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  1. Comment on MathBox^2: PowerPoint Must Die in ~tech

  2. Comment on $7.5B in stolen Bitcoin from 2016 Bitfinex Hack has just been moved in ~finance

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    Nobody "lost the keys" to that $7.5 billion, so to speak, and likely will launder it out in the future.

    Nobody "lost the keys" to that $7.5 billion, so to speak, and likely will launder it out in the future.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    I understand that people like being called by something they prefer, that's pretty straightforward. What confuses me are the reasons that would lead someone to want to be referred to as something...

    I understand that people like being called by something they prefer, that's pretty straightforward.

    What confuses me are the reasons that would lead someone to want to be referred to as something other than what they identify as.

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  4. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    Hmm. I don't understand any of that in the slightest, but thanks for giving a shot at an explanation.

    Hmm. I don't understand any of that in the slightest, but thanks for giving a shot at an explanation.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    I'm a bit confused, could you elaborate? Why would anyone who's female want to be referred to as a man? Isn't gender almost entirely caused by the social effects surrounding it? For people who...

    I'm a bit confused, could you elaborate? Why would anyone who's female want to be referred to as a man? Isn't gender almost entirely caused by the social effects surrounding it?

    For people who don't wish to use pronouns, what's wrong with they/them?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    To take a different form of @ainar-g's question: What is the difference between specifying pronouns and specifying gender, and why does the former seem to be preferred?

    To take a different form of @ainar-g's question: What is the difference between specifying pronouns and specifying gender, and why does the former seem to be preferred?

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Which is Your Favorite B-Tier Anime? in ~anime

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    Ouran High School Host Club, maybe? I happen to think it's rather good - the dub is great - but it's absolutely the kind of comfort show that you can sit down and watch all the way through.

    Ouran High School Host Club, maybe? I happen to think it's rather good - the dub is great - but it's absolutely the kind of comfort show that you can sit down and watch all the way through.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    Non-binary folks: Do you consider yourself transgender?

    Non-binary folks: Do you consider yourself transgender?

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Discord will start designating entire servers as NSFW, and prevent all under-18 users from accessing them, as well as all users on iOS in ~tech

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    Perhaps invasive, but a good move in my opinion. Discord has had serious problems with pedophiles in the past.

    Perhaps invasive, but a good move in my opinion. Discord has had serious problems with pedophiles in the past.

    17 votes
  10. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    For those interested: From the statement of the FSF board on the election of Richard Stallman.

    For those interested:

    We decided to bring RMS back because we missed his wisdom. His historical, legal and technical acumen on free software is unrivaled. He has a deep sensitivity to the ways that technologies can contribute to both the enhancement and the diminution of basic human rights. His global network of connections is invaluable. He remains the most articulate philosopher and an unquestionably dedicated advocate of freedom in computing.

    RMS acknowledges that he has made mistakes. He has sincere regrets, especially at how anger toward him personally has negatively impacted the reputation and mission of FSF. While his personal style remains troubling for some, a majority of the board feel his behavior has moderated and believe that his thinking strengthens the work of the FSF in pursuit of its mission.

    From the statement of the FSF board on the election of Richard Stallman.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on Alexei Navalny reaches fourteenth day of hunger strike as officials threaten force-feeding in ~news

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    Background on recent events (editorialized from Wikipedia) Alexei Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing...
    Background on recent events (editorialized from Wikipedia)

    Alexei Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing anti-government demonstrations and running for office to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, and against President Vladimir Putin and his government. He is the leader of the Russia of the Future party and the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation.

    In August 2020, Navalny was hospitalized in serious condition after he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. He was medically evacuated to Berlin and discharged a month later. Navalny accused Putin of being responsible for his poisoning and an investigation implicated agents from the Federal Security Service in his poisoning.

    On 17 January 2021, he returned to Russia and was detained on accusations of violating parole conditions (imposed as a result of his 2014 conviction) because he had failed to report to Russia's Federal Prison Service twice per month during his illness. Following his arrest and the release of the documentary Putin's Palace which accused Putin of corruption, mass protests across the country were held. On 2 February, he was given a prison sentence of over two and half years in a corrective labor colony in Vladimir Oblast. A resolution by the European Court of Human Rights called for his release. While in prison, Navalny and human rights groups have accused Russian authorities of using torture against him, and his health has significantly deteriorated.

    Here's a rough translation of the mentioned Instagram post announcing Navalny's hunger strike.

    Why do prisoners go on hunger strikes?

    This question worries only those who have not been prisoners. It all looks so complicated from the outside. But inside, everything is simple: you have no other way to fight back. Ha, ha, ha.

    Rather, there are still a couple, but it's better to save them.

    Who is lying in a robe, bald, with glasses on the bed with a Bible in his hands?

    It's me.

    Holding the Bible, because it's the only book I could get in three weeks. And on the bed (in a super scandalous violation of the rules), because I am on a hunger strike.

    Well, what to do? I have the right to call my own doctor and get medicine. They haven't given me either. The pain in my back is now in my legs. Parts of my right and now left leg have gone numb. All jokes aside, this is annoying.

    And instead of medical assistance, I am tortured with sleep deprivation (they wake me up 8 times a night), and the administration has been persuading the activist prisoners (aka "goats") to intimidate ordinary prisoners to not clean around my bed. They just say, “Lesha, I'm sorry, but we are stupidly afraid. This is the Vladimir region. The life of a prisoner is worth less than a pack of cigarettes.”

    Well, what to do? I am on a hunger strike, demanding that the law be obeyed and that a doctor of my choice be allowed to visit me. So I'm lying hungry, but with two legs.

    Stay healthy 😉

    6 votes
  12. Comment on An implementation of C++'s std::unique_ptr that represents each object as an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain in ~comp

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    nft_ptr has negligible performance overhead compared to std::unique_ptr, as shown by this benchmark on our example program:

    Implementation Runtime
    std::unique_ptr 0.005 seconds
    nft_ptr 3 minutes

    For more information, please read our white paper.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on [SOLVED] Tech Support Request: Finding the biggest files of a specific type in ~tech

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    Sure, but find sucks in so many ways that it's really worth installing fd and saving yourself the hassle later.

    Sure, but find sucks in so many ways that it's really worth installing fd and saving yourself the hassle later.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Yahoo Answers will shut down and delete its archives on May 4 in ~tech

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    What a shame. Yahoo Answers got me through AP Physics. It appears the Archive.org team and volunteers are working on backing it up: https://tracker.archiveteam.org/yahooanswers2/

    What a shame. Yahoo Answers got me through AP Physics.

    It appears the Archive.org team and volunteers are working on backing it up: https://tracker.archiveteam.org/yahooanswers2/

    11 votes
  15. Comment on [SOLVED] Tech Support Request: Finding the biggest files of a specific type in ~tech

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    Try installing fd, and running fd cover.* --size +10m Music/. If you need to narrow it down more, run man fd, and take a look at the options there. The --size section is particularly helpful (to...

    Try installing fd, and running fd cover.* --size +10m Music/.

    If you need to narrow it down more, run man fd, and take a look at the options there. The --size section is particularly helpful (to jump to it, type /size).

    edit: the binary may be called fdfind instead of fd.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on Where do you go for humor? in ~talk

  17. Comment on The French army is testing Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot in combat scenarios in ~tech

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    I strongly disagree. Replacing human soldiers with robots eliminates any sort of moral accountability. Although human soldiers aren't great at that either, they're certainly an order of magnitude...

    While I think things like replacing human with robotic infantry are unequivocally good things to do because then real people wouldn't need to fight wars anymore

    I strongly disagree. Replacing human soldiers with robots eliminates any sort of moral accountability. Although human soldiers aren't great at that either, they're certainly an order of magnitude better than military higher-ups.

    Another problem is that it puts an army under more direct control of individual politicians and military leaders.

    I can make an exception for individually-controlled reconnaissance drones.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    There's a couple of reasons why Signal's crypto adventures also affect those who don't use it. It requires them to collect a boatload more metadata about transactions, opens them up to a whole new...

    There's a couple of reasons why Signal's crypto adventures also affect those who don't use it. It requires them to collect a boatload more metadata about transactions, opens them up to a whole new suite of legal action, provides a great new attack vector, and draws away resources that could go towards developing the core app.

    Then, of course, there's other, unrelated problems with Signal that I'm just reminded of every time they do something like this. Their community interactions suck. Their desktop client is a joke. They're hostile towards third party developers. They frequently reject outside work, even when it's on a highly-requested feature. Everything that happened with Naomi Wu highlighting their IME vulnerability.

    15 votes