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

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    Lichess is great :). You'll definitely get better at puzzles over time. At first you won't understand why the solution is the solution, but if you try to really think about what makes it better...

    Lichess is great :).

    You'll definitely get better at puzzles over time. At first you won't understand why the solution is the solution, but if you try to really think about what makes it better than your initial guess the puzzles will really start clicking. Not that I'm great at them either, mind you.

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

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    I couldn't really play Black Mesa. It's obviously very well made, and it's really cool that it even exists... But I can't help but feel like part of the charm of Half Life is what it did with the...

    I couldn't really play Black Mesa. It's obviously very well made, and it's really cool that it even exists... But I can't help but feel like part of the charm of Half Life is what it did with the constraints it had in 1998. Seeing it re-imagined is cool, but for me it really loses something when you take it out of its original context. I feel like the history is an important aspect to it.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    What helped you overcome your hurdle with reading?

    What helped you overcome your hurdle with reading?

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Self hosting email at home? in ~comp

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    OpenSMTPD is the real answer :).

    OpenSMTPD is the real answer :).

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  5. Comment on Self hosting email at home? in ~comp

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    It's very doable to host your own e-mail, but in fairness it's a lot more complicated than even the average technical person might assume at first glance. I assume most people come into it...

    It's very doable to host your own e-mail, but in fairness it's a lot more complicated than even the average technical person might assume at first glance. I assume most people come into it thinking "I just run a daemon on my server, and maybe it talks to a database", but the setup is usually more complicated.

    E-mail is not just one protocol, and you generally have to run multiple services that all connect to each other in different ways to get SMTP / IMAP / POP / DKIM / spam filtering all working in harmony. You might have postfix for SMTP, dovecot for IMAP / POP, another service like dkimproxy for DKIM, another service for spam assassin, and you might even have something like clamav for virus scanning. On top of that you'll need to set up a database for many of these services to connect to. That's 6 different things that need to be configured to talk to each other nicely, and on top of that you'll also have to set up appropriate DNS records for SPF / DKIM / DMARC. All of these things can go wrong, and if you don't really know what you're doing it can be hard to debug which piece of what is broken! Especially when sometimes it's just that some other mail server decides to bin your messages, and you have no idea if that's even happening.

    So, it's not impossible to set up your own e-mail... In some sense it's not even that hard... But I think people often end up biting off more than they can chew with it, and it's particularly dangerous if they're trying to use it for anything mission critical. The time investment to understand all of these components and how they interact is generally not worth it for people, and I think the warnings about setting up your own mail server as a result are totally justified. Can still totally be worth doing if you're interested in it, but generally the benefits for people are quite small when e-mail services are so cheap.

    In contrast, I would have thought that setting up an XMPP server for instant messaging would be more complicated, but it's pretty much a breeze to set up something like prosody because it more or less just has one moving part.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Self hosting email at home? in ~comp

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    If you are going to host your own e-mail you should make sure to look into SPF, DMARC, DKIM, and setting up reverse DNS. These things should help prevent you from being classified as spam. I don't...

    If you are going to host your own e-mail you should make sure to look into SPF, DMARC, DKIM, and setting up reverse DNS. These things should help prevent you from being classified as spam. I don't know anything about kubernetes, though, so I can't say anything about that.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    I have to agree. I get that people like meat and all, but it's just a bad trade from an economic perspective, an ethical perspective, and an environmental perspective. It's just not that good....

    I have to agree. I get that people like meat and all, but it's just a bad trade from an economic perspective, an ethical perspective, and an environmental perspective. It's just not that good. It's what you're used to, and it's hard to change / admit that you've been doing something that's pretty much unquestionably wrong, especially when public opinion is (for now) on your side... But yeah. It just doesn't seem at all worth it to me when it's such a marginal comfort at such a high cost.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’—‘Give people back their goddamn freedom.’ in ~health.coronavirus

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    I really don't think it's fair to say that public transportation isn't looking so great? Of course there's some disadvantages over having a personal car, and relatively rare situations like a...

    I really don't think it's fair to say that public transportation isn't looking so great? Of course there's some disadvantages over having a personal car, and relatively rare situations like a pandemic can make public transit less than ideal... But it seems like you can have your public transit cake and eat it too? South Korea is much more heavily dependent on public transportation than the US is, and they seem to be doing quite well. Given an appropriate response, public transportation may be a non-issue.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What do I need to know about switching to a vegetarian diet? in ~health

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    For sure! Just make sure you pay a little attention because nutritional yeast doesn't actually have B-12. It's almost always fortified with it, though. But it IS great on popcorn and worth knowing...

    For sure! Just make sure you pay a little attention because nutritional yeast doesn't actually have B-12. It's almost always fortified with it, though.

    But it IS great on popcorn and worth knowing about. Another great thing you might otherwise be unaware of is TVP -- it's a good "ground beef" substitute and ridiculously cheap.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What do I need to know about switching to a vegetarian diet? in ~health

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    The only thing you really need to worry about is B12 --- there aren't really plant based sources of it (it comes from bacteria). Pills are really cheap and easy, though! I think you can even take...

    The only thing you really need to worry about is B12 --- there aren't really plant based sources of it (it comes from bacteria). Pills are really cheap and easy, though! I think you can even take them weekly, depending on dosage. You might be okay if you eat eggs and dairy, but it's good to be safe.

    Other than that as long as you're actually eating food, you're good to go. Maybe make sure you look up some nice vegetarian meals (don't just look for substitutes --- they can be good, but there's also lots of foods that don't have meat to begin with and stand on their own), and also be aware that you might be eating more fiber than previously, and might need to drink more to compensate.

    But really, it's pretty hard to die :).

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Shit, An implementation of git in (almost) pure POSIX shell in ~comp

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    I'm all for programming random things as art and exercise, but sometimes I see something and go "that's rad, but maaaaybe a little too far."

    I'm all for programming random things as art and exercise, but sometimes I see something and go "that's rad, but maaaaybe a little too far."

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    I feel like this depends on your interpretation of the question. Materially it's quite cheap, but if you factor in the time and effort to produce software it's really incredibly expensive to...

    I feel like this depends on your interpretation of the question. Materially it's quite cheap, but if you factor in the time and effort to produce software it's really incredibly expensive to produce.

    If the idea is "what's something that I can make instead of buy to save money" then I think you would really be doing yourself a disservice if you had to, say, build a video game from scratch instead of just buying it. It might take you hundreds of hours (or more) depending on the complexity of the game (especially if you have to build everything from the ground up). Even if you're paid minimum wage it's maybe 10 hours of work to be able to afford to just buy the game --- you get to take advantage of massive economies of scale here, it's really cheap to duplicate a game... But some games can cost millions of dollars to actually produce. I bet it's actually really hard to find software that would be cheaper to recreate for yourself.

    Whereas, like, hummus takes minimal time to make and is way cheaper than buying the finished product.

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  13. Comment on What git commands do you use frequently that you think more people should use? in ~comp

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    Can I just say magit?

    Can I just say magit?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    I moved from Canada to Philly relatively recently, and I have to admit it's actually been quite a culture shock. There's very few homeless people where I'm from, and the homeless people in Philly...

    I'm a little surprised at some of the projects listed here and the places of privilege they come from. Are there just no homeless people in some parts of the world? Are there no problems with hunger? Healthcare?

    I moved from Canada to Philly relatively recently, and I have to admit it's actually been quite a culture shock. There's very few homeless people where I'm from, and the homeless people in Philly are certainly in much more dire straights... It's really sad to see, and I really hope this country can pull itself up by its bootstraps and fix some of these problems. I think a good chunk of this does stem from the healthcare problems here, and while it's not perfect in Canada it's... essentially a non-issue (at least in comparison). There's also a lot of things that people seem to think are normal here that are very abnormal where I'm from, and many of these seem to be symptoms / responses to inequality issues, lack of healthcare, etc... You're certainly aware of this in Canada, but you don't really appreciate the scale or desperation of it all in other places.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    Public transit And cycling infrastructure...

    Public transit

    And cycling infrastructure...

    1 vote
  16. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    I generally write them by hand because having a computer in class is a big distraction... I prefer typing, and am faster at LaTeXing my notes than I am at writing them, but it just doesn't work...

    I generally write them by hand because having a computer in class is a big distraction... I prefer typing, and am faster at LaTeXing my notes than I am at writing them, but it just doesn't work for me. Sometimes I do decide to type them for one reason or the other, in which case org-mode has served me well.

    However, after that point I have had some success in summarizing my notes in org-mode and making flash cards with them in org-drill. I'm not sure how useful this is overall, but it's kind of fun.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    Type Driven Development in Idris is an excellent book. In some sense I consider it to be the best book for learning Haskell too :P.

    Type Driven Development in Idris is an excellent book. In some sense I consider it to be the best book for learning Haskell too :P.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    That's fair, and I will use it for similar things... But I guess often I find having a quake-style terminal works better for hoping back and forth with these kind of things.

    That's fair, and I will use it for similar things... But I guess often I find having a quake-style terminal works better for hoping back and forth with these kind of things.

  19. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    I'd love to hear more about how you use eshell. I'm a pretty avid emacs user, but I'm still not happy with using shells in emacs. There's a few disadvantages to eshell, and I've never found much...

    I'd love to hear more about how you use eshell. I'm a pretty avid emacs user, but I'm still not happy with using shells in emacs. There's a few disadvantages to eshell, and I've never found much advantage. It's nice to be able to lisp in it, and tramp support is cute (not much of a tramp user myself), but then I find I can't pipe or redirect things and I'm back to opening a standalone terminal emulator.

    How does eshell help you?

  20. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    Bastion is amazing, but I think it was really well appreciated, no?

    Bastion is amazing, but I think it was really well appreciated, no?

    6 votes