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The Colorado lower court also found it was an insurrection, but that an insurrection didn’t disqualify a person from running for President (because of some very specific wording in the constitution).

So both sides in the case appealed and now here we are.

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I hear you. Please download this app, click yes to all permission requests, then you can order using the design our team of highly paid (but non-technical) designers have been working on for the last 2 years.

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I’ve said this before. They are targeting the wrong layer!

They want to force websites to be neutral while allowing the internet providers to block and shape traffic however they want.

Force ISPs to allow access to all websites - good

Force ISPs to allow anyone to host a website at home - good

Force AWS to allow anyone to pay for and host websites on their infrastructure - probably good, but we’re approaching the line

Force websites to host content they don’t want to host - bad

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Y’all underestimating the low casting cost of saying “happy holidays”.

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Boss says “make logical decisions”. Insights like this are why they pay him the big bucks. Not just anybody can come up with such insights. (/s)

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I can see some advantages of that.

I’m American though, so YYYY-DD-MM is the best I can do.

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Trivia question: Which politician has proposed “suspending the constitution” in recent years?

Hint: It’s the same politician that said "take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Another hint: Trump said both those things.

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Industry will leak PII without consequence every week.

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I’d like to sleep from about 2 to 10-2 every night. Society doesn’t like this though.

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Tribes 2 (from 2001), Outer Wilds, and Shadow of the Colossus

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Hey! I came into this threat planning to answer Tribes 2, and I’m surprised I’m not alone.

I miss Tribes.

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I bet you’ve been doing it less than 5 years? Give it time, you’ll see past the fulfilling part eventually.

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And if the courts rule in a way that limits US company’s ability to train AIs, then I hope they practice their shocked Picachu faces for when people start using AIs created by countries that don’t care about US law.

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I want to make a short film / animation where aliens are approaching earth, the only thing we know about the aliens is that they plan to destroy all life and replace it with their own twisted creation. A few minutes of typical story follows, heroes assemble, go to fight, etc. The heroes lose and the ending scene shows that the aliens have succeeded and replaced all the diverse life on Earth with a perfectly manicured lawn that covers the entire planet. A biological wasteland.

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True democracy would be filling at least one branch of government with randomly selected citizens. Career politicians are psychopaths and don’t represent us.

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Everyone talks about how great Nokia bricks are, but you actually do have to be careful not to drop them or you might damage the floor.

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It’s not just good enough, it’s probably more air tight than the other methods because the twist is longer. Also, most plastic is air permeable.

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I wish we had a branch of government filled with randomly selected people.

Imagine if we filled each house seat by randomly selecting 5 people, having the 5 people debate, and then people could vote for which of the 5 they wanted. We would then have a government filled with normal but likable people.

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I was reading about the Unity debacle and thought thank God Gabe that Steam has never pulled shit like this.

I think part of the problem is too many companies are controlled by venture capitalists, or private equity, or whatever you call it. The point is that a single entity owns multiple companies from the shadows.

Companies are supposed to compete and the best company win, that’s good in theory. But when a single shadow entity owns multiple companies they’ll do something like squeeze customers of one company, which drives customers to their competitor, which, surprise, is owned by the same shadow entity.

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This is actually a legit excuse. If someone is working more than one job to afford rent, are we just going to tell them to walk an hour back and forth to the grocery store every day for food?

If the solution is for people to do things that require more time, the first step is to make sure people have more time.

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Most US adults never aspire to create anything and thus a tool that is useful for creating is of no use to them.

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Teetering on the edge is where you have a chance to win.

When things are going easy and you stick to your goals, good job, but will it stick?

When thins are hard and you stick to your goals, that’s like a Matrix “he is beginning to believe” moment. You show yourself that hard times aren’t enough to distract your from your goals.

Best wishes, keep trying, if you fail and try again, that’s another important moment.

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There are (roughly) two types of projects:

  1. Projects that have coding standards that are documented. If you want to contribute to one of these projects then read the coding documentation and follow it. People will help you write code that fits the standards.
  2. Projects that don’t have coding standards. When you look at such a project you’ll see endless layers of shitty hacks that mostly work, sometimes. Add your own shitty hack to the pile and as long as everything still mostly works, you’re good.
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So I only owe them 10 million if I’ve made $200,000?

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First they would need to outright ban practices where you rent your license for an unspecified time instead of owning it.

Why?

People were able to rent games in the past. What happened then that was so bad?

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Somehow the law ignores the giant flashing “Buy!” button but is super concerned about the fine print in 6pt font nobody reads.

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That’s no normal gadget…

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I’ll be editing PDFs with standard Mac software that comes with the OS while Windows charges a fee to edit text files.

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Shorter code is almost always better.

Should you use a class? Should you use a Factory pattern or some other pattern? Should you reorganize your code? Whichever results in the least code is probably best.

A nice thing about code length is it’s objective. We can argue all day about which design pattern makes more sense, but we can agree on which of two implementations is shorter.

It takes a damn good abstraction to beat having shorter code.

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Yes. I learned this from Haskell. I like Haskell, but it has a lot of very granular functions.

Earlier comment said that breaking up 1 function into 3 improves readability? Well, if you really want readability then break it up into 30 functions using Haskell. Your single function with 25 lines will become 30 functions, so readable (/s).

In truth, there’s a balance between the two. Breaking things up into function does have advantages, but, as you say, it makes it more likely that you’ll have to jump around a lot to understand a single process.

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I agree. 100 lines of code may be 3x better than 300 lines of code, but 1 line of code isn’t 3x better than 3 lines of code.

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I’ve come up with the following rules for my own relationship with Reddit.

  1. I will avoid posting on Reddit.
  2. If I do post on Reddit, I must make a similar post on another forum, maybe Lemmy, maybe somewhere else.

Number 2 is important because it helps other small communities grow.

It’s not a problem if a lot of people post on one forum, but it is a problem if a lot of people post only on one forum. I wont allow myself to post only on Reddit.

That said, I haven’t posted on Reddit since June.

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The turned the lights on so bright that one guy had to squint, makes him look like he’s smiling.

“We have ways of making you smile…” – The police mugshot guy probably

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This reminds me of around 2000, when I had a Daewoo television, and then my mind was blown one day when I saw a Daewoo car. Who makes televisions and cars? Daewoo apparently.

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The precompiled implementation is the only supported way to use the macros that are published in serde_derive

That statement is straight up gaslighting.

The precompiled binary is only provided for one platform; Windows, for example, does not use a precompiled binary but compiles its own from the source. How can he claim it’s the “only supported way”, when for most platforms he is doing it another way? Also, the crate, though most of its life, has been doing it another way.

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I’m going to express the logic in plain English: “If message is from somebody on this short list, do not show it.”

Let everyone judge for themselves the competence of engineers who created a system where such logic is computationally expensive.

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At this rate Skynet will be like “I’m going to nuke the world on X data, I’ve already taken over all the launch computers, but I’m not going to tell you or it would ruin my plans.”

These LLMs “think” by generating text, and we can see what that text is. It reminds me of this scene from Westworld (NSFW, nudity): www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnxJRYit44k

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Hope my bank likes paying people to answer my calls, because that’s how I’ll be interacting with them if I can’t use a web page.

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Yeah, the brightest minds of recent generations are figuring out how to get people to watch ads. We probably could have had fusion energy by now, but instead have ads.

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Entire industries are bound by the terms of a single company. Time for some anti-trust enforcement.

Some privacy protection laws would also be good.

Some politicians who are capable of understanding any of this would also be good. (What a mess we’re in.)

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Some people have bad eyesight. Some people have been deeply trained by the modern web to ignore most of what’s on the page (most of it being ads or other bullshit). Some people make mistakes.

Have some patience and kindness.

And to those who wont be patient or kind, just know that the next time the self-checkout machine yells at you and the cashier has to come scan their badge and gives you grief, you deserve it. Can’t you just use the machine correctly!?!

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That depends on whether or not people are Pokemon?

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Thank you. Took the words out of my mouth.

If all browsers and standards organizations oppose this idea, but Google does it anyway and it succeeds and takes over, can you imagine how easy the anti-trust case will be?

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Just imagine how easy the anti-trust case will be. “The entire industry opposed Google, Google won anyway. I rest my case.”

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How would WEI work? What signals does my computer send to convince the other computers that my computer is doing what they want? Is it based on some “trusted computer” hardware level bullshit that’s already there? (I just want my computer to do what I want.)

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