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  1. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    I just spent a few minutes on mouser. I found a surface mount usb c connector for 76¢, and a usb a connector for 77¢. I am sure if you spent more time you could find examples of usb a ports for...

    I just spent a few minutes on mouser. I found a surface mount usb c connector for 76¢, and a usb a connector for 77¢. I am sure if you spent more time you could find examples of usb a ports for much cheaper. However, for basically all cost ranges of devices, a 70¢ port is not going to significantly change the price of the product. The idea that a 60¢ connector is too expensive is a bad argument for any cost of device, except maybe <$10. I would gladly pay an extra $5 per device to be usb c, let alone $1.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Yes. Usb A needs to die. I have almost fully removed usb A from my life. To be clear, it is nowhere near as bad as micro b or mini b, but usb c is better in every way. I currently only use usb a...

    Yes. Usb A needs to die. I have almost fully removed usb A from my life.

    To be clear, it is nowhere near as bad as micro b or mini b, but usb c is better in every way.

    I currently only use usb a for things that stay plugged in constantly. Charging areas, keyboards, oculus rift sensors, etc. my only frustration is that every manufacturer seems to want to add usb a to everything. I just wish someone would release some good cheap usb c hubs. I don’t need thunderbolt; even just a 5gbps hub would be great.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    My work doesn’t give me a Mac, but I use clamshell mode on my windows laptop. I already have 2 large monitors on a stand. Leaving my laptop on the desk takes up way too much desk space (and I have...

    My work doesn’t give me a Mac, but I use clamshell mode on my windows laptop. I already have 2 large monitors on a stand. Leaving my laptop on the desk takes up way too much desk space (and I have a really big desk). To put it where I would want it, the keyboard section would be half falling off the desk anyway.

    That is not to mention that the dell has a crappy screen. At least with any current Mac, the screen would be hi res and beautiful.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Windows 11: The Ars Technica review in ~tech

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    Yes, and they have the added problem of apps being gtk or qt, and not matching each other. It seems like apple is the only OS manufacturer that can change their design style and actually change...

    Yes, and they have the added problem of apps being gtk or qt, and not matching each other. It seems like apple is the only OS manufacturer that can change their design style and actually change everything in a reasonable time (at least from what I have seen).

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What's your smart home setup? in ~tech

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    I stumbled through almost as many smart home setups as you did, and also ended up with HomeAssistant. I started with Smartthings and a few zigbee devices, switched to Hue for lights, had google...

    I stumbled through almost as many smart home setups as you did, and also ended up with HomeAssistant. I started with Smartthings and a few zigbee devices, switched to Hue for lights, had google home as a front end, homekit as a front end with homebridge to connect stuff, direct bluetooth homekit devices, and a few other permutations.

    Home Assistant is a perfect back end for my home. I don’t really use it for anything except debugging and connecting to a front end (Google Home or HomeKit). The primary reason is that the apps only support 1 homekit instance at a time. I have my parents home on home assistant as well. Both homekit and google home support multiple homes, along with dynamic switching between the homes. The developers are seemingly ignoring a years old GitHub issue of people asking for this feature or some workaround (Even just uploading a second app with a different identifier to the app store would work for 99% of people who need this feature). Anyway, this is my only real problem with homeassistant.

    I have HA running as a VM on my synology, and running on a raspberry pi 3 at my parents house. Both now have a conbee2 stick for zigbee devices. My parents get the devices that I rotate out (mostly because I like playing with shiny new things). I pay for Nabu Casa for my parents instance to easily fix it for them when I am away and connect it to google home. (That is another frustration. Nabu casa only works with 1 homeassistant instance. If you want multiple, you need entirely different logins and subscriptions.)

    In terms of smart devices, my house has only philips hue lights, some sonoff zigbee smart outlets, an aqara button, hue dimmer, and a few door sensors. These together make a fairly reliable zigbee network. My parents house has a bunch of sengled zigbee bulbs, sengled zigbee outlets, a few sonoff zigbee outlets, some tasmota wifi light strips, and some wemo wifi switches and outlets. The wemo stuff are the only devices I bought specifically for my parents. Costco had 2 packages, each with 1 wemo outlet and 1 wemo in-wall switch, for $5. That was too good of a price to pass up. They have been super reliable. I was actually expecting them to be much worse, since they are wifi devices. Speaking of unreliable, it seems that all of the sengled devices, both outlets and light bulbs are zigbee end devices, not routers, despite them being constantly powered. Their support says they made this decision since people sometimes turn off smart bulbs completely, and having routers drop off the network is bad. This doesn’t explain why the smart outlets are not repeaters. My parent’s zigbee network had no repeaters, so every device was trying to talk directly to the ConBee. Once I figured this out, I added a few of my extra sonoff zigbee outlets. Some replaced existing useful outlets, and some are just hanging out of the wall with nothing plugged in, just to strengthen the zigbee network. Now, their zigbee network is actually reliable.

    Most of my automations are just boring <button pushed> <turn on light> type things. I only really have 2 that do something interesting. At my house, we have a pantry with a light. With a door sensor, the light turns on automatically when needed, and off when closed. At my parents house, I use a motion sensor to turn on the dining room lights with motion. My mom did not think smart devices were worth it, but she loves this automation now. When it stops working, I always hear about it quickly.

    So far, home assistant is the best thing that has ever happened to home automation, in my opinion. It is what smartthings wanted to be: wide device support and ease of setup, along with what I thought smartthings should be: Really good reliability, local connections to everything that could possibly have a local connection, and easy automations without things like webcore. I gave my sister an account in home assistant, and I can actually trust her to not break anything. With smartthings, things break by looking at them too hard. She is now proficient at setting up her own automations.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    I would love to, but I am not very familiar with it myself. At least not familiar enough to talk about it without making errors. Instead, Ill just leave a link to the wikipedia article....

    I would love to, but I am not very familiar with it myself. At least not familiar enough to talk about it without making errors.

    Instead, Ill just leave a link to the wikipedia article.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture

    Some interesting notes in that article: some people accuse it of being a pseudoscience, and that it resembles alchemy. From everything I have seen about it, and the people who practice it (mostly in Europe), they treat it as alchemy. I think it is a fair criticism. I would love to seem someone take a scientific look at the ideas in biodynamic farming and see what actually works and why. Despite that, it is so much more of a reasonable agricultural practice and selling point than FDA organic.

    Also, since I think that sustainable agriculture is more important than organic or biodynamic, ill drop some of those links too.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_agriculture
    https://sonomawinegrape.org/scw/sustainability/
    First link is the wikipedia article. Second is a website about sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County. As a resident, I am proud that 99% of vineyards in Sonoma County are sustainable. There is a bunch of other good information in their sustainability reports.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    Thanks for sharing that experience. I agree with your thoughts, but I have never been in that situation myself. One note about organic farming: in the US, organic farming is almost a scam. The...

    Thanks for sharing that experience. I agree with your thoughts, but I have never been in that situation myself.

    One note about organic farming: in the US, organic farming is almost a scam. The rules still allow for spraying plenty of pesticides, you just have to use “organic” pesticides.

    I would suggest looking into sustainable agriculture. It is very common in the wine industry (at least in Sonoma county). It does not explicitly prohibit pesticides and other things. It requires that vineyards make and execute a plan to reduce and eliminate harmful farming practices. It is much more comprehensive than the organic rules. There are many organizations that will certify vineyards as sustainable, but many vineyards practice these rules without going through the certification process. These rules also typically require good working conditions for laborers like living wages, affordable housing, etc.

    Another interesting one is biodynamic farming. I won’t go too far into that. In short, it is what people who like organic farming think organic is.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission in ~tech

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    Honestly I agree with you about having both. Especially now that they have a power button Touch ID for the iPad line, having both would be great. I think the apple answer to that is this: “Face ID...

    Honestly I agree with you about having both. Especially now that they have a power button Touch ID for the iPad line, having both would be great.

    I think the apple answer to that is this: “Face ID always works, except when you are wearing a mask. And when you are, buy an Apple Watch to unlock your phone”. That isn’t a very great answer, but it sounds like something apple would say.

    Also I just tested Face ID with large dark sunglasses on an iPhone 12 mini and iPad Pro 12.9. They are on iOS 15. They both worked perfectly. I have not setup the alternate appearance on either.

  9. Comment on Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission in ~tech

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    Faceid should work with glasses just fine. If it isn’t, try setting up an alternate appearance with glasses on.

    Faceid should work with glasses just fine. If it isn’t, try setting up an alternate appearance with glasses on.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission in ~tech

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    Just an FYI the usb consortium likes to change names of things. Usb 3 has been renamed to usb 3.1 gen 1, and then renamed to usb 3.2 gen 1. Usb 3.1 gen 2 has been renamed to usb 3.2 gen 2. The...

    Just an FYI the usb consortium likes to change names of things. Usb 3 has been renamed to usb 3.1 gen 1, and then renamed to usb 3.2 gen 1. Usb 3.1 gen 2 has been renamed to usb 3.2 gen 2. The faster speed created when usb 3.2 was released is called usb 3.2 gen 2x2. Yes it is super confusing.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Could security key 2FA be implemented on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    You can use the yubikey Authenticator app to store totp codes on your yubikey.

    You can use the yubikey Authenticator app to store totp codes on your yubikey.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: Foundational fixes in ~tech

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    Just FYI iOS safari has supported ad blockers since iOS 9. They are called content blockers. I use both AdGuard and Hush. The iOS 15 extensions are for more fully featured extensions, like...

    Just FYI iOS safari has supported ad blockers since iOS 9. They are called content blockers. I use both AdGuard and Hush.

    The iOS 15 extensions are for more fully featured extensions, like 1Password.

    I found a new safari extension app called Amplosion. It is made by the same person who makes the amazing Apollo app. It redirects amp links to the real link.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    Yes, but they also allow content blockers. I use AdGuard and hush.

    Yes, but they also allow content blockers. I use AdGuard and hush.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    Just so you know, it is possible to find truly unsweetened ketchup. When you do find it, it is amazing! I am so used to it now that normal ketchup just tastes like red sugar juice. About the...

    Just so you know, it is possible to find truly unsweetened ketchup. When you do find it, it is amazing! I am so used to it now that normal ketchup just tastes like red sugar juice.

    About the artificial sweeteners debate: I just avoid sweetened things. Once you get into that habit, it is pretty easy to find things that don’t have any sweetener. Most of the time, these things taste better because they can’t use crappy ingredients and hide it under mountains of sugar.

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  15. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    In political philosophy, democracy is based on this ideal: people, on average, make the best decision possible when deciding matters of government. If this statement is true, then democracy...

    In political philosophy, democracy is based on this ideal: people, on average, make the best decision possible when deciding matters of government. If this statement is true, then democracy functions as a dictatorship of the majority on purpose. Giving ultimate power to the majority will always lead to right and just decisions. A democracy based on this ideal functions because it is a dictatorship by the majority.

    Now you may disagree with that ideal. I certainly do. Different democratic systems are unique because of how much respect they give to that ideal, and how they address the reality of that ideal being false. In short, they are different because of the non-democratic parts.

    For example, California’s democracy is arguably more democratic than the USA in this way: we have a system for voters to petition to get new laws on the ballot, which can be enacted by a majority of the vote, without any influence or oversight by the legislature. This brings us closer to democracy than republic whereas the USA leans closer to republic. Interpreting this through the lens of pure democracy, this is a huge win. However, this process has been poor in many ways. Removing it would take California away from the democratic tyrant of the majority, and further away from democratic ideals. That being said, I would love to see that process removed or amended.

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  16. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    Democracy is by definition a dictatorship by the majority. Modern democratic systems prevent this by straying away from a true democracy.

    Democracy is by definition a dictatorship by the majority. Modern democratic systems prevent this by straying away from a true democracy.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    How so? If a user does not have iMessage, you can only send things compatible with sms or mms. It doesn’t let you send any rich content to a user that does not have iMessage.

    How so? If a user does not have iMessage, you can only send things compatible with sms or mms. It doesn’t let you send any rich content to a user that does not have iMessage.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    Also iMessage will fall back to sms if you do not have data service available.

    Also iMessage will fall back to sms if you do not have data service available.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    Other people have commented pretty extensively about most things, but here are my thoughts. IMessage: I also don’t see any reason to disable it since it is transparent, and will fall back to sms...

    Other people have commented pretty extensively about most things, but here are my thoughts.

    IMessage: I also don’t see any reason to disable it since it is transparent, and will fall back to sms if data is not available. However, it is super easy to disable. Go to settings > iMessage. The top option is a toggle to turn iMessage off. How much easier do you want it to be? Until Apple rolls out mind reading technology, I don’t see how they could make it easier.

    Hotspot: Apple has a proprietary layer on top of the WiFi standard that allows other Apple devices to connect to hotspots easier, and pass along things like battery level and cell signal. Besides that, it is just the 802.11 standards. You go into settings > personal hotspot, set the password, and turn it on. I use this often from my work iPhone to my work W10 laptop and it works flawlessly. If you are having issues, I would contact Apple support and see if they can help you. They actually have decent support. Also, try other devices to see if it is an issue with your 6T.

    Lightning: yep, you are right. Luckily the iPad line is switching to usb c. That leaves only headphones and iPhones. I desperately wish Apple would just switch everything to usb c. Lightning is way better than micro usb or 30 pin though.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on Advice on colorful programmable LED lights in ~tech

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    I can’t really tell what they are (the philips website is pretty terrible). They seem to be based on wiz, which are WiFi lights. I would stay away from WiFi smart devices at all costs. In the best...

    I can’t really tell what they are (the philips website is pretty terrible). They seem to be based on wiz, which are WiFi lights. I would stay away from WiFi smart devices at all costs. In the best case scenario, they are as good as zigbee or z wave devices, if your WiFi is very reliable. At worst, they are going to be less reliable and more expensive. Zigbee and z wave are radio protocols designed directly for smart devices. WiFi is a protocol designed for laptops. Use the best tool for the job.

    2 votes