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  1. Comment on Recommend chill/background games for my second monitor? in ~games

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    It’s been forever since I have heard anyone mention Wesnoth. I’m more of a fan of ASC. What other games let you play via email!

    It’s been forever since I have heard anyone mention Wesnoth.

    I’m more of a fan of ASC. What other games let you play via email!

  2. Comment on Steam Deck: Unofficial shipping update in ~games

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    I was thinking about getting one for my sister because she's not big on gaming on computers (she's got a bad back so sitting for long periods is very uncomfortable for her). Unfortunately I'm...

    I was thinking about getting one for my sister because she's not big on gaming on computers (she's got a bad back so sitting for long periods is very uncomfortable for her).

    Unfortunately I'm about to take a pre-planned and long overdue vacation and the business I'm working for is doing very poorly, so this is the absolutely worst time to be spending money. Also the only games she tends to play on computers are not supported on Steam Deck, and while they might work, the experience wouldn't be too great on a relatively small screen.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on heating up some macking cheese in the michael wave in ~tech

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    I have never seen the reason why I generally dislike social media written up so concisely.

    I have never seen the reason why I generally dislike social media written up so concisely.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Google Japan's absurdly long stick keyboard is actually real in ~tech

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    Google's Japanese Input team has a history of making absurd input devices. If you go to their github page it includes all of their crazy devices as well as links to all the announcement pages....

    Google's Japanese Input team has a history of making absurd input devices. If you go to their github page it includes all of their crazy devices as well as links to all the announcement pages.

    Though I have to say that this year's stick keyboard has the absolute craziest humor; you simply must watch the video.

    Edit: So after actually looking into this it looks like a surprising amount of effort actually went into designing this. The layout is surprisingly pragmatic in spite of the single row restriction; it actually splits the keyboard into left and right hand sections, which are divided by the full-sized(!) space bar. The case is designed to be 3D printed but they wanted it to be sturdy so they used an off the shelf Misumi extruded aluminum frame to support it. And surprisingly enough they also designed it so that you can use one of two very popular microcontroller boards; an Arduino Pro Micro (which is basically the de-facto standard in the community around building custom keyboards) or an ESP32-based M5Stack for a wireless bluetooth version (which seems like overkill at first, until you realize that it's basically the most accessable way to include a battery and charging circuitry).

    Possibly one of the best (or worst) details of this project is that, yes, of course, it's a full (US) 101-key keyboard. Which means it includes the 10 Key portion of the keyboard.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on The smartest website you havent heard of in ~comp

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    McMaster-Carr is a weird business. They're basically Amazon for mechanical engineers and machinists. If you're building a prototype, a one-off, or are just looking for some moderately uncommon...

    McMaster-Carr is a weird business. They're basically Amazon for mechanical engineers and machinists. If you're building a prototype, a one-off, or are just looking for some moderately uncommon mechanical doodad, they've probably got it.

    That being said, I wouldn't be sure if I would call their catalog the "smartest website"; electronic part distributors have far more complicated products and so they have to have much more complicated websites in order to help their customers find the parts that will best fulfill their needs. Sometimes that's a very specific part that only one manufacturer will make, and sometimes you'll get a wide range of choices by a whole spectrum of manufacturers. Because these websites have all the information on the parts (usually including the documentation on them) and they are also basically the only ones that sell them in small quantities, they often have a lot of influence over what parts an engineer might choose to put in their projects.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Trevor Noah stepping down as host of The Daily Show after seven years in ~tv

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    Oh damn. You can take back my previous comment because any vehicle for Michelle Wolf is going to be worth watching. I honestly don't understand why she still doesn't have her own show.

    Oh damn. You can take back my previous comment because any vehicle for Michelle Wolf is going to be worth watching. I honestly don't understand why she still doesn't have her own show.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on After six seasons, Community will get its movie in ~tv

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    I'll admit that there's a certain je ne sais quoi that left along Chevy Chase, but I really didn't like him. His character was a little too one-dimensional and by his last season the writers had...

    I'll admit that there's a certain je ne sais quoi that left along Chevy Chase, but I really didn't like him. His character was a little too one-dimensional and by his last season the writers had basically removed any of the character's redeeming characteristics. Good characters are people who mostly act reasonably or logically but have flaws that subvert them from being perfect, but by the end Pierce was just plain evil. They basically did the same thing with Chang, now that I think about it - I guess that's why so many people don't like his later appearances either.

  8. Comment on Trevor Noah stepping down as host of The Daily Show after seven years in ~tv

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    I kind of don't want either of them, TBH. The Daily Show isn't as culturally big as it used to be so it seems like something of a step down for Samantha Bee and something that will put too many...

    I kind of don't want either of them, TBH. The Daily Show isn't as culturally big as it used to be so it seems like something of a step down for Samantha Bee and something that will put too many limitations on Jessica Williams.

    But then again, I honestly can't stand this kind of show anymore. News is just too full of negativity and no amount of jokes can make it less depressing for me at this point.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on After six seasons, Community will get its movie in ~tv

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    I'm not subscribed, but I swear that at least once a month I learn about something that they have that I'm really interested in. I was really wanting to see that Queer as Folk reboot but I just...

    I'm not subscribed, but I swear that at least once a month I learn about something that they have that I'm really interested in.

    I was really wanting to see that Queer as Folk reboot but I just learned that it's already been canceled after just one season in spite of generally good ratings.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    I've been thinking about this for a hot minute and I have decided that my answer to this question is celery. I'm weird enough that I actually like it by itself, but if you don't like it that way...

    I've been thinking about this for a hot minute and I have decided that my answer to this question is celery. I'm weird enough that I actually like it by itself, but if you don't like it that way it's pretty fantastic with peanut butter. If you need a bit more sweetness, you can add raisins, too.

    I know some people like it with ranch sauce, but I personally don't recommend it; the sauce overwhelms the flavor of the celery, and I've seen far too many people use celery as an excuse to drink ranch sauce.

    A close second is bread prepared as you like. Buttered toast is pretty darn fantastic. Add some cinnamon sugar and you've got a no effort desert experience.

    Or do sprinkles if that's your jam.

    Jam is also an option.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    Onigiri is a bit too big for a snack IMHO. Even if you're better at making them small and pretty, they're so carb heavy that you'll just want to eat more of them. You did just remind me about...

    Onigiri is a bit too big for a snack IMHO. Even if you're better at making them small and pretty, they're so carb heavy that you'll just want to eat more of them.

    You did just remind me about fluffy Chinese Steamed rice cakes, which is a snack that I will also just completely overeat any time I get it. Also it probably counts as ultra-processed.

    (full disclosure; I don't know if that link is actually the recipe for what I'm thinking about. I get mine made for me at dim sum places)

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    Frankly, I absolutely abhor it whenever anyone talks about how bad 'ultraprocessed' foods are because it turns conversations into a tower of babbel situation. Everyone's talking about things...

    Frankly, I absolutely abhor it whenever anyone talks about how bad 'ultraprocessed' foods are because it turns conversations into a tower of babbel situation. Everyone's talking about things thinking they've given away a clear definition, but everyone comes away with a different meaning.

    One of the problems with talking about ultraprocessed foods is that people confuse them with commercial foodstuffs, but that's rarely, if ever, what these articles are about. For instance, there's rarely much if any difference between ice cream you buy at the store and ice cream you make at home. The same is true for fries; they're just potatos that have been cut, boiled, seasoned, fried, and then frozen. Once again, it's the same things you would do if you were to make them at home.

    Now you may be wondering about some of the extra ingredients they add, and in some cases you are right. Things like using palm oil instead of butter and HFCS instead of sugar are things that do have real health effects. But for the vast majority of ingredients that people are afraid of - the things with unpronouncable things you look at in the ingredient lists, are things that have generally been studied for long periods of time and have been generally proven to be safe for human consumption. A lot of them are actually minerals that are added to enrich the products by adding vitamins!

    The biggest problem with the messaging about ultraprocessed foods is that it distracts from the real problem; you're eating too many damned sausages and french fries and ice cream! You're eating foods that inject you with high amounts of sugars, simple carbohydrates, phosphates, and other bad things, and you're probably also simultaniously avoiding the good things that whole foods give you such as fiber and complex carbohydrates.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Good enough kitchen appliances brands recommendations in ~food

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    I'm not at home to measure, but I'd imagine that the oven you're using is probably half the size of the kinds of ovens I'm thinking of. Even so, toaster ovens still have some benefits over your...

    I'm not at home to measure, but I'd imagine that the oven you're using is probably half the size of the kinds of ovens I'm thinking of. Even so, toaster ovens still have some benefits over your traditional style oven depending on what you want out of it.

    In all honesty, the trend of multi-use toaster ovens have also made them blow up in size at the same time. This model by Breville is a pretty good example because it's essentially what a lot of the manufacturers are trying to replicate these days. While the product page doesn't say how big the actual cooking area is the total size isn't too far off from the area you're mentioning. The big difference, however is that it gets hot much faster; while I don't have this particular model, my toaster oven gets to 400F in a little over one minute; it's fast enough that for most things I don't even bother to preheat. Keep in mind that this is with our 115V power supplies as well.

    (I don't have this oven, by the way; mine was a cheap supermarket one the husband bought for about $100, so it doesn't have the super fancy things like PID temperature controls and dehydration settings)

    When I was talking about roasts, I was referring to big "holiday" style meat roasts of the sort where you can feed a small family and have enough leftovers for one or more full family meals later in the week. You can still roast and bake in a toaster oven, they just can't do the huge things.

  14. Comment on What is a good "eternal" Linux distribution? in ~tech

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    To the best of my knowledge HML has been on the same major release since 2009.

    To the best of my knowledge HML has been on the same major release since 2009.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    AFAIK the controller was just a regular usb or Bluetooth device and the only streaming hardware they sold for Stadia were chromecast devices, so they can still be used for other things.

    AFAIK the controller was just a regular usb or Bluetooth device and the only streaming hardware they sold for Stadia were chromecast devices, so they can still be used for other things.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Good enough kitchen appliances brands recommendations in ~food

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    IMHO almost everyone should get rid of their ovens and use a toaster oven instead. Traditional ovens are far too large, which means they are exteremly inefficient, and if they are gas powered they...

    IMHO almost everyone should get rid of their ovens and use a toaster oven instead. Traditional ovens are far too large, which means they are exteremly inefficient, and if they are gas powered they are literally poisoning you and your family. Most modern toaster ovens are relatively spaceous so you can cook most things in there and many go above and beyond by adding features like convection fans and even air frying and/or microwaving capabilities. But even at minimum, you'll have an oven that gets to temperature much quicker, is generally going to be at a level that makes it easier to use and observe, and can be easily moved if you need extra space.

    The only things that regular ovens are better for is when you want to cook a large volume of things, like roasts, full sheet cakes, or large loafs of bread. But those aren't generally things that I see people cooking often.


    I'm actually kind of surprised that toaster ovens are not that popular in the UK given that I hear that housing tends to be small. I know in a lot of places throughout Southeastern Asia it's really common to furnish small dwellings with Microwave/oven combination units.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Firefox for families: The TechTalk - Making awkward tech conversations with kids slightly less awkward in ~tech

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    I've got the same basic experience as you and I agree with just about everything you said. I think this guide from Mozilla is a good framework to start with, but as an old fart the thing I think...

    I've got the same basic experience as you and I agree with just about everything you said.

    I think this guide from Mozilla is a good framework to start with, but as an old fart the thing I think is most surprising (especially coming from Mozilla) is that they don't really bring up the value of privacy. My first thought is that kids should be taught that their private data - especially in regards to things that can be used to identify or locate you - should never be put up in a public sphere. But at the same time we are all living in a world where you're expected to be your real self on the internet, to the point where even employers are looking into your social media presence to determine if they will hire you.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on My Father's Dragon | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Coincidentally I just bought a Japanese language version of the books that this is based off of... ... three or four months ago. I really need to get back on the horse and keep studying Japanese....

    Coincidentally I just bought a Japanese language version of the books that this is based off of...

    ... three or four months ago.

    I really need to get back on the horse and keep studying Japanese. It's just really hard when you're doing it on your own.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Good enough kitchen appliances brands recommendations in ~food

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    Panasonic is sold under many names and I would be amazed if none of them are sold in Europe. National is one they tend to use the most for homewares. I don’t know if they are sold everywhere but I...

    Panasonic is sold under many names and I would be amazed if none of them are sold in Europe. National is one they tend to use the most for homewares.

    I don’t know if they are sold everywhere but I am really satisfied with most Breville kitchen appliances. For the most part they are a little more friendly to use and they are made with good enough quality.

    When it comes to the larger appliances though, I’ve got nothing. Just look for long warranties and local service centers. Also avoid gas like plague and get an induction stove.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on The Last of Us | Official trailer in ~tv

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    TBH I'm kind of amazed anyone was watching after season 2 with how badly they fumbled the show after they screwed over Frank Darabont. They literally took the plot of one single comic book and...

    TBH I'm kind of amazed anyone was watching after season 2 with how badly they fumbled the show after they screwed over Frank Darabont. They literally took the plot of one single comic book and stretched it to fit across the entire season; nothing happened for the vast majority of episodes. Someone would mention something in one episode and then it would be forgotten for 2-3 episodes until it would come up again.

    Though to be fair, Season 3 was much better and it did successfully get the plot rolling.

    2 votes