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  1. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    What did you race, and what class? I'm a huge race fan. I've been to hundreds of races, from Indycar to F1 to karting and stock cars. I was at every Indy 500 from '79 to the early 2000s, when my...

    What did you race, and what class? I'm a huge race fan. I've been to hundreds of races, from Indycar to F1 to karting and stock cars. I was at every Indy 500 from '79 to the early 2000s, when my father got ill and could no longer attend.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    Very interesting. I've played guitar, banjo and ukulele, with a minor dash of piano, for going on forty years. I had a stint with recording a few years ago and got pretty into it, but not so much...

    Very interesting. I've played guitar, banjo and ukulele, with a minor dash of piano, for going on forty years. I had a stint with recording a few years ago and got pretty into it, but not so much lately. I'd love to get back into it and get a real engineer (not random people on the internet who think they know what they're doing) to give advice, or even just a thumbs-up or -down.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    Google Photos gives you free storage, but your photos aren't full-quality; they're compressed, and you deal with whatever Google might be doing with your photos. I get your desire for tiered...

    Google Photos gives you free storage, but your photos aren't full-quality; they're compressed, and you deal with whatever Google might be doing with your photos. I get your desire for tiered storage options, but $3.00 a month for 200 GB of reliable Apple storage is, to me at least, well worth it.

    As for the "five times of what I actually need," I didn't really clarify. If I shoot a lot of video, it'll go well over that, but then I offload it to local backup and take it off my iCloud account, so I recover my storage. I never leave that much on there, which is why I said I only really use a fifth of the 50 GB.

  4. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    "Should be" by what metric? And honestly, it's worth it to me. It falls into the "insignificant expense that might as well be zero" category.

    "Should be" by what metric? And honestly, it's worth it to me. It falls into the "insignificant expense that might as well be zero" category.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare in ~tech

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    Sure, but how much is that 200 GB? $36/yr., if I remember correctly, to have everything available for instant reset any time. My Windows machines enjoy no such backup, at least not in real time...

    Sure, but how much is that 200 GB? $36/yr., if I remember correctly, to have everything available for instant reset any time. My Windows machines enjoy no such backup, at least not in real time like my iPhone does. I pay a buck a month for 50 GB for my phone, and don't use even a fifth of it, but it's nice to have if I witness an event and record video for half an hour. Which I've already done a few times. To me, it's worth it, although ideally of course it would be free.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Where do you work and how did you get there? in ~life

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    I feel for you working hotel graveyard shift. I did it for about six years. We were in downtown of a NE Ohio city (I think you can figure it out) and we saw some interesting things, and some crazy...

    I feel for you working hotel graveyard shift. I did it for about six years. We were in downtown of a NE Ohio city (I think you can figure it out) and we saw some interesting things, and some crazy things. I saw a well-known former football player coming in with various women that might or might not have been prostitutes; I saw a car wreck with a very early version of airbags that saved a man's life (it was right in front of our huge windows; I was working the desk); I met dozens of celebrities and got to go to a great many shows because of them.

    One thing to remember: two of the worst places to work are hotels and hospitals for one simple reason: they never close. Not for holidays, nor even snow emergencies or even terrorism. I was there through the LA riots, when people were afraid they were going to spread to major cities. I got stuck working double- and triple-shifts because of people no-showing for bad snow storms. I worked holidays and weekends and seven days a week for years. It was rough, but I learned a hell of a lot about relating to people from that job.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Apple introduces second generation AirPods, with Hey Siri, H1 audio chip, & wireless charging in ~tech

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    I don't really think of these as AirPods 2. They should be AirPods S at best. It's a very incremental update, without much need for upgrading if you already have AirPods, although the batteries...

    I don't really think of these as AirPods 2. They should be AirPods S at best. It's a very incremental update, without much need for upgrading if you already have AirPods, although the batteries tend to lose a lot of performance after a couple of years, so I suppose they'll get those people who use them daily.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun in ~misc

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    They advertise every year in my area, and I always thought, just based on the ads, that they were an actual Chinese dance troupe, as in Chinese nationals on a tour of the States. I had no idea...

    They advertise every year in my area, and I always thought, just based on the ads, that they were an actual Chinese dance troupe, as in Chinese nationals on a tour of the States. I had no idea they were a non-profit based in upper-state NY, nor that there was such a strange story surrounding their history. I know many people who have attended, and I've never heard one of them mention any propaganda or references to communism. It's always been more of a "do we do Trans-Siberian Orchestra this year, or Shen Yun?" For the record, I've never seen either one.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Today’s Firefox release aims to reduce your online annoyances in ~tech

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    Even sports sites do that. I go there looking for a summary of a particular game, and there's a Sports Center type news show that auto-plays, complete with un-muted audio. Why would I want that...

    Even sports sites do that. I go there looking for a summary of a particular game, and there's a Sports Center type news show that auto-plays, complete with un-muted audio. Why would I want that when I click on a specific game? Often they aren't even discussing the sport I'm reading about.

    Edit: you have to enable the blocker in Settings > Privacy & Security > Permissions, Check "Block websites from automatically playing sound." Then the option toggle will appear when you hit the circled i symbol in the address bar. I don't see an option to block all autoplay video though, and I'm on the latest FF, verified on the Mozilla site.

    Edit 2: I guess they named it weirdly. Block websites from automatically playing sound prevents video from autoplaying. They might want to clean up the wording there. If you want a link to try it out, this page loads a video only tangentially related to the subject of the article, and has autoplaying video and audio. FF now blocks it and just shows a play button. I feel like I've waited a long time for this feature.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Apple announces new iPad Air and iPad mini in ~tech

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    Yes, true. There are a lot of innovative mounting systems to get a larger display on a drone controller already available, as well.

    Yes, true. There are a lot of innovative mounting systems to get a larger display on a drone controller already available, as well.

  11. Comment on Apple announces new iPad Air and iPad mini in ~tech

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    It would make a fantastic drone display. Unfortunately, the controllers can't handle something that large, but third-party accessories will make it possible. People are already using various...

    It would make a fantastic drone display. Unfortunately, the controllers can't handle something that large, but third-party accessories will make it possible. People are already using various tablets, because even the larger phones are a bit small for that purpose.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Something has changed, and, thankfully, those trying to manipulate us haven't recognized it yet. in ~talk

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    He does do one thing well, and I think that was alluded to in Michael Cohen's testimony before the House. He said "He doesn’t give you questions, he doesn’t give you orders, he speaks in a code....

    He does do one thing well, and I think that was alluded to in Michael Cohen's testimony before the House. He said "He doesn’t give you questions, he doesn’t give you orders, he speaks in a code. And I understand the code, because I’ve been around him for a decade." Trump is great at not directly ordering people to do the things he wants done. When he wanted the investigation into Michael Flynn to be stopped, he called in James Comey, director of the FBI, and asked if he was loyal to Trump, and told him about what a good guy Flynn is. He was basically indirectly suggesting Comey end the investigation, as well as later suggesting he end the investigation into Russian influence in the election. He never does it directly; instead, he seems to live by a "plausible deniability" credo.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Apple confirms March 25th event, expected to announce new TV service in ~tech

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    I haven't paid for one of those in decades, and I'm a very avid pirate of mainstream television. I do it more because of the fact that I'm not often available for "appointment television" than...

    Usenet subscription

    I haven't paid for one of those in decades, and I'm a very avid pirate of mainstream television. I do it more because of the fact that I'm not often available for "appointment television" than just to pirate, and I'll watch the shows on my Apple TV if they're available, which always means ads. But I also pirate movies, generally after the BluRay release for quality's sake, mostly because I don't have anyone to go to the cinema with, and I rarely re-watch a movie unless it really impresses me, in which case I'll buy a hard copy and rip it to my Plex streambox.

  14. Comment on Ronnie O'Sullivan is the first player reaching 1000 centuries in snooker in ~sports

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    I was for some reason recommended a snooker video on Youtube a couple years ago, and ended up watching a ton of videos of his play. That recommendation must have withered, because I never see them...

    I was for some reason recommended a snooker video on Youtube a couple years ago, and ended up watching a ton of videos of his play. That recommendation must have withered, because I never see them listed anymore. Time to get back to it. He's such a class act and his skill just seems effortless, it's a pleasure to watch.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Secessionism versus sovereign citizens: my inner confusion. in ~talk

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    Makes me curious what her source was for that information. I'd need a pretty rock-solid guarantee to vote for a guy like that, given what we already knew about him before the election.

    Makes me curious what her source was for that information. I'd need a pretty rock-solid guarantee to vote for a guy like that, given what we already knew about him before the election.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Secessionism versus sovereign citizens: my inner confusion. in ~talk

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    I know a man who is very industrious and could be a fantastic businessman if not for his drug use, and his belief in sovereign citizen concepts. He firmly believes that you don't need a license or...

    I know a man who is very industrious and could be a fantastic businessman if not for his drug use, and his belief in sovereign citizen concepts. He firmly believes that you don't need a license or plates to "travel" on public roads; that if you sign your name in red, it doesn't constitute a contract, even if it has the legal requirements of offer, acceptance and consideration; that the Articles of Confederation still apply legally, and "they just don't want you to know that," etc. Because of those beliefs, he's lost his legal right to drive; he's had vehicles and trailers impounded and lost to fees; he's done serious jail/prison time, all because of violating basic laws. I really consider it a shame, because he's the one guy I could call at three in the morning and know he'd come to my aid. A good man with some demons, and some really twisted beliefs.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Some small updates over the past week in ~tildes.official

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    It's definitely interesting. It makes me feel like there's a white layer with very low transparency over a dark site (sorry, photoshop experience bleeding into my description), but that's not...

    It's definitely interesting. It makes me feel like there's a white layer with very low transparency over a dark site (sorry, photoshop experience bleeding into my description), but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Photographers use it to add a "haze" to images in certain cases. I like the lower contrast between text and background, and I like the vibrant highlight colors.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Any interest in setting "scrollbar-color" in the Tildes themes in ~tildes

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    I would love to see a the Dracula theme change the scrollbar colors, and of course it would be great if the other themes did as well.

    I would love to see a the Dracula theme change the scrollbar colors, and of course it would be great if the other themes did as well.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Valve lays off 13 employees, reportedly slashing VR hardware division in ~games

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    It feels weird to say it here on Tildes, but porn in VR pretty much puts on-screen porn to shame. It's the content that needs to catch up a bit, but it's getting there, and porn drives (a lot of)...

    There's no real use case for VR that is truly unique

    It feels weird to say it here on Tildes, but porn in VR pretty much puts on-screen porn to shame. It's the content that needs to catch up a bit, but it's getting there, and porn drives (a lot of) technology.

    The upcoming release of the Oculus Quest solves some of the issues you raise. 6DoF will definitely make it more immersive, but high-end VR has had that for quite a while—but a lot of people haven't experienced it in an affordable setup. Truly wireless, inside-out tracking is a major difference as well, as it removes the cumbersome cables. Running in a straight line can happen within a 4000 sq-ft. arena, and is being demonstrated currently using that hardware. Not everyone is going to be interested in moving around for gameplay, but games like Guitar Hero, DDR, and lot of other games have demonstrated that there's a market for more movement than thumbs on a controller.

    12 votes
  20. Comment on In the future, will we have the ability to mute and/or block users? in ~tildes

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    I might even like the ability to block someone for a time period, say a day or a week. It would be nice to be able to say "I've had enough of this person today, but I don't want to miss what they...

    I might even like the ability to block someone for a time period, say a day or a week. It would be nice to be able to say "I've had enough of this person today, but I don't want to miss what they might say later."

    5 votes