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  1. Comment on Can we get a GNU section of ~tech? in ~tildes

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    If your post is in a more general group (~comp, for instance), you may attract people who never would have searched for that topic into your discussion, or who would have never visited that group,...

    If your post is in a more general group (~comp, for instance), you may attract people who never would have searched for that topic into your discussion, or who would have never visited that group, being it's very specific. I believe (and I haven't really been keeping up, but I was around quite a bit when the site was new-ish) that the intention is still to avoid creating new groups unless the demand is shown to be there for vibrant discussion that's limited to that topic, which always made sense to me (you don't want to fragment your people into groups as finely as reddit does, for instance). Having those topics now in a more general group may actually lead to demand for the more granular topic that would necessitate a new group.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    What client is popular/best? I used to use mIRC back in the day, and have heard a lot about a bit of a "resurgence" of IRC chat, but I have no idea what advances have been made (if any) in client...

    What client is popular/best? I used to use mIRC back in the day, and have heard a lot about a bit of a "resurgence" of IRC chat, but I have no idea what advances have been made (if any) in client software.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Why I am obsessed with the forbidden Seuss in ~books

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    I think it's more important to leave what you typed and strike it out than to make wholesale edits without noting it. Typos don't count because they aren't generally consequential.

    I think it's more important to leave what you typed and strike it out than to make wholesale edits without noting it. Typos don't count because they aren't generally consequential.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on I’m autistic. I’m hoping I can wear a mask for the rest of my life. in ~life

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    It's still a stigma in the US to have any sort of mental issue. I suffered from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) in the '90s for quite a few years. An old girlfriend of mine found a card from a...

    It's still a stigma in the US to have any sort of mental issue. I suffered from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) in the '90s for quite a few years. An old girlfriend of mine found a card from a family member discussing some of it, and referred to my "mental illness." She became terrified that I was some sort of serial killer or something, and questioned me about it for weeks. When I tried to explain what had gone on, she still had definitely changed her attitude towards me, and we split soon after. It's a shame that people still don't want to look at it as changes in brain chemistry that you cannot control by just "bucking up" or "dealing with it."

    13 votes
  5. Comment on Requiring a Facebook account for Oculus VR is bad for users, devs, and competition in ~tech

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    We're finding out it's not quite that easy nowadays. People are making new "throwaway" accounts and getting challenged by FB for a photo ID and other proof of ID. I remember when the internet was...

    We're finding out it's not quite that easy nowadays. People are making new "throwaway" accounts and getting challenged by FB for a photo ID and other proof of ID. I remember when the internet was brand-new, the best advice was always "never provide your real name or details online;" now it's "give us all your info or you're locked out of a headset you bought in May of last year" (in my case—I bought the Quest at release).

    10 votes
  6. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    Little Nightmares was incredible. I have played it more times than I'd like to admit. I think it's the animations; the characters are just so damn well done, I can't take my eyes off of it. I've...

    Little Nightmares was incredible. I have played it more times than I'd like to admit. I think it's the animations; the characters are just so damn well done, I can't take my eyes off of it. I've recently forayed into VR, and I'd absolutely love a game that well-done, with animations that gorgeous in VR to make it that much more immersive. It's a game I can recommend to just about anyone, because it takes quite a while to reach "oh wow, I see the 'nightmare' part now" level.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on iOS 13 redraws your eyes using ARKit so that you're looking at the camera instead of the screen in ~tech

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    You can always use a third-party camera app that does none of that, lets you shoot RAW, gives you control over shutter speed and ISO, focus point, etc.

    You can always use a third-party camera app that does none of that, lets you shoot RAW, gives you control over shutter speed and ISO, focus point, etc.

  8. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    Now it's on to the inevitable search for glass. $1200 lenses will start to seem reasonable to you, in a very short time. I kid, but as a fellow chaser of that white horse of images, don't be...

    Now it's on to the inevitable search for glass. $1200 lenses will start to seem reasonable to you, in a very short time. I kid, but as a fellow chaser of that white horse of images, don't be surprised.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    Drums first can help with any sequencer, which is pretty much what the OP-1 is. Lay the beat down and play over it. Formal music training is to the beat of a metronome, so it gives you that base....

    Drums first can help with any sequencer, which is pretty much what the OP-1 is. Lay the beat down and play over it. Formal music training is to the beat of a metronome, so it gives you that base. I write (poorly) on the guitar, but I do it to a drum track. Imagining the bass parts first leads me to a melody. I used to think it was pretty backwards until I listened to Marc Rebillet.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Not 'all day' so much as 'for up to six hours,' but it's for app testing.

    Not 'all day' so much as 'for up to six hours,' but it's for app testing.

  11. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    I like to think of it in terms of the ship's intrinsic value. If Theseus were to sell the ship at any port, it would bring the local value, regardless of the number of planks replaced, thus it...

    I like to think of it in terms of the ship's intrinsic value. If Theseus were to sell the ship at any port, it would bring the local value, regardless of the number of planks replaced, thus it remains a valuable ship with the same name its always held.

    Or another consideration: a sailor leaves his wife and family on the SoT. They return some months later, but in that time, the entirety of the planks have been replaced with new planks. Does the wife think her husband arrives on a different ship? She'd likely just look for the SoT, and that's what she'd see. It's the same ship he left on. She might notice it's a bit cleaner looking than when it left, but she certainly wouldn't consider it a different ship.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    I do quite a bit in virtual reality (wearing a head mounted display) and the lines can get really fuzzy when you've been "in" there all day. You can reach out to balance yourself on a virtual...

    I do quite a bit in virtual reality (wearing a head mounted display) and the lines can get really fuzzy when you've been "in" there all day. You can reach out to balance yourself on a virtual table and fall to the ground, or smack a wall you didn't realize you were close to very easily. The VR experience can have you in a huge, open arena and it feels really disconcerting to take the hmd off and find yourself in a tiny room.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hello, fellow Ohioan. I'll be doing the Rib Burn Off at Tri-C in Parma either Saturday or Sunday, depending on which the family decides is better. I've learned not to rock the boat and just go...

    Hello, fellow Ohioan. I'll be doing the Rib Burn Off at Tri-C in Parma either Saturday or Sunday, depending on which the family decides is better. I've learned not to rock the boat and just go along. Shame the Indians aren't playing very well, but I miss the days of having season tickets and every game being a sellout.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    I think it's a good thing as far as reinforcing involvement here. I don't post here a lot recently, but I still have high hopes for this place—and my participation, for whatever humans-are-flawed...

    I think it's a good thing as far as reinforcing involvement here. I don't post here a lot recently, but I still have high hopes for this place—and my participation, for whatever humans-are-flawed reason, is dependent on feedback on what my participation means to other people. I'm not commenting to talk to myself when I comment on an internet forum. But since we foster deeper, more thoughtful discussion here, a simple "Atta boy!" or "I agree" post is not only discouraged, it's likely to be hidden (which is good, and I agree with minimizing any sort of 'fluff' post and discouraging them altogether), which leads to it seeming like I'm screaming into the void.

    If I return to a comment of mine and it has few replies but 25 votes, I'll know at least people read the damn thing, and that fosters more participation on my part (please note, I'm not holding 'my participation' up as some valuable thing I might withhold—I mean "the greater participation of membership").

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 livestream in ~tech

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    Sure, I get that. What I'm saying is showing your viewers that you have that much more than they're typically going to have is a bit of a slippery slope. People like Howard Stern and David...

    Sure, I get that. What I'm saying is showing your viewers that you have that much more than they're typically going to have is a bit of a slippery slope. People like Howard Stern and David Letterman have always been uncomfortable talking about how much money they make, because it alienates your audience. Seeing MKBHD with the P100D Tesla as his daily driver (a $135K car) can turn some people off, especially when his job is making a few videos a week that are less than twenty minutes long.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 livestream in ~tech

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    He's decent for cell phone reviews, especially in regards to camera quality, and his Dope Tech series has shown some very cool, very expensive hardware, but he's generally never the first to...

    He's decent for cell phone reviews, especially in regards to camera quality, and his Dope Tech series has shown some very cool, very expensive hardware, but he's generally never the first to review a phone or other device, and he's got to get his conspicuous consumption in check, or at least his display of it. He went through his camera lenses and he's got to have something like $100K just in glass. His camera rig is easily $75K, and his studio has a robotic camera arm, controlled by a computer. It's a bit over the top.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on 4 words poetry challenge in ~creative

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    He breathed She screamed

    He breathed
    She screamed

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  18. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 livestream in ~tech

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    MKBHD will have one, but I'm not sure he pays for it.

    MKBHD will have one, but I'm not sure he pays for it.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 livestream in ~tech

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    They can finally quit bitching in r/iphone. I've never seen a more passionately-sought feature in tech.

    dark mode in ios

    They can finally quit bitching in r/iphone. I've never seen a more passionately-sought feature in tech.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on How long should Tildes remain an invitation-only platform? in ~tildes

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    I agree. I read the docs here completely when I signed up, and I agreed with the philosophy and ideas within to the point that I thought I could contribute to such a place. We wouldn't likely get...

    I agree. I read the docs here completely when I signed up, and I agreed with the philosophy and ideas within to the point that I thought I could contribute to such a place. We wouldn't likely get that kind of contemplation from people fleeing a sinking ship.

    6 votes