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  1. Comment on What's your favourite live album? in ~music

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    My pick as well. The audio mix/quality is amazing!

    My pick as well. The audio mix/quality is amazing!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What gaming trend or trope needs to die in 2020? in ~games

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    Hmm, you might be on to something. There are only a handful of games or mechanics that changed gaming. Most games are, like you said, a rehash.

    Hmm, you might be on to something. There are only a handful of games or mechanics that changed gaming. Most games are, like you said, a rehash.

  3. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    The invitation based system allows for "good" users to join in addition to creating sustainable growth. But I agree, the site could use some more activity. On the other hand, it's still manageable...

    The invitation based system allows for "good" users to join in addition to creating sustainable growth.

    But I agree, the site could use some more activity.

    On the other hand, it's still manageable to follow most of the discourse here and I like that.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    I believe you don't necessarily need to have opposing views to have an interesting discussion. Discussion with minor differences of opinion can actually be just as interesting. Measuring success...

    I believe you don't necessarily need to have opposing views to have an interesting discussion. Discussion with minor differences of opinion can actually be just as interesting.

    Measuring success is quite difficult, but it would look something like:

    • The discussion needs to stay open for anyone to join.
    • People shouldn't feel like they want to get out of the discussion.
    • Use facts to support your argument.
    • Attack arguments, not people.

    By these rules alone, it is clear that discussions often aren't that successful. I also dislike the notion of "winning an argument". It usually helps no-one except the winner. That usually isn't the point.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    Isn't the problem not that they were caused by arson, but that the fires could only have become so big because of climate change? These two ideas are not necessarily contrary.

    As to your example: I wouldn't have a problem talking with someone about it, but I assume that the data would show pretty quickly that's it's really fucking hard to burn the entire area of Belgium as an arsonist. I'm willing to be proven wrong though, and there have been instances of people in Australia burning shit during the bushfires.

    Isn't the problem not that they were caused by arson, but that the fires could only have become so big because of climate change? These two ideas are not necessarily contrary.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Are silly/imaginative/dorky/non-serious topics "high-quality" enough for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I hadn't even considered those subreddits. But you are definitely right it is difficult finding good content on the internet.

    a platform you've labelled non-serious based on the lowest common demoninator in with ragecomics and the_donald.

    I hadn't even considered those subreddits.

    But you are definitely right it is difficult finding good content on the internet.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What are you looking for in a private messaging app? in ~comp

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    It's a shame self-hosting and federation seem like such a pipe dream. I haven't seen any modern federated service gather a large enough userbase. The creators of Signal have explained why they are...

    It's a shame self-hosting and federation seem like such a pipe dream. I haven't seen any modern federated service gather a large enough userbase.

    The creators of Signal have explained why they are not doing federation. It's a good read, even when you don't agree.
    https://signal.org/blog/the-ecosystem-is-moving/

    12 votes
  8. Comment on Are silly/imaginative/dorky/non-serious topics "high-quality" enough for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    That's true, but the baseline still is non-serious content. This makes it difficult to find subreddits with the content you like, as well as rules and values you prefer.

    That's true, but the baseline still is non-serious content. This makes it difficult to find subreddits with the content you like, as well as rules and values you prefer.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Dedoimedo's best Linux distribution of 2019 in ~comp

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    Anyone that uses MX Linux that wants to tell about their experiences? What makes it special?

    Anyone that uses MX Linux that wants to tell about their experiences? What makes it special?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Are silly/imaginative/dorky/non-serious topics "high-quality" enough for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Yes! Text posts feel more inviting than links or images. You're actually prompting people to generate content themselves, instead of just consuming it. Each top level comment has the potential to...

    There's not much to go off of when a lot of the posts are a single image, or a single joke, for example.

    Yes! Text posts feel more inviting than links or images. You're actually prompting people to generate content themselves, instead of just consuming it. Each top level comment has the potential to generate an entirely different discussion. This makes for richer and more diverse content.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on The Light Phone in ~tech

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    It really sounds like it solves a problem of our time... For some people. When I look closely at what I use on my phone, a lot of them are "tools" already. Listening to music, podcasts, checking...

    It really sounds like it solves a problem of our time... For some people.

    When I look closely at what I use on my phone, a lot of them are "tools" already. Listening to music, podcasts, checking the weather, navigating, 2FA, online banking, taking notes, making photos, using my calendar. Those things aren't externally pushed to me in "feeds" (with maybe the exception of new podcasts). I control them.

    I also use my phone for Netflix, YouTube, browsing, social networks, reading.

    The Light Phone would actually sacrifice a lot of the "tools" functionality to get me to stop using "feeds". I agree with @babypuncher that your smartphone could handle these things for you. But for some (or many) that might not cut it.

    I also doubt the use of an e-ink screen. I enjoy reading on e-ink, but using it for quick input the experience is quite poor.

    Last point: $350 is quite a lot when you actually sacrifice a lot of functionality compared tot other devices. Yes, even when considering its niche, research cost, etc.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Are silly/imaginative/dorky/non-serious topics "high-quality" enough for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    That's an apt description of how communities handle changes! I believe it does, but it is also something that can and likely will change over time. Things won't be the same when the community is...

    That's an apt description of how communities handle changes!

    My question is, does Tildes have a strong vision for what it wants to be?

    I believe it does, but it is also something that can and likely will change over time. Things won't be the same when the community is much bigger.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Are silly/imaginative/dorky/non-serious topics "high-quality" enough for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    One of the issues I have with reddit is that every other comment is a joke, a meme or some other meta comment you would only understand by being on the site 24/7. It becomes tiresome very quickly....

    One of the issues I have with reddit is that every other comment is a joke, a meme or some other meta comment you would only understand by being on the site 24/7. It becomes tiresome very quickly.

    Having a laugh is totally fine and is a great addition, especially in its own topics. However, they shouldn't detract from serious and interesting discussion, which is one of the reasons I like this site.

    32 votes
  14. Comment on Software disenchantment in ~comp

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    In the past, many game releases were plagued by performance issues. It makes total sense when you see what machines the developers were using (both the latest AND most expensive hardware)....

    as long as it's fine on the developer's tricked-up PC, it's fine to put in production – or so I suspect.

    In the past, many game releases were plagued by performance issues. It makes total sense when you see what machines the developers were using (both the latest AND most expensive hardware). Nowadays it seems quite a bit better.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Choosing a new printer in ~comp

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    This so much. I'd rather print at work, a print shop or anywhere else as long as I don't have to bother configuring it, fixing it or replacing ink all the time. A printer should have been a fixed...

    This so much. I'd rather print at work, a print shop or anywhere else as long as I don't have to bother configuring it, fixing it or replacing ink all the time.

    A printer should have been a fixed problem by now.

  16. Comment on How to best utilise 5k GBP in ~finance

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    Yes! From what I've read, trying to time the market is rarely better than sitting it out. Regarding the amount of money, here are two simple examples. Let's say our expected yearly interest is 3%...

    there's a good amount of data to suggest one such method is riding out the market in the long run by putting that money into an index fund.

    Yes! From what I've read, trying to time the market is rarely better than sitting it out.

    I would just like to put the little money I can save each month to work in a sustainable way.

    Regarding the amount of money, here are two simple examples. Let's say our expected yearly interest is 3% and our investment period is 20 years. These numbers are quite commonly used in examples. Note that these are hypothetical examples. Your actual results may vary.

    1. Our initial (and only) investment is £2000. In 20 years, you will have £3,612.22. Note that we did not add any funds. Just the compound interest working for us. We would have made £1612.22.

    2. Our initial investment is £2000. We add an additional £100 every month. In 20 years, you will have £35,856.67. We've invested a total of £26,000.00, but we've also made £9.857,67.

    Increasing your investment together with compound interest, can greatly increases our returns. That is why I argue that investing £2000 doesn't generate that much (absolute) returns. In our first example, our investment almost doubled. However, our total amount is just £3600, compared to the £26,000 from example 2.

    It also really depends on your situation. If you are not financially able to invest additional funds, definitely don't. And if you just want to use £2000 as something to play with on the stock market, do that. Think about what you really want out of it first.

    Again, these results are purely hypothetical and your mileage may vary. There is always a risk involved when investing.

    Resource for calculating these numbers:
    https://www.investor.gov/additional-resources/free-financial-planning-tools/compound-interest-calculator

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    What do you write on it?

    What do you write on it?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Taiwan’s ‘born independent’ millennials are becoming Xi Jinping’s lost generation in ~news

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    Many suspected China to slowly assimilate Hong Kong, possibly taking decades. Maybe that would even mean China becoming a bit more like Hong Kong. But it seems they were much too eager, which...

    Many suspected China to slowly assimilate Hong Kong, possibly taking decades. Maybe that would even mean China becoming a bit more like Hong Kong. But it seems they were much too eager, which resulted in heavy opposition from Hong Kong's citizens. If China backs down from Hong Kong and gives in a little bit, the damage has already been done. This yead has probably made an entire generation of Hong Kongers distrust China, for quite some time.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on How to best utilise 5k GBP in ~finance

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    Emergency fund is a very good idea. Actually, everyone should have one! On investing: The potential absolute profits with 2k aren't that big. It may be interesting if you plan on adding additional...

    Emergency fund is a very good idea. Actually, everyone should have one!

    On investing: The potential absolute profits with 2k aren't that big. It may be interesting if you plan on adding additional funds on a regular basis, which greatly increases this potential. On the other hand, it really depends on why you want to invest it. Could you elaborate on that?

    2 votes
  20. Comment on It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats in ~life

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    Isn't 50PLUS a party that is inherently discriminating? It's interesting that "OK boomer" exists as a response to older people who supposedly have it all, but this party argues older people are...

    Isn't 50PLUS a party that is inherently discriminating? It's interesting that "OK boomer" exists as a response to older people who supposedly have it all, but this party argues older people are actually the victims.