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  1. Comment on Project Svalbard: The Future of Have I Been Pwned in ~comp

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    I'm glad Troy is getting some of the burden off his shoulders, but a part of me can't help but feel skeptical that this is now a KPMG thing.

    I'm glad Troy is getting some of the burden off his shoulders, but a part of me can't help but feel skeptical that this is now a KPMG thing.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Amber Brown at Python Language Summit: Batteries Included, But They're Leaking in ~comp

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    This is slightly annoying, but hardly a reason for such drastic change as she is proposing. I can't help but feel a lot of these problems could be fixed by making it easier to contribute to the...

    Brown also mentioned that some itertools code is shown as examples in the documentation instead of shipped as functions in the itertools module.

    This is slightly annoying, but hardly a reason for such drastic change as she is proposing. I can't help but feel a lot of these problems could be fixed by making it easier to contribute to the standard library (as she even acknowledges has been happening).

    Some ecosystems such as Javascript rely too much on packages, she conceded, but there are others like Rust that have small standard libraries and high-quality package repositories. She thinks that Python should move farther in that direction.

    On the other hand, encouraging use of package indexes can cause fragmentation - try choosing a logging crate for Rust and you'll have to decide which of the 20 or so options is best for you. Python, however, is super simple - import logging and do basicConfig.

    That's not to say that she's wrong - she definitely has a point with a lot of standard library modules being clearly inferior to PyPI alternatives, and the standard library often lagging behind.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Children describe technology that gives them a sense of ambiguity as 'creepy' in ~tech

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    That's really interesting - it gives me hope for better regulation in future if this concern about control over your own data becomes widespread.

    That's really interesting - it gives me hope for better regulation in future if this concern about control over your own data becomes widespread.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Your very public Amazon shopping history is a window onto your soul in ~tech

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    This is certainly interesting and not something we tend to think about, but it was rather lost on my reading of it until I came here and saw your comment. While reading the article, I instead felt...

    This is certainly interesting and not something we tend to think about, but it was rather lost on my reading of it until I came here and saw your comment. While reading the article, I instead felt disappointed that it wasn't actually shopping history.

    Maybe editing the title to say "Amazon review history" would help?

  5. Comment on If a link topic's title, or linked URL are changed, the comments posted before that change should receive some sort of signifier in ~tildes

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    It should be possible to do this automatically by a Tildes enhancement extension, while we wait for this feature to land on the site itself. (sorry about the necro - not sure what the policy is on...

    It should be possible to do this automatically by a Tildes enhancement extension, while we wait for this feature to land on the site itself.

    (sorry about the necro - not sure what the policy is on that)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas. in ~tech

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    This seems rather meaningless when there are no real Facebook alternatives. I read through his entire article and past the PR-speak it just seems to be "We got told off again so we started doing...

    which is why we support a standard data transfer format and the open source Data Transfer Project.

    This seems rather meaningless when there are no real Facebook alternatives. I read through his entire article and past the PR-speak it just seems to be "We got told off again so we started doing some more of the things we should have done years ago" that he's been doing for ever.

    Incremental improvements, yes, but nothing to applaud him for. He's doing this because he's forced to.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

  8. Comment on What are your thoughts on the rust programming language? in ~comp

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    I quite like this post by Bryan Cantrill of DTrace fame, because it talks about a lot of aspects of rust that aren't just the borrow checker, which you'll definitely have heard about if you've...

    I quite like this post by Bryan Cantrill of DTrace fame, because it talks about a lot of aspects of rust that aren't just the borrow checker, which you'll definitely have heard about if you've done some reading about learning Rust. Obviously at the end he concludes that Rust is great, and you should learn it, but he also talks about some problems you may run into and things to avoid.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Nim: Deploying static binaries in ~comp

  10. Comment on Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company in ~tech

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    I was a bit surprised to see this perspective - I would have thought Facebook getting more control over Instagram's running would be a good thing for them. End users probably won't follow the news...

    adding to the challenges facing Instagram’s parent company, Facebook.

    I was a bit surprised to see this perspective - I would have thought Facebook getting more control over Instagram's running would be a good thing for them. End users probably won't follow the news about the founders leaving, if my anecdata on people's knowledge of WhatsApp's story is anything to go by.

    I definitely think Instagram these days is the new Facebook, or what Facebook was 5 years ago - when meeting someone new, you check out their Instagram profile. Facebook is not going to let anything stop them from taking full advantage of this.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Nim: Deploying static binaries in ~comp

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    Great post! I particularly appreciate how you take the time to explain things like your glibc problem, musl, and NimScript in a way that someone with very little knowledge could still follow....

    Great post! I particularly appreciate how you take the time to explain things like your glibc problem, musl, and NimScript in a way that someone with very little knowledge could still follow. Something I might add is a one-sentence summary of what UPX does.

    PS: Here's Gitlab's CI tool: https://about.gitlab.com/features/gitlab-ci-cd/

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Kids can't use computers in ~tech

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    I agree with your points about it being impossible to know enough (or as much as the nerds would want us to know) in every field, but everyone definitely needs to know a certain baseline about...

    I agree with your points about it being impossible to know enough (or as much as the nerds would want us to know) in every field, but everyone definitely needs to know a certain baseline about important subjects, such as food, human biology, construction, geography, etc.
    I charitably take from his (in my opinion, extremely condescending) article the idea that this baseline of knowledge is currently set far too low in the new field of computers. This is something I can empathise with, and definitely feel the pain of sometimes as a tech nerd, but for the same reason, I'm not sure if I'm in a good place to judge how much a "normal" person should know.

    Tangentially, I believe the working of your own body is probably the most important thing on the list of baseline knowledge to have. It is you after all.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Matilda at 30: To mark three decades since Roald Dahl’s heroine first appeared, her illustrator, Quentin Blake, has imagined her life now in ~books

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    This is a great point, and I'm glad the article (and this linked one) made me aware of this. Kids need role models, and representation is important - yet I still hear people claiming that feminism...

    Children’s fiction continues to be dominated by male characters because publishers wrongly think boys don’t like to read books about heroines, she says – and this continues to make Matilda appear fresh and relevant. “We are surprised by Matilda because there aren’t many modern female characters like her. We shouldn’t be, but we still are because times haven’t quite changed enough.”

    This is a great point, and I'm glad the article (and this linked one) made me aware of this. Kids need role models, and representation is important - yet I still hear people claiming that feminism is no longer needed because women are now equal. At least Matilda is there for us.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Cloudflare goes InterPlanetary - Introducing Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway in ~comp

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    I'm tentatively actually excited about this! Cloudflare can sometimes act in kind of scary ways, as a growing monolith in front of many sites, but this seems to be some engineers trying to be...

    I'm tentatively actually excited about this! Cloudflare can sometimes act in kind of scary ways, as a growing monolith in front of many sites, but this seems to be some engineers trying to be cool. Let's hope it stays that way.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Any good alternatives to imgur? in ~tech

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    Neat, thanks!

    Neat, thanks!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Any good alternatives to imgur? in ~tech

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    Nice, I used to love teknik, but haven't used them since they restricted stuff to account holders. Got an invite I could use?

    Nice, I used to love teknik, but haven't used them since they restricted stuff to account holders. Got an invite I could use?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Any good alternatives to imgur? in ~tech

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    Haha, I did the same thing but using Go and sqlite, as a way to learn Go and build something like the old sr.ht filehost. It's at https://github.com/expectocode/oryza

    Haha, I did the same thing but using Go and sqlite, as a way to learn Go and build something like the old sr.ht filehost.

    It's at https://github.com/expectocode/oryza

    3 votes