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  1. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    But beware, it's hard on the chain and gears. I've broken two chains like this and it's seriously uncomfortable. All that body weight suddenly unsupported -- smashed my nuts both times.

    But beware, it's hard on the chain and gears. I've broken two chains like this and it's seriously uncomfortable. All that body weight suddenly unsupported -- smashed my nuts both times.

  2. Comment on Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles in ~tech

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    I mean I've never hit anything while reversing that could transfer paint. For one most bumpers are plastic, but it's also super rare, only happened to me while not paying attention (it was a...

    Your parking neighbor will likely be just as angry no matter how slowly you transfer paint 😁

    I mean I've never hit anything while reversing that could transfer paint. For one most bumpers are plastic, but it's also super rare, only happened to me while not paying attention (it was a wooden post), not sure a camera would have changed that aspect.

    I think the point is, a mistake while parking is not life threatening, but fiddling with a touch screen for a couple seconds too many and you've got increased risk of a pretty serious accident. So much about the interior design of a car is focused around making it usable without looking, touch screens just don't mesh with that.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles in ~tech

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    There is no reason you can't have both. Tactile buttons and a screen for displaying rear-view camera/gps info. Masda talks about how they placed the screen at a more comfortable location for...

    There is no reason you can't have both. Tactile buttons and a screen for displaying rear-view camera/gps info. Masda talks about how they placed the screen at a more comfortable location for viewing which also put it at an inaccessible spot for a touch screen.

    I've never used a camera to park but doesn't it feel weird facing the wrong way. Also no peripheral vision what so ever when looking at the screen, to check blind spots you'd still need to still keep your head on a constant swivel -- no change there. But I will admit it seems very useful for parallel parking, when trying to get that last inch of space. But here the solution is just to go slow, which is generally safer.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Coincidently, just a few days ago I had noticed how a couple of the zippers from different brands all had that YKK cast into them. Though it was wired this one company had a monopoly on such a...

    Coincidently, just a few days ago I had noticed how a couple of the zippers from different brands all had that YKK cast into them. Though it was wired this one company had a monopoly on such a popular/common thing -- guess it makes sense really, if they do it well.

    Just checked and sure enough the one Nike hoody I've got has their own swoosh on the zipper.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    I thought of that, but concluded you can't really hid this information anyway, if people want it they will always find workarounds, most likely in extensions. My point being, it's best to design...

    I thought of that, but concluded you can't really hid this information anyway, if people want it they will always find workarounds, most likely in extensions. My point being, it's best to design the feature so it's the most useful for those who actually want it, rather then compromising a solution just to make it harder to circumvent.

    That said I kind of like the idea of having votes only visible after a vote has been cast, makes ~ distinct from other vote based link sharing sites out there.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Fermi problem game thread in ~misc

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    Ah, yes ofc. I accounted for the % when doing my calculation above this, but forgot to do it here. whoops. Yeah, also it could be that I just lucky with my screen sample. It's a pretty tiny sample...

    Ah, yes ofc. I accounted for the % when doing my calculation above this, but forgot to do it here. whoops.

    Yeah, also it could be that I just lucky with my screen sample. It's a pretty tiny sample size after all.

  7. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    I kind of miss not knowing. But also see the value, tough decisions. Maybe have the vote counts hidden for a first time viewing, when seeing the comment for a second time; this triggers the vote...

    I kind of miss not knowing. But also see the value, tough decisions.

    Maybe have the vote counts hidden for a first time viewing, when seeing the comment for a second time; this triggers the vote to be displayed. Using the same system as highlighted comments.

    It kind of treats vote counts like a movie spoiler, but once you've seen the comment it doesn't matter.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Fermi problem game thread in ~misc

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    Damn, well nice one. I'll try finish it off with some completely anecdotal evidence from the devices I've had contact with for the last 5 years. I can think of 6 screens at average of 1.2 million...

    Damn, well nice one.

    I'll try finish it off with some completely anecdotal evidence from the devices I've had contact with for the last 5 years. I can think of 6 screens at average of 1.2 million pixels per device, 7.2*10^6 total pixels.

    These run for lets say an average of 12 hours a day. That's 2.2*10^3 hours of running time.

    I noticed dead pixels on two devices. That's 2.7^10-5% of the pixels that died over 2.2 thousand hours of running time.

    An average of 1.3*10^-8 percent of the pixels under my watch die every hour.

    Lets scale it up to the entire world 1.3*10^-8% of the worlds pixels is 9*10^7 pixels, 90 million die every hour.

    Finally we get 2.2*10^9, or simply 2.2 billion pixels die every single day.


    It's interesting how similar the two figures are to each other, 1.2 billion that are dead vs my 2.2 that die each day, yet so massively different in scope.

    Though I took, 1.25*10^-5% of 7 trillion and got 89.2 billion dead pixels, my guess if you dropped a couple 0s while using the rounded figure.

    At my pixel death rate it would take 40 years to fill the dead pixel quota which is probably a bit high for an expected lifetime of a device. The logic being that after 40 years all devices are renewed, so the rate of pixel deaths need to be able to reach that point.

    I'm just shocked these two independently found figures produce a number so reasonable, considering the gymnastics involved getting there.

  9. Comment on Fermi problem game thread in ~misc

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    How many pixels die each day? Anything counts as a pixel, be it a CRT or Projector (do these two even die?), LCD, OLED or just a straight up LED in one of those massive outdoor displays. We...

    How many pixels die each day?

    Anything counts as a pixel, be it a CRT or Projector (do these two even die?), LCD, OLED or just a straight up LED in one of those massive outdoor displays.

    We discount dead displays, just looking for pixels or sections of pixels that die but leave the display otherwise functional.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    I like ~rainbow because it also works nicely for any subcategories, ~rainbow.lesbian, .gay etc. Much more elegant then ~lgbt.gay where gay is kind of repeated twice here. That said I'm not sure if...

    I like ~rainbow because it also works nicely for any subcategories, ~rainbow.lesbian, .gay etc. Much more elegant then ~lgbt.gay where gay is kind of repeated twice here. That said I'm not sure if a subcategory is even all that useful.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey in ~tech

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    At 7:14 he talks about incentives on the platform, the seemingly small decision made early on, like emphasising follower count and likes. As best I could type it out, there is also more...

    At 7:14 he talks about incentives on the platform, the seemingly small decision made early on, like emphasising follower count and likes.

    If had to start the service again, I would not emphasise the follower count as much, I would not emphasise the like count as much, I don't think I would even create like in the first place.

    As best I could type it out, there is also more interesting stuff thought out the talk. Overall very topical with what's happening here with this hidden vote numbers experiment.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Are the notes played here essentially random? in ~music

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    This ted talk about writing a repetition free piece of music might be interesting to you.

    This ted talk about writing a repetition free piece of music might be interesting to you.

  13. Comment on When is validation good/bad? in ~talk

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    I mean validation is baked in to just about every human interaction. You read body language, tone, etc all to get a sense of how you're being perceived and if what you say is in fact...

    I mean validation is baked in to just about every human interaction. You read body language, tone, etc all to get a sense of how you're being perceived and if what you say is in fact worthwhile/interesting. The most obnoxious people usually don't pickup on these ques or choose to ignore them.

    That said, I like this change, at least as a temporary thing, the perspective change is refreshing. Having it as a reoccurring thing every once in a while would be nice, keep it intersting/fresh.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    Man, it's a really weird experience just scrolling through the comments, I almost don't know where to look, didn't realise how much I relied on vote counts as a guide. Probably not a good habit. I...

    Man, it's a really weird experience just scrolling through the comments, I almost don't know where to look, didn't realise how much I relied on vote counts as a guide. Probably not a good habit.

    I think this would a nice if votes were disables periodically, every 6 months, once a year(?) a small reminder that votes are not that all that important and the perspective shift is refreshing.

    Also, I'm curious to see how this thread looks with the voting visible, seeing if my guesses on popular comments are correct.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    ahh, I'll admit I have not used it much -- it released on the tail end of a project I was working on and switching proved too annoying, kept getting crashes when using the live render viewport....

    ahh, I'll admit I have not used it much -- it released on the tail end of a project I was working on and switching proved too annoying, kept getting crashes when using the live render viewport.

    Hopefully they can iron out these bugs, switching toobars sound very annoying, I'm interested to get more stuck in when I need it next.

    For the N and T, I remember watching a video how the information in them had been moved to a supposedly more logical location.
    As for colour, yeah, these tiny icons on a laptop screen are pretty hard to tell apart at a glance, even just flat shading based of simple a colour pallet would go a long way and should be compatible with the various colour themes they want to support.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    Blimps and massive air ships, it would be so awesome to go on slow cruses through the skies, awesome vistas. Can't think of a cooler mode of transport. Shame our atmosphere is not thicker, we...

    Blimps and massive air ships, it would be so awesome to go on slow cruses through the skies, awesome vistas. Can't think of a cooler mode of transport.

    Shame our atmosphere is not thicker, we could totally have had this steampunk staple a reality.

    Fingers crossed we colonise Venus's clouds in a reasonable timeframe.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    Have you seen the new 2.8 version? it's nuts how good it looks, ui is ever slicker, but they got rid of--really removed as default--the seriously confusing, yet somehow endearing, left click to...

    Have you seen the new 2.8 version? it's nuts how good it looks, ui is ever slicker, but they got rid of--really removed as default--the seriously confusing, yet somehow endearing, left click to place origin.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    This remind me of that OS built by one guy, grail os, holy.. can't remember. But it had a similar approach with everything being built form the ground up and connected, editable etc. EDIT: Found...

    This remind me of that OS built by one guy, grail os, holy.. can't remember. But it had a similar approach with everything being built form the ground up and connected, editable etc.

    EDIT: Found it, it's called TempleOS, the guy was eccentric but he had a vision and it's kind of brilliant.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on In your opinion, which attractive or mystifying technological concepts or advancement will never become popular? in ~tech

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    Surly if apple saw a future in it they would have already.

    Surly if apple saw a future in it they would have already.