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  1. Comment on Holy Shit, Contra Said a Thing! Well, Guess I Better Singlehandedly Solve BreadTube - Mo Black in ~talk

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    I fucking hate internet drama. I wish computers crashed more often, then maybe people would be forced to leave twitter behind for ten minutes and go outside and look at a tree or something. I'm...

    I fucking hate internet drama. I wish computers crashed more often, then maybe people would be forced to leave twitter behind for ten minutes and go outside and look at a tree or something.

    I'm obviously joking. But seriously - don't people see how harmful in-fighting is when it comes to actually achieving progressive aims in the real world? Cancel culture and woke purity-testing is the People's Front of Judea of the internet age.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

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    Already love it :-)

    Already love it :-)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

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    Spirit They've Vanished - Animal Collective N.B. The song not the whole album

    Spirit They've Vanished - Animal Collective
    N.B. The song not the whole album

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    termite. It does everything I want it to and doesn't do anything more, and the configuration files are quite easy to work with.

    termite. It does everything I want it to and doesn't do anything more, and the configuration files are quite easy to work with.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Welsh Male Voice Choir flashmob - bread of heaven in ~music

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    I am an Irish rugby fan but the Welsh national anthem is the best in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s P.S. to pre-empt the predictable comments, yes I do realise that Bread...

    I am an Irish rugby fan but the Welsh national anthem is the best in the world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s

    P.S. to pre-empt the predictable comments, yes I do realise that Bread of Heaven and Land of my Fathers are different songs.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Australia wants to use face recognition for porn age verification in ~tech

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    It's like they saw what the brain-dead Tory cabinet tried to implement here in the UK and aimed to do the same thing, but even worse

    It's like they saw what the brain-dead Tory cabinet tried to implement here in the UK and aimed to do the same thing, but even worse

    7 votes
  7. Comment on There is No Algorithm For Truth (Tom Scott at the Royal Institution) in ~misc

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    Tom is spectacularly correct. The fact that he does it in such an esteemed location is, I suppose, an added bonus.

    Tom is spectacularly correct. The fact that he does it in such an esteemed location is, I suppose, an added bonus.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on An Illustrated Guide to Useful Command Line Tools in ~comp

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    If my refrigerator already had liquid helium in it anyway, and it would perform tasks better by utilizing that liquid helium, and there would be no additional costs or annoyances to me through its...

    Following your logic, people should attach jet-packs to their lawnmowers and fill their refrigerators with liquid Helium. “The tech is there”.

    If my refrigerator already had liquid helium in it anyway, and it would perform tasks better by utilizing that liquid helium, and there would be no additional costs or annoyances to me through its usage of liquid helium, then yes - I would like my refrigerator to make use of liquid helium.

    What I mean by 'the tech is there' is that your machine surely already has a GPU in it, and as long as it's not being utilized, it's just a redundant lump of silicon. Your absurd metaphors obviously do not address my point for this reason; no lawnmower comes with a jet-pack; jet-packs are loud, dangerous, and expensive; and there is no way in which a jet-pack can reasonably aid the operation of a lawnmower (or maybe I just lack imagination...).

    Your emphasis of 'Graphics Processing Unit' is a bizarre one, given that anyone with an understanding of modern computing realizes that the term is to some extent an anachronism. While it's true that graphics processing still represents a large proportion of the computation for which GPUs are employed, it is an inarguable fact that the modern GPU could more accurately be described as a parallel processing unit, so limitless is the range of roles to which such hardware may effectively be applied. Even the most ignorant of teenage gamers knows this - if only because they were forced by deep-pocketed crypto miners to take a shiny new Nvidia-branded brick off their Christmas list. When it comes to prospective performance gains in our post-Moore world, process shrinks and clock speeds offer scant pickings, yet there is relative abundance in the orchard of parallelization. Perhaps you think that out of the millions of flagship graphics cards filling high-tech warehouses across the globe, relentlessly slaving away at the coalface of the blockchain and chewing through terabytes of data in the quest to better translate Catalan into Haitian Creole, every single one is also running an instance of Quake 3 in a quest to fulfill a purpose that is in some way graphical. Or perhaps you do not think that - since you'd need to be clinically insane to do so - in which case, maybe you can see that the performance gains of massively parallelized computation have exactly zero relevance to whether you prefer textual or graphical interfaces.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on An Illustrated Guide to Useful Command Line Tools in ~comp

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    Why would you not want a program that you use dozens of times each day to harness your system resources most effectively? To me, this is tantamount to saying 'why the hell do I need an 64-bit...

    ...why the hell do I need a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator?

    Why would you not want a program that you use dozens of times each day to harness your system resources most effectively? To me, this is tantamount to saying 'why the hell do I need an 64-bit terminal emulator' or even 'why the hell do I need an x86 protected mode terminal emulator' - and yes, I know that's hyperbolic, but my point stands - if the tech is there, why not use it?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    You're right. Perhaps Mastodon/Fediverse would've been a better comparison.

    You're right. Perhaps Mastodon/Fediverse would've been a better comparison.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    Of course 4chan has redeeming qualities. Every community of non-trivial size does. There's probably been interesting and thoughtful conversations on Stormfront at some point or another. I don't...

    Of course 4chan has redeeming qualities. Every community of non-trivial size does. There's probably been interesting and thoughtful conversations on Stormfront at some point or another. I don't take your point about opening the Overton window. The fact that I sometimes talk about indie music, or bicycles, or Grand Prix motor racing on 4chan does not make me more tolerant or accepting of facism.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie in ~misc

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    Not really in the mood to watch the whole of this right now. It seems to be decently good, if a little patronizing. I do think the branding of the far-right with the 4chan logo is a little clumsy....

    Not really in the mood to watch the whole of this right now. It seems to be decently good, if a little patronizing. I do think the branding of the far-right with the 4chan logo is a little clumsy. That site is not homogeneous - it also has actual marxists and feminists and libertarians and everything in between on it. It does have a right-wing bias - but only in the same way that Twitter has a left-wing one.

    15 votes
  13. Comment on Opulence | Contrapoints in ~misc

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    This comment is far too superficial for Tildes... but I loved the Beowulf reference.

    This comment is far too superficial for Tildes... but I loved the Beowulf reference.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on A high income is a badge of success in many countries, but in Sweden a deep-rooted cultural code called Jantelagen stops many from talking about it in ~life

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    Is there a developed Western European country where it isn't considered crass to boast about ones wealth? I see nothing remarkable here at all.

    Is there a developed Western European country where it isn't considered crass to boast about ones wealth? I see nothing remarkable here at all.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    These are not opinions that are usually held in tandem :-)
    • Biking is the superior form of transportation
    • IPAs are gross

    These are not opinions that are usually held in tandem :-)

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Don't sacrifice the right ideas to win the right words in ~comp

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    This is pretty accurate. Even if your interlocutor is a reasonably intellectually curious person, you will still be able to watch their eyes glaze over in real time if you barrage them with 'free...

    This is pretty accurate. Even if your interlocutor is a reasonably intellectually curious person, you will still be able to watch their eyes glaze over in real time if you barrage them with 'free software' and 'open source' and 'libre' and GPL and MIT and Tivoization and 'free as in free speech'.

    Focus on the intuitive principles. You want your bicycle to be mechanically elegant and have its mechanisms be freely accessible and maintainable with a set of standard allen keys. If you want to add a bottle cage, or switch to a bigger chainring, or replace the brake pads, there should be no unnecessary roadblocks to you doing so. You should expect the same of your software. That's basically all there is to libre software.

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  18. Comment on QuickJS: A new JS interpreter/compiler by Fabrice Bellard in ~comp

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    Few developers can make me interested in a project on the basis of their name alone. Fabrice Bellard is one of those developers.

    Few developers can make me interested in a project on the basis of their name alone. Fabrice Bellard is one of those developers.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert killed in crash at Belgian Grand Prix in ~sports

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    I think tomorrow is going to be the first time in quite a while that I'll genuinely feel a little worried for the men in the cockpits of the Grand Prix cars as the red lights go out. Bianchi and...

    I think tomorrow is going to be the first time in quite a while that I'll genuinely feel a little worried for the men in the cockpits of the Grand Prix cars as the red lights go out. Bianchi and Surtees died for stupid reasons - there was no excuse for those accidents to happen - and there's no reason for them to happen again. Yet watching the Grand Prix tomorrow, the chance will remain - though small - that the fate that befell Hubert could just as easily come to meet any other man brave enough to do battle around Spa in a single-seater racecar. Carbon is enormously strong - strong enough to have saved the lives of Alonso, Kubica, and Sato among others - but it cannot work miracles, and that has been brought into sharp relief today.

    Let us go racing tomorrow, but let us do so with heavy hearts as we mourn Anthoine, and with the hope that others may be more fortunate.

    3 votes