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  1. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    The post in question initially was not in fact mine. The meta post on what topics HN cannot discuss was mine. The problem generally is one I've tracked on HN for some years (mostly at G+, where...

    The post in question initially was not in fact mine.

    The meta post on what topics HN cannot discuss was mine.

    The problem generally is one I've tracked on HN for some years (mostly at G+, where ... the posts are themselves no longer available publicly, though I have archives).

    I'd intended the meaning in your 2nd sentence, though with an implied criticism: what is it about HN that makes the site unable to discuss difficult, and often political, topics.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    Given that the site itself doesn't care to discuss the matter, side channels are all that is. The question of how to have difficult discussions is one that online fora need to face. At a meta...

    Given that the site itself doesn't care to discuss the matter, side channels are all that is.

    The question of how to have difficult discussions is one that online fora need to face. At a meta level, this includes Tildes.

    Again, the matter at HN itself extends well beyond this post, story, or topic.

  3. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    I'm very familiar with it. And in a majority of cases, it is not a problem. That leaves a very problematic minority, however.

    I'm very familiar with it. And in a majority of cases, it is not a problem.

    That leaves a very problematic minority, however.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on How do you find new books to read? in ~books

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    Generally: bibliographies of books or articles I've read of interest. This typically works better for nonfiction than fiction, though there are exceptions. Reverse-citation searches (works citing...

    Generally: bibliographies of books or articles I've read of interest.

    This typically works better for nonfiction than fiction, though there are exceptions.

    Reverse-citation searches (works citing those I'm impressed by) and general subject searches likewise.

    Worldcat rocks (mobile interface excepted). Bang !worldcat on DDG.

    Google Scholar, Microsoft's similar tool, Google Books, and a massive metric fuckton of Sci-Hub and LibGen downloads -- also Intrnet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and others.

    I am on zarrow dangers of running out of things to read.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    Many, though not all. Reddit has TheoryOfReddit, beta, and AskTheAdmins, though TBF it also has SRS. HN seem to be following the Slashdot principle of declaring metadiscussion off-topic. I've made...

    Many, though not all.

    Reddit has TheoryOfReddit, beta, and AskTheAdmins, though TBF it also has SRS.

    HN seem to be following the Slashdot principle of declaring metadiscussion off-topic.

    I've made a point of not commenting on negative treatment of my own posts, as a rule, this being a notable exception.

  6. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    Addresed directly in the thread: There are numerous specific isues in the report concerning Internet, Web, Silicon Valley, and related technologies, firms, practices, and concerns, most especially...

    Addresed directly in the thread:

    There are numerous specific isues in the report concerning Internet, Web, Silicon Valley, and related technologies, firms, practices, and concerns, most especially Facebook and Twitter.
    Among other outcomes, the consequences and repercussions are all but certain to include massive changes to self- and externally-imposed industry regulation. The Net's age of innocence is over.

    Blanket declarations that the story is off-topic seem at best parlous thin.

    And further: the discussion on the linked post, as memorialised at the Internet Archive, is distinctly free of the spamming [that comment's parent] describe.

    Contrast a current front-page story on ... college football.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    Post inquiring about flagged Mueller report post is flagged.

    Post inquiring about flagged Mueller report post is flagged.

  8. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    DNWFM: Chrome/Android. (Does not work for me)

    DNWFM: Chrome/Android.

    (Does not work for me)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on How do you read NY Times? Subscription? Other? in ~talk

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    Outline are returning a "Not Supported" message on nytimes.com URLs: But not the Times's URL minifier domain.

    Outline are returning a "Not Supported" message on nytimes.com URLs:

    We're sorry, but this URL is not supported by Outline

    But not the Times's URL minifier domain.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Beginning rowing in ~hobbies

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    Thumbs on top reinforces a relaxed hook grip and flat wrists. It's more ergonomically efficient. In a boat, you'll reduce blistering.

    Thumbs on top reinforces a relaxed hook grip and flat wrists. It's more ergonomically efficient.

    In a boat, you'll reduce blistering.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    Got it. Sleep at night, damnit!

    Got it.

    Sleep at night, damnit!

    1 vote
  12. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    "The End of the Beginning"? I'm not catching the reference. Edit: Oh, The Beginning is Near?

    "The End of the Beginning"? I'm not catching the reference.

    Edit: Oh, The Beginning is Near?

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Beginning rowing in ~hobbies

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    Keep the damper setting relatively low. It mimics shell (boat) resistance. I'm generally about 3-4. Focus on form first. Bad form takes forever to unlearn. C2 have excellent training videos, e.g.,...

    Keep the damper setting relatively low. It mimics shell (boat) resistance. I'm generally about 3-4.

    Focus on form first. Bad form takes forever to unlearn.

    C2 have excellent training videos, e.g., https://youtube.com/watch?v=zQ82RYIFLN8 and https://youtube.com/watch?v=I9r6bXOvepU

    • Drive: legs, back, arms.
    • Recovery: arms, back, legs. Slow your slide.
    • Don't lift the handle over your knees -- if you're doing that, you're breaking your knees too early on the recovery. This and other mistakes.
    • Thumbs on top of the handle. Flat wrists. (Video above gets this wrong.)
    • Aim for a slow cadence. 20-22 SPM.

    And if you ever row like this, you're just doing it wrong: https://youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What do you think is one thing every sysadmin should know how to do? in ~comp

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    Walk away. Go home at the end of the day, unplug for the weekend, take a complete vacation. If the show goes to shit without you, the bus factor is way too low. And you're heading for burnout.

    Walk away.

    Go home at the end of the day, unplug for the weekend, take a complete vacation.

    If the show goes to shit without you, the bus factor is way too low. And you're heading for burnout.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    I was invited by @Deimos on Reddit. Aways on the lookout for clue,.

    I was invited by @Deimos on Reddit. Aways on the lookout for clue,.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on How do you keep up with version changes in downloaded software? in ~comp

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    As the others: package manager. For me, apt / apt-get / aptitude on Debian GNU-Linux. The quality, comprehensiveness, ease-of-use, power, flexibility, and lack of bullshit and drama these provide...

    As the others: package manager. For me, apt / apt-get / aptitude on Debian GNU-Linux.

    The quality, comprehensiveness, ease-of-use, power, flexibility, and lack of bullshit and drama these provide is staggering. I deal with a few proprietary systems (mostly MacOS) and the hassle of having to individually track software updates, or have applications randomly interrupt me to tell me that they want to be updated and restart, in the process killing my workflow and state is maddening.

    I haven't touched Windows seriously in decades.

    Even other Linux and Unix systems are often a pale shadow of Debian. Red Hat's RPM/Yum has always been vastly more problematic. I can't speak to Gentoo or several of the newer alternative package managers, though they seem at least more sane than RH.

    The secret sauce for Debian isn't in the tools but the policy and packaging process. That is, yes as a matter of fact packaging software for Debian is slightly more of a pain in the ass than other systems. But administering Debian (or Ubuntu, Mint, or any of the numerous derivative distros) is so much saner, easier, more powerful, and more flexible. Apply a small amount of pain at one side of the process for massive wins at the other.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What's the real difference between noise and joke? in ~tildes

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    Courtesies are fine. Inanities not so much. Every post and comment carries some cognitive load cost, and as a site grows, even a small percentage of noise starts to drown out, and eventually...

    Courtesies are fine. Inanities not so much.

    Every post and comment carries some cognitive load cost, and as a site grows, even a small percentage of noise starts to drown out, and eventually discourage, signal.

    The best way to counter this is probably to have sub-communities not by topic but by group, for smaller-scale discussion, with substantive content bubbling up. How to structure those groups and how to bubble-up and assess substance are hard problems.

    2 votes
  18. Some of you may have heard that Google+ will be shutting down in August, 2019. Though much criticised (including by me), the site offered some compelling dynamics, and I've reflected a lot on...

    Some of you may have heard that Google+ will be shutting down in August, 2019. Though much criticised (including by me), the site offered some compelling dynamics, and I've reflected a lot on those.

    I'm involved in the effort to find new homes for Plussers and Communities, which has become something of an excuse to explore and redefine what "online" and "social" media are ("PlexodusWiki").

    Part of this involves some frankly embarrassing attempts to try to define what social media is, and what its properties are (both topics reflected heavily in the recent-changes section of the wiki above).

    Tildes is ... among the potential target sites (there are a few Plussers, some of whom I really appreciated knowing and hearing from there), here, though the site dynamics make discovering and following them hard. This site is evolving its own culture and dynamics, parts of which I'm becoming aware of.

    I've been online for well over 30 years, and discovered my first online communities via Unix talk, email, FTP, and Usenet, as well as (no kidding) a computerised university library catalogue system. Unsurprisingly: if you provide a way, especially for bright and precocious minds to interact with one another, they will. I've watched several evolutions of Internet and Web, now increasing App-based platforms. There are differences, but also similarities and patterns emerging. Lessons from previous eras of television, radio, telephony, telegraphy, print, writing, oral traditions, and more, can be applied.

    I've got far more questions than answers and thought I'd put a few out here:

    • What does online or social media mean to you? Is it all user-generated content platforms? Web only? Apps? Email or chat? Wikis? GitHub, GitLab, and StackExchange?

    • Is social networking as exemplified by Facebook or Twitter net good or bad? Why? If bad, how might you fix it? Or is it time to simply retreat?

    • What properties or characteristics would you use to specify, define, or distinguish social or online media?

    • What emergent properties -- site dynamics, if you will -- are positive or negative? What are those based on?

    • What are the positive and negative aspects of scale?

    • What risks would you consider in self-hosting either your own or a group's online presence?

    • What is/was the best online community experience you've had? What characterised it? How did it form? How did it fail (if it did)?

    • What elements would comprise your ideal online experience?

    • What would you nuke from orbit, after takeoff, just to be sure?

    • Are you or your group seeking new options or platforms? What process / considerations do you have?

    I could keep going and will regret not adding other questions, but this is a good start. Feel free to suggest other dimensions, though some focus on what I've prompted with would be appreciated.

    19 votes
  19. Comment on I think Tildes should remain invite-only in ~tildes

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    Invite/referral gets a nod from me, with an eye to financials & growth, comments elsewhere in thread. Quality trumps quantity, and largely denies it.

    Invite/referral gets a nod from me, with an eye to financials & growth, comments elsewhere in thread.

    Quality trumps quantity, and largely denies it.

    2 votes