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  1. Comment on The coronavirus pandemic will forever alter the world order in ~health.coronavirus

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    I really don't know Mr. Kissinger personally, so can't speak to his intentions. And, to me, some of the things he stated don't seem like they're factual. Take for instance what @jakethedog...

    I really don't know Mr. Kissinger personally, so can't speak to his intentions. And, to me, some of the things he stated don't seem like they're factual. Take for instance what @jakethedog (rightly) quoted.

    But i at least like the following comment...

    Enlightenment thinkers reframed this concept, arguing that the purpose of the legitimate state is to provide for the fundamental needs of the people: security, order, economic well-being, and justice. Individuals cannot secure these things on their own. The pandemic has prompted an anachronism, a revival of the walled city in an age when prosperity depends on global trade and movement of people.

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  2. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I've always been an android phone guy...Not so much as a fanboy of android...More a little bit poor, and a little bit philosophically opposed about paying so much for apple devices. But at one...

    I've always been an android phone guy...Not so much as a fanboy of android...More a little bit poor, and a little bit philosophically opposed about paying so much for apple devices. But at one point, i had the resources to buy an iphone SE, and sort of got over my slight annoyance at apple price tags...And then held the iphone SE in my hand, and fell in love with the form factor! I never pulled the trigger, never swicthed over to apple iphone ecosystem because had heard word that SE was going the way of the dodo bird; that apple was no longer going to support this phone, etc. Well, i dislike buying phones all the time; very much a fan of logevity with my phones (and other devices). So, considering that apple was supposedly going to kill off the SE - i held off buying it. Now, i regret it. I could've gotten at least a few years of good use out of it. And, things have flipped recently for me: i somewhat disdain android phones (for privacy/philosophical reasons). I'm not up on any new SE models coming out...but if they do release a new one - in a similar form factor (the smaller, the better) - then I might consider getting one. But to one of your points, many of the people i know would - weirdly enough - consider the SE "old tech" - which is ridiculous (i don';t think that its old tech, but whatever).

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    That's funny, before all this pandemic business, I actually had "buying paper maps" as a to-do item. Beyond the need for guiding myself, I also wanted to flex my "mapping" muscle. Kudos to you for...

    Once the pandemic is over I want to buy a map of my city including all the public transportation routes to use for day-to-day stuff, just to flex that muscle a bit and work on spacial reasoning.

    That's funny, before all this pandemic business, I actually had "buying paper maps" as a to-do item. Beyond the need for guiding myself, I also wanted to flex my "mapping" muscle. Kudos to you for having these maps!
    (I did grow up when maps were the main method to orient one's self; and later in life i was too poor/cheap to get actual GPS devices...until mobile phones nowadays anyways.)

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  4. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Linux mint xfce is light on resources; but i believe there are other linux distros out there that are even lighter, which might help you. Have you considered trying other, different linux distros...

    Linux mint xfce is light on resources; but i believe there are other linux distros out there that are even lighter, which might help you. Have you considered trying other, different linux distros which might be better suited for "legacy" or more modest (resource-wise) systems? One that comes to mind is Lubuntu . Obviously, that is not the only option; there are many other choices as well. Also, i have not tried Lubuntu in many years, so not sure if they still as good as they used to be. See also DistroWatch for help choosing other linux distributions. You are not alone in getting legacy devices to get "resurrected" by a linux distro. Good luck!

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Thank you for the intro to Clicky Keyboards! (Gonna save that in my bookmarks for when i need a keyboard!)

    Thank you for the intro to Clicky Keyboards! (Gonna save that in my bookmarks for when i need a keyboard!)

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    Yeah, that is a good benefit.

    appreciate the tab completion

    Yeah, that is a good benefit.

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  7. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I knew of youtube-dl for quite some time now...but for some reason i find myself using it tons more recently. I used it at first to mostly download DJ mixes and burn them to CDs (for listening in...

    I knew of youtube-dl for quite some time now...but for some reason i find myself using it tons more recently. I used it at first to mostly download DJ mixes and burn them to CDs (for listening in my old car)...now when i download the mixes, i just instinctively listen to them offline. If you have a playlist of media from youtube that you want to view/listen to without ads, youtube-dl is the way to do it. (Not that the ads bother me much, but i guess it might be important for others.)

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I learned about exiftool only a few months ago myself, and have used it a few times to great benefit! The first time that i needed to use it, i had one of those moments where i literally said to...

    I learned about exiftool only a few months ago myself, and have used it a few times to great benefit! The first time that i needed to use it, i had one of those moments where i literally said to myself: "where have you been all of my life!?!" :-)

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I like tldr, but recently learned of http://cheat.sh/ - and yes it is curl-able from the terminal. For example, in order to learn about the "ls" command, you would run the following: curl...

    I like tldr, but recently learned of http://cheat.sh/ - and yes it is curl-able from the terminal. For example, in order to learn about the "ls" command, you would run the following:
    curl cheat.sh/ls

    As long as you have curl installed, you don't need to install "cheat.sh" nor anything else - pretty nifty! (This assumes you have internet connectivity of course.) I have it set as an alias on my linux laptop, so just do something like:
    cheat ls
    (and then it runs "curl cheat.sh/ls")

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I'm a recent convert to ripgrep. Admittedly my needs tend to be very simple (I'm not some sort of grep ninja), so grep is fine too...but ripgrep sure is fast!

    I'm a recent convert to ripgrep. Admittedly my needs tend to be very simple (I'm not some sort of grep ninja), so grep is fine too...but ripgrep sure is fast!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    +1 on micro - if only because it so nicely/simply supports good ol' ctrl-c for copying and ctrl-v for pasting. ;-)

    +1 on micro - if only because it so nicely/simply supports good ol' ctrl-c for copying and ctrl-v for pasting. ;-)

    2 votes
  12. Comment on DIY internet provider sees demand spike amid coronavirus pandemic in ~tech

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    I wonder what a future would look like if more municipalities had somewhat more autonomous utilities? ...I'm thinking of smaller but indie electric grids, and municipal internet, etc. Sure,...

    I wonder what a future would look like if more municipalities had somewhat more autonomous utilities? ...I'm thinking of smaller but indie electric grids, and municipal internet, etc. Sure, commerce and other things need to span to other towns, etc. But such a possibility does intrigue me. I, for one, wish for things like NYC Mesh to flourish - among other good reasons it helps decentralize control and reduce single points of societal failure.

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

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    Wow, I've never heard of city pop, but am crazy intrigued! Thanks for sharing!

    Wow, I've never heard of city pop, but am crazy intrigued! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    THIS 100 times! I don't have anything personally against slack - though when given a choice i vastly prefer FOSS options (and yes, including stuff like Riot, which is one of many apps over the...

    THIS 100 times! I don't have anything personally against slack - though when given a choice i vastly prefer FOSS options (and yes, including stuff like Riot, which is one of many apps over the matrix protocol/network). Also, for my dayjobs, all my employers (unfortunately) have used proprietary systems (e.g. MS Teams, Skype for business, etc.)...so I get that there will be loads of users who use the proprietary stuff, and i understand that slack might simply be a private company trying to run a business without being evil...but i very much dislike when marketing and/or PR teams use false and/or hyperbolic language - e.g. "...the silos of email..." - which could brainwash potential users in such a dastardly way. My reflex is to get upset with the Slacks of the world...but then, i wonder, hey, maybe as the Riot or other matrix apps of the world get better and gain polish, maybe users will get frustrated enough with the Slacks and move over to FOSS options - sort of self-inflicted business suicide? ...hmmm, i guess we'll see. In the meantime, I'll enjoy my freedoms and liberty and truths/non-hyperbole with FOSS options.

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  15. Comment on What is a good free project management tool for a very small team? in ~tech

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    As others have noted, Trello is quite good for managing work - which includes tasks under one or many projects. The kanban style that Trello leverages is very good for visualizing progress of "To...

    As others have noted, Trello is quite good for managing work - which includes tasks under one or many projects. The kanban style that Trello leverages is very good for visualizing progress of "To Dos". You can always experiment: try Trello for a few months, and see how it works for you. I've used Trello for years - for small teams - and it works great...but again, it works for me and my team. Try it and see for yourself.

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  16. Comment on What novel things can people do from home? in ~life

  17. Comment on What novel things can people do from home? in ~life

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    Oh yeah, agreed; a shower is loads better!

    Oh yeah, agreed; a shower is loads better!

  18. Comment on What novel things can people do from home? in ~life

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    All is not lost! I'm not a doctor, but I've struggled with allergies since as far back as i can remember (maybe since around kindergarten age), and at the risk of sounding like an info-mmercial:...

    All is not lost! I'm not a doctor, but I've struggled with allergies since as far back as i can remember (maybe since around kindergarten age), and at the risk of sounding like an info-mmercial: you too can do yard work, allergies be damned! @patience_limited has the right idea with using a bandana and goggles (or even just sunglasses). I've owned a home for 20 years and only in the last 2 years started using a bandana (and i started with sunglasses but moved to goggles because they fit better, don't slip off sometimes, etc.)...and wow, what an immense difference in the quality of my life! I used to simply rely on benadryl (either before or after work), and it would make me groggy, irritable, etc. But, now i use a bandana, baseball cap (for blocking the sun!), and goggles (somtimes also gloves depending on the type of work). Another key to a good approach - beyond the obvious trying as best as possible avoiding touching your mucous membranes like eyes, etc. - is to immediately wash your hands and face when you're back in the house/when you're done.

    Separately, you should:

    • Consider asking your doctor what sorts of medicine you can take on a regular basis as a preventative to flare ups - e.g. generic zytrec, etc.
    • Educate yourself on what specific things (both around your house, and in general out in the world) trigger a reaction, and naturally avoid close contact with them if possible.
    • Plan your work to leverage tools in such a clever manner that helps you avoid contact. I've seen online a person jury rig a cardboard "blocker" attached to the end of their weed wacker to avoid debris getting tossed back at him (sorry can't find the reference right now). While they were using it for safety purposes, i can imagine using this to minimize potentially allergic material getting flung back at your face, etc.

    I want to end again with: all is not lost! Like i said, I've struggled all of my life with allergies - they're awful in many more ways than I've described here with landscaping - but you can still live a happy life; simply learn how to best mitigate triggers. Best of luck, and happy to answer any other questions that you might have!!!

    9 votes
  19. Comment on Canada's first coronavirus vaccine made in Saskatchewan is now in testing stages in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yes, you're right, I should have qualified my statement. I fully agree with you! 😊

    Yes, you're right, I should have qualified my statement. I fully agree with you! 😊

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Canada's first coronavirus vaccine made in Saskatchewan is now in testing stages in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yay; go Canadiens! 👍

    Yay; go Canadiens! 👍

    2 votes