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  1. Comment on Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his Vice President in ~news

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    I was actually a part of that big surge, Gary Johnson did pretty well in spite of his veep telling folks to vote for Hilary. I don't think factionalism is a steady state solution though, one party...

    I was actually a part of that big surge, Gary Johnson did pretty well in spite of his veep telling folks to vote for Hilary. I don't think factionalism is a steady state solution though, one party will rapidly consume the policies and trappings of the other, leaving it to wither and die, and I'm not sure the GOP is poised to come out a winner. I think the Republican party has basically been soul searching without an answer since the collapse of the moral majority, they just aren't a cultural force anymore. Trump is, but there's no plan that really outlives him, and the majority of his base doesn't like the party.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his Vice President in ~news

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    I get the feeling the Libertarian party is flagging right now, in large because a do-nothing congress and inept president who can't actually get what he wants done suits the party's voters pretty...

    I get the feeling the Libertarian party is flagging right now, in large because a do-nothing congress and inept president who can't actually get what he wants done suits the party's voters pretty well, all things considered. It's hard to justify a protest vote when things are going your way due to your adversaries own blunders.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Changing world, changing Mozilla - Mozilla Corp. announces restructuring and around 250 layoffs in ~tech

  4. Comment on Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his Vice President in ~news

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    Hey as an FYI, your post has been marked as noise, not sure why folks thought that was necessary. For what it's worth, my fiance and I, as well as a couple more of my friends are likewise voting...

    Hey as an FYI, your post has been marked as noise, not sure why folks thought that was necessary. For what it's worth, my fiance and I, as well as a couple more of my friends are likewise voting third party, and in the beautiful bellwether of Ohio of all places.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit CEO defends their intention to run Trump ads ahead of election, outlines their plans to move comments on ads into subreddits in ~tech

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    As someone who has done a bit of very targeted, low cost advertising on Reddit, it's not really very hard to see why they aren't considered a top place to spend money. The RoI even in the absolute...

    As someone who has done a bit of very targeted, low cost advertising on Reddit, it's not really very hard to see why they aren't considered a top place to spend money. The RoI even in the absolute best case scenario is abysmal compared to even poorly optimized Facebook ads. Redditors hate ads, and don't want to see them or click them, even in the event that you are advertising a free event hosted by a non-profit for the benefit of a community, meanwhile Facebook gets organic engagement and brings in underserved and underrepresented folks like it's magic.

    The real decision I don't understand here is the Trump campaign wanting to spend money on the platform. The users are obviously going to be overwhelmingly not receptive, and the age, education, etc demographics are bad as well. I'm not sure the campaign gets anything other than a pile of angry redditors out of their ad spend.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Do you crush bugs? in ~talk

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    Even with short curly hair, I get bugs in my hair semi-frequently from gardening that I don't find out about until I shower.

    Even with short curly hair, I get bugs in my hair semi-frequently from gardening that I don't find out about until I shower.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    I think the two types of games (Dark souls and the witness) share a similar theming in that difficulty spikes cause a certain types of player to bang their heads against the wall until they break...

    I think the two types of games (Dark souls and the witness) share a similar theming in that difficulty spikes cause a certain types of player to bang their heads against the wall until they break through. I'm like this, and it sounds like @Akir is as well. I don't think it's a problem though as long as you analyze your own play, and are comfortable with your own behavior forcing you to swallow unnecessary challenges at times. In Dark souls, pinwheel was the first post asylum boss I beat, because I grinded my way through an area that was meant for later, knowing full well that I probably went the wrong way. With the witness, I did the desert then the bunker, even though I did a couple of the cherry blossoms in between, and realized it would probably have been quite a bit easier. Ultimately I think it may just be an issue of expectation setting with games. I think spiky difficulty is pretty fun personally. There's a nice feeling of being challenged and struggling, followed by a feeling of just crushing the next thing to come up.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 10 in ~health.coronavirus

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    It's paywalled and forces a redirect to the front page, then to a subscription prompt.

    It's paywalled and forces a redirect to the front page, then to a subscription prompt.

  9. Comment on How to not make an ass of yourself in online discussions in ~tech

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    Not quite, it's just a popular little phrase in politics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_and_the_Terrible,_Horrible,_No_Good,_Very_Bad_Day#Cultural_references wikipedia's citations:...
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  10. Comment on You May Finally Use JSHint for Evil in ~comp

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    Yep, I completely agree, except w.r.t. why people used it. They used it because it was useful, and they either didn't read the license, or felt that their actions were unambiguously good. I don't...

    Yep, I completely agree, except w.r.t. why people used it. They used it because it was useful, and they either didn't read the license, or felt that their actions were unambiguously good. I don't think most people actually read software licenses, even if you shove it in their face.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The anonymous professor who wasn’t in ~misc

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    Man, this story is wild, and brings back memories of a much younger, more community focused internet. While the article cites Munchhausen's by internet being a growing trend, I definitely saw my...

    Man, this story is wild, and brings back memories of a much younger, more community focused internet. While the article cites Munchhausen's by internet being a growing trend, I definitely saw my lion's share of it in the mid 2000's in the Atheist/ScienceBlogs community, where this whole ordeal with fake people who exist for the aggrandizement of others happened 3 or 4 times. They inevitably got seriously sick or died, or something, never vanished without a trace. Very strange to see a resurgence of that sort of thing.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Hard liquor and soft drugs aside, the chip butty is the most reliable way we have to mentally shut out this harsh world and, momentarily, transport ourselves to a happier, more innocent place in ~food

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    British chips just seem like would I would call steak fries.

    British chips just seem like would I would call steak fries.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on You May Finally Use JSHint for Evil in ~comp

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    There's some great, unique irony in this, because I've definitely seen JSHint/JSON used for works I consider evil, with no repercussions. Specifically, software in charge of processing and...

    There's some great, unique irony in this, because I've definitely seen JSHint/JSON used for works I consider evil, with no repercussions. Specifically, software in charge of processing and decisioning and selecting targets for automobile repossession. What is the real value of these clauses if some companies don't read the policies anyways, and the ones who refuse to use the software are merely legalistic rather than evil?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The unbelievable story of the plot against George Soros in ~misc

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    I wouldn't put Soros in the same camp as Gates though. He did just straight up loot over a billion dollars from the English economy on black Wednesday, he's basically the poster child for currency...

    I wouldn't put Soros in the same camp as Gates though. He did just straight up loot over a billion dollars from the English economy on black Wednesday, he's basically the poster child for currency manipulation. I don't think Microsoft under Gates, including policies like EEE, are really comparable.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Let us drink in public: Open container laws criminalize working-class people and make public life less fun in ~food

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    For those not familiar, in the US the riverside drinking bit is still in full effect with the rural youngins, and drinking in a vehicle is determined by state, so those two are roughly the same in...

    For those not familiar, in the US the riverside drinking bit is still in full effect with the rural youngins, and drinking in a vehicle is determined by state, so those two are roughly the same in my experience. It's weird to imagine folks drinking during a commuting setting though.

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  16. Comment on How to not make an ass of yourself in online discussions in ~tech

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    As a counter example though, how many times do we see the phrase "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad..." as a semi-ironic, semi serious intensifier? Google says 235 million, including in places...

    As a counter example though, how many times do we see the phrase "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad..." as a semi-ironic, semi serious intensifier? Google says 235 million, including in places such as NPR and CNN.

  17. Comment on Federated Networks Association in ~comp

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    Wow, I had no idea that nextcloud was actually federated, that's pretty cool to read. I don't actually have anything or anyone I intend to federate with, but that's certainly a nice option to...

    Wow, I had no idea that nextcloud was actually federated, that's pretty cool to read. I don't actually have anything or anyone I intend to federate with, but that's certainly a nice option to have, that makes a lot of sense for private cloud solutions.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Trump issues executive orders taking effect in forty-five days that ban "transactions" with Chinese owners of TikTok (ByteDance) and WeChat (Tencent) in ~tech

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    Majority Chinese ownership rules and massive systemic IP infringements seem like the two most obvious ones.

    Majority Chinese ownership rules and massive systemic IP infringements seem like the two most obvious ones.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 3 in ~health.coronavirus

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    This article's opening leaves me really conflicted. The author really seems to be trying to make the case that the general public is hopelessly lost when it comes to understanding basic...

    This article's opening leaves me really conflicted. The author really seems to be trying to make the case that the general public is hopelessly lost when it comes to understanding basic immunology, but then presents a reasonable primer for basic immunology. He obviously can't really talk about specific behavioral examples or case studies, but it's a pretty good job for folks not familiar. That said, between help/hurt/no effect, hurt is exceedingly unlikely, and even if it is somehow the case, it's almost certainly solvable via existing medicine or treatment.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Leaked police bodycam video shows new details of George Floyd's fatal arrest in ~news

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    Except after the homicide of Eric Garner, 'hands up don't shoot' and 'I can't breathe' have become mantras rather than statements of fact. A few months back here In Columbus, this guy stole a...

    Except after the homicide of Eric Garner, 'hands up don't shoot' and 'I can't breathe' have become mantras rather than statements of fact. A few months back here In Columbus, this guy stole a purse and a cop arrived on the scene. He sprinted off and she tackled him down, and as soon as she made contact, as he's falling to the ground he says I can't breathe. He then immediately gets up and starts posturing towards her, and yells at her for several minutes to shoot him.

    I've also seen the civil liberties audit folks say I can't breathe as soon as police or security present any force, so I don't think this is a problem for the defense. Of course, there is also tons of I can't breathe merch online, and videos of protestors prior to the George Floyd killing showing people chanting I can't breathe, on behalf of Eric Garner. I think the prosecution would need to show that it was evident to the officers that the first utterances were legitimate, which seems like a hard thing to prove.

    3 votes