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  1. Comment on Coinbase to lay off 18% of staff (1,110 people) because the company grew too quickly and a potential recession "could lead to another crypto winter" in ~finance

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    My own company is going through some restructuring right now, and so projects have been few and far between while things get sorted out. And I'm starting to get boredom related burnout because of...

    just keep hiring, keep the pipelines and university recruiting firing and figure out what to do with the engineers later

    My own company is going through some restructuring right now, and so projects have been few and far between while things get sorted out. And I'm starting to get boredom related burnout because of it, which is not helped by the fact that we're still expected to be 'working'.

    My point being, I really wonder what it would be like to work at a company like the one you describe. Because as bad as my own workplace can be, I can't imagine just going into work with nothing to do, no end in sight and still being expected to be busy. It seems like without a comparatively lax work culture, and some kind of system of fairly distributing whatever work there is to do, it would be a pretty stressful environment to work in.

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  2. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    I'm in kind of an opposite position to OP, I just recently started using Linux, after going my entire life using Windows (in all it's various forms starting from Win 3.x), so I'll throw in my two...

    I'm in kind of an opposite position to OP, I just recently started using Linux, after going my entire life using Windows (in all it's various forms starting from Win 3.x), so I'll throw in my two cents. Part of it is that Linux just has a bad reputation for being technical and user hostile in comparison to other operating systems. Not that this is necessarily the case, but that is the reputation. Lots of my friends were very skeptical about me gaming and daily driving on Linux, and remain surprised whenever I bring up Proton compatibility for one game or another.

    The reality is that both have pros and cons, and both have learning curves. Still, I would say in general Windows has more forgiving roadblocks and errors. Usually they just result in bad user experience and can be tentatively ignored, or have annoying but easily implemented work arounds. Linux problems tend to require more immediate attention and have more technical solutions. This is just my impression as a new user, but that's been how I've felt so far.

    I will say the audio interface thing is weird, but on the other hand I'm almost not surprised. Windows is very particular about drivers, and gets upset when you plug in hardware that isn't expressly made for Windows, or generic enough that it doesn't matter. This can also be applied to the problems with the track pad, and honestly seems to be one of Windows greatest disadvantages that I've come across. Well, aside from constantly trying to push bloatware on you. That's actually the driving reason behind why I've started transitioning away from Windows.

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  3. Comment on UC Berkeley must withhold thousands of acceptance letters after state Supreme Court ruling in ~news

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    It makes me wonder what the parking situation looks like as well. I know this was a huge problem with my university before COVID hit. Enrollment increased by leaps and bounds every semester, and...

    It makes me wonder what the parking situation looks like as well. I know this was a huge problem with my university before COVID hit. Enrollment increased by leaps and bounds every semester, and while parking was never great in the past, it wasn't the apocalyptic mess that it turned into either. Honestly I have a hard time siding with schools that can't adequately accommodate students who are already there. New applicants can go to dozens of different well respected colleges, and their life is not suddenly going to fall into the gutter because they had to go to some other esteemed college.

    But you can definitely adversely affect the performance and emotions of enrolled students who can't reliably find parking or housing. And I think it's important to remember that the betterment of future generations is not the only goal of a college. Colleges, and especially UCs make a lot of money per student, and those 3,000 students represent 10s of millions of future income for UCB.

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  4. Comment on China’s Xi asks Putin to negotiate with Ukraine in ~news

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    China can only benefit from taking a position like this in a war that it's completely removed from. Obviously it's hypocrisy, but it feeds into the propaganda that China is a peaceful nation which...

    China can only benefit from taking a position like this in a war that it's completely removed from. Obviously it's hypocrisy, but it feeds into the propaganda that China is a peaceful nation which only acts to retake land rightfully belonging to it.

    Also goes without saying that China doesn't want one of its neighbors being excluded from the global market. Even though Russia makes up a surprisingly small portion of Chinas import/export market, it's still about 2-3%, which is enough to cause billions in damage. And there are larger implications for other Chinese neighbors like Mongolia and Kazakhstan which rely on Russia for closer to 25% of their import market.

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  5. Comment on Steam Deck launch day megathread in ~games

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    I'm not sure it's a matter of power, in the case of a dedicated PC install. But if the optimization and secret sauce as you say isn't there, then who knows. It does seem like in previous...

    doesn't have the raw power most VR games demand

    I'm not sure it's a matter of power, in the case of a dedicated PC install. But if the optimization and secret sauce as you say isn't there, then who knows. It does seem like in previous iterations of SteamOS, VR support was a complaint many users had. Regardless, it will be hard to say until a download or repo for 3.0 comes out. Currently Valve only has SteamOS 2.x available to the public, unless you're lucky enough to already have a Steam Deck.

  6. Comment on Steam Deck launch day megathread in ~games

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    A Steam console would need to have some kind of added benefit to it, and be priced similarly to offerings from Sony or Microsoft. Open support for VR (not being locked down to one headset) would...

    A Steam console would need to have some kind of added benefit to it, and be priced similarly to offerings from Sony or Microsoft. Open support for VR (not being locked down to one headset) would be a start though, and there's already a lot of nice to have's baked into the Steam Deck, so it's not out of the question that Valve could pull it off.

    The problem is that, I see a lot of people just thinking they may as well hook up their gaming laptop or move their existing desktop if they ever want a console experience. Not that most people would follow through with it, but the simple fact that its an option makes buying a steam console less attractive. The Steam Deck is different because no one wants, or expects to play their bulky gaming computer on the bus, and even a gaming laptop can be quite hefty. And yet the Deck is easily carried, just as powerful and comes with the same benefits. So one way or another, you'd need to convince people they could benefit from owing a Steam Console.

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  7. Comment on Steam Deck launch day megathread in ~games

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    Does that mean VR would work on desktop once SteamOS 3.0 becomes available as a public download? Seems like I remember hearing VR can be dodgy on Linux, but if Valve has patched that up and it's...

    Does that mean VR would work on desktop once SteamOS 3.0 becomes available as a public download? Seems like I remember hearing VR can be dodgy on Linux, but if Valve has patched that up and it's just a matter of hardware capability this is actually great news.

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  8. Comment on Star Wars: Project 4K80 (Empire) Beta is out! in ~movies

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    Honestly, the way that Lucas and Disney have as a whole handled Star Wars feels very inauthentic to me. I used to be REALLY into Star Wars as a kid because it was probably the most fleshed out and...

    Honestly, the way that Lucas and Disney have as a whole handled Star Wars feels very inauthentic to me. I used to be REALLY into Star Wars as a kid because it was probably the most fleshed out and easily accessible sci-fi universe out there, hell it probably still is. But I can't stand the constant whiplash caused by reversing previously established content. And learning that it's kind of always been this way...makes me feel worse about it. As just one example, Lucas sanctioned a completely different explanation for what The Clone Wars were before the prequels came out. What really did it for me though were all the snafu's that happened while I was a young adult: the cancelling of the EU, the sequel handling, the EA exclusivity. It just feels like a massive disservice to the original material.

    Since then, I've really just fallen out of love with the franchise. I view it much more like Marvel now. It's hit or miss content that's mostly enjoyable, but all very same-y, and I don't have any deeper feelings about it.

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  9. Comment on I think I know why you can't hire engineers right now in ~tech

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    I wasn’t sure about this article at first, but upon review it does hold true with me. I’d like a new job and WFH would definitely be a goal. If I’m not working remote, the only reason I’d be ok...

    I wasn’t sure about this article at first, but upon review it does hold true with me. I’d like a new job and WFH would definitely be a goal. If I’m not working remote, the only reason I’d be ok with that would be if I get to play with expensive equipment I wouldn’t have access to at home.

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  10. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Do you know if there's a difference between Brie Aux Truffe and Brie Truffe Maison? That's what it was called at my cheese shop, and I'm wondering if it's just a regional thing, but I'm not...

    Do you know if there's a difference between Brie Aux Truffe and Brie Truffe Maison? That's what it was called at my cheese shop, and I'm wondering if it's just a regional thing, but I'm not getting anything conclusive to show up.

    Grand Crème / Triple Cream Brie

    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to check it out!

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  11. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Over the holidays I discovered a specialty cheese shop in my general area, and I have to say, I've been really enjoying going there whenever I've had an excuse. Two of my favorite things I've...

    Over the holidays I discovered a specialty cheese shop in my general area, and I have to say, I've been really enjoying going there whenever I've had an excuse. Two of my favorite things I've tried there was a very buttery brie stuffed with mascarpone and black truffles, and a cheese with spices and wild flowers in the rind that gives it a very floral Italian flavor, almost like pizza.

    I also baked some Sticky Toffee Pudding over the holidays because my parents and some friends they had over for Christmas dinner practically begged me to, and I feel like it was a mistake. They each took the tiniest piece and then left me with 3/4 of the cake remaining for myself to eat even though I'm trying to diet. It legitimately is one of my favorite things to bake because it has a great flavor, but as a steamed cake/pudding it can be finnicky to get just right. Anyways, I'm pretty sure most of it will go bad at this point and I'm upset because it's not something you can just make from a box recipe.

    As for drinks my SO's family recently uncorked some mead that had been left bottle aging for a while. They'd originally brewed it themselves about 5 years ago, but it tasted...not great. They've been periodically opening bottles every year or so since then just hoping it would get better, and apparently this year was it. All the off notes are gone and it seriously just tastes like wildflower honey now, though obviously less concentrated and more like a sweet red wine in terms of sweetness and texture. I've bought mead from stores before and it never really lived up to expectations, but this stuff tastes like how I always wished mead tastes.

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  12. Comment on Elon Musk confirms he's worried SpaceX could go bankrupt in ~space

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    I doubt he's really that worried considering his wealth increased significantly during COVID. At this point, SpaceX will never go full chapter 7 because Musk will be able to just bail out the...

    I doubt he's really that worried considering his wealth increased significantly during COVID. At this point, SpaceX will never go full chapter 7 because Musk will be able to just bail out the company with his own money.

    It's frustrating though, because on one hand I'd say he's within his rights to be annoyed at the profitability of his business, and he is a public figure so it's not unreasonable for people to ask him questions about that. But yeah, all his public statements about his businesses are thinly veiled attempts at market manipulation. Really wish people would just stop caring about him and giving him attention, he's not some great visionary and he's terrible to work for. Even if he did achieve his goals of space colonization, I shudder at what that future would look like.

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  13. Comment on Riot Games' ’Arcane’ renewed for season 2 by Netflix in ~tv

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    It's good to know that you don't need knowledge or experience with the game itself to get into this show. I've never played LoL, and I've been hesitant to watch because I was worried it would rely...

    It's good to know that you don't need knowledge or experience with the game itself to get into this show. I've never played LoL, and I've been hesitant to watch because I was worried it would rely on fan service or some kind of pre-existing interest in the franchise.

    With this in mind, and given everyone seems to be raving about it, I'll definitely give it a watch when I have time.

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  14. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    My previous job was working for an estate sale company, and our basic procedure once we got into a new house was: clean, organize, research. And my boss made sure we researched everything. Because...

    My previous job was working for an estate sale company, and our basic procedure once we got into a new house was: clean, organize, research. And my boss made sure we researched everything. Because often times some small thing you never suspect is worth money, actually is. For more common items, a quick eBay search was all we needed. But for the obscure stuff that needed genuine research to figure out their history, significance and value, we used Google images to try and see if we could find a visual match.

    And of course, Pinterest liked to make that process harder. Most of the stuff Pinterest polluted the search results with was just irrelevant garbage. But the most frustrating results were ones that matched perfectly but wouldn't divulge the source or description, just as you said. Not long into that job I just started filtering Pinterest out completely when I had to use Google, and I ended up training my coworkers to do the same because there's no use trying to gain any valuable information from that site.

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  15. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    My monitors are 1080p to the left and right and one 4k monitor in the middle, all at 60hz. So there might be some problems for the moment. I guess if Wayland works better with Nvidia in the future...

    My monitors are 1080p to the left and right and one 4k monitor in the middle, all at 60hz. So there might be some problems for the moment. I guess if Wayland works better with Nvidia in the future it will be alright though, and I probably wouldn't be making the jump just yet anyways.

    I do feel like I have to ask what coming soon™ looks like in the Linux world though. Is this something that will be fleshed out in a couple years? Or are we talking more like a few months? It's really hard to gauge statements like this without any real experience in the Linux community.

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  16. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    Nice! I was also wondering how modded games performed, but it seems like that settles that question.

    Nice! I was also wondering how modded games performed, but it seems like that settles that question.

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  17. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    Yeah I almost exclusively play singleplayer games via steam. There are maybe...4 games I have outside of steam, or which use anti-cheat that I care about? And I don't mind if I have to keep those...

    Yeah I almost exclusively play singleplayer games via steam. There are maybe...4 games I have outside of steam, or which use anti-cheat that I care about? And I don't mind if I have to keep those on a secondary partition because I'll probably need that for some of the engineering software I use anyways. But it's not something I would want to rely on often for gaming purposes.

    I have an RTX 3070 for my GPU so I should be able to play the latest Vulkan or DX12 games, but bringing up different versions of DX makes me wonder about a couple things:

    1. How is the performance for older games anyways? I've been playing modded Morrowind in my free time lately and it already gets kinda choppy at times. It's fine for the most part, but I'm not sure how I'd feel if it got noticeably worse.

    2. How is the support for things like DLSS and Raytracing under Linux/Proton? Or even VR for that matter? I know from watching LTT that NVIDIAs drivers seem to leave something to be desired and/or be difficult to use, but I'm not sure how that affects these features.

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    Also the big thing that worries me about Linux is multi-screen support. I have three screens and Luke from LTT struggled with two, so advice would be appreciated on that front.

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  18. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    If I don't play anything with anti-cheat protection, is there any reason not to switch now? I'm curious how Proton performance compares to native windows these days. If the perf is close...

    If I don't play anything with anti-cheat protection, is there any reason not to switch now? I'm curious how Proton performance compares to native windows these days. If the perf is close enough/high enough on current gen hardware then maybe I'll just migrate to Linux...

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  19. Comment on Macron says France will build new nuclear energy reactors in ~enviro

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    I like the idea of a reactor you can basically just ship anywhere and hook up to the grid, and I'm assuming the benefit here is that the ocean provides natural cooling for the reactor, without the...

    I like the idea of a reactor you can basically just ship anywhere and hook up to the grid, and I'm assuming the benefit here is that the ocean provides natural cooling for the reactor, without the need for complicated pumping equipment, cooling ponds etc.

    But I find the idea that it's more secure against tampering to be questionable, if not moot. There are existing reactor designs, designed such that they reach a fissionless steady-state in the event of plant failure, rather than catastrophically melting down Chernobyl style. CANDU is a great example of an implemented design that does just that. And I'm not certain how I feel about the inherent inaccessibility of the design as a whole. Modern reactors generally need a lot of maintenance and supervision.

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  20. Comment on Macron says France will build new nuclear energy reactors in ~enviro

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    Sounds like it's been delayed multiple times throughout the project due to poor QC/QA. Bad welds in particular seem to make up a lot of of the delays, and the most recent delay is no exception....

    That is, assuming the problems with the EPR plants can be solved.

    Sounds like it's been delayed multiple times throughout the project due to poor QC/QA. Bad welds in particular seem to make up a lot of of the delays, and the most recent delay is no exception. While I can't imagine any reason why this couldn't be fixed, I do find it strange that it all comes down to something relatively simple. However, per Wikipedia it sounds like they can't actually start loading fuel into the reactor until they fix the problem and go through another round of quality checks. And since the fuel loading/startup procedure itself takes about a year, that means no electricity for another 2 years or so. Kind of a shame really.

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