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  1. Comment on The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities, from DeviantArt to Tumblr in ~tech

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    Not only does it have to appeal to everyone, it has to experience growth. Growth at all cost, consequences be damned. And if you have every single human on the planet in your network, you still...

    Not only does it have to appeal to everyone, it has to experience growth. Growth at all cost, consequences be damned. And if you have every single human on the planet in your network, you still have to grow. Doesn't matter if you alienate 1000 loyal users if you can use that to convert 10'000 temporary users each month.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on [PDF] NASA's flagship James Webb Space Telescope, will run Javascript for instrumentation control using a defunct & proprietary interpreter with a list of errata last updated in 2003 in ~comp

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    It's not that easy to simply put V8 on something like a spacecraft. Most of the hardware is like around 15 years old, likely some radiation hardened variant of PowerPC with a few megabytes of RAM....

    It's not that easy to simply put V8 on something like a spacecraft. Most of the hardware is like around 15 years old, likely some radiation hardened variant of PowerPC with a few megabytes of RAM. The hardware and software that gets sent up needs to be thoroughly tested.

    When you chase the goal of making software that cannot be allowed to fail into unsafe states, it is better to have a implementation which is well tested and where almost all bugs are known than an implementation which is new and untested. In 15 years, they probably discovered every single bug that this engine has to offer.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The only way to rein in big tech is to treat them as a public service in ~tech

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    That reminds me of the famous "for perfect milk production the cow is assumed to be perfectly spherical and in a hard vacuum".

    That reminds me of the famous "for perfect milk production the cow is assumed to be perfectly spherical and in a hard vacuum".

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

  5. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

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    Turkey is to some extend still part of the European circle (and even on the european continent to some extend). I'm not painting the world in black and white here, hence "really", there is...

    Turkey is to some extend still part of the European circle (and even on the european continent to some extend).

    I'm not painting the world in black and white here, hence "really", there is probably plenty of people outside who cared anyway, and I made no statement of how long/much people on the inside cared. I'm making a statement that outside the circle, a lot less people care compared to the inside.

    These artifacts belong more to the humanity than they belong to their originators; they are a testament to the human progress.

    That depends on how you look at it, claiming it a testament of human progress is a bit... western. There is plenty of things I would rather categorize as testament to human progress.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

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    I think the problem is that what you care about is a very deeply personal choice. If someone else says you should care about X, especially if they use some other thing you care about as leverage,...

    but I can't imagine getting defensive and taking it as if I'm being shamed when someone suggests that I should care about another thing.

    I think the problem is that what you care about is a very deeply personal choice. If someone else says you should care about X, especially if they use some other thing you care about as leverage, it feels like they try to make you think that your personal choice is wrong. People tend to defend their personal choices, even from minor change, if they feel like they're being forced to, even if that is not true.

    That also tops of that the article attempts to guilt-trip the reader by implying islamophobia or worse if you do not care, which likely strengthens the feeling that the reader is being pressured into changing personal choices for being morally wrong. If the reader does not agree that it was morally wrong (because they don't think it's islamophobia, or it's that important or any other reason), then it's even moreso perceived as an attack on their personality.

    I'm sure that we all should care about heritage and history being destroyed anywhere in the world, but the reality is that Notre Dame probably got a minor 4-line report in an arabic newspaper right next to the full page headline that some local religious site was destroyed, while the same site got a 4-line report in my newspaper right next to the full page headline that Notre Dame burned.

    So on top of people feeling attacked for suggesting that not caring about 4-liners in the newspaper is wrong, they don't see a reason why the 4-liner is as important as the full page headliner.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

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    I think the parent comment did not want to imply that, rather, it's the implication that other things have to be worth caring about personally, even if you actually don't. While it's quite a shame...

    Is the suggestion that other things are worth caring about really that much of a pain to you?

    I think the parent comment did not want to imply that, rather, it's the implication that other things have to be worth caring about personally, even if you actually don't.

    While it's quite a shame when cultural artifacts in the middle west are destroyed, I have no connection to them, cultural or otherwise. It's halfway around the world from Europe.

    Not everyone cares about all the cultural heritage and artifacts equally, they care about their own more and that is perfectly acceptable.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

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    I mean, I don't think anyone outside the North-American+European circle really cared about Notre Dame. There is plenty of history going up in flames outside the circle and we don't care and there...

    I mean, I don't think anyone outside the North-American+European circle really cared about Notre Dame. There is plenty of history going up in flames outside the circle and we don't care and there is plenty of history going up in flames inside it and everyone outside it doesn't care.

    Like, if my local church burns down, likely nobody outside the district will even care, is that wrong? And if a small church in another state like Cologne burns down, I don't really care either. Same principle, more scale.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on What To Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation in ~games

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    I call BS on 8K. We don't have any GPUs that handle 8K on the level that consoles would reasonably need. There is almost no 8K displays. And I doubt that AMD can do it. I like AMD but unless Navi...

    I call BS on 8K.

    We don't have any GPUs that handle 8K on the level that consoles would reasonably need. There is almost no 8K displays. And I doubt that AMD can do it.

    I like AMD but unless Navi blows Nvidia square out of the water, that's not happening.

    I also call BS on the SSD, though considering how bad the PS3/4 implementation for SATA was, if it can utilize m.2 it should be able to crack 20x on the current performance.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Massive ‘Avengers: Endgame’ footage leak hits Twitter, Reddit in ~movies

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    I also feel that way to some extend; knowing what happens, the As and Bs, isn't the important part. The way you get from A to B, how the movie is actually implemented, builds up, makes context and...

    I also feel that way to some extend; knowing what happens, the As and Bs, isn't the important part.

    The way you get from A to B, how the movie is actually implemented, builds up, makes context and moves characters, is what's interesting.

    If you told someone who never watched Star Wars that Darth Vader is Luke's father, the movie wouldn't be ruined over it. It's an important point but not everything. The movie has other things going on. And we still have to find out how luke finds out Vader is his father.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Massive ‘Avengers: Endgame’ footage leak hits Twitter, Reddit in ~movies

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    I watched it. Mostly because I'm now in the possession of what amounts to a nuclear explosive in various communities I'm in. Partly because I don't care that much about spoilers (it's about the...

    I watched it.

    Mostly because I'm now in the possession of what amounts to a nuclear explosive in various communities I'm in. Partly because I don't care that much about spoilers (it's about the journey, not the destination!)

    Though, in a sort of spoiler-free reaction; I wasn't that interesting with all that context and buildup missing.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I've been playing Division 2 a lot. It's basically Division 1 but with quality-of-life improvements and new missions. I especially love that I don't have to craft 100 mods for my weapons anymore...

    I've been playing Division 2 a lot. It's basically Division 1 but with quality-of-life improvements and new missions. I especially love that I don't have to craft 100 mods for my weapons anymore but that they are unlocks now. Stripping mods from guns was my least favorite task in D1.

    I've also established that they didn't fix LMG's, which are, at the top end, over powered bullet rains of destruction. I've even managed to complete an entire side mission without having to reload once. I just love that.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit For Sale: How We Bought The Top Spot For $200 (2016) in ~tech

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    I think one would have to be more careful than with automod; even after integration it always felt more like a bot to bandaid over issues with the Reddit UI than an actual improvement. If some...

    I think one would have to be more careful than with automod; even after integration it always felt more like a bot to bandaid over issues with the Reddit UI than an actual improvement.

    If some functionality of a bot becomes indisposable or irreplacable, it should be fully integrated as a function within Tildes, not continue operating as a bot.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit For Sale: How We Bought The Top Spot For $200 (2016) in ~tech

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    I would love bot accounts. Reddit has sadly done very little to support automated applications interacting with their platform, a bot-type account that can't vote and can't be voted on would...

    I would love bot accounts. Reddit has sadly done very little to support automated applications interacting with their platform, a bot-type account that can't vote and can't be voted on would likely help a lot to promote tildes as an alternative to reddit.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    Well, I didn't claim to have "the european perspective", only "a european perspective"...

    Well, I didn't claim to have "the european perspective", only "a european perspective"...

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    As someone else linked (thanks cfabbro), Android makes up 77% of the EU market. There will be regional differences.

    As someone else linked (thanks cfabbro), Android makes up 77% of the EU market. There will be regional differences.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    As someone else linked (thanks cfabbro), Android makes up 77% of the EU market. Even an almost 50/50 split in some regions in the market is much more sane than the 83/9 split in the US.

    As someone else linked (thanks cfabbro), Android makes up 77% of the EU market. Even an almost 50/50 split in some regions in the market is much more sane than the 83/9 split in the US.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    From a European perspective, it's absolutely crazy, most people here own Androids, even the younger generations. iPhone's are largely just too expensive and don't integrate with the existing...

    From a European perspective, it's absolutely crazy, most people here own Androids, even the younger generations. iPhone's are largely just too expensive and don't integrate with the existing ecosystem.

    26 votes
  19. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Deluge works better with my other tooling (Plex+Friends) and is more aggressive as leecher (though I do leave torrents until ratio=2), however, it does not deal well with lots of concurrent...

    Deluge works better with my other tooling (Plex+Friends) and is more aggressive as leecher (though I do leave torrents until ratio=2), however, it does not deal well with lots of concurrent torrents.

    For that task I have rtorrent, which is slower and less versatile, but can handle a few hundred torrents seeding in the background.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Music: airsonic+spotify Browser: firefox Shell: Xfce Terminal + zsh Torrent: rtorrent (for seeding)+deluge (for leeching) Backup: restic Test: VSCode or nano Videos: Baka (mpv with extras)...

    Music: airsonic+spotify
    Browser: firefox
    Shell: Xfce Terminal + zsh
    Torrent: rtorrent (for seeding)+deluge (for leeching)
    Backup: restic
    Test: VSCode or nano
    Videos: Baka (mpv with extras)
    Filebrowser: Thunar (the only filebrowser that has thumbnail previews & is simple to use)
    Passwords & SSH: KeepassXC
    Text Processor: LaTeX (via Overleaf, mainly)
    E-Mail: Protonmail's MUA