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  1. Comment on Which technical/technological issues or needs do you think should have been sorted out by now? in ~comp

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    So I just did some experimentation on a folder with some items I couldn't delete and windows is kind of interesting. Folders are treated somewhat like a transaction; if anything within a folder...

    So I just did some experimentation on a folder with some items I couldn't delete and windows is kind of interesting. Folders are treated somewhat like a transaction; if anything within a folder can't be deleted nothing will. However, if you select multiple items and folders, windows will actually go ahead and delete everything it can and let you know about the items it couldn't delete at the end.

  2. Comment on Which technical/technological issues or needs do you think should have been sorted out by now? in ~comp

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    But why does the entire string of operations fail? The single operation on that file should fail quickly and noisily but the rest should continue.

    But why does the entire string of operations fail? The single operation on that file should fail quickly and noisily but the rest should continue.

  3. Comment on Which technical/technological issues or needs do you think should have been sorted out by now? in ~comp

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    I imagine some of these are windows specific, but I remember hearing a complaint about how windows deals with errors for certain tasks. Say you're trying to delete or move a lot of files, you...

    I imagine some of these are windows specific, but I remember hearing a complaint about how windows deals with errors for certain tasks. Say you're trying to delete or move a lot of files, you select a set of folders and click delete. If windows runs into a problem deleting a file the whole show comes to a stop. But why? Shouldn't windows at-least skip that file and continue deleting all the other files. Then you can tell it how to deal with the problem files?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on I paid $47 an hour for someone to be my friend. Is this a cure for the loneliness epidemic? in ~life

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    Is the loneliness epidemic real? If it is I think it's different than people not being able to make friends. I a lot of people have implicitly decided they don't want to maintain relationships and...

    Is the loneliness epidemic real? If it is I think it's different than people not being able to make friends. I a lot of people have implicitly decided they don't want to maintain relationships and socialize that often. But they're still humans predisposed to socialize and that's where loneliness comes in.

    Withdrawal from a personal desire/need you're intentionally ignoring. If that's the case rent-a-friend is perfect, it requires no social maintenance and is on-demand. But I imagine it'll only last as long as it takes to get AI that are sufficiently advanced to satisfy our social needs.

    On the other hand maybe it exists and for a different reason.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud in ~misc

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    This is sort of a strange thing. I get the founders worked for the onion previously so they have some credibility. But this seems more like a story about how knowing the right people lets you blow...

    This is sort of a strange thing. I get the founders worked for the onion previously so they have some credibility. But this seems more like a story about how knowing the right people lets you blow tons of money without justification. They never made a name for themselves and nobody knew about them, but because Musk was willing to give them a ton of money they'd hire 14 people and produce slick videos, and websites with not so great content.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

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    I think that's because it's more of a fantasy for them. It's like the walking dead and they want to be the winners/survivors. Which is amazingly lame, because I actually have an interest in...

    I think that's because it's more of a fantasy for them. It's like the walking dead and they want to be the winners/survivors. Which is amazingly lame, because I actually have an interest in prepping for realistic disasters. I would welcome interesting solutions to common problems such as sourcing vitamin c. If these people were actually half useful and focused on helping themselves and others survive short-term disasters they might actually do some good during disasters.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Reinventing Firefox for Android: a Preview in ~tech

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    I just tried it out, it's certainly faster which is nice. I've got some usability issues which I've given as feedback. But this seems like a good start.

    I just tried it out, it's certainly faster which is nice. I've got some usability issues which I've given as feedback. But this seems like a good start.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on The Bungie split could prove Activision’s incompetence in ~games

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    If you play games and are somewhat interested in what it takes to get them made I think you'd enjoy it. It's well written and focuses on the games. If there are buisness aspects considered it...

    If you play games and are somewhat interested in what it takes to get them made I think you'd enjoy it. It's well written and focuses on the games. If there are buisness aspects considered it talks about them in terms of how they affected the game being made. If you've played the games that are talked it will also be more rewarding but it's not essential. It goes over...

    • Pillars of Eternity
    • Uncharted 4
    • Stardew Valley
    • Diablo III
    • Halo Wars
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition
    • Shovel Knight
    • Destiny
    • The Witcher 3
    • Star Wars 1313

    Also due to the nature of the subjects there's not much information that carries over from chapter to chapter which I think would make it fit well as an audiobook.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on The Bungie split could prove Activision’s incompetence in ~games

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    This is a pretty different take on Bungie's split compared to when the news happened. The story as I understood it wasn't Bungie escaping with Activision's cash cow due to a genius legal contract....

    This is a pretty different take on Bungie's split compared to when the news happened. The story as I understood it wasn't Bungie escaping with Activision's cash cow due to a genius legal contract. It was of a mutual separation due to both parties being unsatisfied with each other. The book Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier gives a lot of insight on Bungies culture, why they left Microsoft, and how they eventually got into bed with Activitision.

    In short Bungie seemed to always be somewhat immature. They left Microsoft not because of any specific reason but because they wanted the abstract concept of freedom and independence. After getting that though they discovered they needed funding. Being the creators of Halo people were interested and a deal was struct with Ativision. From Activision's perspective, they signed a contract that promised them the next Halo, the next big thing. What they got was Destiny, which while it turned out ok did not meet their expectations.

    Even if Destiny was profitable, Activision only got involved because it wanted the "big fish", it wasn't really interested in hosting a niche MMO. Likewise I imagine Bungie remained imature and despite limited interference from Activision they still idealized freedom and independence. So both were willing to let themselves go separate ways and move on.

    As for Bungies latest moves being a flood of ideas that were suppressed by Activision It's hard to say. Destiny has always been an evolving franchise where Bungie eventually tries to incorporate feedback to make the game better. Now they are also dealing with the fact they need to maintain a userbase so they can maintain their revenue. How freedom from activision, pressure from fans, and a need for money weight against eachother in determining Destiny's current course in unclear. I doubt we'd be able to tell from the outside, we'd need another book or expose from someone inside to explain what happened and what is really motivating their actions now.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Bill Gates on making “one of the greatest mistakes of all time” in ~tech

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    I was a part of the ecosystem from the beginning and stayed until the very end (probably past the end honestly). Microsoft's failure was due to them panicking and losing any vision for the OS....

    I was a part of the ecosystem from the beginning and stayed until the very end (probably past the end honestly). Microsoft's failure was due to them panicking and losing any vision for the OS. Initially the vision was presented as a mobile OS with extensible areas that app developers could integrate into. Unfortunately they never really executed on that idea. But they did eventually arrive in a good place where the OS itself replaced a lot of the features you'd have to download on other phones. I particularly liked them having a QR scanner, and music identification service.

    However instead of building out the features of the OS or refocusing on the extensibility idea they started with they stagnated. They rebuilt the OS 2 or 3 times and talked about fixing the "app gap". At this point they were already dead, their platform wasn't unique in any way and it was obvious they were going to lose the app war.

    The solution they should have went with was to focus on the original extensibility idea and provide as many features as possible to be built into the phone. I think it's dumb on android that I have to pick apps just to text, measure, sketch, or set an alarm clock. translate things or do other utility like functions. Most of the time any preinstalled apps are the bare minimum and still lack essential features. Focusing on providing built in, fully featured functions would go a long way.

    All that being said they also generally just made bad decisions, like not supporting areas they were doing well in, buying nokia, and launching the platform in the midst of UWPs development.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity in ~tech

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    If we accept this as true then this solution could come about. But It's hard to believe no other small changes can be made to the bulb to allow it to reset. Instead of a pinhole have a recessed...

    This comes with its downsides though, one of them being that the only physical interface is an on/off switch.

    If we accept this as true then this solution could come about. But It's hard to believe no other small changes can be made to the bulb to allow it to reset. Instead of a pinhole have a recessed switch in the base. That way you have to unscrew the bulb, flip the switch, and put it back in where it'll reset.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week in ~news

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    From what I've seen it's mainly laziness and lack of curiosity. Those issues are seen as distant and abstract. The people I know will focus on other things such as entertainment and normal...

    From what I've seen it's mainly laziness and lack of curiosity. Those issues are seen as distant and abstract. The people I know will focus on other things such as entertainment and normal everyday life. It would better be characterized by indifference. I don't understand why they are like that, or how to get them to engage with information that might oppose their views without becoming defensive which makes that information completely ineffective. In short the trump supporters I know made their decision to support trump on a very small set of information and the matter is settled. I don't know of anything that would make them reconsider their decision.

  13. Comment on Why Kink, BDSM, and Leather Should Be Included at Pride in ~lgbt

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    I get the impression is that the idea is that kinds and gay pride shouldn't be so closely tied to kinky sexual expression. It lets those kinks act as a proxy for detractors to attack gayness as a...

    I get the impression is that the idea is that kinds and gay pride shouldn't be so closely tied to kinky sexual expression. It lets those kinks act as a proxy for detractors to attack gayness as a whole. Instead it would be better to have seperate demonstrations that celebrate gay pride and sexual expression of kinks and culture.

    That being said, the two things do seem closely tied within the culture and to some extent we want to express that. Even if it's not the most pragmatic thing.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week in ~news

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    At least with the trump supporters I know, it's more of a matter of willful ignorance. They don't look too deeply into any scandals or information around trump. That combined with a moderate...

    At least with the trump supporters I know, it's more of a matter of willful ignorance. They don't look too deeply into any scandals or information around trump. That combined with a moderate amount of distrust in mainstream news, confirmation bias, and cherry picking information, their belief that trump is a great president remains unchallenged.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Researchers may soon isolate the genetic roots of homosexuality. As a scientist, that excites me. But as a gay man, I worry about what might happen next. in ~lgbt

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    Ahh, I must have misunderstood. That's an interesting idea. I suppose the only way to know if that would occur would be to know a lot about the genes in question.

    Ahh, I must have misunderstood. That's an interesting idea. I suppose the only way to know if that would occur would be to know a lot about the genes in question.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Researchers may soon isolate the genetic roots of homosexuality. As a scientist, that excites me. But as a gay man, I worry about what might happen next. in ~lgbt

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    You're completely right it's very probably not a single allele. Generalizing my main point, if we gain the knowledge to influence someones sexual orientation should we take advantage of that? If...

    You're completely right it's very probably not a single allele. Generalizing my main point, if we gain the knowledge to influence someones sexual orientation should we take advantage of that? If so do we strive to influence them to be like a particular orientation? I think we should and that orientation should be as inclusive as possible. Let's extend sexuality to both sexes, society wont be ruined by it.

    That also brings me to your point about gay people conferring a selective advantage. To me this is sort of irrelevant. Aren't humans far enough removed from our evolutionary environment that the set of selective pressures that got us here may have changed. This isn't to put down gay people as our characteristics don't have to serve a purpose. But if homosexuality served a purpose in the past I don't think there's a reason to think it still does today.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Researchers may soon isolate the genetic roots of homosexuality. As a scientist, that excites me. But as a gay man, I worry about what might happen next. in ~lgbt

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    The author makes a compelling argument that our societies aren't mature enough to deal with the consequences of detecting homosexuality genetically. Although in a more general sense this applies...

    The author makes a compelling argument that our societies aren't mature enough to deal with the consequences of detecting homosexuality genetically. Although in a more general sense this applies to all genetic engineering.

    While the author is afraid of us destroying gay culture, I have to wonder if it weren't for our conservative biases if we could go the other way. What if we realized straightness wasn't a requirement for modern society and encouraged everyone to be bisexual. But even this would seem to be an attack on asexual people. Part of me thinks that because genetic engineering will cause such a huge cultural changes it's acceptable for some other cultural groups to be damaged. But either way, people need to come to terms with the fact that traits that used to be natural will be a choice.

    9 votes
  18. So I've been messing around with the webp encoder cli tool and I really wish I could quickly achieve a workflow more similar to photoshop's previews. Is there a GUI tool out there where I can...

    So I've been messing around with the webp encoder cli tool and I really wish I could quickly achieve a workflow more similar to photoshop's previews. Is there a GUI tool out there where I can specify the arguments for an CLI executable then it lets me adjust the values and run the command. Ideally it would automatically let me view the output file, and define presets would be great.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    I don't regret a lot of things, like mrbig I have things I would do differently. Mainly in choosing my path through education. But that's also difficult because I don't know what small things led...

    I don't regret a lot of things, like mrbig I have things I would do differently. Mainly in choosing my path through education. But that's also difficult because I don't know what small things led to the person I am today (which I like). But one thing I wish I would have done differently is treated people better. When I was younger I treated some of the people closest to me poorly and I do regret that.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Stadia Connect 6.6.2019 - Pricing, Game Reveals, Launch Info & More in ~games

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    Giant Bomb talked over it and said you have access to the games as long as the subscription is active. So not like audible.

    Do I get to keep playing them if I stop paying?

    Giant Bomb talked over it and said you have access to the games as long as the subscription is active. So not like audible.

    4 votes