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  1. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    You have not managed to communicate the issue you see with this term and I have failed to ascertain where your objection is, or even that you have one worth making. Like with hungariantoast, I...

    You have not managed to communicate the issue you see with this term and I have failed to ascertain where your objection is, or even that you have one worth making. Like with hungariantoast, I feel that the objection is overblown and exaggerated without any basis in reality. I have to ask whether you seriously, sincerely think that someone on this site won't know what the term original content is. It's not like we're inventing some new term that no one else uses, and then forbidding those who don't know what it is from participating. That's gatekeeping, that's what a shibboleth is. It's something you can easily find on the web with a quick search and then you can participate more fully.

    This feels like bikeshedding (to illustrate my point, the first dozen results on DDG go into this in some depth) at this point.

  2. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    I have to admit that I'm not seeing any ambiguity. And I seriously, sincerely think that people are assuming people are way dumber than they actually are, especially people who are here. Do you...

    I have to admit that I'm not seeing any ambiguity. And I seriously, sincerely think that people are assuming people are way dumber than they actually are, especially people who are here. Do you seriously think that people here won't understand what original content is? Really?

    It's not "giving in to internet trends" to use a standard term for something. I feel that you're being contrary for its own sake without much justification for your objection.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    You're ascribing motive where there absolutely isn't any. It's not a shibboleth. It's basic vocabulary for discussing content on the internet. You're still allowed to participate if you don't know...

    You're ascribing motive where there absolutely isn't any. It's not a shibboleth. It's basic vocabulary for discussing content on the internet. You're still allowed to participate if you don't know the words, things just won't be as clear for you.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    Asking someone to educate themselves on something is not creating a walled garden. That's more than a touch of exaggeration.

    Asking someone to educate themselves on something is not creating a walled garden. That's more than a touch of exaggeration.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    It takes ten seconds to educate yourself. This is not an onerous request.

    It takes ten seconds to educate yourself. This is not an onerous request.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    A ten second search engine query and then you know what the term means. I think it's entirely reasonable to expect this kind of thing so that we can use consistent words everywhere. I've had...

    A ten second search engine query and then you know what the term means. I think it's entirely reasonable to expect this kind of thing so that we can use consistent words everywhere.

    I've had similar discussions with folks about genres in video games, and I have the same view there. It's worth making the new person search a bit, once.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

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    I also really dislike "own content". As a native English speaker, it's in that linguistic uncanny valley that non-native speakers sometimes fall into. That said, we already have a precedent for...

    I also really dislike "own content". As a native English speaker, it's in that linguistic uncanny valley that non-native speakers sometimes fall into.

    That said, we already have a precedent for this, one that I've used here and that seems the obvious choice: original_content. This is what I use and it's what a lot of other people use, including on other sites.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on There's no such thing as a dangerous neighborhood in ~life

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    This article is seriously missing the point. It's not just "violent" crime that's a problem; it's all crime. I don't feel comfortable outside of center city / university city Philadelphia--north,...

    This article is seriously missing the point. It's not just "violent" crime that's a problem; it's all crime. I don't feel comfortable outside of center city / university city Philadelphia--north, south, or west. East is Camden, and I am not going there. I might occasionally do something in north, south, or west Philadelphia, but Camden is absolutely not something I will do. It's not just the violent crime, it's all crime. If the point is that only violent crime makes a neighborhood dangerous, then I'm not sure I can relate to this writer.

    Their study also doesn't cover Camden, nor Philadelphia, not even NYC. Missing such large swaths of urban America, and such large swaths of urban crime, makes me wonder how applicable their findings are.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

    anahata
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    Fair enough. I should point out that 1Blocker does support whitelisting URLs. I have a few whitelisted in a few different ways to work around some bugs.

    Fair enough. I should point out that 1Blocker does support whitelisting URLs. I have a few whitelisted in a few different ways to work around some bugs.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

    anahata
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    I explained what content blockers are in my comment. What parts of it are unclear?

    I explained what content blockers are in my comment. What parts of it are unclear?

  11. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

    anahata
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    Firefox doesn't integrate with the OS, it doesn't feel native, the UI is a mess, memory usage is still ridiculous, it doesn't integrate with other devices running other operating systems, ...

    Firefox doesn't integrate with the OS, it doesn't feel native, the UI is a mess, memory usage is still ridiculous, it doesn't integrate with other devices running other operating systems, ...

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Tech salaries are risk premiums in ~tech

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    An explanation of what a "risk premium" is would've been nice. We're not all economists.

    An explanation of what a "risk premium" is would've been nice. We're not all economists.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

    anahata
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    A few of those are matters of opinion. The first, third, and fourth I find useful. Where else would you put a search dialog in the current Music.app UI? There's nowhere to go with it besides the...

    A few of those are matters of opinion. The first, third, and fourth I find useful. Where else would you put a search dialog in the current Music.app UI? There's nowhere to go with it besides the bottom. This is consistent with other iOS apps.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

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    Music.app is GARBAGE. Every time I open it, I find several new, different bugs (I wish this was an exaggeration but it's really not; every. time. I open it, it fails in a new, bizarre way)....

    Music.app is GARBAGE. Every time I open it, I find several new, different bugs (I wish this was an exaggeration but it's really not; every. time. I open it, it fails in a new, bizarre way). Immediately after Catalina's release, I found at least one distinct bug every day for a week. I cannot remember the last time an Apple software update has so totally and completely failed like Music.app has (which is not surprising since it's not actually Apple; it's the Beats devs, who Apple acquihired). It is so bad that it is utterly unuseable. It's to the point that I don't even bother listening to music on my Macs or controlling my HomePods with my Macs; it's all through my phone or tablet. I tried getting iTunes back via Retroactive, but I'm noticing bugs there, too, especially around Apple Music.

    I really hope we see a software update that either brings iTunes back (which would really be a Scott Forstall-level event) or that makes Music.app actually fit for purpose. Right now it's a waste of disk space.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

    anahata
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    Content blockers are strictly better from a technical perspective, actually. They perform better and respect your privacy better. Plus they're available cross-platform (with cross-platform config...

    Content blockers are strictly better from a technical perspective, actually. They perform better and respect your privacy better. Plus they're available cross-platform (with cross-platform config syncing). This kind of thing is why I'm never, ever going to look at another browser. Nothing else supports this kind of thing.

    1Blocker is what you want these days, by the way. /cc @Ember

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Should there be a way to turn off replies for a comment? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    "I don't want my inbox full of comments" is not "no one should be allowed to comment at all, ever". These things are different and your original comment didn't distinguish them clearly.

    "I don't want my inbox full of comments" is not "no one should be allowed to comment at all, ever". These things are different and your original comment didn't distinguish them clearly.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Should there be a way to turn off replies for a comment? in ~tildes

    anahata
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    That defeats the point of a site that's about high-value discussion, though. Seriously, what would the point be of posting something to a discussion site if you don't want a discussion? We value...

    That defeats the point of a site that's about high-value discussion, though. Seriously, what would the point be of posting something to a discussion site if you don't want a discussion? We value going in-depth here, and being denied the ability to discuss lowers the response you can have to "oh. that's nice, I guess." and moving on.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on How 'Namaste' Flew Away From Us in ~life

    anahata
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    She's not Hindi. Christian, actually, so I'm not really sure. Maybe my friend is just strange. :)

    She's not Hindi. Christian, actually, so I'm not really sure. Maybe my friend is just strange. :)

  19. Comment on How 'Namaste' Flew Away From Us in ~life

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    Strange that this article claims that the "I recognize the divinity in you" meaning is "overblown" or "divorced from its use in Hindi". I've had a discussion with an Indian (as in born in India to...

    Strange that this article claims that the "I recognize the divinity in you" meaning is "overblown" or "divorced from its use in Hindi". I've had a discussion with an Indian (as in born in India to Indian parents) friend and she validated that usage of the term. She takes offense to the jokes as appropriation or diluting the meaning of the term, and I agree with her. I learned this meaning in my yoga teacher training and the meaning seems to flow naturally from the etymology given in the article. Said friend is absolutely happy for me to "namaste her", to use the article's terminology. Maybe there's a generational gap or something else at play here, but I'm friends with or practice with a number of Indian folks who've never expressed any problems with the practice.

    And I have to question an article that uses the word "cringe" in an unironic way. It just doesn't sit well for me, and smacks of the kind of carelessness with language that this article is talking about. It very much has been twisted to "mean whatever people want it to".

    2 votes
  20. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I see a lot of things here that I'd really like to do (like gigabit fiber), but with only three projects, I have to focus on more fundamental human needs. Gigabit...

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

    I see a lot of things here that I'd really like to do (like gigabit fiber), but with only three projects, I have to focus on more fundamental human needs. Gigabit fiber doesn't matter if you've got nowhere to live and no food. I'm a little surprised at some of the projects listed here and the places of privilege they come from. Are there just no homeless people in some parts of the world? Are there no problems with hunger? Healthcare?

    We've got a number of serious issues here--we're the poorest big city in the nation, and we have a lot of folks below the poverty line. So bringing people above the poverty line, and providing affordable housing for them, would be a good first step. Making sure people have their fundamental needs taken care of will solve a LOT of issues--not just having the needs met, but also the psychological stress of worrying about not having those needs met.

    I'd like to start with a universal basic income to address this. It is my considered (socialist) opinion that it is the job of the government to provide for its people, and I'm quite happy to pay higher taxes in order to do so. If folks have income and housing, the city will improve as folks are able to live their lives more equitably, more peacefully, and free of the stresses of providing for their basic needs. It's not just an investment in the people, it's an investment in the city by way of making people happier and less stressed, depressed, etc. Cities are very much alive, with the citizens impacting one another in subtle and overt ways. Making things better for others makes things better for oneself. And since I have unlimited funds, I'd love to have folks around the level of income that I enjoy right now. I'm in the 92nd percentile for income in the US, and I'm debt free. Everyone should be able to enjoy the level of income that a mid-career software developer does. No one should be rich, but conversely no one should be poor.

    Beyond this, we've also got a serious opioid problem in the city. I'm not sure how to address this. Part of it is certainly because life just sucks, so making life suck less would be a very good first step. That's part of the point of the UBI above, to get folks to a point where they don't feel as much of a need to rely on opioids to make life bearable. But more broadly than this, I'd like to provide universal healthcare as well, with a focus on addiction treatment. We have a number of addiction treatment centers in the city, but they don't have the funding (or staffing, which is a function of funding) that they need to do the work we so desperately need. I'm really uncertain what to do here. We've got some hospitals in bad shape because of money, so putting more money into the hospitals would be great, too. Can I say "invest in healthcare" as a project?

    Now that most people's basic survival needs have been met, things get more interesting. I'd initially think education, and had a paragraph about that and its relationship to engineering in improving quality of life, but we have a lot of other more fundamental problems, too. A better police force would help--and by better I don't mean more officers, I mean better laws that reflect the times and how people actually live. I'm socially super liberal, even by European standards, and I'd like to support a judicial system that reflects the "live and let live" philosophy.

    7 votes