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  1. Comment on Unpopular opinion: "Show don't tell" isn't always the best strategy in ~books

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    They can, but you have to be willing to deal with some hassles if somebody raises a stink. This summer I've given a < 8 kid permission to walk 1/2 mile to their friends house with no supervision...

    jealousy that my kids don't have that experience

    They can, but you have to be willing to deal with some hassles if somebody raises a stink. This summer I've given a < 8 kid permission to walk 1/2 mile to their friends house with no supervision anytime they want, just with a heads up. There's no major roads to cross, so I don't feel the risk is any higher than them playing unsupervised in the front yard, which they also do.

  2. Comment on Unpopular opinion: "Show don't tell" isn't always the best strategy in ~books

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    I don't have time to pull up the direct quote, but Stephen King, in his unabridged release of the Stand, said something akin to: "I've been frequently criticized for having diarrhea of the pen,"...

    I don't have time to pull up the direct quote, but Stephen King, in his unabridged release of the Stand, said something akin to:

    "I've been frequently criticized for having diarrhea of the pen," and countered it by telling Hansel and Gretel in approximately 3 sentences. He points out that without all of the little details, the story is immensely boring. It's the little details and tangents that flesh out a story and make it fun to absorb.

    Saying all of this to be in support of the idea of "show." Being overly brief defeats the purpose and deprives the story of depth.

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  3. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    Still actively using a Pixel 3 XL on wifi as a kid's 3-hour-car-ride gaming device. It's still a great phone.

    Still actively using a Pixel 3 XL on wifi as a kid's 3-hour-car-ride gaming device. It's still a great phone.

  4. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    Opposed to our current situation where companies make their products marginally worse YoY in order to prevent destroying their customer base and improve their margins in perpetuity. Look at what...

    Opposed to our current situation where companies make their products marginally worse YoY in order to prevent destroying their customer base and improve their margins in perpetuity. Look at what happened to Instapot for a fairly recent example.

    And never said the government takeover couldn't involve some degree of a buyout and/or royalty payment. Eminent domain isn't free, generally.

    Edit: Removed some needless snark. Sorry about that.

  5. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    Used to be, for decades. Craftsman used to have literal 'lifetime unlimited warranty' for their tools, but that has gone away as the quality plummeted. Used to be able to dig an old rusty...

    Used to be, for decades. Craftsman used to have literal 'lifetime unlimited warranty' for their tools, but that has gone away as the quality plummeted. Used to be able to dig an old rusty Craftsman tool out of a rummage sale and trade it in for a brand-new one.

    In my proposed universe, government would be producing 1980something quality Craftsman screwdrivers/wrenches/hammers/etc. They could probably scale back production to 1/10th current levels once everyone replaced their garbage.

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  6. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    Yes. In my examples: Government siezes control of Charmin factories. Eliminates all arbitrary market segmentation, distributes product at-cost. This would be the general model for all 'solved'...

    Yes. In my examples:

    Government siezes control of Charmin factories. Eliminates all arbitrary market segmentation, distributes product at-cost. This would be the general model for all 'solved' commodities. Any private manufacturer would need to do better than the government baseline. For many things, they probably wouldn't bother, and all that effort expended on marketing arbitrary market segmentation can be spent elsewhere.

    Government siezes a few car factories, and bans everyone else from producing vehicles that have only combustion engines. They sell these with specific production targets that go down every year to phase out the technology.

  7. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    So much effort has been expended re-implementing the same technologies in infinitesimally different ways that have been in use since before 1990 something. SSH + X forwarding comes to mind. As...

    So much effort has been expended re-implementing the same technologies in infinitesimally different ways that have been in use since before 1990 something.

    SSH + X forwarding comes to mind. As well as LDAP + Kerberos + PAM.

    Even most of the modern chat programs could be replaced with a well-managed IRC server + web client.

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  8. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    I'll accept that for nationalizing the stick vaccum. I'll grant they are especially useful in tight spaces. This is ours. It's been going strong 8 years, with 0 maintenance short of removing stuck...

    I'll accept that for nationalizing the stick vaccum. I'll grant they are especially useful in tight spaces.

    This is ours. It's been going strong 8 years, with 0 maintenance short of removing stuck hairs from the carpet brush and replacing filters. We probably should do at least some of the reccomended maintenance. Only 2 bits have broken: accidentally warped the hose a bit by leaving it against a baseboard heater for 24 hours, and the carpet head is a bit jacked from an incompetent guest brute-forcing it instead of clicking the pedal.

    Worth every penny.

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  9. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    I don't use status monitors...mostly a waste of screen space unless something is really churning IMO. I use 'Yakuake' for a quick terminal dropdown for that kind of stuff. Here's my only tiny...

    I don't use status monitors...mostly a waste of screen space unless something is really churning IMO.

    I use 'Yakuake' for a quick terminal dropdown for that kind of stuff.

    Here's my only tiny clever bit so far, so I don't need to lug all my music on the laptop. Simple and elegant.

    alias music='sshfs vord@server.lan:/srv/storage/music/library/ ~/Music/ && mpd'
    alias nomusic='mpd --kill ; umount ~/Music/'
    
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  10. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    That's fair, the big thing is really encouraging the government (and building voter support) to go 'yoink' to create that high-quality baseline when needed. Added bonus that government operations...

    That's fair, the big thing is really encouraging the government (and building voter support) to go 'yoink' to create that high-quality baseline when needed.

    Added bonus that government operations (outside of military) tend to come with a lot more transparency.

    Edit: Also, I called out ICE cars for banning private production since that's a commodity we're looking to phase out, not continue to refine.

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  11. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    I've just recently discovered the joy of mpd, and I'm not going back. Pair it with beet for library management, and life is so much easier.

    I've just recently discovered the joy of mpd, and I'm not going back. Pair it with beet for library management, and life is so much easier.

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  12. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    I'm convinced part of our green future involves nationalizing 'solved' commodities and building only the best version, scaling up manufacturing as much as possible, and distributing at-cost. Some...

    I'm convinced part of our green future involves nationalizing 'solved' commodities and building only the best version, scaling up manufacturing as much as possible, and distributing at-cost.

    Some other examples:

    • Toilet paper (only manufacture Charmin Ultra Strong in A/B grade)
    • Vacuum cleaners (Miele)
    • Something like 95% of what you find at a hardware store
    • Internal Combustion Engine vehicles (only allow private production of hybrid or EV)
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  13. Comment on Am I alone in thinking that we're bouncing back from a highly technological future? in ~life

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    Try 10 years. The Galaxy S5 debuted 10 years ago. It has almost every major feature today's phones have, plus: SD card slot FM radio (not all models IIRC) Headphone jack Easily replaceable battery...

    Try 10 years. The Galaxy S5 debuted 10 years ago. It has almost every major feature today's phones have, plus:

    • SD card slot
    • FM radio (not all models IIRC)
    • Headphone jack
    • Easily replaceable battery

    Sure, there's been incremental improvement on most of the things since then. But the only reason it can't be a daily driver anymore is software bloat and bad manufacturer support.

    I would be very curious to see what the S5 battery life would be if we did a die shrink on the 28nm process and added 2GB of RAM.

    If we froze the tech at that point, the usage of phones would still be more or less identical.

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  14. Comment on Menthol inhalation may boost cognitive ability in Alzheimer’s in ~science

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    I did always feel smarter after a smoke break, and I was smoking menthols. This totally had nothing to do with stepping away from the computer and quietly thinking, and everything to do with the...

    I did always feel smarter after a smoke break, and I was smoking menthols.

    This totally had nothing to do with stepping away from the computer and quietly thinking, and everything to do with the drug. :)

    That said, it'll be great once I start smoking again in my 80s or so.

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  15. Comment on Blunt, stunts and Ryan Gosling: how did The Fall Guy flop – and what does that mean for cinema? in ~movies

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    As someone who is a target audience for a lot of these NTCs (I love that term), I can 100% say the #1 factor for me not going to the movies more is simply that I have kids now. The second is that...

    Yeah I think the lesson from Barbie isn’t necessarily that people want original movies (as much as people say that online) what they actually want are original takes on IP they know.

    As someone who is a target audience for a lot of these NTCs (I love that term), I can 100% say the #1 factor for me not going to the movies more is simply that I have kids now.

    The second is that the best new original IPs that I noticed have all debuted to streaming first. High-quality TV programs from streaming providers have replaced theatergoing in the fight for my eyeballs.

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  16. Comment on Police are not primarily crime fighters in ~life

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    And much like we have volunteer firefighters, we well could probably have something like volunteer part-time mediators for de-escalation which don't have authority to charge people with crimes,...

    And much like we have volunteer firefighters, we well could probably have something like volunteer part-time mediators for de-escalation which don't have authority to charge people with crimes, but receive training, further reducing burden on the full-time staffers.

    Kind of like a neighborhood watch.

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  17. Comment on The Slack controversy has opened a whole new can of worms in ~tech

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    In addition to what others said, the UI for chat is atrocious and most people default to private group chats, which defeats half the purpose. Performance is slow and laggy especially compared to...

    In addition to what others said, the UI for chat is atrocious and most people default to private group chats, which defeats half the purpose.

    Performance is slow and laggy especially compared to Zoom's.

    The only feature I've found it does better is the 'call me' joing of voice via phone.

    It helps that my use of O365 is basically 0. LibreOffice is enough for the occasional spreadsheet or slideshow, and everything else is in VSCode or our wiki.

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  18. Comment on If you had up to US$250 to get one person into a hobby you're interested in, what would you do to get them started? in ~hobbies

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    Got any good resources to learn to use these things?

    Got any good resources to learn to use these things?

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  19. Comment on The Slack controversy has opened a whole new can of worms in ~tech

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    Eh its my problem insofar that Slack fucking up means I'll be stuck with Teams. And that's almost worse than anything Google has personally done to me.

    Eh its my problem insofar that Slack fucking up means I'll be stuck with Teams.

    And that's almost worse than anything Google has personally done to me.

    18 votes
  20. Comment on Privacy woes and autonomy, where do I go now? in ~tech

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    I don't think it is, just a different branch of the same industry...like oil extraction and refinining. Advertisers are the customers for data collectors, and in the case of Google and Facebook,...

    It's a different industry, doing different things in different ways.

    I don't think it is, just a different branch of the same industry...like oil extraction and refinining.

    Advertisers are the customers for data collectors, and in the case of Google and Facebook, they are one in the same. All the other companies collecting data are selling it to advertisers.

    As far as direct harm, I'll drop this video. It sums up many of my feelings pretty well.

    If I have more time, I'll elaborate later. But in short, all this data collection just slowly, piece by piece, eats away at my sanity and free time.

    I've never been a victim of cyberstalking, but hearing stories from others is enough to want to severely curtail access to video footage from Ring/Nest cameras, location data, and yes, tracking cookies.

    10 votes