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  1. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I went to go visit my family for my brother’s birthday. This turned out to be a riskier play than I expected, because even though there are no coronavirus cases in the counties my family lives in,...

    I went to go visit my family for my brother’s birthday. This turned out to be a riskier play than I expected, because even though there are no coronavirus cases in the counties my family lives in, my brother decided to celebrate his birthday by going to Philly for St Patrick’s Day celebrations the day before we got there, and it turns out the rest of my family hadn’t really grokked social distancing either.

    The actual weekend was good - it was nice to see my brother - but now my partner and I are self-isolating in our house for a week or so just to be safe. It’s a good thing we went grocery shopping right before we left!

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  2. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    Ah that stinks. I can look into that provider and see if there’s anything to be done, but this is one of those internet fundamentals that can’t really be worked around. If they have their server...

    Ah that stinks. I can look into that provider and see if there’s anything to be done, but this is one of those internet fundamentals that can’t really be worked around. If they have their server configured not to allow requests from browsers pointed at localhost, you probably won’t be able to run Lilliputian against it :/

    EDIT: actually... I’m not 100% on this but I might be able to ship a proxy with Lilliputian that bypasses this CORS issue. I can look into it tonight!

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  3. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    Thank you :) I barely remember the internet as you’re describing it; I grew up with Facebook and YouTube and corporate centralization as the de facto standard practice. But the current state of...

    Thank you :) I barely remember the internet as you’re describing it; I grew up with Facebook and YouTube and corporate centralization as the de facto standard practice. But the current state of the internet makes my skin crawl, and I want to be a part of a movement to put power back in the hands of users. RSS is a teeny tiny first step, but it’s something I love and find incredibly useful!

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  4. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    I’m going to make a ticket right now for better error messaging on the login page, this is definitely sorely lacking!

    I’m going to make a ticket right now for better error messaging on the login page, this is definitely sorely lacking!

  5. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    Hi there! Do you have a .env file with the REACT_APP_TTRSS_ENDPOINT pointing to your local ttrss instance? If so, and login still isn’t working, would you be able to open the browser console and...

    Hi there! Do you have a .env file with the REACT_APP_TTRSS_ENDPOINT pointing to your local ttrss instance? If so, and login still isn’t working, would you be able to open the browser console and send me any errors you see there? I think you might literally be the first person to try this out other than me, it’s definitely possible that I missed something in the setup!

    EDIT:

    Working on adding better error handling, but if I had to guess at the problem without looking at the console, it's probably a CORS issue! The best way to solve this depends on how you serve your TTRSS instance, but if you're not using a reverse proxy the easiest way is to add this to the bottom of your ttrss/config.php, switching out localhost:3000 for the domain you're serving your Lilliputian instance on:

    if (strpos($_SERVER["SCRIPT_NAME"], 'api/index.php') !== false) {
      header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin: localhost:3000");
      header("Access-Control-Allow-Methods: POST, OPTIONS");
      header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Content-Type");
    }
    

    Alternatively, if you're using, e.g., caddy as your reverse proxy:

    ttrss.domain.name {
      cors /api localhost:3000
      header /api Access-Control-Allow-Headers Content-Type
      ...
    }
    

    I'll add this to the README!

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  6. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    So glad to have been able to introduce you to TTRSS! It’s plugin ecosystem is excellent; I probably should add this to the Lilliputian README, but the af_readibility plugin makes Lilliputian...

    So glad to have been able to introduce you to TTRSS! It’s plugin ecosystem is excellent; I probably should add this to the Lilliputian README, but the af_readibility plugin makes Lilliputian significantly more useful by inlining the full article contents when possible. I rarely need to leave the app to read the content, which also gives more control over how the content actually renders.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Lilliputian: A Mobile Client for Tiny Tiny RSS in ~comp

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    Looking at git history, apparently I’ve been working on this for about 10 months! It’s a progressive web app build with react/typescript/redux, and relies on redux-sagas and redux-persist (plus...

    Looking at git history, apparently I’ve been working on this for about 10 months! It’s a progressive web app build with react/typescript/redux, and relies on redux-sagas and redux-persist (plus service workers) to provide offline support and a usable experience in spotty networking conditions. I originally started building it when I was frustrated that none of my favorite link aggregators were at all usable on the subway back when I lived in NYC, and now I mostly use it instead of those link aggregators because I actually love having the control over my feed that RSS provides.

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  8. Comment on Why JavaScript is eating HTML in ~comp

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    This is good to know! I guess it’s been a while since I checked in on this stuff.

    This is good to know! I guess it’s been a while since I checked in on this stuff.

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  9. Comment on Why JavaScript is eating HTML in ~comp

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    They (at least the native apps, I haven’t used office online) also don’t support collaborative editing, or the powerful permissions system that google docs has, which is fundamentally based on web...

    They (at least the native apps, I haven’t used office online) also don’t support collaborative editing, or the powerful permissions system that google docs has, which is fundamentally based on web technologies (web sockets, oauth, etc)

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  10. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Hi @Algernon_Asimov :) First of all, I really appreciate your trying to understand better how others use this word and what its value is to them. I think there's one other piece of this that I...

    Hi @Algernon_Asimov :) First of all, I really appreciate your trying to understand better how others use this word and what its value is to them.

    I think there's one other piece of this that I haven't seen explicitly laid out (though @Gaywallet and others have touched on it). Not everyone has actually figured out the bounds of their boxes. I have a few friends that call themselves queer because they know that their sexuality is more complicated than heterosexual, but they either haven't had enough non-hetero relationships (some of them still live in a world where coming out isn't totally safe, either physically or emotionally) or just don't see the value in (and therefore haven't taken the time to) find the exact set of labels that fit them.

    I can take myself as an example (it's not the best example but I know it well). I'm a man, and I've only dated women. Until late high school/college, I was only interested in women. Or at least, I only considered women as options ("gay" was still very much a bad word when I was in high school). I now think that pansexual is probably the most accurate term to describe my sexuality (I have and have had sexual and romantic feelings for men, women, trans and nonbinary people), but I've also been with the same woman since the first half of college and it's not unlikely that I'll never be in a relationship with anyone else (which is good for me, I'm not unhappy about this fact!).

    I'm in a long term heterosexual relationship, so my sexuality is taken for granted and almost never comes up in conversation. Really only my fairly close friends (and partner!) know that I'm not heterosexual. I'm not 100% sure how I would identify if someone straight up asks (this has never happened), but queer makes sense to me. I know that straight is not the right answer, and I think that "bi" and "pan" have associations and connotations that I might not fully understand or identify with.

    I think you're right in your other comments in this thread that queer is often a word used by more "activist" members of the LGBT+ community, and that, given the context, that is sometimes the right thing to "get" from someone telling you that they're queer. I also think that sometimes "I'm queer" means "I'm not totally sure, but it's not the thing that everyone else seems to be, and I feel 'other' enough that I'm using this word to separate myself from how most people identify".

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  11. Comment on Jameela Jamil announces she is ‘queer’ after backlash over TV role in ~lgbt

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    That seems like a really weird take to me. I know plenty of people who aren’t straight and identify as queer. Some people aren’t as interested in finding the exact boundaries of their gender or...

    That seems like a really weird take to me. I know plenty of people who aren’t straight and identify as queer. Some people aren’t as interested in finding the exact boundaries of their gender or sexuality as others. Sometimes it’s enough to say “look, I’m different, and the people I have various kinds of relationships with might not look like what you’d expect”.

    My first thought is that she kissed a girl once, so she now feels qualified to call herself "queer"

    This seems extremely judgmental, and honestly I have no idea where it comes from. I don’t know anything about these literal circumstances, but I think attacking people who use the word queer to identify themselves is completely uncalled for.

    "Queer" is what you use when you're trying to claim membership of the LGBT community without actually being L, G, B, T, or any of the other minority sexualities and genders.

    ... LGBT? You mean the initialism that is very, very often spelled LGBTQ? Or LGBTQ+? Literally including queer? I dunno, I just don’t buy the outrage here, and I think this comment is really dismissive of an entire group of people that we should be welcoming and empathizing with.

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  12. Comment on Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections in ~tech

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    This seems to imply that although it’s more challenging, it’s still possible:

    This seems to imply that although it’s more challenging, it’s still possible:

    Revealing the status of domains outside the attackers’ control is only slightly harder. It requires the use of a side channel that compares the behavior of requests affected by ITP with the behavior of those that are unaffected by ITP. The paper says the Internet “abounds” in such side channels and identifies six of them.

  13. Comment on Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections in ~tech

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    This was like a one-off sentence in the article, but they mention also being able to check user’s visiting habits to sites that aren’t actually owned by the tracker, which as far as I know is...

    This was like a one-off sentence in the article, but they mention also being able to check user’s visiting habits to sites that aren’t actually owned by the tracker, which as far as I know is actually worse than just browsing with ITP off. I might be misreading though.

  14. Comment on Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections in ~tech

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    The “unknown state of the world” at the end of this piece is upsetting to me; I’ve been (apparently unwittingly) using Safari’s ITP since it came out. Part of me feels like the fact that this is...

    The “unknown state of the world” at the end of this piece is upsetting to me; I’ve been (apparently unwittingly) using Safari’s ITP since it came out. Part of me feels like the fact that this is specifically coming from Google is circumspect, but the actual findings do make sense to me as a concern, though they don’t seem substantially worse than browsing without any third party tracking prevention in the first place (obviously however the goal here would be for it to be better).

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  15. Comment on Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction in ~health

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    Ah, I'm so sorry for misunderstanding. This I can absolutely empathize with. My little brother was at one point going to AA, NA, and CA meetings. The fact that we still have so little...

    Ah, I'm so sorry for misunderstanding.

    It's disheartening.

    This I can absolutely empathize with. My little brother was at one point going to AA, NA, and CA meetings. The fact that we still have so little understanding of how to treat these disorders just wrecks me if I think about it too hard. This article does give me a little hope, that I hope I can pass on to you: the fact that direct brain stimulation, as invasive and extreme as it is, did something at all is a good thing. This is the "we must be on the right track" kind of experimentation and feedback that leads to "we've figured it out". It's likely that that second step won't happen for a little while longer... but it makes me feel just a little better that really smart people are taking this really seriously, and seem to actually be getting closer to the kind of treatment that we need.

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  16. Comment on Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction in ~health

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    EDIT: I'm going to leave this up in case anyone else finds it useful, but I severely misread @MimicSquid's message. It was an expression of woe that I actually strongly identify with. This reads...

    EDIT: I'm going to leave this up in case anyone else finds it useful, but I severely misread @MimicSquid's message. It was an expression of woe that I actually strongly identify with.

    This reads to me as a criticism of character, so please correct me if it's not. But if it is, then.. yes. That's exactly what alcohol use disorder is. If he could simply stop because the bad effects outweighed the good, he wouldn't be suffering from alcohol use disorder. This goes beyond almost anyone's conscious ability to simply try harder. Aside from the fact that cold turkey alcohol withdrawal is potentially lethal, and can cause hallucinations and seizures as early as 12-24 hours since last consumption, someone suffering from alcohol use disorder has a brain that thinks it needs (and, if you consider the symptoms of withdrawal, really does need) alcohol to the same extent that your brain thinks it needs water. I think most likely people would talk a different game if they thought about the last time they tried to just "get through" water withdrawal symptoms.

    I don't blame most people for harboring unfair opinions of what it means to suffer from a substance use disorder. Society at large, as well as certain specific organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, have been pushing messaging for hundreds of years that paints these medical conditions as somehow different from other mental or physical disorders and illnesses, as if they're indications of character and not, like almost everything else, a largely unknown combination of nature, nurture, chance, and choices. For anyone interested, there is an excellent Atlantic essay on Alcoholics Anonymous, and how their practice really works in America, and what it has meant for the people who suffer from these disorders. I think it's worth reading with an open mind to how we as a society have been primed to view these conditions.

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  17. Comment on Recommend me a song based just on one line (or couplet) in its lyrics. in ~music

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    The soundtrack to your life should not be background music. Wrap your poetry around a war club. Song Info To Young Leaders - Guante & Big Cats I think Guante is a really interesting artist. He’s a...

    The soundtrack to your life should not be background music.
    Wrap your poetry around a war club.

    Song Info To Young Leaders - Guante & Big Cats

    I think Guante is a really interesting artist. He’s a poet, who does a lot of spoken word activism in Minneapolis, but he started doing hip hop (I think at this point around 15 years ago) with the producer Big Cats. He raps and writes about sexism, racism, power structures and police brutality, etc., and I think he’s surprisingly good at it without giving the sense of being preachy that a lot of activist musicians tend to struggle with.

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  18. Comment on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me" reharmonized by Adam Neely (ft. Kate Steinberg) in ~music

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    That... there exist other ways to interpret this piece of music, probably. The description of the video is: That doesn't sound to me like someone going after high art to me. Sometimes it's fun, as...

    What is this version of the song trying to convey?

    That... there exist other ways to interpret this piece of music, probably. The description of the video is:

    Carly Rae Jepsen's Run Away with Me, but like...a lot of jazz chords and orchestration and stuff. 808's, djents, and a sax solo by the legendary Jared Yee.

    That doesn't sound to me like someone going after high art to me. Sometimes it's fun, as a musician, especially one who's learning, experimenting with, or interested in new styles of music, to take things to an extreme (especially a polar extreme from the original) just for the sake of it. Some people write music (even 10+ piece arrangements) for fun, or because they want to, or because they personally find it interesting or rewarding, and not because they're trying to "say" something, and I think it's weird to dismiss that.

    I don't actually have a problem with critiquing music that people post here, even if it's much more obviously light-hearted and novice than this is, because I think it's helpful to think about what we like and don't like about art and entertainment, and to hear each other's opinions. I think that this piece has flaws, and I also on the whole enjoy listening to it. But something about your phrasing really rubbed me the wrong way, like you were inferring a lot of intent and even character from the actual musicians just from this one performance, and I think that's kinda not cool.

    I also think criticizing emotional expression while performing music is... I dunno, mean? Let people express themselves however they want, even if you don't think it's genuine. Acting can be fun, just like musical performance can. It is a video after all, people are, in part, watching it to see the how the musicians perform. Music isn't just reserved, stoic professionalism. Sometimes it's that, and sometimes it's other things.

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