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  1. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    Wouldn't it be more accurate so say Google became Alphabet? My understanding was that Page and Brin founded Alphabet as a holding company, essentially to keep Google away from antitrust laws. I...

    Wouldn't it be more accurate so say Google became Alphabet? My understanding was that Page and Brin founded Alphabet as a holding company, essentially to keep Google away from antitrust laws.

    I see it less as a matter of bending to a corporate overlord, but more getting too big and becoming a corporate overlord.

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  2. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    The FOSS ecosystem is a great alternative for most use cases, imo. There's even great work being done on smartphones and tablets by PINE64. Mobile devices aren't up to snuff with the iPhone yet,...

    The FOSS ecosystem is a great alternative for most use cases, imo. There's even great work being done on smartphones and tablets by PINE64. Mobile devices aren't up to snuff with the iPhone yet, but they're getting damn close and it's only a matter of time. I've got a PinePhone on the way and I'm extremely excited to see what it can do.

    Free and open-source software won't mine your data, and works on a huge array of hardware. Some of it requires a bit more of a learning curve, but it's a low price to pay for the many upsides.

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  3. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    The term 'referee' is popular in the OSR scene, and it's what I use when writing material. I'm trying to make it my default term for the role, which had been 'Game Master'.

    I'd really like to hear thoughts on tabletop gaming too, since I've referred to myself as a game master in the past. Is game conductor preferable? What should I use instead?

    The term 'referee' is popular in the OSR scene, and it's what I use when writing material. I'm trying to make it my default term for the role, which had been 'Game Master'.

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  4. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 10 in ~news

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    Texas cases are spiking right now, likely due to the 're-opening' on May 1. I've seen tons of folks without masks when I've been out and about. Can't have a second wave if the first one never...

    Texas cases are spiking right now, likely due to the 're-opening' on May 1. I've seen tons of folks without masks when I've been out and about.

    Can't have a second wave if the first one never stops, I suppose = /

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  5. Comment on What's your "hype song"? in ~music

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    One of my favorite album openers of all time. Totally mesmerizing and darkly empowering.

    One of my favorite album openers of all time. Totally mesmerizing and darkly empowering.

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  6. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    This one confuses me, too. Unless circumstances necessitate it (that is, I have no other option to sustain myself), I can't imagine accepting a gig where I would be forced to work more than 40...

    This one confuses me, too. Unless circumstances necessitate it (that is, I have no other option to sustain myself), I can't imagine accepting a gig where I would be forced to work more than 40 hours a week routinely.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    Additionally to what skybrian said, we'd normally call 16ths on a hi-hat a fast rhythm. Setting a quarter note to 150 (and not playing in a cut-time feel) would be considered a 'fast beat'.

    Additionally to what skybrian said, we'd normally call 16ths on a hi-hat a fast rhythm. Setting a quarter note to 150 (and not playing in a cut-time feel) would be considered a 'fast beat'.

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  8. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    For a fun illustration of complex music outside of equal temperament, listen to some Harry Partch! He often used a justly-intoned scale with 43 (!!) notes to the octave. Windsong 'Arrest, Trial,...

    For a fun illustration of complex music outside of equal temperament, listen to some Harry Partch! He often used a justly-intoned scale with 43 (!!) notes to the octave.

    Windsong
    'Arrest, Trial, and Judgement' from Delusion of the Fury
    The Outsider, an hour-long documentary on Partch

    If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of just intonation, Partch's book (Genesis of a Music) is a pretty fantastic starting point.

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  10. Comment on Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) in ~music

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    This piece is an old war horse for a reason. I'm a sucker for it, as (like wirelyre) it was one of the first symphonies I played with an orchestra. I definitely recommend the whole piece; the...

    This piece is an old war horse for a reason. I'm a sucker for it, as (like wirelyre) it was one of the first symphonies I played with an orchestra. I definitely recommend the whole piece; the second movement is particularly sublime imo.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues in ~music

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    This is one of my very favorite albums. I think everyone should listen to the vinyl cut at least once. The lyrics from the opener here seem more relevant than ever before in my life. It sure seems...

    This is one of my very favorite albums. I think everyone should listen to the vinyl cut at least once. The lyrics from the opener here seem more relevant than ever before in my life. It sure seems like the machine is bleeding to death.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on We have to talk about failed streaming app Quibi in ~tech

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    I feel y'all. I like Dr. Mister Cody when he is part of a bigger group (i.e. in Behind the Bastards or Worst Year Ever), but for me he's just a bit much when he has the whole spotlight.

    I feel y'all. I like Dr. Mister Cody when he is part of a bigger group (i.e. in Behind the Bastards or Worst Year Ever), but for me he's just a bit much when he has the whole spotlight.

  13. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    Not that you disallowed for this possibility in your post, but Communism (or its Mao-flavored perversion) was introduced to China by force, as well. Neither is more of a 'native concept' to...

    Not that you disallowed for this possibility in your post, but Communism (or its Mao-flavored perversion) was introduced to China by force, as well. Neither is more of a 'native concept' to Chinese culture than the other imo.

    Haven't done much reading on the Singaporean model, but I don't have any reason to doubt you there either.

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  14. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    While I agree with you that trying to push democracy onto China through the Internet is mostly futile, I don't agree that democracy is incompatible with the culture--just look at Taiwan.

    Pushing ideology like "democracy" on Chinese Interweb is futile because it's not a native concept. It's like advocating the Chinese ideology of 仁 to western audience, it will never took off.

    While I agree with you that trying to push democracy onto China through the Internet is mostly futile, I don't agree that democracy is incompatible with the culture--just look at Taiwan.

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  15. Comment on Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million in ~tech

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    Fucking hell. This is just an off-the-cuff idea and might be terrible, but would it be so bad to prohibit companies from buying other companies? Instead of selling companies, couldn't owners just...

    Fucking hell. This is just an off-the-cuff idea and might be terrible, but would it be so bad to prohibit companies from buying other companies? Instead of selling companies, couldn't owners just give control of it to their employees and maybe help them hire a new manager if necessary? I feel like the increasing consolidation/centralization of corporations (in many fields) leads mostly to more homogeneity, mediocrity, and consumer abuses.

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  16. Comment on As a DM, I kinda hate Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in ~games.tabletop

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    Hell, I'd say screw 'within reason'--take it apart and rebuild it into something you like, if it suits your fancy.

    Hell, I'd say screw 'within reason'--take it apart and rebuild it into something you like, if it suits your fancy.

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  17. Comment on Stop trying to shame socialists into voting for Joe Biden: It’s really about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching in ~misc

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    NBC has Obama calling Buttigieg the day he dropped out, with a bit more hazy theorizing about Obama 'sending the signal' that Biden is the candidate to back.

    NBC has Obama calling Buttigieg the day he dropped out, with a bit more hazy theorizing about Obama 'sending the signal' that Biden is the candidate to back.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Pushbullet: Let's guess what Google requires in 14 days or they kill our extension in ~tech

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    I doubt it, too, which is why I am moving away from depending on those companies. There's a vibrant software ecosystem out there that covers almost all the bases that Google and Apple do. Google...

    But what's the point of being annoyed? Is anything going to change? I seriously doubt it.

    I doubt it, too, which is why I am moving away from depending on those companies. There's a vibrant software ecosystem out there that covers almost all the bases that Google and Apple do.

    Google and Apple will only change when enough people jump ship that they start sweating about their bottom line.

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  19. Comment on The confessions of Marcus "MalwareTech" Hutchins, the hacker who stopped WannaCry and was arrested by the FBI in 2017 in ~tech

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    I haven't read a piece that solid in a good while. The journalist presented the story deftly without over-dramatizing, and Hutchins's story was plenty riveting all by itself.

    I haven't read a piece that solid in a good while. The journalist presented the story deftly without over-dramatizing, and Hutchins's story was plenty riveting all by itself.

    12 votes
  20. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm still chugging through K&R C as an introduction to programming. After a bit of mental grappling with the bitwise operators (mad respect to the assembly-heads out there), I'm now wrapping up...

    I'm still chugging through K&R C as an introduction to programming. After a bit of mental grappling with the bitwise operators (mad respect to the assembly-heads out there), I'm now wrapping up chapter 2.

    I also put the vanilla Plan 9 on my Raspberry Pi 3B+. It's a bit difficult sometimes, but I weirdly like it a lot? The utter lack of video rendering and Javascript-capable web browsing really reduces my distractability, which is great for me. I just finished my first example program using acme and the 5c compiler instead of my usual setup (nano and gcc on a Debian box).

    I'm making the dubious decision to try to snag an old ThinkPad just to put 9front on it, as well.

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