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  1. Comment on Why everything is suddenly getting more expensive — and why it won’t stop in ~finance

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    I bring up 20 year old technology because it shows how far we have come and that we have further to go. Once again, I bring up my central question: why should we limit the advancement of...

    I bring up 20 year old technology because it shows how far we have come and that we have further to go. Once again, I bring up my central question: why should we limit the advancement of technology?

    Are you at all interested in understanding my position? Because at this point it just feels like I'm explaining the same concepts over and over again. The concepts I'm talking about aren't just affecting chip fabs, but all the players involved in developing bleeding-edge electronic hardware.

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  2. Comment on Why everything is suddenly getting more expensive — and why it won’t stop in ~finance

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    Why do you think we should limit innovation and accept inferior products as a 'standard'? New manufacturing processes aren't making things faster; chips are becoming faster because new...

    Why do you think we should limit innovation and accept inferior products as a 'standard'? New manufacturing processes aren't making things faster; chips are becoming faster because new manufacturing processes make transistors smaller and cheaper and we are able to throw "more computer" at our computing tasks for significantly less money and power draw. When I was a kid, electronics almost universally required 5v. When the homebrew electronics craze got big, chips had just transitioned to 3.3v. Right now things are transitioning to 1.1v. Imagine if your phone ate up batteries like a Game Gear!

    I get what you mean about 'faster phones', but keep in mind the reason why the world is going through phones so fast right now is not because they're getting significantly faster but because of the limited amount of support they get. And one of the largest roadblock to support is that the SoC manufacturers and designers have tons of black boxes - trade secrets - in their chips. Let me remind you that the overwhelming success of the PC platform was not necessarily because of the name recognition of IBM, but because it was a completely open system that anyone could participate in.

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  3. Comment on Why everything is suddenly getting more expensive — and why it won’t stop in ~finance

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    There is literally no way to know if there are more secrets than before. That’s why they're secrets. Of course producing chips is expensive. Basic economics states that when there is less...

    There is literally no way to know if there are more secrets than before. That’s why they're secrets.

    Of course producing chips is expensive. Basic economics states that when there is less competition then prices will go up. Don’t you think that it’s problematic that there are so many chip manufacturers in the world but there are only a few that can be considered to be competitive?

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  4. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Last week I worked so hard with so much stress that I ended up hurting my back. The weekend had me mostly in bed with depression. I still dealt with residual pain all this week. But I just...

    Last week I worked so hard with so much stress that I ended up hurting my back. The weekend had me mostly in bed with depression. I still dealt with residual pain all this week. But I just finished submitting the final documentation needed for my honeymoon cruise in about two weeks. I swear if anything goes wrong with this I am going to have a nervous breakdown.

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  5. Comment on Why everything is suddenly getting more expensive — and why it won’t stop in ~finance

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    Honestly, I think that the biggest problem with the technology industry today is that - especially when it comes to hardware - practically everything is trade secret. The reason why there isn't...

    Honestly, I think that the biggest problem with the technology industry today is that - especially when it comes to hardware - practically everything is trade secret. The reason why there isn't any competition for these complex process chips is not because the current players are that much better at business than everyone else, it's simply that nobody else has any clue how they're managing to do what they are doing. Look at Intel and how long they have taken to get their 7nm process up and running, and they have the advantage of the best engineers on the planet.

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  6. Comment on Squid Game and the “untranslatable”: The debate around subtitles in ~tv

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    As someone who's Korean is basically whatever I have learned from watching too much Korean drama (i.e. practically nothing), I didn't really think that the subtitled translation was that bad. I...

    As someone who's Korean is basically whatever I have learned from watching too much Korean drama (i.e. practically nothing), I didn't really think that the subtitled translation was that bad. I knew about the descripency between the honorifics, but I thought the translation did a fairly good job of transmitting the meanings of what was being said. The only thing that bothered me was that I felt that they were inconsistent with their usage of the Korean terms, specifically why they didn't turn "gganbu" into "best buds" but used "Red Light Green Light" when there's differences in how it's played or "Honeycomb" when it's basically a complete foreign activity to most English speakers (at least in the US).

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  7. Comment on Thoughts on Mulan (2020)? in ~movies

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    Honestly, that was about it. You're right that the editing was terrible. There's a lot that's not good about this movie, and I just don't care about those things. To put things a different way,...

    Honestly, that was about it. You're right that the editing was terrible. There's a lot that's not good about this movie, and I just don't care about those things.

    To put things a different way, most Marvel movies are kind of mediocre (especially the ones before Disney bought them), but they're full of what most people want to see. Mulan was mediocre, but it was full of what I wanted to see. It's just as simple as that. And as much as I enjoyed watching the film, I'm not rushing to buy the Blu-Ray.

    That being said, I'm upset about that diss on Bollywood. Bollywood makes good movies too.

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  8. Comment on Thoughts on Mulan (2020)? in ~movies

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    Sorry for double-posting, but I just wanted to put a bit of an aside. Shortly after Mulan was released, we got two new Ying Yang Master films released at about the same time on Netflix. So if you...

    Sorry for double-posting, but I just wanted to put a bit of an aside. Shortly after Mulan was released, we got two new Ying Yang Master films released at about the same time on Netflix. So if you liked what I said about Mulan and wanted to see some nice high-concept fantasy wuxia films, go see them! Both of them are great! Either one of them have better stories than Mulan did. And at about the same time we got some really great Chinese animated action films. I really strongly recommend watching Ne Zha; it has an extremely childish sense of humor but it's soooooo good.

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  9. Comment on Thoughts on Mulan (2020)? in ~movies

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    I absolutely loved it. But it's largely because I had zero expectations of quality going in. To be honest, it was exactly what I wanted it to be, which was not a 1:1 remake of the animated film,...

    I absolutely loved it. But it's largely because I had zero expectations of quality going in. To be honest, it was exactly what I wanted it to be, which was not a 1:1 remake of the animated film, but a fun wuxia flic in the English language. And in that respect, it really blew that ball right outside of the park.

    Mulan is an absolutely beautiful film in every visual respect. The framing is excellent, the sets, costumes, and makeup are all very beautiful, and the action choreography is so good it feels like it's the reason why we invented movies in the first place.

    Sure, the plot wasn't great. But a good story is something I long stopped expecting out of live-action Disney films (and honestly, the same applies to pretty much every big hollywood production now). But I really did like the addition of the witch character, who makes an excellent foil to Mulan and is an excuse to make some of the more impressive fight scenes.

    I will say, though, that we saw an early cut of the film before all the CG was finished, and when I asked if he'd be interested in seeing the final cut that he didn't watch it because there was too much phoenix.

    Part of the reason why I love Mulan so much is because it feels like big budget wuxia films have become extinct, at least so far as ones I have access to here in the US. I was so excited when The Great Wall was announced; directed by Zhang Yimou, my wuxia film hero who made Hero and House of Flying Daggers, given a record-breaking budget and even starring Matt Damon. And it was a huge CGI monster disappointment. And then a few years later we see Mulan and it's everything I wanted to see once more.

    And as a side note, no, it was not made by the same studio who made Frozen.

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  10. Comment on Former US president Donald Trump launches 'TRUTH' social in ~tech

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    How realistic is Scenario 1, really? I sincerely doubt that the people around Trump would rather shut down the site instead of just making the efforts to make it compliant with the license.

    How realistic is Scenario 1, really? I sincerely doubt that the people around Trump would rather shut down the site instead of just making the efforts to make it compliant with the license.

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  11. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Have you ever used JLCPCB's assembly service before? I have to admit, I would be much more likely to make electronic devices if I didn't have to deal with SMT.

    Have you ever used JLCPCB's assembly service before? I have to admit, I would be much more likely to make electronic devices if I didn't have to deal with SMT.

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  12. Comment on I feel dreadful of my future, but are my feelings valid? in ~talk

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    I forget exactly where this philosophy tidbit came from, but one of the concepts I found interesting in my studies has been the idea that people are so overwhelmed by their potential that it...

    I forget exactly where this philosophy tidbit came from, but one of the concepts I found interesting in my studies has been the idea that people are so overwhelmed by their potential that it becomes paralyzing. And I think that's a good framework to understand what you are feeling right now.

    You have the potential to achieve just about anything if you put the effort into it. You also have the option of not putting your effort into some grand idea and living a carefree life. And the one thing you should keep in mind is that nobody has the right to judge the way you choose to live but you.

    And keep in mind that even if you do choose to go with a boring office job, that job will not define you. You have the ability to do more than just work for someone else. Unless you've got some form of patron or trust fund, there's really no way for you to coast through life. Your job does not have to be the thing that makes your life worth living and you will have many things that you can work on outside of work.

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

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    I found the boss fights to be somewhat disappointing towards the end. Every single one of them were bullet sponges and they had extremely high damage if you didn’t manage to dodge their attacks. I...

    I found the boss fights to be somewhat disappointing towards the end. Every single one of them were bullet sponges and they had extremely high damage if you didn’t manage to dodge their attacks. I know I’m probably the only person with this problem, but I had a hard time realizing how simple the patterns were because they were constantly exploding with missiles for which I never ran out. It was especially frustrating because almost all of the enemies could be one-hit killed by the screw attack and none of the bosses were vulnerable to it.

    The final boss in particular was frustrating because of a machine gun attack that had you jumping in circles around him. It took a while to be able to get the rhythm right for the gravity jump when you just spent the entire first half of the fight rapid spamming the shoot button.

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  14. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Mass manufacturing makes things vastly more complex than "this part costs 77 cents". Generally speaking retail markups are going to cause the price to double multiple times depending on how many...

    Mass manufacturing makes things vastly more complex than "this part costs 77 cents". Generally speaking retail markups are going to cause the price to double multiple times depending on how many middlemen are involved. Those 77 cents can easily become $5, and that can be the difference between someone buying your product and the competition. That's why I brought up ease of machining - it's easy to make the connector yourself and get the costs down to the bare minimum. Even if you can't do that, the nature of the electronics market in Shenzhen makes it easy to buy directly from the manufacturer and avoid distributor markup.

    You have choices; you don't have to buy the cheap stuff. I'm not trying to justify their existence, just to explain why it remains. USB-A is not likely to ever disappear completely. Though to be fair I expect it will disappear much sooner than the generic DC barrel jack.

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  15. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    There's no such thing as a design that is better in literally every way. In the case of USB-C there's a major flaw in that it wasn't designed to be cheap to manufacture. USB was originally...

    There's no such thing as a design that is better in literally every way. In the case of USB-C there's a major flaw in that it wasn't designed to be cheap to manufacture. USB was originally designed to be a cheap all-in-one replacement for a number of relatively slow and low-powered devices. And the thing that USB-C fails at is providing an inexpensive connector.

    USB-A was so simple that any half-decent machine shop could make a mostly-compatable male plug for fragments of a cent. But USB-C needs some rather expensive machines to get running, so there are additional costs involved in making goods that work with it, which is a cost that free-market capitalism encourages manufacturers to cut. That's why USB-A is going to stick around for a good long while.

    That's just talking about the physical interface. Don't even get me started with signaling.

    Bonus relavant XKCD

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  16. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    I kind of agree with you, but at the same time, it's clear that Apple can't unilaterally change the computer market the same way they have with other markets.

    I kind of agree with you, but at the same time, it's clear that Apple can't unilaterally change the computer market the same way they have with other markets.

  17. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    The thing that's nice about having a 12+ hour battery life is not that you can use it continuously for that amount of time, but that it allows you to charge it infrequently. It allows you to run...

    The thing that's nice about having a 12+ hour battery life is not that you can use it continuously for that amount of time, but that it allows you to charge it infrequently. It allows you to run it for 8 Hours without needing a charger if you want it, or if you are the kind of person who needs to use it in short spurts, you can get away with charging it just once a week.

    Though if you're in the latter category you probably don't need a $2000+ "pro" machine.

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  18. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Ehh, HDMI is probably the one port I would have done without. I feel that most people who will use external displays are people who are going to have some sort of docking solution that already...

    Ehh, HDMI is probably the one port I would have done without. I feel that most people who will use external displays are people who are going to have some sort of docking solution that already integrates with their displays. But this is still great for people who are doing presentations and need to plug into random displays. For those, I'd much prefer a wireless options, but wireless display sharing isn't really universal and simple enough at this point in time.

    Don't get me wrong, more connectivity is always great, especially on a "Pro" device, it's just that I'd personally rather see two full-sized USB-A ports because that's what's keeping me in dongle hell.

    Linux has excellent ARM support. The problem is that nobody's using ARM CPUs in an open design and are full of proprietary parts that act like black boxes. You can run Linux on M1 right now - but you won't get the full features of the chip because Apple doesn't want to release any details on how those parts work and it's extremely complex to reverse-engineer.

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  19. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    This recipe is pretty forgiving for thick cuts of cabbage. I’ve even had it with cubed cuts before and it turns out pretty good.

    This recipe is pretty forgiving for thick cuts of cabbage. I’ve even had it with cubed cuts before and it turns out pretty good.

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  20. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    This is a bit of a weird recipe to me, but that’s Ok because okonomiyaki is a really free-form food. As long as you have a batter and cabbage it’s still okonomiyaki. The thing this is missing the...

    This is a bit of a weird recipe to me, but that’s Ok because okonomiyaki is a really free-form food. As long as you have a batter and cabbage it’s still okonomiyaki. The thing this is missing the most for my pallet is a sweet sauce to augment the savory flavors. Japanese style mayonnaise is another must. You can also try adding noodles or katsuobushi.

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