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  1. Comment on US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past twenty years in ~finance

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    Rent control puts a damper on exploitative housing cost increases on people who can't afford it, prevents renters' displacement and allows people to live where they've built their networks and...

    Rent control puts a damper on exploitative housing cost increases on people who can't afford it, prevents renters' displacement and allows people to live where they've built their networks and family roots. It isn't perfect, and I'd be in favor of whatever policy has the same effects even if it isn't the particular implementations of rent control that exist in the US. If rent control is an imperfect bandaid over the problems present in housing in the US, I'll take it.

    On the whole, I think housing in the US is a market failure, and the US policy to make real estate an attractive investment asset plays into that. I think there are much, much larger problems plaguing housing in the US than rent control.

    I see rent control as being similar to the ACA: it doesn't even begin to address the real issue plaguing healthcare/housing in the US, it did manage to cut the rate at which health insurance premiums/rent increase, but that rate is still positive and there are millions of uninsured/unhoused people. However, I'll take the ACA over the healthcare market sans-ACA in the same way I'll take rent control over the housing market sans-rent control.

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  2. Comment on US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past twenty years in ~finance

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    According to the Census Bureau, 80% of Americans live in urban areas these days. There's plenty of housing in rural areas, but there aren't jobs and no one is investing in rural areas like they...

    According to the Census Bureau, 80% of Americans live in urban areas these days. There's plenty of housing in rural areas, but there aren't jobs and no one is investing in rural areas like they are in urban ones.

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  3. Comment on US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past twenty years in ~finance

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    Rent control works, it's just that rent control isn't anywhere near enough when we've only been drip fed new housing over the past half century, let alone new high density housing or new...

    Rent control works, it's just that rent control isn't anywhere near enough when we've only been drip fed new housing over the past half century, let alone new high density housing or new affordable housing. At least where I live, developers almost exclusively build luxury housing, despite there being numerous laws about how new development must include affordable housing. High density housing is fought tooth and nail against by property owners, as is affordable housing.

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  4. Comment on US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past twenty years in ~finance

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    The point is that renters do not build equity, and that is by virtue of a system that exalts the wealthy and punishes the less wealthy by stripping them of equity they're paying to build and...

    The point is that renters do not build equity, and that is by virtue of a system that exalts the wealthy and punishes the less wealthy by stripping them of equity they're paying to build and giving it to the already wealthy.

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  5. Comment on So how should your favorite restaurant pay its servers? Well, it's complicated in ~finance

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    Yeah, there's no reason to put yourself or your loved ones at risk of catching COVID over a tip.

    Yeah, there's no reason to put yourself or your loved ones at risk of catching COVID over a tip.

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  6. Comment on So how should your favorite restaurant pay its servers? Well, it's complicated in ~finance

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    Don't tip on delivery apps, just give the delivery person cash tips. Too many of these apps pocket the tips or take significant portions of them before giving them to the person who actually made...

    Don't tip on delivery apps, just give the delivery person cash tips. Too many of these apps pocket the tips or take significant portions of them before giving them to the person who actually made the delivery.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Nvidia confirms they accidentally released a driver that removed the Ethereum-mining limitations on RTX 3060 GPUs, undermining their attempt to make the cards unappealing to cryptominers in ~tech

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    Cryptographically secure DRM can have its implementation be open-source as long as the keys are protected. DRM doesn't need to be cracked, sometimes keys are just discovered and shared.

    Cryptographically secure DRM can have its implementation be open-source as long as the keys are protected. DRM doesn't need to be cracked, sometimes keys are just discovered and shared.

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  8. Comment on Why America sucks at everything in ~misc

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    They're a progressive response to PragerU, not a socialist one, so they're going to stop before giving the solution, because they're against the solution, as well. I don't really think a bunch of...

    They're a progressive response to PragerU, not a socialist one, so they're going to stop before giving the solution, because they're against the solution, as well.

    I don't really think a bunch of millionaires, or Gravel, the politician that said the "tide of socialism" must be stopped, want a real solution, they just want nicer capitalism.

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  9. Comment on 70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers in ~tech

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    As someone on the left who has been using the internet for decades, this and much worse has always happened to actual leftist organization online.

    As someone on the left who has been using the internet for decades, this and much worse has always happened to actual leftist organization online.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Is there a website to propose/join open source groups? in ~comp

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    Solve a problem people have with your code, and let people know it exists. If people want to use it, they'll end up contributing to it in one way or another. If you have a vision for the project,...

    Solve a problem people have with your code, and let people know it exists. If people want to use it, they'll end up contributing to it in one way or another. If you have a vision for the project, build a roadmap and make it easy for people to come in and improve the project along those lines.

    Getting open source contributors for a project is very much a "build it and they will come" type deal. People are only going to contribute if they get something out of it, and that "something" is usually solving whatever particular use case they have and that's it.

  11. Comment on Malware in the wild using DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) to pull payload in ~tech

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    I already do this on my network because I will get ads on my Android devices and Chromecast apps otherwise. It's simple to implement and I hope more people do this.

    I doubt many organizations are blocking requests to google.com

    I already do this on my network because I will get ads on my Android devices and Chromecast apps otherwise. It's simple to implement and I hope more people do this.

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  12. Comment on Malware in the wild using DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) to pull payload in ~tech

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    I'm of the opinion that doing DNS resolving at the application level is a bad idea, mostly because it's used to get around my content blockers. DoH should be implemented at the system or network...

    I'm of the opinion that doing DNS resolving at the application level is a bad idea, mostly because it's used to get around my content blockers.

    DoH should be implemented at the system or network level, and applications shouldn't circumvent it.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Amazon Alexa for Residential will let the voice assistant power apartment complexes in ~tech

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    I agree. Ring for landlords sounds dystopian. I don't want my landlord having any kind of camera or microphone in my home.

    I agree. Ring for landlords sounds dystopian. I don't want my landlord having any kind of camera or microphone in my home.

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  15. Comment on A friendly reminder: If you own a bicycle, you must own a helmet in ~hobbies

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    Accidents don't care about how careful you are, and small mitigations like helmets can save your life even if you were to fall slightly more often.

    Accidents don't care about how careful you are, and small mitigations like helmets can save your life even if you were to fall slightly more often.

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  16. Comment on A friendly reminder: If you own a bicycle, you must own a helmet in ~hobbies

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    The most common cause of accidental deaths are falls, and not just any falls, but falls from standing height. If you're simply sitting on a bike while stationary, losing your balance and hitting...

    The most common cause of accidental deaths are falls, and not just any falls, but falls from standing height.

    If you're simply sitting on a bike while stationary, losing your balance and hitting your head can kill you. With that fact in mind, imagine how much riskier it is to be traveling fast and falling, or hitting something.

    edit: I just want to edit and clarify that my stat is about accidental deaths on the job. Overall, poisonings and motor vehicle accidents are the most common causes of accidental deaths, which are then followed by falls.

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  17. Comment on [SOLVED] Archiving a deceased loved one's Twitter timeline, including media in ~tech

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    Just for future reference if anyone stumbles upon this thread in the future, Twitter doesn't hand out developer accounts like they did a few years ago.

    Just for future reference if anyone stumbles upon this thread in the future, Twitter doesn't hand out developer accounts like they did a few years ago.

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  19. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I'm a software engineer whose products can be easily pirated. This is a problem that I'm directly impacted by. However, I came from a very modest background financially, and if it weren't for...

    I'm a software engineer whose products can be easily pirated. This is a problem that I'm directly impacted by.

    However, I came from a very modest background financially, and if it weren't for piracy, I would not have the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and interests that I have today.

    For that reason, I can not, in good conscience, support anti-piracy measures against individuals. Deep down I know that information should be free, and would be free, if it were not for artificial protections on intellectual property.

    Protections on intellectual property would make sense if the market were made up of only corporate entities that weren't human and only need to maximize their profits. Limitations on the freedom of information hurts people and society, though.

    I think private and for-profit organizations should respect IP and pay for it, but I'm not going to pretend that the millions of individuals who pirate are doing anything wrong.

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