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  1. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I love the repetitiveness of “Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov”. It's almost poetic.

    I love the repetitiveness of “Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov”. It's almost poetic.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Battlestar Galactica reboot from Sam Esmail in the works for NBCU's Peacock streaming service in ~tv

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    But why? Ah. That's why. To draw viewers to yet another network-owned streaming service. There's no need to re-tell the story of the Battlestar Galactica - that has already been done twice, and...

    But why?

    NBCUniversal's newly named streaming service, Peacock, is revisiting Battlestar Galactica

    Ah. That's why. To draw viewers to yet another network-owned streaming service. There's no need to re-tell the story of the Battlestar Galactica - that has already been done twice, and the most recent version is still current, rather than outdated. But there is a need to leverage the popularity of that second series to build audiences for another streaming service.

    "Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar."

    So, it's going to be another spin-off, like 'Caprica', rather than a reboot of the main story itself. Meh. I didn't like 'Caprica'. I can wait a while for another spin-off like that.


    And... there's a typo here:

    Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, where the show's cast reunited for the show's 25th anniversary,

    That should read "for the network's 25th anniversary". That confused me, because neither version of BSG was made or finished in 1992.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

  4. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I didn't think of a default woman's name - which just proves that English has had a sexist bias. I have seen "Jane Smith" used as a female equivalent.

    There seems to be less of a standard name for a default woman

    I didn't think of a default woman's name - which just proves that English has had a sexist bias. I have seen "Jane Smith" used as a female equivalent.

  5. Comment on Is there a way to see what the different colours of comments mean? in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov
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    No, they're actually different colours. I just checked.

    Yes, they are — though this is probably just you and @Algernon_Asimov choosing different names for the same color ;)

    No, they're actually different colours. I just checked.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Is there a way to see what the different colours of comments mean? in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov
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    They must be. When I switch to the default, the highlights change. As you say, linked comments have a yellow border in the default White theme, but they have a brown border in the Solarized Light...

    Are any of the colors theme-dependent?

    They must be. When I switch to the default, the highlights change. As you say, linked comments have a yellow border in the default White theme, but they have a brown border in the Solarized Light theme.

  7. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
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    Well, that's no fun! I didn't want a factual response. I wanted to get people talking & engaged.

    the Wikipedia list of placeholder names

    Well, that's no fun! I didn't want a factual response. I wanted to get people talking & engaged.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (109 Models Explained) in ~science.social

    Algernon_Asimov
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    But it's not about one of the humanities: history, linguistics, theology, arts, or even philosophy. It's about how people think, or psychology, which is why I've moved this to ~science.social.

    Posting in ~humanities as the article is a very general laundry list of mental models drawn from a variety of disciplines

    But it's not about one of the humanities: history, linguistics, theology, arts, or even philosophy. It's about how people think, or psychology, which is why I've moved this to ~science.social.

  9. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I believe "John Doe" is used for unidentified corpses, because it's not a real-ish name. But when you're populating a random form with test data, you'll use "John Smith" because it is a real-ish name.

    I believe "John Doe" is used for unidentified corpses, because it's not a real-ish name. But when you're populating a random form with test data, you'll use "John Smith" because it is a real-ish name.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov
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    You would need an ability for people to opt out of these groups they didn't necessarily want to be part of, so they don't get bombarded with notifications for chatter they're not participating in.

    You would need an ability for people to opt out of these groups they didn't necessarily want to be part of, so they don't get bombarded with notifications for chatter they're not participating in.

    3 votes
  11. In English-speaking countries, the name "John Smith" is often used as a placeholder name because it's boring and common: John is one of the most common first names among English-speaking men, and...

    In English-speaking countries, the name "John Smith" is often used as a placeholder name because it's boring and common: John is one of the most common first names among English-speaking men, and Smith is the most common surname/family name among English-descended people. Together, they make a very boring and bland name.

    What's the equivalent in your country? What's the most boring, common name? What do people use as a placeholder when they need to use a name that isn't a real person but looks like it could be a real person?

    32 votes
  12. Comment on Is there a way to see what the different colours of comments mean? in ~tildes

  13. Comment on What’s the status on anonymous comments? in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov
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    The proposal which Soptik is following up in this post is one where comments are still linked to the user who posts them, but the only difference is that their username is not displayed: it's...

    It seems odd that three different people assumed "anonymous" meant the username should still be recorded?

    The proposal which Soptik is following up in this post is one where comments are still linked to the user who posts them, but the only difference is that their username is not displayed: it's hidden behind a random "mask". That's the anonymising feature which has previously and repeatedly been discussed here, and that's the context in which everyone is replying to you.

    People have assumed that your suggestion would be implemented in combination which that previously discussed idea - which means that anonymous comments would be unmasked after a period of time, revealing the commenter's username (because it was only hidden from display, not fully unlinked from the comment).

    3 votes
  14. Comment on HP printers try to send data back to HP about your devices and what you print in ~tech

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I've seen reports that this is the case with Windows 10: no matter how many of those little consent boxes users un-tick, there's still some data being collected and sent back to Microsoft. That's...

    Even if I dutifully uncheck all their boxes, who's to say they don't collect a little more data they didn't deem worthy of being disabled?

    I've seen reports that this is the case with Windows 10: no matter how many of those little consent boxes users un-tick, there's still some data being collected and sent back to Microsoft. That's not just some minor application you run occasionally, that's the operating system which watches over everything. That's one of the main reasons I've never upgraded past Windows 7, and why I will switch to Linux when support for Windows 7 ends next year.

    There are limits. I will not give permission for my operating system to track everything I do. (I know I'm stuck with it on my Android smartphone, but that's why there are certain things I do only on my main computer, which is not being tracked by some large corporation.)

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What’s the status on anonymous comments? in ~tildes

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    I would remind everyone that Deimos has said he is not against the use of alternate accounts, as long as we don't use those alt accounts to manipulate the workings of Tildes (such as voting on our...

    I would remind everyone that Deimos has said he is not against the use of alternate accounts, as long as we don't use those alt accounts to manipulate the workings of Tildes (such as voting on our own posts/comments or double-voting on other people's posts/comments). [EDIT: source] So there's nothing stopping people creating throwaway accounts if they want to share something without having that linked to their primary account.

    (I'm not saying this is a replacement for anonymous commenting. It's just a work-around which is currently available, until such time that anonymous commenting is enabled.)

    7 votes