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  1. Comment on ‘More concern and false impressions’: colds are not worse than before in ~health

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    What is the COVID situation like in Belgium? I've gotten the exact opposite impression over the ocean in my city, where masks in public spaces are still required.

    What is the COVID situation like in Belgium? I've gotten the exact opposite impression over the ocean in my city, where masks in public spaces are still required.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    I'd trade one of the left Thunderbolt ports for USB-A any day. HDMI is basically good enough for me though because I do a lot of random presenting, and almost all of my uses for USB-A are with my...

    I'd trade one of the left Thunderbolt ports for USB-A any day. HDMI is basically good enough for me though because I do a lot of random presenting, and almost all of my uses for USB-A are with my own devices, which I can stick adapters on permanently.

    With Linux on ARM I'm more concerned with packaged software support - one quite nice thing about Linux on x86 is you can run any software packaged for "Linux" with minimal fuss, and most for Windows with Wine. As far as I know no Rosetta2-style compatibility layer exists (unless QEMU does that?) .

    2 votes
  3. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    USB-A is better for external always-in devices like mouse dongles, tiny flash drives, WiFi adapters, etc. It's also much sturdier (but, granted, that comes from the size).

    USB-A is better for external always-in devices like mouse dongles, tiny flash drives, WiFi adapters, etc.

    It's also much sturdier (but, granted, that comes from the size).

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by ransomware over the weekend in ~tech

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    Oh no! Anyway. There has been an interesting trend of cybersecurity attacks against private US infrastructure recently.

    “The event has caused — and may continue to cause — disruption to parts of the Company’s business, including certain aspects of its provision of local advertisements by its local broadcast stations on behalf of its customers,” the release said.

    Oh no! Anyway.

    There has been an interesting trend of cybersecurity attacks against private US infrastructure recently.

    15 votes
  5. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Dang, these look like really well-rounded laptops. Having an HDMI is a big win for usability in my book - and I'm sure anyone who works with media is very pleased with the return of the SD card...

    Dang, these look like really well-rounded laptops. Having an HDMI is a big win for usability in my book - and I'm sure anyone who works with media is very pleased with the return of the SD card reader.

    I'm personally waiting for broader ARM support from the Linux ecosystem (not to mention Linux support on the M1 itself), so I won't be in the market for another four or five years - but I'll probably look at the 14" model or equivalent then.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on I recently gave the exemplary label to a comment. I don't see it anymore. in ~tildes

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    Sometimes exemplary labels are removed (usually when abused as super-upvotes), appear but only to the commentee, or have to await approval (from what I've seen this varies account-by-account). I'd...

    Sometimes exemplary labels are removed (usually when abused as super-upvotes), appear but only to the commentee, or have to await approval (from what I've seen this varies account-by-account). I'd guess the latter.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Ask Tildes: What alternative apps/webapps do you use to browse Reddit? in ~tech

  8. Comment on Is there any point in arguing with people? in ~science

  9. Comment on Is there any point in arguing with people? in ~science

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    I ran across this comment on Hacker News a while back that's really stuck with me since.

    I ran across this comment on Hacker News a while back that's really stuck with me since.

    When you interact online, you fundamentally are interacting with only yourself. It is a solipsistic endeavor. You fundamentally choose which comments to respond to; unlike the real world, where a conversation occurs between two people, you can instantly drive into a conversation whenever you see fit, and leave whenever you wish also.

    Therefore, the choice of which conversation, which comment, is entirely yours. And since the comments available are literally never-ending, you have the ultimate choice as to which you are responding. Therefore, every conversation you have is with a version of a person you have constructed in your head.

    This is what enables people to be mean and rude on the internet. It's because they are talking to a construct which is fundamentally in their own head, often times with their own nasty internal conflicts applied.

    This is also the fundamental mistake people make about the online world being a place where "discourse" can change anyone's internal landscape. It cannot, because it every discourse on the internet is by definition completely a subset of the ego of the single individual.

    25 votes
  10. Comment on Windows 11: The Ars Technica review in ~tech

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    Some themes exist that try to bridge the Qt / GTK stylistic divide, but font rendering is noticeably different between them. Setting Qt themes is also a little more painful than GTK themes in my...

    Some themes exist that try to bridge the Qt / GTK stylistic divide, but font rendering is noticeably different between them.

    Setting Qt themes is also a little more painful than GTK themes in my experience (KVantum? qt5ct? KDE themes != Qt themes?).

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    Discord doesn't appear to be affected. I did read somewhere they were dealing with the extra load by disabling non-essential server load (like typing notifications).

    Discord doesn't appear to be affected. I did read somewhere they were dealing with the extra load by disabling non-essential server load (like typing notifications).

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Bangle.js 2 is a hackable, open source smartwatch that runs JavaScript in ~tech

  13. Comment on Imgur has been acquired by MediaLab (owner of Whisper, Kik, WorldStarHipHop, Amino, Genius, etc.) in ~tech

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    That's too bad, but Imgur's UX dropped off the cliff a long time ago. I've been using ImgBB instead mostly.

    That's too bad, but Imgur's UX dropped off the cliff a long time ago.

    I've been using ImgBB instead mostly.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What is this Gemini thing anyway, and why am I excited about it? in ~tech

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    It's fun and it's not extendable, basically. There's something to be said for making a clean break from HTTP.

    It's fun and it's not extendable, basically. There's something to be said for making a clean break from HTTP.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What is Freenet? in ~tech

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    This is why I'd really like to see something like Gemini mashed with one of these p2p protocols.

    My big concern with using something like this is that people will use it to share child porn.

    This is why I'd really like to see something like Gemini mashed with one of these p2p protocols.

    2 votes
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  17. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    It's clunky, but nothing's better.

    It's clunky, but nothing's better.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Is chess a sport? in ~sports

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    Playing remotely isn't the same thing as playing by yourself. I would take playing remotely to mean the kind of "remote" we've grown to accommodate in this pandemic - something that can be done,...

    First of all, you'd be excluding every single sport that is not directly played against an opponent.

    Playing remotely isn't the same thing as playing by yourself. I would take playing remotely to mean the kind of "remote" we've grown to accommodate in this pandemic - something that can be done, sedentary, laying down in the bed or at the kitchen table.

    Moving chess pieces across a board is not physical skill, apparently, but is shooting? Is darts? Is poker? Is archery? If you don't break a sweat, does that matter? Do esports count? Do VR esports count?

    Yes, yes, yes, no, yes. No - though that's more up for debate. Yes, with caveats. Yes.

    Come on, moving chess pieces across a board is not physical skill by any reasonable definition.

    And frankly, this whole argument reeks of ableism. If someone isn't able to perform a satisfactory level of physical skill does that invalidate certain paralympic sports? Some paralympic sports have a sighted person on teams of blind athletes. Is that person not playing a sport because they are only using their eyes and speech to play?

    I think that if you try to frame a discussion about what constitutes sports in the context of ableism you're going to run into some problems. But regardless, I can't think of any Paralympic game that requires anywhere as little physical skill and effort as chess.

    I don't think a sighted guide standing sedentary on the sidelines is playing the sport. I was under the impression most actively compete alongside a blind athlete though? Either way, they're a team.

    It's about being seen as a legitimate pastime in the eyes of the world.

    That chess being considered a sport would give the game more "legitimacy" is undoubtedly true, but that's a pretty shoddy reason to rely on, no? The same could be true for, say, competitive Categories.

    So I don't think popularity really matters here, especially because trampoline was added relatively recently.

    Popular within the structure and framework of the Olympic games.

    And just because you haven't heard of a sport doesn't mean no one else has ;-)

    7 votes
  19. Comment on The Reddit COVID blackout has begun in ~tech

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    I don't think that's necessarily true. I remember far more negative publicity for the firing of Victoria Taylor than for the hiring of the recent admin. And, although it did eventually result in a...

    The effectiveness of this protest will be based on the amount of negative publicity generated.

    I don't think that's necessarily true. I remember far more negative publicity for the firing of Victoria Taylor than for the hiring of the recent admin.

    And, although it did eventually result in a ban, it took four years and loads of negative publicity for Reddit to do something about /r/T_D.

    6 votes