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dublinben  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 352st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I don't think that "indie rock" adequately describes the sound of Michael Kiwanuka. His music has notes of both folk and funk in the most satisfying way.

dublinben  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 350th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

dublinben  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ben Carlson: Debunking the Silly “Passive is a Bubble” Myth

It seems to me like you're saying that these problems are mostly with ETFs that track certain indexes, as opposed to traditional mutual funds tracking the same indexes. If I agree that this whole thing is a problem, is the solution to just stick with mutual funds?

    Therefore the obvious thing to do is make it easier for everyone to leave at 4:30 without acknowledging that all you're doing is increasing the number of people who are going to be on the road with you.

Public transportation is more dense and consistent than driving a car. Even something as simple as a dedicated bus lane can move an order of magnitude more people during rush hour than a road full of cars, as this example from Los Angeles shows:

dublinben  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 28, 2019

    For the past 15 years it's been compounding at half the rate everyone was expecting it to

A broadly diversified US equity fund like VTSAX had a CAGR of 10.25% from 2003 to today. That's a hair over the 10% that underlies many projections about retirement investment.

dublinben  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what's your favorite cover version of a song?

I think that Johnny Cash utterly transformed Hurt in a way that few covers do.

dublinben  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New details on Palantir, the commerical spying tool for law enforcement

    police are an important part of keeping a society civil. Prisons (or some incarceration system) are needed for dangerous folks like serial killers.

If you're interested in challenging those beliefs further, I'd recommend a couple excellent books.

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams

dublinben  ·  117 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in Metadata

As ever, the only way to have a good music library is to manage it yourself, instead of outsourcing it to a multinational tech company.

dublinben  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 333rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

I found this in the credits of a television show, of all places. The music folks at HBO are really on top of things.

dublinben  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 8, 2019

I studied political science and wound up working in computers. I think it was more fun to learn political science than computer science, but would have been a lot less fun to work in the former field. Technology is definitely the place to be right now.

dublinben  ·  174 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Joe Biden Announces Candidacy

I don't know a lot about Mayor Pete (other than his identity politics) and this article completely turned me off from him:

He really doesn't belong in the same breath as Andrew Yang or Bernie Sanders.

dublinben  ·  174 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 328th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

dublinben  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Police release body cam video of Willie McCoy killing, showing him asleep in car

Not going to happen. Even setting aside the thoroughly racist origins of modern American policing , law enforcement is effectively a right-wing gang. The FBI is too busy persecuting nonviolent environmental activists, Black Lives Matter, and other left-wing groups to recognize the growing threat of right-wing extremism in their ranks and in the country at large.

dublinben  ·  275 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boring title, amazing imagery: Burj al Babas and Turkey's collapsing housing market

    He said too many homes have been built in Turkey.

Hardly. The economy in Turkey is simply suffering under an authoritarian government.

dublinben  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's been too long! Book thread time. What have you been reading?

I'm also reading Bad Blood right now. It's an excellent book. I think Theranos exemplified everything wrong with the technology sector right now.

dublinben  ·  313 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2018 edition

King of Tokyo is like a better version of Yahtzee with cartoon monsters.