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I Miss the Old Internet

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duerig
44 days ago
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I think one thing at the root of a lot of the nostalgia is that people miss the old thing, but even more miss when the old thing was new and exciting and 'the future'. There may be more forums and other little corners than there used to be in absolute terms now. But they don't feel shiny in the same way they did. Just like more freight goes on rail in the US but culturally railroads are no longer the center of our world.
SteveRB511
44 days ago
I think there's a lot of truth in what you say.
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JayM
44 days ago
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The Internet is what you make of it. If you just go to $SEARCH_ENGINE and search for something, most definitely it is a commercial experience.

If you host your own private forums, private IRC, etc… and just associate with the same folks from 1985 you started out with… well… did you JUST do that? Is that your ONLY Internet experience?

I do a lot of things on the Internet. I have since the first time I ever got on Red Barn Data Center and read my first Usenet post, or used gopher and Archie at UNCG… maybe with an open SLIP connection I found… ;-)

No matter what, yes, in general the Internet is more commerce than ever. It has become easier and easier to “make” money… or at least believe you are… and that has proliferated.

I would challenge though that the Internet many of remember (and still use, so know it is there) is buried down in there… maybe even bigger than before. But the foliage of commercialization really does make one dig(g) for it.

Is there, alive and well… and expand to maker movements even… though most of those folks trying to make ends meet (and for the most popular of them, wrap around a few times) have had to turn to monetization as well… or at least sponsorships to keep it going.

Unfortunately when the commercial hoarse cometh, the /. Effect is still alive if you are trying to host on your 4-node Raspberry Pi cluster…

The Internet. Enjoy! Your experience may vary (if you want it to)!
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Conservatives tell me that we’re right on the verge of a hard-left takeover of t...

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Conservatives tell me that we’re right on the verge of a hard-left takeover of the entire country, which will inevitably put an end to democracy and personal freedom. Leftists tell me that we’re right on the verge of a Trumpist takeover of the entire country, which will inevitably put an end to democracy and personal freedom. So the only thing I know for sure is that I am about to be enslaved; I just don’t know who my enslavers will be.

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duerig
48 days ago
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One side is on the verge of 'taking over' because they won some elections and are passing legislation. The other side is on the verge of 'taking over' because they lost some elections and their leader goaded terrorists into storming the seat of government in an attempt to overturn them. But I mean, both sides, amirite?
sfrazer
48 days ago
And the "hard-left" takeover they talk about is just a centrist movement that wants you to wear a mask and get vaccinated
LeMadChef
48 days ago
... goaded terrorists and also removing legal voting protection and also removing democratically elected leaders they don't like and also removing elected laws they don't like and also...
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Memorial Day 2021

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This Memorial Day I wish to acknowledge those who continue to fight on the front lines of the pandemic. Their service has saved millions of lives, often at the expense of their own.

This Sunday I met a young woman who has been working as a nurse in rural parts of Utah. Our conversation was brief, but I could tell she was carrying a very heavy burden. To her, and to uncounted tens of thousands of people like her, I say thank you.

My household and I—all five of us—got vaccinated as much for them as for our own selves. For my own part, I view my body as a temple, and now it’s a temple where certain coronaviruses can come to die. SARS-COV-19 won’t amplify itself on my premises, and I won’t be darkening any hospital doors with a load of it in my lungs.

This Memorial Day, as we pause to reflect on those who have passed, especially those who have done so in service to us, let’s ask how we might pay their service forward. Like the Minutemen of the 18th century, we can arm ourselves, not with muskets, but with antibodies. The pandemic continues to rage, but we can eradicate this particular enemy from our shores. From every shore.

Gird up, get vaccinated, and soldier on my friends. It’s never been easier to save lives in the service of others.

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Capitol rioters demand military discount on prison sentences

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WASHINGTON — As criminal proceedings get underway for people accused of domestic terrorism after storming the Capitol on January 6, several defendants are asking for a military discount on prison sentences by virtue of their veteran status. 

“My three years as a fuel supply specialist in the Air Force Reserve more than outweigh this minor …

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duerig
109 days ago
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I'm pretty sure these oathbreakers should be tried as part of a court martial. I wonder what the punishment is for military personnel who commit treason by joining an insurrection is...
HarlandCorbin
109 days ago
In all honesty, the bare minimum of any former servicemembers who were involved should be a retroactive dishonorable discharge, the ending of any pensions or any other Veteran's benefits. Any active-duty servicemembers should face court martial for treason and all the punishments that follow.
duerig
109 days ago
Exactly. I will say that I did not notice at first that this was a 'Duffel Blog' post which is a satire site. Just seeing something about the Capitol insurrection made my blood boil.
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Arkansas Governor Belatedly Realizes Wanting Trans Kids to Die Is Perhaps a Bad Look

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On Monday, in a rather surprising turn of events, Arkansas’s Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed HB 1570, a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for trans youth in the state, which sailed through Arkansas’s Republican-dominated legislature.

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duerig
112 days ago
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I'm not sure that attacking people who do things you want them to do is a viable political strategy. It seems like they should be lauding the governor for coming around to the right view and reserving their snark for the legislature.
freeAgent
111 days ago
Yeah, like hey...maybe this is a good opportunity to try and grant some level of humanity to the guy. He didn't sign the bill and then say he regretted it. He vetoed it before it became law. That's good.
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“More than a dozen current and former law enforcement officers have been arrested and charged in connection with the insurrection at the Capitol”

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duerig
115 days ago
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More than a dozen oathbreakers joined an insurrection at our nations capitol...
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