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  1. Comment on What if every theme had its own logo? in ~tildes

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    This is actually really nice, it'd add a cool little touch when you switch themes. Any chance this could be merged into the official site with the themes?

    This is actually really nice, it'd add a cool little touch when you switch themes. Any chance this could be merged into the official site with the themes?

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Please tell me what you think about this idea for a text editor/Linux Distribution combo in ~comp

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    Woooooow, I haven't seen an AlphaSmart in 15 years, but elementary school memories just came rushing back. I remember we used these from 1st to 4th grade, and how you'd have to put your text into...

    Woooooow, I haven't seen an AlphaSmart in 15 years, but elementary school memories just came rushing back. I remember we used these from 1st to 4th grade, and how you'd have to put your text into a Word 2000 document, watching it type at superhuman speed was awesome. Thanks dude, I'd nearly completely forgotten about these.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on List of 32-bit macOS games no longer supported in Catalina, and their status for being updated to 64-bit in ~games

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    Battlestations Midway and Pacific, Civ IV, Simcity 4, Mini Ninjas, geez. Just about my entire Snow Leopard library is dead. :(

    Battlestations Midway and Pacific, Civ IV, Simcity 4, Mini Ninjas, geez. Just about my entire Snow Leopard library is dead. :(

    2 votes
  4. Comment on I think I may be out of the loop in ~tildes

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    I kinda feel like it shouldn't be left to speculation though, for transparency's sake. It should be possible to figure out why someone was banned. That completely went over my head and so...

    I kinda feel like it shouldn't be left to speculation though, for transparency's sake. It should be possible to figure out why someone was banned. That completely went over my head and so obviously I have no idea what's up, but now I'd like to know given that they were a pretty prominent user. I'd like to at least a reason embedded on a user's ban page tbh.

    And if anyone does know but wants to avoid a discussion here, I'd really appreciate even just a quick PM.

    16 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes app ? in ~tildes

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    Last time I heard, no, Tildes was intended to stay as a website only. It's much easier to maintain a website than an app, especially with Tildes being in such an early stage of its development....

    Last time I heard, no, Tildes was intended to stay as a website only. It's much easier to maintain a website than an app, especially with Tildes being in such an early stage of its development. The website's also pretty quick, which negates the usual need for an app - even my 10 year old Epic 4G with only 512MB of RAM can handle it no problem, and it's one of the things I love most about Tildes.

    That being said, I believe there are plans to introduce an API to Tildes that would let an external service interface with it eventually, and I believe someone actually made a basic Python API already. If Tildes had a public API, there would be no technical barriers preventing someone else from developing an app.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crashes at Hartford airport; at least 7 reported dead in ~news

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    Did a double take on seeing this headline, must be the first time in a long time a B-17 has been in the news. That plane had quite the history - built in 1945, served as a rescue plane for a...

    Did a double take on seeing this headline, must be the first time in a long time a B-17 has been in the news. That plane had quite the history - built in 1945, served as a rescue plane for a while, was subjected to 3 nuclear tests, scrapped, rebuilt, crashed the following year, repaired again, flew for history buffs for 30 years, and then crashed for what seems like for good today. Poor plane and poor everyone who died or was injured today. :(

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Should I Get Into Gentoo? (x-post from /r/Gentoo) in ~comp

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    Hey, I was wondering why this seemed familiar! Tbh, if it's not critical for work at the moment, I'd absolutely suggest giving it a shot. You'll learn a lot by doing it and if the level of control...

    Hey, I was wondering why this seemed familiar!

    Tbh, if it's not critical for work at the moment, I'd absolutely suggest giving it a shot. You'll learn a lot by doing it and if the level of control that Gentoo offers is important to you, you won't find that much competition out there in the Linux world - however, definitely give FreeBSD and its expansive ports system a look, or at least once it gains integrated Ryzen graphics support if it doesn't already.

    Even if you later decide you don't like it, getting through a Gentoo install is an excellent learning experience that will help you understand how other distros work too. I used to use a complicated combination of hard drives where some were encrypted and some weren't, and I had to share the encrypted contents with other OS' non-encrypted contents. Even though I wound up not using Gentoo, figuring out how to set it up let me do it manually on Debian and smoothed the process greatly.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Please recommend me a Linux distribution that is super-stable and never make me install again, but at the same time allows me to have some newer packages with ease (xpost /r/FindMeADistro) in ~comp

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    It'll default to installing packages from the regular (stable channel), but if you specify -t debian-backports (or something like that, it's been a while) it'll check that repo first instead of...

    It'll default to installing packages from the regular (stable channel), but if you specify -t debian-backports (or something like that, it's been a while) it'll check that repo first instead of the older one. It also automatically looks at the backports repo if it finds a dependency not satisfied by the regular stable repo iirc. So basically, for your use case, you'd just leave it enabled and then specifically mark it for the few packages you want new.

    Generally, you want to minimize your use of backports on stable where possible, you can get some spectacular dependency loops if you're not careful and mix the two extensively. It's meant for when you need just a couple of programs but still want to keep everything else stable.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Please recommend me a Linux distribution that is super-stable and never make me install again, but at the same time allows me to have some newer packages with ease (xpost /r/FindMeADistro) in ~comp

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    OpenSUSE is the closest I can think of, but what you're asking for is kind of a contradiction. If a distro has packages that are quite recent, then there's inevitably going to be less stability...

    OpenSUSE is the closest I can think of, but what you're asking for is kind of a contradiction. If a distro has packages that are quite recent, then there's inevitably going to be less stability because there won't be as much vetting. I don't know the version of i3 in OpenSUSE LEAP (the stable one), but if it's too old, I know Tumbleweed carries the newest versions of everything but helps to counteract that with extensive automated simulation in virtual machines, which prevents them from pushing unstable updates. I've personally found it to be a little finnicky sometimes (though to its credit, I've never needed to reinstall), but many people swear by it, and I use it myself on my Linux machine and have for years.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Permanent Bootrom Exploit for iOS Devices with A5-A11 Processors in ~tech

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    Yeah, I chose it specifically for the form factor. Not a fan of iOS and definitely not of Apple as a company, but no one else makes small phones anymore, and this is a mighty fine product after...

    Yeah, I chose it specifically for the form factor. Not a fan of iOS and definitely not of Apple as a company, but no one else makes small phones anymore, and this is a mighty fine product after using it for a day. Totally worth it!

    And thanks, I’ll be sure to do that then. Would it be wise to stay on 13.1.1, as opposed to upgrading to any future minor releases?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Permanent Bootrom Exploit for iOS Devices with A5-A11 Processors in ~tech

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    Interesting, thank you very much. Yeah, I’d definitely prefer the untethered if possible, guess I’ll give it a few months and see about jail breaking then. I’ll definitely consider updating then,...

    Interesting, thank you very much. Yeah, I’d definitely prefer the untethered if possible, guess I’ll give it a few months and see about jail breaking then. I’ll definitely consider updating then, especially since it’s unlikely anyone will do it for 12.3 now and there’s always unc0ver.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Permanent Bootrom Exploit for iOS Devices with A5-A11 Processors in ~tech

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    I did! And it’s on 12.3.1 actually. Been absolute ages since I’ve looked into anything jailbreaking or even owned an Apple product, so I don’t know if that’s a good version to be on or not... But...

    I did! And it’s on 12.3.1 actually. Been absolute ages since I’ve looked into anything jailbreaking or even owned an Apple product, so I don’t know if that’s a good version to be on or not... But I have no intentions of updating until I know more, so I won’t accidentally wipe it out.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Permanent Bootrom Exploit for iOS Devices with A5-A11 Processors in ~tech

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    Yeah, that's definitely the biggest downside, but given how rarely I usually reboot my phone, I think I'd still make it. I'll probably first try exploiting iOS 12 if it has it though, since that...

    Yeah, that's definitely the biggest downside, but given how rarely I usually reboot my phone, I think I'd still make it. I'll probably first try exploiting iOS 12 if it has it though, since that one doesn't need to be tethered. I'm hoping eventually someone will make a little device that injects the exploit on the go without needing a computer, that would make this absolutely perfect!

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Permanent Bootrom Exploit for iOS Devices with A5-A11 Processors in ~tech

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    I'm supposed to be getting an iPhone SE later today, so this is perfect, I'm planning on jail breaking it if it's possible to do so. I'd actually gladly trade a physical access vulnerability, at...

    I'm supposed to be getting an iPhone SE later today, so this is perfect, I'm planning on jail breaking it if it's possible to do so. I'd actually gladly trade a physical access vulnerability, at which point I assume the device is compromised anyway, for the customizability and flexibility jail breaking offers.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on When can lying be a virtue? in ~talk

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    Plenty of situations. There's a Dr. House episode actually that explores this theme, where a normally nice guy develops a disease that forces him to yell out his thoughts that he normally...

    Plenty of situations. There's a Dr. House episode actually that explores this theme, where a normally nice guy develops a disease that forces him to yell out his thoughts that he normally concealed or lied about. Does that mean he was never a nice guy? Depends on your school of philosophy I guess, but I believe that a person is defined by their actions and words, not their internal feelings. I don't think the truth is always 100% virtuous because if telling it hurts someone, and the only downside is that you're not telling the truth, it strikes me as a little selfish.

    Lying is a tool just like fire - when used too liberally or not properly controlled, it can cause spectacular damage, but in moderation and in the right places, it keeps you going even in unpleasant situations and shields you from harm. It's neither inherently virtuous nor unvirtuous, it depends on the context.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Slush Idea Bin in ~talk

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    Right? I remember thinking about that a couple years ago, while watching Warehouse 13. Wouldn't it be badass to see a whole crime series in ancient Rome, complete with the trial speeches and...

    Right? I remember thinking about that a couple years ago, while watching Warehouse 13. Wouldn't it be badass to see a whole crime series in ancient Rome, complete with the trial speeches and cameos by famous Roman figures? Really surprised no one seems to have explored that yet.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    Ctrl+W (close tab in Firefox), Ctrl+U (erase line), Ctrl+A (jump to end of line), Ctrl+the Next and Prev page keys on my ThinkPad to skip through a song a few seconds at a time were game changers....

    Ctrl+W (close tab in Firefox), Ctrl+U (erase line), Ctrl+A (jump to end of line), Ctrl+the Next and Prev page keys on my ThinkPad to skip through a song a few seconds at a time were game changers. Much faster than constantly adjusting things with the mouse.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What games would you consider "expired classics"? in ~games

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    Early C&C games, definitely. They were revolutionary for their time, and arguably pioneered the RTS genre; the development of the pathfinding algorithm in particular was a landmark success in...

    Early C&C games, definitely. They were revolutionary for their time, and arguably pioneered the RTS genre; the development of the pathfinding algorithm in particular was a landmark success in Tiberium Dawn, as was the FMV video working on DOS computers of the early 90's without any hardware acceleration.

    Playing them today though, oh god. The movies look like crap and it's difficult to tell what's even going on sometimes. You can't queue units to build nor build from multiple factories. The maps and art style hold up surprisingly well, but they're so low resolution that you have to constantly flick back and forth to keep track of things. Fog of war staying permanently unveiled takes out a lot of strategy. Tank spam is ridiculously OP and hard to counter, especially in RA1, where allies are virtually unviable.

    I love the games for personal nostalgia reasons, for their place in history, and for their charm and uniqueness, but the early C&C games could definitely use some remastering. And fortunately, they're getting it! Tiberium Dawn's getting a brand new remake, and it's shaping up to be really good so far. Super hyped to see how it turns out! :)

    5 votes
  19. Comment on What are your guilty pleasures? in ~talk

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    For a minor kind of pleasure, I'd definitely say curling up under the blanket with a non-alcoholic beer and a bag of chips with a good movie or TV show. It's comforting and a great way to just...

    For a minor kind of pleasure, I'd definitely say curling up under the blanket with a non-alcoholic beer and a bag of chips with a good movie or TV show. It's comforting and a great way to just zone out for a while.

    For a genuinely guilty pleasure, as in something I know isn't good for me, I've been known to occasionally skip class if I feel too busy or overwhelmed. It's not good because I inevitably have to learn what I missed anyway, so it just makes things harder in the long term... but on a really stressful Thursday afternoon facing my last class of the day, it feels so good to just give in and not have to think or worry about anything for an hour. I have a really low stress tolerance and unfortunately, university classes are something I find stressful, or at least mentally exhausting.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Polite vs Helpful in ~talk

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    I don't think these are mutually exclusive tbh, you can give directions to a stranger while still being a little nervous from them, I know I always am. I don't think this kind of thing varies with...

    I don't think these are mutually exclusive tbh, you can give directions to a stranger while still being a little nervous from them, I know I always am. I don't think this kind of thing varies with places, but instead tends to look different based on your own experiences. In your case, since you lived in California, you probably didn't pay very much attention to how tourists were asking for help because you weren't a tourist yourself, and when you went to NY, you were now in that position.

    I've never lived in NY, but I have lived in both Boston and around LA, among other places, and I never observed much of a difference in how people from either place give directions to tourists in general. It really changes much more on an individual level and for that particular person's personality.

    7 votes