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  1. Comment on Music Makers? in ~music

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    Anyone use collaboration software? Me and another member of my band both recorded/mixed our last album using Splice so that we could both version songs and not step on each others feet using...

    Anyone use collaboration software? Me and another member of my band both recorded/mixed our last album using Splice so that we could both version songs and not step on each others feet using dropbox or something. While it was super useful, we ran into a mountain of issues with it and it seems like their service is more geared towards sampling and plugins rather than the collaboration aspect. I'm surprised I can't find more services like it online, or maybe everyone just uses drop folders?

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  2. Comment on Mac DeMarco on anxiety, alcoholism and the Mitski controversy in ~music

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    I thought this was a really interesting (and unusually candid) interview with Mac DeMarco. He might not be one of my favorite artists but the guy is definitely one of the most interesting indie...

    I thought this was a really interesting (and unusually candid) interview with Mac DeMarco. He might not be one of my favorite artists but the guy is definitely one of the most interesting indie musicians in the scene. He reflects over his thoughts on social media, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and his own character. I found this interview especially worth the read because it's always the case with "larger than life" artists that they are never the character they play. To me, it makes him much more likable compared to the persona his fans have given him. It really sounds like all the the dude ever wanted was to stay in the Vancouver scene and make music with his friends. It's a really interesting take from someone who plays sold out festivals. As for the Mitski controversy, I couldn't give less of a fuck and it sounds like neither him nor Mitski could either.

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  3. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Lost Mine is a pretty fun one! Had a bunch of friends over and were itching to play so one of us read over the DM manual real quick and had a great time. It's pretty long too. Whats the story for...

    Lost Mine is a pretty fun one! Had a bunch of friends over and were itching to play so one of us read over the DM manual real quick and had a great time. It's pretty long too. Whats the story for your homebrew?

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  4. Comment on Apology for Kurzgesagt criticism video in ~misc

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    Unfortunately those perpetual pissing contests between fans are what drives new subscriptions and views. So most channels will actively not resolve and even escalate disputes in order to pull in...

    Unfortunately those perpetual pissing contests between fans are what drives new subscriptions and views. So most channels will actively not resolve and even escalate disputes in order to pull in traffic, it's actually a really gross practice that extends outside YT. That is what makes this even more respectable, is that he was able to put potential profit aside to do something right, which is completely unheard most of the time.

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  5. Comment on Billy Ray Cyrus Responds to Country Music Controversy After Joining Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' in ~music

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    Do you have other examples of this sort of thing happening? I couldn't be any further from a country fan and don't really listen to "popular" rap. I found it interesting how offended people got...

    Do you have other examples of this sort of thing happening? I couldn't be any further from a country fan and don't really listen to "popular" rap. I found it interesting how offended people got over this one song but didn't really know any other times it happened (or the reverse as you pointed out.) I know Billy Ray Cyrus tried moving into rap territory and got a huge amount of backlash...though it was probably because the song is fucking awful.

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  6. Comment on Billy Ray Cyrus Responds to Country Music Controversy After Joining Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' in ~music

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    I mentioned in another post about this last week that other than the intro and country inspired lyrics, I think it's a HUGE stretch to qualify this song as country. Mr. Billy says its "honest,...

    I mentioned in another post about this last week that other than the intro and country inspired lyrics, I think it's a HUGE stretch to qualify this song as country. Mr. Billy says its "honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo" but that doesn't really do much to qualify a song as country. There is plenty of music that draws influence from other genre's but you wouldn't categorize them in the genre they are pulling from. I think it's cool Billy Ray Cyrus came to defend the song though because other songs have ranked and were not pulled, which raises a lot of questions about how these decisions are made.

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  7. Comment on What Is Musical Genre Exactly? in ~music

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    I don't think that makes it an illusion though, it's just a tool people use to categorize things because that's how most people prefer to consume content. As open minded as I'd like to think I am...

    Musical genre has always been an illusion

    musical genre doesn't say anything about the music itself; it better describes the audience.

    I don't think that makes it an illusion though, it's just a tool people use to categorize things because that's how most people prefer to consume content. As open minded as I'd like to think I am musically, if a streaming service played country alongside music I listen to, I probably wouldn't ever use that service. I certainly agree with the second statement though but music needs an audience. I think people take a genre a bit too seriously but that doesn't mean it's absolutely useless. People can't tell you a definition because it's almost always a very loose set of changing rules that make up a song.

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  8. Comment on What Is Musical Genre Exactly? in ~music

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    That was a cool read for anyone interested in a brief history of music categorization and how it was commonly used to discriminate. As for the song in question, 'Old Town Road', the article claims...

    That was a cool read for anyone interested in a brief history of music categorization and how it was commonly used to discriminate. As for the song in question, 'Old Town Road', the article claims it to be 'genre-agnostic', which I think is a pretty huge stretch. It has a country inspired intro and lyrical subject matter, but that's pretty much it. I get the idea the author is trying to provide but to suggest it fits anywhere in the "country" category is like calling Metallica classical because they have violin in some songs. Regardless, it was pointed out that Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be?" did not get pulled. Considering the latter song having even less of a country appeal, something obviously isn't right. The article also goes into Lil Nas X and how he doesn't want to be boxed into a genre. My initial reaction was that while it is admirable, he is wrestling with something that artists, regardless of race, have for decades. But if he got pulled while other artists prosper, what is the deal? I'd be interested to see if there are more cases of artists getting pulled off the charts like this.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    Completely forgot PUP was dropping today and damn, I was a fan of their singles in the past, but everything else was iffy for me. This new album is actually great though, I think they finally...

    Completely forgot PUP was dropping today and damn, I was a fan of their singles in the past, but everything else was iffy for me. This new album is actually great though, I think they finally found what works for them.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Weird bug. CSS messes up, even after page reload. in ~tildes

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    Yeah I was reading some other peoples comments, and did not realize that's what ~tildes was actually for. Thought it was supposed to be a site meta, sans bug/feature stuff. Sorry for the confusion.

    Yeah I was reading some other peoples comments, and did not realize that's what ~tildes was actually for. Thought it was supposed to be a site meta, sans bug/feature stuff. Sorry for the confusion.

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  11. Comment on Weird bug. CSS messes up, even after page reload. in ~tildes

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    I disagree with this just because, while it is annoying to have to go off site, GitLab exists as a meta for bug/feature tracking which isn't uncommon, as others have mentioned. I guess maybe the...

    I disagree with this just because, while it is annoying to have to go off site, GitLab exists as a meta for bug/feature tracking which isn't uncommon, as others have mentioned. I guess maybe the UI for those sorts of tools seem daunting but non-devs are encouraged to use them. And personally, I think if you want to be involved in improving a site, you should familiarize yourself with such tools, but this is coming from a dev so I'm biased. Otherwise we'd have bug and feature requests all over the place on the actual site, which isn't (as far as I know) what this forum is intended for. Did not mean to push a dev mentality on anyone, so sorry if it came off like that.

    quick edit: Want to make it clear that I wasn't trying to say they HAVE To go to gitlab, I was just pointing it out. It just brings it to the dev's attention faster and ensures it won't get buried if someone forgot to submit it for them.

    Also wanna mention, I remember very early reddit was pretty much all developers but quickly grew out of it. I'm sure tildes will follow given enough time.

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  12. Comment on Weird bug. CSS messes up, even after page reload. in ~tildes

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    I wasn't able to reproduce this issue, but for future reference, you can submit issues here!

    I wasn't able to reproduce this issue, but for future reference, you can submit issues here!

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  13. Comment on Coworker quit Amazon because they are accepting EBT Cards and offer 50% off Prime in ~talk

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    If I had to guess it was less about subsidizing poor people and more about enabling poor spending habits, maybe? I haven't really looked at amazon's policy, but different states have different EBT...

    If I had to guess it was less about subsidizing poor people and more about enabling poor spending habits, maybe? I haven't really looked at amazon's policy, but different states have different EBT restrictions so that might be cause for weirdness since it's not exactly difficult to abuse. This seems like a really cool program so it seems weird to me that someone would be outright against it (considering it literally doesn't affect them in any way.) Unless your friends wife is just an asshole and hates poor people, maybe shes just missing some information.

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  14. Comment on Tipping thoughts? in ~life

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    I think it really depends on where you live, which is abundantly unfair and is a major reason I don't outright support the tipping system. I was fortunate enough to live near a wealthy town and...

    I think it really depends on where you live, which is abundantly unfair and is a major reason I don't outright support the tipping system. I was fortunate enough to live near a wealthy town and delivered around there, easily making $13ish/hour most nights.

    I (very briefly) looked into waiter salaries in France specifically and it really doesn't seem like they make much more, around $10-11/hour. It's hard to generalize Europe as a single place though, I'm guessing you had somewhere specific in mind that pays better!

    And to your point about it not being the drivers responsibility, that is very true and I had been in that situation multiple times. It's especially unfair because really that is the fault of bad management.

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  15. Comment on Tipping thoughts? in ~life

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    I want to get it out of the way that I think the tipping system is flawed and more thought should go into how service level work is compensated. HOWEVER, I would like to provide another...

    I want to get it out of the way that I think the tipping system is flawed and more thought should go into how service level work is compensated. HOWEVER, I would like to provide another perspective because it's a lot more complicated than "raise pay to a livable wage." It kinda seems like no one in this thread has worked a service level job where tips were involved? If you had, you'd know that most people who get paid through tips usually prefer it and you can walk out with a good chunk of money even on non-weekends, well passed minimum wage. It's a complicated topic and you could argue for the $15/hour or whatever but any service level job I've worked, we loved tips. I've ended shifts on multiple occasions with what would amount to $20/hour, and there is no employer in the world that would pay a waiter or pizza delivery driver that kind of money without tips. I can only think of a handful of times where I was stiffed. This is in the US and of course so it's kind of expected, which helps. As a consumer, I don't really mind tipping. If it's mediocre service, I give a mediocre tip; if it's great service, I give a great tip. It's kind of a check and balance system that ensures good service. I think people get too hung up on the livable wage thing. I think there definitely should be more thought put into how the system works, but like I said, it's more complicated than "give them more money."

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  16. Comment on Jordan Peele’s 'Us' untethered $70 million from North American wallets this weekend in ~movies

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    Any reason you didn't enjoy Get Out? It was definitely hyped but I feel like it deserved (most of) the hype it received.

    Any reason you didn't enjoy Get Out? It was definitely hyped but I feel like it deserved (most of) the hype it received.

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  17. Comment on How much testing do you guys do? in ~comp

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    Not entirely sure but I'm pretty sure all my professors were academics and none of them had any actual professional development experience. I think that in combination with the course material...

    Not entirely sure but I'm pretty sure all my professors were academics and none of them had any actual professional development experience. I think that in combination with the course material they were trying to get through, it was just something that got left out.

  18. Comment on How much testing do you guys do? in ~comp

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    Mocking. There are lots of different types of testing but it sounds like you are after unit tests. If you're writing unit tests, the idea is to only test what that specific function is doing and...

    but I never understood what to do if you don't have a public API to test, or what if you rely on an external service, and that kind of more complicated stuff.

    Mocking. There are lots of different types of testing but it sounds like you are after unit tests. If you're writing unit tests, the idea is to only test what that specific function is doing and returning, not what is passed to it. If you want to write efficient tests, you should be familiar with dependency injection. Once your external service is injected, you can set up your tests so that anytime your external service is called, it will return mocked data that you define rather than actually calling the service or API.

    You usually write multiple tests per function that give it all sorts of data to get good coverage. There are many ways to do this depending on you're language/library. The whole idea was super confusing to me as well at first but it's actually not as complicated as it seems once you get passed injecting your services that need mocking.

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  19. Comment on How much testing do you guys do? in ~comp

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    I'm still pretty early in my career and have only just started my second job out of school. First job, we were encouraged to dev test but really wasn't a big deal. We had a small QA team that did...

    I'm still pretty early in my career and have only just started my second job out of school. First job, we were encouraged to dev test but really wasn't a big deal. We had a small QA team that did happy path integration tests. At my new job we have unit tests for almost everything on the backend. Our QA has integration tests set up for regression testing as well as a pretty strict regiment for all new tickets that come through. After they give the okay, we have UAT/business testing all before it hits production.

    I think it depends on the company how much testing you actually do but there is a clear difference in product quality between the two companies I've worked for. My universities CS program was geared towards people who were on the path to do be software devs and I don't think we ever once went over anything about testing your code. Honestly, at my new company, I HATED the amount of dev testing we are expected to do before committing our code but it has made me a much better developer. It's a very desirable skill in a dev and I really wish that my school would have went over it at least a little especially because I had a class or two that revolved around software development (as opposed to the other more CS driven courses.)

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