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  1. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    Yeah, I don't know about that. Far as I can tell that redesign in the works for a very long time. It seems pretty unreasonable to claim that Youtube switched their entire client stack over because...

    He revealed that both Firefox and Edge were superior when loading YouTube content when compared to Chrome, and in order to counteract this performance issue, Google switched to using a JavaScript library for YouTube that they knew wasn't supported by Firefox.

    Yeah, I don't know about that. Far as I can tell that redesign in the works for a very long time. It seems pretty unreasonable to claim that Youtube switched their entire client stack over because Firefox surpassed Chrome's JS performance on Youtube.

    This seems more easily explained by programmers being programmers. They reached for the shiny new tech (Shadow DOM v0) which they thought would be adopted. The spec changed and they had to polyfill it as a bandaid fix. I doubt anyone was happy about how the situation turned out.

    Unless there's any evidence that this was a nefarious plan from higher up though, I'm taking that with a grain of salt.

    Google Chrome ads started appearing next to Firefox search terms.

    This I can believe. But it's also pretty standard practice to target ads for competitor's product names. Is it considered unethical?

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Mod annotations for removed comments in ~tildes

    Wes Link Parent
    This is known as distinguishing comments on reddit. Mods and admins (and admin emeritus) can distinguish their comments to stand out when taking official action like this. I'd bet the suggestion...

    This is known as distinguishing comments on reddit. Mods and admins (and admin emeritus) can distinguish their comments to stand out when taking official action like this.

    I'd bet the suggestion has come up before, so there may be a feature request for it on the issue tracker already.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Mod annotations for removed comments in ~tildes

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    It looks like a few other trailing comments were pruned as well. That's likely why Deimos posted a top-level comment (as it applied to the whole thread), rather than responding underneath the...

    Would it make sense to show a note (like Deimos' comment) in-thread at the position of the deleted content?

    It looks like a few other trailing comments were pruned as well. That's likely why Deimos posted a top-level comment (as it applied to the whole thread), rather than responding underneath the largest removal chain.

    Also, would a single bulk-annotation for all of the related removals make for better UX than 13 separate ones?

    Compressing removal chains seems like a good idea to me.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Don’t Blame the Babies in ~enviro

    Wes Link Parent
    That's fair. I'd add though that editorializing, in my opinion, is more specifically when you change the meaning of the title. Conveying the intended meaning as best you can within the limits of...

    i try not to editorialize unless it's egregious

    That's fair. I'd add though that editorializing, in my opinion, is more specifically when you change the meaning of the title. Conveying the intended meaning as best you can within the limits of the platform seems much more reasonable to me.

    It's a far leap from a title like: "Author shares bad opinion with mindless audience". This clearly injects opinion and poisons the well. These sorts of titles have unfortunately taken hold on other social media.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    Wes Link Parent
    I feel I've given a couple valid examples of how this creates confusion for users and leads to problems down the road. It is important that a user understand when the information they're reading...

    I'm not understanding the importance of this distinction.

    I feel I've given a couple valid examples of how this creates confusion for users and leads to problems down the road. It is important that a user understand when the information they're reading is coming from a trusted source (like the site owner), or an untrusted one (like a user page). Additionally if a user is trying to accomplish a specific task then the page name should accurately reflect that task, else the user may become frustrated.

    There seems to be a tangential point here that URLs should be well formatted, to indicate what they are and what they do

    If you'll allow me to push back a little here, the point isn't actually tangential; it's the main point that I've been trying to make. Proper namespacing is the most effective way to accomplish that goal because it gives a much clearer context to the page.

    In other words: focus on the end result and the user, rather than the origin and the creator.

    Okay, and that's fine. You're correct that ambiguity could be introduced by some other means than user-generated content. However user-generated content is being brought up because it is the most likely cause of these sorts of conflicts. In the Github examples above, it was always a repo, organization, or user page that introduced ambiguity. That's the reason I've focused on that aspect of the problem. In the context of Tildes, this would also be the most likely source of name conflicts down the road if group names were accessible as standard subdirectories.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    Wes Link Parent
    I'm sorry, I thought it was clear from context. A user-generated URL would be something created by someone other than the site owner. In my examples above, https://github.com/help/ is official and...

    But that has nothing to do with whether a URL is "user-generated" or "official" (neither of which you actually explained, by the way, so I'm just shooting in the dark here).

    I'm sorry, I thought it was clear from context. A user-generated URL would be something created by someone other than the site owner. In my examples above, https://github.com/help/ is official and takes you to a help page, while https://github.com/employment/ is actually a user's page (thus user-generated content).

    The point I was trying to make is that while both URLs look official, there's actually ambiguity unless you look closer (and have the skills and familiarity to differentiate).

    Anyway... how does a user generate a URL? How can I, as a user of Tildes, generate a Tildes URL? That seems nonsensical to me.

    At this time, it isn't possible. We're discussing a potential future where groups can be created by users. The context is from @Adys' comment above:

    Tilde groups aren't user input but they may some day be

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    Wes Link Parent
    It could change it quite a lot. If you land on a user page thinking you're on an official help page, you might end up sending a message to a user named "help" by mistake. You and I might recognize...

    What's the point of knowing whether a URL is "user-generated" or "official"? How will it change my behaviour as a user of Tildes?

    It could change it quite a lot. If you land on a user page thinking you're on an official help page, you might end up sending a message to a user named "help" by mistake. You and I might recognize that the page template is different, but for somebody blindly googling words like "tildes" and "help" together, they could very easily make that mistake.

    I understand that namespacing produces dirtier-looking URLs, but its pros still outweigh its cons.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    Wes Link Parent
    Before clicking these links, can you guess if they're user-generated or official? https://github.com/help/ https://github.com/user/ https://github.com/pull-requests/ https://github.com/contact/...

    Can you expand on this please. What makes it bad?

    Before clicking these links, can you guess if they're user-generated or official?

    https://github.com/help/
    https://github.com/user/
    https://github.com/pull-requests/
    https://github.com/contact/
    https://github.com/employment/

    That's certainly an issue.

    More importantly though, Deimos may want to add a page in the future but find its name has already been reserved by a group. Namespacing them ensures these problems can't crop up down the road.

    20 votes
  9. Comment on Hackers tricked a Tesla, and it's a sign of things to come in the race to fool artificial intelligence in ~tech

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    This is how I feel about most emerging technologies. Computers were madly insecure in their initial versions, but have been slowly hardened over time. Other industries will need to go through the...

    This is how I feel about most emerging technologies. Computers were madly insecure in their initial versions, but have been slowly hardened over time. Other industries will need to go through the same process; be it self-driving cars, IOT, or even medical devices.

    Yes there is much to learn from existing lessons, but there are new problems unique to their respective industries as well. For instance self-driving cars have to answer the unique problem of civilians intentionally darting in front of the vehicles.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

    Wes Link Parent
    There's really no way to say. But I will say that I don't think business could have thrived as well online if ads weren't available as a monetization model from the start.

    There's really no way to say. But I will say that I don't think business could have thrived as well online if ads weren't available as a monetization model from the start.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are the arguments against letting user data be collected? in ~tech

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    Computers would certainly exist - they're too useful not to. But the world wide web as it is today? Probably not. Many blogs, news sites, and services are financed by ads. The idea of paying for...

    Computers would certainly exist - they're too useful not to. But the world wide web as it is today? Probably not. Many blogs, news sites, and services are financed by ads.

    The idea of paying for things online has only recently (in the last ten years) become much easier and more universal. I remember having to send a money order to buy a Runescape premium membership.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on The key to glorifying a questionable diet? Be a tech bro and call it 'biohacking' in ~health

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    I'm not sure I agree with that. While there may not be a 100% perfect pinnacle of a diet, there are absolutely beneficial ones. For instance, somebody with high cholesterol needs a tailored diet...

    I think any honest dietitian will tell you that there is no best diet to follow.

    I'm not sure I agree with that. While there may not be a 100% perfect pinnacle of a diet, there are absolutely beneficial ones.

    For instance, somebody with high cholesterol needs a tailored diet to avoid saturated fats. This is because their highest risk comes from clogged arteries. Alternatively, somebody with diabetes needs to closely monitor their sugar intake as their body cannot properly regulate it.

    Most diets are junk. The concept of dieting isn't though. The science is important for managing risk factors and understanding which diets make the most sense for us.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Make Netflix Remove "DRM" in ~misc

    Wes Link Parent
    Firefox supports widevine, but it needs to be installed. I believe they automate this process now. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-drm Other platforms I'm less familiar with. Netflix...

    Firefox supports widevine, but it needs to be installed. I believe they automate this process now.

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-drm

    Other platforms I'm less familiar with. Netflix also has a Windows 10 app I'd be curious about.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Make Netflix Remove "DRM" in ~misc

    Wes Link Parent
    The DRM Netflix uses is called widevine. I'm not familiar with any privacy concerns. Nor can I imagine Netflix being able to obtain rights to most of their shows without assurances offered by a...

    The DRM Netflix uses is called widevine. I'm not familiar with any privacy concerns. Nor can I imagine Netflix being able to obtain rights to most of their shows without assurances offered by a DRM platform.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine

    14 votes
  15. Comment on Chromium-based preview builds of Microsoft Edge are now available for Windows 10 in ~tech

    Wes (edited ) Link Parent
    Maybe, but for a completely different reason. People design "Chrome-only" features because Chrome is the first to implement them. Firefox is usually the second, with IE/Safari lagging behind....

    We're back to the "works best with Internet Explorer 5.0" days of the internet, only that it's Chrome now and even Microsoft caved.

    Maybe, but for a completely different reason. People design "Chrome-only" features because Chrome is the first to implement them. Firefox is usually the second, with IE/Safari lagging behind. That's how it's been for years. Devs are still implementing standard features though, unlike IE's awful proprietary features.

    Google successfully bullied out all competitors by forcing non-standard functionalities that have become essential to run their services.

    I don't think that's a fair appraisal. Google has been a significant part of the standardization process. New features still go through that process. I'm sure they've used their presence to push for some standards, but that doesn't mean they've bullied others. Things are significantly better under the WHATWG than they were under the W3C, and it's because the browser vendors are cooperating to move the web forward.

  16. Comment on Web Design in 4 minutes in ~comp

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    Really can't agree with your linked comment. Books and newspapers don't have bright backlit screens. #000 on #FFF is much too strong. Dimming the background is fine, but full-blown contrast is...

    Really can't agree with your linked comment.

    Black text has been fine since the first printing press.

    Books and newspapers don't have bright backlit screens. #000 on #FFF is much too strong. Dimming the background is fine, but full-blown contrast is definitely not easier on the eyes. Subtle shades are important.

    I might not have gone to #555, but #333, certainly.

    The colours they've used in the syntax highlighting just made everything a confetti explosion.

    I really didn't think it was that bad, but that's a stylistic choice.

    Not a big fan of @font-face. Another host to visit.

    That's a bit of a non-sequitur. @font-face doesn't require another DNS lookup. I use it for locally-hosted assets.

    And let's be frank: most system fonts are garbage. The best you can do is sans-serif, and that still doesn't get you far.

    Massive headers are nothing but a waste of space.

    They're popular for a reason. They set tone, and settle the reader in to the page before getting down to business. I'd accept an argument about file size for large hero images, though.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix] in ~music

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    Am definitely not. I think I was expecting country based on Billy Ray being mentioned in the title. Interesting genre mashup nonetheless.

    Am definitely not. I think I was expecting country based on Billy Ray being mentioned in the title.

    Interesting genre mashup nonetheless.

  18. Comment on Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix] in ~music

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    That was... not great. I enjoyed the brief country introduction but the rest is quite jarring to the ears. One of those cases of different strokes, I guess.

    That was... not great. I enjoyed the brief country introduction but the rest is quite jarring to the ears.

    One of those cases of different strokes, I guess.

  19. Comment on Should submitters be able to edit their own topic titles afterwards? in ~tildes

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    Yes, I'd also be in favour of this. I trust other users to use this power responsibly, and I've seen hundreds of issues on reddit that could have been solved easily if title editing were...

    Yes, I'd also be in favour of this. I trust other users to use this power responsibly, and I've seen hundreds of issues on reddit that could have been solved easily if title editing were permitted.

    I'd suggest an even more generous editing time. Maybe 20 minutes or more? That gives commenters time to point out any mistake and OP to fix them.

    There is an editing log to help point out any tomfoolery. If somebody abuses their power, I believe they should lose it.

    2 votes