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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: #justiceforRonJ
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:08:46 PM »
As has been stated numerous times in the past, bans are issued for patterns of behaviour, not isolated incidents. RonJ can either demonstrate good faith by improving his behaviour, or he can continue doing what he just did and keep getting banned for it. The choice is his.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 16, 2020, 03:56:20 PM »
If trackpad quality is a big deal, nothing is even in the same realm of existence as the MacBook.

I keep seeing people say this, and having used both ThinkPads and MacBooks, I just don't see it. MacBook trackpads are absolutely awful to use. Maybe it's just about what you're used to.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 03, 2020, 08:37:52 PM »
Whoa, I ordered mine on the same day. We’re thinkpad twinsies.

Yeah except you ordered the worse ThinkPad.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 03, 2020, 08:13:00 PM »
I have no idea, I haven't received the laptop yet.
Chy-na

I ordered it 3 days ago and they estimated 5-6 weeks before I submitted the order. I'd say I'm well within the realm of expectations here.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 03, 2020, 02:04:44 PM »
one 80-inch and one 42-inch

I'm just used to writing "inch" after numbers when it comes to computers because computer manufacturers like to use stupid units for some reason.

Do they have the damn bay requiring an extra "holder" like the t470-490 and the p50-52?

I have no idea, I haven't received the laptop yet. I'm just going by what I've read online.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 03, 2020, 04:28:16 AM »
Lenovo tends to use actual NVME drives these days so if your ok opening up the bottom screws, ya can usually replace it yourself.

Yeah, that's my intention. Actually, the T14 has dual M.2 slots (one 80-mm and one 42-mm), so I plan to get one of these for OpenBSD and one of these for Windows so I can use garbage software needed for uni when I'm travelling.

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##### Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: September 03, 2020, 01:25:37 AM »
I never got the MacBook. But I did finally order an X13 Yoga. I got the model with a 128GB SSD that I’ll be upgrading after, since it looks like Lenovo copied Apple and charges ridiculous sums for more storage. That confuses me since you can’t upgrade MacBook storage after you order it, but you can with the Thinkpad. I also got the 400 nit “low power” display. Since it’s a custom configuration, it’s taking longer than normal to ship. Also, the estimated ship date has changed every single day since I ordered it a few days ago. Not sure what that’s all about.

I ordered a T14, also with the 400-nit display, and also with 128 GB storage (Lenovo has always tried to scam you on upgrades at order time). I got the AMD variant with a Ryzen 4750U, objectively the correct CPU.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Shortcut keys
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:34:13 PM »
Combined with the fact that they don't (to my knowledge) clash with any browser functionality, there is no case for removing them.

You just claimed they did:

we are not going to override default browser shortcuts
This is not strictly true - it's already SMF's default behaviour in some cases. For example, while writing a post, shift+alt+s submits the post, and shift+alt+p displays the preview.

I also don't know of any existing use for these in browsers, but my reading of your reply was that you do.

I have no opposition to adding shortcuts that aren't established browser defaults.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Shortcut keys
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:22:30 PM »
Firmly object. You can carry on blocking JS on your end, and there's no need to remove functionality that stood for 5 years over your personal preference.

This has nothing to do with my personal preference. Do people actually use those shortcuts? If so, it makes sense to keep them.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Shortcut keys
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:08:01 PM »
we are not going to override default browser shortcuts
This is not strictly true - it's already SMF's default behaviour in some cases. For example, while writing a post, shift+alt+s submits the post, and shift+alt+p displays the preview.

While I wasn't aware of that, we're not going to add more overrides for even more commonly used shortcuts. We should perhaps also consider removing SMF's defaults.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Shortcut keys
« on: August 24, 2020, 11:16:21 PM »
Nevermind. I just discovered Vimium.

Great, because the answer is no, we are not going to override default browser shortcuts. Some of us use Ctrl+S for saving webpages, Ctrl+C for copying, Ctrl+N to open a new window and Ctrl+R to refresh.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Personal attacks and serious accusations by Pete
« on: August 14, 2020, 07:51:32 PM »
You are missing something. Around the time I started pointing out edby's lie, he was using his status as an "academic" to bolster his position within the forum. This is what originally motivated me to investigate his claim, and, upon discovering that it's a lie, to expose him. I achieved my goal in stopping him from employing that strategy, but he never did apologise or retract his original claim.

Fair enough, I can't say I object to that.

Pointing out that someone is lying and backing it up with what I think is an overwhelming amount of evidence is not something that can be sensibly suppressed. If your decision is that we can no longer point out people's lies/outright fraud because they say they don't like it, I hope you realise the precedent this will set.

You have a tendency to try and tow the middle line, and I understand why you do that. However, I refuse to back down in this case. edby is acting in a matter that, without further clarification, appears to be fraudulent. I consider it my moral obligation to highlight that in order to protect those who might not realise.

If he is indeed still lying, I agree with you. From what I can see (based on about 5 minutes of looking at this, so I almost certainly have less information than you do), he made a few claims 2 years ago that are repeatedly being brought up. My concern is simply trying to define where the line is crossed from calling out fraud to harassment.

Of course, you have already made a suggestion that would eliminate all doubt:

Meanwhile, the only way edby can get me to stop calling him out on his lie is by retracting his claim and editing his previous posts to highlight that he is not, in fact, a member of any academic institution.

edby, would you be willing to go back and edit your previous posts in this manner as a gesture of good faith, so that we can put all this behind us? I would appreciate it.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Personal attacks and serious accusations by Pete
« on: August 14, 2020, 07:14:15 PM »
I think both sides need to calm down a bit here.

Pete, unless I'm missing something, it doesn't look like edby has ever directly claimed to be a faculty member on this forum, nor used such status to bolster his arguments. It's not as though he's trotting out that status to try to win debates here. For all we know, "Faculty Member" could just be the least inapplicable of some limited set of affiliation options on academia.edu, and I don't think pointing to it was his reason for linking to that page.

Given that, and the fact that we're talking about a two-year-old post by now, I think it's reasonable to back down now that he's made it clear he's become uncomfortable. I don't think this is any different from the "Things Tom Bishop Doesn't Understand" thread, which was locked because Tom was uncomfortable with it.

On the other side of the coin, edby, please stop linking to publications with your name on them if you are uncomfortable with this kind of scrutiny. While I do think this went a little over the top this time, it's going to be difficult to defend you if you play the victim after linking directly to your own information. We welcome anonymity on this forum, and many members take advantage of that—please feel free to join them. We take privacy very seriously and anyone who shares your personal details will be dealt with harshly, provided you haven't already shared them.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Home page is broken.
« on: July 21, 2020, 04:14:50 PM »
Thanks, this was caused by SMF being a piece of crap. Fixed.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 03, 2020, 02:09:54 PM »
In other words, it is unlikely that SMF will be fixing it soon, but we should either lift or greatly slacken these limits to see if it helps.

I think we should completely ignore whatever crap SMF upstream wants to push, barring future security fixes to the 2.0 branch. Our two-man team is more than capable of maintaining our fork to a higher standard.

It might be an idea to use that one by default. The first time around it will probably spam people with ancient unread topics, but you have an easy way of marking them all as read. The downside is that if you don't always mark everything as read, old threads you don't care about will clutter your view. The upside is that you'll never miss a post.

Agree. This is what I would expect a button that says "Unread Posts" to display.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:51:37 AM »
Are you sure this used to work? On my test forum, if I check out the code from February 2019 (which is as far back as I can go, otherwise the code to check the new-style password hash isn't there yet), I see identical behaviour. It's also worth noting that my test forum is using a copy of the database from over a month ago, so it can't be a recent change to the database that caused it.

Of course, it is always possible that a recent code change caused unread posts to be permanently flagged as read so that reverting it doesn't fix it, I guess.

Edit: Actually, making new posts (both in existing threads and new threads) with a different user account does cause them to show up in Unread Posts, so there's something more deeply broken here.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Profile post ordering
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:12:31 PM »
As a third option, maybe we could just get rid of those numbers? I don't think I've ever even noticed that they're there, and they're not even guaranteed to stay the same during one viewing of a user's posting history—for example, the user might make a post just before you click through to the next page.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Allow markdown for post formatting
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:43:23 PM »
The only way I can see this being feasible without an extreme overhaul is to introduce a [markdown] block BBCode. Maybe something like [md] if you'd like it shorter. You can then thwack anything within the block through a markdown parser. This also has the added benefit of not mangling previous posts, and of not impacting those who'd like to use an asterisk as a simple symbol instead of a Turing machine.

My thought was to add a per-post "Use markdown" setting, with a per-user "Use markdown" setting that defines the default per-post setting. That way, all existing posts are flagged as not using markdown, while new posts follow the user's preference.

The benefit over a BBcode tag is just that I wouldn't need to wrap every single post in [markdown].

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Allow markdown for post formatting
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:47:29 AM »
Markdown is much easier to write than BBcode, being little more than structured plain text. It would be nice if we could use it to format posts.

For example, here's some BBcode:

Code: [Select]
[size=1.4em][b]Heading[/b][/size]I like [b]bold[/b] and [i]italic[/i] and also [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1p5eNOsl7I]links[/url].[size=1.2em][b]Subheading[/b][/size][list][li]Do you like green eggs and ham?[/li][li]I do not like them, Sam I Am.[/li][/list][code]#include <stdio.h>int main(int argc, char **argv) {    printf("Write in C\n");}[­/code]$$\mathrm{e}^{\mathrm{i\pi}} + 1 = 0$$
Now here's the same thing, written in markdown using pandoc's inline LaTeX extension:

Code: [Select]
# HeadingI like **bold** and *italic* and also [links](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1p5eNOsl7I).## Subheading* Do you like green eggs and ham?* I do not like them, Sam I Am.#include <stdio.h>int main(int argc, char **argv) {    printf("Write in C\n");}$\mathrm{e}^{\mathrm{i\pi}} + 1 = 0$
As you can see, the markdown version is much easier to read and edit in its raw form.

However, I don't want to switch between markdown and BBcode. BBcode can do some more complex things that don't suit the simplicity of markdown, and so they should both be available, and it should be possible to combine them. This will be tricky with SMF's awful BBcode parser, but I believe the benefits should be worthwhile.

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##### Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Profile post ordering
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:32:06 AM »
In theory, changing this for everyone should be a matter of changing DESC to ASC somewhere in the code. Making it configurable per user might be a little more work or a lot more work, you never know with SMF.

If you're up to the challenge of trying this yourself, our code is on GitHub. No obligation, of course, just if you want to.

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