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  1. Comment on Neil Young pulls his music from Spotify after his ultimatum regarding Joe Rogan and ‘fake information about vaccines’ in ~music

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    Tidal. Same price as Spotify but has HQ songs. It has most of the same music options too and there's even "Port Spotify lists to Tidal" apps out there to help you onboard faster.

    Tidal. Same price as Spotify but has HQ songs. It has most of the same music options too and there's even "Port Spotify lists to Tidal" apps out there to help you onboard faster.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Gathering storm: The industrial infrastructure catastrophe looming over America’s gulf coast in ~enviro

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    Climate change mantra, pollution mantra, governance mantra, human rights mantra, you name it. Academia, think-tanks, and regional development/governance groups have had frameworks and answers to...

    Climate change mantra, pollution mantra, governance mantra, human rights mantra, you name it. Academia, think-tanks, and regional development/governance groups have had frameworks and answers to these issues for years and it always comes back to your summary: “we know what to do, but we’re not doing it”.

    The financial incentives are shifting it into action to be fair - see the rise of Corporate ESG in the last few years. Several large banks won't touch you if you don't have an ESG framework in place at this point already, but it's definitely not enough and the companies we want to make these changes first will ultimately be the last, IMO. Maybe the banks can pressure them.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    Did they hire the same person who did Tool and Static-X's claymation vids?

    Did they hire the same person who did Tool and Static-X's claymation vids?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Some people said the devices found other, open networks and connected to those instead iirc.

    Some people said the devices found other, open networks and connected to those instead iirc.

  5. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Per the HN discussion, many peoples tvs have apparently connected themselves to the internet without prompting/permission. The best scenario seems to be to simply use a piHole to manage traffic...

    Per the HN discussion, many peoples tvs have apparently connected themselves to the internet without prompting/permission. The best scenario seems to be to simply use a piHole to manage traffic and look for a brand that doesn't route its traffic over a critical service's IP.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    HN had a conversation about 4k Dumb TVs the other day some folk here might be interested in: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=29382643

    HN had a conversation about 4k Dumb TVs the other day some folk here might be interested in: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=29382643

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Good news on climate change in ~enviro

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    The economics read very similar to what RethinkX wrote in their recent report as well: https://www.rethinkx.com/s/Rethinking-Implications.pdf

    The economics read very similar to what RethinkX wrote in their recent report as well: https://www.rethinkx.com/s/Rethinking-Implications.pdf

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Has anyone got rid of their PayPal account? in ~finance

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    It's handy for cross-border artisanal purchases IME, but that's it for me. I've only ever used it to buy bespoke computer hardware or electronics. I'd like to get rid of it but it seems like...

    It's handy for cross-border artisanal purchases IME, but that's it for me. I've only ever used it to buy bespoke computer hardware or electronics. I'd like to get rid of it but it seems like everyone and their mothers are making janky money transfer apps these days and Paypal seems to be the one transfer app everyone still has, so it's handy in that I don't have to download 20 different apps I guess.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I picked up Back 4 Blood via Gamepass a few weeks back and have been enjoying that. I put in a couple hundred hours doing L4D/L4D2 back in the day and this definitely feels like a worthy...

    I picked up Back 4 Blood via Gamepass a few weeks back and have been enjoying that. I put in a couple hundred hours doing L4D/L4D2 back in the day and this definitely feels like a worthy successor. While there are still a few annoying mechanic differences, I'm largely enjoying it so far - the enemies are familiar but different enough that it doesn't feel stale, the character models are slightly wider and they don't zigzag like in L4D2 so you're not just spraying and praying to hit them anymore, the new special zombies are a welcome addition, and the inclusion of ADS on ALL guns is a fantastic decision.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Danny Carey | "Pneuma" by Tool (live drum cam) in ~music

  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Ahh, I never bothered with strength. I didn't even bother with the power armor unless it was required. Every time I got a new suit I'd just fasttravel back home and drop it off. I'd always fully...

    Ahh, I never bothered with strength. I didn't even bother with the power armor unless it was required. Every time I got a new suit I'd just fasttravel back home and drop it off. I'd always fully finish a zone and make sure I was overgeared before moving on so that every encounter was easy or I'd stack stims if I knew it wouldn't be.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    The default carry weight in Fallout 4 is insanely low and made any attempts at gathering mats for crafting a multi-hour experience as I was constantly schlepping stuff back and forth from the same...

    The default carry weight in Fallout 4 is insanely low and made any attempts at gathering mats for crafting a multi-hour experience as I was constantly schlepping stuff back and forth from the same places, so I eventually caved and used the console to remove the limit altogether. That single change made such a difference for me that I doubt I would've finished the game otherwise. That was the first time I've "cheated" in a game in a long time, too.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Why some people change their wallpaper/profile picture more than others ? in ~talk

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    My avatar has been Cool Guy from "Cool guy has chill day" for the last ~7 years and I can't remember why. My computer backgrounds are usually neon minimalist art I'll randomly pick up from around...

    My avatar has been Cool Guy from "Cool guy has chill day" for the last ~7 years and I can't remember why. My computer backgrounds are usually neon minimalist art I'll randomly pick up from around the net while browsing and my phone background is usually fan-made content from my favorite games.

    I've kept my phone the same for ~4 years now and my PC the same for about 2 mostly because I'm picky and don't see things that catch my eye and make me think "THIS MUST BE MY NEW BACKGROUND/PFP" that often.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Why some people change their wallpaper/profile picture more than others ? in ~talk

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    Username checks out. What's your current bird of choice and can you share your background with us please? I love bird photography!

    Username checks out. What's your current bird of choice and can you share your background with us please? I love bird photography!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on A 433% 450-key keyboard in ~hobbies

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    Holy shit this thing is cursed, I love it.

    Holy shit this thing is cursed, I love it.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~talk

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    I think mass adoption of VR is the next big thing. We're 2 or 3 generations of GPU advancements and maybe 3-4 years away in price reductions due to scales of economy from your Grandma being able...

    I think mass adoption of VR is the next big thing. We're 2 or 3 generations of GPU advancements and maybe 3-4 years away in price reductions due to scales of economy from your Grandma being able to pick up a headset at BestBuy for $200, plugging it into her laptop, and jumping right into any number high res VR activities.

    As it stands, you need a $700+ PC or 1500$+ laptop and 400$+ headset to enjoy a relatively seamless VR experience.

    Oct '21 edit: This did not age well.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Reddit is testing warnings when submitting to highly-moderated subreddits and encouraging users to post in other subreddits in ~tech

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    Have they never checked /about/spam/ on ANY major sub before? Do they not even consider that most mods of the large subs that'll impact the most have at least one programming-savvy person on their...

    I guarantee they're worried about this, and they've already implied they're going to remove mods' abilities to set karma minimums with AutoModerator (that's the VP of Product), because those impact all new users and a lot of subreddits use them as a barrier for trolls/spammers.

    Have they never checked /about/spam/ on ANY major sub before? Do they not even consider that most mods of the large subs that'll impact the most have at least one programming-savvy person on their teams that can replicate that with our own bots? 'Shortsighted' is putting it mildly.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Tool's new album is out on streaming platforms, so I'm hitting that tomorrow. The past few days I've been listening to Boiler Room sets and full albums of: SHXCXCHCXSH - Boiler Room - 1 - 2 - 3...

    Tool's new album is out on streaming platforms, so I'm hitting that tomorrow.

    The past few days I've been listening to Boiler Room sets and full albums of:

    SHXCXCHCXSH - Boiler Room - 1 - 2 - 3

    Tim Hecker 1 - 2 - 3

    Nils Frahm - Dimensions Festival set

    Andy Stott - Boiler Room - 1 - 2 - 3

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Must-have browser extensions? in ~tech

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    I think OneTab is a fantastic tab management system. I'm a chronic tab hoarder who sits at near-max RAM util all the time and am always having to kill open tabs w/ the browser-task-manager to get...

    I think OneTab is a fantastic tab management system. I'm a chronic tab hoarder who sits at near-max RAM util all the time and am always having to kill open tabs w/ the browser-task-manager to get just a sliver back so I can keep going -- oneTab makes that less of an issue since it allows automatic grouping and naming and essentially stores "sessions" so it's easy to pick back up where you left off should you want to save something for later. Beats the hell out of the native bookmarking system, IMO.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've had Oneohtrix Point Never on repeat for a few days now. A buddy randomly texted and asked if I had heard him before and linked to his Boiler Room set from a few years ago. Blew. My. Mind.

    I've had Oneohtrix Point Never on repeat for a few days now. A buddy randomly texted and asked if I had heard him before and linked to his Boiler Room set from a few years ago. Blew. My. Mind.

    5 votes