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  1. Comment on Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to address climate change in ~enviro

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    Electing Bernie would be the first step.

    Electing Bernie would be the first step.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    Yeah, Tildes seems quite liberal to me, as a communist. I haven't seen much actual socialism support, much less communism support.

    Yeah, Tildes seems quite liberal to me, as a communist. I haven't seen much actual socialism support, much less communism support.

    11 votes
  3. Comment on The 2019 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    I suppose it's asking more what your main OS is. I use Linux 99% of the time, but have a Windows partition for certain games. I wouldn't put Windows down if it were multiple choice, personally.

    I suppose it's asking more what your main OS is. I use Linux 99% of the time, but have a Windows partition for certain games. I wouldn't put Windows down if it were multiple choice, personally.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I haven't read any of his other books. I should definitely check them out.

    I haven't read any of his other books. I should definitely check them out.

  5. Comment on Should we have some sort of 'Tildes census' in a regular fashion? in ~tildes

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    If you're doing this, I agree with @Keegan that we should shy away from Google Forms and instead use an independent, privacy focused site like forms.id

    If you're doing this, I agree with @Keegan that we should shy away from Google Forms and instead use an independent, privacy focused site like forms.id

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Currently, I'm reading A Short History of Nearly Everything, a really cool non-fiction book that goes over a lot of scientific and historical facts starting at the beginning of the universe and...

    Currently, I'm reading A Short History of Nearly Everything, a really cool non-fiction book that goes over a lot of scientific and historical facts starting at the beginning of the universe and moving forward. I definitely recommend picking it up if you like to learn. Not sure if this counts, but I've also got The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital coming in the mail, though I haven't started reading them yet.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Should we have some sort of 'Tildes census' in a regular fashion? in ~tildes

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    Would love to see that! I'm especially interested as to how the OS demographics and regional demographics have changed over the past year.

    Would love to see that! I'm especially interested as to how the OS demographics and regional demographics have changed over the past year.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Both articles of impeachment have passed. Donald Trump is the third president of the United States to be impeached. in ~news

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    I feel like if you've been impeached you shouldn't be able to get a second term, but what do I know

    I feel like if you've been impeached you shouldn't be able to get a second term, but what do I know

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Which Tildes Theme are you using? in ~tildes

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    I'm not that guy, but I'm a big fan of Nord theme myself! They have a few colour schemes all with a blue-ish tint. It's really simple, elegant and slick in my opinion and I hope you consider the...

    I'm not that guy, but I'm a big fan of Nord theme myself! They have a few colour schemes all with a blue-ish tint. It's really simple, elegant and slick in my opinion and I hope you consider the theme!

    ETA: Here's the direct link to the colour pallets with the hex codes and all if you're interested.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    Okay, somewhat fair, but the issue here is that you're saying that Bernie would pass no policy. I don't think this is the case. He would not accomplish all his goals, but to say he'd pass...

    Okay, somewhat fair, but the issue here is that you're saying that Bernie would pass no policy. I don't think this is the case. He would not accomplish all his goals, but to say he'd pass literally no policy isn't true, in my opinion. If it were some good policy or no policy, I'd agree. Warren would be better. However, if it's a small amount of good policy or a large, mixed bag of mediocre and bad policy, I choose good policy. I think we maybe disagree on what constitutes "good policy."

  11. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    Okay, except I don't think anyone is saying Bernie would get nothing done. Obviously, Bernie would get SOME parts of his agenda accomplished. Yes, big things like taxing the rich as high as Bernie...

    I'd pick a president that compromises and gets something done over a president who sticks inflexibly to their ideals and does not get any of their agenda effectuated through legislation.

    Okay, except I don't think anyone is saying Bernie would get nothing done. Obviously, Bernie would get SOME parts of his agenda accomplished. Yes, big things like taxing the rich as high as Bernie wishes to, or free college, or M4A probably won't be achieved in Bernie's term or terms. But to imply he'd not accomplish anything at all in 4-8 years is ludicrous, in my opinion.

    In this case perfect is the enemy of better. If you push for an ideal, don't get a majority and consequently don't get legislation passed, you're left with the status quo: No improvement. There is limited legislative time. Failed votes means not getting something done where something else could have been accomplished.

    Well, to start, I consider Bernie far from perfect. If anything, to me, Bernie is the "better" you describe. I'm a full blown communist, really, so to me, Bernie is a push towards better and every other candidate represents status quo. I think this is where we agree, but disagree on the finer details . I'd rather have a candidate who attempts "better" and fails than a candidate who attempts status quo and succeeds. Additionally, if Bernie can't accomplish much, at the very least he's getting the ball rolling. He's opening the doors for future candidates. He's trying. What more can I ask?

    What matters to real people are improvements in their lives. Often that happens step by step towards political ideals. Change happens incrementally. Improvement by improvement.

    And I agree. However, once again, you're assuming that Bernie would get nothing done. I don't believe that to be the case. It would be impossible for him to achieve nothing good. This is also where "opening the door," comes into play. Again, I think that's all I can ask. I'm asking for drastic change here. All I can do is hope Bernie makes the small improvements and makes way for more in the future.

    Politics is about power. About majority. About writing laws and changing lives. That happens through compromise. No-one gets exactly the bill they want. You need compromise for majority.

    And once again, I think we agree about the broad but the specific is the difference between us. To reiterate, the options for me are better and status quo. I'd rather work towards better and fail in most ways (but not all) than compromise on status quo and worse and end up with one of the two. Either way, to me, you're left with status quo. Not better.

    Sanders has a history of 40 years in politics where his voting record shows he is inflexible, unwavering and has been one of the congresspeople to get the least influence done in the longest tenure currently in office.

    Maybe in office. But outside of the office, I can't agree. You can't deny that he inspires and encourages people, especially younger people, to fight and take a stand. I probably wouldn't be discussing this right now if Sanders weren't in the race. And that goes for a lot of people my age. You may say this is useless in the short term and you may be right. But in the long term, I think Bernie will have done the most good simply by fighting the fight and encouraging younger voters to think, look into the issues, and push for change.

    My concern regarding age is not one of being out of touch, but of physical ability to do the extremely demanding job the presidency is. here younger people will necessarily be better at performing the highest office.

    Well, I do see where you're coming with this. I even fear myself that he may just up and die if elected, leaving us with nothing.

    I'd also like to thank you for writing this comment. You haven't changed my mind, but you're sparking discussion and making me think. This is important, and more than I'd ever get on Reddit or most places on the internet where the conversation would probably be "You are dumb and Bernie is bad." And then one of us would get downvoted and our comments hidden.

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  12. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    Again, your argument is that America should have a bad pres. who does little good over a good pres. who does little good. Sure sure, makes sense. Either way, don't you agree that Bernie could be a...

    Again, your argument is that America should have a bad pres. who does little good over a good pres. who does little good. Sure sure, makes sense. Either way, don't you agree that Bernie could be a "gateway" pres. of sorts? Set a precedent, and make way for more centre left and left wing presidents?

    As for "does not have the votes," have you not been paying attention? Remember how we got here? Bernie polls really well. Especially among the young crowd. And, IIRC, he has the most donations. The American people do love Bernie and he really does have a shot. As for "political will," I don't even know where to begin with that. Bernie has the MOST will. That's why he's been consistently fighting for the rights of Americans for, again, over half a century. That's why his politics have never wavered. If anything, your argument is that he has TOO MUCH will for his own good.

    And as for "Yeah, well no matter how old someone is at heart, what matters is the age of their actual heart," I can't agree. why does it matter how old he's been alive for? He's more progressive and active than most young people. Shouldn't what matters be that he acts young, not how recent he's been alive? If you think Bernie acts too old, I implore you to look at the way he's been campaigning. No other candidate acts as fun and as young as Bernie does. Every other candidate is a corporate puppet in a suit. Bernie is a human being with a will and a way. He's the only candidate that stands for the people and for that I support him.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    Even if what you're saying is true, (I'm actually Canadian so I'm not too familiar with what you mean by his history in Washington, though I have closely followed this election and the previous)...

    Even if what you're saying is true, (I'm actually Canadian so I'm not too familiar with what you mean by his history in Washington, though I have closely followed this election and the previous) I'd rather have the president who tries and fails to do the right things than the president who succeeds at compromising and does little anyway or straight up goes against my views like Biden and Trump. I do see what you're saying about Bernie, however, like you even said, he is a man of character who has stood up for what's right for longer than you've probably been alive.
    When Bernie fought for the civil rights over half a century ago, would you have said that? What about when he fought for LGBT rights in the 80s (70s)? What about now that he's fighting for marijuana legalization? Medicare for all? Free college? Should we just say, "Oh he'll never accomplish anything!" and give up? I don't think so. I say we fight for what's right.

    ETA: I also want to add that even though Sanders is very old, he's the youngest candidate at heart. Much "hipper" than any other candidate in the race.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    This is my biggest fear. I love Bernie Sanders. I think he would be the best president the U.S. has ever seen, and I think he has a real shot. However, I'm terrified that young people won't vote....

    This is my biggest fear. I love Bernie Sanders. I think he would be the best president the U.S. has ever seen, and I think he has a real shot. However, I'm terrified that young people won't vote. That they'll consider it a waste of time or not worth it or whatever. This may be preaching to the choir here, however: Bernie supporters, seriously, vote. In the primaries and the general elections. Tell every Bernie supporter you know to vote as well. Explain that Bernie seriously can not win without the votes of young voters. Bernie has given so much for the American people, the least you can do in return is clear two days to vote.

    19 votes
  15. Comment on Exploring Google Stadia's "Negative Latency" in ~comp

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    I suppose, however what's the point if it can't stream to your phone or laptop, but only their pseudo console? There are other services already available or in the works that do stream to laptops...

    I suppose, however what's the point if it can't stream to your phone or laptop, but only their pseudo console? There are other services already available or in the works that do stream to laptops and phones without you needing to purchase any new device. Without that functionality, Stadia is useless. You can't use it on the go unless you're lugging around a monitor and a massive UPS battery.

  16. Comment on Exploring Google Stadia's "Negative Latency" in ~comp

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    I guess? I just don't see how that's worth the drawback of not being able to play any of your games if your internet is a little slower than usual. How does that ONE thing make it worth it? Is it...

    I guess? I just don't see how that's worth the drawback of not being able to play any of your games if your internet is a little slower than usual. How does that ONE thing make it worth it? Is it really that hard to bring a console or PC to a friends house? It just seems shortsighted to me. In my opinion, this technology isn't really gonna go anywhere and will die out in the next few years once the fad is over.

  17. Comment on Exploring Google Stadia's "Negative Latency" in ~comp

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    I'm still waiting for an answer as to who this is for. What's the use case? What is the benefit of streaming games instead of playing them locally? I can only think of drawbacks. I guess it's for...

    I'm still waiting for an answer as to who this is for. What's the use case? What is the benefit of streaming games instead of playing them locally? I can only think of drawbacks. I guess it's for people who can't afford an expensive console or PC, but do have the $100+ to buy the Stadia and expensive high speed internet?

    7 votes
  18. Comment on ArchLabs Linux? in ~comp

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    Fair enough! I suppose it's not for everyone and I totally understand your position. I was gonna say something like "It's really not that bad!" but then I remembered the first time I installed...

    Fair enough! I suppose it's not for everyone and I totally understand your position. I was gonna say something like "It's really not that bad!" but then I remembered the first time I installed Arch it took like 12 hours and I had to stay up overnight. I will say, however, that the Arch is install process is far easier than LFS. LFS is quite literally building your own distro yourself. Arch is still just installing a pre-made distro with pre-made install tools, the difference being rather than the installer asking you how you want it installed, you tell the installer how you want it installed, more or less.

    When you say you're not progressing as fast as you should, what do you mean? How long have you been using Linux and how good at using Linux would you say you are?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on ArchLabs Linux? in ~comp

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    I recommend just taking the leap and installing vanilla Arch some time honestly! I know it seems daunting, and the first time may you may have to cry sweat and bleed your way through the install,...

    I recommend just taking the leap and installing vanilla Arch some time honestly! I know it seems daunting, and the first time may you may have to cry sweat and bleed your way through the install, but it taught me a lot about the command line and was very rewarding. Plus, after installing Arch once, it'll be no trouble if you ever do it again.

    2 votes