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  1. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    Right, and it isn't always easy to spot. I'm curious how many people in the world are actively making comments in internet forums solely for the purpose of subtly soliciting products or ideas....

    Right, and it isn't always easy to spot. I'm curious how many people in the world are actively making comments in internet forums solely for the purpose of subtly soliciting products or ideas. It's a bit scary to think about how easily people can be influenced through the Internet, given that they're reading comments or chatting with people whose intentions they have no way of gauging.

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  2. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    Right, and I think I wasn't articulating well enough; I think the provocateurs are probably the main vehicle of all this, and that there are probably very few people who genuinely are that...

    Right, and I think I wasn't articulating well enough; I think the provocateurs are probably the main vehicle of all this, and that there are probably very few people who genuinely are that outraged. I like that you point out that there are two groups (provocateurs and trolls) that fan the flames. I have a feeling that dynamics between those two loosely coordinated groups has probably perpetuated this. Both groups are acting maliciously, it's just that one is for shits & gigs and the other is information warfare.

    Both are problematic. I would say that trolls are probably the easier to spot, because they're in it for the absurdity. Anyone who's looking at people's opinions online should try to be aware that there's no way to determine authenticity.

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  3. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    My immediate thought when I see mention of notably toxic supporters for anything political these days is that's it likely consists of a substantial number of trolls, particularly Russian. Seems...

    My immediate thought when I see mention of notably toxic supporters for anything political these days is that's it likely consists of a substantial number of trolls, particularly Russian. Seems that Russian trolls have written the book on creating a vocal minority to shift the overall perception of various demographics or groups. There's no reason this would be centered on one side of the aisle -- people on the left were just quicker to accept the fact that Russia had its hands where they shouldn't be.

    I feel like people should take internet comments less seriously. It baffles me that cable news frequently involves reading tweets and talking about internet outrage. Surely that's one of the many rules of the internet that "someone is always outraged", like Poe's Law, right?

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  4. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Beach Bunny has a debut album come out last week, and I'm a fan. I found them about a month ago (and I think mentioned in one of these friends), so I was pretty ecstatic that my...

    Beach Bunny has a debut album come out last week, and I'm a fan. I found them about a month ago (and I think mentioned in one of these friends), so I was pretty ecstatic that my flavor-of-the-month artist came out with something new that's genuinely good.

    It actually managed to grab my attention more than Tame Impala's new album. Haven't fully had a chance to absorb that one, but I've liked it on the first few listens. If it's anything like past albums, I'll probably be returning to it frequently.

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  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Been on a heavy indie rock/pop stint lately, especially listening to Beach Bunny. I'm finding myself continually drawn more towards music that feels genuine either from lyrics or structure - I...

    Been on a heavy indie rock/pop stint lately, especially listening to Beach Bunny. I'm finding myself continually drawn more towards music that feels genuine either from lyrics or structure - I guess that's just the particular artistic qualities that I find interesting at the moment.

    In a similar vein, I'm really looking forward to the Tame Impala album that's supposed to be released sometime this month. From the singles released so far, it seems like it'll be nice bridge between psychedelic and pop, which is a niche I'd love to see explored more. Hard to believe their last album was 2015.

    I'm also finding that some of Spotify's autogenerated playlists have become such a hodgepodge of conflicting genres that it's somewhat comical to me. I hardly ever use them, but a 'Morning Commute' playlist with dream pop/shoegaze, ghetto/tech house, and punk rock is probably the last thing I would ever listen to while half-awake on the way to work.

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  6. Comment on How standardised are Z-Wave/ZigBee device APIs? Can I directly control off-the-shelf hardware? in ~comp

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    InfluxDB is great! I'm on a team using it for some sensors out on a preserve doing environmental sensing, and it's really interesting how all the patterns change over weeks and months!

    InfluxDB is great! I'm on a team using it for some sensors out on a preserve doing environmental sensing, and it's really interesting how all the patterns change over weeks and months!

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  7. Comment on Kendrick Lamar - Rigamortis in ~music

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    I've always had a ton of respect for Kendrick. He's always had a refreshingly mature perspective in his music, on top of the musical talent. To Pimp a Butterfly is still probably one of my all...

    I've always had a ton of respect for Kendrick. He's always had a refreshingly mature perspective in his music, on top of the musical talent. To Pimp a Butterfly is still probably one of my all time favorite albums because of its depth, but that's probably also because it was the first Kenny album I heard.

    I find it interesting that he seems to avoid the spotlight in a lot of ways. For instance, nearly any song he's featured one will have a solid but short verse, so that he doesn't steal anyone's moment.

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  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Just got sucked back into indie+surf rock obsession after finding Surfer Blood - Pythons. I find albums in this style that I like about once every 6 months or so; can't wait to play it to death...

    Just got sucked back into indie+surf rock obsession after finding Surfer Blood - Pythons. I find albums in this style that I like about once every 6 months or so; can't wait to play it to death involuntarily haha.

    I also revisited a middle school favorite, Rise Against, and I think I may be getting sucked back into that too.

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  9. Comment on Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music - version 3 in ~music

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    Crazy to see another new version of this - the guide is definitely legendary. Can't count how many times I've seen it recommended when someone asks about some electronic music genre. Every time I...

    Crazy to see another new version of this - the guide is definitely legendary. Can't count how many times I've seen it recommended when someone asks about some electronic music genre. Every time I see this, I realize that half of the genres I thought I knew are completely different, and are usually mislabeled (at least on reddit, twitter, etc.).

    Looking forward to spending way too much looking/listening to this.

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

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    Orientation week for my Ph.D. program! Mostly administrative and networking events for now, but I'm spending most of my evenings reading some research papers so I can have a better idea of where...

    Orientation week for my Ph.D. program! Mostly administrative and networking events for now, but I'm spending most of my evenings reading some research papers so I can have a better idea of where to start on some potential research projects. It's really interesting that I went from being in the majority demographic in the U.S. (i.e. white) to being a minority both in race and nationality - it's definitely going to be a learning experience in that regard. Haven't felt uncomfortable so far, but it's been a bit harder to spark conversations.

    Tomorrow I'm planning to check out a nearby climbing gym with a student I met at some of the orientation events. I'm hoping they have enough lifting equipment, since it's too expensive to pay for that and another gym.

    Rest of the week isn't too busy, so hopefully I have time to check out some local spots and maybe do some hiking!

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  11. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Thank you for asking! Carnegie Mellon is the school - they have a small satellite campus for electrical/computer engineering and software engineering (I'm studying the former). Planning to do a...

    Thank you for asking! Carnegie Mellon is the school - they have a small satellite campus for electrical/computer engineering and software engineering (I'm studying the former). Planning to do a thesis on topics related to low power wide area networks (LPWAN) and/or machine learning for low power devices, like microcontrollers, i.e. Edge computing (if you like buzzwords) .

    The main application areas I'd like to get into are for the sensors and communication networks of Smart Cities and large scale autonomous systems. I expect some of this to change throughout the program, but at the very least, I think I'll be doing research in some really interesting topics thay play an a notable role in tech for the next few decades.

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  12. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm moving to Silicon Valley for a year of grad school, so I'm visiting this weekend to figure out a place to live. Spent all day today looking at apartments, and I'll do the same tomorrow. Rent...

    I'm moving to Silicon Valley for a year of grad school, so I'm visiting this weekend to figure out a place to live. Spent all day today looking at apartments, and I'll do the same tomorrow. Rent here is insane compared to where I've lived the rest of my life, and grad students usually aren't flush with cash. In other words, I'm drudging around at the bottom of the barrel, and that really shows for many of the these places.

    However, I've found a couple of good ones from my first day, and I'm hoping to get a couple more options figured out tomorrow. It's going a little better than I expected, but going to 8 showings in a single day was pretty exhausting. Yet, traveling around the area this much is really helping me get a feel for it!

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  13. Comment on Egypt - Souldless (feat Apex & Vaniah) in ~music

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    Stumbled across this song today while listening to some tracks from Apex's discography, and I'm really enjoying the vibe of it. Didn't expect to hear this considering Apex is a drum and bass...

    Stumbled across this song today while listening to some tracks from Apex's discography, and I'm really enjoying the vibe of it. Didn't expect to hear this considering Apex is a drum and bass artist, though it may just be a naming confusion from Spotify. I've certainly seen that happen before, especially with smaller artists and one-off tracks.

    I was curious if any other artists come to mind when you hear this song; I wouldn't mind listening to more like this!

    Edit: Oops, typo on the artist name; should be Egypt. E2: Thanks for the fix!

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  14. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Got through several albums I'd been meaning to get to for a while now Denzel Curry - ZUU: Good lord this slaps. With respect to hip-hop, definitely in the standing for AOTY. I liked Igor well...

    Got through several albums I'd been meaning to get to for a while now

    Denzel Curry - ZUU: Good lord this slaps. With respect to hip-hop, definitely in the standing for AOTY. I liked Igor well enough, but this is an album I could see myself coming back to. AUTOMATIC is a huge standout track for me.

    The 1975 - The 1975: Only recently started listening to this artist. Really enjoying their work, I especially like Chocolate off of this album. I think I've made it through each of their albums at this point, but I'll try to make it through them again now that I have a good feel for their style.

    SNBRN - Sole was alright; a couple of good tracks but most of it was just okay. Really enjoy Prelude and Jungle Kitty, but the rest of the album is somewhat forgettable. That said, pretty solid album for House music because I find LPs for EDM subgenres are usually weak

    Other honorable mentions are JR JR- Invocations/Conversations (Low is a fantastic track, but the album has a bit too much filler IMO) and The Walters - Young Men.

    Also got a chance to see Zhu and Odesza in concert this past weekend. Zhu is always a treat; great live artist. I'm hoping I get to see one of his Blacklizt sets someday because the releases from that I've heard are absolutely sick.

  15. Comment on The south’s economy is falling behind: ‘All of a sudden the money stops flowing’ in ~finance

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    I'm from a Southern state. I left to get an education, and there's no way in hell I will go back to where I came from. The town I am from is just like the ones they're talking about: a couple of...

    I'm from a Southern state. I left to get an education, and there's no way in hell I will go back to where I came from. The town I am from is just like the ones they're talking about: a couple of manufacturing plants made the town's economy. As those began to move out, things started getting shittier. As a 17 year-old kid, I couldn't find a job to save my life because many workers from the plants in town didn't have anywhere to go. My dad lost his job of nearly 2 decades, and ended up moving to a large city in Texas to found a job that suited him.

    I'm aiming for a career in tech, and the jobs I would want are not in my home state. It's unfortunate because I have so much family there, but I can't have a decent career in my field in that state. I could try getting experience and go back to start my own business, but I fear there isn't enough money being spent to make it a good decision in any sense. I know plenty of others who are doing something similar to me: They have the capability to leave, so they do so. I left and never looked back besides yearly family visits.

    The politics are backward, the people seem nice but are often judgemental, and the economy isn't going to keep up with the rest of the country. The article puts many of my opinons and observances into words. What they say about the New South is exactly true: I'd be willing to move to some cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Rayleigh, etc., but that isn't the same. I cannot imagine living in a rural area unless I was retired (and even then...). I don't see things getting better for many of those living in rural areas for Southern states for a time.

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  16. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I can never help myself from going back to the album Hazel English - Just Give In / Never Going Home. There's something I love about the hazy vocals and pleasant instrumentals; I find it puts me...

    I can never help myself from going back to the album Hazel English - Just Give In / Never Going Home. There's something I love about the hazy vocals and pleasant instrumentals; I find it puts me at ease, despite the lyrics being on the darker side for some songs. Then again, I often ignore lyrics entirely.

    I guess you'd call it dream pop or chillwave? I wish I knew more artists within this subgenre. A similar artist I like a lot is Turnover.

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  17. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    I don't think this is true. The speeds are limited of course because they have to pass through multiple extra nodes to get back to you, but I don't think there's a hard limit on what you get from...

    I don't think this is true. The speeds are limited of course because they have to pass through multiple extra nodes to get back to you, but I don't think there's a hard limit on what you get from it. More realistically, the speeds are poor because the nodes are often run by volunteers with limited bandwidth

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  18. Comment on What news sources or other websites do you use on a daily basis? in ~talk

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    The Hill is the first place I go for news. The writing is very neutral, but the choice of articles is less so (liberal bias). National Review is the other side of the coin, where the writing is...

    The Hill is the first place I go for news. The writing is very neutral, but the choice of articles is less so (liberal bias).

    National Review is the other side of the coin, where the writing is largely neutral (at least for a conservative news medium), but the choice of articles is more biased. I do this to make sure I'm not missing out on any domestic events. Side note, if anyone has recommendations for other (reasonable) conservative news, I'm all ears. I have an app that aggregates about 10-15 sites, but most of their sites are just too biased for me to make it all the way through an article due to the way they're written. I immediately skip any article (regardless of which bias) that uses grabby verbiage or overly dramatic headlines.

    Associated Press whenever I'm more curious about international events, though I usually just read headlines unless something looks important.

    I've stopped relying on reddit for any sort of news, but it can be helpful for finding the types of stories that aren't being reported on by large companies. Same is true for Tildes, but I'm actually willing to participate in the discussions here.

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  19. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My queue of new music got me through a couple of interesting artists this week. OSI (progressive metal) was an interesting one, mainly because I haven't gotten through much of the genre before. I...

    My queue of new music got me through a couple of interesting artists this week.

    OSI (progressive metal) was an interesting one, mainly because I haven't gotten through much of the genre before. I enjoyed it a lot, and I'll certainly be looking for some similar artists in the future.

    Local Natives - Dark Days is another one I enjoyed quite a bit. I guess I'd call it Dream Pop, but I find the style of it very relaxing regardless of what you might call it. I'll have to peruse their discography a bit more.

    I also started listening to JR JR's new album, Invocations/Conversations, but haven't gotten all the way through. I've really enjoyed their past work, and I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of this. First half was very promising!

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