nice to meet you! I have enjoyed the content you submit.
I studied math properly a long time ago, and I'm recently starting to study at home by myself again. I also did a bunch of hacking and game making in the past, I'm interested in a lot of things. I got a lot of opinions about software and tried to build various lean minimal pieces of kit but I nothing seemed to gain much interest - it's difficult to find community despite the internet existing. Recently I've been playing a lot of difficult puzzle games like Molek-Syntez, Recursed, Stephen Sausage Roll and Hiding Space.
Feel free to debate my point of view, but I'd argue that staying would be essentially "re-founding" the company. Because senior engineering experience is gone and in it's place, a team composed of only people with <6 month experience with the codebase.
If I found a company, I'd like to be able to choose the product concept, choose who I work with, and start with a fresh cap table / debt load, etc.
Is this a product you believe in enough to (re)-"start" a company for? Are these the people you'd pick for starting a company? What's the financial situation?
That’s tricky. I don’t have great advice, but I can hypothesize what I might do in your shoes. If I enjoyed working on the product and wanted to continue working on it with (probably) a larger sphere of influence than before, I’d likely start by negotiating a higher salary after the initial storm blew over but before new engineers are hired, and make it clear that I would like to take more ownership of development. If successful, it would be a better situation should the need to find a new job suddenly arise. If unsuccessful, I’d start interviewing elsewhere like crazy.
If this is intended as a philosophical question, then it might help to frame it as such. Otherwise you're asking a question about to very physical objects that have very concrete properties that would interact in predictable, if unexpected ways in this scenario. (I think you'd get a view of the inside of the photocopier, if there is enough light reflected for that, depending on the angle of the cameras inside the machine, or just a smear of the sensor bar moving across)
What does a photocopier do that's fundamentally different than "take a certain type of photo, then print it"? Are you wanting to introduce a type of paradox? Is there a greater point here that might be served by a different example?
This feels like something that you found profound at some point?
I don't have time to write out all the reasoning I could try to apply to this right now. I might try to come back to it this evening.
I will say that, as a person that has written software to build systems, that understanding some of the underlying details of how something works has often been helpful in understanding why things do what they do. All abstractions leak, as it were, and there's a cost when they do.
I suspect that getting to the right answer by just reasoning, without actually breaking down how the scanning mechanism works, is potentially building on faulty assumptions, but I don't have the time to work the details on that now.
Something that may be unrelated, but comes to mind: Many people, myself included, scan documents by using a cell phone camera, which would change the result here, by changing how the scanner works. But perhaps that would show up in the way the question is phrased.
Definitely that sort of brain tickler that is probably more interesting to think about than it might have any right to be.
For private submissions, I'm planning to remove the character limit on titles. (The idea is that users should be able to submit whatever links they want without worrying about titles or tags. It's just a bookmark, and a place for you to take notes.)
If I enable tag editing, that introduces some strange cases: someone could submit a link with a big title, then switch it from /l/private to something else.
I could add logic to prevent people from making a private submission public, and vice-versa. But it's easier for now to just submit a comment asking to edit a tag. (Or email [email protected])