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  1. Comment on Would you look down on a normal citizen wearing an N95 mask? in ~talk

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    I don't think anyone really gets mad at people wearing masks... People are getting mad at people and orgs sitting on 3000 of them, that they bought leading up to this, which caused a shortage.

    I don't think anyone really gets mad at people wearing masks... People are getting mad at people and orgs sitting on 3000 of them, that they bought leading up to this, which caused a shortage.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    The amazing argument that free market conservatives ignore is: If unemployment is paying more than employement, that merely means that wages for jobs must go up, to entice people to take said...

    The amazing argument that free market conservatives ignore is: If unemployment is paying more than employement, that merely means that wages for jobs must go up, to entice people to take said jobs.

    It's a net win, regardless of how you look at it, and a big argument in favor of UBI (Which also would eliminate the need for a minimum wage, and all it's laws and apparatus).

    EDIT Entire --> entice

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Trump outlines national guard activations for New York, California and Washington in ~health.coronavirus

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    Build field hospitals, manage security of things like medical centers, do supply trains, airlift patients, etc etc etc

    Build field hospitals, manage security of things like medical centers, do supply trains, airlift patients, etc etc etc

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    To be fair, the system Washington helped build is working just as designed, sadly. Wealthy, white land owners being the ruling class.

    George Washington would probably realize that whatever he and the others built has failed spectacularly and realize Quincy's warning about bipartisanship was all but inevitable.

    To be fair, the system Washington helped build is working just as designed, sadly.

    Wealthy, white land owners being the ruling class.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    One big, single cause was Clinton failing to even attempt to connect with voters in the midwest.

    One big, single cause was Clinton failing to even attempt to connect with voters in the midwest.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    What is legal has gone out the window. Legally, he should have divested most of his assets, or at least put them in a blind trust. Legally, he shouldn't be using his office to intimidate political...

    If they plan to do it legally, they would have to go through an amendment.

    What is legal has gone out the window.

    Legally, he should have divested most of his assets, or at least put them in a blind trust. Legally, he shouldn't be using his office to intimidate political opponents.

    Legally, there are a lot of things he shouldn't be doing, but the senate has given him a pass.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    This exactly. Clinton didn't lose because she was a bad candidate, or bad policies. But because nothing was exciting about her. She said "We're going to keep doing the same thing we've always...

    much like Trump, he actually manages to get people excited/fired up, which is IMO what you ultimately need in order to get people to the polls to actually win in America.

    This exactly.

    Clinton didn't lose because she was a bad candidate, or bad policies. But because nothing was exciting about her. She said "We're going to keep doing the same thing we've always done"

    Meanwhile, Trump is getting people fired up to go an vote.

    Now, fast forward to 2020: Which Democratic candidate is the most exciting? That's what is needed to win against Trump, regardless of policies. The only real answer (Now) is Sanders or Warren, and Warren has been smeared by the left so badly, it's muted. Yang could have been that person too, but he is too brown for the DNC.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    If Biden wins the primary, we have another 4+ years of Trump. I honestly don't see Trump leaving office after a second term, even. That's the sad fact of the matter. The US is still in a populist...

    If Biden wins the primary, we have another 4+ years of Trump. I honestly don't see Trump leaving office after a second term, even.

    That's the sad fact of the matter.

    The US is still in a populist wave, and for some reason, the DNC doesn't get it. The only way to fight against a crazy populist is with a less crazy populist, and Biden is not that.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Discord is not an acceptable choice for free software projects in ~comp

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    Nobody said people shouldnt buy software. But, that it should be FLOSS.

    Nobody said people shouldnt buy software. But, that it should be FLOSS.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Discord is not an acceptable choice for free software projects in ~comp

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    This is hardly arguable. If you're working a FOSS product, it's likely because you care about the principles. If so, then you should use FOSS to do your work, if possible. Rocket.chat, Mattermost,...

    This is hardly arguable.

    If you're working a FOSS product, it's likely because you care about the principles. If so, then you should use FOSS to do your work, if possible.

    Rocket.chat, Mattermost, both take ~10 minutes to pop up a server. Less if you're cool with snaps. Not really a huge leap for a FOSS project, tbh.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv

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    This smacks me of complaints about "Doom" promoting mass shootings, personally.

    This smacks me of complaints about "Doom" promoting mass shootings, personally.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on How the next generation of nuclear reactors could be smaller, greener and safer in ~science

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    Not to mention, pebble bed reactors fail safely, by default. If the pebbles are not precisely positioned, criticality goes away, so it cannot self-sustain, unlike the rod reactors, which fail...

    Not to mention, pebble bed reactors fail safely, by default.

    If the pebbles are not precisely positioned, criticality goes away, so it cannot self-sustain, unlike the rod reactors, which fail poorly. Also, it has a negative feedback loop based on temp.

    As far as waste goes, there really is no reason to not use Kola SuperDeep

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What I want to see from 2020 ThinkPads in ~comp

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    The Latitude line is now holding their own, until they got into the 7000 series. The keyboards are mushy now. The 6000 series was all thumbs up. And, I liked getting to 5xxx and 6xxx series ones...

    The Latitude line is now holding their own, until they got into the 7000 series. The keyboards are mushy now. The 6000 series was all thumbs up.

    And, I liked getting to 5xxx and 6xxx series ones refurbed. The 7000 ultrabook lines I do not like.

    But, I'd still take a T450 :)

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

  15. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    My point being that no matter which candidate the DNC elects, they'll be painted as "Socialist", and it's a pejorative that is losing it's sting with all but the least educated voter.

    My point being that no matter which candidate the DNC elects, they'll be painted as "Socialist", and it's a pejorative that is losing it's sting with all but the least educated voter.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    Every democratic candidate has the "socialist" thing working against them. Doesn't matter if someone is a socialist or not. HRC was about as far from "socialist" as a candidate can be, and somehow...

    Every democratic candidate has the "socialist" thing working against them.

    Doesn't matter if someone is a socialist or not. HRC was about as far from "socialist" as a candidate can be, and somehow she was stuck with the "socialist" label.

    And even that barb is starting to lose it's sting, quite rapidly. 43% of adults support socialism to some extent, in a plainly asked form. 18-29 overwhelmingly support it, over capitalism.

    So, the "You're a socialist" is quickly becoming a positive label, and it would do well for the GOP to stop slinging it around like a pejorative, because for the bottom line, it's positive press for their opposition.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    Any alcohol not put through a distilliation process (ie, wine, beer, etc). You could sell it, if you got all the licensing from the government out of the way, which is what causes the prices of...

    Any alcohol not put through a distilliation process (ie, wine, beer, etc).

    You could sell it, if you got all the licensing from the government out of the way, which is what causes the prices of alcohol to remain so high.

    12 oz of crap beer, or example, costs pennies to make. 750ml of Apfelwein is a buck or two (USD), maybe.

    Distillation requires boiling, and a large equipment layout, so the production costs are quite a bit higher, but still cheaper than what the typical prices are.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    Undistilled alcohol. Stupid cheap inputs, and relatively low labor costs. I personally, as a hobby, could easily surpass the TBB limits on home wine production, with under a few hundred dollars in...

    Undistilled alcohol.

    Stupid cheap inputs, and relatively low labor costs. I personally, as a hobby, could easily surpass the TBB limits on home wine production, with under a few hundred dollars in materials, and very few hours of time.

  19. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

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    It's alright. I upgraded, and the best thing it did was forcibly remove the corporate antivirus, and corporate spyware installed by my employer. The spyware re-installed itself, but is in such a...

    It's alright. I upgraded, and the best thing it did was forcibly remove the corporate antivirus, and corporate spyware installed by my employer.

    The spyware re-installed itself, but is in such a sandbox now, it's basically useless for corporate trying to screw with my machine in any way, because it has access to nothing.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What's a widely criticized thing that you feel is worth defending? in ~talk

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    I dont know. Self hate was a huge motivator for my weightloss, and hating that version of my body is what keeps me from sliding back to it. Self scorn can be a powerful motivator, and a good one,...

    I dont know. Self hate was a huge motivator for my weightloss, and hating that version of my body is what keeps me from sliding back to it.

    Self scorn can be a powerful motivator, and a good one, if channeled properly and not taken to excess.

    3 votes