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I can't say how common this is, but many (most?) online accounts I personally interact with are disposable, represent no sensitive information, and I couldn't care less if they're compromised. They're one-time sign-ups, junk accounts, free trials, free tiers, etc.

> one of the most frustrating experiences

I understand this frustration as a mismatch between the user's non-expectation of security and the service's obeyance to industry security best practices.

Placing a cognitive burden of memorizing a new password just to try out your product strikes me as cruel.

Maybe only enforce password rules as progressive enhancement once sensitive information comes into play? After all, what's the point of protecting junk?

Passwords often protect things like random niche forum boards from grief more than they protect the user's sensitive information in such cases. 3rd party auth is a great solution but a lot of people don't want to tie their "real" accounts to the low tier sites. MFA is of even greater help for low tier site's pains but if you can't get someone to use a decent password or link their identity how likely are you to set up 2FA for it? In the case of "free" services type signups they want you to onboard your information or link your identity and an account workflow is the easiest way to do that as it's a small percentage that will go through the trouble of burner or temp emails and fake info yet at least you have an easy way to rate limit such users from hijacking your "free" offerings.

Also you're not supposed to be memorizing anything for logins. At the very least you should be letting your browser use the randomly generated password and save it to the browser password store if you're not using a full blown password manager.

Yes every service considers itself critical. But users don't give a shit if some forum they signed up for 3 years ago gets hacked.

For me I just see it as a sign of pretentiousness when you expect me to come up with a 20 character password. Luckily Firefox has a built in password generator now.

> But users don't give a shit if some forum they signed up for 3 years ago gets hacked.

It depends on the forum and the hacker. Most hacks won't have a practical implication, but a targeted attack by somebody unhappy with your comments might abuse your identity or information the account reveals.

Or a forum can reveal information you don't want to have revealed (medical help forums, sexual stuff, ...)

And sometimes you are really to leave "child times" behind you, which might reach surface again later. (Say when you get into a political career ten years later and somebody finds your mail address and searches through dumps of leaked data etc.)

Right, surveillance needs to go both ways. The watchers need to be watched.

> nearly every company offers some raises

I've worked at least a dozen jobs. Received exactly 2 raises: one for $0.25, the other $0.33.

> In order to be stuck at minimum you have to additionally have stability issues

Or just not be able to afford a bachelor's degree

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to become a shift manager.

I threw together a crude implementation of a pure CSS lighting system if you're interested: https://github.com/kinseywk/zShadows/blob/gh-pages/index.md

> This disease just isn't that deadly

Vs. 4.6M dead worldwide, discounting 2nd order excess deaths.

How can you be so blithe?

The world has almost eight billion people.

Compulsory voting in an unengaged populace can only serve to lower signal-to-noise ratio. How many times do we need to relearn "garbage in, garbage out"? The responsible ballot choice when uninformed is "abstain". AFAIA, Australia doesn't provide that option.

Also, the intransigent moderates you mentioned create inertia biased toward status quo and inhibits appropriate policy action and change (see e.g. the slow-moving trainwreck of climate destabilization).

> AFAIA, Australia doesn't provide that option.

To be precise, there isn't a specific "Abstain" option on the ballot paper, but it is perfectly legal to leave the ballot blank. After all, if they could trace blank ballots back to the voter to punish them, it wouldn't be a secret ballot.

For context, "informal votes" (i.e. those votes which are rejected at the counting stage) have typically accounted for less than 5% of votes cast, and blank votes were about 20% of the votes cast in the 2001 federal election[0]. That suggests that about 1% of the population is "abstaining" in this way.

[0] https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joi...

Ooo that's interesting! I stand educated; thanks for sharing that.

Voting at all in an unegaged populace is bad. Might as well just have a dictator

This is pretty disrespectful to people actually living under dictatorships.

Sic aside, I don't follow your line of reasoning. Care to elaborate?

Disengaged voters will simply vote for the current leadership or loudest guy, typically the same thing, without a thought towards the issues.

Strongmen love compulsory voting, it creates a false perception of legitimacy, because corruption or no corruption, if only 30% of a population is engaged in the issues and the other 70% could give two shits, that is a slamdunk for incumbents.

There's some evidence for this. Chile adopted voluntary voting in 2012. According to this study[0] this decreased the incumbent's advantage in the elections that follower.

[0] https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-political-s...

Agreed on all points.

Parent's assertion that "Voting at all in an unegaged populace is bad." still rubs me the wrong way.

Why discount the votes of engaged individuals just because the masses aren't? Baby, bath water, etc.

Ehh, not _that_ carefully. Real inflation is notoriously difficult to track, as you need to take into consideration things like decreases in manufacturing quality, ingredient substitutions, planned obsolescence, etc.

Ehh, they try pretty damn carefully. They absolutely do take into consideration things like changing quality and ingredients.

> Pricing information is then sent to our national office, where specialists who have detailed knowledge about the particular goods or services review the data. These specialists check the data for accuracy and consistency, and make any necessary corrections or adjustments. Adjustments can range from an adjustment for a change in the size or quantity of a packaged item, to more complex adjustments based upon statistical analysis of the value of an item's features or quality. Thus, commodity specialists strive to prevent changes in the quality of items from affecting the CPI's measurement of price change.

> Hedonic quality adjustment is one of the techniques the CPI uses to account for changing product quality within some CPI item samples. Hedonic quality adjustment refers to a method of adjusting prices whenever the characteristics of the products included in the CPI change due to innovation or the introduction of completely new products.



I'd love to see companies warm up to nontraditional employment arrangements. I've always wanted to be able to split my time between different jobs; e.g., half the year in an office environment, then half the year doing something outdoors. I feel like breaking up the monotony would help keep things fresh all around and generally improve my wellbeing.

This kind of thinking is what's always intrigued me about freelancing/consulting. If I get bored of coding, I can take 6 months off and work an outdoor summer job, or reduce my coding hours to 20 hours/week and get a part time job at a coffee shop or something like that.

Check your ingredient labels. Over the past decade, we've shifted away from HFCS to use more refined sugar. Sauce: https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/sugar-sweeteners/backg...

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