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  1. Comment on The court allowed the FCC to kill net neutrality because washing machines can’t make phone calls in ~tech

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    Internet access is a telecommunications service and should be regulated under Title II. The most obvious evidence of this is that the FCC and the telecomuncations companies have to go to...

    Internet access is a telecommunications service and should be regulated under Title II. The most obvious evidence of this is that the FCC and the telecomuncations companies have to go to incredibly lengthy, nearly incomprehensible, nonsensical arguments to justify revoking Title II.

    These companies hate Title II regulation because it is one of the most unprofitable regulations ever...it mandates that all people can access telecommunications services, regardless of profitability. The fact that the FCC is siding with them currently means the fox is watching the henhouse.

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  2. Comment on Please recommend me a Linux distribution that is super-stable and never make me install again, but at the same time allows me to have some newer packages with ease (xpost /r/FindMeADistro) in ~comp

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    Writing this from an OpenSuse Tumbleweed KDE laptop, which I've been running as my primary distro since January or so, with no re-install. While there's a bit more initial configuration required...

    Writing this from an OpenSuse Tumbleweed KDE laptop, which I've been running as my primary distro since January or so, with no re-install. While there's a bit more initial configuration required with OpenSuse relative to MX or Ubuntu, once I got it setup the way I like, I've encountered far fewer problems with it than most other distros, especially relative to other rolling distros.

    The only significant hurtle I've really encountered is third party developers who only package debs and not rpms, especially since I prefer not to compile larger programs if I can avoid it. Another thing is that opensuse uses different naming schemes for many common packages, and since it's a smaller distro userbase it can occasionally be harder to "translate" instructions found on the web written for Ubuntu or Arch to OpenSuse's equivalents.

    The other nice thing about Tumbleweed is its snapper functionality. It acts as a layer of insurance in the event an update does break your system, it's fairly easy to rollback.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Facebook to Exempt Opinion and Satire From Fact-Checking in ~tech

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    Agree. While I can see a legitimate case for satire being exempted, anything exempted from this fact-checker should definitely have some prominent warnings to indicate that they are exempted....

    Agree. While I can see a legitimate case for satire being exempted, anything exempted from this fact-checker should definitely have some prominent warnings to indicate that they are exempted.

    Especially since so many people don't seem to "get" satire.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 1) in ~news

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    I'm writing off any candidate advocating for private health insurance as a corporate shill.

    I'm writing off any candidate advocating for private health insurance as a corporate shill.

    23 votes
  5. Comment on The Millennial Left Is Tired of Waiting: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff is working to build a generational movement in ~news

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    36 here, and I largely agree with you, but I would not lump Sanders in with the rest. Check out his history on CSPAN, he's been railing against this neoliberal, warkhawk agenda since he began his...

    36 here, and I largely agree with you, but I would not lump Sanders in with the rest. Check out his history on CSPAN, he's been railing against this neoliberal, warkhawk agenda since he began his political career.

    He demonstrates that it's "not all Boomers," but rather just the boomers (and earlier) were willing to sell out their/future generations for a quick buck that are the problem.

    He's the only one fully talking about class warfare, which is the hidden cause of the majority of our societal issues.

    30 votes
  6. Comment on Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack in ~tech

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    When you give it away for free, it kinda makes sense that their numbers skyrocketed. It is typical Microsoft: push out a "good enough" product for free, so companies don't bother looking at other...

    When you give it away for free, it kinda makes sense that their numbers skyrocketed. It is typical Microsoft: push out a "good enough" product for free, so companies don't bother looking at other options.

    I'm still holding out for mass https://rocket.chat adoption...they're catching up with slack functionality surprisingly quickly.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on World of Wacraft Classic Recruitment: Beta Delta Nu [H] | NA PvP | Wed-Tues-Thurs | 8:30 PM -11:45 PM Est | Semi-Hardcore in ~games

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    I'm also looking to recruit some Classic WoW players: Guild Name: TBD Server: East Coast NA PvP Faction: Alliance Language: English Play time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat, subject to...

    I'm also looking to recruit some Classic WoW players:

    Guild Name: TBD
    Server: East Coast NA PvP
    Faction: Alliance
    Language: English
    Play time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat, subject to change
    In need of: Casual players of all roles

    I'm looking to form a guild of casuals that are in their 30's or so, with jobs and/or kids, and would like to play Classic WoW, but are short on free time. Namely, I'm looking to play 30 hours or less a month, and would like to find other players to play with that will keep that pace.

    PM me if you're interested.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    That's the whole point of universal healthcare though, to insure everyone has access to the same, high-quality care regardless of their employment status or wealth. To fund universal healthcare,...

    That's the whole point of universal healthcare though, to insure everyone has access to the same, high-quality care regardless of their employment status or wealth.

    To fund universal healthcare, taxes will need to go up to pay for it. It will most likely be less in taxes than you're paying for your employer-provided healthcare.

    I have great (by US standards) healthcare. I pay through the nose for it. I would give it up in a heartbeat for proper universal care, because so many other societal issues are caused by lack of mental and physical healthcare.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Warren and Blasio have healthcare spot on.... keeping private insurance continues a system that separates the haves and the have nots. It is a universal right, it should be equal access to...

    Warren and Blasio have healthcare spot on.... keeping private insurance continues a system that separates the haves and the have nots. It is a universal right, it should be equal access to healthcare for everyone....full stop.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Pro-tip democrats: Stop talking about Trump, mentioning his name gives him power.

    Pro-tip democrats: Stop talking about Trump, mentioning his name gives him power.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Drinking game rules: Every time they don't answer the question they were asked.

    Drinking game rules:

    Every time they don't answer the question they were asked.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What is your note taking workflow? in ~talk

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    Since you're already using git, you could try this... I just tested it out for my own usage and works well enough on Linux: https://crates.io/crates/eureka Edit: More details: Eureka does a pull,...

    Since you're already using git, you could try this... I just tested it out for my own usage and works well enough on Linux:

    https://crates.io/crates/eureka

    Edit: More details:

    Eureka does a pull, then prompts you for your commit message, then opens the README.md file in your chosen editor. When you save and exit, it commits and pushes.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on In contrast to Facebook, Google seems to be leaning into the message that they have all your data, and emphasizing how that allows them to make your life easier in ~tech

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    I wouldn't go as far as saying each individual service needs to be independent, but rather focus on splitting them such that they need to make all their internal secret APIs public (possibly...

    If every service Google provided needed its own business model, I have to wonder how many of them would crumble overnight.

    I wouldn't go as far as saying each individual service needs to be independent, but rather focus on splitting them such that they need to make all their internal secret APIs public (possibly charging for access).

    For example, if all the home hardware (nest, Google home, Chromecast) was separate, it would force open the media, ai, and other APIs for competition to use, on both ends. This allows better competition in both the hardware and services, and means someone could create a competing service or hardware without fully taking on Google.

    This is ironically why I prefer Android phones...it allowed for competition in the hardware which led to a wide variety of phones for different markets and use cases.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on In contrast to Facebook, Google seems to be leaning into the message that they have all your data, and emphasizing how that allows them to make your life easier in ~tech

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    They're not wrong...I'm thoroughly sucked into Google's ecosystem as an end user, and it by far provides the most features for the privacy loss. Facebook gave you what....a mediocre MySpace...

    They're not wrong...I'm thoroughly sucked into Google's ecosystem as an end user, and it by far provides the most features for the privacy loss. Facebook gave you what....a mediocre MySpace replacement? Google provides hundreds if not thousands of decent to excellent services that integrate fairly well on average. Google even had an excellent Facebook replacement in the now defunct Google+ that suffered from poor naming, timing, and marketing.

    Once you've adapted to Google's convenience almost everything else seems like it's 5 years or more behind.

    That said, the whole lot of the mega-corps need to be broken up....otherwise we'll be in a world where Amazon or Google owns everything and everyone.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on Experimenting with a way of avoiding deeply nested comment threads in ~tildes.official

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    First tildes shit post thread for functionality testing? Count me in :-)

    First tildes shit post thread for functionality testing? Count me in :-)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Robert Reich: Everything You Need to Know About the New Economy in ~talk

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    Pardon my bluntness, but this is flat out wrong. Minimum wage in 1950 was $7.98 in today's dollars, but the costs of living were drastically more in line with that wage. Let's see how that breaks...

    No. Maybe this was true for a very small portion of people, but it was never the norm.

    Pardon my bluntness, but this is flat out wrong. Minimum wage in 1950 was $7.98 in today's dollars, but the costs of living were drastically more in line with that wage. Let's see how that breaks down for college and housing.

    As far back as 1931, college tuition was ~$19,000 in 2016 dollars for the most expensive college in the nation. In 2016, the average cost of tuition was $13,500. The school which had the $19,000 tuition in 1931 now has a tuition of $72,990. For $19k tuition, it required 60 (40 hour) week's wages. To afford a $72,000 tuition, that would require 225 weeks wages. This holds true across the board...there were and still are more affordable options, but broadly speaking, it was affordable in 1950 for someone to save for a few short years on minimum wage to afford a college education. This is no longer possible today.

    Housing is a similiar story: Median home price (in 2016 dollars) in 1950 was $73k. Median home price in 2016 was $300k. To buy a house with cash: ~230 weeks (4.5 years) of work in 1950, ~940 weeks (18 years) in 2016.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on We are back at square one of personal messaging in ~tech

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    The feature sets of Email/IRC are not why they are superior. It is because they are using a standardized protocol. Say what you will about email's or IRC's lack of features, but the real point is...

    The feature sets of Email/IRC are not why they are superior. It is because they are using a standardized protocol. Say what you will about email's or IRC's lack of features, but the real point is that anybody can create a new email or IRC client. That is not true of Telegram or Viber.

    The only reason there are 8000+ chat protocols is because everybody wants their own walled garden of users to be data-mined.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on We are back at square one of personal messaging in ~tech

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    IMO, email is still the superior electronic communication medium, simply because it has a standardized protocol all clients can implement. IRC fits this bill nicely as well. Matrix.org (with...

    IMO, email is still the superior electronic communication medium, simply because it has a standardized protocol all clients can implement. IRC fits this bill nicely as well. Matrix.org (with Riot.IM as the definitive client atm) is a good step in this direction, but it's still immature and quashing bugs. I fear that while the app market of "build a userbase then monetize that base" is perpetuated, we'll never arrive at a modern, standardized protocol the way SMS, Email, IRC was in the past.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 4) in ~news

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    Perhaps some sort of summary bot to assist with writing short blurbs? While your commentary on each link is delightful, if it's becoming too burdensome to give a personal touch on everything,...

    Perhaps some sort of summary bot to assist with writing short blurbs? While your commentary on each link is delightful, if it's becoming too burdensome to give a personal touch on everything, something like this might be useful?

    I've leveraged https://smmry.com/ before, to help cut the fat and get to the meat of articles.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Robert Reich: Everything You Need to Know About the New Economy in ~talk

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    I would post every Robert Reich video here, but let's start with this one. A key point from this video is that the only way to fight the movement that elected Trump (Authoritarian Populism) is...

    I would post every Robert Reich video here, but let's start with this one. A key point from this video is that the only way to fight the movement that elected Trump (Authoritarian Populism) is with Progressive Populism.

    4 votes