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  1. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    I've seen one reference for people using Tildes code to host their own website. Ties back to this discussion on reddit. I don't think it got past the discussion phase, though.

    I've seen one reference for people using Tildes code to host their own website. Ties back to this discussion on reddit. I don't think it got past the discussion phase, though.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in ~health.coronavirus

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    I wonder if they put the $15 minimum wage in just to make the fight about that issue rather than gutting the relief package in other ways. Can we get the UBI done already so we can just forget...

    I wonder if they put the $15 minimum wage in just to make the fight about that issue rather than gutting the relief package in other ways.

    Can we get the UBI done already so we can just forget about wage minimums? It's a mess, and a proper implementation of UBI will make minimum wages moot - you'll be collecting your 'minimum wage' without a job, forever.

    13 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    If your account is in the top spot in the list, I think you get a fair share of the people who want to 'message the moderators' - which of course puts it in my inbox instead of the mod queue where...

    If your account is in the top spot in the list, I think you get a fair share of the people who want to 'message the moderators' - which of course puts it in my inbox instead of the mod queue where all the mods can see it and respond to it together in a timely manner. I wasn't fond of being 'on call' like that thanks to reddit's inane user interface.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on IAmA chemical engineer who works with spent nuclear fuel. AMA! in ~enviro

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    You seem to have a pretty broad knowledge of projects that are out there. Would you consider putting together a post sometime that's a nexus of links with your quick takes about these projects so...

    You seem to have a pretty broad knowledge of projects that are out there. Would you consider putting together a post sometime that's a nexus of links with your quick takes about these projects so we can all check them out? I've followed MSRs but would love an education in some of the more interesting concepts being fielded that aren't molten-salt related. It might even make for a good wiki page here in ~enviro.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    What amuses me most is that on the day when kap has had enough, your account is going to land at the top spot of several music subs. You're next in line, we started so many of them together after all.

    What amuses me most is that on the day when kap has had enough, your account is going to land at the top spot of several music subs. You're next in line, we started so many of them together after all.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on IAmA chemical engineer who works with spent nuclear fuel. AMA! in ~enviro

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    Indeed. However, it's not hard to imagine power docks built for this purpose becoming common so the ships can move around more easily. Or multiple vendors offering different reactor options,...

    Indeed. However, it's not hard to imagine power docks built for this purpose becoming common so the ships can move around more easily. Or multiple vendors offering different reactor options, pricing models, reactor technologies, a mobile power marketplace. Once it exists it'll get more efficient, but more important - the companies working on nuclear technologies will get their funding.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on IAmA chemical engineer who works with spent nuclear fuel. AMA! in ~enviro

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    I think these are critical because they are mobile - this power plant can move to and hook up to any grid you like. If we had these right now, they'd be hooking up offshore of Texas and that would...

    I think these are critical because they are mobile - this power plant can move to and hook up to any grid you like. If we had these right now, they'd be hooking up offshore of Texas and that would be the end of their power problems. Then once that's sorted it's off to the next disaster zone. This sounds like a mighty fine mission for the US Navy to take on. Right in their wheelhouse and pleasantly not a fleet for war - a fleet for green energy instead. That seems like progress.

    Here's the sales pitch for nuclear fleets, if anyone else is interested in learning more.

    It's the mobile bit that matters. Getting a small MSR inside a shipping container so it can be flown or driven wherever needed also fits that bill, but MSR tech is not ready for that challenge yet. That's gonna take a lot more R&D. The nuclear fleets can get started much faster than this since they don't have the space constraints on the reactor that a shipping container imposes.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    I don't miss the temptation of the reply box, the spam in my inbox, the endless chat requests, or upvoting/downvoting buttons. It's like looking at it through sealed glass, best way to browse the...

    I don't miss the temptation of the reply box, the spam in my inbox, the endless chat requests, or upvoting/downvoting buttons. It's like looking at it through sealed glass, best way to browse the place for me.

    The only thing that would get me on an account there again is handing out Tildes invites if we get buried in requests from /r/tildes.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    Ditching the account avoids most of their tracking, and there are still some (less every day) good places buried in that mess. Most of them at 25k or fewer subscriptions in my experience.

    Ditching the account avoids most of their tracking, and there are still some (less every day) good places buried in that mess. Most of them at 25k or fewer subscriptions in my experience.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    People have had their coats on for a while now, to borrow a line from Shirky. They are just looking for a reason to leave, and the IPO/tracking tarpit is a convenient excuse to do what they've...

    People have had their coats on for a while now, to borrow a line from Shirky. They are just looking for a reason to leave, and the IPO/tracking tarpit is a convenient excuse to do what they've already decided they would do as they like the place less and less.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    You can use RES to follow subreddits and create multis of your favorite communities without an account - the account itself only matters if you want to make comments or submissions. When blocking...

    You can use RES to follow subreddits and create multis of your favorite communities without an account - the account itself only matters if you want to make comments or submissions. When blocking out all image hosting sites and video hosting sites and major news outlets, /r/all is almost interesting again, though you'll be lucky to see 3 out of 25 posts on each page.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    I nuked all of mine, handed off all the subs I moderated some time ago (including the top slot in l2t). Feels good not to give a damn about that wretched hive anymore. Practically every mod post...

    I nuked all of mine, handed off all the subs I moderated some time ago (including the top slot in l2t). Feels good not to give a damn about that wretched hive anymore. Practically every mod post and roundup and bestof in listentothis got vaporized with it, more than ten years of history - I was the only mod that ever regularly interacted with the community there. Multis moved to the l2t account, bestofs archived in the wiki, but I'm not leaving my account behind. That's my content, not theirs, and I don't want them having it anymore.

    May I recommend j0be's powerdelete suite if you want to obliterate all of your comments and submissions like I did. I don't recommend the feature that lets you edit all your older comments to leave a message in them - reddit can detect that and will block it. The deletion/archiving still works without issue though. It can save your history (and every comment) into an excel sheet for you so you won't lose it after deletion.

    If you want to be thorough like I was, delete everything today using that tool but leave the account, and run it again each day for a couple of days. Reddit's shit servers will still be coughing up posts it forgot it had after you nuke all the available comments. It takes a day or so for the backend to catch up and start serving up the old content for the script to find and delete.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    Heh, I thought this place was the no-reddit community. :p

    Heh, I thought this place was the no-reddit community. :p

    15 votes
  14. Comment on Does anyone have, or has had, an addiction to music? in ~music

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    One could listen to a kid hammering on a keyboard without any training for six hours but I don't think I'd call it music. :P

    One could listen to a kid hammering on a keyboard without any training for six hours but I don't think I'd call it music. :P

    2 votes
  15. What are some of your favorite music videos?

    I sometimes feel like music videos get the short stick and aren't appreciated as the unique and fascinating art form that they've become. I think a lot of us got into them back in the heyday of...

    I sometimes feel like music videos get the short stick and aren't appreciated as the unique and fascinating art form that they've become. I think a lot of us got into them back in the heyday of MTV/VH1 but they've gone far beyond that in the internet age. I'd like to invite everyone to share some of their favorites in this thread - new or old, popular or obscure, anything goes, and share as many as you like.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Does anyone have, or has had, an addiction to music? in ~music

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    If you think that, I'll wager you haven't spent much time listening to bands where not one member could play a scale to save their life. :)

    Still subjective, not objective.

    If you think that, I'll wager you haven't spent much time listening to bands where not one member could play a scale to save their life. :)

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Why prehistoric humans needed no braces: Crooked teeth are a modern phenomenon and a telltale sign of an underlying epidemic in ~science

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    My thought was that there's just more adult to fossilize than child, since the children with dental problems wouldn't make it to adulthood.

    My thought was that there's just more adult to fossilize than child, since the children with dental problems wouldn't make it to adulthood.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Why prehistoric humans needed no braces: Crooked teeth are a modern phenomenon and a telltale sign of an underlying epidemic in ~science

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    Put another way - our ancestors who didn't have good jaws and more perfect teeth didn't live long enough to become fossils. Tooth infections can kill, and the pain of bad teeth certainly doesn't...

    Put another way - our ancestors who didn't have good jaws and more perfect teeth didn't live long enough to become fossils. Tooth infections can kill, and the pain of bad teeth certainly doesn't help one eat to survive. While I agree that the evolutionary pressures have changed, couldn't there be a bias in the sample sets of old fossils because of this? Did ancient children have perfect teeth as well?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Does anyone have, or has had, an addiction to music? in ~music

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    Fellow music addict (also with tinnitus) checking in. What solved this issue for me was ignoring the music that's in the background. It's that music's job to pull my attention away from other...

    Fellow music addict (also with tinnitus) checking in.

    What solved this issue for me was ignoring the music that's in the background. It's that music's job to pull my attention away from other things. If the piece isn't good enough to do that, listening to it attentively isn't going to change anything about my appreciation.

    I went through a prog-rock phase where I was on a quest to find the ultimate albums. I wasn't enjoying a lot of it - there's far too much noodly 'gee-wiz look at what I can do' prog out there. I found a lot of good prog on that journey that I still listen to on occasion, but the number of albums I found that really took me for a ride and changed my musical appreciation (the 'revealers' that need several listens to appreciate) I can count on both hands. It's not common for albums to be able to do that and I think it gets a lot less common the more music you listen to. Once your tastes are mature you listen differently. I covered how I do my cratedigging in an older comment.

    The only 'objectively bad' music I've ever heard is from bands and artists who are in two camps. The first are the guys who just haven't learned how to play yet, and even they can get lucky with a one hit wonder once in a while. The second are the guys who are turning out repetitive generic music, copies of other better original works - generally to cash in on a trend. I'll stick up for that much objectivity at least.

    Problem is, it's the subjectivity that determines what you like. There's no such thing as a universal yardstick for music appreciation - we're all too different in our tastes, and you should never feel bad for hating an album everyone else is digging. I never got Radiohead at all, for example. They bore the hell out of me. That doesn't make them bad, just means they aren't my bag.

    I recognize that feeling of 'I'll never enjoy music again' (and I'm in the middle of it right now still working on the bestof2020). Sooner or later, though, you'll hit on something that you'll have on repeat for a hundred spins. Sometimes you can find two in a week, though you'll be doing well if you can find ten in a year. Part of this is the staleness of sticking to one genre for a long time. It may be worth changing what part of the record store you're spending your time in if the staleness is persisting for too long.

    If you fancy a well curated wall of genres to try out, start here.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Go for it. Forum evolution is a sadly ignored and critical part of getting the online community concept right. Everyone is using the same old discussion and sharing models, including the current...

    So I think we need to make some of those larger changes

    Go for it. Forum evolution is a sadly ignored and critical part of getting the online community concept right. Everyone is using the same old discussion and sharing models, including the current iteration of Tildes. If you've got ideas to pull us away from the traditional model, don't let 'fear' of changing things pissing people off hold you back. Anything different is good and it'll get better with time and more people tossing ideas into the pot. This place has collected a surprising initial user base. Many people here are here because they want to make progress on these issues (including me) and what's out there right now isn't getting us there.

    I think you'll find the folks hanging around this place are a lot more receptive to big brave changes and new ideas than any other forum. What we've always lacked is a BDFL with the chops and the conviction to get us there - everyone else is trying to make money, not progress. Real, effective solutions can only come from people like you in places like this, where money isn't the primary motivation.

    I get the apathy - the whole world is drowning in it right now. That too will pass, don't let it get the best of you. <3

    4 votes