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  1. Comment on Server-Side Rendering is a Thiel Truth in ~comp

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    I think there is a lot of confusion about the differences between a "classic website" (aka server web app) a "SPA" or Single Page App (aka client web app) a "PWA" or Progressive Web App (which are...

    I think there is a lot of confusion about the differences between

    • a "classic website" (aka server web app)
    • a "SPA" or Single Page App (aka client web app)
    • a "PWA" or Progressive Web App (which are just a set of standards to follow)

    ... and I also think that the word "app" doesn't carry any meaningful meaning anymore, because depending the context or who are you talking to it can mean a different think (like, in Django, which arguably can be said is a framework to build webapps server-side, you create/install "apps" instead of components or libraries or modules.

    Like for example when the author said:

    server-side rendering is a better choice for many applications

    I wasn't sure if he was referring to use Laravel or use Angular Universal.


    Now, IMO, each project should be build with the appropriate tool, for example:

    • if you are building an API, probably you'll want to go with Django Rest Framework
    • if you are building a blog that's gonna have multiple authors, maybe use Wordpress or Ghost
    • if you are building an online-cv or a brand brochure a simple static site would work
    • if you are building something where the user is going to generate the content by doing a lot of interactions, then Vue is a good choice
    • etc
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  2. Comment on The Good Place S04E12 - "Patty" in ~tv

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    I believe that they are going to tackle existentialism and are going for the idea that life doesn't have meaning and wanting to enter paradise (and avoid hell) is not what we should seek. Because...

    I believe that they are going to tackle existentialism and are going for the idea that life doesn't have meaning and wanting to enter paradise (and avoid hell) is not what we should seek. Because we give ourselves meaning by the relations that we have and how we choose to spend our limited resources (like time).

    Otherwise this concept of The Good Place is flawed, because any philosopher could have thought about the problem of leaving to define self meaning to ourselves. If this were a real Good Place it should give meaning to everyone that couldn't create it for themselves, it should adapt and change it giving everyone constant and eternal wonder and enjoyment. If True Freedom is a problem (as in, a cause of pain) then True Freedom shouldn't exist in The Good Place.

    I like that they seem to be going for the idea that "you shouldn't seek meaning anywhere but in yourself". Like there's nothing external that could give you true meaning. What I don't like is that the solution to this flawed Good Place is to end existence.

    Maybe in the grand finale they'll come out with an idea similar to The Egg, and crossing the door would mean forget everything and start over. One thing they never explained was where new people came from, so there is a possibility.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What piece of media had a profound emotional effect on you? in ~talk

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    Inside Out. I don't think I can watch that film without crying. At this point I have like a pavlovian response and every time I hear the first notes of the music theme I start smiling. It's a very...

    Inside Out. I don't think I can watch that film without crying. At this point I have like a pavlovian response and every time I hear the first notes of the music theme I start smiling. It's a very beautiful movie.

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

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    I'm late to the party but since nobody already mentioned it: I'm using Terminator with zsh with zim (with pure prompt). This combination is the more functional, fastest and pretty I could found.

    I'm late to the party but since nobody already mentioned it:

    I'm using Terminator with zsh with zim (with pure prompt). This combination is the more functional, fastest and pretty I could found.

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  5. Comment on We Need An Alternative To Medium, And It’s Not Wordpress in ~tech

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    To be honest there is something that I don't understand about why so many technically inclined people use Medium as their blogging platform. If you are not going to care that you cannot theme your...

    To be honest there is something that I don't understand about why so many technically inclined people use Medium as their blogging platform.

    If you are not going to care that you cannot theme your content, why not just host your own instance of something like Hugo, Ghost, Jekyll, Nuxt, Middleman, etc. Use the default theme and change the logo and its done.

    I understand if you are not tech savvy they make it very easy to just write there and use their hyped network to gain attention. But I assume that If you are dissecting a framework or a library or a programming language to explain some intricate or less known functionality you know how to host your own blog.

    And SEO is not that hard if you are being honest with your work.

    I'm really curious about how much money they contributors get through the partnership program. Because is the only reason I can think of for people to choose them, but since I never used it I don't know how much of a difference can be.


    Personally one thing I'm starting to get tired of from sites like Medium is that they seem to develop with a "mobile-only" mentality. Is not only the overused white space, it's also the size of fonts, paragraphs, images, headers, popups, etc. All sizing on desktop seems off, not only spacing.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What's a cheap laptop that works well with Linux and is available wordwide? in ~tech

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    As a counter argument I can offer my experience. I have a Yoga 710 (14IKB) from 2016, now discontinued, running Fedora from the start and e v e r y t h i n g works perfectly out of the box. And I...

    As a counter argument I can offer my experience.

    I have a Yoga 710 (14IKB) from 2016, now discontinued, running Fedora from the start and e v e r y t h i n g works perfectly out of the box. And I mean everything, including the orientation sensors that allow to rotate the screen automatically. Wifi, touchscreen, touchpad, webcam, external hdmi, audio, usb 3, bluetooth, card reader, orientation sensors, virtualization tech from the cpu, bumblebee/optimus for the gpu... everything. Including hibernation and suspension.

    I use it mainly as a on-the-move working environment for web development and sysadmin stuff and never had a problem with the hardware and this combination of OS/software.

    And the best is that the battery runs for between 6 to 10 hs. For example, if I'm testing deployments locally using several vms running a lot of containers it's more like 6 hs... but if I'm just coding or accessing remote servers I can squeeze almost 10 hs.

    But overall I agree with the sentiment that Lenovo notebooks are excellent.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Which sci-fi series would you recommend? in ~movies

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    Fringe: It's a tv series similar to X-Files but less dark. John Noble is incredible in this show. The first season is a little rough but seasons 2, 3 and 4 are solid. Season 5 (finale) has a very...

    Fringe: It's a tv series similar to X-Files but less dark. John Noble is incredible in this show. The first season is a little rough but seasons 2, 3 and 4 are solid. Season 5 (finale) has a very different tone because it was canceled but they give them half a season to get the plot to a conclusion and they have to rush it. They ended it... satisfactorily. Very entertaining, highly recommended.

    I recommend that you go watch the first 4 episodes without learning too much about it and see if this peaks your interest. If it does, don't try to learn anything else about this show and continue to watch it blindly because everything could be a potential spoiler.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Electron is flash for the desktop in ~comp

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    I wonder if Flutter will become the next Electron. From a developer point of view, it's a little bit painful to get started and get used to the nested widgets hell that you have to write, but once...

    I wonder if Flutter will become the next Electron. From a developer point of view, it's a little bit painful to get started and get used to the nested widgets hell that you have to write, but once you get used to it the same code base can be use to build native code for web, mobile and desktop at the same time, and that could be huge.

    I'm still curious to see specifically how performant this could be, but I guess we need to wait for a "big" popular program to appear to really see if the Dart compiler is any good for building any type of apps as they claim. But they are targeting mobile and web first specifically, so we may have to wait for a while.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What Are You Reading - Science Edition in ~science

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    One book I like to come back from time to time is Time Reborn by Lee Smolin Even if you end up disagreeing with the author the book is very well written, easy to follow, and with a lot of...

    One book I like to come back from time to time is Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

    Smolin argues for what he calls a revolutionary view that time is real, in contrast to existing scientific orthodoxy which holds that time is merely a "stubbornly persistent illusion" (Einstein's words). Smolin hypothesizes that the very laws of physics are not fixed, but that they actually evolve over time

    Even if you end up disagreeing with the author the book is very well written, easy to follow, and with a lot of interesting thoughts.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on People who work from home: what you do on your breaks? in ~life

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    I never manage to get used to the Pomodoro Technique, so right now I take breaks when finishing tasks (or subtasks) independently of the time that they take. When I'm about to change context or...

    I never manage to get used to the Pomodoro Technique, so right now I take breaks when finishing tasks (or subtasks) independently of the time that they take. When I'm about to change context or expand on an idea that's the right moment for me to take a break so when I come back I have more mental energy to stay focused.

    One thing I like to do when taking a long breaks is to take a shower, it's refreshing in more than one way. It forces you out of the pc, changes your mood and your body. And depending on the problem at hand it could be a longer shower than usual; in my case being around water for some reason helps me think.

    Other stuff could be going for a walk, do chores (inside or outside), watch a tv show (or part of it) or catch up with youtube subscriptions (anything that forces me to think in another stuff).

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm | SmarterEveryDay in ~tech

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    If you watch his previous two videos The Future of War, and How It Affects YOU (Multi-Domain Operations) - Smarter Every Day 211 Why Your Newsfeed SUCKS - Smarter Every Day 212 a very clear...

    If you watch his previous two videos

    a very clear picture forms: he is trying to make the public more aware of one of the current most important problems on the internet, make them realize how important this is, and start to take action instead of shifting the blame or stay passive.

    Now this is nothing new (for example, GCP Grey was making videos about this 7 years ago (This Video Will Make You Angry) but now seems to be the case that there is people not only trying to make you mad about trivial or superficial things but about stuff that could affect your life significantly. And while I do agree with you in that it's sorta annoying how he rapidly disregarded the problem with the platform itself, he has the intention of putting the user in the position of power, so the user can act instead of wait to someone else to solve it, and that outweighs the annoyance for me.

    PS and notice that the previous video (212) is sponsored by Google itself throughout MediaWise. And you can view this as in "Google is paying him to shift the blame" or "Google is trying to attack the issue from a different perspective". And BTW, this is not the only channel doing this: Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on The privacy paradox in ~tech

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    In the last season of South Park there were a few episodes that touch this topics very well. In S22 E06 Time To Get Cereal and E07 Nobody Got Cereal they address the unwillingness of people to...

    In the last season of South Park there were a few episodes that touch this topics very well. In S22 E06 Time To Get Cereal and E07 Nobody Got Cereal they address the unwillingness of people to change the current lifestlye even when they know that they are most probably bringing calamities to the future, and doing it because selfishness and laziness.

    But I believe that this is not that much related to the privacy issue.

    In my opinion is about the lack of knowledge of the general-population/users/consumers (as the article call us). And on that note, I believe this post is not very trustworthy. One of the statements is

    Yet despite high awareness of data scandals, an IBM survey showed most consumers don't take consequential action in response.

    (emphasis mine), with a link to another of their post on Axios that expand on that idea, but none source whatsoever. Not a link to the survey, the actual name of the survey, nothing. So that right there is a red flag for this site.

    And in my experience that statement contradicts what the normal non-tech-savvy people knows and understand about "data scandals". I do not believe that most consumers know why, how or how much this companies are recollecting of our data.

    Now on the other topic about social pressure ("_If your entire social circle is only on Facebook or similar, do you alienate yourself by switching to something else? _"), I believe sadly that you are right, but I don't know if this would hold true if the consumers were actually informed; because if the data scandals were really understood by your average Joe, that may trigger a movement like in a mob mentality style and people could switch together.

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  13. Comment on The Good Place - good or bad? in ~tv

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    I was in the same situation... I didn't really know why I keep watching it... but waiting for the middle season break to end I've watch it again trying to pay more attention and I founded it more...

    I was in the same situation... I didn't really know why I keep watching it... but waiting for the middle season break to end I've watch it again trying to pay more attention and I founded it more enjoyable and funny than the first time for some reason.

    I think that the show tries to make episodes funny around very hard topics and in the very short time they have per episode that doesn't really pays of very well unless you are really paying attention; it feels too fast paced.

    And the dorkiness of the jokes, the situation and general tone is a very heavy contrast to the philosophy and morality stuff. The repetition of having "lessons"/explications/definitions eventually kinda wears you off a little, it becomes monotonous.

    But overall I like it.

    [SPOILERS]
    And actually in the third season it became more interesting to me, because now you have the general plot of "saving humanity" besides the personal journey of each character.
    [/SPOILERS]

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Help/input wanted on a couple of updates in ~tildes.official

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    One thing that can be done for this is showing the name of the button/link as "bookmark" and add a tooltip on hover that explains what it actually does, like "save the link to check later" or...

    One thing that can be done for this is showing the name of the button/link as "bookmark" and add a tooltip on hover that explains what it actually does, like "save the link to check later" or something along those lines. It could became difficult to resolve this on mobile, tho.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Linux users: after finishing distro hopping, where did you land? in ~tech

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    I didn't distrohop too much or too often, but after tried Ubuntu (and several of their DE flavors), Mint and Mint Debian (both DEs), Debian (stable and testing), FrankenDebian (by mistake),...

    I didn't distrohop too much or too often, but after tried Ubuntu (and several of their DE flavors), Mint and Mint Debian (both DEs), Debian (stable and testing), FrankenDebian (by mistake), Centos, Antergos and Fedora, I stick with Fedora.

    I've been a sysadmin for Debian, Centos and Ubuntu and I found the problems in the "apt-distros" are (for me) more complicated to resolve than in the "rpm-distros".

    I've been using Fedora on my desktop PC since F16 (7 years ago) without any mayor problem (even having a Nvidia card) and I was very surprised that when I installed F27 in my notebook e v e r y t h i n g just worked out of the box... like even the touchscreen, orientation sensors and light sensors... that amazed me, honestly.

    Now I mostly do web development and devops work and Fedora is the sweet spot where everything is easy to install, configure and administrate. But nowadays I'm intrigued for the future because of the Silverblue project.

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  16. Comment on How do you view your participation on the Internet? in ~talk

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    I won't argue about the technical rant here because this topic is about the user experience (How do you view your participation on the Internet?) and because I kinda agree either way. But I...

    I won't argue about the technical rant here because this topic is about the user experience (How do you view your participation on the Internet?) and because I kinda agree either way.

    But I disagree with…

    They have the network effect. As with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other first-mover hosted services in their respective niches, all they had to do to gain a near monopoly was to bootstrap a proprietary, unfriendly service onto a decent fraction of the social graph

    as a chat service

    … which is one of the most saturated markets in the tech world right now. They wouldn't have gotten an inch of traction if their service wasn't any good, or what people wanted or needed.

    They integrated functionality of different other competitors in one single place that mostly works without problems (mostly) and in a cohesive way. WhatsApp/Telegram/Facebook Messenger, TeamSpeak, Slack, Overwolf, and counting…

    Taking into account their services, the user experience of Discord is way more consistent, distraction free, and bug free than in any of the competitors. They wouldn't be recommended if this were not the case. And this is what I'm arguing here. But your experience (and most people in here) seems to differ a lot from mine. It may seem that we are very different types of users.

    And in my view, they are offering a place that works like OP described are disappearing right now. Finding a new server could be described as

    … lifting a rock and finding an entirely new collective of people writing to one another about anything (complete with graphic signatures)

    You got to know people over time. It wasn’t a feed you vaguely subscribed to, […] you chose to participate

    randomness of this medium has [not] vaporized [in Discord]

    Again, is not 100% the same, but it's the closest I found.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on How do you view your participation on the Internet? in ~talk

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    I don't want to defend Discord that much, but... In the context of this conversation I don't think that this holds true. They wouldn't have a gazillion user base if their services weren't what...

    I don't want to defend Discord that much, but...

    (Discord) prevent users from using their services as users see fit

    In the context of this conversation I don't think that this holds true. They wouldn't have a gazillion user base if their services weren't what most people wanted. And the amount and different type of communities that they are enabling with their service (text chat, voice, chat, open api, moderation tools, etc) just keep growing because in part of what OP said misses, It's one of the last places that (sort of) gives you that experience today, a place free of automated meddling, ads or another type of distractions; you just enter a server like is another mini world, lurk a little, chat a little and that's it. Its not the same, no; but its the closest that I've found.

    Technical people (like myself, and I'm guessing yourself) may want to have more customization options or features, but the amount of control that they offer is not only good enough for most people, I can guess that it's more than half of them know how to use properly.

    Btw, I don't know if there is a problem with your installation or what but right know on my PC is consuming less than 400 MB, which is still a lot but not even near several gigabytes like in your case.

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  18. Comment on How do you view your participation on the Internet? in ~talk

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    I know that people here don't like Discord, but that experience that you are describing missing from the old days is the experience that Discord offers today. Every server is a community with it's...

    I know that people here don't like Discord, but that experience that you are describing missing from the old days is the experience that Discord offers today.

    Every server is a community with it's own rules, guides, subforums (channels) and even bots that add extra functionality. Granted, is more like an IRC because is a chat in real time, but if a community is well manage each channel will show a lot of it's history, giving you the opportunity to just read or get up to speed so you can participate and continue the conversation without losing much.

    You don't have portals or algorithms creating a bubble, you don't have curated content at all. Just a plain community around a topic (or several) that you can choose to be a part of… or not. Like an old forum (but more dynamic).

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