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  1. Comment on To the three people on Tildes using LineageOS: is it worth it? in ~tech

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    I'm using an Essential Phone (I know) that hit EOL a earlier this year. My phone runs totally fine, battery life's great, but the only way that I'll get any updates is through lineage. Also,...

    I'm using an Essential Phone (I know) that hit EOL a earlier this year. My phone runs totally fine, battery life's great, but the only way that I'll get any updates is through lineage. Also, totally worth it if you like to fiddle with settings and lean away from Google.

    I've tried a totally bare bones version (no gapps) and ended up not having some app work (like Lyft) when I needed it, so I'm using the gapps version that includes maps, and hopefully dropping down to less and less at some point. I feel like it's like a native linux install: super configurable, fun to tinker with, once in a blue moon you'll have to wipe and reinstall, but easy to get up and running.

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  2. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    Hrm, I can get there with amphora and moonlander, but not with bombadillo (which was what I was using), even after purging certificates. Not sure what's going on there, but thanks for the advice!

    Hrm, I can get there with amphora and moonlander, but not with bombadillo (which was what I was using), even after purging certificates. Not sure what's going on there, but thanks for the advice!

  3. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    I'm getting hostname/cert errors with these -- tildes isn't stackoverflow, but do you have an idea what might be going wrong? Is someone's server just off?

    I'm getting hostname/cert errors with these -- tildes isn't stackoverflow, but do you have an idea what might be going wrong? Is someone's server just off?

  4. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    Ah, I think I'm mostly wondering about the appeal. For me, (a bona-fide 20-something that never grew up in the "old" internet) it feels like a strange in-between? I'm seeing lots of homepages and...

    Ah, I think I'm mostly wondering about the appeal. For me, (a bona-fide 20-something that never grew up in the "old" internet) it feels like a strange in-between? I'm seeing lots of homepages and blogs, but not really any connection between folks, despite the seeming draw of a sense of community on these platforms.

    I think that's what I'm wondering, is it satisfying for folks to just put stuff up on the web, with little to no likelihood of a response? Am I alone in enjoying the thought of someone listening, someday? I think that's where I'm stuck with this -- I feel like I'm not getting something.

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  5. What's the deal with gemini?

    Hi! I've heard tilderinos talking about the gemini-verse on some other posts; I tried it out this evening and it honestly felt strange browsing in terminal and even stranger navigating the web...

    Hi! I've heard tilderinos talking about the gemini-verse on some other posts; I tried it out this evening and it honestly felt strange browsing in terminal and even stranger navigating the web without search engines. I was wondering if anyone had a gentler introduction than the official site? I feel like I've got a ship, but no map to this new verse.

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  6. Comment on A tale of two ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify and the wide-open future in ~music

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    Firm same! I feel like I've been so much more conscious of what I'm consuming and that's brought me a lot more joy with how I interact with music.

    Firm same! I feel like I've been so much more conscious of what I'm consuming and that's brought me a lot more joy with how I interact with music.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What is something that you consider a "necessary evil"? in ~talk

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    Do you have one that you'd recommend, or that looks particularly promising to you? Namecheap's been my default for a while.

    Do you have one that you'd recommend, or that looks particularly promising to you? Namecheap's been my default for a while.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Are journal articles getting too long? in ~humanities

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    Funnily enough, I just finished up a journal paper a few weeks ago that got rejected because of length. There's a space that some conferences/journal are moving towards where works shouldn't be...

    Funnily enough, I just finished up a journal paper a few weeks ago that got rejected because of length.

    There's a space that some conferences/journal are moving towards where works shouldn't be longer than they need to be. I think the response to "things are getting too long" has sometimes been "well, let's have arbitrary length requirements" which generally ends up hurting scientific output. Not everyone wants to write 20k+ word papers, but sometimes (in my case) the results for the study you ran ended up being 20k words, and it's hard to cut perspectives from qualitative work without harming the validity.

    Anyways, I'm low-key triggered too. Hearing "oh this is too long, so it's not good science" makes me furious, especially when length is often required for proper scholarship.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on GeorgeFloyd protest - Police brutality videos on Twitter in ~news

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    Cross-post from hackernews, but I figured y'all would be interested too.

    Cross-post from hackernews, but I figured y'all would be interested too.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on An exceedingly chill day at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, Washington in ~misc

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    I was there last night, I'd say that probably 40% of people had phones out filming -- shouldn't be too hard to find photos. There's livestreaming for most of the planned events as well. Livestream...

    I was there last night, I'd say that probably 40% of people had phones out filming -- shouldn't be too hard to find photos. There's livestreaming for most of the planned events as well.

    Livestream of last night, for instance

    Anecdotally, I only saw one person with a gun near the edge and two SPD patrol people, both armed; definitely no one carrying semi-automatics, though maybe I just missed them.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Let's talk equipment in ~music

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    My grandpa spent an absurd amount of money on stereo equipment, he passed away a few years back, and, as most of my family doesn't listen to music as much, they decided that the setup should go to...

    My grandpa spent an absurd amount of money on stereo equipment, he passed away a few years back, and, as most of my family doesn't listen to music as much, they decided that the setup should go to me. It's a Dual 721 turntable, connected to a McIntosh C32 preamp, connected to a McIntosh 2205 amp, connected to a set of XR7 speakers. There's a room equalizer setup too, but I've been moving around so much between college, internships, and jobs that I'm holding off having someone come out and set that up.

    It's all heavy (speakers are like 90lb each, amp's around 70), but it's much better than anything I'll be able to afford for the next 20 years or so, and it's nice to have around for the memories.

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  12. Comment on How do you manage your ebooks & web documents? in ~tech

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    Hmm! This looks cool -- do you find the spaced repetition stuff useful? I use Zotero now, but I'd consider a switch if it was really useful on keeping knowledge established.

    Hmm! This looks cool -- do you find the spaced repetition stuff useful? I use Zotero now, but I'd consider a switch if it was really useful on keeping knowledge established.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Stop making students use Eclipse in ~comp

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    I'll push back slightly here; I don't know if there's good evidence that points to IDE vs. terminal as a source for imposter syndrome, though there's good evidence that IDEs and terminals often...

    I'll push back slightly here; I don't know if there's good evidence that points to IDE vs. terminal as a source for imposter syndrome, though there's good evidence that IDEs and terminals often aren't inclusively designed. Imposter syndrome is super prevalent in CS, some think that it might be in part the messages that students receive from their instructors. Leo Porter's lab offers:

    Another possible explanation may be the message conveyed to students by their faculty. Lewis found that a prevalence (77%) of computer science faculty believe that not everyone can succeed in CS. If this belief is conveyed to students, it may cause anxiety in those students as to whether or not they have that inherent knack for computing.

    Generally, folks point to fixed vs growth mindset and structural pressures and inequities (see several bullshit biological arguments about why some population is less predisposed to computer science), probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting.

    I'd agree though, the emphasis on programming over problem-solving practices definitely doesn't help. Some folks in the computing education space are pushing for centering self-regulation and self-regulated learning in CS, but it's hard to get folks to redesign their courses around that.

    Happy Saturday!

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  14. Comment on The 9/11 era is over in ~misc

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    Shoshana Zuboff's work also points to 9/11 as a cultural tipping point; The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a wonderful book, but a short interview with the author gets some of the point across....

    Shoshana Zuboff's work also points to 9/11 as a cultural tipping point; The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a wonderful book, but a short interview with the author gets some of the point across.

    This was a really wonderful read. Thanks for posting! There's a trend that's been popping up lately that I'd broadly describe as "The Personal is still Political" (i.e. the craziness that we're in happening in part by accident, in part by catastrophic mismanagement); this piece acts as a nice framing for that.

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  15. Comment on When debugging, your attitude matters in ~comp

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    I believe this is Self-Efficacy from Bandura's social cognitive theory, but there's lots of other folks that kind of say the same thing; growth/fixed mindset also probably applies here (and maybe...

    I know there's a term for it used in psychology, but I can't remember it.

    I believe this is Self-Efficacy from Bandura's social cognitive theory, but there's lots of other folks that kind of say the same thing; growth/fixed mindset also probably applies here (and maybe tracks more with what you're describing). Honestly, I was about to do a debugging study based around almost exactly this, before I switched research tracks to things that felt more urgent to do first. It's kind of funny though, despite lots of anecdotal evidence, we aren't really sure that approaches like this help teach programming.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I've heard the high on edibles is pretty coarse grained, I've been told even that "basically all edibles feel the same". I usually vape flower though, so this, like seemingly everything else with...

    the selection I get for that is mostly sativa, indica or hybrid.

    I've heard the high on edibles is pretty coarse grained, I've been told even that "basically all edibles feel the same". I usually vape flower though, so this, like seemingly everything else with cannabis, is anecdotal at best.

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  17. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I'm blown away reading stuff like this; Blue Dream felt much calmer for me, but everything's different for everyone, which makes me realize, once again, how far research is behind on all of this.

    Blue Dream especially, both of those are just too speedy and leave me feeling jittery and paranoid

    I'm blown away reading stuff like this; Blue Dream felt much calmer for me, but everything's different for everyone, which makes me realize, once again, how far research is behind on all of this.

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  18. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'm seeing this in Washington too -- there's lots of producers that are making strains that I can find lineages for and have some idea what I'll be feeling, and a whole bunch that are making...

    It's still the Wild West as to consistency of strains and nomenclature. Since Michigan has had medical marijuana legalization for a while, we may have locally produced crosses that aren't available or widely known elsewhere.

    Yeah, I'm seeing this in Washington too -- there's lots of producers that are making strains that I can find lineages for and have some idea what I'll be feeling, and a whole bunch that are making things with propritary/hidden genetics, which makes me feel weird? There's a weird open-source/closed-source vibe to me that I'm not a huge fan of.

    a favorite comprehensive strain database

    Both Leafly and Wikileaf have better UI design; they're not perfect, but feel worth poking into.

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  19. Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain?

    I've been progressively getting more excited about cannabis over the past year or so; we had a chat about drugs a while back, I figured we could try one specifically about cannabis. I've been...

    I've been progressively getting more excited about cannabis over the past year or so; we had a chat about drugs a while back, I figured we could try one specifically about cannabis.

    I've been really enjoying Durban Poison lately, I tend towards feeling compassionate and really loving and open to folks around me, though that depends somewhat on context. Jack Herer and derivatives have been nice as well, but they're more for tasks that need some focus like programming or writing.

    I've been trying a couple indica/evening leaning strains lately, but I haven't found one that I've really loved (my ulterior motive for starting this thread).

    We should probably start a ~talk.casual, but maybe all talk on tildes is somewhat causal, and that's cool too, Also, this is aspie special interest territory for me, so if y'all don't think about this as much, I can do strain recs if that'd be something that was nice for you. Though, I don't some (relatively) that much, so someone on the internet could probably do that better.

    Also, yes, I know that COVID-19 falls under SARS; I already got the gentle warnings from my dad.

    (edit: thanks whoever tagged nsfw.drugs! Also the cannabis tag makes more sense as well)

    14 votes