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  1. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    Imgur should be fine, haven't hosted any photos in a while but it was my go-to a handful of years ago and it's still popular on Reddit. Otherwise Google Drive/Proton Drive/alternatives are fine,...

    Imgur should be fine, haven't hosted any photos in a while but it was my go-to a handful of years ago and it's still popular on Reddit.

    Otherwise Google Drive/Proton Drive/alternatives are fine, and you can share a link to the folder containing everything - whichever option you think is easier.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    Oh my god, I didn't expect me posting that article would prompt someone from Tildes to actually go there, but that's amazing, thank you so much! I think as other people said, take as many pictures...

    Oh my god, I didn't expect me posting that article would prompt someone from Tildes to actually go there, but that's amazing, thank you so much!

    I think as other people said, take as many pictures and sound recordings as you can, ask people about it (but be careful! Safety first.). I'd love to read (and listen) to everything you collect.

    17 votes
  3. Comment on ‘We’re living in a nightmare:’ Inside the health crisis of a Texas bitcoin town in ~tech

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    The rocket launcher thing was my reaction as well. Once I read the things that happened to these people I just wanted to burn the mine down. They are this close to literally killing people for...

    The rocket launcher thing was my reaction as well. Once I read the things that happened to these people I just wanted to burn the mine down. They are this close to literally killing people for profit.

    But I'm on the opposite side of the world from Texas, so the most I could do was spread the article around.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on ‘We’re living in a nightmare:’ Inside the health crisis of a Texas bitcoin town in ~tech

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    TL;DR: Granbury, TX residents are reporting severe health issues, and the cause is believed to be the nearby Bitcoin mine that constantly exceeds the local noise limits. It's almost impossible to...

    TL;DR: Granbury, TX residents are reporting severe health issues, and the cause is believed to be the nearby Bitcoin mine that constantly exceeds the local noise limits. It's almost impossible to prove that the Bitcoin mine is causing these illnesses though, and the owner of the mine is armed with lawyers in an attempt to shut down any lawsuit.

    This is a terrifying story, I can't imagine the torture these people are enduring. As someone who can't stand loud noises and wears ear protection at festivals no matter what, I would probably go insane in a matter of days.

    41 votes
  5. Comment on Noctua releases new CPU cooler NH-D15 G2 and NF-A14x25r G2 fan in ~comp

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    Excited to see the reviews, they've been such a reliable brand and an instant recommendation from pretty much every techie - I'm sure the numbers will be good.

    Excited to see the reviews, they've been such a reliable brand and an instant recommendation from pretty much every techie - I'm sure the numbers will be good.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on One Million Checkboxes - a silly little game where (un)checking a box (un)checks it for everyone in ~games

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    Yeah, and the struggle is what makes it fun.

    Yeah, and the struggle is what makes it fun.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on One Million Checkboxes - a silly little game where (un)checking a box (un)checks it for everyone in ~games

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    I'm playing on my Z Fold, I can just tap my soul away protecting my land :)

    I'm playing on my Z Fold, I can just tap my soul away protecting my land :)

    4 votes
  8. Comment on One Million Checkboxes - a silly little game where (un)checking a box (un)checks it for everyone in ~games

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    Found this on The Verge and it's addicting as hell. I scrolled down to about 2/3rds hoping I could have my own plot of checkboxes to check and keep them checked but apparently people are spread...

    Found this on The Verge and it's addicting as hell. I scrolled down to about 2/3rds hoping I could have my own plot of checkboxes to check and keep them checked but apparently people are spread out evenly (unless the server randomizes the checkboxes for everyone so box #1 for me could be box #34432 for someone else).

    Either way, it's an outright war out there, fluctuating between 550k-570k checked boxes but never straying too far. I'm in the checker camp, you might be in the unchecker camp and that's fine but we'll be fighting.

    Happy (un)checking!

    EDIT: This patch of land around 800k is mine, don't touch it, thank you: https://ibb.co/cFD1bdv

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

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    Hm, I can give 5NF a try and see how it looks. I'd need to document myself a little bit more to understand how to do it though, do you have any resources I could read?

    Hm, I can give 5NF a try and see how it looks. I'd need to document myself a little bit more to understand how to do it though, do you have any resources I could read?

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

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    Third normal form, since that's what I was taught in college. I now know there are a handful more forms but I'm unsure if they're worth doing. We were told that the potential benefits are small,...

    Third normal form, since that's what I was taught in college. I now know there are a handful more forms but I'm unsure if they're worth doing. We were told that the potential benefits are small, and that third normal form is adequate for most use cases. I'm still very much a database noob.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    It's happening again. For the last two weeks I haven't at all been satisfied with the quality of my music to the point of only opening my DAW once a couple of days. At this rate I'll probably quit...

    It's happening again.

    For the last two weeks I haven't at all been satisfied with the quality of my music to the point of only opening my DAW once a couple of days. At this rate I'll probably quit for a year or so again, especially as I got hyperfixated on a new hobby (picked up Yu-Gi-Oh for the bazilionth time, been playing online and watching the anime).

    I've been trying to break into making hardstyle music, it's my favorite genre and I want to be able to make a track. However I can't get the melodies to sound right. I spent some time studying other artists' melodies (Headhunterz, D-Block & S-te-Fan and KELTEK's mostly) and trying to figure out what makes theirs work and what is missing from mine but I can't really make the connections.

    It doesn't help also that everyone in specialized forums says you should first learn to make your own kicks and heavily discourages using kick samples, which is a total opposite to what the rest of the producer community usually says for other genres. I get that the kick is a major element of a hardstyle track and re-using kicks will make you sound like a copycat or just stale and boring, but learning to make them when I can't write a damn melody seems counter-intuitive. I should be able to make a song sound good with other people's kicks before I can make my own kicks (which is a complicated and technical process, by the way).

    I guess I'm just frustrated and that frustration killed my desire to make anything. I could keep making other genres, but it usually turns out to me making hip-hop/lo-fi beats - and while those are cool and I like them, I don't feel fulfilled.

    I'll just have to push on, maybe tonight I'll force myself to write melodies over and over for an hour on the clock. I did manage to somehow recreate the lead sound from DBSTF's Believe just by layering some presets and slapping a high-pass EQ and a Valhalla Supermassive on them, and I'm really liking it so maybe something good will come out.

    I'm pondering buying a MIDI keyboard so I can jam melodies more easily. Drawing MIDI with the mouse isn't very creative, and playing MIDI on a QWERTY keyboard is awkward at best. I have an AKAi LPK25, but it's just much too small and uncomfortable to use. I was looking at Native Instruments's Maschine series, they have a bundle deal with Komplete Elements so I'd be getting some cool sounds to jam with the keyboard. But my finances aren't amazing right now, maybe in August after I get my performance bonus at work and I pay off some of the (minor, but still annoying) debt I accumulated lately.

    Anyway, I'm kinda looking for advice? Not sure exactly, I just wanted to vent and maybe hear other people's thoughts.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on “It can’t be that easy, right?” (a Linux desktop environment appreciation post) in ~tech

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    I desperately hope that's a thing only on OpenSUSE. I want to try this on a Debian VM and see what happens.

    I desperately hope that's a thing only on OpenSUSE. I want to try this on a Debian VM and see what happens.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Pride Month at Tildes: #7 - How are things with your family? in ~lgbt

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    My father has always and will always be a full-on homophobe. When I came out he beat me (to be fair, after I punched him first) and threatened to disown me and kick me out if I didn't go back into...

    My father has always and will always be a full-on homophobe. When I came out he beat me (to be fair, after I punched him first) and threatened to disown me and kick me out if I didn't go back into the closet.

    After a while (and a psychologist session - see my comment on the Pride Month #1 post) he decided to start pretending I never came out. Nowadays we treat each other with basic respect (except when he gets angry, then he calls everyone names) and nothing more. There's no relationship between us, he just exists in the same house as my mom and sister.

    My mom was very distressed when I came out, but with some careful explaining and patience she accepted me as I am. Nowadays she still doesn't comprehend the concept of a gay relationship (and she did once ask me "who's the man and who's the woman?" which made me cringe into the next dimension before I explained that she missed the point entirely, that there's no woman here).

    My sister doesn't know yet - because of my constant denial of any romantic interest in anyone ever (despite me being in a very romantic relationship for the past 2.5 years) she suspects I'm aro/ace, which is funny. She had a brief moment where she kind of found gay people gross, but now that she has LGBT friends she's come around. The only reason I haven't come out to her is that I promised my mom not to, until she "grows up". We didn't define what "grows up" means, so who knows when I'll tell her. Probably when I'll get engaged, which will happen when marriage becomes legal here, which probably will happen sometime after the heat death of the universe, so fairly soon I suppose.

    My extended family does not know, and I don't care enough to either tell them or hide it from them. If they find out, cool, if they don't, also cool. If they act like dickheads, they can go lick a cactus.

    My partner's family is a bit nicer. His mom was very welcoming, and while his dad has his reprehensions (he really doesn't like seeing any affection between us, and was a bit upset when I kissed my partner before leaving home for a couple of days, for reasons I still don't understand) he never stepped in between us and never will.

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

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    As mentioned, Tauri is something you should look into, but you can also use Dioxus for the UI and logic, they have a use_eval() hook which can run JS and return the result as needed. It'll...

    As mentioned, Tauri is something you should look into, but you can also use Dioxus for the UI and logic, they have a use_eval() hook which can run JS and return the result as needed.

    It'll probably be extremely hacky and ugly but it'll work.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on I will fucking piledrive you if you mention AI again in ~comp

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    Oh, how I love these unhinged rants that are actually very thoughtful. Some people will definitely misunderstand the post, which is not great, but personally I think it slaps. I wish I worked in...

    Oh, how I love these unhinged rants that are actually very thoughtful. Some people will definitely misunderstand the post, which is not great, but personally I think it slaps.

    if you continue to try { thisBullshit(); } you are going to catch (theseHands)

    I wish I worked in an edgy startup so I could use this forever and ever. It's the kind of juvenile programmer humor that absolutely gets me.

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

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    Yeah, unfortunately I don't follow fintech at all. Somehow I managed to not have a Revolut account despite it being very popular with European techbros. All my finances are still with a very...

    Yeah, unfortunately I don't follow fintech at all. Somehow I managed to not have a Revolut account despite it being very popular with European techbros.

    All my finances are still with a very traditional bank, and the only reason I'm developing my app is that my partner and I are absolutely tired with Splitwise's ads, and believe their Pro plan is a travesty, pricing-wise.

    We just want to split groceries and bills without constantly moving money from our accounts. With Splitwise we can see that I owe 200€ right now, so that means I'm the one paying for the next grocery trip (and the one after that).

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

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    Database normalization is a set of steps and rules to make sure your tables don't have duplicate/redundant data, that each table only contains data relevant for the object/relation/relationship it...

    Database normalization is a set of steps and rules to make sure your tables don't have duplicate/redundant data, that each table only contains data relevant for the object/relation/relationship it models, and that they have a structure that is easy to work with.

    I don't know anything about banking APIs, so no - it's not something I would be using, and AFAIK my bank doesn't have any public APIs to play around with anyway.

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

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    For context, I'm working on an expense tracking and splitting app. The plan is to be a 100% open-source, self-hosted, ad-free alternative to Splitwise. (Written entirely in Rust and Tailwind CSS,...

    For context, I'm working on an expense tracking and splitting app. The plan is to be a 100% open-source, self-hosted, ad-free alternative to Splitwise. (Written entirely in Rust and Tailwind CSS, by the way.)

    I realized Settlemint is a name already taken by some crypto thing, so I'll need a new name. Thank god I resisted the urge to work on branding or buying a domain.

    Anyway, the app now supports separate expense groups, so right now you could theoretically use it as an expense tracker, but you'd have no statistics (those are coming, but later!).

    I spent some work ensuring my database schema is normalized and coherent (I can finally say my college classes were useful for something, lmao) so I can easily query for, say, expenses made by a specific user in a specific group. I'm concerned about performance (Splitwise is really snappy, so I need to match or even beat that, which will be a challenge) so I expect I will need to flex the design a bit, but we'll see.

    Now I want to let multiple people join a group and add expenses, then split those expenses between the group members. I'm not 100% sure on the best way to implement that, but we'll see how it goes.

    I also made the UI not suck. It's not pretty, but it's not ugly either, it's quite literally the bare minimum with a little bit of polish. My partner has been pushing a lot for a UI redesign though, which I'm willing to do (provided he actually wants to spend a few days in Figma to design it), but that will happen only after the MVP is ready. Right now I want to have the functionality nailed down, so I can import my Splitwise data (oh god, I'll need to figure that out too) and start dogfooding ASAP.

    8 votes