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  1. Comment on What do you carry with you every day (excluding keys, wallet, and phone)? in ~talk

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    Headphones (AirPods Pro) and a chapstick (burt’s bees standard peppermint). That’s about it. I try and reduce what I carry every day. My wallet is pretty slim (flowfold). I have tried to reduce...

    Headphones (AirPods Pro) and a chapstick (burt’s bees standard peppermint). That’s about it. I try and reduce what I carry every day. My wallet is pretty slim (flowfold). I have tried to reduce the number of keys that I have to carry with little effect. I would love to get a smart lock and ditch a house key, but they are expensive, and I am not sure my roomie would appreciate it.

    Edit: and a watch. Currently an Apple Watch s3 Nike ceramic LTE.

  2. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    Are you referring to the current USA flag as the stars and bars? The Stars and Bars is the actual confederate flag. The flag in question is the confederate battle flag.

    Are you referring to the current USA flag as the stars and bars? The Stars and Bars is the actual confederate flag. The flag in question is the confederate battle flag.

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  3. Comment on Tips for falling asleep in ~talk

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    Try sleep with me podcast. I listen to it every single night. It is bedtime stories for adults.

    Try sleep with me podcast. I listen to it every single night. It is bedtime stories for adults.

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  4. Comment on What is something that you consider a "necessary evil"? in ~talk

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    I get lots of email newsletters that I do look through from time to time, but I don’t want notifications from them. I also want to have semi-permanent access to status emails such as receipts....

    I get lots of email newsletters that I do look through from time to time, but I don’t want notifications from them. I also want to have semi-permanent access to status emails such as receipts. Gmail makes it super easy to access these as needed, but not be alerted about them. Also, gmails sorting is really, really good. It is far better than any complex sorting rules that I could make (I tried when I used protonmail for a bit). Gmails sorting isn’t even set and forget, because it is already setup by default.

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  5. Comment on Teachers are ready to quit rather than put their lives at risk: "Most parents have no idea how bad this is going to be" in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks for the response. It looks like the plan now is for indefinite distance learning, but, like all plans in the time of coronavirus, who knows if it will last. I think the original unmasked...

    Thanks for the response. It looks like the plan now is for indefinite distance learning, but, like all plans in the time of coronavirus, who knows if it will last. I think the original unmasked kids idea had something to do with not being legally allowed to require masks under a certain age, but that info came through 3 or 4 stages of telephone before I got it. At least the district seems to be doing the right thing now.

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  6. Comment on What is something that you consider a "necessary evil"? in ~talk

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    Google. Switching to Apple is an effective way to de-google (some may also consider Apple a necessary evil, but I currently do not. That may change in the future), but I still rely on gmail and...

    Google. Switching to Apple is an effective way to de-google (some may also consider Apple a necessary evil, but I currently do not. That may change in the future), but I still rely on gmail and google domains. I may switch registrars once my renewal comes, but we will see. Gmail provides the automatic filtering into categories, which is invaluable for how I use email. I have highly considered a provider like Hey, but they currently do not allow custom domains, and $100/year is insanely steep for someone who uses email a handful of times each month.

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  7. Comment on Favorite cocktail recipes and unnatural drink experiments? in ~food

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    The Trinidad Sour This is my all time favorite cocktail. I don’t like sweet drinks, and this certainly is not, so if you can’t take some bitterness, pass on this one. The most interesting feature...

    The Trinidad Sour

    This is my all time favorite cocktail. I don’t like sweet drinks, and this certainly is not, so if you can’t take some bitterness, pass on this one. The most interesting feature of this cocktail is that the primary ingredient is not a liquor, but is a bitter, Angostura to be exact. If you can find a store that sells larger bottles of angostura, it isn’t even particularly expensive to make.

    1.5 oz Angostura or other aromatic bitter
    .5 oz Rye whiskey (can work with any whisk(e)y, but rye works best)
    1 oz Amaretto
    .75 oz lemon juice

    Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

    This cocktail is so interesting. It is packed with flavors and has a delightfully heavy and ‘chewy’ consistency. If you like bitter and complex drinks, give it a try.

    Also, I highly recommend the app Mixel for organizing drink recipes and bar ingredients. It includes a Trinidad sour recipe, but mine is better, so here is a link to it:
    https://links.mixelcocktails.com/NwvU

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  8. Comment on Teachers are ready to quit rather than put their lives at risk: "Most parents have no idea how bad this is going to be" in ~health.coronavirus

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    My dad is a 5th grade teacher. One of the district’s ideas was to not require or even request that the students wear masks. I cannot understand the line of reasoning that could attempt to justify...

    My dad is a 5th grade teacher. One of the district’s ideas was to not require or even request that the students wear masks. I cannot understand the line of reasoning that could attempt to justify this idea. I’ll give another thumbs up for a nationwide teacher strike.

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  9. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    Ooh yeah. I calculated from $50/week, not per month. Sounds like you have this calculated out well enough.

    Ooh yeah. I calculated from $50/week, not per month. Sounds like you have this calculated out well enough.

  10. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    You would make about $104 each year with that amount of spending from the gas rewards. The membership is only $60, so you basically get a free membership. Also, if you can take advantage of Costco...

    You would make about $104 each year with that amount of spending from the gas rewards. The membership is only $60, so you basically get a free membership. Also, if you can take advantage of Costco gas, they are around 20-30 cents cheaper per gallon. That makes the savings even better.

  11. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    By the way, the Costco credit card is the best for gas, even if you do not use Costco gas (but you should). You can cash it out every year for actual cash if you don’t shop at Costco much.

    By the way, the Costco credit card is the best for gas, even if you do not use Costco gas (but you should). You can cash it out every year for actual cash if you don’t shop at Costco much.

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  12. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    The eero (non pro, cupcake) can be had for around $70 on sale. It is the exact same device as the pro, but without the second 5ghz radio. For me, it completely replaced a unifi stack (usg 3p,...

    The eero (non pro, cupcake) can be had for around $70 on sale. It is the exact same device as the pro, but without the second 5ghz radio. For me, it completely replaced a unifi stack (usg 3p, usw-8-60w, uap-ac-pro, cloud key 1). So far it has been better in every way than my unifi stack, except configurability. A $70 product replaced a $500 setup, and was better. It would take a lot of cheap access points to recoup this price difference. The eero product is pretty sweet.

  13. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    If you ever find a shop that serves it, Turkish Coffee. It is an older method of making coffee from when filtering was not readily available, and getting a consistent ground size was very...

    If you ever find a shop that serves it, Turkish Coffee. It is an older method of making coffee from when filtering was not readily available, and getting a consistent ground size was very difficult. It gets a consisting size by grinding the coffee to a powder. You then make the coffee on the stove in a special pot. This pot has a lip on it to skim just the liquid off into a small espresso cup. The coffee does still have a lot of grounds in it, because it isn’t ever filtered. It is more of an experience than a morning pick up, but it is quite fun.

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  14. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Why did they think not protecting majority groups was a good idea? Also, do they define majority based on local populations, population of reddit, world population, etc? Wikipedia says the Han...

    Why did they think not protecting majority groups was a good idea? Also, do they define majority based on local populations, population of reddit, world population, etc? Wikipedia says the Han Chinese is the largest ethnic population, so are they the only ethnic group you can be biased against on reddit? According to Wikipedia, California has a higher percentage of Hispanic people than any other population. Does that mean if I post to reddit from California I can be as racist as I want against Hispanic people? If I post to a city or town subreddit, are the rules based upon the demographics of that area? Can I make a racist post towards black people on /r/blackpeople (idk if that even exists). This rule is just so poorly thought out.

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  15. Comment on Apple switches to its own chips for Mac computers as it adds features, privacy controls in ~tech

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    It will also be interesting to see arm desktops. We don’t currently have high performance arm chips that don’t have to worry about thermal loads. Once Apple starts making some, other manufacturers...

    It will also be interesting to see arm desktops. We don’t currently have high performance arm chips that don’t have to worry about thermal loads. Once Apple starts making some, other manufacturers will hopefully do the same.

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  16. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    If you also wanted to get a nas, synology has google docs like software built in. You obviously have to pay for the nas and administer it yourself, but there are no ongoing costs.

    If you also wanted to get a nas, synology has google docs like software built in. You obviously have to pay for the nas and administer it yourself, but there are no ongoing costs.

  17. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    By the way, Apple Music exists on android. The app is review bombed to hell, so don’t judge it from the play store rating. From what I have heard, Apple Music on Android follows material design...

    By the way, Apple Music exists on android. The app is review bombed to hell, so don’t judge it from the play store rating. From what I have heard, Apple Music on Android follows material design better than many google apps.

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  18. Comment on Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 Livestream & Discussion (starts 10AM June 22 PT / 5PM June 23 UTC) in ~tech

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    I will admit that it makes pretty good sense for a phone call. I think apple’s implementation will ultimately be better, but I don't think a notification would have been bad. Still, an incoming...

    I will admit that it makes pretty good sense for a phone call. I think apple’s implementation will ultimately be better, but I don't think a notification would have been bad. Still, an incoming call is an action you must decide on now, and other notifications are something you can view and act upon when you have time.

    My main criticism was with every other extraneous notification in android. Android Auto has a notification. Google Maps Navigation has a notification. Android system has all sorts of extraneous notifications, from switching keyboard inputs (why?) to apps running in the background (but at least they can in android). Every single music player is going to show their own notification. When you pause and try to resume, the player notification will randomly disappear. The now playing widget in ios never moves, hides, or changes. Apps accessing your location gives you a notification. While it is undoubtedly a really awesome feature, the very fact that notification channels had to be developed on android points to how messy the notification tray is.

  19. Comment on Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 Livestream & Discussion (starts 10AM June 22 PT / 5PM June 23 UTC) in ~tech

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    On Android, everything is a notification, especially apps that want to run in the background. I think this is really frustrating. I eventually used auto notification to clean up my notifications,...

    On Android, everything is a notification, especially apps that want to run in the background. I think this is really frustrating. I eventually used auto notification to clean up my notifications, but that is still a mess of regex. On my iPhone, nothing is a notification except actual notifications. It seems that android developers (google, not app devs) want to add features, but can’t figure out how to make it work well, so they just add something to the notification tray. It’s a garbage bin for hacky ui elements. It is refreshing to have my notification tray be only notifications.

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  20. Comment on Turn on multi-factor authentication before crooks do it for you in ~tech

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    If you get a yubikey, you can use the tunic Authenticator app to use totp codes from they key. The device it is plugged into can be hostile, and it still only knows the current code, not the...

    If you get a yubikey, you can use the tunic Authenticator app to use totp codes from they key. The device it is plugged into can be hostile, and it still only knows the current code, not the secret to generate new codes. They have an app for Windows, Mac, iOS, and android, and I think Linux.

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