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  1. Comment on What is something that most people don't realize is harmful? in ~talk

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    Much more effort could be put towards these services if they were not illegal, schools could use these services if they were not illegal. We could standardize on these instead of expecting most...

    Much more effort could be put towards these services if they were not illegal, schools could use these services if they were not illegal. We could standardize on these instead of expecting most people to buy books. And books are only one part of the intellectual property story. We still have people dying in America because they can’t afford insulin, which is also an intellectual property issue. We need to change the laws, not just subvert them.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What is something that most people don't realize is harmful? in ~talk

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    Intellectual property restrictions! They dramatically increase cost by intentionally giving monopolies to control of information. This has dramatic second order effects on innovation that I...

    Intellectual property restrictions! They dramatically increase cost by intentionally giving monopolies to control of information. This has dramatic second order effects on innovation that I strongly believe keeps the overall rate of innovation much lower. Of course now companies have adapted to market with intellectual property restrictions and many people have a hard time imagining how things would work without them.

    But open source software development provides some insight in to how engineering works in a world without intellectual property restrictions. And in the hardware world it’s quite interesting. 3D printers were $50k or so for 20 years until the patents expired. Then a bunch of hackers in a distributed fashion figured out ways to make them work with a cheap parts list, and 15 years after patents expired you can get a decent 3D printer for $300 or less. Even in 2010 stratasys was pushing their “entry level” printer at $30,000. Ten years later and you can buy a machine of comparable capabilities for $1000. That is a 30x reduction of cost that happened because hackers and businesses alike worked on improvements and shared what they learned as open source.

    Businesses like Prusa Research prove that an apparently very successful business can coexist in a market of clones. Josef Prusa couldn’t be happier that his design is the most manufactured 3D printer in the world. The Prusa machine costs $750-1000 while clones cost $300 but the difference in quality means many customers choose the more expensive original rather than a clone.

    This means we could have open source washing machines which can be repaired indefinitely rather than going to the landfill. We could have open source automobiles with commodity parts and a proven history of safe operation. And if we had open source medical research and drug manufacturing we would have cheap drugs. Of course research is needed and an open source world would need to intentionally direct resources towards drug research etc, but this seems totally doable. Our costs would net go down due to the benefits of open sharing versus siloed development and huge executive bonuses.

    Intellectual property restrictions have in my opinion led to a dramatic reduction in quality of life worldwide. How many developing nations would benefit from an open source Maytag style washing machine that they could easily manufacture themselves? It would save them from having to design from scratch something which has already been designed over and over, and would ensure they don’t become too economically reliant on predatory manufacturers in more developed areas nearby.

    Even if my theory has some flaw, I think this concept seriously needs to be studied. I really want to see some economists who will take this idea seriously. Can you imagine if every person with an internet connection had access to a world library full of every book ever written? Our economies would need to adapt but I believe we can do so mindfully and with minimal disruption. The end result would be a stronger smarter world.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Time to upgrade your monitor - Optimizing a display setup for programming in ~comp

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    I can only surmise that “Easter egg flashlight mode” is intentional and the comment that it is a “broken dark mode” is a misunderstanding. Though the website sure makes you think it would be a...

    I can only surmise that “Easter egg flashlight mode” is intentional and the comment that it is a “broken dark mode” is a misunderstanding. Though the website sure makes you think it would be a normal dark mode!

  4. Comment on Any experiences with AllSides for interpretation of news? in ~news

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    I don’t have experience with allsides. I have however previously come across Knowhere news which seems pretty good: https://knowherenews.com/

    I don’t have experience with allsides. I have however previously come across Knowhere news which seems pretty good:

    https://knowherenews.com/

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Bajoran culture is my feminist and queer inspiration in ~tv

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    Oh wow thank you! This is great hah I never would have known this exists.

    Oh wow thank you! This is great hah I never would have known this exists.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Bajoran culture is my feminist and queer inspiration in ~tv

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    Good to know! I’m on the 5th season of Voyager and will have to find something new after that. Maybe I’ll give DS9 another shot.

    Good to know! I’m on the 5th season of Voyager and will have to find something new after that. Maybe I’ll give DS9 another shot.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Bajoran culture is my feminist and queer inspiration in ~tv

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    Well that’s good. As a man I’ve never received advances like that but he seemed to be really forward. I assume that could make some women uncomfortable but I don’t know.

    Well that’s good. As a man I’ve never received advances like that but he seemed to be really forward. I assume that could make some women uncomfortable but I don’t know.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Bajoran culture is my feminist and queer inspiration in ~tv

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    The article brushes past Bashir being really creepy towards women. I’m glad to learn (from the article) that this behavior is just in early seasons. But after working my way through most of Star...

    The article brushes past Bashir being really creepy towards women. I’m glad to learn (from the article) that this behavior is just in early seasons. But after working my way through most of Star Trek Voyager I found the male dominated (and in the case of Bashir, almost predatory) cast of DS9 to be pretty off putting. I only watched a few episodes before returning to Voyager, though that show has its own issues. The article is spot on about Ro Laren however and it’s great to see characters and cultures like hers. I’d also recommend Voyager for some great female roles, including Captain Janeway, B’Ellana Torres, and Seven of Nine.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Trump administration makes move to completely roll back methane pollution regulations in ~enviro

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    But that’s the status quo - there aren’t consequences for the crimes of US presidents. Obama didn’t go after Bush Jr for the same reason. There literally already are not consequences for the many...

    But that’s the status quo - there aren’t consequences for the crimes of US presidents. Obama didn’t go after Bush Jr for the same reason. There literally already are not consequences for the many crimes committed by US presidents since the country was founded.

    https://youtu.be/J3ymbBY1BJI

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Four major US publishers sue Internet Archive for copyright infringement, alleging that it has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public in ~books

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    The internet archive does loan out limited copies of their books using DRM normally. They use an adobe DRM format. But during the pandemic they removed loan limits so they suddenly started loaning...

    The internet archive does loan out limited copies of their books using DRM normally. They use an adobe DRM format. But during the pandemic they removed loan limits so they suddenly started loaning out unlimited numbers of books. They are however still protected by DRM.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country in ~misc

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    Spicy and not wrong. I like it.

    Spicy and not wrong. I like it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' sells to ViacomCBS following massive bidding war in ~news

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    This makes me want to link to the YouTube video by “Some More News” discussing “Some Good News”. https://youtu.be/QW7LBc9Q4GA

    This makes me want to link to the YouTube video by “Some More News” discussing “Some Good News”.

    https://youtu.be/QW7LBc9Q4GA

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    I just got a 360 degree spherical camera and it’s pretty neat! I got the GoPro fusion which is cheap now that they’ve replaced it with a not-much-improved new model.

    I just got a 360 degree spherical camera and it’s pretty neat! I got the GoPro fusion which is cheap now that they’ve replaced it with a not-much-improved new model.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 in ~tech

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    Shortly after hell freezes over Microsoft could contribute to Wine so it works perfectly on their own Windows based Linux distro.

    Shortly after hell freezes over Microsoft could contribute to Wine so it works perfectly on their own Windows based Linux distro.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Has DuckDuckGo recently started giving you significantly worse results? in ~tech

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    I default to DDG but I’m constantly using the !g flag to reroute to google. I also feel like I don’t get the basic product page anymore when I search for something - too much amazon. Just a...

    I default to DDG but I’m constantly using the !g flag to reroute to google. I also feel like I don’t get the basic product page anymore when I search for something - too much amazon. Just a feeling, I’m not totally sure.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Americans are starting to venture out to dine at restaurants in ~food

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    Yep. I’m her in California just watching. I don’t want people to get ill but I suspect this will not go well. Perhaps some places will be fine but I imagine others will have more deaths.

    Yep. I’m her in California just watching. I don’t want people to get ill but I suspect this will not go well. Perhaps some places will be fine but I imagine others will have more deaths.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    I mean I’m just pretty impressed that the website for the movie Space Jam is still up: https://www.spacejam.com/

    I mean I’m just pretty impressed that the website for the movie Space Jam is still up:

    https://www.spacejam.com/

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Republican Mitt Romney sides with Democrats calling for $12 hourly raises for essential workers in the USA in ~news

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    You can also do things like rotate hazardous work throughout the population, a favorite scheme of some anarchists. However we’re not set up for that and now is not the time to start throwing new...

    You can also do things like rotate hazardous work throughout the population, a favorite scheme of some anarchists. However we’re not set up for that and now is not the time to start throwing new people in to critical jobs. Just a comment about long term potential solutions.

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  19. Comment on Political ships of Theseus | The American party switch in ~misc

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    Ah I see, just the first to catch my eye.

    Ah I see, just the first to catch my eye.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Political ships of Theseus | The American party switch in ~misc

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    Well the thing that concerns me is that Columbus seems like a pretty horrific person. I mean in the US we were taught he was a European explorer who founded the new world. But to the indigenous...

    Well the thing that concerns me is that Columbus seems like a pretty horrific person. I mean in the US we were taught he was a European explorer who founded the new world. But to the indigenous people of the lands he was a mass murderer and slaver. He showed up and started killing and enslaving people. He rounded them up and forced them to work. Millions of people died. Their homes and culture destroyed.

    So if you go on YouTube and make a video that says “Columbus wasn’t such a bad guy”, that’s like a huge error. I watched these BadEmpanada videos a while back but I was shocked at how bad Knowing Better’s representation of the facts seemed to be. It made me feel like he does poor research and might be carrying some racist bias in his thinking.

    I really feel like Europe and other conquerors (like America where I live) have done horrific things to native peoples. And we’re still doing it, pushing a culture that minimizes their personhood and prioritizes our interests. Colonization is brutal and inhumane. Attitudes about it shape everything from trade and economics to politics.

    It is true that I have never watched a Knowing Better video. It’s possible I was misled by BadEmpanada and Knowing Better was taken out of context. It’s hard for me to listen to a video defending a brutal murderer and slaver, so I did not listen to his video. But I trust BadEmpanada. Maybe Knowing Better has a good track record and some worthwhile ideas, but as someone who was introduced to him in this way, I just can’t care much about anything else he’s thinking.

    3 votes