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  1. Comment on What is this Gemini thing anyway, and why am I excited about it? in ~tech

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    I'm probably wrong but this doesn't seem that different from what could be accomplished with a simple REST api. The separation of content from presentation can easily be seen with reddit's api and...

    I'm probably wrong but this doesn't seem that different from what could be accomplished with a simple REST api. The separation of content from presentation can easily be seen with reddit's api and its many clients. With that in mind why spend time on gemini building new clients, servers, libraries instead of just making basic http requests.

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  2. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    Integrating SMS and IMessage into the same application is typically what leads to Iphone users sending content that cant be properly displayed to other users. They should probably be separate...

    Integrating SMS and IMessage into the same application is typically what leads to Iphone users sending content that cant be properly displayed to other users. They should probably be separate applications, so It could make sense wanting to force IMessage to act within one system or the other.

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  3. Comment on Spreadsheet horror stories in ~tech

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    I think we can agree these issue are all very common, even when they don't lead to loss of millions of dollars. I see some of these issues in my own spreadsheets. The most complex one I've been...

    I think we can agree these issue are all very common, even when they don't lead to loss of millions of dollars. I see some of these issues in my own spreadsheets. The most complex one I've been managing is my budgeting spreadsheet.

    Which honestly shouldn't be too complicated as it is basically 3 parts. Income aggregation, subtracting expense and savings goals, and then calculating distributions to accounts from there. But excel has a way of getting away from you and something that should be simple turns into a fragile web of cell references that is hard to maintain or modify.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on [Google IO 2021] A high-level overview of how Excalidraw works and the browser APIs it uses in ~comp

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    I have spent some time with it now and it works well enough. My main disappointment I think is that this is presented as some sort of progress. However there are a ton of similar drawing apps that...

    I have spent some time with it now and it works well enough. My main disappointment I think is that this is presented as some sort of progress. However there are a ton of similar drawing apps that each have slightly different feature sets. I would also compare it to Google's jamboards, Microsoft Whiteboard, Lucidchart, and I'm sure many others.

    The distribution (web app) is slightly unique but I don't actually value it that much. There's really not that big of a difference between going to a website and downloading an app from an app store. But as far the app itself, I just wish we would've made more progress in the last 20+ years since Microsoft Paint came out.

    Lastly, I'm unclear what Excalidraw+ is. I can't seem to find if they're letting people host their own service if Excalidraw+'s features are proprietary. Do you know?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on [Google IO 2021] A high-level overview of how Excalidraw works and the browser APIs it uses in ~comp

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    Thank you for sharing this. It's interesting to see what projects are out there being worked on. But I am struck by how 'boring' Excalidraw is. It's using 'new' technology but is doing something...

    Thank you for sharing this. It's interesting to see what projects are out there being worked on. But I am struck by how 'boring' Excalidraw is. It's using 'new' technology but is doing something that's been possible for probably 20 years. The distribution might be different but other than that I'm curious why people are bothering.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on I mailed an AirTag and tracked its progress; Here’s what happened in ~tech

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    I find it a bit frustrating that Apple is able to leverage its customers devices like this to implement products/features that in my view have ethical concerns that society hasn't had a chance to...

    I find it a bit frustrating that Apple is able to leverage its customers devices like this to implement products/features that in my view have ethical concerns that society hasn't had a chance to really discuss.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I beat the remastered version of Destroy All Humans. I'd actually been playing through the original before that and nearly beat that as-well. It's a well done remaster that actually includes a...

    I beat the remastered version of Destroy All Humans. I'd actually been playing through the original before that and nearly beat that as-well. It's a well done remaster that actually includes a fair number of gameplay changes/improvements which I wasn't expecting.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    It doesn't have to work that way does it? I think this is a similar issue that Movies ran into and created Movies Anywhere. Basically just a higher level account that stores integrate with so...

    It doesn't have to work that way does it? I think this is a similar issue that Movies ran into and created Movies Anywhere. Basically just a higher level account that stores integrate with so you'd be able to have your media in a single place.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    While others have mentioned the cost could be somewhat high I would suggest you search for someone for each step. That way you don't get stuck with someone for the whole project. Or at-least break...

    While others have mentioned the cost could be somewhat high I would suggest you search for someone for each step. That way you don't get stuck with someone for the whole project. Or at-least break the tasks down into Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation, and possibly Rendering. That kind of covers the things people specialize in. Modeling/Texturing and Rigging/Animation can probably be grouped together if needed.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Let's make more MST3K in ~tv

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    That standard could actually be fine if they planning things out a bit more. The issue Netflix has is they don't provide closure for any of their shows. I'm fine with Santa Clarita Diet being a...

    That standard could actually be fine if they planning things out a bit more. The issue Netflix has is they don't provide closure for any of their shows. I'm fine with Santa Clarita Diet being a two season show. But that has to be known by the writers and creators. Otherwise the end result for Netflix is literally a half baked show rather than something self contained that people can recommend.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I was not aware of Plaintext Accounting, It'll definitely play around with it as it seems like it could be fun. If it makes sense I'll see if I can support plain text as a format. I didn't mention...

    I was not aware of Plaintext Accounting, It'll definitely play around with it as it seems like it could be fun. If it makes sense I'll see if I can support plain text as a format. I didn't mention the actual data entry would happen through a simple web-app that simplifies adding information.

    The reason for choosing JSON is that I want the focus to move away from individual transactions to defining complex financial situations and relationships. So the full flow is actually Input data into web app -> output financial definition -> extrapolate info from that definition -> generate interactive visualizations

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I've been putting slightly more effort into a personal finance tool. The concept is basically an openAPI spec for personal finance and budgeting....

    I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I've been putting slightly more effort into a personal finance tool. The concept is basically an openAPI spec for personal finance and budgeting. You define a JSON/YAML that describes a persons's financial situation. Which can then be processed into an interactive web visualization.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Volkswagen is rebranding its North American division as 'Voltswagen' in ~finance

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    I think it's more likely just a momentum issue. Once a company really starts to get behind electric cars it can take 3-5 years to really get going from a manufacturing perspective. But that...

    I think it's more likely just a momentum issue. Once a company really starts to get behind electric cars it can take 3-5 years to really get going from a manufacturing perspective. But that turnaround is much shorter for marketing. So optimistically Voltswagon will slowly have more to show over the next couple years.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    The main even for me was updating my home assistant hardware to home assistant blue. Which looks great. Unfortunately, they now support 3 separate z-wave integrations and the one I was using is...

    The main even for me was updating my home assistant hardware to home assistant blue. Which looks great. Unfortunately, they now support 3 separate z-wave integrations and the one I was using is considered deprecated. On-top of that the one they recommend doesn't seem to support one of my sensors which is slightly frustrating.
    Otherwise, I'll be able to use the freed up raspberry pi to setup pi-hole which will be nice.

    Edit: I actually fixed the unsupportd z-wave sensor issue 🎉

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What are the single best resources for learning something new? in ~talk

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    I think @akir hit the nail on the head. But to make their point a bit more abstract people need a map. The internet can tell you about pretty much anything but you need to know what you're looking...

    I think @akir hit the nail on the head. But to make their point a bit more abstract people need a map. The internet can tell you about pretty much anything but you need to know what you're looking for. Therefore some type of map or guidance on a topic is essential.

    In my opinion this actually expands beyond just learning and into problem solving in general. If you don't have a way to see all the possible bases of knowledge and tools in-front of you then it'll potentially be harder to accomplish your goals.

    To bring this back to Akir's point, experts are great at this. A teacher knows more about what knowledge is available and what tools are good for what.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Tool to open packaging on USB sticks? in ~misc

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    A Youtube channel I watch did a review of a couple somewhat cheesy devices for opening plastic packaging. It might be helpful as some of them did seem useful. https://youtu.be/4GT2C9VYzP4

    A Youtube channel I watch did a review of a couple somewhat cheesy devices for opening plastic packaging. It might be helpful as some of them did seem useful. https://youtu.be/4GT2C9VYzP4

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Researcher hacks over 35 tech firms via package/dependency managers in ~comp

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    The solution is probably to find the most successful packages and re-write/integrate them into the languages standard library. The goal being to pull those highly popular dependencies into a...

    The solution is probably to find the most successful packages and re-write/integrate them into the languages standard library. The goal being to pull those highly popular dependencies into a 'secure' channel.

    I think the obvious issue at that point is how is all that organized, managed, and funded.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on UK government accused of re-igniting culture war over gender neutral bathrooms in ~lgbt

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    Is there actually any evidence to support this?

    This is because cis men pose a risk of harm to women.

    Is there actually any evidence to support this?

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Update on Xbox Live Gold Pricing in ~games

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    This is deservedly getting backlash and honestly the price hike doesn't seem justified. My pet theory is that this was a condition made with the higher ups to get the funding for Microsoft's...

    This is deservedly getting backlash and honestly the price hike doesn't seem justified. My pet theory is that this was a condition made with the higher ups to get the funding for Microsoft's studio acquisitions but we'll never know. Otherwise it made the most sense for gold to be free and try and push people towards paying for game pass. But this seems like a terrible move and could be the biggest hit to them this generation even if they try and course correct in a year or two.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Biden's first executive order will require masks on federal property in ~health.coronavirus

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    What I don't understand about that thinking is what motivation they think the administration would have. Do they think it's a conspiracy with 'big mask' or an overbearing need to for obedience? Or...

    What I don't understand about that thinking is what motivation they think the administration would have. Do they think it's a conspiracy with 'big mask' or an overbearing need to for obedience? Or maybe Biden just hates jawlines.

    2 votes