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  1. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I think that is certainly worth mentioning, but it's also worth considering that a logged out user won't necessarily know that (just to argue @joplin's side a bit) so it's potentially not relevant...

    I think that is certainly worth mentioning, but it's also worth considering that a logged out user won't necessarily know that (just to argue @joplin's side a bit) so it's potentially not relevant to their original point, which is that sort is how people experience things be default.

    And yes, that can be extended to my own point, which is that a logged out user can't filter out the tech things that they see.

    All in all, I think it points towards encouraging people to log in, and encouraging people to get involved in customizing their own experience so that they get what they want out of Tildes.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    Tildes, as a whole, is not relentlessly showing tech articles; there are definitely other things in the feed of the front page. When I look at a snapshot here on the front page, the breakdown was,...

    Tildes, as a whole, is not relentlessly showing tech articles; there are definitely other things in the feed of the front page. When I look at a snapshot here on the front page, the breakdown was, in the order of most recent:

    There's certainly more tech than anything else, but there's definitely not an overwhelming amount of tech news - about 1 in 5 stories are tech. Additionally, it's trivial to filter out all the tech stuff by unsubscribing from ~tech. I think the idea that "Tildes is too [anything]" is misguided. We don't have too much talk on any particular group, because there's not enough talk in any group at all.

    I would say that I get almost none of my technology news from Tildes. Everything I see here I've already seen somewhere else. So it's interesting to me that people feel like it's "too techy" when it doesn't even scratch my tech talk itch at all, and it's trivial to filter out all the tech things.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    It's interesting to me that Tildes is seen as "too techy". I maintain presences on other sites (notably lobste.rs) because there's not sufficient tech news here for me. It's possible that there...

    It's interesting to me that Tildes is seen as "too techy". I maintain presences on other sites (notably lobste.rs) because there's not sufficient tech news here for me. It's possible that there are some posts I miss because of filters - there's an arguably notable tech blog that I have filtered out - but I don't find there to be a lot of tech news. Also, it's trivial to remove all the tech from one's feed.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    This week we celebrated my son's sixth birthday. We bought him an RC car, which is a ton of fun. I can certainly see us getting into this as a bit of a hobby, and I've already looked up things I...

    This week we celebrated my son's sixth birthday. We bought him an RC car, which is a ton of fun. I can certainly see us getting into this as a bit of a hobby, and I've already looked up things I can print to upgrade the small machine he already has.

    I played a couple of rounds of disc golf, badly. Shot +2 and +3 on two different nines. Pretty garbagey, but at least I was out and about doing things.

    I played some more Elite Dangerous and have almost made my way to Sagittarius A, the Galactic Center. Most of the journey has been done in the evening while watching Silicon Valley, which has been delightful to get into. It's my first watch. A couple of months ago, in huddle at work, people who had watched it were going around and saying which character on the show we matched up with; when it got to my turn, the boss just said "Gilfoyle" and everyone said "yeah" and we moved on, so in episode one when he turned out to be a satanist, I was like, "Wait, wtf" but pretty quickly I just nodded and said, "yeah, that's spot on." I'm a Gilfoyle.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on [Help] Site Won't Display In Firefox 80.0.1 in ~tech

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    I do not have it opening in Chrome or Edge (both of which are up to date). I don't think it's a firefox issue, and I would guess it is anomalous that it works in Edge for you. Also when I checked...

    I do not have it opening in Chrome or Edge (both of which are up to date).

    I don't think it's a firefox issue, and I would guess it is anomalous that it works in Edge for you.

    Also when I checked Down For Everyone it says this site is down.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on IFTTT Pro in ~comp

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    Addendum to this story - I just received an email explaining that I could lock in a price that I'm willing to play for IFTTT pro now, and they'll honour it in perpetuity. I bought at $2USD per month.

    Addendum to this story - I just received an email explaining that I could lock in a price that I'm willing to play for IFTTT pro now, and they'll honour it in perpetuity. I bought at $2USD per month.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Emily Ratajkowski - Owning my image in ~design

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    I didn't have much to add to it either, but if you missed it @ThatFanficGuy's great response above is a great read.

    I didn't have much to add to it either, but if you missed it @ThatFanficGuy's great response above is a great read.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I think that the best answer to this for small projects is to do what feels best to your brain. If small features live in branches, and that's the way you think (it's the way I think) then it's a...

    I think that the best answer to this for small projects is to do what feels best to your brain. If small features live in branches, and that's the way you think (it's the way I think) then it's a good idea to make branches for things. If that feels like unnecessary work, then don't do it. The important thing to remember is that "features go in branches" is a guideline because for a non-trivial number of developers, that actually aids development; it's not done just to impose nonsense rules on people. But it's also just as important to recognize if that is something that resonates with how you do your work; the most important thing is that workflow is effective.

    A lot of people on both sides of this issue forget that the only important thing is that workflows are effective. They end up loving the workflow qua workflow, which is dangerously stupid.

    There are a variety of reasons that I find features in branches effective, and why I tend to do pull requests for my own work, even if I'm the one reviewing them. I like to see what a patch in its entirety is doing to a codebase. It's possible to do this without using a branch and a PR, but using a PR makes it trivial to do this review. Before merging something in, I like having the "okay, now actually review all the things you actually did" step. I also tend to work on multiple things concurrently; I might be working on Feature A, which is not trivial, and have an idea for Feature B. I'll switch to different branch, and outline what I'm planning, then switch back. It's an organizational tool for me.

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

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    I was careful not to say that the entire story is about a murder, but that the murder is a gimmick to bring you into the deeper story; I think that's accurate. But I don't care about the gimmick,...

    I was careful not to say that the entire story is about a murder, but that the murder is a gimmick to bring you into the deeper story; I think that's accurate. But I don't care about the gimmick, and I'm not enthralled by the world of Elysium, and I don't particularly like the main characters, and I'm not really interested in figuring out a lot of the things that remain for me to figure out.

    I know that the joy of the game is the choices that you can make, but I haven't found particular joy in actually making those choices. I recognize that others enjoy this, but I also understand why @Icarus wasn't particularly into it, and just wanted to express to them that it's okay, and not everyone loves the game.

  10. Comment on What keyboard do you use? in ~tech

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    I have a Das Keyboard v3 with cherry blue switches for programming. It's one of the better keyboards I have owned; it's solid, glyphless, and delightful to type on. On my gaming machine I have a...

    I have a Das Keyboard v3 with cherry blue switches for programming. It's one of the better keyboards I have owned; it's solid, glyphless, and delightful to type on.

    On my gaming machine I have a (ugh) Razer Black Widow Chroma. It has "Razer Green" switches. The keyboard itself is actually okay, but boy howdy do I ever hate Razer software. It's a crapshoot whether I'll have to reboot a couple of times before the keyboard or mouse work.

    I have a few other keyboards that I own but don't use, including a model M, which is just in a sealed plastic bag right now and hasn't been used in upwards of 15 or 20 years.

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

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    For me, Disco Elysium is a series of details that strike chords, with a story that seems pretty good, a beautiful character sheet, wonderful art direction, great voice acting, interesting world...

    For me, Disco Elysium is a series of details that strike chords, with a story that seems pretty good, a beautiful character sheet, wonderful art direction, great voice acting, interesting world building, good writing, fun interactions... and yet I've put it down.

    Some the dialogue is just so dense. I don't always care about having a philosophical debate with an NPC, and since there is a staggering amount of backstory and side quest dialogue, I found it difficult to pick a way to play my character.

    The protagonist is going through some heavy things and a significant amount of his issues are not particularly relevant for me, and roleplaying my way through his problems is anticathartic for me. I feel worse just knowing about them.

    The whole gimmick of the game is that you are trying to solve a murder; I've gotten to the point where I kind of don't care who murdered the victim. I understand the good writing that goes into making someone understand that the victim has shades of grey and that cops who are investigating a murder don't always investigate the murder of good people, and awful people deserve closure... but I'm not a cop. I don't really give that many shits about who killed the guy.

    The backstory is interesting, but I think that experiencing it in a disjointed memento-esque way robs you of the potential richness of the world, which feels cheap and plasticky.

    Overall, I'm just mostly disappointed by the game, and that mostly is because of the heaps of praise and awards it's received. I certainly think that it is deserving of a lot of it, but, well, it's just not the game for me.

    It's a very well told story that I just don't particularly care about.

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

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    I talked a bit about Disco Elysium in last week's thread. I have since just put it down... for now. While there are a lot of great things about it, there's a lot of things that don't particularly...

    I talked a bit about Disco Elysium in last week's thread. I have since just put it down... for now. While there are a lot of great things about it, there's a lot of things that don't particularly resonate with me, and I think the number one thing is that I just don't particularly like the character that you play as.

    I will probably come back to it and finish it, and I think there are a lot of superlatively good things about the game - the art of the game is phenomenal and the conversations are entertaining - but there are a lot of muddled, unpleasant things that I just didn't enjoy. Maybe I also need to be in a different head space to enjoy them, so I'm going to wrap around in more pleasant times to finish things off.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Why don't we just ban the buying, selling, and merging of companies? in ~talk

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    I think that the argument that needs to be made is that we need better, global anti-trust laws, because multinational companies have too much wiggle room. That is something that is 100% correct;...

    I think that the argument that needs to be made is that we need better, global anti-trust laws, because multinational companies have too much wiggle room. That is something that is 100% correct; Fortune 500 companies wheelings and dealings need more oversight, and need it at a global level.

    I think that preventing mergers and acquisitions would both be more difficult and less effective than global oversight for large companies.

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

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    I have gotten back into Elite Dangerous, mostly just light exploration. I'm about 12000LY out of the bubble, and wandering around looking at stuff. It's pretty relaxing.

    I have gotten back into Elite Dangerous, mostly just light exploration. I'm about 12000LY out of the bubble, and wandering around looking at stuff. It's pretty relaxing.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Why don't we just ban the buying, selling, and merging of companies? in ~talk

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    I think you are likely looking at this through the lens of "we shouldn't let Amazon do these things" which is probably fair and reasonable. But almost 100% of companies aren't Walmart, Amazon,...

    I think you are likely looking at this through the lens of "we shouldn't let Amazon do these things" which is probably fair and reasonable. But almost 100% of companies aren't Walmart, Amazon, Google, Volkswagon, Exxon, etc. While it's true that those companies need more oversight, preventing any of these things for small companies would be absolutely devastating.

    Consider a small mom and pop convenience store. It's owned by a couple; one of them dies and the other cannot run the business on their own. In this system, that business simply fails. This means that all the workers are now out of a job. Wonderfully their "Intellectual Property" is now public, and their store gets sold off. This accomplishes nothing. What happens next? No store takes its place; people go to Walmart instead.

    Or consider a small tech company - $20M annual, not publicly traded. The owner decides to retire. They have 1500 clients whose web properties they manage and host. All 1500 clients now have a huge problem; they need to find alternate hosting (at a minimum; maybe also email solutions, telephony, or other core parts of business that they've outsourced).

    This idea doesn't work. It is a fundamentally broken idea.

    I think that there is an underlying issue here that is important; big companies shouldn't get away with doing this to the detriment of the world and maybe that's what the original post is about, and I missed that. But as it is laid out, the end result is going to be the death of small business, and the utter dominance of businesses that can afford to find the loopholes to get around these issues.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on Why don't we just ban the buying, selling, and merging of companies? in ~talk

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    Respectfully, this seems really poorly thought out. Maybe as a thought exercise this is interesting, but it is not something that could be effectively implemented without vast changes to "the...

    Respectfully, this seems really poorly thought out. Maybe as a thought exercise this is interesting, but it is not something that could be effectively implemented without vast changes to "the system" and if we were going to go through those vast changes, then I think this is too close to what we have to be worthwhile.

    Insolvency isn't the only reason that mergers and acquisitions happen; it's probably not even the primary reason, which is probably market share. What about the other reasons for mergers / acquisitions?

    • increasing company throughput for the buyer
    • increasing market share for the buyer
    • increasing competitive advantage for the buyer
    • leadership issues for the seller
    • retirement / end of life of company for the seller

    What about each of these reasons to sell or change?

    The release of intellectual property to the public domain is also very likely abusable.

    This whole system would also be very difficult to enforce, and would require more government control than most people would be comfortable with.

    17 votes
  17. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I have a group of friends that I play video games with, from all over. Every year, for about a week, we have an in-person get together. This year we couldn't do that, so we had a games night in,...

    I have a group of friends that I play video games with, from all over. Every year, for about a week, we have an in-person get together. This year we couldn't do that, so we had a games night in, where we all popped on our webcams, got some drinks, and played some casual games and chatted online for a few hours. Most of the games were of the Jackbox variety, most people were fairly liquored up, and good times were had by all.

    Also my immediate family parted our "bubbles" from my parents. My parents are both 70 and have been very careful with Covid; with our kids' return to school, we couldn't reasonably stay in the same bubble. This has been... difficult.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I don't believe in food sacrilege - if you like it you like it! I'll extend that to well done steaks - as long as I don't have to eat it, I don't care how you do. That said, I've 100% put hot...

    This may be sacrilegious, but I even put hot sauce in my Boston style clam chowder. :P

    I don't believe in food sacrilege - if you like it you like it! I'll extend that to well done steaks - as long as I don't have to eat it, I don't care how you do.

    That said, I've 100% put hot sauce in clam chowder, and it's delicious.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I probably should have retained more of the brine. I think I'll do so next time I make a sauce, and I want to make one that's a bit wilder - my son likes hot sauce, but this one is a bit too...

    I probably should have retained more of the brine. I think I'll do so next time I make a sauce, and I want to make one that's a bit wilder - my son likes hot sauce, but this one is a bit too piquant for him. I like to put hot sauces in salad dressings, so adding in the brine makes a lot of sense. If the next batch is less yeasty, then I think that could be pretty great.

    I should also have rewatched Brad. There were a few things that I would have done differently - I didn't remove the seeds, for one, and I think it might be nicer without the seeds.

    I do think that a lot of the stuff I put hot sauce with tends to have meat - I eat more meat than I probably should - but lots of my favourite uses of hot sauces omit meat as well! I love it with grilled cheese, which is vegetarian-ish (depending on your cheese) or adding it to hummus to eat with a flatbread, or in a veggie chili. Or on eggs, though I know vegetarians on both sides of the "egg or no egg" argument.

    The one I made would go great in a thai soup, I think.

    4 votes