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  1. Comment on Webcams in ~talk

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    Yep! I have my grandfather's laptop from 1996 and it has a webcam. It even (mostly) works, or did the last time I booted it up!

    You're also wrong about laptops as well. Again, sure they were not mainstream consumer products in the 90s, but a great many businesses used them.

    Yep! I have my grandfather's laptop from 1996 and it has a webcam. It even (mostly) works, or did the last time I booted it up!

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What are some exceptions to general statements that you find noteworthy? in ~talk

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    Okay so let's say you have a paint color that's "light green". You don't know which of the 1000 (maybe more than there would be) greens there are in the store. You could start at the lightest...

    Okay so let's say you have a paint color that's "light green". You don't know which of the 1000 (maybe more than there would be) greens there are in the store.

    You could start at the lightest green, nearly white, and move forward until you reach the correct color. That would be at least several hundred comparisons.

    Or, assuming they're sorted already in the store, you could start at the middle color. If that color was too dark, you'd go halfway towards the light end and compare there. If that's too dark, go halfway from there to the light end; if it's too dark, go halfway back to the middle. Repeat ~7 to 10 times and you've got your color.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What are some exceptions to general statements that you find noteworthy? in ~talk

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    Right! I think they should be taught about binary search.

    For the general population, I agree; but I don't think they're being taught this, right?

    Right! I think they should be taught about binary search.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Interesting. You could probably frame that as a violation of the CFAA (if they succeeded).

    Interesting. You could probably frame that as a violation of the CFAA (if they succeeded).

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are some exceptions to general statements that you find noteworthy? in ~talk

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    This is a good example! But I actually meant processing data with your brain - no external hardware involved.

    This is a good example! But I actually meant processing data with your brain - no external hardware involved.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Wow. That sucks!

    Wow. That sucks!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    How does this work if you have a wireless network with WPA or other security?

    Per the HN discussion, many peoples tvs have apparently connected themselves to the internet without prompting/permission.

    How does this work if you have a wireless network with WPA or other security?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are some exceptions to general statements that you find noteworthy? in ~talk

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    It's almost never necessary to know "computer science" topics - data structures and algorithms, things like the lookup characteristics of hash tables, what a trie is, how to reverse a linked list,...

    It's almost never necessary to know "computer science" topics - data structures and algorithms, things like the lookup characteristics of hash tables, what a trie is, how to reverse a linked list, etc - in daily life. We simply don't work with enough information on a day to day basis (without using software that's already handled this for us) for an O(n) algorithm to do much better than an O(n^2) or even an O(n^m) algorithm, especially if the slower-growing one has a high initial cost.

    However, binary search vs. linear search can cut a search across a thousand ordered items - say, looking through a thousand colors to find the one that matches - to just ten comparisons at most. Rather than, on average, having to compare your chosen color to 500 paint swatches, if they're in order, you could compare it just 7 to 10 times.

    Really useful!

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    It's really turn-key in and of itself but modern browsers, and increasingly a lot of embedded devices, are starting to use DoH to get around this kind of thing. You'll have to do something...

    It's really turn-key in and of itself but modern browsers, and increasingly a lot of embedded devices, are starting to use DoH to get around this kind of thing. You'll have to do something "technical" to actually direct those devices to use your PiHole server.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Right, you've nailed the issue. Yes, you can have a router which includes DNS filtering technology, but that's precisely the configuration DoH is designed to get around. ISPs and governments...

    Right, you've nailed the issue. Yes, you can have a router which includes DNS filtering technology, but that's precisely the configuration DoH is designed to get around. ISPs and governments filtering or monitoring DNS look just the same as you doing so on your own network.

    No matter how you set up the network, Chrome and Firefox will ignore those settings unless you do something "technical" to either turn off DoH or run your own DoH server and configure that.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Unfortunately, thanks to the way devices and browsers pick up DNS settings (which is how PiHole does its blocking), that's not really possible.

    Is there something like the Pi-hole, but turnkey and usable by non-techy people?

    Unfortunately, thanks to the way devices and browsers pick up DNS settings (which is how PiHole does its blocking), that's not really possible.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on How do you practice authenticity? in ~life

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    I am deeply skeptical of the utility of the concept of a "self" that is continuous in any meaningful way through time. I am not who I was ten years ago, certainly, but I'm almost as sure that I'm...

    I am deeply skeptical of the utility of the concept of a "self" that is continuous in any meaningful way through time. I am not who I was ten years ago, certainly, but I'm almost as sure that I'm not who I was an hour ago, having done many things in that time.

    If there is no self to be authentic to, then as @nacho, suggests, building a set of values, which you can translate into action consciously and by building habits of practice, might be the way to go.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on The melancholy decline of the semicolon in ~humanities

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    For the uneducated, what's up with UnHerd?

    For the uneducated, what's up with UnHerd?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The melancholy decline of the semicolon in ~humanities

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    I, for one, am wholeheartedly in favor of the use of semicolons in short messages, which is of course what they mean by social media; after all, what better way to prolong the reader's attention...

    Lancaster’s linguists believe that the end of the semicolon, along with shrinking sentence lengths in novels, is a reflection of a society addicted to social media.

    I, for one, am wholeheartedly in favor of the use of semicolons in short messages, which is of course what they mean by social media; after all, what better way to prolong the reader's attention to your 240 characters than a pause?

    12 votes
  15. Comment on The handwavy technobabble nothingburger of cryptocurrency in ~finance

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    Yes, I agree with you. I'm not saying it's good now, I'm just saying it's not an inherently bad idea to have some kind of less-regulated currency that isn't cash.

    Yes, I agree with you. I'm not saying it's good now, I'm just saying it's not an inherently bad idea to have some kind of less-regulated currency that isn't cash.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on The handwavy technobabble nothingburger of cryptocurrency in ~finance

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    I think we could have built a digital currency ecosystem that allowed people doing legal things which PayPal and Stripe don't like (legal sex work, for instance) to transact business while not...

    I think we could have built a digital currency ecosystem that allowed people doing legal things which PayPal and Stripe don't like (legal sex work, for instance) to transact business while not creating a wildly fluctuating speculative asset. I don't think bwr could now - the well has been thoroughly poisoned - but that's what I was working towards when I got into Bitcoin in 2012 or so.

    9 votes
  17. Why do we use Tildes?

    I'm not sure if this goes here or in ~talk, so if it needs moved, that's fine. I've been thinking a lot, lately, about why I use Tildes. As noted in my bio, I left Tildes for an extended period of...

    I'm not sure if this goes here or in ~talk, so if it needs moved, that's fine.


    I've been thinking a lot, lately, about why I use Tildes.

    As noted in my bio, I left Tildes for an extended period of time, after getting embroiled in some heavy arguments that, in the scheme of things, didn't matter. Such arguments consistently make me feel worse; I get into them on this account, too, though I do try to use uBlock Origin and the tag filter to keep out of the threads that will most obviously affect me.

    But I can't seem to leave Tildes entirely. Even when I log out on all devices, I keep opening the site. Even when I had no account, I kept typing til<Enter> in the address bar and coming back.

    So, why?

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    First, Tildes is what I love about the web. It's complete but uncluttered; it's featureful but not bloated; it uses client-side interactivity to improve the experience but does not break or reimpement default browser functionality. Overall, it's a good piece of software, designed to create, catalog, and discuss documents, like God Tim Berners-Lee intended.

    Second, and more important, Tildes is a community. It's a community like my college dorm was a community; I know people here, and while I definitely don't like all of them, I recognize the personalities behind the names. Leaving, and diving mostly back into the world of Twitter and Mastodon where conversations are short, ephemeral, and deeply restricted, feels like losing relationships, no matter how damaging and negative some of those relationships are.

    I don't know if gaining this understanding means I'll be able to - or even want to - drop the site again. We'll see. But I would love to know why y'all use it. Is it a community for you, too?

    42 votes
  18. Comment on John McWhorter: ‘Woke racism’ has betrayed Black America in ~humanities

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    I fail to see how this is related.

    a slim subset of the population who were basically exiled from Tumblr when they banned porn

    I fail to see how this is related.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    Yeah. That's fine if that's how you're using the words, it wasn't how I was using them and also isn't how people actually use them ("white passing" is a thing because black people can look white),...

    Yeah. That's fine if that's how you're using the words, it wasn't how I was using them and also isn't how people actually use them ("white passing" is a thing because black people can look white), but I think we each understand the other now.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    Ahh, see, this I do disagree with. "white" has never historically had a meaning outside of what you call capital-W Whiteness, and trying to discuss it in that way isn't particularly useful. You're...

    We can talk about white people without talking about Whiteness and vice versa -- so when your point references white nations my mind doesn't jump to Whiteness but rather whites.

    Ahh, see, this I do disagree with. "white" has never historically had a meaning outside of what you call capital-W Whiteness, and trying to discuss it in that way isn't particularly useful. You're right that we need to agree we're not talking about a genetic predisposition, but I would hope that's a shared assumption among Tildes users?

    1 vote