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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've listened to Safety (Remastered) by COCAINEJESUS about a trillion times the past couple of weeks. Also some bad snacks and Sandman.

    I've listened to Safety (Remastered) by COCAINEJESUS about a trillion times the past couple of weeks. Also some bad snacks and Sandman.

  2. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    While this is highly anecdotal: I know more than a few people who have given up on fighting for their privacy on the Internet. It's hard and it's inconvenient. They've given into the ease and...

    While this is highly anecdotal: I know more than a few people who have given up on fighting for their privacy on the Internet. It's hard and it's inconvenient. They've given into the ease and comfort of giving themselves entirely to Google and reaping the "rewards" of allowing their data and identity to be harvested and sold.

    I imagine there's a not-insignificant amount of people who have finally been beaten into submission by Google and other tech giants. Everyone has a limit to how much time and effort they're willing to put into fighting something. I know I've personally been on the brink of crawling back to Google many times in my journey to de-Google over the years. Removing other large tech companies from your life that are actively people-hostile is equally daunting.

    Just my 2¢.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes are being shut down in ~tech

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  5. Comment on People who live near the most toxic sites in America say they saw a level of attention they hadn't seen in decades under Trump in ~enviro

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    If you consider every blatant lie he's told, he's up to more than 20,000.

    Too bad there have been hundreds of other instances where the Trump administration has actively worked against the American people.

    If you consider every blatant lie he's told, he's up to more than 20,000.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Maybe we should talk about the weather in ~talk

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    The world's falling apart (burning alive??), but we'll (in Austin) be having a cooler than average week of weather this week. So...that's neat?

    The world's falling apart (burning alive??), but we'll (in Austin) be having a cooler than average week of weather this week. So...that's neat?

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Winamp in 2020 (Webamp Electron App) in ~tech

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    Speaking of old things in Electron...how about Windows 95?

    Speaking of old things in Electron...how about Windows 95?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy in ~music

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    Shame I can't preview more than one song to see if this is something I'm interested in spending $20 on. :/ Edit: Of course most of these songs can be looked up on YouTube and elsewhere, which...

    Still listening through

    Shame I can't preview more than one song to see if this is something I'm interested in spending $20 on. :/

    Edit: Of course most of these songs can be looked up on YouTube and elsewhere, which makes it all the more silly why I can't preview them right there on Bandcamp... 🙃

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The 450 Movement in ~humanities

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    Hopefully their idea doesn't include not being able to load plaintext without external javascript...

    my favorite idea for a modern journal

    Hopefully their idea doesn't include not being able to load plaintext without external javascript...

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Admittedly...I've been listening to a lot of The Lonely Island again recently. Motherlover is just such a classic. Go Kindergarten also always hilarious. Another tildes user (@kfwyre) recommended...

    Admittedly...I've been listening to a lot of The Lonely Island again recently. Motherlover is just such a classic. Go Kindergarten also always hilarious.

    Another tildes user (@kfwyre) recommended SAILORWAVE II by MACROSS 82-99 recently and I've been enjoying that a lot as well.

    Someone on IRC recently suggested The Kyoto Collection to me. It's mostly super chill stuff, but not only that. My favorite track so far has been H​.​E​.​A​.​T.

    On the note of "chill" music, I can definitely recommend Matatabi and trog'low.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on DOOM Eternal | Official GeForce RTX 3080 4K Gameplay - World premiere in ~tech

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    See also: Reddit discussion on /r/hardware. TL;DW: 3080 is ~45% faster than 2080ti on DOOM Eternal which is almost purely raster. No DLSS or ray-tracing. This is one cherry-picked example, so, of...

    See also: Reddit discussion on /r/hardware.

    TL;DW: 3080 is ~45% faster than 2080ti on DOOM Eternal which is almost purely raster. No DLSS or ray-tracing.

    This is one cherry-picked example, so, of course, take it with a grain of salt and wait for full benchmark suites. Still, very interesting to see.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Telegrass and the next generation of digital black markets - Telegram-based services are facilitating much of the drug sales in Ukraine, Israel, and other countries in ~tech

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    As someone who only uses Telegram to chat with friends and family, I always forget that it's a popular solution for illicit activities as well. Always struck me as strange, since you'd think you'd...

    As someone who only uses Telegram to chat with friends and family, I always forget that it's a popular solution for illicit activities as well. Always struck me as strange, since you'd think you'd want verifiable encryption for private/secure conversations...

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    The pacing has had some weirdness, for sure, but overall I really like it. The fighting scenes are definitely top-tier!

    The pacing has had some weirdness, for sure, but overall I really like it. The fighting scenes are definitely top-tier!

  14. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    Hopefully you're right.

    Hopefully you're right.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    Well you know what they say: hope in one hand and shit in the other... Sounds like you might be a bit more optimistic than me. Having lived in Austin most of life (I've lived elsewhere and...

    Well you know what they say: hope in one hand and shit in the other...

    Sounds like you might be a bit more optimistic than me. Having lived in Austin most of life (I've lived elsewhere and traveled some, but, admittedly, not as much as I would've liked), I'm used to the fact that Texas seems to exist solely to make anything we want to do illegal. That said, the last mid-terms made it pretty clear that Texas is closer to a blue shade of purple than it's been in a long time.

    So who knows.

    Maybe I'm overly pessimistic. I'd like to be in the reality where I'm just a drama queen or something, but my expectations are immeasurably low at this point.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    I've said it before, but the Americans should learn from the French. They've had lots of successful (but very violent) revolutions. Not necessarily encouraging violence, but I'd say it's fairly...

    I've said it before, but the Americans should learn from the French. They've had lots of successful (but very violent) revolutions. Not necessarily encouraging violence, but I'd say it's fairly obvious at this point that non-violence is going to become increasingly ineffective. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    As stated above, I've accepted that my voice likely has no impact (sounds like we're on the same page there) and am choosing to work on just leaving instead.

    Edit: I misread.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    As a half-joking aside: if anyone wants an imported American husband, I'm not too picky. Preferred countries of residence (no particular order): Iceland Norway Sweden Germany Luxembourg...

    As a half-joking aside: if anyone wants an imported American husband, I'm not too picky. Preferred countries of residence (no particular order):

    • Iceland
    • Norway
    • Sweden
    • Germany
    • Luxembourg
    • Netherlands

    ...but I'm open to others. 😉

    Edit: Italy and Ireland are good options too. Not Interested in the UK though (RIP Scotland and Northern Ireland).

    11 votes
  18. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    I wish I could force people to read sometimes...I try sharing information like this with my fellow Americans, but as always, they're absolutely apathetic. Not even actively hostile towards it,...
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    I wish I could force people to read sometimes...I try sharing information like this with my fellow Americans, but as always, they're absolutely apathetic. Not even actively hostile towards it, just "meh it's not a big deal."

    I can only think back to the popular poem (which of course has been through many, many forms):

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    A lot of Americans are finally starting to open their eyes and see the country around them for the mess it is, but I think it's far too little too late. I think Trump will win again due to all the apathy in this country and I think I can't get out soon enough. I'd love to be proven wrong, but something in my gut tells me he's going to win again (felt it the first time too and was unfortunately right).

    I'll vote against him yet again and continue my work towards leaving, just in case.

    And to anyone who thought the George Floyd protests and anything after them resembled anything like real riots, I think you're in for a huge shock either way when this election comes to pass. Expect horrifying quantities of senseless and incredibly sad bloodshed.

    17 votes
  19. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I just keep watching every episode of The God of High School as it comes out and hating myself for not waiting until the season was done. :)

    I just keep watching every episode of The God of High School as it comes out and hating myself for not waiting until the season was done. :)

    2 votes