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  1. Comment on How do/did all of you feel about posting your age on the internet? in ~talk

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    I am weary about posting any personal details. Truth is that we all drop Breadcrumbs over time, and enough of those can be connected To one another and used to find us. I’d rather not willingly...

    I am weary about posting any personal details.

    Truth is that we all drop Breadcrumbs over time, and enough of those can be connected To one another and used to find us.

    I’d rather not willingly drop breadcrumbs if I can avoid it. There are definitely two sides of my online presence — then anonymous and non-anonymous side, so I’m not really that crazy about privacy, I do use my name in social media and such. But I would just like to keep the two sides separate.

    25 votes
  2. Comment on Is macOS truly the holy grail UX for older people? in ~tech

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    The best UI / UX for older people is actually iPad OS right now. yes, there are hidden options and menus, but many of them are unnecessary for basic users. And everything a basic user needs is...

    The best UI / UX for older people is actually iPad OS right now.

    • yes, there are hidden options and menus, but many of them are unnecessary for basic users. And everything a basic user needs is going to be on the surface, but advanced users may go as far as connecting a keyboard or mouse and stylus, becuase they’re all Accessories that extend the capability of a touch first device, not a requirement (this is the main drawback of the Surface by the way).

    Yes, MacOS is difficult and abstract, when compared to a smartphone. But of the available desktop interfaces it’s quite easily the simplest desktop UI and UX that’s fully featured (not a glorified browser like Chrome OS).

    But every grandparent or old relative that I’ve been able to open up the delight of technology toward, has enjoyed the iPad because it made accessing email, internet, and video calls much much easier.

    It’s also much harder to somehow break or compromise an iPad with unwarranted / unwanted software.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on A home for all COVID-19 related Mental Health Resources - #IsolatedNOTAlone in ~health

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    The website Includes resources for: Frontline Healthcare Workers (including access to remote counseling) People who are grieving a loss due to COVID-19 People who need mental health resources...

    The website Includes resources for:

    1. Frontline Healthcare Workers (including access to remote counseling)
    2. People who are grieving a loss due to COVID-19
    3. People who need mental health resources during isolation

    My content creation project (MultitalentFM) teamed up with Astra Labs (a youth-run 503c) to make this happen. From Pitch >> Launch was 1 week. Including myself, 6 people in 4 time zones worked on this day and night to get it together in time for launch.

    We're going to be doing more in the coming weeks... stay tuned, stay safe, stay indoors <3

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Ted Cruz self quarantines after contact with coronavirus carrier, likely safe in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yeah. Here's a visual representation of that data in the paper: Note: Scale at the bottom stops at 25% (for fatalities and % of total population that fits these demographics). Personally I don't...

    Yeah. Here's a visual representation of that data in the paper:

    Note: Scale at the bottom stops at 25% (for fatalities and % of total population that fits these demographics). Personally I don't like this as it makes the data more misleading at a glance, so I'm pointing this out before you take a look, but in this case it does make the data easier to read/visualize.

    https://i.imgur.com/qMGXphI.png

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Should we have some sort of 'Tildes census' in a regular fashion? in ~tildes

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    I would like that! :)

    I would like that! :)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on iPhone 11 / 11 Pro Review and Silicon Deep Dive in ~tech

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    Bidirectional charging never materialized though, so we have no idea about the real reason behind this change.

    Bidirectional charging never materialized though, so we have no idea about the real reason behind this change.

  7. Comment on iPhone 11 / 11 Pro Review and Silicon Deep Dive in ~tech

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    This article spends a lot of time closely analyzing the A13 silicon in Apples latest iPhone. Performance is off the charts and perf / watt is also very very good. Figured this would make for a...

    This article spends a lot of time closely analyzing the A13 silicon in Apples latest iPhone. Performance is off the charts and perf / watt is also very very good.

    Figured this would make for a good discussion for anyone here who loves to nerd out about chips.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Ah, yes... if we could get back to Phones lasting a week, that would be amazing.

    Ah, yes... if we could get back to Phones lasting a week, that would be amazing.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

  10. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I despise the new era of always on smart-devices, especially from companies with a poor-at-best track record of user privacy. It's disgusting.... I want my privacy back.

    I despise the new era of always on smart-devices, especially from companies with a poor-at-best track record of user privacy.

    It's disgusting.... I want my privacy back.

    18 votes
  11. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    Yeah, I totally understand. Right now, the CPU time on AV1 lossless encoding is STUPID high, and I'm not sure if there are designs for a hardware encoder yet. I hope it catches on, but we're in...

    Yeah, I totally understand. Right now, the CPU time on AV1 lossless encoding is STUPID high, and I'm not sure if there are designs for a hardware encoder yet. I hope it catches on, but we're in the early days for sure. Right now the two best codecs (that are actually out and in use) are HEVC and VP9

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    Yes, but there isn't much of a point when AV1 isn't ready to go. Those transistors can be put towards other stuff that's more useful right now.

    Yes, but there isn't much of a point when AV1 isn't ready to go. Those transistors can be put towards other stuff that's more useful right now.

  13. Comment on Why I’m No Longer Traveling for Conferences in ~enviro

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    We don't have train networks between most major cities in the States, unfortunately. Where possible, I try and take whatever will keep my impact at a minimum.

    We don't have train networks between most major cities in the States, unfortunately. Where possible, I try and take whatever will keep my impact at a minimum.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    AV's lossless compression ratio is quite good. https://www.texpion.com/2018/07/av1-vs-vp9-vs-avc-h264-vs-hevc-h265-1-lossless.html See testing done here. Of note, though, even in lossless mode,...

    AV's lossless compression ratio is quite good.

    https://www.texpion.com/2018/07/av1-vs-vp9-vs-avc-h264-vs-hevc-h265-1-lossless.html

    See testing done here. Of note, though, even in lossless mode, AV1 is technically lossy (still buggy and in development). That was as of version 1.0.0-21-g96ee0eb45 (summer 2018). Updated versions should be fixed now, but obviously, performance will be worse than what is shown in those charts right now.

    Between the two tests (different source footage) we saw 700MB >> 89MB and 330 MB >> 110MB, so somewhere between 3:1 and 11:1 compression ratios depending on the content of the video.

    Just keep in mind it's still buggy and not technically lossless due to some bugs that weren't worked out last summer.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    I very much agree on the presentation style of a keynote. Jobs told stories. About engineering, about features, etc. iPhone was okay for me. Honestly, they skipped over so much in the keynote just...

    I very much agree on the presentation style of a keynote. Jobs told stories. About engineering, about features, etc.

    iPhone was okay for me. Honestly, they skipped over so much in the keynote just to fit it all within 1.5 hours.

    I wish we'd gotten a polished finish on the iPhone Pros... but that's okay. Battery life going up by 4-5 hours on the iPhone Pro is a really nice touch. Sadly, they took out 3D touch, and now all the phones have Haptic Touch.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    Yeah, it makes sense that they'd mark these down, and keep the "newest" watches at a high price. The only company reasonably threatening Apple's dominance in smartwatches right now is Fitbit, and...

    I know a lot of people who think the current price of $279 is too high.

    Yeah, it makes sense that they'd mark these down, and keep the "newest" watches at a high price. The only company reasonably threatening Apple's dominance in smartwatches right now is Fitbit, and their new flagship is also $199 -- the Fitbit Versa 2. So that $199 Apple watch price is not a coincidence.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    Looks like a new iPad OS optimized tablet. nice stuff, good hardware. :)

    Looks like a new iPad OS optimized tablet. nice stuff, good hardware. :)

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    Let comments get nested based on topic.

    Let comments get nested based on topic.

    3 votes