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  1. Comment on Life without children in ~life

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    All of the points raised are valid (though obvious) expect for Which is a huge fallacy and simply not true. I mean the only "care free" period we have had in recent history was maybe the 90s after...

    All of the points raised are valid (though obvious) expect for

    It’s not a great world to be raising kids right now.

    Which is a huge fallacy and simply not true. I mean the only "care free" period we have had in recent history was maybe the 90s after the fall of the USSR but before that people having children worried about nuclear war to name a thing. Not to mention some environment impacts that actually have been reduced hugely like acid rain, smog, etc in the western world (Which this article is mainly talking about anyway) and before that we had two world wars, etc. There are some big concerns for the future but there always have been and frankly we have been lucky to make it so far.

    I feel like the article would have made a better point by not starting with (or even including it to begin with) point.

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  2. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Can't say for certain of course, if you are set on using this OS you it might just be the most probably solution. I mean, it might just be a defective unit so changing OS might not solve the issue...

    Can't say for certain of course, if you are set on using this OS you it might just be the most probably solution. I mean, it might just be a defective unit so changing OS might not solve the issue either. I am guessing you don't have a different computer you can try the webcam on?

    As a possible other solution, do you happen to have an android phone on hand? With an app like this you could turn that into a functional webcam with the partner application on your pc. Some limitations apply but I have used this method in the past when I didn't have a webcam available.

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    For the phone approach, there are also other applications available. I just don't have experience with those see this article for example

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  3. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Eh, that is just something I decided to include it, in the end it is your own security you are risking mostly so your choice (though not entirely). The main thing is still true though, due to your...

    Eh, that is just something I decided to include it, in the end it is your own security you are risking mostly so your choice (though not entirely). The main thing is still true though, due to your choice of using the OS you are using means it isn't very likely that there are newer drivers. It is however much more likely that there are newer drivers for windows 10 or for linux (or at least the ability to somewhat easily adjust colors).

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  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Seems a bit overkill to fix a green tint to a webcam image, certainly as I imagine that their 11 years old PC won't like having to run OBS and doing processing.

    Seems a bit overkill to fix a green tint to a webcam image, certainly as I imagine that their 11 years old PC won't like having to run OBS and doing processing.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on U.S. unemployment checks are being held up by a coding language almost nobody knows in ~tech

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    Often there are or have been plans in the work and they turned out to be more expensive or take more time than was initially budgeted for. Rebuilding complext old systems like that to newer ones...

    Often there are or have been plans in the work and they turned out to be more expensive or take more time than was initially budgeted for. Rebuilding complext old systems like that to newer ones is a huge undertaking as they contain a lot of internal logic that needs to work the same in the newer systems. The problem is often that there is nobody around anymore who understands all the logic in there making it a tedious puzzle game to just figure out what does what and how it ties together.

    And you can't really afford to make mistakes here either as that means that people might not got their unemployment checks if the system goes live.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Frankly, since you are on windows 7 you probably are on the most recent drivers available. Nobody is making newer drivers and frankly if you are going on the internet with this PC you are taking a...

    Frankly, since you are on windows 7 you probably are on the most recent drivers available. Nobody is making newer drivers and frankly if you are going on the internet with this PC you are taking a risk as no security updates are made publicly available for windows 7 anymore.

    If you can I would upgrade to windows 10, even though many people hate on it you can turn of most privacy related things. If windows 10 is not an option then I'd consider using a linux flavor if that is possible with the software you want to use.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Reddit testing a new "tip" feature. Giving real money to other users. in ~tech

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    It's not that strange, they are probably betting on tipping becoming more popular as it actually gives something to the person they are tipping in contrast to gold. So if that works out the bigger...

    It's not that strange, they are probably betting on tipping becoming more popular as it actually gives something to the person they are tipping in contrast to gold. So if that works out the bigger percentage of people tipping will balance that out. Also they don't need to offer or support any additional gold features so that might also be an incentive as moving away from gold might allow them to no longer work an a seperate "premium" feature base.

    16 votes
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    You are confusing two sorts of secure here, protonmail does end-to-end encryption which does indeed make sending it also secure. That doesn't mean that without end-to-end encryption the mail...

    You are confusing two sorts of secure here, protonmail does end-to-end encryption which does indeed make sending it also secure. That doesn't mean that without end-to-end encryption the mail itself can't be securely send. Mail that is not encrypted can still securely be send with the help of starttls. In fact the EFF announced STARTTLS everywhere recently.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How to eat right - an extensive and informal Q&A with Mark Bittman and Dr. David Katz in ~food

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    I know, but there is virgin olive oil and regular olive oil and it is the difference between those two we were trying to figure out :)

    I know, but there is virgin olive oil and regular olive oil and it is the difference between those two we were trying to figure out :)

    1 vote
  10. Comment on How to eat right - an extensive and informal Q&A with Mark Bittman and Dr. David Katz in ~food

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    That's what I have always understood as well. It has a lot to do with the smokepoint of the oil, heating oil above its smoke point increases changes of potentially harmful compounds being created....

    That's what I have always understood as well.
    It has a lot to do with the smokepoint of the oil, heating oil above its smoke point increases changes of potentially harmful compounds being created.

    However now that I am trying to look up more information about it I find a lot of conflicting information about which olive oil is better.

    I do know though that even virgin olive oil has a higher smokepoint than butter so in that regard probably is already better.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on How to eat right - an extensive and informal Q&A with Mark Bittman and Dr. David Katz in ~food

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    Store bought tomatoes also should never be stored cold as that destroys the flavor. Also there are multiple varieties you can often buy that each have different flavor profiles. Having said that,...

    In the past, I thought tomatoes are best eaten cold.

    Store bought tomatoes also should never be stored cold as that destroys the flavor.
    Also there are multiple varieties you can often buy that each have different flavor profiles. Having said that, self grown tomatoes often have a more defined taste but in my experience that also really depends on the variety you grow.

    I like to joke that even bacteria don't want to touch the stuff, that's why it can last a week and not go bad.

    Funny thing that, here in the Netherlands a lot of supermarkets sell "fresh" bread that tastes pretty good on day one but doesn't last very long. While the traditional bakeries sell bread that tastes amazing and actually lasts a few days longer.

    Then again, I have seen the pre-sliced supermarket bread you probably refer to and have to agree that it doesn't deserve to be called bread.

    Go buy some unsliced bread from a bakery, maybe a baguette? That's real bread.

    Sorry, but that is just one very kind of bread. If you advocate going to a bakery you should also encourage people to encourage exploring the varieties of bread that are available as there are a ton of different breads. A baguette is nothing like a german Bauernbrot or a traditional whole wheat bread.

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  12. Comment on We hired a man and a "girl" in ~tech

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    You recognize there are several meanings and that people can clearly have the explicit intent to use the one opposite from the one that you take offence with. Which is again why asking someone...

    You recognize there are several meanings and that people can clearly have the explicit intent to use the one opposite from the one that you take offence with. Which is again why asking someone "would you be okay with being called boy" is not a constructive thing to ask. Because the honest answer is likely that people don't know as boy (annoyingly for woman) only has the one specific meaning, making it a hypothetical.
    All I offered or attempted to offer was a way to be able to discuss and frame it in a way that makes it easier for people to understand the issue.
    I mean, being aware that man doesn't know how it can be perceived as there is no equivalent can be productive. Because it means that instead of going "you wouldn't like being called a boy" which is just a hypothetical you can simply make men aware in a different way. And request that because there is no equivalent of it for them that it might not be fair of them to try and reason it is okay when you perceive it as degrading.

    So maybe next time you want to call a woman girl at a professional context, it might be good to think that she might feel like being called boy (which of course it isn’t the message you want to convey).

    I never said I am one to do that, I am merely saying that your way of arguing at the point where I replied is approaching more of an entrenched position that doesn't seem constructive towards making the other person understand the point.

  13. Comment on We hired a man and a "girl" in ~tech

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    Without making a judgement about if it is okay or not, you are asking them to make a false comparison. As pointed out guy and girl are used mostly interchangeably. You are now asking about a...

    Without making a judgement about if it is okay or not, you are asking them to make a false comparison. As pointed out guy and girl are used mostly interchangeably. You are now asking about a theoretical usage of boy while forcing them to actually use the only meaning as it is used.

    If you wanted to ask this is a fair question you should ask something like this.

    If it was common to call adult men boys while having a different term for woman would you be okay with that.

    It sounds pedantic maybe but I believe that discussing subjects like this in less binary terms does foster better understanding and in the end achieves more.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Open Source & Languages in ~tildes

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    Considering that this repository was setup before the news of the microsoft taking of github I doubt that was a consideration.

    Considering that this repository was setup before the news of the microsoft taking of github I doubt that was a consideration.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency in ~tech

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    From what I understand reading it they are going to let them fail. These are probably machines that host virtual machines meaning that failing hardware isn't really as much of an issue as it will...

    I do wonder what happens when one of the servers just breaks or needs to be manually repaired. Are they just going to shut the whole thing down and raise it to the surface? Or are they just going to slowly let them all fail?

    From what I understand reading it they are going to let them fail. These are probably machines that host virtual machines meaning that failing hardware isn't really as much of an issue as it will just migrate to a different machine.

    This is a research project anyway so they don't need an answer for that particular aspect right away.
    This is just speculation on my part, but I figure that they probably will do a cost benefit calculation regarding the size of these server containers that makes them big enough to be economically viable even if some hardware fails and at the same time small enough to eventually bring them to the surface with relative ease to replace parts.

    I am curious if eventually the cooling benefits will be enough to offset all of the added costs this brings.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - should we allow groups to have customized appearances? in ~tildes.official

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    I am not sure if allowing communities to do custom css is a good idea, though it would be nice if each community has their own color scheme or something like that in a subtle manner. Just enough...

    I am not sure if allowing communities to do custom css is a good idea, though it would be nice if each community has their own color scheme or something like that in a subtle manner. Just enough to make you notice you are in a different community.

    Extended idea, giving users a custom css field would be cool. I have been using stylus to do my own tweaks here and there but that also means that on mobile I have to use mobile firefox if I want my custom tweaks.

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  17. Comment on Why so much blue for the dark themes? in ~tildes

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    Well for the solarized dark theme that is simply the color pallete. I don't know why it was decided for the black theme, but I can have a guess. Blue is one of the few colors that contrasts nicely...

    Well for the solarized dark theme that is simply the color pallete.

    I don't know why it was decided for the black theme, but I can have a guess. Blue is one of the few colors that contrasts nicely with black keeping things readable and in general easy on the eye.

    Anyway, here is css that you can put in stylus to replace the blue with red colors.
    (Make sure to use stylus, don't use stylish as it is no longer open source and has gotten a bunch of tracking added)

    .theme-black .nav .nav-item a,
    .theme-black .btn,
    .theme-black a {
        color: #d22626;
    }
    
    .theme-black a.link-user:visited,
    .theme-black a.link-group:visited {
        color: #b1222e;
    }
    
    .theme-black a:visited {
        color: #c46c6c;
    }
    
    .theme-black .btn,
    .theme-black .topic-icon {
        border-color: #d22626;
    }
    
    .theme-black .btn.btn-primary {
        background: #9a1c1c;
        border-color: #9a1c1c;
        color: #ccc;
    }
    
    .theme-black .tab .tab-item.active a, 
    .theme-black .tab .tab-item a.active {
        border-bottom-color: #d22626;
        color: #d22626;
    }
    
    8 votes
  18. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - what do we need to change to make comment tags reasonable to re-enable? in ~tildes.official

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    what you could possibly do is give users insight in their tagging behavior and for example if someone does tag a lot more negatively than they upvote alert them to that fact. Something along the...

    what you could possibly do is give users insight in their tagging behavior and for example if someone does tag a lot more negatively than they upvote alert them to that fact. Something along the lines of:

    Hi, we noticed that a large percentage (50%) of your recent actions are tags of <kind>. It is likely you are using tags for something different than their intended purposes.

    Probably better phrased but I hope you get the idea.
    Maybe also build in something that alerts you.

    Finally, if tags are used for sorting purposes you could use a similar principle to make tags applied by some users weigh less. If the latter should be automatic or an action taken on users that have been reviewed is a different story.

    As far as accountability goes it would be interesting to see how people will respond to a message stating their tags have less weight. Specifically if it is a temp thing where afterwards the weight of tags is restored.

    So users would get a message long the lines of.

    Your tagging behavior has been reviewed and as a result tags you apply will now have less value in the sorting mechanism. This is a temporary action, your tags will return to full functionality in one week.

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  19. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - time to slow down a bit and figure some things out in ~tildes.official

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    Agreed, comment tags are a nice way to know what to collapse. My only real issue with them was that at times they drew a bit too much attention but that could be visually solved.

    Agreed, comment tags are a nice way to know what to collapse. My only real issue with them was that at times they drew a bit too much attention but that could be visually solved.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - move comment vote counts to the bottom? in ~tildes.official

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    I think moving to the bottom makes sense for the resons you already mentioned. An alternative would be to not bold the score and give it a spot in the comment header after the other meta data...

    I think moving to the bottom makes sense for the resons you already mentioned. An alternative would be to not bold the score and give it a spot in the comment header after the other meta data (author name, post time). That way it is in a spot that (in my mind anyway) makes sense while grabbing less attention.

    Related, I think that the tags currently do attract too much attention being colored and all. They do a great job of highlighting what I want to avoid but at the same time function as visual clutter. I also fear that they might just attract the same behavior from people "looking for trouble".

    So I'd probably fancy a way to possibly collapse threads with a certain tag threshold for personal usage. For general usage I think they could benefit from being less attention grabbing.

    Edit: A reason against moving it next to the vote button is that this is more likely to encourage the effect where a highly upvoted thing because it already is highly upvoted. Score and vote button being detached somewhat lessen that potential issue.

    6 votes