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  1. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    I think windows update works, but the one time I tried that it had other (non activation) issues. In the end, I installed windows 10 from a fresh install image. In the installer, say you will buy...

    I think windows update works, but the one time I tried that it had other (non activation) issues. In the end, I installed windows 10 from a fresh install image. In the installer, say you will buy it later to install the trial. Then, once setup, put the windows 7 or 8 key in the activation screen. It will activate and give you a new and different windows 10 key. Optionally, you can then transfer that key to be tied to a Microsoft account, which makes it easier to reactivate if windows decides you changed hardware.

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  2. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    Yeah, I agree with the warranty policy in general, but we weren't asking them to fix any issues. We were asking them to throw their (mostly) generic windows 10 image on it and let us deal with any...

    Yeah, I agree with the warranty policy in general, but we weren't asking them to fix any issues. We were asking them to throw their (mostly) generic windows 10 image on it and let us deal with any issues. In the end, I manually imaged it with an image from one of our other computers.

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  3. Comment on Google Chrome to Phase Out Third-Party Cookies in Effort to Boost Privacy in ~comp

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    Anyone have a way past the paywall?

    Anyone have a way past the paywall?

  4. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    I finally got my workplace almost completely to windows 10 computers. Our IT has some idiotic rule that they will only support computers if they are in warranty, so our department had to uselessly...

    I finally got my workplace almost completely to windows 10 computers. Our IT has some idiotic rule that they will only support computers if they are in warranty, so our department had to uselessly spend money on new desktops to replace perfectly fine computers. There is a bit of software we use that needs every single core you can throw at it, but needs very little memory and almost no GPU power. Our replacement computer for that was a $4000+ monstrosity with a top of the line quadro and like 80 gigs of ram. I could have built a computer that would have performed better for our use case for less than half of that. I even priced out some prebuilts that would have been better for just over half that (and from the same company IT uses exclusively). But no, corporate America would rather throw money at perfectly functional hardware rather than throw a windows 10 image on it. Oh well, it's not my money.

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  5. Comment on Epic Games Store has generated $680 million in revenue so far, largely from exclusives. Weekly free games will continue through 2020 in ~games

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    I think you are vastly overestimating the influence of those communities. Even if they did truly boycot ea for many years, it wouldn't really influence how many people bought those games. They are...

    I think you are vastly overestimating the influence of those communities. Even if they did truly boycot ea for many years, it wouldn't really influence how many people bought those games. They are just a drop in the bucket even if they successfully boycot something. Especially with AAA games.

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  6. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    The issue with using the hobbit movies as an argument against hfr is that they are bad movies even without hfr. If every movie today looked like the hobbit movies in 24fps, without any hfr, I too...

    The issue with using the hobbit movies as an argument against hfr is that they are bad movies even without hfr. If every movie today looked like the hobbit movies in 24fps, without any hfr, I too would stop watching movies. Hfr is not the bad thing about the hobbit movies. Hfr just makes the bad much more visible.

    Also, it is possible that you didn't even see the hobbit movies in hfr. As I recall, hfr was only offered in select theaters, in 3d only. If you saw it in imax or 2d, or in 3d at most theaters, you likely saw it in 24fps. It really wasn't advertised very well at all.

    mediocre/bad directors (with lots of money to waste -- perhaps an impossible combination)

    It is interesting that you say this is an impossible combination. It seems to be that this is the most common combination in the movie industry currently.

    Anyway, you are correct about your last statement. The only current way to experience higher framerates is through motion smoothing, which has enough issues without people's misconceptions. We just haven't ever seen media that is both high quality and high framerate. The only thing close that I can think of is video game cutscenes. I have never heard of anybody having a problem with 60+fps cutscenes, but there are many issues with comparing cutscenes with movies.

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  7. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    Yeah possibly. Please do note that I am not involved in the movie industry, so this is complelety armchair directing. That being said, I think that if the movie industry moved to higher framerate,...

    Yeah possibly. Please do note that I am not involved in the movie industry, so this is complelety armchair directing.

    That being said, I think that if the movie industry moved to higher framerate, the costs would quickly normalize back to slightly higher than they were before. Rendering is not the expensive part of CG (as far as I know), it's the artist and programmer time. The big issue high framerates cause is with bad CG. A lot of bad CG can be 'hidden' with the blurriness of 24fps. When an action scene looks like somebody spilled a tub of Vaseline on the lens, even crappy things can look OK. Increasing the framerate (and thus allowing the viewer to actually see something in motion) will mean that OK CG will look terrible. The industry will have to stop shoveling out subpar content and actually make good CG.

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  8. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    Yes, the soap opera effect is usually an argument against motion smoothing. Yes, motion smoothing is mostly bad (some people seem to like it for some content. Anime in particular seems to benefit...

    Yes, the soap opera effect is usually an argument against motion smoothing. Yes, motion smoothing is mostly bad (some people seem to like it for some content. Anime in particular seems to benefit from it). I think the effect is mostly due to the high framerate (soap operas were often shot at 50 or 60 fps) and not due to bad interpolation. I seem to remember the soap opera effect being cited when people were talking about The Hobbit and HFR. I thing that high framerate content is mostly unavailable unless you use motion smoothing.

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  9. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    24 fps needs to die almost completely. The only stigma against it are simply unfortunate associations with low quality media. It is called the "soap opera effect" because it reminds people of soap...

    24 fps needs to die almost completely. The only stigma against it are simply unfortunate associations with low quality media. It is called the "soap opera effect" because it reminds people of soap operas, which are not known for great storytelling. The only big name movies that even tried high framerate (HFR) were the hobbit movies. These movies were comically bad, with terrible CG, whether you watch them in 24 or 48 fps. People who say that they don't like the HFR in these movies simply don't like those movies.

    HFR is just a better temporal resolution, in the same way that imax is better size resolution. The decision to film in imax or not is usually a financial one (imax cameras can be very expensive, and you need 2 cameras and lenses if you also shoot 3d). The decision to use 24fps is laziness and habit. HFR should not cost any more than 24, once technology catches up. When everyone in the industry makes the same decision, is a habit, not a decision.

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  10. Comment on Wearable sleep trackers - recommendations? in ~tech

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    Yeah... You can just leave it plugged in.

    Yeah... You can just leave it plugged in.

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  11. Comment on Wearable sleep trackers - recommendations? in ~tech

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    An oldie but a goodie: a pebble works well enough for sleep as android's smart alarm clock. It will track sleep cycles, but nothing fancy like heart rate or breathing. If you can find a pebble...

    An oldie but a goodie: a pebble works well enough for sleep as android's smart alarm clock. It will track sleep cycles, but nothing fancy like heart rate or breathing. If you can find a pebble time steel, the battery life is around a week and a half. You can get a few days charge in minutes and a full charge in less than an hour.

    You should also try sleep as android's sonar. It makes inaudible pings and listens to them. It works surprisingly well in my experience. Your phone can be on a nightstand changing near your bed.

    For the sake of completeness, I should also mention my sleep phaser. It is what I use for sleep tracking most of the time. It is a nightstand light made by the sleep as android team. It has sleep tracking built in (I think visual/ir). It connects through Bluetooth, and also can simulate a sunrise alarm. I was a backer, so I have version 1. It looks like they may have fixed all my issues with version 2, but I can't say for sure. When mine works, it's fine. I keep using it mostly for the simulated sunrise alarm.

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  12. Comment on What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why? in ~comp

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    Hit keycombo, drag area, screenshot is now in clipboard. Click notification to open with paint. What else do you need from a screenshot program? Snip and sketch fixes any ui issues with the old...

    Hit keycombo, drag area, screenshot is now in clipboard. Click notification to open with paint. What else do you need from a screenshot program? Snip and sketch fixes any ui issues with the old snipping tool.

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  13. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    Even just collection and DD is a pretty good benefit. I have a co-worker who got screwed out of some pay for some contract work. He doesn't want the hassle of collecting. From what he says, that...

    Even just collection and DD is a pretty good benefit. I have a co-worker who got screwed out of some pay for some contract work. He doesn't want the hassle of collecting. From what he says, that is a fairly common practice. I wish the employees from this article luck. It sounds like Google is going to do the right thing, I just wish that they didn't have the option to do the wrong thing.

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  14. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    I looked at their website and linked in page, and I am having trouble figuring out exactly what they offer. From what I can see, it seems like they allow companies to hire contractors, with all...

    I looked at their website and linked in page, and I am having trouble figuring out exactly what they offer. From what I can see, it seems like they allow companies to hire contractors, with all the benefits that come with that, but for the contractors to get some of the benefits that come from being an employee, like retirement and, hopefully, more reliable pay from shitty companies. Am I understanding that correctly? If so, it seems like an interesting idea.

  15. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    This is what I was trying to say, but it looks like I didn't say it very well. We have protections in place to prevent companies from mass firings on a whim, such as a new union, but there are no...

    Maybe the unhealthy thing...

    This is what I was trying to say, but it looks like I didn't say it very well. We have protections in place to prevent companies from mass firings on a whim, such as a new union, but there are no protections preventing a company from going with a new contractor. Then the old contractor can then lay off all of those workers with no consequences because there truly is no more work for them. There is no elegant solution to this problem, because, as you pointed out, outlawing contracting companies outright would have a lot of drawbacks. The only current solution I have is for the government to actively prosecute companies who misuse contracting companies. Maybe smarter people than I could come up with better solutions.

    The idea of not allowing contracting companies to have only one contract in an area is interesting. I think it would work pretty well if a company could have many small contracts (small in terms of people) in a small area. If the company had many small and a few large contracts, it would still be bad news of one of the large contracts were cancelled. Either the company would have to do layoffs, or they would have to spread everyone over every other site, which would be a flood of new work.

    Another interesting solution is what my current employer does. They contract out with another company, but when we switch contracting companies, all of the employees of the old company move to the new company. This decouples who is providing what service. The main company provides the jobs, and the contracting company provides additional recruitment, payroll, scheduling, management, training, and any necessary certifications. Now, the employees are incentivised to provide the best service to the main company, who is effectively their employer, and the contracting company is incentivised to provide the best ancillary services to the main company.

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  16. Comment on Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized in ~finance

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    There should be legal, or at least economic, protections that would prevent companies from doing shitty things to employees. Employees should not be beholden to companies' good will. That is an...

    There should be legal, or at least economic, protections that would prevent companies from doing shitty things to employees. Employees should not be beholden to companies' good will. That is an unhealthy relationship, even if every single company did the right thing anyway. There are plenty of examples of companies in similar situations that fire a contracting company to get the lowest common denominator price (and quality). The very idea of companies contracting with other companies is currently unhealthy. Ideally, this allows companies to specialize and provide a better service, but in practice it allows companies to mass fire employees on a whim. This is even more true with staffing agencies. Employees should have a good employment experience, even if they don't work for a company that is shitty.

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  17. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    I think you underestimate the durability of leather. A quality leather wallet should last for decades. Even cheap leather usually lasts for many years before it starts falling apart. The one...

    I think you underestimate the durability of leather. A quality leather wallet should last for decades. Even cheap leather usually lasts for many years before it starts falling apart. The one leather wallet that I had fall apart was a cheap Macy's wallet that fell apart at the glue, not the stitching. You can buy wallets that have no glue and are only stitched. Replacing the stitching on leather is almost trivial. With the right tools, it should be almost as easy as replacing a screw in a metal wallet.

    If you want a wallet that is even more environmentally friendly, look into Flowfold products. Many of their products are made with recycled sailcloth. They should, theoretically, be more environmentally friendly than any newly created product. And, they are very cheap considering the quality you get.

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  18. Comment on Sonos's “recycle mode” intentionally bricks devices so they can't be reused in ~tech

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    I don't keep up with sonos' product line, and I don't care to, but I thought that the majority of their devices were not battery powered. Costco sells a sonos soundbar and a wifi speaker, neither...

    I don't keep up with sonos' product line, and I don't care to, but I thought that the majority of their devices were not battery powered. Costco sells a sonos soundbar and a wifi speaker, neither of which have any reason to have a battery.

    Regardless, your argument breaks down if you take a look at any other device manufacturer that uses lithium batteries. Somehow, nearly all phones, Bluetooth speakers, battery banks, power tools, electric cars, etc, can fail gracefully without a recycle mode. Most of the time power output just drops and lowers battery life. All of these devices have a battery protection circuit that is designed exactly to prevent a failed battery becoming a fire hazard or damaging other components. If this were the real reason for sonos' recycle mode, it is basically sonos admitting that they can't build a battery protection circuit, which is something most chinesium manufacturers can do most of the time.

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  19. Comment on The 2019 Tildes Census: For real this time in ~tildes

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    I do not assume that. I opened a discussion to get more information and opinions rather than ignoring you or flat out rejecting your criticisms. I live in the US, and I do often forget that the...

    Please don't assume that because you can't see why this could be a problem for some people that it's not a problem for most people.

    I do not assume that. I opened a discussion to get more information and opinions rather than ignoring you or flat out rejecting your criticisms.

    There are many regressive societies today that imprison or kill people based on the above factors.

    I live in the US, and I do often forget that the developed world is not the entire world. Thank you for reminding me. Honestly, I sorta just thought subconsciously that anyone in those types of situations would not be a citizen of the internet or tildes, but I do realize now that this is gatekeeping and not accurate.

    Are there any other situations besides rogue governments where this information could be sensitive?

    Also, all of the response options were optional. If I were under threat of prosecution by a survey response, I would not provide that information even if the data were going to be confined to a single person. It just seems to me that the data are either very easy to obtain against an single person in a targeted attack, or that the respondee would not provide the data regardless of the data being released or not.

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  20. Comment on The 2019 Tildes Census: For real this time in ~tildes

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    I am trying to figure out what responses might be sensitive. All that I can come up with is possibly being transgender. Everything else seems like fairly open information. Could you please expand...

    I am trying to figure out what responses might be sensitive. All that I can come up with is possibly being transgender. Everything else seems like fairly open information. Could you please expand on which questions you feel might cause issues if someone's answers were known?

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