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dublinben  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In 2020, Skip Your Resolutions—Embrace a Vice

This would be better if it were funny.

dublinben  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 18, 2019

I met someone from the internet to buy a laptop the other day. My coworkers all thought I was crazy, but I wound up with a great deal on a gently used Thinkpad and didn't have to worry about delivery issues. I'll probably clean it up and install some flavor of Linux on it before giving it to my partner as a Christmas gift.

If this isn't out by Christmas, it's a missed opportunity.

dublinben  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “You Don’t Bring Bad News to the Cult Leader”: Inside the Fall of WeWork

Neumann will believe until his end of days that he actually earned his ill-gotten billions.

dublinben  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boomers Want to Stay Home. Senior Housing Now Faces Budding Glut.

In many communities, the only dense housing that will get approved is age-restricted senior housing. Boomers really need to downsize into this kind of housing to put affordable home back on the market for young families. "Aging-in-place" is a real problem for communities that lack adequate services for a dispersed elderly population and affordable housing for working people.

dublinben  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 13, 2019

I've read a lot more books after quitting Facebook a few years ago. I'm not saying it made me a better person, but I'd like to think it did.

dublinben  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: What Book (or Books) Changed Your Life, and Why?

It's funny you should mention this, because Camus's Le Mythe de Sisyphe helped me reject Nihilism and embrace Absurdism instead. I never found Nihilism very comforting or productive, so a more positive alternative was welcome.

dublinben  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's been five years. Why does Alexa still suck?

In my experience, voice assistants have the same awful discoverability problem that Command Line Interfaces had. I simply don't know what the available commands are. Until they can helpfully respond to everything you could ever say to them, it will always remain a waste of time talking to one of these dumb things.

dublinben  ·  78 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you make Windows suck less?

If you're stuck using Windows 10, you might find Open Shell nice for giving you a proper start menu back.

dublinben  ·  95 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  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 350th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

dublinben  ·  133 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: