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  1. Comment on The Last of Us Part II (dunkview) in ~games

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    This makes me want to buy a console. I've completely lost interest in video games lately, and my gaming laptop dying recently made it nearly impossible to play games. I still haven't played RD2,...

    This makes me want to buy a console. I've completely lost interest in video games lately, and my gaming laptop dying recently made it nearly impossible to play games. I still haven't played RD2, or Uncharted 4, or The Last of Us 1, and really feel like now is a good time to buy a console

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Four major US publishers sue Internet Archive for copyright infringement, alleging that it has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public in ~books

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    They're considered a library so they're allowed to share copyrighted content

    They're considered a library so they're allowed to share copyrighted content

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS arrives in ~tech

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    Personally every time I've tried upgrading to a new release it breaks something. Since I need my HTPC for various datahoarding endeavors I can't be dealing with hours of troubleshooting when it...

    Personally every time I've tried upgrading to a new release it breaks something. Since I need my HTPC for various datahoarding endeavors I can't be dealing with hours of troubleshooting when it inevitably breaks something. So I always wait a few months.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Hahaha, I totally know what you mean. Anytime I use a friends device without an adblocker I nearly drop the thing in disgust, I forget how disgusting and invasive advertising is. I've so...

    Hahaha, I totally know what you mean. Anytime I use a friends device without an adblocker I nearly drop the thing in disgust, I forget how disgusting and invasive advertising is. I've so thoroughly removed it from my internet experience I often forget how pervasive it is.

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  5. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I've heard about this and been meaning to do it but just never got around to it. Honestly, I leave airplane mode on 99.9% of the time so the ads don't bother me.

    I've heard about this and been meaning to do it but just never got around to it. Honestly, I leave airplane mode on 99.9% of the time so the ads don't bother me.

  6. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I keep it in Airplane mode 99.9% of the time to extend battery life as well as make the ads go away. I use my device at least an hour a day, usually 2-3 lately. With this pattern my battery lasts...

    I keep it in Airplane mode 99.9% of the time to extend battery life as well as make the ads go away. I use my device at least an hour a day, usually 2-3 lately. With this pattern my battery lasts about 10 days. If I only read for an hour before bed it lasts months.

    You can pay $15 more to get a Paperwhite with no ads on lockscreen, either at purchase or any time you have the device. They're not that intrusive so I chose to save the $15. They're black and white and are only there when you're not actually using the device, so not a big deal.

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  7. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I have a Kindle Paperwhite (more modern, E-Ink ereader) and it's far, far, far more comfortable to hold than a book. First of all, it's backlit so you don't need to be under a lamp. The fact that...

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite (more modern, E-Ink ereader) and it's far, far, far more comfortable to hold than a book. First of all, it's backlit so you don't need to be under a lamp. The fact that you don't have to hold the pages open makes it easy to hold the device at any angle with minimal effort. I read it in bed above my *face every single night. The newer models are even waterproof and even have bluetooth for audiobooks (I've never used). Plus there are multitude of features available like long-pressing on a word brings up the definition or Wikipedia article. It makes reading far more enjoyable for me.

    I've had two Kindles now, as the first one died randomly after 5 years of use. I can't imagine reading any other way, and at the risk of sounding completely millennial and ridiculous, books are so cumbersome and difficult to read. I can't stand reading paper books now.

    edit: added a word

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    You should try to navigate somewhere using only a map and compass. I was born in the early 90's so I grew up just in the beginning of handheld GPS's, so never really had to use a map besides in...

    You should try to navigate somewhere using only a map and compass. I was born in the early 90's so I grew up just in the beginning of handheld GPS's, so never really had to use a map besides in the backcountry. My dad took me on a backpacking trip and made me navigate to a specific point on the mountain using only a map and compass. It remains one of the most useful and enjoyable memories I have of being outdoors. It's genuinely challenging but fun to figure it out.

    Especially if you only take it out once you're lost, like we did. Took us hours of walking back and forth to figure out where we were :)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Phone recommendations: Pixel 2? 3a? Something else? in ~tech

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    I have the 3a and I can't recommend it enough. It's perfect.

    I have the 3a and I can't recommend it enough. It's perfect.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    it...does? I thought a trilogy was just a series of books. But now that you mention it..trio...trilogy..damn I'm dumb.

    it...does? I thought a trilogy was just a series of books. But now that you mention it..trio...trilogy..damn I'm dumb.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on A Tesla vehicle was tricked into speeding with a strip of electrical tape in ~tech

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    From the comments: That's Autopilot 1.0 from 2014, Tesla doesn't make such anymore and anyway they are 100% driver assistance only... this one uses MobilEye image recognition that can recognize...

    From the comments: That's Autopilot 1.0 from 2014, Tesla doesn't make such anymore and anyway they are 100% driver assistance only... this one uses MobilEye image recognition that can recognize traffic signs while current AP uses the Tesla-only solution which can't recognize traffic signs.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I don't understand what those Dummy HDMI plugs do, could you explain?

    I don't understand what those Dummy HDMI plugs do, could you explain?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale in ~comp

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    I think it's impossible for any company with tens of thousands of employees and millions of lines of code to not mess up every now and then, mistakes will happen when there are so many people...

    I think it's impossible for any company with tens of thousands of employees and millions of lines of code to not mess up every now and then, mistakes will happen when there are so many people involved.

    It does seem like Microsoft is particularly inept, though

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Do you speak any Croatian? I think everybody should learn a foreign language, it's incredibly challenging but feels so rewarding once you get proficient. Good for your brain!

    Do you speak any Croatian?

    I think everybody should learn a foreign language, it's incredibly challenging but feels so rewarding once you get proficient. Good for your brain!

    3 votes
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  17. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hah, very true. I looked like a cartoon character after having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed, my whole lower half of my face was like I swollen* a baseball. It was pretty terrible, and they...

    Hah, very true. I looked like a cartoon character after having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed, my whole lower half of my face was like I swollen* a baseball. It was pretty terrible, and they didn't give me any painkillers.

    **edited for spelling

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  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Why didn't they do all of them at the same time?

    Why didn't they do all of them at the same time?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    That's super exciting! I remember how happy I was when I moved states to be with my girlfriend. How exciting it was to go to the store to buy our first furniture, go grocery shopping for the first...

    That's super exciting! I remember how happy I was when I moved states to be with my girlfriend. How exciting it was to go to the store to buy our first furniture, go grocery shopping for the first time.

    I think moving states, better yet regions, to an unfamiliar place is a trial that everyone should experience at least once in their life. When I turned 18, I moved with a friend to the opposite end of the state, away from my family and friends to start a new life. It was terrifying, it was lonely, it was rough. But I learned so much about myself and the world.

    It blows my mind the amount of people who are OK with living where they grew up. I know way too many people who have never even left their hometown!

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I went snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe. Living in Reno has really forced me to be more outdoorsy, there is truly an overabundance of gorgeous nature only 20 minutes drive from where I live. While the...

    I went snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe. Living in Reno has really forced me to be more outdoorsy, there is truly an overabundance of gorgeous nature only 20 minutes drive from where I live. While the city itself might not be my favorite, living so close to Tahoe is lovely.

    I'd never been snowshoeing before moving here years ago, and now it's definitely one of my favorite activities. There is something so exhilarating about walking on top of fresh snow, completely silent while you marvel at the pine trees and breathe the fresh mountain air.

    6 votes