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  1. Comment on Boeing enjoys rare moment of brightness as massive 777X makes first flight in ~news

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    For some context: The Boeing 777X program consists of two jets, the 777-8 and the 777-9, which replace the -200ER and -300ER respectively (the latter is an awesome plane to fly in, btw). The model...

    For some context:

    The Boeing 777X program consists of two jets, the 777-8 and the 777-9, which replace the -200ER and -300ER respectively (the latter is an awesome plane to fly in, btw). The model flown here was the 777-9, thus why the captain described it as having similar handling as the -300ER.

    The wingspan is only 21 feet narrower than that of the Airbus A380, larger than the Boeing 747-8, and the plane is also longer than the latter too. The nacelles on the attached GE9X engines are wider than the fuselage of the original 737, and at full thrust on takeoff, provide more thrust than a single SpaceX Falcon 9 Merlin 1D engine—while breathing air instead of liquid oxygen.

    Crazy beast of a thing.

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  2. Comment on No-money fun ideas? in ~talk

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    As someone who's used a lot of internet, I can definitely say for the most part it's overrated.

    As someone who's used a lot of internet, I can definitely say for the most part it's overrated.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Suggestion: Automatically link to video timestamps in comments in posts where the topic type is a video/song (on supported platforms) in ~tildes

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    Good gnarly catch! I'd err on the side of selecting the video that's in closest proximity to the comment using a basic distance algorithm, or just recursing up the tree. Maybe in the future, there...

    Good gnarly catch! I'd err on the side of selecting the video that's in closest proximity to the comment using a basic distance algorithm, or just recursing up the tree. Maybe in the future, there could be some kind of user-owned selector dropdown where the user can correct (or remove) the hyperlink if the guess by the Tildes source code is incorrect. It probably isn't a showstopper.

    I just can't stress enough that features shouldn't need to be perfect before being implemented, iteration is always the key to something being great. The Tildes search is pretty bad, but it exists! The hyperlink anchors to specific comments could do with some polishing (and is actually scheduled to be improved, afaik), but it exists!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Suggestion: Automatically link to video timestamps in comments in posts where the topic type is a video/song (on supported platforms) in ~tildes

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    While I get what you're saying, in my view, perfect is the enemy of good.[1] Step back and analyse the likelihood & consequence of this: What's the actual chance, in a video thread, someone posts...

    You talk about people needing to know this timestamp feature exists in order to use it. However, making it happen automatically unless someone adds "AM" or "PM" to their time still requires people to know about this feature - so that they can avoid using it when they don't want to. It's a negative knowledge: instead of knowing how to invoke it, they need to know how to avoid invoking it.

    While I get what you're saying, in my view, perfect is the enemy of good.[1]

    Step back and analyse the likelihood & consequence of this: What's the actual chance, in a video thread, someone posts a comment that is ambiguous for the implemented feature to determine if it should be a timestamp or not? 1 in 100, maybe 1 in 250? So 0.25% to 1% of timestamps may be ambiguous. Therefore low likelihood. What's the outcome if it is wrong? It's wrong. Simple! No consequences at all. Maybe down the line we could add a "remove this hyperlink" feature if it's really wrong. But there's no serious implications here at all.

    So basically, we have a feature with negatives that have very low risk (likelihood x consequence). I'm not saying move fast and break things, but in this case, yeah, it's probably acceptable to move fast and break things. Summarized: it's no big deal, and we shouldn't let pragmatism be overridden idealistic indecision.

    [1]. Alternatively consider the ceramics teacher who assigns two groups to produce a quantity of pots versus a single quality pot, which group has the best outcome?

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  5. Comment on Suggestion: Automatically link to video timestamps in comments in posts where the topic type is a video/song (on supported platforms) in ~tildes

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    Yep, this is what I'm trying to automate! :P Sorry if this wasn't immediately clear from my post. If I comment see how she reacts at 4:52 verbatim, in a topic that links to a video, I'm suggesting...

    If you want to refer someone to a particular part of a video, you can just paste those URLs into your comment, and anyone who clicks on them will find the video automatically starts at the relevant time.

    Yep, this is what I'm trying to automate! :P Sorry if this wasn't immediately clear from my post.

    If I comment see how she reacts at 4:52 verbatim, in a topic that links to a video, I'm suggesting Tildes should provide an automatic link to that timestamp in the video using the mechanisms you mention, as a value-add to the platform.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Suggestion: Automatically link to video timestamps in comments in posts where the topic type is a video/song (on supported platforms) in ~tildes

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    @ prefix would be fine, but I suspect there'd be minimal clashes without the prefix that it wouldn't be an issue anyway. If it was a super big deal you could eliminate the timestamp if it was...

    @ prefix would be fine, but I suspect there'd be minimal clashes without the prefix that it wouldn't be an issue anyway. If it was a super big deal you could eliminate the timestamp if it was followed by 'AM' or 'PM'. I suspect this would be good in 99% of cases.

    My main concern with the @ prefix is it eliminates the nice UX ergonomic of natural discoverability—suddenly you need to know the feature exists to use it, whereas any random person can provide a timestamp and have it automatically linked.

    So while I don't mind the @, I think there's more cons than pros to its addition.

    4 votes
  7. Suggestion: Automatically link to video timestamps in comments in posts where the topic type is a video/song (on supported platforms)

    There are three platforms that I'm aware of that are included in the Tildes SiteInfo dictionary—YouTube, Vimeo, & SoundCloud—that support linking to specific parts of a media resource via...

    There are three platforms that I'm aware of that are included in the Tildes SiteInfo dictionary—YouTube, Vimeo, & SoundCloud—that support linking to specific parts of a media resource via timestamps. This is useful to reference a particular portion of the video/song during discussion.

    It should probably be possible to automatically apply hyperlinks to timestamps in the video (link this) when someone posts a comment with a timestamp-like string inside of it. This would make it a bit easier to share and link to specific portions of what's being shared in the main topic.

    This seems like a decent value-add feature for Tildes. Whether it's a good idea to directly edit the comment string, I'm not so sure. I'd probably be in favour of implementing either a post-markdown middleware that added an icon next to the timestamp, kind of like how external links on some sites are suffixed with an icon that indicates the resource is not on the current domain.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Claire Saffitz attempts to make gourmet jelly beans in ~food

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    I feel so bad for her—I felt like she really struggled this episode. I do love Chris' interjection of positivity at 29:20 though.

    I feel so bad for her—I felt like she really struggled this episode. I do love Chris' interjection of positivity at 29:20 though.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are your favorite and least favorite work activities? in ~talk

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    It's not an activity per se, but the least favourite aspect of working in my industry is just the immense desk presence required to do the work (software engineering). I love developing software...

    It's not an activity per se, but the least favourite aspect of working in my industry is just the immense desk presence required to do the work (software engineering). I love developing software and building things that solve problems. But—mentally, I can't do it anymore. Sitting inside for 8 hours a day staring at a screen is such a drain on my energy levels. You feel lethargic, tired, and it's not good for you. This can be significantly compounded if you feel the actual work you're doing isn't valuable, doesn't benefit you in the long run (I always want to be learning something new), or doesn't give you motivation to get the job done.

    I like the industry as a concept—that you can build things to help others. The actual implementation leaves something to be desired. I've unfortunately never been exposed to a workplace where I felt like my contributions were valued or where management invested in their employees: no standing desks, few if any perks. I guess that shouldn't surprise me, this isn't silicon valley after all. Some of that's on me, I should probably have vetted the companies I've chosen to work at some more.

    So yeah, fuck that, I'm out. I'm so over the industry at a moment. I'm doing my own business, admittedly it's still software, but I can choose when and where I work, what my working conditions are like, and invest in my own intellectual growth at my own pace. I'm highly inspired by companies like Basecamp which actually give a shit about their worker's mental and physical health.

    If my next adventure doesn't pan out, then there's zero chance I'm going back into that industry again. I'd sooner switch careers and get my commercial pilots license. At least flying is somewhat tactile and exists in the physical dimension.

    In terms of favourite aspect: there's nothing quite as fun and challenging as abstracting away all that internal complexity and presenting the simplest, clearest possible interface to the end user; and evaluating new and novel ideas to both empower that user's decisions and be empathetic to their mistakes.

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  10. Comment on Denmark to finally allow gay and bisexual men to give blood – but only after four month abstinence period in ~lgbt

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    Same here. I'd love to help out and contribute to some positive aspect of humanity, but the perceived treatment I've received when questioned about my sexuality and history make me feel...

    Same here. I'd love to help out and contribute to some positive aspect of humanity, but the perceived treatment I've received when questioned about my sexuality and history make me feel uncomfortably slighted.

    Cool. I'll go do better things with my time then.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Big Isn't Better, It's Just Better; The Restoration of St. Francis—Baumgartner Restorations in ~arts

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    I honestly did think that tacking mechanism of holding his tacks in his mouth (!) and using the magnetic tip of his hammer to pull them out of his mouth was a joke for the longest time. How crazy,...

    I honestly did think that tacking mechanism of holding his tacks in his mouth (!) and using the magnetic tip of his hammer to pull them out of his mouth was a joke for the longest time. How crazy, yet also how clever.

    1 vote