sudo

sudo wrote

I object to eating meat in general. Say you're a small subsistence farmer who keeps chickens. You treat them well; you allow them to roam across your land freely, you feed them a healthy diet, et cetera. It would still be unethical to kill one of your chickens in order to eat them, for the same reasons it would be unethical to kill an innocent human before their time. The only time in that scenario in which it would be ethical to eat one of those chickens is if one of them had already died of natural causes. In that case, since they're already dead and don't need their body anymore, you might as well put it to good use (i.e. sustaining yourself).

The only time I ever eat meat is when it's literally about to be thrown away (and is still safe to eat). At that point, I might as well eat it, because the damage of killing the animal has already been done, and by eating it I won't be the cause of the meat needing to be re-stocked, which would cause another animal to be murdered. Even then, I try to give it to a homeless person, or someone else who I know is an omnivore, to prevent them from going out and buying meat for that meal.

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sudo wrote

Not really, its only message is 'US patriotism has gone way too far.' Plus it's The Onion; people who aren't familiar with it mistake it for actual news all the time. (I thought you had eaten the onion at first when you posted it here.) Opinion pieces and what not should be fine here, but satire pieces belong somewhere else, in my opinion.

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Reply to comment by sudo in Fuck this is depressing by hiddengabber

sudo wrote

If you really don't like that university, programming is probably the easiest subject to learn online. If you're good about challenging and setting goals for yourself, you can get a university-level education in programming just by reading free online programming books, or watching free programming videos.

As far as not having a degree goes, if you apply to smaller companies, you can tell them you have a bachelor's in computer science, and if you show that you're competent enough in the interview, they may not bother to check to see if you really have a degree. Just be sure to say you graduated from a university somewhere far away, to minimize the chances that one of your coworkers also went to the university you claim to have graduated from, and they start asking you questions about it.

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sudo wrote

Nah. The only people actually calling for the removal of up/downvotes are the ultra-hardcore anarchists; the ones with the non-Euclidian ideologies who think that voting (for an elected official under capitalism) is bad, therefore voting (on posts on an internet forum) must also be bad. The rest of us like the vote system, because it helps filter out the muck.

If vote manipulation is an issue, then someone should program anti-vote-manipulation capabilities into Postmill.

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sudo wrote

No Javascript chat rooms on site, to deprecate the external chat rooms on Riot/etc

Ehh, I think that violates the single responsibility principle. Postmill exists to be a reddit-style forum, and it does that one thing very well. Trying to also make it a chat room would muddy things too much. Besides, if such a thing as a non-javascript web chatroom existed, it would be supremely bad. The only way I can imagine implementing such a thing would be with a constantly refreshing webpage (which is possible without Javascript), but every time it refreshed, it would wipe out whatever message you were trying to type in the text box. Chat rooms basically require executable code to be run, so just use a client-side program designed just for that, like Riot.

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Reply to comment by sudo in burglary? by shrug

sudo wrote

If you're talking about prescription painkillers, be warned that a lot of pharmacies will have 'bait bottles' with GPS tracking equipment inside. In the event of a pharmacy robbery, the thief may unknowingly steal a bait bottle along with other real bottles. The police could then use the GPS tracker to find the location of the thief and apprehend them. So if that's what you're planning, be sure to go to a remote area and check all of the pill bottles before you go home. Also be aware that there may be more than one bait bottle.

Here's a reddit thread where someone found a discarded bait bottle in the woods. Apparently the thief knew about them, so they went to the woods, checked their bottles, found one that was baited, and threw it away. If you don't care about breaking the seal on the bottle, open them all up to check for something like that (the police/pharmacy might be able to re-seal a bottle after baiting it). If you do, I guess you could shake the bottle/feel its weight to try to determine if there is anything besides pills in there.

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sudo wrote

Does the quantity of items in someone's cart make a difference when you're choosing who to watch? Say nobody in the store is acting particularly suspicious, so you're just randomly looking for customers to watch. Let's also say than nobody has selected any high-shrink items like clothing or electronics. One person has mundane items in their cart (like groceries and cleaning products), but they have a lot of them. Would you be more likely to watch them than someone with, say, ten items in their cart?

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