I agree there’s a large gap between Chrome and Android on this...though I do think they’re on the same spectrum.
Agreed that MS has made their Chromium contributions in areas that are important to them, but then that’s always the case with all contributors to OSS, no? As of a year ago they’d made 1800 PRs from 160 devs. Of course, as you say, what counts as “substantial” is hard to quantify. A PR can be a small typo fix or a complete reworking of a core technology, so it’d take a lot of work to pin down substantial-ness, and then a person would still be arguing about if it was important or not.
I have sympathy for this argument, and I do assign some weight to this factor.
That being said, it doesn’t overweigh the other factors in my choice. Part of that is down to the fact that MS is (I haven’t actually checked, just what I’ve heard) making good and substantial contributions back to Chromium...which Google then merges back to Chrome.
Google does add closed source stuff to Chrome. The open source stuff is in Chromium and then Google adds their own stuff to that and releases that as Chrome which is closed source.
(Might Chromium based browsers, but I don’t use them, so YMMV)
MS Edge does this, and (unsurprisingly) compared to last time I used Chrome for it about a year ago, does a better job integrating the app with Windows.
Strong agreement from me. I really hope CoPilot and Codex or similar comes to their IDEs.
I’m currently on Notion and have went through many off these different things.
I’m always worried about getting too invested and then the company going under. However, the open source things are always a little too rough around the edges for my taste.
AHK is good. However, personally I’d recommend AutoIT over AHK. It basically do what AHK can do, but it has a better BASIC-like syntax. (Not to say that it is a good language)
I’ve used a bunch of different solutions for hot keys and system automation (I’m even writing my own solution)
I wonder if I should make a separate recommendation for this or if this comment suffices...
Software: Microsoft Edge
Need: Web browser
Other programs I’ve tried: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave
I’ve stuck with Edge for about a year. I tried it out because they switched over to the Chromium rendering engine and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I’ll tell you my main reasons for continuing to use it but note that these can exist in other browsers but don’t work exactly like I want.
Collections. This features lets you add web pages and snippets of information into persistent collections of info. Good for when you’re researching a specific subject. I use this either for small projects or as a lightweight interim step before moving stuff into my main research gathering tools.
Vertical tab stacks. Instead of tabs along the top of the window, I have it set to put them on the side of the window. The bar containing them collapses down into just the favicons and autoexpands to a configurable width showing the page titles when I mouse over.
Web browsers are kind of weird. They’re all incredibly capable and needs-fitting and I would be very happy using any of them. Because of this I considered not posting about it at all, but in the end I decided “web browsers are all really good, but Edge has these features” is useful information.
I’m currently using Duplicacy to automatically back up to the 1TB of OneDrive storage that comes along with my Microsoft 365 subscription, to my Google Drive, and to my NAS.
The data is encrypted...but of course I’m depending upon the backup software developer to have done this correctly. I would be happier if the backup software I was using was audited by security professionals.
Duplicacy can back up to many cloud providers, so you have to pick the one that works best for you. I’d have the Microsoft 365 subscription regardless.
Duplicacy can roll back to many earlier states...it’s up to you to tell it how often to keep snapshots.
This is going to be a problem no matter what. As I mentioned in another comment I’ve written down my password in many places so hopefully if I’ve forgotten my password I can at least remember one of those places.
I wrote down my master password in multiple public places. No one can connect them to me but I can retrieve them when I want. (If I was targeted by a sophisticated enough adversary they could’ve been tailing me when I went to write/hide them.)
I didn’t realize that was happening. Now that you say it I looked back and couldn’t figure it out how I was supposed to know that for awhile until I realized that the de-emphasized text below the title can be hovered to find that out.
I think your second paragraph makes a good argument for it’s LW-appropriateness.
The following comment is about LW and not about this post, per se. I enjoyed reading this post for some reason and I don’t object to its content in any way so please do not take what I say as a criticism.
I’m wondering...what makes this post apropos to lesswrong? I’m not saying it doesn’t belong here, I’m just wondering what other people’s takes are for why it does or does not belong here.
Narrative truth seems to be about shortcuts for conveying emotions and other internal states of the author or of others that the author is trying to serve as a conduit for.
We find it easier to engage with a text or piece of media when we are presented with a narrative, instead of just having the raw data thrown at us such that we have to figure out the meaning ourselves.
Speaking for me personally: I’m usually super frustrated with anything that is framed as a narrative rather than giving me a table of data or something. In an alternative universe structured just for me and my peccadilloes, narrative truth like I think you’re talking about exists and is useful...and is used 90% less.
I think this is probably because I hardly ever care very much about the emotions or internal states of any subject of the non-fiction media. Maybe the problem is that most writers are bad at writing for the audience of me? Maybe 90% of them are going way overboard into the narrative side? Much of what a writer does is often the narrative. I bet very few writers start out saying “I want to be a researcher and collator of data”. Formatting tables isn’t sexy!
Really wish I could come up with some examples right now but nothing is coming to mind. Imagine an ostensibly good article with info about the Delta variant. It has anecdotes about people in the hospital and quotes from doctors and statisticians. It’s got paragraph after paragraph of the authors own narrative. I hate these goddamn things and yet everything is full of it.
I wish 90% of the non-fiction media I read were 90% shorter by leaving out narrative. And I don’t just mean random posts on the internet, I’m talking about ostensibly Good Stuff You Should Read. Think big features in The Atlantic or something like that.
There’s non-fiction stuff whose whole point is a narrative...think memoirs. Those do not bother me in the least, though I find myself usually not very interested in reading this type of stuff.
None of this is to say that I think it’s the wrong way to influence and be persuasive in the world as a whole.
Many American Christians seem to equivocate between the naïve and informed interpretations of “meek” in a motte-and-bailey-esque fashion.
The first thing that comes to mind is submission to church elders and (sometimes) others of the same denomination, restrained (barely) savagery when dealing with people who don’t believe as they do.
Even when I was just a kid I never understood how others could just completely disregard or only pay lip service to the stuff like “does God exist?” and just be happy with “I like the way these people live”. As if disregarding the supposed basis for a way of life isn’t inextricably part of living that life.
As I grew older I realized that people just don’t give enough consideration to the matter to even realize that they’re disregarding the fundamental basis of most things. Not because people are stupid, but because it’s advantageous to be able to be able to ignore pesky things like truth and reality.
I don’t think my life is unambiguously better because I realized God isn’t real. In some ways my life is actually worse. In fact, if I could as easily set aside my search for accurate maps of reality as many people seem to be able to, my life would inarguably be better if I was a devout religious person. Unfortunately (in some ways), I can’t set that search aside, and don’t want to.
It seems likely to me that there is good, well-designed code that is hard to understand by the very nature of what it is or what problem it is solving. What percentage of all hard-to-understand-by-smart-and-competent-people code is that kind and what percentage is the kind you describe is probably the key thing you’d want to know.
Once you know that then you can know what to do when investigating code you do not understand.
The best thing I can come up with is “ehh, probably most hard to understand code is badly designed code?”.
(As an unrelated aside, prompted by me just now closing this tab: Without consciously thinking about it I always try using my code editor hotkeys while editing text in non-coding contexts, and one of those hotkeys closes my browser tab!)
I don’t think this is a direct retort or agreement, but just something you prompted me to write down:
I think some of the seeming contradiction comes from an insufficiently specified rule definition.
If the rule was “walk through the fire when it’s conditions are X, Y, and Z, but only if your goal is to become stronger on dimension X, otherwise never walk through the fire (insert other specifications here)”, then we don’t have a problem.
If the rule was fully-specified then you would know whether to walk through the fire or not.
If you have a rule that is insufficiently specified and you know it, then come up with your own rule or just assess the situation.
If you have a rule that is insufficiently specified and you don’t know it, then you’re outta luck.
If you have a rule that is sufficiently specified, but too complex to apply in real life, well that sucks, but I don’t know what to do about that.
If you have a rule that is sufficiently specified, then hooray!
(I think it’s likely most how-to-live-your-life rules are probably underspecified, but the downsides to that are low enough, and the upsides of less-complex rules are great enough that it’s fine.)
Definitely! I didn’t mean to imply there were none of these types of people willing to live with others.
In fact, if my hypothesis has some truthiness to it, I think I would expect some sort of bimodal distribution.
An aside: I really like to see if there’s benefits from receiving J&J after receiving two doses of mRNA.
Maybe expanded variants protection or quicker immune response leading to lower amounts of shedding.
I sometimes wonder about this. One hypothesis I have is that some not-insignificant portion of the intelligent, technical sort of people that would work on the types of projects I have in mind are also more likely to either a) not be pleasant people to be around for extended periods or b) don’t like being around other people for extended periods.
Full disclosure, I barely tolerate living with my wife and kid! (I say in a serious/not-serious way) So I’m kind of imagining a lot of people like me.
However, I always get a bit frustrated when trying to answer it, because I know that it is really not the right question to be asking.
When I ask these questions it is to interview you (or, really, the company). What is the company implicitly and explicitly teaching it’s employees about how decisions get made?
In other words, I already know the answer, I’m seeing if you do!
That being said, I would guess that the more inexperienced you are, the more earnest the question asker is about the question.