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  1. Comment on I'm planning to enable the "mark new comments" feature for everyone - any major concerns? in ~tildes.official

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    I really like the idea of this feature, I have entered many threads looking for the new post, which took a long time to find sometimes. I also didn’t know this feature existed before

    I really like the idea of this feature, I have entered many threads looking for the new post, which took a long time to find sometimes.
    I also didn’t know this feature existed before

    17 votes
  2. Comment on Greta Thunberg: ‘Forget about net zero, we need real zero’ in ~enviro

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    The problem is that scientists have been warning about climate change for decades, but no one listens. Greta started a movement which caused a lot of people (myself included) to show up monthly to...

    The problem is that scientists have been warning about climate change for decades, but no one listens. Greta started a movement which caused a lot of people (myself included) to show up monthly to protests in order to get politicians to enact green policies. Climate change is not a question of left or right, it’s whether we want to be able to continue inhabiting this world

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Greta Thunberg: ‘Forget about net zero, we need real zero’ in ~enviro

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    She started the school strikes that currently move hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. That’s her first claim to fame. Also, you say she doesn’t offer any solutions. She is a 17 year old...

    She started the school strikes that currently move hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. That’s her first claim to fame.
    Also, you say she doesn’t offer any solutions. She is a 17 year old girl, of course she is not a climate scientist doing her own research. However she does offer solutions: listen to the scientists.

    20 votes
  4. Comment on Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service in ~tech

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    I set it up today, it was super easy. I just had to flash the sd card, put it in a raspberry pi, and wait a little bit. The pi hole addon did. cause some headache though.

    I set it up today, it was super easy. I just had to flash the sd card, put it in a raspberry pi, and wait a little bit. The pi hole addon did. cause some headache though.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on There is such a thing as too much technology in ~tech

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    I don’t see the issue, iOS apps are sandboxed and the permission the apps get are restricted by me. I’m sure the store can find out my name and other info just by paying by card, too? So...

    I don’t see the issue, iOS apps are sandboxed and the permission the apps get are restricted by me. I’m sure the store can find out my name and other info just by paying by card, too? So additionally I think paying with Apple Pay should reduce that amount of information I give away.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on There is such a thing as too much technology in ~tech

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    I also dislike the trend of most technology just being there to advertise to us. But I would still get those apps because I think it does save a lot of time not having to queue up

    I also dislike the trend of most technology just being there to advertise to us. But I would still get those apps because I think it does save a lot of time not having to queue up

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What are some arguments for and against using a python framework such as django? in ~comp

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    Yep, that’s the book I mean, it’s available online for free. Maybe others with more experience can chime in since I only worked with django and flask a little bit. But maybe django is a bit too...

    Yep, that’s the book I mean, it’s available online for free.

    Maybe others with more experience can chime in since I only worked with django and flask a little bit. But maybe django is a bit too feature rich for a small application. I am currently working on a small application and I decided to use flask. I think django surely is a good option too.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What are some arguments for and against using a python framework such as django? in ~comp

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    So, if you want to learn pure python, using any framework such as django would be unnecessary, since django is used for web applications. My recommendation would be to first learn programming (or...

    So, if you want to learn pure python, using any framework such as django would be unnecessary, since django is used for web applications. My recommendation would be to first learn programming (or do you already have any experience?) and then try your hand at projects and use the appropriate libraries when needed.
    My go to recommendation is ‘automate the boring stuff with python’, which offers an introduction to programming and some libraries already.

    So what kind of project do you have in mind?

    6 votes
  9. Comment on App tracking alert in iOS 13 has dramatically cut location data flow to ad industry in ~tech

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    I have been using android since the htc desire and now I was using an iPhone SE for half a year until I got an iPhone 11 last week. The price tag hurts but I have been very happy with the devices...

    I have been using android since the htc desire and now I was using an iPhone SE for half a year until I got an iPhone 11 last week. The price tag hurts but I have been very happy with the devices so far

    5 votes
  10. Comment on The last tracker was just removed from Basecamp.com in ~tech

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    It’s not that it’s hard to remove analytics, it’s just that a lot of jobs rely on that data - marketing and product design for example.

    It’s not that it’s hard to remove analytics, it’s just that a lot of jobs rely on that data - marketing and product design for example.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Anyone have any experience with eSIMs? in ~tech

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    Having a local number is a plus, I haven’t really considered, especially cause a lot of places might not be reachable/book able online.

    Having a local number is a plus, I haven’t really considered, especially cause a lot of places might not be reachable/book able online.

  12. Comment on Anyone have any experience with eSIMs? in ~tech

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    Data only is fine for me, I actually use a data only sim at the moment as well haha. Do you use an esim? Have you used it abroad?

    Data only is fine for me, I actually use a data only sim at the moment as well haha. Do you use an esim? Have you used it abroad?

    2 votes
  13. Anyone have any experience with eSIMs?

    I have ordered a phone with an eSim this week and I have been reading a bit into it. As far as I know so far, you just have to download an app and you can just book some extra data as needed - it...

    I have ordered a phone with an eSim this week and I have been reading a bit into it.
    As far as I know so far, you just have to download an app and you can just book some extra data as needed - it seems especially cool because you can just book a local plan when you're abroad instead of getting a local sim card. Which can be more or less a hassle - 2019 I went to South Africa where it was pretty easy to get a sim card at the airport, 2018 I went to India, where it was a hassle.
    I guess for people in the US this is not a problem? Some of my friends have global contracts, and I had that too when I was there via googles project fi. We don't really have an equivalent in Germany

    I found the following pages in case anyone also wants to look into it
    https://esimdb.com/ - this is an overview page about different esims
    https://www.airalo.com/ - this is one specific offer that seems to be the cheapest for Germany, which is where I would try it, since I live here haha

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    For python, I really liked these 2 Videos: https://youtu.be/OSGv2VnC0go https://youtu.be/7lmCu8wz8ro I also follow Raymond on twitter where he shares some short tips

    For python, I really liked these 2 Videos:

    https://youtu.be/OSGv2VnC0go
    https://youtu.be/7lmCu8wz8ro

    I also follow Raymond on twitter where he shares some short tips

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    I took a lot of machine learning classes in the last year, I am working on improving my pythonic code. Instead of python code the java way

    I took a lot of machine learning classes in the last year, I am working on improving my pythonic code. Instead of python code the java way

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    Programmatic thinking is much more important than focusing on one language. If vba helps you, it’s the best for you to learn

    Programmatic thinking is much more important than focusing on one language. If vba helps you, it’s the best for you to learn

    14 votes
  17. Comment on How much better can smartphones really get? in ~tech

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    I mean I’m happy for you and your thinkpad but do you really assume the average person buying an Android Tablet or iPad is capable of running and troubleshooting a Linux installation on their...

    I mean I’m happy for you and your thinkpad but do you really assume the average person buying an Android Tablet or iPad is capable of running and troubleshooting a Linux installation on their tablet? The convenience and usability is just nowhere near a dedicated mobile OS. When I get an iPad all I have to do is unbox it and I have the tools I need at hand. With your tablet you need to buy it, decide which linux version to put on, maybe fail while doing it (maybe it was very straightforward with your device, I had a laptop where I had a lot of problems installing Ubuntu). And if something does not work, well you have to do a l of research.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on What have you done in the last 10 years? in ~talk

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    I was backpacking in Australia and took some jobs (picking blueberries, selling fast food in a foodtruck, planting strawberries) which were just badly paid and the work conditions sucked, so I...

    I was backpacking in Australia and took some jobs (picking blueberries, selling fast food in a foodtruck, planting strawberries) which were just badly paid and the work conditions sucked, so I just left them after a day.

  19. Comment on What have you done in the last 10 years? in ~talk

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    So I am 26 - so I guess a huge part of my life happened in the last 10 years: finished high school lived in Australia for a year (my first time away from home - life-changing) met my first...

    So I am 26 - so I guess a huge part of my life happened in the last 10 years:

    • finished high school
    • lived in Australia for a year (my first time away from home - life-changing)
    • met my first girlfriend
    • started and quit a bachelors after half a semester
    • started and finished a bachelors
    • lived in the US for half a year (for an internship)
    • started a masters
    • moved out and in with my girlfriend
    • learned programming and worked as a software engineer
    • finished my first freelance website (that was this year)
    • worked a lot of different jobs - quit a lot of jobs after a day
    • started drinking coffee
    • got glasses (only noticed I needed them when I was in a lecture hall at age 20)
    • was a private tutor to a lot of kids - 10 or so?
    7 votes
  20. Comment on Hard drive dying, trying to save a VM in ~comp

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    Did you try backing up the important files out of the vm onto another hard drive?

    Did you try backing up the important files out of the vm onto another hard drive?

    4 votes