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  1. Comment on The Route of a Text Message, a Love Story in ~tech

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    Next, we need someone to write an article of what it was like to write letters in medieval times - covering the manufacture of paper, the acquiring of quills, and the apprenticeship of scribes.

    Next, we need someone to write an article of what it was like to write letters in medieval times - covering the manufacture of paper, the acquiring of quills, and the apprenticeship of scribes.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change in ~tech

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    The real reason is money. Business will always be hesitant or reluctant to "do the right thing" against the accumulation of greater wealth - especially when executives jobs hinge on the voting...

    The real reason is money. Business will always be hesitant or reluctant to "do the right thing" against the accumulation of greater wealth - especially when executives jobs hinge on the voting power of shareholders.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Vote box should be on the left-hand side in ~tildes

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    No, I'm right-handed. But most of the clickable links are on the far-left. The only thing thats on the far-right is the sidebar and the post upvote link. Everything that involves post interaction...

    That's interesting. Are you left-handed?

    No, I'm right-handed. But most of the clickable links are on the far-left. The only thing thats on the far-right is the sidebar and the post upvote link. Everything that involves post interaction is on the left except for the post upvote.

    Where does you mouse loiter when you are going through posts on Tildes? I don't see what being left-handed would have to do having everything but the post upvote being on the left regardless of ones dominate hand. The majority of the site interaction/use takes place on the left.

    Besides: isn't putting the vote/label to the bottom of the comment's container, way past the text, the same "thoroughly read" enforcement? or am I misunderstanding your idea here?

    I guess that's the issue that I am only just starting to realize - that people here on Tildes are choosing to forgo ease of use for enforcing a perceived notion of wether something is "thoroughly read". That's the source of my high-horse comment.

    It was previously insinuated by someone that I'm not reading thoroughly if I want the post upvote located on the left; and now I am learning that this is apparently an intentional design to enforce this. Is there data to support this theory? I am extremely skeptical that this will work as intended and isn't just making the UI unnecessarily cumbersome to use.

    I like some of the concepts and notions behind Tildes. They brought me here to read, and later encouraged me to seek an invite to try it interactively. I'm fully aware that this is a work in progress, but I am not terribly thrilled with the idea/attitude of attempting to train members behaviors through physical obtacles.

  4. Comment on Building the Perfect Box: How to Design Your Linux Workstation (1996) in ~comp

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    Oh, Eric S. Raymond, you magnificent bastard.

    Oh, Eric S. Raymond, you magnificent bastard.

  5. Comment on What is your weirdest eating/drinking habit you had as a kid? in ~talk

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    Hahaha, I used to do that! I rarely buy pickles anymore so I don't partake of swigs from the pickle jar anymore. But what I will do is take a swig from the soy sauce. And maybe the Worcestershire...

    Hahaha, I used to do that! I rarely buy pickles anymore so I don't partake of swigs from the pickle jar anymore. But what I will do is take a swig from the soy sauce. And maybe the Worcestershire sauce if I'm feeling fancy :-D

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  6. Comment on What is your weirdest eating/drinking habit you had as a kid? in ~talk

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    This has always been my preferred way of eating. My justification is this: I like food. I like the way most foods taste as-is and I appreciate their uniqueness. When I eat food one-type at a time,...

    This has always been my preferred way of eating. My justification is this:

    • I like food. I like the way most foods taste as-is and I appreciate their uniqueness. When I eat food one-type at a time, I am maximizing my enjoyment of that particular food, and then moving on to the next.
    • I simply like to enjoy unique flavors. I'm not some animal that doesn't care whats mashing in my mouth. For example: I like peas. Peas are a unique food to me and I don't have them often. When I eat peas, you bet I am going to eat all of them at once. Corn too. Or should I call it maize? What's the current state of that argument?
    • Sometimes I will eat some things together because it's good together as a blended taste - and if I'm in the mood. It's not an OCD thing, and I don't care if they are touching on my plate.
    • Sometimes I will eat my least favorite foods first, and my most favorite foods last - so I intentionally am left with that 'lasting impression' of tasty goodness.

    I was able to articulate this at a Thanksgiving dinner when I was in my teens. Everyone could see the logic in it, and that was pretty much the end of it - thank goodness. I weep for anyone that this is still a discussed issue for as an adult. Remember: You're an adult and can eat food however you damn well please.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on I've taken the leap from reddit in ~tildes

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    Long-winded and probably foolish text follows: For what it’s worth, I agree with both of you. I feel that your writing should be as important as your appearance in terms of expressing yourself....

    Long-winded and probably foolish text follows:

    For what it’s worth, I agree with both of you. I feel that your writing should be as important as your appearance in terms of expressing yourself. But sometimes we want to communicate quickly and we don't have the luxury and time of being able to editorialize ourselves. Mobile devices I feel are the devil in this regard with their contributions to fat-fingering and autocorrections from hell.

    Yes, we should strive to make the time to communicate properly and effectively. However, I have personally noticed that with the way my life has evolved in the past 20 years, with the barrage of information and tasks being performed and processed daily - that if I don't take a second to at least interject a thought or an additional task to what I am seeing or doing, what I had on my mind will quickly be forgotten and my chance to contribute to something I might feel would be meaningful will be lost. On a site like Tildes or Reddit; that chain of communication will likely scroll off the front page and long be forgotten by the time I actually have the free time to write a proper passage.

    To me this shortness and carelessness its akin to making a note by putting pen to paper ala a post-it-note to communicate. Except we hardly use those tools anymore, as we are increasingly communicating as a society like this but in the short form of instant messages and tweets. It's a horrible way to communicate effectively, but the masses are getting used to it.

    A way to look at this differently might be to devise a new system of submission or reaction to submissions (to posts or replies). Perhaps with the reluctance of a downvote, we have a 'revision request' button that hides a post or reply until OP fixes it. :-D Yes, ridiculous to an extent, but it would allow people to contribute their thought and hopefully fix it later after they get notified of the request. A post or reply gets rejected without it being destroyed or OP demoralized by downvotes and can continue and elaborate on or fix that posted thought when they again have a free moment to look at their inbox and respond to and hopefully fix their mediocrity.

    This hides the offending post so no one brigades complaining about, and it simply gets hidden until they fix it. Make it expire in say 24 hours if it hasn't been fixed, and be done with it. Make it auditable so abusers of the system can be held accountable.

    And then again sometimes there is no solution to imperfect people for imperfect people in an imperfect world.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Vote box should be on the left-hand side in ~tildes

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    Wait, you moved the reply upvote to the right? :-D You're killing me! Granted I'm newish to being able to interact with the site, but for the most part of my experience so far, my mouse is hanging...

    Wait, you moved the reply upvote to the right? :-D You're killing me!

    Granted I'm newish to being able to interact with the site, but for the most part of my experience so far, my mouse is hanging out on the left-hand side when I am going through posts and replies. It's where I am clicking to select, expand, shrink, reply, vote on replies.

    The vast majority of my clicking is on the far-left.

    Upvoting on the far-right side of the screen is tantamount to user abuse - especially if its to make a select group of people feel like this means that their posts or replies have been 'thoroughly read'. This is striking me as a very high-horse way of looking at a UI issue.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Wikipedia Editors Have Been Fighting Over Corn for at Least a Decade in ~humanities

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    Wikipedia editors penchant for pedanticism never ceases to amaze. It's a large part of a reason I stopped editing. You will encounter people who have a real hair across their ass about a topic and...

    Wikipedia editors penchant for pedanticism never ceases to amaze. It's a large part of a reason I stopped editing. You will encounter people who have a real hair across their ass about a topic and who will absolutely fight to have something written their way - and will expertly leverage the "tools" of Wikipedia to beat you down if there is a conflict of edits - Including abuse of the quick deletion feature. I mean, I'm sure its got to be better these days - but I had what turned into a frustrating experience years ago. So I can totally see how people could be literally fighting over the verbiage of corn.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on YouTube just demonetized anti-vaccination channels in ~tech

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    I like how Google is implementing links to counter-argument information across multiple platforms. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in a way that continues to educate people and/or...

    I like how Google is implementing links to counter-argument information across multiple platforms. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in a way that continues to educate people and/or allows for continued conversation in the mainstream - instead of outright blocking. Because, even though I may disagree with something like anti-vax, I don't want them to seclude themselves into isolated echo chambers either. I don't think that helps the situation.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Vote box should be on the left-hand side in ~tildes

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    Having read through more replies, I think I understand more about the aversion to it. And I agree to an extent. But I would still prefer it on the left while the post is actually opened - So I can...

    Having read through more replies, I think I understand more about the aversion to it. And I agree to an extent. But I would still prefer it on the left while the post is actually opened - So I can easily upvote it once I have read it for quality. The reply upvote link is on the left. Why shouldn't I be able to just as easily upvote the post itself?

    I otherwise have no opinion about it being on the far-right in the main page list-view. That's typically not where I upvote posts unless I am already aware of the post contents.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on I want to get into IT as a career, but I have no previous experience. What essential skills should I know? in ~comp

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    Yes and no? The Network+ is networking-specific, so it would depend on what the position called for. This chart I'm linking below reflects on the skills pathway as well as has summaries of each...

    Yes and no? The Network+ is networking-specific, so it would depend on what the position called for. This chart I'm linking below reflects on the skills pathway as well as has summaries of each cert:

    https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/which-certification

    They list A+ as a precursor to Network+. If you look at the descriptions you will see that Network+ does not include the same curriculum/skillset as A+. A+ is more generalized. Network+ is, well, networking-specific.

    Depending on what you are applying for and what your aptitude is for more generalized computing issues, A+ may not be a factor if you have Network+.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on I want to get into IT as a career, but I have no previous experience. What essential skills should I know? in ~comp

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    The baseline cert you probably want is the "CompTIA A+". This is the basic computer/networking core skillset certificate that you can use as a basis to build an IT career on. This is what I would...

    The baseline cert you probably want is the "CompTIA A+". This is the basic computer/networking core skillset certificate that you can use as a basis to build an IT career on. This is what I would look for in low-level entries with no prior experience to reflect on.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    I think so. I enjoy it as a yearly rewatch, but that might be because I have nostalgia for it. The Bluray is very good quality. The English dub is pretty well done, although I prefer original...

    Is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind worth watching? Did it age well?

    I think so. I enjoy it as a yearly rewatch, but that might be because I have nostalgia for it. The Bluray is very good quality. The English dub is pretty well done, although I prefer original dialogue with subtitles.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Vote box should be on the left-hand side in ~tildes

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    Thank you for this, I had not come across the existing discussion. I'm perfectly comfortable with userscripts, but I think it would be nice to have as a native option. Thanks again for the link!

    Thank you for this, I had not come across the existing discussion.

    I'm perfectly comfortable with userscripts, but I think it would be nice to have as a native option. Thanks again for the link!

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Vote box should be on the left-hand side in ~tildes

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    I don't agree. When I click into a post, my mouse is still on the left-side of the screen. It has nothing to do with my reading comprehension. I kind of don't like the implication that my lack of...

    I don't agree. When I click into a post, my mouse is still on the left-side of the screen. It has nothing to do with my reading comprehension. I kind of don't like the implication that my lack of or desire for less mouse movement means that I'm putting in an effort to read.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    I'm in my 40s. I've been watching anime off-and-on for as long as I can remember. I've probably been watching anime of some sort since the late '70s - probably starting with 'Speed Racer' and...

    I'm in my 40s. I've been watching anime off-and-on for as long as I can remember. I've probably been watching anime of some sort since the late '70s - probably starting with 'Speed Racer' and 'Lupin III' as my earliest recollections. My first real instance of being entranced/hooked as a kid was with 'Robotech' and a collection series called 'Force Five' in the U.S. These were on after-school, and a bunch of friends and I would all go over one person's house so we could watch them together.

    The first anime movie that really struck me was probably 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'. Anime was really hard to come by back in the day, and you had to find circles of people that could get their hands on VHS bootlegs out of Japan. There were even some stores in my area that would 'sell' bootlegs.

    Not anime, but my first chosen Halloween outfit back in the '70s was 'Ultraman'. I still can't believe it when I look back at photos of it. I looked ridiculous :-D

    9 votes
  18. Vote box should be on the left-hand side

    Why? My mouse, as well as my vision, are focused on the left. The vote box feels like its light years away on a 16:9 screen. It's on the opposite side of the screen from everything else I might...

    Why? My mouse, as well as my vision, are focused on the left. The vote box feels like its light years away on a 16:9 screen. It's on the opposite side of the screen from everything else I might click in the GUI. Its a waste of time/movement.

    HTH!

    28 votes
  19. Comment on How do you watch your anime? in ~anime

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    I watch everything via my NVIDIA Sheild. Plex for my personal collection, and then Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, etc. The NVIDIA Shield is an awesome device. I purchase as well as torrent what I put...

    I watch everything via my NVIDIA Sheild. Plex for my personal collection, and then Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, etc. The NVIDIA Shield is an awesome device.

    I purchase as well as torrent what I put on my Plex. If I'm checking it out, I torrent. If I love it, I buy it.

    1 vote