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  1. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    As a life-long MacOS user since System 6 I would absolutely pull my hair out if MacOS didn't leave windows where I put them or kept trying to snap them to someplace on the screen. I regularly have...

    As a life-long MacOS user since System 6 I would absolutely pull my hair out if MacOS didn't leave windows where I put them or kept trying to snap them to someplace on the screen. I regularly have windows only partially visible on the screen because I don't need them at that exact second but I also don't want to resize the window or minimize it.

    I use column view to navigate through my files so I don't worry about my file icons being aligned to a grid but I know many people who use the icons on their desktop to organize their files spatially. MacOS's file stacks on the desktop is a kind of nod to this way of working, which I love.

    Also, having applications running even when there are not windows for that application open is an essential part of my workflow as I bounce around between large applications like Photoshop or After Effects having to wait for each one of them to re-launch every time would drive me crazy. Blender works this way and it is such a waste of time to wait for it to launch over and over when I open a new file.

    MacOS could certainly do better with how it handles multiple desktop. I love this feature but it really gets confused when you have multiple desktops on multiple screens and then remove one or more of those screens when you undock your MacBook from its station. The Adobe suite also has a really difficult time with this as well. It's always a guess where my windows and pallets will appear.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Are critics and audiences starting to sour on Marvel movies? in ~movies

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    Four quick points about why the luster of the MCU seems a bit tarnished right now. From someone who enjoys them for what they are. We have run the cycle of many of the big Marvel heroes that...

    Four quick points about why the luster of the MCU seems a bit tarnished right now. From someone who enjoys them for what they are.

    1. We have run the cycle of many of the big Marvel heroes that everyone has heard of. Many of the stories now are of second tier characters and even though they are strong characters they need to be introduced and are not automatically accepted so people have a wider variety of opinions about them.

    2. The MCU does not have a central focus to hold it all together like it did with Thanos. We knew he was coming at some point and that gave energy and momentum to the whole MCU. Right now there are at least four major villains that could be the next big one but there is no focus.

    3. Way too many minor characters are being introduced or hinted at. Every movie's post credit scene adds another potential super to remember and potentially care about. Plus there are still some major players like X-men and Fantastic 4 that keep getting teased. Unless you are a super fan who understands all of the back stories you start to get tied of being teased. The over-all story is not moving forward so people are losing interest.

    4. Thor Love and Thunder was genuinely a bad movie. There was so much potential in the story line for another amazing MCU movie but the tone, pacing and character development were just not there. Disney's fingerprints were all over the movie to a degree that it took me out of the story. I remember thinking at least a couple of times. "Oh, this was put in so they could make a ride out of it." For a movie with a character called "The God Butcher" there was, at best, a god stabbing. Christian Bale was so good but instead of being covered in dripping gold as he made his way ever closer to Thor we got him sitting in corner trying to scare children with stories. I wanted to like this movie. I would like to see a more serious remake of this movie targeted to a more adult audience.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Arcades, churches and laundromats: A trucker’s haven on the precipice of change in ~life

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    There is not a whole lot of information in this article to back up the claim that services are disappearing. It is mostly an explanation of what the trucker life is like and then a conjecture that...

    There is not a whole lot of information in this article to back up the claim that services are disappearing. It is mostly an explanation of what the trucker life is like and then a conjecture that if automated, self-driving trucks become more common things in the industry will change. No examples of any services that have closed down.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What is the most pedantic, arrogant, obnoxious answer for the sentence "Good morning!" you can think of? in ~creative

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    “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”...

    “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” - Gandalf

    20 votes
  5. Comment on Death could be reversible, as scientists bring dead eyes back to life in ~science

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    They soon realised that a lack of oxygen was driving the silence, and so designed a special transportation unit that could restore oxygenation and other nutrients to eyes as soon as they were removed from a donor.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Why the GOP won't deliver on any of their promises (including Roe v. Wade) in ~humanities

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    The overturning of Roe will not be the disaster this person anticipates. The narrative will switch to "We finally did it but as soon as the Dems get enough power they will undo it. Hold strong and...

    The overturning of Roe will not be the disaster this person anticipates. The narrative will switch to "We finally did it but as soon as the Dems get enough power they will undo it. Hold strong and help us defend the heroic justices who won us this victory."

    8 votes
  7. Comment on American phone-tracking firm demo’d surveillance powers by spying on CIA and NSA in ~tech

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    So pairing this news with the serious play that Musk is making for purchasing Twitter and taking it private presents him with a whole new business opportunity.

    The staggering surveillance capacity was cited during a pitch to provide A6’s phone-tracking capabilities to Zignal Labs, a social media monitoring firm that leverages its access to Twitter’s rarely granted “firehose” data stream to sift through hundreds of millions of tweets per day without restriction.

    So pairing this news with the serious play that Musk is making for purchasing Twitter and taking it private presents him with a whole new business opportunity.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on I finally understand why evangelicals support Trump, and it's not just hypocrisy, mindless anti-gay, or stupdity in ~talk

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    I wrote my Masters thesis on this. Its roots are in Reformed theology going back to John Calvin. They see what he did in Geneva as a template to be reproduced in America. The research I did was...
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    I wrote my Masters thesis on this. Its roots are in Reformed theology going back to John Calvin.
    They see what he did in Geneva as a template to be reproduced in America.
    The research I did was scary and depressing.

    Terms, influential thinkers and organizations to explore.

    Dominionism
    Presuppositionalism
    Theonomy

    Cornelius Van Til - A Christian Theology of Knowledge
    Francis Schaeffer - Escape from Reason
    Rousas John Rushdoony - The Institutes of Biblical Law
    Gary North - The Sinai Strategy: Economics and the Ten Commandments
    In this book Mr. North advocates for the return of communal stoning.

    Alliance Defending Freedom
    Capital Ministries
    The Chalcedon Foundation
    Coalition on Revival
    Concerned Women for America
    Family Research Council
    Pinnacle Forum
    Plymouth Rock Foundation
    National Black Robe Regiment
    Reclaiming America for Christ
    Sovereign Nations
    The American Vision
    The Foundation of Moral Law
    Wall Builders
    Well Versed

    19 votes
  9. Comment on Playdate handheld console release thread in ~games

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    Yes! I am in Group 1 and trying not to refresh my email every five minutes. As an original 512K Mac user, the black and white screen is like seeing an old friend again.

    Yes! I am in Group 1 and trying not to refresh my email every five minutes.
    As an original 512K Mac user, the black and white screen is like seeing an old friend again.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What lesser known intellectual properties you would like to see in movies or TV shows? in ~talk

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    Why more go Peter Hamilton's work is not put to film I'll never figure out. His stories are epic and full of action but fairly straight forward. He is my go-to when I want to just get lost is a...

    Why more go Peter Hamilton's work is not put to film I'll never figure out. His stories are epic and full of action but fairly straight forward. He is my go-to when I want to just get lost is a great space-opera.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Elon Musk becomes Twitter’s largest shareholder in ~tech

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    As I have heard it put, freedom of speech is not the same as freedom of reach.

    As I have heard it put, freedom of speech is not the same as freedom of reach.

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

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    The collected works of Thomas Paine. There are whole sections of the Forester's Letters and the American Crisis letters that only require changing the country from Britain to Russia to make them...

    The collected works of Thomas Paine. There are whole sections of the Forester's Letters and the American Crisis letters that only require changing the country from Britain to Russia to make them seem like current events.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Apple Event (8th March) - Peek Performance in ~tech

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    At the end of the Mac Studio portion they mentioned that there is only one more Mac to upgrade to M1, the MacPro so does that mean that the 27" iMac is being discontinued? I've been waiting to...

    At the end of the Mac Studio portion they mentioned that there is only one more Mac to upgrade to M1, the MacPro so does that mean that the 27" iMac is being discontinued? I've been waiting to replace mine with a better version. I like the all-in-one design that comes with a keyboard and mouse. The Mac Studio is just the computer and the cord, mouse and keyboard sold separately.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What are your failed hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    This reminded me of when I tried to make my own kimchi. I made a small batch successfully and then went all in and bought everything I needed to make a large batch. It did not turn out very good,...

    This reminded me of when I tried to make my own kimchi. I made a small batch successfully and then went all in and bought everything I needed to make a large batch. It did not turn out very good, it wasn't quite a fail but the smell of taking it out of the large jar was so overwhelming that by the end I didn't want to see or smell kimchi for a very long time. I still don't love it the way I used to. :(

    5 votes
  15. Comment on I forgot how to have fun in ~talk

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    Outdoor activity had already been covered so I'll suggest seeing how you like reading for entertainment. You can check out a wide range of books from the library, digitally or in paper form, until...

    Outdoor activity had already been covered so I'll suggest seeing how you like reading for entertainment. You can check out a wide range of books from the library, digitally or in paper form, until you find the genre that you enjoy. I like reading actual books because it is a break from a screen and helps my mind see it as a different activity which breaks the monotony of scrolling everything.

    Finding a book that really pulls you in can light up so many different parts of your brain and make you feel as if you have had different experiences that alleviate feelings of boredom.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on PlayStation has acquired Bungie for $3.6 billion in ~games

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    I kind of lost track of Bungie after Microsoft bought them. I was so looking forward to Halo being a premier Mac game that followed up from Marathon. I'm glad they've done well for themselves. I...

    I kind of lost track of Bungie after Microsoft bought them. I was so looking forward to Halo being a premier Mac game that followed up from Marathon. I'm glad they've done well for themselves. I did manage to find a port of the original Marathon trilogy and have been enjoying all of its pixilated glory. https://alephone.lhowon.org. Now if I can find a similar port of Myth I'll be happy camper.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I have one more episode to go and I am riveted for every one so far. The scene in the driveway between the two matriarchs was masterful. Laura Linney needs to be recognized for her performance...

    I have one more episode to go and I am riveted for every one so far. The scene in the driveway between the two matriarchs was masterful. Laura Linney needs to be recognized for her performance over the whole show, but especially for this season. She has made Wendy Byrde such a singular engine of malice.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The problem with NFTs in ~tech

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    I get you criticism but I would encourage you to watch the rest of the video. He moves past the discussion on NFT's and on to other ways in which blockchain technology is being used and abused. My...

    I get you criticism but I would encourage you to watch the rest of the video. He moves past the discussion on NFT's and on to other ways in which blockchain technology is being used and abused. My best summation of the video is this. Don't let the technological intermediate steps of the blockchain distract us from the fact that at both ends (creators and users) there are still humans and power structures and hence real and demonstrable harm that can and is being done.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks for the link to the mask. Just ordered myself one. We will be flying a few times throughout the year (unavoidable) and I want to have all the protection I can get for whatever variant is...

    Thanks for the link to the mask. Just ordered myself one. We will be flying a few times throughout the year (unavoidable) and I want to have all the protection I can get for whatever variant is out by the Fall.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Röyksopp – The Ladder (2022) in ~music

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    So good to hear new music from them. Most of their music is somewhere on my exercise play list.

    So good to hear new music from them. Most of their music is somewhere on my exercise play list.

    2 votes