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  1. Comment on Apple's modular Mac Pro now available to order in ~tech

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    This isn't even close to accurate. There are several hardware-specific advantages that come with owning Apple hardware. And even though the conversation is about the Mac Pro, it's still possible...

    because that's their only distinguishing feature that lets them charge insane markups on hardware.

    This isn't even close to accurate. There are several hardware-specific advantages that come with owning Apple hardware. And even though the conversation is about the Mac Pro, it's still possible to get mildly low-cost Macs—cheaper still if you buy w/an education discount or refurbished (to Apple's exceedingly high standards).

    Since transitioning to x86, the only reason MacOS can't run on commodity hardware is that Apple takes extreme measures to prevent it

    This is a mildly fallacious argument, but even if I take it at face value, it's not like this is the only instance of something like this: Windows 10 on ARM exists, and similarly, you cannot install it willy-nilly on any ARM series of hardware. Getting Windows 10 ARM on a raspberry pi is just about as difficult as it is to get macOS on commodity hardware, with similar levels of poor driver support, frustrating hacks, and dubious legality.

    The real question is, is it worth Apple's time working to get macOS working on the gigantic spectrum of all levels of quality of commodity hardware? No, not really. They'll never recoup the cost of developing and testing macOS for the scores of hardware available, for what will wind up being—at best—a compromised experience. It's much easier to ship an OS that just works on their hardware.

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  2. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    I really love CSS. The weird thing is, I don't ever remember learning it? Same for HTML, too. I first came on the web in the days of MySpace, which allowed you to customize your profiles with...

    I really love CSS.

    The weird thing is, I don't ever remember learning it? Same for HTML, too. I first came on the web in the days of MySpace, which allowed you to customize your profiles with custom HTML/CSS (very table heavy, no divs or sections those days), and I guess I just sort of internalized my HTML/CSS knowledge from editing my profile and mashing different chunks of HTML & CSS snippets together. I picked up PHP for my own websites quite easily (which is syntactically similar-ish to Java which I learned for AP Computer Science) once myspace was more or less done for, and my explorations of designing things for the internet have never really ceased.

    Now, everything is CSS flexboxes and grids for me.

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  3. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    So, there's rumblings of a dedicated camera button on iOS devices next year because the smart battery cases have a new dedicated camera button. My total spacebet is that this new button will be a...

    So, there's rumblings of a dedicated camera button on iOS devices next year because the smart battery cases have a new dedicated camera button. My total spacebet is that this new button will be a semi-false button that'll be a bit larger, flush with the device frame, and somehow removable to reveal the debug port.

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  4. Comment on More Teslas on the Road Meant Hours-Long Supercharger Lines Over Thanksgiving in ~news

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    This totally ignores the realities of my comment: centralized charging stations are not the only way. Saying this is just wanting to keep with old habits, rather than earned experience from living...

    Charging stations are the only way.

    This totally ignores the realities of my comment: centralized charging stations are not the only way. Saying this is just wanting to keep with old habits, rather than earned experience from living with an EV.

    There are many possible times and places for EV drivers to charge. (And yes, that sometimes could be in a charging station.) The reality is that, charging should adapt to fit your lifestyle, you should not have to go to a destination to charge.

    Those of us who live in big cities rarely end up parking in lots.

    Anecdotally, my vacation was just to a non-California big/dense city, and charging for me there was not at all difficult: I used chargepoint and blink in various parking structures where I was already planning to go. Most charging apps allow you to throw in a destination, and they display all the chargers nearby for your vehicle (even chargers with a different service).

    It's usually on-street parking, and putting charging stands at every possible parking space would be prohibitively expensive for any city government.

    I can't say I've ever seen city government gas stations before...

    Also, it's not like charging stations require tons of power and infrastructure: two cars can charge from a single charger on as low as a 20A circuit. Businesses can charge for power provided, and recoup the power/installation costs. It works because these are getting installed. I've personally seen street side, parallel parking chargers before, too.

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  5. Comment on More Teslas on the Road Meant Hours-Long Supercharger Lines Over Thanksgiving in ~news

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    I'll chime in with my experience as an EV owner: we need more chargers, everywhere, with a mix of charging solutions. At my old job, they installed EV charging stations and I could charge my car...

    I'll chime in with my experience as an EV owner: we need more chargers, everywhere, with a mix of charging solutions.

    • At my old job, they installed EV charging stations and I could charge my car at work, and this covered 80% of my charging needs. These stations were packed, and often required you to arrive a bit early or stay a bit late to get a spot and get enough charge, but it was super convenient. (because ancient nissan leafs and new priuses take literal ages to charge and need to charge daily for even short commutes)
    • I take road trips semi-frequently in my Tesla. For this US Thanksgiving holiday, my husband and I did an 800mi roadtrip (1600 mi total). On these 800mi travel days, we stopped 5 times to supercharge for ~10-15 minutes: enough for us to run to grab food/drink, use the toilet, let our dog stretch her legs, etc.
    • I finally got an EV charger installed at home (literally, today). This lines up with a solar installation in our house, so our cars can now be sun-powered (we over-installed by 2.5kw to anticipate home charging).

    However, I think that centralized charging stations are actually not the solution. I'd far prefer every parking lot to have a small handful of medium-speed L2 chargers that fit into my everyday life. Then, you just charge wherever you're already going, so it fits your lifestyle: grocery shopping, out to dinner, etc.

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  6. Comment on Why the Boeing 737 will never take the place of the 757 in ~tech

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    If Boeing reenters the with a longer-range single-aisle product (NMA, 797, or some replacement 757), Airbus likely would respond with an aircraft of their own, and there likely is only demand...

    I'm not sure if that's in Boeing, the market, or even society. But it's a boring, depressing, and dumb problem to have and shouldn't be an issue with 50+ years of experience.

    If Boeing reenters the with a longer-range single-aisle product (NMA, 797, or some replacement 757), Airbus likely would respond with an aircraft of their own, and there likely is only demand enough for one manufacturer in this space, making both manufacturers quite shy.

    I love the 757 and strongly dislike the 737, and it would be extremely nice to see another like it aircraft flying. Preferably designed from scratch, representing modern advancements in commercial aviation—not grasping onto the classic 1960s era aircraft known as the 737.

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  7. Comment on Zachtronics just announced and released a new game in Early Access: MOLEK-SYNTEZ in ~games

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    I'm 6 hours in with 17 puzzles done, and there are presently 34 puzzles. So, it can be a time sink for sure.

    I'm 6 hours in with 17 puzzles done, and there are presently 34 puzzles. So, it can be a time sink for sure.

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  8. Comment on Zachtronics just announced and released a new game in Early Access: MOLEK-SYNTEZ in ~games

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    I'm just past halfway through the game and I've got to say, it feels like exactly the game you expect from Zachtronics. Refreshingly, there's only one screen of puzzles here, so it feels like I'm...

    I'm just past halfway through the game and I've got to say, it feels like exactly the game you expect from Zachtronics. Refreshingly, there's only one screen of puzzles here, so it feels like I'm going to make it to the end quite quickly without having to pick away at this game in bite-sized chunks over several weekends. (Though there's a strong chance the last puzzles will take the most about of time.)

    Even though it's got chemistry themes (similar to SpaceChem) and the graphics of TIS-100, this game is definitely closer to Opus Magnum in gameplay and mechanics, so if you liked that, you'll like this.

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  9. Comment on Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home in ~tech

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    If you put aside the fact that this is real, this seems like an aspirational "high tech" storyline from some low-budget sci-fi—something where you have to suspend your disbelief even though your...

    If you put aside the fact that this is real, this seems like an aspirational "high tech" storyline from some low-budget sci-fi—something where you have to suspend your disbelief even though your whole brain is telling you "this is so absurd it will never work".

    And yet, it does.

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  10. Comment on Designing Facebook's new company branding in ~design

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    It sure seems like they're trying to humanize their company by creating imagery with the same sort of cottony short-sighted idealism as a Fruit of the Loom underwear ad. (Literally, it's all...

    Art Direction: The brand comes to life in the context of people, cultures, communities and relationships. The art direction is designed to capture the emotional connections between people and express a sense of potential when they can come together.

    It sure seems like they're trying to humanize their company by creating imagery with the same sort of cottony short-sighted idealism as a Fruit of the Loom underwear ad. (Literally, it's all 90s-inspired cotton clothing here, nothing at all to do with Facebook as a brand. But that's just my take.)

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  11. Comment on Letterpress Business Card Printing with 5 Pantone Colors in ~design

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    I know this video is an ad, but I actually like that it shows the process of letterpress printing in a well-edited manner, and gets into the nitty-gritty of color mixing, registration, cleaning...

    I know this video is an ad, but I actually like that it shows the process of letterpress printing in a well-edited manner, and gets into the nitty-gritty of color mixing, registration, cleaning the press, etc. I like the relatively few process videos which actually show and explain so you come away learning something from the video—not just five minutes of sharply edited bokeh intensive vapidity.

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  12. Comment on I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to Me in ~misc

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    It's not so much the point that you can travel—we can all agree it's physically possible. The question is if you can effectively travel so you're functional and can readily operate at 100% when...

    It's not so much the point that you can travel—we can all agree it's physically possible. The question is if you can effectively travel so you're functional and can readily operate at 100% when you land. This is significant for business travellers—I did a lot of international travel last year, and I basically needed to be functional for business ops day I landed, so you can bet I started pre-adjusting my schedule before I departed. The quality of life and schedule (food, sleep, etc.) of the plane ride is certainly part of that equation.

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  13. Comment on I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to Me in ~misc

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    Here's TPG's coverage of the Project Sunrise flight too. I'd totally take these "project sunrise" flights. It sounds like Qantas' whole plan is to keep you up for as long as possible until it's...

    Here's TPG's coverage of the Project Sunrise flight too.

    I'd totally take these "project sunrise" flights. It sounds like Qantas' whole plan is to keep you up for as long as possible until it's time to fall asleep at your destination. This is so you arrive on roughly the same sleep cycle of where you're flying to.

    I really wonder what it'd be like to book a flight on one of these. It seems like it requires coordinated participation of everyone for the success of the flight: i.e., not falling asleep early.

    But don’t go booking your round-the-world flights just yet. Qantas needs new planes from Boeing or Airbus SE that can do the job with a full load of passengers, and a new deal with crew to work longer than 20 hours.

    Too bad. Hopefully Qantas can enter the market with a modified A350 that can do this flight, cause it's not been a good time for consumer confidence in Boeing.

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  14. Comment on If PHP Were British in ~tech

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    I am a PHP programmer, and I love this. Some of these actually got me laughing, particularly perchance instead of if.

    I am a PHP programmer, and I love this. Some of these actually got me laughing, particularly perchance instead of if.

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  15. Comment on This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney’s Secret Twitter Account—Meet “Pierre Delecto” in ~news

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    Politics aside, honestly, good for him. We're all gonna have a joke about it, but the fact that he had a personal secret twitter is showing that he's at least personally connected to the firehose....

    Politics aside, honestly, good for him. We're all gonna have a joke about it, but the fact that he had a personal secret twitter is showing that he's at least personally connected to the firehose. Sure, his tweets/likes/etc might be self bolstering, but I don't think anyone can now make the argument that he's disconnected from real people if he's exposing himself to the public (and replying/etc) with a personal feed.

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  16. Comment on What’s something you’ve done recently that you’re proud of / want to show off? in ~talk

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    Libraries are excellent! I "discovered" them a few months ago, and have certainly become addicted. If you're in the states, you can use the Libby app to check out ebooks on an ebook reader/etc. I...

    Libraries are excellent! I "discovered" them a few months ago, and have certainly become addicted. If you're in the states, you can use the Libby app to check out ebooks on an ebook reader/etc.

    I can get through a book a week just by squeezing in 20-40 minutes of reading per day, usually just before going to bed, plus maybe an extra hour or two on a weekend. Don't let reading feel like procrastination: read what you like, and read during times where you would normally procrastinate.

    Also, if you only have school reading as a basis of what you like to read, try to explore other genres. Schools tend to be curriculum/classics focused, and don't do a great job of exposing you to some idea of the wider variety of what's out there. I have found that I really like memoirs, which I wasn't really exposed to in school.

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