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  1. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

  2. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I am going to put my reply to this thread here, since it is also about ketchup. Unsweetened ketchup is so much better than sweetened ketchup. Be careful when testing this though. A bunch of...

    I am going to put my reply to this thread here, since it is also about ketchup.

    Unsweetened ketchup is so much better than sweetened ketchup. Be careful when testing this though. A bunch of ketchups are “no sugar” or something similar. Then they use anything from artificial sugars to date juice to sweeten the ketchup. In my opinion, ketchup just doesn’t need to be sweetened. All it needs is tomatoes, vinegar, and some spices. It just doesn’t need to be sweetened. At my local stores, there are usually about 10 different ketchups, 8 of which are “no sugar”. Only one is actually unsweetened, and I always have to read the ingredients list to find out which.

    For everyone in this thread: find a bottle of actually unsweetened ketchup and try it. You may like it.

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  3. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    Thanks for this detailed write up! Sorry about the rounded corners though. I remember hearing about the notch behavior in reference to menu car items. I just assumed that it was always the...

    Thanks for this detailed write up! Sorry about the rounded corners though.

    I remember hearing about the notch behavior in reference to menu car items. I just assumed that it was always the behavior, and it wasn’t based on their actually being more menu bar items.

    It seems like apple did a decent job at implementation, even if it could be improved. I bet we will see all the PC manufacturers copy this ‘feature’ in the next few years. And, like other people said in this thread, it would be much worse on a system without the menu bar.

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  4. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    About the spaces moving themselves, there may be a way to fix that. In settings > mission control, there is a setting to automatically move spaces based on recent use. I don’t know if this changes...

    About the spaces moving themselves, there may be a way to fix that. In settings > mission control, there is a setting to automatically move spaces based on recent use. I don’t know if this changes the dock/undock behavior, but it might be worth a try.

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  5. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    I use my Magic Trackpad 2 on Windows with Magic Utilities. It’s annoying that I have to pay a subscription for windows drivers, but the software is really good. I mainly got it because of RSI...

    I use my Magic Trackpad 2 on Windows with Magic Utilities. It’s annoying that I have to pay a subscription for windows drivers, but the software is really good.

    I mainly got it because of RSI issues with mousing all day at work with my right hand. Nothing got pad, but I started to get hints of future issues. My current setup is Magic Trackpad on the left (even though I am right handed), Magic keyboard extended in the middle, and, sometimes, a mouse on the right. For almost all of my windows computing, I am 95% as good with a left hand trackpad as a right hand mouse. And my RSI is nonexistent. On macOS, using a mouse once you learn a trackpad is absolutely a step backwards to me.

    Even just 2 years ago, I was absolutely in the anti trackpad camp. They were a stop gap for very limited computing sessions on a laptop. I always carried around a chunky and comfortable mouse with my laptop, despite the inconvenience. Now, when I travel with my Mac laptop, I would never bother packing a mouse because the trackpad would be better. When I travel with my work dell laptop, I always try and fit in my Magic Trackpad if I think I’ll actually need to do much work.

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  6. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    Do you have a notched MacBook? I recall the Accidental Tech Podcast team mentioning the physics around the notch, similar to the physics around the rounded corners. I think it was, when sliding...

    Do you have a notched MacBook? I recall the Accidental Tech Podcast team mentioning the physics around the notch, similar to the physics around the rounded corners. I think it was, when sliding the mouse left to right, it speeds through the notch as if it didn’t exist. Unfortunately I don’t have a device to test this on.

    About it being a logical but not physical screen: this is the same way every single device in existence with a non-square screen has done it. It isn’t a new solution to this problem. Heck, as long ago as the NES, there was a disconnect between the software “screen” and the hardware screen, which the programmers took advantage of. I have never heard of it being an accessibility issue before. Yes, it is something you might have to be aware of in certain programming situations, but I don’t see how it is a user accessibility issue.

  7. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    For what it’s worth, I love the full screen = virtual desktop feature. For me, it is very intuitive to use. Using multiple desktops on macOS, especially with a trackpad, is very easy to do, so...

    For what it’s worth, I love the full screen = virtual desktop feature. For me, it is very intuitive to use. Using multiple desktops on macOS, especially with a trackpad, is very easy to do, so full screen apps get all the advantages of those controls.

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  8. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    I don’t use linux much anymore, but I dabbled a bit, right around the gnome 3 release time. I still use macOS and windows regularly. The apple ecosystem is invaluable for me, but even without...

    I don’t use linux much anymore, but I dabbled a bit, right around the gnome 3 release time. I still use macOS and windows regularly.

    The apple ecosystem is invaluable for me, but even without that, I agree with you. I think, to use macOS to its fullest, you have to unlearn everything you have learned from windows (and windows style linux). If you can do that, you are rewarded with something that makes sense in a way that windows never has. There isn’t anything huge to point to; it’s just a bunch of small things that you get used to over time.

    For example: double clicking to highlight a word. If I remember right, windows XP era would highlight just the word. Sometime between then and windows 10, it changed to highlight the word and the following space. When dragging words around in a sentence, this is better, but when retyping words, you have to remember to type the space afterwards. Even worse, it is not consistent. If there is punctuation after the word, it does not highlight the punctuation. So you can’t just always double click, retype, and include a space. On macOS, it does not highlight anything except the word. But if you drag it around, it will add and remove the spaces necessary to make the formatting correct.

    Another example: autosave. The windows paradigm is only manual saves, saves on a fixed schedule, or continuous autosaves. This is even worse with software like Office that only support autosave if you are saving to onedrive (bonus points for having some features that break if you use onedrive). In macOS, it continuously autosaves, but not to the file you are editing, giving the best of both worlds. If you have Pages open, edit a bunch, and close Pages (or reboot), it will close without a fuss. Next time you open pages, your edited document will open up with all the edits preserved, and you can save it back to the file when you want. This, coupled with the “reopen windows after reboot” feature, makes reboots much less annoying. Functionally, a reboot does nothing to the current state of your computer. Everything you had open is still running (as long as the programs are well written).

    Also display scaling on macOS is amazing, and windows is a dumpster fire. I seriously don’t understand why Microsoft hasn’t just copied apples technique.

    I had never thought about features like this being useful, until I used a system that has them. Sometimes I wish I had never used macOS. The entire business world, along with PC gaming, is so utterly tied to windows that I’ll never get away from it. Now that I know what good computing can be, it’s really hard to deal with windows’ bullshit.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Hard water solutions? in ~life

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    I live in an area that apparently has relatively hard water, but not exceptional. I have never experienced any of the issues you listed or anything else that should be attributed to water...

    I live in an area that apparently has relatively hard water, but not exceptional. I have never experienced any of the issues you listed or anything else that should be attributed to water hardness. My parents house is plumbed for a water softener, but it has never been installed. For my drinking water, I do run it through a filter (no idea if this changes water hardness), but only because I have a convenient filter jug I can keep at refrigerator temperature. The filter has been saying it needs to be replaced for months now and I haven’t bothered. I even have the replacement since it came with a spare. I just don’t care.

    I have had people ask me how I deal with the hard water here. I always say I have never noticed any issues.

    Also about taste, my local tap water is some of the best tasting water ever. My work provides Fiji water since we are part of the same company. I drink that at work, but I honestly think it tastes slightly worse than my tap water. I also have no idea if Fiji water is hard or not.

    I’m not sure if my post says anything valuable. Just another vote for the “maybe it doesn’t matter” camp.

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  10. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    For what it’s worth, airdrop doesn’t need an internet connection. It uses Bluetooth to start an ad-hoc WiFi connection between the devices. This is also how macOS/iPad sidecar and continuity work....

    For what it’s worth, airdrop doesn’t need an internet connection. It uses Bluetooth to start an ad-hoc WiFi connection between the devices. This is also how macOS/iPad sidecar and continuity work. Airplay can work this way also (it will use a common WiFi network if possible, but it will do it with ad-hoc WiFi if needed).

    I have no idea if google/Microsoft/Samsung versions work this way.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I’m not super familiar with the term, so I would love some more info on your thoughts. According to investopedia, “Rent Seeking is an economic concept that occurs when an entity seeks to gain...

    I’m not super familiar with the term, so I would love some more info on your thoughts.

    According to investopedia, “Rent Seeking is an economic concept that occurs when an entity seeks to gain added wealth without any reciprocal contribution of productivity. Typically, it revolves around government funded social services and social service programs.”

    To my reading, this subscription is absolutely rent seeking. The fact that rent seeking is typically government services doesn’t matter if the definition fits. BMW is not providing any contribution of productivity (not the best term for a luxury car, but I think it is still close enough, as the physical requirements for heating are included in all bmw cars).

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  12. Comment on Single-use plastic waste is getting phased out in California under a sweeping new law in ~enviro

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    Another part of that consideration is weight. With the world economy being global, adding more weight can have a much bigger impact on an item’s carbon footprint than one might expect. This is the...

    Another part of that consideration is weight. With the world economy being global, adding more weight can have a much bigger impact on an item’s carbon footprint than one might expect.

    This is the exact issue playing out in the wine industry right now. Wine is traditionally sold in glass, and glass is infinitely recyclable. Consumers like larger and heavier bottles. But that is a much higher cost, both financially and environmentally. Large wineries have been able to use slightly thinner glass and save a HUGE portion of their carbon footprint. Switching to another storage medium, even if worse on the individual level, may actually be better for the environment at scale.

    For example, one of the alternatives is plastic bag in a cardboard box. (This has branding issues, but let’s ignore that for now.) If we switch to this, we have some plastic waste where there was none previously. But we also save a bunch of emissions at every step of the supply chain. If our product is going overseas, the emission savings will be even higher. There are also savings of volume. In a box, the liquid can tessellate perfectly into a palate. A bottle leaves a bunch of empty space. Most of the time liquids are weight limited, not space limited, but it is still possible for this to make a difference. For example, let’s take an entire truck load of wine in bottles. If we repackage it in bag in box, maybe the same weight of wine takes up half a truck load. We can’t double the wine on the truck because we are at the weight limit, but maybe we can fill the rest with palates of toilet paper or something else light. We just took half a truck off of the road. That leaves us with the question: what is worse for the environment, a small bit of plastic waste, or a bunch of co2 emissions? I don’t have the answer to this. It is just important to remember that you have to calculate things at scale. Scale changes everything.

    FYI there are other solutions to wine other than bag in box. Suck as kegs for restaurants and wine bars, or cans. Those both have much lower weight per volume contained.

    Don’t let perfect be the enemy of improvement.

    Always think at scale.

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  13. Comment on Single-use plastic waste is getting phased out in California under a sweeping new law in ~enviro

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    I would be okay with that if and only if the municipal recycling service was required to recycle that type of plastic. But I would like to legislate that too.

    I would be okay with that if and only if the municipal recycling service was required to recycle that type of plastic. But I would like to legislate that too.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Single-use plastic waste is getting phased out in California under a sweeping new law in ~enviro

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    Honestly I would be okay with that. There are things that need to be sold in single use plastics, but those are few and far between. For example, most cleaning chemicals would be far safer in...

    Honestly I would be okay with that. There are things that need to be sold in single use plastics, but those are few and far between. For example, most cleaning chemicals would be far safer in plastic because it is chemically inert. But almost everything else would be just fine in paper, cardboard, or something else.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on California lawmakers reject ballot proposal that aimed to end forced prison labor in ~news

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    The question would be who pays the costs and who makes the profit? I was under the impression that the government paid for the costs almost entirely, and private prison companies take in the...

    The question would be who pays the costs and who makes the profit? I was under the impression that the government paid for the costs almost entirely, and private prison companies take in the profits of prison labor. If this is true, then it is certainly profitable to put more people in prison. At least for everyone except the taxpayer.

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  16. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    Well, we will see. Our current Supreme Court will be very understanding, I am sure. California charges income tax for money made in other states if you are a resident.

    Well, we will see. Our current Supreme Court will be very understanding, I am sure.

    California charges income tax for money made in other states if you are a resident.

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  17. Comment on Having been on Android for over a decade, I just got my first iPhone! What should I know? in ~tech

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    FYI those apps will not work with Spotify. They only work with Apple Music. I would highly recommend giving the free trial a go and maybe switch from Spotify to Apple Music.

    FYI those apps will not work with Spotify. They only work with Apple Music. I would highly recommend giving the free trial a go and maybe switch from Spotify to Apple Music.

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  18. Comment on Adobe plans to make Photoshop on the web free to everyone, beta in Canada in ~design

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    Just an announcement to anyone who uses Mac and might need photoshop: buy pixelmator pro. It’s a one time purchase that is cheaper than a single month of creative cloud. I’m sure it can’t fully...

    Just an announcement to anyone who uses Mac and might need photoshop: buy pixelmator pro. It’s a one time purchase that is cheaper than a single month of creative cloud. I’m sure it can’t fully replace photoshop for a professional, but for light to medium duty photo editing it has been spectacular. It also has some cool AI features. I am not paid in any way, just a happy customer.

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

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    I think there is a bunch of good insight here. I have some anecdotal evidence about users not customizing. What you said is absolutely true. I have a cousin who complains about how something works...

    I think there is a bunch of good insight here.

    I have some anecdotal evidence about users not customizing. What you said is absolutely true. I have a cousin who complains about how something works but will not change the setting to fix it. She insists that she only uses the default settings. I truly don’t understand it, but I don’t think that way of thinking is uncommon. (Even more annoying is that she refuses to use anything apple. Apple at least has sensible default settings. What is the point of android if you don’t change settings?)

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

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    I mean… no? The Magic Trackpad just streams raw touch data to the computer. It needs to have a driver to interpret this data. Apple doesn’t support this for any platforms except iPadOS and macOS....

    I mean… no?

    The Magic Trackpad just streams raw touch data to the computer. It needs to have a driver to interpret this data. Apple doesn’t support this for any platforms except iPadOS and macOS. The only reason it works on linux is some random people made some drivers for it and they were included by default. Apple has the option of creating drivers and submitting them to Microsoft to work out of the box.

    Nvidia, on the other hand, has drivers for linux. They also can be included with the distro, or be downloaded on demand by the OS. If your distro doesn’t provide this, it isn’t on nvidia.