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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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    Just booted up Stellaris again. Every time it gets a major release, I try another campaign or two. I love how it feels like there's so much content left to discover... whether it's text quests or...

    Just booted up Stellaris again. Every time it gets a major release, I try another campaign or two. I love how it feels like there's so much content left to discover... whether it's text quests or fleet strategies or interesting artifacts...

    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 haven't got past the Gonarch fight yet, but totally agree. Xen's beauty blew me away when it first loaded. They put so much care into it. There's so many really alien pockets of really...

    I haven't got past the Gonarch fight yet, but totally agree. Xen's beauty blew me away when it first loaded. They put so much care into it. There's so many really alien pockets of really interesting intrigue. I adore the part with the zombified HEV scientists in the research base; it was so unexpected and different from the rest of the Xen ambiance... and then there's the water segments and the weird plant things... I'm so happy to see it come to fruition, just as Half Life is in the spot light again with Alyx's imminent releases.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit has become the gospel of personal finance in ~finance

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    Huh. Now that I think about it, most of my personal finance reading happens on /r/personalfinance... it's just so much more authentic to read stories from various people, instead of a step-by-step...

    Huh. Now that I think about it, most of my personal finance reading happens on /r/personalfinance... it's just so much more authentic to read stories from various people, instead of a step-by-step book. Hearing the voices from both people who've lost it all as well as those that just inherited huge sums or got a big raise is kinda educational about the day-to-day life of others. Probably not the most accurate advice, but it's a neat aggregator of experiences.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on The laptop market is in an atrocious state in ~tech

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    The S10e seems really good in the Android side of things. Expandable storage, headphone jack, OLED display, IP68, edge-to-edge display, wireless charging, & decent price point compared to other...

    The S10e seems really good in the Android side of things. Expandable storage, headphone jack, OLED display, IP68, edge-to-edge display, wireless charging, & decent price point compared to other flagships. You'll have to deal with the Samsung skin over everything, but the nice thing about Android is the freedom to cut a lot of that out.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Is Catalina a good upgrade yet? in ~tech

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    I'll hang on to Safari 12 and "legacy" extensions like uBlock Origin for as long as I can.

    I'll hang on to Safari 12 and "legacy" extensions like uBlock Origin for as long as I can.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    Separation is good, right? Because a monolithic site is the exact problem that has left us with YouTube. We're already paying YouTube with our privacy and watching advertisements... these smaller...

    Separation is good, right? Because a monolithic site is the exact problem that has left us with YouTube. We're already paying YouTube with our privacy and watching advertisements... these smaller sites are just a different payment method. And if one breaks down, then it's not nearly as big a "loss" as if YouTube were to go.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Sonos's “recycle mode” intentionally bricks devices so they can't be reused in ~tech

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    True. But I would guess (no real evidence) that people who buy smart speakers are probably more likely to prefer staying up-to-date with the latest tech. I would bet that, for example, if/when...

    True. But I would guess (no real evidence) that people who buy smart speakers are probably more likely to prefer staying up-to-date with the latest tech. I would bet that, for example, if/when HomePod 2 comes out, there's going to be a ton of used original HomePods for sale as the Apple fans upgrade.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Sonos's “recycle mode” intentionally bricks devices so they can't be reused in ~tech

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    That's... bananas. The used market is often a selling point of a manufacturer's products. Apple products have great resale value; Swappa and eBay has tons of used devices being sold constantly....

    That's... bananas.

    The used market is often a selling point of a manufacturer's products. Apple products have great resale value; Swappa and eBay has tons of used devices being sold constantly. iPhones users actively enjoy this, because they can sell off their old device for a nice percentage, or choose from a huge variety of well-cared-for products.

    Meanwhile Sonos over here intentionally bricking their own devices lmao

    Are changes in the smart speaker market really affecting them so much, that they're desperately pushing people to buy new?

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Halo Master Chief Collection PC release confirmed, Halo Reach coming to Halo MCC in ~games

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    off-topic: interesting how your comment brought this post back to my homepage despite being posted in March.

    off-topic: interesting how your comment brought this post back to my homepage despite being posted in March.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What do you gift a couch host? in ~talk

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    We recently had an uncle visit us and he offered to fix our faucet. He's great.

    We recently had an uncle visit us and he offered to fix our faucet. He's great.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    iPhone 6s+. It's jailbroken on 12.4. I don't think I could use Android long-term; Apple's pulled me (willingly) deep into their ecosystem. I feel like the 6s lineup (+ SE) is a perfect place in...

    iPhone 6s+. It's jailbroken on 12.4. I don't think I could use Android long-term; Apple's pulled me (willingly) deep into their ecosystem.

    I feel like the 6s lineup (+ SE) is a perfect place in Apple history. It fixed the bend issues with the previous design, it keeps the headphone jack unlike the 7, it's got the 2nd gen Touch ID that the 6 missed out on, the haptic engine is great (sorry SE), no fragile glass back, it's still supported by iOS updates...

    I'll probably grab the 2020 iPhone if it has the hard bezels that are rumored plus USB-C. But maybe I'll stay with this one. Jailbreaking added nearly everything I was missing: YouTube in the background, fixed volume HUD, downgrade apps, etc. FaceID seems cool and a better camera would be nice, but it's not enough to force me away.

  12. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

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    I feel like I'm reading a fake alternate-universe article. Windows 11? What!? There's no Windows 11. Microsoft has explicitly stated 10 is the endless version of windows. That's like asking Apple...

    I feel like I'm reading a fake alternate-universe article. Windows 11? What!? There's no Windows 11. Microsoft has explicitly stated 10 is the endless version of windows. That's like asking Apple for OSXI... an entire-OS refresh doesn't make sense any more. Regardless of what marketing buzzwords make you think, "rebuilt from the ground-up" is a waste of time in today's industry.

    Edit: I saw this in the Hacker News thread on this same article:

    I'll start taking these delusional ravings remotely seriously when authors try to analyze what it would be like to implement the driver stack, the graphics stack, the security model etc. on top of a different kernel, and demonstrate that it would change anything for the best. And not just throw away compatibility with twenty years of accumulated software and hardware.
    So far it's only “MS did a Linux-to-Win layer with questionable performance, it means they could totally do the opposite with negligible loss while keeping drivers for millions of device models working! And compatibility with software that hooks at every point in the Windows APIs! See, Wine does a small portion of that just fiiiine after the twenty six years of development.”

    11 votes
  13. Comment on Would it be bad to mount a macbook pro upside down on a VESA tray? in ~comp

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    Maybe I'm ignorant to your use-case or budget here, but why not just get a Mac Mini? You can spec them out pretty decent, they're actually intended for what you've got set up, they've got better...

    Maybe I'm ignorant to your use-case or budget here, but why not just get a Mac Mini? You can spec them out pretty decent, they're actually intended for what you've got set up, they've got better thermals than the any MacBook, more ports...

    Unless you're going to "undock" the MacBook every now and then? Otherwise I would just sell it and upgrade to a Mini.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Some obscure C features in ~comp

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    I was expecting a lot of bitwise operator magic. Never seen for loops in a switch statements; that's kinda neat. But this: hahahaha I love it.

    I was expecting a lot of bitwise operator magic.

    Never seen for loops in a switch statements; that's kinda neat.

    But this:

    You can thus write some absolute madness such as 41[yourarray + 1].

    hahahaha I love it.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

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    Yeah it's probably psychosomatic. But that's why I think the episode came off poorly to me. I'm worried that more people will hear about the phenomenon and develop their own "MCS". Legitimizing...

    Yeah it's probably psychosomatic. But that's why I think the episode came off poorly to me. I'm worried that more people will hear about the phenomenon and develop their own "MCS". Legitimizing the condition and spreading awareness about it could do more harm than good. We're so good at convincing ourselves of stuff, especially when others feel the same way...

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

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    Structural Integrity is great; I love that I'd never heard the story before. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/structural-integrity-2/ Ten Thousand Years is hilarious....

    Structural Integrity is great; I love that I'd never heard the story before. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/structural-integrity-2/

    Ten Thousand Years is hilarious. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/ten-thousand-years/

    Duplitecture is fascinating. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/duplitecture/

    The vexillology TED talk was fascinating to me even before I discovered 99pi.

    Really, I love all the 99% episodes. They're so unique and appealing.

    Except for the Snowflake episode. Something about it just rubbed me the wrong way. MCS seems too similar to the essential oils or homœopathy believers or more crazy stuff like flat earth or antivaxxers.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    I would participate in this.

    I would participate in this.

  18. Comment on World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone: ITER On Track To Begin Operations In 2025 in ~science

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    It's supposed to return 10x the input power, 500 MW from 50 MW input. But interestingly, it's not even going to try to produce electricity. From it's website: Wikipedia says its successor, DEMO,...

    It's supposed to return 10x the input power, 500 MW from 50 MW input. But interestingly, it's not even going to try to produce electricity. From it's website:

    ITER will not capture the energy it produces as electricity, but—as first of all fusion experiments in history to produce net energy gain—it will prepare the way for the machine that can. [1]

    Wikipedia says its successor, DEMO, is actually going to capture the power.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on What's your "must have" software for a MacBook Pro, especially for programming? in ~comp

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    The Activity Monitor has an Energy tab that will tell you about power usage. And if you want more, there's coconutBattery.

    The Activity Monitor has an Energy tab that will tell you about power usage. And if you want more, there's coconutBattery.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What's your "must have" software for a MacBook Pro, especially for programming? in ~comp

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    Try using Apple's first-party apps first. Seriously. You just spent a large sum of money on a great software experience. I would recommend spending a month going "full Apple". Use Safari (at the...

    Try using Apple's first-party apps first.

    Seriously. You just spent a large sum of money on a great software experience. I would recommend spending a month going "full Apple". Use Safari (at the very least, it's got the best battery life). Try out the iWork suite. Set up Time Machine, and use Preview for editing PDFs instead of Adobe. Use native multitasking, even though everyone will recommend BetterTouchTool. The default Terminal is great, and it's gonna get better with zsh in the next update.

    Then, after the month is up, start to fill in the holes. I bet, if you give it an honest try, there will be less 3rd party software you need to install.

    17 votes