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  1. Comment on ~personal should be a thing in ~tildes

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    If ~life is a bout broad stuff, we could also fold it into ~life.personal. ~life gets used to as about personal stuff anyway, and a .personal section could be for people posting about themselves.

    If ~life is a bout broad stuff, we could also fold it into ~life.personal. ~life gets used to as about personal stuff anyway, and a .personal section could be for people posting about themselves.

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  2. Comment on What's your "hype song"? in ~music

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    I've got a lot I'll put on to get pumped. The ones I list are particularly effective for me. Busdriver - Imaginary Places Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy Late Show, this song starts out pretty chill...

    I've got a lot I'll put on to get pumped. The ones I list are particularly effective for me.

    Busdriver - Imaginary Places

    Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy Late Show, this song starts out pretty chill but builds up, he's damn near shouting at the end, but it's a hell of a mood elevator.

    Squarepusher - Planet Gear

    Squarepusher - Dark Steering, another slow build, but by the end it grabs you by the head and drags you along.

    AFX - VBS.Redlof.B, a bit of a low-key jam, but a lot of his Analord series just gets me amped, this is the most obvious one.

    Noisia & Mayhem - Exodus This was actually my first run-in with modern DnB, opened an entire genre up to me. A lot of Noisia's stuff is stuff I'll put on to get hype, but Exodus is particularly special, vocal take or instrumental.

    Phace - Blind Faith (Seizure warning on the video, it is all rapid jumps and cuts) I have to play this one absolutely loud in my headphones, and it always gives me the chills. The way the buildup leads into the drop, the space they leave before it hits, it's like riding a roller coaster to me, every time.

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  3. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    Shoot, I got it wrong. It's even weirder than I thought.

    Shoot, I got it wrong. It's even weirder than I thought.

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  4. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    I don't listen to many, but when I'm going to have a few hours where my ears are unoccupied, I'll listen to the Crime Pays but Botany Doesn't podcast. It's more of a companion to his YouTube...

    I don't listen to many, but when I'm going to have a few hours where my ears are unoccupied, I'll listen to the Crime Pays but Botany Doesn't podcast. It's more of a companion to his YouTube channel, where he'll upload a bunch of 20-50 minute videos detailing plants he finds exploring an area, but he'll also often focus on a part of botany, sometimes a family, or just vent about stuff that's frustrating him. Most of the time he's talking about botany, though. He tends to get extremely political on occasion, but maybe since I agree with his (very progressive) views, it doesn't bother me, but he's usually funny in these moments, too.

    One to start on would be with his roommate, mycologist Alan Rockefeller, or his podcast with Martin Grantham, who used to be the nursery manager and propagator at the UCSC arboretum. This one got me through a five hour flight delay in January.

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  5. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    I don't mess this one up ever, but it still bugs me that it's a thing. Here's what I think about it: English is weird. I remember it as: Affect is the verb, Effect is the result. Because of how I...

    I don't mess this one up ever, but it still bugs me that it's a thing. Here's what I think about it:

    1. English is weird.

    2. I remember it as: Affect is the verb, Effect is the result.

    Because of how I speak, though, they often sound similar.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    Blocking the tweets is like not getting results: Kicking the evidence under the rug doesn't mean the thing didn't happen, and it makes it worse when it explodes. We have the benefit of being able...

    Blocking the tweets is like not getting results: Kicking the evidence under the rug doesn't mean the thing didn't happen, and it makes it worse when it explodes.

    We have the benefit of being able to see Trump for precisely what he is, because he's so loud about it. We didn't have that benefit with Nixon or Reagan, to name a couple of examples of presidents who were found to be profoundly racist for their times. They did a massive amount of damage to people of color. The harm they did wasn't revealed, and their racism, wasn't revealed until long after their deaths.

    By and large, the biggest issue is that Twitter and the other platforms didn't stop him from the beginning. I agree that this is regrettable. We can't close it back up again without trying to cover up a significant part of recent history. However, the justification for many of Trump's policies and action are revealed on his private social media accounts. A lot of his worst decisions are laid bare, as well as his entire ideology. Not having this available would simply drive the hate underground. He and his team would get more creative, and it would be easier for him to get away with it.

    Unfortunately, I think something of a double standard is useful to the global community. A racist US president has a huge effect on the rest of the world. A horrible world leader in any country has global implications. We just pulled out of the WHO for a whole host of reasons are likely evident by checking our unstable president's twitter, among other sources. Outright removing the worst behavior from world leaders, when this information should be preserved in the public record, does more to protect bad leaders than it does to protect any country's citizens.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Do you use Linux for music production? What software and tools do you use? in ~creative

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    Debian and Ubuntu provide -rt patched kernels if you want to go that way and I believe they use CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT, but I've also seen discussion that this is more useful for embedded use, like in...

    Debian and Ubuntu provide -rt patched kernels if you want to go that way and I believe they use CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT, but I've also seen discussion that this is more useful for embedded use, like in machine controllers, than audio latency.

    Some tweaks I've employed were Con Kolivas's patchset, which included BFS (now MuQSS) his BFQ (Brain Fuck Queuing) and other tweaks on my old netbook, and these caused a significant improvement, particularly BFS because it takes the ideas of CFS (the current default scheduler) and removes some restrictions, allowing realtime applications to get queued much faster. By his admission, they don't necessarily provide faster throughput in a server, but his goal is to make things "snappier". This provides some benefit to audio and even heavy graphics workloads. If you don't want to build these, you can use the Liquorix kernel binary on Debian distros, or the zen patchset, or zen kernel package if available for your distro. Building isn't horribly difficult, but can be time consuming.

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  8. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    Applying this idea to something else: If we stop testing, we don't get new coronavirus cases. He's going to think this, and he's going to find a way to broadcast it. By leaving an avenue...

    If they banned him, then the Tweets wouldn't exist, and thus couldn't be a matter of national and international interest.

    Applying this idea to something else: If we stop testing, we don't get new coronavirus cases.

    He's going to think this, and he's going to find a way to broadcast it. By leaving an avenue available, but controlling the spread of the message, you can effectively control the power of the message. He's going to broadcast this stuff. Twitter got wise and started blocking how it spreads, limiting it to direct links and screenshots of the original tweet to limit its utility in encouraging violence.

  9. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    He would either go through the official White House twitter, or find some other way to get his message out. If we can keep him speaking loudly and obviously, platforms can at least control how...

    Do you think Trump would be silenced if he lost his Twitter account, and that the nation would be worse off for it?

    He would either go through the official White House twitter, or find some other way to get his message out. If we can keep him speaking loudly and obviously, platforms can at least control how people interact with his message by blocking retweets and shares, like they're currently doing.

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  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I just got Trover Saves the Universe. It's everything I thought it was going to be, and I'm absolutely happy about it. The voice acting is like Rick and Morty's Intergalactic Cable episodes. The...

    I just got Trover Saves the Universe. It's everything I thought it was going to be, and I'm absolutely happy about it. The voice acting is like Rick and Morty's Intergalactic Cable episodes. The game is hilarious, but it's all done in a way that doesn't get boring. Trover says some crazy stuff, but only the first few times collecting a thing, or interacting with an object repeatedly so it doesn't wear thin. I don't have a VR setup, but the game is still a lot of fun, and is designed in a way that it's weird control premise just makes sense. If you have VR and like Justin Roiland's humor, I'd say you have to get this game, I imagine it would be great with it. Even if you just like Justin Roiland's stuff, the game is worth it.

    Polybridge 2 just came out. I bought it as soon as it came out, and it's only $15. It offers a few more materials to work with, but is just as fun as the first one if you like physics-based puzzles.

    I got back into Astroneer in a big way. I was burned by playing it in alpha and beta, and much of how I liked the game was steeped in these older versions. I apparently didn't touch it for a year, and it was enough for me to quit being jaded about it. I'm having a blast with it, trying to level a pole on Novus (a moon) so I can get solar power all day while also developing enough of a base to get stuff to help it go faster. I was going to go to a specific planet, but changed my goal after it was removed, tweaked, and replaced.

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  11. Comment on Kerbal Space Program 2 release disrupted by corporate strife in ~games

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    If you don't want to support Take2 with KSP2, there's always OSP Not really playable yet, but they decided to reimplement the game after Take2 bought the game from SQUAD, who were going back to...

    If you don't want to support Take2 with KSP2, there's always OSP Not really playable yet, but they decided to reimplement the game after Take2 bought the game from SQUAD, who were going back to being just an advertising firm.

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  12. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days in ~tech

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    I was going to comment something snappy about twitter knowing there's an issue and not caring, but had a thought half-way through the gag: Trump's bad tweets, or anybody's that is in a position of...

    I was going to comment something snappy about twitter knowing there's an issue and not caring, but had a thought half-way through the gag:

    Trump's bad tweets, or anybody's that is in a position of power, are a matter of national and international interest. I think Twitter's doing an okay job of blocking the standard modes of interaction with the tweets while preserving it and indicating that it violates ToS. The test of "if I post this will I get banned?" is an interesting exercise, but the main variable that changes is the bot is not a national leader. If tweets can be held in the Library of Congress, they can be preserved as monuments to the foibles of world leaders.

    There's also the issue of the seeming double standard, but more people have their eyes on Trump than, say, the Ayatollah of Iran, so his stuff is going to be the content that gets slammed first. Ideally it would be consistent for all high-profile individuals who run their fingers like this.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Australia had its own George Floyd moment, only it passed without international outrage in ~misc

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    I think it's somewhat a matter of random luck that George Floyd's death got as big as it did. Ahmaud Arbery's death didn't gain this much traction just over two weeks before Floyd's, and national...

    I think it's somewhat a matter of random luck that George Floyd's death got as big as it did. Ahmaud Arbery's death didn't gain this much traction just over two weeks before Floyd's, and national conditions were more or less the same at the time, and neither death is any less bad than the other, and was no less brutal.

    A major difference between African Americans and Australian Aborigines is, as the article states, is the ability to amplify these incidents. For better or worse, American culture is the major dominant culture of the internet, and I'd wager many people around the world have heard of our higher profile cases, while this is, actually, the first I've ever seen about Aboriginal detention rates in Australia (not that I doubted it, I've heard that Australia has its own race issues concerning Aborigines). The celebrity factor is also huge.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on John Titor in ~misc

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    Ong's Hat is pretty fun, too, and was a good demonstration of how ideas spread from innocuous, false origins to some people's reality.

    Ong's Hat is pretty fun, too, and was a good demonstration of how ideas spread from innocuous, false origins to some people's reality.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on How do you pronounce "antifa"? in ~humanities

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    "An-tee-fah" Stress changes, sort of, with the sentence I'm using it in, but it's usually more like "Anti-fa" or "Ant-ifa"

    "An-tee-fah"

    Stress changes, sort of, with the sentence I'm using it in, but it's usually more like "Anti-fa" or "Ant-ifa"

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  16. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 1 in ~news

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    Third degree is when an intentionally malicious act leads to an accidental death, with no other felony committed, apparently. If I may offer my unqualified opinion: Chauvin's goal was simply to...

    Third degree is when an intentionally malicious act leads to an accidental death, with no other felony committed, apparently. If I may offer my unqualified opinion: Chauvin's goal was simply to restrain Floyd, but he chose to do so in a manner he should have known was dangerous. Floyd died as a result, giving Chauvin this charge. Chauvin was also given a manslaughter charge, probably to throw more at him and improve the odds of something sticking (commonly done in cases).

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  17. Comment on Why aren't more leaders encouraging protesters to stay home? in ~talk

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    I don't think so. They are distinct groups. A protest can turn into a riot for any number of internal or external reasons. A situation with an agent provocateur is specifically a situation where a...

    Either way, assuming that there is two distinct groups at work or that there is some easy logic that keeps those two kinds of protestors apart is misleading.

    I don't think so. They are distinct groups. A protest can turn into a riot for any number of internal or external reasons. A situation with an agent provocateur is specifically a situation where a third party has sought to strategically influence what had the potential to remain a peaceful protest. But, I don't want to get hung up on this, because it's only a minor point. I want to stress that there is a wide amount of possibilities for a group of initially peaceful protestors, either organically or through external influence to turn bad, but the provocateur situation is specifically a separate sort of incitement to violence.

    "Hey maybe the cops are right, why protest?".

    At risk of splitting hairs, I'm not trying to make the argument against protesting, either. I think during a time of a currently unstoppable pandemic, it's a horrible idea, but if done responsibly it would be an even stronger way to make a point. There is nothing at all beneficial in the violent catharsis of riots or looting, in the American contexts I've seen in the past few decades, that is rational or well-meaning, because there is nothing in these riots done with any intent. Even the Minneapolis police precinct that was set on fire was done out of opportunity, rather than as the result of some grand design. In an American context, I'd argue, rioting is accidental at best, and opportunist at worst. This isn't a war or a revolution, it is akin to the many times I've punched a couple walls in anger and only come away with a bruised fist. I wasn't taken any more seriously afterward, and history has shown that people of color won't be taken more seriously after these sorts of events in the US. I sincerely hope that it changes this time, and seeing some responses, I think it's already happening, but only time will tell.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Why aren't more leaders encouraging protesters to stay home? in ~talk

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    None of these are enough to stop the rage that convinces people to go out and do something about it. I haven't seen what anybody has said except for Killer Mike, who pretty much said "organize,...

    None of these are enough to stop the rage that convinces people to go out and do something about it.

    I haven't seen what anybody has said except for Killer Mike, who pretty much said "organize, and beat them up at the polls," but police racism is generally such a hot issue that the response to a police-related death is anger, but anger leads to all sorts of arguably bad behaviors.

    I honestly don't know where to start on the rioting aside from it being an expression of this anger fed by an extremely small minority of the large group, or even instigated by agent provocateurs, because I simply have no way of understanding that mindset, or how mob mentality can lead to individuals part of a larger group making terrible decisions. The best I can get, looking at the history of police violence-motivated riots is that it is an irrational expression of this anger. Unfortunately, most avenues of expressing anger are irrational, if not outright dangerous and harmful.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Do you use Linux for music production? What software and tools do you use? in ~creative

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    I use Renoise, and I'll use Zyn-Fusion, Helm or Surge if I'm using a VST. These three are available as Linux and Windows VSTs (not LV2 or LADSPA), and the SDK is dual licensed under their...

    I use Renoise, and I'll use Zyn-Fusion, Helm or Surge if I'm using a VST. These three are available as Linux and Windows VSTs (not LV2 or LADSPA), and the SDK is dual licensed under their propreitary license, and GPL3 depending on your use case (building VSTs is fine). Renoise is proprietary software, but it's the one tool I can't replace after Aldrin (a BuzzTracker) clone died. It also has a load of built-in effects, so I don't need third-party effects, and a sampler robust enough that I generally wind up using it for most of my synthesis. I use it for recording, I mix and master in Renoise, and would even record everything I needed into renoise if I did that. Renoise is unique in that even in Windows, without ASIO, it's really low latency. It works seamlessly with JACK, as well.

    For non-DAW stuff, I like to tinker with livecoding, which provides a means of creating algorithmically generated music, that stuff is labelled in my soundcloud below, and bought an OP-1 at the start of lockdown that I don't use nearly enough.

    I've dabbled with Radium (developed by one of the original Octamed devs), but I feel like its feature set is more a result of creep than actual goals, and the crazy keybinds is has seems to reflect this. I can't quite get a nice workflow on it, either.

    For minimizing latency, regular kernels are great, -rt is best -zen is alright, but the big difference is enabling realtime permissions. I'd need to know your distro to offer meaningful help, as they've all got slightly different ways of configuring it for you, despite all using the same exact technologies, but if your user can't enable realtime audio, you'll take a performance hit.

    For some examples, everything here is done in Renoise, without VSTs, unless otherwise mentioned

    As far as audacity: It's great for editing. I'll set up drumkits for my OP1 with it, and it's great for when you don't need to make dynamic changes to audio. The first piece of music I ever made, a decade ago, was done by generating each phrase in Audacity, often one note at a time, with a note-to-frequency chart. Took me two hours for a minute of boring music.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on What are your favorite and least favorite gaming tropes? in ~games

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    It took my dad a month to beat the first Splinter Cell because of something like this. Not so much an unbeatable fight, but a too-subtle hint, and any actual option meaning death. I think it can...

    Boss fights that you aren't supposed to win so you can trigger the cutscene and move forward with the story.

    It took my dad a month to beat the first Splinter Cell because of something like this. Not so much an unbeatable fight, but a too-subtle hint, and any actual option meaning death.

    I think it can work as a narrative device, but it's got to give you the death quick and move you on quickly. It can't be something where you lose half your health and have time to get mad and restart the fight.

    4 votes