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  1. Comment on File Syncing Software in 2020 in ~comp

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    That seems to be all there is to it. But it's a good excuse to talk about file sharing/syncing methods.

    That seems to be all there is to it. But it's a good excuse to talk about file sharing/syncing methods.

  2. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    This came off as extremely snarky to me. It's not a big deal, that was just my reaction to it.

    So until we all collectively get our degrees in statistics (Tildes group project?!?), let’s go read other smart people who already do, ok?

    This came off as extremely snarky to me. It's not a big deal, that was just my reaction to it.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    I understand that statistics exist. I get that it's a very, very, very complex field that most of us understand absolutely nothing about. I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about it....

    I understand that statistics exist. I get that it's a very, very, very complex field that most of us understand absolutely nothing about. I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about it.

    To my unscientific mind, they don't mean much. Especially when every article like this always ends with the quote I pulled out in my previous post.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on More than 600 free-to-watch films on YouTube Movies channel in ~movies

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    I do have YouTube premium, so that's good to know. I must have not been logged in when I looked at them.

    I do have YouTube premium, so that's good to know. I must have not been logged in when I looked at them.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on 8K Gaming - Nvidia RTX 3090 on a LG ZX 88" OLED TV in ~tech

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    IMAX can’t even do 4K at 120 FPS, which is the technology they used for high frame rate movies like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man. If you went to see those in high frame rate...

    IMAX can’t even do 4K at 120 FPS, which is the technology they used for high frame rate movies like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man.

    If you went to see those in high frame rate IMAX, it was only 60 frames per second.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on More than 600 free-to-watch films on YouTube Movies channel in ~movies

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    This is great for people who can't afford to sign up for streaming services or just don't want to pay and don't mind commercials. I've also heard good things about Tubi, which has tons of free...

    This is great for people who can't afford to sign up for streaming services or just don't want to pay and don't mind commercials.

    I've also heard good things about Tubi, which has tons of free movies with commercials.

    I haven't had cable for nearly 10 years, so I absolutely hate watching movies with commercials. I'd much rather just pay $3.99 to rent a movie and watch it without commercials.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    This hits the nail on the head. We do not know anything. Polls mean nothing. Just look at how the 2016 election went.

    The N.Y. Times' Nate Cohn puts it this way: "[A] Biden landslide is just as real a possibility as a Trump victory."

    This hits the nail on the head. We do not know anything. Polls mean nothing. Just look at how the 2016 election went.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The election that could break America - What if Trump refuses to concede? in ~misc

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    Extremely relevant and scary story from CNN: I was speaking with my mother today about this. I asked her if she remembered a time in her 70 years if there was ever even a question about whether or...

    Extremely relevant and scary story from CNN:

    "Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said when asked whether he'd commit to a peaceful transition, one of the cornerstones of American democracy.

    I was speaking with my mother today about this. I asked her if she remembered a time in her 70 years if there was ever even a question about whether or not there would be a peaceful transfer of power after an election. She said she couldn’t remember anything like this ever happening.

    I am legitimately frightened for our democracy.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on What are your “Flowerbox Indicators”? in ~talk

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    I definitely felt some of that when I started at my current job. Things were done so differently. It was much less cut throat that it took me a few weeks to understand that I was making...

    The real frustrating part is when you get "burn victims". Which is how we referred to team members who had carry-over toxic behavior from a previous job.

    I definitely felt some of that when I started at my current job. Things were done so differently. It was much less cut throat that it took me a few weeks to understand that I was making assumptions about my new job based on my past employer’s behavior. Luckily, I adapted within a few weeks and got the hang of how things worked in a properly functioning work place.

    I have a feeling from talking to others that having a healthy work environment is a rarity here in the US.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What are your “Flowerbox Indicators”? in ~talk

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    I think this is an extremely important lesson - one that pairs well with your first bullet point - that a lot of people miss. I know it took me a while to get it through my head that when your...

    Obvious, but people can disagree on an issue, but don't get mad at each other as people, and help however they can to make a chosen path succeed, even if they suggested a different approach.

    I think this is an extremely important lesson - one that pairs well with your first bullet point - that a lot of people miss. I know it took me a while to get it through my head that when your idea gets shot down, it isn't something personal. I think that's just something that people need to learn over time.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Swift on Windows in ~comp

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    Was there ever anything like this for Objective-C on Windows? I wonder if this will result in any apps coming from iOS to Windows...

    Was there ever anything like this for Objective-C on Windows?

    I wonder if this will result in any apps coming from iOS to Windows...

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Edge-like vertical tabs in Vivaldi browser in ~comp

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    I like this quite a bit. I can see how this would be useful if you’ve got a ton of tabs open.

    I like this quite a bit. I can see how this would be useful if you’ve got a ton of tabs open.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation? in ~games

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    I usually sit out the console launches because the prices drop pretty rapidly after that and there aren't too many games that I can't wait a little while to play. Nothing revolutionary there. I...

    I usually sit out the console launches because the prices drop pretty rapidly after that and there aren't too many games that I can't wait a little while to play. Nothing revolutionary there.

    I did get an Xbox One S on launch day because it was the cheapest way to get a 4K Blu-ray player at the time and I got a good deal on a TV/Xbox bundle. Before that, the last time I got a new console on launch day was the PS2 back in 2000 (which came with a free copy of The Matrix on DVD).

    From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I think the PS5 looks pretty awesome. The Xbox X/S/whatever are just boring black boxes. From a utility standpoint...the PS5 could be a problem. It's massive and weirdly shaped, so you can't put it in any sort of A/V stack. It has to go on the top.

    I think the divide between the digital only physical media models will be the most interesting thing about this generation. If the discless models significantly outsell the ones with disc drives, I can see this being the last generation to support physical media.

    Sony's strategy seems like a good idea, give two models with identical performance - the cheaper one just lacks a disc drive. I think if the discless model gets down to $299 in a year or two, it could be a massive success. Sony could brag about how you don't have to choose lower graphical quality to save money.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    Coincidentally, I once worked with a guy that was very, very, conservative and didn't like Mexicans. His favorite place to go for lunch was a taco stand right down the street from the office... I...

    Coincidentally, I once worked with a guy that was very, very, conservative and didn't like Mexicans. His favorite place to go for lunch was a taco stand right down the street from the office...

    I don't believe he saw the irony there...

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    It's almost as if you're exposed to a bunch of different non-white people by living in a large city with lots of them, you realize that they aren't any different from you. Weird...

    It's almost as if you're exposed to a bunch of different non-white people by living in a large city with lots of them, you realize that they aren't any different from you. Weird...

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    It’s possible that they don’t. I always think of Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters. Adam Savage has spoken extensively about how they were just coworkers. They never hung out outside of work, but...

    It’s possible that they don’t. I always think of Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters. Adam Savage has spoken extensively about how they were just coworkers. They never hung out outside of work, but they had good chemistry on set.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    What I recommend honestly depends on what a person is into. Most of what I listen to are technology or movie related shows. Some of my favorites are: Hardcore History - Deep dives into various...

    What I recommend honestly depends on what a person is into. Most of what I listen to are technology or movie related shows.

    Some of my favorites are:

    • Hardcore History - Deep dives into various history topics.
    • Dithering - a new-ish podcast from John Gruber and Ben Thompson about technology.
    • Upgrade - An Apple related podcast with Jason Snell.
    • Best Movies Never Made - a show about unmade movies and the movies that could have been.
    • The Incomparable - pop culture podcast with a rotating panel of guests that discuss a particular topic each week.
    • Junkfood Cinema - Two writers/movie reviewers talk about movies that are fun.
    • 80s All Over - A now defunct podcast where they go month by month through movies released in the 1980s and talk about them.
    2 votes
  18. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    That was what I thought about as soon as I read the news. I'm 100% sure that he will abide by the same logic this time. He certainly won't try and shove something through while he has literally...

    That was what I thought about as soon as I read the news. I'm 100% sure that he will abide by the same logic this time. He certainly won't try and shove something through while he has literally hundreds of bills passed by the House that he refuses to bring to the Senate floor for a vote.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on At this point, 5G is a bad joke in ~tech

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    That’s why I’m thinking 5G will be more useful for fewer but larger installations (i.e., more backhaul than last mile). Less use on the network = more potential bandwidth per customer.

    That’s why I’m thinking 5G will be more useful for fewer but larger installations (i.e., more backhaul than last mile). Less use on the network = more potential bandwidth per customer.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on At this point, 5G is a bad joke in ~tech

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    It's a new selling point. 5 is greater than 4, so it's something they can use to get people to upgrade. It's not a massive, transformative leap like the move from 2G to 3G or 3G to LTE was. I...

    It's a new selling point. 5 is greater than 4, so it's something they can use to get people to upgrade. It's not a massive, transformative leap like the move from 2G to 3G or 3G to LTE was.

    I think 5G will be more important for things like home internet than it will be for actual phones. For example, they can put a 5G antenna in someone's yard and get good signal, then using a cellular connection for home internet and streaming becomes much more viable. I'd also imagine that a 5G node on top of a building and running wiring to all the residences would be way less expensive than a microwave installation, which are pretty common in larger cities.

    12 votes