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  1. 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.

  2. Comment on Programming Challenge: Convert between units in ~comp

  3. 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.

    4 votes
  4. 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
  5. Comment on The magical thinking of guys who love logic in ~misc

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    Thanks for the correction, that is what I meant. Not sure why I got them the wrong way round.

    Thanks for the correction, that is what I meant. Not sure why I got them the wrong way round.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on New & Experimental CSS Tools in Firefox in ~comp

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    Some neat stuff in here. I liked the discussion of persistence - definitely a fairly major irritation with current generation devtools.

    Some neat stuff in here. I liked the discussion of persistence - definitely a fairly major irritation with current generation devtools.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The magical thinking of guys who love logic in ~misc

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    I recognize the point this article is making but I think it attacks the wrong target. It's not the logic that's the problem, nor the rationality - it's the belief that one is being rational when...

    I recognize the point this article is making but I think it attacks the wrong target. It's not the logic that's the problem, nor the rationality - it's the belief that one is being rational when that's quite evidently not the case. The redpill world view is not rational, and can be for the most part rejected on the basis of reason. This should be (yet another) article attacking TRP, not one attacking men for aspiring to rationality.

    We recently discussed ContraPoints' recent video, in which she suggested that a new ideal of masculinity should be created to fill the void left in a world where men are no longer expected to work ten hours a day down the mine to support their wife and kids. I have given it some thought and believe that rationality should be considered part of ideal masculinity. That doesn't mean being an emotionally devoid pseudo-Klingon, it means applying ones intelligence to work out a course of action that will produce good outcomes (both material and emotional) for oneself and others. Kipling got a lot of stuff wrong, but I think his message to boys that they should keep their heads when all about them are losing theirs was a sound one.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The Trolley Problem in ~humanities

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    I kinda wish that the suited man's 'solution' was multi-track drifting.

    I kinda wish that the suited man's 'solution' was multi-track drifting.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Marcus Ericsson on standby to race for Alfa Romeo F1 team at Spa in ~sports

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    Are you following Marcus in IndyCar, OP? Since you're evidently a fan :-)

    Are you following Marcus in IndyCar, OP? Since you're evidently a fan :-)

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Active YouTube channels in "dead" genres? in ~misc

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    Kurt J. Mac is still walking to the farlands. His videos are still enjoyable.

    Kurt J. Mac is still walking to the farlands. His videos are still enjoyable.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Contrapoints - Men in ~misc

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    You're totally right, but the fact that she is able to do that implies a certain level of empathy.

    I think empathy is the wrong term here. Natalie's persona in these videos are largely sarcastic and aloof. There are three primary reasons why she manages to get through to these alt-right types, one of which the use of these sarcastic, constantly joking, subversive personas; she speaks the language, so to speak.

    You're totally right, but the fact that she is able to do that implies a certain level of empathy.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

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    It's been years since I've listened to them, but looking through the Wikipedia page here are some I seem to remember being good. Razzle Dazzle Kowloon Walled City The Modern Moloch Game Changer No...

    It's been years since I've listened to them, but looking through the Wikipedia page here are some I seem to remember being good.

    Razzle Dazzle
    Kowloon Walled City
    The Modern Moloch
    Game Changer
    No Armed Bandit
    Trading Places with Planet Money
    Longbox
    PDX Carpet
    Manzanar
    El Gordo
    Guerrilla Public Service and Guerrilla Public Service Redux

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The events that led to Gamergate started 5 years ago today, and The New York Times has just published a series of 4 pieces related to it in ~tech

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    Unlike some other battles in the internet culture war, I really struggle to understand the viewpoint of the gamergaters. I would be interested to see an article that presents a rational and...

    Unlike some other battles in the internet culture war, I really struggle to understand the viewpoint of the gamergaters. I would be interested to see an article that presents a rational and thoughtful steelman analysis of the gamergater's narrative.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Linux Distro for an old PC in ~comp

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    I actually thought that it was an exclusively musl distro. Maybe void wouldn't be so bad. It's still far from a beginner's distro though - as evidenced by the fact that its userbase is virtually...

    I actually thought that it was an exclusively musl distro. Maybe void wouldn't be so bad. It's still far from a beginner's distro though - as evidenced by the fact that its userbase is virtually all Arch refugees!

  15. Comment on Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave in ~tech

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    Awesome, cheers. Have definitely watched a couple of these but many are new to me too. Thanks also to @asoftbird for pitching in.

    Awesome, cheers. Have definitely watched a couple of these but many are new to me too. Thanks also to @asoftbird for pitching in.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave in ~tech

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    I'd be interested to take suggestions. I haven't probed any further than NileRed and Cody's Lab, which are about as entry-level as it gets :-) Bookmarked NurdRage to check out. I've heard the name...

    I'd be interested to take suggestions. I haven't probed any further than NileRed and Cody's Lab, which are about as entry-level as it gets :-)

    Bookmarked NurdRage to check out. I've heard the name but have not watched their videos to my knowledge.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave in ~tech

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    I really enjoyed this video. NileRed is all the bits of school chemistry I liked, without all the bits I didn't (electrode potentials, thermodynamics, memorizing colours of various metal salts).

    I really enjoyed this video. NileRed is all the bits of school chemistry I liked, without all the bits I didn't (electrode potentials, thermodynamics, memorizing colours of various metal salts).

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Linux Distro for an old PC in ~comp

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    Those specs are fairly grim I'm afraid. As others have said, the distro is fairly immaterial since this machine simply doesn't have the clout for the modern web. Maybe try Puppy Linux?...

    Those specs are fairly grim I'm afraid. As others have said, the distro is fairly immaterial since this machine simply doesn't have the clout for the modern web.

    Maybe try Puppy Linux? Unfortunately it won't be as slick as most modern distros but this machine won't handle any modern desktop.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on Linux Distro for an old PC in ~comp

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    Void and Devuan are horrendous suggestions for someone with limited Linux experience who is building a system for their grandfather. Both are intended for the intermediate-to-advanced Linux user...

    Void and Devuan are horrendous suggestions for someone with limited Linux experience who is building a system for their grandfather. Both are intended for the intermediate-to-advanced Linux user who is not afraid of fiddling around in /etc every now and then to get their machine working right.

    9 votes
  20. Comment on ADLaM: How a new alphabet is helping an ancient people write its own future in ~humanities

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    What a deeply impressive story. Thanks for sharing - one of the most interesting things I've read all week.

    What a deeply impressive story. Thanks for sharing - one of the most interesting things I've read all week.

    2 votes