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  1. Comment on ‘Disturbing’: Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws in ~health

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    Even the case of 'lost hearing' in the article makes sense to me. If I couldn't ever hear my loved ones, favorite songs, or nearby hazards again my will to live would be significantly affected. I...

    Even the case of 'lost hearing' in the article makes sense to me. If I couldn't ever hear my loved ones, favorite songs, or nearby hazards again my will to live would be significantly affected.

    I believe in a somewhat extreme "Freedom extends until your fist hits someone else," which includes full rights to suicide. Not even limited by sane measures like mandatory waiting period.

    If we're so concerned about people offing themselves in the moment, then we should offer better options for living than a complicated legal process. Make it easier to choose life so death is rarely the preferred option.

    No arguements about "good for society to keep people alive against their will." That's an arguement for forced labor that would otherwise rather be dead.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Indigenous reindeer herders fear the drive towards a more sustainable economy is destroying their traditional way of life and identity in Sweden in ~life

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    This is true, 300 is a pretty small number...2 adult humans more often than not. An Ox can handle upwards of 2,000 or so.

    This is true, 300 is a pretty small number...2 adult humans more often than not. An Ox can handle upwards of 2,000 or so.

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  3. Comment on Looking for a specific map app on iOS in ~tech

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    Added bonus is it's available for any curious Android folks as well. It's a great alternative to storing your favorite places on Google Maps.

    Added bonus is it's available for any curious Android folks as well. It's a great alternative to storing your favorite places on Google Maps.

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  4. Comment on Indigenous reindeer herders fear the drive towards a more sustainable economy is destroying their traditional way of life and identity in Sweden in ~life

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    This article exemplifies quite well how trying to go green via technological progress can be (and often is) at-odds with actually going green. The primary answer I see, is that rapidly reducing...

    This article exemplifies quite well how trying to go green via technological progress can be (and often is) at-odds with actually going green. The primary answer I see, is that rapidly reducing consumption is required. Not just from the bottom up (consumers choosing to consume less), but top-down via planning and rationing. Because in a world with severe wealth inequality, rationing is the only fair way to force reduction of resource consumption....particularly if the bottom already is using far less than the top (looking inward, USA).

    It's going to take opening a tremendous amount of mines to replace fossil fuel energy sources with green ones. That's going to wreak even more havoc on an environment being ravaged by the consequences of industrialization thus far. Even just substitution of gas cars in the USA alone to hybrids or electrics in the next 20 years is a bit of a pipe dream without a massive expansion of mining. Not even thinking about the electrical generation needs.

    Human (animal?) powered, and public transport needs to be brought to the forefront of the discussion. A bus carrying 40 people, for 40 miles, at 5mpg; uses 8 gallons of gas. 23 cars (Average of 1.67 people per car), moving 40 miles, getting 80 mpg; uses 11.5 gallons. Eliminating car culture (and de-stigmatizing public transport) is the only way I think we'll be able to reasonably reduce fuel usage fast enough.

    In that same vein, we're not going to be able to replace all our power needs with equivalent green sources in a reasonable time-frame without strip-mining half the planet. /slight-hyperbole

    Edit: Thinking more about the animal powered...horses and oxen serve those niches which do not work well for walking or biking...like needing to haul 300+ lbs and/or going 10+ miles. Not saying those would be ideal for dense cities...but the rural and semi-rural areas would be served relatively well by reverting to the horse/buggy given the longer distances involved.

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  5. Comment on Is it just me or did the edgy socialism that blew up during the pandemic kind of die down? in ~talk

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    I think part of it being a large part of the nation didn't get even a chance to vote in the primary due to the pandemic, even symbolically. That and the whole 'Look at these 10 non-Bernie...

    I think part of it being a large part of the nation didn't get even a chance to vote in the primary due to the pandemic, even symbolically.

    That and the whole 'Look at these 10 non-Bernie progressive options, which then immediately threw their support behind Biden before Super Tuesday, stung. Remember how the majority, notably excepting Biden, supported Medicare for All
    ? Warren being the worst like that, and really make me think about how she was bait for the more centerist progressives.

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  6. Comment on Is it just me or did the edgy socialism that blew up during the pandemic kind of die down? in ~talk

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    I got some bad news for you friend, outside the internet this is very much still the norm.

    This seems to happen in waves, as well. In the mid to late 00s, into the early 10s things were swinging pretty far right, with the "center" being anti-SJW to some degree, BLM being the bad guy, and things just being... conservative

    I got some bad news for you friend, outside the internet this is very much still the norm.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    Is it though? Being an up-and-comer, especially if your first few models have bad setbacks, you might as well be Microsoft with Zune. Amazon has shown they can't just buy their way into being a...

    Is it though? Being an up-and-comer, especially if your first few models have bad setbacks, you might as well be Microsoft with Zune.

    Amazon has shown they can't just buy their way into being a video game company, ditto for Google. It takes in-house expertise and that takes time and can tarnish your name as you build footing. Just because you've got money doesn't mean you can out compete established competition.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    I get what your saying, but I'm giving some of the tangible results from said data. The ML won't see it that way, but the humans the ML code is selling paperclips to might.

    I get what your saying, but I'm giving some of the tangible results from said data.

    The ML won't see it that way, but the humans the ML code is selling paperclips to might.

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  9. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    My own personal experience has been much higher incidents of digestive issues after Arby's than even famed Taco Bell or others. The cause is unknown, but the memory remains.

    My own personal experience has been much higher incidents of digestive issues after Arby's than even famed Taco Bell or others.

    The cause is unknown, but the memory remains.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Junk food afficianato here... when in America, here's an incomplete tier list of the big chains, when at least at their average: McDs for breakfast, though their coffee is trash. Wendy's and BK...

    Junk food afficianato here... when in America, here's an incomplete tier list of the big chains, when at least at their average:

    • McDs for breakfast, though their coffee is trash.
    • Wendy's and BK roughly equivalent for burgers.
    • Popeyes for chicken.
    • Chic-fil-a for their sauce. Or if there's lines everywhere. They've perfected smoothing out busy drivethroughs.
    • Taco bell if you are inebriated, but especially if stoned. There's a reason taco bell will be open later than most others.
    • Arby's if you hate yourself a bit
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  11. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Ham and pineapple does do the sweet/savory thing well, but IMO the problem is that on pizza pineapple is too sweet on its own and throws the balance too far off. The bigger problem is lots of...

    Ham and pineapple does do the sweet/savory thing well, but IMO the problem is that on pizza pineapple is too sweet on its own and throws the balance too far off. The bigger problem is lots of takeout places charge an arm and a leg for toppings. DIY makes it way easier to make it good.

    Balancing it with a strong heat adds a good balance to that sweetness. Adding some extra salt and savory helps too. My ideal hawaiian pizza also has bannana peppers, red onions, and siracha on it as well.

  12. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    OTOH, I sold my home with Redfin, and they were able to take a 3d camera through my house for a virtual walkthrough, also taking dimensions and spitting out a full interior rendering of my home,...

    OTOH, I sold my home with Redfin, and they were able to take a 3d camera through my house for a virtual walkthrough, also taking dimensions and spitting out a full interior rendering of my home, complete with floorplans.

    The vaccum potentially has a lot more data than just raw floor plan tho. Can probably figure out hardwood or carpet. Market targetted cleaners based on surface area.

    Has to divert from learned path often? Pets or kids.

    A giant change in floorplan? Furniture replaced.

    You can see the amount of unused square footage, so can weed out things from displaying that wouldn't fit.

    All of this is in service of encouraging the customer to click 'buy' instead of walking away.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Amazon is acquiring iRobot in ~tech

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    Simple antitrust idea: Once your company has a net worth over X Billion, you can no longer purchase or merge with any other company. If you wish to enter a new market, you must build from the...

    Simple antitrust idea:

    Once your company has a net worth over X Billion, you can no longer purchase or merge with any other company.

    If you wish to enter a new market, you must build from the ground up, licensing other patents (under non-exclusive terms), and compete with any other established players.

    So no "IBM buys RedHat" or "Apple buys DarkSky." Or Amazon/Google/Microsoft buys anybody.

    If Amazon wants that floorplan data, they should be forced to build their own floorvac robots and compete with iRobot instead of just buying their way to instant market leadership.

    14 votes
  14. Comment on GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts in ~comp

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    Don't worry, Microsoft will eventually prune as well. It might take longer given the larger pools of backup money from other products, but it'll happen. Until storage becomes free or everyone...

    Don't worry, Microsoft will eventually prune as well. It might take longer given the larger pools of backup money from other products, but it'll happen.

    Until storage becomes free or everyone self-prunes at the same rate they create, there will always be a need in some fashion.

    I personally love Gitlab for providing a great free/cheap self-hosted product in a way Github does not. If they posted which repos they wish to archive it's possible to fully port them onto a self-hosted archival server.

    Call me old fashioned but I'll throw support behind damn near anyone offering a viable alternative to a tech giant offering. Re-enforcing the monopolies do not weaken them.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts in ~comp

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    I've come across numerous programs, scripts, and tips from various repos that haven't been touched in 8+ years and still work just fine at their intended purpose. One man's trash is another man's...

    I've come across numerous programs, scripts, and tips from various repos that haven't been touched in 8+ years and still work just fine at their intended purpose.

    One man's trash is another man's treasure as they say.

    I think a good solution would be to generate a list of the to-be-deleted repos and pass them off to the archivist community.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Why HBO Max removed six streaming-exclusive movies, with more to come in ~movies

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    It's called Hollywood Accounting for a reason. Watch The Producers. I prefer the 1967 original, but the 2005 adaptation does it justice.

    How can there be a system where it's more profitable to make no money than to make some money?

    It's called Hollywood Accounting for a reason. Watch The Producers. I prefer the 1967 original, but the 2005 adaptation does it justice.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on "Hide Nothing" in ~tech

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    There are many good ones. Sadly they often fall on deaf ears. People will applaud the survielance state as it gets rolled out to stop package delivery theft (see Ring) Here are some of my...

    This is a standard rebuttal of "if you're not doing anything illegal, you don't have anything to hide".

    There are many good ones. Sadly they often fall on deaf ears. People will applaud the survielance state as it gets rolled out to stop package delivery theft (see Ring)

    Here are some of my favorites:

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  18. Comment on This grandma’s dying wish was a giant dick on her grave in ~life

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    My 90 year old Jewish grandmother-in-law wants to be cremated, then have a hole drilled into her late husband's casket and have her ashes poured in. When asked why she says "I've always wanted to...

    My 90 year old Jewish grandmother-in-law wants to be cremated, then have a hole drilled into her late husband's casket and have her ashes poured in.

    When asked why she says "I've always wanted to be on top."

    11 votes
  19. Comment on Will Smith: It’s been a minute… in ~movies

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    Maybe not, but an apology without regret is just a hollow call/response. I'd rather have a poorly worded expression of regret than an empty apology. I agree this wasn't the best apology ever, but...

    Regret is not an apology

    Maybe not, but an apology without regret is just a hollow call/response. I'd rather have a poorly worded expression of regret than an empty apology.

    I agree this wasn't the best apology ever, but its still hitting above the average "I'm sorry you feel that way" non-apology.

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  20. Comment on Pirates liberate games from Battle.net to send message to Activision Blizzard in ~games

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    The reality for a large portion of the world is US copyright laws. The US is keen on making trade agreements to force them everywhere. But to highlight the whole 'cultural aquisition', let's...

    IP rights in principle are rightly something a large majority agree are necessary when presented with reasonable explanation/arguments. US-style durations of rights are obscene

    The reality for a large portion of the world is US copyright laws. The US is keen on making trade agreements to force them everywhere.

    But to highlight the whole 'cultural aquisition', let's consider Happy Birthday to You. A song that has been so deeply engrained in our (US) culture since before I was born yet has just recently entered public domain. Society owned that song long before 1980something.

    I stand by my proposal that a reasonable copyright system mandates registration (to track ownership), is short, and requires an increasing scale to renew so the odds of any copyright outliving a human are virtually 0.

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