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  1. Comment on SoundCloud has launched a new distribution feature which enables artists to spread their music to a range of rival streaming services. in ~music

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    I'm seeing this as a smart business move by Soundcloud in promoting their subscription services (for which Pro or better is required to take advantage of these new distribution services), as the...

    I'm seeing this as a smart business move by Soundcloud in promoting their subscription services (for which Pro or better is required to take advantage of these new distribution services), as the platform has had numerous troubles financing itself in the past. This seems like a solid incentive with a very low overhead.

    That said...

    Musicians are very likely to receive more for their money if all they are after is distribution on the major streaming and digital storefront services by way of Amuse, DistroKid, or any number of established digital distribution aggregates. If they aren't utilizing the other features in their paid plans, then I can't see why Soundcloud Premier would be worthwhile.

    Spotify has recently allowed free submissions through an artist management portal, with Apple Music and other services following soon. There's just no reason to pay more than $20 USD a year for what is being offered here unless the other pro features are being taken advantage of. This is just a bonus perk. A cherry on top.

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  2. Comment on A $300 billion business tax break meant to raise wages is instead helping companies replace workers with machines, study says in ~news

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    This isn't anything I was intending to argue against. If I gave off any idea that I was, please know that I certainly agree on this. I hope that this ends up being true, but as of yet there's...

    But basic income would actually help in peoples' searches for meaningful jobs, by decoupling jobs from survival.

    This isn't anything I was intending to argue against. If I gave off any idea that I was, please know that I certainly agree on this.

    I hope that this ends up being true, but as of yet there's really no conclusive evidence on whether this is the case in practice that I've been able to find. Finland's recent experiment was ended early and so not enough data is available at this point from their findings to say definitively. It did seem to affect happiness, but there were no findings that it substantially affected levels of employment. This Bloomberg (outline link) article touches on this.

    It looks like Italy and New Zealand are also going to be experimenting with UBI soon.

    EDIT: Just to clarify, I think UBI or some variation of it is part of the solution, but I've yet to see anything to prove that it can succeed on its own, and rather a more holistic approach may be necessary in this scenario.

  3. Comment on A $300 billion business tax break meant to raise wages is instead helping companies replace workers with machines, study says in ~news

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    Purpose can mean many things. What you find purposeful may not seem as much to the next person. Just because the job may be menial doesn't mean that someone can't find purpose in it, as each...

    Purpose can mean many things. What you find purposeful may not seem as much to the next person. Just because the job may be menial doesn't mean that someone can't find purpose in it, as each person has their own motivations for why they get up each day. Perhaps it is as simple as providing for their family or to not feel like a burden on society.

    This may in part be more relevant to specific regions of the world where the idea of a person's self-worth being tied to their contributions to society are more tied to labor and where alternatives aren't as readily looked upon with the same merit.

    Perhaps this is a problem more of the times we live rather than one that is built to last forever, but these are very real fears in certain rural parts of America.

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  4. Comment on What's your favorite online music streaming platform? in ~music

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    I left more or less the same comment in another topic. I don't think there's any real rule against speaking about piracy broadly, but it is probably wise to exercise some caution and avoid active...

    I left more or less the same comment in another topic. I don't think there's any real rule against speaking about piracy broadly, but it is probably wise to exercise some caution and avoid active promotion of it or step by step guides.

    Be sure to read the terms of service.

  5. Comment on What do you think is one thing every programmer should know how to do? in ~comp

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    Programming does not take up a large chunk of my life, but I have found Rubber Duck Debugging extremely helpful in various other areas unrelated to code. Being able to explain something simply is...

    Programming does not take up a large chunk of my life, but I have found Rubber Duck Debugging extremely helpful in various other areas unrelated to code. Being able to explain something simply is a good indicator of actually understanding the material.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on A $300 billion business tax break meant to raise wages is instead helping companies replace workers with machines, study says in ~news

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    I'm on board with the general notion you put forth, but I firmly believe that humans need a sense of purpose. For many, work is a popular means of filling this need. I'm not sure what the solution...

    I'm on board with the general notion you put forth, but I firmly believe that humans need a sense of purpose. For many, work is a popular means of filling this need. I'm not sure what the solution is. For some it might be volunteering. For others it might be taking up a hobby and interacting with others in a community through a shared affinity for the practice or output of this hobby.

    My general worry is that it will lead to a decline in behavioral health in those that may not have the support or faculties to search for these alternatives on their own if there aren't measures in place to assist in this area.

  7. Comment on Joshua Lee Turner - Rockaway in ~music

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    Josh Turner artist pic[1] YouTube: 292,441 subscribers, 67,017,059 views Joshua Lee Turner Josh is someone I've been following for some time now, and this video popped up in my feed leaving me...

    Josh Turner

    artist pic[1]

    Josh began making YouTube videos in 2007. Ranging from popular to esoteric, local to far flung, and playful to serious, Josh’s videos offer a little something for everyone. Josh also performs regularly with long-time collaborator, Carson McKee, as the folk duo The Other Favorites. Josh’s first full-length solo album, As Good A Place As Any, will be released in April 2019.

    YouTube: 292,441 subscribers, 67,017,059 views


    1. Joshua Lee Turner

    Josh is someone I've been following for some time now, and this video popped up in my feed leaving me feeling compelled to share it with you all on ~music. This song is from As Good a Place as Any, his first full-length solo album that is due to release on April 5th, 2019. "Rockaway" definitely has a Paul McCartney feel in composition to me, along with a string section similar to that found in many Nick Drake songs, both artists which he has uploaded cover songs from in the past.

    Much of my interest stems from his skill as a guitarist and versatility in regards to range of genres through which he explores on his personal YouTube channel, often with appearances from other musicians I've come to know by way of their collaborations. Along with his personal channel is a secondary YouTube account that offers occasional information regarding technique and recording.

    Two solo arrangements I would like to highlight in particular:

    EDIT: Just noticed I should have maybe made baroque and pop two separate tags. Perhaps Amarok or someone else can assist in that department.

    EDIT 2: Thanks, @cfabbro.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history in ~tech

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    Thanks for that clarification. I wasn't aware of that connection between the two.

    Thanks for that clarification. I wasn't aware of that connection between the two.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Passwords in ~tildes

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    It's done client side. The database stored on an external server can't reveal information about what it contains without decrypting it first, which is done with your master password on your...

    It's done client side. The database stored on an external server can't reveal information about what it contains without decrypting it first, which is done with your master password on your PC/phone/etc.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Passwords in ~tildes

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    You store an encrypted database, locally and optionally through online storage. You can even use a self-hosted solution. The decryption is done client-side and uses browser integration,...

    You store an encrypted database, locally and optionally through online storage. You can even use a self-hosted solution. The decryption is done client-side and uses browser integration, integration with other software by way of a plugin, or provides a list that you manually retrieve the password from to copy+paste. You aren't telling anyone what sites you visit from an encrypted database.

    3 votes
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  12. Comment on When will there be a group for photographers? in ~tildes

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    I will admit that I am pretty unfamiliar with /r/earthporn as a whole and have only a passing familiarity with it seeing it mentioned and maybe visiting briefly a couple of times. I'm in agreement...

    I will admit that I am pretty unfamiliar with /r/earthporn as a whole and have only a passing familiarity with it seeing it mentioned and maybe visiting briefly a couple of times.

    Many of the pictures that are praised on r/earthporn and r/pics aren't really being liked because of their photographic quality. But rather because of their emotional context.

    Very nice, high quality pictures are ignored because they're presented in a sober, matter of fact way, while low effort low quality ones get all the spotlight, only because of their emotional appeal. This is something that deeply bothers me.

    I'm in agreement with you that this is something I'd like to avoid, and I'd much prefer the high quality photos, generally. As the site grows, ~creative will have a number of photography related topics that will be seeded into ~creative.photography once there's enough content to warrant a subgroup. It seems reasonable to assume that there would be tags such as beginner and feedback that you could optionally filter out if that wasn't someone you personally were after, where it still allows for those sort of submissions/conversations to be had.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history in ~tech

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    I definitely have an even greater affection for Archive.org, but it wouldn't have anywhere close to the amount of mirrored/archived content housed if it weren't for independent teams like Archive...

    I definitely have an even greater affection for Archive.org, but it wouldn't have anywhere close to the amount of mirrored/archived content housed if it weren't for independent teams like Archive Team. They were part of the effort in archiving Geocities, but also instrumental in numerous other projects.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Future of personal security and privacy, upcoming trends. in ~tech

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    Bitlocker is an option, but I think most people here would advise against it (though it is better than using nothing). Look into some of the options on the PrivacyTools.io site that as linked in...

    Bitlocker is an option, but I think most people here would advise against it (though it is better than using nothing). Look into some of the options on the PrivacyTools.io site that as linked in the topic post.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on When will there be a group for photographers? in ~tildes

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    Are you calling it fluff because it is a grandson exploiting his grandfather for no real reason other than to score internet points, or because of the quality of the photo? While I can certainly...

    Are you calling it fluff because it is a grandson exploiting his grandfather for no real reason other than to score internet points, or because of the quality of the photo?

    While I can certainly agree that the range in quality can go from one extreme to the next, beauty is a subjective thing. Just because it might not win any awards, there's possibly still something to be admired/commended there.

    Everyone starts out at a novice level, and finding a community to share with and learn from is what Tildes is all about. I can get on board with keeping low-level and/or sensationalist content at bay, but on-face, I don't see anything wrong with sharing smartphone-taken photos if it is original content and they're trying to improve.

    If it is a shitty photo with little to no text attached, sure, that's fluff. If it is sensationalist and has no real value, sure, that's fluff. I just want to be sure we aren't going to be gatekeepers where subjective views of what constitutes art come into play.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on I'm downsizing my digital life. Do you listen to a lot of music? How do you archive it? in ~tech

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    The Plex subscription doesn't provide anything aside of additional features in the software (and music through TIDAL). You have to self-host the server software, and so this would mean you'd need...

    The Plex subscription doesn't provide anything aside of additional features in the software (and music through TIDAL). You have to self-host the server software, and so this would mean you'd need to have an always-on and connected device if you wanted to always have access remotely from a client.

    If you wanted to have files media files accessible over the internet that you could play in any player of your choice, then you'd need something other than Plex, unless you're tunneling your traffic through your home network, in which case you can use DLNA/UPnP.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history in ~tech

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    There's an Archive Team page linking to some tools[1] and project status[2] for a crowdsourced archival project. flickr-grab and flickr-items Flickr tracker

    There's an Archive Team page linking to some tools[1] and project status[2] for a crowdsourced archival project.


    1. flickr-grab and flickr-items
    2. Flickr tracker
    12 votes
  18. Comment on I'm downsizing my digital life. Do you listen to a lot of music? How do you archive it? in ~tech

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    100% this. Okay, maybe not the worst, but it is certainly one of the worst. Moreover, if you're going this route in piracy, you are better off using DeezLoader and maintain some semblance of...

    100% this. Okay, maybe not the worst, but it is certainly one of the worst. Moreover, if you're going this route in piracy, you are better off using DeezLoader and maintain some semblance of quality control or find yourself a private tracker.

  19. Comment on When will there be a group for photographers? in ~tildes

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    There isn't a dedicated group for photography, but there is a ~creative group that you might use to house this sort of content. I have to imagine there are at least a few other photography...

    There isn't a dedicated group for photography, but there is a ~creative group that you might use to house this sort of content. I have to imagine there are at least a few other photography hobbyists, but if nothing else, there are people here to appreciate what you might have to offer. I think talking about technique in particular would be interesting.

    22 votes