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  1. Comment on Gay man who protested against Drag Queen Story Time dies by suicide in ~lgbt

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    The two are likely related, yeah. The speed at which it happened kind of also makes it hard for me the social media backlash as the primary cause. A tipping point, sure I could believe that,...

    The two are likely related, yeah. The speed at which it happened kind of also makes it hard for me the social media backlash as the primary cause. A tipping point, sure I could believe that, though with the caveat that I don't know and there might have been other, more private factors contributing as well.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits. in ~tech

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    My number of tabs grows into the tens or twenties as I dig further and further into my code until, at some point I literally have the same tabs or searches open multiple times. And it actually...

    My number of tabs grows into the tens or twenties as I dig further and further into my code until, at some point I literally have the same tabs or searches open multiple times. And it actually kind of upsets me whenever I notice and start having to close a bunch of them, so I've decided to try out Tab Wrangler, from the article, and am hoping it'll improve my worklfow a little bit.

  3. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    I'm going to experiment with your technique for my next courses, it sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm going to experiment with your technique for my next courses, it sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    Retyping them is essentially an extra motivation to re-read your notes for the day, which definitely helps organize the information a little bit better. Our document was organized through the...

    Retyping them is essentially an extra motivation to re-read your notes for the day, which definitely helps organize the information a little bit better.

    Our document was organized through the programme's shared WhatsApp group, by the way. If you have something like that it might be a good place to start.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    I'm sorry but this actually bothers me. This is not what planned obsolescence, as a concept, refers to. Deciding beforehand on a hard limit on ongoing support or services is not planned...

    10 years ago, Microsoft planned to make this software obsolete in 2020. And they have decided to stop supporting it. There are no external factors forcing them to stop supporting it. There's nothing stopping them from continuing to put out patches occasionally. It's only their own decision stopping them from doing so.
    They have made this software obsolete by their own decision, and they planned to do that 10 years ago.

    I'm sorry but this actually bothers me. This is not what planned obsolescence, as a concept, refers to. Deciding beforehand on a hard limit on ongoing support or services is not planned obsolescence any more than an Internet Service Provider setting a limit on how long you can benefit from a certain type of contract is planned obsolescence.[1]

    You mentioned elsewhere in the thread that you're considering switching to Linux, but some of the larger Distros do the exact same thing. In comparing them Windows 7's 10 years of support is comparatively normal. For example Debian, one of the larger distros, officially terminates support for each version much, much more quickly, mostly for the reasons others have already explained.


    [1]Aside from this planned obsolescence usually means a product becoming unusable after a predetermined period of time. The root issue people have with it being that a product might have continued to operate had it not been been subject to the policy. Versions of an operating system that are End-of-Life don't actually cease functioning, no patch is put out that disables them or bricks your computer. Your version of Windows 7 will theoretically continue to run for however long as physical reality allows it.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    the tracking and telemetry has been included all the way back since Vista. The jump from W7 to W10 in terms of regression on privacy concern is somewhat overblown. You can remove them but the more...

    the tracking and telemetry has been included all the way back since Vista. The jump from W7 to W10 in terms of regression on privacy concern is somewhat overblown. You can remove them but the more thorough you are in doing this the more you risk breaking functionality. Ads and Cortana can simply be turned off without much trouble.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    Change is always going to be hard, so there's going to have to be some ponying through it no matter what. But as I see your parents have a few options: get a new PC with windows 10, which is...

    Change is always going to be hard, so there's going to have to be some ponying through it no matter what. But as I see your parents have a few options:

    • get a new PC with windows 10, which is honestly not that bad in terms of user experience if you're coming in from 7 (compared to other OSes, anyways)
    • get an Apple, their shelf-life is a lot shorter than it used to be and there's going to be some re-learning involved but it's probably the one OS I see my older family members consistently manage the best.
    • install Linux Mint. The installation is a breeze and the interface is very similar to Windows. And it comes loaded with most of the basic things you might need. It is, of course, still a Linux distro however.
    4 votes
  8. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    My study is split between more theoretical humanities courses and more mathematical ones. For both I tend to take my notes by hand for a few reasons: Hand notation has been shown in research to...

    My study is split between more theoretical humanities courses and more mathematical ones. For both I tend to take my notes by hand for a few reasons:

    • Hand notation has been shown in research to aid in information storage and retention, as it often forces you to paraphrase and internalize the info while you're writing it. Compared to typing as the teacher dictates which can eventually becomes pretty mindless, so to say.
    • This also forces you to learn to separate the essential information, such as definitions or formulas, from the non-essential or secondary information.
    • I actually tend to not use my handwritten notes first for revision material, but usually start with the course literature, then the lecture slides, then my notes. Then rewriting revision sheets from those sources. How effective this is is heavily dependent on the context, of course.
    • for one or two courses a couple of students ended up agreeing to create a collaborative document with notes, and I found rewriting my notes on the computer was a good way of revising and re-organizing them.
    • having a non-digital backup in case of critical hardware failure is nice :)
    • it's much harder to get distracted during the lecture if you're constantly on the lookout for things you need to write or are going over your notes again. On a laptop the temptation to browse the internet is always there.
    11 votes
  9. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    There is no "finished" state for a modern operating system, especially not one that is meant to be networked.

    There is no "finished" state for a modern operating system, especially not one that is meant to be networked.

    24 votes
  10. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    The Host is good, but not amazing. I actually have a hard time explaining why because on paper everything is there for it to be great, but something about it doesn't click for me.

    The Host is good, but not amazing. I actually have a hard time explaining why because on paper everything is there for it to be great, but something about it doesn't click for me.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on An active user count in ~tildes

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    This seems like it's mixing up uses for the site. What you're describing makes sense for instant messaging/chat applications, less so for an ongoing discussion. I can't really imagine any...

    This seems like it's mixing up uses for the site. What you're describing makes sense for instant messaging/chat applications, less so for an ongoing discussion. I can't really imagine any discussion or content aggregation sites that have visibly benefited their users by giving them (estimates, which is what they are at best) of the number of users currently online.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Spaced but it's set in a chatroom and the show is more or less one giant extended visual metaphor for the members' interactions. With the occasional real life segment.

    Spaced but it's set in a chatroom and the show is more or less one giant extended visual metaphor for the members' interactions. With the occasional real life segment.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    Thank you for the sources, I'll be taking a look at them later :)

    Thank you for the sources, I'll be taking a look at them later :)

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    I understand what you're saying and I agree in spirit. But I'm finding it increasingly hard to apply this in real life, if only because it seems like we're continuously moving the needle on what...

    I understand what you're saying and I agree in spirit. But I'm finding it increasingly hard to apply this in real life, if only because it seems like we're continuously moving the needle on what we consider both based in facts and true and what we consider factual but not true. Not to mention the fact that a lot of malicious political actors seem to have this increasingly Nietzsche-inspired view of the truth as a malleable construct whose purpose is to argue a position, not inform it.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    This is a little broad as a statement and I'm not sure I fully understand what you mean by it. Could you elaborate a bit?

    This is a little broad as a statement and I'm not sure I fully understand what you mean by it. Could you elaborate a bit?

  16. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I think one of the main reasons Deimos has cited for not focusing more on attracting new members is Tildes' Alpha state: the site is not yet feature-complete and therefore not really meant to be...

    I think one of the main reasons Deimos has cited for not focusing more on attracting new members is Tildes' Alpha state: the site is not yet feature-complete and therefore not really meant to be taken as being in production.

    We're essentially in "Early Access" mode, currently, but I'm wondering if we're managing to sustain interest and activity long enough for it to matter when the site comes out of Alpha, or if at launch there will essentially be no more interest and the site will slowly peter out.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    There's a difference between growth for the sake of profit and growth for the sake of discourse though. I do like that Tildes' goal is not to gather enough users to become commercially viable, but...

    There's a difference between growth for the sake of profit and growth for the sake of discourse though. I do like that Tildes' goal is not to gather enough users to become commercially viable, but that alone is not enough to make people want to use the website.

    20 votes