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  1. Comment on Apple introduces expanded protections for children, including on-device scanning of images to detect child abuse imagery in ~tech

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    That's exactly what the things I linked are about, read them for a lot of explanation.

    That's exactly what the things I linked are about, read them for a lot of explanation.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Apple introduces expanded protections for children, including on-device scanning of images to detect child abuse imagery in ~tech

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    This is causing a lot of uproar in privacy spaces: EFF's response: Apple's Plan to "Think Different" About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to Your Private Life A Twitter thread from Matthew Green,...

    This is causing a lot of uproar in privacy spaces:

    13 votes
  3. Comment on The origins of NIMBYism: Advertisement for Rockridge neighborhood (Oakland, CA), early 1900s in ~life

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    Why is a 2-year-old reddit post of a random racist 100+-year-old newspaper ad worth submitting? What's especially significant or interesting about this?

    Why is a 2-year-old reddit post of a random racist 100+-year-old newspaper ad worth submitting? What's especially significant or interesting about this?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 2 in ~news

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    I'd eventually like to add the option to automatically ignore all posts in a recurring series: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/-/issues/650 For the moment, it only takes a few seconds a week to...

    I'd eventually like to add the option to automatically ignore all posts in a recurring series: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/-/issues/650

    For the moment, it only takes a few seconds a week to manually click Ignore on the post when you see it.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on After blocking a user on uBlockOrigin I can't see the number of votes in ~tildes

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    There are 8 different filters in there, with different effects. Read the comment lines (the ones starting with an exclamation mark), and only include the following lines for the one(s) you want.

    There are 8 different filters in there, with different effects. Read the comment lines (the ones starting with an exclamation mark), and only include the following lines for the one(s) you want.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on After blocking a user on uBlockOrigin I can't see the number of votes in ~tildes

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    Did you include all of those rules, or only the top one?

    Did you include all of those rules, or only the top one?

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health in ~health

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    This article is almost 6 years old, has there been any further confirmation or refutation?

    This article is almost 6 years old, has there been any further confirmation or refutation?

    14 votes
  8. Comment on Peachesnstink: An interesting tildes/reddit-esque website in ~tech

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    Of course, but the point is the tone you use when having those discussions, and recognizing when it's an appropriate time and place for them. If someone posts about a PHP issue on a general...

    Of course, but the point is the tone you use when having those discussions, and recognizing when it's an appropriate time and place for them. If someone posts about a PHP issue on a general programming forum, you can practically guarantee that commenters will rush into it to post things like "lol your problem is using a garbage language like PHP", and those posts will often end up being the most upvoted by other people that also only came to the post because they knew it was an easy opportunity to be condescending.

    It happens constantly everywhere, for all sorts of topics. Practically every topic on Tildes about Apple products ends up with multiple people only participating to say some variant of "I don't understand why anyone uses Apple products, they're overpriced and suck". Marvel movie trailers get "these movies suck, why does anyone even watch them?" I just tuned into a live stream of game announcements on YouTube that I was excited for, and the majority of the chat is people saying they don't care about what's being shown, or saying everything looks like crap.

    Even if any individual comment seems reasonable in isolation, it all contributes to making the overall environment more hostile and cynical, and discouraging people from posting unless they want to field multiple arguments about the basic premise of their post.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Nikola founder Trevor Milton charged with securities fraud and wire fraud for making false and misleading claims about the status of the company's electric trucks and technology in ~tech

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    SEC press release: SEC Charges Founder of Nikola Corp. With Fraud And if you haven't already read them, the reports by Hindenburg Research that revealed a lot of Nikola's false statements are...

    SEC press release: SEC Charges Founder of Nikola Corp. With Fraud

    And if you haven't already read them, the reports by Hindenburg Research that revealed a lot of Nikola's false statements are excellent:

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Peachesnstink: An interesting tildes/reddit-esque website in ~tech

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    While calling that individual post toxic does feel strong, posts like that do contribute to building the kind of cynical, condescension-filled culture that makes so much of the internet unpleasant...

    While calling that individual post toxic does feel strong, posts like that do contribute to building the kind of cynical, condescension-filled culture that makes so much of the internet unpleasant to participate in. This is a good article that affected my view towards that type of post (in all types of communities, not only programming): Contempt Culture

    (mention for @FlippantGod as well)

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Al Sweigart has written multiple books teaching Python that seem to be well-regarded, and they're all available for free on his website. These ones are all aimed at beginners and have different...

    Al Sweigart has written multiple books teaching Python that seem to be well-regarded, and they're all available for free on his website. These ones are all aimed at beginners and have different themes, so you should be able to pick whichever one seems most interesting to work through:

    Documentation for programming languages is usually available on the web, and is a reference to how most things in the language work. Python's is here, Rust's is here, etc. Most people don't read a language's docs fully or in order, but it's normal to refer to the documentation regularly while programming. For example I currently have this page in the Python docs open, because I needed to generate some random stuff, and those are the built-in features in Python for doing that. Some language's docs can be downloaded in PDF and other formats, but it's usually easiest to just use the web version.

    HTML is... kind of the language that defines the content of a web page, and a browser reads that HTML and uses it to decide how to display the content. It's a "markup language" (that's what the "ML" stands for), so you can compare it to the markdown format you write in Tildes comments. The markdown you write actually gets converted to HTML. For example, when I wrote that list of book titles above, the HTML generated is:

    <ul>
        <li><a href="http://inventwithpython.com/invent4thed/">Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python</a></li>
        <li><a href="http://inventwithpython.com/cracking/">Cracking Codes with Python</a></li>
        <li><a href="https://automatetheboringstuff.com/">Automate the Boring Stuff with Python</a></li>
    </ul>
    

    The <ul> and </ul> are defining the start and end of an "unordered list", the <li>...</li> are each "list item", the <a> are links with defined destinations.

    I don't think it's usually possible on mobile, but if you're on a PC you can usually right-click any page in a browser and pick something like "View page source" to see the HTML of the page you're looking at.

    Web development is complicated though, because there are so many different languages and layers involved. When you visit Tildes, in the background, Python code runs on the Tildes server and generates the HTML for the page you requested. Your browser receives that HTML, and interprets and combines it with CSS (another language that defines visual presentation like colors/sizes) to decide how to make the page look. When you click a vote button, the browser uses Javascript code (which runs on your device, inside the browser itself) to do some logic, sends a request to Tildes in the background, which causes other Python code to run, which sends back a small piece of HTML that the Javascript then injects into the page, causing the browser to replace the old vote button with the "activated" one.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Does the tags position on posts seem weird to anyone else? in ~tildes

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    It should probably be much more of a hidden option (right now it's the second one on the settings page). It makes the site look far more cluttered and very, very few people probably need or want...

    It should probably be much more of a hidden option (right now it's the second one on the settings page). It makes the site look far more cluttered and very, very few people probably need or want it on.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Does the tags position on posts seem weird to anyone else? in ~tildes

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    This is only because you have the "Show topic tags in listing pages" option enabled, which isn't the default. I'd encourage disabling it, unless you care deeply about tags and want to see all of...

    This is only because you have the "Show topic tags in listing pages" option enabled, which isn't the default. I'd encourage disabling it, unless you care deeply about tags and want to see all of them all of the time in listings (which is probably really just people like @mycketforvirrad that do a lot of re-tagging). Even I have it disabled.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on A completely upgradeable laptop in ~tech