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  1. Comment on Daniel Norgren - Rolling Rolling Rolling in ~music

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    His track Black Vultures blew me the fuck away. He's on my short list for excellent artists.

    His track Black Vultures blew me the fuck away. He's on my short list for excellent artists.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Daniel Norgren - Rolling Rolling Rolling in ~music

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    Yeah, it's a little rabbit hole! I got into this niche of that 70s era sound that grew up with bands like Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, The Eagles, and their contemporaries. I've seen it...

    Yeah, it's a little rabbit hole! I got into this niche of that 70s era sound that grew up with bands like Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, The Eagles, and their contemporaries. I've seen it called 'appalachian' rock in a handful of articles and blogs over the years. I think @arghdos may be able to explain it better than I can, he's got a great handle on the 70s.

    I love this style and I hunt for it obsessively.

    Edit: I knew we had a thread talking about this somewhere before.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Daniel Norgren - Rolling Rolling Rolling in ~music

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    This is a truly rare sound. So few artists dabble in it anymore, and Sweden was the last place I'd have expected it to appear. Maybe it's got something to do with the mountains. It's a ghost...

    This is a truly rare sound. So few artists dabble in it anymore, and Sweden was the last place I'd have expected it to appear. Maybe it's got something to do with the mountains. It's a ghost straight out of the late 70s.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Lenovo goes all in with the Linux desktop with over two dozen Ubuntu Linux powered PCs and laptops in ~tech

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    Microsoft is fond of eating that cost to prevent this clear market price advantage from appearing.

    Microsoft is fond of eating that cost to prevent this clear market price advantage from appearing.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on You're going to be using confidential computing sooner rather than later in ~tech

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    That's the size of it - you can have a true black box computer that no one and nothing can ever access unless they have the proper cryptographic keys. Fast forward fifty years and every single...

    That's the size of it - you can have a true black box computer that no one and nothing can ever access unless they have the proper cryptographic keys.

    Fast forward fifty years and every single cloud compute instance could be a black box. One could be looking at an overview of one's mega-deatacenter running tens of thousands of VMs, and have no fucking clue what any of them are doing, only who the clients are.

    Governments and law enforcement are definitely not going to like this. :P

    4 votes
  6. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    Bingo. Hell, I worked at a company that was 98% developers and they were no better than secretaries or management in this regard - just far more entitled and entertaining. :) We have powershell...

    Bingo. Hell, I worked at a company that was 98% developers and they were no better than secretaries or management in this regard - just far more entitled and entertaining. :) We have powershell now. That's a long, long way from old school windows where automation was difficult. If you can do it in the GUI, you can do it better with a powershell script. I'd have attached a script for this to an update push and rolled it in with the usual patches and updates, whenever the reboots come around - likely over a weekend.

    There are always edge cases - the one guy using some whacked outlook plugin that no sane person should be using for example. That's just Monday morning's support queue.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on You're going to be using confidential computing sooner rather than later in ~tech

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    Yeah, the implications are... far reaching, to say the least.

    Yeah, the implications are... far reaching, to say the least.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I honestly don't know which way would work best either. That's why it's important to run things as experiments for a while and watch what happens, collect user feedback. It's a journey of a...

    I honestly don't know which way would work best either. That's why it's important to run things as experiments for a while and watch what happens, collect user feedback. It's a journey of a thousand small steps.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    I like one change at a time - it makes it easier to figure out if it's working. If we change more than just the visibility, we'll be wondering which change was actually necessary. I think hiding...

    I like one change at a time - it makes it easier to figure out if it's working. If we change more than just the visibility, we'll be wondering which change was actually necessary. I think hiding them for now is the first step. After we run with that for a while (I think 2 months is enough) we'll see what people think and take another.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    Interesting choice of words there. :) Maybe a comment should show the author how many unique views have scrolled past.

    40 read receipts.

    Interesting choice of words there. :)

    Maybe a comment should show the author how many unique views have scrolled past.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    Yeah, the scraper stuff (which has uses in ~music and ~books and probably damn near everywhere) should be in-built, because that allows it to operate and pull up relevant external information...

    Yeah, the scraper stuff (which has uses in ~music and ~books and probably damn near everywhere) should be in-built, because that allows it to operate and pull up relevant external information during the submission process rather than afterwards, which is exactly where you most want access to that information. You can't do that with a bot.

    Having it there means you can present that info to the user on the submission preview, and they just have to edit the results a bit instead of putting in everything themselves. Things like ISBN numbers for books, genres and album/artist info for music, appropriate tags found at the other end of the link, relevant links to external sites, etc. It makes for a lazy submission process - which you really want on mobile.

    It also allows the equivalent of automod/regex processing to happen during the submission itself, even for example auto-generating titles (which would be a killer feature in ~music.streams). You can't do that kind of stuff before the submission is finalized with a bot, since it can only act after the submission is there. This has caused lots of problems on reddit and I'd love for Tildes to take the next step there.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I think the answer to that is yes, in most cases. It's possible that here, a bot might just be the first step to explore a future feature. There may be some specialized cases where a bot works...

    I think the answer to that is yes, in most cases. It's possible that here, a bot might just be the first step to explore a future feature. There may be some specialized cases where a bot works better. One-offs for specific communities, interactions with other websites, that sort of thing.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    I believe we're all waiting on some special tools and/or changes to the invite system such as open signup. Deimos will make a post about the specifics when it's time.

    I believe we're all waiting on some special tools and/or changes to the invite system such as open signup. Deimos will make a post about the specifics when it's time.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I knew I'd talked about this before but it took a while to find that comment. Something like this does exist in older forum software. 37 users gave kudos for this comment, mark and lisa and rick...

    I knew I'd talked about this before but it took a while to find that comment. Something like this does exist in older forum software.

    37 users gave kudos for this comment, mark and lisa and rick said 'thanks'

    I think if we do something like that, it should still only be visible to the author. It might help with the perception that the place is inactive, and encourage more participation. We can probably do better than those old forums.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    That is a truly insightful response. Subtle trick getting the part of my brain that focuses on forum mechanics to collide like a brick with the part of my brain that gets hung up on all of the...

    That is a truly insightful response. Subtle trick getting the part of my brain that focuses on forum mechanics to collide like a brick with the part of my brain that gets hung up on all of the vitriol I perceive in these endless discussions about language and context using that perfect example. That actually snaps this into focus pretty clearly.

    Edit: Yep, the more I think about it, the more I'm realizing I'm the idiot here. Now I'm going to be looking at this entire class of problems differently, so thanks for that. This is why I love this website. Had I a delta to award it'd be yours.

    15 votes
  16. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    Now you have me wondering if a 'thanks' mechanic/button has merit. Not really the same thing as voting, but I'd wager there's some value in that active feedback. I definitely agree with the point...

    Now you have me wondering if a 'thanks' mechanic/button has merit. Not really the same thing as voting, but I'd wager there's some value in that active feedback. I definitely agree with the point that without the vote totals, it looks less 'busy' - but honestly, once threads are averaging a couple dozen comments (or hundred, or thousand) I think that concern fades a bit.

    Maybe during the experiment (if we do it) we should make a mental note every time our eyes float to where the vote total used to be, and ask ourselves why we were looking for that number. Reflex? Cues on how to respond? Curiosity if there's anyone listening? It's not something we normally think about consciously, I bet. Perhaps some self-reflection can tease out what we were really looking for. Perhaps that vote score is a placebo for something else that might be better.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    Well, not you, but I definitely do have the impression of forced change being beaten into my head by the sheer number of these sorts of discussions - and the tone on other websites is anything but...

    Well, not you, but I definitely do have the impression of forced change being beaten into my head by the sheer number of these sorts of discussions - and the tone on other websites is anything but civil when this happens. Here we can talk it out.

    I think that impression of forced change comes from the cancel culture behaviors around these issues. Take one thing out of context, or out of time from the past, and then use it to assassinate someone's character - and really, is it because of what they said, or because they'd already made themselves a target elsewhere?

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I'd just like to point out how much endless space I see these excruciatingly pedantic discussions taking up on websites and forums the internet over. They always leave me scratching my head,...
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    I'd just like to point out how much endless space I see these excruciatingly pedantic discussions taking up on websites and forums the internet over. They always leave me scratching my head, wondering when we decided that a person's feelings were the ultimate ethical benchmark that must overrule everything else.

    I come from the generation that answered concerns about feelings with 'life sucks, get a helmet' and vicious mockery - just for the simple reason that the world doesn't care and it never, ever will. Here's a half million people with an issue, let's force seven billion others, most of whom won't even grok the context, to change their behaviors just to placate that group. Give me a break, that's God tier levels of entitlement right there and it runs counter to liberty to boot. Liberty means having the ability to make an ass out of yourself if you want to. ;)

    Seems like a nice topic for debate in some post-scarcity star-trek rosy future when we've run out of other things to sap our time and energy. Other than that all I can suggest is improving schools, and maybe, just maybe, you can get the next generation to improve - but I don't think you'll ever get older generations to change. The last thing I'm going to ever be doing in a conversation is mentally vetting every single word in my head against a phantom list of fifty groups I don't even know or care about just to try and avoid nonsense non-issues like microaggressions. But that's just me, YMMV.

    I think this problem will persist as long as language does, and once we're past that, context and intent should be less of a problem. Until then, I'm not holding my breath.

    15 votes
  19. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    Thank you for being the first mod brave enough to approach his community about moving to a more deserving website. ;)

    Thank you for being the first mod brave enough to approach his community about moving to a more deserving website. ;)

    4 votes