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  1. Comment on The Atlantic Launches New Subscription Plans and Introduces A Metered Model in ~news

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    The problem with the pay as you go model (in my mind) is how do you know when to charge someone? When they get 50% through the article? (What if it's a short article or they have a vertical 4k...

    The problem with the pay as you go model (in my mind) is how do you know when to charge someone? When they get 50% through the article? (What if it's a short article or they have a vertical 4k monitor and don't have to scroll to view 50% of the article?) If an article is mostly fluff, can I request a refund? Also, if it's a really long article, can they charge more? (That would seem to create an incentive to add tons of fluff.)

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  2. Comment on Hong Kong Government Withdraws Extradition Bill, A Key Demand Of Protesters in ~news

  3. Comment on What online services do you use to host and share photos? in ~creative

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    Google Photos is great. It's Google (so they're probably mining everything they can) but the search is excellent and pictures/videos from my phone (Pixel 2) don't count against my Google Drive...

    Google Photos is great. It's Google (so they're probably mining everything they can) but the search is excellent and pictures/videos from my phone (Pixel 2) don't count against my Google Drive quota. My mom's family has switched to it for organizing photos from reunions because it's easy to use (even for my grandmother who struggles to power cycle her router) and doesn't recompress. Plus, unlike iCloud, you can remove photos from your device to free up space without deleting them entirely.

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  4. Comment on Do you ride your local public transit system? in ~talk

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    This summer I was interning at a company in New Jersey. I really liked it, I was able to walk 10 minutes, take a 7 minute train ride, and a 20 minute direct shuttle to work and back. I could have...

    This summer I was interning at a company in New Jersey. I really liked it, I was able to walk 10 minutes, take a 7 minute train ride, and a 20 minute direct shuttle to work and back. I could have walked for all my errands but the grocery store near my house had a bad produce selection so I drove to Wegmann's (which I am now super jealous of, Harris Teeter only beats them in generic selection). I went 2 months and 10 days without filling my tank (I only filled up on my way out). I made plenty of trips to NYC on the weekends and took exclusively public transit up there.

    I'm back in Charlotte now, and although the transit situation has improved a lot here, most of the bus routes are still centered around downtown, so a 15 minute drive to a major mall from my college would take 1 hour by light rail + bus, and when the movie I was going to see got out the light rail would be making its final trip for the night. Part of this is the way the city is laid out, it's not very gridlike outside downtown so crosstown service like NYC is difficult to achieve, but it could be fixed by better planning and encouraging transit-oriented developments.

    I don't ride public transit here very often because I only use my car to get groceries on the weekend, otherwise I'm mostly on campus for everything. I'll be moving off-campus next year and will hopefully be near the light rail. I know other people don't ride because they're fine with light rail but view busses as crappy and for poor people, which is a difficult misconception to break.

    I'm excited to see the new silver line light rail developments, it's a much needed addition and I hope they continue expanding rail transit in the region. (And after experiencing the NEC I've been writing to my senators in support of Amtrak, though they're both republicans so it'll probably fall on deaf ears.)

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  5. Comment on President Trump Tweets Sensitive Surveillance Image of Iran in ~news

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    Honestly, I'm shocked, both at the fact that this was tweeted out, but also at the detail. The only imagery I've ever seen that was this high quality was from birdseye views in GIS systems, and...

    Honestly, I'm shocked, both at the fact that this was tweeted out, but also at the detail. The only imagery I've ever seen that was this high quality was from birdseye views in GIS systems, and those are taken from low-flying planes. An impressive display of US surveillance capabilities, but a dangerous move nonetheless.

    15 votes
  6. Comment on UK Government asks Queen to suspend Parliament in ~news

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    The queen has agreed to suspend parliament (in September). Edit: This was Boris Johnson in 2007 on Gordon Brown being an unelected PM: The irony is truly astounding.

    The queen has agreed to suspend parliament (in September).

    Edit: This was Boris Johnson in 2007 on Gordon Brown being an unelected PM:

    It’s the arrogance. It’s the contempt. That’s what gets me. It’s Gordon Brown’s apparent belief that he can just trample on the democratic will of the British people. It’s at moments like this that I think the political world has gone mad, and I am alone in detecting the gigantic fraud.

    The irony is truly astounding.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Google delays classic Hangouts transition for G Suite until 2020 in ~tech

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    I still haven't found a good alternative to Hangouts that works across iOS and Android and isn't controlled by Facebook. I wish Google would continue delaying this for non-G-Suite users as well.

    I still haven't found a good alternative to Hangouts that works across iOS and Android and isn't controlled by Facebook. I wish Google would continue delaying this for non-G-Suite users as well.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Résumés Are Starting to Look Like Instagram—and Sometimes Even Tinder in ~life

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    (If the paywall occurs, disable JavaScript. This article also partially mirrors the WSJ article.) Although the WSJ has no figures for how common this is, it's an interesting article.

    (If the paywall occurs, disable JavaScript. This article also partially mirrors the WSJ article.)

    Although the WSJ has no figures for how common this is, it's an interesting article.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    I don't think it's much of a stretch to believe he actually did commit suicide. He was removed from suicide watch, and knowing how clever suicidal people can get (my dad was a nurse at a...

    I don't think it's much of a stretch to believe he actually did commit suicide. He was removed from suicide watch, and knowing how clever suicidal people can get (my dad was a nurse at a psychiatric hospital, and he had plenty of stories about this), it is easy to believe Epstein could have killed himself between the half-hour rounds the guards made for non-suicide watch people.

    That being said, it seems obvious that he should have remained on suicide watch. And I hope this spurs mental health prison reforms, as being removed from suicide watch also removes you from most psychiatric care, even though you might not be very well yet.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on BronyCon has held its last convention in ~misc

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    Oh, you're in Europe? It certainly would take awhile to travel to the US. Have fun at Galacon!

    Oh, you're in Europe? It certainly would take awhile to travel to the US. Have fun at Galacon!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Why is modern web development so complicated? in ~comp

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    What is your intended use for this website? If you just want to make a simple static website (or a blog with no comment section), that's easy - there are many static site generators that will spit...

    What is your intended use for this website? If you just want to make a simple static website (or a blog with no comment section), that's easy - there are many static site generators that will spit out HTML files that you can place in a directory specified by the root directive in your Nginx site file, or you can write the HTML by hand. If you want to build a web application, you could use Nginx as a reverse proxy for Flask, Rails, PHP, etc.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on AMD EPYC 7002 Series Rome Delivers a Knockout in ~comp

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    AMD has really caught Intel with their pants down. In some cases AMD's flagship Epyc 7742 beats dual Xeon Platinum 8280s, and in most benchmarks a single 7742 handily beats a single 8280. A 7742...

    AMD has really caught Intel with their pants down. In some cases AMD's flagship Epyc 7742 beats dual Xeon Platinum 8280s, and in most benchmarks a single 7742 handily beats a single 8280. A 7742 costs $6,950, while an 8280 costs $10,009. And if you need more memory, the 8280 only supports 1 TB per socket. If you want more, you'll need the 8280M, which supports 2 TB per socket at a recommended price of $13,012 (currently $14,360 on CDW), or the 8280L, which supports 4.5 TB per socket at a recommend price of $17,906 ($21,057 on CDW). By comparison, the 7742 supports 4 TB per socket, meaning you can run a dual-socket system with 8 TB RAM at a fraction of Intel's cost (see ExtremeTech link below). AMD could make major inroads in the HPC market if they manage things right.

    AMD is providing over double the performance in some benchmarks for 30% cheaper. A better process, better performance, better efficiency, better price, and (for now) better security make AMD poised to wipe the floor in the server market unless Intel has some magical performance gains up their sleeves. The server market has been Intel's bread and butter for years due to their steep margins; they may have to sell close to or at a loss to hope to compete. That said, Intel is far from dead - they could bleed cash for over a decade before they will really be in trouble, but this is still a massive boon for AMD. Here's hoping we continue to see competition in the CPU world, this market has been stagnant for far too long.

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    Edit: Added ExtremeTech and WCCFTech links and note on memory capacity.

    Edit 2: None of this is taking into account the PCIe lanes. Intel currently provides up to 40 lanes of PCIe 3.0 per socket (80 for dual-socket), but AMD has come out swinging with 128 (single-socket) and 160 (dual-socket) of PCIe 4.0 lanes. Plus, AMD has 45% higher theoretical memory bandwidth. It's not even a comparison at this point.

    Edit 3: From page 9 of the ServeTheHome article:

    We are looking at somewhere between 3-4 of these dual-socket mainstream Xeon E5 V4 systems from a year ago consolidating into 1 single socket AMD EPYC 7702P system.

    Frankly, this completely breaks corporate IT purchasing cycles. Consolidating 6-8 sockets into 1 has an immense VMware licensing impact. Further, we are using about one-quarter of the power even with some of the efficiencies we gained by going 2U 4-node.

    I am not surprised that GCP and Azure will be rolling out Epyc servers. Cooling data centers isn't cheap, and Epyc could put a serious dent in costs with equivalent computing capacity.

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  13. Comment on It’s Not In Your Head: Urban Flooding Is Getting Much More Common in ~enviro

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    The article doesn't mention it, but one of the less flashy ways of reducing flooding is preserving the natural state of meandering streams and ensuring there aren't large development projects on...

    The article doesn't mention it, but one of the less flashy ways of reducing flooding is preserving the natural state of meandering streams and ensuring there aren't large development projects on floodplains to begin with. Charlotte, NC has been doing this for awhile, and it has been successful in reducing flooding during major storms. Of course, buying up property in areas like Brooklyn is much more expensive, but when rooftop collection and sewer systems aren't enough, the water has to go somewhere - our vast expanses of asphalt and concrete are just funneling the water around.

    Don't build levees, though. They only make flooding worse.

    Edit: As if on cue, I got a flash flood alert on my phone. Great.

    3 votes