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  1. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    You might be surprised. I don't know exactly how BlackBerry does it, but on Android (and iOS), many browsers are just reskins on the same OS backend. However, there are some like the full versions...

    You might be surprised. I don't know exactly how BlackBerry does it, but on Android (and iOS), many browsers are just reskins on the same OS backend. However, there are some like the full versions of Opera (which I'm using), or Firefox, that actually bundle not only their own engine, but an entire network and TLS stack too. It's actually how my Android still works with Tildes at all, since it has extremely strict TLS 1.2 compliance settings, and Google for whatever reason didn't enable TLS 1.2 support by default until 5.0. If you have some spare time, you may wanna poke around - it's very well possible there's one out there, or if not, the compatibility layer should support an old version of Opera or maybe even Firefox, since it's apparently compatible up to API level 18 (Jelly Bean 4.3 iirc).

  2. Comment on Which is arguably the best phone for ROMs? in ~tech

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    If the primary concern is ROM support, then I'd definitely say one of the earlier Pixels, though the 3A probably has pretty decent support now. Lots of people own them, Google makes their phones...

    If the primary concern is ROM support, then I'd definitely say one of the earlier Pixels, though the 3A probably has pretty decent support now. Lots of people own them, Google makes their phones pretty dev friendly, and the people who make ROMs often like techier devices (back when Nexus was a thing). Galaxy S has historically also been a safe het, partially due to the sheer number of people that own them.

    In terms of best total support on a phone, I believe the all time record belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S2, released in 2011. Iirc, it can run everything from Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to Android 10. Absolutely insane in the world of smartphones, this thing literally runs a more modern version of Android than many phones in 2017 and 2018 that never got custom ROMs can.

  3. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    The ethnicity results really killed me. "White", "white", "Caucasion", "caucasion, "causcasion" "European", "european", "white British". The autogenerated results from the form are literally...

    The ethnicity results really killed me. "White", "white", "Caucasion", "caucasion, "causcasion" "European", "european", "white British". The autogenerated results from the form are literally Asian, Mixed, and 8 different ways to say white 😂 I look flrward to picking through the results in more detail later, thanks for publishing them! :)

    12 votes
  4. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    If it counts, I used to live in Japan, though I'm not Japanese myself. Had Tildes started a year earlier, there'd be two people writing from Japan :D

    If it counts, I used to live in Japan, though I'm not Japanese myself. Had Tildes started a year earlier, there'd be two people writing from Japan :D

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Why do computers running Windows get progressively slower over time? in ~tech

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    I haven't dealt with it since Windows 7 in 2014, but I think it's as slow as ever, defragging is unfortunately not very fast haha. The amount of fragmentation does have a great influence on the...

    I haven't dealt with it since Windows 7 in 2014, but I think it's as slow as ever, defragging is unfortunately not very fast haha. The amount of fragmentation does have a great influence on the time, but a 1TB HDD with only 10% capacity can probably be finished in under an hour, I'd guess. If you're concerned about it, just have it run for a night while you sleep - if she usually shuts her computer off, just make sure it's turned on and working away. You probably don't have too much fragmentation at 10% usage unless it's very old, as NTFS like to keep some space between files when it's available, so the performance gains may not be a lot, but they're free with minimal risks.

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  6. Comment on Why do computers running Windows get progressively slower over time? in ~tech

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    It doesn't hold up so much today, but the biggest problem in the past used to be hard disk defragmentation. By default, there's a scheduled task in Windows to defrag your HDDs every Wednesday at...

    It doesn't hold up so much today, but the biggest problem in the past used to be hard disk defragmentation. By default, there's a scheduled task in Windows to defrag your HDDs every Wednesday at 3am (local time), but lots of people shut their computers off overnight when not in use, or have this task disabled (my uni's lab computers for example). Over the years, as you download more and more things, this leads to the disk becoming increasingly fragmented, and on an HDD where the biggest weakness is already slow access times, it makes just about any task using IO experience significant bottlenecks. Just compare a completely fresh, never before been defragmented install of Windows on an HDD, to right after you run the defragmenter, on the same setup. It'll be night and day, 100%.

    This slowdown doesn't appear if you use an SSD though, as SSDs have the same access time regardless, and I haven't seen the same degradation in performance. If it still persists on your setup, it's likely because one of the programs you've installed is chewing up a bunch of resources in the background. Try sorting your running programs by RAM, IO, or CPU usage, and see if there's something that's using a lot. Windows Defender is a common one, it has a nasty habit of getting stuck and continuously rescanning a single folder, as does the Indexing service.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Wisdom teeth recovery tips? in ~health

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    Thank you for the recommendation about Excedrin! I think I'll try to grab some tomorrow and see how it goes. So far I'm just on ibuprofen and soon maybe acetaminophen, and it's working okay,...

    Thank you for the recommendation about Excedrin! I think I'll try to grab some tomorrow and see how it goes. So far I'm just on ibuprofen and soon maybe acetaminophen, and it's working okay, though the roots are quite sore...

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Wisdom teeth recovery tips? in ~health

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    Yeah sleeping is my biggest concern, I'm not the best at it, especially when I can't use my usual aid (chamomile tea) because it interferes with clotting. The numbing agents are starting to wear...

    Yeah sleeping is my biggest concern, I'm not the best at it, especially when I can't use my usual aid (chamomile tea) because it interferes with clotting. The numbing agents are starting to wear off, but the pain isn't too bad so far. Really dreading Friday and Saturday when the swelling reaches is worst.

    And does that mean you were born with 8 wisdom teeth? That definitely sucks, to need them all removed :(

    2 votes
  9. Wisdom teeth recovery tips?

    Hey everyone. Today, i had my wisdom teeth removed (two of them anyway), and I currently sitting here with am ice pack pressed against my face trying to type with one hand. I wad wondering, if any...

    Hey everyone. Today, i had my wisdom teeth removed (two of them anyway), and I currently sitting here with am ice pack pressed against my face trying to type with one hand. I wad wondering, if any Tilderinos with dental experience or who had there teeth removed, have any tips for surviving they next week? I've heard the see one and third day are the worst, is that true?

    9 votes
  10. Comment on Climate change will force a new American migration - Life is becoming increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, which could cause millions of people to relocate in ~enviro

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    Definitely, yeah. I'm originally from New Hampshire, which I personally loved the climate of, but my mom in particular hated it, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of her mild arthritis...

    Definitely, yeah. I'm originally from New Hampshire, which I personally loved the climate of, but my mom in particular hated it, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of her mild arthritis and because wet cold is extremely unpleasant to her. Currently we live in Hawaii, which I also love, but she likes it especially because she doesn't have any kind of pain or stiffness and she never needs to worry about freezing rain or sudden snowstorms. It's 84F all year long, just the precipitation that varies between the dry and rainy seasons. She would take living in the desert long before moving back to NH, because from her perspective it's not really comfortable to go outside in NH in the winter either.

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  11. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    Are there perhaps other browsers on Blackberry that might work? Or if BB supports APKs, my version of Opera supports all the way back to at least Android 4.2.2 (since that's what I'm using), and I...

    Are there perhaps other browsers on Blackberry that might work? Or if BB supports APKs, my version of Opera supports all the way back to at least Android 4.2.2 (since that's what I'm using), and I can link it to you from APKmirror if you'd like.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    They you so much Deimos! I really appreciate it. I can confirm that after toggling the theme to a different one and back, I once again have a usable dark mode. There are a few inconsistencies I...

    They you so much Deimos! I really appreciate it. I can confirm that after toggling the theme to a different one and back, I once again have a usable dark mode. There are a few inconsistencies I can spot right away - the most prominent is the top of the site being a shade of gray instead of black - but it doesn't hamper usability in thr slightest. I'll keep an eye out for any breaking changes and let you know. Thanks once again, I know supporting legacy stuff can be kinda a pain, but it's really great to be able to continue reading Tildes even on this old thing. :)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    It works perfectly! Here's how it looks now, and it's exactly the same as to how it worked before the change, just that the background was black :)

    It works perfectly! Here's how it looks now, and it's exactly the same as to how it worked before the change, just that the background was black :)

    2 votes
  14. Comment on How police are using 'super recognizers' to track criminals in ~misc

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    I was expecting a dystopian AI recognition or computer virus tracking system, but this was actually much cooler and more interesting. I find the 1% figure really interesting - that's about the...

    I was expecting a dystopian AI recognition or computer virus tracking system, but this was actually much cooler and more interesting. I find the 1% figure really interesting - that's about the same proportion of the population with ASD such as myself, yet I've never met anyone with this ability in my life, at least knowingly. It's kinda crazy to think of how many people there are out there with this ability who don't realize it and how much better they are at facial recognition.

    And fwiw, I can confirm that I indeed suck at recognizing faces, it usually takes 5-10 long exposures to someone before I can consistently place their face. On the flipside though, I'm excellent with names, and can recall the name of every friend, teacher, university professor, and coworker I've ever had with minimal difficulties.

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  15. Comment on Ami, the tiny cube on wheels that French fourteen-year-olds can drive in ~tech

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    I love subcompact and tiny cars, and I think this could be really useful for teaching young people how to drive, perhaps as a first vehicle or in a driving school. As a practical daily car though,...

    I love subcompact and tiny cars, and I think this could be really useful for teaching young people how to drive, perhaps as a first vehicle or in a driving school. As a practical daily car though, for me personally, it falls into the uncomfortable valley in between a bike, which uses no power and can go anywhere, and a small compact car, which can actually be used on the highway, has plenty of space for groceries and enough for 4 passengers, and is far safer. I know car norms are different in France vs Hawaii, but I assume Parisians have a similar problem of lack of space like we do in Honolulu, and you'd be really committing yourself to a single city with a car like this taking up your one parking space vs a Nissan Leaf or an old Ford Focus (or a Geo Metro, haha!).

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    Surprisingly, not very commonly actually. This version of Opera was released after the switch to a Chromium base, so it actually has pretty excellent compatibility with most websites. The thing...

    Surprisingly, not very commonly actually. This version of Opera was released after the switch to a Chromium base, so it actually has pretty excellent compatibility with most websites. The thing that usually does me in is with RAM usage - on a 512MB phone, where 372 is available to userspace and only about 80 is available to whatever the foreground app is, a fair number of websites can bring the phone to its knees through nothing more than lots of big pictures. There probably aren't that many people still using it, but if you're using an older version of Android, it's one of the best browsers in terms of speed vs compatibility. The stock Android browser is amazingly lightweight and supports color inversion, but it doesn't work with anything above TLS 1.0 due to an incredibly short sighted decision by Google, and recompiling it is a huge undertaking (I've tried multiple times), so you're unfortunately quite limited in what it'll work with.

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  17. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    I figure a picture is worth a thousand words, so I posted two screenshots of what it looks like right now, making sure the black theme is selected (I can also email or host them elsewhere if you'd...

    I figure a picture is worth a thousand words, so I posted two screenshots of what it looks like right now, making sure the black theme is selected (I can also email or host them elsewhere if you'd rather not deal with Imgur). It used to be mostly black and the little side panel was opaque when it opened, but now it's all white and I think the side panel is transparent and that's what's going on, but I don't have the expertise or the tools to confirm. Truth be told, as ugly as it looks, the side panel's manageable, especially because we can still access the settings and profile directly through URLs. The colors are more annoying since it's eyestraining to read for longer than a few minutes, and Tildes doesn't lend itself well to quick glances haha.

    Hopefully there's some kind of easy fix or workaround, but if it would significantly complicate the site's design or be troublesome to deal with, it's also fine to drop support, no need to go crazy over it. That being said, if there's anything I can do to help you out (with debugging or whatever), do let me know and I'll do my best to be of assistance!

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    Yeah, I saw that too! I was wondering if it's because the side panel logic also broke, but nope, you're right - the background's invisible so the text looks like it blends together on one page....

    Yeah, I saw that too! I was wondering if it's because the side panel logic also broke, but nope, you're right - the background's invisible so the text looks like it blends together on one page. Had to practically snipe the settings button... 😅

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  19. Comment on Testing a new method (CSS custom properties) for the site themes - please report any issues you notice in ~tildes.official

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    Aaahhhh, so that explains why themes suddenly broke on my old Android's version of Opera. Is there any chance that we could manually choose to enable a legacy mode, in like a settings option or...

    Aaahhhh, so that explains why themes suddenly broke on my old Android's version of Opera. Is there any chance that we could manually choose to enable a legacy mode, in like a settings option or such? Even if it never gets any new themes, or if we trim it down to a basic black and a basic white theme, it would be nice on older browsers to have the option to disable the blinding white of the fallback colors.

    But at least it's nice to see a move towards modularity and readability! I'm not a web developer or anything, but I gave a quick peak into the Tildes.css file and it does indeed seem to be really easy to modify - just by tweaking the color values for the different elements?

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Winamp in 2020 (Webamp Electron App) in ~tech

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    Audacious is also a great drop in replacement on Linux (and also potentially Windows, though you can still use the old versions on it) that's fully compatible with Winamp 2 skins and also uses...

    Audacious is also a great drop in replacement on Linux (and also potentially Windows, though you can still use the old versions on it) that's fully compatible with Winamp 2 skins and also uses very little CPU and memory. It was my music player for many years on the desktop, and it would still be today if I wasn't in the TDE/KDE world and using Amarok (especially v1) instead.

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