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  1. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    wait, purple.com is gone?!?!

    wait, purple.com is gone?!?!

  2. Comment on You are going to live in a rustic cabin in the mountains for 4 months. What do you bring? in ~talk

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    I can bring anything, regardless of whether or not I actually own the thing in question right now? I choose a truly obscene quantity of diamonds, so that once I leave I can threaten De Beers with...

    I can bring anything, regardless of whether or not I actually own the thing in question right now?

    I choose a truly obscene quantity of diamonds, so that once I leave I can threaten De Beers with flooding the market with them so they pay me a few dozen million. Or, for the chaos factor, the Pacific ocean.

    In all seriousness though, people here are overlooking a vital piece of equipment. A deck of cards. You've got other people with you, and a deck of cards provides by far the most possibilities as far as number of games goes for any other object, let alone those of similar size. But not just any deck of cards; I choose a deck of uno cards. I know from experience that you can play it as-is for an hour a day for years without it getting the least bit old. And you can construct a normal deck from an uno deck by treating each color as a suit and substituting reverse, skip, draw 2, and 0 for the royals, but you can't do the same thing the other way around. Plus you can do other stuff with it (house of cards, etc.), and it's infinitely portable.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What was your "oh, they wanted more than coffee!" moment? in ~talk

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    Alright so this one is a bit different but similar enough I think: So in high school, I liked this girl. One time when talking to her, I made an 'Istanbul, not Constantinople" joke, and she asked...

    Alright so this one is a bit different but similar enough I think:

    So in high school, I liked this girl. One time when talking to her, I made an 'Istanbul, not Constantinople" joke, and she asked if I liked They Might Be Giants. Of course, wanting to impress her, I said yes (I'd barely heard of them at this point). And then, in one of the most inexplicable moments of my life, my brain decided that just saying the name of the band in a weird singsongy way was the best possible follow-up. To this day I have zero clue what possessed me to do this. She just giggled, and I interpreted this as laughing at me and filed it under "adolescent cringe" for the next 3 years.

    That is, until, one crisp fall night in my backyard, I actually decided to listen to the band. And what do I hear right near the end of Flood?

    That's right, John Linnell yelling the name of his own band. And it was in that instant that it hit me, and when I say hit me, I mean hit me, straight in the face, like a sack of wet mice: she thought I was making a reference. This is the silliest thing ever, but between the environment of a quiet suburbian backyard in the middle of a night like that and the mounting realization, it really was an experience. It was by far the most vindicated I've ever felt at 2AM. I rode that high for about a week until I realized it meant that she wasn't in fact laughing at me, she probably just thought it was cute, and that it maybe could've gone somewhere had i not misinterpreted that and acted awkward afterward.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 in ~tech

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    People probably said that about NT at first, too. Everything was already written for DOS, so a new kernel? Impossible! I think it could happen, but it would look a lot like the 90s, with perhaps...

    People probably said that about NT at first, too. Everything was already written for DOS, so a new kernel? Impossible! I think it could happen, but it would look a lot like the 90s, with perhaps Server 2024 or thereabouts making the leap first, followed by a consumer Linux-based Windows by about 2030.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Debian dropping a number of old Linux drivers is angering vintage hardware users in ~comp

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    Shouldn't the generic VESA drivers still work? It's not like you'd be getting much performance out of a Rage 128 these days anyway.

    Shouldn't the generic VESA drivers still work? It's not like you'd be getting much performance out of a Rage 128 these days anyway.

  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm starting work on a CLI resource monitor for Linux whose only real purpose is to look cooler than htop for unixporn-type purposes.

    I'm starting work on a CLI resource monitor for Linux whose only real purpose is to look cooler than htop for unixporn-type purposes.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Recommend me a new phone in ~tech

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    If you really want to do the whole privacy thing without shelling out for a Librem, the Pinephone is supposed to be a decent alternative. It runs what is basically the sort of Linux that runs on a...

    If you really want to do the whole privacy thing without shelling out for a Librem, the Pinephone is supposed to be a decent alternative. It runs what is basically the sort of Linux that runs on a Raspberry Pi though, so apps that are actually designed to be used on a smartphone are sparse. It's $150, which is pretty good for the specs. It's even got hardware switches for mic, Bluetooth, etc. and a removable battery.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Recently I've been delving into Win95 stuff a lot, because I've run out of portable games to run on my locked-down school-provided laptop but QEMU works. Aside from all the fuckery in the depths...

    Recently I've been delving into Win95 stuff a lot, because I've run out of portable games to run on my locked-down school-provided laptop but QEMU works. Aside from all the fuckery in the depths of QEMU to get everything working, I've been playing some really obscure games. I've particularly been getting into the modding scene for a Frogger game that came out in 1997, which exists for some reason. It's honestly kind of neat how much effort people have put into this. There's an actual dedicated modding tool and everything. Right now I'm working on finishing the unused levels left in the game files. It's surprisingly complicated for a game from 1997. It never ceases to amaze me how much programmers from back then could cram in 700MB.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Does anyone have some sort of wiki for surf? in ~comp

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    I heard about all the customizability, low resource usage, keyboard-centric interface, etc. Plus I wanted a bit of a challenge.

    I heard about all the customizability, low resource usage, keyboard-centric interface, etc.

    Plus I wanted a bit of a challenge.

  10. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    A track off the compilation album Kilamadgargoyle from the early '80s called Funky Winston's Exploding Trousers by the band Funky Winston and his Individually Wrapped Fruit Pies. I saw it on a...

    A track off the compilation album Kilamadgargoyle from the early '80s called Funky Winston's Exploding Trousers by the band Funky Winston and his Individually Wrapped Fruit Pies. I saw it on a list of bad band names from about 2005 and I just had to hear it. Nothing on the guy who allegedly wrote it's website, nothing on Youtube, no indication the original cassette even exists anymore outside a few attics in southern England. I was, however, able to find another track from the same album. It's called I Hate the Entire Population of the World (Except Cromer) The guy who uploaded this song never uploaded the rest of them. I also have a track listing, but nothing there either. However, there are auto-generated topic channels for several of the bands listed, but they all have no content.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Diablo IV announced at Blizzcon 2019 in ~games

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    Cue everyone forgetting about blitzchung completely.

    Cue everyone forgetting about blitzchung completely.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on What editor/IDE do you use? in ~comp

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    For stuff like editing config files and writing a few lines of bash I use nano simply because I'm usually already in the terminal and why not. For actual programming I use Sublime. It's a good...

    For stuff like editing config files and writing a few lines of bash I use nano simply because I'm usually already in the terminal and why not.

    For actual programming I use Sublime. It's a good combination of simplicity and functionality, and it's not overly focused towards any individual language.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Will Non-Binary Gender Options on State IDs Reduce Discrimination? in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, and we could probably use the space for something actually useful like blood type.

    Yeah, and we could probably use the space for something actually useful like blood type.

  14. Comment on How do you keep up with version changes in downloaded software? in ~comp

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    I just use whatever package manager comes with the OS. Every modern OS except Win10 has one by default.

    I just use whatever package manager comes with the OS. Every modern OS except Win10 has one by default.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What's your OS and how does it look? in ~comp

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    On my desktop, it's fairly standard KDE (anything complicated would require a good bit of tweaking as I fluctuate between 4 and 5 monitors) On my laptop, it's still unmodified Manjaro i3 since I...

    On my desktop, it's fairly standard KDE (anything complicated would require a good bit of tweaking as I fluctuate between 4 and 5 monitors)

    On my laptop, it's still unmodified Manjaro i3 since I only got it on Thursday.

  16. Comment on Let's talk Puppy Linux in ~comp

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    It''s pretty nice to be able to make a computer that's older than I am actually usable.

    It''s pretty nice to be able to make a computer that's older than I am actually usable.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Where would you like to be at the moment? in ~talk

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    Southern United States.

    Southern United States.

  18. Comment on Where would you like to be at the moment? in ~talk

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    Probably somewhere in Europe. Things are getting pretty bad for trans people over here. I've always liked Germany. Seems like a pretty varied place.

    Probably somewhere in Europe. Things are getting pretty bad for trans people over here. I've always liked Germany. Seems like a pretty varied place.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on An error message in Windows 10 is a mistake from 1974 in ~comp

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    To be fair the Linux kernel still has a 'temporary fix' for some piece of Atari hardware from about 1994.

    To be fair the Linux kernel still has a 'temporary fix' for some piece of Atari hardware from about 1994.