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  1. Comment on What's the benefit of allowing comments and posts to be deleted by users? in ~tildes

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    In addition to the reasons others have listed, it also allows users to clean up their own content easier and faster than moderators when there are reposts, typos, misunderstandings, etc.

    In addition to the reasons others have listed, it also allows users to clean up their own content easier and faster than moderators when there are reposts, typos, misunderstandings, etc.

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  2. Comment on Do you run any wireless mesh node? in ~tech

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    I do not, do you? Are there any networks you would recommend setting up a node for? I am a little interested in the idea of mesh networks, but don't know much about any particular ones.

    I do not, do you?

    Are there any networks you would recommend setting up a node for? I am a little interested in the idea of mesh networks, but don't know much about any particular ones.

  3. Comment on Do you run any wireless mesh node? in ~tech

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    Really? Is there no way to set up a link using amateur or citizen radio? I would think that a chain of such radios could go from Canada to Greenland to Iceland to the UK. Going through Alaska and...

    Really? Is there no way to set up a link using amateur or citizen radio? I would think that a chain of such radios could go from Canada to Greenland to Iceland to the UK. Going through Alaska and Russia may be even easier, at least for going between the Americas and Asia. Of course the latency and bandwidth would be rubbish at best, but can mesh networks preform well over long distance at all? I'm not sure if such a network would qualify as "amateur"; at the very least it could not pay the maintainers of the nodes. I am actually curious about whether this is possible.

  4. Comment on Soviet living: a gallery of 272 photos of ordinary life in the Soviet Union in ~arts

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    Same here. I did a brief look into the matter just now, so I would love it if someone could correct/expand on anything. I mostly looked into the Soviet Union from the 1960s-1970s (whats shown in...

    I'm also curious, as an uninformed westerner, about the economic system on display here

    Same here. I did a brief look into the matter just now, so I would love it if someone could correct/expand on anything. I mostly looked into the Soviet Union from the 1960s-1970s (whats shown in these photographs might very well be from later, but that could be perestroika stuff and I didn't bother with that)

    Were cashiers accepting money for goods

    Yes, goods cost money. The prices would largely be set by the state's central planning bureaucracy.

    Were there limits to that?

    Rationing could happen, but was not the default state after the world wars. One example I came across was bread being rationed in farm communities due to it being "subsidized" to cost less than grain meant for animals.

    How did the experience of shopping for clothes, toys, or groceries differ in the USSR from doing the same in the rest of the world?

    Grocery shopping would tend to be done at specialty stores for groups of products (bread, dairy, meat). Many products would have no packaging and many stores would receive deliveries of a lot of fresh food at once that would only be available for a little bit.

    One thing that everything I looked at confirmed was that luxury goods (including some food) was largely under-produced. Cities received these products according to their priority (Moscow being first) and people would travel to Moscow to buy goods they couldn't where they lived. Stores in Moscow wouldn't necessarily run out, but would be crowded.

    There were also stores that would be available to different people, so the elites of the party could access better stocked stores with lower prices.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    Don't worry, if ~games.analog ever becomes a thing I will protest with posts about games using analogue electronics (and if ~games.digital is made, I guess I could post things like Dr. Nim)

    Don't worry, if ~games.analog ever becomes a thing I will protest with posts about games using analogue electronics (and if ~games.digital is made, I guess I could post things like Dr. Nim)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    I'm fairly certain that at some point @Deimos said it would be possible to have multiple names go to the same the group. So there could be both ~tech.news (or policy) and ~news.tech that are the...

    I'm fairly certain that at some point @Deimos said it would be possible to have multiple names go to the same the group. So there could be both ~tech.news (or policy) and ~news.tech that are the same group.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Political Confessional: The Man Who Thinks The U.S. Is Better Off As A Bunch Of Separate Countries in ~misc

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    I agree. I would even say that in a way, the U.S. is already a bunch of separate countries. As other commenters have pointed out, splitting the U.S. would work best with a strong economic union...

    I agree. I would even say that in a way, the U.S. is already a bunch of separate countries. As other commenters have pointed out, splitting the U.S. would work best with a strong economic union like the E.U. Add in a shared military, and you're already back to a federal government that is vaguely similar to what the federal government used to be (the exact period would depend on how strong of union). State governments are already important and powerful, but don't receive much attention.

    I think a more reasonable yet still drastic solution that brings attention to state governments would be to merge states into larger ones, but still keep them all a part of the U.S. This could also make national representation more proportionate to population if the states are merged to be more equal in population. Even if a Alaska or Hawaii keep their two senators and now even more disproportionate population, it would become more of a weird quirk in how federal power is allotted, rather than large pool of over-represented states that make up a feasible path to the presidency. You could even argue that these states might warrant their extra representation due to their unique situations.

    Merging states would also mean that states have the scale and resources to implement large programs (such as universal health care) if they wanted to.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on How Pornhub and Girls Do Porn are enabling doxing and harassment in ~tech

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    Going to? There was a lot of talk of an algorithim that did just this a couple months ago. On mobile, so this article will have to do. There is also this reddit thread making similar claims from a...

    Going to? There was a lot of talk of an algorithim that did just this a couple months ago. On mobile, so this article will have to do. There is also this reddit thread making similar claims from a year ago I found.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on Are 'Exemplary' labels no longer visible? in ~tildes

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    Just to be clear, you are aware that the exemplary tag that appeared at the top of the comment with the number of exemplary awards has been removed? Now, there is only the blue highlight down the...

    Just to be clear, you are aware that the exemplary tag that appeared at the top of the comment with the number of exemplary awards has been removed? Now, there is only the blue highlight down the left side of the comment.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Amazon Seeks Permission to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites in ~space

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    Putting a server in space would have all sorts of disadvantages. Power supply, heat dissipation, maintenance and replacement, radiation if it is high up enough. However, it is probably a lot more...

    Putting a server in space would have all sorts of disadvantages. Power supply, heat dissipation, maintenance and replacement, radiation if it is high up enough. However, it is probably a lot more feasible to put a server 100 km offshore with a communication constellation.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    Reddit doesn't want that because it would be very costly and they probably aren't financially sustainable as it is. Also, they have gotten away with it this long for free. Reddit isn't like other...

    Reddit doesn't want that because it would be very costly and they probably aren't financially sustainable as it is. Also, they have gotten away with it this long for free.

    Reddit isn't like other social media, because Reddit has strong sub communities. Reddit is sub communities. The hobbyist mods that customize subs, enforce sub rules, and hand out invites are also the ones that enforce site rules. Other sites couldn't begin to do this because most consist mainly of user posts that are not in a sub community.

    Bringing in these hobbyist mods as professional mods is, as far as I know, unprecedented. It would be full of issues that businesses haven't even encountered before to just start hiring people off a social media site in large numbers. Even if it worked, now you are paying people to enforce weird community rules. How would even bring a new hire into that? Oh this is /r/chairsunderwater, if the chair isn't full in the water it needs to be marked NSFW. Oh this /r/me_irl, the rules say no upvote memes, but they are completely okay.

    This post barely scratches the tip of this iceberg of issues.

    Reddit could have a team of site moderators that only enforce site rules, but even that would struggle to understand the context of different subs and likely crush many subs and cause much uproar.

    22 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    Reddit sure seems to be throwing a lot of monetization ideas against the wall here. This sub membership, the weird karma to crypto thing, the special nba gildings, the user tip jar. None of which...

    Reddit sure seems to be throwing a lot of monetization ideas against the wall here. This sub membership, the weird karma to crypto thing, the special nba gildings, the user tip jar. None of which have been deployed at a large scale.

    20 votes
  13. Comment on GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity in ~tech

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    You could make the whole bulb the button. Just press against on the bulb as input. I admit im not quite sure how hot LED bulbs get, but I'm pretty sure its not that hot. If you want to get a...

    Does anyone have a better idea?

    You could make the whole bulb the button. Just press against on the bulb as input. I admit im not quite sure how hot LED bulbs get, but I'm pretty sure its not that hot. If you want to get a little fancier, have the bulb be spun when pressed to be able to select different options (all bulbs have room to spin alread).

    An even more complicated option would be to have an IR reciever in the bulb. That would most likely require a remote however (shame that IR blasters fell out of style in phones). An IR signal still works on bulbs out of reach, unlike a button.

    Lastly, you could have a short power input (off-on-off) cause the bulb to look for a confirmation color pattern. Just a color sensor is needed and it would look for a certain sequence of colors that could be shown by a mobile app. Not sure if anything has used something like that before, so it might not work.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What is the most interesting historical war/battle that you have learned about? in ~humanities

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    I would go with The Siege of Alexandria in 47 BC which I learned about in this video. I mostly just find it interesting that so much about this fight feels modern, despite it being thousands of...

    I would go with The Siege of Alexandria in 47 BC which I learned about in this video. I mostly just find it interesting that so much about this fight feels modern, despite it being thousands of years ago. It has drawn-out, urban combat; it has international debt negotiation; it has a internal power struggle being meddled in by a foreign empire; it has government incited riots. All of this being done with swords and spears.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media: What many commentators describe as an addiction is actually a powerful social norm at work. The distinction matters. in ~tech

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    Also not the person you asked, but I would say what makes KSP help with intuiting physics is the ability to increment/decrement values and see the effects instantly. For example, when you're...

    Also not the person you asked, but I would say what makes KSP help with intuiting physics is the ability to increment/decrement values and see the effects instantly. For example, when you're piloting a spacecraft, you can set the heading and throttle up/down with just a few button while watching your orbit being drawn in realtime.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Updates to "Activity" sorting method (the site's default) in ~tildes.official

  17. Comment on Updates to "Activity" sorting method (the site's default) in ~tildes.official

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    Maybe make it so that comments at different depths don't count unless there is already a certain amount of replies to the parent comment? For an aggressive example, each top-level-comment counts,...

    Maybe make it so that comments at different depths don't count unless there is already a certain amount of replies to the parent comment? For an aggressive example, each top-level-comment counts, but second-level-comments only bump if the top-level-comment already has a reply. This way back & forth conversations don't cause any bumps after the first comment, but if a comment sparks many replies, it is counted. A similar method would be to count every second, third, etc. comment for a given depth.

    Another simple rule could be to always count comments if the user making it has no other comments in that thread.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

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    Unless there has been some change I'm unaware of, the official Tildes stance is that 'necromancy' is allowed and supported. The activity option (especially set to "all time") allows for old...

    Unless there has been some change I'm unaware of, the official Tildes stance is that 'necromancy' is allowed and supported. The activity option (especially set to "all time") allows for old threads to rise up when used, but also pushes them down when they are not.

    That said, I don't think there is any obligation for 'necromancy', and that it is perfectly fine to create a new thread. However, there may be exceptions when asking a question to find a particular answer (such as certain help threads on ~tildes).

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

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    Probably Person from Porlock. It is surprisingly well made for such a simple idea, and I was surprised when I came across it as a link in another article.

    Probably Person from Porlock. It is surprisingly well made for such a simple idea, and I was surprised when I came across it as a link in another article.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on 4 words poetry challenge in ~creative

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    Without Life, Nothing Floats

    Without Life, Nothing Floats

    3 votes