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  1. Comment on What's your computer/PC like? in ~tech

  2. Comment on What's your computer/PC like? in ~tech

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    ITX or Mini DTX, if you're willing to lose the bottom radiator.

    ITX or Mini DTX, if you're willing to lose the bottom radiator.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What's your computer/PC like? in ~tech

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    My computer right now is a MacBook Pro: i9 9900hk 32 GB of ram 1TB HDD Vega Pro 20 with 4GB of HBM2 However, I've been designing a Small Form Factor PC case, so I can build a small, aesthetic...

    My computer right now is a MacBook Pro:

    • i9 9900hk
    • 32 GB of ram
    • 1TB HDD
    • Vega Pro 20 with 4GB of HBM2

    However, I've been designing a Small Form Factor PC case, so I can build a small, aesthetic gaming PC in order to run windows when Apple Switches to their ARM chips.

    http://www.winterdesign.co if anyone's curious :)

    1 vote
  4. Comment on 30% didn’t kill the App Store model. SaaS did in ~tech

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    App Stores are absolutely premium space, but I find it funny that Apple catches flak when Amazon is clearly the most egregious of this type of thing, taking 65% of revenue from published books....

    App Stores are absolutely premium space, but I find it funny that Apple catches flak when Amazon is clearly the most egregious of this type of thing, taking 65% of revenue from published books. It’s insane.

    App Store and Steam take 30%. Apple takes 15% after year 1 for a subscription. Epic Games takes 15%... I think more app stores are trending toward 15% or so.

    Also, interestingly the DOJ ruled against Apple and in favor of Amazon, basically handing them a monopoly on ebooks.

    The DoJ tends to care more about keeping prices low, than actually breaking up monopolies... which is why Amazon now basically controls online publishing.

    13 votes
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. 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
  18. 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