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  1. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    What?? How does a live round make its way anywhere remotely near a movie prop? Are film guns not designated as props from day one?

    What?? How does a live round make its way anywhere remotely near a movie prop? Are film guns not designated as props from day one?

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  2. Comment on [SOLVED] "User menu" can you implement a differentiation between "Your posts" and "Your submissions" in ~tildes

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    On the Your Posts page, do you see the "All posts" | "Topics" | "Comments" links above the content? I think that's what you're looking for.

    On the Your Posts page, do you see the "All posts" | "Topics" | "Comments" links above the content? I think that's what you're looking for.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Thoughts on Mulan (2020)? in ~movies

  4. Comment on Tour of 'The One', a $500m mansion in Bel-Air in ~design

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    Designate it as a wildlife preserve or something. I don't see anything inherently wrong with purchasing a huge amount of land for the purpose of keeping it undeveloped. Frankly I'd like to see...

    Designate it as a wildlife preserve or something. I don't see anything inherently wrong with purchasing a huge amount of land for the purpose of keeping it undeveloped. Frankly I'd like to see more conservationists doing this to oppose humanity's ongoing rape of the natural world.

    But I agree, if @monarda's account of the situation is accurate, the guy on the show sounds like a real self-centered grade-A jerk. The protection of the earth shouldn't be merely for one's own personal enjoyment at the exclusion of others.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on At what height should I hang my TV? in ~talk

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    @mat's post has a good rule of thumb, but if you're a visual person who benefits from images of "what not to do" you may find r/TVTooHigh and r/TVTooLow helpful for calibration also. The fact of...

    @mat's post has a good rule of thumb, but if you're a visual person who benefits from images of "what not to do" you may find r/TVTooHigh and r/TVTooLow helpful for calibration also.

    The fact of the matter is, TVs mounted on walls are a pretty new thing in history, and most rooms are decorated to accommodate the most approximate previous standard, which is framed wall art. But ergonomically, TVs need to be a lot lower than pictures, and with correct placement they often end up leaving a weird-looking patch of naked wall above them. This isn't really a solved problem yet, as I understand it. Lots of people mount too high so it'll look less weird, and then just endure the neck pain.

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  6. Comment on 4 insecure standards we can't easily abandon in ~tech

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    I'm annoyed that Steve Gibson's SQRL zero-password login spec never took off, and honestly I blame him for creating the thing and basically abandoning it on day one. Tons of potential there, but...

    I'm annoyed that Steve Gibson's SQRL zero-password login spec never took off, and honestly I blame him for creating the thing and basically abandoning it on day one. Tons of potential there, but it's like he got bored and went back to tinkering with SpinRite. I say that as a huge fan of his Security Now podcast for many years.

    In the right hands, SQRL could've been a game-changer. Honestly it still could, if proper advocates took notice of it.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Batkid saves San Francisco as charity makes a wish come true (2013) in ~life

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    The best thing about this is that (as of 2018) Miles continues to be cancer-free and is considered fully recovered. I can't find any news since then but I hope covid has been kind to him.

    The best thing about this is that (as of 2018) Miles continues to be cancer-free and is considered fully recovered. I can't find any news since then but I hope covid has been kind to him.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by ransomware over the weekend in ~tech

  9. Comment on Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by ransomware over the weekend in ~tech

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    This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.

    This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Just saw this screencap showing what happens when the menus overflow. It's... not great. Maybe a future version of Bartender will offer some alternatives. Credit to @JXM for linking that elsewhere...

    My best guess is that they would add an ellipsis menu item on the left side, which would flow additional menu items into a drop-down menu.

    Just saw this screencap showing what happens when the menus overflow. It's... not great. Maybe a future version of Bartender will offer some alternatives. Credit to @JXM for linking that elsewhere in this discussion.

    4 votes
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  12. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    I heard some speculation that Apple's just going to "Sherlock" Bartender. I wouldn't complain, if that were true. Interesting to note that in fullscreen, the menubar area just goes black and...

    I heard some speculation that Apple's just going to "Sherlock" Bartender. I wouldn't complain, if that were true.

    Interesting to note that in fullscreen, the menubar area just goes black and effectively becomes a bezel. Seems Apple doesn't intend for the notch to ever overlay non-menubar content. Bit of a surprising choice honestly, considering how Apple emphasizes the fullscreen lifestyle in so much of their marketing shots. What I don't get is why the menubar hides at all in fullscreen, if it's just going to be replaced with nothing. What's the point? On current Macs, the menubar slides down to overlay fullscreen content when you move the cursor to the top edge of the screen. But I guess that behavior will just change to... fading in from the black maybe? And fading back out when you mouse away? Seems unnecessary.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    These new machines are a slam dunk in my book. I'm still happily using my 13" MPB from early 2015, but it's showing its age in a few areas. In the years since I bought it, I've watched from the...

    These new machines are a slam dunk in my book. I'm still happily using my 13" MPB from early 2015, but it's showing its age in a few areas. In the years since I bought it, I've watched from the sidelines as Apple has made one perplexing "downgrade" after another— butterfly keyboards, replacement of function keys with a lackluster touch bar, removal of MagSafe and the card reader. The rumor mill was suggesting this could be a sweeping correction of all those ills, but I figured that sounded too good be to true.

    Well, it was true! All of it! I ordered the 14" M1 Max, it's a similar form factor to my current machine but a massive spec upgrade. It's been a while since I've been this hyped about an Apple announcement but it's basically everything I'd been hoping for, with some extra niceties in the 1080p camera, better mic(s), very nice 120Hz screen, fast charging, etc. By the sounds of it this ought to be plenty of laptop for my needs for many years to come. Kudos to Apple for reversing direction where it was needed.

    The one thing I'm annoyed about is the notch. It's not a deal-breaker obviously. Lots of people saying their menubar content doesn't extend all the way to the middle, but mine absolutely does. Maybe it won't on the new, higher res and pixel-density screen, but on my current machine it's pretty crowded up there. I use Bartender to hide a bunch of things from the right side, but it's actually the left side with the far reach in some of the applications I use. I hope Monterey includes a good solution for this... I can't think of any that aren't clunky and inelegant. I've been scouring all the screenshots on apple.com for hints, but none of them show menubars that cross the notch. There's one of Photoshop that comes close. I really want to know what happens to the overflowed menus.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Tour of 'The One', a $500m mansion in Bel-Air in ~design

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    Okay, weird question, total side tangent, but can you give me some show titles that fall into this category? I've been hearing the phrase "Netflix show" online lately, in reference to some cheap...

    It looks like a cheap Netflix show in house form.

    Okay, weird question, total side tangent, but can you give me some show titles that fall into this category? I've been hearing the phrase "Netflix show" online lately, in reference to some cheap or mass-produced aesthetic, but I guess I just don't use Netflix that way so the analogy doesn't land for me. I'm mostly watching Netflix for well-known series reruns, Vox explainers, documentaries and the occasional Hollywood movie. So out of morbid curiosity I feel like I have to know what the trashier side of Netflix looks like now.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on There I Ruined It - Psychosocial/Baby Shark Mashup (2021) in ~music

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    It's 10 years old with >17M views so I'm assuming you've seen this, but Psychosocial Baby remains the definitive mashup in this category. It's a legit banger too.

    It's 10 years old with >17M views so I'm assuming you've seen this, but Psychosocial Baby remains the definitive mashup in this category. It's a legit banger too.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on I gave digital animation a shot in ~creative

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    Your animation sparked some nostalgia in me for 16color.com, an early "social" website that was online from 1999-2003. Users could download a Windows/Mac application for creating little looping...

    Your animation sparked some nostalgia in me for 16color.com, an early "social" website that was online from 1999-2003. Users could download a Windows/Mac application for creating little looping 107x60 animated GIFs, and post their creations on the site. I was in secondary school at the time and this was a mind-blowing creative outlet for me.

    The site's been defunct for internet eons now, and I assumed all my cartoons were lost to history. However, prompted by your Tildes post, I went looking again and found that as recently as 2019 somebody quietly uploaded a dump of the whole site to archive.org. I've been enjoying watching my old animations again, as well as favorites I remember from other users on the site.

    (Anybody's welcome to pore through the files but a word of warning that it's probably a lot less interesting without nostalgia goggles... the vast majority of stuff on there is either low-effort trash or medium-effort edgy teen shock "humor". Personally I was always trying to push the quality envelope but even my own content veers more in that direction than I had remembered, 20 years later. Cringy stuff.)

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  17. Comment on Trans-Alaska pipeline under threat from thawing permafrost in ~enviro

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    The irony is palpable.

    The irony is palpable.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Sudoku experts “Cracking the Cryptic” play Baba Is You in ~games

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    It's a great game that I ragequit ages ago because it absolutely broke my brain. I should give it another go...

    It's a great game that I ragequit ages ago because it absolutely broke my brain.

    I should give it another go...

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  19. Comment on Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (Starparade 02.06.1977) in ~music

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    That's the closest version I've heard, but it's not it. The instrumentation has a similar dreamy, chime-y quality, but Sophie Ellis-Bextor's retains more of the original's driving beat and disco...

    That's the closest version I've heard, but it's not it. The instrumentation has a similar dreamy, chime-y quality, but Sophie Ellis-Bextor's retains more of the original's driving beat and disco strings, that aren't (as?) present in the one I'm thinking of. Her voice is more... commanding, I guess... than the one I know, which I would describe as "soft and sweet," and the vocalist in mine sounds American to my ears.

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  20. Comment on Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (Starparade 02.06.1977) in ~music

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    RIP. Thanks for posting this, I've heard a particular cover of this song many times but I was unfamiliar with the disco-tastic original. Always nice to learn when a familiar version isn't actually...

    RIP. Thanks for posting this, I've heard a particular cover of this song many times but I was unfamiliar with the disco-tastic original. Always nice to learn when a familiar version isn't actually the first one recorded.

    I wonder if anyone here can help me locate the cover I'm thinking of? I went searching for it but none of the listings I checked on WhoSampled or my Spotify search results are a match. The version I know is a fairly mellow electronica track, probably from 2003-2013 or so. It's a solo female vocalist, in English with no discernible accent. Sounds like The Bird and The Bee, or maybe Ladytron. I saw that Goldfrapp covered it, which seemed like it would be right, but that's not it (theirs is a lot crunchier / bassier than the one I'm thinking of, and in a lower key). I've heard this song a bunch of times, probably via Pandora years ago, but now that I'm looking for it it's unfindable! I'm kind of having a Mandela effect moment over here today, haha.

    3 votes