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  1. Comment on Google Japan's absurdly long stick keyboard is actually real in ~tech

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    It's a recruiting video. One of Google's limiting factors to growth is engineering headcount - so definitely worth paying to send the message that Google isn't all about work and sometimes you get...

    It's a recruiting video. One of Google's limiting factors to growth is engineering headcount - so definitely worth paying to send the message that Google isn't all about work and sometimes you get to spend company money on fun stuff.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on This man is allowed to starve himself to death, but not to eat some biscuits in ~health

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    If there's a debate here it would be about the very nature of imprisonment. The punishment of imprisonment is one of a loss of free will - if only partially. Prisoners are not generally given...

    If there's a debate here it would be about the very nature of imprisonment. The punishment of imprisonment is one of a loss of free will - if only partially. Prisoners are not generally given complete control over their diets, or most aspects of their lives. Maybe we could discuss if that is wrong. But if it is not wrong - and at the very least it's precedent - then this sounds like someone choosing death over imprisonment.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Does Rust belong in the Linux kernel? in ~comp

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    IIRC the API coverage is not complete.

    IIRC the API coverage is not complete.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Does Rust belong in the Linux kernel? in ~comp

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    An important aspect of bringing Rust into existing codebases is it's also an opportunity to build with hindsight. At work we're adding Rust to an existing (esoteric) operating...

    An important aspect of bringing Rust into existing codebases is it's also an opportunity to build with hindsight. At work we're adding Rust to an existing (esoteric) operating system/kernel/userspace environment. Even though Rust does not come out-of-the-box with fallibly allocated collections (so you can catch out of memory errors when expanding a vector for example) we can pull in an existing fallible collections library and build everything new with that. This isn't even a feature of rust, but because we can't as easily start using C++ vectors as we can a 3rd party fallible Rust vector, the safe Rust alternative will get used.

    I think there genuinely was a bit of a language rut for a while, where most arguments were pure squabbles over different flavors of syntactic sugar. In web development it didn't matter much if your back-end was in C# vs. Java vs. Rails. But today you can have a full-stack Typescript app where you can finally have perfect code reuse between the front end and back end. I've heard a CEO I worked with say how "you can write a good app in any language" as an argument against building a new app in TS. There's truth to what he said, but he's been out of the coding game for a decade and might not realize the paradigm shift full-stack TS is.

    Rust is similar. And the hype/trendiness is an argument in its favor! There's a large middle range between garbage tech and golden bullet solutions where self-fulfilling prophecy effects are worth as much as the tech itself. If people believe in Rust it's more likely to succeed.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on The dangers of A/B testing and "funnel hacking": How we made things worse by making them better in ~tech

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    I’ve worked at startups when they’re doing funnel hacking. I think the main difference is we were trying to measure a difference in user behavior over the course of days, not months. If you...

    I’ve worked at startups when they’re doing funnel hacking. I think the main difference is we were trying to measure a difference in user behavior over the course of days, not months. If you increase signups to a program that won’t finish for months then you can’t call it a success until you’ve seen that play out entirely. The funnel hacking I saw play out would get you instant feedback on signups and a week of lag time for changes in conversion to a paid user.

    Separately there’s the author’s own takeaway - that funnel hacking was fundamentally at odds with their product. Funnel hacking is an attempt to open the gates wider and let in people who are less engaged. That works great when your funnel is a signup process for a free trial or freemium product. That’s not so great when you’re entering the user into a contract.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Metros with the most unoccupied homes in America in ~life

  7. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    Also consider the asset YouTube is to a company like Google. I talked with someone who worked on Stadia a few months ago about how they mapped out what homes get routed to which datacenters. You...

    Also consider the asset YouTube is to a company like Google. I talked with someone who worked on Stadia a few months ago about how they mapped out what homes get routed to which datacenters. You want to minimize latency for optimal gaming. They actually used YouTube’s latency data to build a limited map of the internet. So, thanks to YouTube, Google has a map of datacenter-to-zipcode latency for most of the world.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What is a good "eternal" Linux distribution? in ~tech

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    @lou, for context - will this laptop have regular internet access? Understanding where your constraints come from will help with giving advice.

    @lou, for context - will this laptop have regular internet access? Understanding where your constraints come from will help with giving advice.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    My favorite is peanut butter and banana/apple. I also like to throw a little honey on there and kosher salt.

    My favorite is peanut butter and banana/apple. I also like to throw a little honey on there and kosher salt.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Guy on doomed planet mostly concerned with skin color of people in movies in ~movies

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    That's how I feel about the people showing up to school board meetings to complain about critical race theory. If I had kids in school I'd want to go just to watch my neighbors out themselves as...

    That's how I feel about the people showing up to school board meetings to complain about critical race theory. If I had kids in school I'd want to go just to watch my neighbors out themselves as racists.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden in ~news

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    I trust Snowden’s original leaks. But recently I can’t help but read his posts as tainted by his relationship with Russia. He’s got nowhere to go now and is much more susceptible to pressure.

    I trust Snowden’s original leaks. But recently I can’t help but read his posts as tainted by his relationship with Russia. He’s got nowhere to go now and is much more susceptible to pressure.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    I’m the type to keep maybe 8 tabs open per window max. Every email gets put into an archive folder unless it’s in an active conversation that I need to keep tabs on. Same general principal to...

    I’m the type to keep maybe 8 tabs open per window max. Every email gets put into an archive folder unless it’s in an active conversation that I need to keep tabs on. Same general principal to physical mess, too. When not in use everything gets put away.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow in ~movies

  14. Comment on Introducing Whisper (OpenAI speech recognition model) in ~comp

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    Would love to see someone make this into a VLC plugin

    Would love to see someone make this into a VLC plugin

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Tech workers are paying $75K for leg-lengthening surgery in ~health

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    Some people start off with weirdly short legs for their torso. So I could see it working. But I also assume that adding 6 inches has the most health risks and side effects.

    Some people start off with weirdly short legs for their torso. So I could see it working. But I also assume that adding 6 inches has the most health risks and side effects.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Should the Steam Deck just be a gaming tablet? in ~tech

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    I'd argue against that. Why are people clamoring to get their hands on Steam Decks when good gaming laptops have existed for years?

    if you would want a more powerful mobile computer that can run PC apps, you might as well use a laptop or a convertible tablet.

    I'd argue against that. Why are people clamoring to get their hands on Steam Decks when good gaming laptops have existed for years?

  17. Comment on Should the Steam Deck just be a gaming tablet? in ~tech

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    I don't think that's important for the form-factor they're targeting. When was the last time you saw an actively cooled phone or tablet? The Steam Deck weighs 1.5 lbs. "Sipping power" doesn't...

    I don't think that's important for the form-factor they're targeting. When was the last time you saw an actively cooled phone or tablet? The Steam Deck weighs 1.5 lbs. "Sipping power" doesn't matter as people are happy buying the thing already when it only gets about 2.5 hours of runtime on the full 15W TDP.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on EVGA terminates NVIDIA partnership, cites disrespectful treatment in ~tech

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    I’d expect others to follow EVGA in the years to come - with NVidia gobbling their market share with first party products.

    I’d expect others to follow EVGA in the years to come - with NVidia gobbling their market share with first party products.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on "Brick toaster" aims to cut global CO2 output by 15% in fifteen years in ~enviro

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    I guess all of the led to shockingly good insulation. Or it's snake oil. Or somewhere in between.

    I guess all of the

    supercomputer computational fluid dynamics, and finite element analysis and AI system controls

    led to shockingly good insulation. Or it's snake oil. Or somewhere in between.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Should the Steam Deck just be a gaming tablet? in ~tech