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  1. Comment on Steam has added a "Play Next" shelf to the Library, using machine-learning to try to suggest which games you own that you should try next in ~games

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    It also seems to be having trouble recognizing that I've played some of their recommendations on Steam. My top recommendation is Skyrim Special Edition, which I've played for 0 minutes, but I've...

    It also seems to be having trouble recognizing that I've played some of their recommendations on Steam. My top recommendation is Skyrim Special Edition, which I've played for 0 minutes, but I've played regular Skyrim for 127 hours (way above average for me) according to Steam.

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  2. Comment on Reddit introduces new "Start Chatting" feature across many subreddits, AskHistorians goes dark for 1 hour in protest to broken promises in ~tech

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    Surely the way the vast majority of questions posted to r/AskHistorians get there is by a redditor having a question and looking for an appropriate subreddit to post it on. If you remove...

    Surely the way the vast majority of questions posted to r/AskHistorians get there is by a redditor having a question and looking for an appropriate subreddit to post it on. If you remove r/AskHistorians from reddit, how do you redirect most of the questions to Tildes rather than to other subreddits?

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  3. Comment on The problem with telling sick workers to stay home in ~health.coronavirus

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    I don't know about the Atlantic specifically, but usually this means that the title was changed at some point.

    I don't know about the Atlantic specifically, but usually this means that the title was changed at some point.

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  4. Comment on In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent? in ~tech

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    Changing out a mechanical lock is hardly any more difficult. Landlords involve the police and follow legal processes because there are consequences to not doing so, not because it's hard to change...

    Changing out a mechanical lock is hardly any more difficult. Landlords involve the police and follow legal processes because there are consequences to not doing so, not because it's hard to change the locks on an apartment. I'm no fan of "smart" anything but lets not get carried away.

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  5. Comment on Beginning March 1, Amtrak’s popular “saver” tickets will be nonchangeable and nonrefundable, ending a popular policy that gave passengers the flexibility to rebook if their travel plans changed in ~news

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    I'm fairly certain that the only place that Amtrak ever makes sense is for a small number of daily work commutes. My brother commutes daily on Amtrak and from what I have heard it is still...

    I'm fairly certain that the only place that Amtrak ever makes sense is for a small number of daily work commutes. My brother commutes daily on Amtrak and from what I have heard it is still frustratingly inconsistent, but it generally beats driving in terms of time and stress.

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  6. Comment on Morgan Stanley to acquire E*TRADE for $13 billion in ~finance

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    So you're basically saying that there should be a maximum capitalization that corporations are not allowed to exceed? Are you further suggesting that there are corporations in existence today that...

    So you're basically saying that there should be a maximum capitalization that corporations are not allowed to exceed? Are you further suggesting that there are corporations in existence today that "can operate with the power of a developed nation"? Even if that were the case, neither Morgan Stanley nor the proposed combined entity would be my first choice to demonstrate such.

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  7. Comment on Morgan Stanley to acquire E*TRADE for $13 billion in ~finance

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    There is a broad complaint to be made about who controls most of the economy right now as regards the rise of large index funds, but I don't see how that plays into this merger, which doesn't...

    I'm not sure having a small few businesses evenly consolidating all the wealth is good, even though it may be better than one single business doing so.

    There is a broad complaint to be made about who controls most of the economy right now as regards the rise of large index funds, but I don't see how that plays into this merger, which doesn't significantly change the status quo in that regard. Whether it's a problem that large index funds own more and more of the total stock market is widely argued and there's not really a clear answer on whether it's actually a problem or not.

    It's one thing to say people should be able to be wealthy, it's another entirely to say that people should be able to buy our nations.

    I have absolutely no idea what this means.

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  8. Comment on Morgan Stanley to acquire E*TRADE for $13 billion in ~finance

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    Why exactly? Those numbers seem to be in the same order of magnitude as other major banks/brokerages.

    Why exactly? Those numbers seem to be in the same order of magnitude as other major banks/brokerages.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on An idea on how to allow anonymous posts/comments without ruining Tildes in ~tildes

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    That doesn't change anything that I said. It's not anonymous if it is associated with your regular account, even if that association is never displayed. Admins go rogue. Servers get hacked. This...

    That doesn't change anything that I said. It's not anonymous if it is associated with your regular account, even if that association is never displayed. Admins go rogue. Servers get hacked. This is not a feature that replaces throwaway accounts.

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  10. Comment on An idea on how to allow anonymous posts/comments without ruining Tildes in ~tildes

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    Am a programmer (not for Tildes). This just isn't practical from a technical point of view. You're either anonymous or you're not. If you're storing enough information for the system to associate...

    Am a programmer (not for Tildes).

    This just isn't practical from a technical point of view. You're either anonymous or you're not. If you're storing enough information for the system to associate an "anonymous" post with a user account, then there's nothing stopping an admin from going and looking that information up in the database. Any rational person who understood how this hypothetical system worked would post "anonymously" from an alt account.

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  11. Comment on An idea on how to allow anonymous posts/comments without ruining Tildes in ~tildes

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    It takes less information than people think to uniquely identify someone. Any one comment isn't likely to do it, but a determined person can go back and look at your entire comment history. If you...

    We're already anonymous by default unless we've shared personal details in which case that's something a user is going to have to take up with themselves.

    It takes less information than people think to uniquely identify someone. Any one comment isn't likely to do it, but a determined person can go back and look at your entire comment history. If you have two or three comments with a lot of personal detail, they might not identify you individually, but provide enough information to identify you when taken together.

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  12. Comment on An idea on how to allow anonymous posts/comments without ruining Tildes in ~tildes

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    It takes a surprisingly small amount of information to uniquely identify a person. Posting anonymously or from an alt/throwaway account means that I don't have to worry too much about whether a...

    It takes a surprisingly small amount of information to uniquely identify a person. Posting anonymously or from an alt/throwaway account means that I don't have to worry too much about whether a post that is innocuous by itself is adding the final puzzle piece to my post history that leads to me accidentally doxxing myself.

    Personally, I tend to not want to take the time to create another account, so there are lots of times where I just don't post comments because they might provide significant insight into my real life identity.

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  13. Comment on An idea on how to allow anonymous posts/comments without ruining Tildes in ~tildes

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    The premise of this post is that we want to discourage that.

    @deimos has expressed before his dislike for alt-accounts, a position I happen to share. Alt-accounts makes users less accountable and more prone to misbehavior.

    The premise of this post is that we want to discourage that.

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  14. Comment on Where can I find collected wisdom from Silicon Valley? in ~tech

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    Well, no I shouldn't because the work I do is radically different from anything Facebook does. I did probably overstate that a bit. There is certainly some subset of developers for whom Facebook...

    Well, no I shouldn't because the work I do is radically different from anything Facebook does. I did probably overstate that a bit. There is certainly some subset of developers for whom Facebook is a useful source of technical information. There is also a subset of developers for whom Facebook provides absolutely no value in any sense and we would lose nothing of value if Facebook ceased to exists tomorrow.

    It kind of proves my point though. We all live in our little bubbles and those bubbles can have little to no overlap even for people who work right down the street from each other in SV.

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  15. Comment on Where can I find collected wisdom from Silicon Valley? in ~tech

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    "Silicon Valley" is a vast amorphous term for millions of people working for hundreds of companies. These range from Facebook (who a lot of people would say you shouldn't take any advice from) to...

    "Silicon Valley" is a vast amorphous term for millions of people working for hundreds of companies. These range from Facebook (who a lot of people would say you shouldn't take any advice from) to Google (technologically competent, but increasingly socially irresponsible) to NASA (generally more popular than the last two, but not what most people associate with Silicon Valley). For better or worse, there's very little that binds everyone in the valley together except geography and a general focus on technology. There simply isn't an answer that all or even most people allegedly represented would agree on.

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  16. Comment on Farming insects – to feed animals in ~food

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    Just looking at the graphic in the article, it doesn't look like eating insects directly would be that much better than eating Chicken or Pork. I wonder how much insect feed it takes to raise a...

    Just looking at the graphic in the article, it doesn't look like eating insects directly would be that much better than eating Chicken or Pork. I wonder how much insect feed it takes to raise a Chicken? There's got to be some amount of loss there.

    The same graphic confirms my general impression that beef is pretty overwhelmingly worse than chicken or pork, and I'm about 95% sure that cows are not going to do well on a diet of insects.

  17. Comment on Iranian missile accidentally brought down Ukrainian jet, officials say, citing early evidence in ~news

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    This has been the front-runner explanation from the minute the crash was reported. The only thing new here is semi-official confirmation.

    This has been the front-runner explanation from the minute the crash was reported. The only thing new here is semi-official confirmation.

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  18. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    Just like with headphone jacks? Some of us are still unhappy about that (I'm sticking with my iPhone 6s+ until it fails in some catastrophic way that I can't repair). Just because everyone gives...

    Just like with headphone jacks? Some of us are still unhappy about that (I'm sticking with my iPhone 6s+ until it fails in some catastrophic way that I can't repair). Just because everyone gives up and stops talking about it because we're powerless to change things doesn't mean that the situation isn't just as stupid as it was when it was new and people were talking about it.

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  19. Comment on The homeownership obsession - How buying homes became a part of the American dream—and also a nightmare in ~life

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    So I rent an apartment in the Bay Area and own a house in Oregon. The thing is, my rent goes up every year. My mortgage costs me the same amount for 30 years. I already pay more than twice as much...

    This sounds like utter nonsense to anyone who actually thinks about it. A mortgage can be just as much as rent, or more, and you're going to be paying it for a long, long time. You can't move, you don't have the freedom of changing your mind, you have to fix and pay for everything, etc. Thus was the nature of the nonsensical rhetoric I grew up with.

    So I rent an apartment in the Bay Area and own a house in Oregon. The thing is, my rent goes up every year. My mortgage costs me the same amount for 30 years. I already pay more than twice as much for my apartment given the location difference, but unless something changes in the Bay Area, it wouldn't be surprising to me if I'm paying 3-4x as much in rent by the time I retire and get to leave.

    On the one hand, I really like my house and I really doubt I'll want to sell it ever. On the other hand, of course you can move. Maybe not at the drop of the hat, but then you usually have to sign at least a 1 year lease when renting too.

    I can't imagine the idea of owning, of being stuck somewhere. Home ownership has the distinct property of trying to stop things changing. But that's not how the world works. You can't just spend a ridiculous amount of money and stop the world changing around you. That's what home ownerdship promises, but it can never deliver.

    It's funny that as a result of living in such a housing-constrained environment I'm bitter in almost the opposite ways that you seem to be. Homeowners in the bay area seem to have very successfully frozen time, and it didn't even cost most of them a "ridiculous amount of money".

    Conversely, buildings are slowly being bought and torn down around me. Eventually my building will be on the chopping block and I'll be forced out whether I want to or not. When that happens, I'll have to move to another old building because I literally can't afford an apartment in a new building that rent for double my current rent, nor will I ever be able to afford to buy one of the luxury town homes that inevitably replace old apartment buildings around here. If I could have started my career 10 years earlier, I would have been able to afford a single family house in the bay area and would have been able to secure my ability to stay here in a career that I really enjoy without having to near-constantly worry about whether I'm going to be able to afford rent 2-3 years in the future.

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  20. Comment on Sony confirms PlayStation 5 name, holiday 2020 release date in ~games

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    Could you expand on why you think this? I'll admit that I haven't owned a TV since 480p was the standard, but the difference between a 1080p and 4k computer monitor is so utterly staggering that I...

    Besides, most people can't tell the difference from 1080p to 4k

    Could you expand on why you think this? I'll admit that I haven't owned a TV since 480p was the standard, but the difference between a 1080p and 4k computer monitor is so utterly staggering that I find it really hard to believe that most people wouldn't notice the difference in a TV.

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