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  1. Comment on Computer Files Are Going Extinct in ~tech

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    Doesn't work for code or text files

    Hmm, it seems like if you store data inside the file (like Exif format in images) then it's less likely to be lost. On the other hand, this can result in privacy leaks too.

    Doesn't work for code or text files

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

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    When I tried Kakoune, it seemed to break and misunderstand the point of vim. The point of vim is that there are motions, and actions, and you can apply any motion to any action. From a...

    When I tried Kakoune, it seemed to break and misunderstand the point of vim. The point of vim is that there are motions, and actions, and you can apply any motion to any action. From a user-interface standpoint, motions and actions have different keybindings, but they (generally) are intuitive. For example, typing 'd(elete)w(ord)' (without anything in the brackets) deletes a word. The motion 'd(elete)t(o)a' deletes everything on the line until the letter 'a'. I haven't? looked at Kakoune in a while, but from what I remember it completely broke these mappings, and the things it broke in favour of seemed to have been done slapdash. The reason why I prefer vim over EMACS, and Sublime Text, and any of the other text editors out there, is because being given vim feels like being given a toolbox. I can learn a new motion, and suddenly all of the actions I could do before, can be done on that motion. I can learn a new action, and all of the motions I can do are (usually) applicable to that action. From what I remember (and I admit it has been a long time) Kakoune did not have that feeling, or properties.

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  3. Comment on Computer Files Are Going Extinct in ~tech

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    This is frustrating, and the exact reason I wrote koios. I still need to write a nice GUI interface for it, though.

    It seems like it became a question of how to manage files in bulk? Often these are media-specific operations, not something easily done in a file manager. And the filesystems themselves provide little organization.

    This is frustrating, and the exact reason I wrote koios. I still need to write a nice GUI interface for it, though.

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  4. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I uhhh. That's one hell of a compressed summary. War and Peace could be summarized as "Some families feud while Napoleon invades Russia". That's technically correct but you're skipping over...

    The plot is mind numbingly boring. Rick Deckard learns of four escaped replicants, then kills them.

    I uhhh. That's one hell of a compressed summary. War and Peace could be summarized as "Some families feud while Napoleon invades Russia". That's technically correct but you're skipping over everything the actual plot grapples with.

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  5. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    It's longer than the length of time for someone to (supposedly) become addicted.

    Taking nicotine for a month is perhaps not comparable?

    It's longer than the length of time for someone to (supposedly) become addicted.

  6. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I have another pen from them and it is literally a brush, but the PK*-10S is much closer to a felt tip in action, with just enough brush to make them pleasurable to write with.

    It's designed specifically for brush-style calligraphy

    I have another pen from them and it is literally a brush, but the PK*-10S is much closer to a felt tip in action, with just enough brush to make them pleasurable to write with.

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  7. Comment on Is programming science? in ~comp

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    I don't have much time right this moment to write a proper response, but I just want to link to Donald Knuth's musings on Programming As An Art (Not! "the art of computer science" but "the ART of...

    I don't have much time right this moment to write a proper response, but I just want to link to Donald Knuth's musings on Programming As An Art (Not! "the art of computer science" but "the ART of computer science"). Click on "PDF" and it'll send you to the full article (for free). It goes over his thoughts in 1970 over Computer Science As A Science as background, which I found pretty interesting just on their own.

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  8. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    From the research I've compiled it has worse withdrawal effects than pure nicotine re: cognitive drop, and doesn't really offer anything else over that other than it being a stimulant. Nicotine in...

    Coffee is a drug in the same sense as cocaine

    From the research I've compiled it has worse withdrawal effects than pure nicotine re: cognitive drop, and doesn't really offer anything else over that other than it being a stimulant. Nicotine in general is actually less addictive than coffee, I've found, for that reason. Dropping coffee gave me cluster migraines. Dropping nicotine after a month of regulated usage and nothing happened (I actually forgot I had ever bought the nicotine until I rediscovered it a few months later).

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  9. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I agree. I've never been drunk and I don't really intend to be, but I love the taste of a good whiskey.

    I agree. I've never been drunk and I don't really intend to be, but I love the taste of a good whiskey.

  10. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Go for pickled cornichon in honey. LIDL make them in tiny jars for cheap. They're amazing. Crunchy and kind of sweet. I'm not really into any other pickles, either. In general, the point of those...

    Every single vinegar-soaked cucumber I've ever encountered was gag inducing.

    Go for pickled cornichon in honey. LIDL make them in tiny jars for cheap. They're amazing. Crunchy and kind of sweet. I'm not really into any other pickles, either.

    In general, the point of those are to be eaten with preserved (or cooked) meats. Pickles are heavily used in a German smorgasbord in proportional quantities to cut through the mundanity of eating the types of meat that they have. For that reason, I can really only recommend them in that context. Have some Bratwurst with some mustard, mayo, and pickles, or check for other continental recipes that use them, and you might find that they balance the meal out. Like how lemon juice is used in some chilli dishes/curries to cut through the spice and bring the flavours out.

  11. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    No, they're primarily a source of vitamins and minerals. Many of which (Vitamin C, for example) you can't really get outside of that.

    The vast majority of fruit is just a source of carbohydrate.

    No, they're primarily a source of vitamins and minerals. Many of which (Vitamin C, for example) you can't really get outside of that.

  12. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Start rolling your clothes. It's more space efficient and doesn't crease the clothing. I fold in half inside and roll from the top downwards.

    I put up with coat hangers because of our silly convention of wearing pressed and folded clothes. In my circles anyway.

    Start rolling your clothes. It's more space efficient and doesn't crease the clothing. I fold in half inside and roll from the top downwards.

  13. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I wrote about some, quite frankly, amazing pens by Kuretake in this old thread with recommendations for tools: They have, quite frankly, changed my life. I can write with other pens, but I don't...

    I wrote about some, quite frankly, amazing pens by Kuretake in this old thread with recommendations for tools:

    Other people have mentioned keyboards, chairs, etc. But a really good pen will make writing so much more enjoyable. I tend to buy the Kuretake "Disposable Pocket Brush Pen" (Google for 'PK2-10'). they're ridiculously cheap (about $2 / 1.50GBP), but very good quality. The 'extra fine' lasted me two or three years of regular use, and at the end of it the only problem with it wasn't that it was out of ink, but that I had accidentally exerted too much pressure on the nib!

    I bought the 'fine' (PK2-10S) and 'extra fine' (PK1-10S), and also picked up a "Mangaka Flexible fine" that I haven't used very much. They're just really nice pens, the ink flows well, and they're really easy to write with.

    They have, quite frankly, changed my life. I can write with other pens, but I don't like it...

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  14. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    That was... dangerously undercooked. Almost like they make on TV! Horrifying!

    I got food poisoning from an omelet a few years ago and threw up several times in the span of a few days.

    That was... dangerously undercooked. Almost like they make on TV! Horrifying!

  15. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I think it's important to note why people behave in this way. Generally it happens because of a bad upbringing, but can also be because of societal problems and the main reason for it I believe is...

    It's also ignoring the good that alcohol causes some. It makes some people more friendly. It lowers social inhibitions, allowing people who otherwise might not have connected to connect.

    I think it's important to note why people behave in this way. Generally it happens because of a bad upbringing, but can also be because of societal problems and the main reason for it I believe is stress. I had an... unfortunate relationship with my mother until she realised some of the family were toxic, she cut them off, her stress is lower, and she no longer takes it out on me. We have a strong relationship and she is a completely different person now, and much more like herself. I believe that having a proper welfare system in place (which has been shown to reduce incidence of disease, and poverty, which are the major causes of stress -- as well as being the major funding for social care that allow people to access therapists that help them deal with stress) is the main gateway to our progression as a society as a whole. I also believe that schools as a system (and the whole modern concept of Discipline) do not teach children how to deal with their anger in ways that are fundamentally beneficial. For example, shouting at a child that is stressed or angry just teaches them that that is an acceptable way of dealing with those emotions, whereas giving the child a space that they can access that is free from the stresses that are causing them trouble allow them to learn to deal with the emotions in a more productive way (This is why children are typically sent to their bedroom, it's not a punishment (even though many parents have it framed like that), it's a way to allow the child to have a safe place to de-stress) is infinitely more beneficial.

    People who abuse alcohol and other substances ususally do so as a coping mechanism for something that their life lacks, or as a way of avoiding problems that they do not feel ready to deal with, allowing people access to resources to help them deal with that, and freedom from work, allows people to step back and assess their own life and find what they are missing, or deal with those problems better.

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  16. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    This isn't an opinion, it's a fact. It's literally a part of the standard Psychology course at Ivy Tech and the NOBA Project (The latter of which consists of material contributed to by university...

    Half of published psychology research can't be reproduced and/or uses bad statistics to determine their research findings

    This isn't an opinion, it's a fact. It's literally a part of the standard Psychology course at Ivy Tech and the NOBA Project (The latter of which consists of material contributed to by university professors around the globe. Both of which I chose as examples because their course material is open to the public). See also this good summary at Psychology Today and the source article at Science. There are more links in this article at The Atlantic.

    Actually medicine as a whole is having a replication crisis at the moment, not to mention the profuse proliferation of unethical practices perpetrated by Big Pharma companies. Ben Goldacre (who is a medical doctor currently Chair of the NHS HealthTech Advisory Board, among other achievements) wrote a book about it which I highly recommend (Review for the book by experts is available here and another here)

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  17. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Don't forget Nichijou. Which turns the traditional "anime girls at school" on the side of it's head and has clearly had a lot of creativity and heart poured into it.

    Don't forget Nichijou. Which turns the traditional "anime girls at school" on the side of it's head and has clearly had a lot of creativity and heart poured into it.

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  18. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    No, but forests and wetlands literally won't save us alone at this point. You are correct, however they are a solution to our continued destruction of forests, wetlands, bogs, and other areas of...

    Carbon sequestration machines aren't a replacement for forests and wetlands.

    No, but forests and wetlands literally won't save us alone at this point.

    Hydroponics aren't a solution to a global food system that distributes food unfairly to the richest nations.

    You are correct, however they are a solution to our continued destruction of forests, wetlands, bogs, and other areas of land for farming. And they are absolutely a solution to our continued destruction of topsoil and beneficial microscopic life.

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  19. Comment on Please recommend me a Linux distribution that is super-stable and never make me install again, but at the same time allows me to have some newer packages with ease (xpost /r/FindMeADistro) in ~comp

  20. Comment on Should I Get Into Gentoo? (x-post from /r/Gentoo) in ~comp

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    I mean, nothing in the linux world does, does it? I don't know of any place I could direct a total beginner to that they wouldn't bawk at. Even the arch linux wiki (which just describes...

    Does it have comprehensive, friendly and readable documentation focused on beginners?

    I mean, nothing in the linux world does, does it? I don't know of any place I could direct a total beginner to that they wouldn't bawk at. Even the arch linux wiki (which just describes configuration and some problems you might encounter with solutions), that I believe is pretty clear, is not suitable for beginners (I have had several people have difficulty reading it).

    Does it have an equivalent to USE Flags, that allows me to easily build a highly customized system with only the packages and configurations I want?

    I think only Gentoo and GUIX (and maybe stali,morpheus,oasis) has those. You can fork aports and customize stuff though.

    To what extent being base on musl and BusyBox would make Alpine Linux a harder experience for a semi-noob like me?

    You have to pull some things from source and build them from scratch. You can't just grab binaries off the internet and expect them to run. At least not without a chroot.

    Is it, in sum, a meta-distribution that I could use to build anything I want?

    Probably?

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