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  1. Comment on How CoComelon captures our children’s attention in ~life

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    Elinor Wonders Why is also pretty great for young kids, exploring why/how animals and other things in nature have certain traits.

    PBS shows are fantastic options, and free (in USA). Daniel Tiger in particular is great for younger kids.

    Elinor Wonders Why is also pretty great for young kids, exploring why/how animals and other things in nature have certain traits.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Raspberry Pi is now a public company in ~tech

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    It is unlikely that they are going to go off a cliff in quality immediately. I assume it will be a slow burn of slight quality decreases to save on cost over the course of years.

    It is unlikely that they are going to go off a cliff in quality immediately. I assume it will be a slow burn of slight quality decreases to save on cost over the course of years.

    20 votes
  3. Comment on Elon Musk threatens to ban iPhones and MacBooks at his companies after Apple announces OpenAI partnership in ~tech

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    One of the only things he's said that I agree with him on. Of course, the same can be said for every other application you have installed (including Twitter).

    Apple has no clue what's actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI

    One of the only things he's said that I agree with him on. Of course, the same can be said for every other application you have installed (including Twitter).

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

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    Spelunky 2 This game isn't new at all, but it is a game I picked up a while back and never gave a fair shake. This game is amazing. The chain reactions that can happen are completely absurd. The...

    Spelunky 2

    This game isn't new at all, but it is a game I picked up a while back and never gave a fair shake.

    This game is amazing.

    The chain reactions that can happen are completely absurd. The platforming is great. The tools are all really cool. There are secrets upon secrets upon secrets.

    The usual problems with procedural generation are there, with some levels having nearly impossible extras to obtain, but the goal of "go from entrance to exit" is usually pretty good.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on DeGoogling 2024: Replacing Photos, Gmail, and Search in ~tech

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    Waze has been owned by Google for over a decade now. Waze isn't de-googling, it is just an illusion of choice. I have heard good things about OsmAnd but I haven't tried it for more than local...

    Waze has been owned by Google for over a decade now. Waze isn't de-googling, it is just an illusion of choice.

    I have heard good things about OsmAnd but I haven't tried it for more than local stuff yet.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on The latest AI use cases appear to be built specifically for managers and executives, and literally nobody else in ~tech

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    I find this whole idea absolutely hilarious: The person that has this end goal thinks this will make them 5x as productive when in reality it would just mean that their job is no longer required...

    I find this whole idea absolutely hilarious:

    Essentially, he is describing a future in which he is handing off some managerial duties to AI bots, so he can be in five meetings at once, with the idea that it will supercharge his productivity and ensure that teams will continue to be able to function even though he is not able to be on every single call.

    The person that has this end goal thinks this will make them 5x as productive when in reality it would just mean that their job is no longer required (for whatever definition of "required" exists for someone that is spread so thin that they don't have any real context for their current decisions).

    48 votes
  7. Comment on Watch a six-axis motor solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than a third of a second in ~tech

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    I suspect that this part of the equation is kind of irrelevant. Those servos are fast, but they are so much slower than a computer solving the cube.

    So this is cool just because, but the thing that's been bugging me about it is that I can't seem to find out if the robot is allowed to 'look' at the cube ahead of time.

    I suspect that this part of the equation is kind of irrelevant. Those servos are fast, but they are so much slower than a computer solving the cube.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Electric cars are suddenly becoming affordable in ~transport

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    I don’t expect that anyone would give you crap for not having a place to charge it. That is the first step in "Is an EV a practical choice for me?"

    I don’t expect that anyone would give you crap for not having a place to charge it. That is the first step in "Is an EV a practical choice for me?"

    19 votes
  9. Comment on US sues Hyundai for child labor in Alabama in ~transport

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    It is also very possible that the opposite is true. There is a pretty significant portion of the US population that genuinely believe that it would be better for some kids to begin working early...

    I’d bet money there was some poor state worker out there who knew exactly what was going on and didn’t agree with it

    It is also very possible that the opposite is true. There is a pretty significant portion of the US population that genuinely believe that it would be better for some kids to begin working early and the combination of education and child labor laws hinder progress.

    This thought process is lampooned by Parks and Rec with Ron Swanson bragging that he was supervisor of a production line at 15, but there are very real people that idealize this concept. I have talked to some people that think kids could become experts in their business and work their way up the ladder early and understand the business well enough to innovate somehow by the time other kids are getting out of school. Others just don't think that the government should be setting rules on how to parent.

    It is extremely possible that there was a state employee that knew about this and hid it or was otherwise just indifferent to it.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on What video games have had you taking real-life notes? in ~games

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    Book of Hours is the only one that I have used a notebook on (at least beyond the old school password system for saving). The entire game is based on you being a librarian trying to archive books...

    Book of Hours is the only one that I have used a notebook on (at least beyond the old school password system for saving).

    The entire game is based on you being a librarian trying to archive books in an old mansion filled with eldritch and arcane items. There are entirely too many things to keep track of in your head (or at least my head). Between shuffling items around the game to group them and a notebook in real life keeping track of some of the storylines and important places in the game, I was able to keep some semblance of a system going.

    I highly recommend playing it. The game was very fun and relaxing. I did not finish it, but through no fault of the game itself.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on No wrong doors in ~life

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    I like this approach and have found myself in some jobs doing something like the last paragraph, where I include myself, the asker, and the person that I believe responsible in an...

    I like this approach and have found myself in some jobs doing something like the last paragraph, where I include myself, the asker, and the person that I believe responsible in an Email/Slack/Teams/whatever chain so that we can get something resolved quickly.

    This methodology requires the business (read: management) to trust that their workers are trying to be generally good employees. In my experience, people tend to not suck about this and are happy to help as long as they are not disincentivized to do so, even if there is no direct incentive. Unfortunately, helping out a different team on some random issue that doesn't affect your deliverables is often penalized.

    As with almost all problems regarding employee behavior, there is a severe mismatch between the reality of running a business and the things that are able to be easily monitored, tracked, and put on dashboards for the people two levels above you. Any time working on something that doesn't have a dashboard query attached to it is considered a waste of time. The technical sector is turning into just another production center. You can't pull someone off the factory floor at random because their job is monitored by a hundred different systems making sure that throughput stays at appropriate levels, and technical work is slowly moving that direction.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on The Slack controversy has opened a whole new can of worms in ~tech

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    I think that using user data is wrong, but I also agree that you shouldn't try to hold Slack (or any other company) to any higher standards than any other company. Tech companies exist to turn...

    They say, "So what, others like Microsoft and Google and Apple do this all the time with your and my data?". Do you agree with this line of thinking?

    I think that using user data is wrong, but I also agree that you shouldn't try to hold Slack (or any other company) to any higher standards than any other company.

    Tech companies exist to turn users into money by any means legally allowed. Call the companies out if they step over the "legally" line. Call the lawmakers out if the companies are just doing something you consider unethical.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    According to the article Some perspective, but it doesn't contain much context.

    According to the article

    That said, according to the Hollywood Reporter story, insiders at Amazon claimed a 50 percent completion rate would be viewed as a “solid but not spectacular result” for an original.

    Some perspective, but it doesn't contain much context.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    This seems more like a reason to not adapt this source material to film than to try and make it knowing that you can't do it justice.

    I think it's really important to remember that the things that happen in the source material for the Rings of Power are supposed to happen over a period of hundreds / thousands of years, and it is nigh impossible to make a show appeal to people when it's set on that time scale.

    This seems more like a reason to not adapt this source material to film than to try and make it knowing that you can't do it justice.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on A scam obituary site in ~life

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    I am vaguely involved in getting flowers for employees/ex-employees when deaths happen at my current company. Even if the funeral home doesn't offer services, getting flowers to funeral homes from...

    I am vaguely involved in getting flowers for employees/ex-employees when deaths happen at my current company. Even if the funeral home doesn't offer services, getting flowers to funeral homes from public orders is very much a service that every flower shop offers. If local flower shops don't have public order systems, there are several services that operate that will figure out how to get flowers ordered or delivered for an upcharge.

    It would be pretty easy to get hold of one of the big flower services and hook into their ordering system. It seems like adding about half a dozen too many middlemen to the equation to me, or at least used to. When you see the use case of a large company that needs to order flowers every week or two to any of hundreds of funeral homes and getting flowers from any of hundreds of florists, it makes sense to spend an extra $25 and not waste more time on it.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on A scam obituary site in ~life

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    While I have no doubt that you are correct that the site scrapes "real" obituary sites and republishes the information, I am curious why you think that flower orders and such would not be...

    While I have no doubt that you are correct that the site scrapes "real" obituary sites and republishes the information, I am curious why you think that flower orders and such would not be fulfilled.

    Given that the funeral information is likely quite easy to get hold of, and people "drop shipping" flowers to funerals being an extremely common practice, it seems like it would be a much better business strategy to just plug into both ends "legitimately" and actually get orders placed.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Is Nebula worth it? in ~tech

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    The prevailing opinion in this thread is definitely agreeing with you, where people are more interested in supporting the idea/creators than seeing a lot of value.

    I'm going to go against the prevailing opinion here and say no, it isn't.

    The prevailing opinion in this thread is definitely agreeing with you, where people are more interested in supporting the idea/creators than seeing a lot of value.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Is Nebula worth it? in ~tech

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    I am subscribed, but I don't watch it as much as I would like. Honestly, I get annoyed at the site when I load it up. I was hoping that it would be a place where I could see less of the clickbaity...

    I am subscribed, but I don't watch it as much as I would like.

    Honestly, I get annoyed at the site when I load it up. I was hoping that it would be a place where I could see less of the clickbaity crap that ends up on YouTube. It is absolutely filled with channels that post the exact same video and thumbnail to both places.

    Worst of all, I can't even just block the channels from showing up. When I see a particularly annoying thumbnail on YouTube, I can use the built in function to never show me anything by that channel again. I use that feature a lot. When I open Nebula right now, I am met with a picture of a Gatorade bottle pointed at a slab of meat. I would block that thumbnail and channel immediately if they had a button. Slightly further, I see a bunch of videos with titles like "A TOTALLY normal day in the NAVY" and "72hrs aboard an ACTIVE NAVY SHIP" and I have absolutely no desire to see a video creator that feels the need to scream in the title regularly, but I can't just block that either.

    Just below that there is another link to the exact same video creator under a "channels you might have missed" header. There is no way to tell the system that I didn't miss them, I actively avoided them.

    Overall the videos on the site are pretty good and absolutely worth the $5 a month. I am mostly paying for the principle rather than the value though. Increasing the feature set would go a long way in getting me to use it more regularly.

    18 votes
  19. Comment on Recipes for chicken thighs in ~food

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    If your family isn't a fan of whole thighs, you probably want to try chopping them up into much smaller pieces. One of my personal favorites is Thai Basil Chicken - linking to Food Wishes because...

    If your family isn't a fan of whole thighs, you probably want to try chopping them up into much smaller pieces.

    One of my personal favorites is Thai Basil Chicken - linking to Food Wishes because I'm generally a fan of Chef John though I can't say that I follow this specific recipe.

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Musi’s free music streaming app is a hit with thrifty teens. The app claims to tap content on YouTube, but some in the music industry question the legitimacy of that model. in ~music

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    It is only as unethical as it is to throw away junk mail when getting your mail from your mailbox. If they decide to make only authorized clients able to watch video, I will stop using the...

    Until that point, I think it's unethical not to compensate them for their work.

    It is only as unethical as it is to throw away junk mail when getting your mail from your mailbox.

    If they decide to make only authorized clients able to watch video, I will stop using the service. Until then, I will take the bundle of data they hand me and take the relevant parts that I care about in exactly the same way that I take out the relevant mail from my mailbox and pitch the rest.

    9 votes