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  1. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    Yeah, but the issue there is different radiation. The sun does send out radio and microwaves, but those are not an issue. The issue is high energy particles from the sun and other systems in the...

    Yeah, but the issue there is different radiation. The sun does send out radio and microwaves, but those are not an issue. The issue is high energy particles from the sun and other systems in the galaxy. Those are almost entirely blocked by the earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere, but mars has neither of those. If you were on mars surface fully protected from those forms of radiation but fully exposed to the sun’ s micro and radio waves, you would be fine (except the lack of a breathable atmosphere, perchlorate salts, no food, and other issues).

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  2. Comment on What are some of the "tricks of your trade"? in ~talk

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    I was in a choir for a bit. I never used this method, but it sounds good. A song is an expression of emotion, and the end is the final statement of that emotion. Thus, working from the end back is...

    I was in a choir for a bit. I never used this method, but it sounds good.

    A song is an expression of emotion, and the end is the final statement of that emotion. Thus, working from the end back is the same as working from a goal to get to your current location. The moral at the end of a fable must have the rest of the fable to support it. Without the story, the moral holds no weight. The same is true for (most) songs, and many other things in life. Find out what the goal is, and then find out what needs to happen to get there.

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  3. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    Can you provide some sources on the Qualcomm update issues? I have not heard that before. It sounds like an interesting read.

    Can you provide some sources on the Qualcomm update issues? I have not heard that before. It sounds like an interesting read.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    Thanks for the advice. It looks like it was turned on by default. Unfortunately, this MacBook Pro doesn't support a few of those features. Oh well.

    Thanks for the advice. It looks like it was turned on by default. Unfortunately, this MacBook Pro doesn't support a few of those features. Oh well.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    I am sorry you have had bad experiences with Apple devices. My post did not include any intentional hyperbole. I just read through it again, and I think I represented my experiences with these...

    I am sorry you have had bad experiences with Apple devices. My post did not include any intentional hyperbole. I just read through it again, and I think I represented my experiences with these devices accurately. If you have any questions about my experiences, let me know.

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  6. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    Wow, that list is pretty awesome. I did not know about the safari shared tabs, but it is awesome. With features like that from other manufacturers, such as chrome tab sync and other hidden android...

    Wow, that list is pretty awesome. I did not know about the safari shared tabs, but it is awesome. With features like that from other manufacturers, such as chrome tab sync and other hidden android features, I would have to spend some time setting it up, some more time figuring out the ins and outs, and ultimately stop using it. I just enabled it on my phone and it immediately started working flawlessly. I never have got chrome tab sync working reliably.

    It looks like my MBP is too old to turn on with my watch, but it does look like a cool feature. I am considering buying the new MacBook Air soon.

    The "my way or the highway" is off putting (its one of the reasons I originally left apple), but it isn't terrible. I think that the idea of having options, but sensible defaults, is the best way to go. Android has made many strides to achieve that over the past few years. Apple, as I remember it from Jobs' era, was sensible defaults, but with little customization. Apple, as I experience then now in the Cook era, is sensible defaults with a decent chunk of customization. No one could say that iOS is more customizable than android, but it isn't far behind.

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  7. I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week

    Hi Tilderinos! As the title says, I have used Android almost my entire life. Many parts of the internet (especially reddit) really look down on Apple for many reasons (may of them valid). Starting...

    Hi Tilderinos!

    As the title says, I have used Android almost my entire life. Many parts of the internet (especially reddit) really look down on Apple for many reasons (may of them valid). Starting about 3 weeks ago, I started to wonder if the grass really was greener on the other side. I would like to share my experience.

    My first smart device was an iPod tough 4th generation. Back then, iOS was really bad. Notifications took over the screen. If you didn't want to deal with a notification right then, you had to dismiss it permanently. Multitasking did not exist (until a few updates later) Android was miles better then. Switching was the obvious choice. Flash forward to now, through many different android devices. I had a Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Watch LTE, and Galaxy Buds. I had the best ecosystem of devices that Android has to offer (Tizen vs WearOS is arguable, but I have not used WearOS).

    I wanted to get back into mountain biking, and I wanted to bring only my buds and watch. This should be an obvious use case for an LTE watch and bluetooth earbuds. Unfortunately, transferring music to the watch is a difficult prospect. You must have the files downloaded onto your phone, but I use Spotify or Google Play Music. Spotify does have a Tizen app, but it is pretty terrible. Also, I wanted to have audiobooks and podcasts downloaded to listen to. I could not find any apps for audiobooks or podcasts for my Galaxy Watch. All my google-fu got me to the answer: Just transfer the files and play them in the watch music app. This was a pretty bad solution for a few reasons. First, listening times did not sync with the phone. Second, I don't think that the watch music app would save the timestamp when you closed it. Finally, the Galaxy Watch has 4gb storage, and only leaves around 2gb usable. Game of Thrones book 5 weighs in at about 1.3gb. If I wanted my book and even a single episode from most of my podcasts, that would not be enough storage.

    Because of this experience, I started looking into the Apple Watch. My grandfather gave me his old iPhone 6s+ and I got an Apple Watch series 3 LTE for a great deal on craigslist. I thought the phone would be a downgrade from an s10e. In a few ways it is, such as the screen, battery life, and camera. But for everything else about this phone, it is just as good as my s10e, which is 4 years newer. I still have my s10e, and I keep it charged. There are very few times where I want to use my s10e over my 6s+. This was not what I was expecting when I switched. I expected to use the 6s+ to see if I could handle a new iPhone, just so I could use an Apple Watch. Since then, I borrowed my dad's old MacBook Pro mid 2012 non-retina, to see if I liked OS X. I am currently typing this in that MacBook. I also bought the AirPods Pro.

    Almost every single interaction between these devices is quick, intuitive, and seamless. OS X is way better than windows. Parallels makes running windows software a dream. When I bought parallels, I was able to pay with my watch through Apple Pay. I have not heard of any software doing anything like that with google/samsung pay and windows. Overcast is able to automatically sync podcasts and playback times to the watch, and easily switch which device is playing. Audible is a bit more clunky (and I am still looking for an alternative for books), but it is possible to get books on the watch, and the playback time syncs without issue. The AirPods Pro seamlessly switch between the phone and watch. They are already paired with the MBP through iCloud, although they do not seamlessly switch. I think this is because the bluetooth chip in the computer is too old. CarPlay is miles better than android auto. Siri is just as good for most thing as google assistant, and is more consistent.

    This is a pretty long post already, but the bottom line is every single apple device I am trying out is better than the corresponding android/windows device that is 2-4 years newer. After many years of shunning apple, I am back on the apple bandwagon. I am currently planning on replacing all of my devices with something from apple (except my gaming desktop, unfortunately). I would like to hear about your experiences with switching to or from either ecosystem.

    (Mods: I wasn't sure if this should be in ~talk or ~tech. Please move it if necessary)

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  8. Comment on Virus spurs unexpected test for US schools: Online learning in ~news

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    This won’t help with your pessimism, but I have another anecdote for you. My dad’s school can’t make any good decisions. They have moved to distance learning, but are offering little to no support...

    This won’t help with your pessimism, but I have another anecdote for you. My dad’s school can’t make any good decisions. They have moved to distance learning, but are offering little to no support for the teachers. They are requiring the teachers come in to school to work instead of working from home (without students). On top of that, they have prohibited the student teachers from being on campus, so they can’t even do their jobs.

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  9. Comment on Doom Eternal Review (Lazy Game Reviews) in ~games

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    When games like this come out, I always miss totalbiscuit. I think a TB review would sound pretty similar to LGRs, but I would still like to hear it. Sometimes I go back and watch his videos just...

    When games like this come out, I always miss totalbiscuit. I think a TB review would sound pretty similar to LGRs, but I would still like to hear it. Sometimes I go back and watch his videos just because.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on When I press the right trigger on my game controller, my system's audio crashes. Probably the weirdest bug I've seen yet -- anyone feel like helping? in ~tech

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    Did you manually install drivers for the controller and sound devices, or have windows do it automatically? Windows is really good about getting it's own drivers, and they are often more stable...

    Did you manually install drivers for the controller and sound devices, or have windows do it automatically? Windows is really good about getting it's own drivers, and they are often more stable than the manufacturers ones. Try uninstalling sound card and controller drivers, rebooting, plugging everything in, and waiting. It shouldn't take too long.

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  11. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    Could you share the benchmarks you found? In the past, samsung evos had a limited buffer, and could only function at full speed until that was full. You had to buy samsung pro's to get full speed...

    Could you share the benchmarks you found?

    In the past, samsung evos had a limited buffer, and could only function at full speed until that was full. You had to buy samsung pro's to get full speed indefinitely. I haven't followed ssd technology for a while though, so this may not be the case still. If it still is, I would guess that apple ssd's are roughly equivalent to a samsung pro nvme drive or an Intel one. Another benchmark you rarely see is write endurance. Samsung drives in the past are really good at that. How much overprovisioning does each drive have? The one with more will likely have better write endurance.

  12. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    Just to note, apple usually uses very high end nvme ssd's. When you compare prices, look for something similar. If you just compare it to a budget SATA ssd, that is unfair. You are still paying an...

    Just to note, apple usually uses very high end nvme ssd's. When you compare prices, look for something similar. If you just compare it to a budget SATA ssd, that is unfair. You are still paying an apple tax for those storage upgrades, but it isn't as much as it may seem like.

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  13. Comment on What novel things can people do from home? in ~life

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    Once you decide on an allergy drug, look at buying them at Costco. In my experience, the in house brands are just as good as the real thing, and they are so cheap. Zyrtec and claritin equivalents...

    Once you decide on an allergy drug, look at buying them at Costco. In my experience, the in house brands are just as good as the real thing, and they are so cheap. Zyrtec and claritin equivalents for about $20 for 365 tablets. The allegra is a bit more expensive at $20 for 180 tablets. Either way, look into those once you figure out which you want.

    Also, if you get any sort of congestion, look into the pseudopphedrine based decongestants. Those are a miracle drug. I personally swear by claritin d 24 hour, even though I don't use claritin much anymore.

    Either way, good luck with your allergies!

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  14. Comment on New group created for news and discussion of COVID-19 coronavirus: ~health.coronavirus (everyone subscribed by default) in ~tildes.official

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    This is good. I am pretty much subscribed to everything anyway, so no big change for me. Is there a cross posting feature in the works? If so, it might be good to prioritize that. The NCAA...

    This is good. I am pretty much subscribed to everything anyway, so no big change for me.

    Is there a cross posting feature in the works? If so, it might be good to prioritize that. The NCAA example, I feel, deserves to be in both ~health.coronavirus and ~sports. I am not very interested in sports news, but that article is something I would like to see, even if I were not subscribed to ~sports.

    Also, I would like to get wiki edit permissions if possible, thanks.

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  15. Comment on Health experts want to stop daylight-saving time in ~health

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    Have you actually asked your job if you could do those hours? It is quite possible that they would be ok with that, especially if you have a desk job. I am not an early riser. I just don't want to...

    Have you actually asked your job if you could do those hours? It is quite possible that they would be ok with that, especially if you have a desk job.

    I am not an early riser. I just don't want to switch twice a year. I don't think we should be doing something that increases depression and suicide for little benefit. Everyone has a different ability to change their circadian rhythm. I am glad for you that it does not effect you much. Not everyone is so lucky. For me, the time change can screw me up for up to 2 weeks, especially spring forward. There are plenty of people that are even worse than me. My circadian rhythm is so set that I can't sleep in on the weekends unless I have 2-4 days to adjust.

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  16. Comment on Health experts want to stop daylight-saving time in ~health

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    You could just wake up earlier. DST is just a circadian rhythm change you can't opt out of. You can change your circadian rhythm yourself any time you want.

    You could just wake up earlier. DST is just a circadian rhythm change you can't opt out of. You can change your circadian rhythm yourself any time you want.

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  17. Comment on In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent? in ~tech

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    Picking a lock also shows no evidence of being broken into, unless the homeowner routinely completely disassembles their locks and checks for tool marks. It does not take a lot of proactive to get...

    Picking a lock also shows no evidence of being broken into, unless the homeowner routinely completely disassembles their locks and checks for tool marks. It does not take a lot of proactive to get skilled enough to make it look just as inconspicuous as a key.

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  18. Comment on The Sprint/T-Mobile merger: A jump-the-shark moment for antitrust? in ~finance

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    There is also the fact that this puts t-sprint at around the same subscribers as AT&T and Verizon. Now, we can have 3 roughly equal competitors instead of 2 on top and 2 on bottom. As long as...

    There is also the fact that this puts t-sprint at around the same subscribers as AT&T and Verizon. Now, we can have 3 roughly equal competitors instead of 2 on top and 2 on bottom. As long as t-sprint continues the strides t-mobile has made, I think this will benefit consumers.

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  19. Comment on Progress update on Git's migration from SHA-1 to SHA-256 in ~comp

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    Let me preface this by stating that I can use git as a user, but I do not know its inner workings. I can see another attack vector. First perform a man in the middle attack between the target and...

    Let me preface this by stating that I can use git as a user, but I do not know its inner workings.

    I can see another attack vector. First perform a man in the middle attack between the target and the central git server. (I know this is not trivial, but heartbleed and other vulnerabilities exist.) When the target clones the repo to compile a new kernel for their machines, you send the collision floppy.c instead of the good one. Git won't complain, and the chance that the target individual/company will read every line of source to find the garbled and Rick rolled file is close to zero (this also means that you don't need to make the hash collision file look like normal code too). Then, when the fresh new kernel is deployed to the companies servers, we have wonderful Rick hash collisioned code built in.

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  20. Comment on There is such a thing as too much technology in ~tech

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    xxx 8675309 also works for pretty much every area code and store. It should be easy to remember too.

    xxx 8675309 also works for pretty much every area code and store. It should be easy to remember too.

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