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  1. Comment on What's your dream laptop for running *nix? in ~comp

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    My dream is one with macOS-level touchpad and display quality. I'm so spoiled by those two things it's hard to get away from apple for laptops, even as their lineup gets worse and worse. (typing...

    What are your ideas about what a good laptop for *nix OS's?

    My dream is one with macOS-level touchpad and display quality. I'm so spoiled by those two things it's hard to get away from apple for laptops, even as their lineup gets worse and worse. (typing this from my 2015 MPB)

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Icelanders tire of disrespectful Instagram influencers in ~tech

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    I'd say go if you want to, but stick to more out of the way places. That's what I did and I had a lovely time, I stayed in a village in the rural northwest and hiked, hit up hot springs, etc.

    I'd say go if you want to, but stick to more out of the way places. That's what I did and I had a lovely time, I stayed in a village in the rural northwest and hiked, hit up hot springs, etc.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues in ~tech

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    Archive.is link if you get stuck at a paywall Amazon's monopoly and lax moderation have allowed its bookstore to fill with counterfeits, knock-offs, and even AI generated texts. As an aside, I'd...

    Archive.is link if you get stuck at a paywall


    Amazon's monopoly and lax moderation have allowed its bookstore to fill with counterfeits, knock-offs, and even AI generated texts. As an aside, I'd say this is an interesting example of technology-induced hyperreality

  4. Comment on What's the best advice you've been given regarding photography? in ~hobbies

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    This is a big one. I wish I had got a small mirrorless I could throw in my bag and take everywhere rather than a big DSLR.

    This is a big one. I wish I had got a small mirrorless I could throw in my bag and take everywhere rather than a big DSLR.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    This is a myth (ironically far more Clinton supporters voted for McCain in 2008 than Bernie supporters voted for Trump in 2016), Trump won because Clinton did not turn out the vote. Full stop. Any...

    This is a myth (ironically far more Clinton supporters voted for McCain in 2008 than Bernie supporters voted for Trump in 2016), Trump won because Clinton did not turn out the vote. Full stop. Any attempt to deflect from this (it was Russia! it was Bernie Bros! it was misogynists!) is just a distraction and will result in a Trump reelection as the DNC fails to adapt to the reality that milquetoast centrists are widely despised by the majority of the electorate.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    It definitely is a comedy show and they're definitely not reactionaries haha. But they are wealthy brooklynites and that's going to impact the exact kind of political views they hold (material...

    It definitely is a comedy show and they're definitely not reactionaries haha. But they are wealthy brooklynites and that's going to impact the exact kind of political views they hold (material interests trump all!).

    I'd recommend Street Fight Radio if you're interested in a more "authentic" for lack of a better word lefty podcast. the CTH crew started as guests on Street Fight.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on What is your favourite programming language? in ~comp

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    Haskell! I understand it's not the most practical language, but it's certainly changed how I look at computations and problem solving in general (for the better, I hope at least). In general I...

    Haskell! I understand it's not the most practical language, but it's certainly changed how I look at computations and problem solving in general (for the better, I hope at least).

    In general I suspect the whole world would be better if we went back in time and built everything in functional languages from the start.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on How does technology improve your quality of life? In what ways does it detract from it? in ~tech

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    I'm a software developer and I hold a broadly negative view on modern tech. The frustrating thing is that is has the potential to be great; look at automation for example, removing the need for a...

    I'm a software developer and I hold a broadly negative view on modern tech. The frustrating thing is that is has the potential to be great; look at automation for example, removing the need for a large swath of the population to toil should be an amazing accomplishment but instead it's a source of fear and anxiety, it's obvious that under capitalist economies the people automated away are not going to be the ones sharing in the newfound wealth. Don't even get me started on mass surveillance, or the war industry endlessly creating more efficient ways to murder people, or the data-driven psychological manipulation of adtech. You say that this is not a feature of the tech itself, but all tech is created for a reason and most of those reasons aren't good.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Higher Homotopy Groups Are Spooky in ~science

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    Here's a visualization of the Hopf fibration /u/wgxlir posted on reddit a while back! It's a really cool construction.

    Here's a visualization of the Hopf fibration /u/wgxlir posted on reddit a while back! It's a really cool construction.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life | Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    I think part of it is that he introduces at least vaguely philosophic ideas to an audience that hasn't been exposed to philosophy very much. Philosophy is cool, and people who are depressed or...

    I think part of it is that he introduces at least vaguely philosophic ideas to an audience that hasn't been exposed to philosophy very much. Philosophy is cool, and people who are depressed or alienated or whatever will naturally gravitate towards it, but since the Peterson crowd doesn't have any frame of reference they can't see that JP is just a charlatan.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Why vi rocks in ~comp

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    I'm not a vim super user by any means but one thing I've found incredibly useful time and time again is recording actions with q. Then replaying them with @. I like it because you don't need to...

    I'm not a vim super user by any means but one thing I've found incredibly useful time and time again is recording actions with q. Then replaying them with @. I like it because you don't need to know the "correct" way to preform an edit, as long as it's generic enough you'll be able to reuse it. It's saved me a ton of time when, for example, refactoring a block of function calls to use different parameters.

  12. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    Are most rural places much better? I'm fond of the country as well but that's because I grew up right on the edge of the wilderness, not in the middle of a huge flat expanse of farmland (most...

    Are most rural places much better? I'm fond of the country as well but that's because I grew up right on the edge of the wilderness, not in the middle of a huge flat expanse of farmland (most rural places, at least in the US, being the latter not the former).

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Crazy idea to help stop the spreading of untruthful news. in ~tildes

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    This rule would result in every major US news publication being banned

    This rule would result in every major US news publication being banned

    5 votes
  14. Comment on AG William Barr Releases Mueller Report’s Principal Conclusion in ~news

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    I don't want to gloat since Trump likely getting away with his criminal behaviors (even if "literally conspiring with Russia" isn't one of them) is bad, but after a year of being called a troll,...

    I don't want to gloat since Trump likely getting away with his criminal behaviors (even if "literally conspiring with Russia" isn't one of them) is bad, but after a year of being called a troll, bot, russian influence agent, etc for saying that we can't look for salvation in the hands of a Republican career law enforcement agent who helped start the Iraq war and that the fixation on the investigation was primarily a way for democrats to absolve themselves of the 2016 loss and avoid any sort of introspection or change going forward...

    I told you so.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters in ~tech

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    It sounds like a soft-spoken male to me. It's nice though! Far less grating than say, the default siri or alexa voices.

    It sounds like a soft-spoken male to me. It's nice though! Far less grating than say, the default siri or alexa voices.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on At least two strains of joke ransomware have been created with "subscribe to PewDiePie" themes in ~tech

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    Honestly I found this pretty amusing just because of how surreal it feels, fans of a youtube creator trying to make ransomwear "as a meme" but inadvertently just creating a virus that nukes your...

    Honestly I found this pretty amusing just because of how surreal it feels, fans of a youtube creator trying to make ransomwear "as a meme" but inadvertently just creating a virus that nukes your filesystem is a pretty good metaphor for what internet culture is evolving into.

    29 votes