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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Comment on Elon Musk confirms he's worried SpaceX could go bankrupt in ~tech

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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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Comment on Macron says France will build new nuclear energy reactors in ~news

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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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  12. Comment on Macron says France will build new nuclear energy reactors in ~news

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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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  13. Comment on Viking blood bread in ~food

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    I watched this a couple days ago and wondered what it would look like if you started with an already dark dough like pumpernickel. I can only imagine it would turn out really dark. Could be...

    I watched this a couple days ago and wondered what it would look like if you started with an already dark dough like pumpernickel. I can only imagine it would turn out really dark. Could be interesting for a Halloween dish.

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  14. Comment on Any Star Citizen players here? in ~games

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    I actually just played it for the first time. They're having a free fly event starting 9/20 and ending one week later on 9/27. It's buggy and even with a fairly high end computer there was lots of...

    I actually just played it for the first time. They're having a free fly event starting 9/20 and ending one week later on 9/27.

    It's buggy and even with a fairly high end computer there was lots of frame rate issues, but I'll be damned if isn't highly detailed and visually impressive. From the point my character woke up in their apartment, it probably took me a good hour and a half to actually start flying because everything about how you interact with the world is so different from what I'm used to with relatively simple space sims. Honestly not sure what the actual gameplay is like yet, but I can see why people are hopeful for the future with this amount of attention to detail.

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  15. Comment on MIT scientists report 'major advance' in fusion energy in ~science

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    My understanding is that tritium is extremely hard (and expensive) to get ahold of in large quantities. It’s fairly radioactive and only has a half life of 12.5 years, and that short half life...

    My understanding is that tritium is extremely hard (and expensive) to get ahold of in large quantities. It’s fairly radioactive and only has a half life of 12.5 years, and that short half life means that it doesn’t really occur in nature, at least not near ground level. It also means it’s hard to store, since by definition if you were to wait 12.5 years, half of your supply would decay. It does occur in the atmosphere due to interaction with cosmic rays, but that doesn’t really pose us with an economic source either.

    As a result, it’s really only produced in breeder fission reactors, and there’s only about six of those currently operating (or operable).

    But to get to the root of your question, no it’s not important for the fusion reactor to produce its own tritium. In the case of ITER, it was just a decision that made sense due to cost, limited supply and the amount they would need for their fairly large reactor design. SPARC might be able to get away with just buying small quantities internationally, or possibly even from the US government, but as far as I’m aware they haven’t really publicly discussed that yet.

  16. Comment on MIT scientists report 'major advance' in fusion energy in ~science

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    SPARC shows promise no doubt, and I don't doubt the project as a whole will be successful. However I can't help but be somewhat skeptical of their timeline. SPARC has an aggressive construction...

    SPARC shows promise no doubt, and I don't doubt the project as a whole will be successful. However I can't help but be somewhat skeptical of their timeline.

    SPARC has an aggressive construction deadline of just 4 years, starting this year and ending in 2025. This is in spite of the fact that minor details such as how fuel will be injected have yet to be worked out. No doubt this is to try and compete with ITERs efforts, since ITER actually begins plasma tests in 2025 as well. However the reason ITER doesn't start fusion until 2035 is because its going to take them several years to actually produce enough tritium using their 'breeder blanket' for their fusion experiments. Presumably, SPARC would also need a calibration and testing period, and it also uses deuterium-tritium fuels to ignite fusion. However, where they're getting the tritium is less clear. So which project will attain a Q > 1 first really comes down to two things:

    1. Can SPARC meet its construction deadline?
    2. Can SPARC finish calibration and obtain enough tritium before ITER?

    Overall I would probably put ITER as a safer bet just because there's a greater amount of transparent information about it, and it seems to already have a completed plan with consistently met milestones. SPARC is more of a wild card, but if it can meet deadlines and calibrate + gather tritium faster due it its smaller size, then it very well could succeed ahead of ITER.

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  17. Comment on MIT scientists report 'major advance' in fusion energy in ~science

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    It likely wouldn't be catastrophic in the way a fission reactor would be, since there would be no chance of a chain reaction or melt down. Worst case scenario would be if the superconducting...

    It likely wouldn't be catastrophic in the way a fission reactor would be, since there would be no chance of a chain reaction or melt down. Worst case scenario would be if the superconducting magnets warmed beyond their operating parameters due to a coolant loss.

    Once the superconductors stopped...well superconducting, the magnetic containment field would fail and release the huge ball of fusioning plasma inside. Fortunately, gas cools rapidly as it expands which would immediately stop any ongoing fusion and allow the gas to begin cooling. What happens afterwards is less clear. The huge ball of expanding gas might be contained by the vacuum vessel that ITER and similar designs would employ, though it would certainly cripple the plant and possibly even decommission it. What can be said with certainty, is that it would never grow to be a cataclysmic mushroom cloud like explosion; there simply isn't enough latent energy in any currently planned plant designs to create something like that. What you'd really be worried about would be any dangerous isotopes leaking out after the initial containment breach. Especially tritium, which is one of the fuels ITER will use, since it would react with air and form highly radioactive water that would then pollute the ground water, and take roughly a dozen years decay.

    Regardless, it's important to understand that the sophisticated computer systems, interfaces, safety systems and oversight that exist even in a modern fission plant, (let alone something under the amount of public scrutiny that first generation fusion will be under), make the chances of this happening extremely remote.

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  18. Comment on MIT scientists report 'major advance' in fusion energy in ~science

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    ITER and its successor DEMO are likely to be our first, closest attempts at sustained fusion and they're still painfully far away. ITER won't start deuterium–tritium fusion tests until 2035, and...

    ITER and its successor DEMO are likely to be our first, closest attempts at sustained fusion and they're still painfully far away. ITER won't start deuterium–tritium fusion tests until 2035, and the best we know about DEMO is that it won't start operations until "sometime in the 2050s".

    I really just wish more countries were willing to pony up the cash for more research into these kinds of things. Lord only knows the US spends enough on the military every year that we could make so many breakthroughs if we were willing to re-allocate that money elsewhere. And it seems to be that is the primary problem with fusion research: no singular entity wants to pave the way due to perceived cost.

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  19. Comment on No Man's Sky Frontiers trailer in ~games

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    For me personally, I wouldn’t say nothing they’ve done entices me, especially since I bought the game on a sale. It’s an interesting experience for what I got it for. However, it’s hard to shake...

    For me personally, I wouldn’t say nothing they’ve done entices me, especially since I bought the game on a sale. It’s an interesting experience for what I got it for. However, it’s hard to shake the odd existential feeling the game imparts. There’s just this feeling of incomprehensible vastness, but it all feels meaningless. Overall, I can’t really say I’m a fan of that particular aspect of the game and it impacts my enjoyment.

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  20. Comment on Linus Sebastian tries the Steam Deck in ~games

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    I was actually thinking of something more like using an older chromebook as a thin client. If I'm on the go, I don't necessarily want to, or have the ability to set up a desktop like setup the way...

    I was actually thinking of something more like using an older chromebook as a thin client. If I'm on the go, I don't necessarily want to, or have the ability to set up a desktop like setup the way they did. I could easily carry a wireless trackpad and travel keyboard, but any standalone monitor along with its stand is just going to make the setup too cumbersome.

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