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  1. Comment on In defense of Signal in ~tech

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    At the end of the day, the article’s point seems to be: if you trust Signal and Moxie then this is a good thing (implication: if you don’t it’s bad). The role that personal and organizational...

    At the end of the day, the article’s point seems to be: if you trust Signal and Moxie then this is a good thing (implication: if you don’t it’s bad).

    The role that personal and organizational trust plays in today’s society is pretty interesting. We live in this kind of “post-truth” society where, unless you have 100% visibility on an issue (which one might argue is impossible), you can get persuasive arguments on both sides and ultimately have to make a choice based on personal or organizational trust.

    For me, as someone involved in tech who isnt super deep on crypto, I recognize the inherent risk of relying on donations and trust Signal and Moxie enough to continue using the app. I don’t typically use cryptocurrency but maybe I will because of this.

    Not saying you’re wrong - in an ideal world advocating for protocols makes a lot of sense. But we don’t really live in an ideal world and Moxie’s philosophy on the benefits of centralization seem to have served Signal well thus far.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    Nintendo always has an extra expansion port in their HW that never gets used. They’re hardware experts, and understand having stuff like this can increase the prime lifetime of their platforms by...

    Nintendo always has an extra expansion port in their HW that never gets used. They’re hardware experts, and understand having stuff like this can increase the prime lifetime of their platforms by an extra year or two. This is extremely important in the hw game - every new platform iteration costs tens of millions (if not more).

    Also note how their HW builds upon each previous iteration. The switch is a perfected wiiU (tablet), wii (motion controls), and DS (cartridge, portability) all in one.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    It’s been awhile for me, but I tried firing it up a few months ago and didn’t find a lot of activity. What servers/channels do you recommend ?

    It’s been awhile for me, but I tried firing it up a few months ago and didn’t find a lot of activity. What servers/channels do you recommend ?

  4. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    It’s one of the few carts I still throw into my Nomad occasionally. It holds up!

    It’s one of the few carts I still throw into my Nomad occasionally. It holds up!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    I “quit” Reddit as my New Years resolution this year. I say “quit” because my only rule is not to use the app on my phone. I still use Reddit on my computer and not logged in on my phone, but I’d...

    I “quit” Reddit as my New Years resolution this year. I say “quit” because my only rule is not to use the app on my phone. I still use Reddit on my computer and not logged in on my phone, but I’d say I’ve reduced my usage by at least 90%.

    My main issue was that it was so easy to use, any time I had a few seconds of downtime, I was popping my phone open and scrolling. That downtime is really important- allowing myself to be bored, think, etc was missing.

    I do still like having something to occupy my time, so I wrote a little website to help me read more ebooks cross-platform and “au moment” with others. I’m currently reading Ivanhoe if anyone is interested: http://books.liberator.me/?book=Ivanhoe_A_Romance

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What kinds of content are you hoping to see on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    What kind of content would you like to see in ~books? I’m trying to read more lately, are you interested in an ad-hoc book club?

    What kind of content would you like to see in ~books? I’m trying to read more lately, are you interested in an ad-hoc book club?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Reddit’s product (from their perspective) is the number “engaged” users they have. Chat is a way to up their engagement numbers for their clients (advertisers, investors, etc) You could say it...

    Reddit’s product (from their perspective) is the number “engaged” users they have. Chat is a way to up their engagement numbers for their clients (advertisers, investors, etc)

    You could say it adds little value for the end users, but a lot will likely use it.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Beyond Meat signs global supply deals with McDonald’s, KFC & Pizza Hut in ~food

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    Why are the plant-based meat patties a bigger step in the right direction? What’s the right direction?

    Why are the plant-based meat patties a bigger step in the right direction? What’s the right direction?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Have not seen the docs on YouTube, but it has great internal insight from those who worked at Theranos. It was written by the journalist who originally broke the story

    Have not seen the docs on YouTube, but it has great internal insight from those who worked at Theranos. It was written by the journalist who originally broke the story

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I’m not an audiobook person, I just can’t pay attention for some reason. Besides, one of the reasons I’m reading the book is as a test of a platform I coded up. Check it out if you like (bugs...

    I’m not an audiobook person, I just can’t pay attention for some reason.

    Besides, one of the reasons I’m reading the book is as a test of a platform I coded up. Check it out if you like (bugs abound!) http://books.liberator.me/?book=Dune

    2 votes
  11. Comment on TheDonald’s owner speaks out on why he finally pulled plug on hate-filled site in ~tech

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    Sorry for the late reply, but I feel it’s worth a reply as I don’t feel I’ve expressed myself clearly to you. In your post, you again use your personal definitions and make generalizations on what...

    Sorry for the late reply, but I feel it’s worth a reply as I don’t feel I’ve expressed myself clearly to you.

    In your post, you again use your personal definitions and make generalizations on what I must be thinking. This is my issue. These broad generalizations and assumptions.

    As to your other examples: I know someone who is deathly afraid of climate change but for the so-called bathroom bills. Since they check one box, I guess you might say this person is a “rightist” and therefore not worth any kind of consideration, even though they may be “leftist” on the climate side. Meanwhile, I find this person to be a loyal and intelligent friend. So if I had your worldview, I would not only be robbing myself of a great friend but also be further polarizing society for (imo) no good reason.

    Generalizations are useful to save time, but they have limits.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Re-reading Dune. It gets better every time I read it. Reading the rest of the mythology also helps make the first book better. Just finished Bad Blood - a book about Theranos, a unicorn-level...

    Re-reading Dune. It gets better every time I read it. Reading the rest of the mythology also helps make the first book better.

    Just finished Bad Blood - a book about Theranos, a unicorn-level Ponzi scheme. Pretty gripping!

    10 votes
  13. Comment on TheDonald’s owner speaks out on why he finally pulled plug on hate-filled site in ~tech

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    This feels so reductive. Someone might stand for racial and gender equality but not want to defund the police, does it help to define them as rightist and irredeemable? In my experience there are...

    This feels so reductive. Someone might stand for racial and gender equality but not want to defund the police, does it help to define them as rightist and irredeemable?

    In my experience there are people who see themselves as “right” but don’t fit your definition. What makes your definition more correct than theirs?

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Eau de Space and Kickstarter regrets in ~talk

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    So I’m a member of a KS company who has successfully raised >$2M for two consumer electronics products. The first one was 2 years late and the second one will be 1.25 years late. Our audience is...

    So I’m a member of a KS company who has successfully raised >$2M for two consumer electronics products.

    The first one was 2 years late and the second one will be 1.25 years late. Our audience is pretty understanding of our struggles, especially since we’re quite candid about them on our blog.

    Before I joined this company, I backed a bunch of projects and everything always eventually found its way to me. I backed beacon bike lights, a few comic anthologies, and Shenmue 3.

    The model makes a lot of sense, but it puts a lot of onus on founders and customers. Even with KS rules to prevent “take the money and run” scams, it can always seem like a product you’re excited for is taking too long, because the founders are usually doing things they’ve never done before.

    On the founder side, it can be very difficult to maximize campaigns, and to do so you need to do several “marketing” tricks to help create excitement which leads to more presales. You’re pretty much forced to pretend your funding needs are lower than they are and hope you clear the fence due to the way KS works. There’s an entire industry propped up around selling services to make campaigns succeed.

    Anyways, happy to answer questions you may have on the founder perspective.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The battle inside Signal - The fast-growing encrypted messaging app is developing features that would make it more vulnerable to abuse. Current and former employees are sounding the alarm. in ~tech

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    I agree. The article feels like it’s assuming all content should be moderated, which is a new-ish paradigm that actually runs contrary to the original spirit of the internet (IMO). Do creators of...

    I agree. The article feels like it’s assuming all content should be moderated, which is a new-ish paradigm that actually runs contrary to the original spirit of the internet (IMO).

    Do creators of a tool have a responsibility when said tools are used to hurt others? Are some tools inherently “bad”? These are questions people have been struggling with for ages. Cryptography used to be illegal for export from the US for these reasons, but the good things it’s brought us in the years since seem to outweigh the bad.

    Personally I’m cheering Signal on. They’ve set up their system to get around the anti-privacy five eyes. I’m obviously anti-terrorism, and I think it’s possible for law-enforcement to stop threats without requiring all citizens to give up their privacy. To say otherwise is a false dichotomy in my opinion.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    Woooah, Midnight Diner was the original? I was wondering why they switched cameras between the two series. Tokyo Stories is MUCH better IMO. Both in production and writing.

    Woooah, Midnight Diner was the original? I was wondering why they switched cameras between the two series.

    Tokyo Stories is MUCH better IMO. Both in production and writing.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Amazon will start streaming Robert Kirkman's 'Invincible' on March 26th in ~tv

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    I haven’t read it all, but the comic is really good! Looking forward to seeing it animated!

    I haven’t read it all, but the comic is really good! Looking forward to seeing it animated!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Rethinking votes in ~tildes

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    I take issue with you painting "conservatives" as some sort of homogeneous group that mean harm to POC, LGBTQ+, and immigrants. In fact I think this kind of broad generalization is exactly the...

    I take issue with you painting "conservatives" as some sort of homogeneous group that mean harm to POC, LGBTQ+, and immigrants. In fact I think this kind of broad generalization is exactly the reason why @Akir posted this thread.

    I understand that there are some prominent "right" groups (especially in the US) that have certain philosophies and techniques that shut down the voices of marginalized groups, but I feel that assuming anyone who might identify as "conservative" or "right" is counter-productive. It doesn't weaken these groups; it in fact strengthens them to draw a hard line between themselves and others.

    I'm not from the US, but I do have many friends and relatives there, and some are die-hard Trump supporters. I speak with them regularly about their thoughts and feelings on current events. They feel safe opening up to me because they know I have a desire to understand, not change theme. Shutting them down because they are self-identified "conservatives" would limit our exposure to each other, and further galvanize the tribes.

    In the end, isn't the problem not that we have different philosophies, but the fact that we can't discuss them respectfully?

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Rethinking votes in ~tildes

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    A read score would be interesting. If I had a post that was read a lot but not voted, it might encourage me to put more effort in the next time I comment. I’d go so far as saying it would be more...

    A read score would be interesting. If I had a post that was read a lot but not voted, it might encourage me to put more effort in the next time I comment.

    I’d go so far as saying it would be more interesting if it wasn’t user-initiated (I.e if you have the comment on screen for a certain amount of time, it counts as you reading it).

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Discussion of politics going forward? in ~tildes

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    I like the rate-limiting idea! Aside from the effects you mentioned, it might also encourage users to post a more “thorough” response, knowing they won’t be able to clarify for x amount of time.

    I like the rate-limiting idea!

    Aside from the effects you mentioned, it might also encourage users to post a more “thorough” response, knowing they won’t be able to clarify for x amount of time.

    7 votes