goal I could try and achieve. For example, one I've had off and on is finishing my degree. But why try when I've failed at it twice, once due to a crippling depression flareup and once due to just not taking it seriously? I'm already over $70k in the debt hole now, I'd have to move back home to do so since I did horribly trying to juggle full time employment and taking a high enough courseload to put my student loans in deferral-- and thanks to a lot of shit in my past, I do not feel comfortable or safe living with my parents (even though they were just the enablers of the abuse, not the worst of the abusers themselves-- the main one has been dead for five years now).

    I just feel like you can only have a pattern of failure so many times before the logical option is to not try at all. Especially when the stakes get to the point of having lifelong consequences for failure (see said student loans), setting goals feels pointless because it's only a matter of time before either I fuck it up, or some life event comes along and does that for me.

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  4. Comment on Comcast nightmare: Six months without Internet despite $5,000 payment in ~tech

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    I know it doesn't do much good now, but next time you move places, run the address through the local telco provider's site at least (and if you're in Denver, Seattle, MSP, or Portland, this page...

    I know it doesn't do much good now, but next time you move places, run the address through the local telco provider's site at least (and if you're in Denver, Seattle, MSP, or Portland, this page is the same loop qualification tool CenturyLink uses internally to determine if you can get service and whether you have fiber or DSL available to avoid getting bombed with calls and messages from using the consumer facing site. I wouldn't be surprised if Verizon and AT&T have similar tools, but I don't know if they're available off of their intranet like CL's is) to see if it's serviceable. I've only had one apartment where Comcast was explicitly the only one who serviced it, but all of mine have pushed Comcast super heavily and tried to give the impression that it was one's only option.

    Anything built before the early '00s (basically when home phone service over cable internet first became a thing) in my area generally has both CenturyLink and Comcast available, since that was a time in which it was standard to wire a place for cable and telephone. Thankfully complexes are usually large enough that they've had upgraded DSLAMS to where 100-150Mbps service is available over twisted pair. Super new (like last 5-7 years) places have also had both due to both Comcast and CL doing fiber to the building in those cases. It's that middle gap from like 2002-2015 where places seem to love locking tenants into Comcast alone. Some of the big corporate apartment owner/manager companies are also terrible about this (AMLI is really bad about this in my area, mandating some overpriced technology charge with only Comcast service included on the rent that's even worse-priced than just getting Comcast service directly).
    Depending on your city, things like Starry may be an option, or T-Mobile/Verizon's 5G home internet offerings as well.

    I have a burning hatred for Comcast after living in that unit (and working for them for a while), so I go to decent lengths to ensure I never move to a building with only them ever again.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on SCOTUS justice Clarence Thomas argues for regulating large internet platforms as common carriers in ~tech

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    Regardless, the literal physical network analog to telephone service not being treated as a common carrier while services running on top of it are just seems utterly illogical to me. Market...

    Regardless, the literal physical network analog to telephone service not being treated as a common carrier while services running on top of it are just seems utterly illogical to me. Market mechanisms don't work all that great when you have a duopoly or a functional monopoly on the service providers themselves, though.

    Having worked for one of said mega-ISPs in the past, they absolutely would do that if they thought they could get away with it. It's the old "we don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone companyISP" attitude.

    Making web services common carriers without making ISPs themselves ones as well just reeks of blatant political goals on the part of Thomas and his party as a whole. If Facebook can be analogized to the telephone wires, what argument can be used to say that the fiber/coax/twisted pair lines that deliver internet service are not? In the case of twisted pair, they're literally the same lines that are common carriers for voice data sent over them, but once it's internet data it's not, apparently.

    I just don't see how that makes any sense at all.

    15 votes
  6. Comment on SCOTUS justice Clarence Thomas argues for regulating large internet platforms as common carriers in ~tech

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    Can we get actual physical facilities-based ISPs declared as common carriers too then while we're at it? I can't believe we might see Facebook and Twitter declared common carriers before Comcast...

    Can we get actual physical facilities-based ISPs declared as common carriers too then while we're at it? I can't believe we might see Facebook and Twitter declared common carriers before Comcast and Verizon. If we're going to do this to the services running on the internet, why are the physical internet lines still exempt?

    21 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I got my second Moderna shot on Saturday afternoon. By about 2AM Sunday, I woke up with aching joints, a slight fever (101F), and sweating. Ended up calling out from work, and was exhausted, hot,...

    I got my second Moderna shot on Saturday afternoon. By about 2AM Sunday, I woke up with aching joints, a slight fever (101F), and sweating. Ended up calling out from work, and was exhausted, hot, sweaty, and had pretty bad brain fog most of yesterday. I slept fitfully most of the day, to be honest. By about 9PM things started subsiding, and when I woke up at 6AM today, I was mostly back to normal aside from the same sore arm I had from the first shot, as well as some residual fatigue.

    First one was solely a very sore arm for the first day or two after the shot, nothing else.

    It seems hit or miss-- my mother didn't feel much from her second Pfizer dose, whereas my ex was laid up about as bad as I was from his second Pfizer. One of my coworkers who got Moderna just had a sore arm the second time around.

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  8. Comment on We selected 10,000 American neighborhoods at random. If we dropped you into one of them, could you guess how most people there voted? in ~misc

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    18/20 here. Suburbia was easy for me, as someone who grew up in a wealthy, heavily Republican suburb-- if it looked like it would fit there, I guessed Trump, and was only wrong on one of the...

    18/20 here. Suburbia was easy for me, as someone who grew up in a wealthy, heavily Republican suburb-- if it looked like it would fit there, I guessed Trump, and was only wrong on one of the suburban-looking shots.

    If getting shots with people in them or being able to guess what state based on the blurred license plates (sorry NY, those school bus yellow plates are pretty obviously yours no matter how blurry the shot is) counted as cheating, then I cheated on a few-- if there were non-white people in the shot, I generally picked Biden and was right on most of them, and used that to choose the suburban shots where I was on the fence. In fact, my other wrong guess was using the metric @ChuckS used-- picking Trump if I saw a trailer in them, got a neighborhood in Florida with a run down trailer in the first shot that was one of the strongest Biden neighborhoods I got assigned.

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  9. Comment on School almost 'eliminates bullying' with break-time ban on games in ~life

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    Do schools restrict recess activities that heavily now? Gym class is one thing, but I don't remember ever being talked to by teachers or staff growing up if I decided to read, do homework, play my...

    Do schools restrict recess activities that heavily now? Gym class is one thing, but I don't remember ever being talked to by teachers or staff growing up if I decided to read, do homework, play my Game Boy, or do whatever during recess.

    This might just be my stubborn, oppositional streak showing, but the fastest way to ensure I wouldn't do something like read during recess would've been to mandate it. Kind of crap to not give kids the choice to play or do other things during what's ostensibly supposed to be their time. Feels like a boss trying to tell me what exactly I can do during my off-the-clock lunch breaks as an adult, and would elicit much the same response (as polite of a 'go fuck yourself' as I could muster).

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  10. Comment on Massive container ship stuck in Suez Canal, blocking world's busiest shipping route in ~news

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    That's super interesting, I had no idea. Thanks for that PDF as well. Another layman spitball idea here, but I'd have to imagine nuclear propulsion as a viable medium-term option for drastically...

    That's super interesting, I had no idea. Thanks for that PDF as well.

    Another layman spitball idea here, but I'd have to imagine nuclear propulsion as a viable medium-term option for drastically reducing the emissions of shipping all this freight around the world. Is that something anyone has or is pursuing? Naturally it comes with a whole new set of issues and risks to address, but it seems like the tradeoffs between those and increasingly pumping more carbon into the atmosphere are going to keep shifting in favor of an option like that.

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  11. Comment on Massive container ship stuck in Suez Canal, blocking world's busiest shipping route in ~news

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    At what point would it make more sense for east Asian exports to Europe to cross the Pacific and use the Panama Canal instead? Fewer pirates and no touching the Southern Ocean and its wildness...

    The water is very choppy around the southern tip of Africa, very dangerous for an ocean going vessel. They would also have to deal with pirates around the horn, although I guess that's just a cost of having a well armed security team.

    At what point would it make more sense for east Asian exports to Europe to cross the Pacific and use the Panama Canal instead? Fewer pirates and no touching the Southern Ocean and its wildness that way. (Unless the PC is running at near-capacity normally and can't handle an influx of ships like this.)

    Issues with the Chinese government aside, this is why I think the BRI is a good idea. There's no reason why goods made in China or India and destined for Europe (or vice versa) should even need to touch a boat at all, just put those containers on a train and send them that way, plus I think even diesel-fueled trains are far far cleaner than giant container ships burning heavy fuel oil.

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  12. Comment on New groups and site mechanics - 2021 edition in ~tildes

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    I don't think the vitriol and drama is lessened though, just focused on different topics. And even these topics themselves come up in music subs-- see any of the (genre)heads subs, and I regard...

    These topics just never curse a music forum

    I don't think the vitriol and drama is lessened though, just focused on different topics. And even these topics themselves come up in music subs-- see any of the (genre)heads subs, and I regard those as some of the few decent large subs over there.

    I love the idea of splitting the streams out and using that to create Tildes Radio basically, though.

  13. Comment on I need a good mop for my floors at home. What would you recommend? in ~life

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    I've been using a Rubbermaid Reveal floor mop for years now, and my parents have been for years before me in their house with hard surfaces throughout their first floor. The washable pads are nice...

    I've been using a Rubbermaid Reveal floor mop for years now, and my parents have been for years before me in their house with hard surfaces throughout their first floor. The washable pads are nice (and easy to find replacements/extras for if you need ones for different floor surfaces), and being able to have a refillable cleaner bottle on it instead of dealing with a bucket is also awesome. Haven't had any issues keeping the wood and tile floor in my current apartment clean, and did great on the laminate in my last one. Sadly they're running about $60 on Amazon right now, but I bought mine for $35, and I've seen them for around $40 at Lowe's before. Money well spent, in my opinion.

    As far as cleaners? Laminate doesn't require specialty cleaners like wood can-- I'm partial to lavender scented Fabuloso myself, but any floor cleaner that has a scent you like is fine.

    EDIT: So it looks like it's the same style of mop (microfiber cloth with spray bottle) that was recommended upthread. My bad for adding to the noise in here.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~misc

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    IIRC Costco barely makes any profit at all off of their goods sold, it's all membership revenue.

    IIRC Costco barely makes any profit at all off of their goods sold, it's all membership revenue.

  15. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    This article from the Times yesterday on the swing of Latino men towards the Republicans seems to hit the nail on the head: So something I'd never thought I'd see, a literal example of the...

    This article from the Times yesterday on the swing of Latino men towards the Republicans seems to hit the nail on the head:

    Sergio Arellano of Phoenix, Ariz., said he had a story he liked to tell about the moment he registered as a Republican. When he was an 18-year-old Army infantryman on home leave, he went to a July 4 event and spotted the voter registration table. He asked the woman sitting there: What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?

    Democrats, he recalled her saying, are for the poor. Republicans are for the rich.

    “Well that made it easy — I didn’t want to be poor, I wanted to be rich, so I chose Republican,” Mr. Arellano said. “Obviously she figured I would identify with the poor. There’s an assumption that you’re starting out in this country, you don’t have any money, you will identify with the poor. But what I wanted was to make my own money.”

    So something I'd never thought I'd see, a literal example of the "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" quote. I hate calling people stupid, but I have a hard time seeing this as anything but a stupid take on the situation. "Oh, I wanna be rich so I'll vote for the people who only care about them?" I love the "oh, paying rent is more important than fighting social injustice in their minds" quote from a Rep strategist in it too. Real rich, coming from the party that's making it materially harder for people who aren't wealthy to do so.

    I 100% agree with that sentiment, which is why I vote for the Dems, even though they're not that great on that front either. I'm not so stupid that I would let my frustrations with that take me to the party that's objectively worse on the front of my material conditions.

    I don't get this impulse of, "Oh, the Dems haven't been great on improving our lives, so let's go to the party that's been actively trying to make it even worse instead."

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  16. Comment on Do any other US citizens think of emigrating? in ~talk

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    Damn, if only Germany did something similar, it looks like although my grandma had German citizenship, since my mom didn't claim it/my grandparents didn't file for her to get it before 18, I'm...

    Damn, if only Germany did something similar, it looks like although my grandma had German citizenship, since my mom didn't claim it/my grandparents didn't file for her to get it before 18, I'm SOL. I dunno if any of the things relating to post-WWII people reclaiming German citizenship would help either-- she was a teenage refugee from East Prussia at the end of it and ended up in the US after marrying an American solider five years after they were dumped in Berlin after the evacuation.

    Of course my most recent ancestors who emigrated from Europe had to be from the countries where they don't do this. (My paternal grandmother was born in the Netherlands but moved to the US when she was three).

    Sadly I can't think of another way to emigrate easily as an adult without a degree, which sucks because I'd love to finish mine if cost weren't an issue-- which it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future here in the States.

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  17. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    After moving to an urban core neighborhood relatively recently, it's definitely not just an internet experience. As I described it to a friend of mine, it's the white guy who votes blue, sticks a...

    After moving to an urban core neighborhood relatively recently, it's definitely not just an internet experience. As I described it to a friend of mine, it's the white guy who votes blue, sticks a Black Lives Matter sign in the yard of their house, oblivious to them having bought a house in a formerly-minority and affordable neighborhood and pushing out people. They're the type who does all that, says all the right things in social situations, then turns around and pitches a fit about upzoning or affordable housing being built there.

    It's like the people in my neighborhood who lose their minds over the homeless encampments (which yes, absolutely is a major problem) but fight against anything that would address the problem beyond just pushing them out of sight or into jail cells.

    Does this type exist across races and ethnicities? Absolutely, but the vast, vast majority I have seen, both online and in person, are white. JAQing off is a behavior I don't think I've seen much outside of the "curious white guy" types.

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  18. Comment on Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System in ~tech

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    How many people are booting multiple machines off of the same external disk though, who have a mix of x86 and ARM Macs? That's a userbase that should both be a tiny percentage of their userbase,...

    How many people are booting multiple machines off of the same external disk though, who have a mix of x86 and ARM Macs? That's a userbase that should both be a tiny percentage of their userbase, as well as being technically proficient enough to understand why the disks won't boot on machines with different core architectures. Simple as saying "keep Intel boot disks with Intel Macs, M1 boot disks with M1 Macs". I was still in high school when they did the PPC->Intel switch and have only owned Intel Macs in the past-- were PPC OS X boot disks from Tiger or Leopard capable of booting on Intel machines and vice versa? If they weren't, then it'd be no different than that switch. If it's for programs, why wouldn't just booting off of the internal OS image and running applications off of the mounted drive be a solution?

    As far as immutability adding tons of time to updates, I never noticed Fedora Silverblue (which has a similar read-only system root setup) taking longer than a traditional distro install to update, just the requirement for a reboot if the base system image is modified or updated. Certainly not an increase to the point where it'd generate complaints, at the least.

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  19. Comment on What technology is going to "come home" in the future? in ~talk

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    Come to Colorado, Oregon, Washington, or Utah (if you're in the US), we've been doing the voting from home for a while now. It's hard to imagine not being able to vote in my PJs with my laptop so...

    Voting, eventually, I suspect.

    Come to Colorado, Oregon, Washington, or Utah (if you're in the US), we've been doing the voting from home for a while now. It's hard to imagine not being able to vote in my PJs with my laptop so I can look up candidates and measures as I go along the ballot. You could check and see if your area does no-excuse absentee voting as well so you can get on this voting from home future train.

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  20. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    If it's the latter, I'd say short of ending the video with a shot of that last woman getting a ticket/arrested, then nobody got back at them.

    If it's the latter, I'd say short of ending the video with a shot of that last woman getting a ticket/arrested, then nobody got back at them.