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  1. Comment on YouTube introduces paid channel memberships and merchandising options for creators in ~tech

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    Hopefully they don't go the way of Medium where I've scrolled through several full pages of premium articles before finding something free in my feed. Its frustrating that I have to pay to access...

    Hopefully they don't go the way of Medium where I've scrolled through several full pages of premium articles before finding something free in my feed. Its frustrating that I have to pay to access the content, it's even more frustrating that you show so much premium content that I do not consume enough of to pay for.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Solid: From Tim Berners-Lee, a project to decentralize the web in ~tech

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    I can't speak for other registrars but I know for a fact that namecheap started offering free perpetual WhoisGuard to all users around the time GDPR went into effect. It's definitely a step in the...

    I can't speak for other registrars but I know for a fact that namecheap started offering free perpetual WhoisGuard to all users around the time GDPR went into effect.

    It's definitely a step in the right direction, but we for sure need to see more adoption of such practices.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams and full-speed tethering in ~tech

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    There is so much wrong with this sentence alone. First, while 480p is technically DVD quality, that format is technically 15 years old, barely a modern spec to base throttling on. Second, not only...

    The short version is that videos will be throttled to 480p (DVD quality) on all Comcast mobile plans unless you pay extra, while Comcast's "unlimited" plan will limit mobile hotspot speeds to 600kbps.

    There is so much wrong with this sentence alone. First, while 480p is technically DVD quality, that format is technically 15 years old, barely a modern spec to base throttling on. Second, not only is that not unlimited, that is far more limited that most wireless hotspots I have used. I can only imagine how bad the unlimited plan must be.

    11 votes
  4. Comment on Secret Hitler - story time in ~games.tabletop

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    I don't really have any good stories about the game itself, more so the antics the players themselves got up to as we played, ranging from singing (very loudly) the German national anthem after...

    I don't really have any good stories about the game itself, more so the antics the players themselves got up to as we played, ranging from singing (very loudly) the German national anthem after every liberal policy went into effect to one of the players (my boss at the time) throwing a knife into the table (at his house) after having a few too many drinks. In fact, most of the fun of those games was alcohol fueled. We played with the house rule of open voting (as it you place your card face up when ready to vote) which introduced some very interesting dynamics in addition to the hilarity of hearing 5 drunk people in a voting block yell "NEIN!" in unison.

    I miss that group but we have all gone our separate ways and there has been a lot of falling out between some group members so it's unlikely the gang will ever get back together.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Python 3.7 has been officially released! in ~comp

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    Being able to just call breakpoint() as well instead of having to manually import pdb is a great addition as well.

    Being able to just call breakpoint() as well instead of having to manually import pdb is a great addition as well.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been playing, and what do you think of it? in ~games

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    I just picked up Prey a few days ago since it was on sale at loved it for the first 3 hours. Yesterday I was banging my head against enemies that I did not have the resources to properly deal with...

    I just picked up Prey a few days ago since it was on sale at loved it for the first 3 hours. Yesterday I was banging my head against enemies that I did not have the resources to properly deal with for a solid 4 hours not knowing why I had so little ammo and so few resources. My girlfriend went off and found out that I had done more than half of what is supposed to be a 20+ hour story in those first 3 hours without adequately exploring the surrounding areas and getting properly kitted out. Gonna be starting a new save today and be a bit more thorough in my exploration this time.

  7. Comment on Does anyone, or everyone, else suffer from second screen syndrome? in ~talk

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    I have often ended up running Netflix or YouTube on part of one monitor while programming. I think what this really accomplishes is creating background noise to occupy my brain while I try to...

    I have often ended up running Netflix or YouTube on part of one monitor while programming. I think what this really accomplishes is creating background noise to occupy my brain while I try to focus on a hard task.

    Recently, I have been using podcasts as a way to better occupy my brain while focusing on the task at hand. I find that works much better as there are fewer visual distractions.

    12 votes
  8. Comment on Anyone interested in 3D printing? in ~hobbies

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    Most of my experience with 3d printing comes from work/school. In High School I participated in the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Engineering program, and as part of that my school purchased a 3d...

    Most of my experience with 3d printing comes from work/school.

    1. In High School I participated in the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Engineering program, and as part of that my school purchased a 3d printer that students were allowed to use (for the cost of materials). This was my first real intro to the technology and it was really cool, but I never did anything with it outside of one or two assignments.

    2. In High School as well, I did an internship in the Bio-Medical Engineering department of a local university where I designed labs around 3d-printing technology. Specifically, the labs I built were focused around vacuum forming plastic around 3d-printed molds in order to quickly produce thin plastic housing for medical equipment. The real-world application of this technology is being able to easily produce these housings in third world countries without an intense manufacturing setup. I have no idea where that went since I neither went to that university nor any BME program. Most of my time was honestly spent fixing that damn printer because the university didn't shell out for a high-enough quality one.

    3. Lastly was a job I had in college at a STEM summer camp for middle/high school students. We had a camp that used 3d printers and that was where I really got more interested in the technology, though I never did too much with them since I did not teach that camp.

    I'm not currently in a good position to have one but I plan on getting when I have more space and disposable income. At the very least I can make some cool desk decorations.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on How do you keep up with new music? in ~music

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    Spotify also sends me notifications when artists I listen to release new albums, which is pretty great.

    Spotify also sends me notifications when artists I listen to release new albums, which is pretty great.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Mechanical keyboards, anyone? in ~hobbies

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    I have been using my CoolerMaster Quickfire TK with Cherry MX Blue switches for a while now and it has always served me well. I love the blue switches but they are too loud for a lot of people. It...

    I have been using my CoolerMaster Quickfire TK with Cherry MX Blue switches for a while now and it has always served me well. I love the blue switches but they are too loud for a lot of people. It also has a weird layout where the numpad and arrow keys co-exist in the same space and are switched with num lock. For programming, which is my main use, the layout is fine and it makes the keyboard easier to move around, so I'm quite happy with it.

    I spend a lot of time in /r/mk and every time I go back I'm tempted to build my own but I have neither the time nor disposable income to jump down that rabbit hole at this point in my life.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Discord has a playlist on Spotify that their employees collaborate on. I hit shuffle on that and, since it has something like 85 hours of music, it lasts me for a while. Lots of EDM and a good...

    Discord has a playlist on Spotify that their employees collaborate on. I hit shuffle on that and, since it has something like 85 hours of music, it lasts me for a while. Lots of EDM and a good sprinkling of Hip Hop and Pop to keep it interesting. I've discovered and re-discovered a bunch of good songs by listening to that.

  12. Comment on What's your current or upcoming project? in ~creative

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    I developed an item tracker for the game Warframe about a year or so ago. It was just a simple static web-app that stored the user's data in their browser storage. We have about 25-50 daily active...

    I developed an item tracker for the game Warframe about a year or so ago. It was just a simple static web-app that stored the user's data in their browser storage. We have about 25-50 daily active users with peaks of up to 200 when a big update comes out. I have updated the tracker to add new items as the game has updated but over the next month I am going to try and rebuild the entire thing to store all the user lists on an AWS DyanmoDB with an API through Lambda. It's a huge undertaking for me since I have basically never used the AWS ecosystem before but will hopefully be a good learning experience.

  13. Comment on Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist in ~health

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    Not OP but I usually land about 6-6.5. I started doing this once I had a regular 40-hour work week, so about 2 years now, and I don't think I'll ever get used to it. I constantly feel like shit,...

    Not OP but I usually land about 6-6.5. I started doing this once I had a regular 40-hour work week, so about 2 years now, and I don't think I'll ever get used to it. I constantly feel like shit, but if I sleep any more I lose out on time to put towards personal goals and projects that keep me sane.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist in ~health

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    That is my biggest problem. the 8/8/8 split that American businesses base their 40 hour work weeks on is heavily flawed because a) work + driving ends up at 9-10 hours a day, b) the 8 hours of...

    That is my biggest problem. the 8/8/8 split that American businesses base their 40 hour work weeks on is heavily flawed because a) work + driving ends up at 9-10 hours a day, b) the 8 hours of leisure is cut into by running errands, preparing meals, getting ready for work, hygiene, etc. In the end we really only get around 12 hours to split between leisure and sleep, which means we either spend a meager 4 hours on ourselves a day or sleep less than we should.

    Hopefully as time goes on we adapt a more healthy culture around the work/life balance that enables more sleep, but I think it's unlikely.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Any Linux-only gamers? Share your experience! in ~games

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    I have never head of Lutris before but it seems promising. Might try it out on my linux laptop tonight.

    I have never head of Lutris before but it seems promising. Might try it out on my linux laptop tonight.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on ASL? Just kidding but seriously where are most of you Tildoes from? in ~talk

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    22/M/North Carolina Seem to be the only one from here. For now at least.

    22/M/North Carolina

    Seem to be the only one from here. For now at least.

  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Tilix is the default in Ubuntu Budgie so that's what I use on my linux machines. I use Hyper on Windows as a wrapper around Git Bash at work.

    Tilix is the default in Ubuntu Budgie so that's what I use on my linux machines. I use Hyper on Windows as a wrapper around Git Bash at work.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Linux distro of choice? in ~comp

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    Ubuntu. I've used it since 4.10 and it has never let me down. Currently using Ubuntu Budgie as the main OS on my laptop and in every development VM I run.

    Ubuntu. I've used it since 4.10 and it has never let me down. Currently using Ubuntu Budgie as the main OS on my laptop and in every development VM I run.

  19. Comment on Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cannot replace money, says Bank for International Settlements in ~finance

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    Isn't the slow part the real problem? I remember when Ether had a major application launch on their blockchain that increased the quantity of transactions by several orders of magnitude the entire...

    Isn't the slow part the real problem?

    I remember when Ether had a major application launch on their blockchain that increased the quantity of transactions by several orders of magnitude the entire thing became basically unusable. I can't imagine a global-scale amount of transactions can function on any existing coin.

    1 vote