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  1. Comment on Volvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030 – it will phase out all car models with internal combustion engines, including hybrids in ~finance

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    I’m not who you asked, but I’ll throw my 2 cents in. It feels really good to master something. Stick shift is like that. Once you are well practiced, everything runs smoothly. When you are in a...

    I’m not who you asked, but I’ll throw my 2 cents in.

    It feels really good to master something. Stick shift is like that. Once you are well practiced, everything runs smoothly. When you are in a complex driving scenario, you are constantly making decisions. But you are also operating the car without being conscious of it. Then you look back on all the things you did instinctively and it is exhilarating.

    I love driving around San Francisco’s hills in a stick. No hill hold, no fancy helper electronics, just me, a shift knob, a handbrake, and my three pedals. I haven’t met a single person who agrees with me. Most people stop driving a stick once they drive in SF.

    That being said, I don’t care about a simulated stick shift in an electric car. In an automatic, you still have to think about shifting, only you have no direct control of it. You have to do things like step on the gas not to accelerate, but to make the car shift so you have the option of accelerating quickly. That is not a problem with a single gear electric car.

    What I really want is single pedal driving. You still use the brake pedal for emergencies, but you use only the gas pedal for normal driving. When fully released, the car provides moderate braking force (about what you would use slowing down to a stop). This, to me, seems like the true future of (human) driving.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What technology is going to "come home" in the future? in ~talk

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    You could preheat your oven just by asking your smart assistant. You could easily schedule exactly when a dishwasher load should run (most have a timer, but they are clunky). If we get really...

    You could preheat your oven just by asking your smart assistant. You could easily schedule exactly when a dishwasher load should run (most have a timer, but they are clunky). If we get really smart, the oven and stove could turn off (after notifying you) if you take everything off and forget. The fridge can notify and order more water filters when they get low. Furnace/water heater can notify and schedule services. Washing machine and dryer can notify your phone or smart speaker. Smoke detectors can directly call emergency services (with the ability to cancel).

    There is a value add for almost appliances in a modern fruit. Even if you don’t find value in the features, some people will.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Barack Obama launches ‘Renegades: Born In The USA’ podcast with Bruce Springsteen in ~misc

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    Overcast didn’t pick it up for me, so I downloaded pocket casts and it has it! Pocket casts wouldn’t let me copy the feed url, so I exported an OPML to get the feed. This url worked within...

    Overcast didn’t pick it up for me, so I downloaded pocket casts and it has it! Pocket casts wouldn’t let me copy the feed url, so I exported an OPML to get the feed. This url worked within overcast, and presumably any other podcast apps that support urls.

    Here it is if anyone is in the same position: https://spotifeed.timdorr.com/42xagXCUDsFO6a0lcHoTlv

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Barack Obama launches ‘Renegades: Born In The USA’ podcast with Bruce Springsteen in ~misc

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    It looks like a Spotify exclusive. Is there any way to add it to a real podcast player?

    It looks like a Spotify exclusive. Is there any way to add it to a real podcast player?

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Elon Musk should come clean: Tesla’s emissions are rising in ~enviro

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    Thanks for the source. I know I had seen similar stuff but I didn’t feel like finding it again. Yeah, no kidding. This is probably the worst problem with electric cars (and all electric devices)...

    Thanks for the source. I know I had seen similar stuff but I didn’t feel like finding it again.

    That is also not even getting into the rare metal mining trade.

    Yeah, no kidding. This is probably the worst problem with electric cars (and all electric devices) right now. I wish Tesla would do something about it. With a company their size throwing their weight around, something might even change.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Elon Musk should come clean: Tesla’s emissions are rising in ~enviro

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    Quick side note: electric cars on dirty grids is almost always better than internal combustion cars. It is far easier to regulate emissions on a handful of power plants than for every car on the...

    Quick side note: electric cars on dirty grids is almost always better than internal combustion cars. It is far easier to regulate emissions on a handful of power plants than for every car on the road. How many people replace their catalytic converters when they wear out unless the government forces them to? Also, as the grid transitions to renewables, local electric cars get a smaller carbon footprint. Local gas cars still blow just as much smoke.

    That being said, you are correct. Transparency is always good.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Texas' grid operator warns rolling blackouts are possible as winter storm escalates demand for electricity in ~enviro

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    I am not knowledgeable in the subject, but the statement about California seems very wrong. Texas’ issue is clearly on the generation side. California’s issue is on the transmission side. Even if...

    I am not knowledgeable in the subject, but the statement about California seems very wrong. Texas’ issue is clearly on the generation side. California’s issue is on the transmission side. Even if it weren’t, California can buy power from the west coast grid easily.

    California did have rolling blackouts, but not because of a lack of power generation. It was because transmission lines were almost completely unmaintained.

    Also, not having power is not as big of a deal when you don’t need climate control like Texas does.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    1Password is great. I switched my family from bitwarden to 1Password about a year ago. Since I got it setup, I haven’t received any calls about 1Password not working (user error calls happen as...

    1Password is great. I switched my family from bitwarden to 1Password about a year ago. Since I got it setup, I haven’t received any calls about 1Password not working (user error calls happen as always). It is the first password manager that I have used that is rock solid stable. If you are the “tech support” person of your family, 1Password is the best.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Need a laptop for school, budget $2000, details inside in ~tech

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    I would like to shill for the M1 a bit more. Please indulge me :) I just bought a bit of software to upscale my parents vhs wedding footage. Topaz labs video enhance AI. This software will use any...

    I would like to shill for the M1 a bit more. Please indulge me :)

    I just bought a bit of software to upscale my parents vhs wedding footage. Topaz labs video enhance AI. This software will use any and all gpu power you can throw at it. My desktop has a GTX 1070ti and a quadro M4000. This software runs at the same speed on my 1070ti as it does on my M1 air.

    To be clear, don’t expect the same gaming performance as a 1070ti on the air. But if and when you need to do some heavy compute tasks, the air will do very well. This is insane performance for a fanless laptop that has insane battery life.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Shadow Of Mordor's nemesis system is patented, which sucks in ~games

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    Yep. They still have “multiplayer” in the form of vengeance missions for other players death and online fight pits for your war chief. You can disregard all of that. The only annoying thing I...

    Yep. They still have “multiplayer” in the form of vengeance missions for other players death and online fight pits for your war chief. You can disregard all of that.

    The only annoying thing I found was an ad in all the menus to get an exp boost for signing up for Warner brothers newsletter. I tried to sign up and the interface wouldn’t even let me select the option.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Shadow Of Mordor's nemesis system is patented, which sucks in ~games

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    Xcom 2 war of the chosen also did a nemesis system. They weren’t randomly generated, but they were possibly better because of it. Sidenote: I played through SoM a few years ago, and I thought the...

    Xcom 2 war of the chosen also did a nemesis system. They weren’t randomly generated, but they were possibly better because of it.

    Sidenote: I played through SoM a few years ago, and I thought the nemesis system was spectacular. I am not a game developer, but I didn’t see any obvious improvements they could make. Now I am playing SoW, and they improved every single aspect of the system somehow. It is so much deeper than it was in SoM.

    If anyone has been waiting to play SoW because of the micro transactions, you will be pleased to know that they removed them, rebalanced the game, and never added them back in. Definitely worth playing. It has become one of my top games of all time.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Robinhood gets $1 billion infusion, signaling cash crunch in ~finance

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    When a stock trading platform goes insolvent, what happens to people’s shares? Are they owned in the person’s own name, or by Robinhood on behalf of the person? Does the bankruptcy court seize all...

    When a stock trading platform goes insolvent, what happens to people’s shares? Are they owned in the person’s own name, or by Robinhood on behalf of the person? Does the bankruptcy court seize all the shares and redistribute them to the affected parties?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on How long does a bottle of wine last after it is opened? in ~food

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    In California, winemakers cannot add sugar to wines. They can add grape juice concentrate, but that has the exact same sugars as the juice itself. I am pretty sure that most areas that have...

    In California, winemakers cannot add sugar to wines. They can add grape juice concentrate, but that has the exact same sugars as the juice itself. I am pretty sure that most areas that have serious viticulture have similar rules.

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  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    FYI beat saber now supports custom songs. If you still have a backup of your modded install, you can probably just drag and drop the custom song folder to the clean beat saber install. There are...

    FYI beat saber now supports custom songs. If you still have a backup of your modded install, you can probably just drag and drop the custom song folder to the clean beat saber install. There are some songs that require mods, but most will work out of the box.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Pfizer will ship fewer vaccine vials to account for ‘extra’ doses in ~health.coronavirus

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    The article makes it seem that getting the sixth dose out is less than a guarantee. Some pharmacies haven’t been able to do it, and some need special equipment and syringes. It seems just as bad...

    The article makes it seem that getting the sixth dose out is less than a guarantee. Some pharmacies haven’t been able to do it, and some need special equipment and syringes. It seems just as bad to pay Pfizer for 6 doses when only 5 are able to be used as the opposite.

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  16. Comment on What's your hardware setup? in ~tech

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    When I last checked, things for amd cpus were a bit better. (Don’t quote me on this) Anything ryzen would work, it just can’t run 32 bit code, only 64. Since Catalina sunsetted all 32 but...

    When I last checked, things for amd cpus were a bit better. (Don’t quote me on this) Anything ryzen would work, it just can’t run 32 bit code, only 64. Since Catalina sunsetted all 32 but libraries, that isn’t a big issue.

    I also think nvidia gpus are out completely now. Maybe the really old ones. Really a bummer for me as I have an nvidia gpu and gsync monitor.

    I have an oculus rift, which will never work on macOS.

    I pretty much decided to not bother with a hackintosh when LinusTechTips said even they couldn’t get messages working on their hack pro. I think my eventual goal is to keep my gaming pc connected only to my rift, and get some Mac as a desktop. Then I can use steam game streaming for my flat gaming.

  17. Comment on What's your hardware setup? in ~tech

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    I use it for all of my general computing tasks. Web browsing, light programming, document writing, a few steam games, etc. The only issues I have had is bad performance in steam (the app itself,...

    I use it for all of my general computing tasks. Web browsing, light programming, document writing, a few steam games, etc. The only issues I have had is bad performance in steam (the app itself, games are fine. Something to do with gpu acceleration), and steam input game pad drivers not working (because valve still uses deprecated kernel drivers for steam input).

    I am honestly curious what programs you have a problem with on an M1. In my experience, the Rosetta performance and accuracy is amazing. The only way to really tell what programs use Rosetta is through resource monitor.

    I just remembered brew. It is a bummer not having it available for M1 yet. I know there are ways to run it through Rosetta, but it doesn’t distribute universal binaries yet, and I couldn’t get it to work.

  18. Comment on What's your hardware setup? in ~tech

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    The M1 hardware is astonishingly good. I am sure that any of the myriad reviews can speak its praises better than I can. I now have a laptop that has no fan and, in some workloads, is better than...

    The M1 hardware is astonishingly good. I am sure that any of the myriad reviews can speak its praises better than I can. I now have a laptop that has no fan and, in some workloads, is better than my gaming desktop. It can even run factorio admirably. It is almost as fast as my desktop at factorio, and that is running through Rosetta.

    I only started using macOS with Catalina. I only used it for a few months before Big Sur came out, so I don’t know much of the history and evolution of macOS.

    What I do know is that almost every UX decision is miles better than windows. I really wish Mac gaming was possible, or that vale released proton for Mac. If they did, I would go through the headache of turning my desktop into a hackintosh.

    There are some pretty annoying things though. The notification interaction is the biggest problem with Big Sur. It was way better on Catalina. Having to hover over a tiny cross section of the popup to close it is stupid. Not having the options there unless you hover is stupid. Still, I have to deal with windows regularly. I would take macOS over windows any day. I would even pay the “Apple Tax” on a gaming computer if it were possible to game on Mac (although not if that Apple tax reached Mac Pro levels).

    6 votes