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  1. Comment on Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods in ~news

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    The building won't happen though, as the investors can encourage NIMBYs and lobby for property value protectionism. Those who hold assets will naturally try to prevent said assets losing value.

    The building won't happen though, as the investors can encourage NIMBYs and lobby for property value protectionism. Those who hold assets will naturally try to prevent said assets losing value.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots in ~tech

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    It's not the first time Elon has made promises wildly out of step with the current state of technology.

    It's not the first time Elon has made promises wildly out of step with the current state of technology.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on If you had the means to build a website, then what would it be? in ~tech

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    Many governments are working towards this goal to some extent, with consistent design standards and technologies. For instance - although many of the individual sites are still outdated and crappy...

    Many governments are working towards this goal to some extent, with consistent design standards and technologies. For instance - although many of the individual sites are still outdated and crappy - we have https://www.govt.nz in my country. Of course, it is mired in all the usual bureaucracy and inefficiency, but the impetus is there.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on The current affairs at Current Affairs is that everyone has been fired in ~news

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    The generally accepted definition of socialism is a system where the "workers control the means of production". Most socialists, including Robinson in the past, have interpreted this to mean a...

    The generally accepted definition of socialism is a system where the "workers control the means of production". Most socialists, including Robinson in the past, have interpreted this to mean a fully democratic workplace. This is is hardly the left eating itself, or some new crazy frustration; this is Robinson going against basic socialist principles that have been established by Marx and others.

    15 votes
  5. Comment on Zoom to pay $85M for lying about encryption and sending data to Facebook and Google in ~tech

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    If they've lying about encryption, what else is being hidden under the curtain? I don't think I can exactly trust them after this...

    If they've lying about encryption, what else is being hidden under the curtain? I don't think I can exactly trust them after this...

    12 votes
  6. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    I would argue that those with immense wealth aren't part of the solution though, but a problem. Yes, Gates forked over a small percentage of his wealth to eliminate polio. But his foundation is...

    I would argue that those with immense wealth aren't part of the solution though, but a problem. Yes, Gates forked over a small percentage of his wealth to eliminate polio. But his foundation is not an unalloyed positive, and there is no rule of nature saying that only people like Gates can solve these problems. Under their watch, power has dissipated from government - which for all its flaws is accountable and somewhat democratic - and shifted it to an undemocratic cadre of individuals with little accountability or oversight; it's not a good idea to have societal machinery rely on so few. All people have their biases and blind spots; something that democracy is designed to mitigate. Even if they start with good intentions, it's a well-known fact that power corrupts.

    It also matters on a societal level. The impoverished and disempowered have few paths to success in today's world, because the metaphorical big fish take up the whole pond. Bezos and Musk wouldn't be so rich if Amazon and Tesla treated their workers more fairly - workers whose contribution is definitely not reflected by their slice of the pie. And due to Gates, one company has an effective monopoly on desktop computing operating systems, and almost had one on the web.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Feature request: Ability to ping a comment author about spelling mistakes in ~tildes

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    Personally, I'd appreciate corrections, but I imagine others may see the feature as annoying.

    Personally, I'd appreciate corrections, but I imagine others may see the feature as annoying.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Xenia, the forgotten trans Linux mascot in ~tech

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    Also, Linus just has a soft spot for penguins. He jocularly stated that he got "penguinitis" after being bitten in Australia.

    Also, Linus just has a soft spot for penguins. He jocularly stated that he got "penguinitis" after being bitten in Australia.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Baba Is You - Mobile release trailer in ~games

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    Agreed. Played a bit of Baba a while back and it seems like a perfect game to play on the go.

    Agreed. Played a bit of Baba a while back and it seems like a perfect game to play on the go.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Near, the author of bsnes and higan, has died in ~games

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    Sad for so much potential to be thrown away. It cannot be understated how impressive Near's body of work was, and they seemed like a stand-up person as well. Given the nature of the perpetrators,...

    Sad for so much potential to be thrown away. It cannot be understated how impressive Near's body of work was, and they seemed like a stand-up person as well.

    Given the nature of the perpetrators, unfortunately it's completely unsurprising that they'd do that. KiwiFarms is consistently underreported for the damage they do, and they should get far more media attention. Like usual, the marginalised and vulnerable don't get the voice they deserve.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit introduces CryptoSnoos NFTs in ~tech

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    Seems to be standard-issue for most social platforms these days to put mobile first. Makes sense, as they have the most users, but it still feels kinda shitty. At least when desktop platforms got...

    They've been treating mobile as the primary platform in a lot of ways, with many new features only available on mobile (and often only available on iOS specifically), so it's odd that this one is getting the opposite treatment.

    Seems to be standard-issue for most social platforms these days to put mobile first. Makes sense, as they have the most users, but it still feels kinda shitty. At least when desktop platforms got exclusive features it could be semi-justified by them being ostensibly more "advanced".

    I would guess that the crypto demographic largely uses desktop computers; mining isn't suited to mobile. Hence the reversal of the trend in this instance.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    QAA is indeed a great podcast. I'm personally a subscriber to the premium episodes and highly recommend it.

    QAA is indeed a great podcast. I'm personally a subscriber to the premium episodes and highly recommend it.

  13. Comment on YouTube experimenting with removal of public dislike count in ~tech

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    Totally agree; they could have easily implemented something like Steam did, where abnormal negative ratings are excluded from the total.

    Totally agree; they could have easily implemented something like Steam did, where abnormal negative ratings are excluded from the total.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Which gaming console would you recommend and why? in ~games

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    Another point to consider is that Microsoft (manufacturers of the Xbox) have recently been - rather controversially - buying out a lot of publishers of popular games, with the intention of making...

    Another point to consider is that Microsoft (manufacturers of the Xbox) have recently been - rather controversially - buying out a lot of publishers of popular games, with the intention of making future products exclusive to their console and PC. For instance, if your kid hears about the upcoming Doom, Fallout, or Elder Scrolls title from a friend, there's a good chance they won't be able to get them on the PlayStation.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on The most divisive trend in water-closet architecture has reached Boston: the open-concept bathroom in ~design

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    Anecdotally, one of my bathrooms has wooden floors and it's a mess (it's an old house, and was originally a hallway). It gets plenty of circulation if you open the window too.

    Anecdotally, one of my bathrooms has wooden floors and it's a mess (it's an old house, and was originally a hallway). It gets plenty of circulation if you open the window too.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Because the investors probably don't really understand the market or the concept of product differentiation. They just hear that Discord is more popular with the kids these days, so they want to...

    Because the investors probably don't really understand the market or the concept of product differentiation. They just hear that Discord is more popular with the kids these days, so they want to make Reddit more like Discord.

    13 votes
  17. Comment on Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System in ~tech

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    While I agree with much of what is said in this article, the author's description of "half-hour updates" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration from my experience. My Mac isn't particularly new or...

    While I agree with much of what is said in this article, the author's description of "half-hour updates" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration from my experience. My Mac isn't particularly new or anything either.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What's something that hasn't aged well? in ~talk

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    To be fair, Biden only barely got the nomination in some key states, even with a pandemic that @Amarok undoubtedly didn't account for. Still amusing though.

    Biden is toast bro

    To be fair, Biden only barely got the nomination in some key states, even with a pandemic that @Amarok undoubtedly didn't account for. Still amusing though.

    2 votes
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    If there's a good reason why ZWJs are stripped, it's probably better to just ban emojis and be done with it rather than coming up with a potentially difficult-to-maintain workaround. It's not like...

    If there's a good reason why ZWJs are stripped, it's probably better to just ban emojis and be done with it rather than coming up with a potentially difficult-to-maintain workaround. It's not like we have oodles of posts with emojis in their titles anyway.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    Oh definitely, especially with the newer generation of medications.

    Oh definitely, especially with the newer generation of medications.

    5 votes