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  1. Comment on I’m writing an article about “How to hand over the reins when you leave a job.” I’d like your advice about what I should include. in ~life

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    In this vein, I had a manager who asked a great question during interviews - "how will your current team be affected by your departure, if you came to work here?" He'd get a lot of braggy answers...

    In this vein, I had a manager who asked a great question during interviews - "how will your current team be affected by your departure, if you came to work here?"

    He'd get a lot of braggy answers of people trying to hype up their own accomplishments and how great they were by saying their old team would be screwed without them, they did most of the really hard work, etc.

    Better answers focused on "they'll miss my specialization in X, but I've written documentation that covers some of that, plus Y and Z so my replacement should be able to hit the ground running" and things like that.

    I thought it was a savvy question because the "right" answer is counter-intuitive, at least in the moment. That manager recognized that if a candidate was leaving their current team in a lurch, then when the time came for them to leave our team, they'd be likely to do the same.

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  2. Comment on Dick Dale, Surf Rock Icon, Dead at 81 in ~music

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    From 2015: At 78 and with myriad health issues, surf-rock legend Dick Dale plays through the pain

    From 2015: At 78 and with myriad health issues, surf-rock legend Dick Dale plays through the pain

    The man hailed as the King of Surf Guitar has had rectal cancer twice. He’s currently in renal failure and refuses to go on dialysis, and he suffers from diabetes and from vertebrae that are so damaged “that every time I stand up it’s like a double-edge sword going into my spine.”

    “I can’t stop touring because I will die,” Dale says. And he’s not saying that as the long-time performer who can’t give up the spotlight and the intoxicating adoration of his fans. Rather, he emphasizes, “Physically and literally, I will die.”

    “I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay for,” Dale explains.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What is the best ‘game within a game’ you have played? in ~games

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    GTA San Andreas had many such mini-games, but the one that immediately jumped to mind was "the bee game" aka Let's Get Ready to Bumble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jzsBkYK5y4 To play it, you...

    GTA San Andreas had many such mini-games, but the one that immediately jumped to mind was "the bee game" aka Let's Get Ready to Bumble:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jzsBkYK5y4

    To play it, you had to go into one of the in-game bars and find the arcade cabinet for it. Easily could have been missed if you didn't take your time to explore during a playthrough. And I think it's an excellent homage to the "feel" of that sort of arcade game from the late 80s / early 90s (when San Andreas was set) of having simple, intuitive controls but a gradually increasing difficulty level that would keep you feeding in quarters, convinced you could beat it.

    I also like the juxtaposition of the GTA series being full of violence and carnage, but you can also play this cute little arcade game with happy music, bright colors, and collecting flowers as the primary objective.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Feedback on removing usernames from link topics and suggestions for a user tagging system in ~tildes

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    I'm generally fine with the username hiding as-is, though I don't feel very strongly about it. One thing that raised a red flag for me though: As always, remember the 90:9:1 ratio. One thing we...

    I'm generally fine with the username hiding as-is, though I don't feel very strongly about it.

    One thing that raised a red flag for me though:

    using Tildes Extended, I've tagged several users on the site that I think commonly post enjoyable content, that I know have the same interests as me, or dozens of other reasons. When I get on the site for the first time in a given day, I'll skim over all the topics that have been posted since I last visited (since Tildes is still small enough for this to be possible)

    As always, remember the 90:9:1 ratio. One thing we should be really cautious about in the early days of Tildes is building mechanics into the site that are either only useful to the 1% / power users, or that will reduce in usefulness as the site grows. I view individually tagging users as one of those - it's something that only a relatively small handful of users will do (but those users will also tend to be the most active, resulting in meta threads like this one generating an overestimate of how many people use Tildes Extended and find tagging useful), and as the site grows in users the value of tagging everyone whose submissions you enjoy decreases.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

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    If you want a middle ground between expensive-but-amazing Darn Toughs and Ye Olde Generics, I'm quite happy with the Gold Toes that I have.

    If you want a middle ground between expensive-but-amazing Darn Toughs and Ye Olde Generics, I'm quite happy with the Gold Toes that I have.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

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    The "smart" bulbs and power sockets I have are from TP-Link, and I've been happy with them so far. TP-Link, before they got into "smart home" stuff, has a history of making...

    The "smart" bulbs and power sockets I have are from TP-Link, and I've been happy with them so far. TP-Link, before they got into "smart home" stuff, has a history of making inexpensive-but-not-cheap networking gear (switches, routers, wireless APs, etc).

    Here's a post I made a few months ago about using one of their plugs plus a giant grow light bulb as a "wake-up alarm" light.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    I have a few one-letter or very-abbreviated ones: alias sys='sudo systemctl' alias sus='systemctl --user' alias root='sudo su -l' alias d=docker alias jef='journalctl -ef' alias je='journalctl -e'...

    I have a few one-letter or very-abbreviated ones:

    alias sys='sudo systemctl'
    alias sus='systemctl --user'
    alias root='sudo su -l'
    alias d=docker
    
    alias jef='journalctl -ef'
    alias je='journalctl -e'
    alias jf='journalctl -f'
    alias j='journalctl'
    
    3 votes
  8. Comment on What programming language do you think deserves more credit? in ~comp

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    I do. Lots of other people do, too. If I wanted programming to require an IDE I would have continued to slave away in the Java Mines. Instead I write Python every day with Atom on one monitor, a...

    But really, who the fuck does any development without an IDE anymore?

    I do. Lots of other people do, too. If I wanted programming to require an IDE I would have continued to slave away in the Java Mines. Instead I write Python every day with Atom on one monitor, a terminal window on another, and library documentation / google results / stack overflow / etc on a 3rd. For me, an IDE just gets in the way, I can think much easier with just a text editor and not a 747 cockpit.

    And it's not just about IDE vs. text editor - it's about cognitive overhead, the number of things a language (or framework, library, etc) forces me to keep in my head at one time. Little inconsistencies add up.

    The only complaint I have is that some behavior is unintuitive, e.g. when calling empty("0") you would expect it to evaluate to false, but it evaluates to true. But you know what? I wrote a fucking wrapper function for that instead of bitching online about it.

    That's...not a good solution in the general case. Should every PHP codebase in the world have a my_empty or real_empty function in some utils.php file to work around the standard library's empty being weird?

    And if I'm working as a PHP dev and switch jobs, do I then have to un-learn the helper functions I was used to and re-learn whatever subtly different wrapper functions my new team uses?

    working with PHP for a couple of years now with a proprietary framework that isn't complete shit

    Would you want to do PHP development using purely open-source tech, and not the proprietary framework?

    12 votes
  9. Comment on How do you define your masculinity/femininity? in ~talk

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    Rather than try to give it an exact definition, I'll try to give an example. I'm a cisgender hetero man. I recently invited a cisgender hetero woman who I'm friends with (platonically - I'm...

    Rather than try to give it an exact definition, I'll try to give an example.

    I'm a cisgender hetero man. I recently invited a cisgender hetero woman who I'm friends with (platonically - I'm friends with her husband as well, but he's much more introverted) to an event (bar trivia). The area where this bar is located (Pioneer Square in Seattle) is a bit sketchy, particularly late at night.

    My friend asked how safe the neighborhood where the bar is located was. I responded that it can be sketchy, by Seattle standards, and offered to walk with her to her bus stop as we leave the bar, particularly since my bus stop is only a block away.

    I personally have never felt unsafe walking through that neighborhood at night, but I also know that I'm a 6-foot-plus dude with pretty strong resting asshole face. I understand how someone a foot shorter than me, and with significantly less body mass & muscle, can feel threatened in situations where I would feel fine.

    To my mind, this is a confirmation of some masculine / feminine stereotypes but without the negative aspects of either one. I feel physically safe in most situations, and if I weren't aware of it as 'privilege' I'd probably never notice it. At the same time, I can recognize that people smaller or less powerful than me (stereotypically women) don't feel safe in as many situations as I do. And that means I can and should try to make up the difference.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on City of Keene in Dispute with Local Restaurant Owner Over 'Pho Keene Great' Name in ~misc

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    Reminds me of the Sofa King store in the UK that got in trouble for ads about how their prices were "Sofa King Low". I also have a dream of one day opening up a food truck that serves pho. Since...

    Reminds me of the Sofa King store in the UK that got in trouble for ads about how their prices were "Sofa King Low".

    I also have a dream of one day opening up a food truck that serves pho. Since it would all be in to-go containers, with the broth separate from the rest of the ingredients and assembled by the customer when they ate it, the only appropriate name for the food truck would be "Pho Kit"

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Effective alarm clock for Android that doesn't spy on you or need 25 permissions? in ~tech

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    I built a DIY version of the light-based alarm clock. It doesn't do the gradual brightening, but it is very bright and in the sunlight spectrum (5500K color temperature). Bulb:...

    I built a DIY version of the light-based alarm clock. It doesn't do the gradual brightening, but it is very bright and in the sunlight spectrum (5500K color temperature).

    Bulb: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019HZQPM/

    Lamp: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Style-Selections-Erskin-17-7-in-White-Desk-Lamp-with-Paper-Shade/50016042

    "Smart" plug: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01K1JVZOE/

    Then the TP-Link app (Kasa) lets me set a schedule for when it should turn on and off. Works with Alexa too, so I'm able to yell at my Echo Dot "turn off the sun" once I'm up and getting ready in the morning.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What SSD should I buy? in ~comp

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    How much space are you using on your current SSD, and what's taking up that space? ie, is it mostly games/apps or mostly audio/video files? If you're not sure, you can use something like...

    How much space are you using on your current SSD, and what's taking up that space? ie, is it mostly games/apps or mostly audio/video files? If you're not sure, you can use something like WinDirStat to see what's taking up the most space.

    For large apps/games (such as Skyrim, GTA V, etc, that need to load a lot of different map data) you're likely to notice a significant difference. That Sandisk model is apparently a grab bag of low-end components. A modern drive like the Samsung one I linked will have much better components.

    On the other hand, if most of what's taking up space is audio/video files, you're unlikely to notice any real difference in speed (unless you're editing those media files, in which case a better SSD would absolutely be noticeable). In that case your money would be better spent getting a separate storage drive. For example, you can get a 2TB WD Blue for $60. Blue is WD's slowest product line, so it'd be a terrible drive to boot your OS from, but it'd work great if you just need somewhere to store your collection of cough Linux ISOs and Project Gutenberg audiobooks.

  13. Comment on What SSD should I buy? in ~comp

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    SATA is the standard used by more or less every hard drive on the market right now (excepting drives used in servers which tend to be a different-but-related standard called SAS). When SSDs first...

    SATA is the standard used by more or less every hard drive on the market right now (excepting drives used in servers which tend to be a different-but-related standard called SAS). When SSDs first appeared, they used SATA as well, which means that under the covers your current SSD is essentially pretending to be a hard drive. A very fast hard drive to be sure, but still a hard drive.

    There's a newer interface, called NVMe, which is built from the ground up to be used for SSDs, and not for hard drives. That makes it faster in certain scenarios, but often ones that aren't very useful to the average consumer. An NVMe SSD will handle "I'd like to open these 10,000 files all at once" much better than a SATA SSD - but you probably don't need to do that very often.

    From the link you provided in a separate post, your motherboard has an M.2 slot, which can fit an SSD, but that slot only operates in SATA mode, not NVMe mode - in other words, it plugs directly into your motherboard instead of using cables, but once plugged in it still acts like an SSD-pretending-to-be-a-hard-drive. That means you won't see much if any speed benefit of using an M.2 SATA SSD vs. a 2.5 inch SATA SSD like the one you've currently got.

    So, short version, right now you should buy a 2.5" SATA SSD (which will look physically identical to the one you have now) such as this one. The next time you do a major upgrade to your computer (replacing motherboard/CPU/RAM/etc) you should look for a motherboard that supports NVMe SSDs (which is almost all of them by now) and that will give you the option of upgrading to an NVMe-based SSD.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Should I be using a VPN constantly? in ~tech

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    Find a cheap cloud hosting provider (Linode, Vultr, Digital Ocean, etc). Not AWS, because the most expensive thing AWS sells is egress bandwidth. Install your own VPN server. OpenVPN is the...

    Is there such a thing as a "clean" VPN?

    Find a cheap cloud hosting provider (Linode, Vultr, Digital Ocean, etc). Not AWS, because the most expensive thing AWS sells is egress bandwidth. Install your own VPN server. OpenVPN is the conservative choice, Wireguard is the bleeding-edge option. Don't try to do anything involved with IPsec unless you're positive you know what you're doing.

    Any business that puts out a shingle as a "VPN hosting provider" immediately pastes a giant target on themselves. You can get a decent amount of privacy-via-obscurity by just running your own little VM in someone else's cloud somewhere, sending up all your traffic through it, and then jumping onto the larger internet as part of a big 10gig link, where no one cares or has the wherewithal to inspect your traffic at line rate.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Should I be using a VPN constantly? in ~tech

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    The most important thing you should ask regarding any "should I do X?" security-related question: What's your threat model? If you're in China and you're trying to get around the Great Firewall,...

    The most important thing you should ask regarding any "should I do X?" security-related question:

    What's your threat model?

    If you're in China and you're trying to get around the Great Firewall, you have a very different threat model than you would if you're a teenager with tech-saavy but anti-pornography parents you want to circumvent.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on What if we eliminated "ownership" of link topics? in ~tildes.official

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    As one of the more prolific submitters here (though not recently, between the holidays and my company having a newborn baby satellite), I'm all for this. I don't submit links for personal glory, I...

    As one of the more prolific submitters here (though not recently, between the holidays and my company having a newborn baby satellite), I'm all for this. I don't submit links for personal glory, I submit them because I think they're interesting to read or discuss, and because I want Tildes to have critical mass to succeed.

    If I submit a crappy link, I'm fine with it being traced back to me. If I have a history of submitting good links, I'm fine with it factoring in to my overall trust score. But do I care about having reddit-style karma showing I've submitted a ton of links that got really popular (separate from whether they were good or not)? Nope.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Motorcyclist Wins $65,000 Settlement After King County Sheriff's Deputy Pulls Gun on Him in ~news

  18. Comment on George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dies at 94 in ~news

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    Pretty rude? Someone saying "I'm glad Obama is dead" would be pretty rude, in your opinion? 2007: Ted Nugent Threatens to Kill Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton During Vicious Onstage Rant 2008: Two...

    How does "I'm glad Obama is dead." sound? Pretty rude if I'd say so myself.

    Pretty rude? Someone saying "I'm glad Obama is dead" would be pretty rude, in your opinion?

    2007: Ted Nugent Threatens to Kill Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton During Vicious Onstage Rant

    2008: Two arrested after Obama effigy found on campus

    2010: Barack Obama effigy hanged in Georgia

    2016: Fan in Trump mask holds noose around fan in Obama mask at Wisconsin game

    And those are just the ones that turned up with quick googling.

    8+ years of people hanging Obama effigies...but saying "I'm glad Bush is dead" is rude.

    8 votes