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  1. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    I know, I have one. I was talking about a moka pot

    I know, I have one. I was talking about a moka pot

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Building my own Alexa, but which hardware? in ~comp

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    Haha, just got a pm regarding that ;) thanks for the ping

    Haha, just got a pm regarding that ;) thanks for the ping

    1 vote
  3. Building my own Alexa, but which hardware?

    I originally posted this to /r/selfhosted, but I thought there might be people interested here as well. I finally want to go ahead and start trying to replace Alexa. If I’m doing this, I might as...

    I originally posted this to /r/selfhosted, but I thought there might be people interested here as well.

    I finally want to go ahead and start trying to replace Alexa. If I’m doing this, I might as well go fully local, so I’ll want Rhasspy over MyCroft.ai

    But that’s where my trouble starts. Do I get the Matrix Creator to replace my Hue Hub and Raspberry ZWave stick on one go? Seems like overkill but it’s not really more expensive than the Matrix Voice. And then there is the Seeed ReSpeaker Mic Array? Which one of those? There was a Microphone bechmark, but while the ReSpeaker did well, they didn’t test the Matrix Creator/Voice.

    Where do I get enclosures for those boards that ensure that the recognition quality doesn’t drop while still making them less unsightly? The only thing I found was the ReSpeaker Pro Case and that is for V1 only and doesn’t help with the PI kit (and I want to use a PI for compatibility reasons).

    And what would I get for a speaker (I don’t need much, just simple replies and timers going off). This is probably the easiest part, as I can just use cheap PC speakers, a soundbar or whatever.

    Did anyone play around with any of these things?

    Pinging @Douglas who actually was the one who made me look into this again ;)

    edit: cool, didn’t know tildes auto-linked subreddits :D

    11 votes
  4. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    Slightly OT, but I wonder if it’s also because people listen to the same music repeatedly, but don’t watch the same thing over and over? I’m not representative by any measure, but I buy all my...

    Piracy is largely a solved issue - it's the reason TV/movies are pirated significantly more than music here and most folk would likely pay more for a single service if there was proper cross licensing.

    Slightly OT, but I wonder if it’s also because people listen to the same music repeatedly, but don’t watch the same thing over and over? I’m not representative by any measure, but I buy all my music and I buy none of my TV Shows (or care about ebook DRM). Because once I’m done with them, they are useless to me. I wonder if that influences things (both for viewers and for decision-makers)?

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix in ~tv

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    Thanks for the informer hint, it sounds nice. BBC wants me to create an account, do you know if will that allow me to watch it from Germany?

    Thanks for the informer hint, it sounds nice.

    BBC wants me to create an account, do you know if will that allow me to watch it from Germany?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix in ~tv

  7. Comment on Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix in ~tv

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    Thanks, I’ll check it out :) Though I’ll watch it dubbed English, and dubbing can be very hit or miss. My favorite french show on Netflix was "Black Spot"

    Thanks, I’ll check it out :) Though I’ll watch it dubbed English, and dubbing can be very hit or miss.

    My favorite french show on Netflix was "Black Spot"

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Good luck. I’m planning to do something similar (still in the super early planning stages, either mycroft or some recently announced stack that I can’t remember the name of). The funny thing is...

    I'm gonna try and setup Mycroft which I learned about from here! I wanna kick Alexa out of our place.

    Good luck. I’m planning to do something similar (still in the super early planning stages, either mycroft or some recently announced stack that I can’t remember the name of). The funny thing is that it’s not even so much because of privacy issues, but because of how utterly dumb and unconfigurable Alexa is. Having a bunch of pre-set commands with full control would give me a far superior experience. I really need to order a pi 4 (my pi3 is running home assistant which is what alexa connects to anyway) and a microphone array to start experimenting.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    35th birthday party of a friend from the USA tomorrow :)

    35th birthday party of a friend from the USA tomorrow :)

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Developer says their game started selling 400% better on Steam after releasing torrent in ~games

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    I feel weird enough about returning games, that I prefer to pirate a game instead. On the one hand, there is the (though small) tx fee, on the other hand I’d feel anxious about not playing so much...

    I feel weird enough about returning games, that I prefer to pirate a game instead. On the one hand, there is the (though small) tx fee, on the other hand I’d feel anxious about not playing so much that I go over the limit (whatever that is. 2h IIRC?). I’ve played demos/free alphas for longer than that before deciding they aren’t for me. In my moral framework piracy is superior.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix in ~tv

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    Dark was hyped enough, that I heard about it on Reddit and IRL before I saw the title on netflix ;) And I agree, it was awesome. My wife speaks decent German and I’m a native speaker, so it was...

    Dark was hyped enough, that I heard about it on Reddit and IRL before I saw the title on netflix ;) And I agree, it was awesome. My wife speaks decent German and I’m a native speaker, so it was the first show in a long time I watched in German ;)

    RE: Netflix, I can only imagine that what they are doing works for most people, it’s just that most people aren’t on HN/Reddit/Tildes (at least I have yet to see a single person on either of those 3 who likes their changes). For people like me they have been on a UX/recommendation-engine downwards spiral since their inception.

    3 votes
  12. Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix

    We had nothing to watch and for once Netflix didn’t show utter shit as a recommendation and I found this. After checking the reviews, they seemed… positive. 100% on RT and Decider said "Stream...

    We had nothing to watch and for once Netflix didn’t show utter shit as a recommendation and I found this. After checking the reviews, they seemed… positive. 100% on RT and Decider said "Stream It". As my wife and I both love British crime dramas, we decided to give it a chance.

    And boy, was it worth it.

    The show is in the genre of crime/detective/noir-ish/LBQT/drama ;) One warning, while it plays (estimated) 30% in Tokyo and 70% in London, the language is about 80% (estimated, again, might just be because those parts were harder) Japanese.

    We follow a Japanese detective who (eventually) travels to London. Some characters are down to earth, some are cartoonish. None of them seem unfitting. I don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers, but if you like the crime shows and can handle having to read subtitles most of the time (or speak Japanese I guess ;)), you should really give this a chance.

    It’s on Netflix at least in the US and Germany ;)

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Aviation Incident: Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-363 at Dire Dawa on Jan 9th 2020, swarm of locusts in ~misc

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    Considering I once paid 2€ for a fried desert locust (which was really tasty): Send a bunch to Germany?

    Considering I once paid 2€ for a fried desert locust (which was really tasty): Send a bunch to Germany?

  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Could you expand on your opinion on Becky Chambers' Warfarer? Considering you seem to like Seveneves and 3BP, it might be worth a shot ;)

    Could you expand on your opinion on Becky Chambers' Warfarer? Considering you seem to like Seveneves and 3BP, it might be worth a shot ;)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Since the last thread, I started and finished the SynCorp Saga 1-3. It’s well written, but despite the very positive reviews (3.94 - 4.47/5), not well plotted. There are logical errors characters...

    Since the last thread, I started and finished the SynCorp Saga 1-3. It’s well written, but despite the very positive reviews (3.94 - 4.47/5), not well plotted. There are logical errors characters make that broke my suspension of disbelief. It didn’t help that almost all PoV characters (besides 1 in 1-3 and a different one in 2 and 3 each) are narcissistic evil assholes. A plottwist that happened in book 3 made no sense whatsoever considering purely the acts of the character. I’ve stopped reading worse books, but this was probably the worst series I happened to stick with (well, at least until I finished the first trilogy, there was no way I’d read the followup). This was a recommendation by the Stellaris team

    Currently, I’m reading The Sword of Kaigen. It’s amazing. Wonderful prose, without needless fillers. A captivating story and flawed, believable characters. It’s not an easy read, as it’s a sci-fantasy story based in a Japan-inspired world, and at least for me, it’s hard not to get confused by all the non-western names. The setting is in an Empire that is maybe (I’m not very far into the book yet) 100 years ahead of us technologically, but where inhabitants also have abilities, (limited ones and all the same per race of people). The area everything is focused on, is a remote island, and while they know modern technology exists, they live a more feudal life.

    I… have no idea whatsoever how I found this book. It was on my Amazon wishlist, and I quickly bought it in the bathroom because I remembered I finished the other series and wanted to go to bed :D It’s neither in the Stellaris list, nor a Goodreads awards finalist… Well, anyway, I wholeheartedly recommend it, it’s an amazing standalone novel.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Stack Exchange, the parent company of Stack Overflow, has been taking aggressive stances against the Stack Exchange community in ~comp

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    See this comment. TL;DR: No, it’s another medium.com with the expected quality.

    See this comment. TL;DR: No, it’s another medium.com with the expected quality.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What's your daily routine like? in ~talk

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    Okay, I just tried writing this down the way everyone else did and I can’t. My schedule is way too irregular. I usually wake up between 4 to 5. Depending on if I have tea after 2 mugs of coffee, I...

    Okay, I just tried writing this down the way everyone else did and I can’t. My schedule is way too irregular.

    I usually wake up between 4 to 5. Depending on if I have tea after 2 mugs of coffee, I will eat breakfast around 8-9. I usually start working at 6 (home office), have some more coffee when my wife wakes up 9-11. Sometimes I have lunch, sometimes I skip it in favor of dinner. And my breakfast might have been yesterday’s dinner. Unless I got distracted (or made a more involved dinner) I’m done working 14:30. Sometimes I’ll only start on lunch now, sometimes I’ll wait a bit and start on dinner. Dinner usually takes around an hour to finish. While it’s cooking, I get my daily exercise in (if I didn’t do it in the morning; or plan to do it before bed). Then we watch TV and eat. Sometimes I do some work after I’m done working because something comes up or because I got bored with whatever else I was doing. Between 20-22 I go to bed to read, most of the time I decide to sleep at 22, depending on the book I’m reading that can be later, but usually not later than 23.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Sweden has seen a 4% drop in the number of people flying via its airports, as flight-shaming takes off in ~enviro

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    Thanks, that line of thought makes a lot more sense than mine.

    Thanks, that line of thought makes a lot more sense than mine.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Stargate, oh gawds! You are totally right. I’d love that! 2 or 3 years ago I rewatched it and even though I hate rewatching things (to be fair, I watched it when it came out, so I was young and...

    Stargate, oh gawds! You are totally right. I’d love that! 2 or 3 years ago I rewatched it and even though I hate rewatching things (to be fair, I watched it when it came out, so I was young and saw it dubbed in German) and have pretty high standards, but I still loved the show, again. Atlantis was good but eventually I stopped with it, I think the characters weren’t as iconic to me. Hell, I even loved Universe and thought it was a shame it got cancelled just when it found itself.

    Oh fuck, now I really want this.

    3 votes