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  1. Comment on A group of school students preparing for a nationwide strike over climate change inaction have prompted the closure of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's electorate office. in ~news

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    Statistically irrelevant potential mitigation of anthropogenic climate change even if Australia disappeared from the face of Earth tomorrow morning 9am.

    Statistically irrelevant potential mitigation of anthropogenic climate change even if Australia disappeared from the face of Earth tomorrow morning 9am.

  2. Comment on WordPress is getting a new default editor in ~tech

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    This is a great development for those who lack the hitherto-requisite skill set to design and alter the layout of their own WordPress website. This is a great dilemma for WordPress developers who...

    This is a great development for those who lack the hitherto-requisite skill set to design and alter the layout of their own WordPress website.

    This is a great dilemma for WordPress developers who would rather their clients didn't mess with the carefully-planned layout and design of their highly customised themes.

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  3. Comment on French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde in ~humanities

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    This is possibly the most semantically relevant article that will ever be posted to Tildes. I can't help but feel that we've peaked far too soon.

    This is possibly the most semantically relevant article that will ever be posted to Tildes.

    I can't help but feel that we've peaked far too soon.

  4. Comment on What are the best free games for the PC you have found recently? in ~games

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    Your comment is the Dark Souls of Tildes.

    Your comment is the Dark Souls of Tildes.

  5. Comment on Interested in Linux Gaming? I run a website just for that in ~games

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    I use Arch, by the way.

    I use Arch, by the way.

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  6. Comment on Point-and-click adventures? in ~games

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    Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is a good, modern point-and-click RPG made by the famous developers of Sierra's adventure-game heyday (Lori Cole and Corey Cole of the seminal Quest for Glory series)....

    Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is a good, modern point-and-click RPG made by the famous developers of Sierra's adventure-game heyday (Lori Cole and Corey Cole of the seminal Quest for Glory series). Definitely worth checking out.

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  7. Comment on Has Tildes attracted any runners? in ~hobbies

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    I've never so much as tried on a pair of Brooks but they seem to be regarded as the duck's nuts when it comes to "proper" running. How are they working out? The problem I have with my current...

    I've never so much as tried on a pair of Brooks but they seem to be regarded as the duck's nuts when it comes to "proper" running. How are they working out? The problem I have with my current runners is just how fast the sole seems to wear down. I've done <=400k in them (on concrete & bitumen, admittedly) at the very most, and the soles are, well, not exactly bald, but if they were car tyres they'd not be street legal. I'd hate to think that a shiny new expensive pair of runners is going to last me only another 2 months. Surely your Brooks are holding up better than that?

    Oh, and I came across another game changer that blew my tiny little mind the other day, and has further improved my running experience: lacing techniques. Who would've thought?!

  8. Comment on Has Tildes attracted any runners? in ~hobbies

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    i run 5km+ almost every day, and rely on some pretty crappy Nike Lunar-something-or-others. A few weeks ago, I tried on some Asics Gel Kayanos (I think that's what they're called) as part of a...

    i run 5km+ almost every day, and rely on some pretty crappy Nike Lunar-something-or-others.
    A few weeks ago, I tried on some Asics Gel Kayanos (I think that's what they're called) as part of a secret shopper thingy (buy them, return them, anonymously review the entire experience). They were the most comfortable running shoes I've even worn. I was blown away. Every day I'm running now I'm thinking about those Kayanos. In fact, when I hit the 10km milestone, I think I'll treat myself to a pair.

  9. Comment on Self-directed learners of programming, sysadmin topics and so on: what is your approach to material that is too advanced? in ~comp

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    Any programming or sysadmin problem is nothing more than a collection of smaller, more easily-overcome problems. Every problem is surmountable if you break it down into its component parts. And...

    Any programming or sysadmin problem is nothing more than a collection of smaller, more easily-overcome problems. Every problem is surmountable if you break it down into its component parts.

    And when you come across material that's "too hard", find or invent a project for yourself that incorporates that new concept. Practical application is the best learning method in programming and sysadmin (and probably other things, too).

    I know this comment is "broad strokes", but it's simple and gets me through all the learning materials and problems I come across in this area of expertise.

  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~humanities

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    Ha ha, yeah, I ninja-edited my comment as soon as I realised that it wasn't merely 4 hours ago as I'd originally wrote, but 52 hours ago, which doesn't seem anywhere near as heinous. :p That...

    Ha ha, yeah, I ninja-edited my comment as soon as I realised that it wasn't merely 4 hours ago as I'd originally wrote, but 52 hours ago, which doesn't seem anywhere near as heinous. :p

    That completion rate is disappointing, although I'm now curious as to what the median completion rate for web surveys is in general (I'm guessing ~10%, but maybe I'm being too cynical). And as for the sample size, I don't know how to address that, but I'm willing to look into it if you'd like, because I love these kinds of things too, and I wonder such random things quite often.

    It would've been great if (or, will still be great when) this survey reached more people more committed to providing complete data. I hope you don't give up on it. If there's some magic formula for exposure and QC hiding out there somewhere, it's just a case of tracking it down and implementing it to get more of that sweet, sweet data!

  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~humanities

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    I really like the idea of this and am keen to take part, but it seems to be closed already, ~52 hours after the original post was made. I should be more on the ball.

    I really like the idea of this and am keen to take part, but it seems to be closed already, ~52 hours after the original post was made. I should be more on the ball.

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  12. Comment on Now that Ubuntu 18.04.1 is out, have you upgraded from 16.04 LTS? in ~comp

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    My professional opinion is: "mayhaps". Theoretically, given Ubuntu's (and its brethren's) vast market share and hence community and development team, an Ubuntu distro will be more compatible with...

    My professional opinion is: "mayhaps".

    Theoretically, given Ubuntu's (and its brethren's) vast market share and hence community and development team, an Ubuntu distro will be more compatible with more hardware, meaning there's a greater chance that running it over Kali (or other even less common distros) will both recognise and make better use of your specific hardware's nuances and unique functionalities. At the very least, installing it (especially an LTS release) will mean you have a better chance of the correct (and stablest) drivers for your hardware and peripherals being installed right off the bat, instead of you having to go searching for (and maybe even compiling) them yourself, post-installation.

    The above statement has caveats, of course, but as a general rule of thumb, the more popular a distro is, the more compatible it is with more (especially older) hardware.

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