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  1. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    Yeah that's the one. Luckily I don't have any allergy to it but pulling it out is still unpleasant.

    Yeah that's the one. Luckily I don't have any allergy to it but pulling it out is still unpleasant.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    Ripping out loads of ivy, I've got several borders where the plants are being overwhelmed. There's ivy in the rear of the garden which is fine as it's nice for the bees/wildlife but elsewhere it's...

    Ripping out loads of ivy, I've got several borders where the plants are being overwhelmed. There's ivy in the rear of the garden which is fine as it's nice for the bees/wildlife but elsewhere it's difficult to manage.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The climate crisis is worse than you can imagine. Here’s what happens if you try. in ~enviro

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    It's interesting how his children were influenced by his actions. Particularly the older son being disengaged and uninterested in the future. Being aware of problems is good, contributing to...

    It's interesting how his children were influenced by his actions. Particularly the older son being disengaged and uninterested in the future.

    Being aware of problems is good, contributing to solving them even better. But letting them overwhelm you isn't helpful (easier said than done) because it ends up limiting your ability help and will often damage relationships in the process.

    I tend to think loss of privacy/increased state surveillance is a similar type of problem to climate change. Worldwide but background, tricky definition, social & technical solutions needed, long term.

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

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    It's a great game, I love the soundtrack and world designs. A game based on exploration and gathering of knowledge without blasting everything in sight is a pleasant change.

    It's a great game, I love the soundtrack and world designs.

    A game based on exploration and gathering of knowledge without blasting everything in sight is a pleasant change.

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

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    I saw Oxenfree mentioned here and decided to try it out. Fun game so far, simple but really weird in places, I like the way the dialogue choices work.

    I saw Oxenfree mentioned here and decided to try it out. Fun game so far, simple but really weird in places, I like the way the dialogue choices work.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Any fans of regular non-smart watches? in ~talk

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    I have a cheap Timex analogue watch. Really simple, no date or any other features. My motivation was that I spend too much time on my phone so why not reduce the number of times I have to look at...

    I have a cheap Timex analogue watch. Really simple, no date or any other features. My motivation was that I spend too much time on my phone so why not reduce the number of times I have to look at it during the day.

    One big improvement from my past watches is that it has a leather strap rather than metal links. Much better if you have hairy wrists like me.

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

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    This is my favourite Final Fantasy and probably in my top 4 games all time. I first played it when I was 12 and still have fond memories of the story. Explore as much as possible and don't rush...

    This is my favourite Final Fantasy and probably in my top 4 games all time. I first played it when I was 12 and still have fond memories of the story. Explore as much as possible and don't rush through the main story.

  8. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    Can you post the instructions? It sounds like you did a good job if 140/180 people had no problems upgrading. Maybe it's a problem with visibility like others have said.

    Can you post the instructions?

    It sounds like you did a good job if 140/180 people had no problems upgrading. Maybe it's a problem with visibility like others have said.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How do you stay productive and stay focused? in ~life

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    There was an interesting video related to this subject I rewatched recently (kind of funny sending YouTube links to someone trying to be productive). https://youtu.be/gnSBnQo9-UM I recommend...

    There was an interesting video related to this subject I rewatched recently (kind of funny sending YouTube links to someone trying to be productive).

    https://youtu.be/gnSBnQo9-UM

    I recommend watching it (5mins long). Without knowing more about your situation it's hard to offer concrete advice, try lots of different approaches imo.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Dear user in ~tech

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    The author sounds very cynical about open source users but we don't know their experiences so difficult to comment on that. What I think is more interesting how people view free open source...

    The author sounds very cynical about open source users but we don't know their experiences so difficult to comment on that.

    What I think is more interesting how people view free open source interactions.

    Personal
    Not really as we almost never know who uses our software and are unlikely to ever meet in person.

    Charity
    Helping the needy, poor or humanity in general, maybe in a few cases but rarely imo. I'd be interested to see some examples though.

    Commercial
    The "free" part voids this interpretation. But I think we're so used to commercial interactions in our everyday life that it becomes very difficult to view things from a non monetary point of view when we use something built by another person.

    Software is fairly unique in that we can distribute many additional copies no extra cost. Maybe this means we have to adopt new patterns of interaction and discourse.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    It's quiet in the UK, when I went running yesterday the park was mostly empty and people who were there seemed to be following the rules. Unfortunately last night I started feeling feverish with...

    It's quiet in the UK, when I went running yesterday the park was mostly empty and people who were there seemed to be following the rules.

    Unfortunately last night I started feeling feverish with aches and pains plus a mild cough. This morning my fever seems to have burnt itself out and overall I'm feeling better. The one consolation is I've had contact with hardly anyone the last few days so hopefully no transmission has occurred.

    Time to find some things to do round the house for the next week.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    I really loved the original game and subsequent reboot. The colours were really beautiful to look at and movement was a joy, I might actually dig it out again to play.

    I really loved the original game and subsequent reboot. The colours were really beautiful to look at and movement was a joy, I might actually dig it out again to play.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yup it's not any one thing, more the combination of panicky actions across society.

    Yup it's not any one thing, more the combination of panicky actions across society.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Mmmm I feel you right now. My 90 year old Grandma goes shopping once a fortnight and when she got there yesterday many standard items were gone due to panic buying (I've given her a few bits to...

    Mmmm I feel you right now. My 90 year old Grandma goes shopping once a fortnight and when she got there yesterday many standard items were gone due to panic buying (I've given her a few bits to get by for now). Very frustrating that vulnerable people are the most impacted by irrational behaviour.

    Panic is just as dangerous as the virus. I find meditation helps me relax and take stock of the situation.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Mitigating content marketing in ~tech

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    Hey I know this is a bit late but would you be able to give me an invite?

    Hey I know this is a bit late but would you be able to give me an invite?

  16. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

  17. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Well done, any particular language you're looking to work in?

    Well done, any particular language you're looking to work in?

    2 votes
  18. What are you grateful for?

    Name some things in your life that you're grateful for, we need more happiness in the world! I'll go first. My incredibly lovely girlfriend. Chocolate cake. Central heating! Neck pillows.

    15 votes
  19. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Lots of Phil Collins, especially in the morning when getting ready for work.

    Lots of Phil Collins, especially in the morning when getting ready for work.