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  1. Comment on You can’t deny people their rights and be nice about it in ~lgbt

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    This was linked in a thread on r/lgbt and I thought it was the perfect kind of article for Tildes as well. Very briefly, Fred Clark argues quite simply that you cannot simultaneously deny people...

    This was linked in a thread on r/lgbt and I thought it was the perfect kind of article for Tildes as well.

    Very briefly, Fred Clark argues quite simply that you cannot simultaneously deny people their basic human rights and also be nice about it. You do not get to be nice!

    Halee Gray Scott is unfair. And thus she is also unkind.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Twitch streamer Ninja leaves Twitch and will be streaming on Mixer in ~games

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    Way more than ten thousand per hour if it is a popular one. When it came out, some streamers were paid a million dollars to play Apex Legends for just one day!

    Way more than ten thousand per hour if it is a popular one. When it came out, some streamers were paid a million dollars to play Apex Legends for just one day!

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What was the most fulfilling thing you did this month? in ~talk

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    Went to Japan for 2 weeks! Tokyo, 5 nights -> Izu-Kogen, 1 night -> Takayama, 2 nights -> Kanazawa, 2 nights -> Hiroshima, 2 nights -> Kyoto, 4 nights. It had been a long time since I went...

    Went to Japan for 2 weeks! Tokyo, 5 nights -> Izu-Kogen, 1 night -> Takayama, 2 nights -> Kanazawa, 2 nights -> Hiroshima, 2 nights -> Kyoto, 4 nights. It had been a long time since I went traveling in a proper way like this so it was a mostly amazing time :)

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I'm just going to leave this here: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/05/05/harris-renews-effort-to-block-gender-reassignment-for-trans-inmate/ It's from a few years ago but I highly doubt that...

    I'm just going to leave this here: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/05/05/harris-renews-effort-to-block-gender-reassignment-for-trans-inmate/

    It's from a few years ago but I highly doubt that she has changed her views. Hopefully you will change your mind about her being your first place...

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Then what happens if you become unemployed? The relevance of the second statement is that it would be way cheaper overall to fund it through taxes than fund it the way it's done now, with each and...

    Then what happens if you become unemployed?

    The relevance of the second statement is that it would be way cheaper overall to fund it through taxes than fund it the way it's done now, with each and every person paying for their individual insurance. Access to healthcare should be a right, in my opinion - everyone here in Denmark has that (except dentists when you're over 18, and also psychologists which the new government wants to make free for anyone under 24)

  6. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Why would you ever want that option? The US spends more money on healthcare per person than countries with socialized healthcare.

    Why would you ever want that option? The US spends more money on healthcare per person than countries with socialized healthcare.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

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    This is like reading the script to a bad dystopian tv series. This would be absolutely impossible here in Denmark. WTF!?

    This is like reading the script to a bad dystopian tv series. This would be absolutely impossible here in Denmark. WTF!?

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Valve looking to drop support for Ubuntu 19.10 and up due to Canonical's 32bit decision in ~games

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    I'm not versed in this stuff sorry, but I am currently playing Borderlands 2 which says it's 32-bit, but my Windows 10 is 64-bit. So what does this mean?

    I'm not versed in this stuff sorry, but I am currently playing Borderlands 2 which says it's 32-bit, but my Windows 10 is 64-bit. So what does this mean?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on ‘It’s getting like Disneyland’: Bruges pulls up drawbridge on tourists in ~misc

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    They're experiencing the same issues in the former Danish west indies. I know this because I learnt about it in history class last year - basically the biggest problem are cruise ships. They dock...

    They're experiencing the same issues in the former Danish west indies. I know this because I learnt about it in history class last year - basically the biggest problem are cruise ships. They dock for brief periods of time and don't eat shop there because they can do that on their cruise ship, which I guess is what the article points out as well:

    Too few of those filling the cobbled streets and sun-dappled squares are spending money when they come, instead being shipped in and shipped out within hours of arrival

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    My cousin commented on my keyboard this weekend when he was over. He (rightfully) complained how noisy it is, but then I said it's worth it because of how comfortable it is - and when he tried...

    My cousin commented on my keyboard this weekend when he was over. He (rightfully) complained how noisy it is, but then I said it's worth it because of how comfortable it is - and when he tried typing on it, he just went "oh my god this is amazing" lol

    6 votes
  11. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    I'm the same way, and my solution is to do my grocery shopping often. Doing it every day or every other day means that I have almost complete track of what's getting old. The downside is that my...

    I'm the same way, and my solution is to do my grocery shopping often. Doing it every day or every other day means that I have almost complete track of what's getting old. The downside is that my fridge is rather empty and I'm halfway forcing myself to eat those things. I can't just cook something different if I feel like it, because I just don't have the ingredients. The upside is huge though - I avoid waste, and it's incredibly frugal to do it like this because it means I never buy more than I need.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. in ~news

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    What does that mean sorry? I am not English

    And Esther McVey is Theresa May wearing a latex mask.

    What does that mean sorry? I am not English

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    When you introduced the quote with, among things, saying "their model seemingly works" I just figured the quote would have contained what the model is. And since it didn't I figured I...

    When you introduced the quote with, among things, saying "their model seemingly works" I just figured the quote would have contained what the model is. And since it didn't I figured I misunderstood something and that the article also didn't contain that information.

    I feel like @asoftbird still has a point with their comment. A little descriptive bit is still valuable for people like me who do not care enough about the subject to read an entire article, but still care just a little bit - enough to read a descriptive bit. Nothing to lose from having those as a comment from the OP, in my opinion :)

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    Nowhere in that quote does it say what they're doing/have done. I must be dense because I have no clue what Finland learnt lol

    Nowhere in that quote does it say what they're doing/have done. I must be dense because I have no clue what Finland learnt lol

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    So he just went to live beyond the wall, yes? Otherwise it makes no sense because the wildlings aren't a threat and neither are the dead, so there's no need to the Night's Watch anymore

    So he just went to live beyond the wall, yes? Otherwise it makes no sense because the wildlings aren't a threat and neither are the dead, so there's no need to the Night's Watch anymore

    9 votes
  16. Comment on How the Aldi grocery chain is upending America's supermarkets in ~misc

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    Never considered that these would be considered inconveniences. It's the standard in Europe lol

    New customers may be jolted at first by the experience of shopping at an Aldi, which expects its customers to endure a number of minor inconveniences not typical at other American grocery stores. Shoppers need a quarter to rent a shopping cart. Plastic and paper bags are available only for a fee. And at checkout, cashiers hurry shoppers away, expecting them to bag their own groceries in a separate location away from the cash register.

    Never considered that these would be considered inconveniences. It's the standard in Europe lol

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Google Pixel 3a: high-end features at a more affordable price ($399 USD, $479 for XL) in ~tech

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    This is the comment I could have written if I knew what I was actually talking about. All of what you're saying (the parts I understand anyway) also apply to my Nexus 5 from 2013. Still works...

    This is the comment I could have written if I knew what I was actually talking about. All of what you're saying (the parts I understand anyway) also apply to my Nexus 5 from 2013. Still works perfectly fine, albeit rather slow at times and occasionally new large apps crash. But I can only echo the statement that the newest flagships are like fashion accessories - so true.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Google Pixel 3a: high-end features at a more affordable price ($399 USD, $479 for XL) in ~tech

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    Thanks for writing this out! I don't know anyone that cares about these two. I feel like they're features for no reason other than for the sake of innovation - so the companies can say they made...

    Thanks for writing this out!

    No waterproofing

    No wireless charging

    I don't know anyone that cares about these two. I feel like they're features for no reason other than for the sake of innovation - so the companies can say they made something new. As for the other three points, the headphone jack is a major plus. Less storage and worse CPU is not an issue personally, so this very much looks like my next phone..!

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 discussion in ~tv

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    You call it terrible, but that's only true in comparison to seasons 1-4. Season 5 of The Wire is still better than 99% of TV series in my opinion.

    You call it terrible, but that's only true in comparison to seasons 1-4. Season 5 of The Wire is still better than 99% of TV series in my opinion.

    4 votes