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  1. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    Gnome Terminal. I've tried a few others, but they all have ugly fonts (in my opinion) or usability issues (problems with tabs, colors, resizing...). Gnome terminal also has the very nice...

    Gnome Terminal. I've tried a few others, but they all have ugly fonts (in my opinion) or usability issues (problems with tabs, colors, resizing...). Gnome terminal also has the very nice notification for when a command ends in a background tab. A very nice productivity booster :)

    2 votes
  2. Comment on DeepMind's StarCraft II AI "AlphaStar" has reached the top-level Grandmaster league using multi-agent reinforcement learning in ~comp

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    I wonder if they will continue working on it until they crush all humans, or if this is it? Did they say what their next goals might be?

    I wonder if they will continue working on it until they crush all humans, or if this is it? Did they say what their next goals might be?

  3. Comment on Tildes app ? in ~tildes

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    What browser do you use? With a decent browser (I currently use Firefox preview), the site works really well. I really don't see how an app would be better.

    What browser do you use? With a decent browser (I currently use Firefox preview), the site works really well. I really don't see how an app would be better.

  4. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    It is for restaurants, yes, but it doesn't seem to be the case for Uber. When "only 1 percent of Uber customers always tip", I don't think you can talk about a social norm.

    It is for restaurants, yes, but it doesn't seem to be the case for Uber. When "only 1 percent of Uber customers always tip", I don't think you can talk about a social norm.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    I'm not sure supporting a system where you have every incentive not to tip, yet must do it in order for drivers to make a living is the best way to do it. It would be much better to call for Uber...

    But if you think drivers don't get paid enough, you can do something about it.

    I'm not sure supporting a system where you have every incentive not to tip, yet must do it in order for drivers to make a living is the best way to do it.

    It would be much better to call for Uber to be regulated and 1) include enough money for the driver in the base price 2) not abuse their quasi-monopoly by taking huge margins.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    The problem with regular taxi companies is that consumer information sucks: when you arrive to a new city, it's hard to judge how good the service will be just by looking at a taxi. Last time I...

    The problem with regular taxi companies is that consumer information sucks: when you arrive to a new city, it's hard to judge how good the service will be just by looking at a taxi. Last time I took a taxi in SFO, I ended up with a driver that was almost blind! With Uber, you know you'll get a driver with good ratings and a decent car. That's a major improvement over the status quo.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    Given the statistics in the linked article, it certainly doesn't appear to be.

    If you take an Uber in the U.S., you should tip your driver—irrespective of your opinion on tipping. It's cultural norm

    Given the statistics in the linked article, it certainly doesn't appear to be.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    To me the whole point of Uber (well, one of the main selling points, at least) was that you were given a price and that was it. When they added tipping, I assumed it was just as a thank you in...

    To me the whole point of Uber (well, one of the main selling points, at least) was that you were given a price and that was it. When they added tipping, I assumed it was just as a thank you in case of exceptional service. If it's to be viewed as an integral part of the cost, then it degrades the whole Uber experience significantly.

    15 votes
  9. Comment on Air ticket booking site uses Math.random for "38 people are looking at this right now" UX dark pattern in ~tech

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    Is it legal to do that? What do they risk?

    Is it legal to do that? What do they risk?

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Is there a reason I cannot have a tag people.doing.something in ~tildes

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    Someone might want to follow a "people_doing_something" tag (e.g. RSS reader). Is there really fundamentally wrong with the idea?

    Someone might want to follow a "people_doing_something" tag (e.g. RSS reader). Is there really fundamentally wrong with the idea?

  11. Comment on What is this place in need of right now? in ~tildes

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    I agree with the sentiment, but I think it's still a good way to bootstrap tildes until we get enough original content. I think a good way to find original content for tildes is to follow good...

    I agree with the sentiment, but I think it's still a good way to bootstrap tildes until we get enough original content.

    I think a good way to find original content for tildes is to follow good Twitter accounts in your area of expertise and submit links that you think are interesting for a wider audience.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What is this place in need of right now? in ~tildes

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    I wonder if tilde's focus on quality isn't backfiring a little here. I often find myself in a situation where I see a great article, but don't have anything extremely intelligent to say about it....

    It's been mentioned elsewhere, but comments on existing topics I think are even more important than more topics. I don't have any hard numbers, but looking at the Activity-AllTime sort subscribed to most groups, it seems most are <10 comments (with a handful of popular exceptions). When a user sees that kind of response activity, it really hurts motivation to post new topics; why bother finding good content and posting here if there isn't a great chance of lively discussion.

    I wonder if tilde's focus on quality isn't backfiring a little here. I often find myself in a situation where I see a great article, but don't have anything extremely intelligent to say about it. So I upvote it, move along, and watch the link quickly drown to the bottom. Meanwhile, less interesting discussion topics get a lot of activity and stay at the top for a very long time.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on What is this place in need of right now? in ~tildes

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    What's shameful about that? Right now HN is much bigger than Tildes, it's no wonder that you will find more content there.

    I often re-post something I saw on Hacker News to Tildes

    What's shameful about that? Right now HN is much bigger than Tildes, it's no wonder that you will find more content there.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on What is this place in need of right now? in ~tildes

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    One small improvement that I think would help us get more content is title suggestion, like Reddit has. It sounds a bit stupid, but I really think minimizing the amount of friction for submitting...

    One small improvement that I think would help us get more content is title suggestion, like Reddit has. It sounds a bit stupid, but I really think minimizing the amount of friction for submitting makes a difference.

    Alternatively, some sort of bookmarklet or browser extension like @NaraVara is suggesting.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Firefox Nightly on Mac OS improving battery life & performance by using CoreAnimation in ~comp

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    That's really great news. If we want Firefox to succeed, it has to be great on all major platforms.

    That's really great news. If we want Firefox to succeed, it has to be great on all major platforms.

    3 votes