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  1. Comment on The New Wilderness in ~tech

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    Oh, the author, my sweet, summer child. Anyone who grew up under the communist regime in 20th cetury and people living under a totalitarian state these days know too well what "Ambient privacy"...

    Oh, the author, my sweet, summer child.
    Anyone who grew up under the communist regime in 20th cetury and people living under a totalitarian state these days know too well what "Ambient privacy" is. It's not a new term by any measure. When NKVD ran wild and most educational or scientific facilities had a First Department you just implied that any communication you can possibly have via any medium is tracked, recorded and read by a third party. "It's not a phone conversation" was a very common phrase you'll hear over the wire, and even if you talked eye to eye this couldn't have been inside an apartment building or, better yet, any building at all.
    At least when the corporations do it they don't do it for the sole reason of using the info they gathered against you, but that can change at any moment, since all that data exists somewhere already. For a lot of Eastern Europeans these habits of secrecy and serious consideration of privacy will be a saving grace when modern states would start slowly integrating all that info into their operations, after all this cornucopia of everything left behind on the internet is too juicy and tempting not to tap into.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What mobile games do you play? in ~games

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    Well there are rockstar games, say GTA San Andreas or Bully, also Square Enix games, like Chrono Trigger and even originals like Doom and Destiny. These are your typical games that are also on the...

    Well there are rockstar games, say GTA San Andreas or Bully, also Square Enix games, like Chrono Trigger and even originals like Doom and Destiny. These are your typical games that are also on the phone. But as far as "phone" games go, as in games that are specifically made for a phone I really like Kittens Game, as it is perfect for short bursts of attention, Reigns series, and lastly, Ridiculous Fishing is a very rare perfect mobile game that has no monetization beyond initial price.
    PS: I've also just found out that some of the Ace Attorney games are on mobile too, so that's an instant recommendation on it's own. For example, Dual Destinies

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Where do you buy microSD cards from? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I kinda get this paranoid sometimes, I regularly archive a dd copy of my SD cards to my storage, just because I had the worst experience with them, they used to die on my constantly. Even...

    Yeah, I kinda get this paranoid sometimes, I regularly archive a dd copy of my SD cards to my storage, just because I had the worst experience with them, they used to die on my constantly. Even the one in my eReader died just from the old age it seems, even though it shouldn't be a thing technically, since no writes had been made to that SD card in ages, but I guess atime updates counts, since one day it would just die and leave me without any reading position for a fuckton of books. (even though that reader saved positions on internal memory, it is lost if the book is lost) I've dropped some of them as a result and it's been the most damage an SD card failure ever done to me.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Where do you buy microSD cards from? in ~talk

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    I've been getting mine from Aliexpress, genuine MIXZA SD cards (it's a Chinese brand, they have their storefront). They never failed me, they are cheap as dirt, and I had a 128Gb one from them in...

    I've been getting mine from Aliexpress, genuine MIXZA SD cards (it's a Chinese brand, they have their storefront). They never failed me, they are cheap as dirt, and I had a 128Gb one from them in my Switch from the start, filled it to 3/4, works well. Same for the ones in my various embedded PCs and in my phone. Meanwhile a Sony 32Gb card dies just from having photos in my phone for two years.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 in ~games

    NeoTheFox Link
    Luigi's Mansion 3 A remake of Link's Awakening (my favorite Zelda Game!) Animal motherfucking Crossing for Switch BOTW Sequel A bunch of really cool-looking RPGs - new Dragon Quest, new Mana game...
    • Luigi's Mansion 3
    • A remake of Link's Awakening (my favorite Zelda Game!)
    • Animal motherfucking Crossing for Switch
    • BOTW Sequel
    • A bunch of really cool-looking RPGs - new Dragon Quest, new Mana game and the collection
    • New CONTRA
    • NO MORE HEROES 3
    • Witcher 3 for Switch! And here I thought that wouldn't be possible due to hardware limits

    Overall this is the best Nintendo presentation I've ever seen, and I'm hyped. Switch already dethroned PSP as my all-time favorite console, and now it's just mindblowing

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

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    Oh yes, I can relate, I've been a very lazy reader when I used to read regular books and with my smartphone, but ever since I got a proper e-reader I've been reading much more and cleared my...

    Oh yes, I can relate, I've been a very lazy reader when I used to read regular books and with my smartphone, but ever since I got a proper e-reader I've been reading much more and cleared my backlog to the point where I don't even know what to read anymore and would jump at new stuff if I find it interesting.

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

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    Here is what I think - votes really did helped me to see if anyone is reading what I'm writing. For example, if I'm dragged into a long discussion, I tend to loose interest if it's not "public",...

    Here is what I think - votes really did helped me to see if anyone is reading what I'm writing. For example, if I'm dragged into a long discussion, I tend to loose interest if it's not "public", as in nobody is going to read it except for me and the person I'm talking to. It's far more interesting if there are some "eyes" on the topic and you can have people who jump in if anything is left unsaid. But for this to still be a thing you don't really need actual votes, all you need is view counters on the posts to see if anyone is still reading the topic.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

    NeoTheFox Link
    At first I thought that the article was pretty oblivious to the real reason we have this many devices, but the conclusion was pretty refreshing - yes, it's all about different mindsets and use...

    At first I thought that the article was pretty oblivious to the real reason we have this many devices, but the conclusion was pretty refreshing - yes, it's all about different mindsets and use cases. The inevitable fact of any modern device is that it is, most likely, a fully-fledged computer, and they can all do what a computer does. This notion was always at a heart of a movement for consumer control and against "walled gardens" that are some devices that offer no way of running unsigned code on them. A great example was PSP - unmodded it was just a gaming device, with a half-working browser, pretty pathetic music player (on the account of very fast battery drain), and a decent video player. But a modded PSP would quickly turn itself into an e-reader, a great music player, thanks to new low-frequency mode, an emulator of most consoles, an SSH client, a good web browser, an amazing video player, a stopwatch, a counter, a calculator, a word processor, a file sharing hub, an ftp client/server, and the list goes on.
    And yes, an e-reader may have the same hardware, the same OS, the same theoretical features as a tablet and even look like one, but the sole purpose for it is its screen that mimics paper, a phone can give you YouTube and the web on the go, but everyone prefers a larger screen and more comfort, etc, etc. It's just that thanks to Android and a move to HTML5 most devices aren't walled gardens anymore and people started noticing how much can any computer really do. This diversity is never bad, and it doesn't kill alternatives as the article also points out quite well.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Nintendo Pokemon Direct - June 5, 2019 in ~games

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    Consider me hyped, this looks like something I've been dreaming to happen, and I really hope this game delivers. I am a bit worried about hom limited the open area is if you'll look at some parts...

    Consider me hyped, this looks like something I've been dreaming to happen, and I really hope this game delivers. I am a bit worried about hom limited the open area is if you'll look at some parts of the video, but man, Raids? Sign me and my friends up.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What is your personal preference and why: vim or emacs? in ~comp

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    NeoVim is the thing I've settled on. It's modern, it has a good UI (nvim-qt), it has the best completion and it's amazing. Once I've learned to use Vim commands there were no going back, even for...

    NeoVim is the thing I've settled on. It's modern, it has a good UI (nvim-qt), it has the best completion and it's amazing. Once I've learned to use Vim commands there were no going back, even for Android Studio I have to use a fakevim plugin.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What's your favorite videogame? in ~games

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    I have to split it between portable games and PC games, because the experience of the game is so different in regards to the medium, that it can even make or break the game. On PC I have to go...

    I have to split it between portable games and PC games, because the experience of the game is so different in regards to the medium, that it can even make or break the game.

    On PC I have to go with the Orange Box - that's a pack of Portal, Half Life 2 + episodes and TeamFortress 2 (back when TF2 was a paid game). There had never been such a great pack of games and I doubt there ever will be, Half Life being the best shooter game. I have never seen any other games mastering the art of player movement and world interaction quite as much as most Source games made by Valve, the Half Life 2 and the episodes were the peak of modern shooter games, I think. Portal had great story, great puzzles and it has the same perfect movement balance as other Source games did. Team Fortress 2 was (and still is) one of the best online games, because it has everything - classes, supports, custom play styles, and a ton of gamemodes, some fan modes included. I doubt I would ever have as much fun with one disc.

    For portable, I just have to go with Pokemon series. Ever since I was a child I had never missed a Pokemon game, and they were the reason for buying new Nintendo console every time it had been released. Pokemon games are just perfect portable games - you can do a lot of things with them - breeding, training, fighting, a ton of aftergame content, the elusive goal to collect all legendaries, the even more elusive goal of collecting all of them - they were great games, and you couldn't ever underestimate the social aspect of them, trading pokemon with my friends are some great memories. Sadly, more recent games had been dumbing down the core gameplay to the point where mindless button mashing would win you most battles in the storyline, but I hope GameFreak would do something about it in the new game.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Bye-bye BBM: BlackBerry shuts down once-beloved messaging service in ~tech

  13. Comment on Bye-bye BBM: BlackBerry shuts down once-beloved messaging service in ~tech

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    Consider me late to the party, my first BlackBerry phone is KeyONE, and it had BBM out of the box - I never had a single contact there, yet kept getting spam in some languages I had no idea how to...

    Consider me late to the party, my first BlackBerry phone is KeyONE, and it had BBM out of the box - I never had a single contact there, yet kept getting spam in some languages I had no idea how to read. Whatever there was in BBM back in the days that people liked, I couldn't find anything to salvage there, so no wonder it got shutdown. Telegram is a much better service, that had been never locked to one vendor, has private chats and open-source client, so you would be able to make a client for any platform and not be locked down into "supported" platforms, so if anyone is looking for the alternative - I think Telegram is the best option right now.

  14. Comment on Are you optimistic about the future? in ~talk

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    When I look back at our history I can't be pessimistic, people in all times thought that things are getting worse and we are headed towards disaster, but if you compare our lives today with lives...

    When I look back at our history I can't be pessimistic, people in all times thought that things are getting worse and we are headed towards disaster, but if you compare our lives today with lives of people in 20 century we do live better, same goes for 20 to 19 century and so on. Less diseases you can't treat, less hunger, less war, etc. I think if we'll avoid going full defcon. And you can argue that it's not the same around the globe, but for my country I'm hopeful.

  15. Comment on What's the best worst game you've ever played? in ~games

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    I have to say Night in the Woods, because of how it treats itself. It has amazing world-building, great characters, good visuals, everything about this game is really cool, except for the ending....

    I have to say Night in the Woods, because of how it treats itself. It has amazing world-building, great characters, good visuals, everything about this game is really cool, except for the ending. You get to go on this journey, get invested into the story, get to know the characters, take your time exploring and forming bonds with people (yes, that was a great mechanic there), and ultimately the whole story being built up ends up abruptly on a note that doesn't make any sense in the game world, that ends up being a political commentary. And it's not even the fact that the ending is political - I've played a lot of political games and if they made effort for the commentary to make sense in the world, to actually be a part of the story - I never had any problems with it, but in that game you wouldn't ever get a clue on what the ending means, unless you go to the twitter where author had to explain it to everyone. It just seemed that at some point in development they ran out of creative juice and decided to quickly wrap things up, but in the end nothing is resolved, nothing is explained, no character growth happened, it just ended.

    There are games that have this kind of Big Lebowski vibes, like Journey - where ultimately nothing changes and it's just a story that happened, but this game clearly sets up something bigger, more mysterious and interesting in the beginning just to throw it all out in the end. Imagine if in Stranger Things there were no lab, no demigorgon, and it would've been revealed in the end that one characters just suffers from mental illness, and the story just stopped with a cryptic line at the end that makes no sense in-movie. That's what Night In The Woods is.

    This is made even worse by the fact that exploration and dialogue is all that game has, apart from that it has no gameplay, so in its case if the story is bad then there is little to nothing to salvage there.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Death Stranding – Release Date Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    Judging by the fact that PS5 is on the horizon and they've relesed a cheap PSP when that came out of the window, as well as cheap PS3 when PS4 got out the chances are good for that, but not for a...

    Judging by the fact that PS5 is on the horizon and they've relesed a cheap PSP when that came out of the window, as well as cheap PS3 when PS4 got out the chances are good for that, but not for a Pro version I think. Something tells me there is a chance that game is going to come with news on PS5, but that's just a hunch.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The Federation Fallacy in ~tech

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    I've made a distinction between a simple understandable algorithm that can be predicted and "algorithm", which is a machine learning thing that youtube calls that. Of course by this time we all...

    Oh and it still used algorithms just like you acknowledged later ;)

    I've made a distinction between a simple understandable algorithm that can be predicted and "algorithm", which is a machine learning thing that youtube calls that. Of course by this time we all know it's closer to a neural network and this monstrosity is constantly learning and changing. There is no shame in using fair deterministic algorithms.

    the simple algorithms were gamed to death in the early days of Youtube.

    Just like the modern ones are gamed to death by abusing any nook and cranny. The fact that people, even ones working for youtube can't predict the algorithm or explain why it does what it does some times it doesn't mean that people wouldn't find ways to fuck with it just by throwing stuff at the wall. We essentially have a battle of 2 neural networks, and human collective neural network is always the most sophisticated and witty so far. Clickbait is as rampant as it always been.

    Well, that's simply because of what they prioritize in the algorithm, it's not some diabolic scheme, it just so happens that if you give people what they want all the time then they get addicted.

    This might appear so, easy connection - you view what you like, you'll get addicted, but there is a much deeper story here. Most people you'll ask today about the content quality would tell you that it had been on the decline ever since Alphabet took over YouTube - we used to have shorter, quality content and now we get zero to none effort content but on a daily basis and much longer. It's pretty evident if you'll look at YouTube animation community - it's barely holding together. I can recommend this podcast if you want real life numbers and comparison of how animation was and how it is now. These days people have YouTube on background all the time like they used to do with TVs, this clearly translates into watch time and ad revenue, but you have to ask yourself - building a new platform, especially an open one that will propagate itself over blockchain - is it watch time and ad revenue that matters, or content quality? Especially if we can tie it all into some form of cryptocurrency used to run the backend that might be earned by creators.

    Reddit has all of that. Tildes uses filters for the most part but some simple algorithms are used to determine comment relevance.

    See, simple algorithms, they can do the job adequately. And I would much prefer things based on user interaction rather than indirect metrics, that may or may not translate well into measurable content quality.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The Federation Fallacy in ~tech

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    Let me reiterate, they can't predict the behavior, they can't retrospectively tell someone why something happened to some video. In my book it means they don't understand it, and such is the...

    They do understand.

    Let me reiterate, they can't predict the behavior, they can't retrospectively tell someone why something happened to some video. In my book it means they don't understand it, and such is the destiny of any machine learning system - the more iterations it gets through the less understandable it is.

    We both know that's false, it does factor a lot of variables.

    I've been hyperbolic there, yes

    Then you'll have people gaming the system. Have you forgotten the past?

    I haven't and it was just fine. Quality stuff on Newgrounds and youtube got shared around, that's how the content used to promote itself and grow organically.

    You need something to passthrough it to make the service actually usable.

    But even though these days this whole thing is pretty useless we used to have actual categorization, tags, and simple algorithms (notice how there are no air-quotes this time on this word, since that is an actual algorithm and not a machine learning system) that build graphs based on what people watch that also watched that one video. That's how LastFM used to work, and it worked well enough. I can say for sure that before all that machine learning stuff YouTube incentivized really interesting well produced content without any complex machine learning stuff, and noways it's just minimum effort videos that don't often get shared around because of how mundane they are. The machine learning "algorithms" breed addictions but being on the internet for a really long time, somehow most quality content comes from websites without any machine learning, but rather with people curating the content and sharing it. Tildes is one of these websites.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on The Federation Fallacy in ~tech

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    Currently most social media websites have proprietary "algorithms" that are notorious for being so complex and not transparent, that even companies running them can't understand fully how they...

    I'd argue that the machine is more corrupt since it's very possible to create biases which the programmer never intended to have.

    Currently most social media websites have proprietary "algorithms" that are notorious for being so complex and not transparent, that even companies running them can't understand fully how they work. YouTube being the best example, since the algorithm tries to just maximize viewing time and nothing else. But I'd argue a good P2P decentralized platform should never imply complex machine learning algorithms to recommend stuff or promote it. People are perfectly capable of doing it themselves, in fact most YouTubers and people viewing them are annoyed by how the algorithm often hides videos form their subscriptions or promotes trash - quality content is not the goal there. I fully agree that that practice should be abandoned in favor of fully deterministic behavior and that means no magic numbers, no neural networks and hence no possible hidden biases in the code.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on The Federation Fallacy in ~tech

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    Not if the code is open source, no. The whole foundation of blockchain technology rests on the idea that once the code is written and the network starts propagating this code is not subject to...

    What point are you trying to make with this? Machines are exactly as corrupt as their programmer.

    Not if the code is open source, no. The whole foundation of blockchain technology rests on the idea that once the code is written and the network starts propagating this code is not subject to major changes. Think of it as law that enacts itself. So the corruption is done in secrecy - right now Deimos can change any post ever written on tildes, and we wouldn't know that happened unless someone archived the original in time and noticed that it changed. He has this power, and if he uses it or not doesn't matter - it's an option. But on a P2P platform based on block chain technology nobody will have that power, and no other powers. The shadowy backroom practices are omnipotent on currently popular social network, the shadowbanning alone is one of the most evil practices and it's applied arbitrarily all across social media. But if the whole network is broken into encrypted chunks and nobody has the access to the back end split across millions of computers worldwide you exclude that human element altogether, and anyone can inspect the code that actually runs there.

    4 votes