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  1. Comment on Mozilla goes full incubator with ‘Fix The Internet’ startup lab and early-stage investments in ~tech

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    Use an email provider that doesn't load images without you explicitly allowing it. I think even GMail has this setting.

    Use an email provider that doesn't load images without you explicitly allowing it. I think even GMail has this setting.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Stop making students use Eclipse in ~comp

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    I don't think you need an IDE to teach Java, I definitely was taught using a text editor for my first few courses, although that was 14 years ago. Most universities were teaching C++, and ours was...

    I don't think you need an IDE to teach Java, I definitely was taught using a text editor for my first few courses, although that was 14 years ago. Most universities were teaching C++, and ours was one of the first to switch their beginner curriculum to Java.

    Our professor had us use Notepad++, which didn't have any fancy linting or static analysis to tell us if there was a missing semicolon somewhere or a typo in a variable name. We definitely spent some time during the course talking about why packages need to be in the correct directory, what does public static void main even mean, and how add a library .jar to your project. None of our assignments had more than ~15 files in them, so it was pretty easy to manage without and IDE.

    We would type up some section of the code, then attempt to build it, then fix the ~100 compiler errors (the compiler was also a lot dumber back then, and would generate a ton of errors for something like an unclosed parenthesis or a missing bracket), then run that section of the code and check for correctness. At some point in the second semester we were taught how to use JUnit to check our classes without having to write test code in the Main method, but again this was all a manual process.

    Moving on from the Java courses, I remember a few highlights. We had a C++ Linux course where the professor taught us all vim, an assembly course where no IDE would have been able to help, and a statistics course where we all learned R mostly by using it as a shell. I don't think we ever used an IDE in any class until senior year when the projects started to get huge.

    Nowadays there are much better editors and tools available without having to go full Eclipse or IntelliJ. I would think VSCode would be plenty for beginner courses.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Work From Home (WFH) Thread - March 16th, 2020 in ~life

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    Biking is 100% my plan, unfortunately the weather here hasn't really been cooperative the past few weekends. Too cold and rainy for me to want to go outside and do much. I've been getting into...

    Biking is 100% my plan, unfortunately the weather here hasn't really been cooperative the past few weekends. Too cold and rainy for me to want to go outside and do much. I've been getting into Zwift this winter, though, so I'll likely be on there at least an hour every day, otherwise I'll go completely insane from sitting inside doing nothing.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What are your favorite concept albums? in ~music

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    I always liked how Iron Savior had sort of a concept discography, in that all of their albums continued the same story, but the last few albums have been a huge letdown. Their old sound seems to...

    I always liked how Iron Savior had sort of a concept discography, in that all of their albums continued the same story, but the last few albums have been a huge letdown. Their old sound seems to be gone and the songs don't really relate to the story at all.

  5. Comment on How IoT betrays us: Today, Sonos speakers. Tomorrow, Alexa and electric cars? in ~tech

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    Your 30 year old dimmer (leading edge dimmer) won't work well with LEDs. The new ones (trailing edge dimmers) have more advanced circuitry, but will do a better job of dimming modern bulbs. No...

    Your 30 year old dimmer (leading edge dimmer) won't work well with LEDs. The new ones (trailing edge dimmers) have more advanced circuitry, but will do a better job of dimming modern bulbs. No clue about that 10 year figure in the article, but it says easily, so it's probably a conservative estimate.

    The reason things don't seem to last as long as they used to is two-fold: First, we don't think about all of the unreliable junk that was made 30 years ago, it's all failed several years ago, so we only get the stories about reliable products that stood the test of time. Second, with the prevalence of computers, internet connections, and cloud services backing these devices, they can be shut off by the manufacturer whenever it's no longer advantageous to keep them running.

    The problem with Sonos (and a lot of other devices) is that they're taking a dumb thing that should last a long time (amp + speaker) and putting some cloud connected component into it. So long after the device was sold, the company is stuck paying for a cloud backend that has to keep running, and an old CPU that will almost certainly be too slow to run the latest software. Sonos is in a bad spot in that their hardware is still in good shape even 10+ years later, but the processors are simply too old to support the latest software. This is why I don't buy this type of smart device, long term support will cost the company money and they may decide at some point that it's not worth it.

    I have some "smart speakers" around my house, but they're made by plugging a chromecast audio into a nice pair of powered speakers. If Chromecast stops working, I'm not out the entire set of speakers, just a $30 component.

    Similarly with the TVs, they all have Rokus plugged into them. Roku just had a similar issue where their oldest hardware won't be able to support some Netflix updates, but when that time comes I'll replace those $50 boxes instead of the whole $500 TV.

    19 votes
  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Wow that would be a killer feature for me, who tends to spend 1 week a month traveling and using whatever random equipment the hotel gym has. Too bad it's iOS only...

    The key feature is that it builds a workout for you based on available gym equipment and previous workouts.

    Wow that would be a killer feature for me, who tends to spend 1 week a month traveling and using whatever random equipment the hotel gym has. Too bad it's iOS only...

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Our Tesla Model 3 suffered a catastrophic failure while parked in ~tech

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    From the report It sounds like what has happened to a few other people on the Tesla forums (usually while driving though). The rear motor developed a short of some sort for some reason, which blew...

    From the report

    there are issues with the rear drive unit, the pyrotechnic battery disconnect, and the 12-volt battery

    It sounds like what has happened to a few other people on the Tesla forums (usually while driving though). The rear motor developed a short of some sort for some reason, which blew the main fuse (pyrotechnic battery disconnect), meaning the 400v battery was completely disconnected. The 12v battery kept the computer, modem, screen, etc. running long enough to send that notification that the car broke. Something similar happened to this person, although they were driving at the time. They waited 2 weeks for a replacement motor after a terrible roadside assistance experience.

    A similar failure mode exists in most cars, it's called the fusible link. It's usually located on the positive battery cable and it blows if there's a short in your wiring harness somewhere that the other fuses didn't protect. In my case it blew because a squirrel decided to turn the wiring harness into his home, however I didn't get any notification on my phone that the car was dead, I was just unable to leave the next morning.

    They should definitely improve the service experience. All they have to do here is swap the rear drive unit, replace the fuse, and replace/recharge the 12v battery. None of these should be that time consuming, and these are common parts that the service centers should stock. When my old car died, I was able to call the parts department of a dealership in town to get a new fusible link and part of a wiring harness the same day. I'm pretty interested in this story, since their car is going to the same service center mine would go to if it had a problem. I'm hoping they have a better experience than the person above, who waited 2 weeks just for the parts.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Coolest Cooler, which raised $13M on Kickstarter in 2014, announces they are shutting down with about 20,000 (1/3) of their backers not having their $200 pledge fulfilled in ~tech

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    They only did about 2 million or so from Kickstarter, the rest came from their own site.

    They only did about 2 million or so from Kickstarter, the rest came from their own site.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Home brewing in ~hobbies

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    How did you do a cold brew on that scale? I made a coffee stout once and I ended up making a huge mess of my kitchen when doing the cold brew portion. I used 4 2-liter tea pitchers, and enough...

    How did you do a cold brew on that scale? I made a coffee stout once and I ended up making a huge mess of my kitchen when doing the cold brew portion. I used 4 2-liter tea pitchers, and enough coffee escaped that I had to filter the grounds again as I poured it. I would love to know how you did it and if you found a better way than me.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on I haven't owned a car in 12 years. What should I buy? in ~hobbies

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    I have a model 3 and if you can't charge at home, it's not worth it. If you have to go to the supermarket every time you want to charge and use the supercharger, you'll end up wasting a lot of...

    I have a model 3 and if you can't charge at home, it's not worth it. If you have to go to the supermarket every time you want to charge and use the supercharger, you'll end up wasting a lot of time and not saving much money over a similar gas car. Public chargers tend to cost 3x or more what your home energy rates would be, plus there are sometimes idle fees if you leave the car plugged in after it's done charging, and in some of the busier areas you sometimes have to wait for a slot to open up.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What email provider do you use? in ~tech

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    I'm with you on this one. I have about a year of credit left, and I'll be leaving if they don't have the calendar and a new mobile app out by then

    I'm with you on this one. I have about a year of credit left, and I'll be leaving if they don't have the calendar and a new mobile app out by then

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~design

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    Cars have docks, though, they're called parking spaces. And if you leave your car outside of a "dock", you will be fined or towed.

    Cars have docks, though, they're called parking spaces. And if you leave your car outside of a "dock", you will be fined or towed.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Tesla wants everyone to drive an electric car. Now it risks becoming a niche brand. in ~tech

  14. Comment on How do you configure IntelliJ Idea for the tildes project ? in ~tildes

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    So I haven't set up a dev environment for Tildes at all, but there is a vagrant plugin for IntelliJ that will handle running the code. If you want to get all of the IDE features working, you...

    So I haven't set up a dev environment for Tildes at all, but there is a vagrant plugin for IntelliJ that will handle running the code.

    If you want to get all of the IDE features working, you probably have to set up a venv outside of Vagrant though, and then do a pip install -r requirements.txt, so the IDE has something to look at when it's resolving your completions

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a touchscreen with kids games on my head in ~talk

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    They're usually garbage resistive touchscreens too, so you have to give it some force to get it to recognize your touches.

    They're usually garbage resistive touchscreens too, so you have to give it some force to get it to recognize your touches.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on “Get Off My Lawn” Goes Digital: Home surveillance apps and community social networks aren't making anyone safer. They're allowing paranoid jerks to harass their neighbors. in ~tech

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    It might not be so bad, my neighborhood's nextdoor is mostly people posting free stuff that they're putting on the curb, organizing neighborhood events, and finding lost pets. Since they expanded...

    It might not be so bad, my neighborhood's nextdoor is mostly people posting free stuff that they're putting on the curb, organizing neighborhood events, and finding lost pets.

    Since they expanded the default area you see posts from, however, I see posts from some other neighborhoods that are much more paranoid, whiny, or political

    1 vote
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~anime

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    If you haven't yet, I'd say definitely watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

    If you haven't yet, I'd say definitely watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What are some things other people dislike that you quite enjoy? in ~talk

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    Honestly I didn't like the space flight because they had the perfect place to kill off Leia and they missed it. The movie would have been exactly the same, and then they wouldn't have to do any...

    Honestly I didn't like the space flight because they had the perfect place to kill off Leia and they missed it. The movie would have been exactly the same, and then they wouldn't have to do any CGI shenanigans for the next one due to Carrie Fisher dying.

    Rose was mostly fine, she had some bad lines but it wouldn't be a Star Wars movie without some bad dialog

    2 votes
  19. Comment on FastMail loses customers, faces calls to move over anti-encryption laws in ~tech

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    Are you thinking of Tutanota? I looked into them but I'm pretty satisfied with Proton for now.

    that other Swiss one (not ProtonMail, can't remember the name right now).

    Are you thinking of Tutanota? I looked into them but I'm pretty satisfied with Proton for now.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Share Your Mastodon IDs! in ~talk

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    I'm @CedarMadness@mastondon.technology. I post on there occasionally, but I've been meaning to get on more often now that I've found some interesting people to follow.

    I'm @CedarMadness@mastondon.technology. I post on there occasionally, but I've been meaning to get on more often now that I've found some interesting people to follow.

    3 votes