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  1. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    I think yall have convinced me to try PopOS. Right now I'm running just base 20.04 Ubuntu on my non-macs and, uh, definitely have some driver issues, especially on suspend. Like I have pulseaudio...

    I think yall have convinced me to try PopOS. Right now I'm running just base 20.04 Ubuntu on my non-macs and, uh, definitely have some driver issues, especially on suspend. Like I have pulseaudio -k bound to a hotkey because it would break after suspend like 20% of the time. I'm also going to give Gnome a try, KDE is nice for some things but half of my widgets on my taskbar just die randomly.

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  2. Comment on Trump revokes rule preventing White House staff from lobbying in ~news

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    Nothing. According to the article above, he is

    Nothing. According to the article above, he is

    President-elect Joe Biden is reported to have plans to issue his own executive order tackling ethics standards at the White House soon after he enters office. His plan, according to The Washington Post, is expected to be more strict than the ethics rules put in place during the Trump and Obama administrations.

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  3. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

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    Isn't that that, then? I care about charisma in-as-much as it can allow a candidate to win a general election. Having won that, it's pretty whatever. Judging Presidents on the way they sound is...

    Clearly wasn't an issue for Biden though.

    Isn't that that, then? I care about charisma in-as-much as it can allow a candidate to win a general election. Having won that, it's pretty whatever. Judging Presidents on the way they sound is part of what lets Trumpism thrive - support for a President who has 1 legislative "accomplishment" for his base, and has had 60% of his EOs overturned by courts, including things like DACA which by all means he should have full power to remove if he didn't fuck up the procedure, who utterly failed to do anything really except exist when court vacancies were there by chance - because he says things the base likes.

    I don't want to perpetuate that. This inauguration was beautifully boring as fuck, as it should be.

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  4. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

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    I feel like that attitude is an endemic problem of the US electorate though, the focus on charisma and ability to look good to a crowd (although, for the life of me I can't understand how Trump...

    I feel like that attitude is an endemic problem of the US electorate though, the focus on charisma and ability to look good to a crowd (although, for the life of me I can't understand how Trump manage to seem charismatic to half of the country).

    Given the horribly janky transition the Trump administration provided, and the terrible state of the country, in both a health and economic crisis, someone who has experience in the white house is key. Biden alone among the democratic party has the best ability to run an administration from one that has actively hampered the transition.

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  5. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Sure? I don't think Ford or something is going to put an idiot in charge of QA suddenly just because ABET accreditation doesn't exist. In fact, I would bet that the makeup of engineers at Ford...

    Do you want to drive a car that wasn't designed by an accredited engineer?

    Sure? I don't think Ford or something is going to put an idiot in charge of QA suddenly just because ABET accreditation doesn't exist. In fact, I would bet that the makeup of engineers at Ford would probably not change at all if they stopped considering ABET accreditation. It's not like they automatically hire all ABET graduates to begin with. They're still going to hire from people with experience and education from well known universities.

    I would trust a mechanical engineer with 10 YoE to know what they're doing no matter how accredited they are, and I would distrust a newgrad no matter how accredited they are. And that's what team heirachies are for.

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  6. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Well, it depends on what you mean. The reality is that it has no significance in practice - it's not required for jobs, it's not required for academia. Likely you'll never even know whether or not...

    Well, it depends on what you mean. The reality is that it has no significance in practice - it's not required for jobs, it's not required for academia. Likely you'll never even know whether or not you have ABET and it'll never come up.

    If you're wondering if it should matter, I also don't think so. That rests on the idea that ABET accredited graduates somehow write more stable or safer code, but... they don't? If anything, there seems to be a negative correlation between how good the school is and whether or not they have ABET. The reality is that every car you've driven likely has most of its code written by non ABET accredited software engineers.

    It just seems to be a weird sort of gatekeeping that was more important back in the yee olde days when engineering was less developed and you needed to know if they guy in front of you took calculus or not. But now I also don't think it should be necessary in mechanical or civil engineering. The job markets for these are highly competitive and it's a joke to think that ABET accreditation really says something about a candidate over the rest of their resume.

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  7. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    I think the Stanford page puts it succinctly It doesn't matter apart from edge cases like patent law or government jobs like NASA (but, let's be honest, vast majority of CS majors are chasing the...

    I think the Stanford page puts it succinctly

    While such accreditation is useful in certain disciplines such as civil engineering, it has no practical significance whatsoever in computer science.

    It doesn't matter apart from edge cases like patent law or government jobs like NASA (but, let's be honest, vast majority of CS majors are chasing the bag, which the public sector is not going to offer). And you have to pay for it, and it gives you less flexibility in how you make the curriculum but offers little in return.

  8. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Another thing to look at is the number of well known CS programs that aren't ABET accredited - last time I looked over half of the top 10 CS programs do not have ABET accreditation (for CS, that...

    Another thing to look at is the number of well known CS programs that aren't ABET accredited - last time I looked over half of the top 10 CS programs do not have ABET accreditation (for CS, that is - CE or ECE or EECS or <insert acronym> usually have it). Including Stanford, which no longer has ABET accreditation for CS or EE, in fact.

    An interesting side effect of this is that NASA legally cannot hire Stanford CS or EE graduates. Seriously. You could be a Stanford CS or EE graduate with 10 years of experience and you cannot be hired at NASA because you must have a ABET accredited degree.

    Perhaps one competitive advantage for private orgs like SpaceX.


    edit: Source for the NASA thing

    Applicants for AST positions must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in a field of study specified in this desk guide from a college or university that is accredited by ABET

    https://searchpub.nssc.nasa.gov/servlet/sm.web.Fetch/NSREF-3000-0566_NASA_AST_Qualification_RatingReqtsDeskGuide-V1.pdf.pdf?rhid=1000&did=5581529&type=released

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  9. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    From what I can tell this has actually eroded significantly, mostly because it's not true in the US, and US has such a vice grip on technology everywhere but China. The fact that Amazon, or Google...

    In Canada you can’t even call yourself a “Software Engineer” unless you’re accredited!

    I have several Canadian coworkers (I'm in the US), and some of them went through the whole accreditation. They had to meet certain standards and got inducted into a guild.

    From what I can tell this has actually eroded significantly, mostly because it's not true in the US, and US has such a vice grip on technology everywhere but China. The fact that Amazon, or Google for instance have the job title as "Software Engineer" in Canada as well, but give no shits about PE licensing, has bled over, and even at the few largish Canadian tech firms like Shopify, in accordance with US hiring no preference is given to PE licensed candidates, and everyone is a software engineer.

    I believe, for instance, at Ontario's PE they merely "discourage" using the title "Software Engineer" if you aren't PE licensed.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Apple's Pro MacBook revival plan is stupid smart: Bring back old features in ~tech

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    No, wireless chargers use induction to charge, while the old MagSafe is a yee olde electrical contact. It was just held in place with a magnet as opposed to friction/physical obstruction from the...

    No, wireless chargers use induction to charge, while the old MagSafe is a yee olde electrical contact. It was just held in place with a magnet as opposed to friction/physical obstruction from the shape of the port.

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  11. Comment on Apple's Pro MacBook revival plan is stupid smart: Bring back old features in ~tech

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    I don't think so, mainly because... how would that work? Unless Apple sticks some giant ass coils in the new macbooks there's no way you can get enough juice through wireless charging like you can...

    I don't think so, mainly because... how would that work? Unless Apple sticks some giant ass coils in the new macbooks there's no way you can get enough juice through wireless charging like you can on an phone.

    Unless it's like part of the bottom half below the keyboard that they add a magsafe wireless charger so you can charge your iPhone on it.

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  12. Comment on Report: Xbox’s “instant on” feature could consume four billion kWh of energy by 2025 in ~games

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    Yeah I'm conflicted how I feel about this article. On one hand, I get that it's a simple change that will cause some amount of good, but the article itself really underscores how, well, minimal it...

    Yeah I'm conflicted how I feel about this article. On one hand, I get that it's a simple change that will cause some amount of good, but the article itself really underscores how, well, minimal it is in the end

    For a single console, that 9W of additional "instant on" power draw can add up to about 78 kWh in a year, or roughly $10.60 in energy costs for an average US home

    It's on the order of $10 per year of difference. Me deciding it's a cold day and turning on the heat is already a bigger decision in terms of energy use.

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  13. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 15 in ~news

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    There's some people freaking out over this, but Trump already had nutjobs Ellis and Powel in his ear earlier when they were "lawyers" in his pursuit to overturn the election in the courts. I doubt...

    There's some people freaking out over this, but Trump already had nutjobs Ellis and Powel in his ear earlier when they were "lawyers" in his pursuit to overturn the election in the courts. I doubt the pillow salesman is going to convince him of anything he wasn't already convinced of.

    Disconcerting, but more of a "wtf" moment then one to get panicked over.

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  14. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 15 in ~news

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    I mean, can't really stop people from messaging each other in the end. Although it seems like a common assumption that once taken off a deplatform, those far right groups can reconvene elsewhere...

    I mean, can't really stop people from messaging each other in the end. Although it seems like a common assumption that once taken off a deplatform, those far right groups can reconvene elsewhere mostly intact, that's not really something that can be assumed.

    There's been studies done, for instance, that shows a tremendous amount of attrition on communities as they move between platforms, and many members just stop attending. So yeah, some crazy folk will move to encrypted messaging, but it's going to be a fraction, and there's not much that can be done about it.

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  15. Comment on Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City in ~news

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    I think that's an OK picture of him as a candidate. Imo a little unfair, but I would also say he's left-liberal economically with a touch of socialism, and has mostly default centrist Democrat...

    At best, he is a milquetoast liberal with one gimmick of a policy that appeals to people who recognize that the system is broken but can't stomach anything that smells too much like socialism.

    I think that's an OK picture of him as a candidate. Imo a little unfair, but I would also say he's left-liberal economically with a touch of socialism, and has mostly default centrist Democrat views on social issues.

    But that is far from conservative, and while he has hints of Trump-like attributes - "businessman", populist, headline populist policies like his UBI (akin to Trump's wall) - it's an incredibly dangerous and disingenuous PoV to simply look at the fact that he has some in-determinant amount of Trump supporters of dubious genuineness online during the primaries and question his candidacy on that. Really that should be irrelevant.

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  16. Comment on Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City in ~news

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    It seems pretty unfair to judge someone on the people that choose to follow them - that's not exactly something the candidate can control apart from their platform. So based on Yang's presidential...

    It seems pretty unfair to judge someone on the people that choose to follow them - that's not exactly something the candidate can control apart from their platform.

    So based on Yang's presidential platform is there anything to indicate he's a trumpist or conservative?

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    Well, yeah, I mentioned budget reconciliation. In fact it's the largest single paragraph. But you only get one reconciliation bill a year and many items in the package can't be passed, like...

    Well, yeah, I mentioned budget reconciliation. In fact it's the largest single paragraph.

    But you only get one reconciliation bill a year and many items in the package can't be passed, like increasing minimum wage. It's not the same as passing this bill with bipartisan support.

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  18. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    Did he? One of the "brightest" areas of his administration was the complete and utter failure at doing much of anything when they were perfectly able to. In terms of legislation, it was mostly the...

    Trump put a lie to that.

    Did he? One of the "brightest" areas of his administration was the complete and utter failure at doing much of anything when they were perfectly able to. In terms of legislation, it was mostly the corporate tax cuts - even the ACA repeal failed, and that's with enough of a R majority in both chambers.

    I checked the official propoganda Republican senate website, and yeah looks like that's all they did in terms of major legislation.

    And in 2018 Democrats gained the house which ended any ideas of passing whatever is left of Republican policy.

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  19. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    Is there any particular reason to think that Manchin would veto those items? For instance, $15/min wage is actually one of the big areas he diverges from Republicans, and is a focal point of "get...

    Is there any particular reason to think that Manchin would veto those items? For instance, $15/min wage is actually one of the big areas he diverges from Republicans, and is a focal point of "get votes on bills that would piss Manchin off to have fillibustered to eliminate the fillibuster". I grabbed this line from his "website"

    “I am disappointed that the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage,” Senator Manchin said. “This bill would cut the number of Americans enrolled in SNAP by more than 3 million and save taxpayers almost $4.6 billion. We can all agree that Americans who work hard and provide for themselves and their families should not live below the poverty line and deserve a raise. By increasing the national minimum wage, we would not only help West Virginians and Americans receive a fair shot at building better lives for their families, but we would also boost economic prosperity and create jobs.

    He's said he's not supportive of the checks recently, but his reasoning was inefficiency - he was supportive of relief spending. Since it's a minor point, as a career democrat I would expect him to be bullied into it.

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  20. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    I'm pretty sure all Dems, even Manchin, will vote in for of this bill, but what Manchin won't vote for is to override the filibuster, which means you need about 10 or so Republicans to have a...

    I'm pretty sure all Dems, even Manchin, will vote in for of this bill, but what Manchin won't vote for is to override the filibuster, which means you need about 10 or so Republicans to have a supermajority to pass the bill.

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