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  1. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenehrlich/2021/04/13/janet-yellen-bitcoin-and-crypto-fearmongers-get-pushback-from-former-cia-director/?sh=33f932fb9bb7 "In an expansive study, Morell came to two...

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenehrlich/2021/04/13/janet-yellen-bitcoin-and-crypto-fearmongers-get-pushback-from-former-cia-director/?sh=33f932fb9bb7

    "In an expansive study, Morell came to two key conclusions: The broad generalizations about the use of bitcoin in illicit finance are significantly overstated. Blockchain analysis is a highly effective crime fighting and intelligence gathering tool."

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How to encourage clicks without the shady tricks in ~design

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    You may have heard of something called "dark patterns". Which are designs that are supposed to influence users to do things that they normally would not. These are typically viewed as unethical in...

    You may have heard of something called "dark patterns". Which are designs that are supposed to influence users to do things that they normally would not. These are typically viewed as unethical in the design community however Paul makes a good point that ethics is not a strong foundation to stand on when discussing with say - the marketing team. Paul gives 3 business-related reasons that dark patterns actively hurt your business and gives some suggestions on how to improve conversion rates without the need for using said dark patterns.

    It's worth a watch whether you're a designer or interested in the world behind the site.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on How do you manage your ebooks & web documents? in ~tech

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    I also recommended Calibre. It definitely is not a looker but it works awesomely for managing my ebooks on my Kindle. My favorite feature is that it has the option to put your ebooks online so...

    I also recommended Calibre. It definitely is not a looker but it works awesomely for managing my ebooks on my Kindle. My favorite feature is that it has the option to put your ebooks online so that it's easy to download on my Kindle.

    It converts, stores, and shares eBooks and it does it well.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle in ~games

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    No problem! I appreciate your offering though.

    No problem! I appreciate your offering though.

  5. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired four Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    I see your point and I definitely see the value in updates and especially security updates but these are not new. The iPhone 5s still receives security updates source as of March of this year. And...

    I see your point and I definitely see the value in updates and especially security updates but these are not new. The iPhone 5s still receives security updates source as of March of this year. And looking at the starting prices of each phones, they have only risen each year. source It’s interesting that security updates are being pointed to for the price increase when Apple has been good with security updates for a long time now.

    Now for Apple’s competition like Samsung. It’s crazy they are charging $1000+ for their S devices and are only provided 2 years of software support. It’s like they saw apples pricing and wanted to jump on without understanding why Apple is able to charge like this. (Brand recognition, physical presence, renowned customer services, and yes, updates)

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    There is a UX club at my university and they are hosting a design challenge to redesign the schools (awful) mobile webpage. I’m currently working with another designer and it has been a lot of fun!

    There is a UX club at my university and they are hosting a design challenge to redesign the schools (awful) mobile webpage. I’m currently working with another designer and it has been a lot of fun!

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle in ~games

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    If you don't mind, I would appreciate the Music Maker EDM edition. A cousin of mine has been working on making EDM music for a while now and I think perhaps it could be of some use to him. Example...

    If you don't mind, I would appreciate the Music Maker EDM edition. A cousin of mine has been working on making EDM music for a while now and I think perhaps it could be of some use to him.

    Example of his work

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Trump says he will not allow federal inspection over bailout funds in ~finance

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    I don’t even understand the premise of bills anymore. What’s the point of drafting all these intricate details if he isn’t going to be followed it anyway?

    I don’t even understand the premise of bills anymore. What’s the point of drafting all these intricate details if he isn’t going to be followed it anyway?

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Why doctors hate their computers in ~tech

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    I do not have very much to contribute but I am finishing my last semester at university with a focus on UX Design. What you just described to me has convinced me to apply as I will be moving to...

    I do not have very much to contribute but I am finishing my last semester at university with a focus on UX Design. What you just described to me has convinced me to apply as I will be moving to Wisconsin. If what you are saying is true, if I’m able to work on untangling that mess, I would be able to help doctors with burn out, speed up processes, and provide patients with a better healthcare experience. That sounds like a goal I am very much down for.

    Thank you so much for this write up!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Oh no! The depressing truth about the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory workers in ~books

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    If you really think about it, it's an opt in vs opt out issue. Being a racist back then, when the world was racist means you had to opt out of being racist. Being a racist now, means you had to...

    If you really think about it, it's an opt in vs opt out issue. Being a racist back then, when the world was racist means you had to opt out of being racist. Being a racist now, means you had to opt in.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Humble Book Bundle: Programming Cookbooks by O'Reilly in ~comp

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    Thanks. Seems like the book is a tad bit too advanced for what I'm looking for. I'm probably going to grab "Python Crash Course" for the friend of mine.

    Thanks. Seems like the book is a tad bit too advanced for what I'm looking for. I'm probably going to grab "Python Crash Course" for the friend of mine.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Humble Book Bundle: Programming Cookbooks by O'Reilly in ~comp

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    Are these "cookbooks" for beginners or is there some level of background knowledge needed to understand the book? Interested in purchasing the books for a friend of mine but unsure if he'd be able...

    Are these "cookbooks" for beginners or is there some level of background knowledge needed to understand the book? Interested in purchasing the books for a friend of mine but unsure if he'd be able to read these.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What is the blogging platform of your dreams? in ~talk

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    write.as seems like the perfect platform for me thanks for bringing that to my attention. It's relatively cheap ($1/month), no need to set anything up, and has a small community.

    write.as seems like the perfect platform for me thanks for bringing that to my attention. It's relatively cheap ($1/month), no need to set anything up, and has a small community.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Gaming chat startup Discord raises another $150M, surpassing $2B valuation in ~tech

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    I was one of the early adopters of Discord but recently after reading their privacy policy I've become somewhat distasteful of the platform. I went on a search for another VOIP program and...

    I was one of the early adopters of Discord but recently after reading their privacy policy I've become somewhat distasteful of the platform. I went on a search for another VOIP program and eventually landed on Teamspeak. Sure, it does cost a monthly fee but the fee to not have all your chat logged and examined was worth it for a couple of friends of mine.

    Despite what I just said, I see the benefits of Discord. Namely these benefits:

    1. UI is much nicer.
    2. Getting people into your server is much easier to explain. (Click on the link!)
    3. It's free.

    Sometimes it sucks when a friend wants to join our VC and having to explain he has to download a new application and use this IP to join. For the average tilde reader it sounds like nothing but for a lay person the UI of TS is pretty daunting. And by daunting I mean, it looks like a Windows XP program. I'm not expecting anything soon but I would love it if a VOIP program had the same look/feel as slack/discord but charged a monthly fee and did not have any privacy concerns.

    Whether that will ever come? 🙄

    4 votes
  15. Comment on YouTube breeds sociopaths and monsters. Not through audience’s demands but how the platform itself is designed. in ~tech

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    I'm surprised that there are people with such distaste towards vine. I never used the app but people I knew did. I see no harm in letting people make stupid videos to share with friends...

    I'm surprised that there are people with such distaste towards vine. I never used the app but people I knew did. I see no harm in letting people make stupid videos to share with friends (followers). Sure, documentaries are not created with the format but not everything has to be that type of content. I disagree with it being a "who can be the edgiest". I've seen plenty of vines that are just family friendly type of humor. Even if that's not the case, are the <18 crowd not allowed to have their own type of humor?

    I find it pretentious to look down on Vine because of your reasoning. I'm sure there were people who looked down on literally every topic you've ever liked as well. If there's no harm- what's the issue? Allow people to express themselves however they'd like even if you happen to find it annoying. After all, no one is forcing you to consume that type of content.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Google announces "Made by Google" family 2018: Phones (Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL), tablet (Pixel Slate), and virtual assistant (Google Home Hub) in ~tech

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    What is going on with Google's hardware department? The tablet's price is insane for what you get. And really? No headphone jack? This is a tablet. There HAS to be room for that. Here is the spec...

    What is going on with Google's hardware department? The tablet's price is insane for what you get. And really? No headphone jack? This is a tablet. There HAS to be room for that. Here is the spec sheet of all the models: model sheet. Not only is the tablet pricey, the keyboard is $200 while the pen is $100. I just do not understand what they are going for.

    If someone is looking for a powerful tablet that is very computer-like, why not go for the Surface GO instead? It has full fledged windows (you can swap out of Windows S), Intel Pentium Gold Processor, and a good selection of ports :

    1 x USB-C
    3.5 mm headphone jack
    1 x Surface Connect port
    Surface Type Cover port4
    microSDXC card reader

    If you want a tablet more focused on productivity. They could just get an iPad. Great tablet with iOS and it's app store. I just do not see where this tablet belongs.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on Started working with vectors in ~creative

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    Thank you! I made the piece in 1080p if you wanted to use it as a wallpaper

    Thank you! I made the piece in 1080p if you wanted to use it as a wallpaper

  18. Comment on Started working with vectors in ~creative

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    I appreciate it! The way I did it was by slicing up the image into shapes but I'd grab a color from the original image and make that the entire shapes color. This made the lighting look...

    I appreciate it! The way I did it was by slicing up the image into shapes but I'd grab a color from the original image and make that the entire shapes color. This made the lighting look realistic(?) by having the change of light reflect the actual photo of lighting.

    The match was my favorite part of the piece. Glad you liked it! If you're interested I made the piece in 1080P without the signature if you wanted to use it as a wallpaper

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Started working with vectors in ~creative

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    Start using Affinity Designer and one of my first project was just getting used to the UI and features. I have the edited (recreated with the pen tool and cut up into shapes and recolored) version...

    Start using Affinity Designer and one of my first project was just getting used to the UI and features. I have the edited (recreated with the pen tool and cut up into shapes and recolored) version on top and the actual photo on the bottom.

    6 votes