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  1. Comment on Open source recommendations for a photo/post voting site? in ~comp

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    Have you looked at Discourse? It's a generic forum software, but it could be configured to function as a photo voting site. It's open source - installation guide Supports Facebook login Supports...

    Have you looked at Discourse? It's a generic forum software, but it could be configured to function as a photo voting site.

    One wrinkle might be that it assumes that topic categories are more or less fixed. If you set up a separate category for each new trade event, things might get unwieldy down the road, like the UI for category navigation. This topic discusses some options for how to handle such periodic events.

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  2. Comment on Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, assassinated at a campaign stop in ~news

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    Wow. I feel shaken more than anything in recent memory. Definitely did not expect something like this to hit my homeland, but then, fatal attack against a national leader isn't entirely out of...

    Wow. I feel shaken more than anything in recent memory. Definitely did not expect something like this to hit my homeland, but then, fatal attack against a national leader isn't entirely out of 'brand' for Japan, considering that it hasn't been more than a century since the May 15th incident.

    I hadn't particularly liked or disliked Mr. Abe. The grievance I feel is from knowing that someone was forced to go through a sudden and presumably painful death and that there was someone who directed their animosity toward a specific person to cause this death. My mind is reeling to try to understand it all.

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  3. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    This is a conundrum I remember being talked about before in Tildes. I think people can be talked about as numbers in useful ways, like waves of hospitalizations or population aging and what should...

    This is a conundrum I remember being talked about before in Tildes. I think people can be talked about as numbers in useful ways, like waves of hospitalizations or population aging and what should be done about them. At the same time, it can rub those with first-hand experience in the matter the wrong way, even when there's no intention to do so.

    To me, talking in numbers or in the abstract seems fine as long as no over-generalization is made about subjective feelings. Talking in the abstract doesn't necessarily mean they lack the capacity to listen and empathize.

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  4. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Some two cents on 1. and 2.: I'd say the learning curve is on the shallower side for stuff like installing packages and creating directories and users. Setup required is minimal: no need to run...

    Some two cents on 1. and 2.:

    1. I'd say the learning curve is on the shallower side for stuff like installing packages and creating directories and users. Setup required is minimal: no need to run any agents on the remote servers, just be able to SSH in and have Python installed. The official reference for the builtin modules lists lots of configurable parameters for each module, but you can probably get by with just looking up a handful that's needed to do what you want.
    2. You need something that triggers the automatic deployment, and something that carries out the deployment. For the trigger, GitHub Actions would also be what I'd reach for. For the deployment process itself, Fabric is a nice abstraction for working with remote servers. It gives you primitives for connecting to a remote server (or a group of them), running commands on them, and/or transferring files to them, and so on. Looks like there are GitHub repos that use this combo of GitHub Actions and Fabric :D
      • Going a step further, creating separate directories for each version of the code and symlinking to the latest one will give clean separation of versions and easy rollback - Capistrano-style as some may call it. (The linked repo is a bit old. May or may not work with the latest version of Fabric.)
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  5. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2022) in ~talk

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    In the comments section of that page, there are a few exchanges (link to one example) that suggest that some governments may accept their diagnosis even if it's from another country, with...

    In the comments section of that page, there are a few exchanges (link to one example) that suggest that some governments may accept their diagnosis even if it's from another country, with increased odds when you ask it to be signed by a medical doctor (which requires additional payment). So it may be worth verifying with the local government if you haven't already. There may be other routes to obtaining a diagnosis besides this particular service, if it turns out that they accept non-local sources.

    I myself haven't pursued a formal diagnosis so far since I've been able to get by in human society somehow (not to suggest you aren't getting by), and I've never felt I had the surplus energy to deal with governmental processes to qualify for benefits, though I wish I could secure any kind of safety net as my relatives either live overseas or have grown distant.

    Note: It seems like the link in my first comment isn't the canonical landing page for their assessment process. This one is linked from the site's navigation menu and such. This page doesn't list specific prices, but its chatbot can answer queries about the cost and replied with the same price points as of this writing.

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  6. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2022) in ~talk

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    I've been eyeing this online assessment program/service for a while, which seems to be sensibly designed with adults in mind, but it takes a non-trivial amount of money (CA$500 for initial...

    I've been eyeing this online assessment program/service for a while, which seems to be sensibly designed with adults in mind, but it takes a non-trivial amount of money (CA$500 for initial screening, another CA$1,050 for the diagnosis).

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  7. Comment on The problem with mind-reading in ~talk

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    I suppose there's difficulty in: Keeping in mind that people don't always have access to the same context Keeping in mind that people may come from different contexts; context easily collapses on...

    I suppose there's difficulty in:

    • Keeping in mind that people don't always have access to the same context
    • Keeping in mind that people may come from different contexts; context easily collapses on the internet
    • Separating context when engaging in conversation - e.g. sometimes I want to talk about a population-level matter and someone else brings up individual-level concerns

    The first two could be mitigated if the receiving side of a message responds to the language and not the person (that they imagine to be there), avoiding mind-reading. The sending side could also spell out where they're coming from even if it feels verbose.. this carries the risk of being taken as too serious.

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  8. Comment on The problem with mind-reading in ~talk

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    And not limited to words: To this day, I vividly remember being accused of 'trying to show off my big backpack' by a classmate back in my first grade or so. I had no such intention; it was just...

    A lot of the above is directly transferable to offline interactions

    And not limited to words: To this day, I vividly remember being accused of 'trying to show off my big backpack' by a classmate back in my first grade or so. I had no such intention; it was just what I had.

    I guess that, in some cases, it's like automatic mind-projecting. When you encounter something you can't understand, the brain often wants to provide an explanation right away, but you can only imagine within the confines of how you yourself might think, act, and be motivated. It takes a certain disposition or an understanding that not everyone thinks alike to stay in a state of unknowing.

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  9. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm curious: What is important to you? Why is it important to you? My story: I lead a fairly hermitic life (in a city) and I got the vaccine as soon as it became easy enough for me to get. I guess...

    Yet I still haven't read, heard or found anything that has convinced me enough to go ahead and take it, and this is important for me.

    I'm curious: What is important to you? Why is it important to you?

    My story: I lead a fairly hermitic life (in a city) and I got the vaccine as soon as it became easy enough for me to get. I guess it was an attempt to tilt the odds in favor of my health and survival. I try to think of my eventual death every day, but I still value life, and I tend to be pessimistic/conservative when it comes to taking risk.

    Desire to do my part in the collective effort to survive against this pandemic was also a non-zero factor.

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  10. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    Is Tildes different because academic discussion on the topic doesn't come up, or because academic discussion on the topic is accompanied by acknowledgement of the personal perspectives? or...

    I've never -- not even once -- felt like I've been on the dissection table for it.

    Is Tildes different because academic discussion on the topic doesn't come up, or because academic discussion on the topic is accompanied by acknowledgement of the personal perspectives? or something else?

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  11. Comment on To those who are on the autism spectrum, what's something you wish more people knew/understood? in ~talk

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    That if you're someone who can be described as neurotypical, you're very very privileged just by being part of the majority group, just by not having to overcome obstacles at every step of your...
    • That if you're someone who can be described as neurotypical, you're very very privileged just by being part of the majority group, just by not having to overcome obstacles at every step of your daily life. If you're open to imagining being a minority in terms of basic mode of life, this Quora answer gives a good list of starting points. To quote a few.. (The implication is that the opposite of this list is most often the case for the minority group):

    Question: What's it like being neurotypical?

    • The school system is optimized to deal with you and is generally equipped to teach in a way that you need.
    • The way you’re compelled to act in a given situation is usually considered to be normal and expected. What you want to do is generally something that is considered acceptable, or at least understandable.
    • Comparatively very little of your mental energy has to go into anxieties about interacting with other people, since most other people will communicate in a manner that is comfortable to you.
    • That diversity and inclusion programs mean very little to me if they're limited to gender and race. That's coming from someone whose gender and race would make them a member of minority groups.
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  12. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I signed a job offer..! Several weeks ago, I was struggling to cope with the uncertainty of the job search process. And then... one kind soul from Tildes reached out to help... one former...

    I signed a job offer..!

    Several weeks ago, I was struggling to cope with the uncertainty of the job search process. And then... one kind soul from Tildes reached out to help... one former colleague wrote in and another... his friend contacted about a few positions... while these didn't directly lead to the offer I got, I'm grateful for the web of support that I've received.

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  13. Comment on Hi, How Are You? - Mental Health Support & Discussion Thread (October/November 2020) in ~talk

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    I have been experiencing sudden spells of tears during the past week. Likely a low point in my job search journey. Only six rejections under my belt so far (and more recruiter contacts that I've...

    I have been experiencing sudden spells of tears during the past week. Likely a low point in my job search journey. Only six rejections under my belt so far (and more recruiter contacts that I've said no to) but the stress of having no income and watching my savings disappear is weighing down on me.

    The bright side: I still have a financial runway of at least six months and even more if I decide to use my retirement savings.

    I try to meditate to accept myself and my emotions, and accept that if I were to lose my current way of life and become homeless - or even lose my life, it couldn't have been helped. I'll continue on to be able to say I lived a good life in the end, whenever that time comes.

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  14. Comment on Vote safely: How to find a trustworthy election ballot drop-off location in ~misc

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    It feels like democracy in the US is eroding. I wonder when the next update of the Democracy Index is. United States is currently at the upper end of 'flawed democracy' and this...

    It feels like democracy in the US is eroding. I wonder when the next update of the Democracy Index is. United States is currently at the upper end of 'flawed democracy' and this instability/unreliability around the voting process may lower its score further;

    Likewise, there are a few questions considered so important that a low score on them yields a penalty on the total score sum for their respective categories, namely:

    1. "Whether national elections are free and fair";
    2. "The security of voters";
      ...

    (From the Wikipedia page linked above)

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  15. Comment on What are your favourite online publications? in ~tech

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    I just kind of re-discovered Technology Radar by ThoughtWorks and learned that they release new editions every six months or so, which'd make it fit the definition of online publications :) From...

    I just kind of re-discovered Technology Radar by ThoughtWorks and learned that they release new editions every six months or so, which'd make it fit the definition of online publications :)

    From their FAQ:

    The Radar is a document that sets out the changes that we think are currently interesting in software development - things in motion that we think you should pay attention to and consider using in your projects.

    I've been in the quandary of not wanting to follow typical news outlets in order to limit my daily information intake and wanting to keep myself informed of trends related to my field of work; the Radar seems like a good answer.

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  16. Comment on What are your favourite online publications? in ~tech

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    aeon - I like their articles that challenge conventional 'truths'. "Since 2012, Aeon has established itself as a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative...

    aeon - I like their articles that challenge conventional 'truths'. "Since 2012, Aeon has established itself as a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts."

    Farnam Street - I'm subscribed to their newsletter. Optimize your thinking would be the tagline I'd give. In their own words: "..packed with timeless insights and robust principles from a wide range of disciplines. Our aim is to help you think better, perform better, and live a better life."

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  17. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Sent a job application to an organization that I'd really want to spend time with: small, does things for the greater good, creating something fundamentally new through software engineering. I'll...

    Sent a job application to an organization that I'd really want to spend time with: small, does things for the greater good, creating something fundamentally new through software engineering. I'll assume it was a bad match and continue looking for the sake of my mental health, but it'd be great to get a reply next week.

    Although I do want to start working again - I was laid off a few weeks ago - I've gotten used to this life of being able to use my time on whatever my interest leads to, and there's a part of me that wants to cling to the status quo. I know it's not sustainable, so.. I'll enjoy this phase of my life while it lasts.

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  18. Comment on What do you carry with you every day (excluding keys, wallet, and phone)? in ~talk

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    A Kobo eReader: Not every single day, but I take it whenever I think there might be time to read. I find myself waiting in a line more than ever these days.

    A Kobo eReader: Not every single day, but I take it whenever I think there might be time to read. I find myself waiting in a line more than ever these days.

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  19. Comment on Are there any words/terms that people often use that are offensive to you/your group of people? in ~lgbt

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    This may be out of scope of the topic but...not being mentioned in lists of attributes that should not be used as the basis of discrimination...makes me feel jaded or detached. For example, this...

    This may be out of scope of the topic but...not being mentioned in lists of attributes that should not be used as the basis of discrimination...makes me feel jaded or detached.

    For example, this US government's website says:

    Federal laws [..] protect employees and job applicants against employment discrimination when it involves:

    • Unfair treatment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
    • [..]

    As someone who identifies as neurodivergent, I'm not sure if my case would be categorized under disability...or is it genetic information? In any case, it'd be more inclusive to make it a non-exhaustive list, like "Unfair treatment because of differences, such as...".

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  20. Comment on Should I give up from programming? in ~talk

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    Some tactical-level thoughts: Learning on the job might actually work out, if you can find an environment where you're allowed or expected to learn on the go. I find that work gives me structure...

    Some tactical-level thoughts:

    Learning on the job might actually work out, if you can find an environment where you're allowed or expected to learn on the go. I find that work gives me structure that allows me to be productive in a way that I haven't been able to in my personal life. I suspect I'm on the autism spectrum too and my executive functioning being off might be contributing to my inability to actually finish personal projects. (There's also the disinterest in expressing something externally, but that's a different story.)

    Writing tests can also give you structure and something fixed and reliable to hold onto. There are various *-driven development techniques (test-, behavior-, readme-) that help with breaking features down and implementing them step by step.

    I think I get how the language you work in can affect your productivity: Ruby and Elixir feel all squishy and sprawled for me, Python has better rigidity to it. I second the recommendation to look into other FP languages: I know there are companies that hire for Haskell and Elm developers.

    Lastly, on non-complex codebases: I can't say this with authority, as I've only been in web/mobile development myself, but I'd look into areas like various automation jobs, QA automation, visualization, research assistant roles, developer relation roles.

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