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  1. Comment on On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware in ~tech

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    I've posted this before, but this really opened my eyes regarding Apple hardware "quality": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaJ8pDlxi8

    I've posted this before, but this really opened my eyes regarding Apple hardware "quality": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaJ8pDlxi8

  2. Comment on Markdown in ~tildes

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    Wait, <blink>what about blink?</blink>

    Wait, <blink>what about blink?</blink>

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Name a cool, mostly unknown feature of your OS of choice in ~tech

  4. Comment on Do you prefer an Ebook or a Paper book and why? in ~books

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    I like books on my shelf, but if I'm honest with myself, I tend to read so much more on my phone these days. Also, you can't search in paper books effectively, which is a huge problem for me. I...

    I like books on my shelf, but if I'm honest with myself, I tend to read so much more on my phone these days. Also, you can't search in paper books effectively, which is a huge problem for me. I actually prefer audiobooks for fiction and electronic formats for everything else, due to time constraints.

  5. Comment on The Ideology of the First Order - Lindsay Ellis - [23:39] in ~movies

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    Her video essays are great! I especially loved the ones on The Hobbit.

    Her video essays are great! I especially loved the ones on The Hobbit.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Why should any non-Euro companies care about the GDPR? in ~tech

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    This is a difficult one. On one hand, this kind of innovation can lead to great improvements, but on the other hand, data-repurposing like Facebook starting to auto-tag people in photos due to...

    This is a difficult one. On one hand, this kind of innovation can lead to great improvements, but on the other hand, data-repurposing like Facebook starting to auto-tag people in photos due to facial recognition feels like it should require explicit consent to me. I guess the idea here is to err on the side of privacy.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Why should any non-Euro companies care about the GDPR? in ~tech

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    I guess it is supposed to be aggressive, since previous laws obviously weren't. But most of it just seems like common sense stuff. For example, being able to revoke consent at least as easily as...

    I guess it is supposed to be aggressive, since previous laws obviously weren't. But most of it just seems like common sense stuff. For example, being able to revoke consent at least as easily as giving it. Or being able to see/access what data is stored about you at all. Any company that wants to hide that kind of thing probably doesn't deserve your data anyway, regardless of nationality.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Let's have an E3 hopes, speculation and predictions thread. in ~games

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    I see what you are saying about a healthy market, but I am not sure that there is actually a conflict here. Competing services are certainly beneficial to consumers. The hardware competition...

    I see what you are saying about a healthy market, but I am not sure that there is actually a conflict here. Competing services are certainly beneficial to consumers. The hardware competition certainly is, too. But the hardware competition isn't between re-sellers/assemblers of hardware (i.e. the console manufacturers), but between the hardware manufacturers (prominently nVidia, AMD, Intel). Without console-branded hardware, the competition would still be fully intact.

    The problem I see is that the hardware and software products do not inherently depend on each other, but are arbitrarily made co-dependent by the console manufacturers, which hurts the ability of consumers choose between hardware and services freely and independently. They are putting a console-priced burden on the ability to switch, which reduces competition.

    They could just offer their games and services on PC and still have exclusives. Installing multiple competing services is fine, and there already are a lot of them on PC. Having separate companies and brands is fine. But I can use all of them simultaneously, requiring them to actually provide good value instead of exploiting the sunk cost fallacy.

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  10. Comment on Audiobooks. Whaddyagot? in ~talk

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    Wow, does it even make any sense then? I hope you listened to it in the right order, too. I'd say Artemis is also on the harder side of scifi, but not as much as The Martian was, because its...

    Wow, does it even make any sense then? I hope you listened to it in the right order, too. I'd say Artemis is also on the harder side of scifi, but not as much as The Martian was, because its extrapolated further into the future.

  11. Comment on Audiobooks. Whaddyagot? in ~talk

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    I have, it's fun too, but The Martian will always have a kind of special place in my heart for being pretty hard scifi with great execution and fantastic wit.

    I have, it's fun too, but The Martian will always have a kind of special place in my heart for being pretty hard scifi with great execution and fantastic wit.

  12. Comment on Favorite Laptop? in ~tech

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    Here is a very interesting video on apple engineering quality from a guy who repairs them for a living.

    Here is a very interesting video on apple engineering quality from a guy who repairs them for a living.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Why should any non-Euro companies care about the GDPR? in ~tech

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    This is correct, as far as I understand it. GDPR covers all data collected about an EU citizen, regardless of where the company handling the data is based. So either you ensure that none of your...

    This is correct, as far as I understand it. GDPR covers all data collected about an EU citizen, regardless of where the company handling the data is based. So either you ensure that none of your users are EU citizens, or you'll have to comply for all users.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Audiobooks. Whaddyagot? in ~talk

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    I really loved the audiobook of The Martian by Andy Weir. It's super entertaining and detailed.

    I really loved the audiobook of The Martian by Andy Weir. It's super entertaining and detailed.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Let's have an E3 hopes, speculation and predictions thread. in ~games

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    Modern consoles are basically just regular (slightly under-powered) computers in a different case, except maybe for handhelds. Why would we need more - or any - of those? They are pretty much...

    Modern consoles are basically just regular (slightly under-powered) computers in a different case, except maybe for handhelds. Why would we need more - or any - of those? They are pretty much identical already, except for arbitrary limitations imposed by the manufacturers.

    The only one I see benefiting here is those console manufacturers. They create a segregation problem (e.g. by paying developers for exclusivity) that they then demand money for to resolve (i.e. buying into their hardware and ecosystem). Where does the consumer benefit here, as opposed to a scenario where all games and game services compete in the same space? Exclusivity just reduces competition between those developers. I am sceptical of how competitive current console services would be in a non-segregated environment.

  16. Comment on Build an 8-bit computer from scratch in ~comp

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    This guy is great! He goes into great detail and does a terrific job at explaining how everything operates.

    This guy is great! He goes into great detail and does a terrific job at explaining how everything operates.

  17. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - more growth, more groups in ~tildes.official

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    Of course, none of this is unsolvable. It's just inherently quite a bit more complicated than a simple tree. I am sure we can find solutions for all of these issues.

    Of course, none of this is unsolvable. It's just inherently quite a bit more complicated than a simple tree. I am sure we can find solutions for all of these issues.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - more growth, more groups in ~tildes.official

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    From experience with handling tree-like structures, this is bound to become a huge mess unless there is a singular canonical address for each node. Shorthands and aliases should only be used to...

    From experience with handling tree-like structures, this is bound to become a huge mess unless there is a singular canonical address for each node. Shorthands and aliases should only be used to redirect, never to directly address something on it's own. Otherwise it's not a tree, but a graph with no obvious hierarchy. Tags seem to be the mechanism for tying content from different groups together.

    I also imagine that it could lead to quite a lot of confusion. Can you post to the "virtual" ~scifi group? Where would an actual post be anchored? And how would you distinguish a "virtual" group from a real one? I don't believe that this distinction would be obvious to the average user.

    I think I've said it somewhere else already, but search engines don't seem to like finding identical content on lots of distinct pages either.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on On NSFW Content Rules in ~tildes

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    How is discussion of something like BDSM or some other kind of sex-related subject porn?

    How is discussion of something like BDSM or some other kind of sex-related subject porn?

    10 votes
  20. Comment on Tildes UI design in ~tildes

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    After reading several discussions on the subject, the design decision seems to be to encourage people to read the thread before posting, hence the text box being at the bottom of the page.

    After reading several discussions on the subject, the design decision seems to be to encourage people to read the thread before posting, hence the text box being at the bottom of the page.

    6 votes