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    I think women are better programmers because they have less ego and are typically more interested in the gear rather than the pissing contest.

    Jesus.

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      The big question here seems to be: how will it make money if not by making you a product like Facebook does it? Ads?

      It seems to me that a (primarily?) self-hosted, decentralized solution is the only sensible way out, and it comes with the obvious downsides: a/ people don’t like things that can’t be easily regulated, b/ it’s hard to gain a market share with this unless your social group is a bunch of nerds.

      Maybe actually hanging out with your friends in real life and sharing information the old-school way, or simply engaging more in direct messaging, for which there are privacy-focused platforms, is the best choice you have. In the end, people tend to share very superficious things on Facebook and fish for attention (been there) instead of engaging you directly in a meaningful way.

      What is it that you’re really missing?

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          Not everything can afford to lose money.

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            It costs so little to run a small instance that a few small donations often end up funding the whole operation. You can literally run pleroma on a raspberry pi which is a federated solution not decentralized but also a lot LESS centralized than say one website that one person hosts.

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              Heck, my brother runs his own website (a fork, if that’s the right word to use, of lobste.rs) off of a computer he has hooked up in his closet. It’s not particularly cost-prohibitive to run a website unless it’s absolutely massive.

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                If it’s public, please add it to the list of sister sites: https://github.com/lobsters/lobsters/wiki

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            I don’t think it needs to make money at all, hence the Wikipedia proposal. But it needs to keep the lights on.

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            What I’m really missing is the ability to easily organize somewhat distributed groups of friends and stay updated on their lives. By organize I mean take a group of friends where 2 or 3 live in NJ and 3 or 4 live around NYC, get some kind of a group chat going, and land on a time/place to meet.

            I’ve been doing the old school thing for these past 8 months, and what I’ve discovered is that

            1. email is a pretty good platform for carrying out long-format discussions
            2. my flipphone has terrible audio quality and weak signal to the point where it hampers conversations
            3. the inability to quickly shoot off a text message on the flip phone is more debilitating than originally imagined
            4. If I’m going back to NY and want to hang out with people, I just ask one of my friends there to use his FB or phone to organize a time and place to catch up, shifting the burden and the price of being on FB onto him

            Answering your question helped me realize that something like a simple, standalone alternative to FB messenger and FB events might do the trick. The two biggest barriers I see are:

            1. Network effects, obviously
            2. How to pay for this

            In regards to 2 - is it possible the Wikipedia model would work? Essentially, donations? That would allow the platform to potentially be open source which would strengthen any claims it make towards privacy.

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              it’s always felt like the obvious solution to make money is to charge money for a subscription.

              But app.net tried this and failed pretty hard. Wonder if it’s ever possible. I would totally pay money to get ad-free Facebook/Twitter, but that would go against their overall business models.

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              I’ve been saying so long now, why would anyone celebrate the massive, rapid inflation and deflation of something they want to be a viable currency?

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                De-clickbaited: Why I don’t like open offices, and an overview of the alternatives

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                  I don’t think this is really clickbait, it’s just an attention-grabbing headline. There’s a difference. If it were a clickbait headline, it’d be like, “10 Reasons Why YOUR Workplace Will Be The DEATH Of You”

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                  A lot of DRM arguments have been around slippery slope arguments like this, but I don’t feel like it gives the current context enough weight.

                  DRM on the web exists already, people install plugins to watch streaming services. This is giving a way to avoid having to install arbitrary plugins, instead boxing things into a bit of a safer environment.

                  Meanwhile , no one seems to be clamoring for hiding their CSS stylesheets , mainly because no tech company is under contractual obligations from Hollywood to do so.

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                    A lot of DRM arguments have been around slippery slope arguments like this, but I don’t feel like it gives the current context enough weight.

                    We’ve been sliding down that slippery slope for about two decades now. And it has been getting considerably worse. In the early 2000s we saw people outraged about the first appearances of DRM’ed music and movies. Nowadays people seem to accept it, and are even moving towards accepting even more dramatically absurd forms of DRM from coffee makers to cars.

                    And every time someone complains about DRM someone says “well yeah but people are okay with this one step that’s not as bad, what’s so bad about this one step worse”, which is exactly how the slippery slope works.

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                      My recollection of things is that the DRM situation has gotten better, not worse, over the past 15 years. Not for everything but for a lot of things

                      It used to be that when you bought music from an online store, you had a DRM mess. Streaming video had to go through weird windows Media player DRM, which ended up being a whole virus vector.

                      Nowadays I don’t ever see DRM’d MP3s, and video tends to work relatively sanely. Lots of games still have anti piracy stuff, but most companies just opt for some Steam DRM . I remember rootkit DRM.

                      Granted it’s not always forward progress. But it’s felt more effective for my personal situation

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                        My recollection is that DRM itself has gotten better, and more pervasive. It’s still there, it just happens to work without getting in your face or breaking your system, so people accept it.

                        I’ll reserve judgement on whether that is a good thing.

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                          It was really cool that we won the DRM’d MP3 battle, but I think businesses don’t even care because they can DRM up their music easily now because everyone uses streaming services.

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                            Other than, say, the iTunes store (which sells high quality recordings without drm).

                            No major providers though, right?

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                              From what I understand, Google Play Music gives you the option to download music you buy DRM-free a total of 3 times. However, you don’t have any rights to the music which you save for offline play, but don’t buy, in the Play Music app.

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                            I agree. Things improved a lot on content availability. Whereas, the UEFI and App Stores were a step back on the technical side.

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                          A lot of providers don’t do that, though. Whereas, a default DRM in the browser would probably make the number go up since the worst part is already there.

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                            This is giving a way to avoid having to install arbitrary plugins, instead boxing things into a bit of a safer environment.

                            Do you have to install any plugins for Netflix? EME already works without being in the standard, it’s supported by all major browsers.

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                              Just because malware already exists and will continue to exist doesn’t mean we should make things easier for malware authors.

                              The correct response to DRM plugins is exactly the opposite of what you said: browser vendors should constantly break DRM plugins by changing the unofficial APIs those plugins use.

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                              “Maybe we can finally get past our nemesis: the lady in the red dress! … Nope, Well, it was worth a shot.”

                              someone help me out here, what is this referencing?

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                                Just a guess, but the game probably crashes early on, enough to reach that character but no further.

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                                  it’s already very well-recorded that facebook does this, it’s not too surprising that instagram does as well.

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                                    what exactly is the problem with other typefaces such that they’re more difficult to read on computer screens?

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                                      “…but a series of trigonometry tables which scientists claim are more accurate than any available today.”

                                      consider me skeptical.

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                                          it is also the only completely accurate trigonometric table, because of the very different Babylonian approach to arithmetic and geometry.

                                          ok, so it’s possible to calculate exact sin and cos for some angles. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigonometric_constants_expressed_in_real_radicals

                                          Notably every 3 degrees, which works out to pi/60. So their trig table, which I’m guessing counted in terms of pi/60 radians would only have real radicals.

                                          But I’m not sure how this could be any more accurate than a table that just shows values for every 3 degrees. We happen to prefer five degrees probably, but I could duplicate their “completely accurate” table by judicious selection of table entries.

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                                          i am not a programmer, but god damn if these esoteric programming languages aren’t the most interesting things ever.

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                                            the TAS community is gonna get a real kick out of this

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                                              in what way does this take out the learning curve for audio synthesis?

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                                                i think solipsism is a nice lesson on how “not being able to disprove something” is not a sufficient enough condition for proving something

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                                                  order = log(max(abs(s), 1), 10)
                                                  sign = 1 if s > 0 else -1 if s < 0 else 0
                                                  seconds = epoch_seconds(date) - 1134028003
                                                  return round(sign * order + seconds / 45000, 7)
                                                  

                                                  This time and log weighting is why Reddit content went from essays and explainers (just clicked an arbitrary early day) to images and one-liners as the site grew. It’s not just the lowest common denominator of pop culture, it’s that a cat gif or button-pushing headline take seconds to consume. A single “heh” and upvote in the first minute of a story is worth more than dozens of upvotes on a thoughtful essay that takes ten minutes to read. The Wilson score interval used for “best” sorting of comments is why the top comment is often a long, thoughtful response rather than memes that happened to get pasted quickly.

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                                                    i remember reading on reddit a long time ago, a suggestion of ranking posts based on the level of discussion in the comments, rather than the number of upvotes. it wouldn’t be a perfect solution, but it would definitely be a start

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                                                      Unfortunately, there’s a failure case (occasionally observed on lobste.rs, which biases story ranking by comment activity) where absolute horseshit articles will get lots of comments debunking them, and end up ranked highly.

                                                      I couldn’t say whether it’s enough of a problem to sink the scheme. It’s certainly detectable (high rank with low article score is indicative), so I guess you could depress the rank in that case.

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                                                        yeah, some manner of combination of score and level of discussion. possibly also taking into account the average length of the comments? serious askreddit threads and subreddits like askscience, askhistorians, etc. would all benefit, effectively hiding subreddits with low discussion levels.

                                                        i mean, i’m neither a programmer nor a web developer, so all this might not be as feasible as i think it is, but honestly i think anything would be better than the clusterfuck of a ranking algorithm they have right now.

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                                                    mama mia i am so sick of this whole noun as a verb thing that’s been sweeping the globe, like, for example, “adulting is hard”

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                                                      Well I mean, it has precedent in the hacker culture as well ;)

                                                      But I do agree.

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                                                      the whole concept of “forget what you know about numbers and instead picture addition and multiplication as moving and stretching a number line” thing seems too wacky for me to be able to get a handle on the rest of the video

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                                                        Lobste.rs is not a website for dank memes.

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                                                          I normally would not submit dank memes. But could not resist with the dankest. But yes, you are right. I feel dank shame.

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                                                            man, this was the one website on which i was confident i’d never have to hear about “dank memes”. why’d you have to go and do that?

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                                                              I’m sorry

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                                                          i understand the importance and usefulness of this study, but it’s kind of surreal to me that it even exists. it’s surreal to me that “internet trolling” is being studied and dissected at such a high level.

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                                                            see, my approach to bezier curves was always more or less just, “fling the controls everywhere and hope it makes a curve vaguely resembling what you want”