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  1. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2022! in ~tildes

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    Pumped for this year's event! I am not sure if I will be able to finish what I start, as despite my best efforts October is going to be busy this year just like November usually is. That said, I...

    Pumped for this year's event! I am not sure if I will be able to finish what I start, as despite my best efforts October is going to be busy this year just like November usually is. That said, I have ideas!

    • Build a solar oven. If time allows, I want to see if I can then use my solar oven to make hot process soap. I tried making hot process recently and it's great, but I hate heating up my house (and the planet) with my gas oven.
    • Build a Viking round shield. What better way to indulge interests in both woodworking and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)? I will make use of the information in my copy of Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques, and if time (and talent) permits, I am thinking of painting a crest featuring a boar and a lion.
    • Build... something with Rust. I have been (very slowly) working my way through The Rust Programming Language after seeing the language consistently talked up here and elsewhere online. It's really cool, and I want to make something with it, but I don't know what yet. Maybe a little collection of financial calculators as a command line tool? Who knows!

    Anyone who remembers my previous posts may notice the absence of the website I had been working on. I finally came around to the idea that if I need to use 𝑻𝑰𝑴𝑨𝑺𝑶𝑴𝑶 to be able to post there ever, and even sometimes not be able to manage then, maybe I don't actually like doing it. So I decided not to spend any more time on the idea and do stuff I like better instead.

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  2. Comment on Tech workers are paying $75K for leg-lengthening surgery in ~health

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    So this is a wild thing. I was a pandemic hire at my current job, starting remotely instead of moving, and staying remote for quite some time before going back to the office was even really...

    So this is a wild thing. I was a pandemic hire at my current job, starting remotely instead of moving, and staying remote for quite some time before going back to the office was even really possible, since they took the time to do renovations.

    I am definitely the shortest person in the entire office, as a 5' 6" (1.67 m) tall man. I think the next closest person is two inches taller than me. Several people are over 6ft tall, even the few (because rest in peace gender equality in STEM) women in the office are taller than me. I honestly kind of wonder if I would have been hired if I had needed to do an on site interview. While I am now looking to stay remote for much of my career for other reasons, it does seem to me like I might do better because no one will know how tall (or not lol) I am.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Amazon shared Ring security camera and video doorbell footage with police without a warrant in ~tech

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    Not sure about anyone else, but the page is not found for me, even when I search for it with "consumer reports Amazon warrant" and click the result with the same title. Odd that they would just...

    Not sure about anyone else, but the page is not found for me, even when I search for it with "consumer reports Amazon warrant" and click the result with the same title. Odd that they would just take it down rather than amend.

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  4. Comment on Where do you acquire books? in ~books

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    Important to note: AbeBooks is an Amazon subsidiary.

    Important to note: AbeBooks is an Amazon subsidiary.

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  5. Comment on Where do you acquire books? in ~books

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    I typical use ThriftBooks, though availability can be hit or miss depending on what they get in. I read some less popular books though, so may not be an issue for everyone.

    I typical use ThriftBooks, though availability can be hit or miss depending on what they get in. I read some less popular books though, so may not be an issue for everyone.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Nationalism is underrated by intellectuals in ~humanities

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    The concept outlined here reminds me of one of my favorite ideas, from Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell speech: He was referring to an end to the then only budding Cold War freeing up the resources...

    The concept outlined here reminds me of one of my favorite ideas, from Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell speech:

    The fruit of success in all these tasks would present the world with the greatest task—and the greatest opportunity—of all. It is this: the dedication of the energies, the resources, and the imaginations of all peaceful nations to a new kind of war. This would be a declared, total war, not upon any human enemy, but upon the brute forces of poverty and need.

    He was referring to an end to the then only budding Cold War freeing up the resources needed to take care of the world's people, but I think we still have the same opportunity today, if we are willing to take it.

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  7. Comment on Is the US going to break up? in ~talk

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    I don't know about the getting along portion, but people definitely are separating themselves from those who think differently. This isn't just a social media phenomenon but a physical one. I read...

    I don't know about the getting along portion, but people definitely are separating themselves from those who think differently. This isn't just a social media phenomenon but a physical one. I read The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart a while back, and the influence of people moving is surprisingly large. One example I remember is that while gerrymandering can create "safe" districts, there's also a trend that districts are becoming safer for one party all on their own. I think this is a trend that we will also see more on a state level with Roe v. Wade gone now.

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  8. Comment on Is the US going to break up? in ~talk

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    My answer is that I don't know, but I am definitely concerned. I found some time listening to the podcast It Could Happen Here particularly informative. I don't keep up with it anymore, because it...

    My answer is that I don't know, but I am definitely concerned. I found some time listening to the podcast It Could Happen Here particularly informative. I don't keep up with it anymore, because it has switched to a 5 days a week format, but the initial scripted episodes are very valuable I think. The main driver of the content is Robert Evans, who is both a conflict journalist and a firearms enthusiast leftist, so keep that perspective in mind. Even with that, buying a gun is definitely not his first recommendation.

    Probably the most important thing to do is to have an emergency kit. A minimum of 3 days of food and water, with extras of any medications is a good starting point, and is useful in all sorts of situations like the 2021 Texas power grid failures. Depending on your means and risk profile, it could be good to extend this stockpile to a few weeks. Keep in mind that this doesn't all have to be in the form of a designated stockpile, it can be as simple as buying an extra can at the grocery store every week and using your canned goods from oldest to newest. Having this to fall back on puts you in a great position to be helpful to others and avoid making dumb, desperate decisions during an emergency, political or natural.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on I've locked myself out of my digital life in ~tech

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    While biometrics are a pretty good solution, they do have one major legal drawback in the US. A password is something you know, so you cannot be legally compelled to share it with law enforcement....

    While biometrics are a pretty good solution, they do have one major legal drawback in the US. A password is something you know, so you cannot be legally compelled to share it with law enforcement. Since biometrics are just a part of you, and fingerprints especially are routinely taken, anything secured in that way is much more easily accessible to law enforcement. Whether that matters to you depends on your threat model, but given that the best move in the US even for law abiding citizens is not to talk to the police, it's a difference worth being aware of.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on Tech recommendations request: looking for a Linux-friendly 13" laptop in ~tech

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    I actually just made a similar purchase. I got a used HP Elitebook 745 G5 on eBay for about $320 all in, and I got some of that refunded because the included charger didn't work. Everything works...

    I actually just made a similar purchase. I got a used HP Elitebook 745 G5 on eBay for about $320 all in, and I got some of that refunded because the included charger didn't work. Everything works pretty well out of the box on Manjaro, except that sometimes the Bluetooth adapter gets cranky after a suspend-wake cycle, but it's always back after a reboot. I did get a good deal because it's got a sizeable corner dent and it still has the original battery, but I also paid more than strictly necessary because I wanted to try Ryzen mobile. I observed that because of their sterling reputation, used ThinkPads generally cost more than equivalent business laptops from HP and Dell. I would recommend expanding your search to include Dell Latitudes and HP Elitebook and Probook models if you decide to go the used or refurbished route. There may be other models too, but I know those are all business product lines, so repair manuals are available online and parts are usually easy to find if you want to replace the battery or repair some damage.

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  11. Comment on Eleven rules for buying an eBike in ~hobbies

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    I have not tried them yet since I'm back to mostly work from home, but this company has a couple of options for making any bag you want into a pannier bag.

    I have not tried them yet since I'm back to mostly work from home, but this company has a couple of options for making any bag you want into a pannier bag.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What noise canceling headphones can block? in ~tech

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    Not sure if these are available or reasonably priced where you are, but if wearing headphones and the hearing protection at the same time is ever a bother, you could try something like these. I...

    Not sure if these are available or reasonably priced where you are, but if wearing headphones and the hearing protection at the same time is ever a bother, you could try something like these. I used them when I played drum set to protect my hearing, but be able to play along with a song I wanted to practice.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on UC Berkeley must withhold thousands of acceptance letters after state Supreme Court ruling in ~news

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    I'm not sure how this is in other countries or for other people in the US, but for me, college was the first time I moved away from home at least semi permanently. Especially for well known...

    I'm not sure how this is in other countries or for other people in the US, but for me, college was the first time I moved away from home at least semi permanently. Especially for well known institutions like UC Berkeley, most new students will be moving from somewhere, possibly even internationally, to the physical location of the university.

    Most places at least have the option of living in university run housing your first year, which provides extra support that can be helpful for everyone from kids whose parents weren't around to teach them life skills to kids who never learned life skills because they had house staff. Regardless, any new students will need somewhere to live, and with so many places in California already suffering from ultra difficult housing and rental markets, if the university can't assure housing then that new demand is going to be a problem. Maybe not for the students, who if they're paying for UC Berkeley may also have a way to pay inflated rents, but certainly people in the local community working a low wage job would be at risk of being forced out of their homes by rising rents.

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  14. Comment on Daily megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 25 in ~news

  15. Comment on Rome: Decline and Fall? Part III: Things in ~humanities

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    From the conclusion:

    From the conclusion:

    The collapse of the Roman Empire in the West is a complex sequence of events and one that often resists easy answers, but it is a useful one to think about, particularly as we now sit atop our own fragile clockwork economic mechanism, suspended not a few feet but many miles above the grinding poverty of pre-industrial life and often with our own arsonists, convinced that the system is durable and stable because they cannot imagine it ever vanishing.

    Until it does.

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  16. Comment on Product recommendation request: low latency wireless earbuds in ~tech

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    Update: I went onto my Linux desktop to test some things out. I tried two games, Super Smash Brothers Melee emulated in Dolphin, and Minecraft. Latency was noticeable in both, atrociously so in...

    Update:

    I went onto my Linux desktop to test some things out. I tried two games, Super Smash Brothers Melee emulated in Dolphin, and Minecraft. Latency was noticeable in both, atrociously so in Melee, but easily tolerable in Minecraft. Melee is a bit of a worst case scenario IMO, it has a lot of distinctive audio cues, it is very fast, and if you are actually good at it (unlike me), it has some frame perfect (16ms) timings. I would consider Minecraft to be more representative overall. Despite noticeable audio latency in gaming, I still can't tell side by side when watching youtube, but watching video from my hard drive I think I can see it a little bit. I guess Bluetooth 4.2 isn't quite good enough for my ears after all!

    Some other annoyances I stumbled upon, since I usually use these with my laptop rather than my desktop, are that when bluetooth is on on the desktop and the headphones come up and connect automatically, they default to one of the low fidelity protocols, rather than A2DP. Not sure if this is something that could be configured with some effort though. The other is that when I first turn bluetooth on after waking up the machine, the first connection of the headphones crashes my bluetooth manager, so I have to wait a second and try again. It has always worked the second time, though I can't say I have tested exhaustively. On my laptop, it occasionally gets the profile wrong, but I don't think I have observed the crashing, so may be an adapter issue. Lastly, and this is true on both laptop and desktop, is that support for the function buttons is hit or miss. Overall better with something like Spotify versus youtube, but don't expect skip and rewind to do what you expect, pause may pause what you are listening, or unpause something else you have open, volume up and down work but seem to modify some internal volume on the headphones and not the volume setting on the computer, etc. Importantly, toggling standard, pass through, and ANC does work, pretty much no matter what I have connected to, since I think the settings for those live on the headphones once you configure them with the app.

    1 vote