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  1. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    This is a little offtopic, but are there many advantages to using GitLab over GitHub? I've been seeing it more and more lately and might make the switch. Or are the two complementary in some way?

    This is a little offtopic, but are there many advantages to using GitLab over GitHub? I've been seeing it more and more lately and might make the switch. Or are the two complementary in some way?

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  2. Comment on Any ideas for a simple landing page? in ~comp

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    I'm seeing a lot of people recommend Github + Hugo, but I want to chime in to recommend using Github+Jekyll, which is another static site generator which is very easy to use. There are tons of...

    I'm seeing a lot of people recommend Github + Hugo, but I want to chime in to recommend using Github+Jekyll, which is another static site generator which is very easy to use. There are tons of themes already premade to make it easy as well. I've never used Hugo so I can't say how the two compare, but I can say that Jekyll is very easy to use.

  3. Comment on F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion in ~tech

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    I think because of this: Before negotiations were finalized, some people thought that the FTC would more forcefully regulate how Facebook uses user data, up to and including having an oversight...

    I think because of this:

    In addition to the fine, Facebook agreed to more comprehensive oversight of how it handles user data, according to the people. But none of the conditions in the settlement will restrict Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties. And that decision appeared to split the five-member commission. The two Democrats who voted against the deal sought stricter limits on the company, the people said.

    Before negotiations were finalized, some people thought that the FTC would more forcefully regulate how Facebook uses user data, up to and including having an oversight board with some serious teeth. Since they voted against that, this outcome can be seen as the lesser of outcomes despite the huge fine.

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  4. Comment on Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census in ~news

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    This played out pretty much exactly how I thought. This whole episode was really a master course in ineptitude from the administration. It is still concerning that this data is being centralized,...

    This played out pretty much exactly how I thought. This whole episode was really a master course in ineptitude from the administration. It is still concerning that this data is being centralized, since I can’t see what good would come of that. But at the least it can’t be used in congressional reapportionment.

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  5. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 16) in ~news

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    It allows people to establish themselves as an authority on a particular issue, which gives them more of a pulpit when trying to pass legislation or makes them viable for cabinet positions down...

    It allows people to establish themselves as an authority on a particular issue, which gives them more of a pulpit when trying to pass legislation or makes them viable for cabinet positions down the road. For example, a big media takeaway from the last debate was that Julian Castro was framing the immigration debate and was the 'leader' on that front. Swalwell established gun control as his signature issue in that debate as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Castro get a cabinet position in a potential Democratic cabinet, or if Swalwell becomes a more prominent voice in the gun debate.

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  6. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 16) in ~news

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    Not sure if this is big enough to warrant its own thread, but Tom Steyer has reversed course and now plans on running for president, according to the NYT.

    Not sure if this is big enough to warrant its own thread, but Tom Steyer has reversed course and now plans on running for president, according to the NYT.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Warren Rising: Massachusetts Progressive Announces $19 Million Fundraising Haul in ~news

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    I set up a small monthly donation after the first debate, when I was solidly convinced of her candidacy. It was super easy, and I'm only essentially out the price of one lunch from the workplace...

    I set up a small monthly donation after the first debate, when I was solidly convinced of her candidacy. It was super easy, and I'm only essentially out the price of one lunch from the workplace cafeteria. I too highly encourage people with the means to donate to your candidate of choice.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Justice Department Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders in ~news

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    It is not exactly clear, to be honest. The most likely explanation is that this decision was not communicated to Census officials until Trump’s tweet, and now they are scrambling to satisfy his...

    It is not exactly clear, to be honest. The most likely explanation is that this decision was not communicated to Census officials until Trump’s tweet, and now they are scrambling to satisfy his demands. It isn’t clear how they could ask the question while still being consistent with the ruling. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see yet another reversal in the coming days as it becomes clear it won’t be possible. The only other option is outright ignoring the SC ruling, which in the long history of rulings would not be unprecedented but certainly would be in the modern era. But we will have to wait and see.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Rampant racism and toxicity are driving players away from Mordhau in ~games

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    This is a bit off topic, but what was gamergate even? I was vaguely aware of it happening but I’ve never really been clear on what went down and why it still has lasting influence in gamer culture...

    This is a bit off topic, but what was gamergate even? I was vaguely aware of it happening but I’ve never really been clear on what went down and why it still has lasting influence in gamer culture (well, some gamer culture) today.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Microsoft releases source for the version of the Linux kernel used in WSL2 in ~comp

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    This reminds me of an article I just read in the Washington Post about how and why Microsoft has gone largely uncriticized in an environment increasingly skeptical of big tech. An interesting...

    It's amazing that when I started getting seriously into computers, programming and the internet in the early 2000s, the anticompetitive ways of MS in the 1990s, including the browser wars, were fresh in memory and Google was positioned as the "good guy" while MS was an enemy of the people, it seemed like. These days, public opinion has largely reversed.

    This reminds me of an article I just read in the Washington Post about how and why Microsoft has gone largely uncriticized in an environment increasingly skeptical of big tech. An interesting observation from the article

    Microsoft, the largest company in the world measured by market capitalization, has its own massive stash of consumer data, everything from information about how consumers use its Outlook email service to the job history and professional contacts of members on LinkedIn. But because online advertising isn’t the engine that drives its revenue, the company hasn’t pushed limits in its use of that data, Gavil said.

    rings very true.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are your favorite short games? in ~games

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    I'm super intrigued by this, I saw it on steam the other day. The story looks super interesting.

    I'm super intrigued by this, I saw it on steam the other day. The story looks super interesting.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are your favorite short games? in ~games

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    A Dark Room is a fun and short text-based browser game.

    A Dark Room is a fun and short text-based browser game.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I'm going to a White Sox game tonight that I'm looking forward to, but its supposed to be 85F and humid so that will be... interesting. Sitting in the outfield too so there is literally no cover...

    I'm going to a White Sox game tonight that I'm looking forward to, but its supposed to be 85F and humid so that will be... interesting. Sitting in the outfield too so there is literally no cover from the sun.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    In QM, time evolution is given by the Schrodinger equation, which is completely, 100% deterministic. If you give me a quantum state at time t1, I can unequivocally tell you the state at a future...

    In QM, time evolution is given by the Schrodinger equation, which is completely, 100% deterministic. If you give me a quantum state at time t1, I can unequivocally tell you the state at a future time t2. The measurement process and subsequent "wave-function collapse", if you subscribe to a collapse interpretation, is probabilistic, but there are interpretations which preserve determinism fully. The most popular such interpretation is probably the "Many World's Interpretation", where the wavefunction is taken as the fundamental object and as its evolution is deterministic, so too is the theory.

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