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  1. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

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    I teach usability engineering at university, and during the first lecture I give I stand up at the entrance to the lecture theatre and stop students from engaging the hold-open leg on the bottom...

    I teach usability engineering at university, and during the first lecture I give I stand up at the entrance to the lecture theatre and stop students from engaging the hold-open leg on the bottom of the door so it keeps closing after them - because it is a classic Norman Door and you get that perfect 'bang' of students trying to pull it open when it is a push. I then show them this Vox video, which maybe doesn't quite count as a 99% invisible episode, but they were involved.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on A Case Against Reddit in ~tech

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    IMO it's not fair to go against implementation quality like that, as any video delivery mechanism is going to have significant growing pains - Youtube did, though most users aren't aware of this...

    Users of the site can attest to it’s terrible loading times, stuttering playback, and generally unfavorable presence

    IMO it's not fair to go against implementation quality like that, as any video delivery mechanism is going to have significant growing pains - Youtube did, though most users aren't aware of this since most users didn't use youtube back then. If we hold the standard to 'must meet or exceed Youtube quality at scale' then we have effectively granted Youtube an unassailable monopoly for eternity. And there is enough about Reddit to criticise without needing to do that.

    It's also an issue not of 'Reddit used to be great and no longer is', but 'Reddit used to be this, now it is that' - for people that wanted this it is a bad thing, for people wanted that it is a good thing. Going from great to not great makes no sense and prevents us from understanding the key issue (the conclusion about going from great to not great might be 'the execs are dumbasses'). Knowing that it is instead going from this to that indicates that it's a disruptive tech 'pivot' rather than dumb management.

    That distinction is important, because if the issue was dumb execs, then using Reddit's old model with 'not dumb' execs could be expected to solve the issue. If the issue was a change based on a pivot, then it depends on whether that pivot is necessary based on the initial operating model (I believe it is) - that tells you the Reddit model could never stay working as it did, and it doesn't matter who you had at the helm. This is embedded in the Tildes model already, which is why scale/growth is not a goal, and advertising doesn't exist.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on ‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski in ~movies

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    The game Enter The Matrix broke a lot of boundaries for releasing movie influencing material before you saw it in the films, but unfortunately was not what people actually wanted from a Matrix...

    The game Enter The Matrix broke a lot of boundaries for releasing movie influencing material before you saw it in the films, but unfortunately was not what people actually wanted from a Matrix game. Then Path of Neo came along and fixed all of that, fucking fantastic game (and it fixed the ending to Revolutions).

    The movies though... 2 and 3 were garbage (albeit garbage with cool individual scenes) to the point there is a 'there was only ever 1 Matrix movie' trope where I live.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on ‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski in ~movies

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    They don't need to recast Morpheus, they have the perfect opportunity for a meaningful and crowd outraging death, and then Morpheus's protege to carry the Matrix Cinematic Universe into a new...

    They don't need to recast Morpheus, they have the perfect opportunity for a meaningful and crowd outraging death, and then Morpheus's protege to carry the Matrix Cinematic Universe into a new franchise death spiral.

    There is no way this goes well though, you have half an audience that the Matrix is an old classic they don't really think about, a quarter who will hype it to the point M4 can't possibly compete, and a last quarter who are too cool for school and will hate on it as a sequel regardless, because it conflicts with their head canon or w/e.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on The 18-month fence hop, the six-day chair, and the difficulties of getting small details right in video games in ~games

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    Oh... I thought this was going to be about how these interactions take so goddamn long and how annoying they are. Like in Skyrim when you accidentally press E on a bench instead of the loot next...

    Oh... I thought this was going to be about how these interactions take so goddamn long and how annoying they are. Like in Skyrim when you accidentally press E on a bench instead of the loot next to it, and then spend 6 days to actually sit on that bench, then 6 more days to get off it...

    Interactions can be fun, but if you're blowing time and budget like that on them you've forgotten why people are playing your game in the first place. Just have the chair be a 3d picture of a chair that nobody touches, remove the fence, and spend the money on gameplay mechanics and story writing.

  6. Comment on Résumés Are Starting to Look Like Instagram—and Sometimes Even Tinder in ~life

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    I've never worked in HR, but I have hired people, and HR has given me resumes with images and names taken out. Note that this was done by a human just going in to a pdf and dragging white boxes...

    I've never worked in HR, but I have hired people, and HR has given me resumes with images and names taken out. Note that this was done by a human just going in to a pdf and dragging white boxes over things then flattening the file, presumably they had their own scraper software to cull people without listed skills etc.

    Names can be removed without messing things up too much as it's just 1 line, and since everyone includes them it's a normal thing to see. Photos are big and very much a noticeable gap when they're removed.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Résumés Are Starting to Look Like Instagram—and Sometimes Even Tinder in ~life

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    By what you've said here this is a reason TO put your photo on your resume - because you can use a filtered and retouched photo with a Myspace Angle on it, and get a leg up on attractiveness that...

    By putting your photo on your resume

    By what you've said here this is a reason TO put your photo on your resume - because you can use a filtered and retouched photo with a Myspace Angle on it, and get a leg up on attractiveness that might not be there.

    The bigger issue is a lot of places I know will automatically remove names, genders, and images because of the threat of a discrimination lawsuit, and now your resume has a big hole in it or the formatting is whack.

  8. Comment on Résumés Are Starting to Look Like Instagram—and Sometimes Even Tinder in ~life

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    Marketing people apply marketing skills to marketing resumes. This is not a new thing in the slightest. I have been hired on the basis of finding bugs in software - that's a non-traditional resume...

    regional marketing and site coordinator

    Marketing people apply marketing skills to marketing resumes. This is not a new thing in the slightest.

    I have been hired on the basis of finding bugs in software - that's a non-traditional resume if ever there was one. Now I'm in academia, and the way resumes need to be done in that area is precise like you wouldn't believe, and come with associated interview processes that would make a Microsoft Interview 2.0 seem like a cakewalk (and sometimes this resume and interview process is just going through the motions because you had a beer with the head of the department at their last conference, and THAT is the real hiring process).

    7 votes
  9. Comment on What are your unpopular anime opinions? in ~anime

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    Man, shield hero had so much potential. The starting hook of an underpowered isekai protagonist and they blew it in what, 4 episodes?

    Man, shield hero had so much potential. The starting hook of an underpowered isekai protagonist and they blew it in what, 4 episodes?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are your unpopular anime opinions? in ~anime

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    Saying "go and read the manga/light novel instead" immediately and irrevocably makes you an arsehole who should keep your opinions to yourself. If I wanted to be reading a book I would be reading...

    Saying "go and read the manga/light novel instead" immediately and irrevocably makes you an arsehole who should keep your opinions to yourself. If I wanted to be reading a book I would be reading a book. However the bigger arseholes are the companies who produce a single season of an anime telling nothing but the beginnings of stories as a bullshit ad for people to go and buy things that aren't anime.

    That and the obsession certain anime/source material writers and fans have with certain topics: paedophilia (sorry, lolicon), father-daughter relationships turned sexual, incest in general, sexual relationships as a reward for being powerful...blech.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on The Worst Type Of Person You Can Be in ~life

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    You're going at it from entirely the wrong angle, and the article is making culture judgements that it has no basis for in descriptions like Why are minimalist design books bad? Why is an LGBTQ...

    You're going at it from entirely the wrong angle, and the article is making culture judgements that it has no basis for in descriptions like

    is no longer a funky little queer bookstore but slick and minimalist with a meager selection of pretentious design books

    Why are minimalist design books bad? Why is an LGBTQ book store better? It's a business, if the customer base is there then it's serving its purpose. If you don't like it (as the author clearly doesn't with 'there goes the neighbourhood' comment) then learn to deal - because there is no onus on anybody else to conform to what you as an individual wants.

    As for the police... presumably, they follow laws. If the law says you can't perform somewhere, and as a bookstore you don't want someone performing there, then by all means call the police. If there is a social/cultural argument to be made that the performing should stay, the correct place to argue that is that the laws are incorrect and should be changed, not that a store owner who has a particular business model based on the laws they probably looked into before buying the place is not allowed to operate within those laws.

    THAT is the 'right' they have to call the cops. It wasn't misuse of the cops,, they weren't forced to do anything by the person who called them, they were informed of someone breaking the law and arrived to do their damn job. Again, don't like the law, get the law changed or deal with it - the idea that the law should be changed to make calling the police about an actual crime illegal is up there with covfefe for crazy talk.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Apple files lawsuit against virtualization company Corellium for selling ‘perfect replicas’ of iOS in ~tech

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    On the one hand, US defend-or-lose IP laws are dumb as hell and at least partially motivating this, on the other hand this also smells like Apple pursuing security through ignorance.

    On the one hand, US defend-or-lose IP laws are dumb as hell and at least partially motivating this, on the other hand this also smells like Apple pursuing security through ignorance.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault over Stockholm brawl – rapper is spared prison in ~news

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    TBH I think it's more likely to do with the race of the victim than the diplomatic side or the fame of the attacker.

    TBH I think it's more likely to do with the race of the victim than the diplomatic side or the fame of the attacker.

  14. Comment on No Man's Sky - Beyond update patch notes in ~games

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    Because you reap what you sow, and the developers were absolute downright unethical little shits to push that garbage to market when they did. They deserve no sympathy, no benefit of the doubt,...

    Because you reap what you sow, and the developers were absolute downright unethical little shits to push that garbage to market when they did. They deserve no sympathy, no benefit of the doubt, and certainly no whitewashing of their reputation, whether or not they have managed to provide the thing they were supposed to in the first place.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on The human beings behind the statistics in ~talk

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    Have a source for those? St John's Ambulance service (where I do my first aid training) as I linked states do not remove unless absolutely necessary, and every source in English I have found says...

    Have a source for those? St John's Ambulance service (where I do my first aid training) as I linked states do not remove unless absolutely necessary, and every source in English I have found says the same. 1 2 3 4 5

    Everything I know about airways and how they stay open says there is zero need to remove the helmet to maintain them, and removing it can exacerbate very common injuries - so why on earth would you remove it?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Roll20 Blog - Conclusion of 2018 Data Breach Investigation in ~tech

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    Have you worked in cybersecurity? This is absolutely false - they do both. In any event they needed alerts from others to indicate to them that the data had been bought, rather than the simple...

    that individual or group is not particularly likely to use that data to some advantage

    Have you worked in cybersecurity? This is absolutely false - they do both. In any event they needed alerts from others to indicate to them that the data had been bought, rather than the simple fact that it was for sale.

    If the vector is closed, it can be discussed. If it isn't closed this long after the event, the company should purge their databases as they are not capable of managing them correctly. If the vector was people, say so (there is no such thing as an investigation so sensitive you cannot say "the vector was a person rather than system configuration". Transparency in breach reporting is one of the only ways consumers have to vote with their feet when it comes to companies making shithouse decisions regarding the privacy of those consumers' data. Assuming the worst where that transparency does not occur must be the default position.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The human beings behind the statistics in ~talk

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    I didn't say your article was out of date, I said the organisation was out of date. They are not a first aid organisation, they are a driving club, and they are wrong. The recovery position is...

    I didn't say your article was out of date, I said the organisation was out of date. They are not a first aid organisation, they are a driving club, and they are wrong.

    The recovery position is explicitly designed to ensure that if a person vomits that they do not choke. It keeps airways open and is the safest position for an unconscious person to be in - in this position their mouth is angled to the ground, but only slightly to place minimum pressure on the chest (and therefore the lungs).

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The human beings behind the statistics in ~talk

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    If they're recommending that they are years out of date and will end up killing people. You should NOT remove the helmet unless the person is not breathing or you need to control bleeding from the...

    If they're recommending that they are years out of date and will end up killing people. You should NOT remove the helmet unless the person is not breathing or you need to control bleeding from the head or some other crucial need - you can get them into the recovery position perfectly well with it on, and tilting the head back to open their airway while the helmet is on does exactly the same thing as with it off. You can tell if a person is breathing while wearing their helmet the same as if they are not wearing it.

    There are numerous occasions where people have severely damaged skulls or necks who lived up until the helmet was removed. Here is an actual first aid organisation's advice.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Roll20 Blog - Conclusion of 2018 Data Breach Investigation in ~tech

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    This blog post is really confusing. They announce that it was priced much lower than other data sets, then had to wait for other sources before they suggested it was likely to have been purchased...

    This blog post is really confusing. They announce that it was priced much lower than other data sets, then had to wait for other sources before they suggested it was likely to have been purchased by bad actors. 1) It was already HELD by a bad actor in the first place, and 2) if it was that cheap no shit it's been purchased.

    The data was

    name, email address, last four of credit card, most recent IP address, and hashed & salted password

    Which is not that bad tbh, so long as their implementation of hashing and salting is up to snuff. But their complete lack of transparency regarding the nature of the breach

    The investigation identified several possible vectors of attack that have since been remedied.

    aka "our practices were so bad we have no fucking clue how we were breached". If they have closed a vector, why not disclose what it was? Of course the answer is nobody wants to admit to having u:admin p:password credentials out there, or having everyone and their dog messaging around the same SSH key, but even big corporations have the balls to admit it after they're caught.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Chinese armed police truck convoy rolls into Shenzhen, across the harbour from Hong Kong in ~news

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    Tiananmen 2: Apathetic and complicit globe boogaloo...

    Tiananmen 2: Apathetic and complicit globe boogaloo...