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    1. Recommend me a book that _________

      Here's a fresh new thread for book recommendations! The last thread from a year ago got bumped and saw some new top-level activity but few votes or responses on the new requests. I think it's...

      Here's a fresh new thread for book recommendations! The last thread from a year ago got bumped and saw some new top-level activity but few votes or responses on the new requests. I think it's probably not visible in a lot of people's feeds due to its age, and I was planning on rebooting it anyway, so here's a fresh topic we can use for new recommendations that will be visible to all.


      Top level comments should fill in the blank with some sort of descriptor identifying a kind of book you would like suggestions for.

      Replies can then recommend books to that individual.

      Examples of what top level posts might be are below. Get as generic, specific, abstract, or out there as you want!

      • Recommend me a book that will make me cry.
      • Recommend me a book with a great twist.
      • Recommend me a book that deals with loss.
      • Recommend me a book about the fall of the Roman Empire.
      • Recommend me a book with a main character in her 80s.
      • Recommend me a book to help me learn PHP.

      Thread reading tip: use the "collapse replies" button to see only top-level requests.

      18 votes
    2. Thinking of getting an HD antenna

      I wasn't sure if this should go in ~tech or ~tv. Feel free to move if it's more appropriate over there. I am planning to cut the cord soon and get rid of cable TV. I have an older TiVo Premiere...

      I wasn't sure if this should go in ~tech or ~tv. Feel free to move if it's more appropriate over there.

      I am planning to cut the cord soon and get rid of cable TV. I have an older TiVo Premiere that's rarely over 5% full. I'd like to get an indoor HDTV antenna to connect it to for those rare occasions when we want to watch something live, or record something off broadcast TV. I know next to nothing about HDTV antennas, though. I see that BestBuy carries them for prices from ~$20 to ~$120. I'd like one that works well and can be kept out of sight. (I've read some can even be painted over!) Does anyone have any recommendations or any things I should be aware of in getting one?

      5 votes
    3. Looking for good quality sleep headphones

      The cheap bluetooth sleep-mask with built-in headphones I ordered off Amazon stopped working (big surprise) and I'm in the market for something similar but of good quality. Requirements: Wireless...

      The cheap bluetooth sleep-mask with built-in headphones I ordered off Amazon stopped working (big surprise) and I'm in the market for something similar but of good quality. Requirements:

      • Wireless
      • Comfortable to wear while I'm lying on my side

      It doesn't have to be part of a sleep mask, and it doesn't even need to have great audio quality. I use it more for audiobooks and white noise than music. I just want something that's going to work with no issues and last for a while.

      20 votes
    4. What are some good movies that aren't written from a dominant perspective? (i.e. white/cis/het/male/non-disabled)

      i tried watching twin peaks, and the experience wasn't enjoyable. i didn't like its use of violence against women as a plot device, i didn't like the hypersexualization of women, i didn't like how...

      i tried watching twin peaks, and the experience wasn't enjoyable. i didn't like its use of violence against women as a plot device, i didn't like the hypersexualization of women, i didn't like how the characters with plot agency were primarily men.

      so, i try googling for better things to watch, using some combination of "feminist" and "movie/tv recommendations." but, in doing that, i'm bludgeoned over the head with clickbait listicles using "feminist" as a marketing buzzword. "Top 10 Movies With Empowering Female Leads" ... but, that's not what i want! i don't want Feminist (TM), i want "enjoyable movies that pass critical feminist analysis," i.e. "typical" films, but written from perspectives different than the norm.

      i loved tomboy, which was written/directed by celine sciamma. she also did portrait of a lady on fire, which is next in my queue because my queer circles have been raving about it. what else should i check out?

      20 votes
    5. Looking for hardware recommendations for Steam gaming on my TV

      Latest update here. Thanks to everyone who helped me out! I have an Nvidia Shield hooked up to my TV, and it's great for Android games and emulation. I'm looking for similar hardware that will...

      Latest update here. Thanks to everyone who helped me out!


      I have an Nvidia Shield hooked up to my TV, and it's great for Android games and emulation. I'm looking for similar hardware that will allow me to play my Steam library on the TV.1 It doesn't have to be as small as the Shield TV, but I'm not interested in having a giant tower hooked up in my living room. Basically, I want what those old Steam Machines promised before fizzling out.

      What I'm looking for:

      • Pre-configured
      • Able to support wireless controllers through Bluetooth
      • Able to play smaller, less demanding games flawlessly
      • Would be nice if it could play more demanding titles, but this is not a must
      • Has decent cooling (I'm worried that boxes not designed for gaming will get way too hot)
      • Price point: undetermined so far -- I'm willing to pay what I need to, but I want to see what's out there before committing to anything
      • Would like to be able to set it up to basically be a seamless "console" if possible, where I can boot right into Steam (or easily get there with a controller) and not have to use a keyboard and mouse (I do have a Steam controller but I would rather use an 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ as my primary input method)

      Searching around, here's what I've found so far:

      • The System 76 Meerkat is a mini PC that looks great (and I'm partial to the company), but I don't know how it would perform with gaming. Also, I haven't decided if I want the (small) amounts of friction that come with gaming on Linux on my TV or not.

      • Intel NUCs seems to be popular, and they have some gaming-focused models at higher price points.

      • The MSI Trident 3 is explicitly gaming-focused and has a dedicated cooling system. Might be overkill for what I need though?

      Here are my main questions:

      1. What other hardware options are out there that I don't know about?
      2. What hardware profile and price point should I be targeting for my needs? How little is too little, and how much is too much?
      3. Are there any pitfalls to this kind of setup that I'm not aware of?

      I'm open to any and all suggestions, as this kind of stuff is all a bit over my head so it's hard for me to even know what I'm looking for. I haven't even decided that this is definitely something I'm going to do yet, since there's such a wide range in price and performance. Instead what I'm trying to do is figure out what my needs are and then which models (if any) would fit them best.


      1: I do have a Steam Link and have tried the app, but the quality for me has been spotty enough that I would rather have native hardware playing them than trying to stream it from my laptop.

      7 votes
    6. Haven't gamed on a PC for 10 years. Built a gaming rig. What games do I install?

      I've been out of PC gaming for at least 10 years. Although I have a PS4 and I loved playing God of War 4 and Witcher 3. Through what might only be described as a mishap, I've ended up building a...

      I've been out of PC gaming for at least 10 years. Although I have a PS4 and I loved playing God of War 4 and Witcher 3.

      Through what might only be described as a mishap, I've ended up building a computer with a kickass GPU. 3700X, RX 5700XT, 2TB Gigabyte Aorus NVMe. The works.

      Build's half done, I plan on dual booting hackintosh & windows 10 -- the latter I haven't used in many years as well, I'm a UNIX guy.

      What should I even install on this thing? I've been very disconnected from the gaming industry and I've no idea what games are new or good or cool to show off what my hardware can do

      18 votes
    7. Anime: Where to start?

      I have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Showtime. Possibly Disney+ soon too, but I'm guessing Disney doesn't do a ton of anime (other than Spirited Away? Does that count?). I'm looking for a good...

      I have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Showtime. Possibly Disney+ soon too, but I'm guessing Disney doesn't do a ton of anime (other than Spirited Away? Does that count?).

      I'm looking for a good anime show to start watching - I'm brand new to the medium. I've seen guides here and there, but there are so. many. options. so I've had decision paralysis choosing which to watch first.

      I guess I'm looking for a bingeable show that's funny and has feel-good characters, but I'm not set on anything specifically. Some, but not a ton, action would be good too I guess. I'm also fine starting off with a lesser-known show if there's a good one!

      Thanks in advance!

      Edit: Thanks to whoever moved this to ~anime - didn't know it was a thing! It's been a while since I've been on Tildes so I forgot exactly how it worked.

      17 votes
    8. Recommend me a book that _________.

      EDIT: This is an old thread that's fallen off many people's feeds. See a current version here. Top level comments should fill in the blank with some sort of descriptor identifying a kind of book...

      EDIT: This is an old thread that's fallen off many people's feeds. See a current version here.


      Top level comments should fill in the blank with some sort of descriptor identifying a kind of book you would like suggestions for. Be as generic or specific as you want.

      Replies can then recommend books to that individual.

      Examples of what I'm thinking for top level posts, in case my description was unclear:

      • Recommend me a book that will make me cry.
      • Recommend me a book with a great twist.
      • Recommend me a book that deals with loss.
      • Recommend me a book about the fall of the Roman Empire.
      • Recommend me a book with a main character in her 80s.
      • Recommend me a book to help me learn PHP.
      29 votes
    9. I'm looking for another romcom anime

      been watching more and more anime again, realized that I enjoy slice of life romantic comedies for the most part. So far, I've watched Toradora!, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai and...

      been watching more and more anime again, realized that I enjoy slice of life romantic comedies for the most part.

      So far, I've watched Toradora!, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai and Clannad plus it's after story.

      I've been thinking about Bakemonegatari or something to that accord but might as well take advantage of my resources and get a few more reccomendations

      9 votes
    10. I'm looking for some manga recommendations!

      I love comics and graphic novels, but I haven't devoted a lot of time to manga despite it being in line with my interests. A lot of the stuff I come across seems aimed at younger audiences or is...

      I love comics and graphic novels, but I haven't devoted a lot of time to manga despite it being in line with my interests. A lot of the stuff I come across seems aimed at younger audiences or is highly romance-focused, neither of which really appeal to me. I'd love to get some good recommendations for manga that is more meant for adults (but is not "adult manga") or that just tells really good stories.

      To get a feel for what I might be interested in, here's a very limited list of what I've enjoyed so far:

      • My Brother's Husband was cute and resonant. I like nearly anything that tackles LGBT/queer issues.
      • I read a scanlation of Homunculus and enjoyed its oddness and artwork.
      • Ichi-F was really good too. I like non-fiction, which I realize is rare in manga.
      • Death Note, despite not being what I'm actively looking for, was a great page-turner.
      • Opus was a meta-manga that I enjoyed, despite probably not being able to appreciate it to its fullest given my lack of exposure to the form.

      EDIT: I added links in case anyone is unfamiliar with those titles. Also, I forgot to add that I'd prefer manga that are finished rather than ongoing, and I'd prefer ones that don't have a huge number of volumes, though neither of these are definite requirements -- just preferences.

      5 votes
    11. I'm asking for some initial insight into a problem that I'm trying to solve for hundreds of users that are dismayed with Discord

      I have just been introduced to a few hundred (maybe more) of Discord users that would like to break free of the constraints there. These users are made up of academics that, for the most part, are...

      I have just been introduced to a few hundred (maybe more) of Discord users that would like to break free of the constraints there.

      These users are made up of academics that, for the most part, are not technically savvy. They have tried to make use of what is currently available to them with Discord. On the other hand, they are increasingly becoming frustrated by its limitations and the fleecing of monies in order to do certain things.

      I've looked at their concerns and if I had better than a DSL connection to the Internet, then I would host a server my self and call it a day.

      Do you have any initial recommendations for a platform that they could move to? Should I consider self-hosting more?

      7 votes
    12. What are the best, most interesting TV shows from outside the US?

      Emphasis on interesting, please. Obviously subjective, but I'll say I don't generally find dramas qualify unless they also examine a system or make a commentary in the process, e.g. The Wire, The...

      Emphasis on interesting, please. Obviously subjective, but I'll say I don't generally find dramas qualify unless they also examine a system or make a commentary in the process, e.g. The Wire, The Newsroom. Just about anything else is fair game.

      Any language welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever.

      20 votes
    13. I think I'm done with Amazon. Recommend me some alternative storefronts

      This story was basically the last straw, but the bigger frustration is that I ordered a NAS on Black Friday that STILL hasn't shipped. I have zero trust in this company to actually deliver me what...

      This story was basically the last straw, but the bigger frustration is that I ordered a NAS on Black Friday that STILL hasn't shipped. I have zero trust in this company to actually deliver me what they claim to be anymore, and their listings are crap.

      So instead of just spending my time whining (like the Ars comment section seems to be), I'd like to brainstorm alternative places to buy stuff. The main problem is breaking the Amazon habit, especially as it dominates all Google results for whatever you're looking for.

      Nothing will ever be as much of a "one stop shop" as the A->Z store, naturally. But I think I'll just set myself up some bookmarks and go to one based on what I'm looking for. Also, while I get that there is no ethical consumption under capitalism, there is definitely a sliding scale of better and worse so that should weigh into things.

      So let's go by category. I'm just listing out places where I've started to look for things instead. Please feel free to make suggestions. Whatever people recommend, I'll edit back into this list. If you include any general comments about what you like or what they could do better on any of your recommendations or any of mine let me know.

      Groceries (Dry goods and sundries)

      • Target.com
      • Jet.com
      • WalMart.com
      • CostCo
      • Chewy.com: For dog/pet supplies

      Groceries (Fresh/perishable and specialty foods)

      • Peapod (is this still a thing? Has anyone used it?)

      Electronics

      • BestBuy.com
      • WalMart.com
      • Target.com
      • Drop.com: Unfortunately, it's whatever happens to be a deal at the time. So good to check in on and get alerts if there is something you're waiting for but not reliable.
      • TechnaBob: Same as Drop
      • NewEgg: Obviously
      • Monoprice: For cables and other staples.

      Clothes (basics like socks, t-shirts, underwear, etc.)

      Clothes (designer)

      • Gilt.com is basically for overstock and weird fashion items. Sometimes there are good finds there though, particularly good deals on designer versions of basics.

      Random stuff (specifically random "flea market" type sites)

      • Meh.com
      • Etsy (for handicrafts and consignment/antiques, although this is also starting to get lousy with shitty knockoffs)
      • eBay (can be pretty dodgy, once again crappy knockoff scammers ruin everything)
      • CraigsList (if you're okay with used)

      Other (specialty sites for very specific things)

      • Drop: For stuff in drop communities. Currently they have a very active one for mechanical keyboards along with audiophile gear, writing/stationary, EDC, and random tech.
      • The Clymb: A deal site for camping clothes and outdoor gear
      • REI.com: More outdoors gear
      36 votes
    14. Stadia game suggestions?

      We don’t have a console and I’m a full time Linux user so gaming hasn’t been the best of experiences for me. Today a Chromecast Ultra and two controllers arrived on our doorstep that my wife...

      We don’t have a console and I’m a full time Linux user so gaming hasn’t been the best of experiences for me.

      Today a Chromecast Ultra and two controllers arrived on our doorstep that my wife apparently ordered and wow is it awesome.

      Zero input lag, 1080p with the option to go 4K, and some solid options for games that are playable instantly.

      So far we have The Division 2, Grid, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Destiny 2, Monopoly, and a couple other indie games. There are some big titles coming - I’m most excited for FIFA and Madden - but I’m looking to find out if you guys have any suggestions for games.

      We are looking for some fun two player action.

      Also, if anyone else on here has Stadia, I’ll add you!

      13 votes
    15. What are your favorite non-fiction audiobooks?

      I'm about to finish my semester and, since I've been taking a lot of walks lately, I figured I should listen to some audiobooks. In particular, I'd love some suggestions for nonfiction audiobooks....

      I'm about to finish my semester and, since I've been taking a lot of walks lately, I figured I should listen to some audiobooks. In particular, I'd love some suggestions for nonfiction audiobooks. I recently read Boom Town by Sam Anderson, a sort of pop history about Oklahoma City and its basketball team, and I listened to Silver Screen Fiend, by Patton Oswalt, about his addiction to movies.

      Are there any audiobooks you recommend? Preferably they would be good books that also have particularly good audio versions (well-produced).

      Thanks!

      10 votes
    16. Sleep mask recommendations

      My sleep mask is falling apart. I'm in the market for a new one. I could just get any 15 euro mask but it seems like it's a category of products that is riddled with cheap crap and overpriced...

      My sleep mask is falling apart. I'm in the market for a new one. I could just get any 15 euro mask but it seems like it's a category of products that is riddled with cheap crap and overpriced gadgetry.

      I don't mind a high budget mask if it's legitimately good quality and will last a long time. I'm also open to try the "smart masks" that can play music or white noise or whatever but again, it has to be good quality.

      Caveat: I'm in europe, and a lot of US brands aren't available here. But if it's really good I can import it.

      7 votes
    17. Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers

      I'm running out of time to finish the spend requirements on a credit card promotion. I was planning on buying a VR headset, but I realized there was something that would actually be much more...

      I'm running out of time to finish the spend requirements on a credit card promotion. I was planning on buying a VR headset, but I realized there was something that would actually be much more useful; a new router.

      The market for consumer routers has been really strange; We are on the sixth generation, yet it's super common for consumer routers to be two or three generations behind, especially the less expensive ones. So much of the stuff on the market only goes up to 802.11n, and half of the time the firmware they include is halfway broken or is missing important features.

      So I'm looking for a router that is relatively future-proof. I want Wifi 6. I want something that won't be interrupted by the microwave. Open source firmware would be excellent, but not a requirement. I don't need mesh networking; my house is not that big. I do want it to be relatively inexpensive; I'd consider $300 to be a hard limit unless someone has a persuasive arguement to justify the cost.

      I would also prefer to avoid Netgear. I have no idea how they stay in business with the mountains of problems I have had with their products and their horrible support. The last time I owned a Netgear product, I was forced to give them my email address to download the driver and they illegally added it to their marketing mailing list without my permission. I don't do business with people who betray me.

      18 votes
    18. Frustrated with my Nikon D3500 and looking for advice on upgrading

      Got it last summer and been having and absolute blast with it, got a macro tube and a bigger 55-300 lens to play with. But time and time again I keep running into annoying little limitations. This...

      Got it last summer and been having and absolute blast with it, got a macro tube and a bigger 55-300 lens to play with. But time and time again I keep running into annoying little limitations.

      This model doesn't have a shutter release input thing, so remote shutter is locked behind a falling apart android app>bluetooth connection. There's a tonne of small little things like this that I wish I looked into before making the purchase

      Essentially - right now I'm thinking that I want to upgrade the actual dslr before investing any more into lenses, but I'm a bit too out of touch to know what the good models to go for 2nd hand or whatever.

      Are there any tildoes out there that have some experience with older but capable bodies?

      9 votes
    19. What are your favorite CLI tools/applications?

      While I've been teaching myself my first programming language (Python), I've been getting more into using the terminal as much as possible to build familiarity and get comfortable. This has opened...

      While I've been teaching myself my first programming language (Python), I've been getting more into using the terminal as much as possible to build familiarity and get comfortable. This has opened my eyes to so many useful utilities and makes me curious as to what there is out there that I haven't heard of yet.


      My favorites so far:

      exa - A modern version of "ls"

      youtube-dl - Download videos from youtube.com or other video platforms with various options

      hledger - Plain text double-entry accounting software based on ledger written in Haskell

      thefuck - App that corrects a spelling mistake in the previous command by typing "fuck"

      spicetify-cli - Customizes the Spotify client with themes and extensions

      spotifyd - Lightweight Spotify daemon

      spotify-tui - Control Spotify in the terminal

      neofetch - Launch tool that can display ASCII art or pictures and general system information

      I'm on macOS but I'm almost certain all of these are cross-platform.


      What are your favorite or "must-have" CLI packages?

      40 votes
    20. Recommend me a new phone

      Hi all -- I have had a Moto G5+ for the last two years, and have been largely happy with it. However, it's recently developed some serious issues w/ charging -- it tends to not ever get past ~45%,...

      Hi all -- I have had a Moto G5+ for the last two years, and have been largely happy with it. However, it's recently developed some serious issues w/ charging -- it tends to not ever get past ~45%, and the battery indicator seems to be ... disconnected from how long the phone actually lasts. I have attempted cleaning out the charging port (there was a lot of caked-in dust), changing the charging cable and port, to no avail. It works ok-ish for the moment, but I have largely been limiting it to emergency usage and I suspect it's on it's way out.

      So, I find myself in the market for a new phone. In the past I have typically gone with whatever the cheapest reasonable Android phone has been (hence, the G5+ which I really do like quite a bit besides the poor camera). I am not a heavy phone user, and I really don't care about having the latest and greatest, my priorities are:

      • long battery life (my Moto G5 lasts two days fully charged)
      • cheap (say 200-300$, the SE on this thread is probably the upper bound of what I'd want to spend)
      • reasonably performant
      • preferably reasonable privacy protections (probably a pipe-dream)

      The Moto G series have checked all boxes (apart from privacy) in the past, but I am considering whether I can take this opportunity to rid myself of another Google device in my life. I was thinking potentially going for a refurbished iPhone, but I really have no idea what to be looking for there. I haven't used an Apple device since my iPod (iTunes on Windows PTSD is real, and I don't even want to think about Linux support), and I am more than a bit hesitant to tie myself into their ecosystem, but it's hard to deny their superiority from a privacy standpoint.

      I had also considered a Librem 5 at one point, and would be willing to spend a bit more for something so privacy oriented. But the 6-month order window, and other things I read about Purisms' roll-out have left me a bit wary there.

      Any thoughts?

      Thanks!

      12 votes
    21. Let's talk music to sleep to

      I listen to music throughout each day but one of the most challenging things for me is finding good music to unwind and fall asleep to. What do you listen to before bed or while trying to fall...

      I listen to music throughout each day but one of the most challenging things for me is finding good music to unwind and fall asleep to. What do you listen to before bed or while trying to fall asleep?

      These are currently on my sleep rotation:

      Sigur Ros - ( )
      Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
      River Boat Sleep - Guided Meditation

      I've tried listening to a lot of piano and classical but I get so invested in what they are playing that I can't fall asleep.

      13 votes
    22. Learning resources for my soon to be twelve year old son?

      My son's elementary school teachers are phenomenal. He's, also, had a gifted and talented instructor since he was four years old. He's, approximately, four to five years ahead of his peers in...

      My son's elementary school teachers are phenomenal. He's, also, had a gifted and talented instructor since he was four years old. He's, approximately, four to five years ahead of his peers in reading comprehension and mathematics.

      Our schools have been closed now for three weeks and both our sons have been using an iPad and a Macbook to do classwork.

      Today my twelve year old's teacher gave him free reign to learn whatever that interests him. He wants to learn how to make video games. In his own words: "I don't want to make a million dollar game. I just want to make something simple."

      He's been learning BASIC but he fails to see any real world application right now.

      Would you happen to know any free and paid resources that I could provide him in his endeavor?

      12 votes
    23. Resources for a comprehensive self-education in Computer Sciences

      What is this? As someone distinctly outside of the field of programming, with no formal education in the Computer Sciences, I am currently in the process of putting myself through a crash...

      What is this?

      As someone distinctly outside of the field of programming, with no formal education in the Computer Sciences, I am currently in the process of putting myself through a crash education. I have found the internet is full of helpful guides in some departments (general language syntax, algorithms), while not nearly as easily accessible in other departments (compiler theory/operation, debugging).

      I recently picked up C# on some tilderino's suggestion (months ago, can't remember who it was, thank you if you see this!), and while the Microsoft Documentation is useful when you have a basic understanding of the topic at hand, I found that buying C# 7.0 in a Nutshell put it all together for me, whereas I was struggling with the official resources.

      Since we have quite the concentration of CS and IT related professionals and enthusiasts here, I guess what I'm looking for here are suggestions on books (physical or otherwise), resources, courses, blogs, or even material from your own CS courses or anything else helpful in putting together the bigger picture beyond learning the syntax and solving problems on Project Euler. Anything helpful beyond another "Hello World!" guide really, especially in the realms of debugging best practices, CLI usage (Windows if possible).

      The general topics I'm thinking of are:

      1. Programming Theory/Paradigms
      2. Algorithms
      3. Debugging & Optimization
      4. Compiler Function/Theory
      5. Architecture
      6. Command-line Interfaces
      7. Unlisted Topics (Such as GitHub/Lab Use)
      18 votes
    24. Getting back into Guitar

      I'm not all that old, but when I was younger my I had some kind of guitar interest. I have some equipment but I want to relearn. Any good resources you all know?

      10 votes
    25. Recommendations for a simple video chat system for Grandma

      Grandma is understimulated in assisted living, and while Mom is looking into ways to either bunk with her, or drag her back to our place, I'm exploring other options. Her apartment does have...

      Grandma is understimulated in assisted living, and while Mom is looking into ways to either bunk with her, or drag her back to our place, I'm exploring other options. Her apartment does have wireless internet, so we could set up some sort of telepresence or video calling device, but even something as simple as a Relay or a KC2 isn't great, because it loses power, and needs to be explained to her.

      I'm thinking that we might have better luck with a Tablet or a PC solution, and I do have a Kindle Fire (5th Gen?) and an off brand Windows 10 tablet around, and I am open to a Pi Project or speciality devices, but it has to be simple enough to plug and play, and the dream would be if it could start a video chat without the receiver having to pick up, or at least as simple as a nurse being able to come in and start a call. Any suggestions?

      18 votes
    26. Recommend FLOSS games

      I'd like to ask for recommendations for FLOSS (Free/Libre, Open-Source Software) games, playable on Linux or Android. I saw an old thread on this topic, but it's over a year old, so I thought it'd...

      I'd like to ask for recommendations for FLOSS (Free/Libre, Open-Source Software) games, playable on Linux or Android. I saw an old thread on this topic, but it's over a year old, so I thought it'd be okay to ask this year. Genre-wise, I'm pretty open. RPG, adventure, FPS, RTS, TBS, 4x, puzzle, sidescroller, platformer, single-player, multi-player, online, offline... whatever. I would prefer not needing to have original (commercial) game assets.

      Fine print: I do like a good FPS, but, having played commercial titles on PS3 and PS4, I've found that the FLOSS FPSes I've tried just don't hold a candle to them. Also, I prefer having a short TTK (think: hardcore mode, R6S, BFV), and every FLOSS FPS I've tried has had a long TTK.

      I've already played:

      Linux:

      • Wesnoth
      • 0 A.D.
      • roguelikes (currently have an active character in Angband)
      • Ur Quan Masters
      • Minetest
      • bzflag (long ago)

      Android:

      • SuperTuxKart
      • Pixel Dungeon
      • Andor's Trail
      • Mindustry
      • Pixel Wheels
      • Vector Pinball
      • Minetest
      • Wesnoth
      • HyperRogue

      What I haven't played, but might check out:

      • FreeOrion
      • Endless Sky
      • Glest, MegaGlest
      • Warzone 2100
      • Zero-K
      • KeeperRL
      • OpenRCT2
      • Oolite
      24 votes
    27. Recommendations for Android messaging app, please

      I've been using Textra for years, but there's some new protocol whose name I don't remember that Textra isn't compatible with. This results in some messages (primarily from other LG phones to my...

      I've been using Textra for years, but there's some new protocol whose name I don't remember that Textra isn't compatible with. This results in some messages (primarily from other LG phones to my LG phone) going only to the LG Messaging app and not Textra, which is annoying. Any recommendations?

      16 votes
    28. What's the best way to connect four monitors to two computers?

      I will spare you the life story of how I came to want to do this and instead outline what I would like to accomplish: One (Windows) desktop computer with a video card that has two HDMI and two...

      I will spare you the life story of how I came to want to do this and instead outline what I would like to accomplish:

      • One (Windows) desktop computer with a video card that has two HDMI and two DisplayPort ports.
      • One (Linux) laptop that has two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports.
      • Four monitors:
        • 1920x1080 60Hz
        • 2560x1080 75Hz
        • 3440x1440 100Hz
        • 5120x2160 60Hz

      What I would like to do is connect all four monitors into a KVM switch, and then from the KVM switch, connect all four monitors to both the desktop and the laptop. I would also like at least one USB port on the KVM that I could connect a USB hub to for switching my mouse, keyboard, graphics tablet, etc.

      From there, ideally I would be able to switch all four displays and all the peripherals between each device by pressing a single button on the KVM.

      However, there are three problems I have encountered with this idea:

      • KVM switches are expensive as fuck
      • Very few KVM switches support a two-computer, four-monitor [2x4] connection (it is almost always the other way around [4x2])
      • The few KVM switches I have found that do support such an arrangement only have DVI ports, no DisplayPort or HDMI

      So uh, if anyone knows of any KVM switches (or other solutions) for accomplishing this setup, I would really love to hear about it, no matter the cost.

      Thanks.


      In this setup, the laptop would be the daily machine, and the desktop would be a dedicated gaming/creativity rig. That gives me some room for alternative configurations:

      • Because the desktop wouldn't really need access to four monitors, I could get a KVM switch that only supports two monitors [2x2], and then just use something like Synergy to seamlessly move the mouse and other peripherals between computers. However, I have concerns with how well Synergy would work with a custom mechanical keyboard (running the QMK firmware) (Apparently there are no issues between QMK and Synergy)

      • Buy two [2x2] switches, which is probably cheaper than one [2x4], and switch all four displays between devices with two button presses instead of one. (And still probably run Synergy for when I want to split displays 2/2 between devices)

      • Just use a Thunderbolt dock, plug each monitor into the desktop and also into the dock (so two cables coming out of each monitor), and just manually switch the monitors between devices using their input controls. This is probably the simplest option, but switching four monitor inputs can be tedious. Though, I wouldn't actually need to switch all four of them, I could just switch one or two of them, and then use Synergy to take advantage of the others.

      • Run the desktop headless and stream its video output over the local network to the laptop/monitors. This might actually be the cheapest solution, but input latency would be variable with network conditions and could be a concern. I would also be dependent on specific services for streaming output. Parsec would be my go-to. I have used it before, including with friends over 1,000 miles away, and it works great. However, I'm not too keen on my computing setup being dependent on a single (proprietary) service.

      5 votes
    29. What's a good name for my open source, tactical WW2 FPS?

      I’m going to be making an fully libre, tactical, co-op, WW2 FPS in the ioquake3 engine. I need an idea for a name. Anyone have ideas? It's going to be kind of like Day of Infamy, if you've ever...

      I’m going to be making an fully libre, tactical, co-op, WW2 FPS in the ioquake3 engine. I need an idea for a name. Anyone have ideas?

      It's going to be kind of like Day of Infamy, if you've ever played it. You're going to be working through the enemy's base (Axis or Allies, depending on which side you choose) with your friends, trying to complete an objective. You can either be stealthy, go guns blazing, or anywhere in between. There's also going to be TDM, where you either attack or defend against another team of players. I'm hoping to increase longevity by making it completely open source.

      4 votes
    30. Down to earth, present or near-future, science or science fiction stories featuring space?

      I just finished binging The Habitat, the awesome podcast about NASA's simulated mission to Mars. And I'm feeling the urge to read something along those lines: fiction or true stories and indulge...

      I just finished binging The Habitat, the awesome podcast about NASA's simulated mission to Mars. And I'm feeling the urge to read something along those lines: fiction or true stories and indulge my fascination with space (and things coming from it) and how that relates to contemporary imagination.

      Any suggestions?

      11 votes
    31. Phone recommendations: Pixel 2? 3a? Something else?

      My OG Pixel died last night and while I'm waiting for tech support to get back with me on how I can still use MFA to do my job, I figured I would ask you all how I should proceed with getting a...

      My OG Pixel died last night and while I'm waiting for tech support to get back with me on how I can still use MFA to do my job, I figured I would ask you all how I should proceed with getting a new device. My first impulse is to get a Referb Pixel 2 on Amazon for $99, as I liked my original Pixel, I like having the latest Android version and I like only paying $99 for an older flagship phone. Additionally, I was considering a Pixel 3a as it would presumably last a bit longer and has had good reviews but is three times as much and hasn't devalued nearly as much when used, which is good and bad.

      I'm open to anything that's relatively stock Android and still updated, and am curious about iOS, Kaios or other options. Landlines are a hard pass.

      13 votes
    32. What are some good (and free/cheap) online courses in various subjects?

      With many people in quarantine (or self-isolation as it is called here), there is a lot of free time to be had. I'm sure everyone here could do with learning a new subject or diving deeper into an...

      With many people in quarantine (or self-isolation as it is called here), there is a lot of free time to be had. I'm sure everyone here could do with learning a new subject or diving deeper into an old one.

      Suggest courses that are:

      1. Engaging
      2. Have intuitive "classes" or learning materials
      3. Free or cheap enough to suit most people

      Personally, I am interested in website design classes to make a semi-professional looking page for a small business. I tried using some static site generators, but they all seem blog-themed or have themes that are not suitable.

      10 votes
    33. Alternatives to desktop speakers

      For the past few years I haven't had any speakers connected to my PC due to a lack of space in my room and on my desk. For the most part I have been using a pair of headphones which are great, but...

      For the past few years I haven't had any speakers connected to my PC due to a lack of space in my room and on my desk. For the most part I have been using a pair of headphones which are great, but they aren't the most comfortable thing when I just want to watch YouTube on my second monitor and keep my ears available for my significant other.

      So now I am looking for alternatives to desktop speakers. Right now I am either thinking of:

      I think the bone conduction headphones would give me a ton of options to use while I am biking and sitting at my desk. The Bose on the other hand have excellent sound quality. A small, discrete speaker bar may also fit my needs if there are any good ones that can be recommended. Any thoughts? Have I missed an audio product that may fit my needs that you could recommend?

      6 votes
    34. What are some games in which movement itself is a joy?

      I just started playing AER: Memories of Old which allows your character to transform into a bird and fly around a sky world of islands. I was struck by how good the flight feels in-game. The sense...

      I just started playing AER: Memories of Old which allows your character to transform into a bird and fly around a sky world of islands. I was struck by how good the flight feels in-game. The sense of speed, control, and freedom was immediately satisfying. I've spent most of the game not actually doing what I'm supposed to but just enjoying the ability to swoop, dive, and get from one point to another in a novel way.

      It made me curious: what other games are out there in which just the act of moving your player avatar around is engaging, interesting, or fulfilling?

      35 votes
    35. What are some good party games that can be easily played via video chat?

      My in-laws are wanting to do a distance game night soon where we meet up and play some party games together while on video chat from our separate locations. I think it's a wonderful idea, but I'm...

      My in-laws are wanting to do a distance game night soon where we meet up and play some party games together while on video chat from our separate locations. I think it's a wonderful idea, but I'm also not sure what games we can play? Anyone have any ideas for some good, casual fun (think stuff like Pictionary/Charades) to be had via video chat, and how we can best set things up? Are there any good tools/websites that will help us out?

      Also feel free to make suggestions that aren't necessarily applicable to my situation but still work for the question as a whole (e.g. a D&D campaign). I want this to be a resource for everyone, not just me.

      16 votes
    36. Tilderinos with experience in job-hunting/hiring for programming roles: What am I doing wrong?

      I'm an undergraduate electrical engineering student. My degree has a mandatory requirement for me to secure one more 4-month internship before I can graduate. I'll either need to find one for...

      I'm an undergraduate electrical engineering student. My degree has a mandatory requirement for me to secure one more 4-month internship before I can graduate. I'll either need to find one for summer (May-Aug) or for fall (Sept-Dec). If I can't find one, then I risk dropping out of my degree. I have a lot of student debt, so that would be a serious problem.

      I think I'm doing something wrong in my job search. I have a feeling I'm not applying to the right jobs. Or, I might be framing my skills/experiences the wrong way. Or, maybe now is just a bad time to be applying for internships?

      I would really appreciate it if you could tell me what you think I could be doing better. Feel free to be brutally honest... I feel like I've been given an opportunity (STEM degree) that I'm squandering, and I want to be whipped into shape. :(


      Experience

      • 3rd-Year Courses: Broad ECE curriculum (circuit theory, power, signal processing, control theory, embedded systems, EM wave theory, communications). No significant projects (theory only). Many assignments done in C or MATLAB. GPA was B-ish territory, if that matters.
      • 4th-Year Courses: Specialized in signal processing and data analysis (audio processing, image/video processing, computer vision, data mining, machine learning). A handful of projects using MATLAB or Python (OpenCV, numpy/pandas/etc., PyTorch). All of these were A+'s, if that matters.
      • Internship #1: I configured DSP units used to control sound systems in pools, arenas, hospitals, etc. The DSP units typically used proprietary visual programming environments (drag and drop components), with maybe some custom lua/python scripting functionality if I was lucky. It doesn't feel transferable to say "I have a Level-2 certification from QSC to design Q-SYS systems."
      • Internship #2: I did IT helpdesk support in a team for a place with 1000+ employees. Technical phone calls, imaging PCs, equipment tracking, addressing various tickets. Not much here feels transferable either.
      • Internship #3: I designed a video processing algorithm in a computer vision research lab. It tracks birds and detects when certain flight behaviors have occurred. I used Python (OpenCV, scikit-image, numpy/pandas/etc.) and git to manage my own progress. I wasn't on a team so I have no experience with handling merge conflicts, CI, or anything like that.
      • Part-time work #1: I deployed a deep learning model developed in MATLAB to perform inference on a mobile device. This involved converting the model from ONNX to the TensorFlow Lite format. I also turned my work into a Jupyter notebook so I could share it with my lab colleagues.
      • Course projects: (1) In one course, I am taking a recent CVPR paper implemented using MXNet and re-implementing it in PyTorch. (2) For my Honours Thesis, I am training a CNN to classify different bird species using PyTorch. I'm then going to integrate it into the codebase for the algorithm designed in Internship #3. (3) I implemented an audio noise reduction algorithm in MATLAB. (4) I tried to implement a video processing algorithm to transcribe chess matches in Python. (5) I compared different block-matching algorithms for video compression in MATLAB.
      • Technical extracurriculars: I have no club experience and have not participated in any programming competitions.
      • Personal projects: Nothing notable. Some small things here and there that never went anywhere because I had a hard time balancing my studies.

      Job search strategy

      Since most of my recent experience is related to computer vision (image/video processing) and data analysis (feature engineering, machine learning) I have been trying to apply for Data Science/Data Analysis internships.

      I go to indeed.com and linkedin.com, "Keyword OR" all of the languages/libraries/frameworks I have used, then submit my resume to the ones I find. I have submitted 10 or 20 applications. I also sometimes try to cold-email companies in my town. I want to stay in town because I don't want to leave my friends, so I would do remote work too. But, I would leave if it was necessary...

      I would be OK with any programming job. I don't have experience with many of the tech stacks I see for various programming jobs, though. So I don't apply, because I assume a true software engineering major would get the job over me.


      What could I be doing better?

      EDIT: Anonymized resume here: https://i.imgur.com/V8s4XLJ.png

      EDIT2: I already regret posting. This is too much information for me to process, and I don't know how to convert everyone's varied opinions and perspectives into an actionable plan. I feel overwhelmed and am shutting down trying to read your comments. I don't know what to do. But feel free to keep replying if you'd like.

      12 votes
    37. What are some good books about pandemics, epidemiology, and/or infectious diseases?

      Understandably, my interest has piqued on this topic cluster (as I'm sure it has for many others), and I should have more time than usual to read in the coming weeks. I also am spending far too...

      Understandably, my interest has piqued on this topic cluster (as I'm sure it has for many others), and I should have more time than usual to read in the coming weeks. I also am spending far too long jumping around aimlessly to assorted news articles and would like to tame that nervous energy into a more focused approach on longer writings.

      While I'm interested in non-fiction primarily, I'm also open to fiction suggestions. Also, anything that lands in the ballpark of what we're dealing right now with the novel coronavirus fits (though it certainly doesn't have to be specific to coronavirus, nor COVID-19).

      7 votes
    38. Suggestions for free video editing software

      I'm using OBS Studio to create some video tutorials. Nothing complicated, just me talking and demonstrating the steps on my screen. I essentially just need to slice up these recordings into clips,...

      I'm using OBS Studio to create some video tutorials. Nothing complicated, just me talking and demonstrating the steps on my screen.

      I essentially just need to slice up these recordings into clips, delete portions of the recordings where I mess up or there are long pauses, and export it all as one video.

      I've used Premier in the past but I no longer have it. While I am pretty capable of learning how to use software, I would prefer something that doesn't have a huge learning curve.

      I need something that runs on either Windows or Linux and is free. Not "free trial" free, but actually free. Open source would be a plus but not a requirement.

      Feel free to recommend your favorite free video editor even if it doesn't meet all of my requirements, as maybe it will help someone else in the future.

      8 votes
    39. What novel things can people do from home?

      With the need for social distancing and self-isolation and #Stay(ing)TheFuckHome becoming near global realities, it is looking like many of us, and nearly everyone we know, will be spending large...

      With the need for social distancing and self-isolation and #Stay(ing)TheFuckHome becoming near global realities, it is looking like many of us, and nearly everyone we know, will be spending large amounts of time staying in. I like this guide (thanks again, @aphoenix!), which ends with "Treat quarantine as an opportunity to do some of those things you never usually have time for."

      Certainly we all have things in our life like that, but I also think it would be neat to try to brainstorm a list of things people can do for new experiences -- things they might not think to do or know are available to them. Everybody knows we can catch up on Netflix and our unread pile of books, but what else is out there? What can I do when I need a change of pace? What novel things can people do from home/online that don't require them to go out for resources/supplies?

      18 votes
    40. What is a good free project management tool for a very small team?

      Technically two people are a team, right? :P If it was only me I would use Org Mode, but that's not the case. Our projects are all artistic in nature, mostly screenplay collaborations, film...

      Technically two people are a team, right? :P

      If it was only me I would use Org Mode, but that's not the case.

      Our projects are all artistic in nature, mostly screenplay collaborations, film criticism, YouTube, podcasts, etc [1]. It's easy to get overly excited about this kind of stuff, but we need to follow up too. And we don't have an external demand that would incentivize us to put in the effort.

      Even though we're only two people, we both have trouble sustaining long term goals, organizing schedules and information. My partner is a brilliant writer, but for him concentrating is even more of an issue than it is for me. He needs something visual. This tool must also work very well on mobile since he currently does not own a computer. It also must be graphical and easy to learn for someone that only knows Windows and MacOS.

      To be more specific, I'm looking for something that allows me to track what we have done, what we're doing now and what we're going to do next. A calendar and some kind of notification system would be nice, but, as I say in the title, it must be free (I'm Brazil and our currency is worth nothing, so even the cheap is expensive for us...).

      Google gives me dozens of results, reviews, etc, but it's hard to assess how good each tool is without experimenting it. And I would like to avoid learning an entire platform just to conclude it is subpar (I know this is largely unavoidable, but we can do better with a little help from our friends!).

      Any suggestions? :D

      [1] Even though our projects are artistic, their execution involves many things that are not artistic at all, such as understanding, budgets, legislation, registering our works with the copywriting authority, participating in public contests, networking, etc. There are lots of menial tasks that are easy to forget.

      15 votes
    41. Resources for music composition?

      I'm curious if anyone has any good resources for learning music composition. My situation is that I've studied music for years, including being a music student for my first 2 years of college. I...

      I'm curious if anyone has any good resources for learning music composition. My situation is that I've studied music for years, including being a music student for my first 2 years of college. I got out of music for a while, and am getting back into it now. I'm interested in learning more about music composition, but have been unable to come up with good resources on the internet. I know a lot of music theory (though have probably forgotten a lot, too), and have done some basic counterpoint exercises in the past. I can string together some nice chord progressions, and sometimes even a decent melody, but developing a musical idea into a full-blown song or other piece of music is more difficult for me lately. So I'm looking for something along those lines.

      If it makes any difference, I tend to like instrumental music with American pop sensibilities. I play piano, cello, and tenor ukulele.

      If this would be better under the "music" group, feel free to move it there. I was unsure as the music group seems to be oriented towards listening rather than creating.

      6 votes
    42. What's your streaming equivalent to turning on the TV just to avoid doing your chores in complete silence?

      The trick is to find something interesting enough to make chores less boring, but not interesting enough to distract you to the point of making you stop what you're doing. I used to play Friends...

      The trick is to find something interesting enough to make chores less boring, but not interesting enough to distract you to the point of making you stop what you're doing.

      I used to play Friends on repeat, but that grew old when I quite literally memorized every single episode.

      And my usual interests are way too interesting for me! (I wonder why hahaha).

      Does anyone have the same habit? What are your current preferences? (TV shows, podcasts, docuseries, whatever suits your boat...)

      15 votes
    43. Jailbreaking - How do you know if a tweak is safe?

      I've been jailbreaking for years now, and one of the things that have always puzzled me was how the jailbreak community determines whether or not a tweak has malicious code since they aren't...

      I've been jailbreaking for years now, and one of the things that have always puzzled me was how the jailbreak community determines whether or not a tweak has malicious code since they aren't always open-sourced. With the latest releases of checkra1n, and unc0ver, I've gotten back into jailbreaking since I wanted to jailbreak my 12.9" iPad Pro. From my understanding, the jailbreak itself (usually) is open-sourced, so it can generally be "vetted" that way. I typically stay away from using too many tweaks and try to stick with those from the "more well-known" developers, but I'm curious how others decide which developers/tweaks to trust and use? Do you strictly base it on "bug-reports" and a developer's reputation? What other factors come into play? There are tweaks like "Compatimark" that helps with compatibility information (but that's not really what I'm talking about).

      Edit: First time posting a topic here, so hopefully it isn't breaking any rules.

      9 votes