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  1. Comment on Massive fire threatens Lake Tahoe, more ordered to flee in ~enviro

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    ...and the reason why for the first time in my life I'm seriously considering leaving the state. I though I'd never say that, but now I just can't see myself staying anymore. :(

    ...and the reason why for the first time in my life I'm seriously considering leaving the state. I though I'd never say that, but now I just can't see myself staying anymore. :(

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    Car tires (tyres) are made using stearic acid, which is derived from tallow.

    Car tires (tyres) are made using stearic acid, which is derived from tallow.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    My family moved about 6 hours (driving) away from where I was born when I was very young. I lived in that general area for 30 years, then moved 2 hours closer to where I was born. That said, I'm...

    My family moved about 6 hours (driving) away from where I was born when I was very young. I lived in that general area for 30 years, then moved 2 hours closer to where I was born. That said, I'm contemplating a move all of the way to the opposite side of the US, so the answer might be very different in a year. :)

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Is a massage gun worth getting? in ~health

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    We have this one, way cheaper than the name brand: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QTBVYJ1 The quality is surprisingly good, with a very nice case, and the battery lasts forever — I seemingly never...

    We have this one, way cheaper than the name brand:

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QTBVYJ1

    The quality is surprisingly good, with a very nice case, and the battery lasts forever — I seemingly never need to charge it.

    My wife is the primary recipient of its work, so I can’t comment on it other than the ergonomics of holding it are good, well balanced and easy controls. :)

    They’re best for areas that have a bit of meat, not so good on bony areas like the shoulders. I find that holding it at an angle seems to work best for her, not directly impacting.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Twitter starts to require login to view tweets in ~tech

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    Ah, the Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/etc approach. Forget it, I’ll just stop looking at your site, I’m better off for it anyhow. Where this is a huge problem though is when public entities use...

    Ah, the Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/etc approach. Forget it, I’ll just stop looking at your site, I’m better off for it anyhow.

    Where this is a huge problem though is when public entities use these sites to communicate important things, and I’m often finding myself unable to read official communications from city entities, state organizations, etc. They should either be required to use open platforms, or demand that the platforms that they use allow unfettered access to their posts.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    The photos on Kevin's page under the "What the People Say" [translated] heading looked interesting, so I did a reverse image search and I see that Emma is quite accomplished. She's a doctor,...

    The photos on Kevin's page under the "What the People Say" [translated] heading looked interesting, so I did a reverse image search and I see that Emma is quite accomplished. She's a doctor, package delivery driver, businesswoman, pharmacist, realtor, associated with Walden University

    Thomas is also quite accomplished, he's a job seeker, but he must be just looking for yet another job as he's a florist, student of the danish language, and credit advisor.

    Patrick is a cancer patient advocate, plumber, construction worker, handsome medical doctor, and smiling handsome man who holds teddy bears.

    With supporters like that, I can't imagine not voting for Kevin!

    5 votes
  7. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    I'm honestly concerned that Angelyne will win due to many people voting for her as a joke.

    I'm honestly concerned that Angelyne will win due to many people voting for her as a joke.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    Wow, thank you. This is an awesome jumping off point. My ballot arrives in the next day or two and I've been dreading the waste of time researching these twits. You've definitely saved me some...

    Wow, thank you. This is an awesome jumping off point. My ballot arrives in the next day or two and I've been dreading the waste of time researching these twits. You've definitely saved me some time as now I just need to very quickly confirm these quotes and move on!

    8 votes
  9. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    My ballot was just mailed yesterday, so I don't have it yet. I need to start seriously researching who to put in for the alternate if the stupid thing passes, but I sure hope that it does not....

    My ballot was just mailed yesterday, so I don't have it yet. I need to start seriously researching who to put in for the alternate if the stupid thing passes, but I sure hope that it does not. From what I've seen so far, the alternatives look like an absolute mess. Our recall system seems broken in that it allows a very small number of people to trigger a recall (worse, the deadline for this one was extended, making it easier) and then allows for a very small plurality to select the alternative. Newsom isn't perfect, far from it, but he's not doing a bad job given the circumstances. Yeah, he was an idiot who went out in public while pushing for lockdown mandates, but I think the real issue is a vocal minority who hate democrats no matter what who took advantage of the anger that a slightly larger minority had about being asked to practice a little bit of civic duty.

    Oh, and Caitlyn is a horrible choice -- her political views disgust me. Supported Trump, spoke at the RNC and CPAC (and unsurprisingly wasn't accepted there either), has publicly supported Ted Cruz, etc. I strongly suspect that she's in it for the publicity as that appears to me to be her primary motivation for everything I've ever seen her do, though to be fair, I try my hardest to avoid celebrity news so my knowledge of her actions are limited to what I've heard of her political interactions -- but anybody who supports such vile people as Trump and Cruz has zero respect from me.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 16 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm increasingly frustrated with the lack of information about the real-world success of the JnJ vaccine compared to the others, and the fact that it's not even being discussed in the context of...

    I'm increasingly frustrated with the lack of information about the real-world success of the JnJ vaccine compared to the others, and the fact that it's not even being discussed in the context of booster shots.

    For example, a third shot was recently approved for people who are immunocompromised, but nothing in the approval (that I saw) mentioned what JnJ recipients can or should do.

    A study was released from Mayo recently, giving some data on the impact of Delta on efficacy on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but it explicitly said that they did not study the impact on the JnJ vaccine.

    I'm really starting to feel like the general approach to those of us who followed the guidance to get what we could as soon as we could and ended up receiving the JnJ shot is "too bad, not enough of them, so we just don't care"... (I didn't know what I was going to get until I was signing the papers, and decided to just take it because at the time it looked like my alternative was to wait multiple months longer)

    10 votes
  11. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    Related, not knowing how to ask a question, which I think also is a form of rubber ducking. I can never bring myself to talk to an inanimate object, but I do frequently find that in the process of...

    Related, not knowing how to ask a question, which I think also is a form of rubber ducking.

    I can never bring myself to talk to an inanimate object, but I do frequently find that in the process of writing a proper question when asking for help I end up answering my own question, but so many of my coworkers don't know how to even ask a question.

    My usual experience on Slack:

    THEM: Hi NomadicCoder
    ME: <waiting, not going to bite... I've begged and begged to just put the question in the first message>
    ME: <waiting>
    THEM: <typing indicator>
    THEM: I have a question
    ME: <waiting... not gonna bite, eventually they'll get the message, I even have a Confluence page on this!>
    THEM: X doesn't work, what's wrong? <no details, of course>

    Or there's also this form:

    Hi NomadicCoder
    I have a question
    about the
    XYZ, that's not
    working very
    well and
    I can't seem
    to type an entire thought
    in one message

    ... on my side... beep beep beep beep beep

    I've written confluence pages, given presentations, asked my manager to push for it, etc, but no luck. The process of documenting the problem, the detailed error messages, and what you've tried and what happened often ends up answering the question.

    Similarly related, I wish that more people would be better at deciding when to ask or notify via Slack and when to ask or notify via Email.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Netflix intensifies ‘VPN ban’ and targets residential IP-addresses too in ~tech

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    Considering that in the old days I used to buy one tape or CD per year, maybe two, on average, and now pay $10 per month, I'd say that on the whole I'm spending way more on music than I ever did...

    Considering that in the old days I used to buy one tape or CD per year, maybe two, on average, and now pay $10 per month, I'd say that on the whole I'm spending way more on music than I ever did before, and I suspect that's true of a lot of people. Almost everybody has a subscription now. Yeah, the streaming services are getting a cut, but so did the music stores before.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on About one out of three men prefer playing female characters. Rethinking the importance of female protagonists in video games. in ~games

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    I've not played any game seriously since the early 90s, when I used to put way too many quarters into the SFII machines, where I played almost exclusively as Chun Li (and still do when I get a bit...

    I've not played any game seriously since the early 90s, when I used to put way too many quarters into the SFII machines, where I played almost exclusively as Chun Li (and still do when I get a bit of nostalgia for the game), but mostly because the character was the fastest, which fit my playing style better. I could initially compensate for lack of skill by taking advantage of the speed and agility of the character, and then later really only learned the moves for that one character. :)

    I've found that to be true of a lot of the fighting games. The female characters are more agility and speed based, which fits my playing style better.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I strongly suspect that they started to run out of ideas as I noticed the same thing. It still has some great moments, but it is becoming lighter fare as it goes along.

    I strongly suspect that they started to run out of ideas as I noticed the same thing. It still has some great moments, but it is becoming lighter fare as it goes along.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Yeah, I have noticed that it becomes a bit more superficial as time goes on, but there are still strong moments interspersed. I have gotten the sense that they were struggling for ideas for a...

    Yeah, I have noticed that it becomes a bit more superficial as time goes on, but there are still strong moments interspersed. I have gotten the sense that they were struggling for ideas for a while -- which makes sense, it's hard to consistently put out great material on a tight schedule.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Do you wear a non-smartwatch? If so, what do you have? in ~talk

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    That mechanical Timex is beautiful. I'd definitely consider that if I was in the market for a non-smart-watch again!

    That mechanical Timex is beautiful. I'd definitely consider that if I was in the market for a non-smart-watch again!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I've been slowly watching a Netflix series that's old news for most people, but which I have found to be surprisingly good -- Orange is the New Black. I honestly didn't know what to expect from...

    I've been slowly watching a Netflix series that's old news for most people, but which I have found to be surprisingly good -- Orange is the New Black. I honestly didn't know what to expect from it, but I heard about it so many times that I finally gave in and decided to watch it.

    I have to say, that it has far more depth than I expected, and if you watch it with social commentary in mind, it's a surprisingly good introduction to the problems of over-incarceration, privatized prisons, treatment of trans people, etc. I feel particularly bad for the characters of Susanne and Lolly, victims of a system that was not designed to handle their needs -- and a situation that I've seen occur in real life.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Has UML died without anyone noticing? in ~comp

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    I use sequence diagrams more than almost any other type of diagram. They're easy to understand, easy to follow, easy to create, and have cut through hours and hours of repetitive discussion. I...

    I use sequence diagrams more than almost any other type of diagram. They're easy to understand, easy to follow, easy to create, and have cut through hours and hours of repetitive discussion. I quite recently had an experience where we went around and around on something and I kept having to re-explain it, while people had their various diagrams that showed deployment, with numbered arrows, it really didn't become clear for everybody until I threw together a sequence diagram in PlantUML. I will continue to use UML to document relationships and sequences until something better comes along.

    That said, I do NOT stick to very strict formal specifications. I think that's a waste of time. We use UML to communicate intended design at a very high level, and then to document as designed, again, at a high level, but we don't worry about the legalistic definitions. If it communicates clearly, and unambiguously at the level of detail needed, it's good enough.

    So, I frequently use sequence, state, and class diagrams.

    Use case diagrams, on the other hand, are just stupid, IMO. :)

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Do you wear a non-smartwatch? If so, what do you have? in ~talk

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    Seiko 5, which has an auto-winding mechanical movement.

    Seiko 5, which has an auto-winding mechanical movement.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What do you like and dislike about your chosen music service(s)? in ~music

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    I have been using streaming services since very early on, starting with PlaysForSure support with Rhapsody in the early 2000s. To this day, Rhapsody was my favorite and I still miss it -- it had...

    I have been using streaming services since very early on, starting with PlaysForSure support with Rhapsody in the early 2000s. To this day, Rhapsody was my favorite and I still miss it -- it had great discoverability, good sorting (e.g. by release date), great artist and album descriptions, great categorization by genre and subgenre -- I could explore subgenres and listen to popular tracks and discovered new artists and styles regularly.

    I currently use Youtube Music, Apple Music (free trial), and Di.FM (2 year plan), so I'll compare.

    Let's start with Di.FM since they're fundamentally different than the others. I got Di.FM because I sometimes enjoy the repetitiveness of electronic music when I'm trying to get into the zone and do some coding, it works like a mental metronome and keeps me moving. What I discovered after signing up is that they have sister services that I actually end up using just as much, if not more. classicalradio.com, rockradio.com, jazzradio.com, radiotunes.com, and zenradio.com.

    What I like:

    • decent apps, airplay & chromecast casting support
    • very high quality streams (320k MP3, 128k AAC)
    • live DJ shows (Di.FM only)
    • inexpensive
    • very well curated stations for many different styles (with Di.FM being the best curated)

    What I don't like:

    • I wish they'd combine their various services into one app rather than multiple nearly identical apps taking a lot of space on my phone.
    • I preferred the old days when it was more like a radio stream and everybody was hearing the same thing at once and they had forums and a bit of a social aspect.
    • It is NOT an on-demand service, it's more like radio w/ lots of finely tuned stations

    Youtube Music:

    I really liked Google Play Music, but Google forced everybody to migrate over to Youtube Music. For my use cases, this wasn't a horrible hit, but I generally don't like it as much.

    What I like:

    • Decent audio quality, usually
    • Good offline mixtape feature
    • Videos for a lot of music
    • A fairly new feature called "mixed for you", with genre/style focused channels
    • Youtube Premium included

    What I don't like:

    • frequent metadata bug, shows wrong art and metadata for current song.
    • poor play queue management
    • suggestions get very repetitive, like Youtube. Listen to something once and it'll be suggested 1000 times over from then on out.
    • cannot like tracks when offline, cannot add to playlists when offline
    • when you've got 1 bar of 1x service, it takes forever to get to your downloaded music unless you toggle airplane mode (this affects me frequently)
    • they seem to intermix youtube user videos that contain music with actual music
    • Metadata is often garbage, often just some username of who uploaded the audio
    • Google Maps has integration w/ Apple Music and Spotify, but not their own service!?!
    • No airplay streaming, only ChromeCast
    • Poor discoverability and organization, UI heavily weighted to currently trending music & new releases.

    Apple Music:
    I'm currently using a free trial, so I play with it some, but have less experience with it.

    What I like:

    • lossless streaming
    • real-time lyrics
    • integration with Google Maps

    What I don't like:

    • buggier than the others, weird audio codec bugs now and then

    I think I'll be sticking with Youtube music, primarily because of the bundled Youtube Premium, which gives me no ads and background video playing.

    Where they all fail, hard, is with classical music (in the broader sense, meant to include Baroque and modern orchestral music). Music metadata is heavily weighted to modern music. Having good metadata about composer, performer, and performance would be awesome for classical music, which I think Tidal is supposed to be better at, but I listen to so much more than just classical.

    3 votes