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  1. Comment on Dumbdown - The dumb alternative to markdown in ~comp

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    Indeed, and I think no syntax highlighting would help here. It is by nature verbose-y because it uses plain keywords instead of symbols. Markdown is great because it is readable without rendering....

    Indeed, and I think no syntax highlighting would help here. It is by nature verbose-y because it uses plain keywords instead of symbols. Markdown is great because it is readable without rendering. I used to format my college notes on Markdown simply because of that, and if needed, I would output it to a rendered PDF for my friends.

    I can bat an eye on a Markdown document and see a clear division between content, but with Dumbdown, it is either keywords or (from what people have proposed in the issue tracker) letters. Any large document would be a pain to read because the keywords would be hidden by the text itself.

    It is a nice idea and IMO it could be a great introduction to markup languages but as the current prototype goes, it can't be a good Markdown replacement or alternative.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on On the graying of GNOME in ~comp

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    In my opinion, contributing to GNOME now is harder than it used to be before due to this conservative approach. You'll have to discuss a bit before getting your code approved, which alienates...

    In my opinion, contributing to GNOME now is harder than it used to be before due to this conservative approach. You'll have to discuss a bit before getting your code approved, which alienates one-off contributors. And I say this as someone who really likes the GNOME workflow (even though I fight with it sometimes).

    One of the things that make Plasma's development seem more active is the weekly "This week in KDE" which shows what's going on behind the scenes. GNOME has something similar but it is either monthly or bi-weekly, and it isn't as unified as KDE's equivalent: KDE puts all apps in a single article, meanwhile you have different blogs for GNOME Web or GNOME Games.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~games

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    Although the launch was flawed as one can be, this feels like disproportionate retribution. Sucks for anyone who wants to get the game now but cannot due to this.

    Although the launch was flawed as one can be, this feels like disproportionate retribution. Sucks for anyone who wants to get the game now but cannot due to this.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~games

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    I'm glad the Glowsquid won, it really fits in the style of the Cave Update's new stuff, as it has the same glow as the Warden and the terrain in its base, as matter of fact. I think it has some...

    I'm glad the Glowsquid won, it really fits in the style of the Cave Update's new stuff, as it has the same glow as the Warden and the terrain in its base, as matter of fact. I think it has some effect, as shown by the "hypnotizing" thing, I doubt it was just for jokes.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Why can’t we just hold classes outdoors instead? in ~life

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    Right now it is cold and rainy here in São Paulo, plus the city is pretty packed-in as it is, outdoor classes are a pipe dream here and in any megametropolis IMO. I studied in a public school and...

    Right now it is cold and rainy here in São Paulo, plus the city is pretty packed-in as it is, outdoor classes are a pipe dream here and in any megametropolis IMO.

    I studied in a public school and it was overcrowded already, with around 35 to 40 students in a single classroom, multiply that by 8 to 12 rooms per grade, and multiply that by 2 or 3 grades and you have around 800-1200 students in the same school at the same time, the cafeteria definitely didn't have enough space for all students nor the covered gym area.

    Unless the weather is perfect and there is enough space for all students, this is as impossible as it gets. Right now, the state education system is broadcasting classes over the internet and over TV, while the school teachers back that material up with their own subjects. For something made up in a hurry, it is somewhat okay.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    And replacing it with a somewhat more invasive system, it seems.

    And replacing it with a somewhat more invasive system, it seems.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

    Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

    Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile. Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam...

    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile.

    Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam account is set to Brazil, which has regional pricing.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    This sounds off, we are obligated to register to get a voting ID (Título de Eleitor), no? And the previously mentioned voter ID (Tïtulo de Eleitor). The coolest thing about our system IMO,...

    Voter registration: none ,unless you're between 16 and 18 and wanot to vote.

    This sounds off, we are obligated to register to get a voting ID (Título de Eleitor), no?

    Required documents for voting: any document with a photo

    And the previously mentioned voter ID (Tïtulo de Eleitor).

    Options for voting: DRE voting machine.

    The coolest thing about our system IMO, although...

    Extra info:

    The electronic voting machine isn't very transparent, it is a closed source blackbox built on top of Linux, it doesn't emit proof of whom you have voted for (they say this is for vote secrecy, but it is used to cast doubts on the system).
    Furthermore, obligatory voting isn't very effective, as most Brazilians aren't interested in voting for most candidates except for executive positions (Mayor, Governor and President), this ends up with them voting for any Joe Schmoe on legislative branches, mostly those who throw pieces of papers with their number near people's voting zone.
    And last, but not least, people usually give "strategic votes": by their logic, it is either candidate X or Y who will win, so they don't vote for candidate A, B, C thinking it is useless. This is why you don't see smaller parties getting to executive positions or getting to "second-half".

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    For transportation, SkyScraperCity is my go to. I am a big fan of São Paulo's metropolitan transport network (aka train and subway), and I usually keep an eye there for news, there's also some...

    For transportation, SkyScraperCity is my go to.

    I am a big fan of São Paulo's metropolitan transport network (aka train and subway), and I usually keep an eye there for news, there's also some meaningful discussions and possibility strategies, with a bit of insider info every now and then.

    Every now and then I also read about São Paulo's local bus system there too.

  12. Comment on What are some good Mobile Home Pages? in ~talk

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    If I remember correctly, you are able to access files from Chrome through the file:// URI. Just remember that you need a third slash for root. To access your phone's internal storage,...

    If I remember correctly, you are able to access files from Chrome through the file:// URI. Just remember that you need a third slash for root. To access your phone's internal storage, file:///sdcard/ should work.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Budget smartphones - apparently there are good options. Opinions and recommendations? in ~tech

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    The thing about those articles is that they are often US-based, skipping on decent budget options like Xiaomi's Redmi line because they don't work on US bands. I did like the criteria used on this...

    The thing about those articles is that they are often US-based, skipping on decent budget options like Xiaomi's Redmi line because they don't work on US bands. I did like the criteria used on this article to pick the devices they picked and how they bought up that sometimes you are going to hit shady stuff on the cheaper devices from unknown/no-name companies.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others in ~finance

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    Isn't decentralization one of the advantages of cryptocurrency? It doesn't make sense to have a cryptocurrency where Facebook will meddle in. Plus there's the obvious elephant in the room, privacy.

    Isn't decentralization one of the advantages of cryptocurrency? It doesn't make sense to have a cryptocurrency where Facebook will meddle in.

    Plus there's the obvious elephant in the room, privacy.

  15. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    My problems boil down to: Killing open source apps for closed Googleware, locking down APIs. Baking in an Assistant instead of keeping the OS minimal Using AI instead of letting me choose how the...

    My problems boil down to:

    • Killing open source apps for closed Googleware, locking down APIs.
    • Baking in an Assistant instead of keeping the OS minimal
    • Using AI instead of letting me choose how the app should behave (I do believe I still can manually configure power savings per app)
    • Killing UI customization and forcing the new UI

    They broke rootless Substratum intentionally, some dropped/frozen AOSP apps just don't have a decent alternative (AOSP Keyboard is the best FOSS keyboard currently, and it lacks swype if you don't install a closed Google lib), microG is wonky on Oreo+ due to deprecation of old APIs, more and more APIs are behind GApps, etc. I just dislike the direction they are heading in, and this old article sums up my opinion well.

    I likely will end up updating to Pie some day, I can't use an old version forever after all, but I am in no rush to update until I can confirm I can set it up my own way. It is mostly privacy concerns and complains over the UI for sure, so I might as well be wrong.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    Security patches can be backported, that's how LineageOS does for their 14.1 devices, furthermore, I dislike how Google keeps releasing things as a new feature for Android when in reality it is...

    Security patches can be backported, that's how LineageOS does for their 14.1 devices, furthermore, I dislike how Google keeps releasing things as a new feature for Android when in reality it is just GApps, it feels like a "scam", for lack of a better word, and shows how little they care for AOSP, specially when they actively dropped AOSP apps or left them to bit rot, we used to have:

    • AOSP E-mail (Replaced by Gmail/Inbox),
    • AOSP Music (Replaced by Google Play Music, which is being replaced by YouTube Music now AFAIK)
    • AOSP Browser (WebView frontend, replaced by Google Chrome)
    • AOSP Gallery (Replaced by Google Photos)

    Just to name a few, plus stuff like the keyboard used to be updated (Not sure if they updated it to match Pie's new visual design). Sure, you can argue that they aren't taking away those new features, but one can also argue they should have been part of AOSP, even if crippled in some way.

    Also most Pie features here are change for the sake of change, the only things I wanted from Pie are the better privacy settings (logs are restricted and behind permissions now, for example), DNS over TLS and Vulkan 1.1 support, I don't need any "AI" trying to outsmart me or an oversized new UI using the latest fad available.

    I never thought I would feel this way with an Android update, but to be honest, Nougat was the latest update I truly liked and Oreo had some significant improvements for me to move to it, and I doubt my Redmi Note 3 will get a stable Pie port anytime soon, Marshmallow blobs can only take one so far.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    Seems like most of its new features are reliant on GApps, again. Ech, I think I will stay on Oreo for as long as I can.

    Seems like most of its new features are reliant on GApps, again. Ech, I think I will stay on Oreo for as long as I can.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What operating system do you use? in ~comp

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    Fedora, FreeBSD, NetBSD and regrettably, Windows 10 for games I can't get running at all on Linux.

    Fedora, FreeBSD, NetBSD and regrettably, Windows 10 for games I can't get running at all on Linux.

    1 vote