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  1. Comment on AI has the worst superpower… medical racism in ~tech

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    Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the problem here, but this comes off as alarmist I think. Why is it such a big deal. Again, I'm probably missing something that makes the author so panicked about...

    Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the problem here, but this comes off as alarmist I think. Why is it such a big deal. Again, I'm probably missing something that makes the author so panicked about this. I would think that this is even a good thing as the models can provide more personalized analysis.

    Surely the how part is because different races are biologically slightly different and the model is able to recognize this while our brains are not evolved to recognize this like we are with faces/etc.

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  2. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    This is actually something Apple is trying to push. The iPad Pro comes with the M1 chip now so it has the same power as the macbook and imac. They also put 10 gbit ethernet support on the usb-c...

    I don't suppose there are many people editing on a tablet

    This is actually something Apple is trying to push. The iPad Pro comes with the M1 chip now so it has the same power as the macbook and imac. They also put 10 gbit ethernet support on the usb-c port. You can plug your ipad in to a usb C hub and get an external monitor, mouse and keyboard working so it could actually be quite a workable setup for a casual video editor.

    Still not sure how many people actually do this yet.

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  3. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    You actually can connect a USB C to A and then A to Ethernet port to your phone. Android even has its own icon that shows up when you do this. It’s even a somewhat logical thing to do if you are...

    You actually can connect a USB C to A and then A to Ethernet port to your phone. Android even has its own icon that shows up when you do this.

    It’s even a somewhat logical thing to do if you are using an iPad as a video editing device and want high speed nas access

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    I was like this before but I moved to wireless and I’m a fair bit happier now. Wires cause so much visual noise and make cleaning harder. My desk would end up dusty and gross because it’s too hard...

    I was like this before but I moved to wireless and I’m a fair bit happier now. Wires cause so much visual noise and make cleaning harder. My desk would end up dusty and gross because it’s too hard to wipe down. I still use Ethernet because wifi can’t match my internet speed. But for everything that works well wireless, that will be my first option.

    I live in a huge apartment building and there is almost no wireless congestion because the thick concrete layers between levels means I hardly even get phone signal let alone wifi from other floors. With higher frequency wifi bands coming in, the problem is even less since they can not travel through solid obstructions. Thankfully my apartment has Ethernet wired throughout it so I can place a second wifi router for full coverage.

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  5. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    Australia has an even better solution, AusPost has a parcel locker system where they place the parcel in a locker and send you an SMS with the code to get it out. Zero chance of theft, no need to...

    Australia has an even better solution, AusPost has a parcel locker system where they place the parcel in a locker and send you an SMS with the code to get it out. Zero chance of theft, no need to install amazon spyware, and no chance of untrusted delivery workers gaining access.

    The lockers are placed all over the place so there is usually always one near by.

    18 votes
  6. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    Shutting down means one safety failed already. The card eventually failing entirely is the second safety failing. Under no normal circumstances is it ever possible for a game to get past either of...

    Shutting down means one safety failed already. The card eventually failing entirely is the second safety failing.

    Under no normal circumstances is it ever possible for a game to get past either of these. Obviously there are issues with the cards firmware where it allowed itself to be damaged.

  7. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    I doubt anyone can offer a real answer or anything closer than a vague guess. But there are two layers that should have kicked in. The firmware should have not allowed the chip to run faster than...

    I doubt anyone can offer a real answer or anything closer than a vague guess. But there are two layers that should have kicked in. The firmware should have not allowed the chip to run faster than it could handle thermally. Either by setting the max clock speed at a safe level, or by dynamically adjusting the clock. And then the second safety is that if temps are too high somehow (Fan failure or something) the card cuts off before there is damage.

    Under no situations would it ever be the games fault. The game is a "user" of the driver interface and that interface should be safe. Yes obviously mistakes happen, but its a fault in the driver and not the game.

    The article tries to suggest the game is at fault which is like having a user that clicked the wrong button on a website and it deleted the database and then going "Well you are the only user who clicked that button so its your fault"

    2 votes
  8. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    It should still never be possible to damage the hardware via software and any damage is a hardware/firmware fault. Ideally not even the driver should be able to damage the hardware irrecoverably.

    It should still never be possible to damage the hardware via software and any damage is a hardware/firmware fault. Ideally not even the driver should be able to damage the hardware irrecoverably.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    Company agrees to replace defective product still in warranty. Of course they are, they legally have to be. It would be more interesting news if they could explain why they failed.

    Company agrees to replace defective product still in warranty. Of course they are, they legally have to be.

    It would be more interesting news if they could explain why they failed.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on 18-year-old member of online harassment group sentenced to five years in prison after "swatting" the owner of a desirable Twitter handle, resulting in a fatal heart attack in ~tech

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    In this case it seems like the police responded appropriately and it was just extremely bad luck. They receive a call saying someone had been shot, so they have to go investigate. They find...

    In this case it seems like the police responded appropriately and it was just extremely bad luck. They receive a call saying someone had been shot, so they have to go investigate. They find someone outside holding a gun. The police didn’t shoot him and the situation was then resolved. He later died of a heart attack.

    Which part do you think could have been changed. Should police not respond to calls about active shooters?

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Why is there trouble finding web developers that live in the US? in ~tech

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    This is 100% the problem. You just have to think, is it more likely that no one in America realized that programming pays lots of money and has many open positions, or that this company is...

    This is 100% the problem. You just have to think, is it more likely that no one in America realized that programming pays lots of money and has many open positions, or that this company is offering below the market rate so every programmer decided to work somewhere else that pays much more.

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  12. Comment on The MAGA-targeted “Freedom Phone” has a breathtaking amount of red flags in ~tech

  13. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    People want applications in the browser. Google docs was crushing microsoft office so bad that MS put in the monumental effort to get word in the web browser. The average users does not care how...

    People want applications in the browser. Google docs was crushing microsoft office so bad that MS put in the monumental effort to get word in the web browser. The average users does not care how hard it is to build a web browser from scratch. They care about being able to click a link and see a document pop up without having to install software which may not work on their OS.

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  14. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    It’s the same thing. People say “I want the site to be able to do this” or “I’m using the other site because they do this and yours doesn’t.”

    It’s the same thing. People say “I want the site to be able to do this” or “I’m using the other site because they do this and yours doesn’t.”

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Live updates: Jeff Bezos heads to space in ~space

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    Moving to where? Even the best case scenario for making other planets survivable is still horrible compared to earth. Bezos just went up and down for a few minutes on a joy ride.

    Moving to where? Even the best case scenario for making other planets survivable is still horrible compared to earth. Bezos just went up and down for a few minutes on a joy ride.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    The PDF format is an adaptation of the format used to print pages. It's primary purpose is to store things in a way that reliably prints. Sure you don't have to print it, but that is what it was...

    The PDF format is an adaptation of the format used to print pages. It's primary purpose is to store things in a way that reliably prints. Sure you don't have to print it, but that is what it was designed for. If you just wanted a text document you would be better off with basic html or an epub (which is html). PDF will never work well on mobile because it has no support for reflowing text or other elements.

    18 votes
  17. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    No because the complexity exists because people wanted it all. The world desired a way to quickly distribute and run applications from untrusted authors and the web was a good way to do that....

    No because the complexity exists because people wanted it all. The world desired a way to quickly distribute and run applications from untrusted authors and the web was a good way to do that. These days the browser is just a sandboxed application runner.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    Reflowing PDFs is almost impossible. The format was made to exactly pixel perfect layout a document ready for printing. Adobe's solution to reflowing is to have AI process the document and try to...

    Reflowing PDFs is almost impossible. The format was made to exactly pixel perfect layout a document ready for printing. Adobe's solution to reflowing is to have AI process the document and try to come up with a more mobile friendly version.

    18 votes
  19. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    PDF is a printing format, not a machine readable format. If you use PDF for anything other than storing data in a nice way to be printed, you are using it wrong. A website as a PDF is about as...

    PDF is a printing format, not a machine readable format. If you use PDF for anything other than storing data in a nice way to be printed, you are using it wrong.

    A website as a PDF is about as misused as it gets.

    17 votes
  20. Comment on Steam Deck - Valve's Switch-style portable gaming PC, starting at $399 USD and shipping in December 2021 in ~games

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    It doesn't really matter because they still sold all of them. Not much point showing people a sold out page faster.

    It doesn't really matter because they still sold all of them. Not much point showing people a sold out page faster.

    6 votes