Reply to If you could have a superpower, what would it be? You can only choose one. by captainblackbeard
Super intelligence, so I can figure out cures to cancer and solutions to oligarchy.
It's astonishing how much this shit happens.
Reply to comment by !deleted30 in GOP Senator says Democrats support abortions up to 52 weeks by zephyr
Well, I think... that I don't have any right to an opinion about that, because it's your body and not mine.
Reply to So that country club that I interviewed at mentioned in passing that their membership fee is $25,000. and like that shocked me but after some googling it looks like that is on the lower end for country clubs. by asterism
I got an invitation in the mail for a local one that was over $10,000 per year. My wife and I laughed for a few minutes.
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I thought the film had two nice things to recommend it nobody else here said so far. One I can't reveal without spoiling the whole plot.
The other is calling out that Gotham is full of poor and downtrodden people and yet somehow the police, the press, the politicians, and everyone else is desperately sorry for orphan Bruce Wayne who got to drown his sorrows in billions of dollars.
I took that as a hint of breaking the fourth wall and acknowledging that the character is absurd.
Reply to I'm No Longer Taking Anyone who is Anti Racist who Says You Can't be Racist Against White People Seriously (no I'm not going to say what u think) by lettuceLeafer
I stumbled over this before, I ran into someone that absolutely agrees that non-whites and especially black people in the US face far worse treatment than white people by police, courts, schools, employers, and financial institutions. They don't dispute it at all.
But their definition of racism is the textbook definition, mistreatment of someone based on ethnic characteristics. So they said racism in America against whites has an insignificant impact relative to racism in America against non-whites, but it's still racism.
And that means the person and I agreed on the situation and were just arguing over labels. It's frustrating.
Reply to Why Free State Healthcare is Not Even Close to a Decent Solution [CW death, medical mistreatment, fatphobia, misogyny, racist, homophobia ect] by lettuceLeafer
On the topic of fatphobia in particular, I especially agree with you. I could rant all day, though nothing I could say would be news to you.
I didn't finish reading the article yet, but a side thought on SSRIs: my understanding is that in prior generations the substitute for modern anti-depressants was alcoholism.
Wishful thinking. I say this as a Linux gamer. The SteamDeck and the incredible-awesome investment that Valve is putting into technologies that let Windows game at full performance (or near full performance, or in a few rare cases superior performance) on Linux will have a big impact.
But the overwhelming majority of people don't switch operating system unless they have a compelling reason. And the freedom and flexibility they get from Linux is of no use to them, or else they would have switched already. SteamDeck might grow the Linux desktop market share to double or triple its current size, but not enough to make a serious dent in Microsoft, Apple, and ChromeOS ownership.
I think if any technology has a prayer of breaking the proprietary operating system ownership of consumer computing, it's WebAssembly.
Yeah, we're in a scramble to fix it at work. That's capitalism, upgrading dependencies isn't a priority until you realize you're neck deep in a dumpster fire.
Reply to comment by Tecate_Coyote in I need to build a new kernel by PointNemo
I run Ubuntu on my machines. It's relatively easy to install compared to most other distributions, it's easiest to find guides and Youtube videos for it, and hardware support is good.
I want to use something I can recommend to interested Linux novices, so if they see me using it and try it themselves they get the same experience. I could probably install Arch, I've been using Linux for 20 years.
I know Canonical ( the makers of Ubuntu ) have done shitty stuff. But I haven't found other equally novice-friendly distributions with such a big variety of supported software.
Reply to comment by !deleted31767 in Why Your Kid’s Bad Behavior May Be a Good Thing by Garnet
I can't get to the article, but this is the parenting I'm trying to do. Again, I'm white so my kids don't have the extra racist pressures at school, and I realize that makes it easier for us.
And it's challenging as hell. My parents ruled me and my siblings with an iron fist. When I tell my kids to do something and they ignore me, I am enraged and my first impulse is to react poorly. I have to clamp down on my gut reaction, walk away and cool off, and think through the situation. If I don't want them to take abuse and mistreatment from anyone, and I want them to be comfortable to speak up, that includes with me.
...now I just have to convince them that if I get food, cook meals, wash dishes, do laundry, take them to the doctor and dentist, and work a full time job then maybe it's fair to ask them to take out the trash. Fuck me.
Reply to A huge study of 20 years of global wealth demolishes the myth of 'trickle-down' and shows the rich are taking most of the gains for themselves by Garnet
It's an insult that this even needed to be studied. In the 19th century, taxes on the robber barons was low. Their wealth didn't trickle down. In the 1920s, taxes on the rich were low. Their wealth didn't trickle down. In the 1980s, the US cut taxes on the rich dramatically, and their wealth didn't trickle down.
We've got a reproducible effect here.
Reply to comment by moonlune in MGM releases last trailer for No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final 007 film by existential1
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Yeah, the robot parts of Wall-E were adorable. But the idea that people with no work, no responsibilities, and no money to worry about would sit all day eating and watching entertainment? That was maddening.
I don't exercise nearly as much as I'd like because my job and other responsibilities suck the life out of me.
Reply to comment by subrosa in Fuck the metaverse by ziq
So, as fucked up as the internet is, it benefited me. I was raised an American Christian conservative, and now I'm an atheist and some kind of leftist. Most of my education that led me to reject my upbringing came from the internet, and without it I think I would have just become a repeat of my parents - who are a repeat of their parents.
I don't know. Maybe the world as a whole would be better off with no internet, even if it means that I personally remained a bigger asshole than I am now.
But you're definitely right that there's no way to escape the technology trends.
Reply to How My Land Project is Going by lettuceLeafer
That's awesome! Congratulations and good luck.
Have you figured out the taxes on the property, and how you're going to cover them?
The problem with these commands is that the spelling, capitalization, argument ordering, and so forth are inconsistent between them.
PowerShell may suck - I don't know, I haven't used it enough - but my understanding is that Microsoft tried to make PowerShell command syntax consistent across all commands. That sounds awesome. ( Don't get me wrong, I hate Microsoft, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, etc... but some of the company's open source projects are decent. )
But I've got twenty years of bash, sed, ls, rsync, etc... so I'm not motivated to start over.
Reply to comment by AnarchoDoom in MGM releases last trailer for No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final 007 film by existential1
He fights fascists. Even the "anarchists" he's against are only fascists.
But he misses that the UK is as fascist as the rest.
Reply to comment by monday in MGM releases last trailer for No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final 007 film by existential1
Lots of Bond and Mission Impossible films have "anarchist" villains. I'm completely serious that even ten years ago as a 30-something, when I first saw people label themselves as anarchists that's what I imagined. Mad Max and Bond villains.
Reply to The fascism of superheroes by Epicalyx
This is mostly irrelevant, but I'm feeling chatty. One of the superhero Roleplaying Games I have, "Wild Talents", touches on this a bit. They have a section on superhero impacts on society, and point out that most comics assume that 99% of the world is no different with superheroes than ours is now. The super-soldier serum only works once, the magic ring can only be wielded by one hero and stops working if he uses it to do anything other than fight vampires, only one alien landed, the gadgeteer's tech only works for them, time travel can't change the default timeline.
But the book points out that it doesn't have to work that way. The super-soldier serum could be in every pharmacy, there are hundreds of rings that can be used for anything, aliens are everywhere, and the gadgeteer could sell self-driving cars that transform into boats, planes, plows, and harvesters in 1850, and time travel could be used to prevent the genocide of Native Americans or the African slave trade.
That sounds way, way more interesting to me anyway.
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Reply to comment by !deleted31767 in Friday Free Talk by monday
I'm late to this party, but yeah tech is loaded with tribalism and gatekeeping, and Linux is now different. And it sucks, because I love Linux.
I use Ubuntu MATE, so on the one in a million chance someone asked me for a Linux recommendation I can suggest something geared towards newbies. (Edit: but I wouldn't attack anyone for preferring something else.)
Reply to comment by SJWarCleric in Why Nobody’s Ever Going to Do Anything About the Planet Dying by Epicalyx
Yeah, I'm losing weight because I have more time to cook and more time to eat than I've had in almost twenty years. It's more expensive than cheap bulk foods but less expensive than takeout, but most of the time I got takeout in my adult life the issue was time and energy and not a preference for their food over what I could make.
Reply to I'm a programmer, and have 2-3 hours free time per day, how do I use my skills every day for next 40 years to challenge capitalism? by 8823a413f
Hmm, 8823a413f hasn't responded, so I'm unsure they're even following.
If coding is something you do for fun, I'd say anything is good if it undermines the technology industry trend towards Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, (GAMA) and the social media companies owning everything:
- DRM circumvention of all kinds
- Speech-to-text software (since most people use speech-to-text from GAMA)
- federated or even better peer-to-peer alternatives to centralized social networks, file hosting, search engines
Reply to How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends (Or Family, Customers or Communities) by TheNerdyAnarchist
The problem is that Facebook et al will be willing to spend an emperor's fortune to protect their walled gardens. So legislation to force interoperability will either be lobbied into failing or lobbied into being toothless.
I do remember that 10 or so years ago, there were apps you could use to read and post to all of your social networks at once. You login, post to one place, and it re-posts to Facebook, Tumblr, and (if your post was small enough) Twitter, and then returns all responses you got there to you. I doubt any of that still works.