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  1. Comment on Climate change: Impacts 'accelerating' as leaders gather for UN talks in ~science

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    It's going to get worse and worse. If we want any hope of stopping climate change rising above 1.5°C levels, then we'd need to be mandating aviation & maritime shipping switches to hydrogen or...

    It's going to get worse and worse. If we want any hope of stopping climate change rising above 1.5°C levels, then we'd need to be mandating aviation & maritime shipping switches to hydrogen or batteries now, banning not just the sale of new combustion vehicles, but also existing ones, prohibiting the use of cement in almost all construction and favoring timber, mandating all new consumer products are made from recycled steel and metals, immediately mothballing all coal, gas, and oil power plants, and drastically planning to level off the world population and plan for a near global 1-2 child policy. This can't happen in 20 years, it'd have to happen now.

    Imagine what that would do to the economy if implemented today. Will it happen? Nope. But it's the sad reality of the situation we've created. The alternative is 1cm+ annual sea level rise, mass ocean and land extinctions exceeding even the current rate, drastic climatic changes, famine, climate refugees, and massive social uplift.

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  2. Comment on Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of their ongoing investigation into data misuse in ~tech

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    I presume this is somewhat related to your Facebook Search History now being utterly fucked, when it wasn't merely a few days ago? Under "Activity Log" > "Search History" all my entries now...

    I presume this is somewhat related to your Facebook Search History now being utterly fucked, when it wasn't merely a few days ago?

    Under "Activity Log" > "Search History" all my entries now display as You searched Facebook or You Searched "".

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  3. Comment on How many users are here now? in ~tildes

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    Which direction are these statistics trending? I'd like to see a tad more activity, if I'm honest. Not at the detriment of quality, mind you.

    Which direction are these statistics trending? I'd like to see a tad more activity, if I'm honest. Not at the detriment of quality, mind you.

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  4. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    What? No, not at all. Because Gruber delivers clear value in a capitalistic society to his sponsors, who have freedom of choice to either partner with him or not. Gruber is not in a position of...

    What? No, not at all. Because Gruber delivers clear value in a capitalistic society to his sponsors, who have freedom of choice to either partner with him or not. Gruber is not in a position of power here and has to submit to the will of the market. Scientology & MLM is based on beliefs that target weak-minded individuals.

    That's a highly flawed analogy that breaks down with even a modicum of critical thought.

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  5. Comment on Hodinkee's review of the Apple Watch Series 5 Edition in titanium in ~tech

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    My my, did I clearly gloss over how beautiful that brushed titanium finish is on the Series 5 edition models. I don't think Apple's renders on the Watch product page do it justice; but Stephen's...

    My my, did I clearly gloss over how beautiful that brushed titanium finish is on the Series 5 edition models. I don't think Apple's renders on the Watch product page do it justice; but Stephen's photos here demonstrate just how gorgeous that texture is: I'm still a ceramic boy myself, and will hold out for a S6 so I can take advantage of more cumulative iterations on the Apple Watch line, but that Titanium finish is so tempting.

    I do disagree with Stephen's interpretation that the S5 isn't an entirely iterative update though: it's for a large part mostly consisting of two new hardware features: the always on display, which is the flagship feature, and the addition of a compass—which has questionable utility outside of niche uses like recording a hike. I've done dayhikes and overnighters with the Apple Watch before, and it becomes a pain for anything more than a single day of hiking. If you're doing an all-day exercise, like a day of a multi-day hike, you have to take your charger and bundle a battery pack with you, which is just annoying. It's definitely a shoehorned use. So that leaves dayhikes... I guess you might use the compass then? But how often is route-finding necessary on a dayhike? I doubt it's very often.

    That always on display though... that's the important update, and as he mentions, relieves you of the huge social burden of performing that glancing motion as you flick your wrist and glare at your watch display. Luckily I'm not in nearly enough meetings to worry about this too much, but it has other uses too: often when rowing, biking, or running, the display will turn off unless it senses that all too familiar wrist flick motion. That's a key series of moments when I do want to see my watch display to check my pace, see my heart rate, or check my distance covered—and performing that check is often physically hindered by the motion of your workout. So the S5 is a huge win in that category.

    This further cements my opinion that phones are boring. They're a solved category of problems. The real innovation is happening on our wrists. Apple Watch is the star of the show and probably the biggest part of Apple's future.

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  6. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    This is far, far too long to reply to in full detail (you could possibly have made the same points while writing half the words?), so I'll keep this brief: I like the description of Apple being a...

    This is far, far too long to reply to in full detail (you could possibly have made the same points while writing half the words?), so I'll keep this brief: I like the description of Apple being a rorschach test for your outlooks on technology & fashion, and I think we're both going to see what we want to when we look into the depths of that glowing fruit logo.

    Given we're not going to agree on this topic, all I can say is I can appreciate your viewpoint but calling someone insufferable merely for expressing their opinion is a childish insult that didn't need to be aired. People clearly like Gruber, and he still commands a serious following—why else would companies pay $8000 weekly for sponsorship on DF? To me that's an indicator being as dismissive of his opinion as you are is not quite correct.

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  7. Comment on Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Probably a tangential question, but has anyone here had any luck with spinning off a piece of software they've developed into a sustainable business, or even better, helped lead or develop a SaaS...

    Probably a tangential question, but has anyone here had any luck with spinning off a piece of software they've developed into a sustainable business, or even better, helped lead or develop a SaaS product? I have an inordinate number of questions about approaches to your development lifecycle, and how you decided what point it became viable to sell, where your MVP was, etc.

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  8. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    I think I echo @NaraVara's comment here about Apple being a Rorschach test. You're going to see what your outlook wants you to see. To describe it as "People love iPhone" sounds absolutely normal...

    I think I echo @NaraVara's comment here about Apple being a Rorschach test. You're going to see what your outlook wants you to see. To describe it as "People love iPhone" sounds absolutely normal to me—and is additionally one of the main points of Apple's style guide for product naming, I'm sure I could pull up the exact entry if you'd like. It's a highly intentional decision designed to elevate it from a product to a lineup/phenomenon. It's brilliant marketing and yes, also grammatically correct.

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  9. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    This is a reductive argument in my view; and labeling him as "insufferable" is a below the belt accusation that attacks the person making the claim and not the claim itself. He's been very clear...

    This is a reductive argument in my view; and labeling him as "insufferable" is a below the belt accusation that attacks the person making the claim and not the claim itself. He's been very clear on a number of issues, most notably the MacBook Pro keyboard situation—that Apple sorely need to make immediate alterations to this product for him to consider recommending them to others.

    I'm not sure where your nostalgia argument is coming from; and how that maps to a lack of perceived quality in "the current state" of Apple's lineup. I'm not entirely sure what you want a premium top-tier smartphone to accomplish that isn't already there? The fact of the matter is that smartphone iteration has peaked and the remaining changes to be made are incremental—there's nothing wrong with that.

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  10. Comment on Battlestar Galactica reboot from Sam Esmail in the works for NBCU's Peacock streaming service in ~tv

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    I can't be the only one who's feeling streaming-service fatigue here, surely? In between Apple, Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, the traditional television providers, and more, who is going to...

    I can't be the only one who's feeling streaming-service fatigue here, surely? In between Apple, Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, the traditional television providers, and more, who is going to bother micro-managing their subscriptions to all these services? Fragmenting the availability of television is not the way to go; and is the one thing Apple & Spotify have done mostly right: the lack of exclusives.

    It's still easier to torrent in my mind.

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  11. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    But that's unrelated to your posit that "the touchscreen just isn't a good way to interact with games."

    But that's unrelated to your posit that "the touchscreen just isn't a good way to interact with games."

  12. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Most bots—AutoModerator included—are patches over functionality that should otherwise have been included in the Reddit codebase. Enriching Tildes with some kind of native remind me functionality...

    Most bots—AutoModerator included—are patches over functionality that should otherwise have been included in the Reddit codebase. Enriching Tildes with some kind of native remind me functionality seems like a great idea to provide user-friendly extensions that people (clearly) want.

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  13. Comment on Impossible At Home in ~food

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    Impossible is making their long-awaited consumer debut! This looks fantastic.

    Impossible is making their long-awaited consumer debut! This looks fantastic.

    3 votes