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  1. Comment on Anyone tried the IndexNow feature yet? Does it benefit SEO anyhow? in ~tech

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    Is it highly talked about? I’m finding practically no current discussion. The linked article is from 2022. I’m not finding much newer than 2023, and it’s all blog posts (and mostly seo spammy...

    Is it highly talked about? I’m finding practically no current discussion.

    • The linked article is from 2022.
    • I’m not finding much newer than 2023, and it’s all blog posts (and mostly seo spammy blogs); nothing on Wikipedia, MDN, or other popular industry publications.
    • There’s only 25 questions on stack overflow tagged “indexnow”, with just two from 2024.
    • The full search engine implementation list is only: Bing, Naver, Seznam.cx, Yandex, and Yep.
    • Anecdotally, I’ve been in the web industry for well over a decade and have never heard it mentioned by my peers in person or online.
    2 votes
  2. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    For context, I just looked up the wait times on the puzzles people are complaining about: Braid cloud puzzle: 2 hours The Witness: 1 hour I don’t have strong opinions on wasting/respecting player...

    For context, I just looked up the wait times on the puzzles people are complaining about:

    • Braid cloud puzzle: 2 hours
    • The Witness: 1 hour

    I don’t have strong opinions on wasting/respecting player time, in The Witness or otherwise, but Jon’s linked response is wholly unsatisfying. The two defenses seem to be 1. It’s a small part of a larger game, so don’t pick at it and 2. Making the player wait is, like, meditative or something, man.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Spaced repetition for teaching two-year olds how to read (Interview) in ~life

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    On the flip side, baby enrichment is a booming business. Swimming, music, dance, foreign language, chess, gymnastics, and countless others I’ve seen accepting kids as young as six months (some...

    On the flip side, baby enrichment is a booming business. Swimming, music, dance, foreign language, chess, gymnastics, and countless others I’ve seen accepting kids as young as six months (some like gymnastics are 2, still very young). Plus more traditional tuition in elementary school not to catch up, but to push further. Days filled with structured and, most importantly, “productive” activities. Even the unstructured play is often only done with a careful selection of academic “toys” and guidance if they’re not being played with in the “correct way”. Parents feeling like their kid is lagging behind for being a kid.

    It seems less and less acceptable for a toddler to just enjoy the world being a toddler, let alone a kid to be a kid.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What have we liberals done to the US west coast? in ~misc

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    From what my teacher friends tell me, staff do not use the student bathrooms. Beyond size differences in lower grades (e.g. little kids have appropriately short sinks and tiny toilets/urinals),...

    From what my teacher friends tell me, staff do not use the student bathrooms. Beyond size differences in lower grades (e.g. little kids have appropriately short sinks and tiny toilets/urinals), there is a liability issue around adults potentially exposing themselves to children even unintentionally that schools absolutely don’t want to risk. They can enter a student bathroom, with the door open, when there’s an issue, but they must do their own business in the staff bathroom(s).

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Introducing the Light Phone III in ~tech

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    There’s a lot of discussion and disagreement around this topic. 1Password’s blog, which is generally pretty good, has one such write up 1Password and 2FA: Is it wrong to store passwords and...

    There’s a lot of discussion and disagreement around this topic.

    1Password’s blog, which is generally pretty good, has one such write up 1Password and 2FA: Is it wrong to store passwords and one-time codes together?

    The short answer is that storing your TOTP in 1Password is safe. It’s also faster and more convenient than using a separate, dedicated app.

    Each factor must be separate and distinct to be valid.

    While you turn on the 2FA setting in your account, and subsequent sign-ins require your password and a TOTP, you lack a true second factor when both secrets originate from the same device. And that means you have the same level of protection whether you store your TOTP in 1Password or an authenticator app (on the same device).

    We established that a true second factor is a device other than the one used to store your password — it might be a Yubikey, Titan, or an old device you use primarily for authentication.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Denmark has recalled several spicy ramen noodle products by South Korean company Samyang, claiming that the capsaicin levels in them could poison consumers in ~food

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    Then throw in the tongue numbing of spices like Szechuan/Sichuan peppercorns for different experiences when combined with capsaicin. Chinese cuisine plays with spice in many different ways. E.g...

    Then throw in the tongue numbing of spices like Szechuan/Sichuan peppercorns for different experiences when combined with capsaicin.

    Chinese cuisine plays with spice in many different ways. E.g Sichuan mala “numbing hot”, Hunan burning heat. Guizhou sour spicy. I’m sure someone more familiar than I can go into greater detail on these and other flavor profiles.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on How CoComelon captures our children’s attention in ~life

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    There was a thread a while back relating to AI and children’s books. There was worry that the market would shift to churning out soulless AI books and illustrations. While there’s currently plenty...

    There was a thread a while back relating to AI and children’s books. There was worry that the market would shift to churning out soulless AI books and illustrations.

    While there’s currently plenty of wheat to separate from the chaff, the market is already flooded with absolute garbage. If people primarily looking to make a buck off parents and kids switched to AI generation instead of whatever they’re doing now, it might actually be a net improvement.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Do you use an RSS reader? in ~tech

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    I use a free plan on inoreader for storing and cross-platform/device syncing and all that. I mostly read on mobile, and I found a great free iOS app called Unread that works with Inoreader,...

    I use a free plan on inoreader for storing and cross-platform/device syncing and all that.

    I mostly read on mobile, and I found a great free iOS app called Unread that works with Inoreader, Feedly, and others. The UI is clean, minimal, and a really nice experience while still letting you use your primary rss service of choice.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How CoComelon captures our children’s attention in ~life

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    I’ve watched more than enough cocomelon from my nieces over the years. Unless covering a well known song, their lyrics are pretty bad and clumsy even by children song standards. I vaguely remember...

    I’ve watched more than enough cocomelon from my nieces over the years. Unless covering a well known song, their lyrics are pretty bad and clumsy even by children song standards. I vaguely remember questioning the actual message being conveyed on a number of occasions. They reuse melodies so frequently that, combined with shoehorning those lyrics in that don’t fit and the lazy animation, it’s clearly just a content mill for cash at this point. It’s not something focused on meaningfully educating children in an entertaining way. The kids are somehow glued to it, “zombies” like the article mentions, which means you as a parent can’t even turn it into a more active listening/engaging experience - it’s like talking to a wall.

    Once I had kids of my own, I knew I wasn’t going to get them hooked on it. They’re still young, so we’re generally avoiding watching screens. Instead we have hand-picked a diverse Spotify playlist and try to engage them as much as we can while listening (singing, dancing, etc). Seems to be working well so far.

    20 votes
  10. Comment on $2.70 supermarket wine wins gold medal at international wine contest in ~food

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    At least the US has offerings like $2/3-buck-chuck. In Singapore, there is no cheap alcohol. Wine already twice as much as €3 / sgd$4.37 minimum, before the 8% GST and the actual product cost. Now...

    At least the US has offerings like $2/3-buck-chuck. In Singapore, there is no cheap alcohol.

    As of 2021, the excise duty rate for wine is sgd$88 per litre of alcohol. This means that a 750ml bottle of wine with an alcohol content of 13% would be subject to an excise duty of sgd$8.58.

    Wine already twice as much as €3 / sgd$4.37 minimum, before the 8% GST and the actual product cost. Now think about that tax on bitters and spirits. And that’s retail price… Now think about the markup at a bar or restaurant.

    Even before having kids, I’ve effectively become a financially-motivated teetotaler since moving here.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on DeGoogling 2024: Replacing Photos, Gmail, and Search in ~tech

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    On iOS, I recently tried Apple Maps again and have been pleasantly surprised. Google Maps has had some issues where it seems to have forgotten about a few pedestrian routes around me; it sends me...

    On iOS, I recently tried Apple Maps again and have been pleasantly surprised.

    Google Maps has had some issues where it seems to have forgotten about a few pedestrian routes around me; it sends me to a far bus stop that has the shortest road+sidewalk to the destination instead of the one that’s literally next to the building connected by a paved footpath. That throws off public transport options, sometimes completely, so I can’t just trust its suggestion and get off a stop earlier/later.

    Apple Maps has come a long way in the many years since I wrote it off. Great, accurate public transport suggestions and info. Cleaner and more polished navigation UI than Google. Extra niceties like displaying current speed limit. It’s not faultless, of course; it sent me through a complex college campus once because it was technically shorter, and also possibly recently was no longer a through-route so I had to turn around. But overall, I’m starting to use Apple Maps over Google Maps when I can, definitely for public transport.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on DeGoogling 2024: Replacing Photos, Gmail, and Search in ~tech

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    For Maps, if you’re just using for navigation and only have a few saved locations, there’s no tie in. If you’ve made extensive use of the features like lists and notes, starred/saved locations,...

    For Maps, if you’re just using for navigation and only have a few saved locations, there’s no tie in. If you’ve made extensive use of the features like lists and notes, starred/saved locations, and (writing) reviews, then it can be much harder to leave. I don’t know if there’s an easy way to both export all of that and import it in whatever new tool you choose.

    Edit: I forgot about the social bits, like shared lists. I know a lot of families that share lists in Maps, where locations can be added and edited by anyone allowed. Everyone would have to move and the new tool, which would need to support the same sharing functionality

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  13. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    This was back when I was one of the kids, in the US, but now I’m seeing it from the other side as a parent myself. I’m now living in Singapore and still can’t believe when people unironically...

    This was back when I was one of the kids, in the US, but now I’m seeing it from the other side as a parent myself. I’m now living in Singapore and still can’t believe when people unironically complain about a 30min drive being “so far”; I’d drive upwards of an hour or two just to meet some friends for dinner then drive back in the US.

    I also forgot to mention sometimes we’d do the trip with our two similarly aged cousins when we were a little older. In a sedan. Four kids packed across the back, rotating which two shared a seatbelt or got stuck in the middle. For 10 hours. All things considered, legitimately fun times.

    My dad would do the whole drive himself. He’d get a good rest the night before, eat a solid breakfast before waking the kids, and aim to complete the journey before it got dark. There may have been once or twice over the years that my mom drove a leg, or once I was old enough he’d let me drive one for practice.

    Anyway, my parents would get up around 5:30-6am to do any last minute packing and load the car. They’d wake us up just enough to change clothes and into the car, the hope being we’d sleep for a while longer. Tip #1: make it easy for the kids to sleep - it is the best time killer and it helps keep them from getting cranky. Pillows, blankets, whatever.

    My parents brought a bunch of toys, books, and other small things to entertain us. We’re talking Tiger Electronics handhelds, stacks of magic marker activity books (the kind where the marker only works on the book), etch-a-sketch, magnet drawing, time-killer books like Where’s Waldo, actual books to read, car card games like Rubberneckers, regular cards, travel sized board games, a lot of music cassettes/cds and sing-a-longs, etc. Tip #2: Quantity and variety, not quality, are the name of the game with entertaining kids on long trips, and enough duplicates for every kid to have one at the same time if necessary. Short attention spans and tempers demand it. When we got older, it was easier - a new Harry Potter book alone could carry us most of the way. Now phones are an infinite source of variety, which helps, but the old stuff is still more than worthwhile.

    Tip #3: Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. Whatever the kids like and makes them happy, as long as they’re not too messy. Goldfish, pringles, m&ms, etc. No rules or restrictions (within reason), whatever you want as often as you want.

    Tip #4: Limit drinks to reduce bathroom breaks. Nobody needs a Big Gulp or fifty sodas. Avoid diuretics like iced tea. If you have boys and they have to pee, an empty bottle with a well-sealing lid can avoid a stop…

    Tip #5: Plan the major stops - gas, major meals, estimated bathroom needs - ahead of time. Minimize separate stops by overlapping needs at estimated times/maximum distances. This also gives you a reference point to ask if the kids can wait/hold it until the next planned stop. Strongly prefer stops directly on the highway instead of driving off.

    Tip #6: save time with concurrency. For example: One parent takes a kid to the bathroom while the other parent and kid get the gas pumping and either stretch or start ordering to-go food if mealtime. Swap places when first bathroom group is done. Whoever finishes first cleans out any trash from the car. Everyone back in. Driver either quickly eats before going, or more often is fed by navigator once back on the road.

    Tip #7: Avoid stopped traffic with kids. Abit of slowdown is fine, but something about a full stop without getting out drives kids nuts. Nothing changing out the window to see, no gentle vibration to physically calm, jerky stop and go, etc. Now phones and GPS make it easy to reroute. Back then, it meant tuning into AM radio or waiting for the local FM stations’ periodic traffic report, then the navigator unfolding the big physical map to find a suitable alternate route.

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    Tip #8: Pack your meals if you can. Sandwiches in a small cooler are healthier, compact, don’t need any reheating, and save time over even fast food (which, at major stops or mealtimes, is anything but fast).

    2 votes
  14. Comment on AMD officially confirms no more Windows 10 chipset driver and support for next gen Ryzen in ~tech

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    I’ve worked at a few tech companies ranging from <50 to several thousand employees. Macbooks have always been an option, and often were the dominant choice at least in the engineering departments....

    I’ve worked at a few tech companies ranging from <50 to several thousand employees. Macbooks have always been an option, and often were the dominant choice at least in the engineering departments.

    One of my hardware refresh periods came up shortly after the M1 was released; they basically told me just max out a new MBP configuration and send the request to the procurement department.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    Agreed. I know there are people who take leisurely breaks - I see them - but among my family and friends I don’t actually know any. With a family of four, we’d make a 600mi road trip in ~10-11h...

    Agreed. I know there are people who take leisurely breaks - I see them - but among my family and friends I don’t actually know any.

    With a family of four, we’d make a 600mi road trip in ~10-11h with the bare minimum number of breaks the tank and kid bladder control would allow. They were closer to F1 pit-stops than family picnics - gas, pee, and stretch only until the first two finish.

    An extra 30min, let alone a few, is absolutely not worth extending the total time and may even push it to a 2-day journey.

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  16. Comment on How do you deal with a blocked mind that won't sprout enough writing ideas? in ~creative

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    This sounds a lot like your topic from less than two weeks ago and the same general advice applies. Just. Start. Writing. About anything and everything. It doesn’t all need to be share-worthy;...
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    This sounds a lot like your topic from less than two weeks ago and the same general advice applies.

    Just. Start. Writing. About anything and everything. It doesn’t all need to be share-worthy; it’s really the practice.

    You’ll get better both technically and creatively with practice, same as any other skill.

    20 votes
  17. Comment on I am a witch. Well, a well witcher... in ~talk

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    “The wife” has been a common phrase In the Real World for a very long time. Also “the kids”, “the [pet]”, etc and combinations of them.

    “The wife” has been a common phrase In the Real World for a very long time. Also “the kids”, “the [pet]”, etc and combinations of them.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on I made a mistake, I started using Reddit again in ~talk

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    Even if a program is working completely as intended, according to spec, with no undefined states possible - i.e. zero bugs - you are still going to run into the limitations of the statistical...

    Even if a program is working completely as intended, according to spec, with no undefined states possible - i.e. zero bugs - you are still going to run into the limitations of the statistical analysis itself. It will never be able to give a 100% confidence result, especially with the kind of limited and unreliable information it can use in a situation like this, so you have to pick some confidence threshold on which to act. By the very nature of the problem, there will be some false positive / negative outcomes, at which point the next steps become an issue of scale. A huge sub can’t handle a thorough investigation of every appeal like a small sub, so it’s cleaner and “fairer” to have a blanket policy than unevenly applied discretion.

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  19. Comment on Cartoons such as Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, or Avatar? in ~tv

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    I interpreted in response to As disagreeing with who the primary (who it’s intended for) and secondary audiences (who else can still enjoy or benefit from it) are, but it sounds like just a...

    I interpreted

    I actually think it's meant for the adults, but trying to make it accessible enough for the kids

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    It’s meant for very young kids […] As a result it’s pretty enjoyable for all audiences.

    As disagreeing with who the primary (who it’s intended for) and secondary audiences (who else can still enjoy or benefit from it) are, but it sounds like just a semantic issue and actually agreement in spirit.