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  1. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    You can get a door jammer or similar to keep people from getting in while you're there, in addition to the window bars. This won't help if you head out and leave the bike inside, though. I second...

    You can get a door jammer or similar to keep people from getting in while you're there, in addition to the window bars. This won't help if you head out and leave the bike inside, though.

    I second the camera advice, as that can help identify who tries to break in.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Idea that could change Tildes - Agree/Disagree buttons in ~tildes

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    As a relatively new user, I have not seen the comment tags in action before now. I didn't realize that they could be applied multiple times, showing counts. Given this new (to me) information, I...

    As a relatively new user, I have not seen the comment tags in action before now. I didn't realize that they could be applied multiple times, showing counts. Given this new (to me) information, I agree that the comment tags may be a good implementation for agree/disagree 'buttons.' I suppose it will have to be handled in a way that deals with all the issues that led to them being temporarily removed in the first place, though.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Idea that could change Tildes - Agree/Disagree buttons in ~tildes

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    Seeing it from this angle makes me question my comment on the other thread. On the one hand, voting should ideally be done for comments that contribute to a discussion even if you disagree with...

    Seeing it from this angle makes me question my comment on the other thread. On the one hand, voting should ideally be done for comments that contribute to a discussion even if you disagree with them. On the other, your point about requiring people that disagree to post makes sense. This does have a side effect of making a lot of topics seem adversarial, though, since people tend to vote when they agree, and only post if they disagree as discussed in the thread that inspired this one.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Idea that could change Tildes - Agree/Disagree buttons in ~tildes

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    The reason I liked this idea so much is that it makes the vote button's purpose more clear. Every time I read a comment and I agree with it, I find myself more inclined to vote on it. This isn't...

    The reason I liked this idea so much is that it makes the vote button's purpose more clear. Every time I read a comment and I agree with it, I find myself more inclined to vote on it. This isn't the stated purpose of a vote button, but that's just where my mind goes on its own. I have to force myself to think in terms of the quality of the comment and adding to a discussion when voting on things, as it doesn't feel as natural and requires more critical thinking.

    If I had the option to agree/disagree in addition to voting, it would make it easier to separate the idea of contribution to the discussion from whether I agree or disagree with the author's point. This allows for differing views to still get recognized for contributing without necessarily triggering my default reaction of wanting to vote more for the comments I agree with. It removes little mental hurdle by presenting the agreement/disagreement as a separate question from whether the comment is contributing to the discussion.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    This seems like a wonderful way to make the vote button work as intended, while giving people an option to essentially comment 'I agree.' without having to make a low effort comment. The...

    This seems like a wonderful way to make the vote button work as intended, while giving people an option to essentially comment 'I agree.' without having to make a low effort comment. The agree/disagree can give people an option to voice their support, and can show other users how the community feels about a post or comment without effecting sorting based on votes. I feel like this suggestion deserves its own thread in ~tildes.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on New Overwatch hero now playable | Wrecking Ball in ~games

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    I've only played him for a bit yesterday in no limits. It was fun, but I'm not sure what I should be doing with him in a typical match. Can you expand on how best to utilize his skills for those...

    I've only played him for a bit yesterday in no limits. It was fun, but I'm not sure what I should be doing with him in a typical match. Can you expand on how best to utilize his skills for those of us who didn't get to use him in the PTR?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The tragedy of the data commons in ~tech

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    He argues that with more data, insurance companies will raise rates for the people that will cost them more money. I don't doubt that this is true, and if left to their own devices insurance...

    He argues that with more data, insurance companies will raise rates for the people that will cost them more money. I don't doubt that this is true, and if left to their own devices insurance companies will do everything they can to make sure they continue to make as much money as possible.

    Should we then limit the amount of data available to them to prevent this? Possibly. I'd rather see the healthcare of everyone taken out of the hands of for-profit companies instead. Healthcare shouldn't be run by for-profit corporations whose main goal is to maximize profits. Actually paying for healthcare for people is explicitly against what these companies goals are. They will do everything they can to avoid it, or their profits go down, which is actually illegal due to their corporate charters.

    In the US, we are already paying more per capita in healthcare taxes than every other country in the world except for Norway1, and we still have to pay even more out of pocket just to get insurance on top of that unless we're on Medicare or Medicaid. If the goal of healthcare is to actually provide healthcare for everyone, instead of maximizing profit, increased data about people can help to accurately estimate real costs. The issue isn't that it will cost more under the current scheme if insurance companies have more data, it's that we allow these companies to profit off of our suffering, take all our tax money, and still end up going broke if we happen to break an arm.

    Stopping the for-profit insurance industry from raising rates based on non-protected data is like trying to bandage a paper cut while your leg has been cut off. Sure limiting the data they are available to use to set their prices may help a bit to even things out, but they will still do everything they can to avoid providing payment for medical services, as doing so hurts their bottom line.

    I feel that this article is right to worry about increased prices because of the availability of data, but it is only a symptom of a much larger problem. The solution should be to remove our healthcare from for-profit companies, and distribute costs fairly through taxes across all the people of this country.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Why Intel will never let owners control the ME in ~comp

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    Since it's closed source, is there any real way to know if it's actually disabled? I'm not super familiar with the x86 architecture or what, specifically, the ME/PSP does computationally, so I may...

    Since it's closed source, is there any real way to know if it's actually disabled? I'm not super familiar with the x86 architecture or what, specifically, the ME/PSP does computationally, so I may be asking a stupid question.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on The water wars of Arizona - Attracted by lax regulations, industrial agriculture has descended on a remote valley, depleting its aquifer — leaving many residents with no water at all in ~enviro

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    I live in a desert environment similar in climate to Arizona. It's actually currently not legal to collect rainwater in many of these areas, as they expect the rainfall to collect in their storm...

    I live in a desert environment similar in climate to Arizona. It's actually currently not legal to collect rainwater in many of these areas, as they expect the rainfall to collect in their storm water drainage systems and local rivers/streams and be sent to treatment facilities for domestic use. If everyone tried to collect their own water for personal use, I expect that the current system there would begin to fail even sooner.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Looking inside a used voting machine from the 2016 election in ~tech

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    There is absolutely no reason that any voting machine used should not print out a human-readable paper ballot form, which can be read by the person who voted, and deposit it in a secure ballot...

    There is absolutely no reason that any voting machine used should not print out a human-readable paper ballot form, which can be read by the person who voted, and deposit it in a secure ballot box. In all cases, a verification count of these paper ballots should be required. If this is done, it doesn't matter if the machines were hacked, because the paper ballots will show correctly to the person who voted, and auditing will catch any fraud on the part of the machine count.

    Voting is the basis of our entire system, and it is a solved problem. There is no reason for trusting only the electronic machines' count, and the auditable paper trail is a necessary and simple way to verify the accuracy of the results. Anyone arguing the costs for manual recounts are too high should consider what having democracy is worth in the first place.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update - Trailer & Release Date (August 1) in ~games

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    Thanks for this insight. If I ever pick it back up, I will try to worry less about playing the 'best' way, and see if that helps.

    Thanks for this insight. If I ever pick it back up, I will try to worry less about playing the 'best' way, and see if that helps.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update - Trailer & Release Date (August 1) in ~games

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    I really wanted to get into Stardew Valley, but I ended up getting stressed out when I played. I always felt like I would run out of time in the day, or didn't have enough stamina to do things,...

    I really wanted to get into Stardew Valley, but I ended up getting stressed out when I played. I always felt like I would run out of time in the day, or didn't have enough stamina to do things, and got frustrated. I never got to that zen-like state everyone I talk to seems to find in the game. I'm wondering if anyone else was in a similar boat when they played, or if I just don't 'get it.'

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Tech companies are structured like wealthy socialist states in ~tech

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    Thoughts like this are why I am a supporter of basic income. We need to divorce working from surviving. As automation is increasing, less and less people need to work traditional jobs to keep...

    Now that my physical and emotional needs are consistently being met, I have more time to spend thinking about ideas rather than survival.

    Thoughts like this are why I am a supporter of basic income. We need to divorce working from surviving. As automation is increasing, less and less people need to work traditional jobs to keep everyone supplied with food and shelter. The longer this trend continues, the harder it will be for everyone to find enough work to survive. If we as a society provide enough that everyone can survive as a base level (and include health care as well), then people can work only as needed to keep things running, to the benefit of all.

    If we want a to ensure a more equitable, just, and humane future, we must spend time collectively imagining alternative economic, political, and urban planning policies. What if big tech invested in developing great public schools, public transit, and affordable housing—perks that their employees and surrounding communities could benefit from? What if employers valued health, education, manufacturing and service workers equally to executives and those in STEM by extending full privileges to contingent workers throughout the supply chain? What if company policies allowed employees to share benefits beyond the nuclear family so that broader communities have access to adequate healthcare and nutritious food? What if powerful corporations institutionalized support for creatives, and not just (or especially not) those whose work serves the bottom line?

    The author asks that big companies provide these benefits, but I feel that this should be divorced from corporations and be provided by the government through taxes. Once people have their basic needs met, they can choose to work or not work as needed to whatever extent they desire. If these benefits are tied to a company, the people working for them are no longer as free to chose to stop working if conditions are unpleasant, or they want to change directions in their lives. It basically ends up where we are now with our entire life being completely beholden to our employer continuing to pay us.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on How do you listen to music? in ~music

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    I keep my music downloaded and saved in a dropbox folder across my devices (with a subset copy on my phone's SD card) so I can listen to my music on any device I own without needing to rely on the...

    I keep my music downloaded and saved in a dropbox folder across my devices (with a subset copy on my phone's SD card) so I can listen to my music on any device I own without needing to rely on the internet. I use foobar2000 as my player, as I have done for a long, long time, and I keep the executable and playlists in dropbox as well so it syncs across my devices.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Show Number of New Comments on Previously Visited Posts? in ~tildes

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    Well, thanks for the speedy response, and sorry to have made a whole topic for something I probably should have seen before posting.

    Well, thanks for the speedy response, and sorry to have made a whole topic for something I probably should have seen before posting.

    4 votes
  16. Show Number of New Comments on Previously Visited Posts?

    Would there be a way to show the number of new posts on a topic since the last time you read it? I find a lot of threads tend to linger for a couple days, and I forget how many comments there were...

    Would there be a way to show the number of new posts on a topic since the last time you read it? I find a lot of threads tend to linger for a couple days, and I forget how many comments there were the last time I checked. It would be awesome if it could display something like '10 Comments (2 new)' on a topic I'd visited before.

    It would also be awesome if there was a way to highlight the new comments on the page when you click through as well to make it easier to find them.

    P.S.: Sorry if this has been covered somewhere else. Still not sure what the best way to find old topics without manually reading every post is.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Are there any other HAMs around here? in ~tech

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    For me I just enjoy learning how radio works, and realizing what's going on around us that we can't see. It's neat to find out all the police/emergency frequencies, air traffic control, cell...

    For me I just enjoy learning how radio works, and realizing what's going on around us that we can't see. It's neat to find out all the police/emergency frequencies, air traffic control, cell phone/pager traffic, airplane GPS data, etc. are just floating out there waiting to be received by anyone who knows to look for them.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Are there any other HAMs around here? in ~tech

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    Ham here, general license. I've got a copper cactus 2m/70cm antenna on my roof, and a clear view to a bunch of nearby repeaters. I rarely use that though, unless I know in advance someone wants to...

    Ham here, general license. I've got a copper cactus 2m/70cm antenna on my roof, and a clear view to a bunch of nearby repeaters. I rarely use that though, unless I know in advance someone wants to chat with me on there.

    I recently built a uBitX and had some fun messing around with it until my 20m dipole broke. Still need to fix that. I want to mess around with digital modes on there once it's working again. I've heard good things about FT-8.

    I also have a few RTL-SDR dongles and a LimeSDR Mini I mess around with. I've done some ADS-B and plane mapping, as I live near a major airport it's fun to see all the planes flying right over my house as they land. I'd like to take some time and learn more about gnu-radio and sending signals and digital modes with the LimeSDR Mini, not just receiving.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Google hit with 4.3bn euro Android fine from EU in ~news

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    The play store is the ubiquitous gateway to downloading and installing all the other apps people are familiar with. I'd never heard of Aptoide before your post, so I will need to look into that,...

    Why should Google be forced to allow manufacturers to use the play store, though?

    The play store is the ubiquitous gateway to downloading and installing all the other apps people are familiar with. I'd never heard of Aptoide before your post, so I will need to look into that, but F-Droid only supports Open Source Software if I remember right, and not all the apps people are used to being able to find like Angry Birds or Candy crush, which makes it not equivalent.

    Android as an OS also doesn't allow installation of manual apk files without enabling it in the settings, so bypassing the store entirely is also beyond the reach of an average phone user who, for the most part, uses whatever default buttons are on the home screen when they buy the phone.

    Is a default search engine really anti-competitive? Those who care will always change the search engine, those who don't aren't interested in using the competition.

    Most phone users won't even realize that the decision was made for them. If there's a default search, they'll use that and think it's just part of the phone. Users who are technical enough to realize google is being used when they'd rather use duckduckgo or bing are likely capable of changing the defaults, I agree. The average phone user, my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., would never even realize that a choice had been made on their behalf when they bought the phone.

    This is similar to the anti-trust suits against Microsoft back when Internet Explorer was the default installed browser on Windows. Most people using the OS would never even realize they had another option, they just clicked in the 'blue e' to get to the internet. The EU required Microsoft to offer the option of alternatives to IE when installing windows on your first login as a solution.

    The ruling in this case wasn't even as strict towards google as the microsoft ruling previously. They only want to allow phone sellers to select search engines and browsers independently from google's contractual requirements and use the play store as well. That would allow phone providers to offer options to people, without dictating what those options are. They could even select google search and chrome if they wanted to.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on A layperson's introduction to spintronics in ~science

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    Thanks for this explanation of the physics of spin transistors. I found it very interesting. I've got a bit of a self taught electronics background, so I'm going based on what little I've learned...

    Thanks for this explanation of the physics of spin transistors. I found it very interesting. I've got a bit of a self taught electronics background, so I'm going based on what little I've learned of electronics so far. I'm curious how these Spin transistors compare in electrical characteristics to traditional transistors, both NPN/PNP and MOSFETs.

    Do these have an amplifying region like a traditional transistor, or are they only useful as an on/off switch?

    Are their current limits comparable to MOSFETs or Solid State Relays for driving larger loads off microcontrollers logic pins, or are they useful only as logic transistors to be included in MCUs die designs as a power reducing option compared to traditional silicone transistors?

    1 vote