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  1. Comment on What companies do you feel comfortable with supporting? in ~talk

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    Costco seems to treat their employees well and I don't think they have any major strikes against them. I live alone and can't really use what they supply now (mostly bulk grocery purchases), but I...

    Costco seems to treat their employees well and I don't think they have any major strikes against them. I live alone and can't really use what they supply now (mostly bulk grocery purchases), but I loved them when I had a family.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Minecraft creator Notch excluded from 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions" in ~games

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    I know. It would make more sense that the vast majority of the predictions are nonsense.

    I know. It would make more sense that the vast majority of the predictions are nonsense.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Markdown preview is now available when writing topics/comments/etc. in ~tildes.official

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    I don't. I haven't even loaded it on this machine, so obviously I didn't need it that badly. Agreed with your other comment on the current version here being just fine.

    I don't. I haven't even loaded it on this machine, so obviously I didn't need it that badly.

    Agreed with your other comment on the current version here being just fine.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Markdown preview is now available when writing topics/comments/etc. in ~tildes.official

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    Tildes Extended offers that, and it was co-written by @Bauke, so I'm surprised it hasn't be implemented here. This version is nice though, and may be better for mobile.

    Tildes Extended offers that, and it was co-written by @Bauke, so I'm surprised it hasn't be implemented here. This version is nice though, and may be better for mobile.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    That was my exact problem. We're very used to that indent indicating a reply to that comment, and where a reply to OP lies in that indentation system. It's not easy to overcome. Reply to above...

    That was my exact problem. We're very used to that indent indicating a reply to that comment, and where a reply to OP lies in that indentation system. It's not easy to overcome. Reply to above comment becomes invisible as you read.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on The Hurdy Gurdy | Down the Rabbit Hole in ~music

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    What fascinates me about the instrument is that it allows bending of keyed melody notes. Not many keyed acoustic instruments allow for that. It makes for some very interesting music.

    What fascinates me about the instrument is that it allows bending of keyed melody notes. Not many keyed acoustic instruments allow for that. It makes for some very interesting music.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Thanks, man. It can be tough to do these things on mobile. /noise

    Thanks, man. It can be tough to do these things on mobile. /noise

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    What if the username/time/link/parent-bar changed color gradually from left to right as comments indent? Like a volume bar. Visually noticeable, yet it would blend into natural reading as you...

    What if the username/time/link/parent-bar changed color gradually from left to right as comments indent? Like a volume bar. Visually noticeable, yet it would blend into natural reading as you read, and take up zero space. If you get all the way to the right, a new color replaces the previous.

    I just don't know if it would be intuitive without trying it. I think scrolling through a few comment threads might make it easy to learn, though.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Yes. I think there's also a right-angle character that's tall, like my crude attempt from a phone.

    Yes. I think there's also a right-angle character that's tall, like my crude attempt from a phone.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Minecraft creator Notch excluded from 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions" in ~games

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    Who the hell in his White House has even been there long enough to be the guy? I don't think anyone from when it first started are still employed there, are they? His entire cabinet is in "acting"...

    Who the hell in his White House has even been there long enough to be the guy? I don't think anyone from when it first started are still employed there, are they? His entire cabinet is in "acting" positions.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Pretty much what @cfabbro said. I was honestly very confused by the Reply to above comment thing—it's not something I've ever seen on any other site that I can think of, so I almost created a...

    Pretty much what @cfabbro said. I was honestly very confused by the Reply to above comment thing—it's not something I've ever seen on any other site that I can think of, so I almost created a topic in ~tildes to ask what it means, as in "reply to which above comment? The comment directly above (which is common), or the comment "up above" that originated the sub-comments?" It's not entirely clear to someone who's been on the internet since the late '90s, so it's really (to me) not that intuitive which comment it refers to.

    I get that "above" seems pretty clear when you know what it means, but I was casually confused. Maybe add directly above to clarify if you prefer words to symbols.

    I've also seen a symbol used that looks like an enter key arrow turned clockwise 90 degrees, sort of like:

    /|\
     |_
    

    (sorry for my crude ascii drawing skills)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on The Hurdy Gurdy | Down the Rabbit Hole in ~music

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    I went down a Hurdy Gurdy rabbit hole about six months ago. Fascinating instrument. The song that stays with me to this day and I still listen to uses modern electronics, namely a loop pedal and...

    I went down a Hurdy Gurdy rabbit hole about six months ago. Fascinating instrument. The song that stays with me to this day and I still listen to uses modern electronics, namely a loop pedal and some sort of distortion, to create what could be considered a pretty modern-sounding song, but with that obvious Hurdy Gurdy sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypuaJLHK_LQ

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Adjustments to the experimental single-reply-flattening & user-page sorting is now available in ~tildes.official

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    I've been wondering what exactly Reply to above comment was meant to indicate since it started appearing, so I can say it's not going to be intuitively clear to every reader. I like it too. It...

    I've been wondering what exactly Reply to above comment was meant to indicate since it started appearing, so I can say it's not going to be intuitively clear to every reader.

    Yeah I still think that's a good idea too, and I quite liked @mb3077's mock-up idea, since it provides a very clear visual indication of which comment replies to which when they are flattened

    I like it too. It seems less of a 'kludge', to be frank.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    I think instantly of Leonhard Euler. I find it very difficult to posit that his was a "normal," commonplace mind that accomplished what he did because of opportunities, drive and circumstances...

    I think instantly of Leonhard Euler. I find it very difficult to posit that his was a "normal," commonplace mind that accomplished what he did because of opportunities, drive and circumstances exclusively. Sure, those were (mostly) present, but just read the Contributions to mathematics and physics section of that article, and think about all the others who had very similar opportunities and circumstances, and assume at least several would have had the missing "drive" element present, yet we don't find them in the historical record.

    I guess my "reasonably sure of without proof" idea is that there in fact does exist genius. I've seen it in music personally. There seems to be a kid in every neighborhood who picks up a guitar and a month later is fluent in three styles and deep into music theory and explaining modes and complex chord structures while the rest of the neighborhood, who all have the same opportunities and circumstances, are still sussing out the first three chords of Smoke on the Water. I can't ascribe that simply to the first kid's drive, because we all practiced daily and some had professional lessons, yet the first kid is leaps ahead and probably at a place none of the others will ever reach.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    The transcript of the cockpit voice recorder seems more in line with the theory that the passengers were attempting to enter the cockpit. I don't believe the actual recording has ever been...

    The transcript of the cockpit voice recorder seems more in line with the theory that the passengers were attempting to enter the cockpit. I don't believe the actual recording has ever been released (if it has, please provide a link), but they did play the tape for families of victims who wanted to hear it.

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

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    Hell, people like Alex Jones made good money with hate speech on Youtube. There are more noble pursuits, but there are few incentives more compelling than plain old green-back cash money.

    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. Now they've all found each other and started a 'movement' of sorts

    Hell, people like Alex Jones made good money with hate speech on Youtube. There are more noble pursuits, but there are few incentives more compelling than plain old green-back cash money.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    I didn't upgrade my phone for years after iPhone 3G. Ended up with a Galaxy Siii, which I still use as an alarm. I had a cheap Alcatel for about a year, about a $100 phone. Finally splurged on the...

    I didn't upgrade my phone for years after iPhone 3G. Ended up with a Galaxy Siii, which I still use as an alarm. I had a cheap Alcatel for about a year, about a $100 phone. Finally splurged on the iPhone XS last October and I've never been happier with a phone. The privacy advantages are nice, as well. I may upgrade again this year, because resale of the X was about 75% of its cost in October last year (so, $750), so it would probably cost me $300 to have another brand new phone, but I've never done that before, so maybe not. Great phone though. The camera amazes me.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Ah, I didn't know you could install it on the device. Only ever had a Kindle, and I hear people say it's not "open" because you can't put DRM-free books on it (you can) or you can't customize the...

    Ah, I didn't know you could install it on the device. Only ever had a Kindle, and I hear people say it's not "open" because you can't put DRM-free books on it (you can) or you can't customize the way your book listings look (you can), or you can only put Amazon books on it (I only own one), etc. I see your point.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    True, but Calibre allows you full access to loading/unloading books to any Kindle without issue. You can even edit, format, organize into folders, etc. I was ready to find a more "open" e-reader...

    True, but Calibre allows you full access to loading/unloading books to any Kindle without issue. You can even edit, format, organize into folders, etc. I was ready to find a more "open" e-reader until I stumbled across Calibre. Now, I keep everything organized on a USB stick using Calibre portable, and transfer back and forth as I read books. I make a Books to Read folder and a Books Read folder on the Kindle itself, so that I quickly know what to transfer into and out of. It really couldn't be much more "open," unless we're discussing fonts or using the reader as a browser or game machine, etc.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Try a Kindle or similar. Changed my book reading experience to where I was plowing through books for a few years. Very comfortable contrast and legibility.

    Try a Kindle or similar. Changed my book reading experience to where I was plowing through books for a few years. Very comfortable contrast and legibility.

    3 votes