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  1. Comment on PeerTube v3 : it’s a live, a liiiiive ! in ~tech

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    Well, you do have to give Apple a hundred dollars a year for the privilege of maybe getting your app accepted. Seems kinda sus to me.

    Well, you do have to give Apple a hundred dollars a year for the privilege of maybe getting your app accepted. Seems kinda sus to me.

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

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    Yeah, I completely agree. I've been doing a lot of "pro" audio stuff in JACK recently, and it's amazing (much better than anything on Windows under a couple hundred dollars, for sure), but there...

    Yeah, I completely agree. I've been doing a lot of "pro" audio stuff in JACK recently, and it's amazing (much better than anything on Windows under a couple hundred dollars, for sure), but there are a few rough edges that PW gives me some hope will be sanded down.

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  3. Comment on PeerTube v3 : it’s a live, a liiiiive ! in ~tech

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    Presumably because the selection of what is available there is based mostly on business relationships between manufacturers and streaming services. No more than the federated nature of Mastodon...

    PeerTube has no availability on most streaming TV devices

    Presumably because the selection of what is available there is based mostly on business relationships between manufacturers and streaming services.

    the federated nature means that assembling a clean cohesive TV UX could prove difficult.

    No more than the federated nature of Mastodon means that Tusky (an Android app) has bad UX. The two are orthogonal.

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

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    Yes indeed. It's the fundamental struggle of being a leftist in this country while also being a marginalized person - the state is against me, but because the state has a monopoly on many kinds of...

    Yes indeed. It's the fundamental struggle of being a leftist in this country while also being a marginalized person - the state is against me, but because the state has a monopoly on many kinds of power, it is also the only thing that can protect me, and everyone, from people like this.

    (To be clear, it's the spying part where I see some tensions. Of course assassinations are bad. Spying seems like a way to avoid getting blindsided. Do we want the police to know about events in advance, or not?)

    This seems pretty binary. Why not at least require a warrant, meaning probable cause with some specific crime in mind, before the cops start infiltrating these kinds of groups? Since the right perpetrates many more terroristic crimes than the Left, and frankly has worse OPSEC in general, this should help balance things out.

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

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    I'd love to hear about them and how they work! It's something I'm very interested in.

    Reform is attainable -- there are plenty of democracies with much healthier police forces for America to emulate.

    I'd love to hear about them and how they work! It's something I'm very interested in.

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

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    To be clear, "Democratic" and "Leftist" are not the same thing. That ship, as they say, has long sailed; the law enforcement in this country has been spying on and assassinating progressives,...

    nonpartisan

    To be clear, "Democratic" and "Leftist" are not the same thing.

    I think there need to be [universal] rules about what kinds of surveillance techniques law enforcement is allowed to use

    That ship, as they say, has long sailed; the law enforcement in this country has been spying on and assassinating progressives, advocates for racial justice, and Leftists since the very beginning. Remember COINTELPRO. Remember that the FBI killed Fred Hampton. This is why I am in favor of abolishing the police; the police and law enforcement in this country are irretrievably reactionary in their structure and leadership.

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  7. Comment on Thoughts on the difficulties of content moderation, and implications for decentralised communities in ~tech

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    Very well said! I absolutely agree.

    Censorship isn't our problem, size and power is, hopefully that's what we try to fix.

    Very well said! I absolutely agree.

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

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    Politics are not value-neutral. It is worse for law enforcement to infiltrate and disrupt, say, mutual aid groups and chatrooms for people volunteering for peaceful protests and jail support than...

    But I'm thinking about how people sometimes complain about law enforcement infiltrating leftist groups and how it shows how the police and national security state are terrible.

    Politics are not value-neutral. It is worse for law enforcement to infiltrate and disrupt, say, mutual aid groups and chatrooms for people volunteering for peaceful protests and jail support than white nationalist chatrooms used for planning insurrections. Even if you don't think the police abolition movement is a good idea, it's not the same as storming the Capitol.

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

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    Yes, well said. The existence of "platforms as spaces" like YouTube, Facebook, etc. has make a lot of people assume that every piece of internet-connected software is like that. Signal is no...

    Yes, well said. The existence of "platforms as spaces" like YouTube, Facebook, etc. has make a lot of people assume that every piece of internet-connected software is like that. Signal is no different from iMessage, really.

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

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    I don't really see this at all. Socialism is about the workers owning the means of production - he just wants to tax the rich a bit. That's a good idea, but it's not socialism. Perhaps the most...

    a touch of socialism

    I don't really see this at all. Socialism is about the workers owning the means of production - he just wants to tax the rich a bit. That's a good idea, but it's not socialism.

    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.

    Perhaps the most positively impactful phrase anyone has ever said to me is: "When someone tells you who they are, believe them." Yang is not a white supremacist or white nationalist, nor does he support them. Beyond that, he has not denounced the racist leanings of many of his supporters. He has written for Quillette, one of the most reactionary publications out there that is not explicitly racist in charter.

    So yes. He is not a white supremacist, but that is as much as I can say.

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

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    Well, his site is super broken, so I've largely not been going by that; when you click through to specific policy proposals on "A Pathway to Citizenship", for example, you get his home page....

    Well, his site is super broken, so I've largely not been going by that; when you click through to specific policy proposals on "A Pathway to Citizenship", for example, you get his home page.

    Looking at the Politico issues page, as well as what he's said in general, the major issue that stands out to me is his extreme naivety. He is naive on race, seems to believe that slapping "Blockchain" on hard problems like voting solves them. He supports leaving minimum wage up to the states rather than increasing it federally. A federal minimum wage of 7.25 is one of the most damaging policies in the Union for working-class people.

    He has no commitment to reparations, he has sidestepped questions about charter schools, is in favor of the Electoral College, and is against M4A, thinks we shouldn't pursue antitrust against tech giants, is in favor of TPP2.0, and is in favor of a southern border wall pending approval by "experts", whatever that means.

    He's okay on capital gains, a bit noncommittal but generally okay on specific climate policies, and has a few choice progressive-sounding policies like background checks and, of course, a pittance of a UBI.

    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. At worst, he is, frankly, a deeply naive techbro who is building a base by appealing to largely young men with very weird policy statements like being anticircumcision while being totally noncommittal or not commenting at all on some of the most pressing issues in the nation regarding race.

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

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    Well, he may have the libertarians (by which I assume you mean right-libs, not libertarian socialists?), but he does also have a bunch of alt-right followers, both of which make me pretty...

    Well, he may have the libertarians (by which I assume you mean right-libs, not libertarian socialists?), but he does also have a bunch of alt-right followers, both of which make me pretty distrustful that he'll do anything substantial to reverse the rightward course of NYC city policy.

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

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    Isn't Andrew Yang the guy with a bunch of alt-right supporters?

    Isn't Andrew Yang the guy with a bunch of alt-right supporters?

  14. Comment on Elasticsearch and Kibana are now business risks in ~comp

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    Yeah, I definitely understand that it's pretty annoying and inconvenient. However, I do like to enjoy a little bit of schaudenfreude when companies that decided to build their stack around some...

    Yeah, I definitely understand that it's pretty annoying and inconvenient. However, I do like to enjoy a little bit of schaudenfreude when companies that decided to build their stack around some piece of permissively-licensed software without compensating the creator at all get screwed over by a license change.

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  15. Comment on Elasticsearch and Kibana are now business risks in ~comp

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    For what it's worth, I use the AGPL for similar reasons. I simply do not want anyone who would have a problem open-sourcing their backend to use my software.

    For what it's worth, I use the AGPL for similar reasons. I simply do not want anyone who would have a problem open-sourcing their backend to use my software.

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  16. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Oh, same. I have no talent at all, I just patch things up and curate what comes out sounding good. This looks like some absolutely gorgeous gear! Honestly, it kind of looks like a mid-90s version...

    Oh, same. I have no talent at all, I just patch things up and curate what comes out sounding good.

    This looks like some absolutely gorgeous gear! Honestly, it kind of looks like a mid-90s version of the Polyend Tracker, but with linear sequencing. Cool stuff.

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  17. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I've largely spent my off-time working on music and looking at the various options for a MIDI sequencer and sampler. I want a new sequencer because I'm really not gelling with the more advanced...

    I've largely spent my off-time working on music and looking at the various options for a MIDI sequencer and sampler. I want a new sequencer because I'm really not gelling with the more advanced features of the Beatstep Pro and I feel like I'm hitting some serious limits there. I really want a sampler because I'm sticking with 84HP/6U, a fairly small system, for now, so being able to use the whole system for one drum or bass sound, sample it, and then repatch the system and reuse that sound in addition to whatever else the system is doing, will really multiply my capabilities and increase my sonic options.

    The Digitakt from Elektron basically defines this category, but it's old and, frankly, a bit limited for the price. The Polyend Tracker is attractive, but apparently kind of buggy. I also looked at a hybrid solution from Squarp Instruments in the Pyramid, which is a linear (rather than step) sequencer with extremely deep resolution, and the Rample, which is a Eurorack module that does a great job playing and mangling samples but doesn't have the ability to sample for itself.

    In the mean time, I've been making a some really fun generative music and figuring out ways to create percussion with my modular system. It's a lot of fun, and is great for understanding why different percussive elements work and sound they way they do.

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  18. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I would absolutely love to hear about it!

    I would absolutely love to hear about it!

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

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    Rioter who beat police officer says 'death is the only remedy' I am generally loath to post links to videos, especially videos on YouTube, but this is extremely shocking, and well reported as...

    Rioter who beat police officer says 'death is the only remedy'

    I am generally loath to post links to videos, especially videos on YouTube, but this is extremely shocking, and well reported as well. The gist is that one right-wing rioter used an American flag to beat a police officer, and stated to a reporter, with the support of those around him, that 'death is the only remedy' for those 'treasonous traitors' (lol) in the Capitol.

    We will be inaugurating a new President... but we will still be living in this America.

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  20. Comment on Elasticsearch and Kibana are now business risks in ~comp

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    Sure - if you think the GPL is a "proprietary" license, I guess. I understand why businesses don't want to use it, but that's sort of the point. Permissive open source licenses have gotten us to...

    Basically, it’s a hostile proprietary license masquerading in open source clothing. By using an SSPL project in your code, you are agreeing that if you provide an online service using that code then you will release not only that code but also the code for every supporting piece of software, all under the SSPL.

    Sure - if you think the GPL is a "proprietary" license, I guess. I understand why businesses don't want to use it, but that's sort of the point. Permissive open source licenses have gotten us to where we are today, with open source essentially just being a hobby for most and free labor for some. I don't particularly like the SSPL, but I do think we need something better than MIT or whatever other garbage people slap on their projects.

    As software engineers, we have some actual power in convincing or forcing businesses to release code as free software, not just open source, and that's only a bad thing for people who want to take other people's work for free and build a profitable, often rent-seeking, business model from it.

    I honestly believe this is as much a part of the move towards SaaS as the ability to rapidly push updates and the ease of use of the web stack. How many projects are GPL but are consistently used in deeply proprietary environments where the code they're integrated into is simply never released because that code is only ever used over the network? AGPL does some work to mitigate this, but it's not enough, and nobody uses it anyway.

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