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  1. Comment on Anti-Murdoch petition wins record support in Australia in ~news

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    Signed! Thanks for this. The petition closes in 1 hour (04 November 2020 (11.59pm AEST)) if anyone is still interested in joining. Although this is about his influence in Australia, Murdoch has...

    Signed! Thanks for this. The petition closes in 1 hour (04 November 2020 (11.59pm AEST)) if anyone is still interested in joining. Although this is about his influence in Australia, Murdoch has had plenty of impact in both Britain and the US I believe, to make this of relevance to the wider anglophone community.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Goodbye to the ‘Pret economy’ and good luck to whatever replaces it in ~finance

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    Huh, that's useful to know about. Happen to also know why that's the case? Some deal between the Google and FT companies?

    Huh, that's useful to know about. Happen to also know why that's the case? Some deal between the Google and FT companies?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Cloud storage recommendations? in ~tech

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    +1 for pCloud working well. I was initially a bit sceptical of their platform and business model (still am considering that they are still offering lifetime plan options) but ended up signing to...

    +1 for pCloud working well.

    I was initially a bit sceptical of their platform and business model (still am considering that they are still offering lifetime plan options) but ended up signing to their lifetime offer around 2-3 years ago now after doing the math and working out that it would only need it to stay alive and working for approx. 2-3 years for it to be value for money compared with the other options out there. Thankfully it has! Day to day it works exactly as OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox which are the others I have tried in the past.

    No major issues with it at all actually apart from one thing: Periodically I like to do a hard drive backup of all my files and I have had some issues downloading them from pCloud when in large quantities. I have 173GB of data (not even that big by cloud standards) but I can only download up to ~30GB slices without receiving some error message along the way (can’t remember what exactly atm) and having to start over again (it won’t pick up from where it was last up to). Pretty sure this is a pCloud issue but it could be something to do with Windows too though. Haven’t had any success in troubleshooting it although it's not a deal-breaker for me.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Sea turns blood red as more than 250 whales slaughtered in 'barbaric' hunt in Faroe Islands – environmental activist calls for boycott in ~enviro

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    I think the crux of it is that other animals can be farmed and eaten in a theoretically “humane” process (although this is of course unfortunately often not the case) without harming their wild...

    I think the crux of it is that other animals can be farmed and eaten in a theoretically “humane” process (although this is of course unfortunately often not the case) without harming their wild populations or endangering the species (e.g. cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs etc.). On the other hand, it is just not possible or not feasible to farm larger creatures like whales and the manner in which they are killed is often not what is generally considered to be “humane”. Furthermore, in certain cases where the whaling is illegal, the species of whales killed are often not those which are abundant.

    That said I do myself think it is a bit hypocritical with respect to the whole meat industry. More comprehensive whaling procedures and regulations that are agreed upon and enforced internationally would help a lot to alleviate some of these issues but alas, despite this issue kicking around for a long time now, little seems to change.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Ballard resident escorts family of ducks off apartment balcony in ~enviro

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    It is, what a lovely read. And I think it likely is the same duck family doing their quasi-migration twice per year. I wouldn't have thought there was anything negative one could say about such a...

    It is, what a lovely read. And I think it likely is the same duck family doing their quasi-migration twice per year.

    I wouldn't have thought there was anything negative one could say about such a story but reading the page's comments proved me wrong yet again. Stick to the article if you want uplifting haha

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~talk

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    Another possibility could be to only hide votes in controversial tildes groups/topics such as for politics. I think there is nothing wrong with votes 90% of the time (and most people are...

    Another possibility could be to only hide votes in controversial tildes groups/topics such as for politics.

    I think there is nothing wrong with votes 90% of the time (and most people are comfortable with them) but I could definitely see how in argumentative discussions they encourage people to play for their own crowd so to speak so their removal could serve to just turn things down a notch in those environments.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Use this, not that: Positive swaps for the New Year in ~life

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    Aw man, wish I had known about these back when I had braces. Getting all the bits and pieces out of them was a nightmare and this looks like the perfect solution!

    Aw man, wish I had known about these back when I had braces. Getting all the bits and pieces out of them was a nightmare and this looks like the perfect solution!

    7 votes
  8. Comment on I've been accepted into GitHub Sponsors - if you have a Patreon pledge or other recurring donation to Tildes, I'd really appreciate it if you could move it over in ~tildes.official

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    Thanks for the update. That’s a shame. I would think that it would impact a lot of one-off non-recurring donations since these would likely be from new accounts although I suppose, at the very...

    Thanks for the update. That’s a shame. I would think that it would impact a lot of one-off non-recurring donations since these would likely be from new accounts although I suppose, at the very least, these would probably less significant monetarily than the recurring donations.
    In my case, I just created a GitHub account for the sole purpose of making a single donation which is likely why I was flagged. As you said though, no fees is still a massive boon compared to the competing avenues of support so I’ll donate there anyway and hopefully later on if I make another donation my account will no longer raise any flags.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on I've been accepted into GitHub Sponsors - if you have a Patreon pledge or other recurring donation to Tildes, I'd really appreciate it if you could move it over in ~tildes.official

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    Okay that does sound quite probable. Either that or your marketing has really kicked up a storm and you've already met the 5k all in one day! Jokes aside, in any case post an update once you find...

    Okay that does sound quite probable. Either that or your marketing has really kicked up a storm and you've already met the 5k all in one day! Jokes aside, in any case post an update once you find out what's going on and I for one will hold off donating until it's confirmed that it'll be matched because doubling sounds like a big difference.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on I've been accepted into GitHub Sponsors - if you have a Patreon pledge or other recurring donation to Tildes, I'd really appreciate it if you could move it over in ~tildes.official

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    Anyone know why it comes up with: Do you have to select something to not miss out on the sponsorship matching?

    Anyone know why it comes up with:

    "Selected tier: $10 a month.
    Your sponsorship will not be matched at this time."

    Do you have to select something to not miss out on the sponsorship matching?

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Air ticket booking site uses Math.random for "38 people are looking at this right now" UX dark pattern in ~tech

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    I don't know if it's just me but I have tried that before using the element picker but it would only ever block the current "XXX are looking at this right now" notification and never the following...

    I don't know if it's just me but I have tried that before using the element picker but it would only ever block the current "XXX are looking at this right now" notification and never the following ones no matter how many times I tried. The only success I have had in the past was seeing a URL in uBlock's dashboard for something like "yo-notification-info" on the site and then setting a red blocking rule for that which stopped all the pop-up notifications on that website although most others haven't had it labelled so obviously unfortunately.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Air ticket booking site uses Math.random for "38 people are looking at this right now" UX dark pattern in ~tech

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    I was just about to ask if anyone knew of any add-ons to block these super annoying clearly fake pop-ups that seem to escape most ad-blockers. Thanks! Now I just hope that someone comes out with a...

    I was just about to ask if anyone knew of any add-ons to block these super annoying clearly fake pop-ups that seem to escape most ad-blockers. Thanks! Now I just hope that someone comes out with a Firefox version sometime soon.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving in ~health

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    Jeez, what a read, I would never have suspected that. I thought maybe they might be so deep in concentration that they forget to eat and hence lose some weight that way but losing so much from...

    Jeez, what a read, I would never have suspected that.

    "560 calories in two hours of sitting and playing chess" and "up to 6,000 calories a day while playing in a tournament"

    I thought maybe they might be so deep in concentration that they forget to eat and hence lose some weight that way but losing so much from just the concentration and mental stamina required, wow! Anyone else experienced anything (probably to a lesser degree) similar simply from focusing on some intense or stressful activity?

    9 votes
  14. Comment on The rise of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: The truth about the eating disorder that made a teenager go blind in ~health

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    I mean it does seem absolutely clear that it isn’t just simply certain kids being extra fussy especially with the high prevalence found among those with autism, however, why is it that the...

    I mean it does seem absolutely clear that it isn’t just simply certain kids being extra fussy especially with the high prevalence found among those with autism, however, why is it that the ‘Arfids’ always seem to develop philias towards some sort of junk food? Why is it that the only four items one could tolerate eating are never potatoes, broccoli, bananas and tomatoes for example? I suppose there might possibly be cases like that, just the health effects would be far less severe and so maybe they aren’t publicised so much. Interesting nonetheless.

    One study of 1,444 Swiss schoolchildren found that Arfid was prevalent in 3.2% of eight- to 13-year-olds.

    3.2% is also honestly very high as well when you think about it!

    5 votes
  15. Comment on China's official digital currency is nearly ready in ~finance

  16. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    I think this is a good idea too although I think it would be better suited as a subgroup unless it is itself likely to host a great deal of its own subgroups in the near future in which case a top...

    I think this is a good idea too although I think it would be better suited as a subgroup unless it is itself likely to host a great deal of its own subgroups in the near future in which case a top level group might be better. Depends really.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    I agree in that I'm not sure quite what this group would turn into but overall I like the idea.

    I agree in that I'm not sure quite what this group would turn into but overall I like the idea.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    I support this too. There's been quite a lot of space news/talk/planning/thinking/congregating popping up recently and it's definitely not just because of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!...

    I support this too. There's been quite a lot of space news/talk/planning/thinking/congregating popping up recently and it's definitely not just because of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! (although that's no doubt contributed some)

    4 votes
  19. Comment on All trading and selling of Team Fortress 2 items has been disabled after a bug in the new patch increased the chance of crates containing an "Unusual" item from 1% to 100% in ~games

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    Couldn't agree more with that. Their games seem very money-driven rather than game-driven in recent times. At least with Underlords it seems like they might be heading in a better direction...

    Couldn't agree more with that. Their games seem very money-driven rather than game-driven in recent times. At least with Underlords it seems like they might be heading in a better direction although it's still too early to really tell yet.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on All trading and selling of Team Fortress 2 items has been disabled after a bug in the new patch increased the chance of crates containing an "Unusual" item from 1% to 100% in ~games

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    This issue is actually a fair bit bigger than it initially seems from all outward appearances. At first glance, it simply seems like a silly mistake made by one of the developers causing an...

    This issue is actually a fair bit bigger than it initially seems from all outward appearances.

    At first glance, it simply seems like a silly mistake made by one of the developers causing an unintended bug in a 12-year-old game which players are in turn exploiting, which itself, is causing a crash in the game’s virtual economy. This, Valve should be able to reverse in a few days once they get things under control and it should be business as usual. However, this in-game virtual economy is linked to steam wallet cash and the steam market, which itself, is linked to buy and selling actual games, Valve hardware and trading within some of the biggest gaming communities such as Dota and CS:GO. In turn, there is now a myriad of 3rd party websites available that further accommodate the buying and selling of games and in-game items for real life cash or through PayPal.

    As a result, I’m almost certain some lucky, enterprising, early bird individuals would have been able to… money launder isn’t exactly the correct term… but walk away from this with a nice amount of cash before Valve was able to implement the freeze on the trading of these items and disable the in-game item server in order to sort this mess out.

    7 votes