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[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 9 points 15 hours ago

The font and kerning is so bad it makes me want to send whoever designed this to a North Korean re-education camp, but for graphic design.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 36 points 1 day ago

Are they barred from veteran’s day and St. Patrick’s Day parades as well, or does the NPS participate in those? How about 4th of July?

Has this always been the case? If not, who was on the board that made the decision and what is their political affiliation?

In a world where half the electorate thinks a judge must be prejudiced and has no problem with their autocratic leader saying that ethnicity decides whether someone is “fair,” I think these are legitimate followup questions.

We needed a de-trumpification of the government. Anyone appointed by Trump or hired by an appointee should have been dismissed. This is basically what Trump is planning on doing.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 10 points 2 days ago

I’d probably blame regulatory capture as a whole than individual regs and agencies, but I agree. My feeling is that if you’re going to make a fuel efficiency regulation and then allow exceptions, they should be exceptions based on use, not based on class of vehicle. There should probably be additional fees/taxes, maybe applied annually.

Otherwise, yeah, the incentives point in the wrong direction.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 7 points 2 days ago

This year’s hottest Halloween costume: Sexy Bible

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 55 points 2 days ago

Pickups today are huge monstrosities but I swear their beds are about as long as the one I had in my 1987 Ranger. When I did get a full sized truck, it had a longer bed because if you can’t carry standard sized plywood, sheetrock, and lumber, I’m not sure I’d want it.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 4 points 2 days ago

Traveller, Aftermath (post-apocalyptic), Top Secret (spies and terrorists), and Villains & Vigilantes (super heroes) are all lost in the sands of time for me, but I really loved them all.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 20 points 2 days ago

So does this get brought up in debates? Does the press force him to justify his two-faced stance? Or does this just disappear down the memory hole with an AP article?

Can we get an ad from the “Bobby Newport has never worked a real job in his life!” guy?

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 4 points 2 days ago

Thank you for sparing me having to read the article and being disappointed. I can now have second hand disappointment and get on with my morning.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 2 points 2 days ago

Oh, I mean the guy himself. I know two women who knew/worked with him.

I always took Paradise as more funny than creepy because I interpreted it as a parody of stereotyped guy/girl behaviors and agendas rather than advocacy, but the guy himself wasn’t someone you’d particularly want to see your sister dating.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 4 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

I’m going to hazard a guess it’s a combination of falling budget and an over reliance on autocorrect. If it’s like other industries, they’re trying to get more articles out with fewer people.

I know that I often have an atrocious number of typos - but some are entirely the fault of autocorrect either changing a correct word to something else or correcting a typo to a word that makes no sense in the context of the sentence. I’m hoping that the next generation will improve this.

If anything a now - not typo at least indicates that it was written by a human. LLM errors generally don’t involve that sort of thing.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 2 points 3 days ago

by Florida customers

Ah.

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Feature requests (self.arctic)
submitted 3 months ago by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/arctic

I’m a big fan of the app, and I think it does stand out. However, there’s a couple of areas that I think really do need to be addressed, especially if it’s going to become the Apollo of lemmy.

First, using the link widget should at the very least autopopulate with the highlighted text, and if the paste buffer contains a url, probably autopopulate with that as well. It’s beyond frustrating to select a block of text to turn into a link, only to have to go back, copy the text into the buffer, then recopy the link into the buffer, and then paste it in. All of the data are already available via the api.

The second is that switching user accounts should not reset the current post view back to the list of posts view. In Apollo, a user could switch accounts (say, to a mod or other dedicated account) while looking at a post/thread and still continue with the current view. One could even do this in the course of writing a reply, so that if (for example) an author had a professional account for their books and a separate account for general interactions, they could switch over if it was appropriate to apply to someone as a published SF author as opposed to the account where they posted cat memes. I recognize that the architecture of lemmy might make that inapplicable in some cases (eg if the switched account is on an instance that doesn’t have that particular post for whatever reason), but I think that should be an edge case rather than having the reset apply across the board.

The last one is a feature that I don’t think even Apollo got right but which one of the other lemmy apps is very close to nailing. Having a reply interrupted, either because the app crashed or got backgrounded or was interrupted by the user, shouldn’t erase the possibility of resuming. The typed response, along with the comment it’s responding to, should be saved out. Apollo only saved the text of the comment, while the other lemmy app lets you jump right back into it with both the response and the target. I’d love to see this at least at the single comment level, if not queuing up several independently across accounts. The storage space is trivial and the context is ( I imagine) available.

That all said, this is a remarkable and mature app, especially given how new it is, and I love it.

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submitted 3 months ago by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/arctic

Like a lot of us, I came over to lemmy after that whole Reddit API thing. I had started using Reddit shortly after AlienBlue came out, and with Apollo I was a cemented user. I enjoyed the discussions and the communities, but for me it’s all about the UX. Life is too short for crappy apps, and I hate using webUIs on my phone.

It was shortly after that that the first iOS clients for lemmy started shipping, and I think I might have tried them all. I still have six or seven installed on my phone. They all have their problems, and they’re all different. A couple of them are decent enough that they’ve become the only two that I use, but because both have their own (and different) warts, I’ve just been going back and forth.

So, thank you for what is obviously a lot of hard work, and thank you for making it available to people. You are a very talented developer and designer. This is now the only app I need.

Arctic

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submitted 3 months ago by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/arctic

Okay, to be fair I just started using this app an hour ago, but I’m finding the decision for an undo/redo, headline level, and strikeout being included as widgets in the toolbar when there’s no obvious option for the far more common use cases of adding links and images and such. I tend to be a long form poster, and I like to include a number of links to external articles when possible. I rely on my text editor to make it as simple as possible. In the ideal case, the editor will use popups that will prepopulate with the highlighted text (if any) for the link, and then have a second box for the target url.

Am I just missing something?

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submitted 5 months ago by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/asklemmy

Texas and I believe a few other states have passed anti-abortion laws that attempt to cover people leaving their states to seek safe and legal abortions. The ones I’m familiar with (as I recall) applied to things like traveling on state-owned roads to seek an abortion out of state.

Let’s lay aside the question of constitutional and federal restrictions governing interstate commerce laws for now. I started wondering if these laws would govern transportation via airlines or Amtrak. They could (I assume) make the argument that they pulled you over on the way to the transportation facility, but if you didn’t buy the tickets until you get there, I think it’d complicate the state’s case. I did some thinking along those lines.

My real question now is whether the defendant could state that they were traveling for reasons of a medical consultation regarding their pregnancy but had not yet decided whether they would be having an abortion performed. As far as I know, these laws necessarily target intent. If the patient states they were traveling to a state where they would be more likely to receive competent medical advice (which is a truism - abortion-restricting states also limit what MDs can say to a patient), would the state need to prove their intent? Absent something like a text message stating “I’m going to California to get an abortion,” does the prosecution have any line of attack there?

Abortion resources:

California abortion resources by the state government

Planned Parenthood

Abortion Defense Network

LGBTQ abortion info

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submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/asklemmy

As I watch The Internet look like it’s starting to adopt a new phase (let’s call it federation writ large), I’m watching for signs of both success and struggle. I have some strong opinions of features and functionality lacking in the current suite of UIs that might help adoption, but thing I’ve been thinking about more recently is the effects of premature fragmentation.

Like so many things, it boils down to a problem of discovery. By discovery, I mean the user’s ability to find posts and topics that they want to read and engage with.

If lemmy had 10 users, we would not need separate topics. It’d probably be a few posts a day, tops, and it’d be easy enough to just scan through and see if anything of interest was being discussed. That could probably scale up a bit - let’s call it 100 users just for discussion. 100 users, 10-15 posts per day. Somewhere beyond that, you’d probably want to start some kind of classification. It would need to be at a fairly high level, like tech and politics. I’m thinking of things like 90s era slashdot. The point I’m making is that 1000 users would be too few to fragment the tech topic/tag into separate operating systems, much less specific flavors or versions of Linux.

My point is this: picture a growth curve. From biology and general network theory we would expect the growth curve of a successful service or community to grow exponentially. In the early part of growth, the exponential curve can appear linear - it can take time for the network effect to really kick in. Things like the Reddit exit can create a brief non-linearity, but until you hit the hockey stick part it’s just steady growth. Let’s call this function U(t) for users as a function of time.

Now let’s think about growth in the number of communities. From the above, and using discoverability as our fitness function, we’d expect them to grow as a function of the number of users. As the number of users goes up, both the number of and diversity in the posts go up, meaning we need additional metadata to find “our” content easily. Let’s call this one C(t) for communities as a function of time.

My thought right now is that a fitness function would discover that U(t) >> C(t). I’m not going to get a lot more specific because it’s just a thought but I suspect that there’s be some relationship between inter-topic and intra-topic diversity (and the overall information diversity of the service).

What I’m getting to is that it may be that one of the strengths of a service like lemmy, which allows for an almost unlimited expansion of communities including duplications, is not applying the concept of a fitness function, and actually can make things harder to discover and thus the service harder to use, reducing the ability to recruit and retain users. It reduces the average number of posts per topic and increases noise both in search and in the feed. I’ve ended up defaulting my clients to basically showing /all and sorting by recent just to make sure I’m not missing anything interesting, then blocking communities one by one. That’s not sustainable or friendly to more casual users. It’s definitely not the Apollo-on-Reddit kind of UX.

I’m not sure what can or should be done, given both the architecture and philosophy. I’m just thinking about how things like network theory can inform how this sort of thing can be optimized.

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Open source bug databases (self.programming)
submitted 9 months ago by PrinceWith999Enemies to c/[email protected]

I’m interested in finding projects that have bug databases (eg bugzilla) that allow people to access them, especially if the available data includes histories for comments and state changes. Ideally, it would include bug reports and feature requests submitted by both the dev team and by users and would have a fair amount of traffic.

To be clear, I don’t mind if the bug tracking software or the project is open source (although that helps). I’d just like something where I can access status and histories over time on a relatively current project.

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