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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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dublinben  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Money talks - Pornhub Just Purged All Unverified Content From the Platform

Much like FOSTA-SESTA before, this is a massive strike against user-generated content online, and the free expression of controversial speech. This is literally the "think of the children" argument finely weaponized against the open internet yet again.

Just as Visa and MasterCard were able to extrajudicially convict Wikileaks, we see them again being used as the cudgel to bring Pornhub in line with nonexistent regulations.

dublinben  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 500 NYC businesses lost to the pandemic

I moved twice this year because of the pandemic.

dublinben  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 25, 2020

It’s certainly more stressful to live in a crowded city during a plague. Nevertheless, the last place I’d want to be right now is a rural community where nobody is taking any precautions, and the nearest hospital is an hour away.

I refuse to use Spotify. I don't want my musical tastes to be determined by a black-box algorithm. I think it's sad that many people just listen to whatever music the machine tells them to, instead of trading recommendations with friends. Any college radio station will give you more interesting music than the autogenerated playlists from Spotify.

dublinben  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Direct link to the text-only NPR story: https://text.npr.org/935239294

dublinben  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post election discussion thread.

    We hired Trump to do a job, and he has done it very well.

This is basically revisionist history by the kind of 'enlightened' conservatives who don't want to admit they're just partisan Republicans. It's interesting that the respondents focus on foreign policy, the least objectionable of Trump's policies. Actual voters consistently care very little about foreign policy and these issues, according to exit polls. The top issues for most voters are the economy, racial inequality, crime and safety, and healthcare policy, all areas where Trump's record is much harder to defend.

dublinben  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 4, 2020

It's a common fantasy for certain people to threaten to 'move to Canada' after unfavorable election results. What do folks here think about this method of 'voting with your feet' to move somewhere that is already better aligned with your core principles, as opposed to slogging it out where you currently are?

dublinben  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 405th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I'm getting massive ~2009 'blog house' vibes from this selection.

dublinben  ·  82 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music

With cheap earbuds, I found myself turning my phone volume almost all the way up when listening to podcasts on the train to work. With the SE215s I was comfortable on the lowest volume level. They’re such an investment in protecting my hearing that I’ll actually just wear them with nothing playing just for the peaceful quiet it brings.

dublinben  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music

My colleagues all wear Airpods all day long for endless Zoom meetings, and never stop complaining about them. I've never had an issue with my SE215s. Truly the most satisfying money I've ever spent.

dublinben  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music

It sounds like the music experience on Plex isn't first class, so I'll give a Subsonic flavor a spin first. Forget paying $120/yr to rent music for the rest of my life.

dublinben  ·  84 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music

As a long-suffering user of Google Play Music, it was truly the least awful of all the terrible music streaming choices out there. YouTube Music is an insult by comparison. It is deliberately designed to funnel you into a paid subscription at every turn.

I'll be moving to a self-hosted solution like Plex or Subsonic once I get the time to set one up. This is just one of the final nails in the coffin of my relationship with Google.

dublinben  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be enrolled in university right now. All of the "extracurricular" aspects that are now cancelled were what got me through my time there. It sounds like you've got the right approach figured out to surviving this. Discipline and socializing are key.