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  1. Comment on Minimum password issue in ~tildes

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    The password was stored in a password manager and worked previously. I just assumed it was a recent change, given that I registered so long ago. I'll go ahead and reset it with the recovery...

    The password was stored in a password manager and worked previously. I just assumed it was a recent change, given that I registered so long ago.

    I'll go ahead and reset it with the recovery feature, but I wanted to report the issue here in case others were blocked.

    4 votes
  2. My password is shorter than 8 characters. When I attempt to log in, I get a validation error telling me so. Luckily, I'm signed in already on this browser. However, when I go to the change...

    My password is shorter than 8 characters. When I attempt to log in, I get a validation error telling me so.

    Luckily, I'm signed in already on this browser. However, when I go to the change password page and attempt to make my password longer, I get a validation error telling me my old password is shorter than 8 characters, and it prevents submitting the form.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Star Trek: Discovery - season 2 discussion in ~tv

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    The theme seems to be reconciliation. I would argue that's plenty relevant in the "real world" today.

    The theme seems to be reconciliation. I would argue that's plenty relevant in the "real world" today.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on US Lawmakers pressure Google over "deeply troubling" China censorship project in ~tech

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    I don't think Google is doing anything surprising. There was only so long shareholders were going to accept neglecting the Chinese market. All that lost money is heavier than any airy talk about...

    I don't think Google is doing anything surprising. There was only so long shareholders were going to accept neglecting the Chinese market. All that lost money is heavier than any airy talk about human rights or censorship.

    Unfortunate, and likely inevitable.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What is the Morally Appropriate Language in Which to Think and Write? in ~humanities

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    Awesome read. Thanks for sharing it! Cosmopolitanization is fascinating. To me it's progress towards a more unified whole of our species, where I think the best chances exist to tackle big...

    Awesome read. Thanks for sharing it!

    Cosmopolitanization is fascinating. To me it's progress towards a more unified whole of our species, where I think the best chances exist to tackle big problems like climate change. Not to even mention whatever progress towards exploration and discovery could be made.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - how do we make groups feel more like "separate spaces"? in ~tildes.official

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    Right now we're very feed/reddit-style, where the homepage aggregates posts from all subscribed groups. This is nice to get an overview of things going on but it doesn't make the individual groups...

    Right now we're very feed/reddit-style, where the homepage aggregates posts from all subscribed groups. This is nice to get an overview of things going on but it doesn't make the individual groups feel any different from one another--they're sort of an afterthought to "filter" things down. Second-class citizens.

    What about experimenting with a more retro forum-oriented homepage option? One that lists your subscribed groups along with the most recent several posts from that group, separated from one-another. That way you would seek out content in a more group/theme-oriented way.

    Also: custom styling per group! But I know that's blocked by other factors.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Twitter 'Smytes' Customers in ~tech

    Ganymede (edited ) Link Parent
    That's because these services don't think about the end user or the long-term. Increasingly these products are being designed with the express goal of making as much money as possible in the...

    That's because these services don't think about the end user or the long-term. Increasingly these products are being designed with the express goal of making as much money as possible in the shortest timeframe possible. The long-term implications on profitability are even secondary--the people making the decisions (CEO, etc.) have their salaries tied directly to immediate stock price and current growth metrics. They get theirs, and then they leave these products out in the cold to wither. By then it isn't their problem anymore.

    This becomes particularly insidious and cruel when the "product" is a social platform like reddit. Real people use platforms like this to connect, learn, grow, etc. It actually hurts these people. :\

    On that note, thank you again for being a decent human being and launching Tildes. I hope people come around and realize things don't have to follow the reddit/Facebook/Twitter model. It's possible to use these tools for positive social constructs--people just don't think about it enough yet.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale has started (June 21 - July 5) in ~games

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    Man, such good games. I do wonder though what the experience is like for people brand new to the games. They're special to me because I played them on Dreamcast and then later Gamecube back in the...

    Man, such good games. I do wonder though what the experience is like for people brand new to the games. They're special to me because I played them on Dreamcast and then later Gamecube back in the day, so I'm used to their quirks and general roughness (camera angles, etc.)

    Modern games tend to be a lot more forgiving, so while the Sonic Adventure games are, I think, some of the most fun 3D platformer-style games around, I also think they're pretty inaccessible to modern gamers who never played them originally.

    So while they're on sale like this is the perfect time to pick them up for those folks. Anyone considering it: give them a try and push through the initial frustration--they're awesome games.

    Also, Chao gardens!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale has started (June 21 - July 5) in ~games

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    You must get VVVVVV. If you're a fan of the art of the difficult platformer, you're in for a treat. Great music, great visuals, challenging gameplay. So good. Definitely one of my favorite games...

    You must get VVVVVV. If you're a fan of the art of the difficult platformer, you're in for a treat. Great music, great visuals, challenging gameplay. So good.

    Definitely one of my favorite games of all time.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale has started (June 21 - July 5) in ~games

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    I've never had trouble with mine. Wire it in with an ethernet cable and you're good to go. I've had no problem with games as graphically vigorous as Far Cry 5.

    I've never had trouble with mine. Wire it in with an ethernet cable and you're good to go. I've had no problem with games as graphically vigorous as Far Cry 5.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on America’s Millennials Are Waking Up to a Grim Financial Future in ~misc

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    In the 70s a shift in corporate mindset occurred wherein "shareholders come first" became the mantra. Instead of shareholders getting a slice of the pie (dividends) proportional to R&D, employee...

    In the 70s a shift in corporate mindset occurred wherein "shareholders come first" became the mantra. Instead of shareholders getting a slice of the pie (dividends) proportional to R&D, employee wage increases, etc., they began to get a larger and larger share of the profits. In this way, wealth is moved from the hands of the middle class (employee wages don't increase) and into the hands of the wealthy shareholders (dividends go up.)

    It doesn't have to be this way. Instead of giving the lion's share of profits to the shareholders, more money should be given to the employees for wage increases. Greed has overpowered a system that is generally a good thing: public corporations who have to answer to shareholders are under pressure to perform well and make good choices. In this way we can hold corporations accountable for their actions and encourage good behavior.

    However, when it gets this out of whack those benefits start to dwindle and all we get is a system set up to increase wealth inequality.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on What do you remember about the "old" internet? in ~talk

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    Oh yeah. We had a graphics subforum full of people who would just make random graphics in Photoshop and post them to share. Then they'd open "shops" where other members could request a signature....

    Oh yeah. We had a graphics subforum full of people who would just make random graphics in Photoshop and post them to share. Then they'd open "shops" where other members could request a signature.

    Good times, those.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    The world is a worse place without Anthony Bourdain in it. I will miss him terribly.

    The world is a worse place without Anthony Bourdain in it. I will miss him terribly.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Suggestion: Collect statistic about the amount of comments and posts a user made. in ~tildes

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    I would be interested in seeing statistics related to my activity here. I understand there may be philosophical reasons against public statistics, but private breakdowns would be nice. Which...

    I would be interested in seeing statistics related to my activity here. I understand there may be philosophical reasons against public statistics, but private breakdowns would be nice.

    Which groups I post the most in, how many posts I've made overall, etc.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on How often do you go to write a comment or a post online, and after a bit of time spent writing you decide that it is crap and just delete it? Is this a good thing? in ~talk

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    I'm constantly struggling with this. I think Tildes in particular has such lofty goals for content quality that I just automatically assume my opinion or perspective isn't interesting enough. That...

    I'm constantly struggling with this. I think Tildes in particular has such lofty goals for content quality that I just automatically assume my opinion or perspective isn't interesting enough.

    That said, I think of it as an opportunity to practice being in those situations. There are a lot of knowledgeable and experienced people on this site--it would be a complete waste to not engage with them, even if I'm the newb who doesn't fully understand, or doesn't have much to contribute yet.

    It's like that saying uh, if you're the smartest person in the room you need to pick a different room. Or whatever that saying is. It's good practice for offline life.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The Growing Toxicity of Fanbases in ~misc

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    It's easier than ever to get attention online, and what better way to get attention than making jokes about a shared interest? These people who take it too far aren't new, they're just more able...

    It's easier than ever to get attention online, and what better way to get attention than making jokes about a shared interest? These people who take it too far aren't new, they're just more able than ever to use shared interests and internet platforms to seek validation. I'm no psychiatrist, but when you get the most attention from being a funny fan of Rick and Morty I can see how you can fold that into your identity until it's unhealthy.

    Then you get a bunch of obsessive attention seekers who try to one-up each other in order to maintain that identity and validation until you get these horrible extremes. Honestly, a lot of them may not even see how far beyond normal it becomes. Boiling frogs, etc.

    23 votes
  17. Comment on Tetris Effect - Announce Trailer in ~games

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    Ugh. I'm going to have to get a PS4 Pro and PSVR, aren't I? This is the second PSVR exclusive that has gotten me excited. Meanwhile, my Vive sits mostly unused in the corner.

    Ugh.

    I'm going to have to get a PS4 Pro and PSVR, aren't I? This is the second PSVR exclusive that has gotten me excited. Meanwhile, my Vive sits mostly unused in the corner.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on When did humans start having souls? in ~misc

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    Forgive my layman philosophy here. To me, my "soul" is my ability to reason about myself and my place in the world. Said another way, we started having souls when we started asking ourselves and...

    Forgive my layman philosophy here.

    To me, my "soul" is my ability to reason about myself and my place in the world. Said another way, we started having souls when we started asking ourselves and each other if we had them.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on New member here in ~tildes

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    Hey, welcome. :) We also have a big welcome thread you could post in to get to know people.

    Hey, welcome. :) We also have a big welcome thread you could post in to get to know people.

    2 votes