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  1. Comment on Do you have any hobby electronics projects in progress? in ~hobbies

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    At the moment, I'm working on a VCO (voltage-controlled oscillator) to use with my Eurorack modular synthesizer! It's been quite an experience, but I've learned a lot. In terms of digital...

    At the moment, I'm working on a VCO (voltage-controlled oscillator) to use with my Eurorack modular synthesizer! It's been quite an experience, but I've learned a lot.

    In terms of digital electronics, take a look at Ben Eater's execllent 6502 computer series, his more in-depth from-scratch computer series, and if you're more into the Z80, maybe the Minstrel 2 or the RC2014.

    Or, if you really like Arduino, I can definitely recommend the experience of building a small OS for the 328P. It's a very limited chip, which can lead to some really interesting innovation (and frustration)!

    3 votes
  2. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    I don't see why it wouldn't affect reaction time. In addition, I don't see why a trans person who went on HRT at a young enough age (say, blockers at 14 and hormones at 16 or 17) wouldn't develop...

    I don't see why it wouldn't affect reaction time. In addition, I don't see why a trans person who went on HRT at a young enough age (say, blockers at 14 and hormones at 16 or 17) wouldn't develop bone thickness and height exactly like a cis person.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Have you ever been on feminizing hormones, or known anyone who has?

    Have you ever been on feminizing hormones, or known anyone who has?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Yes, we all know what your argument is. I'm simply suggesting that writing coherent sentences might be one part of making people not instantly discount the things you say. The other part is not...

    Yes, we all know what your argument is. I'm simply suggesting that writing coherent sentences might be one part of making people not instantly discount the things you say.

    The other part is not being a bigot.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Then why did you say they were studies? So much doublethink within the space of a single comment thread...

    Then why did you say they were studies? So much doublethink within the space of a single comment thread...

    15 votes
  6. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    This doesn't even parse. "but not everyone" what? Not everyone should have their own space? Why? Not everyone should have access to women's spaces? Nobody is saying they should.

    This doesn't even parse. "but not everyone" what? Not everyone should have their own space? Why? Not everyone should have access to women's spaces? Nobody is saying they should.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Then what is your response to the comments picking apart exactly why they don't say what you're asserting?

    Then what is your response to the comments picking apart exactly why they don't say what you're asserting?

    5 votes
  8. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    But most of this isn't studies - and the studies you did post don't say what you think they say, as shown by other commentors.

    But most of this isn't studies - and the studies you did post don't say what you think they say, as shown by other commentors.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    It's interesting to note that, in fact, people are refuting your study with comments made by the author of that study. Why might that be?

    It's interesting to note that, in fact, people are refuting your study with comments made by the author of that study. Why might that be?

    13 votes
  10. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    That's true. I didn't realize the post was only a few minutes old.

    That's true. I didn't realize the post was only a few minutes old.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    Personally, I don't think arguing with people who've decided to ignore evidence is usually warranted. It's not as if any logical argument we make here will sway her mind towards empathy and away...

    Personally, I don't think arguing with people who've decided to ignore evidence is usually warranted. It's not as if any logical argument we make here will sway her mind towards empathy and away from hatred; that's a decision she has to make for herself.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    This might be the most hateful post I've ever seen on Tildes. I'm disappointed in you, . The only link here that's actual research is, as @mftrhu pointed out, misinterpreted here, according to the...

    This might be the most hateful post I've ever seen on Tildes. I'm disappointed in you, and in this site.

    The only link here that's actual research is, as @mftrhu pointed out, misinterpreted here, according to the author. This kind of linkdump bigoted pseudorhetoric is trash and I certainly hope it's not welcome here.

    EDIT: Didn't realize how new this post was.

    16 votes
  13. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    It would be a very small amount of bandwidth. TCP Keep-Alive is absolutely miniscule, as are HEAD requests, even more so over HTTP/2.

    If apps could specify notification URLs, your phone would need to either poll these endpoints (using up bandwidth) or keep the connections alive (which would also use bandwidth.)

    It would be a very small amount of bandwidth. TCP Keep-Alive is absolutely miniscule, as are HEAD requests, even more so over HTTP/2.

  14. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    I don't think the author would disagree with you there.

    I don't think the author would disagree with you there.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    I basically don't disagree - all I'm saying is that they could give users both security and freedom, but choose not to do so, and I think that's pretty despicable.

    I basically don't disagree - all I'm saying is that they could give users both security and freedom, but choose not to do so, and I think that's pretty despicable.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    Yes. This is what I mean when I say that when Apple reaches a fork in the road, they head towards profit and away from user convenience. There are good engineering solutions to this problem that...

    Yes. This is what I mean when I say that when Apple reaches a fork in the road, they head towards profit and away from user convenience. There are good engineering solutions to this problem that permit apps to work without requiring that developers have a single URL notification source. For example, allowing notification callbacks to be registered with the operating system, so that they are polled on a regular schedule fully controlled by the operating system, or even just allowing apps to register a custom notification URL. Either one would work fine for both use cases. Legit apps get to pull notifications from wherever they want, and iOS still has tight control over the code being run in the background.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    No worries, just a minor correction!

    No worries, just a minor correction!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    I think the larger point that's being made is that these operating systems are moving away from user-focused - whether for a specific purpose or for general-purpose computing - and towards being...

    I think the larger point that's being made is that these operating systems are moving away from user-focused - whether for a specific purpose or for general-purpose computing - and towards being platforms for vendors to extract money, directly or indirectly, from consumers.

    11 votes
  19. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    I actually use she/her pronouns :) This is absolutely correct - and furthermore, this may actually turn out to be illegal in Europe. There's currently an antitrust inquiry in progress.

    It feels like you are arguing against the points you wish that @tindall was making rather than what he actually wrote.

    I actually use she/her pronouns :)

    From a wider point of view, the fact that the App Store is a walled garden where you have to play by Apple's rules is not a huge issue by itself. The problem is that there are effectively no alternatives to it. And from an even broader perspective the fact that Apple regularly removes the element of choice throughout various aspects of their hardware and software is in itself anti-consumer.

    This is absolutely correct - and furthermore, this may actually turn out to be illegal in Europe. There's currently an antitrust inquiry in progress.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    I think you may be misunderstanding - if I install an XMPP app, that app which I installed is not allowed to send me, the user who installed the app, notifications on my own device. How does that...

    No this is in my interests to make it hard for you to send me push notifications. I don't need you spamming me with low-value notifications. I definitely don't need 30 developers who all have no respect for my time or attention each deciding to spam me with more push notifications. How does anyone not see that?

    I think you may be misunderstanding - if I install an XMPP app, that app which I installed is not allowed to send me, the user who installed the app, notifications on my own device. How does that help the user?

    I definitely don't need 30 developers who all have no respect for my time or attention each deciding to spam me with more push notifications.

    With respect: what on earth are you talking about? This policy doesn't prevent developers of proprietary apps from spamming you with push notifications (though they do have other guidelines about that, which I have zero problems with), it just prevents people who develop apps that interact with decentralized or federated systems from having an easy way to implement notifications - something a lot of users want. Anecdotally, this is a big part of why my friends who use Apple devices prefer to communicate with me over Facebook Messenger vs XMPP.

    It's about developers who are properly acculturated into good development hygiene and practices and those who aren't.

    Are you arguing that not wanting to pay Apple a bunch of money so that people can use my free software on their platform means that I'm not "properly acculturated into good development hygiene"?

    To be totally frank, I think you're missing the point of both the article and my comment. Few people are complaining about the Apple development guidelines in general; the problem is that they use those guidelines to make it harder for people who want to build and distribute software in a way that doesn't fit into the corporate model.

    For instance, if I were to port one of my small desktop apps - most of which don't even access the filesystem, or do so only directly at the behest of the user - I'd have to pay one hundred dollars per year just to have my app listed on the App Store, despite it being a free app.

    Furthermore, it's problematic that larger companies, notably Facebook on iOS and Adobe on Mac OS, can simply sidestep these restrictions (and do so without major consequences), while smaller developers are bound by them - and generally get no feedback when their apps are rejected. Mike Dominick from The Mad Botter has talked extensively on his own podcast and various other tech industry shows about how frustrating it is to pay Apple's fees, attempt to abide by their (often kind of vague) rules, submit an app, get rejected several times without any feedback, and be beaten to market by a competitor. How does that protect users?

    9 votes