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  1. Comment on The wonderful world of Chinese hi-fi - The world of good and cheap headphones from anonymous Chinese companies in ~tech

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    A USB or Lightning port really isn't that much more complex, they're all just cavities with an arrangement of electrical contacts. In fact, it might be a case for debate that making a...

    A USB or Lightning port really isn't that much more complex, they're all just cavities with an arrangement of electrical contacts. In fact, it might be a case for debate that making a water-resistant data port is simpler because the contacts don't need to move to keep the plug secured. I'm not an expert on the subject, it's just a thought.

    I think it's just a matter of size vs. utility. USB and Lightning ports are both physically smaller than a 3.5mm audio port, and since those data ports can also handle charging, audio, video, and virtually limitless other forms of data, the 3.5mm audio port has become redundant hardware in a form factor where cubic millimeters are at a premium. It's also true that if water-resistance is a goal, eliminating ingress points is important for both cost and effectiveness, therefore fewer ports is naturally an attractive design choice.

    I suppose if the mobile phone market had audiophiles (using that term loosely) in mind as a majority customer we'd still have removable physical storage media and dedicated audio ports as common features.

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  2. Comment on Is a YouTube video with a static image technically a podcast? in ~talk

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    I've never thought of the medium being the defining factor of what makes a podcast a podcast. The oldest podcast apps around have had support for video podcasts, pretty much forever. Modern...

    I've never thought of the medium being the defining factor of what makes a podcast a podcast. The oldest podcast apps around have had support for video podcasts, pretty much forever. Modern podcast players support podcasts with chapters and imagery, essentially making them multimedia-ish anyway.

    The key attribute is syndication. You can change the name of the thing based on the medium, but it all relies on a broad system of free distribution. I know paid podcasts exist, and so does media that is essentially tethered to its platform, like Youtube and Spotify, and I would argue that that media is similar, but not the same.

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  3. Comment on Questions about construction materials and any design advice that you may have in ~design

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    Rather than attempt to build something that would survive ice, water, and fire, I just expected my fire pit to eventually fail, so I built it out of stacked landscaping blocks. It’s circular,...

    Rather than attempt to build something that would survive ice, water, and fire, I just expected my fire pit to eventually fail, so I built it out of stacked landscaping blocks. It’s circular, about five feet in diameter, four courses of 6” block, one and a half of which are below the surface. The very bottom is filled with a few inches of stone with roughly 3” of sand on top to make shoveling out easier.

    I think it’s been there for about seven years now, and I’ve replaced one block. I keep a few spares under my deck. Landscaping block comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can be a bit creative with it.

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  4. Comment on Typesetting Markdown - Part 8 in ~comp

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    I'm a printer by trade, and as a pandemic project of sorts I've been writing a tiny blog-style website generator in bash which utilizes pandoc. As such, this post led me to read your entire series...

    I'm a printer by trade, and as a pandemic project of sorts I've been writing a tiny blog-style website generator in bash which utilizes pandoc. As such, this post led me to read your entire series of articles regarding typesetting markdown and I found them to be really interesting and more informative than I can retain in a single reading. I've bookmarked them for reference and will definitely be reading sections again.

    Thanks for this, it's excellent work.

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  5. Comment on What's your go-to "comfort food" movie? in ~movies

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    Of all the games that come and go, Skyrim is a constant. Sometimes I just browse through mods on Nexus, and sometimes I wander around in-game, somehow still finding new things, and sometimes I...

    Of all the games that come and go, Skyrim is a constant. Sometimes I just browse through mods on Nexus, and sometimes I wander around in-game, somehow still finding new things, and sometimes I spend three hours reorganizing the hundreds of items I can't bring myself to part with, and sometimes I actually play the game. The only thing I never seem to do is delete Skyrim.

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  6. Comment on What's your go-to "comfort food" movie? in ~movies

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    There's a guy who takes videos of various hiking trails and parks in my area (PA, Berks and surrounding counties) and talks at length about the history of the various locations. If you can get...

    There's a guy who takes videos of various hiking trails and parks in my area (PA, Berks and surrounding counties) and talks at length about the history of the various locations. If you can get past the cold weather sniffling the fella is an encyclopedia of things hidden in plain sight. His channel is called Down Hex Highway.

  7. Comment on What's your go-to "comfort food" movie? in ~movies

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    Firefly and Serenity never get old for me and will always have a death-grip on my heartstrings. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is good whether you're paying attention to it or not. The Resident Evil...

    Firefly and Serenity never get old for me and will always have a death-grip on my heartstrings.

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars is good whether you're paying attention to it or not.

    The Resident Evil movies are in that special mindlessly good category that allows them to be re-watched over and over.

    Various Youtube vlogs about the sailing and cruising lifestyle:

    And to break convention slightly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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  8. Comment on Let's talk music to sleep to in ~music

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    My personal recipe is something like No Such Thing As a Fish or even a stand-up special I've heard a hundred times, with Dark Noise playing quietly underneath. I tend to pay too much attention to...

    My personal recipe is something like No Such Thing As a Fish or even a stand-up special I've heard a hundred times, with Dark Noise playing quietly underneath.

    I tend to pay too much attention to music for it to let me turn my brain off, but voices put me right out, especially if it's something I'm already familiar with and it's "smoothed out" with some additional background noise.

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  9. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    Any of the classic Infocom text adventures. So much of modern gaming is wrapped up in visual experiences, but some of the deepest and most interesting gaming experiences I've had didn't rely on...

    Any of the classic Infocom text adventures.

    So much of modern gaming is wrapped up in visual experiences, but some of the deepest and most interesting gaming experiences I've had didn't rely on graphics at all. The imagination does an amazing job of weaving in the details of any conceivable universe when given a few contextual clues. Sometimes those stunning visuals sabotage the experience by pushing us into the uncanny valley, stranding us in a place where the imbalance between the details we're given and those we're not makes it difficult to interpolate the vital devils in between. The end result is a world that feels less alive than the real one, but also less alive than the one we were simply guided into creating for ourselves.

    Sometimes the book is a better experience than the movie.

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  10. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I agree. I love a good spirit but I’ve outgrown the willingness to suffer tomorrow for another one tonight.

    I agree. I love a good spirit but I’ve outgrown the willingness to suffer tomorrow for another one tonight.

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  11. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Ketchup doesn’t belong near real food, ever.

    Ketchup doesn’t belong near real food, ever.

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  12. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

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    Oh yeah. I'm going to go ahead and tack Tachyon: The Fringe onto this. I have yet to find another space sim as engrossing.

    Oh yeah. I'm going to go ahead and tack Tachyon: The Fringe onto this. I have yet to find another space sim as engrossing.

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  13. Comment on The dehumanization of human resources in ~talk

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    =/ I wish I could afford to be as stalwart as you say you are. I'm in complete agreement in regards to positive human interaction, and coming from several small business environments, it's what...

    I was kinda disappointed. =/

    =/

    I wish I could afford to be as stalwart as you say you are. I'm in complete agreement in regards to positive human interaction, and coming from several small business environments, it's what I'm accustomed to, current experiences aside.

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  14. Comment on What if replying to a comment forced upvoting of the comment being replied to? in ~tildes

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    I think it's a fallacy to assume that any discourse that warrants engaging with now is going to be valuable in the future, or that a parent comment is inherently more valuable than its children,...

    I think it's a fallacy to assume that any discourse that warrants engaging with now is going to be valuable in the future, or that a parent comment is inherently more valuable than its children, as those are the sorts of decisions that require human curators.

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  16. Comment on The dehumanization of human resources in ~talk

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    Aren't human resources the personnel that deal with the other personnel? And since you mentioned it, maybe the thing that makes modern hiring practices interesting is how, when, and where human...

    Aren't human resources the personnel that deal with the other personnel? And since you mentioned it, maybe the thing that makes modern hiring practices interesting is how, when, and where human capital fits into the process.

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    When I'm not riding I like to hang it off the front of my handlebars, clasping it around the stem, so it hangs in front sort of like a basket. Once it's there I use it to throw my gloves and the...

    When I'm not riding I like to hang it off the front of my handlebars, clasping it around the stem, so it hangs in front sort of like a basket. Once it's there I use it to throw my gloves and the little bag I keep my spare tube and tools in. If I'm out and just wandering into a shop or something it comes with me, either strapped to my backpack if I have it or just carried in my hands.

  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    I'm going to blatantly jump on the proverbial bandwagon. I lost my one of my closest childhood friends because he wasn't wearing a bike helmet. He was missing the entire night until they found him...

    I'm going to blatantly jump on the proverbial bandwagon. I lost my one of my closest childhood friends because he wasn't wearing a bike helmet. He was missing the entire night until they found him laying on the ground the next morning with a fractured skull. After a stay in the hospital that lasted for months he was finally released to live out the next several years unable to speak or feed himself or remember what happened yesterday.

    Don't mistake my little tale for artificial concern, spewed out to look one way or another on some online forum. I watched my friend's entire family suffer for years for my friend's mistake, and I'd be right as rain if that didn't need to happen again to anyone. If you're being honest, get a lid, wear it, please.

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  19. The dehumanization of human resources

    I realize that businesses want to draw talent from the largest pool possible, and to do so available positions are often advertised simultaneously across several job market websites with audiences...

    I realize that businesses want to draw talent from the largest pool possible, and to do so available positions are often advertised simultaneously across several job market websites with audiences larger than what almost any company could reach on their own. Certainly some steps of the application process must be automated when dealing with, what I can only imagine, is a relatively high number of applicants. Websites like Indeed.com have even automated the phone interview process, having applicants take a robo-call and recording their responses to questions selected by the employer. The result, in my own experience, is an often bleak, one-sided, discouraging and depressing bout of dysfunctional online dating, except the relationship you're looking for is with your future employer.

    Are there any HR people on Tildes? If so, I'm curious what this whole process looks like on your side and how it differs from say, twenty years ago. Is the process better? Are the people you hire better? How, on your end, could this process be improved? And most importantly, do you have any advice for getting through this increasingly frustrating first step?

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  20. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    Other than buying something that can be adjusted to fit comfortably, just make sure you buy a helmet designed for the type of riding you'll be doing. Don't buy a wee aero road helmet for downhill...

    Other than buying something that can be adjusted to fit comfortably, just make sure you buy a helmet designed for the type of riding you'll be doing. Don't buy a wee aero road helmet for downhill racing and don't buy a heavy, full-face downhill helmet to ride a cruiser down the boardwalk. I mean, you can, but eventually you're gonna have a bad time.

    If you think you look ridiculous, don't worry about it, everyone thinks they look ridiculous wearing a bike helmet while simultaneously not caring what anyone else looks like. Just wear the damn thing.

    MIPS is something you'll see on certain helmets. It's a system that lets the helmet shell move around your head ever so slightly in the event of a crash. The idea is that the helmet will absorb some of the rotational energy of your head skipping along the road. I'm not sure if you'll find a MIPS equipped helmet in the $50 price range, but best to go in prepared anyway.

    One more thing that I didn't see already mentioned, since we're being responsible:

    Should you ever take a good hit to the noggin' due to a crash, or you toss your helmet casually off a cliff in a moment of personal glory and there is visible damage, ditch that helmet. Of course they can take some casual abuse, but none are meant to save your gourd more than once when it matters, so plan on replacing it immediately if it ever has to do its job. I guess the takeaway is, don't buy a helmet you can't afford to replace.

    Oh, and if you're bald or you shave your head, mind the sun. Bike helmet sunburn looks very silly. Ask me how I know. If you're a gal and have long hair, some women's helmets are even shaped to allow for a ponytail.

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