Menio_Mercina's recent activity

  1. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Comment on China's official digital currency is nearly ready in ~finance

  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Comment on Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles in ~tech

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    I actually thought that this is one of the use-cases that makes the most sense for touch screens – self-driving vehicles. Maybe not Teslas in their current form, but once the cars become nearly...

    I actually thought that this is one of the use-cases that makes the most sense for touch screens – self-driving vehicles. Maybe not Teslas in their current form, but once the cars become nearly completely autonomous (which Teslas seem to be approaching with their full autopilot feature along with other companies I think); touch screens make a lot of sense. However, I suppose car manufacturers have jumped the gun a bit on that at the moment.

  16. Comment on YouTube without all the crap? in ~tech

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    I also use DFTube to hide the feed, subscriptions bar, related videos and any other annoying features and find that it's simple but does the job well!! I use it together with BlockTube...

    I also use DFTube to hide the feed, subscriptions bar, related videos and any other annoying features and find that it's simple but does the job well!!

    I use it together with BlockTube (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/blocktube/) to block low-quality/offensive/creaters-that-simply-rub-me-the-wrong-way channels as well as remove entire categories I'd rather pretend didn't exist (cough vlogs/'haul'/'hustle'/videos-with-more-than-three-!!!-in-their-titles). Works like a charm.

  17. Comment on A dictionary with expressive definitions unlike those anywhere else in ~humanities

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    I thought this was – and surprisingly so – an extremely interesting article! Dictionary definitions have always felt rather sterile to me and appeared to quite often omit the figurative usages of...

    I thought this was – and surprisingly so – an extremely interesting article! Dictionary definitions have always felt rather sterile to me and appeared to quite often omit the figurative usages of many words. Either that, or they would display those usages as entries #97 #98 #99 right at the end of a long list of other possibilities. There seemed to be no middle ground. This dictionary from a single man who poured his heart and soul into it seems to strike a nice balance, as well as possibly actually being more accurate in many instances as the author pointed out.

    Notice, too, how much less certain the Webster definition seems about itself, even though it’s more complete — as if to remind you that the word came first, that the word isn’t defined by its definition here, in this humble dictionary, that definitions grasp, tentatively, at words, but that what words really are is this haze and halo of associations and evocations, a little networked cloud of uses and contexts.

    This here really summed up for me the thoughts I’ve had but haven’t been able to put into words. It’s almost as if the modern day dictionaries, in being more concise and precise, do so at the expense of the accuracy of the possible meanings or usages.

    To add to the link above, this also appears to be a working Webster dictionary (with functioning hyperlinks too) although some of the examples seem to differ slightly. E.g. it doesn’t seem to show the “to glisten, or glister, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew” synonym-meaning in the entry for ‘Flash’ for example.
    https://www.webster-dictionary.org/

    10 votes
  18. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    Ah okay cheers, I definitely wouldn't have found that myself! I'm much more inclined to use it now that I know what it does and the effect makes sense too in relation to the other labels.

    Ah okay cheers, I definitely wouldn't have found that myself! I'm much more inclined to use it now that I know what it does and the effect makes sense too in relation to the other labels.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    Slightly off-topic but does the "joke" label have any actual effect on a user's comment be it sorting, display, moderation or otherwise? I've looked in the official docs but it just mentions the...

    User's comments getting tagged with malice and joke

    Slightly off-topic but does the "joke" label have any actual effect on a user's comment be it sorting, display, moderation or otherwise? I've looked in the official docs but it just mentions the usage of it ("comments posted for humor purposes") rather than any effect it might have. Does that mean that it doesn't have any effect now that labels are no longer displayed? And if so, is there any reason to take the extra time to label a comment as "joke" if it is clearly so?

    2 votes
  20. Comment on I'm the only Australian living in North Korea. Let me tell you about it in ~life

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    I thought the comments section in this article was actually quite interesting with the people there arguing about the degree to which this piece is the author’s own words and how much of it has...

    I thought the comments section in this article was actually quite interesting with the people there arguing about the degree to which this piece is the author’s own words and how much of it has been overseen or edited by the North Korean government.
    Furthermore, with regards to the writing that does wholly belong to the author, to what degree he has been 'brainwashed' or otherwise influenced during his time there (not that us ‘Westerners’, to use the term loosely, have not also been somewhat brainwashed in our views towards DPRK).
    And finally, the degree to which he has had his experience crafted for him as a foreign student studying in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (e.g. the limitations he mentions with interacting with locals and the particular roommate he was living with, as well as the fact that he was based in the capital Pyongyang - the only city any foreigners seem to be able to access).
    I suppose all of the above pertains to anything that's related to North Korea or any other country with a tightly controlling governing power however, so they're not exactly unexpected or novel thoughts.
    Still interesting nonetheless.

    5 votes