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  1. Comment on Tim Berners-Lee proposes "Contract for the Web": a set of principles to guide a better development of the Internet in ~tech

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    Sadly I haven't watched it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised. Silicon Valley really should be commended more for it's astoundingly accurate depiction of working in high-tech. I am unable of...

    Sadly I haven't watched it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised. Silicon Valley really should be commended more for it's astoundingly accurate depiction of working in high-tech.

    I am unable of watching season 3 (...or is it 4?) when The Box comes into the show because I have personally been in that meeting of throwing out the worst possible ideas and having the leadership team latch onto the dumbest idea and insisting we run with it. That season hits a little too close to home for me.

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  2. Comment on Tim Berners-Lee proposes "Contract for the Web": a set of principles to guide a better development of the Internet in ~tech

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    I agree with your sentiments. I read the NY Times article and felt like Berners-Lee has some good ideas...but then I visited the website for the contract and saw that Google, Facebook, and Twitter...

    I agree with your sentiments. I read the NY Times article and felt like Berners-Lee has some good ideas...but then I visited the website for the contract and saw that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have signed and lost all hope that this will result in any real change at all.

    It's not in these companies best interests to abide by the idea of ensuring that the web is an open marketplace. They have engaged in countless behaviors over the years to consolidate more and more of the web under their umbrellas and remove competition.

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  3. Comment on Let's talk bags in ~talk

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    What are you using to carry your stuff? The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack What stuff are you carrying? Laptop. iPad. Molsinke. Many dongles. Many Cables. Vaping kit. 2 pairs of...

    What are you using to carry your stuff?

    The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack

    What stuff are you carrying?

    Laptop. iPad. Molsinke. Many dongles. Many Cables. Vaping kit. 2 pairs of headphones. Backup battery. Many pens. Umbrella in the side "water bottle" pocket.

    What's good/bad about it?

    Good: It's comfortable. Looks pretty good. Carries everything. Compact size.
    Bad: The shoulder support/chest strap when I load in more kit isn't great. The straps get tangled. The side pockets are a little small.

    What is your dream bag?

    I'm not 100% sure. I'm always looking, but this is the bag I've carried the longest before getting frustrated with something and going back on the hunt. It has most everything I want out of a bag and looks pretty sleek.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What editor/IDE do you use? in ~comp

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    I bounce between VS Code and Sublime. I want to become more of a full-time Sublime user, but the Extensions for VS Code are more discoverable and often times more mature.

    I bounce between VS Code and Sublime.

    I want to become more of a full-time Sublime user, but the Extensions for VS Code are more discoverable and often times more mature.

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  5. Comment on Three "programming" board games: Lovelace & Babbage, Quirky Circuits, and Pixoid in ~games.tabletop

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    I backed Lovelace & Babbage. Received it last week. Played it twice so far and have enjoyed it both time.

    I backed Lovelace & Babbage. Received it last week. Played it twice so far and have enjoyed it both time.

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  6. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    I honestly don't know. I just tossed it in because OP quoted Kotlin as something they were thinking about learning.

    I honestly don't know. I just tossed it in because OP quoted Kotlin as something they were thinking about learning.

  7. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    Ruby is still pretty established. It's no longer the shiny new thing, but Rails is solid, Chef and Puppet still use a lot of Ruby, and anyone who uses GitHub pages is getting HTML from Jekyll....

    Ruby is still pretty established. It's no longer the shiny new thing, but Rails is solid, Chef and Puppet still use a lot of Ruby, and anyone who uses GitHub pages is getting HTML from Jekyll.

    Having bounced between Ruby and Python a bunch in the last 6-7 years, there's a lot of similarities between Ruby and Python 3. It can take me about an hour or two to remember the particular syntax, but it's not hard.

    So, if you spend a bunch of time learning Ruby because you like the syntax better, you won't be wasting your time. The concepts you'll pick up around data structures, functions, classes, and objects are easily transferrable to most any other language. As a bonus, even if you end up working in a Kotlin job, you'll always have Ruby in your pocket to bang out some automation code or toss up a simple Sinatra site.

    Personally? I love Ruby.

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  8. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    I'll agree with Adys. Start with Python. Learn data structures. Learn control structures. Learn some algorithms. Learn how to build modules and functions. If for some reason you cannot get over...

    I'll agree with Adys.

    Start with Python. Learn data structures. Learn control structures. Learn some algorithms. Learn how to build modules and functions. If for some reason you cannot get over using Python, then use Ruby.

    Once you've got a hang of writing code in an interpreted language (and start interpreted because having a REPL makes life easier when you're getting the knack of things) and have written a moderate number of useful applications in an interpreted language, then start trying to tackle a compiled language.

    For that, I'd lean more strongly towards Rust and Go over C because you'll get a lot of niceties around importing libraries, dependency management, and such which are a gigantic PITA in C.

    If you really, really want to get into C, then start with Rust. Rust is hard and will kick your butt, but learning how to write Rust well will make you write better C/C++ because you'll be thinking about memory and safety far earlier than C/C++ expects you to.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    Also, the tildes on vowels is usually a pretty big indicator it's Portuguese.

    Also, the tildes on vowels is usually a pretty big indicator it's Portuguese.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Why Go and not Rust? in ~comp

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    Could you link or provide that explanation of Lifetimes? I'm working through the Rust Book now and just finished that chapter. I feel like I wrapped my head around it, but more detail is usually...

    Could you link or provide that explanation of Lifetimes? I'm working through the Rust Book now and just finished that chapter. I feel like I wrapped my head around it, but more detail is usually better.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Streaming TV is about to get very expensive as Disney, NBC and more companies start launching their own services and pulling their content from others in ~tv

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    Yes. As someone who used to work in the OTT space helping build these sorts of streaming services for niche markets and companies, we were starting to see a desire for some of these similar-ish...

    Yes.

    As someone who used to work in the OTT space helping build these sorts of streaming services for niche markets and companies, we were starting to see a desire for some of these similar-ish players that were our customers to start banding together and bundling their services together...and this was 2-3 years ago.

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  12. Comment on In my opinion, censorship is a bad way to combat hate speech. in ~talk

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    ...and I think that here you hit on the crux of why censoring bad actors IS so important. If they're able to spread their hate and lies, people will be enticed by it and buy into it. When it was...

    Would we be in this current mess where hate speech seems so ubiquitous across all major sites? These people used to be isolated, and I suspect most of them kept their ill-founded beliefs to themselves for fear of repercussions in their real world social circles.

    ...and I think that here you hit on the crux of why censoring bad actors IS so important.

    If they're able to spread their hate and lies, people will be enticed by it and buy into it. When it was just fringe talk-radio or public access TV at 1:30 in the morning, they didn't have an audience to buy into their bullshit. Now that we have the internet that preserves their article that anyone can get to at any time, their YouTube channel that anyone can watch at any time, their SoundCloud that anyone can listen to at any time, etc. etc. then they have a bigger platform for spreading hate and disinformation.

    Do I dislike censorship? Absolutely. However, sometimes...many times...it's either the only or the best weapon we have against trying to pull the world back into the 1600s.

    At this point, the genie is out of the bottle and censoring people on YouTube, Twitter, et. al. isn't going to help those who have already been radicalized...but maybe it helps keep more from becoming radicalized.

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  13. Comment on “Just Switch to Linux” Is The Loser’s Game in ~tech

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    Under Wine it's not seamless, but it can work.

    Under Wine it's not seamless, but it can work.

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  14. Comment on Who's hiring? Who's looking to be hired? (November 2018) in ~comp

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    Who: Senior IT Operations Engineer (DevOps engineer) What: Technology incubator within a large US retailer Where: Hoboken, NJ, USA (NYC adjacent) Why: We're a stealth technology startup within one...

    Who: Senior IT Operations Engineer (DevOps engineer)

    What: Technology incubator within a large US retailer

    Where: Hoboken, NJ, USA (NYC adjacent)

    Why: We're a stealth technology startup within one of the world's largest retailers. Lots of innovation around using technology in retail. Looking for engineers with a solid background in physical hardware / datacenter design & operations and/or a very thorough understanding of Apache Kafka.

    Tech Stack: NodeJS via Typescript. Python. Go. Rust. Kubernetes. Habitat.

    ...if this becomes a weekly thing, I will be able to provide more details in the near future.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Linux users: after finishing distro hopping, where did you land? in ~tech

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    As someone who uses Arch on a lot of different machines, I find their method of kernel updates obnoxious at best and horrible at worst. The fact that any time the kernel updates I have to reboot...

    As someone who uses Arch on a lot of different machines, I find their method of kernel updates obnoxious at best and horrible at worst.

    The fact that any time the kernel updates I have to reboot because it preserves nothing from the previous install is just flat-out bad. I've had several times where I've plugged in a USB key shortly after doing an update and spent far more time than I should've troubleshooting why the USB thumb drive wasn't working before it clicked in my head that the linux package updated and now it can't load the usb_storage module even though the update was from 4.16.1 to 4.16.2.

    Past that, there have been a few package renaming/rearchitecting that I've run into that broke a few things...but honestly, I agree with you that Arch doesn't break much at all. Far less of a headache than my Gentoo systems back in the day.

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  16. Comment on Kids can't use computers in ~tech

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    ...and while I don't even work in helpdesk support anymore (though I still work in IT and systems administration and support) I help professional software developers do this on a regular basis....

    I just have a hard time believing anyone with a mac book not knowing how to enter a wifi password.

    ...and while I don't even work in helpdesk support anymore (though I still work in IT and systems administration and support) I help professional software developers do this on a regular basis. Nevermind when I help our in-house helpdesk out from time to time and do get this question at least once a day.

    ...that being said, I agree with the rest of your comment.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on “Myst” at 25: How it changed gaming, created addicts, and made enemies in ~games

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    There's actually very little trial-and-error puzzles in Myst...though the hinting system isn't always immediately apparent.

    There's actually very little trial-and-error puzzles in Myst...though the hinting system isn't always immediately apparent.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Netflix planning live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender with original creators in ~tv

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    I agree wholeheartedly. The only reason I can come up with as to why one would want to do a live action remake is to show off your VFX budget...which could easily distract from the story.

    I agree wholeheartedly. The only reason I can come up with as to why one would want to do a live action remake is to show off your VFX budget...which could easily distract from the story.

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  19. Comment on Are you satisfied in your career choice? in ~life

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    Don't worry. Instead, focus that energy on finding a job that you don't hate. I got laid off last year at 36. After a month or so of near-constant interviewing, I'm in what I would literally...

    Don't worry. Instead, focus that energy on finding a job that you don't hate.

    I got laid off last year at 36. After a month or so of near-constant interviewing, I'm in what I would literally describe as my dream job. It's the culmination of everything I've done in the previous 20 years of all my jobs. I'm kind of terrified as to what I'm going to do after this job ends, but I'm loving it while I'm in it.

    That's not to say it's all roses and love, but if I can find my dream job at 36 and then look into a bigger, scarier future where the world is my oyster for whatever may be next, so can you.

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  20. Comment on The Comicsgate movement isn’t defending free speech. It’s suppressing it. in ~books

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    While that's a horrible though, maybe you're on to something here. This is a topic my girlfriend and I talk about a fair bit. What happens in the psyche of these people to make them so toxic? I...

    These idiots just don't listen, and I can't help but think they're the sort of nerds who weren't bullied enough as children.

    While that's a horrible though, maybe you're on to something here.

    This is a topic my girlfriend and I talk about a fair bit. What happens in the psyche of these people to make them so toxic? I was bullied a LOT as a kid. My family moved around every two-or-so years (hooray for having a dad who couldn't hold down a job) so I was pretty perpetually the "new kid" and didn't have much for friends. Hell, at around 10-12 years old, I gave up on trying to make friends because it just wasn't worth the effort...and really didn't have much for friends until college.

    In college (in the late '90s) I was definitely more than a little bit of the neckbeard-y type: wearing a fedora, putting women on pedestals, and insisting that I was a "nice guy" who was doomed to a life of solitude because women only liked assholes. However, once I started to make friends, socialize...and even date; I cleaned myself up (the fedoras are costume only clothing nowadays, and buying clothes that fit look better than everything excessively baggy) and have done quite well for myself socially, romantically, and professionally.

    So I can see where a lot of these kids are coming from. I've been these kids before. However, the one thing I didn't have was the hate that seems to burn inside of them...and that's what I'm thoroughly perplexed by: where is the hate coming from?

    Maybe I was bullied enough...but having had a childhood full of bullying, I wouldn't want anyone to be bullied more.
    Maybe I had enough friends...but I didn't really have friends.
    Maybe I had empathy. However, I don't know how we can instill empathy into these people.

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