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  1. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    No problem. I'm glad you managed to find both SpaceX and the reddit community inspirational—at the end of the day, that was really all anyone wanted to accomplish.

    No problem. I'm glad you managed to find both SpaceX and the reddit community inspirational—at the end of the day, that was really all anyone wanted to accomplish.

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  2. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    His companies are fantastic, I think if you're enthused about the mission & enjoy STEM, then you'll love SpaceX or Tesla. However, Musk has a reputation for poor leadership, and even poorer...

    His companies are fantastic, I think if you're enthused about the mission & enjoy STEM, then you'll love SpaceX or Tesla. However, Musk has a reputation for poor leadership, and even poorer employee management. I think he has the right intentions a lot of the time, but his Twitter shitposting & childish weasel word claims (which have now landed him in trouble with the SEC), show his real personality quite well. I wouldn't want to work for the man.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    Three things come to mind. SpaceX. The company. Followed some of their early launches, became super invested in their mission, ended up becoming a moderator for the corresponding Reddit community,...

    Three things come to mind.

    • SpaceX. The company. Followed some of their early launches, became super invested in their mission, ended up becoming a moderator for the corresponding Reddit community, went to Mexico to watch Elon unveil (then) ITS, received two SpaceX HQ tours. Amazing people & place. Reddit became a net-negative on my life in 2015 so I quit that, but still heavily enthused by the company.

    • Paragliding. Recently graduated with my P2 license, so I'm now free to fly at many spots of my choosing under a paraglider wing. This is one of those hobbies where you never stop learning, however. So "expert" compared to others in the field? Not one bit, but outwardly to others, some people find it interesting.

    • Overcomplicated clientside stacks written in massive Javascript frameworks. Oh yes. Did you know that in addition to being a professional software dev, I'm a masochist too?

    Apart from that, not really much. I think many experts in their respective fields don't outwardly identify as such precisely because you soon come to appreciate how large & complex your chosen field of optimization is; and as such, it's a paradox in many ways. I don't consider myself an expert in software development, for example.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    Are those images private or do you still enter into the same data-mining ToS that other Google Photos users have?

    Are those images private or do you still enter into the same data-mining ToS that other Google Photos users have?

  5. Comment on Can we have a dedicated ~econ group? in ~tildes

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    You're analogy is a bit incorrect here, the way I see it. The creation of paved paths would be analogous to monitoring the usages of tags, not monitoring the usages of meta conversations about...

    You're analogy is a bit incorrect here, the way I see it. The creation of paved paths would be analogous to monitoring the usages of tags, not monitoring the usages of meta conversations about group hierarchy. To extend your analogy, we're basically arguing about what university buildings to build in places where buildings already exist.

    So, now, I'm going to meta your meta: Why do we need concrete rules for creating groups?

    We don't need them. I'm suggesting they might be useful to prevent repeated, and eventually pointless discussions down the road. This is why the Tildes FAQ exists. To reduce the frequency of repetitive questions. It never works with a 100% success rate, but online de-duplication mechanisms & hints do have an effect on improving duplicate post frequency. Every subreddit ends up having some issue with constant repetitive postings, and I suspect for Tildes, in general that's going to be around the exact meta-structure of groups.

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  6. Comment on Can we have a dedicated ~econ group? in ~tildes

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    As a foreword, I hope my comment isn't perceived as rude, and I understand many of us are very much enthused about Tildes as a site, and platform; and also that people are free to argue the merits...

    As a foreword, I hope my comment isn't perceived as rude, and I understand many of us are very much enthused about Tildes as a site, and platform; and also that people are free to argue the merits and cons of their own and others' opinions, but I really do think one of the most exhaustive, wasted uses of conversation on this site is discussing the exact nuances of group hierarchy & which groups exist, and which don't.

    To make this merely not just a complaint, I think it'd actually be more constructive to discuss what set of prescriptive rules should be used to validate & create group hierarchy; so less generic conversations about group hierarchy can be de-duplicated and not needed to be had for every single topic under the sun. If we reframe the problem statement as "how should group hierarchy be dictated", rather than "how should group $x fit into group structure $y", we may arrive with some more concrete rules for establishment of future top level and sub level groups, how groups interact in potentially an acyclic graph, and how tags fit into this—without needing to have the discussion over, and over, and over again.

    Once we have some form of loose community acceptance around concrete rules which are tangible & fit into the majority of use cases, we can avoid endless repeated discussions which march only closer to the end of time. Granted, I accept this might require some actual non-generic conversations around actual use cases, like this one; but I see a lot of empty writing in these sorts of threads that doesn't result in us being closer to establishing a widely accepted site structure.

    Postface: Woo! Managed to write this generic meta-comment without a single reference to a hypothetical-yet-to-be-created Tildes group!

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    I guess that makes sense, what you're actually arguing in favour of is pay-as-you-use plans instead of tiered plans, which seems fair. Personally I think tiers are okay, but agree that 5GB is a...

    I guess that makes sense, what you're actually arguing in favour of is pay-as-you-use plans instead of tiered plans, which seems fair. Personally I think tiers are okay, but agree that 5GB is a pathetic excuse for cloud storage in 2019, and that your total cloud storage should be the sum of your onboard storage of all Apple devices you own.

    256GB iPhone, 1TB MacBook Pro, 512GB iMac = 1.75TB of iCloud storage for free, with additional paid tiers if needed.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    How'd you arrive at the exact value of $2.40 per year?

    How'd you arrive at the exact value of $2.40 per year?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Christchurch mosque shootings: 'Manifesto' deemed objectionable in ~news

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    Because possession of objectionable content according to New Zealand is punishable by prison time. It's that simple. Would most possession cases result in prison time? Nope. The vast majority...

    Why should possession result in prison time at all?

    Because possession of objectionable content according to New Zealand is punishable by prison time. It's that simple. Would most possession cases result in prison time? Nope. The vast majority would be settled before it went to court proceedings.

    I strongly disagree with allowing harsh sentences which we expect to never be used in practice for the purpose of acting as a deterrent. For one thing, if we expect that sentence will never be passed, then it won't be a deterrent. If we expect it could be used, then we lose the logic of "we don't have to worry about it because it won't actually be used." Such a practice encourages arbitrary and uneven application of justice, e.g. marijuana possession laws in some jurisdictions which effectively target certain groups because a judge can decide to be harsh at their discretion while society can turn a blind eye since most cases would only result in a 'slap on the wrist.'

    This is the problem here. You're basically applying the American psyche of how laws work over there to a completely independent and sovereign nation whos laws & politics fall somewhere between western culture and scandinavian culture. This is nearly completely a straw man argument, simply because you don't have the correct cultural perspective to evaluate the issue.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Christchurch mosque shootings: 'Manifesto' deemed objectionable in ~news

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    This is such an American way of thinking though; and yes, it is censorship, but according to New Zealand law, objectionable content may, and in fact, has been—literally censored—for a long time,...

    This is such an American way of thinking though; and yes, it is censorship, but according to New Zealand law, objectionable content may, and in fact, has been—literally censored—for a long time, as per the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993/Amendment Act 2015. One definition of "objectionable material" is as follows:

    • acts of torture, the infliction of serious physical harm or acts of significant cruelty

    This isn't some authoritarian crackdown by our government, it's literally in keeping with laws we've had on the books for decades. This is nothing new, and it's not a slippery slope. A slippery slope would be an amendment to the existing laws which significantly constrained the freedom of New Zealanders—which is not happening.

    Furthermore, this is not even close to the biggest problems our country has. So while Americans are free to debate our laws with their context attached, just be aware the majority of New Zealanders actually don't care about this. I don't for example.

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  11. Comment on Inorganic Chemistry: What exact color does ozone gas have? in ~science

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    A thoroughly fascinating question I hadn't thought about to myself, yet answered in such satisfying detail. Hint: depending on the concentration, a deep blue, trending towards purple.

    A thoroughly fascinating question I hadn't thought about to myself, yet answered in such satisfying detail. Hint: depending on the concentration, a deep blue, trending towards purple.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on A masterclass from New Zealand in responding to terror in ~misc

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    Gun use here is a privilege, not a right. There are some who require the use of semi-automatics for pest hunting and occasionally competitive shooting; but it's an extremely small section of the...

    Gun use here is a privilege, not a right. There are some who require the use of semi-automatics for pest hunting and occasionally competitive shooting; but it's an extremely small section of the economy, and their dependence on guns is outweighed by the greater public good to tighten down on gun laws; which is a bipartisan-supported approach.

    Hobbyists should not, and now, cannot—as of 3PM NZDT Friday—have access to military style-semi automatic weapons.

    Seeing a portion of the American population express disgust at our gun control changes here is extremely frustrating. These sorts of people seem to think American law is global. It'd be nice if they buggered off and focused on their own problems first. America has no say in New Zealand's gun laws.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Apple introduces second generation AirPods, with Hey Siri, H1 audio chip, & wireless charging in ~tech

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    For me at least, it's really not about the cost. In fact, cost probably one of the lesser factors for me in purchasing an item. If I can't afford what I desire right now, that's okay. I'll simply...

    For me at least, it's really not about the cost. In fact, cost probably one of the lesser factors for me in purchasing an item. If I can't afford what I desire right now, that's okay. I'll simply save up until I can afford it.

    I'm already in the Apple ecosystem, why wouldn't I simply purchase the product that integrates in the most seamless manner that is possible? Right now, for people like me, that's AirPods. No other headphone that's accessible to me on the market automatically syncs connectivity over the cloud, seamless integration with iPhone & Apple Watch (including automatic connection once paired and in ears), in such a small, compact design.

    I'd also question your claim that Apple spends more on marketing than it does R&D, product development, and support. In fact, product development costs probably massively outweigh marketing costs; and why shouldn't they be rewarded? All my devices simply work, I'm rarely if ever stuffing about in settings to fix things, and in general, I don't have to care that they'll function properly.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on 10,000 Tilders! in ~tildes

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    Can I ask how many users have been banned/deleted? All these stats are super interesting and I'd love to see them on some kind of near-real-time dashboard page eventually (not as a transparency...

    Can I ask how many users have been banned/deleted? All these stats are super interesting and I'd love to see them on some kind of near-real-time dashboard page eventually (not as a transparency measure, purely as someone who enjoys statistics).

    4 votes
  15. Comment on A journey to the "Disappointment Islands", a remote area of Polynesia that hasn't had a visitor in decades in ~misc

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    What a fascinating read. It really is such a shame the damage that our globalized, connected society has done to the planet. Everything is photographed & instagrammed—it almost feels like every...

    What a fascinating read. It really is such a shame the damage that our globalized, connected society has done to the planet. Everything is photographed & instagrammed—it almost feels like every time that happens, a small part of what makes a place so beautiful is irrevocably taken from it.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

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    Okay, more correctly, it exists—but it still looks bad. I can't recall ever seeing a wordy subreddit sidebar and thinking it was worded & designed eloquently. Given that this feature is optional,...

    Sure you do. For example, practically every single subreddit's sidebar.

    Okay, more correctly, it exists—but it still looks bad. I can't recall ever seeing a wordy subreddit sidebar and thinking it was worded & designed eloquently. Given that this feature is optional, I understand where you're coming from, so I'm not arguing a point with force here.

    For me personally, I try and work in reverse: it's easier for me to identify system constraints based upon the design of the worst case, than it is to create constraints and leave the design until later. This might just be a mindset thing.

    2 votes