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  1. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    I missed that part, thanks for pointing it out. That said, I still believe charging anything per-RSVP is unreasonable.

    I missed that part, thanks for pointing it out. That said, I still believe charging anything per-RSVP is unreasonable.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    $1 or $2 per RSVP is highway robbery, nowhere near reasonable compensation for the corresponding tidbit of work being done. This is on top of the subscription fees the group organizer is already...

    However, I must say, you can't even buy a cup of coffee for $2. It seems that we've become so used to getting things for free online, even a small charge has really put people's noses out of joint. Meetup is providing a service, is it unreasonable for them to be compensated for this service?

    $1 or $2 per RSVP is highway robbery, nowhere near reasonable compensation for the corresponding tidbit of work being done. This is on top of the subscription fees the group organizer is already paying.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Ways to create a more environmentally sustainable world in ~enviro

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    @Deimos Can we change the link to https://plantyhamchuk.tumblr.com/post/164379740897/samiholloway-plantyhamchuk instead. The current topic page seems to just be a repost/reblog of this one with no...

    @Deimos Can we change the link to https://plantyhamchuk.tumblr.com/post/164379740897/samiholloway-plantyhamchuk instead. The current topic page seems to just be a repost/reblog of this one with no additional content and much worse formatting. I just clicked one level down in the nesting to get to this url.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What is this place in need of right now? in ~tildes

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    It's been mentioned elsewhere, but comments on existing topics I think are even more important than more topics. I don't have any hard numbers, but looking at the Activity-AllTime sort subscribed...

    It's been mentioned elsewhere, but comments on existing topics I think are even more important than more topics. I don't have any hard numbers, but looking at the Activity-AllTime sort subscribed to most groups, it seems most are <10 comments (with a handful of popular exceptions). When a user sees that kind of response activity, it really hurts motivation to post new topics; why bother finding good content and posting here if there isn't a great chance of lively discussion.

    It's the age old problem of encouraging lurkers to comment and commenters to do so more often (while still maintaining standards), but there has to be some things we can do to help things along.

    22 votes
  5. Comment on More about scheduled topics, some group rearranging, and input needed on "content types" in ~tildes.official

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    @spacecowboy brought up an interesting point with the podcast being audio and also part of a series. Lots of things can be part of a series or collection, like podcasts, tv series, or articles in...

    @spacecowboy brought up an interesting point with the podcast being audio and also part of a series.

    Lots of things can be part of a series or collection, like podcasts, tv series, or articles in a series. The OP suggestions are also a mix of format and content type. I think it would make sense to have multiple bits of meta here rather a single type. Something like (just spitballing):

    • Primary Medium - This is probably what I've seen people care about the most, particularly video vs not-video. "Can I read it, listen to it, see it, or a combination. Can I consume this where I am now, or do I need to wait or get headphones?" In the case of significantly mixed media, try to pick the core (difficult to do automatically)
      • Audio
      • Video (could include animated GIFs, or not)
      • Image
      • Text
    • Content-Type / File-Type ? - Not sure if necessary, but if you want to get more specific than the broad media, this could help. JPG, GIF, MP4, PDF, etc. I think it could be a useful distinction, especially with various devices having varying degrees of support
    • Type - General type, along the lines of original OP suggestions (minus the above).
      • Article
      • Website
      • Music
      • Ask Topic
      • Tildes Text Topic (distinct an external linked text)
      • ... etc
    • Collection - Something to indicate whether it's a stand-alone piece, or part of a larger whole that you might want to seek out. Could be a simple "stand-alone / collection" binary, or could get more specific with things like "series", "anthology", etc.

    So, an example for "Setting up a Linux home server - Part 2" might be: "Text - HTML - Article - Series". It tells me that I can read it (e.g. consume almost anywhere at my own pace) and what sort of thing it is (an article), but it's only part of a bigger thing (e.g. it can be a bigger commitment and I might need to consume other things before and/or after)
    Or a scientific study might be: "Text - PDF - Article - Standalone"

    To me, that seems far more useful than just a single "Article"

    3 votes
  6. Comment on More about scheduled topics, some group rearranging, and input needed on "content types" in ~tildes.official

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    The problem is that Github can and has been used to host all sorts of things, not strictly code repositories. I've seen it used for wiki-like resources (but without using the wiki feature),...

    The problem is that Github can and has been used to host all sorts of things, not strictly code repositories. I've seen it used for wiki-like resources (but without using the wiki feature), versioned and edited e-books, etc. If we're including Gists, there's even more.

    A better option could be to suggest, but ultimately leave it up to the submitter. Have a UI control on the submission page with the preset types and make a selection automatically if a type is determined based on detection, allowing the submitter to see the result and make a change if necessary. Much like how submission title detection works on some other social media sites, filling in the input box that you can change before submission.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on One supermarket chain in Finland has an idea to address food waste – S-market has started holding 'happy hours' for products nearing expiration date in ~food

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    Yours has been my experience as well, up and down the east coast mid-atlantic. Discounts on soon-to-expire perishables at every major supermarket I've shopped at in multiple states. Occasionally...

    Yours has been my experience as well, up and down the east coast mid-atlantic. Discounts on soon-to-expire perishables at every major supermarket I've shopped at in multiple states. Occasionally I've even seen explicit "Do not refreeze" and "Must consume within 1 to 2 days" type messages alongside the discount sticker.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on More about scheduled topics, some group rearranging, and input needed on "content types" in ~tildes.official

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    Would it be helpful to look at the Open Graph protocol types? Most sites these days seem to implement OG meta tags in <head>, so you could parse the og:type meta to get a rough estimate of the...

    Would it be helpful to look at the Open Graph protocol types? Most sites these days seem to implement OG meta tags in <head>, so you could parse the og:type meta to get a rough estimate of the link type (at the very least, filter the possibilities). The Github link is specified as "object" rather than "article", for example.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on The End of Silence - The tech industry is producing a rising din, and our bodies can’t adapt in ~tech

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    No, Akir in their followup is saying that all noise at a given volume isn't the same. Office chatter, computer fans whirring, air AC compressor humming, cricket chirping, brook babbling, city...

    No, Akir in their followup is saying that all noise at a given volume isn't the same. Office chatter, computer fans whirring, air AC compressor humming, cricket chirping, brook babbling, city horns and construction, etc. All at the same volume, but can have vastly different impact, and differently for individuals. For example Someone might be stressed by the office noise, but relaxed by the crickets.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Completely agree. I had played for a few weeks before the Steam switch, getting through the main campaign along with Osiris and Warmind. I hadn't bought Forsaken at the time, but there was always...

    However, the new method of starting is extremely confusing, in my opinion. They put you through an extremely basic intro, and then pretty much just toss you into what used to be "endgame" and immediately encourage you to join events that are complicated.

    Completely agree. I had played for a few weeks before the Steam switch, getting through the main campaign along with Osiris and Warmind. I hadn't bought Forsaken at the time, but there was always a big icon on the galaxy map where to start it and it was also an entry in the "important" Milestones tab. Day of the steam switch, I bought Shadowkeep as well as Forsaken. Hopped on and... nothing about Forsaken, a major chapter in the canonical campaign, anywhere anymore. I thought the DLC was broken or didn't apply correctly until I happened to land on the planet where I remembered the old icon being and managed to find the starting quest. Maybe starting a new character from scratch would have triggered better indicators, who knows.

    On top of that, I feel like the number of quests in the tracker exploded. Before I only ever had a page, maybe two, at a time. Now I've got three or four pages, a jumble of side-story quests and vendor requests and seasonal quests and more. There is no organization at all beyond a separation of bounties into their own section, only sort by newest and sort by rarity. I spend so much time just trying to figure out what the next quest I should be actively focused on, trying to wade through ones for different gametypes (gambit, crucible, etc.) and a number of "play normally for a while to eventually complete" ones. It's a real mess and I can't imagine what it must be like for someone who's playing for the first time.

    That said, the game is a blast. The campaigns are fun and polished, the worlds where stuff is just happening around you is cool, the side quests with some story are engaging, and the weapons satisfying (I am loving this bow I got with exploding arrows)

    2 votes
  11. Comment on This Is What a "Second-Person" Video Game Would Look Like in ~games.game_design

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    An example of this this is Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures. As a side note, that mechanic was an extremely frustrating game. Pac-man is a moody bum.

    An example of this this is Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures.

    Unlike most Point-and-click games where the player can interact with the environment via various commands, "the player has no direct control over Pac-Man".[3] Instead, he independently moves and interacts with the world, characters, and sometimes the player. The player's main ability is to influence, rather than control, the character's actions. The only command that can be given is via the "Look" button, which makes Pac-Man look or turn in whichever direction is held on the control pad. The player takes the role of an observer, armed with a slingshot that can be used to indirectly affect or strike objects in the world, including Pac-Man himself.

    As a side note, that mechanic was an extremely frustrating game. Pac-man is a moody bum.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Why is Tildes not on Github? in ~tildes

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    Previous Thread It's mirrored to Github here, but Gitlab is where issues are tracked.

    Previous Thread
    It's mirrored to Github here, but Gitlab is where issues are tracked.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    I wish this was default behavior. It is so rare that I want to keep original formatting when copy/pasting text. There's a bit of a bandaid for this using keyboard shortcuts, which let you define a...

    I wish this was default behavior. It is so rare that I want to keep original formatting when copy/pasting text.

    There's a bit of a bandaid for this using keyboard shortcuts, which let you define a keycombo for any menu entry:

    1. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > App Shortcuts
    2. Hit the + to add a new one. All applications, Menu Title "Paste and Match Style", keyboard shortcut Command + V

    This should cover you in most situations. If you find a particular app misbehaving after this change, you can add an additional app-specific keyboard shortcut for Paste to override the other with original behavior.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Down to seven vets, Pearl Harbor survivors' group in California holds final meeting in ~humanities

  15. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    I think Grzmot is arguing a case of lowest-common-denominator. A game with multi-device input requirements has to be fully functional with the most limited supported input, in this case a...

    I think Grzmot is arguing a case of lowest-common-denominator. A game with multi-device input requirements has to be fully functional with the most limited supported input, in this case a touchscreen. Games that could have had more features, more complex mechanics and UI, more precision requirements with a gamepad or KB+M won't due to the touchscreen support limitation.

    On the flip side, all of those will likely be designed as touchscreen-first, both because it's easier to do so than cutting/shoehorning things later, as well as wanting to take advantage of the large mobile audience. As a result, using a controller or KB+M is less likely to improve the experience over using the "native" touch interface.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    I think it's finally time to upgrade my old 6 Plus. The battery life is generally ok (did the free replacement), though I can almost watch it tick down when I play a game. Performance has been...

    I think it's finally time to upgrade my old 6 Plus. The battery life is generally ok (did the free replacement), though I can almost watch it tick down when I play a game. Performance has been getting a bit sluggish, but still mostly usable. My biggest gripes are first-gen TouchID is absolute garbage outside of perfect conditions, so I have to use the passcode more often than the touch works, and I'm finding that apps have gotten to the point where the 6P struggles to hold more than one in memory at a time, having to completely reload when switching back and forth. Both are infuriating, but the latter completely breaks functionality like single-sign on when a separate app has to open. e.g. game allows linking to FB, FB app automatically opens and link is approved, automatically switch back to game with result... but game had already been evicted from memory, so has to cold reopen and the result is lost completely.

    A bit disappointed that the 11 Pro still starts at 64GB; I've never run into the limit on my 6P, but with things like 4K content and larger apps along with the low price of storage these days, I would have liked to see at least 128GB. I assume at this point it's just done for price anchoring. The reset of the phone is really exciting for someone a few generations behind, and after seeing the difference between first and second gen TouchID, I'm more than happy to pick up a new phone during a refinement year (11 is basically an XSS). I think i'd like to go with a Pro instead of Pro Max based on the body size, as it's a larger screen but also smaller body than my 6P. Only question is whether to go with the classic Space Grey or Midnight Green. Probably have to see them in store to decide.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on 'A human need': Disability groups say people on NDIS should have access to sex workers in ~life

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    I can see how it might be possible to give them the perspective needed to break free from that mentality. They've built up the idea of sex in their minds so much over so long, giving it wildly...

    I can see how it might be possible to give them the perspective needed to break free from that mentality. They've built up the idea of sex in their minds so much over so long, giving it wildly disproportionate importance in life. They believe that having sex is the goal, that it's their right, and it will make them happy and whole as a man. It's difficult to simply talk that down, particularly if the recipient believes the advice to come from someone who is having it, viewed like telling a man in the desert, "really, water isn't that great, you don't need it". What if, instead, they could be shown exactly what they're missing and asking for? While the act is certainly pleasurable, it's not magic, and I can see the after effects going a few different ways. On the negative end is that nothing changes, they still hold the same views, maybe even rationalizing the results and doubling down. On the positive end, it could sow the seeds of confidence and positivity, all of the benefits that @vivaria mentioned elsewhere, and give them the tools to dig themselves out of the mental hole. And in the middle, they may feel the same same pain, lack of fulfillment, emasculation and realize that sex wasn't the silver-bullet they believed, starting to open them up to new ideas and mental help. That last one seems fairly likely; "I guess I'm a man now, but I don't feel any different" is a fairly common theme in coming-of-age media.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What online services do you use to host and share photos? in ~creative

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    A bit more detail about my current setup. All photos sync from my iPhone to my Macbook in a Photos library (sometimes the magic syncing works, other times I have to plug it in and import). I've...

    A bit more detail about my current setup. All photos sync from my iPhone to my Macbook in a Photos library (sometimes the magic syncing works, other times I have to plug it in and import). I've got that laptop (including photos) backing up to a desktop at home with syncthing on the LAN. I really should get around to setting up off-site long term backups in general.

    For sharing photos, I don't share a lot but I'm trying to set it up like:

    • Flickr - The "good" photos. Is there artistic merit? Will it appeal to people who have no connection to me? Mostly travel and event albums.
    • Facebook - The "personal" photos. Ones that only have worth within my social circle (My facebook friends list is small and only real-life friends and family). Group shots, parties, my cooking, etc.
    • Instagram - Bit of a middle ground between "good" and "personal", mostly stand-alone shots (rather than albums). Interesting subjects, travel, etc.

    It's far from perfect, so I'm open to change. Facebook has the worst rights, but the most friends and engagement, followed by Instagram with a fair bit less. Flickr only has two or three friends and recently reduced the Free tier limits, but has the best rights (and I'm happy it's separated from Yahoo now). Sharing links to Facebook with the biggest audience don't get nearly as much traction as native (share cards don't always look great, requires someone to leave the site, etc.), and I worry any cross-posting will get annoying to friends/followers on more than on service.

    2 votes