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  1. Comment on Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math in ~science

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    One of my instructors often remarked that the best way to approach math was to think of it as a language for describing reality. If I'd heard that perspective on it in primary school I'd have...

    One of my instructors often remarked that the best way to approach math was to think of it as a language for describing reality. If I'd heard that perspective on it in primary school I'd have probably been a lot better at it. Instead I heard it in my final year of college, during calc-based physics rather than in a math class. Completely changed how I think about the subject.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons has made a surprising return to mainstream culture in ~games.tabletop

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    It's become more than mainstream, it's now a teaching aid and being played in schools to help kids that have social issues work them out. I was surprised they didn't mention the uptick in school...

    It's become more than mainstream, it's now a teaching aid and being played in schools to help kids that have social issues work them out. I was surprised they didn't mention the uptick in school tabletop gaming in this article.

    It's 2019 and we're still waiting for Dragons in the Basement to get released. Maybe it'll make it in time for D&D's 50th anniversary.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Peertube 2.0 is out in ~tech

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    You might also find LBRY interesting.

    You might also find LBRY interesting.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on The Ward; and a goodbye to Tildes. in ~creative

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    Good luck with your artistic pursuits, it's been great having you here for the start of this place. <3 We should move that anon commenting feature up the priority list for cases like this.

    Good luck with your artistic pursuits, it's been great having you here for the start of this place. <3

    We should move that anon commenting feature up the priority list for cases like this.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    Honestly, the wording is so vague it seems to give them blanket permission to use 'not commercially viable' against anyone. If you aren't making them money, you're expendable. That could mean...

    Honestly, the wording is so vague it seems to give them blanket permission to use 'not commercially viable' against anyone. If you aren't making them money, you're expendable. That could mean those who block ads, or those who aren't advertiser-friendly enough to be monetized.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    I'd been using it for years. It was fine for light browsing but under that single thread model, lots of tabs would bog it down something awful, especially when there was a lot of javascript...

    I'd been using it for years. It was fine for light browsing but under that single thread model, lots of tabs would bog it down something awful, especially when there was a lot of javascript running. Ever since they got multithreading rolling it's been a night and day difference.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    Has it been that long already? All I remember is it came out of beta right around when Tildes went live. We were all discussing it in slack.

    Has it been that long already? All I remember is it came out of beta right around when Tildes went live. We were all discussing it in slack.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    Firefox was a gimped browser until just last year when Quantum came out. Even early versions of Quantum had serious issues with addons converting over to the new web framework. At this point we're...

    Firefox was a gimped browser until just last year when Quantum came out. Even early versions of Quantum had serious issues with addons converting over to the new web framework. At this point we're past all that and the Mozilla ecosystem is stable again. That means it's much easier to switch off of Chrome now than it has been in the past, and there's a comparably performant browser with vastly more and better features/toys ready and waiting.

    Add on to that Mozilla has been much more aggressive in recent months pushing for user's rights and features that users want, rather than websites. It's growing their mindshare. If there's a major public backlash over the current web's invasive business model, Mozilla is poised well to capitalize on that mainly at Google's expense. Let's not forget there's an ad bubble ready to blow and take down the entire advertising model.

    Firefox is more of a threat to corporations that track users and show ads now than it has ever been before, and Mozilla is certainly not done developing in this direction. Browsers with massive market share have died many times, I see no reason to think that Chrome is somehow an exception. Users will kick that shit to the curb in seconds once they have a reason to do it. If I were Google I wouldn't be looking to give users reasons to switch. As you point out, they got away with that in the past, but that's becoming a more risky road every day.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    In practice I expect it'll play out like reddit and everyone else - they'll use it as an excuse to shut down whatever is getting them bad press. If there's no bad press or public/legal pressure to...

    In practice I expect it'll play out like reddit and everyone else - they'll use it as an excuse to shut down whatever is getting them bad press. If there's no bad press or public/legal pressure to force action I'd be surprised if anything happens.

    15 votes
  10. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    I suspect this sort of behavior would just drive more users to switch away from Chrome, reducing their market share. What are they going to do, make Chrome a requirement to access the site? I...

    I suspect this sort of behavior would just drive more users to switch away from Chrome, reducing their market share. What are they going to do, make Chrome a requirement to access the site? I don't see that working out well for them in the long run.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Massive White Supremacist Message Board Leak: How to Access and Interpret the Data in ~tech

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    They'd be banned by lunchtime - every last one of them, and likely taking Deimos less than ten minutes to do it. That's why the site tracks who invites whom, so that large chunks of the invite...

    Imagine tomorrow tildes get overrun by white supremacists

    They'd be banned by lunchtime - every last one of them, and likely taking Deimos less than ten minutes to do it. That's why the site tracks who invites whom, so that large chunks of the invite three can be excised if it's necessary due to this sort of activity.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    A for-profit company blocking users? I'll believe it when I see it. More likely they'll just hassle users through the interface and try to convince them to buy Red or disable the blocks.

    A for-profit company blocking users? I'll believe it when I see it. More likely they'll just hassle users through the interface and try to convince them to buy Red or disable the blocks.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Reversal of epigenetic aging and immunosenescent trends in humans (pdf) in ~science

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    Abstract It's a small study and the researchers are urging caution and further research - however the results are pretty stark.

    Abstract

    Epigenetic “clocks” can now surpass chronological age in accuracy for estimating biological age. Here, we use four such age estimators to show that epigenetic aging can be reversed in humans. Using a protocol intended to regenerate the thymus, we observed protective immunological changes, improved risk indices for many age‐related diseases, and a mean epigenetic age approximately 1.5 years less than baseline after 1 year of treatment (−2.5‐year change compared to no treatment at the end of the study). The rate of epigenetic aging reversal relative to chronological age accelerated from −1.6 year/year from 0–9 month to −6.5 year/year from 9–12 month. The GrimAge predictor of human morbidity and mortality showed a 2‐year decrease in epigenetic vs. chronological age that persisted six months after discontinuing treatment. This is to our knowledge the first report of an increase, based on an epigenetic age estimator, in predicted human lifespan by means of a currently accessible aging intervention.

    It's a small study and the researchers are urging caution and further research - however the results are pretty stark.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Welp, you just sold me on Pillars.

    Welp, you just sold me on Pillars.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on How do you turn a smart TV into a dumb TV? in ~tech

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    Rather than not configuring wifi, which invites the programs that are expecting to have one to go looking for it, perhaps configure a bullshit wifi manually that it can never connect to because it...

    Rather than not configuring wifi, which invites the programs that are expecting to have one to go looking for it, perhaps configure a bullshit wifi manually that it can never connect to because it doesn't exist. It may be less likely to go looking.

    Barring that, a soldering iron to the transmitter chip will do the trick right quick, if you can find it.

    I went for a rather extravagant solution and segmented both my wifi and my local network into VLANs. Computers which are configured with the proper VLAN ID can get the real internet. The rest end up stuck in a functional network that doesn't let them through the firewall and feeds them generic DNS results.

    This way all the devices can chatter all they like, but they'll never get anywhere. Most consumer hardware remains woefully oblivious to VLAN settings in both hardware chips and in interface - you couldn't put them on one if you wanted to. Any proper computer with a real network card doesn't have this drawback, and smartphones support it too.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    That one floats through my head every time I see a pair of edgelords warring over the genre of a song in the comment section.

    All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. - Louis Armstrong

    That one floats through my head every time I see a pair of edgelords warring over the genre of a song in the comment section.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Added a page showing details of Tildes's financials, as well as a monthly donation goal in ~tildes.official

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    How about MorePurpleMoreBetter's D&D Character Sheets? Dude's up to $7000/month just for creating the world's first not-shit digital character sheets, and he's been running at that level for...

    How about MorePurpleMoreBetter's D&D Character Sheets? Dude's up to $7000/month just for creating the world's first not-shit digital character sheets, and he's been running at that level for years. Mostly from a large number of patrons just tossing him a dollar. He's well ahead of where Deimos needs to be.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Ultimate is definitely the easiest way to get started. Hands down the best guide to get a heavily modded game with little effort. The guide I ran there is far, far more detailed because it delves...

    Ultimate is definitely the easiest way to get started. Hands down the best guide to get a heavily modded game with little effort. The guide I ran there is far, far more detailed because it delves into more advanced modding tools that teach you how to resolve issues between plugins for yourself. It's only better if you are a masochist who likes to learn.

    Definitely make sure you use Requiem as the base of your modding, though. Requiem rolls the clock back to the Morrowind days and turns Skyrim into a proper RPG instead of an arcade shooter. Both guides include it. ;)

    3 votes
  19. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    I've got a much better build than that (which started with this guide), something like 1k mods baked in for oldrim. It's on ice on my fileserver right now sucking up over a hundred gigs of space....

    I've got a much better build than that (which started with this guide), something like 1k mods baked in for oldrim. It's on ice on my fileserver right now sucking up over a hundred gigs of space. I can install it on a virgin copy of oldrim in about fifteen minutes plus the copy time. No way I was going to delete/lose that build since I spent hundreds of hours stitching the mods together on it.

    I wanted to do that again but this time with SSE since it's a vastly improved engine. I've been waiting for Requiem to release a SSE version but apparently that still hasn't happened. Best I can find is a loverslab conversion guide.

    6 votes