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  1. Comment on You must time-travel to any time before 1799 and never come back. Where do you go? in ~talk

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    Same. I feel like the earlier you go, the more interesting it might be. Going with modern knowledge (especially if you're well-versed in math, physics and some practical skills) back to early...

    Same. I feel like the earlier you go, the more interesting it might be. Going with modern knowledge (especially if you're well-versed in math, physics and some practical skills) back to early agricultural society would be such a ridiculous jump.

  2. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Yep. Salted cashew nuts. Same here.

    Yep. Salted cashew nuts. Same here.

  3. Comment on Making Python Programs Blazingly Fast in ~comp

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    I didn't word it very well, yeah. Let's start at the beginning. If you want to host your own blog, you can either go with a prebuilt solution such as Wordpress, Medium or Ghost, or you can write...

    I didn't word it very well, yeah.

    Let's start at the beginning. If you want to host your own blog, you can either go with a prebuilt solution such as Wordpress, Medium or Ghost, or you can write your own.

    If you write your own blog, you're developing and hosting your own site. By doing that, you have to make a few informed choices such as:

    1. What tools you know or wish to learn / try your hand at, with which you could build the site
    2. How much time you want to invest in writing your site
    3. How much money you want to invest in the hosting infrastructure

    Now consider the following:

    1. JavaScript is a skill a lot of programmers either know or wish to learn, as it's in very high demand
    2. Writing blogs in JavaScript is often very quick as there are incredibly good tools and frameworks to do exactly that
    3. Keeping the JavaScript client-side only makes the site far cheaper to host, thanks to free or near-free CDNs such as Cloudflare, and hosted static sites such as github pages.

    And on top of all this, remember that virtually everybody on the web has access to javascript. Now maybe you start to see why the solution the author of this blog employed is starting to make sense.

    There are other solutions, but the author didn't end up choosing them. Not because he wanted to exclude you, and specifically wanted to require JS to "display text", as you say, but rather because it was easier this way.

    Seeing as it is a personal blog, I don't really think it's appropriate to really complain about it.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    Fair, but I think then you misunderstood what that original comment meant. I believe it means it's worse for the consumer to have two streaming services splitting the catalogue than one with more...

    Fair, but I think then you misunderstood what that original comment meant. I believe it means it's worse for the consumer to have two streaming services splitting the catalogue than one with more of it. I also believe that's overall true.

    Best scenario is multiple services all with the same catalogue.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Making Python Programs Blazingly Fast in ~comp

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    He's not requiring it, that makes it sound like he is explicitly, with intent, wanting people to have js in order to view his blog. This is never the case. He just chose to write his blog in...

    He's not requiring it, that makes it sound like he is explicitly, with intent, wanting people to have js in order to view his blog. This is never the case.

    He just chose to write his blog in JavaScript. Kinda like one might choose to write it in Ruby or python or countless more. But the difference is by writing it in JavaScript and running it clientside rather than serverside, well, the client needs js.

    This isn't uncommon because it's a good dev environment, it's highly sought after m, and it is quite fun to work with. I've done fifteen years of python and I can tell you, typescript and react are amazing to work with. But by choosing to go the JS app route, client only app, well you do require JavaScript to be enabled.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    To expand on how artificial the limitations are: The music industry has this figured out. Despite the existence of tens of thousands of studios, nearly all the music eventually makes its way to...

    To expand on how artificial the limitations are:

    The music industry has this figured out. Despite the existence of tens of thousands of studios, nearly all the music eventually makes its way to all the popular streaming services.

    Most people familiar with the history of music say that the key difference is that the music industry learned certain lessons the hard way with Radio. I won't expand on that because I'm not the right person to do so, but fuck, there's no reason the TV industry can't figure its shit out either.

    I just paid over 800 euros for a NAS to store my TV series Linux ISOs. This isn't me "not willing to spend" for TV. This is me not willing to put up with an atrociously inconvenient system (relative to the norm in other industries) of having to switch between a dozen different providers when I find out (if i find out) that some show or some season is missing because some studio figured it's more $$$s to push people to their service than to share with others for a fee.

    800 Euros pays for 4 years of Netflix for an entire family. Still, I don't use Netflix. You know why? Because I used it right up to the point where I found out Brooklyn Nine-Nine (by NBC of all studios) is missing its latest seasons. Then I got pissed off and back to the old ways. Plex is more convenient.

    16 votes
  7. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    It's the middle of summer in the fair city of Paris. A homeless man walks up to a bar to ask for a glass of water to quench his thirst. Despite having water on tap, the barman refuses, because the...

    It's the middle of summer in the fair city of Paris. A homeless man walks up to a bar to ask for a glass of water to quench his thirst. Despite having water on tap, the barman refuses, because the man is homeless.

    In a different universe, that same man walks the desert of the Sahara. A young woman sees him and asks him for his last sip of water. The man refuses, because it's his last sip.


    What is the difference between the two stories above? Abundance.

    Now we're not talking about water, we're talking about TV and entertainment. Nethertheless, the fact TV used to be a different experience has no impact on whether or not corporations are behaving absurdly today with regards to streaming services (which they absolutely are). And the fact is, the limitations of yesterday are no longer present today. Abundance is key: The limitations are artificial, not technical.

    Sorry, but this post reminds me of Grumpy Grampa yelling "back in my days I walked uphill both ways in the snow to go to school" as soon as the kid complains it's cold out. "You don't get to complain because it used to be worse" is a terrible mindset. We don't progress if we stop pointing out flaws.


    With that said, this is a good post on the history of television, and if this post was interesting to any of the other readers here, hop on to the amazing Technology Connection "Television" playlist for a deep dive into the inner workings of analog TV.

    22 votes
  8. Comment on Making Python Programs Blazingly Fast in ~comp

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    Because the guy chose to write his personal blog in javascript and didn't bother setting up server-side rendering (which costs extra). It's a personal blog, not a corporate website. Let's not...

    Because the guy chose to write his personal blog in javascript and didn't bother setting up server-side rendering (which costs extra).

    It's a personal blog, not a corporate website. Let's not chastise people for not catering to the 0.0001%.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Google Stadia announces plans to add over 120 games this year, including over 10 exclusives in ~games

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    Yes, on the assumption that it works. I'm 29, have been playing computer games since I was 6. My software career started in video games. I played Blizzard games for a solid 15 years. I absolutely...

    do people really want to stream games in this way?

    Yes, on the assumption that it works.

    I'm 29, have been playing computer games since I was 6. My software career started in video games. I played Blizzard games for a solid 15 years.

    I absolutely want to stream games just like I stream music and movies. But it first has to work. Games have to be designed to support it -- I'll be surprised if we can get modern/old-school style FPS games working smoothly on this. Rather, less latency sensitivity, and a stride towards games that aren't latency-sensitive at all.

    "Who of the two of us can click the fastest on the smallest pixel" will always be a gaming genre, but if a platform like Stadia becomes popular, it could completely change what games people even like to play.

    Remember, it doesn't have to work for everyone for it to be massively popular. But say for example Minecraft, Fortnite, both are massively popular and aren't super latency sensitive. Fortnite is even played on mobile, and it's not a particularly lightweight game. It being streamable is a big deal.

    As for me… well, I fucking hate having to constantly install / reinstall games. My massive Steam library I never touch because 99% of it is not installed? Even when I do get tempted by a game I go "meh, gotta install it…" and end up playing whatever I already have available.

    When my buddy's online and wants to play something together right now, and I see I have to download 6GB to join him? Well, we simply give up.

    My internet is fast. My PC is a beast with lots of storage, ram and cpu. I'm an experienced gamer who owns a massive library. And a Stadia-like that works is hugely interesting to me. Can you imagine the advantages for people who aren't as priviledged as me?

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    If either Warren or Sanders drop out, the other gets most of their voters and beats out Biden easily. And Biden doesn't stand a chance against trump. Gotta tell you, it's pretty depressing looking...

    If either Warren or Sanders drop out, the other gets most of their voters and beats out Biden easily. And Biden doesn't stand a chance against trump.

    Gotta tell you, it's pretty depressing looking at your voting system right now...

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Introducing Increment Subscriptions in ~comp

  12. Comment on Introducing Increment Subscriptions in ~comp

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    Rightfully so. "Stripe becomes a behemoth" is one of my ten-year predictions for the decade. They're scaling extraordinarily well and as they roll out new products (especially the work they're...

    Rightfully so. "Stripe becomes a behemoth" is one of my ten-year predictions for the decade.

    They're scaling extraordinarily well and as they roll out new products (especially the work they're doing on Atlas), they become more and more core to companies; far more than a "payment gateway".

    Reminds me of AWS's early days. Used to be just ec2, s3 and sqs; nothing you couldn't replace. Now companies integrate extremely tightly with AWS, and you need to be another behemoth to even sort of hope to match the featureset AWS has. They're core to some companies in ways that if AWS disappears, the company itself disappears overnight and doesn't come back for months.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Man, I was going to say Sliders as well the other day. I 100% agree with @Sunward's analysis. There's a solid premise but it has aged horribly badly. I couldn't even finish it.

    Man, I was going to say Sliders as well the other day. I 100% agree with @Sunward's analysis. There's a solid premise but it has aged horribly badly. I couldn't even finish it.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Your Babylon 5 and my Stargate should do a glorious crossover.

    Your Babylon 5 and my Stargate should do a glorious crossover.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    DON'T GIVE ME SUCH POWER YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN. Oh god you're fulfilling my fantasies right now. First of all, the Stargate franchise is getting rebooted. I'm giving it some serious...

    You're the omnipotent power in charge of TV. You get to reboot any show you want, and you can make any changes you want.

    DON'T GIVE ME SUCH POWER YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN.

    Oh god you're fulfilling my fantasies right now.

    First of all, the Stargate franchise is getting rebooted. I'm giving it some serious dough this time around. It's getting Game of Thrones level of budget.

    I think Stargate had a lot of excellent ideas, but the payoff was rare. Most of the exciting stuff came from this idea that our current technology evolves into alien technology, and we gradually incorporate those discoveries into our world.

    The political parts of stargate were also interesting, but only put in there to be infuriating and build up an earthbound villain. So, that was ass, it's going to go and be replaced with the approach that The Boys took to politicizing/bureaucraticizing fantasy.

    I also want to see more than just "SG-1" or whatever. The Atlantis spinoff was a good example of what you can do by looking at other teams; but they got around the whole "paying too many actors" thing by cutting Atlantis off of earth. Whatever, it works, but … again, not enough payoff. I think these things are purely down to money.

    There's no "twist", it's just getting more budget, better quality/more consistent writing, and more variety looks at the world. Also, it's starting back up to the discovery of the stargate; the Ori were a terrible idea and I want to redo the whole Goa'uld thing with … uh, less absurdities.


    Ok, what's next? Speaking of SG-1, I can't wait until MacGyver gets into the public domain, we'll probably see lots of takes on it like we did with Sherlock. Anyway, both My Name is Earl and Dexter are going to roll a couple (or several…) seasons back and are getting a new ending.

    They both got severely shafted. My Name is Earl did not get a proper ending; it will. It was also getting weird towards the end, lost what made it good. Dexter got that times 1000; it's restarting from the end of Season 3. It's criminally bad what happened to these shows, and I can't in good conscience let this sit.


    Shit, I have to go. Uh, rebooting futurama (no particular reason, I just want to be in the list of people who rebooted futurama). I'm also hiring Alex Hirsch and letting him do whatever he wants. Maybe I'll ask him to reboot Arrested Development, he can probably do something good with it. I'm going to also do a French version of "The Office", and a completely fresh take on Alphas that's less boy-bandish. Oh, and same with Lie to Me with less theatrics.

    And Babylon 5. And Buffy.

    And Firefly. Definitely Firefly.

    I HAVE TO GO

    13 votes
  16. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    Wendover has been advertising it quite a lot, especially their cross promotion with Curiosity Stream. This is a documentary that's a Nebula original, about Saint Helena's airport. Maybe it helps...

    Wendover has been advertising it quite a lot, especially their cross promotion with Curiosity Stream.

    This is a documentary that's a Nebula original, about Saint Helena's airport. Maybe it helps you figure out the quality of their stuff.

    https://youtu.be/5-QejUTDCWw

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Wearable sleep trackers - recommendations? in ~tech

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    I did do that a couple of years ago, it destroyed my Nexus 6P's battery. :/

    You should also try sleep as android's sonar. It makes inaudible pings and listens to them. It works surprisingly well in my experience. Your phone can be on a nightstand changing near your bed.

    I did do that a couple of years ago, it destroyed my Nexus 6P's battery. :/

    1 vote
  18. Wearable sleep trackers - recommendations?

    Is there a good smartwatch/simile that monitors sleep and has excellent battery life (measured in weeks not hours)? I use the Withings (ex-Nokia) Steel HR, but it … kinda sucks. The bluetooth...

    Is there a good smartwatch/simile that monitors sleep and has excellent battery life (measured in weeks not hours)?

    I use the Withings (ex-Nokia) Steel HR, but it … kinda sucks. The bluetooth pairings very often lose sleep data, it's very inaccurate, the reporting sucks for non-24s, and the leather bracelet is of very poor quality, keeps breaking.

    I really don't care for the fitness/step tracking which, as someone else here put it, thinks typing on a keyboard or eating is a step.

    I also briefly tried an Oura (https://ouraring.com/), but I never got it to work and had to send it back.

    I also don't care much for any of those "sleep quality" trackers that try to detect if I snore and what not. I can do sleep studies in my own time, I just want to have accurate stats on whether and when I am asleep.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared in ~science

  20. Comment on IRGC: Missile attack on US base in Iraq is revenge for Soleimani killing in ~news

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    Great... Any news about Europe bound flights?

    Great... Any news about Europe bound flights?

    5 votes