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  1. Comment on Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority in ~news

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    Also, let's just make the Supreme Court make all decisions unanimously instead of by a majority vote. Especially if there's no prolonged break once deliberation starts. Bet partisan hackery falls...

    Also, let's just make the Supreme Court make all decisions unanimously instead of by a majority vote.

    Especially if there's no prolonged break once deliberation starts. Bet partisan hackery falls by the wayside real quick after 48 hours without a solid sleep.

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  2. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

  3. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

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    Lack of sleep early on hurt, yea.... and I did have a hypo episode in that toddler area, but that was a byproduct of missing doses. But after re-stabilizing, things have largely been doing well....

    Lack of sleep early on hurt, yea.... and I did have a hypo episode in that toddler area, but that was a byproduct of missing doses.

    But after re-stabilizing, things have largely been doing well. Also helps that my wife is a yin to my yang wrt inner and outer demons.

    If you're in a position to consider it, parenthood is awesome...but until year 2 the adjustment hurts, esp if your external support network is... unreliable.

    I had good luck by identifing the toxic elements in my life and removing myself as much as possible from them. It evens out the lows.

    COVID lockdown is hurting us all... Doc says I'm currently at 'normative levels of depression, anxiety, and cabin fever.'

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  4. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

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    Mania is a worry, yes. Have a contingency plan in place. But thankfully have never gone violent during mania, just yelling and incoherency. Well, except resisting that first sedation shot in the...

    Mania is a worry, yes. Have a contingency plan in place. But thankfully have never gone violent during mania, just yelling and incoherency. Well, except resisting that first sedation shot in the hospital.

    Thankfully I have a fairly slow ramp up with several tells.

    Getting sunshine and fresh air is really nice.... doing some hiking feels good. I highly recommend it.

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  5. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

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    Talked with my psych recently. He's on his third major spike in crisis cases in his career. For reference the other two were Trump's election and 9-11. If I wasn't a parent lockdown wouldn't be...

    Talked with my psych recently. He's on his third major spike in crisis cases in his career. For reference the other two were Trump's election and 9-11.

    If I wasn't a parent lockdown wouldn't be too bad. Having va young kid is hell. We've recently decided to bubble with another low-risk family so that our kids could play without masks together. Our kids now ask to see each other daily and cry sometimes when they can't.

    Been in and out of pre-hypomania for some time now. It's a mixed bag, but if I keep my head out of the office work it's manageable.

    My wife and I are both atheists and don't believe in spellcasting...but word in our social circles is that Halloween this year is a perfect nexus for high-quality casting. We'll be doing some sort of cleansing/well-wishing thing. Figure anything is worth a shot for a better 2021.

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  6. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

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    I feel you. Time is a blur and has no meaning and outside of parenting I feel kind of dead inside. Scattered thoughts were a consistent early sign for me to hit hypo/mania...it might be worth...

    I feel you. Time is a blur and has no meaning and outside of parenting I feel kind of dead inside.

    Scattered thoughts were a consistent early sign for me to hit hypo/mania...it might be worth investigating having your meds adjusted.

    Best wishes.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on I got a piano in ~music

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    This is spot on. It should probably get one after the move anyhow. The relocation could certainly affect it substantially. Although you can probably get a feel if it needs it with your phone first.

    Will it be tuned in situ once its arrived? Pianos don't like being moved much. It may need more frequent re-tuning than usual in its first year after moving, while it adapts to its new environment.

    This is spot on. It should probably get one after the move anyhow. The relocation could certainly affect it substantially. Although you can probably get a feel if it needs it with your phone first.

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  8. Comment on The RIAA's fraudulent attack on youtube-dl is not a DMCA §512 infringement/safe-harbour, and the reality is weird in ~tech

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    After more consideration, I think you are largely right, with a few caveats: Safe harbor only protects the platform, not the users. The various takedown issuers rarely follow up on users merely...

    After more consideration, I think you are largely right, with a few caveats:

    Safe harbor only protects the platform, not the users. The various takedown issuers rarely follow up on users merely because it's harder to do with less payoff.

    And my stance is the DMCA is so incredibly flawed that losing safe harbor would be worth getting rid of the rest.

    I think while losing safe harbor will hurt existing platforms, it will also force a fracturing of the tech monopoly platforms. Companies won't as easily be able to play whack-a-mole on a plethora of new gray-area services. It could serve to fracture the tech monopolies without direct intervention. Especially if the new platforms are federated and/or decentralized.

    Finally, Google won't let the USA go too long without any sort of safe harbor....it would be very expensive for them.

    Edit:. I think what I'm trying to say is the net pre-dates the DMCA. It was more of a wild west, and the commercialization was enabled by safe harbor. I'm still out on whether that was a good thing or not.

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  9. Comment on The RIAA's fraudulent attack on youtube-dl is not a DMCA §512 infringement/safe-harbour, and the reality is weird in ~tech

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    Striking down the DMCA takedown could be a huge win. It might mean the various large tech companies would have to be more stringent on policing copyright violations (if takedown goes, likely safe...

    Striking down the DMCA takedown could be a huge win. It might mean the various large tech companies would have to be more stringent on policing copyright violations (if takedown goes, likely safe harbor goes with it), and that would likely drive large swaths to smaller platforms.

    Even better if the whole DMCA could be dismantled, but that's probably too optimistic.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on youtube-dl's GitHub repository has become inaccessible due to a DMCA takedown from RIAA in ~tech

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    And the FSR song remains relevant: Fuck the RIAA

    And the FSR song remains relevant:

    Fuck the RIAA

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  11. Comment on Introduction to 'Toward a New Socialism' in ~books

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    Paul Cockshott has started a small series to complement his book. This video in particular lays out the context for when and why the book was written. The publisher refused to print a book with...

    Paul Cockshott has started a small series to complement his book. This video in particular lays out the context for when and why the book was written. The publisher refused to print a book with "Communism" in the title circa 1992, but as Paul says in the end:

    The book itself lays out what Marx called the first phase of communist society, using modern technology.

    I'll rave about this book any chance I get, because it's a great look about how central planning could work quite well today given how far technology has advanced since the concept of central planning came about.

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  12. Comment on Can a moon base be safe for astronauts? Creating a sustainable human presence beyond low-Earth orbit requires a clear-eyed view of the risks—and rewards—inherent in spaceflight in ~space

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    I mean...if we're going to try to create a sustainable human presence on another celestial body...we should probably get it working for more than a few years on Earth... where the challenges are...

    I mean...if we're going to try to create a sustainable human presence on another celestial body...we should probably get it working for more than a few years on Earth... where the challenges are much less severe and rescue is as simple as running out the door.

    If anything, we should be looking into building semi-Biospheres on Earth in order to help mitigate climate crisis problems.

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  13. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    But how does that work in practice? If a site has unlimited potential to gain unlimited reach, how does it get handled if it does hit that reach threshold and isn't just shouting in an empty...

    Which is why my comment stated "anonymous platforms of unlimited reach". A website you or I create has unlimited potential, but near-zero actual reach or chance to achieve anything but.

    But how does that work in practice? If a site has unlimited potential to gain unlimited reach, how does it get handled if it does hit that reach threshold and isn't just shouting in an empty corner? Who gets to decide what that threshold is? And how do you assure that the definition of hate speech doesn't get twisted into including 'cricizing the state?'. Could theocracies that murder homosexuals and atheists be trusted to properly decide what is appropriate hate speech?

    Everyone seems to detest China's Great Firewall, but that's ultimately just them deciding what acceptable speech and platforms are.

    If a platform becomes full of racists and other undesirables, the answer isn't to force the site owner to kick them off (presuming they have no desire to do so for whatever reason) or shut down the site. The users who don't want to be around that need to pick up and leave to a different platform.

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  14. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    Twitter didn't magically poof into existence. It hardly has a monopoly on pseudo-anonomous communication platforms (we're on one right now). And they are free to kick people or not at their...

    Twitter didn't magically poof into existence. It hardly has a monopoly on pseudo-anonomous communication platforms (we're on one right now).

    And they are free to kick people or not at their discression. But if they don't want to, nothing can (should) force them to.

  15. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    But what I'm saying, is that you can't ban someone from creating an anonymous platform, and you can't ban people from using it.

    But what I'm saying, is that you can't ban someone from creating an anonymous platform, and you can't ban people from using it.

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  16. Comment on You will soon need a Microsoft account to play Mojang games (including Minecraft Java edition) in ~games

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    Well, aside from Microsoft utterly destroying what Skype was in order to force it in to the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem. And Minecraft is totally going to be used to force people deeper into a...

    Well, aside from Microsoft utterly destroying what Skype was in order to force it in to the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem.

    And Minecraft is totally going to be used to force people deeper into a Microsoft gaming ecosystem. Full dropping of Java Minecraft isn't far off, mark my words.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on You will soon need a Microsoft account to play Mojang games (including Minecraft Java edition) in ~games

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    For me at least, it's because Electron apps don't really offer anything that a regular browser window couldn't (and thus sharing resources and settings from main browser), and the UI is...

    For me at least, it's because Electron apps don't really offer anything that a regular browser window couldn't (and thus sharing resources and settings from main browser), and the UI is inconsistent between both the system and other Electron apps.

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  18. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    I agree with the rest of your post, however...this one is kind of tricky. In attempting to prevent them from forming, you're violating freedom of association. No good solutions and all that, but I...

    I believe the prevalence of freely available, anonymous platforms of unlimited reach with zero consequence is simply wrong.

    I agree with the rest of your post, however...this one is kind of tricky. In attempting to prevent them from forming, you're violating freedom of association.

    No good solutions and all that, but I think part of the problem is there's little way to verify that it's 1000 people saying something and not 1 person with 1000 bots saying something.

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  19. Comment on Is the traditional ACLU view of free speech still viable? Ira Glasser speaks out. in ~humanities

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    Yes. Or, at least it should be. Suppression of speech can and will be turned against the oppressed at the first opportunity. https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-history-taking-stand-free-speech-skokie

    Yes. Or, at least it should be. Suppression of speech can and will be turned against the oppressed at the first opportunity.

    In fact, many of the laws the ACLU cited to defend the group's right to free speech and assembly were the same laws it had invoked during the Civil Rights era, when Southern cities tried to shut down civil rights marches with similar claims about the violence and disruption the protests would cause.

    https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-history-taking-stand-free-speech-skokie

    8 votes